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Our God is a mighty God

God is a warrior. He rides towards the sound of battle. He is relentless. He never gives up on what is right. He will never, ever stop trying to help all who will receive help. He is a rock. He is unwavering and unmovable. The more the darkness presses into him, the harder he pushes back.  His love is never ending. Nothing that can be done can decrease it or cause it to cease.  God is good. He is loving, merciful, and true. No amount of trust in him will ever be betrayed. No amount of darkness can extinguish or dim his light.  Invite him into your life. Seek him in all things. Be relentlessly faithful and obedient to him. To the extent you have obtained his goodness inside of yourself through learning and living his character, you will feel his strength and project his goodness. When the waves of life crash upon you, glorify him by standing up to them. Lean into your faith in him, and let them break against you.  The faithful will shine as lights as they maintain their trust in God at

Update on book progress

I haven't been blogging much. I haven't had much to say that is bite-sized. I have found that with the world going the way it is, I need to put in the time to put together stronger weapons. I've been focusing on books. I don't expect to spend much time on this blog in the future, though I think I might spend time on videos once I have a chance to get some of the bigger topics published in books. But who knows. I have finished a book on faith. It's being proofed now. I expect it will be out sometime next month. One reason these books are taking so long is that I'm not writing any from start to finish. For example, I started a book on the character of God before I wrote "Seek Ye This Jesus." I have to follow the flow of what God teaches me, and there are a lot of laterals off of the topic of his character. Those threads have to be traced out before coming back to what is a summary of a lot of material.  As of this morning, I have 3,565 unpublished pages

Question: How do I help people that won't be helped?

I received a question from someone today. I've stripped the details out of their question and posted a modified version of my answer to them below in case it is helpful to others. Q: Over the last few years or so I have known several individuals who have stopped believing in God as the result of faith crises.  I have tried to help them see the evidence for God in spite of the bad examples by many religious people and institutions. What do you do with people like this? How do you reach them? Is there anything that can be done besides "be patient"? A: If by being patient you mean doing nothing, that's always a terrible idea. Religions tend to teach that righteousness is a binary attribute. It isn't. It's continuous. We don't have to worry about people being 100% or 0%. Hardly anyone is either. Instead, we ought to think in terms of shades of improvement, or improvement as a series of contiguous, successive steps.  Everything is connected to everything. Peopl

Question: What do you do on Sundays?

 Someone asked me: "[What do you] do on the sabbath day that make it meaningful to you?" It is my present understanding that we ought to be constantly occupied in whatever leads to the greatest benefit, all the time. What that is, exactly, is obviously specific to a person, due to variance in capability and understanding. Sundays are no different in purpose, but for most people, the things they do that day may be different in practice because of relaxation of day-to-day requirements. The sabbath is a gift from God because we get to focus for more time on the things that the necessity of earning one's daily bread forces us to limit during the week. Each day, from when I get up until when I go to sleep, I prioritize my actions to do the greatest good I know of, subject to the limits of my mortal body.  Every day I wake up as early as I can. I spend the time until 6:30 writing, studying, praying, and lifting weights inasmuch as it helps me focus my mind. At 6:30, I spend thi

Question: Why don't we worship truth or power instead of God?

Someone asked me: Why do we worship God? Why not the gospel, or the power of God? Isn't God using the power to create us and everything else? If that's the case, why worship Him and not the power? Our understanding is something that is capable of eternal progression. It is capable of reaching the understanding of God, but it does not start developed to that degree. The truth scales infinitely. God presents it in an individually adapted way. He reveals truth to the degree the individual is prepared to perceive, accurately value, and live according to it. To reveal more than that would cause harm rather than benefit.  In what might be the clearest description of ideal human behavior in scripture, we read: 13 But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God. 15 For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know goo

Companionship

I know a man in his latter years who has searched for companionship his whole life.  Companionship is a myth. Those who think they have it are sure to be violently surprised at some future date when they are accosted with incontrovertible evidence that the person they thought was their companion is either vastly better or vastly worse than they thought. Why is companionship a myth? Well, let's first make our language more accurate. When most people say "companionship," they mean parity. They mean a reciprocal relationship, where they receive from someone exactly what they give to them.  God's definition of companionship is different. When the Holy Ghost is referred to as your companion, do you think you give it what it gives you? Of course not. You are nothing--completely insignificant--compared to the gift of the Holy Ghost. The relationship is of the same form between any two people, though the degree of difference varies. Whenever there are two people, one is great

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. 6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the

What it means to be great in God's kingdom

I know of two sisters who got into a bad car accident. The one sister came away with only emotional trauma, while the other sister came away with a shattered limb. She had emergency surgery where here mutilated limb was reconstructed with many pins. Residual damage will be permanent, as will be the scarring left by the bone fragments that punctured her skin. She said to her sister, "I'm glad it was me and not you, because I can handle this better than you can." The rulers of the Gentiles seek power in order to be comfortable. The nobles of God's house seek to suffer in order to maximize the comfort of others. Finding themselves in the midst of others who are weaker than they are, they offer their backs to the whips of mortality in humble acknowledgement that they can handle it better than others can.  The rulers of the Gentiles seek to feel good without paying the price of being good. The nobles of God's house submit to truth wherever it is found, no matter how fo

No man can serve two masters

1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. 2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. 3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. 4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. 5 So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? 6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. 7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. 8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he

The voice of improvement

 This morning I wrote the following as a part of a book on faith I've been writing for some time: "We are steeped, within and without, by incessant invitations for improvement. From without, we are surrounded by evidences that something better than what we have and are exists. We hear songs of deep love that we recognize is beyond what we possess or give. We see movies that portray heroism and sacrifice beyond what we would give. We see and smell and feel beauty in nature that exceeds what we create and enjoy in our daily lives. From within, an echoing message is provided by a still, small voice that paradoxically whispers with the strength to shake us, suggesting to our deepest core that we can live up to and become whatever good we become aware of. These ubiquitous signals can easily be ignored, but never silenced. They are the voice of God, relentlessly calling us towards improvement. This voice is deliberately woven into the very fabric of our lives, being in and through a

Keep the commandments

 Recently, someone asked me what it meant to keep the commandments. He basically said, "which of them?"  I said: "There are two dimensions to the question. The first is grades of commandments. Rules < Principles < Character. The second dimension is one of completion and correctness. You can have a subset of all the rules, principles, or character, and for each aspect of whichever one you seek, you can have varying levels of accuracy. The chiefest of all is to be like Christ in every way, at all times." There are a lot of ideas in this short quote. I will elaborate on them in books to be released, but for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, you can act on these things now and move forward.

False hope

And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell. (2 Nephi 28:21) Do you know what "carnal security" is? It is trust derived from anything else except God's perfect justice. If you are hoping that God's promises will be some sort of cheat code for you to avoid what you yet lack, you are in for a rude surprise. If you want to be preserved against the tribulations that will come, I will give you the recipe, if you dare to follow it: You must exercise the law decreed before the foundation of the world that says that you can only have eternally what you are willing to eternally be without. This is the law that, for example, resulted in Abraham preserving the life of Isaac. If you want to walk through the fire that is upon us, you will have to get to the point where you trust God so much that you

Why the US hasn't been destroyed yet

A lot of people are praying for God to bring peace to this country. You are asking for what is contrary to God's will, because it violates his laws. He will not give you peace in exchange for wickedness. There have been times past when the prayers of the righteous have preserved an otherwise wicked land. In our days--the last days--the situation is slightly different. God is preserving this land while the people he has sent here at this time prepare and preach his word in greater completeness and simplicity than has ever been given since the foundation of the world.  As is always the case, the more concentrated God's word, the less likely people are to notice. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness perceives it not.  The light begins like a sunrise does--imperceptibly. It gradually increases both in intensity and speed of increase. Those who recognize it earliest will gain the most. Due to immutable eternal law, the greater degree of truth and the more plainly it is

Preach nothing but repentance

Why is it that Christians in America are so complacent? How is it that those who profess belief in God can be so smug--even across all denominations? Why do they almost uniformly react to the gospel by pretending they know everything there is to know about it, that they are magically specially people for claiming to believe in God, and that they have something of value to share with others?  God will never teach you anything you think you already know. God will never teach you more while you believe you have all there is. You can dance around like an idiot when someone gives you a quarter, thinking you are the richest person alive, but that won't pay the bills when they come due.  The gateway to more knowledge is the admission of the limits of your present knowledge. This is included in what the scriptures call "diligence."  The other key is obedience to what you know already. A broken heart and a contrite spirit requires you to actually obey what you already know and act

All-of-the-sudden-itis

All-of-the-sudden-itis: Don't make the mistake of thinking all changes must come all of the sudden and therefore doing something stupid, or being apathetic when they don't and therefore doing nothing at all. Have the sense to project your present understanding back to what you thought 6 months, one year, or three years ago. If someone came to you describing present day circumstances, and somehow you could believe them, you would certainly feel great trepidation at the awful situation of our present day.  Don't succumb to apathy or minimization of what you see before you. It will get much, much worse. Don't succumb to the temptation to blow out of proportion what has already happened. This is nothing compared to what is coming, but there will be relative lulls in between the waves. What is true of your comparison to things in the past vs. today is nothing compared to the extremity of what is coming vs. today.  Weep and wail for what is to come. It has been decreed in hea