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Oracles

This is an old post I rediscovered in my drafts while looking for something else. Enjoy.

1 Thus saith the Lord, verily, verily I say unto you my son, thy sins are forgiven thee, according to thy petition, for thy prayers and the prayers of thy brethren have come up into my ears.  2 Therefore, thou art blessed from henceforth that bear the keys of the kingdom given unto you; which kingdom is coming forth for the last time.
 3 Verily I say unto you, the keys of this kingdom shall never be taken from you, while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come;
 4 Nevertheless, through you shall the oracles be given to another, yea, even unto the church.
 5 And all they who receive the oracles of God, let them beware how they hold them lest they are accounted as a light thing, and are brought under condemnation thereby, and stumble and fall when the storms descend, and the winds blow, and the rains descend, and beat upon their house. (D&C 90)

The Lord makes a distinction between th…

A History of the Temple Recommend Interview Questions

NOTE: This is a very popular post. If this is your first time on this blog, please check out some of the other posts. If you are interested in church history, check out my free e-book (also available on Amazon for print cost).

The book "The Development of LDS Temple Worship: A Documentary History" is indispensable. I highly recommend owning it if historic modifications to temple worship interest you. Most of this information was found with the help of that book, but it's not the only resource.

1856, Mar 2: "The persons who can get their endowments must be those who pray, who pay their tithing from year to year; who live the lives of saints from day to day; setting good examples before their neighbors. Men and women, boys and girls over 16 years of age who are living the lives of saints, believe in the plurality [of wives], do not speak evil of the authorities of the Church, and possess true integrity towards their friends, can come up after their spring crops are so…

Tithing Will Not Save You From Being Burned at the Second Coming

The genesis of this false tradition, I think, lies in a partial quote from D&C 64:

"Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming."

If you heard this scripture out of context, the obvious conclusion is that tithing is fire insurance. However, anyone who believes this is ignorant of the scriptures and ought not be trusted as a teacher.

First, let's look at the verse in context:
"22 And after that day, I, the Lord, will not hold any guilty that shall go with an open heart up to the land of Zion; for I, the Lord, require the hearts of the children of men.
23 Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming.
24 For after today cometh the burning—this is speaking afte…