“Some day we will live the law of consecration again, but until then we must be ‘willing’ to live it.”
“It is Church doctrine that the full Law of Consecration was suspended by the Lord through the Prophet in 1834.”
“My belief is that things will get progressively worse until the actual Second Coming when Christ will institute the law of consecration.”
Have you ever heard these types of statements before? Each one comes from active, church-going, temple-attending, members of the Church. Each of them was said to me in conversation over the past two weeks. Each one is also, unfortunately, untrue. [Read more…]
Grandpa Enoch once again points us to some great material, a video showing how Solomon’s Temple may have looked originally. The below video is a short behind the scenes of a 2-hour Nova program that will air on Tuesday, November 18th, on PBS entitled “The Bible’s Buried Secrets.” Looks like it will be an interesting show. The program’s description can be read here. You can watch a trailer for the program here, or on November 19th, the whole show online.
I came across a talk today by Elder Neal A. Maxwell which he gave at a BYU devotional on October 10, 1978, entitled “Meeting the Challenges of Today.” Some of the things he said are especially relevant “today,” particularly in the midst of all the turmoil over Proposition 8. Here is some of his talk:
Discipleship includes good citizenship; and in this connection, if you are careful students of the statements of the modern prophets, you will have noticed that with rare exceptions–especially when the First Presidency has spoken out–the concerns expressed have been over moral issues, not issues between political parties. The declarations are about principles, not people, and causes, not candidates. On occasions, at other levels in the Church, a few have not been so discreet, so wise, or so inspired.
But make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters; in the months and years ahead, events will require of each member that he or she decide whether or not he or she will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions (see 1 Kings 18:21).
President Marion G. Romney said, many years ago, that he had “never hesitated to follow the counsel of the Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional, or political life” (CR, April 1941, p. 123). This is a hard doctrine, but it is a particularly vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked. In short, brothers and sisters, not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ. [Read more…]
Last Friday I was able to attend the symposium entitled “Temples and Ritual in Antiquity,” sponsored by The Students of the Ancient Near East (SANE) and the Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University. It was an excellent symposium about the temple, with a wide range of topics related to the temple presented by students and scholars. I was also fortunate to help organize videotaping the symposium so that it will be preserved and available online for many others to see and study. In addition to the great things that were shared, I was also able to meet several of the people I have become acquainted with online, such as David Larsen, “Particle Man,” Kathy Larsen, Donna Nielsen, and several others. It was a great experience. I hope SANE will continue to sponsor such symposiums in the future.
I am grateful for the SANE organizers for allowing us to videotape the symposium and make it available online, particularly Dan McLellan for his support. I’d also like to thank Steve Smoot and Tyler Livingston for their help with the video cameras, digitizing and uploading.
Below are all the videos that we were able to record at the symposium (that have been uploaded to date). You can see short bios of each presenter here or here. David Larsen also took some great notes in the Ancient Israel sessions. Note: I will update this post with links to more of the videos as soon as they become available. Enjoy! [Read more…]