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Let Your Light Shine!

Once in awhile the spirit leads me to a verse of scripture that is sometimes mis-characterized in culture. This usually happens when we take a catchy part of a verse and leave the rest alone, and then we pass it along through the telephone game, and we all know how that ends. When we do this we lose context, and can even miss out on important messages from the Lord.

I have a close friend in the public eye who shares a gospel focused message and is often accused of priesthcraft, and of setting themselves up for a light. This frequently quoted and incomplete phrase comes from 2 Ne. 26: 29 which says:
He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion. It then becomes important when we think someone has set themselves up for a light to consider the next three points in the verse before casting judgement:

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Ripstop Belief

I am driven to identify the false and impure belief systems in our culture. My eager interest is to expose them and their evil author for what they are, and then try to replace those weak beliefs with something doctrinally solid.

I see two common belief systems damning people (and organizations) in their spiritual progression. These pervasive beliefs are like thorns attempting to rip the fabric of our spiritual progress and development.

Blanket Belief
The first is what I call blanket belief, or chain belief. The reason people do it is because it requires little to no mental or spiritual effort. It's when someone says something like "I know this is true, so therefore that is true, and by extension that is also true". In the process, they cast a blanket over an entire set of beliefs, whether they've really been tested or not, and call them all true; or they link one belief to another, and then to another, and say in effect, "because the first link is true we can th…

Shame

I love truth, and especially enjoy when it is presented to me through the observable false beliefs in culture - whether that culture is the workplace, society, or church.

For the last several months I've had the emotion of Shame on my mind, which idea was put there by a close friend and probably the Spirit. Since that time I've been able to observe how this emotion is one of the most lethal emotions, if not the most, to our spirits. What is startling to me is how pervasive the emotion is in our culture.

I'm at church and I hear someone say "I don't read my scriptures as often as I should"; "I don't attend the temple as often as I should", "I don't ..." I could go on and on. You get it. Because you've been there. I've been there too. The emotion and gesture may come across as humility, or piety, but I'm coming to realize it's just a weak yielding to Satan's influence.

The reason we are all adherents of the shame …

The Bell Curve of Belief

Belief has many degrees and forms. It shapes who we are and defines our destiny. Understanding the various aspects of belief and where we are in our progression can help us make powerful choices to achieve our goals, and better able to understand what may be happening to those we love around us.

This video sheds some light on belief, but I failed to mention a few random things, which I'll include here:

I have frustrations with the dogmatic views of societal culture, as well as the culture of my faith (no problems with the doctrines). Having said that, I have no intentions of leaving it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the governing component of the kingdom of God on the earth.Curiously, I find that believers have a lot in common. If they tend to believe in a near-death experience of someone, I find they are more likely to believe in other unpopular beliefs such as energy work, a "conspiracy theory" or two, or things like the power of essential oils. I r…

Be A Creator

I love truth! Especially when it comes from unexpected sources.

Several years ago I found myself in a bout of seasonal depression, mixed with a bit of despair from where I was (and wasn't) in life. I felt stuck, and as though life had dealt me an unfair hand.

It was the end of December 2012, when I was directed to a Forbes web article, which I don't normally read. It featured ten suggestions for making New Year's resolutions. It was a good read, all in all, but suggestion number nine had a doctrinal ring of truth unparalleled from any secular source I've come across. Not to sound overly dramatic, but it changed my life.
#9 - What is the outcome you want? What stands in your way? How do you overcome these obstacles? These three simple questions will keep you from being victimized by any situation. Creators change the world. Victims just bi*ch about stuff. (Forbes) I thought about apologizing for the expletive in the article, but to be honest, its raw boldness slapped me …

Men are Not Created Equal

I love truth. In its lofty pursuit the seeker of truth must occasionally collide with false precepts which are all around us. These are the cultural and political beliefs that are touted as truth but which have no eternal footing, and by 'footing' I'm referring to doctrine - or better still, 'canon'.

The purpose of scriptural canon, according to the LDS bible dictionary is, "A word of Greek origin, originally meaning a rod for testing straightness". Canon gives us a foundation for comparing all philosophies against - a litmus test as it were - and if that ideal synchronizes well with canon, then it passes the test. Those with no canon in their lives are those described in Ephesians as "carried about with every wind of doctrine" (Ephesians 4:14).

Lucifer, who's pride led him to think more of himself than God, loves to set forth his own propaganda in every way possible. We see it in media, at church and in our societal culture. It often appeal…

Scripture

What is Scripture? 1. "And this is the ensample unto them, that they shall speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost. And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghostshall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation." Doctrine and Covenants 68:3–4 2. "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost2 Peter 1:21
Our scriptures are a compilation of the parchments, scrolls, and animal skins over thousands of years. Glen Kimball said: "These documents were not written by the churches of the world, or by journalists, scientists or historians. They were written by the imperfect friends and family of Jesus himself -- those who wanted us to know Him as they did."[i]
The Past of Scripture Sources of the Holy Bible: Following the crucifixion,…

The Prophetess

Word studies are thrilling for me. I feel like a single word has the potential of unlocking hidden treasures of knowledge (Colossians 2:3; Doctrine and Covenants 89:19). I really enjoy finding those words which have evolved over the centuries and now have nearly the opposite meaning they once had. Hidden within those words is something the adversary no doubt recognizes as a threat to his plan, and thus is an important part of Father’s plan.

Consider for example the words "prophet", or "prophetess" and adversary's intentions to minimize their sacred roles on earth. Worldly views, as demonstrated in media, represent prophets as crazy men dressed in tattered robes, with unkempt hair, and shouting doom and gloom from street corners. The prophetess is portrayed as a woman with a crystal ball, burning incense, and often using demonic voices. Hardly the kinds of people I would follow, and very different from how I imagine Moses, Isaiah, or Hulda, for example.

By the…