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I came unto my own, and my own received me not

The Lord frequently said: "I came unto my own, and my own received me not..." (3 Nephi 9:16)
This is part of the Lord's name. It is one of the characteristics by which he can be recognized, part of his character fingerprint. It is one of his crowns. This crown will be obtained by all who love him. Like all crowns, it appears as a crown of thorns to some and a crown of gold to others. The difference is possessing enough of the mind of God to perceive the value and the glory in the suffering by loving as God loves.

Jesus said: "A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house." (Matthew 13:57) All beings of light are sent to their "house," or the people the Father has given them, or the people they are meant to serve, or their kingdom (these are all the same thing). He was rejected by those he was sent to preach to. Those who ought to most love and appreciate the price he paid were those who loved it the least. And this is …

The whole problem in one picture

When Jesus miraculously fed thousands of people, he was sorely disappointed that the people's desire for free food far exceeded their interest in learning the character traits that were required to produce it.
Every time I write a post about the end of the world it gets tons of views, but the posts about the changes you have to make to be prepared for it get very few views.

The picture above shows the hits from the last 30 days on my blog.

This is one of many things that makes what I do harder than it needs to be.

The parable of the asthmatic

Once there was a boy that looked like all the other boys. One day in PE, he was made to run laps with the other children. Being the first time he had run with other children, he noticed that he was much slower than they were. In fact, he was dead last. This happened every time they ran, and he was sorely made fun of by the children. 
He wanted to run as fast as they could, but it was very hard. He continued to push himself harder and harder. One day, he finished second to last. Another day, third to last. Eventually, this boy managed to get into the head of the last third of the column. And so it went.
In high school, this boy decided to sign up for wrestling. Most of practice was running sprints where the coach would blow a whistle, and the last person in the line had to sprint to the front of the line. Once again, the young man saw that he was the slowest person on the team.

After an hour of conditioning, the young men would then wrestle a round in rotation among the other teammates. I…

You actually have to stop sinning to be saved.

A long time ago, a man of God recorded the following prophecy for our day:
And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God—he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God. (2 Nephi 28:8)
Do not be deceived by teachers who tell you that everyone will be saved, that you can sin and still live with him, and that it is impossible to keep all his commandments.
Those who possess these beliefs will never achieve the blessings promised to the faithful in the scriptures.
You are free to choose. You are free to choose in every instance to do what you believe is right or not. That freedom makes you responsible.
You have the power not to sin. You can obey everything God te…

God has given you the power to overcome

Jesus Christ has overcome all things, and through his example and the information he makes available to you, you can do the same. 

1. God only gives you commandments you have the power to obey."...the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." (1 Nephi 3)

2. Your failure to keep God's commandments is a choice you make.  Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself. (2 Nephi 2:27)
You are 100% responsible. There are no excuses except your choice.
3. You have everything you need to know what is right under your circumstances. For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you…

Civil war

I have talked about how, in our day, we will see person against person, town against town, ideology against ideology, and so on.

For years after I first said these things (in 2015, maybe even before that), people publicly and privately mocked me.

I'm not the only one in modern or former times who has warned of these things.

4 And it shall come to pass, after many days, slaves shall rise up against their masters, who shall be marshaled and disciplined for war.
5 And it shall come to pass also that the remnants who are left of the land will marshal themselves, and shall become exceedingly angry, and shall vex the Gentiles with a sore vexation.
6 And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and chastening hand of an Almighty God, until the consumption decree…

A great book on womanhood

I read this book the other day. I recommend it. It was written way back in the 1960s.

The principles in the book are not perfect, and if it were rewritten today it would need to include a lot that isn't said here.

However, it is the best book about womanhood that I know of [1]. If women lived according to what is in the book, the world would be a much better place.

You should read it and share it with the ladies you have access to, especially if you are a woman, and especially if you have daughters.

We live in a time where everyone is in a boat without lifejackets. The boat is sinking, and we are going to find out who can swim. Teach the women in your life to swim by teaching them principles that lead to happiness.

[1] - Note I did not say "outside the scriptures." The scriptures teach a man how to be a good man, and teach a person how to be a good person. They do not teach a woman how to be a good woman. Once someone asked me why there aren't really any positive storie…