Saturday, December 1, 2018

Scripture Changes - Updated

At the bottom of this post is the update.

In Joseph Smith's version of the Book of Mormon that I use, it says this:
. . . if the time should come that the voice of this people should cause iniquity . . . they would be ripe for destruction . . . . 

In the present Latter-day Saint (Mormon) version of the Book of Mormon, the same verse says this:
. . . if the time should come that the voice of this people should choose iniquity . . . they would be ripe for destruction . . . . 

It seems to me there is an important difference between causing iniquity and choosing it.

Choosing it, to me, implies that a choice is laid before you. Do you want this or this? Whereas causing implies, to me, creating it. "Hey, I've got this great idea! Let's punish the homeless and forbid begging." or "We really should enact more laws to take away people's choices. They're too stupid to know how to make their own decisions." or something else that the "voice of the people" came up with.




Update 12/2/2018 after 1:30 p.m.
The comments spurred me to do research when I had time to get on my computer, however, the two scriptures posted above (and linked) do say what I said they said (can be verified by clicking on the links). I double checked when I wrote the post, then checked again when comments said all of the editions of the Book of Mormon said "choose".

I searched an online 1830 Book of Mormon and discovered that it did, indeed, say "choose". This is the link to the book. You'll have to do your own search in it because it's a pdf, not a web page. Also, here is a link to a pdf of textual changes made to the Book of Mormon and the change I noticed is not in there. And here is a link to an 1840 copy of the Book of Mormon (left page, upper third of the page). It, also, says "choose". Now, I am thinking that the change was one of the few changes Denver Snuffer made (with permission or at the direction of the Lord, as I understand that the changes he did made were not his own desires). If the change was made by Denver at the Lord's direction, I still hold that the change is from God, and it definitely gives a clearer view of what the scriptures were trying to convey.

Useful links:
Scriptures Project - errors
Scriptures Project - Tracking Changes
(Posted March 2018) Scriptures Completed




Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mr. Russell Nelson made millions of Mormons ex-Mormons

Gotta write this one.



In a sweeping change, Mr. Nelson told Mormons that using that name was a major victory for Satan.

Nelson has raised the issue several times since August, most recently Sunday at the church’s twice-annual worldwide general conference, where he announced that using such shorthand “is a major victory for Satan,” the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Nelson also said that the word “Mormon” is insulting to Jesus.
Quote is from here

We have two signs in our window that explicitly say no soliciting and what it includes. On Sunday morning, my eldest daughter came home from work and handed me a folded, glossy paper that was stuck in our door.

The front said, "I'm a Mormon" with many faces on it. Inside, was a space to write a message. I don't recall if Mormon.org was on the inside or the back, but it was there. Inside, the sister missionaries assured me that God had a prophet today through whom he spoke, and they said many other things, ending with if I wanted to learn more to contact them, and added their phone number and names.

My first reaction was, "Can't they read?" referring to our signs.

My second reaction was one of delight. They had defied their own prophet who, a week before, had harangued in general conference that Mormon was a major victory for Satan. It was obvious that these sisters were serving Satan (as well as showing an inability to understand our signs), according to their most high and holy man who speaks for some god or other.

Mr Nelson, by his statement, has obviously also assured us that Mr. Monson and Mr. Hinckley were servants of Satan, contributing to Satan's cause by using the term Mormon (Meet the Mormons, I'm a Mormon campaign, speeches about how Mormon means More Good, and so forth). I'm sure there are other Mormon Church presidents that were also thrown under the bus by that statement.
 



Very important note: It really means nothing to say God wants to use TCOJCOLDS as the official name because:
  1. The church must have his name and must not be the name of a man (not sharing top billing with a group; in this case "latter-day saints"). In other words, if Mr. Nelson was honest (the Lord really spoke to him), he would be saying that the church must be called The Church of Jesus Christ, and he would be dissolving everything about the corporation that conflicts with the doctrine and teachings of Christ.
  2. It must be built upon the Lord's gospel (which means no opinion polling, no concern about "the good name of the church", no excommunicating people who "make the church/leaders look bad", no making men's words override Jesus' words nor the words of prophets who have actually looked into heaven and have been told by the Lord himself to preach, no having people stand when you enter a room, no collecting billions upon billions of dollars in cash and assets, cease preaching that the poor must give you money [tithing] etc.).
  3. The Father will show forth his works in it (which means no sermons on "do you have faith not to be healed, which means actually healing the sick, raising the dead, no poor among you, having the freedom to disagree with tenets, and no doubt a thousand things I have not thought about and/or do no know about).
  4. Legally, the name of the church is Corporation of The President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints not the thing Mr. Nelson is pushing and, legally (so I understand), there is only one member. [By the way, that link has a list of Doing Business As]




Church is now a 2-hour block on Sundays instead of 3. No doubt, opinion-polling was at the root of this, but if I were still a member, I promise you that this would be a major positive for me. This is a big, big thing.



P.S. I did not resign because of disturbing LDS Church history (I'd been exposed to that beginning when I was eleven years old), nor because I "wanted to sin." I left because I could not, before heaven, have my name connected with putrid policies that were satanically under the guise of "this is what Jesus wants. It is a form of compassion for the children and youth we are denying salvation to."

My path out was started by President Hinckley's general conference talk less than a month after 9/11 happened, and was continued by the Lord, himself. He still guides me. A few friends wondered if they were the cause of my "apostasy" and I assured them they were not. My "apostate" friends had no effect on me forty years ago. My "apostate" brother had no effect on me fifty years ago (except to make me look at Brigham Young in disgust). My more recent "apostate" friends had no effect on my belief in the corporate church. No, it was the corporation's own stepping away from Jesus' focus and teachings and Jesus, himself, waking me up to what his gospel really was and is.

Both Christianity and Mormondom (including the factions such as FLDS, etc.) have given the Lord a black eye, pretending they are doing his will when they are spiritually/physically/emotionally tormenting and/or killing people. Jesus never authorized torture and murder (certain claims of the Old Testament notwithstanding - and as far as Nephi and Laban, that's a whole blog post on it's own; one I probably made somewhere in time - and has nothing to do with a hierarchy claiming authority from God to torture and murder people who do not believe in the apostate teachings of perverted Christianity).

It is SO tempting to start writing here again.

Gotcha!












I might write here if I feel so inclined, but I won't have "words of wisdom" like the most famous "remnant" "Denver Snuffer movement" bloggers. I follow my own path, the path I feel led by God to follow.



And, some days ago, I had an experience with the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ who adopted me through my repentance and baptism, that gave me a clearer view of his incredible mercy. Apparently, he is nowhere near as uptight as we are about "the right way" to do things. His mercy brought tears to my eyes. I never had supposed or conceived that he had that level of mercy.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

New Posts



As I said, I am done with posting about religion, however, if I feel I should share something about Christ, I will share it on my friend's blog, Speak of Christ (see sidebar). I cannot not write something when I feel moved upon to do so. Writing there will, I hope, keep any posts I make more Christlike, more uplifting to the soul, and less b*tching about some organization or other.

Friday, January 12, 2018

no title

 I have decided to take the advice to leave this blog up until the natural course of things removes it (internet goes defunct, blogger/Google disappears or changes their rules about how long blogs can stay up, etc.). Below is the address of where I will be posting from now on.


https://ljns-voice.blogspot.com/  aka La Jin's Voice

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sayonara

I have decided to stop posting about religious things. Specifically, the restorationist movement (called by some the "remnant" movement even though the majority of those believers are not descendants of Lehi) and, in general, all things pertaining to religion. I intend to start a different blog about other interests I have. I will make this blog private instead of deleting it. I'll leave this post up for a few days before I change things. It has been an interesting journey. Thanks for sharing the ride with me.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

One Heart, One Mind, United in All Things

The real meaning of these words had never sunk in before. Lehi is talking to Laman and Lemuel, and he says:
. . . be determined in one mind and in one heart, united in all things that ye may not come down into captivity, that ye may not be cursed with a sore cursing.
RE 2 Nephi 1, chapter 1, paragraph 3
LDS version 2 Nephi 1 14:21

It appears to me that this verse verifies that in each generation it is God's wish that we avoid captivity and cursing by being of one mind and one heart, united in all things, even if we disagree on some things.