Saturday, February 17, 2018

Exploring the Connection Between Mormons and Masons

Below is copied from this article: http://www.ldsliving.com/Mormons-and-Masons-5-Fascinating-Connections/s/80329

In his book Exploring the Connection Between Mormons and Masons, Matthew B. Brown includes several statements from prominent Latter-day Saints in the early Church. He writes:

"[Such quotes] establish the viewpoint of some 19th century Mormons with regard to the origin of Freemasonry. The first statement comes from Joseph Smith's scribe Willard Richards and was written by him on or very near the day when the Prophet was raised to the degree of Master Mason. The statements by Heber C. Kimball (a contemporary record) and Benjamin F. Johnson (a reminiscent account) reflect the thought of Joseph Smith on the matter.

"The message behind all of these statements is consistent—there are similarities between Freemasonry and the Mormon endowment because Masonry is a product of apostasy or degeneration from a priesthood-based prototype. Latter-day Saints possess the authentic version."

Consider the following examples:

Willard Richards (16 March 1842): "Masonry had its origin in the Priesthood. A hint to the wise is sufficient."

Heber C. Kimball (17 June 1842):" There is a similarity of priesthood in Masonry. Brother Joseph [Smith] says Masonry was taken from priesthood."

Benjamin F. Johnson (1843): Joseph Smith "told me Freemasonry, as at present, was the apostate endowments, as sectarian religion was the apostate religion."

Joseph Fielding (December 1843): The LDS temple ordinances are "the true origin of Masonry."

Heber C. Kimball (9 November 1858): "The Masonry of today is received from the apostasy. . . . They have now and then a thing that is correct, but we have the real thing."


Friday, February 16, 2018

All must believe and obey the same doctrines and ordinances to gain salvation

"Doctrines and principles are the same under all circumstances. Truth is eternal. The principles of the everlasting gospel do not vary; they are the same in all ages and among all people. The Lord does not walk in crooked paths, nor vary from that which he hath said, nor alter the course in which men must walk to return to that far-off home whence they came. All men, in all ages, in all parts of our planet, must believe and obey the same doctrines and ordinances to gain salvation."
The Mortal Messiah, Vol. 1: From Bethlehem to Calvary by Bruce R. McConkie

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

His talents and insights exceeded those of Adam, Enoch and Noah

"But he alone was the Offspring of God in the flesh, and he alone came to earth with talents and insights that exceeded those of Adam and Enoch and Noah and Abraham. Though he was mortal, he retained his Godship. He was the only perfect Being ever to grace this lowly orb."
The Mortal Messiah, Vol. 1: From Bethlehem to Calvary by Bruce R. McConkie

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Jesus came with the talents and abilities and spiritual endowments that he possessed in that eternal world

"But he came from God and was born as his Son, inheriting from his Father the power of immortality. He came with the talents and abilities and spiritual endowments that he possessed in that eternal world where the spirit children of a gracious Father await the day of their mortal probation. He came with the spiritual talent to attune his soul to the Infinite so that he could think and speak and act in complete harmony with the mind and will of him whose Son he was. There was more than just a spark of divinity in his dust-created body. He was God's Son, the Only Begotten in the flesh. His native capacity exceeded that of any other person who ever lived. Not only could he alone work out the infinite and eternal atonement, because he possessed the power of immortality, but he alone could also do the other things that he did while in mortality—all because of his own preeminent preexistent stature, because of the talents and abilities he there possessed, and which were still his as he walked among mortal men."
The Mortal Messiah, Vol. 1: From Bethlehem to Calvary by Bruce R. McConkie

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The Great Jehovah

“He was and is the Firstborn, the first spirit child born to the Eternal Father. In that spirit realm of light and glory he advanced and progressed and became like the Father in power and might and dominion. He was and is the Great Jehovah. Under the Father he was and is the Creator of all things from the beginning, and he was chosen in the councils of eternity to be the Redeemer and Savior.” — The Mortal Messiah, Vol. 1: From Bethlehem to Calvary

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Society of possible gods and goddesses

It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Friday, January 26, 2018

One day he shall see the Lord's face

"I have learned that where there is a prayerful heart, a hungering after righteousness, a forsaking of sins, and obedience to the commandments of God, the Lord pours out more and more light until there is finally power to pierce the heavenly veil and to know more than man knows.  A person of such righteousness has the priceless promise that one day he shall see the Lord's face and know that He is."  (Ensign, March 1980)

Pres. Spencer W. Kimball

Sunday, January 21, 2018

His identity, His Atonement, and His attributes will become personal

From President Russell M. Nelson:
"...in a coming day, you will present yourself before the Savior. You will be overwhelmed to the point of tears to be in His holy presence. You will struggle to find words to thank Him for paying for your sins, for forgiving you of any unkindness toward others, for healing you from the injuries and injustices of this life.

You will thank Him for strengthening you to do the impossible, for turning your weaknesses into strengths, and for making it possible for you to live with Him and your family forever. His identity, His Atonement, and His attributes will become personal and real to you.

But you don’t have to wait until then. Choose to be one of His true disciples now. Be one who truly loves Him, who truly wants to serve and lead as He did. I promise you that if you will study His words, your ability to be more like Him will increase. I know this is true."
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Friday, January 19, 2018

To receive and understand Spiritual messages

John Widstoe:

“They who think the path difficult, have not tried it. . . . All who yield . . . obedience to God’s law undergo a real transformation, by the Holy Ghost, which enables them more and more, to receive and understand Spiritual messages. Unless that transformation is accomplished, a person is opaque to spiritual truth, and the ‘things of God’ are beyond his understanding. Great is the effect of such spiritual communication. . . . It transforms life.”

Saturday, January 13, 2018

We Must Pray



2 Nephi 32:8
And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/32?lang=eng

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Temples in the Celestial kingdom

"What John may mean, then, is that there may be no single structure called a temple in heaven; everything about the heavenly experience partakes of the spirit and beauty and light of the temple. . . . In the celestial world we will actually live in God's presence. Perhaps, rather than go to a sacred edifice to draw near to the Lord, we will seek to go to him directly; rather than go to a sacred edifice to make covenants and agreements with God, we will most likely go to him directly. In the celestial kingdom, the temple ceases to be a means to come unto God—we will go to him directly" (Jay A. Parry, Donald W. Parry, Understanding the Book of Revelation). 

Defend your beliefs

Elder Holland. “Defend your beliefs with courtesy and with compassionbut defend them.”

Monday, January 08, 2018

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

All things are possible


All things are possible to them that believe. 

Jeffrey R. Holland

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Friday, September 15, 2017

When Christ comes - we must be doing His work


When Christ comes, we must be doing His work,
and we must be living His teachings. He must recognize us
quickly and easily as truly being His disciples.
Jeffrey R. Holland

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude


"We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude." Thomas S. Monson

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Gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues


"If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues." Thomas S. Monson


More fully keep thyself unspotted from the world


Doctrine and Covenants 59:9
And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day; https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/59?lang=eng

The Sabbath is one of the most important commandments in the entire gospel plan

"The Lord declares that to qualify to enter his presence we must live by every word that proceeds forth from his mouth (see D&C 84:44), and the law of the Sabbath is one of the most important in the entire gospel plan." Mark E. Petersen https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1975/04/the-sabbath-day?lang=eng

Sanctify yourselves




Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you. Joshua 3:5

When faith replaces doubt



When faith replaces doubt, when selfless service eliminates selfish striving, the power of God brings to pass His purposes. Thomas S. Monson



Revelation is oftentimes misunderstood



Revelation is oftentimes misunderstood. 

Doctrine and Covenants 9:7-8
7 Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.
8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/9?lang=eng

If you want revelation - Do your homework

I love this teaching from President Harold B. Lee to Elder Eyring.


Then he gave me the lesson, which I now give to you, in about these words: “Hal, when we had  
done all we knew how to do, when we had our backs to the wall, then God gave us the revelation. Hal,  
if you want to get revelation, do your homework.” 
President Harold B. Lee to Elder Eyring 
Henry B. Eyring 
Speeches—Waiting Upon the Lord 

Salvation is not a cheap experience

Do you not want the highest glory



Certain Women - By Linda K. Burton https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/04/certain-women?lang=eng
Certain Covenant-Keeping Women of the Restoration: Willing to Sacrifice

Anciently, certain women sacrificed as they testified and lived the teachings of Jesus. Certain women in the early days of the Restoration did the same. Drusilla Hendricks and her family were among those who, as new converts, suffered during the persecution of the Saints in Clay County, Missouri. Her husband was permanently paralyzed during the Battle of Crooked River. She was left to care for him as well as provide for her family.

“At one particularly distressing time, when the family was out of food, she remembered that a voice told her, ‘Hold on, for the Lord will provide.’”

When her son was needed to volunteer for the Mormon Battalion, at first Drusilla resisted and wrestled in prayer with Heavenly Father until “it was as though a voice said to her, ‘Do you not want the highest glory?’ She answered naturally, ‘Yes,’ and the voice continued, ‘How do you think to gain it save by making the greatest sacrifices?’”

Salvation is not a cheap experience


May your conscience grow increasingly



November 11, 2016 D. Todd Christofferson wrote the below on Facebook and I thought it was so good. We must be unmovable in our obedience to Light of Christ that is in us all and known as our conscience. Enjoy his post. 

 
"May your voice in support of eternal truths and moral principles be heard. May your own conscience grow increasingly firm and refined. And may there never be a Watergate in your personal history."

Hard as things seem today


What a great talk by Henry B. Eyring. Below is a few paragraphs to that talk. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/04/this-day?lang=eng

"For those who are discouraged by their circumstances and are therefore tempted to feel they cannot serve the Lord this day, I make you two promises. Hard as things seem today, they will be better in the next day if you choose to serve the Lord this day with your whole heart. Your circumstances may not be improved in all the ways which you desire. But you will have been given new strength to carry your burdens and new confidence that when your burdens become too heavy, the Lord, whom you have served, will carry what you cannot. He knows how. He prepared long ago. He suffered your infirmities and your sorrows when He was in the flesh so that He would know how to succor you.

Tomorrow is always better if we serve the Lord

Avoid pride - follow the prophet



2 Kings 5:13
13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some agreatthing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?


If all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni


Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.

Behold, he was a man like unto Ammon, the son of Mosiah, yea, and even the other sons of Mosiah, yea, and also Alma and his sons, for they were all men of God. Alma 48:17-18