“Original Sin” and Infant Baptism

"Sunday Sermon" Overview A. Foundational Fallacy: Children are born in sin, having inherited sin and guilt from the fall of Adam and Eve.  Therefore, they are at risk of eternal damnation from birth. B. Logical Extension #1: Since baptism is necessary for the remission of sins and for salvation, infants must be baptized or else … Continue reading “Original Sin” and Infant Baptism

Baptism, a Commandment. By Immersion for the Remission of Sins

"Sunday Sermon" “We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Articles of Faith, 4) The Bible proclaims there should be “One … Continue reading Baptism, a Commandment. By Immersion for the Remission of Sins

Priorities – Words of the Prophets – New Year’s Resolutions

"Sunday Sermon" Harold B. Lee: our first priority is our own spiritual and physical strength    “Most men do not set priorities to guide them in allocating their time, and most men forget that their first priority should be to maintain their own spiritual and physical strength; then comes their family; then the church; and then … Continue reading Priorities – Words of the Prophets – New Year’s Resolutions

Joseph Smith’s Birthday -Major Accomplishments (List)

In Honor of Joseph Smith's Birthday, December 23, 1805 Ranked #1 -“Most Influential American Religious Figure” Established and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (16+ million members) Organized a missionary program resulting in millions of converts Organized and taught the duties of church membership and leadership Expounded on and expanded the meaning of … Continue reading Joseph Smith’s Birthday -Major Accomplishments (List)

Joseph Smith’s Birthday – 9 Remarkable Prophecies

Anniversary of Joseph Smith's Birth - December 23, 1805 Like Isaiah, Joseph, Daniel, John, and the other ancient prophets, the Prophet Joseph Smith had the gift of prophecy and revelation.  The Lord declared that Joseph Smith is, “a seer, a translator, a prophet, and apostle of Jesus Christ.” (D&C 25:1) Detractors of the church often … Continue reading Joseph Smith’s Birthday – 9 Remarkable Prophecies

Dealing with Suffering and Adversity

"Sunday Sermon" Maintain Loyalty to and Trust in the Lord Alma 36: 3 “Whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day” (Note, God will support is “in” our trials, not remove us “from” our trials.  … Continue reading Dealing with Suffering and Adversity

My Plea at the Final Judgment: “Guilty” and “I Beg Your Pardon”

"Sunday Sermon" When I am "arraigned" at the Final Judgment, I will enter a plea of “guilty.” I willingly, and publicly, confess that I am a sinner.  However, I will immediately beg for a full pardon. I will say: “Pardon me." Or, "I beg your pardon.” I will not seek commutation.  To "commute” merely reduces … Continue reading My Plea at the Final Judgment: “Guilty” and “I Beg Your Pardon”

The Great Apostasy – Local Bishops Replaced the Twelve Apostles

"Sunday Sermon" The Bible Forewarned of a Great Apostasy from Christ’s Church Following the death of Jesus and His twelve apostles, the church of Christ was lost from the earth through apostasy.  This was foretold and identified in the Bible.  (See: Isa. 24:1, 3, 5 -6; Amos 8:11-12; Matt 24:4-5, 10-13, 23-24; Matt 7:15; Acts … Continue reading The Great Apostasy – Local Bishops Replaced the Twelve Apostles

Signs of the True Church of Jesus Christ (Comparison Chart)

"Sunday Sermon" THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST  (BIBLICAL)THE RESTORED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTSOTHER CHURCHESCHURCH ORGANIZATION   Prophets (Amos 3:7)YesNoTwelve Apostles (Lk 6:13; 7:28; Eph 2:19-20; Eph 4: 11-14;YesNoSeventy (Lk 10:1, 17; Num 11:16-25)YesNoHigh Priests (Heb 5:1-10; 3:1, 14; 8:1)YesNoElders (Acts 14:23; 15:6; 1 Tim 5:17; 1 Pet 5:1-3)YesNo/Yes (few)Bishops (Philip 1: 1; 1 Tim … Continue reading Signs of the True Church of Jesus Christ (Comparison Chart)

8 Special Insights on the Sacrament

(Based, in part, on a talk by Elder James E. Slaughter, of the Seventy, Santa Margarita Stake Conference, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022) 1. The sacrament is for renewing all our covenants, not just baptism We often hear that, by partaking of the sacrament, we “renew our covenants of baptism.”  That is true. However, it is … Continue reading 8 Special Insights on the Sacrament