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Genealogy is one of the Strongest Tools Mormons Can Use to Resist Cultural Marxism

I’ve always found church talks about genealogy and taking family names to the temple boring.  They always reeked of Mormon Church leaders not wanting to deal with real issues and using discussion of genealogy as a way of telling rank and file Mormons that they need to be “better.”  However one of the things that I’ve learned is genealogy is one of the best tools for fighting Cultural Marxist infiltration of the LDS community.

The goal of Cultural Marxism is to turn a society against itself and allow the Cultural Marxist to take over.  One of the biggest tools Cultural Marxists use is to make White people hate their past.  They use a combination of erasing all of European American’s glorious achievements in American and in Europe mixed with telling us all about every bad thing White people ever did.  Then Cultural Marxists tell White people that they have so-called White privilege and they need to give more money and let in more foreigners who will demand more and more money because White privilege.

The reason why Cultural Marxists are able to pull off this stunt is because White people don’t know their history.  They don’t know about their glorious achievements.  They also don’t know that their ancestors were just regular people who had a job and worked for a living.

When Mormons study their genealogy what do they find out?  Mormons find out that their ancestors were just regular people who worked for a living, until they joined the church.  Then they sold off their goods, moved to America, bought a handcart, pulled it across a desert, had one of their kids die on the journey and eventually they settled in Utah or Idaho.  Doing genealogy puts a lie to the myth that our ancestors had so called White privilege.

Doing genealogy and finding out about our ancestors also makes us curious about the past.  As we learn about our ancestors we also learn about the great European civilization that our ancestors helped to build.  We learn that we built the greatest civilization that the world has ever seen and that our civilization is worth protecting.

Genealogy is one of the best tools that Mormons can use to protect our civilization from the Cultural Marxists who are trying to attack us.  When the LDS people know of the sacrifices their ancestors made and know about the great things they did then Mormons will ignore the Cultural Marxists who are trying to demoralize us.

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Jesus Christ Forbid Gentiles from Receiving the Blessings of the Gospel

Yesterday was June 8th and it’s the day that SJW fake Mormons declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ partially restored from racist Brigham Young and the following prophets because he received a revelation that said that blacks could have the Priesthood.  Of course according to the SJW fake Mormons the Gospel won’t be fully restored until gays can marry in the temple.  What’s interesting about the whole blacks and the Priesthood thing is it wasn’t the first time that a group of people was forbidden from receiving the full blessings of the Gospel.  What if I told you that the savior himself forbid his followers from preaching the Gospel to certain groups?

Don’t believe me?  Check out what the Savior told his apostles when he sent them to preach the Gospel:

5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  (Matthew 10:5-6).

Wow just wow.  Can you believe that?  Jesus himself told his Apostles that they were forbidden to preach the Gospel to the Samaritans and to the Gentiles.  He told his Apostles to racially discriminate against the Gentiles and the Samaritans based on their race.  How hard is it to stomach that the Savior of the World himself was a racist who didn’t want the Gentiles and Samaritans to have the blessings of the Gospel!?

Thankfully the Apostle Peter was able to restore the Gospel from Jesus who was an evil racist.  Peter knew that the Gospel of Christ was for everyone and not just (((Chosen))) people.

In all seriousness, when we look at the past with the morality of the 21st Century it is easy to declare everybody who lived before some sort of an evil ‘ist.  Even Jesus Christ himself can be framed as an evil racist who racially discriminated against the Samaritans and the Gentiles.

Were there potentially good reasons why Jesus forbid his Apostles from preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles and the Samaritans?  I’m sure there were.  Likewise were there potentially good reasons why blacks were forbidden from having the Priesthood from the time of Brigham Young until Spencer W. Kimball?  Who knows?  Maybe the membership of the church wasn’t prepared to have blacks in the church.  Maybe bringing blacks into the church in bulk would have gotten the Mormon Church caught up in the politics of the Civil War and the Jim Crow years.  There are any number of reasons why Heavenly Father told Brigham Young not to allow blacks to have the Priesthood.

One of the hardest things to accept in the Mormon Church is the Quorum of the 12 Apostles know more than we do.  Often they tell us things that we don’t understand or they set policy for the Mormon Church that we don’t agree with.  As Mormons we just need to have faith that the Quorum of the 12 Apostles know more than we do and even if we don’t like it we need to obey what they say.

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The Spirit Told Me. . ., Always is False Revelation Fake Mormons Use to Manipulate You

In the Mormon community one of the biggest annoyances is we have lots of care bears who love to help us live our lives.  Whenever they want to manage our lives for us they tell us The Spirit told me. . ., and then tell you want they think that you should do with your life.  It’s a real annoyance and causes us lots of annoyance.  If you have a Mormon care bear in your life, hearing the Spirit told me this and that will drive you insane.

One of the things that many Mormons struggle with is the concept of personal revelation.  Many members of the church believe that just because they can receive guidance from the Lord that they can give other people guidance about their lives.  Unfortunately many Mormons will say that the “Spirit told me. . .,” and tell you something they want you to do with your life or tell you how they want you to run your organization.

Whenever somebody says that “the Spirit told me . . .,” you know that whatever they are telling you didn’t come from the Holy Ghost.  And here’s how you know that it’s B.S.

Heavenly Father has set up a precise line of authority on who can receive revelation on behalf of other people.

First of all we all have a right to receive personal revelation for our personal lives.  We have a right to have Heavenly Father guide us in our personal lives and help us make good decisions in our own lives.  All of Heavenly Father’s children have this right and Mormons get an extra dose of this support from the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

Next parents have a right to receive revelation to help them guide their children and the husband has a right to receive revelation to guide the whole family.  In the Mormon Church there is a hierarchy for revelation.  Bishops have the right to receive revelation for their ward, stake presidents have the right to receive revelation for the stake and this authority continues all the way up to the top of the Mormon Church where the prophet and only the prophet has the authority for the whole church.

In the Mormon Church there’s a strict line of authority for who has a right to receive guidance for other people and if somebody isn’t in the line of authority then that person doesn’t have a right to receive that revelation.  If somebody doesn’t have the right to receive inspiration and guidance for you then when they tell you “The Spirit told me . . .,” you know that their inspiration didn’t come from Heavenly Father.

For example when Mrs. Johnson and I were about to get married several of her college friends and roommates flew into town.  One of them is the kind of girl who goes around trying to ruin the relationships of her “friends.”  After a few days this girl told Mrs. Johnson that the Spirit told her that Mrs. Johnson shouldn’t marry me.  So how did Mrs. Johnson know that her “friend” was full of crap besides the obvious that her “friend” was only in town to try to cause chaos?

Well simply put when the “friend” told Mrs. Johnson that the Spirit told her to tell Mrs. Johnson that she shouldn’t marry me was a sign that that girl was full of crap.  She didn’t have authority to receive revelation help guide Mrs. Johnson.  She wasn’t a parent or the prophet or anything.  She was just a girl who lived with Mrs. Johnson for a semester.  She didn’t have any claim to a right for the Holy Ghost to guide her.  Even if Mrs. Johnson didn’t already know that her “friend” was full of crap and only came to the wedding to try to cause chaos and try to torpedo the wedding, her “friend” saying, “The Spirit told me that you shouldn’t marry Jeffrey” was proof that she was full of crap.

The second way that you know when somebody says that the Spirit told them that you should do something is the nature of saying the Spirit told me.  In D&C 121:36-39 we learn that we are never permitted to say that our authority gives us the right to say that they must act how we want them to act:

36 That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness.

37 That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.

38 Behold, ere he is aware, he is left unto himself, to kick against the pricks, to persecute the saints, and to fight against God.

39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.  (D&C 121:36-39).

If we receive revelation for how we are supposed to guide groups or people under our spiritual jurisdiction then we can’t go and tell them that the Spirit told us what they are supposed to do.  We are supposed to persuade them to do it and help them understand why they want to do what the Holy Ghost told us how things are supposed to be.  We never have the right to say that we have the authority to say how things are supposed to be and that people are supposed to obey us just because.

The statement “the Spirit told me . . .,” always is false for 2 reasons.  The Spirit told me. . ., is false because whenever somebody who doesn’t have authority to receive revelation for us says it, then we know that whatever revelation or inspiration that they think they got for us didn’t come from the Holy Ghost.  If the person saying “The Spirit told me. . .,” has authority to receive guidance in our lives or church callings then the person saying “The Spirit told me,” and then tells you what he wants you to do just because; then you know that he is using unjust dominion and is full of crap.  Whenever anybody tells you the Spirit told me . . ., run.

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The Quorum of the 12 Apostles Has a Monopoly on Revelation and Mormon Doctrine

Lots of red pill Mormons wonder where is the dividing line between what policies in the LDS Church we can discuss and debate and which things will get us into trouble with the Quorum of the 12 Apostles.  It’s a tricky subject because the LDS Church isn’t just a church but it’s also a major corporation, a political organization and a social group.  The Apostles have to oversee all of these elements and sometimes red pill Mormons have major problems with the LDS Church’s actions as a social organization, a major corporation and a political group.

There’s one place where the Quorum of the 12 Apostles will censure any Mormon who speaks out of line.  The place where the Apostles absolutely will censure Mormons who speak out of line is in regards to rank and file Mormons trying to establish or change official Mormon doctrine and rank and file Mormons saying that they’ve received revelation in regards to the rest of the church.

Since the Restoration the Apostles are the only ones who can establish official Mormon doctrine

Ever since the founding of the Mormon Church, the church has had an established hierarchy of authority on who has the right to receive revelation for the whole church.  One of the big issues in the early sections of the Doctrine and Covenants is who has authority to establish Mormon doctrine and who has absolute authority to receive revelation for the LDS Church.  Let’s look at a few verses from the D&C.

Behold, I say unto thee, Oliver, that it shall be given unto thee that thou shalt be heard by the church in all things whatsoever thou shalt teach them by the Comforter, concerning the revelations and commandments which I have given.

2 But, behold, verily, verily, I say unto thee, no one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations in this church excepting my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., for he receiveth them even as Moses.

3 And thou shalt be obedient unto the things which I shall give unto him, even as Aaron, to declare faithfully the commandments and the revelations, with power and authority unto the church.

4 And if thou art led at any time by the Comforter to speak or teach, or at all times by the way of commandment unto the church, thou mayest do it.

5 But thou shalt not write by way of commandment, but by wisdom;

6 And thou shalt not command him who is at thy head, and at the head of the church;

7 For I have given him the keys of the mysteries, and the revelations which are sealed, until I shall appoint unto them another in his stead.  (D&C 28:1-7).

These verses set up a very strict hierarchy of who has authority to receive revelation and set doctrine for the LDS Church.  The prophet and the Quorum of the 12 Apostles have the right to set doctrine for the whole Mormon Church and NOBODY else.  The Lord restates this point when the Saints settled in Kirtland, Ohio:

O hearken, ye elders of my church, and give ear to the words which I shall speak unto you.

2 For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye have received a commandment for a law unto my church, through him whom I have appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations from my hand.

3 And this ye shall know assuredly—that there is none other appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations until he be taken, if he abide in me.

4 But verily, verily, I say unto you, that none else shall be appointed unto this gift except it be through him; for if it be taken from him he shall not have power except to appoint another in his stead.

5 And this shall be a law unto you, that ye receive not the teachings of any that shall come before you as revelations or commandments;

6 And this I give unto you that you may not be deceived, that you may know they are not of me.

7 For verily I say unto you, that he that is ordained of me shall come in at the gate and be ordained as I have told you before, to teach those revelations which you have received and shall receive through him whom I have appointed.  (D&C 43:1-7).

From these verses we learn that there won’t be a random prophet who will reveal doctrine to the members of the church.  Official Mormon doctrine and revelation only comes through the prophet and the apostles.  These D&C verses establish that the Quorum of the 12 Apostles has a monopoly on revelation and doctrine for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Trying to change official Mormon doctrine outside the Apostles’ line of authority always ends in excommunication

The Quorum of the 12 Apostles guards its monopoly on revelation and monopoly on official Mormon doctrine like a huge guard dog that won’t let anything get between him and his food dish.  The reason why the Quorum of the 12 Apostles guards its monopoly on revelation and doctrine so fiercely is because if the Apostles didn’t maintain their control over doctrine and revelation so fiercely then the church would break up in just a few short years.  Let’s look at 2 examples of Mormons who’ve gotten into big trouble with the Quorum of the 12 Apostles from opposite ends of the political spectrum.

The cat lady who got excommunicated for leading the Ordain Women movement is a perfect example of somebody who claimed that she had a right to set Mormon doctrine.  She believed that since it’s the Current Year then the Mormon Church needed to change its doctrine on women and the priesthood and give women the priesthood.  Her actions were outside of the line of authority for who has a right to receive revelation and who has the right to establish Mormon doctrine for the Church.  So what did the Apostles do?  Well they pleaded with the cat lady leader of the Ordain Women movement to stop her actions.  When she refused to stop trying to usurp the Quorum of the 12 Apostles power then the Apostles had her excommunicated.

Now let’s look at a case of a Mormon on the political right who got into trouble because he attempted to establish Mormon doctrine outside of the line of authority: Denver Snuffer.  90% of my knowledge of Denver Snuffer comes from that Mormon Leaks chart showing why people leave the LDS Church and Wikipedia so I’m sure that I’m missing stuff on his situation.  However the point I’m driving home is the Apostles maintain strict control on revelation and official Mormon doctrine and anybody who deviates from it is in big trouble with the Apostles.  From everything I’ve read Denver Snuffer is a great guy and I’d probably get along great with him.  He was doing some reading of old LDS texts and saw that they Saints in Joseph Smith’s time had a practice that they called receiving the 2nd Comforter.  (This isn’t to debate the merits of the 2nd Comforter.  For all I know it could be real and accurate.  The purpose of discussing this is to show how trying to establish Mormon doctrine outside of official channels ALWAYS get people into serious trouble with the Apostles and if they don’t recant their actions, excommunicated).

He wrote a book about it and how modern Mormons can participate in this practice.  However there’s a big problem with him writing this book: it wasn’t the Quorum of the 12 Apostles who told the members of the LDS Church that they could practice this doctrine.  He was trying to bring back an old Mormon doctrine that had grown out of use that the Apostles decided for one reason or another that members of the church shouldn’t do anymore.  The Apostles told Denver Snuffer to stop with his teaching that was outside of the official channel of authority and that he didn’t have the right to bring back old doctrine.  When he refused to stop teaching this doctrine outside of the authority of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles then the Apostles excommunicated him.

These are 2 examples of Mormons from different sides of the political spectrum who got excommunicated.  Notice that we never attacked their views (well maybe a little bit on the cat lady) and we never said that their beliefs are false.  All we said was they were acting without authority and the Apostles don’t let rank and file members of the church change official Mormon doctrine and they excommunicate Mormons who try to change it.

The Apostles change official Mormon doctrine all the time

One of the things that people criticize the Mormon Church for and the Quorum of the 12 Apostles over is how Mormon Doctrine changes.  Official Mormon Doctrine has been changing since the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Even in the days of Joseph Smith the official doctrine of Mormonism changed greatly.  Joseph Smith himself changed official Mormon doctrine.  Let’s look at 2 practices where Joseph Smith changed Mormon doctrine just in his day.

The first example of Joseph Smith changing official Mormon doctrine was in Kirtland, Ohio and the Law of Consecration.  When the saints were commanded to settle in Kirtland they were supposed to consecrate everything they owned to the church and then the church would redistribute back to the members of the church according to their needs.  The saints were commanded to have all things in common.  How did the Law of Consecration work out?  It was a total unmitigated disaster.  The lazy were lazy and people didn’t want to work hard.  So what ended up happening?  Joseph Smith received another revelation that said that from now on members were no longer obligated to have everything in common and instead Heavenly Father instituted tithing.  In less than 10 years official Mormon doctrine in regards to the Law of Consecration flipped 180 degrees.

The second example of Joseph Smith changing official Mormon doctrine was with polygamy.  At the official restoration of the church, the official LDS practice was traditional marriage of 1 man with 1 woman.  However after Joseph Smith received the revelation that became D&C 132 the Mormon Church slowly changed its official doctrine on marriage eventually leading to polygamy.  And even with the change in official doctrine Joseph Smith rolled it out slowly to limited members of the church.  It wasn’t until Brigham Young was established as the prophet that polygamy became official LDS doctrine.  And eventually the Quorum of the 12 Apostles changed official Mormon doctrine again and said that the LDS Church no longer practiced polygamy.

Mormon doctrine changes all the time.  Joseph Smith established that blacks could have the priesthood; Brigham Young established that they couldn’t and eventually it was Spencer W. Kimball who changed Mormon doctrine again.  (Although many will say that blacks and the priesthood isn’t doctrine but a matter of policy.  That’s fine.  The point is the church always makes these changes through official channels.)  The Quorum of the 12 Apostles even approved making changes to the temple endowment over the years.  I’m sure that if we all made a list together we could come up with a massive list of official changes to Mormon doctrine over the years.  We could find esoteric doctrine that’s fallen by the wayside and we could find really simple stuff that the Quorum of the 12 Apostles has either added or gotten rid of.

The Quorum of the 12 Apostles must have a monopoly on Mormon doctrine and revelation

Now that we’ve established that the Quorum of the 12 Apostles has a monopoly on official Mormon doctrine, guards their monopoly on official Mormon doctrine like a guard dog guarding his food dish and that the Apostles change official Mormon doctrine all the time; we can look at why it is a good thing that the Apostles have a monopoly on establishing official Mormon doctrine.  What would happen if the Quorum of the 12 Apostles didn’t have a monopoly on revelation and doctrine?  Suddenly lots of people would say that they’ve received a revelation about a new doctrine that the church needs to apply.  There would be all kinds of liberal Mormons saying that they’ve received a revelation that says that the temple is to become a gay bathhouse.  There would also be lots of rightwing Mormons saying that they received revelation that the church should go back to this practice or that doctrine.  There would be plenty of people receiving revelation that the church needs to re-adopt polygamy ASAP.

Which of these people receiving revelation for the Mormon Church would be correct?  How would the rank and file Mormons decide which revelations they should follow?  If the Quorum of the 12 Apostles lost control of their monopoly on Mormon doctrine and revelation the Mormon Church would splinter into thousands of congregations with 50 to 100 members each.  There would no longer be a central church and we would be divided.  For all intents and purposes the Mormon Church would cease to exist because everybody would practice the doctrine that they desired and ignore the doctrine that they didn’t like.

The only way to maintain a unified Mormon Church is if the Quorum of the 12 Apostles maintains a monopoly on revelation and doctrine.  It is important to maintain a unified Mormon Church because it allows us to attempt to form a unified community of saints and allows us to be part of a unified group of people who more of less share the same values.  If the Mormon Church became divided then Satan would have an easy time setting the people from the differing factions against each other and he’d be able to cause strife and hostility.  If the Mormon people became divided many members would go to the groups that offered the easiest doctrine to follow and then their kids would lose their faith, just like with what happens in protestant churches today.

Mormons receive big benefits from our unity

As Mormons we have a lot of clout and influence in the United States.  We are about 1% of the total population but we have control over 2 states Utah and Idaho.  We have major political influence in Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii and we used to have a lot of influence in California.  Because we have control over 2 states we are able to more or less live how we want in these places plus the state government in Arizona has to accommodate us.  We punch far above our weight due to our unity.  You might not think that Mormon unity is a big deal living in Utah County where everybody has your values but it’s a big deal in Arizona where the state government can’t go off the rails because of all the traditional Mormons in the state.

Mormon unity is a big deal in our local wards and stakes in places like California.  We know that the members of our wards and stakes generally share our values and that we more or less can rely on them.  We know that if our kids become friends with a kid whose family we don’t know but who lives in our ward or stake then the family most likely is more or less ok.  That’s a big deal in places like California because if your kid is friends with non members there then you don’t know what you will get.

Conclusion

As Mormons we receive a lot of benefits from the strict unity we have due to the Quorum of the 12 Apostles keeping the rest of the LDS Church more or less in line.  We have to sacrifice some of our freedom in exchange for living in a functional community that maintains standards of behavior.  Unfortunately this means that as individuals we have NO say on Mormon doctrine.  We have NO right to have revelation for the LDS Church and the Apostles call the shots on Mormon doctrine.  The Quorum of the 12 Apostles have a monopoly on official Mormon doctrine and that’s how things are going to be in the LDS Church.

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Book of Abraham Chapters 4 & 5 Review the Polytheist Narrative

Let’s go ahead and finish up our review of the Book of Abraham.  Abraham Chapter 4 is tells the creation of the world but it uses a slightly different narrative than in the Bible.

Mormon Polytheism narrative comes from Abraham 4

One of the big attacks against the Mormon Church comes out of Abraham 4.  One of the ways non-Mormons attack the LDS Church is by saying that we are polytheists.  Of course this is nonsense but that doesn’t mean that people don’t use it and that it isn’t good rhetoric.  The narrative that Mormons are polytheistic comes from the Book of Abraham Chapter 4.  When Abraham 4 talks about the creation it says, “And the Gods. . .,” and then goes on to talk about the separating of light from darkness or talks about creating the animals.

Non-Mormons use these verses to attack the Mormon Church and use them as evidence that we are polytheistic.  However you have to look back at Abraham 3 to understand the context of Gods in Abraham 4.  Abraham 3 talks about how the intelligences who were with God and Christ followed Christ to Earth and helped him to build Earth.  The context is Gods refers to all of US and says that all of US were part of helping to create the Earth.  When Abraham 4 refers to Gods, it refers to Christ and all of us helping him out.  That’s all that it refers to, it’s really no big deal, but most people don’t read the scriptures closely and the Book of Abraham is incredibly hard so rank and file Mormons aren’t going to read it.

Abraham 4 review

The narrative of Gods in Abraham 4 is the most interesting thing in the whole chapter.  There are a few other interesting things going on in the chapter.  Let’s take a look at them.  Verses 1-13 talk about how “the Gods” ordered the creation, then in verses 14-23 it says that “the Gods” organized the Earth.  When we look at these verses it implies that first Christ planned the creation of the Earth and then he went and built the Earth.

18 And the Gods watched those things which they had ordered until they obeyed.  (Abraham 4:18).

This verse is very interesting because it shows that the creation of the Earth was a long term process.  Christ and his helpers had to continue to watch their plans and make sure that everything went according to plan.

Another big change from the Bible narrative and the Book of Abraham is how Abraham refers to the creative periods.  In the Bible it refers to “the first day,” “the second day,” etc.  In Abraham it refers to the creative periods as the “first time,” “the second time,” etc.  Non-Mormons don’t attack us on this change because nobody believes that God actually created the Earth in 6 days.  Non Mormons don’t have any effective rhetorical ways to beat up the LDS Church with this change to they just ignore this change.

Abraham 5 is boring

Abraham 5 follows the Bible closely.  It talks about the creation of man and generally isn’t very interesting.  The only interesting thing is that at the end of the chapter, the verses just kind of end.  It doesn’t have a hard break.  It is like the dialog just ends.

Book of Abraham wrap up

The Book of Abraham is incredibly hard reading.  It is incredibly hard to wade through it because it doesn’t have a lot of context or explaination.  It is incredibly easy to take things out of context and use them to attack the Mormon Church.

The Book of Abraham is an incredibly important book of scripture.  It establishes important doctrine that separates Mormon doctrine from other Christian doctrine.  The biggest piece of Mormon doctrine that Abraham establishes is that all of the Children of Heavenly Father helped Jesus Christ organize and build Earth.  The Book of Abraham also shows that Joseph Smith successfully predicted the Theory of Relativity and it also establishes that the Earth wasn’t created in 6 days but it was created over a longer process.

The Book of Abraham is an important piece of Mormon scripture and is a big part of what makes us unique.  It is very hard to read and understand so it is something that we don’t want to show off to 15 year old kids who are questioning their faith.  If you have a high IQ then Abraham is a good read.  If you want to teach this doctrine to your kids, friends or to your Sunday school class then it makes sense to get some quotes from General Conference that discuss these doctrinal topics instead of going to the Book of Abraham.

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Book of Abraham Chapter 3 Review: Let’s Talk about Kolob

When non-Mormons want to know about our church at some point in time they are going to want to know about Kolob.  The Book of Abraham Chapter 3 covers Kolob and a lot of other interesting material.  When we looked at Abraham chapter 2, it followed the Bible’s narration fairly closely.  However Abraham 3 doesn’t follow the Bible at all.  Let’s go ahead and take a look at Abraham 3 and read all about Kolob.

And I, Abraham, had the Urim and Thummim, which the Lord my God had given unto me, in Ur of the Chaldees;  (Abraham 3:1).

Here we have a reference to the Urim and Thummim and Abraham was receiving a revelation through it.

2 And I saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of God; and there were many great ones which were near unto it;

3 And the Lord said unto me: These are the governing ones; and the name of the great one is Kolob, because it is near unto me, for I am the Lord thy God: I have set this one to govern all those which belong to the same order as that upon which thou standest.  (Abraham 2:2-3).

One of the ways that non-Mormons attack the church is by saying that we believe that God lives on a planet named Kolob.  However when we read the text we see that Kolob is the name of a star.  This star is very close to where God lives but it doesn’t say that he lives on Kolob or anything of the sort.

Why do non-Mormons change their narrative to say that God lives on Kolob instead of saying that it is a star and God lives near there?  Most likely it is because saying that God lives near a big star doesn’t shock anybody.  It was barely 20 years ago when astronomers discovered the first planets outside of our solar system.  Before then a lot of people didn’t believe that there were any planets outside our solar system.  It sounded really weird and impossible.  It was a good way to frame a narrative that we were weird and not worth taking seriously.  People could see the stars so saying there is a star named Kolob sounds feasible and won’t create a big sensation.

4 And the Lord said unto me, by the Urim and Thummim, that Kolob was after the manner of the Lord, according to its times and seasons in the revolutions thereof; that one revolution was a day unto the Lord, after his manner of reckoning, it being one thousand years according to the time appointed unto that whereon thou standest. This is the reckoning of the Lord’s time, according to the reckoning of Kolob.  (Abraham 3:4).

According to the Book of Abraham, Kolob sets the time standard for the universe.  It says that in the time reckoning of Kolob, 1 day there is 1,000 years on Earth.  This verse explains the back end of verse 3 where it says that Kolob is the star that governs all others.  According to the Book of Abraham Kolob is the center star and God records all time relative to Kolob.

5 And the Lord said unto me: The planet which is the lesser light, lesser than that which is to rule the day, even the night, is above or greater than that upon which thou standest in point of reckoning, for it moveth in order more slow; this is in order because it standeth above the earth upon which thou standest, therefore the reckoning of its time is not so many as to its number of days, and of months, and of years.

6 And the Lord said unto me: Now, Abraham, these two facts exist, behold thine eyes see it; it is given unto thee to know the times of reckoning, and the set time, yea, the set time of the earth upon which thou standest, and the set time of the greater light which is set to rule the day, and the set time of the lesser light which is set to rule the night.

7 Now the set time of the lesser light is a longer time as to its reckoning than the reckoning of the time of the earth upon which thou standest.

8 And where these two facts exist, there shall be another fact above them, that is, there shall be another planet whose reckoning of time shall be longer still;

9 And thus there shall be the reckoning of the time of one planet above another, until thou come nigh unto Kolob, which Kolob is after the reckoning of the Lord’s time; which Kolob is set nigh unto the throne of God, to govern all those planets which belong to the same order as that upon which thou standest.  (Abraham 3:5-9).

Verses 5 to 9 explain that planets spin on their axis at different rates.  Different planets orbit their stars at different rates and these verses even talk about how time itself is different on different planets.

Abraham 3:3-9 talk about how time itself is relative.  When we look at all of these verses in context we see that Abraham is writing about the Theory of Relativity.  Joseph Smith translated scripture that dealt with the Theory of Relativity.  Think about that.  If Joseph Smith made all of this stuff up, he got the freaking Theory of Relativity right nearly 70 years before Albert Einstein published the Theory of Relativity.  Yet again Joseph Smith was right.  It’s amazing how people who don’t believe in the Mormon Church never want to talk about everything that Joseph Smith got right.  When you look at everything Joseph Smith predicted and foresaw you have to conclude that he was inspired by God.

10 And it is given unto thee to know the set time of all the stars that are set to give light, until thou come near unto the throne of God.

11 Thus I, Abraham, talked with the Lord, face to face, as one man talketh with another; and he told me of the works which his hands had made;

12 And he said unto me: My son, my son (and his hand was stretched out), behold I will show you all these.  And he put his hand upon mine eyes, and I saw those things which his hands had made, which were many; and they multiplied before mine eyes, and I could not see the end thereof.

13 And he said unto me: This is Shinehah, which is the sun. And he said unto me: Kokob, which is star.  And he said unto me: Olea, which is the moon. And he said unto me: Kokaubeam, which signifies stars, or all the great lights, which were in the firmament of heaven.

14 And it was in the night time when the Lord spake these words unto me: I will multiply thee, and thy seed after thee, like unto these; and if thou canst count the number of sands, so shall be the number of thy seeds.

15 And the Lord said unto me: Abraham, I show these things unto thee before ye go into Egypt, that ye may declare all these words.  (Abraham 3:10-15).

Verse 10 concludes Abraham’s vision of the stars and universe that he had while looking through the Urim and Thummim.  Starting in verse 11 Abraham has a different revelation where God himself talks with Abraham and shows him everything that he’s done.  God showed Abraham all the stars and said that Abraham’s descendents who are the followers of Christ will be as numerous as the stars.

16 If two things exist, and there be one above the other, there shall be greater things above them; therefore Kolob is the greatest of all the Kokaubeam that thou hast seen, because it is nearest unto me.  (Abraham 3:16).

Verse 16 talks about the stars and the planets and talks about how there’s an order to all of them.  Some stars are greater than others and they all have different rankings.

17 Now, if there be two things, one above the other, and the moon be above the earth, then it may be that a planet or a star may exist above it; and there is nothing that the Lord thy God shall take in his heart to do but what he will do it.

18 Howbeit that he made the greater star; as, also, if there be two spirits, and one shall be more intelligent than the other, yet these two spirits, notwithstanding one is more intelligent than the other, have no beginning; they existed before, they shall have no end, they shall exist after, for they are gnolaum, or eternal.

19 And the Lord said unto me: These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all.  (Abraham 3:17-19).

In verse 17 God said that he is a doer.  When he gets an idea to do something, he does it.  Starting in verse 18, God starts to talk about people.  He uses the analogy of the stars and their ranking and order and compares them to people.  All people are different.  In verse 19 God says that some people are more intelligent than others and that God is the smartest of everybody.

21 I dwell in the midst of them all; I now, therefore, have come down unto thee to declare unto thee the works which my hands have made, wherein my wisdom excelleth them all, for I rule in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath, in all wisdom and prudence, over all the intelligences thine eyes have seen from the beginning; I came down in the beginning in the midst of all the intelligences thou hast seen.  (Abraham 3:21).

This is a great verse because God talks about how he is the wisest of everybody and that he ruled over the whole universe in wisdom since the beginning.

22 Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones;

23 And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born.  (Abraham 3:22-23).

Verses 22 and 23 talk about the intelligences that were organized since the beginning and even in the beginning they all were different.

24 And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;  (Abraham 3:24).

Verse 24 says that one of the intelligences was like God and that he was the leader of the group.  This is a reference to Christ in the preexistence.  He called on all the intelligences (us) to go with him and go and build Earth.  This verse is a big deal and a big separation from standard Christian narrative.  This verse says that all of us helped to form and organize the Earth.  All of us were active participants in creating the Earth.

25 And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them;

26 And they who keep their first estate shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate shall have glory added upon their heads forever and ever.  (Abraham 3:25-26).

In verses 25 and 26 we establish that the purpose for coming to Earth is to prove ourselves to God.

27 And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me.  And another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first.

28 And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him.  (Abraham 3:27-28).

Abraham 3:27-28 gives the best description of the War in Heaven.  God asked for a volunteer and Christ volunteered.  Satan then came in and said that he would go.  Then Heavenly Father said that he chose Christ.  Then Satan rebelled and led away many of his followers.

Abraham 3 is quite the difficult chapter.  It is incredibly hard to read and there isn’t a lot of context.  You can see why people use it to attack the church.  They know that it is hard stuff to read and many people won’t be able to wade through it and get their arms around it.

When we look at the discussion of Kolob we see that the whole Kolob discussion isn’t a big deal.  It just a star somewhere in the universe and time there is different than time here.  I’m surprised that the church doesn’t use the way that Joseph Smith predicted the theory of relativity 70 years before Albert Einstein.  I don’t recommend showing The Book of Abraham to your non-Mormon friends or to your LDS friends who are struggling with their testimonies.

The Book of Abraham is very short but it contains tons of knowledge that we use in the LDS Church.  Usually when we talk about these topics we cite a general authority who spoke on this subject in General Conference and we don’t mention the Book of Abraham.  Next week we will take a look at Abraham 4 which is another chapter that non-Mormons use to attack the church.

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The Book of Abraham Chapter 2 Review Mormons vs. Jews

This continues Redgulls.com review of the Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great PriceIn chapter 1 we learned that the Book of Abraham is the place where people always run when they attack the Mormon Church.  We also saw that the Book of Abraham contains a lot of interesting information that we use in the Mormon Church.  Let’s take a look at Abraham chapter 2.

Now the Lord God caused the famine to wax sore in the land of Ur, insomuch that Haran, my brother, died; but Terah, my father, yet lived in the land of Ur, of the Chaldees.

2 And it came to pass that I, Abraham, took Sarai to wife, and Nahor, my brother, took Milcah to wife, who was the daughter of Haran.

3 Now the Lord had said unto me: Abraham, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.

4 Therefore I left the land of Ur, of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and I took Lot, my brother’s son, and his wife, and Sarai my wife; and also my father followed after me, unto the land which we denominated Haran.

5 And the famine abated; and my father tarried in Haran and dwelt there, as there were many flocks in Haran; and my father turned again unto his idolatry, therefore he continued in Haran.  (Abraham 2:1-5).

Abraham’s brother Haran died most likely because of the famine.  God told Abraham and his followers to flee from Ur.  They moved near to the land of Canaan and named where they moved Haran, most likely in honor of Abraham’s dead brother.  Abraham’s father ended up following Abraham to Haran and he repented of his paganism.  However once the famine abated Abraham’s father immediately went back to his degenerate pagan practices.

Abraham’s father immediately returning to sin is a great example of what happens when people are compelled by circumstances to repent of their sins.  As soon as the forces that forced them to repent are removed then they immediately return to their sins.  This is why Heavenly Father tries to avoid using circumstances to compel people to repent because their repentance isn’t sincere and life changing.  If they are compelled to repent, once the compulsion is removed, then they will return to their sins.

6 But I, Abraham, and Lot, my brother’s son, prayed unto the Lord, and the Lord appeared unto me, and said unto me: Arise, and take Lot with thee; for I have purposed to take thee away out of Haran, and to make of thee a minister to bear my name in a strange land which I will give unto thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession, when they hearken to my voice.

7 For I am the Lord thy God; I dwell in heaven; the earth is my footstool; I stretch my hand over the sea, and it obeys my voice; I cause the wind and the fire to be my chariot; I say to the mountains—Depart hence—and behold, they are taken away by a whirlwind, in an instant, suddenly.

8 My name is Jehovah, and I know the end from the beginning; therefore my hand shall be over thee.

9 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee above measure, and make thy name great among all nations, and thou shalt be a blessing unto thy seed after thee, that in their hands they shall bear this ministry and Priesthood unto all nations;

10 And I will bless them through thy name; for as many as receive this Gospel shall be called after thy name, and shall be accounted thy seed, and shall rise up and bless thee, as their father;

11 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee; and in thee (that is, in thy Priesthood) and in thy seed (that is, thy Priesthood), for I give unto thee a promise that this right shall continue in thee, and in thy seed after thee (that is to say, the literal seed, or the seed of the body) shall all the families of the earth be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal.  (Abraham 2:6-11).

These are the most important verses in the whole Book of Abraham.  God appears to Abraham and tells him to take Lot and flee from Haran.  In verses 9-11 God explains that the people who accept the Gospel are the seed and descendents of Abraham.  These verses show that all people who accept the Gospel are the Seed of Abraham and the blessings of Abraham are open to all people who accept the Gospel.

Abraham 2:9-11 is incredibly important because they establish a fundamental difference between Mormon belief and Jewish belief. Both Mormons and Jews consider themselves a chosen people.  Jews claim that they are “chosen” because of their descent from Abraham.  Jews believe that the blessings of Abraham only apply to themselves and nobody else.

Mormons look at themselves as a chosen people also.  However Mormons believe that the promises God made to Abraham are open to everybody who decides to accept the Gospel.  While Mormons believe that they are a chosen people, they welcome everybody to join the chosen people.  The difference between Mormons vs. Jews is Jews believe that God’s promises and blessings only apply to them but Mormons believe that God’s promises and blessings apply to everybody.

12 Now, after the Lord had withdrawn from speaking to me, and withdrawn his face from me, I said in my heart: Thy servant has sought thee earnestly; now I have found thee;

13 Thou didst send thine angel to deliver me from the gods of Elkenah, and I will do well to hearken unto thy voice, therefore let thy servant rise up and depart in peace.

14 So I, Abraham, departed as the Lord had said unto me, and Lot with me; and I, Abraham, was sixty and two years old when I departed out of Haran.

15 And I took Sarai, whom I took to wife when I was in Ur, in Chaldea, and Lot, my brother’s son, and all our substance that we had gathered, and the souls that we had won in Haran, and came forth in the way to the land of Canaan, and dwelt in tents as we came on our way; (Abraham 2:12-15).

After receiving this revelation and being warned to leave Haran, Abraham gathered his family, friends and converts.  In verse 15 Abraham says that he gathered all the souls that he had won in Haran.  Abraham must have been teaching the Gospel in Haran and he probably brought faithful members of the church with him from Ur.

16 Therefore, eternity was our covering and our rock and our salvation, as we journeyed from Haran by the way of Jershon, to come to the land of Canaan.

17 Now I, Abraham, built an altar in the land of Jershon, and made an offering unto the Lord, and prayed that the famine might be turned away from my father’s house, that they might not perish.

18 And then we passed from Jershon through the land unto the place of Sechem; it was situated in the plains of Moreh, and we had already come into the borders of the land of the Canaanites, and I offered sacrifice there in the plains of Moreh, and called on the Lord devoutly, because we had already come into the land of this idolatrous nation.

19 And the Lord appeared unto me in answer to my prayers, and said unto me: Unto thy seed will I give this land.  (Abraham 2:16-19).

After leaving Haran, Abraham and his followers relocated to the edges of the land of Canaan.  He noticed that the native Canaanite people were very idolatrous, degenerate and wicked.  God promised to give Canaan to Abraham and his followers.

20 And I, Abraham, arose from the place of the altar which I had built unto the Lord, and removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched my tent there, Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east; and there I built another altar  unto the Lord, and called again upon the name of the Lord.

21 And I, Abraham, journeyed, going on still towards the south; and there was a continuation of a famine in the land; and I, Abraham, concluded to go down into Egypt, to sojourn there, for the famine became very grievous.

22 And it came to pass when I was come near to enter into Egypt, the Lord said unto me: Behold, Sarai, thy wife, is a very fair woman to look upon;

23 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see her, they will say—She is his wife; and they will kill you, but they will save her alive; therefore see that ye do on this wise:

24 Let her say unto the Egyptians, she is thy sister, and thy soul shall live.

25 And it came to pass that I, Abraham, told Sarai, my wife, all that the Lord had said unto me— Therefore say unto them, I pray thee, thou art my sister, that it may be well with me for thy sake, and my soul shall live because of thee.  (Abraham 2:20-25).

Abraham decided to travel to Egypt because of a famine in Canaan.  The narrative in Abraham 2 follows the Bible closely.  It is very similar to Genesis 12.

What are the lessons from the Book of Abraham chapter 2?  First of all it follows the Bible closely.  It is very similar to Genesis 12, but it goes into greater detail that all followers of the Gospel are the descendents of Abraham.  You can see that (((certain people))) wouldn’t like these verses and they went ahead and took them out.  In our next discussion of the Book of Abraham we will take a look at Abraham 3 where we will get to discuss Kolob.

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Book of Abraham Chapter 1 Review: We Wuz Kangs

This is going to be the first in a series of articles on the Book of Abraham from the Pearl of Great Price.  Whenever Mormons are on the Internet one of the first things that we get asked about is Kolob.  I personally find the subject boring and uninteresting because who cares where God lives?  However since everybody wants to talk about it and everybody is in a post-election cool off it makes sense to spend some time getting our arms wrapped around the subject.

Initially I thought that I would go over Abraham 3 which talks about Kolob, go over what LDS authorities say on the subject, add in some thoughts of my own and turn it over to the comments and see what all of my great readers have to say on the subject.  However after reading Abraham 3, I decided instead to go over the whole Book of Abraham.  This article is going to cover Abraham 1.  I’m just going to give my thoughts on reading it and not do any additional research.  Feel free to add your knowledge and wisdom in the comments.

In the land of the Chaldeans, at the residence of my fathers, I, Abraham, saw that it was needful for me to obtain another place of residence; (Abraham 1:1).

In the first verses of Abraham, he makes mention constantly of fathers.  Here in verse 1 he mentions fathers in context of his people in his homeland.

  1. And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great knowledge, and to be a greater follower of righteousness, and to possess a greater knowledge, and to be a father of many nations, a prince of peace, and desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God, I became a rightful heir, a High Priest, holding the right belonging to the fathers.
  2. It was conferred upon me from the fathers; it came down from the fathers, from the beginning of time, yea, even from the beginning, or before the foundation of the earth, down to the present time, even the right of the firstborn, or the first man, who is Adam, or first father, through the fathers unto me.
  3. I sought for mine appointment unto the Priesthood according to the appointment of God unto the fathers concerning the seed. (Abraham 1:2-4).

In these verses Abraham refers to fathers in context of priesthood authority.  He talks about how priesthood authority comes from “the fathers” all the way back to the beginning.  In verse 3 he mentions that “the fathers” had authority from the beginning of time.  This is a reference that priesthood authority comes directly from Heavenly Father.

Look at verse 2.  In this verse Abraham kind of rambles and repeats himself.  I was reading some book on Middle Eastern culture this year and the author mentioned how when Middle Easterners want to make a point they repeat it over and over.  This rambling is very Middle Eastern.

5 My fathers, having turned from their righteousness, and from the holy commandments which the Lord their God had given unto them, unto the worshiping of the gods of the heathen, utterly refused to hearken to my voice;

6 For their hearts were set to do evil, and were wholly turned to the god of Elkenah, and the god of Libnah, and the god of Mahmackrah, and the god of Korash, and the god of Pharaoh, king of Egypt;  (Abraham 1:5-6).

In verses 5 and 6 Abraham’s people apostatized from the Gospel.  They started to worship pagan gods.  Abraham tried to call them to repent from their sins but they refused to repent.

7 Therefore they turned their hearts to the sacrifice of the heathen in offering up their children unto these dumb idols, and hearkened not unto my voice, but endeavored to take away my life by the hand of the priest of Elkenah. The priest of Elkenah was also the priest of Pharaoh.

8 Now, at this time it was the custom of the priest of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, to offer up upon the altar which was built in the land of Chaldea, for the offering unto these strange gods, men, women, and children.

9 And it came to pass that the priest made an offering unto the god of Pharaoh, and also unto the god of Shagreel, even after the manner of the Egyptians. Now the god of Shagreel was the sun.

10 Even the thank-offering of a child did the priest of Pharaoh offer upon the altar which stood by the hill called Potiphar’s Hill, at the head of the plain of Olishem.

11 Now, this priest had offered upon this altar three virgins at one time, who were the daughters of Onitah, one of the royal descent directly from the loins of Ham. These virgins were offered up because of their virtue; they would not bow down to worship gods of wood or of stone, therefore they were killed upon this altar, and it was done after the manner of the Egyptians.  (Abraham 1:7-11).

Every time that people apostatize from following Heavenly Father and start to worship pagan gods, the first thing they do is start doing human sacrifices.  Just look at the whole Spirit Cooking thing going on with John Podesta and other American elites. They all have apostatized from worshipping God and they are doing all kinds of disgusting things.  Those guys at the very least are LARPing human sacrifice and cannibalism and very possibly are involved in a whole lot worse.

In verse 11 the wicked priests sacrificed 3 girls who refused to worship pagan gods.  The priests not only are using human sacrifice as a religious practice but they also are doing it to make a political statement.  They are telling the rest of the people of their city that if they don’t want to end up on the sacrifice table then they better worship pagan gods.

12 And it came to pass that the priests laid violence upon me, that they might slay me also, as they did those virgins upon this altar; and that you may have a knowledge of this altar, I will refer you to the representation at the commencement of this record.

13 It was made after the form of a bedstead, such as was had among the Chaldeans, and it stood before the gods of Elkenah, Libnah, Mahmackrah, Korash, and also a god like unto that of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.

14 That you may have an understanding of these gods, I have given you the fashion of them in the figures at the beginning, which manner of figures is called by the Chaldeans Rahleenos, which signifies hieroglyphics.  (Abraham 1:12-14).

These verses are interesting because Abraham talks directly to the reader.  He says, “Hey go back and look at the drawing I made at the start of the chapter and it will give you an idea of what they were trying to do to me.”  Why did he save Abraham and not the 3 girls who earlier were sacrificed?

I can think of 3 reasons why Heavenly Father saved Abraham and not the 3 girls.  First of all Abraham was a faithful priesthood holder.  There weren’t many left in his city and Heavenly Father didn’t want to completely let the Gospel die.  Second he allowed the girls to be sacrificed as a way of leaving a testament against the men who sacrificed her.  We see this example in the Book of Mormon where Heavenly Father lets wicked people murder righteous as a way of bringing judgment on them.  The city of Ammonihah comes to mind. The third reason why Heavenly Father let the girls die but not Abraham is because Heavenly Father is testing Abraham.  After the sacrifice of the girls, Abraham knows that if he continues to refuse to worship pagan gods then eventually he will end up on the sacrifice altar.  Abraham continues to worship Heavenly Father even though he knows that it will cost him his life.

15 And as they lifted up their hands upon me, that they might offer me up and take away my life, behold, I lifted up my voice unto the Lord my God, and the Lord hearkened and heard, and he filled me with the vision of the Almighty, and the angel of his presence stood by me, and immediately unloosed my bands;

16 And his voice was unto me: Abraham, Abraham, behold, my name is Jehovah, and I have heard thee, and have come down to deliver thee, and to take thee away from thy father’s house, and from all thy kinsfolk, into a strange land which thou knowest not of;

And this because they have turned their hearts away from me, to worship the god of Elkenah, and the god of Libnah, and the god of Mahmackrah, and the god of Korash, and the god of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; therefore I have come down to visit them, and to destroy him who hath lifted up his hand against thee, Abraham, my son, to take away thy life.

18 Behold, I will lead thee by my hand, and I will take thee, to put upon thee my name, even the Priesthood of thy father, and my power shall be over thee.

19 As it was with Noah so shall it be with thee; but through thy ministry my name shall be known in the earth forever, for I am thy God.

20 Behold, Potiphar’s Hill was in the land of Ur, of Chaldea. And the Lord broke down the altar of Elkenah, and of the gods of the land, and utterly destroyed them, and smote the priest that he died; and there was great mourning in Chaldea, and also in the court of Pharaoh; which Pharaoh signifies king by royal blood.  (Abraham 1:15-20).

The way that Abraham wrote these verses is interesting.  It looks like while he was on the sacrifice table, Abraham had a vision where an angel of the Lord appeared to him and first unbound his hands.  Then the angel promised that Heavenly Father would protect Abraham and that Abraham would have Priesthood authority.  Then the angel of the Lord destroyed the altar and killed the wicked priests.

21 Now this king of Egypt was a descendant from the loins of Ham, and was a partaker of the blood of The Canaanites by birth.

22 From this descent sprang all, the Egyptians, and thus the blood of the Canaanites was preserved in the land.

23 The land of Egypt being first discovered by a woman, who was the daughter of Ham, and the daughter of Egyptus, which in the Chaldean signifies Egypt, which signifies that which is forbidden;

24 When this woman discovered the land it was under water, who afterward settled her sons in it; and thus, from Ham, sprang that race which preserved the curse in the land.

25 Now the first government of Egypt was established by Pharaoh, the eldest son of Egyptus, the daughter of Ham, and it was after the manner of the government of Ham, which was patriarchal.  (Abraham 1:21-25).

In these verses Abraham writes about the founding of Egypt after the Flood.  The most interesting part of these verses is in verse 24 where Abraham said the race of the founders of Egypt kept “the curse in the land.”  Lots of people believe that this is a reference to the curse of Cain which many believe is black skin.  Does Abraham mean to tell us that, “We wuz kangs” is real?

26 Pharaoh, being a righteous man, established his kingdom and judged his people wisely and justly all his days, seeking earnestly to imitate that order established by the fathers in the first generations, in the days of the first patriarchal reign, even in the reign of Adam, and also of Noah, his father, who blessed him with the blessings of the earth, and with the blessings of wisdom, but cursed him as pertaining to the Priesthood.

27 Now, Pharaoh being of that lineage by which he could not have the right of Priesthood, notwithstanding the Pharaohs would fain claim it from Noah, through Ham, therefore my father was led away by their idolatry; (Abraham 1:26-27).

Here’s more “we wuz kangs” stuff.  In these verses Abraham says that the first Pharaoh who founded Egypt was a good man who was a good king.  However he was “of that lineage by which he could not have the right of Priesthood.”  There’s a lot of “we wuz kangs” stuff in these verses.  For whatever reason, the first Pharaoh couldn’t receive the Priesthood so he created an imitation of it.  Later on his priests said that they had Priesthood authority because of their descent from Noah.  Their claim of Priesthood authority was a big part of convincing the priests of Abraham’s city to get mixed up in paganism.

The Book of Abraham spent 7 verses on the founding of Egypt, the fall of their religious practice from being very similar to the Gospel to paganism and then spreading paganism because it shows how the Gospel dies.  We see this process in the modern west.  Look at how some people are starting to experiment with things like Wiccan religion, revival of worshipping pre-Christian European gods and the way that the American elite are LARPing human sacrifice.  We are living through this process right now.

28 But I shall endeavor, hereafter, to delineate the chronology running back from myself to the beginning of the creation, for the records have come into my hands, which I hold unto this present time.

29 Now, after the priest of Elkenah was smitten that he died, there came a fulfilment of those things which were said unto me concerning the, land of Chaldea, that there should be a famine in the land.

30 Accordingly a famine prevailed throughout all the land of Chaldea, and my father was sorely tormented because of the famine, and he repented of the evil which he had determined against me, to take away my life.

31 But the records of the fathers, even the patriarchs, concerning the right of Priesthood, the Lord my God preserved in mine own hands; therefore a knowledge of the beginning of the creation, and also of the planets, and of the stars, as they were made known unto the fathers, have I kept even unto this day, and I shall endeavor to write some of these things upon this record, for the benefit of my posterity that shall come after me.  (Abraham 1:28-31).

After the destruction of the pagan priests, Abraham ended up with historical records.  After a huge famine gets going in his city, Abraham’s father repents of sending his son off to be sacrificed to pagan gods.  How pathetic was that man?  Either don’t send your son to be sacrificed to pagan gods or stand by your actions.  Don’t send your son to be sacrificed to pagan gods and then when things don’t work out how you wanted them to work out, suddenly try to get back into your son’s good graces.

In verse 31, Abraham talks about how he is going to talk about the planets, astronomy and the founding of the world.  He is giving us a taste of the very “interesting” stuff to come.

One of the big things that jumps out so far in the Book of Abraham is how the narrative jumps around.  Look at verses 28-31.  He talks first about how he has the records of his people going back to the beginning.  Then in verse 29 he mentions the beginning of a famine in the land where Abraham mentions that it was promised to him but we don’t find any mention of that promise earlier in chapter 1.  Then in verse 30 Abraham talks about his father repenting of his sins.  Then in verse 31 it goes back to mentioning the records and the genealogy back to the beginning.

In the Book of Abraham chapter 1, there are several spots where the narration jumps around like this.  We don’t know if this was how Abraham himself wrote or if this was the way that a scribe later was making a copy and decided to make his own adjustments.  In other modern scripture such as the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants, there are very clear breaks in thought and narrative.  If Joseph Smith made up all of these books we would expect the Book of Abraham to have very clear breaks of thought and narrative, but it doesn’t.

Another big thing that jumps out from chapter 1 is the Book of Abraham is very much an incomplete record.  Just from the way that the narration jumps around and doesn’t give any context, you can see how people can get into trouble reading the Book of Abraham.  There’s tons of stuff in chapter 1 that we don’t understand and there’s lots of room to speculate.  You can also see why when people attack the Mormon Church; the first thing they do is run to the Book of Abraham.  It is full of half understood stuff with lot of room to speculate.  It is the perfect place for people to try to frame the LDS Church in a negative light.

So far the Book of Abraham is very interesting.  Chapter 1 is full of interesting stuff.  You can see that it is a very different account than other modern revelation.  What do you think about Abraham Chapter 1?

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Every Member a Missionary Vs Good Social Skills

I was sitting through a boring fast and testimony meeting in church a few weeks ago.  A guy in my ward got up and started talking about doing a job in the oil fields a few summers ago and how he put every member a missionary into practice.  He talked about how he went to a concert with a few of his co-workers.  At the concert his co-workers asked him if he wanted a beer.  He then told about how he went into a big long diatribe about how he didn’t drink because it was against Heavenly Father’s commandments.  Basically he turned a simple courtesy offer into a lecture on the Word of Wisdom.  Then he talked about how his co-workers got angry with him.  He spun the incident into him trying to be a missionary but the world rejecting him.

Here’s the thing, the guy in my ward was being a total jerk.  Most people like to have a beer when they are out with friends.  The vast majority of people who drink handle it just fine.  There are lots of people who don’t drink.  The general rule for non-drinkers is when somebody offers you a drink, you just say, “No thanks.  I’m fine.”  It’s really not a big deal.  However the guy in my ward took the opportunity to try to spread the Gospel and it didn’t go over well.

In life there are 2 things you don’t talk about with people you don’t know: politics and religion.  If you talk about politics with people you don’t know, you can expect at least a few people not to support your views and be angry with you for it.  The other thing you don’t talk about is religion.  People’s religious views are very serious and people don’t like others’ views pushed on them.

When the guy in my ward got offered a drink and he took the opportunity to talk about religion, he upset everybody he was with.  Nobody wants to be with a self righteous religious fanatic.  When he tried to put every member a missionary into practice by preaching to strangers about the Word of Wisdom he offended everybody around and marked himself and the Mormon Church as a bunch of crazy religious fanatics.

The best way to put every member a missionary into practice is by being the kind of Mormon who inspires people to want to join our church.  This means we need to have good social skills.  This means that we don’t come across as religious fanatics.  When somebody asks us if we want a drink we say, “No thanks.  I’m good.”  When we act like self righteous jerks we are poor examples of every member a missionary.

It’s important that we make sure that we come across as people with good social skills.  The best way you can put every member a missionary into practice is by being a good example of a Mormon.  Have good social skills!  Get along with people of good will!  Don’t come across as a self righteous jerk.  When you are the kind of Mormon who inspires people to want to know about your religious beliefs they will ask you about it and then you will know that you’ve put every member a missionary into practice.

The True Meaning of Turn the Other Cheek

Turn the Other Cheek is the Second most misunderstood and abused doctrine in all the scriptures.  Many Christians and Mormons use it to justify never standing up for themselves and letting people roll over them.  Let’s take a look at Matthew 5:38-39:

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

What we see here is Jesus said in the Law of Moses people had the right to seek vengeance for slights they received.  Jesus is saying that just because somebody slighted you, you aren’t justified in seeking revenge.  When we look at the wording of verse 39 we see things like “resist not evil.”  And we see that “whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”  On it’s face it looks like we are supposed just to let evil people walk all over us and we aren’t supposed to resist.

The belief that we are supposed to let evil people walk all over us and nor resist is a very tempting belief.  One of the ugly truths about life is many people don’t want to take responsibility for their own life.  Many people are happy to be victims as long as they aren’t expected to protect themselves.  Defending yourself is dangerous and there isn’t always a happy ending to defending yourself.  Many people would rather live as slaves than die as free men.

A great example of people refusing to resist evil is the Christian Churches over the last 50 years.  They have allowed the forces of Cultural Marxism to ruin and destroy western society and what have they done to stop it?  Nothing.  They’ve complained about it from the pulpits on Sundays but haven’t stopped the take-over.  Even many mainline Protestant churches have even helped the takeover by ordaining female preachers and welcoming homosexual degeneracy in their congregations.

What have Christian Churches gotten for refusing to defend themselves?  Church attendance is falling.  Many mainline Protestant churches are losing members at a rapid pace.  Soon they will be dead.  Christianity is dying all over America and Europe.  The people have no interest in religion that refuses to fight against the destruction of western civilization.  If the Church won’t support them, why should they support the Church?

In the Book of Mormon Captain Moroni was listed as one of the most righteous men in history:

Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.  (Alma 48:17).

What were Captain Moroni’s accomplishments?  In no particular order: He instituted scalping that became a New World tradition until the 20th Century, started a civil war, hanged his people’s enemies, fought a preemptive military campaign, lead a military coup.  Of course this is just the 21st Century post-modern way of looking at Captain Moroni’s actions.  In reality he defended his people and he defended the Church. The example of Captain Moroni is important because he shows that the post modern meaning of “turn the other cheek” and “resist not evil” is incorrect.  He resisted evil and never turned the other cheek and is praised as one of the most righteous men in history and if everybody were like him, the Devil would have no power.

So what does it mean when the Savior tells us not to resist evil and to turn the other cheek?  We know it isn’t letting the enemies of civilization run us over and destroy us.  It all comes down to vengeance.  In the ancient world and continuing today people are obsessed with getting revenge for so-called wrongs in the past.  For example whenever Islamist radicals claim they are justified in attacking Europe or America one of the slights in the past they always mention were the Crusades.  Of course the Crusades was just Christianity defending itself for 500 years of invasion, rape and slaughter, but modern Islamists never pass up a chance to claim victim status for so-called past wrongs.

One of the things that went along in the ancient world was nations and even individual citizens would hold grudges that lasted for generations over various slights.  If somebody was slighted, then it was the victim’s duty to get vengeance.  They had to save face and get payback.  This belilef still goes on today.  Look at the modern Middle East.  Bedouin tribes still have blood feuds with other local tribes over goat raids.  This is what the Savior saying “turn the other cheek” is all about.  It is about letting it go.  How many people’s lives have been ruined because they were angry with somebody over some slight of some sort?  How many friendships were destroyed over some slight?  How often is the slight over something so small that outsiders would view it as laughable?

One of the big problems with people counting their slights and passing the desire for vengeance on to their children is often what happened is clouded by personal perspective and even propaganda.  In the Book of Mormon, Nephi and his brothers Laman and Lemuel had a lot of problems.  Laman and Lemuel were trying to kill Nephi and Nephi was just trying to keep things going.  Things got so bad that Nephi and his friends had to flee from Laman and Lemuel:

 But behold, their anger did increase against me, insomuch that they did seek to take away my life.

Yea, they did murmur against me, saying: Our younger brother thinks to rule over us; and we have had much trial because of him; wherefore, now let us slay him, that we may not be afflicted more because of his words. For behold, we will not have him to be our ruler; for it belongs unto us, who are the elder brethren, to rule over this people.  (2 Nephi 5:2-3).

What did Laman and Lemuel teach their kids and have their children teach their descendents?

They were a wild, and ferocious, and a blood-thirsty people, believing in the tradition of their fathers, which is this—Believing that they were driven out of the land of Jerusalem because of the iniquities of their fathers, and that they were wronged in the wilderness by their brethren, and they were also wronged while crossing the sea;

And again, that they were wronged while in the land of their first inheritance, after they had crossed the sea, and all this because that Nephi was more faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord—therefore he was favored of the Lord, for the Lord heard his prayers and answered them, and he took the lead of their journey in the wilderness.

And his brethren were wroth with him because they understood not the dealings of the Lord; they were also wroth with him upon the waters because they hardened their hearts against the Lord.

And again, they were wroth with him when they had arrived in the promised land, because they said that he had taken the ruling of the people out of their hands; and they sought to kill him.

And again, they were wroth with him because he departed into the wilderness as the Lord had commanded him, and took the records which were engraven on the plates of brass, for they said that he robbed them.

And thus they have taught their children that they should hate them, and that they should murder them, and that they should rob and plunder them, and do all they could to destroy them; therefore they have an eternal hatred towards the children of Nephi.  (Mosiah 10:12-17).

We know that Laman and Lemuel were far from the victims of Nephi.  They were the aggressors.  However they taught their children a big huge lie and since their children had no reason not to believe them, they believed it.  Laman and Lemuel taught their children to be victims.  They gave them a victim mentality that allowed them to justify all kinds of bad behavior on the grounds that they were just seeking vengeance for past wrongs.

The case of Laman and Lemuel is a great example of why we have to let slights go.  First of all from their perspective they probably felt justified for their behavior.  Their perspective clouded reality.  When we feel slighted by others and feel the need to save face or get payback, we are seeing the world from our perspective.  We really can’t often see the objective truth.  Maybe it was just a mistake, or a misunderstanding.  Maybe the person who slighted us was just having a really bad day and made a social mistake.  We really don’t know.  However with most slights when we hold a grudge we are making a mountain out of a molehill.  We have to let things go because we are just hurting ourselves when we don’t.

When we look at Laman and Lemuel teaching victimology to their children and descendents, they taught them a culture where they weren’t responsible for their actions.  Past slights allowed them to justify all kinds of horrific behavior.  They created a cycle of violence and war that led to the destruction of thousands of lives of their own people.  They brought whole sale mass misery on their own people with their victimology.

Look at how victimology is holding lots of people back today.  Look at how many blacks feel slighted because their ancestors 150 years ago, who they never met had to suffer in slavery.  They feel justified in all kinds of bad behavior that holds them back.  Of course there are IQ and cultural problems with blacks, but they are beyond the point of this article.  The point is black victimology is holding them back.  They probably wouldn’t be living like White Mormons, but their lives would be a lot better than the mess they are in now.

Look at SJW’s.  They all have reasons for feeling like victims.  Feminists can blame the Patriarchy for their struggles.  Fat girls can blame fat shaming on the fact that they don’t get to date the star of the football team.  Every victim has an excuse for why their life isn’t working out just like they want it.  They don’t want to turn the other cheek and get over whatever is bothering them.  They want to wallow in their failure and try to radically change society which they view themselves as victims of it.

Victimology is a big part of Marxism.  Karl Marx wrote that all relationships were based on an oppressor and a victim, even marriage.  If you know anything about Marx’s personal life, you can see that this point is pure projection over the Hell that he put his family through.  Marxism is a big part of the Plan of Satan and victimology fits right in with the Plan of Satan.  Modern America suffers under Cultural Marxism and it’s pet ideologies like: Feminism, SJW’ism, Racial Vicimization, etc.  All followers of these evil ideologies were people who didn’t want to turn the other cheek.

When Jesus was talking about “turn the other cheek” he meant that we are supposed to let the slights we receive go.  We aren’t supposed to wallow in our suffering and our oppression.  We don’t know why somebody hurt us or even if they intended to hurt us.  We are not supposed to carry a grudge nor are we supposed to feel like perpetual victims.  We have to overcome our sufferings.

Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.

I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.  (D&C 64:9-10).

Now we know what D&C 64:9-10 means.  It means that if we carry a grudge and allow ourselves to become perpetual victims we are worse than the people who committed the original offense.  If we don’t let things go, we are even worse than the people who committed the original sin.

Let me tell you a story from my childhood.  When I was a child I lived in an awful ward.  Every Sunday and at youth activities I received constant verbal abuse.  This wasn’t just standard banter all kids engage in, but wholesale abuse.  It didn’t just stay verbal, but my brother and I received physical abuse. I was beaten up at church, at young men’s and even in seminary class.  My childhood church experience was an awful time.

20 years later, I have gotten over the abuse for the most part.  I’m now a big strong man who knows self defense.  Nobody who abused me would dare to pull their abuse on me today.  By no stretch of the imagination do I like any of them.  I would never associate with them.  I would never allow my kids near any of their kids.  However I would never tell my kids about the bad things that happened.  I would never tell them that I am a victim of them.  I would never do anything to harm them and get back at them.  While it is painful to think about what went on, I would never try to harm them to get revenge.  It is just a bad time in my life, but it’s over.  That said, I would never do business with the people who harmed me.  If I were hiring and the people I had to choose from were one of the people who abused me and somebody else equally competent, I would choose somebody else because I would never bring somebody who I know has a past of committing abuse into a business.  That said I’m not a victim who has a right to their life or property.  I would never teach my kids victimology.  In a very real sense I applied turn the other cheek.

When Jesus talked about turn the other cheek he meant that we are supposed to let the past go.  We aren’t supposed to carry our slights with us.  We are never supposed to teach our kids to be victims.  We are supposed to reject victimology and we are never to let our sufferings make us believe in Marxism.  Turn the other cheek has nothing to do with letting our enemies destroy us but everything to do with letting it go.