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    Building Upon the Rock of Christ in a Whirlwind

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    “And he hath power given unto him from the Father to redeem them from their sins because of repentance; therefore he hath sent his angels to declare the tidings of the conditions of repentance,which bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto the salvation of their souls.

    And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. (Helaman 5:11-12, emphasis added)

    I’ve heard this scripture about a billion times and I’m not complaining, it’s a great one, but sometimes we can tend to overlook the value of things that we are too familiar with.

    The phrase “shafts in the whirlwind” always made me think of tornadoes, but having a shaft inside of a whirlwind didn’t Keep Reading

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    Videos of 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference

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    Source: TempleStudy.com

    The Interpreter Foundation has announced the availability of the videos of the presentations given at the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference which took place on 25 October 2014 in Provo, Utah. Videos of each of the presentations are now available for free viewing on The Interpreter Foundation’s YouTube channel, or on MormonInterpreter.com.  They are also embedded below for your convenience. There is also a YouTube playlist available of the conference presentations. The conference proceedings will also be published in book form in the future.

    Donald W. Parry’s Introduction to the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference

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    2013 Interpreter Symposium on Science & Mormonism: Cosmos, Earth & Man

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    I watched this conference as soon as the videos were published and I enjoyed it quite  bit. However, when I was looking for one of these videos on my site the other day, I couldn’t find it. I thought I had posted these videos but apparently I didn’t so here they are! There’s some great food for though and interesting things to ponder.

    The Interpreter Foundation sponsored a conference on November 9, 2013, entitled “Science & Mormonism: Cosmos, Earth & Man” in Provo, Utah.  It was filmed.  Videos of each of the presentations are now available for free viewing on The Interpreter Foundation’s YouTube channel, or here on MormonInterpreter.com embedded below.

    Daniel C. Peterson introductory remarks at Science & Mormonism Conference

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    LDS Symbol Cards are GO For 2014!

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    The LDS Symbol Cards project has come back to life and just in time for Christmas! I’m doing a 10-day Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project and finally make this thing happen. I’ve received many emails over the last year with people still expressing interest in this project, so you are to thank for inspiring me to give it another chance!

    The details of the project can be found at Kickstarter.com, I really believe that this unique way of learning symbolism can be valuable for people of all ages. I’ve taken my skills as a designer and symbol geek and have condensed the scholarly into a much more simple form.

    Thanks for your support and help in spreading the word!

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    The Fourth Phase of Water

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    This is actually pretty amazing and well worth the watch. They’ve apparently discovered this negatively-charged gel-like fourth phase of water that allows it to actually hold an electric charge. Get this, it’s all powered by light.

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    The Lost Practice of Recording Prayers

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    “To remember is to rescue the sacred from the vacuum of oblivion.”

    The Crucible of Doubt by Terryl & Fiona Givens

    I would add, “so record to ensure that you can remember.” I’ve written several articles here on the importance of recording spiritual experiences, but these are not my ideas or concepts, the scriptural record itself is a testament to the importance of recording sacred thing.

    Scattered throughout these beloved texts are not just revelations, those communications that travel from above to below, but prayers as well that travel from below to above. It is one thing to record the blessings, revelations, preaching, and prophesying that are inspired by our divine Father, and another thing to record out petitions to him.

    To form those words visually and preserve them, more so for you rather than the Lord. I suspect that all prayer is heard but if our supplications express the true desires of our hearts and we fail to record them only to be distracted by life, how can we truly remember those petitions to the Lord if we have no way of preserving them for ourselves?

    Why not start a prayer journal and carry it with you? Perhaps you can record your petitions and observe the manner of your prayers to help avoid repetition or useless words and phrases. I can think of a huge number of benefits to this practice, but what do you think?

    Does anyone out there have experience recording prayers that they would like to share in the comments below?


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    Cry unto the Lord

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    The inspiration for this article came from an observation I made today during an Elders quorum lesson on prayer.

    We read the following portion of the sermon from Amulek in Alma 34:

    17 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;

    18 Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save.

    19 Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.

    20 Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.

    21 Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.

    22 Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.

    23 Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.

    24 Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.

    25 Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.

    The word “cry” is mentioned seven times but what does it mean? The first definition for cry Keep Reading

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    Resisting temptation – C.S. Lewis

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    “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of [an] army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness — they have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means — the only complete realist.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

    Came across the quote from a guest post by Kurt Francom of LeadingLDS on This Week in Mormons: http://thisweekinmormons.com/2014/02/sin-make-stronger/

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    The dominion of God’s people upon the earth seems to have been numerically small throughout most of history.

    I’ve often heard people question why that is. Of the billions that have lived, very little have had access to God’s commandments in their purity (as we understand them) and even His own people have gone through cycles of apostasy and rebellion. Shouldn’t the world be filled with billions of believers with cities and nations of Zion everywhere, or at least ONE Zion somewhere? Instead we see a history of war, violence, suffering, poverty, disease, tyranny and oppression with tiny pockets of enlightenment or restoration here and there.

    Is God inefficient or is something else going on? Keep Reading

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    Sharing the Gospel, a Sacrament Meeting Talk

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    Recently, I was asked to speak in sacrament meeting with my wife on the subject of loving others by sharing the gospel. I thought posting the talk here might be beneficial to someone out there. I attempted to make the point that sharing the gospel is not an end in itself, but a byproduct of personal conversion. So instead of trying to persuade people to share the gospel, I attempted to persuade them to find the love of God and their own redemption. Perhaps many could have done a much better job at this, but it was the best I could do and I know the Spirit of the Lord can do great things through weakness.

    “Share the Gospel” what does that mean? We say it a lot and perhaps it means different things to different people.

    First what is the Gospel? If someone came up to you and asked “What is the gospel?” How would you define it? Could you define it?

    Defining the Gospel

    Paul wrote:

    1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
    2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, …
    3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Cor 15:1-10

    Then Jesus proclaimed to the Nephites:

    “Behold I have given unto you my gospel, and this is the gospel which I have given unto you–that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me. And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross…” 3 Nephi 27:13-14

    The Lord again to his Saints:

    And this is the gospel, the glad tidings, which the voice out of the heavens bore record unto us–That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, …That through him all might be saved…” Doctrine and Covenants 76:40-42

    As a bonus, how about a fourth witness, you’ve probably heard this one from Joseph Smith:

    “The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the apostles and prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that he died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.”

    Sometimes when we say “the gospel” we tend to just lump everything in there, but scripturally Keep Reading

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