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My Kingdom is Not of This World

33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
 34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
 35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. (John 18)
There are two possible meanings to Jesus' comment that his kingdom is not of this world. The first is the most popular. It suggests what Jesus meant was that his kingdom is not currently on the earth, because if it were, then as a king he would have his servants fight. Since that was not happening, it meant his kingdom wasn't there yet. I reject this meaning. Jesus gave his apostles the keys of his kingdom. He said, the kingdom of God is com…

Angels Appear to Men (and Women and Children) Today

Do angels visit men today? Yes, they do. Do they need to? Yes, they do.

There are over 130 references to angels in the Book of Mormon. The doctrine of angels and their necessity is one that the Book of Mormon restores.

Moroni says, "Neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men. For behold, they are subject unto him, to minister according to the word of his command, showing themselves unto them of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness." (Moroni 7:29-30)

What do angels do?
Parley P. Pratt suggested these would be good reasons for an angel to come: "If this be the case, what then do we wish, in communicating with the eternal world, by visions, angels, or ministering spirits? Why, if a person is sick they would like to be visited, comforted, or healed by an angel or spirit! If a man is in prison, he would like an angel or spirit to visit him, and comfort or deliver him. A man shipwrecked would like to be instructed in the way of escape f…

They're here: Celestial, Terrestrial, Telestial

In D&C 76, the Lord reveals descriptions of people who abide a telestial glory, a terrestrial glory, and a celestial glory. You can and should go re-read that and study it.

In a gross oversimplification, the:

Telestial receive the Holy Ghost through terrestrial ministers (including angels).
Terrestrial obtain the presence of the Son.
Celestial obtain the presence of the Father and the Son.

Now, future situations aside, are there not those on the earth now pertaining to each of these kingdoms? There are. How do you prove it? Right now, there are those who have obtained---in this life---the presence of the Father and the Son. This is a blessing that can only be realized if they are of the celestial kingdom. There are those, right now, who have obtained the presence of the Son. This can only be realized if they are of the terrestrial kingdom. And there are those who have not received the Son or the Father, who are telestial.

21 And they who are not sanctified through the law which I …

Misguided and Reprobate

Wicked and evil are confusing words that don't seem to have mutually exclusive meanings in our scriptures. You can use the following resources for others' work in looking up root words and translations:

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Wouldn't it be nice to have explicit, exact words here? We don't have that luxury. I would like to suggest two distinct meanings that are among the bucket of those employed by the translators:

Misguided: One who acts in opposition to God under the false assumption of obedience to God.

Reprobate: One who acts opposition to God knowingly. Synonyms include apostate (the true sense of the word, total rejection of God's word).

Here is an example of being misguided:

"And that they had altered and trampled under their feet the laws of Mosiah, or that which the Lord commanded him to give unto the people; and they saw that their laws had become corrupted, and that they had become a wicked people, insomuch that they were wicked even like unto the Lamanites."…

By Their Fruits, By Our Fruits

We should weigh the claims of people based on the fruits they bear. "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." (Matthew 7:20). In my definition of "people", I include myself as an individual. How do you respond if someone asks you what you believe? How would Jesus answer that question?

John sent disciples to Jesus to find out if he was really the Christ. It seems he was second-guessing his initial testament that Jesus was the one who would take upon himself the sins of the world. I know John was not exactly asking Jesus "what do you believe," but his answer is still useful to this line of thought.

19 ¶And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
 20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
 21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and o…

Gileadi's Isaiah Commentary on the Temple

In this segment, Gileadi discusses Isaiah chapter 1 verses 10-17 (below). The full commentary is a must listen, and even this segment is amplified when listed to in context of the rest of the chapter (and rest of the book of Isaiah). I've reprinted Gileadi's translation below, then typed up the relevant segment of the commentary minus the quoted verses.

10 Hear the word of Jehovah,
O leaders of Sodom;give heed to the law of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
11 For what purpose are your abundant
sacrifices to me? says Jehovah.
I have had my fill of offerings of rams
and fat of fatted beasts;
the blood of bulls and sheep and he-goats
I do not want.
12 When you come to see me,
who requires you to trample my courts so?
13 Bring no more worthless offerings;
they are as a loathsome incense to me.
As for convening meetings at the New Month
and on the Sabbath,
wickedness with the solemn gathering
I cannot approve.
14 Your monthly and regular meetings
my soul detests.
They have become a…