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Happiness

Over the last few days I had a conversation with a family member about the topic of happiness. It opened my eyes to a difference in my viewpoint compared to the world that I hadn't really thought about before.

If someone were to ask you to define happiness, how would you do it? Chances are your definition would be based upon pleasure. The problem with that is that it is based on your experiences here in the Telestial kingdom.

This world is a kingdom of lies (read this). Those that find joy in those lies, by definition, "love a lie." They can't have real happiness. Anything positive they experience is fleeting--it is merely the front loaded payout of a cost that much exceeds the benefit. That is how the devil deceives you: he hides the cost of something and flaunts the benefits, distorting your ability to make a rational choice (see his conversation with Eve in the garden).

My definition of happiness is probably different. In my opinion, the only true happiness that ca…

News

Hi everyone,
Two things of note.

1 - I'm working on a new book called "Seek Ye This Jesus." I've actually been working on it for several years, but it is in the terminal stages. The subject is coming into the Lord's presence through repentance. This is a very important topic, and I hope I can say what needs to be said on it. Interestingly, my wife has been writing a book of her own, and we were drawn to the same topic, but are working independently. We have agreed not to read each other's book until we each finish. I'm quite excited to read hers. Mine is directed to Christians in general. Hers is directed towards the broader LDS community.

2 - I have set apart a few entire days to catch up on blog posts on my survival blog. Over the last year I've taken about 30 GB worth of video, and am editing it and posting it as we speak. So far, I have about one post scheduled per day until December. The videos contain knowledge that I've had to accumulate th…

Revelation and discernment

Salvation requires knowledge. "Knowledge saves a man and in the world of spirits a man can't be exalted but by knowledge." (Joseph Smith, WOJS 7 Apr 1844). In fact, salvation is to possess a finite set of knowledge. Once a man obtains sufficient knowledge to overcome the lies of this world, he will by definition be living a higher set of laws, and thus possess a higher degree of glory.

How is knowledge obtained? By revelation.

“… A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge, for if he does not get knowledge, he will be brought into captivity by some evil power in the other world, as evil spirits will have more knowledge, and consequently more power than many men who are on the earth. Hence it needs revelation to assist us, and give us knowledge of the things of God.” (Joseph Smiht, History of the Church, 4:588). Knowledge comes in two increments: General knowledge/commandments, and individual knowledge/commandments.
9 ...It is given unto many to know the mysteries of …

Two stories

Story 1 About 8 years ago, I moved to North Carolina for work. I was in the Maryland National Guard at the time. As part of the move, I had submitted a packet to be transferred into the North Carolina National Guard. Usually, this would be a quick transition. For some reason, the officer in charge of processing the paperwork happened to be amazingly slow at his job. I was enjoying my job, enjoying the change in dating scene, and contemplating buying a house. One day, out of the blue, the Lord told me in an audible voice "do not sign any house contracts, you are going to be deployed." I was shocked, but being familiar with that voice, I could not question the source. The next morning, my commander (I was second in command in the unit) called me. He said "This is pretty hush hush still but have you heard we are getting deployed?" I smiled and said, "I have!" He didn't ask how.

I grappled with this situation. For some time I had come to the conclusion t…

Zion: Zeal without knowledge

Whenever God sets forth additional light, there is an immediate winnowing of the chaff until only those who have a relationship with him are left. It's a cycle.

Like children, whenever we get a little light and truth, the first thing we do is pretend that we are something special. We exaggerate what we've received, exaggerate our worthiness, and claim blessings that are not ours. We rush into things that we have no claim on in utter ignorance, filling in the blanks by making things up.

"For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge." (Romans 10:2)

It's a real shame, because the only way to progress from where we are is to ask God how we can change to take the next step. Those who assume they already have never bother to ask God what is next.

I am no one special. I have no authority beyond the authority of God's word that I quote. Yet, seeing a discrepancy between truth and what is being preached, I have a duty to share the l…