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Lehi’s Firm Compassion

November 02nd, 2017 by G.

After Lehi’s boys went off to Jerusalem on their dangerous mission, Sariah, mother-like, started to imagine all that could go wrong.  She expressed her worry by attacking her husband.

For she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness; and she also had complained against my father, telling him that he was a visionary man; saying:

Behold thou hast led us forth from the land of our inheritance, and my sons are no more, and we perish in the wilderness.

And after this manner of language had my mother complained against my father.

Lehi’s response is something we can learn from.

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November 02nd, 2017 06:30:12

Christ the Obedient Equal

September 23rd, 2015 by G.

Christ defers to the Father. Christ and the Father are one. Christ obeys the Father. Yet I can’t think of a single instance in scripture where the Father commands the Son. No doubt I’ve overlooked one or two. Even so, it’s thin on ground. I think we could say that the Father presides and the Son is an equal partner. (more…)

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September 23rd, 2015 09:02:54

Secure in Council

September 10th, 2015 by G.

Secure authority is good authority. But as above, so below. Secure followers are good followers. (more…)

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September 10th, 2015 12:00:36

Equality Means Conflict

August 28th, 2015 by G.

“If Men were Angels, No Government would be Necessary”

-thus James Madison

“Wrong”

-thus John Finnis

John Finnis is right. Even angels, he says, would need to pick which side of the road to drive on. (more…)

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August 28th, 2015 09:04:12

Easy, Natural Leadership

August 21st, 2015 by G.

While formal equality just means fighting and conflict in practice,  stable authority can lead to practical informal equality.  Call it “peerage.”  Peerage is one of the sweetest states of human existence.  In fact, one might say that it is the ultimately reality of all existence.  It is the nature of the Godhead.

So it’s worth considering why stable authority doesn’t always lead to peerage. (more…)

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August 21st, 2015 10:49:56

Led by the Priesthood

August 20th, 2015 by John Mansfield

One of the hard teachings of the LDS church is that God will accommodate the weaknesses of his people. One standard example of this is Samuel ordaining Saul as king for Israel, and another is that the higher priesthood was withdrawn with Moses, leaving ministry only through the Aaronic priesthood. One can imagine being taught the gospel by the ancient apostles, embracing it and teaching it to one’s children, but ultimately unable to pass the blessings of the priesthood on to further posterity, not because of any lack of desire or seeking for them, but because the priesthood has been withdrawn from the earth until times of restoration.

This pattern allows one to fully accept the authority of the LDS church’s president to enact changes in the church’s ministry, and to believe him a prophet acting as God has directed him, and to still wonder if a given change is a good change, a further unrolling of gospel fullness, or a necessary change due to the latter-day saints’ weakness in a fallen world, much to be lamented as we correctly submit to it.

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August 20th, 2015 13:09:08

Mean Girls and the Great and Spacious Building

August 20th, 2015 by G.

Mean girls bully everyone else to keep themselves on top.  So do mean guys.  I’m reading right now about the Barbarossa brothers in the Western Mediterranean.  They were more or less pirate kings.  Being pirate kings, they had no security.  Continued cruel atrocities kept themselves on top.

We can see that in the scriptures.  The great and spacious building runs on mean girl power.

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August 20th, 2015 10:30:34

Authority is Brotherhood

July 31st, 2015 by G.

Formal power can coexist with practical equality.   Formal equality creates power struggles and cliques.

The one model is two boys fighting.  One wins, they now know who is stronger, and they are friends after that.  The other model is high school.   The mean girls are mean because there is nothing else to separate them from the kids they sneer at.

Formal power means power that is stable and secure.  It is hierarchy.

 

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July 31st, 2015 16:31:42

Mainstream Christianity 1830 A.D. = mainstream Judaism 30 A.D.

July 24th, 2014 by Bookslinger

Both institutions had a glorious, truthful and divine beginning, but were at the degraded and corrupt end of a “dispensation” of the gospel (ie, Truth and Authority originally dispensed to men by God, but eventually corrupted by men) and at the cusp of a new. The leaders of both opposed the newer revelation/dispensation.

Matthew 23:2
… The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat…

The Lord then put Peter in Moses’s seat.

By 1830, those who claimed to be rightful occupiers of Peter’s seat, along with those who claimed to be custodians of Truth while denying the need for a seat, were much like the scribes and pharisees of 30 A.D. (This is not to deny that there were some righteous and sincere men among those who claimed to have Authority or Truth.)

In 1830, the Lord put Joseph Smith Jr. in that seat. He was followed by Brigham Young.

Thomas S. Monson sits there now.

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