Category: Mormon

Joseph Smith’s dreams

I’ve searched for some of Joseph Smith’s dreams, looking for primary sources. The recorded dreams and their sources follow. Source: An American Prophet’s Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith, edited by Scott H. Faulring — 1. One day after Joseph Smith (in Kirtland, Ohio) sees in vision the Celestial Kingdom, January 21, 1836, (recorded by Warren Parish — now D&C 137), Joseph records after a long day of meetings on  Jan 22, 1836, I then observed to the brethren that it was time to retire. We accordingly /closed/ our interview and returned home at about 2 o’clock in the morning....

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A Correct Account of the murders of Generals Joseph and Hyrum Smith

June 27, 1844 marks the day that the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith were murdered. I read a new account of the event, recorded, and published in 1845, by an eyewitness, non-Mormon, by the name of William M. Daniels. The published work was in the LDS Church Historian vault, became available in digital format in 2003, and now resides in the Harold B. Lee Library. The following excerpts are the words of William M. Daniels, taken from his writings, A Correct Account of the Murders of Generals Joseph and Hyrum Smith: I shall avoid stating anything...

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The Book of Enoch Audible

Lately, I’ve been listening to the Book of Enoch on Audible — a great way to become familiar with this ancient text. I’ve never read the entire book — I’ve read parts of it, but I’ve always wanted to read all of the book. Here is my solution: I like to listen to books and talks on my iphone — while driving or walking, and as I wind down at the end of the day, it helps me relax and fall asleep. This Audible edition is the entire, original  Book of Enoch, read by Steve Cook — an enjoyable narrator. The...

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Baptism of Fire Resources

One of the exciting comforts of living in this chaotic world, is the promise that God will not leave you alone. Truly. He will bless you with the first comforter, the Holy Ghost, which is real. It is an event, likened to the event when you were born. Here are several good sources on the “baptism of fire” also known as being “born again” and experiencing “the mighty change” — An event that comes through the process of repenting and overcoming trials. Although some few may receive the baptism of fire at the time of the ordinance of the laying...

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How to prepare for the day of the Lord

As I sat in Sunday school, I reflected on the lesson about “Looking forth for the great day of the Lord come.” The teacher asked, “how can we prepare for the Millennium?” We skipped the part leading up to the Millennium — the dreadful day of the Lord — the destructions, the chaos, the extreme trials. We jumped to the time after Christ comes to earth during the Millennial Era. We didn’t talk about how we establish Zion or how we become worthy of Zion. In fact no one brought up Zion. We talked about how wonderful it will...

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How Isaiah changed my life

It was the summer of 1992, Irvine, California — Avraham Gileadi was giving one of his early seminars on the Book of Isaiah. We had a copy of his book on our shelf and we eagerly looked forward to his class. It was good timing, and one example of God’s hand in my life. But like so many things, I did not see the blessings until many years later, when I could look at my life from a new perspective, after having passed through my trials of descent. The Book of Isaiah changed my life because I understood the purpose...

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Symbolism of the Cube

I was sitting in the back of church, reading silently about the enormous golden Cube — the golden cube that comes down from heaven when Christ returns to reign. It’s “1,500 miles in each dimension, with walls of jasper and precious stones, buildings of gold and gates of pearl.” (Barker, p. 1) The golden cube symbolizes the Bride, the Holy of Holies — the Kingdom of God. When Christ, the bridegroom returns to earth, the Bride will receive Him and then He will establish the Kingdom of God on earth. I followed the reference in the Book of Revelation...

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Names and naming

Names and naming have more meaning and significance than we probably understand. You may love your name or you may hate your name, but the process and custom of naming seems to go back to our pre-earth life. And extend beyond this life. And vary by custom and history. And carry power or not — earthly or Godly. Getting a new name The custom of getting a new name spans history. In this world, it begins with Adam who was Michael in the pre-earth life and helped form the earth with Jehovah. Adam when he left the pre-earth life...

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When Christ died — Power and Choice

We may think that the Jews or the Romans killed Jesus. But we forget that no one could take His life. They did not kill Him so much as Jesus gave up His life willingly. He chose to die. He finished His course. He fulfilled His calling. It was all part of the plan. Jesus let that act happen–no one could take His life, not the cross, not the Romans, not the Jews — He gave up the ghost willingly. He chose. He was the only one since Adam who had power over physical death. It’s the ultimate gift...

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How is Easter determined?

It seems so late this year — Easter. How does that happen? The date for Easter is determined by a few astrological happenings: the   Spring Equinox, Passover, and the Full Moon. I guess you could say we’ve become rigid in our understanding of dates since we follow the Gregorian calendar — we no longer look at the moon to determine the date. But, the Jewish calendar is based on the moon — thus a lunar calendar. The moon determines when we celebrate Easter — it falls on the first Sunday, after the first full moon after the spring equinox....

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Joseph Smith treatise on Priesthood

This is the Joseph Smith treatise on priesthood that I talked about in my last post. I wanted to save it so I can read it again. Sometimes I read something great and then I forget just where it was. So I often use my blog to catalogize all my studies and notes. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I started this blog — I needed a place for my Hugh Nibley audio files. Joseph Smith had so much knowledge to impart. He talks quite a bit about Enoch and explains, “the doctrine of translation is a power...

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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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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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