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God appearing to you doesn't make you righteous

I've been trying very hard to focus all my limited ammunition on advancing the books the Lord has instructed me to write. I'm trying hard to avoid the temptation to spend my time giving out little things, because they are fast, rather than waiting to give the big things, because they take a lot of time. But sometimes the spirit speaks to me in ways that I can quickly convey to others. A few days ago, I was explaining to my children why it is that God can't reveal himself in glory to us without us first going through a preparatory process.  30 ...he will come...he remembereth every creature of his creating, he will make himself manifest unto all. 31 Yea, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him. Yea, even at the last day, when all men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess that he is God; then shall they confess, who live without God in the world, that the judgment of an everlasting punishment is just upon them; and they shall quake, and tr

How will you fare with less civilization?

Modern civilization is dependent on the consistent presence of a large number of conditions that are opposite of human nature. With the majority of people openly choosing against these conditions, it is abundantly obvious to all who consider it that modern civilization has been infected by a terminal cancer which has metastasized.  That modern civilization will not survive is not a question. The only questions are: how long do we have and what will the decline look like? If you haven't done so already, it is expedient to ask yourself how you will fare as the pillars of civilization crumble.  Here are some questions to ask yourself: When you can no longer rely on norms of civil behavior from your neighbors, how will you fare?  What would you do if you lost access to drugs (recreational or prescribed) that you use regularly? What would you do if you lost the ability to instantly order anything you wanted off of Amazon? What would you do if you lost your job? What would you do if many

Intentionally raising kids in a topsy-turvy world

Do you send your kids to public school? Have you looked at the outcomes of this path for others who have done so? Do you think your kids will magically end up different? Do you home school? If so, what are you teaching them? Do you think the best you can do is teaching in the home the same ineffectual slop they serve up in public schools? It's time to think about what you are doing, and honestly apply the capability God gave you to figure out and do what is best for your kids. Historically, a child's formative years would be spent apprenticing adults in what they do. Boys worked with their fathers. Girls worked with their mothers. Boys knew exactly what it meant to be men. Girls knew exactly what it meant to be women. It didn't take very long to reach competency in this immersive environment. Individuals could still choose whether to embrace or eschew the example they were given, but they knew very well what reality was like. Fast forward to today. The development of childr

Woe, woe, woe to the Mormons

In ancient times, God chastised the house of Abraham through his servant Paul, instructing them that their blessings could only be claimed through their individual obedience to God's word, and not solely by virtue of their heritage. And now, because God is no respecter of persons, he chastises you for the same sin. You have assumed that you are inheritor of the blessings delivered to Joseph Smith when you have done none of the things he has done. Instead, you have strayed far from what God revealed through him. You follow the vain imaginations of your own heart, vainly assigning God's name to things he has not only not appointed, but that directly contradict the things he has said. You were meant to be a nation of Joseph Smiths--men and women who actually believe Jesus and actually do the things he says, but instead are merely a nation of Mitt Romneys--smooth faced pious hypocrites who hide the secret sins of their hearts behind the narrow scope of the temple recommend intervie

The fraying rope to the hanging sword

This morning I inquired of the Lord regarding the outcome of the US presidential election. I had a discussion with him about pros and cons of this election outcome.  What would you do if you were God and you wanted to send as dramatic a signal as possible regarding the awful state of our nation while mercifully holding back as many consequences as possible? You would probably keep that sword over our heads dangling by the tiniest little thread, and swaying ominously. You would increase the swaying and allow the rope to fray to its thinnest possible state. You would probably allow Trump to win, but you would do so: 1) With the smallest possible margins, by electoral vote and also within states. You would provide clear evidence of an irreparable divide in every corner of this country, showing people that when the dam breaks, nothing but righteousness and God's justice will protect you. 2) While providing indisputable evidence of the saturation of our government and society at all lev

Delight your soul in fatness

This morning I was complaining to the Lord about the utter lack of the simplest positive qualities in mankind (see Helaman 12, for example).  As is my custom, part of my prayer was in worshipping the Lord's goodness. The spirit guided my praise of him, and at one moment I was recounting how good he has been to me in creating an insatiable desire to learn more about him. The spirit flashed into my mind all the people the Lord has placed in my path who either had something to teach me or presented situations that suggested questions I could take to the Lord, and how as these people became fewer and farther between, he has been so willing to teach me directly.  He then unexpectedly answered a question I asked him a few years ago regarding the following scripture: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6) My question was: "Lord, I always hunger and thirst after righteousness. But I have never been filled. What does thi

How we are to know the will of the Lord in specific cases

Yesterday I was asked some sincere questions about how we are to know the will of the Lord in specific cases. It's a seemingly simple question, but I could not wade through the volumes of information God had taught me on the topic. This morning I inquired of the Lord, asking him how I am supposed to answer this type of question in less than a book. He immediately replied: "Heed and diligence. A person cannot know me better than they do if they do not first obey what they already know about me. It is both dishonest and ineffectual to seek to know more about me before deciding to obey all that I command. I have given man the power to obey all my commandments. While learning more about me is a process, obeying me is a choice. Effort in seeking to learn more about me will yield the greatest progress in a person who has already chosen to obey all that I have and all that I will command. If someone asks you this, tell them to first repent and obey everything they already know but do

Coronavirus and the inability of people to wrap their heads around "gradual"

It seems modern people are particularly inept at understanding gradual phenomena. They can understand things that happen all of the sudden. For example, the death of a loved one, a car crash, or winning the lottery. They can't understand things that happen gradually. For example, the erosion of freedom, the accumulation of capital, or the adulteration of culture. Let's analyze a single case of the latter: the coronavirus. Many were faked out by the initial spike in deaths, thinking that the world was going to end in a continuous exponential increase of deaths. When that spike dipped downward, even more people found it a convenient point of evidence to fit their hope that coronavirus was no big deal. It turns out that neither perspective was correct, and we've had a relatively stable average death rate of 1,000 per day since then. The numbers, at this point, paint a surprisingly consistent picture: coronavirus reliably kills more than 3% of those who test positive for it in

For the love of dog

Many people today have dogs as pets. Some of these people, particularly those under 30, keep dogs instead of having children.  Dogs are renown for their unconditional love. They are almost always ecstatic to see their owners, and they are always happy to give attention when it is wanted. Unconditional love has at least two dimensions. One dimension is how much someone cares about someone else compared to how much they care about themselves. Another dimension is how well someone knows someone else, and what they know about things in general.  Dogs care much more about their owner than they do themselves in most cases. But is that love for the specific owner, or would they love any  owner just as much? The universality of their love towards their owner, whoever that owner might be, proves the point. Dogs will love you even if you are an awful person. Dogs will love you even if you mistreat them. Dogs will love you the same no matter if you love them like God does or whether you only own

The works, designs, and purposes of God cannot be frustrated

Imagine how different your life would be if you actually believed this was true: 1 The works, and the designs, and the purposes of God cannot be frustrated, neither can they come to naught. 2 For God doth not walk in crooked paths, neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left, neither doth he vary from that which he hath said, therefore his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round. 3 Remember, remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but the work of men; 4 For although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at naught the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him. (D&C 3) A person who believes this can face anything possible in this life with unshaken confidence that God loves him, and that what he is experiencing is absolutely necessary to bring them to a gre