The Science of Humility (Humility Is The Key – Part 4)

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Okay, in parts two and three I asked a question that I still haven’t answered. The question was, “Why is it necessary for such dramatic tests to be leveled on His elect?” I really do want to answer the question, but before I do we have got to lay the foundation, a solid foundation based on true doctrine and not just my opinion. In this …

My Visit To Lindon

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I’ve been a little slow in posting this, sorry. Over General Conference weekend I took the opportunity to fly to North Carolina and visit Lindon. I want to thank all the people who were so kind to me to make that trip possible, the flight arrangements, the place to stay, picking me up at the airport, etc. You know who you are and I am …

Zion is Not Us and Them (Humility Is The Key – Part 3)

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Yesterday’s post ended with a very serious question, “Why is it necessary for such dramatic tests to be leveled on His elect?” Have you ever considered (ponderized) such a question? Before I get into answering that question, I think it’s important to discuss what I mean, and who I am referring to when I speak of “His elect.” Do you consider yourself to be His …

The Price That Must Be Paid (Humility Is The Key – Part 2)

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The Price Must Be Paid As I have studied the scriptures I have come to the conclusion that there is a pattern the Lord uses to prepare us for His greater blessings. Throughout history there have been prophets who have prepared their people to receive the greatest gifts of life God can bestow. In the Book of Mormon several times the Nephites lived so righteously …

Pride is a Switch (Humility Is The Key – Part 1)

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One of the common themes that Lindon and I have discussed over the past year is the title of this blog post, “Humility is the key.” Recently in correspondence with a dear friend I wrote, “Literally everything stems from our willingness to be humble. And it is our very own natural (wo)man that stands between us and the grace (Atonement) of Jesus Christ – the …

Brainwashing Your Set-Points to Put Off the Natural Man

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There’s been a long standing belief by progressive thinkers that religion, or government, or education is involved in brainwashing the public. This philosophy stems from the truth that our minds are malleable, meaning, they can be changed. There have been governments, totalitarian regimes, and cults that use brainwashing by use of torture, drugs, or physiological-stress techniques. These are the extreme, but as a result the …

They Call Me Obe

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Any information regarding any incarcerated inmate is public record, including criminal history, write-ups received while detained, age, and release date. I’d even be surprised if they didn’t display your hair color, weight, height and home address. Some might think this information is vital to the open public in order to keep the community knowledgeable and safe. I understand, that has been my own way of …

Selfish vs. Selfless

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So I had inspiration about two important words: SELFISH, and SELFLESS. Selfish means: devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others. Pretty ugly word, huh? Especially the “regardless of others” part. But, selfless is the exact opposite and means: having little or no concern for oneself, especially with regard to fame, position, money, etc.; …

Yielding To Temptation

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It was because Adam and Eve yielded to temptation that they were given the law of sacrifice. The very important meaning behind this doctrine is what I would like to speak about today. King Lamoni’s father in Alma 22:18 says that he will give away all his sins to know God. Our bodies like sin. Our Stake President in Mesa once said, “We must like …

I’m Sure I’ll Have A Story

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I got a letter just the other day from Lindon, and as usual it was full of exciting, heart warming, wonderful stories we have all come to love. But what I want to share with you today is what he wrote on the back of the envelope. He asked me to give him some topics to write about.  Here is a scan of the the …