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  1. Are we overly compelled by Church culture and human tendencies to say, "I know this Church is true"? Could the Spirit of God telling you to profess the Church is true sometimes be confused with the desire to conform and be liked by others in a social environment? Or do members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints happen to be the only group on the face of the Earth exempt from those kind of human tendencies? Should we feel more compelled to testify that Jesus Christ lives rather than saying, "I know this Church is true"?
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    See the Signatures of Latter-day Prophets

    I'd say Heber J. Grant was the fanciest followed by the artistic underline in John Taylor's signature.
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    Would you list a mission on a resume?

    A younger me didn't like the idea of listing my affiliation with the Church in any way on a job resume because what business does the interviewer have to know my religion? They should make a decision to hire me based on my merits alone and not have any bias for or against my personal beliefs. Not that they would, but why even risk it (a younger me would think)? Although not listing the mission experience didn't really matter since I graduated from BYU and had that listed on there. At this point in my life I don't care if prospective hiring companies know I'm a member of the Church. Even though it's none of their business, I actually prefer being open with who I am with my personal beliefs. And at least in my experience, it has made absolutely zero difference in how others have treated me in the workplace from me being reserved about sharing my religious affiliation to being open about it. I don't currently list my mission experience on my resume just because there's more pertinent experience I prefer to list to illustrate the working qualifications I now have.
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    How to Zap Someone

    This isn't an official term within the Church, but it's appropriate to describe a phenomenon I've personally experienced. My aunt used to tell me if someone is in need of Heavenly Father's love, you pray to Heavenly Father that He might "zap" them. My aunt zapped me during a time in my life when I needed God's abounding love. And after experiencing it, I have to say it's the perfect term to convey what can actually happen. God has the power to fill someone's heart and soul with an overwhelming amount of His positivity and love. If you see someone in need, consider praying to Heavenly Father that He might zap them. The power of God's love is transformative.
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    My Testimony

    God the Father lives, and His Son, Jesus Christ, lives. While on this Earth, Jesus Christ lived a perfect life free from sin, performed miracles, and died a martyr. He did this to show His love to the Father and to us that we may be redeemed from our fallen state. He died on Earth as a mortal but miraculously arose from death in His infinite glory and lives again forevermore. I know this is true from praying to God for confirmation. I received these truths by experiencing the positive, peaceful feelings of the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, God confirmed these truths to me personally. I also know this is true from being assured and comforted by the Holy Spirit that I am forgiven as I have repented. This life is a test of our obedience to God. God wants us to turn our hearts to Him, but He will not force us. He pleads with us to willingly give our hearts to Him. He is the source of all things good and praiseworthy. We are to follow God according to His teachings He reveals to us by the prophets He has chosen. Prophets over time have written God’s word in books such as the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. These teachings were written to be shared with all mankind. I know both the Holy Bible and Book of Mormon are inspired scripture given to us from God. I know this from having studied the teachings and pondering them in my heart as I’ve prayed to God to know their truthfulness. As God allows us to make our own decisions, the history of man has shown a repeated behavior of us drawing close to Him for a period, only to be followed by a period of us falling away. This is a cycle that has repeated itself many times since the beginning of man’s existence on Earth. This behavior has been evident in my own life as I have gone up and down with my relationship with God. I will draw close to the Lord in a time of need only to later become too comfortable with my life and forgetful of what He has done for me. We must always be vigilant in living our lives to God that we may always have His spirit to be with us. Having His spirit with us is meaningful because God is the source of all life. Without God, we would not only cease to exist physically as He is the Great Creator, but we would also be spiritually dead. We must seek after Him to live by His light and not in darkness. Without God, we are lost wandering aimlessly through darkness. I experienced this darkness, or as I refer to it as a “black hole”, during a 3-year period in my life where I did not invite God into my heart. Not allowing God in my life for this period left me spiritually famished and malnourished. It eventually created a spiritual hunger within me so great that the Lord finally was able to pierce my heart and get through to me as I humbled myself to Him once more. The last great period of darkness this world experienced led up to the early 1800’s. Joseph Smith was a young boy during this time the world had lost God’s true gospel. Many people still led good, decent lives, but without the true and everlasting gospel in its fulness, the world was wandering aimlessly trying to take its best guess at how to follow the Lord. It was through Joseph the Lord chose to yet again restore the fulness of the gospel to His children. The Lord not only used Joseph to correctly interpret the Bible, but Joseph was also used to help bring forth the Book of Mormon and restore the Priesthood. Experiencing the power of Priesthood is what first truly opened my eyes to the Church. I received Priesthood blessings of comfort during a time of need. Upon receiving these blessings, the Holy Spirit undeniably bore witness to me of its presence in the Church and how the Priesthood is God’s power entrusted to men to effectuate His work here on the Earth. Since then I have experienced the power of the Priesthood in other settings. Participating in the blessings and ordinances effectuated by the Priesthood has enabled me to be a witness that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s church. I am but one man whose voice may only be heard by a few on this Earth. I share these spiritual truths nonetheless however significant or insignificant the impact may be. May the Lord bless us all that we may fulfill the measure of us having been created in His image. May my life serve as a witness to these truths that I may help those within my reach come unto Christ.
  7. That last conversation did get carried away. I'm to blame for that just as much as anyone. You mods don't always have an easy job. Thanks for regulating and keeping what's so great about this site intact
  8. Point taken. But at the end of the day if you get on this site looking for fight, does it even matter if you're arguing on the right side of the debate? No, it doesn't, at least not in terms of you coming unto Christ because you are not allowing the Spirit to act through you. Your discussions and talking points are being fueled by animosity. The motive for why we say what we say is also important.
  9. Exactly this. If we are so set on proving a point or if we have any motive in responding to someone other than loving God and loving each other, what are we trying to accomplish? Where is the love?
  10. Why is it @Grunt's place to blow up @MormonGator's business? And you're right, it doesn't change anything. That's my point. A member's opinions are still a member's opinions regardless of their current status or activity.
  11. You can label yourself with a religion should you so choose, but @Grunt apparently wants to take it one step further and have people specify their level activity with the Church or what their level of worthiness is. I'm surprised to see the guy back on this forum since he has such a low tolerance for anyone he perceives as less worthy and faithful than he is.
  12. You obviously are if you think there's a need for @MormonGator to preface each post with "ATTENTION - please note before continuing to read my post, I am not an active member of the Church"
  13. @Grunt no one but you is confused that members of the Church come from different backgrounds and have different opinions.
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    Why Do We Bless Our Food?

    Follow up question: Do you think Jesus' example to us of blessing food could also be for the purpose of giving thanks for the life that passed on that we are consuming be it animal or plant?