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Eyewitness of Joseph Smith

I love reading first-hand accounts and lately, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a witness. Is there a difference between being a witness and an eyewitness? Or does “witness” imply “eyewitness”? In the legal system, a good witness has to have seen something first-hand. Second-hand accounts come in second, though they have some validity. Especially a witness of miraculous events or a witness of Jesus Christ should be an eyewitness — the witness should report what he saw with his own eyes. I came across an interesting account from one of Joseph Smith’s scribes, who was...

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The Gathering of my people

My youngest son, at the University of Utah,  was preparing to teach his first class in Gospel Doctrine, so we were looking at the lesson, entitled “The Gathering of my People.” First of all, I just want to acknowledge that this calling is one of those tender mercies, one of those signs that God intervenes in your life. Anyway, I never realized that the “gathering” theme was so prominent in the scriptures. Why does God want to gather his people? From the days of Adam to the last days, the Lord tries to gather his people. But why?  Joseph...

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Silicone Teething Necklaces

I remember the day that my daughter-in-law, Arleene, showed me her idea for a business — now called Mama and Little. She had recently given birth to her first baby, and was looking at silicone teething necklaces. But she didn’t really like the bright red, yellow, and blue colors of the beads. The one style that was out there had beads going all the way around. Moms were saying that it got tangled in their hair. Arleene explains, After my son was born in July 2013, I soon realized I wasn’t going to be able to wear jewelry around...

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Early Sacrament with Joseph Smith

I often wonder what it would be like to partake of the sacrament during the times of the early apostles or during the times of the early LDS church with Joseph Smith. I often sit in our sacrament meetings waiting for the little tiny pieces of bread and sip of water to pass my way. And I think of the large pieces of bread and wine that the Savior blessed for His disciples. Even during the early days of the LDS church, the members of the church treated the sacrament as more of a supper. Like the Lord’s last...

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Sarai and Abram save each other

Sarah and Abraham created a perfect balance of the divine masculine and feminine. We often overlook their experiences — perhaps due to losses in ancient records and alterations of texts. Women were not scribes. And patriarchy was the lens from which to view life. Thus, stories of women were lost or hidden. However, we find relics of some of the women of the Bible. Sarai, wife to Abram is one. I’ve compiled some of the information and in doing so, have found that Sarai and Abram save each other. Abram and Sarai gather souls About 1900 BCE, God told...

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Kingdom of God and Holy of Holies

I started reading a book on Temple Mysticism by Margaret Barker, wherein she writes that the Kingdom of God was considered to be the Holy of Holies (Temple Mysticism.) I found this interesting since many people are confused about the Kingdom of God. Is it belonging to a certain church, or is it being Christian, born again, or what? Early Christian writers claimed that Jesus, the High Priest shared the secret mysteries of the Kingdom of God — Peter saying, ‘We remember that our LORD and teacher, commanding us, said: “Keep the mysteries/secrets for me and the sons of...

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Free Avraham Gileadi talks

If you like studying Isaiah with Hebrew scholar, Avraham Gileadi, the Isaiah Institute has two newly released (free) videos of his talks he gave at the South Towne Exposition Center on October 9 & 10, 2015:  “Mission of the Servant and the 144,000”   https://vimeo.com/197823487 “The Callout According to Isaiah & the Prophets”  https://vimeo.com/197828360 Also available are these Two free pdf downloads: “Scriptural Evidence of the Callout” Given October 15, 2016-Manti, UT.  Gileadi’s fireside notes download “Serving as Kings & Queens” Given May 14, 2016 at the Zion Conference” A Time of Awakening” UVU Ballroom, Orem, UT. Keynote Address   “Dr. Gileadi is the only LDS scholar I know of...

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History of New Year’s and Feast of the Circumcision

Our much celebrated, New Year’s Day is mingled with the holy rite of circumcision. I was curious why the dark, wintry day of January 1st had become the celebrated New Year’s Day and the beginning of a New Year. The History of January 1st goes something like this: The Romans dedicated the 1st of January to the god Janus — some kind of god of the gates or doors, a god with two faces, looking backward and looking forward. Then when Julius Caesar was murdered, the Senate voted to honor him on January 1. Some countries celebrated the New Year...

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David Suchet reads the Bible

I found a great recording of the Bible read by David Suchet. He’s the actor who plays Agatha Christie’s Poirot. His voice and reading of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible is my favorite. I’ve been trying to find an audible version of the scriptures that conveys the story without the narrator being overly dramatic (which drives me crazy) or just being a bore. I listened to all the trials on my Audible.com account and found this one. I bought it and couldn’t be happier with my choice. A long time ago, I heard Arthur Henry King read...

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The Savior

I believe that Jesus Christ is my savior. Lately I have come to better understand what that really means — “Savior.” I began to look at the role of a savior in general terms. Perhaps it is easier to grasp if you have acted as a savior for someone else, where you have had to experience some suffering. I believe that many of us came to this earth to learn about the proxy savior role. And as you come to understand this you suddenly understand how and why Christ suffered for your sins. You will see this savior-role in...

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Joseph Smith’s birthdate

Joseph Smith was born December 23, 1805, in Sharon Vermont. His mother, Lucy Mack Smith was 30 years old. His dad, Joseph Smith Sr, was 34. It was Lucy’s fifth pregnancy, and fourth child. I’ve read many books about Joseph Smith; the most recent was Richard Bushman’s book, “Joseph Smith, Rough Stone Rolling“. The title aptly describes his life — Joseph said, “I am like a huge, rough stone rolling down from a high mountain; and the only polishing I get is when some corner gets rubbed off by coming in contact with something else…” (History of The Church 5:401)...

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How to celebrate the Winter Solstice

I’ve always wanted to celebrate the winter solstice because of the religious symbolism. It’s the day of the year with the least amount of daylight, which usually falls on  Dec 21 —  for those of us that live in the northern Hemisphere. The earth’s axis is tilted the furthest away from the sun and hence we get the least amount of light. After the winter solstice, each day is a little brighter. If you live north of the arctic circle — towards the north pole, you won’t t have any daylight at all today — no sun. Poor Santa, he should...

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The day Christ was born — maybe not April 6

Growing up in the church, I always thought Jesus was born on April 6th. I thought it was Mormon doctrine. I heard it preached by general authorities. But as Elder Christofferson explained, “not every statement made by a church leader, past or present necessarily constitutes doctrine.” (April 2012 Conference) Although April is a significant month for Mormons — General Conference is the first weekend; Joseph Smith organized the LDS Church on April 6, 1830, and Easter usually falls in April (sometimes March) — the belief that Christ was born on April 6 is questionable. I know, I know, I have...

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The Spirit and Power of Elijah

The Spirit and Power of Elijah is much more than temple work. The Lord explains that before He comes again, He will send Elijah the prophet to  “Turn the heart of the fathers to the sons, and the hearts of the sons to their fathers.” (Malachi 4:5-6) Otherwise, it will be total destruction. Did you notice that this version (Young’s Literal Translation and The Jubilee Bible) uses the word “sons” instead of “children” (King James Version)? I went to the online Bible Hub and did some study. Looking at the Hebrew word in this verse of Malachi, it is “banim”...

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The Divine Feminine

Since I’ve had some requests for the presentation on “Creating Balance with the Divine Feminine” which I gave at the Zion Conference in May 2016. I have uploaded it here: Divine feminine from Deila Taylor References Barney, K. (2001). Do We Have a Mother in Heaven? Retreived from:          http://www.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Kevin-Barney-           MotherInHeaven.pdf Brown, B. (2012). Daring Greatly. Crawford, C. (2015). The Struggle for Female Authority in Biblical and Mormon Theology. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 48 (2). Retrieved from: https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp- content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V48N02_cc.pdf Gileadi, A. (2002). Isaiah Decoded.  Fisch, H. (1999). Presence.The Biblical Presence in Shakespeare, Milton,...

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