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December 19, 2007

The Three Degrees of Glory, and the Plan of Salvation

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Should Heaven and Hell be so black and white?  Is there no gray area?  What about those people who do not know about Christ?  There are too many “what if’s” to mention here. 

So let’s get into what the LDS view of  What Heaven and Hell is.  And something we call the “Plan of Salvation”.  It’s VERY exciting stuff!  (click on the link above to get a full picture)

Here is a great definition of the “Degrees of Glory” found here http://scriptures.lds.org/gs/d/19

“Differing kingdoms in heaven. At the final judgment, each person will be assigned to an eternal dwelling place in a specific kingdom of glory, except those who are sons of Perdition.
Jesus said, In my Father’s house are many mansions, John 14: 2 (Ether 12: 32). There is one glory of the sun, and another of the moon, and another of the stars, 1 Cor. 15: 40-41. Paul was caught up to the third heaven, 2 Cor. 12: 2. There is a place of no glory and everlasting punishment, D&C 76: 30-38, 43-45. There are three degrees of glory, D&C 76: 50-113; 88: 20-32.”
I hope this helps you understand the basics. 
I love this plan, because it makes sense and it shows that our Father in Heaven loves us. 
He does not want ANY of His children to be lost, so He has prepared a way to return to Him!  🙂 
I just love Him XOXO
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November 16, 2007

Tell us your story!

So many of you have read my conversion story, now I want to read yours! 

Please share your conversion here, make it as long (or short) as you want.  To hear others stories is so inspiring whether you have always been a member or whether you are a convert (I know we are all converts 🙂  )

 I can’t wait to read them!

* oh and one more thing, this is for LDS stories only, I’m sorry to restrict this post but I want to keep this subject on topic ! (thanks)

RON IS GETTING BAPTIZED!!!!!!

This Youtube was dedicated to a different person, but now I have found it and I dedicate it to RON! 🙂

I just had to make a post for Ron, he is amazing, and I am so excited for him and his family!  He will be getting baptized tommorrow, and I will so be there for him in spirit 🙂

And Ron remember, tommorrow you will be able to leave all the yucky ol sins behind, you will rise from the waters clean and new! 

Ron, I just know that Heavenly Father is jumping for joy because of the decision you have made (and so am I 🙂  )

 Here is a link to his blog, and anti’s are NOT welcome!  http://ronsjourney.wordpress.com/

RON YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 13, 2007

The Straight and narrow path

…”Straight is the gate and narrow the path that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14

Not everyone will accept the gospel, not everyone will take the straight and narrow path.  Although I wish everyone could have the happiness that the gospel brings and the joy that taking the straight path will bring you. 

The gospel WILL be taught to all the world, it does not mean everyone will accept it, but it will be taught. 

October 23, 2007

This Mormon Chic’s View On Salvation (and what I have learned!)

Is Salvation a gift or can it be earned?  This seems to be the question many Christians ask us Mormons.  I’m not sure really why this is a question because it has been answered a billion times.  So I’m going to give my view on Salvation, and what I have learned recently.  

I have been reading Romans, because a fellow blogger has asked me to do so.  I have been reading slowly,  just a few chapters at a time, and trying to soak it all in.  I have also been studying Romans with a study guide called;

“The Life and Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles” (course manual 211-212)

It begins with a little bit of history so we know where Paul is coming from

INTRODUCTION

It had been more than twenty years since Paul had started on the road to what he thought would lead him only to Damascus but which, instead, began a far longer and more glorious journey. He had left Jerusalem that day seeing but blind; he had come to Damascus blind but seeing. When he had set out, he had in his hand the edict of the high priest: bind the followers of the way and bring them to the prisons of Jerusalem. When he had arrived, he had in his heart the edict of Christ: unbind the gentiles and bring them to the mansions of the heavenly Jerusalem. For more than seven thousand days now, the man from Tarsus had labored to fulfill that edict. He had crossed and recrossed eight or more provinces of the Roman empire. He had personally established a number of branches of the church. His converts must have numbered well into the thousands. He had been beaten, stoned, scourged, jailed, and shipwrecked and had endured hunger, thirst, cold, fatigue, rejection, insults, scorn, and desertion—and all this while afflicted with his own “thorn in the flesh.” Surely now he had done enough? Surely now he could return to Jerusalem and pass the baton on to younger hands?

But of course such would be unthinkable to Paul. With characteristic simplicity Luke reports, “After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit . . . to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” (Acts 19:21.) And so he had come to Corinth to spend the winter, waiting for safe sailing weather. It must have been a time of reflection and planning and concern. It was evidently during these months that reports arrived saying that Galatia was being ravaged by the onslaughts of the Judaizers. “True righteousness is based in the law of Moses,” they were saying, “Believing in Christ is all well and good, but you must not leave the foundation principles of circumcision, dietary law, and Levitical ritual.” They maligned Paul and his office, wooing many away from the teachings of the great apostle.

Paul had written to the churches in Galatia and sharply condemned the false teachings. “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you?” he asked in sorrow. (Galatians 3:1.) It was shortly after this that the apostle wrote his letter to Rome, alerting the saints there of his intent to visit them. The reports from Rome were positive. The saints were believing, growing, testifying. But the concern for the growing threat of the false teachers must still have weighed heavily on his mind, for the book of Romans contains Paul’s powerful defense of true righteousness and his rejection of any system of salvation that is not based on faith in Jesus Christ.

How ironic that the letters to Rome and Galatia should be used in later centuries as the basis for the doctrine that works are unessential for salvation. Can you imagine the retort of the man who had been five times scourged of the Jews to those who would say that all you must do to be saved is confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Christ? Can you picture the response of the man who for two decades had devoted his life to good works to those who say that good works are not a requirement for salvation? But on the other hand, you must also recognize that Paul rejected the idea fostered by the Judaizers, namely, that man can achieve righteousness by his own efforts. The ideas are opposite ends of the grace and works continuum, but both are false. In order to find the true middle ground, let us now turn to a careful study of what Paul wrote to the saints in Rome. What is the proper relationship between our own works and the grace of God? If a man is justified by faith, just what does that mean? As you study this lesson and ponder such questions, remember Paul the man. Remember the experiences that had molded and shaped him as he sat in Corinth and wrote his letter to the saints in Rome.

Now we will look at what Paul is speaking of when he writes about works and grace,

(39-7) Romans 3:1–31. Man Must Be Justified by Grace

Since, as Paul says, all men sin, then no man can be justified (or restored to a proper relationship with God) by works alone. Some intervening power must bridge the gap. That power was provided by Jesus Christ. He lived the law perfectly, had no sin, and therefore never estranged himself from God. In addition, he sacrificed himself so that he could pay the debt of sin with his own holiness for all men who would come unto him. His grace becomes the source of their justification with God.

President Joseph Fielding Smith clearly pointed out the role of both grace and works in our salvation.

“There is a difference between the Lord Jesus Christ and the rest of mankind. We have no life in ourselves, for no power has been given unto us, to lay down our lives and take them again. That is beyond our power, and so, being subject to death, and being sinners—for we are all transgressors of the law to some extent, no matter how good we have tried to be—we are therefore unable in and of ourselves to receive redemption from our sins by any act of our own.

“This is the grace that Paul was teaching. Therefore, it is by the grace of Jesus Christ that we are saved. And had he not come into the world, and laid down his life that he might take it again, or as he said in another place, to give us life that we may have it more abundantly we would still be subject to death and be in our sins. . . .

“So it is easy to understand that we must accept the mission of Jesus Christ. We must believe that it is through his grace that we are saved, that he performed for us that labor which we were unable to perform for ourselves, and did for us those things which were essential to our salvation, which were beyond our power; and also that we are under the commandment and the necessity of performing the labors that are required of us as set forth in the commandments known as the gospel of Jesus Christ:” (Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2:309–11.)

Here is the link so you can read the entire thing if you wish!

http://www.ldsces.org/inst_manuals/nt-in/manualindex.asp

So in conclusion, Mormons DO NOT believe you can earn Salvation.  It is a gift, it is by grace we are saved . 

Jesus Christ did not come to this earth only to die.  He came here to live and to teach us HOW to live and how to return to our Father in Heaven. 

If you think all you need to do to be saved is believe in Him then you are saying His life and teachings are pointless and mean nothing. 

He is our perfect example and we should do our best to follow Him!

We are saved by grace, after all we can do!

October 18, 2007

Love is spoken here!

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Love is spoken here.  This is the theme of my blog.  So be nice, only speak in love here 🙂  and please listen to this song, it is the most beautiful and inspiring song I have heard. 

Missionaries

Two and a half years ago we had two missionaries knock on the door.  I remember that day clearly.  It was in April, it was a VERY cold day.  I was actually at my friends house for her little girls party.  There were a bunch of people at this party and we were all in the living room.  When we saw 2 missionaries walking up the driveway EVERYONE left the room, except me.  Now normally I would not answer the door, because well, this was not my home.  But because I was left alone I decided to answer.  So I opened the door, beer in hand, and there they stood.  Freezing, shaking, they introduced themselves to me.  I offered them a beer (yes I know it was rude, and I feel bad) but the graciously declined, and I saw this sparkle in them.  It was weird.  So I informed them this was not my house, and so they made an appointment to come to my home. 

When they came over I really gave it to them.  I was very ignorant about their beliefs, and so I began with a “mormons are going to hell”,speech and I remember them being so kind, and they then went over all my opinions and questions, and taught me some of what they actually believed.  Now I did not have the intention to listen to them, I was out to “save” them.  We ended our discussion and made another appointment. 

 So we had a few more discussions, and one day my husband came home early from work.  So he joined in.  He actually felt that what they taught made a lot of sense.  I was a little disturbed by this, and I informed the Elders I would never join their church.  Soon though my husband was fully involved and did not mind continuing our lessons.

  This is when I became very confused. For some reason we wanted these Elders around ALL the time.  We loved them.  They would leave our house and my husband and I would stand in our doorway feeling very sad.  They had something about them that we couldn’t figure out.  Something that left our home when they left. 

So at this time I was confused.  I felt like what they were saying was right. But how could this be?  Mormons were all going to hell!

 So I prayed.  And I found out that these Elders were speaking the truth.  And what they had was what I was missing.  And now That wonderful feeling is in my heart and in my home always.  We were able to reconize the spirit. 

Because these two missionaries loved the Lord so much they took 2 years out of their lives to spread the gospel.  They were the tool the Lord used to help my family find happiness and truth. 

I love missionaries, they by far the most amazing people I have ever met.  I will forever be grateful for what they did for my family.

When you have missionaries knock at the door, don’t be so quick to shoo them away.  They have an awesome message to share that will forever change your life!!!

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