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ATONEMENT AND RECONCILIATION

October 26th, 2017

It appears to me that the latest definitions of “atonement” are bringing us to a new understanding of the nature of God. A while back one of the influential high priests in my ward announced his thought that when those of us who are baptized sin again it causes the Savior to have to suffer some more in the Garden. He said the Lord can do that because he is not limited by time so He can go back to the Garden and suffer some more. It seems to me that if that is true the Lord will not have time for any other errands.

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THE HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN AND THE FOUNTAIN CLEAR AS CRYSTAL

September 27th, 2017

When we, as members of the LDS. Church hear the phrase, “turning the hearts of the children to the fathers ...”, we naturally think of genealogy research and temple work for the dead. But, do we think of Leviticus 26:40-46 wherein the Lord promises the Children of Israel that He will remember his covenant with them when they confess their sins and the sins of their fathers? Do we think of the latter-day sins of the saints which caused our ancestors to be scourged from city to city until they had to settle in the Utah Territory. Because we held on to our racist theories our temples could not become houses of prayer for all peoples, as foretold by Isaiah, until 1978 when the priesthood finally became available to men of all races?

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JOSEPH SMITH AND LOOKING BEYOND THE MARK

August 11th, 2017

When Joseph Smith attempted to settle the Saints in Missouri and build the city of New Jerusalem was he looking beyond the Mark? I ask the question because the Lord, during his earthly ministry, told us with the parable of the wheat and the tares that until the time of the destruction of the wicked the wheat and tares should grow together.

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A MESSAGE FOR MITT ROMNEY

June 16th, 2017

Dear Mitt;

I have a great deal of admiration for your family and for your dad. When Brigham Young’s racist doctrine was popular in the church your father dared take part in the civil rights struggle. While some Latter-Day Saints were telling their racist friends “You ought to join the Mormon Church because we know how to keep the blacks in their place.”, your father was marching for civil rights. When I faced the influence of polygamists and racists in the church, I ended up leaving for twenty five years. While racists and polygamists have been driven under ground, the influence of those who long for polygamy is alive and well. Now that I’m back, those who long for polygamy have done their best to make me feel unwelcome. Knowing that these are still the days when the wheat and tares are to grow together I am not attempting to drive them out of the church, merely to stick up for my right to believe the Book of Mormon’s case against polygamy.

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REPENT OR SUFFER

May 1st, 2017

Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world. Those who repent, are baptized, and are spiritually reborn by the sanctifying influence of the Holy Ghost become joint heirs with Jesus Christ whose crucifixion pays for their sins. The Savior’s death resulting from his crucifixion was the penalty humankind brought upon themselves because of their sinful natures. Those who have claim on the Savior’s mercy can inherit the celestial or terrestrial kingdoms. D&C sections 76 and 88 explain it.

According to D&C 19:16 -18 those who will not repent must suffer even as Jesus suffered in Gethsemane when blood dripped from every pore. They suffer for their own sins, but they do not atone for their own sins.

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