Posts Tagged ‘ revelation ’

Waiting for the Brethren to….

August 8, 2016
Wander40yrs

In the Book of Numbers, we are told that the reason the children of Israel had to wander in the Wilderness was because of a lack of faith in God.  While Moses had led them out of Egypt, many wanted to return to Egypt instead of conquer the promised land of Canaan, the land God […]

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In or Out? (weekend poll)

August 6, 2016
In or Out?  (weekend poll)

There were a few comments earlier this week about revelations that should be/shouldn’t be canonized.  It made me wonder what you all thought.  Are there some sections you’d like added or removed from the D&C?  Let’s see if you agree with some of these suggestions, and then see if you’d like some sections removed.  Is […]

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Are we really a church of revelation?

August 1, 2016
7 of first 8 prophets don't follow the Current Grooming Standards of the Church

We like to claim that we are a church led by revelation.  In light of the last two posts (part 1 and part 2) by Guy Templeton, asking who among the current crop of apostles might give us a revelation, I thought it might be interesting to show a few graphs. It’s interesting to compare […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, Doctrine, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures, theology | 97 Comments »

Prophet Among Us (part 2)?

July 24, 2016
Prophet Among Us (part 2)?

Several of you didn’t like the choices last week when I asked who was the most likely apostle (among the top 6 in seniority) to give us a new revelation.  So, let’s ask the question again, amongst the bottom half of the apostles!  (Note this is listed by seniority.)

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Posted in LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, scriptures | 28 Comments »

Prophet Among Us?

July 17, 2016
Prophet Among Us?

I was talking to a friend, and asked him if there was a current apostle like Spencer W. Kimball–that is someone who might come up with a groundbreaking revelation (concerning perhaps gays, women, or some other issue) among the current crop of apostles.  I remind you all that when Pres Kimball assumed the role of […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Prophet | 62 Comments »

New Revelation in the Community of Christ

April 24, 2016
New Revelation in the Community of Christ

Here is another guest post by Rich Brown, a member of the Community of Christ. It used to be that World Conference delegates in the Community of Christ arrived in Independence, Missouri, wondering if the church’s prophet-president would submit an inspired document to be considered for inclusion in the Doctrine and Covenants. When they arrive […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, LGBT, Mormon, scriptures, theology | 12 Comments »

My Wrongs Are Washed Away

May 14, 2015
My Wrongs Are Washed Away

  I’ve been in primary for about the past ten years in every capacity. There’s a song we often sing for Baptisms: “When I am Baptized” I like to look for rainbows, whenever there is rain And ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again. I want my life to be as clean […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, theology, understanding | 17 Comments »

When the Priesthood is Everything, It Becomes Nothing

March 20, 2015
Priesthood Blessing

The latest viral-nova mormon essay to hit the internets is about how a woman taught primary children how priesthood blesses our lives. I believe it is a valiant attempt to wrestle with the complicated and contradictory messages that we have always been given about women and the priesthood. It is a worthwhile endeavor, and I […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Sunday School, Women | 35 Comments »

What does Restoration mean?

May 28, 2013
What does Restoration mean?

What does it mean that the church is a restoration?  As I grew up in the church, I always thought of restoration as implying stuff fell out that had to be put back in.  Things that fit into this category included: the role of prophets and apostles, translation capabilities (including that pesky Urim & Thummim that someone mislaid a […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, History, Israel, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy | 10 Comments »

Remapping the Eternal Family

March 8, 2013
Remapping the Eternal Family

Human brains naturally use locations in space and time to make sense of events. Why should we expect eternal spirits to follow that protocol? The question has always bothered me. What follows is speculation about a different way of looking at the relationship between the physical and the spiritual than the Restoration faiths adopted in […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Race Relations, Science and Religion | 32 Comments »

Seeking Truth

February 14, 2013
Seeking Truth

Today’s post is by new perma and longtime commenter, Hedgehog.  On 10 January, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf addressed young single adults at the firstCES devotional of the year.  The title of his address is ‘What is truth?’.  This has also been addressed by David Taymon who was rather quick off the mark. Truth, as a topic, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 43 Comments »

The Enlightenment, Mormonism and Personal Revelation

December 13, 2012
The Enlightenment, Mormonism and Personal Revelation

“It is a contradiction in terms and ideas, to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second-hand, either verbally or in writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication”

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Education, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

How Change Happens (or Doesn’t)

December 11, 2012
How Change Happens (or Doesn’t)

When I was a pre-teen, I remember overhearing a conversation between adults about the ERA, the political push for women to have equal rights in society and in the workplace.  I was proud to think that while others of my friends belonged to churches that led by fallible men, we had God at the helm, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Race Relations | 42 Comments »

Receiving Revelation during General Conference

September 30, 2012
Receiving Revelation during General Conference

This is a guest post from Grace for Grace. I graduated from BYU in the spring of 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree and registered for a Masters degree program that offered evening classes that fall.  At the time, I was working part time as a business development consultant for a large company in Provo, Utah.  I […]

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Apologies & Disavowals

September 18, 2012
Apologies & Disavowals

A recent Huffington Post article discussed the difficulty the Mormon church has in making an official apology for the Priesthood Ban, and according to the article, the reason is not racism.  This will come as no surprise to most Mormons who are not racist but hesitate to completely throw revered prophets and church leaders under […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Science and Religion | 19 Comments »

Rehabbing Elder McConkie

September 10, 2012
Rehabbing Elder McConkie

Elder McConkie has been much maligned in the bloggernacle for his book Mormon Doctrine, which has often been cited as “Bruce’s Doctrine”, or known to have many errors (even by me.)  However, many often fail to mention Elder McConkie’s contributions to Mormonism: he put together much of the Bible Dictionary (of which few people complain), as […]

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Apostle – Special Witness of Christ

September 3, 2012
Apostle – Special Witness of Christ

I wanted to follow up on Grace for Grace’s discussion about revelation, and whether we need to be living righteously to receive revelation.  Many people have wondered if apostles have seen Christ.  Michael Quinn discusses this in The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power. Quinn says on page 1, [Oliver] Cowdery told the new apostles: “It […]

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You Don’t have to be Perfect to Receive Revelation from God

September 2, 2012
You Don’t have to be Perfect to Receive Revelation from God

This is the first post from Grace for Grace.  He runs his own blog with the same name. In Elder’s Quorum last Sunday, one comment stood out to me.  The elder in our group shared an experience where he felt that as long as we are doing “all the right things” we will be in […]

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Empowering Women God’s Way

August 1, 2012
Empowering Women God’s Way

Any woman can receive the power of the priesthood, and with it the ministering of angels and the presence of God. So says Sheri Dew, Virginia Pearce, and Joseph Smith. An interesting new book releases tomorrow.

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Mormon Belief, Priesthood | 12 Comments »

Hearing Prophets — Just what are they saying and how to hear them.

July 20, 2012
Hearing Prophets — Just what are they saying and how to hear them.

When prophets talk what they say falls into one of six categories. This essay is about how to determine which category their words fit into and how to have a better understanding and application of the speech of prophets, ancient and modern.  It presents six categories and five tools. The six categories are: 1) Specific […]

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