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  • Obama Nominates Defense Acquisition Undersecretary

    02/25/2009 3:38:52 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies · 378+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2009 | By Donna Miles
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=53214 Obama Nominates Defense Acquisition Undersecretary By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2009 – President Barack Obama announced yesterday that he will nominate Ashton Carter to be the next undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Carter is the chairman of the International and Global Affairs faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He served as assistant secretary of defense for International Security Policy from 1993 to 1996. If confirmed to the post held by John Young since 2007, Carter would oversee a sweeping defense...
  • Video: Joseph Smith, prophet of the restoration (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    04/01/2011 7:37:54 AM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 123 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xVw6PsSinI People around the world now have a new way to learn about Joseph Smith, the founder and first president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A film called Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration is now available online, marking the first time the Church has shared a full-length film on the Internet.
  • Americas Newest Mormon Conservative Leader – Rush Limbaugh?

    03/31/2011 10:00:16 PM PDT · by Grig · 96 replies · 2+ views
    Rush Limbaugh confirmed today the rumor that he and his wife Catherine have been meeting with Mormon missionaries for the past few months and are seriously considering committing to the Utah based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Limbaugh was quite forthcoming in how his fascination with Mormonism began. “Over the years there have been a number of things about the Mormons that have really caught my attention.” Limbaugh stated. “Mormons are the most conservative religious group in the United States, their support for President Bush, traditional marriage, the tea party, really earned them my respect.” Rush said....
  • Proof is in the eye of the beholder (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/31/2011 5:32:42 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 25 replies
    Mormon Times ^ | Michael R. Ash
    Proof is in the eye of the beholder   Source: For Mormon Times21 March 2011 5:00am  Critics frequently claim that one reason they reject the Book of Mormon is because it is unsupported by archaeological evidence. Some have gone as far to claim that they would believe in the church if archaeology could “prove” that the Book of Mormon is true. The next several installments will deal with evidence, proof, faith and Book of Mormon archaeology.I should note two important points regarding the nature of evidence and the necessity of faith. First, I’m unconvinced that any critic would “convert” because of...
  • Catholic bishop addresses Mormon Institute students

    Catholic bishop addresses Mormon Institute students    ‘Our Shared History, Our Shared Values, and Our Shared Challenges’ By David HoefferlePublic Affairs Director, Southern Arizona Published: Monday, March 28, 2011   TUCSON, ARIZ. Calling it a “historic occasion,” Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson encouraged Latter-day Saints and Catholics to stand side-by-side in their joint responsibility to protect freedom of worship throughout the world. Bishop Kicanas, past vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and current chairman of the board of directors of Catholic Relief Services, presented a stirringly inspirational young adult fireside as the...
  • Could this be the biggest find since the Dead Sea Scrolls?

    Seventy metal books found in cave in Jordan could change our view of Biblical history.....For scholars of faith and history, it is a treasure trove too precious for price. This ancient collection of 70 tiny books, their lead pages bound with wire, could unlock some of the secrets of the earliest days of Christianity. Academics are divided as to their authenticity but say that if verified, they could prove as pivotal as the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. On pages not much bigger than a credit card, are images, symbols and words that appear to refer to...
  • Comparing LDS Beliefs with First-Century Christianity (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/29/2011 3:19:02 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 451 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Daniel C. Peterson and Stephen D. Ricks
    Comparing LDS Beliefs with First-Century Christianity     By Daniel C. Peterson and Stephen D. RicksDaniel C. Peterson and Stephen D. Ricks, "Comparing LDS Beliefs with First-Century Christianity", Ensign, Mar. 1988, 7   Latter-day Saints reject the doctrines of the Trinity as taught by most Christian churches today. These creeds were canonized in the fourth and fifth centuries A.D. and do not reflect the thinking or beliefs of the New Testament church.   Since the inception of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many critics have denied that it is Christian. Surprisingly, the basis for the claim has little to do with the...
  • What critics don't understand about testimony (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/28/2011 7:12:57 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 95 replies
    Mormon Times ^ | Michael R. Ash
    What critics don't understand about testimony    Author: Michael R. AshSource: For Mormon Times28 March 2011 6:00am   In last week’s issue, I argued that secular evidences alone can never offer the power to convert anyone to the restored gospel. Undeniable secular evidences for Joseph Smith’s prophetic status would frustrate the necessity of agency and would still likely not change the hearts of those who adamantly reject the Prophet.Critics typically claim that Latter-day Saints rely on “feelings” in lieu of “evidence” — thereby implying that there is no rational thought that factors into their spiritual testimonies. This is unmitigated nonsense and contains...
  • The Surety of a Better Testament (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/25/2011 3:03:04 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 230 replies · 1+ views
    LDS.org ^ | James E. Faust
    The Surety of a Better Testament     By President James E. FaustSecond Counselor in the First PresidencyJames E. Faust, "The Surety of a Better Testament", Ensign, Sept. 2003, 2–6  The Apostle Paul was well acquainted with the adjustment in thinking needed when moving from the Old Testament to the New Testament. It is a journey from the rigid formality of the letter of the law taught by Moses to the spiritual guidance found in the Holy Spirit.In his epistle to the Hebrews, Paul described this adjustment: “For the law [of Moses] made nothing perfect, but [was only] the bringing in of...
  • Words of Jesus: Resurrection to Ascension (REAL LDS / Mormon)

    03/21/2011 7:01:14 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 34 replies
    LDS.org ^ | D. Lee Tobler
    Words of Jesus: Resurrection to Ascension     By Elder D. Lee ToblerOf the SeventyD. Lee Tobler, "Words of Jesus: Resurrection to Ascension", Ensign, Aug. 2003, 36–39   “Ye shall be witnesses unto me … unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).  As Jesus was taken from the cross and lovingly prepared for burial following the customs of the Jews, His disciples wanted to protect His body from intrusion or harm. They wrapped His body with fresh linen, and a great stone was rolled into place to seal the doorway of the tomb (see Matt. 27:57–60). Three days later Jesus emerged victorious...
  • Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Talents (REAL LDS / Mormon)

    03/21/2011 3:47:30 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 92 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Ronald A. Rasband
    Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Talents     By Elder Ronald A. RasbandOf the SeventyRonald A. Rasband, "Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Talents", Ensign, Aug. 2003, 32–35  What parent has not looked into the eyes of a newborn infant and wondered in amazement about the child’s future? What parent has not asked questions such as “What kind of life will my child have? For what purposes has this child come to earth now? What must I do as a parent to help this infant fulfill those purposes?”Every one of us has been blessed with many marvelous capabilities, and...
  • Commit Thy Way unto the Lord (REAL LDS / Mormon)

    03/20/2011 3:45:41 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 75 replies · 1+ views
    LDS.org ^ | Jerald L. Taylor
    Commit Thy Way unto the Lord     By Elder Jerald L. TaylorOf the SeventyJerald L. Taylor, "Commit Thy Way unto the Lord", Ensign, July 2003, 54  How can we strengthen our commitment to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ?   Some time ago I presided over a stake conference in Momostenango, Guatemala. Prior to the conference, I was surprised when stake president Francisco Rosales recommended that the Saturday meetings be held in the morning instead of in the afternoon, when these meetings are usually scheduled. When I asked the reason for the change, President Rosales said it was safer for the people to travel...
  • The Savior’s Visit to the Spirit World (REAL LDS / Mormon)

    03/18/2011 9:02:56 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 14 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Spencer J. Condie
    The Savior’s Visit to the Spirit World    By Elder Spencer J. CondieOf the SeventySpencer J. Condie, "The Savior’s Visit to the Spirit World", Ensign, July 2003, 32–36   What Jesus did during the hours between His death and Resurrection provides the doctrinal foundation for building temples.   “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). After Jesus spoke these words from the cross, His immortal spirit took leave of His physical body. His lifeless flesh was laid in a sepulchre, and a stone sealed its entrance.A brief time later, angels declared to a group of women gathered at His tomb, “He...
  • Parables of Jesus: The Unjust Steward (REAL LDS / Mormon)

    03/18/2011 8:54:16 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 3 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Tsung-Ting Yang
    Parables of Jesus: The Unjust Steward      By Elder Tsung-Ting YangArea Authority SeventyTsung-Ting Yang, "Parables of Jesus: The Unjust Steward", Ensign, July 2003, 28–31   We must learn to follow the example of those who plan ahead to provide financially for themselves.  The parable of the unjust steward is about a business manager who manipulates his employer’s debts. I have wondered many times why the Savior ever gave it. Some people have even read it and wondered if He was justifying or excusing unethical behavior. It is a curious parable, but one that is also rich with truth, including teachings that show us...
  • Messiah: Behold The Lamb Of God (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/17/2011 4:58:35 AM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 169 replies
    In a day when many scholars have reduced Christ to a historical or purely figurative being, this seven-part documentary series stands to affirm His divinity by reconciling the historical Christ with the Christ of religious tradition. Filmed in part on location in the Holy Land and in conjunction with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Messiah: Behold the Lamb of God is the first documentary that covers all phases of the Savior's life - spanning His premortal existence to the resurrection and restoration of the gospel - all told from a Latter-day Saint perspective. http://byutv.org/messiah/
  • Words of Jesus: On the Cross (REAL LDS / Mormon)

    03/16/2011 3:41:44 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 64 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Alain A. Petion
    Words of Jesus: On the Cross     By Elder Alain A. PetionArea Authority SeventyAlain A. Petion, "Words of Jesus: On the Cross", Ensign, June 2003, 32  As we ponder the lessons contained in Jesus’ final words, we exclaim with the centurion, “Truly this man is the Son of God” (see Mark 15:39).    While driving alone for long distances, I enjoy listening to Handel’s Messiah and other sacred music that uses the scriptures as the text. This music has always brought deep emotions for the Savior to my heart.Many years ago, a friend presented me with a recording of Franz Joseph Haydn’s oratorio...
  • Give Thanks in All Things (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    03/16/2011 3:06:04 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 15 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Dallin H. Oaks
    Give Thanks in All Things     Elder Dallin H. OaksOf the Quorum of the Twelve ApostlesDallin H. Oaks, "Give Thanks in All Things", Ensign, May 2003, 95–98  When we give thanks in all things, we see hardships and adversities in the context of the purpose of life.   In one of the times of spiritual and temporal adversity recorded in the Book of Mormon, when the people of God were “suffering all manner of afflictions,” the Lord commanded them to “give thanks in all things” (Mosiah 26:38–39). I wish to apply that teaching to our time. I. The children of God have always...
  • Follow the Instructions (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/14/2011 3:04:10 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 25 replies · 1+ views
    LDS.org ^ | Rex Gerratt
    Follow the Instructions     Elder D. Rex GerrattOf the SeventyD. Rex Gerratt, "Follow the Instructions", Ensign, May 2003, 90–91   As you open your mind and heart to feel the Spirit, the Lord in His own time and in His own way will give you the instructions which will bless your life.   Some years ago while I was serving as a ward clerk, the ward supplies for the new year arrived on my doorstep. Among the numerous boxes, one box addressed to the ward clerk caught my attention. Taped to the box was a tag with bold type: “If all else fails—Please! Follow...
  • The Unspeakable Gift (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/11/2011 3:42:07 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 4 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Joseph B. Wirthlin
    The Unspeakable Gift     Elder Joseph B. WirthlinOf the Quorum of the Twelve ApostlesJoseph B. Wirthlin, "The Unspeakable Gift", Ensign, May 2003, 26–29  If [we] would open [our] hearts to the refining influence of this unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, a glorious new spiritual dimension would come to light.  It is a privilege to be with you today. I love hearing the word of the Lord spoken by our leaders as they are guided by the divine gift of the Holy Ghost. Today I would like to say a few words regarding this wonderful gift.Have you ever thought about the amount...
  • Overcoming the Stench of Sin (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/10/2011 3:04:23 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 59 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Spencer V. Jones
    Overcoming the Stench of Sin     Elder Spencer V. JonesOf the SeventySpencer V. Jones, "Overcoming the Stench of Sin", Ensign, May 2003, 88–89  Our loving Heavenly Father, … knowing that you and I would all sin and become unclean, provided a cleansing process from sin that … actually does work.   Every decision we make, good or bad, carries an accompanying consequence.I grew up in what some of you might call a boring farming community: Virden, New Mexico, population 135. One summer night when I was a boy, my cousins, some friends, and I were looking for ways to create some excitement. Someone...
  • Holy Place, Sacred Space (REAL Mormon / LDS)

    03/09/2011 2:58:23 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 45 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Dennis B. Neuenschwander
    Holy Place, Sacred Space    Elder Dennis B. NeuenschwanderOf the Presidency of the SeventyDennis B. Neuenschwander, "Holy Place, Sacred Space", Ensign, May 2003, 71–72  Our ability to seek, recognize, and reverence the holy above the profane, and the sacred above the secular, defines our spirituality.   In answer to Pilate’s question “Art thou the King of the Jews?” the Savior answered, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:33, 36). With these few words, Jesus declares His kingdom independent and distinct from this world. The Savior’s teachings, doctrine, and personal example lift all who truly believe in Him to a divine standard...
  • War and Peace (REAL Mormon/LDS)

    03/08/2011 4:19:26 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 83 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Gordon B. Hinckley
    War and Peace     President Gordon B. HinckleyGordon B. Hinckley, "War and Peace", Ensign, May 2003, 78–81  I hope that the Lord’s people may be at peace one with another during times of trouble, regardless of what loyalties they may have to different governments or parties.   My brethren and sisters, last Sunday as I sat in my study thinking of what I might say on this occasion, I received a phone call telling me that Staff Sergeant James W. Cawley of the U.S. Marines had been killed somewhere in Iraq. He was 41 years of age, leaving behind a wife and two...
  • Seek, and Ye Shall Find (REAL Mormon/LDS)

    03/06/2011 6:21:33 AM PST · by Paragon Defender · 11 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Craig C. Christensen
    Seek, and Ye Shall Find     Elder Craig C. ChristensenOf the SeventyCraig C. Christensen, "Seek, and Ye Shall Find", Ensign, May 2003, 33–34   As we engage our faith and commit our energy to draw closer to Jesus Christ, we begin to understand more fully who He really is.   My dear brothers and sisters, I pray that I may be guided by the Spirit of the Lord as I share with you my personal feelings and testimony.One of the most compelling invitations and profound promises given by the Savior is found in the simple phrase “seek, and ye shall find.” 1 Although the...
  • Blessed by Living Water (REAL Mormon/LDS)

    03/05/2011 7:00:08 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 38 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Kathleen H. Hughes
    Blessed by Living Water     Kathleen H. HughesFirst Counselor in the Relief Society General PresidencyKathleen H. Hughes, "Blessed by Living Water", Ensign, May 2003, 13–15  Living water heals. It nourishes and sustains. It brings peace and joy.  Early in Christ’s ministry, He traveled from Jerusalem to His boyhood home of Nazareth, in Galilee. He passed through Samaria and, weary from His journey, stopped to rest at Jacob’s ancient well. As Jesus waited and His disciples sought food in a nearby town, a Samaritan woman approached the well. You know the story. When Jesus asked for a drink, she was surprised that a...
  • Sweet Power of Prayer (REAL Mormon/LDS)

    03/02/2011 3:56:13 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 32 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Russell M. Nelson
    Sweet Power of Prayer      Elder Russell M. NelsonOf the Quorum of the Twelve ApostlesRussell M. Nelson, "Sweet Power of Prayer", Ensign, May 2003, 7–9  We should pray in accord with the will of our Heavenly Father. He wants to test us, to strengthen us, and to help us achieve our full potential.   In this day of computers, phones, and pagers, people communicate with one another better than ever before. Even so, good communication is often lacking. Recently while visiting a nursing care facility, I spoke with a woman about her family. She told me that she had three sons, two of...
  • Parables of Jesus: The Great Supper (REAL Mormon/LDS)

    03/01/2011 7:28:38 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 17 replies
    LDS.org ^ | F. Melvin Hammond
    Parables of Jesus: The Great Supper      By Elder F. Melvin HammondOf the SeventyF. Melvin Hammond, "Parables of Jesus: The Great Supper", Ensign, Apr. 2003, 51  Four modern applications teach us how to be better guests and servants at the Lord’s feast.   While I served as a mission president in Bolivia years ago, Sister Hammond and I gathered all of the new native-born Bolivian missionaries to our home for dinner. From the scattered villages of their native land they came, humble and dedicated.Following a brief meeting, each was ushered into the dining room, where a feast awaited. The table had been carefully...
  • Words of Jesus: Death and Resurrection (REAL LDS / Mormon)

    02/27/2011 2:46:13 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 10 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Walter F. González
    Words of Jesus: Death and Resurrection     By Elder Walter F. GonzálezOf the SeventyWalter F. González, "Words of Jesus: Death and Resurrection", Ensign, Apr. 2003, 22   “I am the resurrection, and the life” (John 11:25).  About 2,000 years ago in a small village outside Jerusalem, two sisters saw their brother become ill and die. Mary and Martha dearly loved their brother Lazarus, so their anguish was great. Their friends and neighbors tried to comfort them but failed. Their sorrow was so great that upon seeing them Jesus was filled with compassion and wept (see John 11:30–35). We can perhaps imagine how Martha...
  • Words of Jesus: Humility (REAL LDS / Mormon)

    02/26/2011 4:23:02 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 9 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Athos M. Amorim
    Words of Jesus: Humility     By Elder Athos M. AmorimOf the SeventyAthos M. Amorim, "Words of Jesus: Humility", Ensign, Mar. 2003, 48–51  “Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29).   Many times, the Savior used only a few words or a simple act to emphasize a wondrous eternal principle. For example, after feeding the 5,000, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost” (John 6:12), teaching them and us to avoid wastefulness. And when the Apostles returned from their missions, Jesus took them by ship and “departed … into a...
  • Salvation: By Grace or by Works? (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/24/2011 2:37:58 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 56 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Gerald N. Lund
     Salvation: By Grace or by Works?     By Gerald N. LundGerald N. Lund, "Salvation: By Grace or by Works?", Ensign, Apr. 1981, 17   When the Apostle Paul was imprisoned at Philippi, he was asked by a distressed jailer, “What must I do to be saved?”Without reference to obedience or repentance or good works that he himself so often spoke of, Paul simply answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:30–31.)But in a church that also has many ancient and modern scriptural passages stressing works of righteousness and the importance of obedience to the laws and...
  • Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Empty House (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/21/2011 3:07:25 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 78 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Victor D. Cave
    Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Empty House     By Elder Victor D. CaveArea Authority SeventyVictor D. Cave, "Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Empty House", Ensign, Mar. 2003, 45–47  True repentance is not merely eliminating the negative but replacing it with positive attitudes and actions.   As Jesus traveled through the cities and villages of Galilee performing miracles, a man who was possessed with a devil was brought to Him; the man was also blind and unable to speak. Jesus healed him, causing many to be amazed and wonder if He was the promised Messiah (see Matt. 12:22–23). When certain...
  • Words of Jesus: Riches (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/20/2011 2:37:45 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 46 replies
    LDS.org ^ | William R. Bradford
    Words of Jesus: Riches      By Elder William R. BradfordOf the SeventyWilliam R. Bradford, "Words of Jesus: Riches", Ensign, Feb. 2003, 52  “For a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15).   Generation after generation, mortal men have developed cultures and traditions for their time. A common practice that occurs in nearly all cultures is the ranking of people and placing them into social levels or castes. Invariably the highest positions in these social systems are given to those who have the greatest wealth.To understand what the Savior taught about riches as He walked...
  • Words of Jesus: Forgiveness (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/20/2011 6:01:42 AM PST · by Paragon Defender · 25 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Cecil O. Samuelson Jr.
    Words of Jesus: Forgiveness     By Elder Cecil O. Samuelson Jr.Of the Presidency of the SeventyCecil O. Samuelson Jr., "Words of Jesus: Forgiveness", Ensign, Feb. 2003, 48  “Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven” (Luke 6:37).  It is the Savior’s desire that we each feel His peace. He said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). In these troubled times, a familiar hymn assures us: Sweet is the peace the gospel brings To seeking minds and true. With light refulgent on its wings It clears...
  • Divine Love (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/19/2011 2:41:11 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 30 replies · 1+ views
    LDS.org ^ | Russell M. Nelson
    Divine Love     By Elder Russell M. NelsonOf the Quorum of the Twelve ApostlesRussell M. Nelson, "Divine Love", Ensign, Feb. 2003, 20  While divine love can be called perfect, infinite, enduring, and universal, it cannot correctly be characterized as unconditional.   In today’s world trembling with terror and hatred, our knowledge of divine love is of utmost importance. We bear responsibility to understand and testify that Heavenly Father and Jesus the Christ are glorified, living, and loving personages. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”...
  • Our Thorns in the Flesh (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/18/2011 3:40:16 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 32 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Ray H. Wood
    Our Thorns in the Flesh    By Elder Ray H. WoodOf the SeventyRay H. Wood, "Our Thorns in the Flesh", Ensign, Feb. 2003, 31    Each time I read of the Apostle Paul’s “thorn in the flesh,” I learn something new. Paul’s testimony of the blessing and power of adversity in his life reminds us that if we endure it well in our own lives, “God shall exalt [us] on high” (D&C 121:8).Paul relates his lesson in four verses in 2 Corinthians 12:7–10 [2 Cor. 12:7–10]:“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given...
  • Parables of Jesus: Prophecy for Our Day (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/17/2011 2:45:46 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 38 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Carl B. Pratt
    Parables of Jesus: Prophecy for Our Day     By Elder Carl B. PrattOf the SeventyCarl B. Pratt, "Parables of Jesus: Prophecy for Our Day", Ensign, Jan. 2003, 60  Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith help us understand that we are living in the time when several of Jesus’ parables are being fulfilled.   The parables of the Savior have more meaning to us if we have “lived” them or seen them lived or fulfilled by others close to us. When this happens, they become more than just a beautiful and simple instructive device; they become real to us. For example, the parable of...
  • Parables of Jesus: The Priceless Parables (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/17/2011 2:41:43 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 16 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Frank F. Judd Jr
    Parables of Jesus: The Priceless Parables     By Frank F. Judd Jr.Frank F. Judd Jr., "Parables of Jesus: The Priceless Parables", Ensign, Jan. 2003, 56   So simple a child can understand yet profound enough for the sage, the parables of Jesus are a priceless source of gospel principles.    Jesus Christ was the greatest teacher who ever taught,” declared President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985). 1 One of the Savior’s most striking teaching methods was His use of parables. Concerning the parables of Jesus, President Howard W. Hunter (1907–95) said: “They are so simple a child can understand, yet profound enough for the sage...
  • Teaching, Preaching, Healing (REAL Mormon/LDS)

    02/16/2011 7:31:32 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 12 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Jeffrey R. Holland
    Teaching, Preaching, Healing     By Elder Jeffrey R. HollandOf the Quorum of the Twelve ApostlesJeffrey R. Holland, "Teaching, Preaching, Healing", Ensign, Jan. 2003, 33  Adapted from an address given at a Church Educational System religious educators conference at Brigham Young University on 8 August 2000.   We quickly and rightfully think of Christ as a teacher—the greatest teacher who ever lived or ever will live. The New Testament is full of His teachings, His sayings, His sermons, His parables. One way or another, He is a teacher on every page of that book. But even as He taught, He was consciously doing something...
  • Carefully Schooled in the First Principles and Ordinances (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/14/2011 11:02:10 AM PST · by Paragon Defender · 152 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Richard E. Bennett
    Carefully Schooled in the First Principles and Ordinances     By Richard E. BennettRichard E. Bennett, "Carefully Schooled in the First Principles and Ordinances", Ensign, Mar. 2001, 50  Young Joseph Smith gained understanding of the first principles and ordinances by revelation from God, and sometimes by painful experience.   “Who among us knew the first principles of the Gospel of Christ until we heard them from the Elders of Israel? Who told us that it was right to be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins? Who taught us it was right to receive the Holy Ghost by the laying...
  • Jacob and Esau (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/13/2011 6:18:14 AM PST · by Paragon Defender · 14 replies
    LDS.org ^ | David H. Madsen
     Jacob and Esau      By David H. MadsenDavid H. Madsen, "Jacob and Esau", Ensign, Jan. 2002, 42  The story of these rival twins reminds us of the importance of resolving conflicts in family relationships.   Rivals for much of their lives, Esau and Jacob were fraternal twins who competed for spiritual blessings, land, money, and family preeminence. Parental feelings regarding the bestowal of the birthright blessing widened the distance between them. Their story is one of intense feelings and bitter rivalry, yet it has a joyous resolution. It prompts us to evaluate our own family relationships and suggests some ways we may attempt...
  • The Family: A Proclamation to the World (REAL Mormon/LDS)

    02/12/2011 10:40:29 AM PST · by Paragon Defender · 166 replies
    LDS.org ^ | The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles
    The Family A Proclamation to the World  The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints   We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such,...
  • Mom, Are We Christians? (Real Mormon/LDS)

    02/11/2011 4:20:12 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 173 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Gary J. Coleman
    Mom, Are We Christians?     Elder Gary J. ColemanOf the SeventyGary J. Coleman, "“Mom, Are We Christians?”", Ensign, May 2007, 92–94  I am a devout Christian who is exceedingly fortunate to have greater knowledge of the true “doctrine of Christ” since my conversion to the restored Church.  Christianity celebrates the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God the Eternal Father. Christian churches with great variations of doctrine dot the land the world over. When 14-year-old Cortnee, a daughter of a mission president, entered a new high school as a freshman, she was asked by classmates if she...
  • To Bear Testimony of Mine Only Begotten (Real Mormon/LDS)

    02/11/2011 3:42:18 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 72 replies
    LDS.org ^ | L. Aldin Porter
    To Bear Testimony of Mine Only Begotten      Elder L. Aldin PorterOf the Presidency of the SeventyL. Aldin Porter, "“To Bear Testimony of Mine Only Begotten”", Ensign, May 2001, 30  A spiritual witness of the Nephite scripture will always bring the certainty of the Savior’s existence.   We of the Seventy would like to extend a hearty welcome to the brethren who this day were sustained to the five quorums of Seventy.We are blessed, brothers and sisters, to live in a world filled with almost daily announcements of progress against disease and other threats to mankind. There seems to be a never-ending march...
  • To Walk Humbly with Thy God (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

    02/10/2011 4:32:28 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 36 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Marlin K. Jensen
    To Walk Humbly with Thy God     Elder Marlin K. JensenOf the Presidency of the SeventyMarlin K. Jensen, "“To Walk Humbly with Thy God”", Ensign, May 2001, 9  True humility will inevitably lead us to say to God, “Thy will be done.”  One of the memorable themes of last October’s general conference was that, in addition to being concerned about what we do, we Latter-day Saints ought also to pay attention to what we are and are striving to become. 1 With that principle in mind, I listened attentively last November to President Gordon B. Hinckley’s address to the youth of the...
  • A God of Miracles (Real Mormon/LDS)

    02/07/2011 7:23:46 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 385 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Sister Sydney S. Reynolds
    A God of Miracles     Sydney S. ReynoldsFirst Counselor in the Primary General PresidencySydney S. Reynolds, "A God of Miracles", Ensign, May 2001, 12  I believe that all of us can bear witness to these small miracles.  With Moroni of old, I believe in a God of miracles. Moroni wrote to the people of our dispensation, “Behold, I will show unto you a God of miracles, … and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are” (Morm. 9:11). Moroni proclaimed that Jesus Christ did many mighty miracles, that many mighty miracles...
  • Born Again (Real Mormon/LDS)

    02/06/2011 6:28:46 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 194 replies
    LDS.org ^ | James E. Faust
    Born Again   President James E. Faust Second Counselor in the First PresidencyJames E. Faust, "Born Again", Ensign, May 2001, 54    The full benefit of forgiveness of sin through the Savior’s Atonement begins with repentance and baptism and then expands upon receiving the Holy Ghost.   My dear brothers, sisters, and friends, the responsibility of speaking to all of you is a matter of great concern to me. I pray for your understanding.My baptism into this Church was one of the highlights of my life. I was eight years of age. My parents taught me and my brothers the significance of this great...
  • Faith in Jesus Christ (Real LDS/Mormon)

    02/03/2011 2:57:03 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 51 replies · 1+ views
    LDS.org ^ | James O. Mason
    Faith in Jesus Christ     By James O. MasonJames O. Mason, "Faith in Jesus Christ", Ensign, Apr. 2001, 22  Faith in Jesus Christ takes us beyond mere acceptance of the Savior’s identity and existence. It includes having complete confidence in His infinite and eternal redemptive power.   Great faith in Jesus Christ led to abundant blessings for those who associated with the Savior during His mortal ministry. For example, a centurion begged Jesus to heal his servant who was sick. The Savior observed, “I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel,” and the servant “was healed in the selfsame hour”...
  • Special Witnesses of Christ (Real LDS/Mormon)

    01/30/2011 7:27:59 AM PST · by Paragon Defender · 166 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Various
    Special Witnesses of Christ    Thomas S. MonsonThomas S. Monson, "Special Witnesses of Christ", Ensign, Apr. 2001, 4  Following is the text from a video presentation by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The presentation was broadcast by satellite between general conference sessions on 1–2 April 2000.    President Gordon B. HinckleyThis great and ancient city of Jerusalem—it has always been an inspiration to me. It is so because this place bears the imprint of the Son of God. Two thousand years ago, the Savior of mankind was born in Bethlehem,...
  • Jesus, the Perfect Mentor (Real LDS/Mormon)

    01/29/2011 4:05:25 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 48 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Elder Neal A. Maxwell
    Jesus, the Perfect Mentor      By Elder Neal A. MaxwellOf the Quorum of the Twelve ApostlesNeal A. Maxwell, "Jesus, the Perfect Mentor", Ensign, Feb. 2001, 8 From a talk given at a Church Educational System fireside at Brigham Young University on 6 February 2000.  He who is our Great Redeemer was fully qualified to become such, because He was and is the Great Emulator! We, in turn, have been asked to emulate Him.   Jesus said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9). When we read this we usually think of Their physical appearances, but He was also speaking of...
  • A Latter-day Testament of Biblical Truth (LDS/Mormon)

    01/28/2011 4:58:38 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 114 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Rex C. Reeve Jr
    A Latter-day Testament of Biblical Truth      By Rex C. Reeve Jr.Rex C. Reeve Jr., "A Latter-day Testament of Biblical Truth", Ensign, Jan. 2001, 24  The Doctrine and Covenants testifies of biblical prophets, their doctrinal teachings, historical events, and fulfillment of ancient prophecy.   When the Bible was first written, it contained the plain and precious truths of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Nephi saw that many of these plain and precious truths, as well as the covenants of the Lord, were taken from the Bible (see 1 Ne. 13:24–29). In this dispensation the Prophet Joseph Smith declared, “We believe the...
  • His Grace Is Sufficient (LDS/Mormon)

    01/27/2011 7:00:03 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 66 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Kimberlee B. Garrett
    His Grace Is Sufficient     By Kimberlee B. GarrettKimberlee B. Garrett, "His Grace Is Sufficient", Ensign, Feb. 2011, 13   Like many people, I have struggled for much of my life to recognize my self-worth. I have fought weight problems for many years, which have contributed to my negative feelings. Even though I have lost weight and lead a healthy lifestyle now, occasionally I still find myself fighting off those negative thoughts and feelings.One morning I felt particularly low and was wondering how to make the situation better. I began to pray and ask for Heavenly Father’s help to overcome these feelings of...