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Thursday, May 29, 2014

What I Hope You Will Teach Your Children about the Temple

To enter into the order of the Son of God is the equivalent today of entering into the fullness of the Melchizedek Priesthood, which is only received in the house of the Lord.
Because Adam and Eve had complied with these requirements, God said to them, “Thou art after the order of him who was without beginning of days or end of years, from all eternity to all eternity.” (Moses 6:67.)
Here is an illuminating passage from Section 107 of the Doctrine and Covenants which tells us how Adam was able to bring himself and his righteous posterity into God’s presence:
“The order of this priesthood was confirmed to be handed down from father to son, and tightly belongs to the literal descendants of the chosen seed, to whom the promises were made.
“This order was instituted in the days of Adam, and came down by lineage in [order] … that his posterity should be the chosen of the Lord, and that they should be preserved unto the end of the earth.” (D&C 107:40–42; italics added.)
How did Adam bring his descendants into the presence of the Lord?
The answer: Adam and his descendants entered into the priesthood order of God. Today we would say they went to the House of the Lord and received their blessings.
The order of priesthood spoken of in the scriptures is sometimes referred to as the patriarchal order because it came down from father to son.
But this order is otherwise described in modern revelation as an order of family government where a man and woman enter into a covenant with God—just as did Adam and Eve—to be sealed for eternity, to have posterity, and to do the will and work of God throughout their mortality. ("What I Hope You Will Teach Your Children about the Temple", Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign Aug 1985)

Israel, Israel, God Is Calling

Israel, Israel, God Is Calling
This is a wonderful talk by Elder Holland in Jan 2012.

He talks of one of the differences in our time from all other previous dispensations. We are not going to flee anymore like Abraham, Moses, Lehi or Joseph Smith have done.  We are going to stand and defend Zion. And build it up where we are.

He also speak of three incidents and lessons they can teach us.

- Lesson 1: Never “Check Your Religion at the Door” (Booing an LDS basketball player)
- Lesson 2: Show Compassion, but Be Loyal to the Commandments (The tattooed lady)
- Lesson 3: Use Gospel Values to Benefit Communities and Countries (Drug addicted mother)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Both the Procreative Power and the Priesthood Power

In our Heavenly Father’s great priesthood-endowed plan, men have the unique responsibility to administer the priesthood, but they are not the priesthood. Men and women have different but equally valued roles. Just as a woman cannot conceive a child without a man, so a man cannot fully exercise the power of the priesthood to establish an eternal family without a woman. In other words, in the eternal perspective, both the procreative power and the priesthood power are shared by husband and wife. (“This Is My Work and Glory”, M. Russell Ballard, Apr 2013)

Hoodwinked! - Be Prepared Song