Why isn’t food storage mentioned in General Conference anymore?

Why isn’t food storage mentioned in General Conference anymore?

Question

Gramps,

Is storing a one year supply of food no longer suggested by the Church? Also, as conditions worsen in the USA and the world, the less is said about the present conditions in the General Conference talks. It is like the 800 pound gorilla in the room that no one mentions. What are your thoughts on why the silence on present conditions in the General Conference talks?

Joseph (more…)

Difficult in Receiving Revelation

Difficult in Receiving Revelation

Dear Gramps,

I was reading in church history how difficult it was for President Spencer W. Kimball to get the 1978 revelation on the priesthood. He spent months in the upper rooms of the Salt Lake Temple, pondering and praying upon the matter before he felt he had an answer. I was contrasting this with Joseph Smith and how he was able to sit down almost anywhere, anytime and with ease dictate revelation verbatim.  Since both were prophets, seers and revelators, how can we explain the difficulty of the one and the ease of the other? I’m sure both were equally worthy to receive revelation and enlightenment. Your ideas on this contrast would be very much appreciated.

Robert (more…)

Why aren’t talks by General Authorities incorporated into the scriptures?

Why aren’t talks by General Authorities incorporated into the scriptures?

Question

Gramps,

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints professes to be a church that continues to receive inspiration and revelation from the Lord. It is perhaps one of the primary premises for the argument of a restored church. With that said, why have there not been further revelations and additions to the Doctrine & Covenants? The last revelation added to modern day scripture was the manifesto granting the Melchizedek Priesthood to all worthy males. I know when the General Authorities of the Church speak, we are receiving instruction and counsel, but why have the canon of revelations not been incorporated into the scriptures?

Wayne

 

Answer

Wayne,

As members of the Church we proclaim,

“We believe all that God has revealed, all that he does now reveal, and we believe that he will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”

Revelation is manifested when God speaks directly to his servants the prophets, and then these prophets share with us what the Lord has shared. Thus, continued revelation is manifested at General Conference, Stake Conference, Stake Trainings, Ward Trainings, etc…

Some examples of modern revelation are: The Family: A Proclamation to the World and The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles. We even are blessed with updates to the Church Handbooks of Instruction.

All of this information has been received by revelation for the learning of existing and new generation members.

As pertaining to why some of these haven’t been added, that is known to God, but for a wise purpose they have still been given.

 

Gramps

 

Discernment vs Revelation

Discernment vs Revelation

Is there an appreciable difference between the power of discernment and revelation? Sunday school teacher molests girl during church. How did no priesthood holder get the inspiration to stop it? How was a man with these tendencies called to this  position? It seems that discernment and revelation are what separates us from any other Christian denomination. Help me sort it out?

Chris (more…)

What is revelation?

What is revelation?

Question

Gramps,

Please explain revelation to me.

Linda

 

Answer

Linda,

What a question! I could go on for pages, but I doubt that would be a preferred response. Instead, let me describe how I have received revelation in my life.

Sometimes it comes as an epiphany, or a sudden falling-into-place of several elements that were previously somehow misaligned in my mind.

Sometimes it comes as a peaceful feeling regarding a decision I have made. Sometimes it is a feeling of trouble or danger regarding a decision that needs to be changed.

Sometimes it comes as a piece of truth that instantly fits perfectly with what I already have as a testimony of Christ and His gospel.

Not even these are all the ways that revelation comes to us. What revelation is, however, is pure truth given to us from God, and confirmed by the Holy Ghost whose mission it is to testify of all truth.

Revelation can be about anything ranging from major financial decisions, to how best to fulfill a specific challenge in our church calling. Major family decisions, career choices, questions about our testimony, even talks we are asked to give in sacrament meeting can all be reasons we seek and receive revelation.

The key in receiving revelation from God is an attitude of willing acceptance of the answer, regardless of what that answer may be, including the willingness to act upon the answer without doubt or hesitation. After all, we’re asking Heavenly Father what we should do or what we should believe. If he doesn’t see we’re willing to obey him, he may not give us an answer until we are.

Gramps

Lost Books of the Bible

Lost Books of the Bible

Bro Gramps, do you know if the LDS Headquarters use the “Lost Books of the Bible” and The “Forgotten Books of Eden”? I have had this bible for about 15 years and it is very very interesting. The reason these books wasn’t published is due to the Authors thought these books wasn’t as important as the Standard Bible. The bible can be search on Facebook in the Bing Search. I read the name Laban in it and could be the Laban in the Book of Mormon. These bibles are early christian writings. Thanks.

Helena (more…)

If I am willing to accept that I should be open to new concepts of belief, how should I investigate the possibilities?

Question

 
Dear Gramps,
I would like to thank you for your response to my question. I have found articles on the internet outlining the contents of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions in some detail. I have spent the last couple of hours reading through these articles and have found that it seems to make a lot of sense. In reading this I now feel I have a lot better understanding of why people accept religion and indeed it has made me realize that a lot of science is accepted on faith as well especially by myself. I have said time and time again that I accept science as it is provable, however it has occurred to me that personally I am able to prove only a very small percentage of scientific facts are true, but in general I believe in science because I trust that someone else has done all the hard work and proved for me that the concepts of the particular science are true. So in that case I find myself questioning why I might disbelieve religion for the same reason, I suspect that through my own life’s experiences I could prove some parts of religion are true equally as well as science. Unless I have missed the point, one of the main points of this book is to show that accepted paradigms are only accepted as long as a more provable newer paradigm does not conflict with the existing one, therefore I can extrapolate from this that potentially nothing that I believe to be true in terms of core science is necessarily true and hence using science as a reason for not accepting religion is flawed.
If I am now willing to accept that I should be open to new concepts of belief, how should I investigate the possibilities and is loving someone reason enough to investigate one religion over another? Thank you,
Colin
 

Answer

 
Dear Colin,
Some very objective reasoning on your part! So many people are tied so dogmatically to their scientific belief system, that they are incapable of considering any point of view that is not in accord with “today’s” science.
I think that your care and concern for another person is a perfectly valid reason for investigating her belief system. If, after an objective examination you were to find that it had value, it would very likely cement your relationship. (And on the side, such an effort on your part really demonstrates the sincerity of your commitment to her).
I mentioned that Mormonism is a rational theology. Here is an objective experiment or test that you could apply that may yield some positive results. In order to validate the experiment, the a priori conditions associated with the experiment must be accepted and utilized, exactly as in any scientific discipline. In science we accept as true the a priori postulates without subjecting them to any proof.
Experiment–to test the validity of the Book of Mormon.
Brief background–one of the Articles of Faith of the Mormon Church is the following—

We believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. We also believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it translated correctly.

Joseph Smith, who translated the Book of Mormon from Egyptian characters into English, said of the book,

“I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and that a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book.”

To prove–that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.
a priori premises–There is a God who is the Father of the spirits of all mankind. As our Father, He loves us, and is vitally interested in our welfare and in our eternal salvation. He has commanded us to pray to him, and has promised to answer our sincere prayer, offered on the principle of faith. Faith represents another a priori condition, that faith being a full confidence that the Lord hears and answers our prayers to Him. In other words, expect that He will communicate with you.
The experiment–Read the Book of Mormon. At the beginning of each page, ask a prayer. The prayer would be to sincerely ask the Father to reveal to you that the Book of Mormon is indeed the truth, as it claims to be. That represents a total of 531 prayers–a highly significant statistical number.
Now, having myself performed the same experiment, and being acquainted with numbers of other people who have done the same, I can promise you, in the name of the Savior, that if you will fulfill the conditions of the experiment, before you finish reading the book the Lord will have answered your prayer and you will have received a personal testimony from God that the book is indeed true.
This experiment comes from the Book of Mormon itself. The last prophet of the Nephite people, of whom the Book of Mormon is a record, wrote the following—

Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things (Moroni 10:3-5).

Please let me know how things turn out.
 

Gramps

 

I don’t understand the apparent conflict between Enoch talking with the Lord face to face, and then hundreds of years later, when the brother of Jared saw the Lord, the Lord said to him And never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created.

Question

Dear Gramps,

I need help understanding two seemingly conflicting scriptures. In Moses Chapter 7 verse 4, Enoch says that, And I saw the Lord; and he stood before my face, and he talked with me, even as a man talketh one with another, face to face. But then hundreds of years later, the Lord said to the Brother of Jared in Ether Chapter 3 verse 15, And never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created, for never has man believed in me as thou hast. And so I am confused as to the Lord’s statement here. If earlier Enoch had indeed seen the Lord face to face and spoke with him, then why would the Lord later tell the Brother of Jared that never had he ever shown himself unto man? I’m confused. Your thoughts on this would be most appreciated.

Rob, from Gresham, Oregon
 

Answer

Dear Rob,

Not only did Enoch talk with the Lord face to face, but also did Moses, (Exodus 33:11; Moses 1:2), and Abraham, (Abr. 3:11), and Gideon, (Judges 6:22), and Ezekiel (Ezekiel 20:13). But there is a distinction between all these appearances and the appearance of the Lord to Mahonri Moriancumr. The distinction was that the Lord showed himself to all the above except to Mohonri. It was because of the exceeding faith of Mahonri that he saw through the veil and perceived the finger of the Lord as it was extended to touch the stones that he had brought for the Lord to touch. The interchange from Ether 3:6-15 is as follows—

And it came to pass that when the brother of Jared had said these words, behold, the Lord stretched forth his hand and touched the stones one by one with his finger. And the veil was taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man, like unto flesh and blood; and the brother of Jared fell down before the Lord, for he was struck with fear. And the Lord saw that the brother of Jared had fallen to the earth; and the Lord said unto him: Arise, why hast thou fallen? And he saith unto the Lord: I saw the finger of the Lord, and I feared lest he should smite me; for I knew not that the Lord had flesh and blood. And the Lord said unto him: Because of thy faith thou hast seen that I shall take upon me flesh and blood; and never has man come before me with such exceeding faith as thou hast; for were it not so ye could not have seen my finger. Sawest thou more than this? And he answered: Nay; Lord, show thyself unto me. and the Lord said unto him: Believest thou the words which I shall speak? And he answered: Yea, Lord, I know that thou speakest the truth, for thou art a God of truth, and canst not lie. And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and said: Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you.…. And never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created, for never has man believed in me as thou hast. Seest thou that ye are created after mine own image? Yea, even all men were created in the beginning after mine own image.

The Lord had not planned to show himself to the brother of Jared, but he saw Him anyway. For this reason the Lord asked, why hast thou fallen? Then the Lord explained that never had man come before him with such faith that he could not be held from perceiving through the veil to the presence of the Lord. This is different from the Lord taking the initiative to show himself to a person.

 

Gramps

 

 

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