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The Reason for the Season

As we approach the celebration of the birth of our Savior, let us not forget the reason for His birth. Christ taught, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38), “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).

Why was Christ born? To save us from ourselves.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and “and no unclean thing can dwell with God” (1 Ne. 10:21).

Therefor, “it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made.

“For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice. Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood which will atone for the sins of another… therefore there can be nothing which is short of an infinite atonement which will suffice for the sins of the world.

“Therefore, it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice, and then shall there be, or it is expedient there should be, a stop to the shedding of blood; then shall the law of Moses be fulfilled; yea, it shall be all fulfilled, every jot and tittle, and none shall have passed away. And behold, this is the whole meaning of the law, every whit pointing to that great and last sacrifice; and that great and last sacrifice will be the Son of God, yea, infinite and eternal.

“And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance. And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption” (Alma 34: 9-16).

Before His crucifixion, Christ said to Pilot, “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth” (John 18:37) Pilot replied, “What is truth” (John 18:38)?

The truth is, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).

That is the reason for the season. For that gift, I look up and shout Hallelujah!

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Holiday, Religion

 

Change

The Lord will change you, with time, if you allow Him.

“But more I did in the Gospel, the more I learned, the more I prayed, the more I read, the more involved I got in my Branch, the more my vision and thoughts and outlook and desires changed. I wasn’t seeking answers to those specific things, but the more I exercised this faith I didn’t know if I had or not, and the more obedient I was, the more I just tried, the more blessed I was from Heavenly Father. I literally woke up one day and my mind was changed. I woke up one day and anything that I ever disagreed with, or desires I had that were not in line with the Gospel, disappeared on their own. He gave me understanding. Comfort. Knowledge.”

Found here.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2013 in People, Religion

 

Modern-Day Puritans

From Sebastian:

New England in a lot of ways never really got over puritanism. I think the puritan roots of New England largely explains why this kind of left-philosophy has gained such a strong foothold. The morality is different, but the inclination is the same.

 
 

Hatin’ On The Pope

Within less than an hour of the new Pope being elected yesterday, I saw a flurry of tweets hate raging on Pope Francis because he’s going to hold the church to traditional moral values. This morning, David Burge gave me the perfect answer:

 

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Conflict Studies, Crazy Left, Religion

 

Settle This In Your Hearts

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2013 in Religion

 

The Love of God

Gives us strength to endure adversity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdN8rfwW3SI#! 

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Life, People, Religion

 

Two Great Commandments

Matthew 22: 36-39

Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Life, People, Religion

 

Bitter Clingers

Robb discusses how the antis bitterly cling to their prejudice:

They hate us, and even worse, they hate their version of us which is generally a strawman of epic proportions. The problem is they cannot face reality where gun owners are women, minorities, or anything other than old, fat, white guys. They cling to that stereotype with a faith so pure and strong that it makes Billy Graham’s views look like atheism.

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in Crazy Left, Language, People, Religion

 

Earthly Father, Heavenly Father

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Family, Life, People, Religion

 

Omni 1:26

And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Religion

 

Temples

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Family, Life, Religion

 

I Love This Stuff

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2010 in Holiday, Music, Random, Religion

 

The Happiest Place on Earth!

No, not Disney Land.  Exit 142 on I-75 in Tennessee.

 
 

When Strengths Become Weaknesses

D turned on the TV this morning and stumbled across an address by Dallin H. Oaks on KBYU.

The Lord warned the first generation of Latter-day Saints to “beware concerning yourselves” (D&C 84:43). I seek to remind each of us of the mortal susceptibilities and devilish diversions that can unite to produce our spiritual downfall.

He goes on to cover such topics as:

  1. Gospel Hobbies
  2. Misapplication of Spiritual Gifts
  3. A Desire to Be Led in All Things
  4. An Intense Focus on Goals
  5. Neglect or Distortion of Family Duties

and others.  Go. Read. Enjoy.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2010 in Life, Religion

 

Just a Reminder

Okay people.  Let’s go over this one more time.  You don’t have to believe in God for His laws and commandments to have effects and consequences.  In fact, that’s the best part.  They do not exist at your discretion, they exist at His discretion.

As a child of God, you have been given agency – the capacity for rational thought and choice – and are allowed to use that agency however you see fit even if that means believing that God’s law does not exist.  Are we still on the same page?

Good.  So, all together now – believing that God’s laws and commandments do not exist does not make it so and does not void you from being accountable to Him for laws broken via commission or omission.

The Spirit of truth is of God. I [Christ] am the Spirit of truth, and John bore record of me, saying: He received a fulness of truth, yea, even of all truth; And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments. He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.  Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be. All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there is no existence. Behold, here is the agency of man, and here is the condemnation of man; because that which was from the beginning is plainly manifest unto them, and they receive not the light. And every man whose spirit receiveth not the light is under condemnation. For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy; And when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy. The elements are the tabernacle of God; yea, man is the tabernacle of God, even temples; and whatsoever temple is defiled, God shall destroy that temple. The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth. Light and truth forsake that evil one. Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning; and God having redeemed man from the fall, men became again, in their infant state, innocent before God. And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers. – D&C 93:26-39

Thank you.  Back about your business.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2010 in Religion

 
 
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