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If You Are Prepared, You Shall Not Fear

7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. (Hebrews 11:7)

We have been warned by God's former and current prophets that many terrible things are headed our way. If we have faith, we will trust God, and we will seek him to find out what we should do to prepare ourselves temporally for what is coming. This preparations will extend beyond the needs of ourselves to those who will survive but will not have the means to prepare or to bring their preparations with them.
Some people suppose that God will miraculously intervene for the righteous, and therefore they need not preoccupy themselves with preparation. How can you ask God to care for you when you find yourself in need if you had the means to prepare, his word on what was coming, and still did nothing?

God says "if ye are prepared ye shall not fear."…

God Progresses

In the Lectures on Faith we read that "three things are necessary in order that any rational and intelligent being may exercise faith in God unto life and salvation. First, the idea that he actually exists. Secondly, a correct idea of his character, perfections, and attributes. Thirdly, an actual knowledge that the course of life which he is pursuing is according to his will."

This post is dedicated to gaining a better understanding of his perfections and attributes.

In the same lectures on faith, Joseph taught that we can learn more about God from listening to those who have interacted with him to a greater degree than we have. Joseph Smith interacted with God face to face. What did Joseph teach us about the perfections and attributes of God?

Joseph taught that God was once a man, but worked out his exaltation. How did he do it? At least part of that journey was to do what Christ, his son, did in this mortal life. And what after? Are Celestial beings at an end of their progr…

I speak to my prophets everywhere

A few years ago, I was overcome with a desire to better understand the scriptures describing events to occur leading up to the Second Coming of Christ. I undertook many study and prayer sessions with the intent to learn more about these events from God. As my picture of things to come focused, I found myself overwhelmed at the magnitude of the tribulation described in the scriptures. Then I found myself puzzled. If so much is going to happen, and if it is going to happen soon, why haven't I heard anything about it till now? After all,

 7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)

If we are entering into the tribulation prophesied for so long, then surely God should be showing such to at least a few people. I became aware of several LDS who have had visions of things to come, who have received promptings as to where to be and what to be doing. I then wondered, "shouldn't God also be warning other Christians?…

Swept off the land

Today in fast and testimony meeting, I shared the following message.

This morning I read the following scripture in Ether:

8 And he had sworn in his wrath unto the brother of Jared, that whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should serve him, the true and only God, or they should be swept off when the fulness of his wrath should come upon them.
 9 And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity.
 10 For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the fulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off.
 11 And th…