Monthly Archives: April 2011

Radically different views of Death

A couple months ago I received an email from someone who stumbled onto TempleStudy.com.  It read in part, [The Bible] is purely a creation of man to placate the ego’s fear of death and nothing more. All religion was invented to buffer the ego against the fear of death. That’s certainly one way to think […]

Seeing the Face of God in the Temple – Part 2

(Continued from Part 1) In the last part of this post we explored what it means to see the face of God in the temple.  Seeing the face of God is promised to us in the scriptures, and as we showed, it was one of the foremost purposes of the prophet Joseph Smith in building […]

Does the Parable of the Ten Virgins Represent Endowed Members Only?

I had a reader ask me: I have tried to find a statement or quote about the parable of the 10 virgins that says the parable is about endowed members of the church.  [Some General Authorities] say it has to do with members, not necessarily endowed.  On the web there are a few folks who […]

Seeing the Face of God in the Temple – Part 1

The Doctrine and Covenants section 93 verse 1 reads: Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am; (D&C 93:1) This […]

Authentic Ancient Metal Plates

Since the recent events surrounding the seeming forgery of the Jordan Lead Codices, I thought it would be good to bring back to mind the authentic discoveries made within the last century of ancient writings on metal plates. There are literally hundreds of examples of such plates all around the world.  I’m indebted to William […]

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