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Muslim Immigration: Stacking the deck to fulfill prophecy

Who is the Remnant? The remnant of Jacob consists of those alive today who are of the lineage of the house of Israel. These are broken into two categories: those who know they are of the house of Israel and those who do not. Historically, we have only a very small portion of information regarding which groups of Israelites went where. At the same time, at least some groups purporting to be Jews in modern times are actually descendants of converts to the Jewish faith, and are not of the house of Israel. That being said, the group of those who are of the house of Israel but are not aware is far larger than the group who are aware of their ancestry. In the latter group we have many (if not all) Latin Americans, many (if not all) American Indians, at least 5% of "European" Americans, a great deal of Persians, and a great deal of Arabs. At least some portion of Indians in the Americas (North, Central, and South) are descendants of Lehi, of the tribe of Manasseh, who came out

Windows of Truth

Adam lived for over 900 years, meaning he was alive during all generations previous to Noah. Do you find it strange that nowhere in scripture (not even in the apocrypha that I am aware of) do we see any account of Adam preaching to his posterity? Isn't it strange that Enoch went on a mission to preach the gospel, despite the fact that Adam was still around and only middle-aged at the time? Shem son of Noah lived for 600 years. He was alive both when Abraham was born and when Abraham died. He died well into Isaac's life. Isn't it strange that we have no record of his preaching to the people? Isn't it strange that the only record we have of him at all is his blessing Abraham (if you accept that Shem is Melchizedek), and that only after Abraham had completed so many of his experiences in life? What were these people doing with their time? If they were preaching, why do we have no record of it? If they weren't, what were they up to? I offered this question in

What Exactly Did Joseph Smith Restore? (Part 2)

( Part 1 ) What do you get when you plant a seed? You get a copy of the same plant that produced the seed--unless you don't. Confused? Suppose you plant a butternut squash plant right next to an acorn squash. Everything will turn out fine until you go to plant your butternut squash seeds next year. You will get fruit that looks like acorn squash in shape, like butternut in color, and tastes like garbage! When seeds are mingled with external genes, they don't produce the same fruits. The gospel is like a seed. Jesus taught: 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (John 15:5-6). He also said: 16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of t

What Exactly Did Joseph Smith Restore? (Part 1)

To what end was the restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith? What exactly did he restore? The answers vary wildly. Some claim he restored authority: that heavenly beings were sent to him to pass to him authority that could then be passed to others. Yet the Book of Mormon warns against this idea: And they deny the power of God, the Holy One of Israel; and they say unto the people: Hearken unto us, and hear ye our precept; for behold there is no God today, for the Lord and the Redeemer hath done his work, and he hath given his power unto men; (2 Nephi 28:5). Others claim that through Joseph Smith God restored a set of instructions capable of bringing a man into the presence of God (the so-called fullness of the gospel). In order for this claim to be true, Joseph must have both lived in an environment devoid of the experiences with heaven documented as co-occurring with true religion in the scriptures and delivered an increment over existing teachings that resulted in th

The Parable of the Palace, the King, and the Subjects

There was once a large kingdom roughly organized into several villages and surrounding farmland. In every district, there were certain subjects like helped pass the time during their long, arduous work in the fields by imagining the kinds of treasures the king had in his palace. One group of peasants endlessly talked about a golden ring possessed by the king. Another group fantasized about a beautiful woven tapestry that hung on the wall. Another group gossiped about a lovely chest of drawers that someone claimed to have seen long ago. Some peasants coveted these goods so strongly that they actually made crude replicas to possess for themselves. Some peasants marveled at these revolting caricatures, having never seen the real thing and thus lacking the discernment to tell the difference. One day, the king announced that he had toured the kingdom and, moved upon by the poverty of the subjects, he was willing to grant each subject anything they desired from his palace. The peasants whi

To Whoever is Spreading Rumors

In the last 6 months I've gotten a few comments that have surprised me: "Did you take a plural wife?" (at least 3 times from different people) "I heard you proposed plural marriage to <name withheld 1>. Is that true?" "I heard you took <name withheld 2> as a plural wife. Is that true?" Because this is apparently established itself as a pattern, I'm going to write up my thoughts on the matter here so I can respond with a link instead of having to rewrite my thoughts every time. First, what I find even more surprising than the content of these questions is that anyone would have the audacity to ask in the first place. Don't you know that gossip is a sin? Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure. (Psalm 101:5) Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the mom

The parable of the wheat berries

The parable of the wheat berries There was once an enterprising homesteader who decided to start sprouting wheat for human and animal food. Wheat berries (wheat seeds), when sprouted, make an incredibly nutritious food when sprouted. The homesteader set up some bins in his basement. He soaked the wheat berries in water overnight, spread them in the bin, and kept them moist for the next two days, waiting for them to sprout. Unfortunately, they never did. Instead, they went moldy. He restarted his setup, this time adding fertilizer to the water. He was again met with failure. Frustrated, he gave up trying to sprout wheat. What he did not realize was that cold temperatures in his basement prevented the sprouting. Wheat berries do not need fertilizer. They only need water. Everything they need to germinate is within them. Fertilizer can be helpful after  germination. Before germination, it is only a waste of money, and can be a distraction if the farmer erroneously thinks that seeds th

The parable of the flowers and kale

A gardener built a raised bed. In deciding what to plant, he had settled between two choices: ornamental flowers or kale. The ornamental flowers were what he liked . When in bloom, they would attract bees and butterflies. They would be beautiful to look upon. They would impart a lovely aroma to the air on warm, sunny days. But there was a downside. They would only be in bloom for a few weeks. Even during that time, the blossoms would close on cold or cloudy days. After blooming, they would quickly deteriorate, and provide no benefit for the rest of the year while still occupying a great deal of space in the garden. The gardener wanted to plant kale. Kale would provide high nutrition leaves throughout the growing season. It would be just as productive in clouds and rain as it would on sunny days. It would allow daily harvest of its leaves without reducing future productivity. It would be productive the whole spring and summer. Not only that, if trimmed down and mulched the prior seas

The Parable of the Boiling Pot

A father set a large, lidded pot of water on the stove to boil and asked his kids to watch it. The kids almost immediately walked away from the pot and began playing in the living room. The water began to boil, but no one noticed. The kids continued to play. The lid began to rattle, but no one noticed. The kids continued to play. Eventually, the water spilled over, creating loud hissing sounds. The father returned and punished the children for not paying attention. The disasters that will precede the second coming have already begun. Those who are watching the pot can see the water boiling. It has been a slow, steady process, causing changes that are imperceptible to most. Demographic groups have segmented. Violence has become a prominent reaction to societal displeasure. Several powerful groups have created a system to broadcast lies to manipulate the ignorant masses. A substantial portion of the United States relies upon government money to subsist. Riots are more prevalent than t