Saturday, November 27, 2010

41v The Only True and Living Church Upon the Face of the Whole Earth, With Which the Lord is Well Pleased, Speaking Unto the Church Collectively and not Individually!

To Access This Blog's Index, Please Scroll Down To the Fifth Paragraph From The End of This Post. Much of this post is a repeat of my post 40l.


This post has been written in response to the most recent comment made by "BOMC".  It can be found at the end of my Post 41t


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TODAY'S THEME


The Resurrected Jesus Christ - Painting: Harry Anderson
Sometime in A.D. 34 somewhere in what we now know as Central America, the following words were spoken from the sky in total darkness. This darkness was a part of the great cataclysm which had completely destroyed large numbers of Nephite cities, killing all of those who lived in them, by various means, i.e. earthquakes, floods, mountains falling upon and covering cities, etc.  These words were spoken by the Resurrected Jesus Christ to the more righteous of that people who had been saved from total destruction by their righteousness. They could not see Him. They only heard His voice at this time. They were to see Him and to be taught by him later.

Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 9:18 I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
19 And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings.
20 And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.
21 Behold, I have come unto the world to bring redemption unto the world, to save the world from sin.
22 Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved. (Emphasis Added)
That message given to that particular people, was included in the Book of 3Nephi by the Prophet Mormon under the direction of the Spirit of the Lord. Therefore, those words of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, apply to all of us in our day and time on earth! That would appear to include both you and me, "BOMC."

"BOMC", it appears to me that you haven't yet taken the time to use my Blog Index to review what I have put in my approximate 240 blog posts about the importance to all of us getting to know the Book of Mormon very well and learning to live in accordance with its teachings because You have continued to assert that the Book of Mormon is not considered important by Latter-day Saints.

By using my Blog Index under the subject title, Ezra Taft Benson you could have read the General Conference talk he gave about the Book of Mormon and the importance of it in one of my posts. That is his talk you mentioned in your most recent blog Comment.

Also in your just previous Blog Comment you appeared to intimate that I and most other LDS members have continued to ignore that council President Benson gave at that Conference talk.

His talk actually motivated many LDS members to repent of their having not paid enough attention to the Book of Mormon. After his talk he received many letters from Latter-day Saints thanking him for his great talk and promising to repent of their neglect of that sacred book. I and my wife did not need to repent because we had been reading from the Book of Mormon once every day for many years, in English and in my mission language. I am sure many others had been doing as we had done.

Additional LDS prophets since President Benson have made special efforts to urge church members to read and use that great book in their daily lives. Church members responded positively and enthusiastically to their urgings! Our LDS ward bishop and his counselors even helped our ward members (children included) to keep track of their reading using a chart posted on the wall just opposite our bishop's office about two years ago. That was accomplished very enthusiastically by both children and their parents!

I had even taken the time and effort needed on February 27, 2010 to insert electronically the many scriptural links President Ezra Taft Benson provided in that particular blog post: Post 39r.

Please, ("BOMC" and other Viewers of this Blog post) click on that post link just above to read President Benson's great talk about the Book of Mormon. After having clicked on that link so that you are in my post 39r, you'll need to scroll down about half way through that post to read that most significant talk about the Book of Mormon, The Keystone of our Religion. (Significantly, that terminology was first used by the first president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith whom you criticise frequently.)

"BOMC", Below the following short paragraph is another quote from your just previous comment at the end of my Post 41t:

"I now seek "to set you straight on one matter you, ("BOMC") brought up in your most recent Comment: It was regarding your assumption that there were already official Church members prior to April 6, 1830. . ."
"BOMC", you need to be set straight on that matter: The definition for "church" which you, BOMC cited is found in D. and C. 10:67 (which was revealed in the summer of 1828 : "Behold, this is my doctrine - whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the SAME IS MY CHURCH." (Emphasis was yours!)
As I attempted unsuccessfully to help you understand before,  the word, 'church,' as used in that scripture is a generic (Webster: typical not concrete) definition of the word, "church," or in other words, the state of heart and mind in which people can place themselves in. It is not referring to the legal or official establishment of Jesus' church.
The Lord was, without doubt, referring to the good number of people who had been following Joseph Smith's efforts to prepare himself to receive and translate the record found on the Plates of Gold. Those people believed in what the Lord was doing through Joseph Smith and were coming to the Lord in their hearts in preparation to be eventually baptised (as He commands of all) into His only true church which, at the right time, would be set up! The Lord knew they officially would become His Saints at the time His Church was officially organized at His insistence!
Also, I have stressed in the majority of my blog posts the importance of making the Book of Mormon a key guide in our lives as I did at the very beginning of this post. You claim that book is not considered by Latter-day Saints to be important.

One thing has become very clear to me about you. You are an avowed critic of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you do not accept the Lord's statement in Section 1 of the Doctrine and Covenants:
30 And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto the church collectively and not individually (Emphasis Added)
It has also become very obvious to me and surely to the other viewers of this blog that you pick and choose from the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants only that which supports your personal views. You also, incorrectly, intimate that I do that.

Now I'll turn to the Book of Mormon itself to let the prophet, Nephi point out the error of your claims. You somewhere in one of your Comments, quoted from part of this scripture but neglected a very clarifying part of it regarding the world-wide stature or character of  Jesus' true church!

Although there are as of very recently, fourteen million members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, compared to the total population of the world, that world-wide LDS Church membership is a relatively very small portion. That is just as the Prophet, Nephi pointed out to us in verse 12 of Chapter 10 of 1 Nephi above. Here is that complete scriptural reference:
1 Nephi 14: 10 And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.
11 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the whore of all the earth, and she sat upon many waters; and she had dominion over all the earth, among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people.
12 And it came to pass that I beheld the church of the Lamb of God, and its numbers were few, because of the wickedness and abominations of the whore who sat upon many waters; nevertheless, I beheld that the church of the Lamb, who were the saints of God, were also upon all the face of the earth; and their dominions upon the face of the earth were small, because of the wickedness of the great whore whom I saw.
13 And it came to pass that I beheld that the great mother of abominations did gather together multitudes upon the face of all the earth, among all the nations of the Gentiles, to fight against the Lamb of God.
14 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.
15 And it came to pass that I beheld that the wrath of God was poured out upon that great and abominable church, insomuch that there were wars and rumors of wars among all the nations and kindreds of the earth. (Clarification and Emphasis Added)
"BOMC', as you ought to know, there is only one actual church on the earth which accepts and actually provides The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ to the world because it is their book, given to them by the Lord through His prophet, Joseph Smith. It owns the copy write to that sacred book. It is available in many languages in a huge number of countries. Our congregations (stakes and wards) can be found throughout the earth. No other Book of Mormon believing church can claim that!

Previously, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared with this church that sacred book. However, they now deny its being the Word of God. You can use my Blog Index by clicking on the link below and then scrolling down in that post of mine to the picture of: Professor Terryl Givens in a fairly recent blog post of mine. In my post 41h which you can link with below, scroll first, down to his photo and the replica of the cover of his book.

Then please scroll down to the final several paragraphs of Professor Given's quote to verify that statement I just made about the Reorganized LDS Church (which is not their name any longer) is true!

Professor Given's Given's quote to verify that statement I just made about the Reorganized LDS Church (which is not their name any more) is very accurate! Please click on this link: Post 41h

Hyrum and Joseph Smith
By the way, "BOMC", are you aware of something very significant about Joseph Smith and his firm commitment to the Book of Mormon. As he and his brother, Hyrum were about to be killed by a drunken mob, they chose to bear testimony to those few others who were with them in the Carthage, Illinois Jail, of the truthfulness of that book. 

If that book were a fake (and I'm not implying that you believe such is the case -you've convinced me that you believe in the Book of Mormon) , in those dire circumstances they surely would have admitted to that being the case. However, the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, had been a basic focus in their ministries and in those crucial circumstances they bore solemn witness of it! And Joseph Smith had prophesied that the Book of Mormon would continue to be a crucial part of the Restored Church's ministry!


An Artist's Perception of the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith

Another matter, you obviously have not taken time using my Blog Index to review what I have put in my approximate 240 blog posts about the importance to LDS members getting to know the Book of Mormon very well and and living in accordance with its teachings. 

You implied in your most recent blog comment that I and other Latter-day Saints treat lightly the teachings of the Book of Mormon. I have stressed in the majority of my blog posts the importance of making the Book of Mormon a key guide in our lives.

Although you, "BOMC" quote fairly liberally from the Doctrine and Covenants, as I imply elsewhere in this post, it appears that you actually choose to believe only those sections that meet the criteria you set!

One thing has become very clear to me about you. You are an avid critic of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you do not accept the Lord's statement in
Section 1 of the Doctrine and Covenants:
1:30 And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto the church collectively and not individually(Emphasis Added)
It has become very obvious to me and surely to the other viewers of my blog that you pick and choose from the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants only that which supports your personal views. The order in which these revelations are given is not crucial. They are each revelations to the Lord's chosen prophet!

You never tell us what the initials in the name you have given yourself in these Blog Comments, “BOMC” stands for. I and perhaps many of those who read this blog, feel like I do that you are very reticent in telling us who you really are and what you really stand for.

Does "BOMC" stand for "Book of Mormon Church?" If so why doesn't your church, if there is such, or any other like it, meet the criteria given for the Lord's Church in 1 Nephi 14: 10-15 given previously, ie. its membership being "upon the face of the whole earth" If there were such a church or church we surely would have heard about it! 

Of Churches who hold the Book of Mormon true, there is only one church that meets that scriptural description: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! It is offensive to me and I am sure that it is offensive to most, if not all of my blog viewers, especially those who are LDS, for you to deny the truthfulness of  verse 30 of The Book of Doctrine and Covenants I've shown above, especially in view of what was prophesied by Nephi, Son of Lehi in 1 Nephi 14: 10-15 around 550 B.C.

By the way, "BOMC", were you aware of something very significant about Joseph Smith and his firm commitment to the Book of Mormon. As he and his brother, Hyrum were about to be killed by a drunken mob, they each chose to bear testimony to those few others who were with them in the Carthage, Illinois Jail, of the truthfulness of that book.

You indicate that the LDS Church ignores the Book of Mormon. I now ask you to view a video in which Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles tells us in a church video made from one of his recent general conference talks, about how crucial Latter-day scriptures, including the Book of Mormon is to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to everyone else.

Elder Holland's Video

Because of the way you expressed yourself in the approximately four comments you have made in this blog, I sense that it is very likely that you are a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who either chose to remove himself from church membership or was excommunicated for some reason!
If such was the case I am sure that there are members of this church who know and love you and who continue to pray for your eternal salvation and happiness in this life. I know very well how members of this church react in these situations and I pray for you too!

In closing this blog post, I suggest that both you, BOMC and I, Neil Birch, follow the council that our Savior, Jesus Christ gave to the Nephites as quoted at the beginning of this post: That we each:

Our Savior,  the Resurrected Jesus Christ - Painting: Harry Anderson
"offer for a sacrifice unto me, (Jesus Christ) a broken heart and a contrite spirit." I suggest That we each do this in making and answering comments. I have tried to write what I have written with that spirit. I sincerely hope you choose to do the same.
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I deeply appreciate your readership and very much hope you you will find that which was presented to you in this blog post, very beneficial.

If you have any questions about what you have read or viewed in this post or in any previous posts of mine, or if you even have a curiosity about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and or its teachings, please e-mail me. I'm Neil and my e-mail address is: jneilmelva@gmail.com. If you contact me I'll get back to you just as soon as possible.

I invite you to let your friends and relatives know about this blog if you think they would be interested. Please be advised that I also have one additional blog. It is in Spanish:  The content in it is translated from the English in this blog.

Neil Birch

Monday, November 22, 2010

41u Why Neil Birch Began This Blog and Has Introduced in Early June of this Year a Blog Index!

To Access This Blog's Index, Please Scroll Down To the Fifth Paragraph From The End of This Post. Much of this post is a repeat of my post 40l.

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TODAY'S THEME

Elder M. Russell ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ethiopia in March 1985 - Photo: lds.org

In this post I aim to review briefly how it came about that I became a blogger. I didn't grow up with computers and the Internet. I saw my first computer about two weeks after graduating from high school in Roseville, California (U.S.A.) in early June of 1950.

My father had worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad there since he was 17. He arranged for me to get a job there as a yard clerk only after I promised him I would not let that job keep me from beginning college right away. (I faithfully lived up to that promise. I received both a bachelors and masters degrees over the years from two Universities, one in Provo, Utah (BYU) in 1960  and one in San Jose, California (California State University, San Jose, California) in 1973.

When I first walked into the Clerks' Office from where I would do various jobs throughout that very large railroad yard, the first thing my bosses did was let me become acquainted with a large metal device which had electricity running into it. That was the first computer I ever had laid my eyes upon. As I remember, it was about eight feet long and about four and a half feet tall. It sorted cards which each represented a railroad car that was in our railroad yard right then. Those cards were each eventually sorted by that machine into the particular train in which that railway car would leave that railway yard to go in one of all four directions.

It was just a month or so later while in my first year of Junior College that I saw a television program for the first time.

Over the years in my occupation as a social worker for the LDS Church I began to become involved again with computers and ended up with my own lap-top I used until I retired in April 1996 in Salt Lake City, UT. I don't own a lap-top now but used one for a good number of years, even when my wife, Melva and I served a mission in Finland from 2004 to 2006.

That lap-top eventually wore out and now we have a desk top computer and printer. I learned to use the Internet along the way and it helped us much while serving as missionaries in Finland.

For about six months in late 2007 and in early 2008, I did Family History Extraction work through the Internet on our computer as a church assignment. I regularly did a very large volume of that work each month.

It took much time and was very intensive. I enjoyed it because I knew it was helping LDS families do the necessary research on their family lines to be able to have the temple work done in LDS temples for ancestors who had already passed away from this life without having heard of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. *

In about February or March of 2008 I happened to read a speech on the Internet delivered by an LDS Church Apostle, Elder M. Russell Ballard, whose photo is featured in TODAY'S THEME above.   He gave that speech at the BYU- Hawaii December 15th, 2007 graduation. In the July 2008 Issue of the Ensign Magazine published by the LDS Church Elder Ballard expanded some on what he had said at that BYU-Hawaii graduation. I quote just a brief portion of what he wrote for that article.
"From its beginnings, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has used the power of the printed word to spread the message of the restored gospel throughout the world. The Lord, over the centuries, has had a hand in inspiring people to invent tools that facilitate the spreading of the gospel. The Church has adopted and embraced those tools, including print, broadcast media and the Internet . . ." (Emphasis Added)
Elder Ballard in that article, once again, urged members of the Church to set up their own blogs on the Internet so as to tell of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I had already begun following his advice, after going about getting help, in beginning my own blog. I named it: Have You Really Read the Book of Mormon? I named it that because in an April 2007 PBS Television Nationwide (U.S.A.) broadcast I watched, I couldn't believe that certain ones of that program's Narrators had ever read the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

Professor Alex Caldiero - Google Search
One of those Narrators who I have quoted from time to time in my blog posts said, and I quote: 
"I hear Joseph Smith's voice everytime I read it (The Book of Mormon). He was a farmer. He was young. He was unlettered and he put this all together. So you have this rough hewn kind of text..." Alex Caldiero, poet and scholar, Utah Valley University, (Clarification and Emphasis Added)
I, Neil Birch, know personally that Joseph Smith translated that book by the power of God. I had come to understand and know spiritually the truthfulness of that Great Book over many years and from his quoted words above, I knew that man must have never even read a page of it.The Book of Mormon provides us, among other very important things, a history of a complex nation of Israelites that were led by God to what is now known as Central America arriving there in about 570 B.C.

In it, as you may well know by now, there is much in that book about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This Holy book stands side-by-side with the Holy Bible as a divine testament of the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Enough said about that for now. In the October 2009 Issue of the Ensign Magazine, my name was mentioned (on page 24) in an article authorized by Elder Ballard. It was reported that I had begun and had continued my LDS blogging and was feeling very good about what I was doing.

I must also mention the role of the moregoodfoundation (Orem, Utah, U.S.A.) in helping me to begin my blogging. It was from something they had posted on the internet that first gave me access to Elder Ballard's BYU-Hawaii graduation address mentioned above.

That is a non-profit organization that provides much information about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, through the Internet. One of their officials, Richard K. Miller, invited me to their offices in order to give me assistance in beginning to blog for the first time in my life. I not only received very good help from him in learning the basics of blogging, but over two and half years he (although he left that organization over a year ago) and one other moregoodfoundation employee, Fabiola Sikes continued to answer my questions on various matters related to my blogging.

That organization has also, by means of the internet, informed organizations and individuals with whom they have contact, about my blog. That has helped increase my readership considerably!

I have, as of this date, November 22, 2010 published my two hundred and fortieth Blog Post in my English language blog. I have not published that many in my Spanish language blog which is translated by a kind couple who originally came from Argentina and ended up in France, but have just moved to Cairo, Egypt. They are strong members of the LDS Church and I appreciate their translations which are done free of charge. I earn nothing from my blogging, except blessings from Heaven! (I really need those!)

In early June of this year (2010) I took a huge step forward in my blogging. In that month I introduced a new Blog Index from which you readers can search for topics which interest you and then are guided to click on an electronic link which pulls up a post in which I have written about that specific topic.

Now instead of going on with more words I will offer you an opportunity to use a small excerpt of blog post links that I have copied over from my Blog Index to this post.

At the end of this blog post you will be able to gain access to that entire Index. I have not yet had the time to put all of my published posts into it, (I am about forty posts short of doing that) but it won't be too very long until I have done so. Of course, I will continue adding to it as long as I continue to blog which I hope will be for a long time.

Because I first published my Blog Index on about June 8th, which is the annual anniversary of the Prophet of the LDS Church announcing that the Priesthood would then be available to men of all races throughout the world, I would like you to click on the link below for that post. I really enjoyed writing that post.

There is a very beautiful musical video within it that you will enjoy. Maybe today will be the first time you will have had the opportunity to use my Blog Index even though it has been available about six months.

Now, I'm not asking you to click on each of these links I'm providing you from my Blog Index, just the second one down. I added the other links just so you would know better what my Index looks like. Clicking on the link I'm providing will take you right to my Post 38l. I hope you will enjoy that experience. (However, you are welcome to click on the other links too if you so desire!)

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Preparations For The Resurrected Jesus Christ's Visit to Ancient America -Post 31f

Priesthood Revelation Regarding Availability of Priesthood to All Races Commemorated -Post 38l

Prophecy and Revelation Is Always Found in Jesus Christ's Church -Post 35b

Prophets Speak for Jesus Christ -Post 12

(The) Purpose of This Blog -Post 1

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I deeply appreciate your readership and very much hope you you will find that which was presented to you in this blog post, very beneficial.

As noted in the first paragraph of the previous post, I initiated on June 7, 2010 an Index for all of the key subjects found in the approximately 200 posts I had then published in this blog beginning in March of 2008. I am still in the process of including each of those posts in this Index. 

I believe you will find it a very helpful tool as you search for information related to the subjects covered in this blog!

Credits: I give credit to Fabiola Sikes for suggesting the need for this Blog Index. Without her suggestion I most likely would have never set this up.

Corollary credit needs to be given to: Richard K. Miller for suggesting electronic linking for this index. He made useful suggestions for doing that.

Jonathan Smith of Genoa, Utah, a relative through my marriage. His technological advice helped me apply some principles learned from Richard Miller.

Bryce Mitchell of Herriman, Utah, a step-grandson. He helped me understand some of the technological advice given me previously.

Bruce Westenskow of Murray, Utah, a member of our LDS Ward. He is a professional in the Internet field. His help was crucial! My lack of training in Internet matters made it difficult for me to pull all of the advice together by myself that I had been provided by the above-named skillful persons!
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I now will provide you the opportunity of experiencing a video of the Mormon Messages Series which is one of my most favorite videos of that special series.  It is entitled: "What My Father Taught Me As a Boy" It is narrated by former president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley (since deceased).


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In my recent post, 41r, I quoted from a book of an LDS Expert Microfilmer, Steven W. Baldridge (a friend and Church colleague) who has filmed, along with others, precious records literally throughout this entire earth so that the records of our dead will be easily available to you or me so that the vicarious temple work mentioned above in this blog post can be done for them.

As I mentioned in Post 41r, I personally have read Steve's book once through and have read a good number of his chapters a second time. I am amazed at the scope of the microfilming work that he has done in a relatively short time. I admire the sacrifice he has made in living the life he had to live to accomplish what he did. He has made it possible for many of us to be able to research our ancestors in order to have the temple work done for them which is needed.

I particularly appreciated Steve's enjoyable sense of humor that he seemed to always possess even in the middle of the greatest challenges. I guarantee that your personally having his book will be something you will be glad you did!


Steven W. Baldridge

The Front Cover of Steve Baldridge's Book
This book is available by contacting : Steve Baldridge, 627 East 5400 South, Murray, UT 84107, U.S.A.

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This website is not owned by or affiliated with the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the Mormon or LDS Church). The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the position of the Church.

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I deeply appreciate your readership and very much hope you you will find that which was presented to you in this blog post, very beneficial.

If you have any questions about what you have read or viewed in this post or in any previous posts of mine, or if you even have a curiosity about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and or its teachings, please e-mail me. I'm Neil and my e-mail address is: jneilmelva@gmail.com. If you contact me I'll get back to you just as soon as possible.

I invite you to let your friends and relatives know about this blog if you think they would be interested. Please be advised that I also have one additional blog. It is in Spanish: The content in it is translated from the English in this blog.

Neil Birch

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

41t The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Since its Earliest Beginnings; Some Brief and Partial Glimpses at What it Has Become and Will Yet Be!

To Access This Blog's Index, Please Scroll Down To the Fifth Paragraph From the End of This Post!

Regarding the Promised Reply to the Comment made by "BOMC" at the end of Post 41s, this entire post should be read first down through the second video I present. Then in a section of paragraphs after those videos, down to the Accessing of the Blog Index referred to in blue, above, I, Neil Birch, have written my promised response to him.

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The Prophet, Daniel Interprets King Nebuchadnezzar's Dream - Painting: Grant Romney Clawson
The following prophecy of Daniel's regarding the "kingdom which shall never be destroyed" refers to that which will eventually evolve from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That kingdom Daniel refers to is Christ's.  
Daniel 2: 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
As indicated at the beginning of this blogpost, in order to provide background information which will prepare the other readers of this blog post, and "BOMC" who has inserted 2 COMMENTS in that section of posts 41q and 41s. I will not quote his most recent comment at this point but will refer to it later in this post.

As part of my later presentation further on in this post, I will provide "Latter-day" scriptural evidence that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church authorized by the Lord Jesus Christ, and Heavenly Father who are one.

Some of it will be a repeat of what I presented in post 41s, but I begin with two videos that demonstrate the kind of spiritual strength that can come to individuals who put their trust in the words of the Book of Mormon prophets and the Latter-day prophets who lead the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The two videos I present were produced by an organization (FAIR) whose organizers agree fully with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, FAIR is not sponsored by the Church.

This first video tells the very touching and very intriguing story of a young Utah man, who was raised in another church, who searched for the truthfulness regarding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in particular, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

This is a true story

This first part of this post is short with the video you have just experienced being the key part of Today's Theme. This next video is a sequel, or follow-up to the very inspirational video you have just viewed.

It is narrated by the same young man who narrated that first video. This second video portrays how the central figure in it, as it was shown that he did in that previous video, demonstrated great faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. You will easily see this same young man did just as our Savior advises us all to do when we are confronted with weaknesses.

I personally have a special love for the final scripture, of several he will quote for us. It has given me much courage when I needed such. I'm sure you each will find that those words of our Savior Jesus Christ, words from the Book of Ether 12:27 (Book of Mormon) apply to you too. Be prepared for a very special experience

This is a second true story.

Those two videos were shown to assist each of you, including "BOMC" just in case he is sincerely interested in knowing the true value of membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will now quote that final scripture from the Book of Mormon that young man quoted in the video you just viewed. You may want to copy it:
Ether 12:27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.
Next I will respond to one paragraph in BOMC's most recent comments. He wrote:
"You praise the works of the LDS Church, but ignore the darkness of its members with outrageously high Prozac and Porn use in the churches back yard.  Or the low retention numbers through out the world."
"BOMC", I just did some checking on the membership totals of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I did this because of what you claimed in the just previous paragraph.

Responding to the last sentence of your comment above: At the end of 1971 the LDS Church had: 3,090,953 members and as at the end of 2009 there were 13.8 million members and that Church continues to grow rapidly in an increasingly larger number of nations throughout the world. That refutes your charge of "the low retention numbers throughout the world.

There will always be "less active" members in any church. In this church, however, "church activity is strongly encouraged and each ward or branch of this church works hard under the direction of its local leaders to gently and lovingly lead and guide less active members into increased activity as church members and and in increased spirituallity, wherever they may live throughout the world.


The Church is organized in such a way that the highest leadership, the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, etc. does much to assist the lower levels of leadership to know and perform their duties.

This past weekend a world-wide leadership training meeting was held through the medium of closed circuit TV. (Language Translation services are an important part of these meetings) This kind of leadership causes there to be a remarkably low attrition rate in new members. Your statement: that the Church has member retention problems, is very much off track!

If our retention of members is so poor how is it that this Church provides such a huge amount of disaster recovery support throughout the world. Many LDS members become actively involved in helping people, throughout the world to recover from disasters. Our huge number of faithful Latter-day Saints, under the direction of Church leadership have contributed much effort and financial support in many disasters world-wide for many years.


I have summarized this in a recent post, 39p.
In my post 23 I mentioned a member of the First Presidency of the Church reporting how that during one of the presidency meetings in the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, UT, the then president of the Church, Gordon B. Hinckley received a telephone call from President George W. Bush, then president of the U.S.A. President Hinckley told his counselors, after hanging up, that the President of the U.S. who was just flying over Salt Lake City in "Air Force 1" (a 747 Boeing Jet)",
"Air Force 1"
and had just  thanked him for the great support the Church had provided in a particular part of the U.S. recently and wondered how the church could move so fast in providing such excellent disaster recovery support.


You also mention: "Outrageously high Prozac and Porn use in the Church's back yard." I don't know what allows you to make such a statement.

Yes, there is illegal drug use among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as there is among members of most, if not all other churches. But there is much evidence that because of the Church's Word of Wisdom, and strong teachings about living morally clean, the numbers are much less than would otherwise be the case. Being "Temple Worthy" (meaning qualified to attend special services in those sacred buildings) is very important to most Latter-day Saints.


As a professional Social Worker for LDS Family Services for many years of my life before retiring in 1996 I was privileged to become involved in some extent professionally with the outstanding Addiction Recovery Programs of the Church. These have been established because Church members do have these kinds of problems among them as do members of other churches. This program was based on the Alcoholics Anonymous Program which has been so successful for many years.


Several years ago after my and my wife's returning from a Church Mission overseas where I help set up some of these addiction Recovery groups and led out in having the Church's Addiction Recovery Program translated into the language of the nation in Europe in which we were serving, I, here in the Salt Lake City area attended a good number of these group meetings. By firsthand observation, I can see there is much very effective help in assisting church members, recover from their harmful addicitons.


"BOMC", there is overwhelming evidence that this church continues to be very successful in helping their membership face the challenges of this life as well as helping them prepare for eternity.


NOW, I, as briefly as possible in the approximately next twenty paragraphs, will directly address the other charges made by "BOMC" in his most recent Comment:


These comments of mine originally were intended to be at the end of my previous post, 41s (published November 12, 2010) in the Comments Section. However I thought it better to make it a part of this post 41t which which you are reading right now.


Inasmuch as you, “BOMC” clearly have given your tacit approval of the Doctrine and Covenants (Section 10, one of the books of scriptures held as containing the Word of God, by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), I, in this post, will now use a quote from another section of that same book of scriptures to clarify for you and the other readers of my blog, the truth regarding the position of this church whose stand I have been supporting since this recent exchange of comments began taking place between you and me at your initiation.
Doctrine and Covenants 1:30 (November 1, 1831)“And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto the church collectively and not individually-- (Date clarification and emphasis added).
That revelation was recorded about a year and a half after the Church was officially organized.

The next to last verse of that same section of the Doctrine and Covenants also sheds clear light on this subject,

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Doctrine and Covenants 1: 38 (November 1, 1831) What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
Under the direction of the Lord by revelation, it was his servant, Joseph Smith, with Oliver Cowdery assisting, that the Lord's only true and living church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” was officially established April 6, 1830 as was detailed in my post 41q, quoting from an official publication of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Priesthood and Relief Society Manual.

It is clear to me and anyone else reading both Doctrine and Covenants 10 and D. and C. 1,  “BOMC” only quoted from D. and C. 10, but not from D and C 1. In failing to quote from D. and C. 1:30 and D. and C. 1:38 “BOMC” is unable to make the inference from D and C 10: 54 -55 that He (the Lord) was then speaking individually and not collectively regarding members of His Church.

There were a good number of future official members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, His “only true and living church” that the Lord was referring to in D. and C. 10:54-55 even though they were not yet baptized and His Church not officially organized, yet they believed in Him and in His Book of Mormon which was in the process of being translated and was being witnessed previous to its completion and printing by Joseph Smith, the first prophet of the Church and a good number of others closely involved with him and his efforts to bring about the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, under the direction of the Angel, Moroni. Moroni, as a mortal hid the golden plates by the commandment of God in the Hill Cumorah anciently in the same place as he as an angel led Joseph to retrieve the plates when Joseph, and the other, spiritually speaking, members of His (Jesus') church believed was taking place!

The Book of Mormon's Golden Plates and other sacred artifacts hid in the Hill Cumorah by the then, mortal Moroni were witnessed by the Three Witnesses, before the official establishment of the Lord's Church, and were shown these things by the Resurrected Moroni who was then, an angel of light! No doubt they were considered then, by the Lord, while serving him as witnesses, as His Saints (members of His Church in the not too distant future). Their serving as such demonstrates that they were a part of the process which would bring about the Lord's one and only Church. This, of course, was followed by the witness of the actual Golden Plates shown the eight witnesses by Joseph Smith (under the direction of the Angel Moroni).

Finally "BOMC", there are several other allegations you make that I will deal with!
You wrote, quoting from the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 28:3): “For it shall come to pass in that day that the churches which are built up and not unto the Lord when the one shall say unto the other: Behold, I, I am the Lord's; and the others shall say: I, I am the Lord's; and THUS SHALL EVERY ONE SAY THAT HATH BUILT UP CHURCHES AND NOT UNTO THE LORD – (2 Nephi 28:3)

You then ended your comment by instructing me: “Please adhere to the teachings of the Book you claim to love.” I have given you much evidence from the revelations, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was established by the Lord Jesus Christ on April 6, 1830.

You, "BOMC", are the one clearly in need of considering the teachings of the sacred books (Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants) both of which I dearly love and accept as the word of God for all of us in this day and age of the world!

Finally, you made several other statements in you comments above that I must deal with:

At the very beginning of your above comment you stated:

“I appreciate your passion for the Lord and the Holy Book of Mormon, but must address your error in challenging others whether they “have really read the BoM: with “Do you really follow the Book of Mormon?"
My intent was to show that the particular statement made by a professor of the Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, that “every time I read the Book of Mormon” I hear the voice of the poor unlettered farm boy, Joseph Smith. I, Neil Birch, had just quoted the mortal Moroni in Chapter 8 of Mormon in his prophecies of the unrighteous way people would be living in this age of the world's history! Those clearly were not words written by the Joseph Smith described by that professor!

Who wrote them? The Mortal Mormon and his son, Moroni! They both spoke a form of the Hebrew language their ancestors, Lehi and Nephi, passed on down to them. Joseph Smith translated them by the power of God!

Then again, perhaps not in that particular chapter, but generously throughout the first edition of the entire Book of Mormon, were found Hebrew grammatic phrases, which Joseph Smith, wanting there to be just good English in that sacred book, corrected out all of those Hebrew phrases, before the second edition of the Book of Mormon was published!

As BYU Professor, Dan Peterson pointed out in his so well done Mormon Times article, Joseph Smith may have been unschooled by some standards, but was raised hearing and using Good English and he wanted the second edition and subsequent editions of the Book of Mormon to be in “good English”!

“BOMC”, I don't think you read the article written by Dan Peterson by the response you made in your comment! I don't even think that you sought the Spirit to guide you as (if you did) read Mormon Chapter 8 I quoted in its entirety and illustrated to make its message more vivid!

I have dealt with other charges you made against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the earlier part of this post.

Best wishes to you and your loved ones! Very sincerely!

Neil Birch

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If you have any questions about what you have read or viewed in this post or in any previous posts of mine, or if you even have a curiosity about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and or its teachings, please e-mail me. I'm Neil and my e-mail address is: jneilmelva@gmail.com. If you contact me I'll get back to you just as soon as possible.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

41s A Brief Review of Some Aspects of the Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints From Its Earliest Official Beginning to This Day

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Regarding the Promised Reply to the Comment made by "BOMC" at the end of Post 41q, this entire post should be read first and then in the paragraph located just above the Accessing the Blog Index referred to in blue, above, I, Neil Birch, blogger of "HaveYou Really Read the Book of Mormon" will briefly summarize my promisedresponse to BOMC.

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The Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood On May 15, 1829 Painting: Del Parson

The Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood - Sometime in June 1829 -Painting: Kenneth Riley 

TEACHINGS OF PRESIDENTS OF THE CHURCH
JOSEPH SMITH (Published in 2007 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. - All Rights Reserved. Printed in the United States of America

Joseph Smith - Gospel Art Book #122, Painting by Del Parson

Chapter 11

Teachings of Joseph Smith
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....The true Church of Jesus Christ was organized by Joseph Smith in the dispensation of the fulness of times.

Joseph Smith reported the events of the meeting held on April 6, 1830, to organize the Church: “Having opened the meeting by solemn prayer to our Heavenly Father, we proceeded, according to previous commandment, to call on our brethren to know whether they accepted us as their teachers in the things of the Kingdom of God, and whether they were satisfied that we should proceed and be organized as a Church according to said commandment which we had received. To these several propositions they consented by a unanimous vote.

“I then laid my hands upon Oliver Cowdery, and ordained him an Elder of the ‘Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints;’ after which, he ordained me also to the office of an Elder of said Church. We then took bread, blessed it, and brake it with them; also wine, blessed it, and drank it with them. We then laid our hands on each individual member of the Church present, that they might receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and be confirmed members of the Church of Christ. The Holy Ghost was poured out upon us to a very great degree—some prophesied, whilst we all praised the Lord, and rejoiced exceedingly. . . .

“We now proceeded to call out and ordain some others of the brethren to different offices of the Priesthood, according as the Spirit manifested unto us: and after a happy time spent in witnessing and feeling for ourselves the powers and blessings of the Holy Ghost, through the grace of God bestowed upon us, we dismissed with the pleasing knowledge that we were now individually members of, and acknowledged of God, ‘The Church of Jesus Christ,’ organized in accordance with commandments and revelations given by Him to ourselves in these last days, as well as according to the order of the Church as recorded in the New Testament.”6

At the first general conference of the Church, held in Fayette, New York, on June 9, 1830, the sacrament was administered, several people were confirmed members of the Church, others

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were ordained to offices in the priesthood, and the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the Saints. The Prophet Joseph Smith recorded: “Such scenes as these were calculated to inspire our hearts with joy unspeakable, and fill us with awe and reverence for that Almighty Being, by whose grace we had been called to be instrumental in bringing about, for the children of men, the enjoyment of such glorious blessings as were now at this time poured out upon us. To find ourselves engaged in the very same order of things as observed by the holy Apostles of old; to realize the importance and solemnity of such proceedings; and to witness and feel with our own natural senses, the like glorious manifestations of the powers of the Priesthood, the gifts and blessings of the Holy Ghost, and the goodness and condescension of a merciful God unto such as obey the everlasting Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, combined to create within us sensations of rapturous gratitude, and inspire us with fresh zeal and energy in the cause of truth.”7

Christ’s Church is organized according to the order of God. “Christ was the head of the Church, the chief cornerstone, the spiritual rock upon which the Church was built, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it [see Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 2:20]. He built up the Kingdom, chose Apostles and ordained them to the Melchizedek Priesthood, giving them power to administer in the ordinances of the gospel.”8

“ ‘Christ . . . gave some Apostles, and some Prophets, and some Evangelists, and some Pastors and Teachers’ [Ephesians 4:11]. And how were Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers and Evangelists chosen? By prophecy (revelation) and by laying on of hands:—by a divine communication, and a divinely appointed ordinance—through the medium of the Priesthood, organized according to the order of God, by divine appointment.”9

“[The Book of Mormon] tells us that our Savior made His appearance upon this [the American] continent after His resurrection; that He planted the Gospel here in all its fulness, and richness, and power, and blessing; that they had Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers, and Evangelists; the same order, the same

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priesthood, the same ordinances, gifts, powers, and blessings, as were enjoyed on the eastern continent.”10

“An evangelist is a Patriarch. . . . Wherever the Church of Christ is established in the earth, there should be a Patriarch for the benefit of the posterity of the Saints, as it was with Jacob in giving his patriarchal blessing unto his sons.”11

Articles of Faith 1:6: “We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.”12

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was formally organized by the
Prophet Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830, at the home of Peter Whitmer Sr. in Fayette, New York. The latter-day Church is organized in the same way as the Church in the Savior’s time, with “apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.” (emphasis added)

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's only authorized Church on Earth! Beginning officially on April 6, 1830 with a number of original members who believed in the message brought to them by Joseph Smith, Jr. of Palmyra, New York, as described in the above excerpt from a Church Priesthood/Relief Society manual, this church has grown to a membership of close to Thirteen million members world wide.

It is a church of service, both to the living and to the dead. All members are expected to render a good amount of service to others, on their own and by the request of authorized church leaders.

I have chosen at random, photos, paintings and news information typifyng the examples of service offered by the LDS Church and its members in our day and age:


Full-Time Male Missionaries Serving Full Time for Two Years Without Pay

Full-Time Female Missionaries Serving Full time for One and a Half Years Without Pay


Bolivian Altiplano LDS Vegetable Garden Project

Please connect with my post 39p for other pictures and information on this special Bolivian Altiplano project. That information is found in the second half of that post of mine. Please click the green link in this paragraph.

Now you can connect with my post 39p to read in the first part of it, a summary of Welfare Assistance Given in Other Nations of the World by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Since 1985.  39p.


This is an Example of Temporary Housing in an LDS Church Courtyard for Haitians Whose Homes were Destroyed in an Earthquake There.
 Now to view other pictures and read information showing the extent to which the LDS Church has extended its welfare assistance to people of the nation of Haiti in the recent past (if you haven't already), please review my post 39q

By your having reviewed the welfare assistance rendered by the Church of Jesus Christ in Post 39q above you will have been able to have just a small glimpse at what the Church of Jesus Christ has done since its early beginnings in the first part of the Nineteenth Century when the church was officially organized.

Now, for those of you blog viewers who desire to investigate a little further into what the Church provides for the blessing of you and all of the others of our Heavenly Father's children here on earth through His Church, I invite you to click on the link found just under this photo of one of this Church's many temples throughout the world before reviewing my post 40r.

LDS San Diego, California Temple
Here is the Link to my post about the Need for Temples in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Post 40r

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Now at this point in this post I will respond to the first comment made by "BOMC" at the end of my post, 41r.

As indicated at the very beginning of this post by the two paintings depicting the first ordinations to the Aaronic Priesthood and to the Melchizedek Priesthood in our day and age, I would agree with you, "BOMC" that there were members of the Restored Church before April 6, 1830. Please note, however, in my Post 41r (in which your first comment was addressed) when mentioning the April 6, 1830 event, I used the words, officially formed. That refers to the fact that on that very day the Church had qualified under New York law as a church and had there become, "officially" a church. Your point was well taken that there were members before that day but that wasn't the point that I was making. Read carefully again (near the beginning of this post) the words of the Prophet Joseph Smith at that very important occasion and you will see that that beginning was more than just filling a legal requirement regarding churches. True there were members before, but that which occured on April 6, 1830 was a very important beginning.

I have used this present post to give those readers of my blog who don't know as much about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as perhaps you or I, to get a more full picture of how much this church has grown and developed as shown by the great service it has rendered to mankind and give us a glimpse into its great future! I felt it very helpful to those who read this blog who are not members of the "LDS Church" to read the information found in one of our most recent Priesthood and Relief Society Lesson manuals regarding what occurred on that very important day of April 6th 1830.

Thank you for your first comment. I have just glanced at your second comment because of my being in the middle of composing this post. I will focus on it after publishing this post tomorrow! Best Wishes to You!
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I deeply appreciate your readership and hope you found very beneficial that which was presented to you in this blog post.


If you have any questions about what you have read or viewed in this post or in any previous posts of mine, or if you even have a curiosity about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and or its teachings, please e-mail me. I'm Neil and my e-mail address is: jneilmelva@gmail.com. If you contact me I'll get back to you just as soon as possible.


I invite you to let your friends and relatives know about this blog if you think they would be interested. Please be advised that I also have an additional blog. It is in Spanish: Its content is translated from the English in this blog.

Neil Birch

Sunday, November 7, 2010

41q - With The Golden Plates Safely Secured in the Ground In a Secluded Spot on a Large Hill (Sometime Between A.D. 400 and 421) the Mortal Moroni Felt Assured That The Plates Were Where They Needed to Be In Order to Fulfill the Lord Jesus Christ's Purposes!

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I have included in this post an article by an LDS Scholar Regarding sure evidence that the Book of Mormon Was Written by a People who spoke and wrote in a Hebrew dialect. You Will Find That Just Above my mostly Blue Blog Index Paragraph!

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The Mortal Moroni in About A.D. 421 Prepares to Bury a Set of Golden Plates Upon Which is Inscribed a Sacred Record Written in a Hebraic Language In Which Egyptian Characters (Letters) were Used; From Which Eventually Would Come the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ  -Painting By Tom Lovell

Sometime in the Fifth Century A.D. when the still mortal Moroni had just finished engraving his inspired portion of the record contained on the Golden Plates upon which his father, Mormon had previously engraved the greater portion of what the two of them had inscribed upon them; he, Moroni, most likely had never yet heard the name, Joseph Smith. Smith may have been a strange sounding name to him then, if he had even ever  heard of it, because it most likely had never been an Hebraic name. However, the name, Joseph was found in their language.

However, in a future century in this world's history now known as the Nineteenth Century A.D. on the evening of September 21, 1823 this very same Moroni, then a resurrected human being, an Angel of Light, appeared to seventeen year old Joseph Smith, Jr., in a up-stairs bedroom of the Smith Family dwelling located near Palmyra, New York (U.S.A.) and begin preparing Joseph, by heavenly assignment, to be the one to translate the record his father, Mormon, and he had each engraved portions of onto those Plates of Gold (thus ensuring that their precious and sacred record  could endure in an underground hiding place for many centuries).


The Angel, Moroni Instructing Joseph Smith -Painting By Tom Lovell

Moroni, through the guidance of the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation in his mortal life, had evidently carefully hidden his and his father's precious record in a way that it would remain protected and undiscovered in that exact same spot for about eighteen centuries.

Moroni knew by that same Spirit their record would be made available to a young man whom Heavenly Father, through His Son Jesus Christ, was to chose from among His many spirit children who were destined to be born in that area and time of the world's history, who would eventually be prepared by him, Moroni, who would then be an angel of light, (a resurrected being), to translate their precious record into that young man's language, the American English of the nineteenth century A.D, and which translation would eventually be given its full name: the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. 

Now I seek to assist you to comprehend more fully key events and general attitude patterns of human behavior that were to exist among the Gentiles of our day. Moroni knew these were to occur in our day (the Nineteenth through the Twentieth Centuries (and at least into the Twenty First Century.) Moroni, the Last of the Nephites, viewed and then reported on those subjects in about A.D. 421 through the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation. I provide this assistance by quoting and illustrating the entire Chapter Eight of the Book: Mormon.
You may want to have a handkerchief nearby to wipe the tears from your eyes from time to time as you read this illustrated chapter.
Moroni knew by that Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation that their record would be sorely needed in those Latter-days. That knowledge surely had given him, a devoted servant of Jesus Christ, (who after His resurection in Jerusalem had visited and taught Moroni's direct ancestors in ancient Central America); an avid determination necessary to accomplishing that which he knew he must eventually accomplish.

You will first read about the despairing circumstances in which Moroni found himself, all alone for an unknown length of time before his death; and also about what he told us throughout that entire chapter regarding the very specific evil attitudes and behavior which were to prevail in that then future time of the world's history (our time), along with some of the righteous circumstances in our day and time which Mormon and Moroni's record would greatly facilitate!

It was exceedingly necessary that their sacred record be published and made available for the entire Latter-day world to consider so mankind would have the opportunity to be significantly assisted in preparing themselves to heed that record's crucial message.  Thus far it has been translated into 83 different languages, but that number will continue to increase!

Many of us have chosen to heed the Book of Mormon's poignant plea for righteous living, but also many many more have chosen not to, which continues to be the way it is with that exceedingly choice and imposing record, The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

 MORMON, CHAPTER 8 HEADING: The Lamanites seek out and destroy the Nephites—The Book of Mormon shall come forth by the power of God—Woes pronounced upon those who breathe out wrath and strife against the work of the Lord—The Nephite record shall come forth in a day of wickedness, degeneracy, and apostasy. Written in about A.D. 400–421


1 BEHOLD I, Moroni, do finish the record of my father, Mormon. Behold, I have but few things to write, which things I have been commanded by my father.
2 And now it came to pass that after the great and tremendous battle at Cumorah, behold, the Nephites who had escaped into the country southward were hunted by the Lamanites, until they were all destroyed.
3 And my father also was killed by them, and I even remain alone to write the sad tale of the destruction of my people. But behold, they are gone, and I fulfil the commandment of my father. And whether they will slay me, I know not.
Mormon's Last Moments of Life -By Arnold Friberg

4 Therefore I will write and hide up the records in the earth; and whither I go it mattereth not.
5 Behold, my father hath made this record, and he hath written the intent thereof. And behold, I would write it also if I had room upon the plates, but I have not; and ore I have none, for I am alone. My father hath been slain in battle, and all my kinsfolk, and I have not friends nor whither to go; and how long the Lord will suffer that I may live I know not.

6 Behold, four hundred years have passed away since the coming of our Lord and Savior.
The Resurrected Jesus Christ Appears to the Nephite People Near Their Temple in Ancient Central America  (A.D. 34) (Painting: John Scott)

7 And behold, the Lamanites have hunted my people, the Nephites, down from city to city and from place to place, even until they are no more; and great has been their fall; yea, great and marvelous is the destruction of my people, the Nephites.
8 And behold, it is the hand of the Lord which hath done it. And behold also, the Lamanites are at war one with another; and the whole face of this land is one continual round of murder and bloodshed; and no one knoweth the end of the war.

9 And now, behold, I say no more concerning them, for there are none save it be the Lamanites and robbers that do exist upon the face of the land.

10 And there are none that do know the true God save it be the disciples of Jesus, who did tarry in the land until the wickedness of the people was so great that the Lord would not suffer them to remain with the people; and whether they be upon the face of the land no man knoweth.
The Three Nephite Apostles Being Promised by The Resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ (in A.D. 34) to Be Able to Continue Serving Him While Still Living Until After His Second Coming. (Painting: Gary L. Kapp)
11 But behold, my father and I have seen them, and they have ministered unto us.

12 And whoso receiveth this record, and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these. Behold, I am Moroni; and were it possible, I would make all things known unto you.

13 Behold, I make an end of speaking concerning this people. I am the son of Mormon, and my father was a descendant of Nephi.
Moroni Preparing to Bury the Golden Plates (Painting: Tom Lovell)

14 And I am the same who hideth up this record unto the Lord; the plates thereof are of no worth, because of the commandment of the Lord. For he truly saith that no one shall have them to get gain; but the record thereof is of great worth; and whoso shall bring it to light, him will the Lord bless.

15 For none can have power to bring it to light save it be given him of God; for God wills that it shall be done with an eye single to his glory, or the welfare of the ancient and long dispersed covenant people of the Lord.            
Joseph Smith Receiving the Golden Plates on September 22, 1827 From the Angel, Moroni - Painting: Kenneth Riley 

16 And blessed be he that shall bring this thing to light; for it shall be brought out of darkness unto light, according to the word of God; yea, it shall be brought out of the earth, and it shall shine forth out of darkness, and come unto the knowledge of the people; and it shall be done by the power of God.

Joseph Smith (Church Archives)







  
17 And if there be faults they be the faults of a man. But behold, we know no fault; nevertheless God knoweth all things; therefore, he that condemneth, let him be aware lest he shall be in danger of hell fire.

18 And he that saith: Show unto me, or ye shall be smitten—let him beware lest he commandeth that which is forbidden of the Lord.

19 For behold, the same that judgeth rashly shall be judged rashly again; for according to his works shall his wages be; therefore, he that smiteth shall be smitten again, of the Lord.

20 Behold what the scripture says—man shall not smite, neither shall he judge; for judgment is mine, saith the Lord, and vengeance is mine also, and I will repay.
21 And he that shall breathe out wrath and strifes against the work of the Lord, and against the covenant people of the Lord who are the house of Israel, and shall say: We will destroy the work of the Lord, and the Lord will not remember his covenant which he hath made unto the house of Israel—the same is in danger to be hewn down and cast into the fire;
22 For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall be fulfilled.

The Promised Second Coming of Jesus Christ With the Hosts of Heaven (Painting: Harry Anderson)
23 Search the prophecies of Isaiah. Behold, I cannot write them. Yea, behold I say unto you, that those saints who have gone before me, who have possessed this land, shall cry, yea, even from the dust will they cry unto the Lord; and as the Lord liveth he will remember the covenant which he hath made with them.
Isaiah Writing Prophecies Given Through Him (Painting: Harry Anderson)
       
24 And he knoweth their prayers, that they were in behalf of their brethren. And he knoweth their faith, for in his name could they remove mountains; and in his name could they cause the earth to shake; and by the power of his word did they cause prisons to tumble to the earth; yea, even the fiery furnace could not harm them, neither wild beasts nor poisonous serpents, because of the power of his word.
The Brother of Jared Sees the Finger of the Lord! (Painting: Arnold Friberg)
25 And behold, their prayers were also in behalf of him that the Lord should suffer to bring these things forth.

The young prophet, Joseph Smith Translating through Inspiration while his scribe, Oliver Cowdery, writes the words which were dictated by Joseph through the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation. This could have been taking place sometime in April of 1829 (Please note that the actual plates of gold were not used during the translation although the (very skilled) artist chose to indicate that. (Painting: Del Parson)
26 And no one need say they shall not come, for they surely shall, for the Lord hath spoken it; for out of the earth shall they come, by the hand of the Lord, and none can stay it; and it shall come in a day when it shall be said that miracles are done away; and it shall come even as if one should speak from the dead.
27 And it shall come in a day when the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord, because of secret combinations and the works of darkness.
Young Mafia Member (Photo From the Internet)
28 Yea, it shall come in a day when the power of God shall be denied, and churches become defiled and be lifted up in the pride of their hearts; yea, even in a day when leaders of churches and teachers shall rise in the pride of their hearts, even to the envying of them who belong to their churches.
29 Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be heard of fires, and tempests, and vapors of smoke in foreign lands;

Atom Bomb Mushroom Cloud Over Nagasaki, Japan in 1945 (Photo from the Internet)

30 And there shall also be heard of wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes in divers places.
Painting of a Scene From the American Civil War (From the Internet)

German Painting of Hand-to Hand Combat (Most Likely in France) During World War I

U.S. Tank Unit in Action in Europe During World War II

U.S. Army Machine Gunners in Action in the Korean War

U.S. Helicopters in Use During the War in Viet Nam.

Collapse of a Masonry Church in Armenia, caused by an Earthquake, Dec. 7, 1988
 
31 Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be great pollutions upon the face of the earth; there shall be murders,


"Today (in China) we find a resurgence in Mao's popularity: inexplicably it seems; people are using Mao's image as a popular icon on teeshirts, posters, and buttons":
 
Mao Zedong


"Have people forgotten that 'Chairman Mao' Committed Genocide (mass murders) against Tens of Millions of Chinese People? (From Alex Jones' interview with Frank DiK├Âtter author of "The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe" Sept. 28, 2010.

and robbing,

This Act of Bank Robbery of $3,000 was captured by a Remote Camera -Photo From the Internet.
and lying, and deceivings, and whoredoms,
A Brothel (also called: A House of Prostitution)
and all manner of abominations; when there shall be many who will say, Do this, or do that, and it mattereth not, for the Lord will uphold such at the last day. But wo unto such, for they are in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity.
32 Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be churches built up that shall say: Come unto me, and for your money you shall be forgiven of your sins.
33 O ye wicked and perverse and stiffnecked people, why have ye built up churches unto yourselves to get gain? Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God, that ye might bring damnation upon your souls? Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God; for behold, the time cometh at that day when all these things must be fulfilled.
34 Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come, at that day when these things (the book derived from His and His Father, Mormon's golden plates)shall come forth among you.

Dan Jones Awakens Wales -By Clark Kelley Price. The Gospel of Jesus Christ Begins to be Taught Throughout the World In the Latter-Days. President Dan Jones of the Wales' Mission is holding a Book of Mormon aloft in his left hand. 
As is illustrated in the photo above, the Book of Mormon quickly became a key proselyting tool in the hands of the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! I'm sure the foreknowledge of this caused Moroni to rejoice about "Great and Marvelous Things concerning that which must surely come at that day when these things shall come forth among you."
35 Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me (by the power of the Spirit of Revelation and Prophecy), and I know your doing.
36 And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.
Annual Easter (Fashion) Parade In New York City, NY (U.S.A.) (From the Internet)

37 For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.
38 O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies—because of the praise of the world?
39 Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, and yet suffer the hungry, and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and notice them not?
Photo From the Internet
40 Yea, why do ye build up your secret abominations to get gain, and cause that widows should mourn before the Lord, and also orphans to mourn before the Lord, and also the blood of their fathers and their husbands to cry unto the Lord from the ground, for vengeance upon your heads?

An Aztec sword, a Maquahuitl (Could be similar to the swords Mormon and Moroni armed themselves with as Nephite Army Generals - those swords' blades were made of wickedly sharp obsidian materials.)
41 Behold, the sword of vengeance hangeth over you; and the time soon cometh that he avengeth the blood of the saints upon you, for he will not suffer their cries any longer. (clarification and emphasis added)
And with each of those very accurate examples of things that were to take place in our day we have ample evidence that the mortal Moroni in about 400 - 421 A.D. was worthy and skilled in the use of the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation! It is also keen evidence that he was totally devoted to helping bringing about our Lord and Savior's great work in our day!

By the way, please do not judge Moroni harshly because of the perhaps, somewhat angry tones in some of his statements throughout Mormon, Chapter 8. Any anger he showed is justified!

Billions of people in our day are ignoring the records that he and his father, Mormon, were so instrumental in bringing about for our ultimate benefit and for the benefit of the descendants of Mormon and Moroni's own people who need much assistance in our day, but are most often looked down upon, scorned and greatly neglected!
Think how you might feel if you were the very last of your nation, all the rest having been killed by your enemies, and now your enemies are fighting one another and you have no idea how you can live by yourself or whether you too will be killed, along with Moroni's chief concern being that the sacred records he and his father, Mormon tirelessly prepared will come forth and be used for the Lord's righteous purposes in our day on earth!
I am personally positive that most of the time Moroni felt at peace concerning his past, present and future role in God's great work! After all, through the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation he surely had been told much about that!

Here is a promise our Lord Jesus Christ made regarding Moroni in a revelation on the subject of the Sacrament (of the Lord's Supper) to the Prophet Joseph Smith in August of 1838:
Doctrine and Covenants 27:5 Behold, this is wisdom in me; wherefore, marvel not, for the hour cometh that I will drink of the fruit of the vine with you on the earth, and with Moroni, whom I have sent unto you to reveal the Book of Mormon, containing the fulness of my everlasting gospel, to whom I have committed the keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim; 

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I am, and hope that each of you blog readers will soon be too, if you are not already, deeply convinced that the Book of Mormon is such an overwhelmingly essential and formidable part of the restoration (re-establishment) of the Lord Jesus Christ's Gospel in this so very crucial phase of the history of this world. That book was the catalyst that allowed the Lord's true church to be re-established on the earth beginning officially on April, 6, 1830. Can you possibly have any doubt that Moroni knew that very clearly when he wrote Chapter Eight of the Book of Mormon (a sub book of the Book of Mormon  Another Testament of Jesus Christ)?

Moroni certainly filled a key role in bringing about the restoration (or re-establishment of) the Lord's Church along with the true Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Now once again I bring up a familiar theme that you would have become familiar with if you have been reading my blog posts for even just this past year. I began in my very first post, as they stand now, commenting on how incorrect was some of the basic information given in the PBS Video Presentation:  THE MORMONS, broadcast the last day of April and the first day of May 2007. It was seen by millions then and by many, even afterwards.


In that video presentation there were some things said about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that were accurate and positive. However, here once again I point to the very incorrect statement made in that production by a Professor Alex Caldiero of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah (U.S.A.).
Professor Alex Caldiero
 "I hear Joseph Smith's voice every time I read it (The Book of Mormon). He was a farmer. He was young. He was unlettered and he put this all together. So you have this rough hewn kind of text...(clarification added)" Alex Caldiero, poet and scholar, Utah Valley University.
 My response to what you blog readers just read is: "Professor, have you ever even read one paragraph of the Book of Mormon?

After anyone reading today in this post 41q, its presentation on Mormon Chapter Eight, could they in their right mind claim that the Book of Mormon was written (devised) by the unschooled and uneducated Joseph Smith?

The use of the Power and Spirit of Revelation may be something that is not familiar to those of you who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

That gift of Revelation was the key to what Moroni did, both in inscribing the sacred record of their fallen people, along with his father, Mormon, upon Golden Plates to be translated in our day. And then many centuries later, as a resurrected person, Moroni performed his key role by that same power in preparing the young and unschooled prophet-to-be, Joseph Smith, to do what he was called of God to do during his relatively short life!

Moroni did his job so well in preparing this young prophet for his life's mission that Joseph Smith continued faithfully, without faltering in the exceedingly valiant service the Lord Jesus Christ directed him to provide. This was done in the face of great opposition, including being killed in the summer of 1844 by a drunk and angry mob after much sacrifice because of his faithfulness to very end of his relatively short life!

Thank you Moroni! Thank you Joseph AND MOST OF ALL, THANK YOU DEAR LORD, FOR YOUR ATONING SACRIFICE, AND IN BECOMING ABLE TO SAVE US ALL DEPENDING ON OUR FATHFULNESS!


Christ in Gethsemane -by Harry Anderson
 
The Crucifixion -by Harry Anderson

The Burial of Christ -byCarl Heinrich Bloch

Why Weepest Thou? -by Simon Dewey

Behold My Hands and Feet -by Harry Anderson
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Now I once again call on the understanding and learning of an LDS Scholar to enlighten us about something he has discovered in his very expert and profound research. (I Found this in a recent Mormon Times article in the Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.)

Professor Caldiero, and anyone agreeing with your statement quoted above, please read carefully the following article. After doing so, if you continue to assert that the uneducated Joseph Smith devised and wrote the Book of Mormon, the rest of us will know clearly that you have never ever really read the Book of Mormon nor are you willing to listen to the sure evidence just presented by this or any other qualified and fully honest scholar, let alone asking God through humble prayer if the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ is true!

I do wish that each of you good readers will seek a spirit of understanding as you search for truth, as you continue on in this blog post and in my future posts and in the blog posts of other Latter-day Saints or allowing the LDS missionaries to teach you in your homes. I also sincerely wish you all the very best in your lives whatever your religion may be!

Neil Birch

Now let us turn our full attention to this excellent article written by Dan Peterson!

Dan Peterson of  B.Y.U. in Provo, Utah

Poor English, but good Hebrew — a divine hint of Book of Mormon truth?


Author: Dan Peterson See all from this author

Source: For Mormon Times

28 October 2010 5:00am

Professor Royal Skousen's path-breaking work on the textual history of the Book of Mormon has yielded many important results. I've already mentioned his edition of "The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text" (Yale, 2009), and the large, meticulously produced volumes he has published on the subject with the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS, now part of BYU's Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) should not be overlooked. Here, though, I would like to examine one specific discovery that has emerged from his research:

In grammar, "conditional sentences" are sentences that discuss hypothetical situations and their consequences. Languages use a variety of constructions and verb forms to form such sentences. Conditional sentences typically contain two clauses: One is the condition clause, or "protasis," and the other is the consequence or result clause, the "apodosis." So, for example, we say, "If you cook it (condition), (then) I'll eat it (result)." Syntactically (for those who worry about such things), the condition is the subordinate clause, whatever its position in the sentence, while the result is the main clause.

A very common form of conditional sentence is the "if/then" construction, with the word "then" being optional: "If the newspaper keeps publishing Peterson's columns, I'll scream." What is absolutely not a common conditional form — in any period or dialect of English — is an "if/and" construction. Native speakers simply don't use it. We never say things like, "If the newspaper keeps publishing Peterson's columns, and I'll scream" or "If you cook it, and I'll eat it." Yet, although it never survives into English Bible translations, this construction is common in biblical Hebrew.

That is why it is significant to find "if/and" conditionals in the earliest English Book of Mormon, which presents itself as the translation of a record written by ancient Hebrews and their descendants. Joseph Smith would not have seen the Hebrew "if/and" conditional sentence in the King James Bible. Yet, in the original dictation manuscript of the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 17:50 reads "if he should command me that I should say unto this water be thou earth and it shall be earth." That "and" was removed when Oliver Cowdery produced the so-called "Printer's Manuscript," but similar constructions — too many to dismiss as coincidental — appeared in the 1830 first edition. Consider these specimens, from Helaman 12:13-21:
"yea and if he saith unto the earth move and it is moved"
"yea if he say unto the earth thou shalt go back that it lengthen out the day for many hours and it is done …"

"and behold also if he saith unto the waters of the great deep be thou dried up and it is done"

"behold if he saith unto this mountain be thou raised up and come over and fall upon that city that it be buried up and behold it is done"

"and if the Lord shall say be thou accursed that no man shall find thee from this time henceforth and forever and behold no man getteth it henceforth and forever"

"and behold if the Lord shall say unto a man because of thine iniquities thou shalt be accursed forever and it shall be done"

"and if the Lord shall say because of thine iniquities thou shalt be cut off from my presence and he will cause that it shall be so"

And notice how the very familiar passage recorded at Moroni 10:4 reads in the original printing:

". . . and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart with real intent having faith in Christ and he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost."
Such expressions — poor English, but good Hebrew — were eliminated by Joseph Smith himself in the second printing of the Book of Mormon. Though an unlettered man, he was a native speaker of English; he knew that these constructions were "wrong." What we see in them, I think, is "language contamination," leakage from the text's original language into the translation language — much the way Spanish/English interpreters sometimes slip into "Spanglish." But why would such things appear in "the most correct book?" Perhaps as a subtle divine hint that the original language of the Book of Mormon wasn't English.

Daniel C. Peterson is a native of southern California and received a bachelor’s degree in Greek and philosophy from BYU. He earned a Ph.D in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA after several years of study in Jerusalem and Cairo. He is a professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at BYU and is the editor of the twice-annual FARMS Review, the author of several books and numerous articles on Islamic and Latter-day Saint topics. Peterson is also director of outreach for BYU's Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. He spent eight years on the LDS Church's Gospel Doctrine writing committee and is the founder and manager of MormonScholarsTestify.org.
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