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The One Mighty and Strong

At the end of his time with the Israelites, Moses prophesies that they will turn astray. He also says this:

 15 ¶The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 16 According to all that thou desiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And the Lord said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. 18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. (Deut. 18) There are many other scriptures that refer to this concept.

19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,…

Scripture Study: D&C 132. How we miss the point of this section.

This post is essentially a second part to this one.

When I study scriptures, I like to frequently stop and ask questions. Sometimes, these are questions about something I've never understood. These help me expand what I know. Sometimes, these are questions about what I think I understand. These help me reconcile what I think I know with new truth God might be willing to show me.

Everyone who has ever read D&C 132 has an opinion about what it says. You could draw a tree describing these people. The first dividing question is do you believe plural marriage is from God. If so, D&C 132 to you may be the center of your spiritual grounding. If not, you have some reason to write off D&C 132. Maybe you are among those who think D&C 132 is either wholly or partially a post-martyrdom creation of Brigham Young. Maybe you think that it describes singular marriage and not plural marriage.

I would love to rattle off my personal opinion about this section, but that would only be …

Drawing closer to God.

I really enjoyed listening to Matt's autobiographical podcast on experiences leading up to his audience with Jesus. When you listen to someone else's story it reminds you of elements of your own that you might not have paid attention to. I really liked the punchline of his pre-audience story. He said, basically, "God, I've done everything you've asked me to do. Why have you not kept your promise to reveal yourself to me?" That is a gutsy thing to say. It ought to remind some of us of the following line: "Adam, having been true and faithful in all things, desires now to enter into your presence." The feeling that we have faithfully kept all the commandments is a feeling we ought to have. It is a necessary condition to obtain communion with God.

We really do need to be perfectly obedient.
There is a lot of false doctrine floating around concerning exactly how redemption works. The gist of the status quo belief is that if you "do your best" …

Out of the mouth of a Jew

Q: What is the book Nephi sees that proceeds from the mouth of a Jew?

Answers I have heard to this question:

The Book of Mormon.The Bible.We haven't received it yet. It can't be the Bible, because it says "the mouth of a Jew", whereas the Bible came from many Jews. It can't be the Book of Mormon, because the book of Mormon came from the seed of Manasseh, not the seed of Judah.

It turns out that there is an answer to this question, and like most scriptural questions, the answer is found in the context of the quote.

The answer: "The" Jew is symbolic, not literal. The book is the Bible.

It is good to harrow up our understanding of things from time to time. In this case, we are told plainly that "the Jew" is a symbol that Nephi was shown, what "the Jew" represents, and what the book is:
19 And I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles that had gone out of captivity were delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other nations. 20 And …