The Psalms – lesson #25 in the OT Sunday School lessons

This is a post I wrote 4 years ago during the last time we went through the Old Testament in Sunday School.  It has some great stuff on Psalms, and so I wanted to share it with my M-Star friends.  I may post other OT lessons here, as well in the ensuing months. – rameumptom

OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson #25, Let Every Thing That Hath Breath Praise the Lord

The Psalms are composed of temple/tabernacle hymns by David and some of the priests. The Psalms covers so many concepts that not all can be easily done in one lesson. Sadly, when we try to cover the entire Old Testament in a single year, we miss out on some of the best poetry and teachings in the scriptures. And that is what we find in Psalms. Continue reading

Why missionary work isn’t working

Other working titles:
1. Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon Musical
2. And Now a Word from Someone Else’s Sponsors

When I was a missionary 35 years ago, we were excited that President Kimball could announce reaching 30,000 missionaries.  We were also excited to be baptizing 250,000 or more people a year. In fact, we had a couple years that reached 300,000 new converts.

Now in 2014, we are excited to say we now have over 85,000 missionaries – almost 3 times when I was a missionary!  Not only that but we are now baptizing an astonishing….250,000 new converts per year? Continue reading

OW tries new tactics

Having shot themselves in the foot during General Conference, Kate Kelley and her Ordain Women crew have decided to offer up their other appendages in a never ending effort to keep themselves relevant.  However, their new focus portends to be even more dangerous to the foundation of the Church.

The OW are now moving their focus onto May 15th and the annual celebration of the Aaronic Priesthood restoration. In conjunction with this effort, they offer us 6 upcoming discussions/lessons on female ordination.

Boy, aren’t we the lucky ones?

In a world with so many real problems going on, where there is an acute need for service, caring, and uplifting, where there is hunger and suffering, do we really have to continue listening to wealthy and pampered liberal lawyers and their friends opine about not being able to purchase the priesthood?

I’m all for freedom of speech, but I’m also for maintaining the dignity of the Church. Turning sacred events and concepts into media circuses has been very effective by liberals in other churches to liberalize their doctrine.  Recently, Geoff B asked why the Episcopalian Church is near collapse.  The answer lies in the political machinations of a few very liberal people, such as Bishop John Spong, who moved the focus off of faith in Christ and keeping commandments, to a new liberal theology.

This liberal theology made huge inroads into the Catholic Church, until Pope/Saint John Paul II stood up against the local priests, who were replacing God with communism.  This liberal theology has divided the Episcopalians and caused a loss of over 1 million members. The Community of Christ (formerly RLDS) have seen a flood of people leave their ranks over similar issues.

What Kate Kelley and others like her demand is not a revelation from God approving their personal inspiration, but rather they seek to replace God and prophets with an Episcopalian version of the Restoration.

Even more dangerous than their marches on Temple Square, their new effort includes inviting people to be indoctrinated in 6 easy “discussions”.  Yes, 6 lessons. (Isn’t it a coincidence that the missionaries also teach 6 discussions?).

While the discussions are not yet available, it will be interesting to see how much the discussions tend towards doctrine, versus the “philosophies of (wo)men.”

Other religions are collapsing because of such attempts at steadying the ark.  Yet, OW does not yet see the danger they put forth to the Church.  If every person who disagreed with something in the Church teachings were to create a political movement within the Church itself, we would eventually see the Restoration fall apart.  Righteousness would be replaced with good intentions.  Temples would no longer be sacred and holy sanctuaries, but would be beautiful, but empty cathedrals (as the Episcopalians now have). The work to prepare the world for the 2nd Coming would grind to a halt, as members cease to lose themselves in the work of the Lord, and begin to publicly focus on their own selfish wants instead.

Instead of a Church of selfless servants, Peters and Marys; we would have a  Simon Magus social club.

I am thankful for the Priesthood.  I am very thankful for the Sisters and Brothers in the Church, who quietly serve others within the power and authority of that priesthood.  I am saddened by those who would trade their birthright for a mess of pottage.

Why Atheists should be Thankful for Jesus

Recently, Bart Ehrman (New Testament scholar, former fundamentalist and current agnostic) answered an interesting question on his private blog: why would an agnostic be so interested in Christianity and Jesus?  He responded that whether or not Jesus was truly God and resurrected, etc., the role that Christianity has played in history is amazing. Continue reading

Captain America and today’s Gadiantons

Note: There be spoilers here.  Ye have been warned.

In the Marvel comic world a few decades ago, a Civil War broke out among the superheroes.  For the sake of national security, SHIELD (under Tony Stark) has decided that all superheroes should release their true identities, along with other key initiatives that increase security and safety at the cost of individual liberties.  Captain America (Steve Rogers) leads the fight against this, soon turning into a Civil War between superheroes.  When an innocent bystander dies in front of Capt America, he realizes that he cannot continue a battle that would ostensibly kill millions of innocents. So, he surrenders, only to be murdered while in handcuffs. Behind all of this shenanigans is Captain America’s old nemesis from WW2, the Red Skull and his secret organization, Hydra.  They get their name from the mythological Greek monster, where if you cut off its head, two more will grow in its place. Continue reading