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We try to live our whole lives through
as He taught us to do --

in the Sermon On The Mount.

Can't Wait To Join Us?

I can understand that. If people realized how much the Church offers there would be massive traffic jams 50 miles long just to hear the missionaries. I have had 27 years of official missionary service, going on 24 now Plus, on the side, I've given away thousands of Book of Mormon copies from (this) my web site, just like dentist offices offer Book of Mormon copies to their clients.  The last 35 years been very exciting. My studies never cease and my studies never cease to reveal something new, and exciting.

One thing I have often wondered about for years was Moroni's Title Of Liberty. Moroni waved it aloft and warriors came running together to rout the kingmen, How could ANYONE read all that information at a glance from a flag? Well, one of the books I once assembled on the American flag a few years ago suddenly taught me something new when I re-read it on this past Memorial Day weekend: In the olden days, Battle Ensigns [like the Title of Liberty?] was like a board; This was so that it would NOT furl and unfurl in the wind like modern flags do.  

And, last year I pulled out my King James Bible and my Jewish Study Bible and my Book of Mormon so I could understand Isaiah better. When I realized it was important to realize Isaiah was writing poetry I converted his writings to a Hebrew Poetic format. This excuse for pondering brought many another deeper understanding experience to the forefront. After all, many books in the Bible are poetry. 

Palm Sunday

Some of our best scholars point out that on Palm Sunday all Christ did was walk around in the temple, then go back to Bethany. In spite of Old Testament prophecies of territorial protection, he did nothing to remove the yoke of Roman bondage. Yes, I believe that is outwardly true. But think of this; as Earth's ultimate priest-king -- as Christ declared publicly himself to be by coming down that hill -- The proper place for him to be crowned by the supposed ecclesiastic leaders was at the temple. They refused to share any of their priesthood authority by recognizing him and therefore they gave up the right to divine protection. At that point the people who had been waving the palm leafs around should have rose up and cast those wicked husbandmen out of their offices and crowned Jesus King of all Israel. As in the days of Joshua it was time for someone to step forward and get their feet wet so the rest of Israel could cross over on dry ground. They would not. "How oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathers her young, and ye would not!" They would not that they might be his children. Therefore they chose to refuse his protection.

Furthermore, the Jews wasted a second chance at territorial protection by universally refusing to be baptized after the Lord's resurrection. There are sure claims to the Lord's protection for any nation that reverences the Lord and obey his commandments. I therefore submit that Christ did not meekly reject his people and go back  to Bethany, they rejected Him and the protection He would so willingly have provided.

A personal star map background I use.

The Great Poets

The language spoken in heaven is music in its most subtle form. It is so soft we can miss it, so sweet the taste lingers like the final note of our favorite hymns. ~ Lin Stone.

The Greeks used to say every poet was a prophet. We know that every prophet so far has been a poet, but only a few poets are prophets.  Moses turned some of his best poems into music. Many of our hymns have been derived from Scripture. Think about turning The Sermon On The Mount into poetry, using the Hebrew Poetic Format that is appreciated for delivering an intellectual understanding to a spiritual message.

More than 31,000 Latter-day Saints in approximately 70 congregations now exist and reside in Arkansas. Currently, three temples serve the state who are seeking to use the Church's seaing powers; Dallas, OKC and the one in Memphis. But, Soon, Arkansas will have its first temple. Church leaders have announced the location of the Bentonville Arkansas Temple on Thursday, April 23.

The state’s first temple will be built on an 8.8-acre site located at 1101 McCollum Road and share the site with an existing meetinghouse, according to Newsroom. Plans call for a single-story temple of approximately 25,000 square feet with a center spire.

Bentonville is the ninth-largest city in Arkansas,and the county seat of Benton County. The city is centrally located in the county with Rogers adjacent to the east. The city is the birthplace and world headquarters of Walmart, the world's largest retailer. It is one of the four main cities in the three-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 residents in 2010, according to the United States Census Bureau. The city itself had an estimated population of 51,111 in 2018.

President Russell M. Nelson announced the Bentonville Arkansas Temple during the October 2019 general conference.

“It is hard to feel anything but gratitude for the Lord for this tender mercy,” Bentonville Arkansas Stake President Simon F. Keogh told the Church News after the temple was announced.

“Having a temple of the Lord in Bentonville will be a tremendous blessing to the entire community, which is largely a dominantly Christian community full of good people,” he said. “Now they’ll have a beacon and a symbol of Christ’s love and a symbol of the restoration that will help them come to a greater and truer knowledge of who He is and the blessings He has available for them.”

Interior and exterior renderings and the groundbreaking date for the temple will be released at a later date.

Lord, Lord,
Can you see me now?

If you have ever had to ask,

Listen in, right away. 

The Lectures on Faith 

The Parley P. Pratt
Monument

Parley P. Pratt Memorial, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Whenever you are having a conversation about the Church, you should try to make this a point;  We follow Jesus Christ.  We try to live as He taught us to do on the Sermon On The Mount.  That is the rock-bottom basis of our faith, and the style of our lives.  This is the strongest non-defensive position you can take.  You don t have to defend or justify anything else when you are basing your position on the personal teachings of the Son of God, and the fact that you are doing your best to keep His commandments. So said Apostle Russell M. Ballard at BYU

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A Mormon apologetic was talking a few minutes ago.  “If we want to be liked by the world then we must be more like them.”

He then mentioned a Muslim who was sweet and very sincere. He fully expected her to be far ahead of him on the road to heaven.

Well, YES, Yes, it is true there are people in the world sweeter, kinder and nicer than a lot of our members are and I openly praise them for being so. But his conclusion that this fact should alter our purpose or change our destination? “We can't go on pretending we are better than everyone else or continue to wrap ourselves up in a holier than thou attitude.”

Oh My! Just what is he asking the saints to do? Slacken their pace? Bend their sacred vows enough so the common man can call them jolly good tars and hoist a beer or two all across the stormy sea because we admit we are just like the rest of the world? How is it he hasn't strung a recent measuring tape across the dividing gulf, the widening gulf that separates the common man from them and we?

And this idea he picked up somewhere, that no truth is certain these days? It sounds to me like Korihor has been turned loose again.  He has a right to express his personal opinions privately and publicly; That assures me that I also have a right to express mine. Here is my personal opinion -- Look again, the Rock of our Truth has not been shifted out of its place. 

1. God has a working plan that enables us to work out our salvation, 

2. Jesus is the Christ; 

3. He literally bled and died on the cross to pay for the sins and pains of all of us;  He literally, physically died and on the third day he reclaimed his body which was now welded to his spirit, no more to be parted.

4. Christ's atonement can daily wash our troubled slates nice and clean. There is not one (accountable) person on earth that does not need to apply his atonement in their lives.

5. God, the Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ did visit Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove to usher in the Last Dispensation, the Fullness of Times. 

5A They didn't visit him because he was a nice, sincere kid; they visited him because he was the prophet they had sent to earth to be the prophet called to open the Fullness of Times dispensation.

6. Russell M. Nelson is the only true, living prophet called to lead the Lord's Church on earth today. 

7. There will be earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, disease unleashed, floods, ice and snow, drought and more pestilence, not to mention a few turbulent wars hither, thither and beyond. There is also a physical shaking of the heavens coming, just before Jesus Christ returns to earth in His glory to rule and reign on earth as its official Lord and King.

8. The Holy Ghost can be our closest and most constant friend. 

To me and for me these facts are certain and I sincerely believe they are certainly true. Jesus is the Christ; He is real and He really is coming back. We don't know exactly how or when but we do know He has set up His Church and He has called us to labor in it.  These are the most important facts in my world.

I claim membership in the same Church this apologetic Mormon does, but I have formed a totally different perception of the Church. I have found hypocrisy was totally absent in a very extensive majority of its members I have known, admired and worked with. Sincerity, dedication, and soft-spoken meekness are the traits held by 99% of all the brothers and sisters laboring around me.

Perhaps the people our apologetic friend meets simply don't realize we are not just plain folks like the lay members in some other churches,  but are willing workers, working in an official capacity in The Lord's Church. Perhaps the “common man” our apologetic mormon is worried about offending haven't yet learned that roughly 92% of the men in our Church bear one or another office in the priesthood. They have no frock and wear no cunning collar but their priesthood is quite real to them. Men, boys; girls and women all have work to do and carry no outward distinction the world that can identify them by, except their purpose, and their zeal. 

Ecclesiastical leaders around the world make themselves known and respected because they are seen to wear the collar or wear the outer garments of their office. Because of that distinguishing mark they ARE expected by the common people to be more devout and circumspect in their language and bearing than the average person.  Mother Teresa, for example wore the habit of her office and the common people visiting her knew she was someone to be respected because she honored Her garments and humbly bowed her head to accept the privilege of performing that portion of the Lord's work allotted to her. It's true she labored among the poorest of the poor but she was not honored for picking up their habits and laying hers aside.  And who could sit next to the Pope in his regalia without knowing he was DIFFERENT and distinctive in his desire to serve the Lord? 

But if you notice a Regional Representative and a greeter at the door of a local chapel you probably won't know the difference.  Just two weeks ago I didn't realize I was talking to the new stake president so their mistake is understandable, especially as most churches today are satisfied to call people lay members if they will just visit the chapel on the Sabbath for a single hour of passive listening occasionally. 

Before people can become members in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints they have to promise they will work, WITHOUT PAY in the Church at callings extended to them. Anyone willing to work will soon find more of it thrust upon them. But you can't tell what office or what calling they hold just by looking. People could actually sit right next to the leader of our Church and if he were asleep or if there was no conversation spring up between them, not even perceive he was an extraordinary man.

Our members feel called to hasten the work of building up the kingdom of God. There is so much work available it should overwhelm them. The goal they accept is so high it should be impossible. The parts they are called to play are seldom starring roles; most posts aren't even visible to other members, much less to the world. Instead of a comfortable salary they are asked to donate more of what they earn so the work can proceed unimpeded. Yes, we are different. We don't claim to be better than everybody and we especially don't claim to be better than anybody.

We come to the field as a group, trained to work as a group. Pick 100 of our members blindfold from a pool of 10,000 volunteers and they are still a group, trained to work for a common purpose as a group. Pick any 10 from that number and they will still be a group, trained to work together as a group where they are assigned a common cause.

We are delighted to recognize there are good people in every clime, race and creed of the world. We frequently salute their efforts to make the world a better place regardless of their religious affiliations or spiritual nomenclature – or their lack thereof. When and where their goals are congruent with ours we are frequently delighted to combine our efforts with theirs for more impact. This is particularly true when the common goal of the moment is to render aid in times of disaster. 

The ultimate goal for which most members of the human race labor is universal adulation and universal recognition while members of the Church are taught to reach out to embrace a selfless service they can perform to help make the world a better place for all of us to live in. Perhaps it is no longer fashionable to believe in Christ with the intensity we do but we claim the right to be different in that respect also and we are just as jealous of their right to be different as we are of ours. 

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The Saints are indeed a peculiar people; they live an entirely different life-style to most Americans -- and it isn't just the negatives either (no alcohol, no tobacco, no coffee, no tea, no games on Sunday, etc..)

Actually all of the negatives are positive anyway. 

For example, when I quit smoking in 1967 cigarettes had just gone from 25 cents to 35 cents a package -- from a vending machine -- and I was smoking two packs a day. Therefore, today I would be spending $11 a day for smokes; That's $330.00 per month that I am saving every month, just because I joined the Church, and that's just the cigarettes.  I was also drinking substantial amounts of high-octane rum when I decided to join the Church.  I can't even remember the price now --  I was also drinking almost a gallon of tea per day in the summertime.

Consequently, when I joined the Church I was immediately happier, and soon to become healthier.  Instead of dying before the century burned out, I'm actually in better health today than I was 50 years ago.  By the sweat of my brow I raised 6 daughters to maturity on a ranch; only 1 of them and only 1 time, needed to be hospitalized for illness in all those years.  There was also one time in the hospital that was caused by an older boy that couldn't win a race with her. 

All of my children earned high marks in school, all of my grandchildren (so far) have earned full scholarships to college when their time came.  Therefore I say that we are happier, healthier and at least an edge closer to wiser.  That's what I mean by saying all of our negatives were positive.

Meet The Mormons 
According to PEW

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76% of the Mormon population living in the U.S. is heavily concentrated in the West. 35% live in Utah. 13% live in California and 7% reside in Idaho, 5% live in Nevada and 4% each in Oregon and Arizona. 12% live in the South (This includes 4% who reside in Texas), 7% live in the Midwest and 4% reside in the Northeast.According to data recently collected from Pew Research on Religion and Public Life, Mormons make up 1.7% of the American adult population. 96% of those who identify with the Mormon tradition say they are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1% belong to the Community of Christ, and the remainder do not specify any particular Mormon group.

61% have at least some college education compared with 50% of the overall population. 38% of Mormons report earning between $50,000 and $100,000 annually.

The 26% of Mormons in the United States who are converts to the faith differ markedly from lifelong Mormons in several ways. 40% earn less than $30,000 a year, compared with 21% among those born in the faith. 48% of converts are over age 50, compared with 29%. 16% did not graduate from high school.

10% of the converts to Mormonism are black, and nearly all black Mormons in the United States are converts. 10% of Mormon converts are Hispanic, and just 72% are white; Converts are also more than three times as likely to be immigrants to the U.S. as lifelong members are.

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If the prophets of the Old Testament had written their visions and revelations in the crude form we recognize as poetic today, where rhyming of words and cadence of reciting words that excites the sing-song silliness imposed upon a dead sawhorse for structure then every translator since would have marshaled a new monstrosity for their kin to marvel at. But their poetry was dressed on a higher strata of poetic strength.  Their images were fleshed in parallelisms, sometimes inverted, often bilateral Doble ve entiende that captured images within images so neatly encapsulated they weren't even identified until several millennia had passed. Yet they had been passed through natural language drift, translations through translations. Still, the sacred strain coursed with strength triumphant that lifted men's souls. The symbols hummed, the words vibrated, and the ancient meanings crackled with unmistakable power and glory. Voices untutored in histrionic syntax can bring to life the passages that have rung with crystal clarity down through the centuries before us, softly, reverently, humbly and gratefully as if the morning sun had barely left those ancient lips before it witnessed the same yearnings from lips of today."You can testify you have heard my voice."

The brother of Jared and those who went with him arrived at the shores of the sea, where they pitched their tents and lived with joy and abandon for the space of four years. Then Jesus Christ came and castigated the brother of Jared for three long hours.

Once upon a time I was castigated by the Lord God. Not longer than 12 seconds. Yet my pain was very close to unbearable and I felt it keenly for weeks afterwards and even today I shudder at the memory! So I can tell you from experience that the brother of Jared did not have fun during those three hours. But I submit there was another lesson to be learned there on the seashore before they cast out to sea.

For when they had constructed the vessels in which they were to cross the great deep the brother of Jared was told that the waves of the sea and the winds that made the waves would be boisterous. Jesus told him how to get air into the vessels, but when the brother of Jared complained about the darkness inside them the Lord asked, "What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels? For behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed in pieces; neither shall ye take fire with you, for ye shall not go by the light of fire.

For behold, ye shall be as a whale in the midst of the sea; for the mountain waves shall dash upon you. Nevertheless, I will bring you up again out of the depths of the sea; for the winds have gone forth out of my mouth, and also the rains and the floods have I sent forth.

And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come. Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea?"

There! The winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come? Yes indeed. But think on this poor moment, the weather had been just fine for the past four years, hadn't it? The weather was so nice and warm that the brother of Jared and all his friends were tempted to dawdle in the sunlight and they danced among the caressing waves, yea, the friendly waves! But the Jaredites had played on the seashore all that time and four years later the weather forecast had changed a bit and consequently, they needed a different kind of barge to go across the great deep than the Nephites had needed!

I believe there is a moral to this story.
"Listen closely when I speak!"


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At only 4 weeks from conception,
a human fetus is producing
250,000 brain cells every minute.

Obedience is
better than sacrifice.

We can't dry up the rivers of iniquity 
but we can offer rocks of refuge 
where righteousness reigns.
Lin Stone

If 10 commandments can make us this happy, just think how happy we could be with living 20 commandments.  Lin Stone

Language most shows a man.  Speak that I may see thee. The language in heaven is music in its most subtle form.  So soft we can miss it, so sweet the taste lingers like the final note of our favorite hymns.  Lin Stone.

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Most people get their religious education from reading greeting cards.  Leif Enger

Enduring to the end is not another harsh burden cast upon us
Enduring to the end
is the one and only blueprint for success in living at any age of life.

There will NEVER BE a time in our lives
when ignoring the commandments will make us happy

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