Posts Tagged ‘ revelation ’

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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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, understanding | 42 Comments »

Talking to Angels

June 25, 2012
Talking to Angels

Bonnie has written a really interesting post on whether regular people can have access to angels.  Denver Snuffer was interviewed by John Dehlin on Mormon Stories back in February, and Denver has written a book detailing the steps to go through to receive an angelic visit.  John introduces Denver as a “A Progressive, Fundamentalist, Non-Polygamist […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 27 Comments »

Should the Church Apologize for the Ban?

June 11, 2012
Should the Church Apologize for the Ban?

Following up with the conversation on whether the timing of the 1978 revelation was correct, Brad Kramer and Marguerite Driessen disagreed on the necessity of whether the LDS Church should repent for the previous restrictions on black church members.  You might be surprised at their stances.  Here’s more of their conversation on whether an institution […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 83 Comments »

Was 1978 the right year?

June 4, 2012
Was 1978 the right year?

As we come upon the 34th anniversary of the lifting of the priesthood/temple ban, I thought it would be interesting to discuss whether 1978 was the “right year”.  The priesthood and temple ban was lifted in a 1978 revelation given to President Spencer W. Kimball and the Twelve Apostles.  With Civil Rights being a big […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 66 Comments »

Cain, Abel and Statism

May 26, 2012
Cain, Abel and Statism

A couple of months ago, while gathering up all of the data required to “render unto the IRS” and trying to feel better about all of the work involved in doing so, I ran across an interesting piece of Biblical literary criticism. It became even more interesting to me when I started thinking about the […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Freedom, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics | 13 Comments »

If I Were In Charge: Revisit the Word of Wisdom (Including Obedience and Obesity)

May 17, 2012
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What is the Word of Wisdom?  From Mormon.org, we read that “our bodies are precious gifts from God.  We believe He has given us guidance about how best to take care of them.  He revealed a law of health, called the Word of Wisdom, to Joseph Smith in 1833.  The Word of Wisdom prohibits the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon | 93 Comments »

Routine Prophecy

April 30, 2012
Routine Prophecy

In the lifetime of Joseph Smith, there were more than 100 revelations recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants.  In the past 120 years, we’ve had only the vision of Joseph F. Smith (section 138), and 2 Official Declarations added–the Manifesto, and the elimination of the ban on black members to receive the priesthood.  There are […]

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Priesthood Ban Myths

March 5, 2012
Priesthood Ban Myths

On February 25, Scott Gordon president of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) sent out a newsletter to subscribers noting that February is Black History Month.  Gordon explained why black history matters, and explained 3 myths about the ban.  Just 3 days later, Professor Randy Bott created a stir when he tried to […]

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If I Were In Charge: Reopen the LDS Canon

March 2, 2012
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There has been a lot of discussion recently about some comments made by Professor Bott at BYU.  For me, seeing the discussions on race has been interesting, but I’d already resolved the issue for myself, much like Andrew S talked about in his recent post.  To me, it was basically just institutionalism of the racism […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief | 56 Comments »

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