Personal Online Journal

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Connecting Daughters of God with His Priesthood Power

My son Sam gave a talk about the priesthood today. He referred to this article in the March 2019 Ensign, "Connecting Daughters of God with His Priesthood Power", By Barbara Morgan Gardner. Associate professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

Following are some quotes that stood out to me.
Sheri Dew, former counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, asked, “What does it mean to have access to priesthood power? It means that we can receive revelation, be blessed and aided by the ministering of angels, learn to part the veil that separates us from our Heavenly Father, be strengthened to resist temptation, be protected, and be enlightened, and made smarter than we are—all without any mortal intermediary.”11 What is the most important outcome of this power and how is it received? The Lord has revealed that “the power of godliness,” including the power to become like Him, is manifested through priesthood ordinances (see Doctrine and Covenants 84:20).
Do not give “authoritative” answers to questions the Lord Himself hasn’t answered.
President Oaks has cautioned Church members to avoid answering questions the Lord has not answered: “Don’t make the mistake that’s been made in the past, … trying to put reasons to revelation. The reasons turn out to be man-made to a great extent. The revelations are what we sustain as the will of the Lord and that’s where safety lies.”22 
President Ballard gives a perfect example of this: “Why are men—and not women—ordained to priesthood offices? … The Lord has not revealed why He has organized His Church as He has.”23 President Ballard also warned us “not to pass along faith-promoting or unsubstantiated rumors or outdated understandings and explanations of our doctrine and practices from the past. It is always wise to make it a practice to study the words of the living prophets and apostles; keep updated on current Church issues, policies, and statements through and; and consult the works of recognized, thoughtful, and faithful Latter-day Saint scholars to ensure you do not teach things that are untrue, out of date, or odd and quirky.”24 Remember that sometimes, “I don’t know” really is the best answer. We must search diligently in the light of faith to learn divine truth.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Plural Marriage in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Here are several resources on polygamy or plural marriage in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

• “Plural Marriage in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Gospel
• “Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo,” Gospel Topics,
• “Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah,” Gospel Topics,
• “The Manifesto and the End of Plural Marriage,” Gospel Topics,

The description of a video in a Facebook post with a  on Jan 13 2019 by "My Life By Gogo Goff":
"Dispelling the Anti-Mormon lies, myths, rumors, and cultural about Polygamy. Today I address Joseph Smith, marriage to underage girls, and the process of polygamy."

Here is a pdf file from Gogo Goff that has more information

Friday, March 08, 2019

Video of a Tour of the Rome, Italy Temple

What a beautiful video and message.

"Members of the Church of Jesus Christ declare that a temple is literally the house of the Lord. Each temple is a holy sanctuary in which sacred ceremonies and ordinances of the gospel are performed—by and for the living and also in behalf of the dead.

I invite you to enjoy this video and see inside one of our temples. In this recording, made in the Rome Italy Temple, you will hear from two Apostles of the Lord about promises devout members make there to become better people by following our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."
(Russell M. Nelson, FB Post, 7 Mar 2019)