Monday, November 24, 2014


2 Nephi 31:10
 10 And he said unto the children of men: Follow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father?

Matthew 5:7-8

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
One must be merciful to obtain mercy.  One must be pure in heart to see God. One does not obtain mercy and see God just because they say they have accepted Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 1:7-8
7 And to you who are troubled arest with us, when the bLord Jesus shall be crevealed from heaven with his mighty dangels,

8 In flaming afire taking bvengeance on them that know not God, and that cobey not the dgospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

One must know God and obey the gospel.

James 2:14-16
14 aWhat doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath bfaith, and have not works? can faith save him?

15 If a brother or asister be naked, and destitute of daily bfood,

16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye agive them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

2 Peter 2:20
20 For if after they have aescaped the bpollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are cagain dentangled therein, and eovercome, the latter end is fworse with them than the beginning.

2 Nephi 28:8
8 And there shall also be many which shall say: aEat, drink, and be bmerry; nevertheless, fear God—he will cjustify in committing a little dsin; yea, elie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a fpit for thy neighbor; there is gno harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God.

James 2:19-22
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the adevils also bbelieve, and tremble.

20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that afaith without bworks is dead?

21 Was not Abraham our father ajustified by works, when he had boffered Isaac his son upon the altar?

22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by aworks was faith made bperfect?

Mosiah 2:16-18
16 Behold, I say unto you that because I said unto you that I had spent my days in your service, I do not desire to boast, for I have only been in the service of God.

17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn awisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the bservice of your cfellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.

18 Behold, ye have called me your king; and if I, whom ye call your king, do labor to aserve you, then ought not ye to labor to serve one another?

James 1: 22-23

22 But be ye adoers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

23 For if any be a ahearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a bglass:
Matthew 7:21
21 ¶ Not every one that asaith unto me, bLord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that cdoeth the dwill of my Father which is in eheaven.

Luke 9:62
62 No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Once you have accepted Christ as your Savior, if you cease to do his work you are not fit for the kingdom of God.

John 5:28-29
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the agraves shall bhear his voice,

29 And shall acome forth; they that have done good, unto the bresurrection of life; and they that have done cevil, unto the resurrection of ddamnation.

Those who have done good will be raised to life. Those who have done evil will be raised to death. Good things are those things which God has commanded us to do. This includes, but is not limited to, believing that Christ is the Son of God and our Savior.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, The Way of the Disciple, General Conference, April 2009
"It is not enough merely to speak of Jesus Christ or proclaim that we are His disciples. It is not enough to surround ourselves with symbols of our religion. Discipleship is not a spectator sport. We cannot expect to experience the blessings of faith by standing inactive on the sidelines any more than we can experience the benefits of health by sitting on a sofa watching sporting events on television and giving advice to the athletes."

Doctrine and Covenants 1:10
10 Unto the aday when the Lord shall come to brecompense unto every man according to his cwork, and dmeasure to every man according to the measure which he has measured to his fellow man.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, "The Challenge to Become", General Conference, October 2000
"The Apostle Paul taught that the Lord’s teachings and teachers were given that we may all attain 'the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ' (Eph. 4:13). This process requires far more than acquiring knowledge. It is not even enough for us to be convinced of the gospel; we must act and think so that we are converted by it. In contrast to the institutions of the world, which teach us to know something, the gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to become something."
"From such teachings we conclude that the Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts—what we have done. It is an acknowledgment of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have become. It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become."

Exodus 20
This chapter lists the ten commandments, not the ten suggestions.

Friday, November 14, 2014

How to Know Which Church is God's

Neil L Anderson, Joseph Smith, October 2014 General Conference
“Should we be surprised with the evil spoken against him? The Apostle Paul was called mad and deranged.5 Our Beloved Savior, the Son of God, was labeled gluttonous, a winebibber, and possessed of a devil.6

Neal A. Maxwell, “All Hell Is Moved” (Brigham Young University devotional, Nov. 8, 1977), 3;
Some insist upon studying the Church only through the eyes of its defectors—like interviewing Judas to understand Jesus.  Defectors always tell us more about themselves than about that from which they have departed."

My Thoughts
When a church that is claiming to be God’s receives so much opposition that is a sign of their validity.  Is that the only thing we need to look at and call them true?  No, but it is something that should get our attention and make us look for more indicators.

You Will Know Them By Their Fruits
Matthew 7:16-17
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Lead By A Prophet
Amos 3:7
 7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

“We might remind the inquirer that Joseph was not alone in the visit of angels.
“The Book of Mormon witnesses wrote, ‘We declare with words of soberness, that an angel of God came down from heaven, and … we beheld and saw the plates.’  We could quote many others as well.”