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"Clusters": How the Church is Getting Away from Chapel Building

This post raises some interesting information: http://www.nearingkolob.com/lds-church-introduces-new-units-africa-clusters
A quote: "The cluster concept is fairly new and is being implemented in a small number of communities in South Africa. A cluster is simply a group of ward members that holds Sunday meetings in a location within walking distance of their homes. In this case, the meeting place is a small building that is used primarily for a pre-school. The meetinghouse for their ward is far enough from their homes that frequent travel to it is cost-prohibitive. The cluster members will still participate in ward activities. The bishopric of the parent ward will alternately attend and preside at the cluster meetings and is responsible for the cluster membership as it is for the rest of the ward. We think the concept is excellent – it takes the Church to the people when such a need exists."
Apparently, Elders Holland, Oaks, and Bednar are behind the idea.
The blogger asks the …

A Critique Directed to Those Who Claim to Believe What Denver Snuffer Teaches

This post is not directed to those who have not heard of Denver Snuffer. That's what google is for. This is toward those who have read his writings and/or heard his discourses.
I received an email today from an anonymous source. I am responding to it and reposting because I feel that a) there are more people who feel the way this writer did, and b) his/her views correctly draw attention to some idiosyncrasies in the actions and beliefs of those who have read and at least partially agree with Denver Snuffer's teachings. I don't know exactly how to write this well, and I'm pressed for time, so I will put the email here in its entirety, than comment on it.
A friend of mine sent this to me and I thought it was worthy of further discussion, so I’m forwarding to you.  I guess they tried to post it to some blogs, but it was being deleted.  Enjoy and please responds with comments.
I was reading the other day on a blog that doesn’t allow for comment.  Since so many people that r…

Book of Mormon Study: Jesus Christ Will Manifest Himself Unto You

An oft-quoted passage of 2 Nephi reads,

5 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.
 6 Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do. (2 Nephi 32:5-6)

This is a wonderful example of where questions assist you in understanding something that is not readily apparent from a leisurely reading. Here are some questions:

1. "this is the doctrine of Christ": What is "this"?
2. Who is in the flesh when Christ manifests himself? The subject to whom he manifests himself, or Christ?
3. Nephi says the subject he manifests himself to is "you." Whom is he addressing here?
4. What happens to the doctrine after he "manifests himself to you in the f…

But Who is My Prophet?

The LDS.org (or Ensign, if you still subscribe to the paper version) 1st Presidency Message this month retells the familiar story of then-Elder Harold B. Lee (with whom brother Monson had a relationship due to the former having previously been his Stake President) counseling then-bisophric counselor Monson to reject an offered naval commission and also request discharge from the military.

The ending paragraph says,

"If you want to see the light of heaven, if you want to feel the inspiration of Almighty God, if you want to have that feeling within your bosom that your Heavenly Father is guiding you, then follow the prophets of God. When you follow the prophets, you will be in safe territory." (President Thomas Monson, 1st Presidency Message Jan 2015)

I wholeheartedly agree with this message: the words of God are always what we should heed if we choose to be led by God.

If we understand a prophet to be someone to whom God speaks who, in turn, shares his word with others, then …

Signs in the Heavens

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