Clothing Our Nakedness (1)

While pondering and studying the idea of nakedness as a symbol, and covering ourselves with the atonement of Christ (e.g., Adam and Eve receiving a covering through the sacrifice of an animal), I came across a set of scriptures that include a principle that I have never heard taught that challenges my entire thinking regarding > > Read More …

Upon the Mountain — Introduction Addenda (Part 1 of 4)

Awaking this morning, it was made clear that there were some things of import missing from the prior post. On July 24th and 25th, we received some singular revelations. This was in consequence of offering the prayer on July 23 to ask for a little more time, for which the parallels to the servant pleading > > Read More …

Upon the Mountain — Introduction (Part 1 of 4)

If you have been following this blog, you know that Joy and I have been praying regularly to be shown our false beliefs (unbeliefs) and false traditions. We have been less diligent than we should have been in studying and preparing ourselves. It appears that the Lord is done waiting for us. Over the last > > Read More …

Blessing [Vision] [of Joseph Smith] from Oliver Cowdery, 22 September 1835

Tomorrow the Gospel Doctrine lesson is on “Priesthood.” While reading through search results in the Joseph Smith Papers on “priesthood,” this blessing given by Oliver Cowdery to Joseph Smith came up. I’ve never heard this before. It is pretty amazing and worth a read.

Peace, Peace, Peace Shalom, Shalom, Shalom

One of my favorite words is shalom, the meaning of which is very different than the word peace. Even if shalom is substituted for peace in The Testimony of St. John, the surrounding text very much changes the depth and the beauty of a number of Christ’s teachings by narrowing the meaning to a more > > Read More …

One Great Hole — Part First

Note: yes, that is intentional. While slightly off topic, one person I know thought for many years that part of the temple symbolism represented “One Great Hole,” and wondered when that concept would make sense to her. While I knew better than she what it meant, I wasn’t much further ahead (though in my arrogance, > > Read More …

Perfecting Our Love for God

Many of you will not care for the style of this post, so let me give you the bottom line. Perhaps, the way we learn to love God, is by loving the things that He loves: His children, His creation(s), truth, virtue (knowledge, wisdom, mercy, patience, meekness,… love). If you want to stop here, at > > Read More …