LDS Leadership Training Special Session

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– Tom Irvine

SCMC Devotional – February 24, 2017

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– Tom Irvine

Unrighteous Dominion Survival Tip

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– Tom Irvine

Before you call someone’s stake president or bishop to effect disciplinary action…

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– Tom Irvine

Forgiving Those who Abuse Us

Every LDS family that surrounds their LGTBQ son or daughter despite all the rhetoric, all the fear mongering, all the hatred, all the cruelty, is a testament to pure love. All the people that learn to forgive people in the church who’ve abused and harmed them based on advice from handbooks and Bishops and Stake Presidents and despite the fact that our own leadership . . . publicly announces “The church makes no apologies” is a miracle and a testament to human goodness.

From an anonymous poster on another blog

Fear of Men

Fear of men and their judgments is a hard thing to overcome.

– J Paul Wright

Warring against the Saints

“Individual orientation to the Church of the Lamb or to the great and abominable church is not by membership but by loyalty. Just as there are Latter-day Saints who belong to the great and abominable church because of their loyalty to Satan and his life-style, so there are members of other churches who belong to the Lamb because of their loyalty to him and his life-style. Membership is based more on who has your heart than on who has your records.

Latter-day Saints have erred in believing that some specific denomination, to the exclusion of all others, [represents one or the other]. This is dangerous.”

Warring Against the Saints, Stephen E. Robinson, Ensign, January 1988

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When this article was written in 1988 for the Ensign Magazine, Stephen E. Robinson was an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University and a high councilor in the BYU Second Stake.

The Commandments of Men

Matthew 15

[1] Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
[2] Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
[3] But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
[4] For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
[5] But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
[6] And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
[7] Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
[8] This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
[9] But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

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Isaiah 29:13

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

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– Tom Irvine

J. Golden Kimball Quote

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I feel a good deal, or at least I imagine I do, like a man does when held up by a burglar and he is looking into the muzzle of a six-shooter. I would quietly and willingly hold my hands up, but during the time would think very profoundly of what I would do if given my liberty.

We are in a similar position today, but all the men in the United States cannot prevent a man from thinking. There are not Apostles enough in the Church to prevent us from thinking, and they are not disposed to do so; but some people fancy because we have the Presidency and Apostles of the Church they will do the thinking for us. There are men and women so mentally lazy that they hardly think for themselves. To think calls for effort, which makes some men tired and wearies their souls. Now, brethren and sisters, we are surrounded with, such conditions that it requires not only thought, but the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Latter-day Saints, you must think for yourselves. No man or woman can remain in this Church on borrowed light.

I am a strong believer in the following statement made by my father in the House of the Lord in 1856 “We think we are secure in the chambers of the everlasting hills, but the time will come when we will be so mixed up that it will be difficult to tell the face of a Saint from the face of an enemy to the people of God. Then, brethren, look out for the great sieve, for there will be a great sifting time, and many will fall; for I say unto you there is a test, a test, a TEST coming, and who will be able to stand?”

Reference: J. Golden Kimball: His Sermons

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J. Golden Kimball was the son of Heber C. Kimball.

Father Heber is quoted as saying the following in 1856:

The time will come when no man nor woman will be able to endure on borrowed light. Each will have to be guided by the light within himself. If you do not have it, how can you stand?

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See also:  Joseph Smith, Obedience

SCMC Devotional – July 29, 2015

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