Goodbye, truth will prevail

This is my last post. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience writing about religion, principles of the gospel, the scriptures, current events, and sustaining and defending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I would like thank Doug Gibson at the Standard Examiner for giving me the opportunity. After 125 posts it’s time to be done. Work and personal projects, along with family and church responsibilities are demanding closer attention. I would also like to thank Jeremy Lott with Real Clear Religion for posting several of my blogs over the past two years.  

I have always been amazed that the posts which drew the most comments were ones that talked of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith is heralded as a modern prophet by some and held in contempt by others. But still, the vast majority of people today know nothing about him. His name is had for both good and evil. Loyal members of the Church, historians, and his most vehement critics can at least agree on one thing: He was murdered in cold blood. His assassination is relatively unknown in American history. It is unknown because in large measure it is untold outside of the world of Mormonism. But current political, cultural, and religious winds warrant its attention. Joseph Smith is a prophet and his mortal labors (1805-1844) will prove a blessing in time and eternity.    

True religion will establish the correct nature of God, His characteristics, and His attributes. He is a glorified, resurrected, and exalted being. “It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another. God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and … God … (were) to make himself visible … if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form — like yourselves in all the person, image, and the very form as a man” (Joseph Smith). Good doctrine. We must start with the first rung of the gospel ladder and patiently climb to further appreciate who God is and what He is all about.

True religion boldly declares that the heavens are open. Personal revelation is to be prized above all the riches of the earth. Institutional revelation occurs through the Lords servants, the prophets and apostles. Local leaders of His Church can receive revelation concerning matters in which they have jurisdiction. There is order in in God’s kingdom. God can minister through visions, dreams, messengers, and most importantly Holy Ghost. The Spirit of Jesus Christ has been given to everyone born into mortality, but not all heed that spirit nor perceive the light. Nevertheless it permeates our existence and gives all a chance to choose light, truth, and goodness rather darkness, falsities, and wickedness.  

True religion will always promote dependency upon God and self-reliance. Big government, bureaucratic government, destroys dependency upon God. The current branches of our federal government are failing miserably.

Above all, true religion is “pure religion…undefiled before God… [It] is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep [ourselves] unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). Often it is easy to look after the fatherless and offer a hand to the widow, but to keep ourselves unspotted from the world is proving very difficult. We all need the Savior’s help to dismiss and overcome the world.   

I appreciate that Salt Lake City Temple icon that designated this blog. The temple represents the House of the Lord and His holiness. Temples built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are the best place on earth to learn the higher ways of God and to gain strength to keep ourselves unspotted from the world.

“Truth is a knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come.” In the end, truth will prevail. Everyone can come to know of eternal truths. Our God is good and will extend such knowledge to every honest seeker.

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5 Responses to Goodbye, truth will prevail

  1. Jeff Schrade says:

    I am sad to see you leaving the blog behind… but certainly wish you well as you focus on family, faith and church duties. I don’t have a blog but have been active in defending the LDS faith online in a variety of forums. I appreciate others, like you, who have been even more bold. May God bless you in all your endeavors!

    Jeff Schrade
    Stafford Virginia

  2. Dovie says:

    Surely Doug will replace you? Otherwise, the Standard content will be 60% ads and 20% religious stuff. They will (gasp) have to fill a whole 20% with other material that deals with things that require reporting.

    Please, Doug, let’s have yet another religous writer and maintain that 60/30/10 proportion! How about Chris Crowder? His Dad was awarded (not earned) a PhD from dumb college like Liberty University. Who can beat those credentials?

  3. Thomas Palmieri says:

    ‘If the veil were rent, and God would make himself visible, he would be seen to have the form of a man.’ Bad doctrine. The Scriptures declare that “God is light” (1 Jn 1:5), who exists “above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph 4:6). If God is spiritual light that exists everywhere, but is unseen by mortal eyes, how can he have a body? For bodies are products of design, and design requires intelligence. If God has a body, then some intelligence greater than God is responsible for the design of God’s body, and therefore God is not God (i.e. the ultimate intelligent principle), and this is absurd. Nor did God design his own body, for then he must not have had a body prior to having designed it. Therefore God is an incorporeal nature. If one sees God in a vision in respect of having any physical characteristics, either the vision is delusional, or God has condescended to present his infinite luminosity to the feeble mind of mortal man in a form suitable to the limitations of his mental powers. But that is not God’s true nature, which is omnipresent radiating incorporeal light. If one has experienced the revelation of the holy light that comes down from heaven and enters into the nexus of the heart and vivifies and glorifies it and fills it with the blissful joys of heaven, then one understands that God is not an old man seated upon a throne, but is the light that subsists “above all, and through all, and in you all.” The exaltation of the physical nature over the spiritual nature is the gravest error of Mormon theology, and shows that it is a religion rooted in the lowest of the three orders of knowledge, which proceeds in ascending order from the physical to the intellectual to the spiritual. How can the God who is Spirit (Jn 4:24) par excellance be associated in nature with the lowest orders of the creation, that is to say, materially embodied entities? Even our physical science demonstrates to us that all matter existing in physical structures is in reality but pure natural energy (existing without form) condensed into form. That is to say, the formless nature is the antecedent cause of the form nature. God as First Cause therefore CANNOT HAVE A BODY. Christ as ‘the Word made flesh’ is the Son of God, that is to say, ‘the radiance of the Father’s glory’ (Heb 1:3), united to a physical nature. As eternal Word of life (1 Jn 1:2) he remains the “true light” (Jn 1:9) that exists above all and through all and in all, as Paul says: “Christ IS all, and in all” (Col 3:11); but divesting himself of his glory, and taking on the likeness of men (Phi 2:6-7), he becomes the one in whom “dwelleth all the fullness of Godhead bodily” (Col 2:9). The stubborn adherence of Mormonism to a spiritually and conceptually degraded and almost childish level of theologizing in regard to the nature of God accounts for the scorn and obloquy that is heaped upon its doctrines by those who hail from more traditional Christian communities. If one would study the Scriptures in light of what they actually teach and not in light of the risible doctrines of Joseph Smith, one would perceive the incompatibility of the truth as to the spiritual and incorporeal and omnipresent nature of God that is declared by Christ and the Apostles therein with the sensualist and materialistic doctrines in respect to the attributes of God that are propounded by Joseph Smith, which amply demonstrate that he was a man mindful of the things of the flesh, and not of the spirit.

  4. Lasvegasrichard says:

    Ryan ; best of luck in your future . The first part of your blog reveal a horrific amount of indoctrination at which it appears you take all this at face value, without question. My experience has taught me that a majority of LDS do the same thing , and are actually quite ignorant of church history and doctrine . I only hope that you truly believe the last part of your post about truth . And when you see it over and over again, you don’t let your stiff neckness blind you anymore . Remember this : all the faith in the universe will never make something that is false become true .

  5. ZEN WORDSMITH says:

    …”Will the Circle be broken Lord, By and By Lord, By and By”…
    “Good-Heart” Brother [Ry]-
    May you prosper, and “Mount up on the Wing’s of Eagles”.
    You have proven to be the “fertile seed” and “genesis” of Testimony
    for a myriad of “lapsed-LDS members” of the disenfranchised.

    Best regards,
    Former [Celibate Transgendered Utahson]

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