Posted in Creation

Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ’s roles in the Creation

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are two separate beings. Thus is Jesus referred to as His Son. In the creation aspect of the earth, Heavenly Father spoke the words of creation, giving Christ the instructions on how to perform the work. Then Jesus went forth and did as was spoken by Heavenly Father, for Christ is the Word of His power.

Below are two verses from the inspired translation of the Holy Bible, as found recorded in The Book of Genesis from the Old Testament.

Because much of the books in the original Bible were lost, and even some of the writings we have changed through scribing, as well as through mal-intent, Joseph Smith, a modern- day prophet, was prompted to make inspired renditions of certain parts of the Bible, to help restore it to it’s original state. This work was never fully finished.

These two verses from the rendered restorative work out of The Book of Genesis, distinguished from The Book of Genesis by being called, The Book of Moses, are helpful insights.

Moses 2:5 reads: And I, God, called the light Day; and the darkness, I called Night; and this I did by the word of my power [who is Christ], and it was done as I spake; and the evening and the morning were the first day.

Moses 1 also tells us of other countless earths created by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, of which additional scripture like this tells us that Christ is the Savior of them all, even the entire universe.

In Moses 1:32 we read: And by the word of my power, have I created them (all these earths), which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth.

As Jesus said, He does nothing except that which He sees, or hears His Father do and/or say. So Heavenly Father spoke the elements to organize, and then Jesus fulfilled His part of the creative process, and this aspect of His role, by creating the earth, as specified by the Father.

Shane

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Posted in Creatures of Legend

Dragons & Unicorns: Creatures of Legend?

Wow! I think it’s so cool how there have been so many different species of creatures on the earth, some that have even now become extinct.

I love to see all the many different references of the two mystic-type creatures in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, properly called, The Book of the Lamb of God, which cite many instances, both figuratively and literally, of dragons and unicorns.

There are 43 total instances, between the Old and New Testaments, where they are dually mentioned.

The earth is much older than just the human years described in Holy writ, but the earth was indeed created by Jesus in the way described. There had to be an era of dinosaurs, then after they were terminated, human kind was put upon the earth.

We are grateful for records of such events as the worldwide flood and other destructions. We are grateful to know that the continent split and pieces drifted. We are grateful for all truths, in all areas of study.

We know that all things have a spiritual side to them, for all things were first created spiritually, before they were physically manifested.

Perhaps one fun guess to make, is from the folklore of humankind. We may not have these extinct creatures, but people still tell stories, and pass them down through the generations. Perhaps there is probable truth in them.

One fun guess, is how there were firebreathing dragons. It’s possible that a creature could produce a poisonous flammable venom, which if sparked inside the oral cavity, could produce flames.

Another fun thought. The healing properties of unicorns. If unicorns were indeed a pure, innocent and righteous creature, whose bands stayed together and avoided humans, who, by virtue of their innocence and sacred kindness, had a healing agent coursing through their veins, would not unwise and selfish people, try to take advantage of this holy beast, and slay it for personal use and gain?

I don’t think scientists have it all wrong when it comes to the physical aspect of things. For example, the timing of the earth age wise, or even the explosion which they say took place.

In my definition, it would have occurred as God commanded it to be so. My thoughts go with the possibility that while we were living during our premortal lives in heaven, the earth had already been created, and was being inhabited by these “majestic” dinosaurs. Maybe that’s how long the premortal term of life lasted?

I did some searching, and there was some evidential findings that there was a unicorn indeed found, but it was much different than the icon it has become. It was even described as I would think an ox could look, and called “ugly,” which I can see, if one was expecting a white horse with a horn on its head.

This description fits the example given by the prophet Joseph Smith, by virtue of his prophetic mantle, that the unicorn was “a wild ox.”

Men can observe the same things, and give them different names, and/or attach different meanings to it. Thus through the ages, the legends have changed.

Shane

Posted in Forgiveness

What Truly Enraged the Jewish Leaders

Note: So, I’m venturing out a bit from what I normally do. Just know that you don’t have to believe this. To me these things are personal, but with an unquenched desire to share, I’m daring to share.

Jesus had the power, ability and authority to forgive. He knew everything about people, including their hearts and circumstances. When Jesus gave forgiveness to the woman Mary, taken in adultry, this incensed the Jewish leaders, showing His preeminence over their unrighteous dominion. What made things worse for the Jews, was that in the law of Moses, such should be stoned.

Jesus started out by writing in the dirt, the very thoughts and intents of these men, who knew about the woman, and secretly wanted what she had to offer. Jesus had started out by drawing out the foremost accuser, and then went down the line.

After Jesus forgave her, He, knowing who she really was, and the hard trial and weakness she had been given, beyond this, truly knew who she was, and He took her unto wife.

There is record of the name of the wife Jesus took in the recovered dead sea scrolls. It simply says, speaking about his wife: and her name was Mary, one of his disciples.

This is truly what caused the Jews to be completely set on his death at all costs. He was turning upside-down what they felt was their’s to protect, and was doing it with miracles, forgiving, parables and confoundings, all to the building up of their wrath unto the point where they had Him mockingly tried, for where there was no offense.

The truth can never be condemned, on earth or in hell, only accused. Christ was not killed, but He voluntarily gave up his Spirit, that He could then also heal, and voluntarily re-enter His then glorified resurrected body.

Shane

Posted in Protecting Children

Keeping Our Little Ones Safe

“Personality provides protection.” Shane R. Brown

Just as the lionesses prey on the perimetered more sickly gazelles, those too slow or young to get away, so too in society, those children who are put in survival mode, and not able to let their inner personalities shine, who by lack of nurturing parents, or having been emotionally, mentally, physically, or sexually abused, are pushed out to the perimeters of society. They are in effect shunned, sickly, and an easy target.

They then are the ones, who without the protection of societal safety, are picked out, off, and abused, by the preditors of these vulnerable children.

If our children are encouraged, treated well, blessed with confidence and acceptance of themselves, they can thus be themselves without fear. We can then see, that their personalities minister to the good of their protection.

Shane

Posted in The Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon Geography

The family of Lehi landed in the Northern South America / Southern Central America area. When Nephi separated from his brethren, he took his people to the North. When at the time Zeniff came among them, he took a group of Nephites Southward from Zerahemla, to live in a place once inhabited by the people of Nephi, which was then inhabited by the Lamanites. The Lamanites let them have the land, only to later subject them into bondage, for use of their agricultural increase.

At a later time, these people were under a new king Limhi, who sent out some of his people to find the land of Zarahemla, that they might receive help in becoming made free.

They went North, and passed by, missing the land of Zarahemla, instead finding many great waters, which were part of the landscape, before the face of the land was changed at the death of our Savior on the Eastern hemisphere.

They also found remains of a vast civilization, a people who were named by Moroni, the second compiler and abridger of the Book of Mormon, as the Jaredites. They had come out from Babylon, at the time the Lord had confounded the languages at the tower therein.

These people had been destroyed, and their records had been kept by their kings and prophets over the years. This group of seekers, sent out by king Limhi, at not finding Zarahemla, brought back with them 24 metal plates, upon which was recorded the Jaredite history.

Moroni abridged this people’s record, now known in the Book of Mormon as the Book of Ether, who was their last prophet, who also witnessed their entire destruction.

Their records were taken by this group, brought before king Limhi, then before Ammon who had come out of Zarahemla to find the people whom Zeniff originally brought out of the land, and then to king Mosiah of Zarahemla, who translated them through the gift and power of God.

Shane

Posted in Light and Darkness

Two Sources, Two Opposing Forces

Light, white, holds all the colors in our earth’s spectrum. A lack of light, darkness, is where devils, his subjects, and God, in conquest of saving souls, has descended, and conquered all their domains. For God comprehends, has godly power and control, over all his children’s eternal welfare and progression. It is ordered by Him, rather than by us in our chaos.

Our lives are tailored to us all, not just here, but also throughout all our eternal lives.

There is a little bit of good in everything bad that happens, and likewise, there is a little bit of bad, in everything good that happens.

With opposition in all things, where there is good, it is also compounded with bad. We get to choose which force will have the majority, through the exercise of our agency.

We can take what little good is in a situation, and learn from the bad, then never have need to walk down that road again. Likewise, we can have a beautiful and glorious experience, from the tender mercies of the Lord, through our good choices, and still have a little bit of bad, which will serve to tutor us, as we learn from it.

Shane

Posted in The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Light & Knowledge – Be Prepared

Reading is a good way to bring in light to our minds and knowledge to our souls, as long as its source is inspired from God. The call we have as Latter-Day Saints, which we cannot neglect, as illustrated in the parable of the ten virgins, is to read our gospel cannon, and stay current with our modern living oracles. We must not deny the Christ. We must ready ourselves for Christ’s return. Follow Him, the prophet, and counsels of the general leadership of His church, as given by the Holy Spirit.

We can start little. Read on your 10 minute breaks at work, in the morning or evening, with your family as a re-ocurring scripture study. Live the gospel alive, and your family will have Christ as their foundation. We must do this, raise the bar, and prepare the earth for the Lord. He will come when we have made ready.

All that we now know, all our testimony, and all our spiritual experiences, will not be enough for the days to come. We must now advance, improve and gain our footings. We must be Latter-Day Saints, not professors to be.

Shane