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Scripture Study: John 1:6-18

 6 ¶There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. What does it mean to be sent from God? Of what significance is the fact that John's father was given his name from God before he was even born? Of what significance is it that John was appointed from before his birth?  7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. John's mission was to "bear witness of the Light." How did he do that? Was John's purpose in life to say, "That guy right there is the Messiah?" Was that how he bore witness of the Light? If so, he did a very poor job, as evidenced later by the fact that he himself wasn't totally sure just who the Messiah was, and didn't teach his followers so (see later commentary). Instead, the primary content of his mission was to preach the doctrine of Jesus, not the person of Jesus. While he was preaching the doctrine of Jesus, he necessarily had to point on the false traditions of

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

I have heard many repeat this phrase from scripture: And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: (Joel 2:28) But this event has not yet arrived. How can you tell? The phrase begins with "it shall come to pass afterward." After what? Joel 1 and the part of Joel 2 that occurs before this describes a foreign invasion. Not just any foreign invasion, either. Here are some segments. Starting in Joel 1:4:  4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.  5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.  6 For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a li

Scripture Commentary: John 1:1-5

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 The same was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. God's word existed before the creation. We err if we suppose that God's word is completely contained in any book of scripture. "...I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever." (2 Nephi 29:9.) It is interesting that the KJV (and most other translations) make Christ the agent of creation. The CEV instead makes the agent of creation God's word: "And with this Word, God created all things. Nothing was made

Talk Given in Pinesdale, MT 18 Feb 2016

As spring approaches our frosty clime, I decided it was time to start seriously planning a greenhouse project that has been on my mind for about a year and a half. I have a friend whose father (Jim) is a Montana greenhouse aficionado, and decided to cash in my long-standing invitation to visit to tour his greenhouses and get some tips. I knew Jim lived in Pinesdale, an AUB community, but didn't know much about the AUB beyond what the wikipedia page provided. I soon learned that my recent book has been very popular there. When word got out that I'd be visiting, I was quickly invited to give a talk there. As I was about to decline, the Lord told me what to speak on. The notes to my talk are posted below, and may be of use to others. From my limited impression of the people of Pinesdale, about 100 of whom I met the other night, all I can say is that they are incredibly kind, hospitable, and teachable people. It has been my experience that the LDS folks I know generally seem very

I have been excommunicated from the LDS church

Yesterday evening I was given a letter announcing my trial for apostasy to be held today at 7:30pm. My request to have my wife accompany me was denied. The stake president read the charge of apostasy from the handbook. I was specifically accused of repeatedly teaching against church doctrine and/or church leaders through my recent book “Teaching for Doctrines the Commandments of Men: Tradition in Modern Mormonism.” I was asked whether I admitted to the charges. I said no. I was given time to explain myself, and said the following:   Why do we need to preach against false traditions? We have made a covenant to “to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death” (Mosiah 18:9). This includes the requirement to warn others of observed deviation from God’s word. “Behold, I sent you out to testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor.” (D&C 88:81)