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The Holy Ghost – Gift or Got

October 2010, LDS General Conference, Sunday afternoon session.

I’m usually sound asleep by this session of conference. There is nothing else in the world that puts me to sleep like General Conference—weekly sacrament meeting would too if it weren’t for all of the crying kids and uncomfortable pews. Nevertheless, I remember a particular talk by Elder David Bednar that I reflect on frequently.

His sermon was entitled Receive the Holy Ghost. Continue reading “The Holy Ghost – Gift or Got”

Power Lines Through My Wilderness

I have a quiet place, my own little wilderness. Well, its not mine, its publicly accessible land, but nobody goes there. If I want to hike for a few moments of therapy, meditation, and pray, I know that I can enjoy some solitude and experience intriguing landscape not far from home.

The problem with my little wilderness is that it has power lines running through it.

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Bibles, Bibles, Bibles

The canon (official scriptures) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes the Holy Bible. The Bible is the foundation of our Christian faith. As a general rule, we use the King James version (KJV). At the time of the restoration, there was NO official version or most correct version or the only allowed version. Continue reading “Bibles, Bibles, Bibles”

Grace, The Strawman, and Checklist Salvation

Mormon’s are easy targets. The materials at which stones can be thrown is rich and varied, but often over-used; the same subjects come up repeatedly.

The clothing of one familiar strawman argument is that Mormon’s are trying to earn their way into heaven; we don’t accept the grace of Christ. Continue reading “Grace, The Strawman, and Checklist Salvation”