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Share what you "know"

It is hard to strike a balance in this world. It seems that we, as humans, are much more likely to take an extreme position on any issue, and that the truth tends to be somewhere in the middle.

Preaching is no exception. There are those who share too much, and those who don't share enough.

I've been asked why I share what I do.

The Lord said:

24 Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up—that which ye have seen me do. Behold ye see that I have prayed unto the Father, and ye all have witnessed.

25 And ye see that I have commanded that none of you should go away, but rather have commanded that ye should come unto me, that ye might feel and see; even so shall ye do unto the world; and whosoever breaketh this commandment suffereth himself to be led into temptation. (3 Nephi 18)

There are many laws governing what to share and when. Here are some:

What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear i…

More videos posted, kindle book is now live

Hi all,
I've published more youtube videos. I won't be posting links to those here every time I do one, so please subscribe to the channel if you want notifications.

The kindle version of "The Glory of God is Intelligence" is now live.

If you live in Utah, I hope to see you at the talk this Sunday, 3pm at the Centerville theater, 525 N 400 W.

The topic will be "Acquisition of truth: Why it matters, how to do it." I highly recommend you attend this talk. We will cover a lot of ground, including how to discern truth and error, what awareness is and why it matters, what the light of Christ is, and how to grow in light and truth.

Doors open at 2:30, admission is free. I will not be bringing books, so if you want a copy of the new one or one of the others, please visit Amazon or download a free pdf.

If you are outside of a reasonable driving range, I plan on recording the talk and posting it to YouTube.

Both talks are still on

I've gotten two emails from people who have RSVP'd for the Sunday morning talk in Lehi asking if it is still on since I omitted it from a previous post.

Yes, it is. We still have some seats left. Please email me if you would like to come (2robpineapplesmith@gmail.com without the pineapple).

Here is the final schedule for Sunday, March 24th:

Title: "Seeing eye to eye to bring Zion."
Time: 9:30AM-10:30AM
Location: Lehi, Utah. Email me with headcount for RSVP purposes and I'll give you the address
Venue size: 80 people, ~30 RSVP'd to date.

Title: "Acquisition of truth: why it matters, how to do it."
Time: 3PM (~1hr 15min)
Location: Centerville Legacy Theater, 525 N 400 W, Centerville, Utah
Venue size: 500 people

Also, the previously penciled in talks for Saturday have been moved to YouTube. Share them with your friends. They should be accessible to any Mormon audience. You can watch them here:

Revelation, learning, and discerning (part 1)

Revelation, lear…

"What do you think of ?"

From time to time, people ask me "what do you think of so-and-so," where so-and-so is some person who purports to teach the gospel.

I figured I would write out my answer here so I can simply refer people to it instead of reconstructing it each time.

First: I don't. I don't think of so-and-sos. I recognize that the question is not about who they are but what they teach, and that what they teach is not a monolith that is either good or bad, but an amalgam that must be broken into individual bits which must be independently tested. Truth can come from anywhere.

Second: Jesus said wisdom is known of her children, and that whoever is not against him is for him. Purported truth that results in a person acting more like God is good. Purported truth that results in anything else is not. The trick is, no one knows what God is really like, because the only way to know is to become like him. The good news is, truth always leaves clues. One clue is that if someone claims to have…

Talks for LDS folks

I put together two talks that might be of particular interest for LDS folks. I hope you find value in them:
Revelation, learning, and discerning (part 1)
Revelation, learning, and discerning (part 2)
Experiences with God come through obtaining greater light and truth.
I was going to give these two talks in Utah on March 23rd, but decided instead to record them and post them on YouTube. I hope you share the link with your friends and on social media.
I will still be giving a free live talk on Sunday March 24th at 3pm at the Centerville Theater at 525 N 400 W Centerville, UT. There are 500 seats, so please come and bring your friends.
NOTE: All three videos above say that the new book, "The Glory of God is Intelligence" is available. It isn't yet, but will be soon. I didn't want to have to edit the videos after the fact to update them :).

New YouTube channel, first video posted

I created a new YouTube channel for delivering talks. I don't think I'll put a notice here every time I publish a talk, so if you are interested in keeping tabs, I invite you to subscribe to the channel.

The first one is on revelation, learning, and discerning.

Here is part 1:
What can God reveal through revelation? To whom will he reveal it? How will he reveal it?

Here is part 2:
Where does revelation come from? How can you tell if a revelation is from God? What is the purpose of revelation? Why is asking questions important?

These two talks were designed to be LDS friendly. Please share them with your friends.

NOTE: These videos both say that the new book "The Glory of God is Intelligence" is available. It isn't yet, but it will be soon, and I didn't want to have to go back and edit the video.

By their fruits ye shall know them

The Lord showed me about a cup of seeds in his hands. He said, "what kind of seeds are these?" I said, "I don't know." He said, "which of these seeds will sprout, and which will not?" I said, "I don't know." He said, "which of these seeds will produce no fruit, which will produce 10, which 60, and which 100?" I said, "I don't know." He said, "but how can you know?" I said, "I have to plant them and watch." He was pleased with my answer.

I'm currently aware of at least two applications for this lesson in my life. Rather than confining the value of this lesson to those two applications by sharing them, I invite you to think about how this might help you in your own life.

Update on talks - more locations needed

I am still in need of a location (or two) for Saturday to give two one hour talks. These talks would be particularly well-suited to an LDS audience. Perhaps you feel inspired to open your home and invite your LDS friends. We need at least 25 people to come to each. We could do the two Saturday talks with one group of people with a 15 minute break between. Please contact me (email at the end) if you have a potential venue.

Saturday, March 23
Title: "Revelation, learning, and discerning"
Time: 1 hour, TBD
Location: TBD

Saturday, March 23
Title: "Knowledge from and experiences with God come through obtaining greater light and truth."
Time: 1 hour, TBD
Location: TBD

Sunday, March 24
Title: "Seeing eye to eye to bring Zion."
Time: 9:30AM-10:30AM
Location: Lehi, Utah. Email me with headcount for RSVP purposes and I'll give you the address
Venue size: 50 people, ~30 RSVP'd to date.

Title: "Acquisition of truth: why it matters, how to do it."
Ti…