Keys of Kingdom

I've written previously about "keys," and, while my understanding of that topic is still evolving, I found an interesting tidbit in the Restoration Edition of the scriptures about the "Keys of the Kingdom" that either muddies the water, or adds more light. I suppose which of those depends on the seeker's connection with the Holy …

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An Alternative for Christ’s Birthday. Also, are You Really a Child of God?

Merry Christmas! If you think this greeting is a little late, check your calendar--today is Christmas day. At least, in Russia it is. Because Eastern Orthodox Christianity relies on the Julian calendar, rather than the Gregorian, Christmas falls on January 7th.  This gives those who don't follow any particular institutional religion yet another option for …

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Additional Scripture: The Testimony of St. John

Additional Scripture There is a strong Mormon tradition of accepting additional scripture, and looking forward to receiving additional scripture in the future. The Book of Mormon speaks several times of additional scripture that will come forth. Just one example are these verses, where Mormon explains that he is not including the greater things that Jesus …

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Learning and Accepting Truth: My “Conversion”

When I was a young missionary in Russia, I remember observing the people I taught, especially the youth, and wondering whether I would have had the courage to completely change my life and accept truth from God, despite severe consequences. I figured that I would never know the answer to that question, because I was …

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Priesthood, Part VII: The Restoration is not Complete

If you listen to general conference, or pay attention to the curriculum in Sunday School or Relief Society and Priesthood, you may get the impression that the priesthood has been restored, as in, past tense, it is done, we have it now. At least, that is the impression that I had. I figured that everything …

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Priesthood, Part IV: It’s not for Churches, it’s for People

Everything done in the LDS Church is organized under the Church's priesthood authority. If you are called to teach a class, you must first be set apart by a priesthood leader. If you want to conduct an ordinance, such as baptism or blessing the sacrament, you must be authorized by a priesthood leader. Even if …

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