Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Eternal Nature of Love

Is love a power that extends beyond this world?

The religious traditions set forth in scholarly institutions have established in their basic theology the idea that God creates things out of nothing.  If such is the case, then love is something God invented.  I do not believe in such theology.  If such were the case then God's love would be limited.

These same scholars and theologians also imply that God has created only one inhabited world where salvation takes place.  They believe that the Bible is necessary to have in order to be saved. Therefore he has also created a limited number of people and love is thereby limited as well. It expands no further and essentially stops.

Mormons on the other hand believe that creation is endless. God has created worlds without end, and salvation too is endless. As those beings that follow God gain salvation they do so by acquiring the characteristic of perfect and eternal love.

What is the power that causes creations like this world and love to exist. Before I try to explain this I would like to point out a few observations and and things that I believe.

The endless nature of space and the fact that eternity exists are two concepts at the core of any search for truth. In the context of eternity our modern science would be infantile even if it were 10,000 years old or 100,000 years which it isn't.  It does not approach the endless prospect of eternity that went on before we began to exist in mortality. How can some individuals think that 200 or 10,000 years allows them to catch up with an eternity of truth?  If your mind can't conceive of eternity try imagining back a trillion years instead.  What was God doing then? Who did he love?

Part of the problem with theologies of the orthodox scholars is that they don't line up with science or good philosophy or common self-evident truths. With them there is no prospect of love prior to birth. Early church theologians taught about the human soul per-existing birth. In the modern world only Mormonism says that we lived as individuals before we were born into mortality and expresses a reasonable theology for the creation of a world.

Science can explain very well the organization of the body and its functions. We know how atoms come together to form a person and all other things. Matter cannot be created or destroyed. How a person is formed is not magic, it is science. 

Science however does not have all of the answers. While some think the universe was created by a singularity,  it is just a theory.  The more realistic observation is that all matter, elements etc., have always existed.

God is the author of all science and that should tell us something about him.  He is a naturalist.  He creates and lives according to natural eternal laws, not magical inclinations and powers. His perfected attributes and presence are glorious to a level we may not comprehend with our present understanding and yet love is his motivating force.

Philosophy can conceive some answers to live by but only God can reveal the full nature of truth.  We cannot make up our own science or theology and think that they are true.

In explaining the existence of our spiritual nature many a philosopher and speculator or scholar has tried to come up with ideas that made God mystical and incomprehensible. This was before we could see many things that we now see and know.  Their views were either based on scholarly interpretation or philosophical debate.  None of which are authoritative.

If you don't think a part of you, your intelligence and spirit is eternal you should probably stop reading here.  I was skeptical and had my own personal religious philosophy like most people. I was closer to God in the mountains than in the church I would tell myself.

I finally realized that if truth was incontrovertible it probably wasn't coming from me.  I kept looking and found what I believe was a reliable source.  I have tested it for over 40 years and reliable it is. It is the same source to which the scriptures were revealed in the first instance. 

The prophets of God are this source. The philosophies and conclusions of individuals are not.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the channel on the earth that teaches the fullness of the gospel of Christ and He stands at the head of the church and his prophets and apostles direct it.

Understanding eternal creation and love is based on revealed theology in the LDS church, not the long standing philosophies of men.  I have written some of my personal beliefs in this blog.

If you believe the Bible for example, the scripture is quite clear that we are created male and female in the image of God.  No other orthodox religious organization teaches this as a literal fact.  For them this statement is a metaphor.

The orthodox teaching is that God does not have a body or exist as an actual person. They developed a confusing dogma of three beings in one. They teach of a solitary being, a one planet creator that is limited to creating only inferior persons such as us. They put limits on the perfecting nature and the power of Christ.

How was our spirit created? The literal nature of our spiritual creation is a natural process.  It is not magic or made up out of a void.  Our physical body is the natural result of a creative union. 

All science is a spiritual truth as well.  The elements of spirit are just as real as the organics we experience now.  We just don't have the science currently that demonstrates all of the revealed theology.

There is an eternal pattern of creation. It doesn't change. We look like the parents of whose spiritual children we are and our mortal parents as well.

In the eternal and infinite heavens there is no creation without both motherhood and fatherhood bound together in holy commitments. 

The nature of our creation and our maleness and femaleness is a self-evident truth manifest in the earth and is an eternal law. Likewise there is no continuation of love without this creative process. 

Men are nothing without women and women are nothing without men as nothing would exist without both. You shouldn't believe everything you see on TV or that you hear politicians say regarding the procreative processes and their activities to stop it.

Love is the source of God's desire to lift us to our full potential. God as the creator of our spirit means parents plural.  The glory of God is not limited to the male gender. Until prophets again were called on the earth this was the conclusion of various scholars acting on their own accord in conjunction with certain creeds that have been adhered to for almost 2000 years.

We should love one another because we are quite literally brothers and sisters, spirit sons and daughters, children of God. Our identity is eternal. It is not a conclusion decided by philosophy. 

The life giving process that we are familiar with doesn't always take place in a union of love and respect. Children are not always welcome in some relationships.  

Most of mankind has the power to create life with few exceptions. It is given to us as a natural order and exists independent of how we might choose to develop our appetites and passions. Love is not just the base attraction among humans, nor is it random, but its counterfeits are.  

Love develops not only by serving others but serving with them.  If we don't create life and nurture it in bonds of stability then love will not develop or eventually disappear from society. 

Why did God give us the power to create life?  Because he wants us to learn to love like he does. To nurture and to bond in a natural occurring way in family units.

The law of sexual integrity or chastity guides us to the highest order of eternal relationships. Whether or not our mortal circumstances provide opportunities to have children we can live it. This law is an eternal self-existing principle.

What if we don't have the opportunity to form the marriage relationship we might desire at the present time? Patience and faith still form the basis for this endeavor.  No one is denied a blessing they seek because it did not present itself in mortality. Because of the perfect love of God opportunities exist of which we have been made aware but not yet fully revealed.

The joy of love is compounded immensely in marriage with the fidelity of husband and wife...not diminished.  When we observe the law of sexual integrity, life giving powers and joys are magnified and multiplied in our lives, and they can extend to the next life.   Our emotional investments do not go away when we die if we covenant here to keep them.

God ordained marriage for men and women and invites us to follow His pattern for the fullness and perfection of love.  God's love is the love of parents, a mother and a father for their children. There is nothing strange about it. Natural eternal creation both of the body and the spirit bring natural affection and care for the offspring.  This is the transcendent opportunity to serve not only each other but with each other in life and love giving opportunities.  Not just in mortality but in eternity.  

Living outside the bounds of these protections of marriage and sexual integrity causes loss of the internal spiritual sensitivities that allow us to develop the full potential of this eternal experience. 

Marriage and family is an eternal order of living. It is given so we can make the commitment to receive the full potential of love.  This will be more than a lifetime process and it won't happen without many mistakes. This is why there is a Savior.  Our mistakes don't need to hold us back. 

Our decisions do determine our direction and ultimate destiny. This is the law of Agency and the law of the Harvest or the law of Compensation.  Eternal relationships are at the center of everything we believe in the church. Love is eternal because it exists and is perpetuated in the family unit both in heaven and in earth. Without familial creation there is no continuation of love.

God will not force us to act in a holy manner just because he does. He invites us to follow his order of love because our eternal nature can develop to its fullest potential by doing so.  This is the path of perfect and eternal love. It comes through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

The only way to define love is for God to reveal it to us.  He calls it the pure love of Christ or charity. This is the summation of all virtues that causes one to be willing to offer a full measure of sacrifice to bless the lives of others and lift them to their fullest potential. 

It is the utmost of unselfishness that brings forth compassion, patience, and kindness and many others.  It is the perfection of the eternal spirit child of God that comes as a gift to us.  The gift is however a conditional gift that we must accept and act upon less our freedom of choice or agency be infringed upon.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Philosophies of Men

The Philosophies of Men

What are the philosophies of Men.  Essentially they are all of the limiting beliefs perpetuated by people in their lack of eternal perspective.  They are those teachings and ideas that focus on the temporary and the insignificant pursuits of a mortal lifespan.  For the most part less than 100 years.

There are also the philosophies of men based on religious creeds and biblical scripture.  With no authority men and women preach their own gospel to congregations throughout Christendom.  They do the best they can but they preach their own versions of scripture mingled with their philosophies and the opinions of Bible Scholars.

Our worldly governments are in a constant state of change as they seek to protect us. With building codes and fire escapes, auto safety and airbags or a multitude of other concerns, they purport to stop us from hurting ourselves or killing each other in our accident prone and selfish world.  They also want to make sure that we don't  pray to any god for fear of offending someone.  At least that is their justification.

In the next 120 plus years six billion or so people will die from all causes.  No mortal law can or will stop it from happening. This for the most part it happens so subtly and quietly on an individual basis that only a few people are affected at a time.  

Following the natural laws of mortal creation seven billion or so new lives will replace those that die on a similar subtle basis. How will these participants choose to satisfy this ability and power to create life and under what circumstances? How will the innocent be affected? How will ignorance and arrogance show their influence in societies and cultures of the world?

Where will humankind look for safety, happiness and peace? Do the atheists, skeptics and agnostics have the answers? How about the theologies of men? Will they provide the direction? 

Just what are the philosophies of men? They are the ideas and concepts that men and women as individuals or groups fabricate to tell themselves that truth is its own little subjective environment. That they somehow have the answers to save the world through their myopic philosophies founded on an unstable foundation.

These philosophies are where our money, learning, popularity and opinions obscure the reality of our place in the universe.  We are fragile beings on a planet in the vast remoteness of a cosmic eternity. Can we as humans and mortals really not contemplate this concept and reality in such a way that we realize how insignificant our personal opinions and philosophies are?

We might think to ourselves we can develop some truth or philosophy to suit our circumstances and preferences and just ignore the reality of endless time and space.  

Some people even invent their own version of deity, a generic imaginary one size fits all god that stays out of life decisions except when it suits them. Some not knowing anything about their creation even blame him for making them the way they are.

Skeptics, agnostics and atheists want people to believe that their philosophy is correct when it is actually the least correct of any of the philosophies of men.  They think that their formal arguments that disallow personal testimony somehow makes their theory sustainable. With closed minds they plot a course through life telling people that death is the end yet unsure of anything except that they will for sure die. 

The philosophies of mortal men that disregard truth have no effect beyond the grave.  They are dead ends in the road of eternity. There are many prominent philosophies of men that float about in society regarding the nature of human intimacy, marriage and religion. 

In today's culture, marriage, family and chastity are mocked and profaned continually. Theatrical undertakings promote many forms of these actions of so called passionate involvement. Every word and action is contrived and practiced, then performed and recorded to portray some imaginary experience.  

Many seek to imitate these activities as if they don't realize they are pursuing the fantasies of some writer's philosophy. They aren't real. What won't people do in front of a camera for money? If there is a proverbial soul selling process this could be it.

All of us are free to pursue a spectrum of choices and the consequences follow. Somewhere between a relentless pursuit of pleasure and a patient pursuit of character our attitudes and destinies develop.

The philosophies of men that promote pursuing pleasure lead to broken families and discontentment. If the world doesn't understand this simple principle it will be difficult and unlikely that we can make this earth a place where peace and harmony prevail. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

What is Love?

During the month of February the topic of love is on everybody's mind?  Perhaps billions of dollars are spent reminding us, selling us and then consumers buying the goods of Cupid. What is this emotion, feeling, connection, virtue we call love? 

Is love a product that can be bought and sold with money or is it developed through patience, kindness and forgiveness? Why not be nice all the time, give the gift of self and buy random flowers or presents?

We know something of the shortcomings and challenges we each face as human beings. How can we focus on the potential to enjoy this emotion that each of us has a desire to experience? Where will our individual experience take us? How can something so positive take a negative turn at times? 

My personal approach to life and discovery is to understand "the why" as some say. We base much of our attitudes in life on experience. We are also exposed to philosophical, scientific or theological reasoning.  How do they connect in the light of truth?

We think life would be wonderful if we could only experience the ideals of love, but the reality is that life is a constant state of learning amid opposition and pitfalls.  Thankfully it is interspersed with joys and occasional elation. What we learn and how we then act can increase the constancy of joy and love in our lives.

Doesn't it make sense to determine the level of commitment we want to attain and the depth of our development we desire with this powerful experience we call love?  Isn't love a connecting factor in so many of the relationships that we value on the highest level of our capabilities?  How do we choose and pursue the highest level of virtues within our grasp?

Notions of Love

More songs have been written about this subject than perhaps any other. Many singers and authors are promoting a counterfeit emotion because they have failed at developing true and lasting love. They now turn fictional encounters into fantasies of fascination and ecstasy in the minds of young listeners that listen to their musical themes over and over again filling their impressionable minds with misguided musings.

Love lost or gained is a thematic element of many movies. If I could "save time in a bottle" or write an "old fashioned love song"everything would turn out okay we would sing in high school.

Some call love the most powerful force in the world.  This they say because they think it drives human passions for better or worse. It has been called crazy love, free love, love is blind. Blinded by love, and love at first sight. The sight of what? Are these really love? The world does keep us moving at a fast paced superficial level seeking something that poses as love.


Some say there are four kinds of love and others seven.  Then there are terms that describe something else such as God is love or endless love.  If this is so, then how so?

We are subjected to many forms of media portrayals supposedly depicting love. The imaginations and expressions of writers and actors that often have no bearing on reality still affect us as they float about everywhere in the popular culture.  

These entertainment notions and portrayals reduce a person's power to make lasting connections if they try to imitate them in the slightest. Skepticism and mockery rule the airwaves regarding fidelity and chastity masquerading as intelligent observations to the uninformed.

When I was a young man I thought about the emotions of love and what they might be when I became serious about a relationship. How would I know if I was in love or not?  I wasn't sure what to expect from marriage. How do feelings of affection and commitment develop?

I have learned that love is as much a discipline as it is an emotion and that love as a power is only developed when implemented as a principle of action. No magic arrows are shot into the heart, just effort and commitment from within. Where do we want love in our life?  At a superficial level or a significant level?

The Science of Love

We often say that love is in our hearts but in reality love develops in our mind. It does affect our hearts though. It is cultivated and stored in the cells of our brain in ways we hardly comprehend. In the mind it transcends the capacity of science to explain it. You only need to read a few noteworthy articles to understand how much science has discovered about the body and brain yet scientists don't understand it all.

Does what we eat and how we exercise affect our ability to love and feel loved? To know about neurochemicals, receptors and electrochemical function and the rest of the nervous system is quite amazing. There are 23,000 identifiable chemical processes in the human body.  There is certainly some possibility for variance and misfiring. 

The emotion of what we call love can and does act on our whole body. We know our heart is affected in a physical way at the sight or thought of a special person. These feelings seem to extend to all of the nerves in our body at times. Do we not also call the depression that sometimes sets in when love is lost or a loved dies a broken heart?

Like words, emotions including love are recorded and stored as electrochemical light and energy in a format more powerful than any computer.  No computer can convert information into emotion or convert emotion into a physical experience like the human experience. 

Our feelings or emotions go into action according to stimulus we might receive. We also create them by choosing to act on knowledge we gain in our associations and activities. The science of emotion is real  but I think it is a more powerful science than we understand with our elementary discoveries that look in limited spectrums?

My Opinions about Love

This blog is about exploring the relationship of temporary or mortal things in the context of eternity and the nature of our spirit.  My conclusion is that our mind is more than just our brain and is where the spiritual and mortal join for the present life. This essay just started as an opportunity to see what love really is to me so don't get hung up if you don't agree.

Even though we die, the elements of our body are still eternal as they cannot not created nor destroyed, this is a scientific fact. What about our emotions? Are they a flash of electrochemical charges or part of a more eternal process?

You can't speak of love having an eternal nature without considering some theological underpinnings. How trustworthy are the opinions and musings of social scientists and scholars with their theory and opinion based teaching and learning methods?

How does such a complex emotion and virtue develop in beings living on a micro speck planet in the Milky Way Galaxy amid an endless cosmos? Are we mere creatures of evolution as some theories and limited science suggest or something of a more eternal nature?  Both require faith to believe and to search for answers.

I personally believe that we are of divine origin, part of a never ending order of familial relationships of a higher order than most are familiar with at the present time. 

This life is school, a school where we learn about love.  Our degree depends on our desires and our willingness to recognize what we don't know and make a plan to develop and learn.  Where will we be when we graduate? The history of the world is a story of the effects of love and hate on the lives of individuals, nations and mankind.

Like all principles, matter, intelligence, truth and existence itself we need to identify the nature of the subject we contemplate. Is it eternal or temporary? When did love begin to exist?  

My views on love I have gathered from my experience in life, being married for 37 years and raising our eight children together. I adore her more than ever because of our experience together.  I am quite familiar with the love of a mother and wife and have tried to implement the love of a father and husband. It is a process not an event.

Any scientific aspects of my observations can be read in scientific articles. My theology is based on my association with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  What I say though is my own opinion. Official Church positions are here. 
See "The Family" a proclamation to the world.

The Philosophy of Love

Love, like all characteristics is developed through the decisions we make. In the crucible of life we encounter forces that exist in natural opposition to each other. We would call hate and darkness an opposite to love and light or sweet to bitter or good to evil. Love is the embodiment of all virtue and hate the summation of all vice. The development of virtue leads to love and light, any default to vice leads to hate and darkness. 

If there is such a thing as true love there will undoubtedly be false love or counterfeits as well.  If we fall in love can we not also fall out? Love is a choice we make to serve others. Without natural opposition there is no real experience for freedom of choice or emotional development. We can love others when they don't love us back.  Do we not call this unconditional love?

We develop love, other attributes and emotions by our thoughts, pondering, reading, entertainment and from mentors at home and elsewhere. This is part of the stimulus we submit ourselves to as naturally existing beings in a life experience designed for this purpose.  

How we act reinforces what we accept. We choose which stays and which goes and how it plays into our eternal development.  This is the agency associated with our individual will and freedom to act as we choose.

The Eternal Nature of Love 

The endless nature of space and the fact that eternity exists are two givens at the core of any search for truth. Our science is infantile even if it were 10,000 years old.  It is not however and the most comprehensive advancements have been made in the last 200 years. We have begun to confirm what is already a self evident truth. There is no end to space.

Traditional theology teaches that God is a one planet creator and limited to creating of inferior creatures and doing so from nothing.

Science can explain very well the organization of the body and its functions. We know how atoms come together to form a person and all other things. Matter cannot be created or destroyed.  It is not magic how a person is formed.

Philosophy can conceive some answers to live by but only God can reveal the full nature of truth.  We cannot make up our own science or theology and think that they are true.

If you don't think some part of your soul is eternal you should probably stop reading here.

If you believe the Bible for example, the scripture is quite clear that we are created male and female in the image of God. For most Christians this is a metaphorical statement and not a literal fact. Image means we look like someone. Likeness means we are like them. The pattern of creation in earth is male and female. This is where the creation of love begins and then extends to the family.

The traditional understanding is that God does not have a body and is not an actual person, but a genderless incorporeal essence of three beings in one.  Any terms relating to family are metaphorical. There is no actual father or son.  

How was our spirit created? Are we creatures, mere pawns with our existence stemming from an event 6000 years ago with new creatures coming into existence at birth? No, there is an eternal pattern of creation. It doesn't change. We look like the parents, our heavenly parents whose spiritual children we are and our mortal parents as well.  

In the eternal and infinite heavens there is no creation without both motherhood and fatherhood bound together in holy commitments. There is no fatherhood without motherhood. Only Latter-Day Saints embrace this principle in their theology.

The nature of our creation and our maleness and femaleness is a self-evident truth manifest in the earth. It is an eternal law. There is no continuation of love without this creative process. Men are nothing without women and women are nothing without men as nothing would exist without both. 

Love is the source that can lift us to our full potential. Does this love radiate from a genderless source of random creation or from eternal God's united in creation?  Scholars acting on their own accord in conjunction with certain creeds for almost 2000 years have concluded that a genderless deity created the genders. These assumptions have misguided theologians and believers for millennia.

We should love one another because we are quite literally brothers and sisters, spirit sons and daughters, children of God. Our identity is eternal. It is not a conclusion decided by philosophy. 

The life giving process that we are familiar with doesn't always take place in a union of love and respect. Children are not always welcome in some relationships.  

Most of mankind has the power to create life with few exceptions. It is given to us as a natural order and exists independent of how we might choose to develop our appetites and passions. Love is not just the base attraction among humans, nor is it random, but its counterfeits are.  

Love develops not only by serving others but serving with them.  If we don't create life and nurture it in bonds of stability then love will not develop or eventually disappear from society. 

Why did God give us the power to create life?  Because he wants us to learn to love like he does. To nurture and to bond in a natural occurring way in family units.

The law of sexual integrity or chastity guides us to the highest order of eternal relationships, whether or not our mortal circumstances provide opportunities to have children. This law is an eternal self-existing principle.

What if we don't have the opportunity to form the marriage relationship we might desire at the present time? Patience and faith still form the basis for this endeavor.  No one is denied a blessing they seek because it did not present itself in mortality. Because of the perfect love of God opportunities exist of which we have been made aware but not yet fully revealed.

The joy of love is compounded immensely in marriage with the fidelity of husband and wife...not diminished.  When we observe the law of sexual integrity, life giving powers and joys are magnified and multiplied in our lives, meaning they extend to the next life.   Our emotional investments do not go away when we die if we covenant here to keep them.

God ordained marriage for men and women and invites us to follow His pattern for the fullness and perfection of love.  This is the transcendent opportunity to serve not only each other but with each other in life and love giving opportunities.  Not just in mortality but in eternity.  

Living outside the bounds of these protections of marriage and sexual integrity causes loss of the sensitivities that allow us to develop the full potential of this eternal experience. 

Marriage and family is an eternal order of living. It is given so we can make the commitment to receive the full potential of love and it will be more than a lifetime process and it won't happen without many mistakes. This is why there is a Savior.  Our mistakes don't need to hold us back. 

Our decisions do determine our direction and ultimate destiny. This is the law of Agency and the law of the Harvest.  Eternal relationships are at the center of everything we believe in the church. Love is eternal because it exists and is perpetuated in the family unit both in heaven and in earth. Without familial creation there is no continuation of love.

God will not force us to act in a holy manner just because he does. He invites us to follow his order of love because our eternal nature can develop to its fullest potential by doing so.  This is the path of perfect and eternal love. It comes through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Joseph Smith a Latter Day Prophet


How is it that the testimony of a 14 year old boy, Joseph Smith building on the doctrine of Christ, led to the founding of an organization that has since spread throughout the world?

Would people be more accepting of him if he had been prominent Bible scholar?  No, because the theology he revealed countered the philosophies of men that had ruled in the religious creeds and institutions for millennia.

Members in their Wards as the congregations are called, or branches if they are small are all over the world.  None of us have met or seen Joseph Smith.  We are not influenced by his presence in any way, only by his testimony.  How is it that millions of followers express such confidence in the testimony of a boy from the early 1800's? 

Because we can see the hand of God in the doctrine and the organization with actual authority to teach it.  The Book of Mormon is a testament of Christ that cannot be denied when with sincere and honest study of its message. It leads people to Christ and saving covenants and ordinances that only His church is authorized to perform.

Those that would defame Joseph Smith use fallacies to spred mis- information about his life and character.  By taking historical issues that are vague and subjective without historical accuracy and cultural issues they construct a narrative of defamation.  

His detractors and critics considered him a threat to their false religious precepts.  They use terms like cult and con-man to act as if Mormonism was some kind of conspiracy because they can't undo the present success of the church that has grown to fill the world.  It was founded on the prophet's mission as one called of God and an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Using narrow viewpoints of past past events and questionable testimonials they distort the history. Their audiences don't even know what they are talking about or whether it is true or not.  The facts are mixed with narratives suited to display their negative intentions of defaming Joseph.

Why those that would profess faith in Jesus Christ would object to additional testimonies, witnesses, even scripture that testifies of his involvement in the world.  Who wouldn't want a second, third, or fourth witness of their Saviors life, love and teachings?  

As evidence of his prophetic calling additional scripture has been revealed to fill the voids left by uninspired theologians and translators.

Joseph Smith's life's story revolves around his testimony that he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. What became of that experience and subsequent experiences with divine beings is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as it presently stands. It is an organization of incomparable stature in what it represents.   It is the true and living Church of Christ.  The Lord is the head of the church and directs it through his living apostles and prophets.

The foundation of Apostles and Prophets exists as it did in the church when Jesus organized it anciently. Though small in comparison to the world, it is in all the world and has made significant impact in many areas.  It is not growing in a small corner of nowhere. 

Whatever the historical issues of the latter-day church, I'm sure if it were even possible to discover the full facts the Bible we would find that they too are full of unknown details. 


The answers to the questions of life are found in the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  www.lds.org

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