kd7sov: (temple)
They heard His voice,
A voice so mild.
It pierced them through and made their souls to quake.
They saw Him come,
A man in white:
The Savior who had suffered for their sake.
They felt the wounds
In hands and side,
And each could testify:
This is the Christ.

This is the Christ,
The holy Son of God,
Our Savior, Lord, Redeemer of Mankind
This is the Christ,
The healer of our souls,
Who ransomed us with love divine.

I read His words,
The words He prayed
While bearing sorrow in Gethsemane.
I feel His love,
The price He paid;
How many drops of blood were spilled for me?
With saints of old,
In joyful cry,
I too can testify:
This is the Christ!

This is the Christ,
The holy Son of God,
Our Savior, Lord, Redeemer of Mankind
This is the Christ,
The healer of our souls,
Who ransomed us with purest love divine!

Who ransomed us with purest love divine!
kd7sov: (Default)

Back at the beginning of the semester, there was some kind of religious club giving away books on campus. Being who I am, I picked one up. Specifically, I got The Case for Faith, mostly because none of the others interested me apart from the C.S. Lewis one I already had a copy of.

Recently, I started reading it. And was disappointed. There just doesn't appear to have been a whole lot of thought put into it. The example that brought this home to me, for a variety of reasons, is as follows.

Read more... )

It may be a decent book, if you're into that sort of thing and for some reason don't like C.S. Lewis' writing style. But it doesn't seem to be right for me.
kd7sov: (religion)
You know, there are plenty of worse ways a man could spend his Sunday mornings than by watching VeggieTales songs on Youtube.

Even if he does spend most of his time on the Silly Songs with Larry, before moving up (if that's the right direction-word) to stuff like "Haman's Song" and "Oh No, What We Gonna Do?", and finally to the positive-message stuff.
kd7sov: (temple)
He is risen! He is risen!
Tell it out with joyful voice!
He hath burst his three days' prison;
Let the whole wide earth rejoice!
Death is conquered, Man is free,
Christ hath won the victory.

Come with high and holy hymning,
Chant our Lord's triumphant lay.
Not one darksome cloud is dimming
Yonder glorious morning ray,
Breaking o'er the purple east,
Symbol of our Easter feast.

He is risen! He is risen!
He hath opened Heaven's gate!
We are free from sin's dark prison,
Risen to a holier state!
And a brighter Easter beam
On our longing eyes shall stream.
kd7sov: (Default)
The second Article of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ is as follows:

We believe )

As ever, please feel free to ask any questions you might have.
kd7sov: (Mormonism)
Inspired, among other things, by my recent readings of C.S. Lewis, I thought I might share some of the things I believe. I intend to start with the Articles of Faith, the core statements of Mormon belief, and then perhaps continue on into other areas.

I make no promises about the frequency of these writings.

The first Article of Faith )

Please, feel free to ask me any questions you might have. I will do my best to answer.


Apr. 20th, 2010 04:13 pm
kd7sov: (Mormonism)
Okay, some background. There's a fairly famous story in the LDS church, about how Wilford Woodruff, one of the early presidents of the church, grew dissatisfied with the religions he found available to him, went to the Bible, and compiled a list of the attributes and qualifications of the true "Church of Christ". The story goes that he and one of his brothers went about, looking for some church that met all of these qualifications, and that when the Mormons first came to his area he was one of the first to join.

There is another story, somewhat less famous, and also somewhat more recent. There was a small group of college students, one of whom made another such list, consisting of seventeen items. This group then began going to various churches, starting with each one to which one of them belonged, and asking the ministers about these items. After a while, they lost contact with each other, but then two of them happened to meet on one's first day attending an LDS meeting. They began reestablishing contact with the rest of the group, and found that in the intervening time each of them had individually joined the same church - the LDS church - based on its adherence to the list.

Apparently my Institute instructor knows someone who was in that group, and I now have a copy of the list, with a biblical reference for each item. It is astonishing and wonderful to recognize that every whit of doctrine and organization established by Christ during his earthly ministry is present in the modern Church. I feel impressed to share the list with you below a cut.

Christ's true church will... )

I submit that all of these are important because, as Paul told the Hebrews: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to day, and for ever."

(It is interesting to note that, if my institute teacher's account was correct, the Catholic priest who was asked could only say yes to one or two of these items.)

Oh, wow.

Apr. 1st, 2010 12:45 pm
kd7sov: (Moroni)
I had no idea this was such a spiritually significant week. Part of it is readily apparent - how often does Easter fall during Passover, after all? - but part...

Part delves into LDS theology and history. )
kd7sov: (Moroni)
So, I'm curious. You who read my posts: do you have any thoughts or questions about my beliefs or my church?

Please feel free to not self-edit. My skin, it is as steel.
kd7sov: (religion)
3 Nephi 1:

4. And it came to pass that in the commencement of the ninety and second year, behold, the prophecies of the prophets began to be fulfilled more fully; for there began to be greater signs and greater miracles wrought among the people.
5. But there were some who began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled, which were spoken by Samuel, the Lamanite.
6. And they began to rejoice over their brethren, saying: Behold the time is past, and the words of Samuel are not fulfilled; therefore, your joy and your faith concerning this thing hath been vain.
7. And it came to pass that they did make a great uproar throughout the land; and the people who believed began to be very sorrowful, lest by any means those things which had been spoken might not come to pass.
8. But behold, they did watch steadfastly for that day and that night and that day which should be as one day as if there were no night, that they might know that their faith had not been vain.
9. Now it came to pass that there was a day set apart by the unbelievers, that all those who believed in those traditions should be put to death except the sign should come to pass, which had been given by Samuel the prophet.
10. Now it came to pass that when Nephi, the son of Nephi, saw the wickedness of his people, his heart was exceedingly sorrowful.
11. And it came to pass that he went out and bowed himself down upon the earth, and cried mightily to his God in behalf of his people, yea, those who were about to be destroyed because of their faith in the tradition of their fathers.
12. And it came to pass that he cried mightily unto the Lord all that day; and behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying:
13. Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.
14. Behold, I come unto my own, to fulfil all things which I have made known unto the children of men from the foundation of the world, and to do the will, both of the Father and of the Son - of the Father because of me, and of the Son because of my flesh. And behold, the time is at hand, and this night shall the sign be given.
kd7sov: (Default)
Helaman 14:

1. And now it came to pass that Samuel, the Lamanite, did prophesy a great many more things which cannot be written.
2. And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.
3. And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.
4. Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign; for ye shall know of the rising of the sun, and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born.
5. And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.
6. And behold this is not all, there shall be many signs and wonders in heaven.
kd7sov: (Mormonism)
One of the most commonly-memorized verses of scripture among Latter-Day Saints is 1 Nephi 3:7, which teaches that for every commandment the Lord gives, He opens a way to fulfill it. In my Institute class today (LDS Institute is... complicated to explain to someone who hasn't grown up with a lifelong religious education program, but I'll try if someone asks) I was checking some cross-references and noticed that another scripture we like, from the Old Testament book of Amos, has the same chapter and verse (Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.)

It seemed to me like a really interesting connection. I haven't checked to see if other 3:7s tend to be doctrinally significant, but either way it's nice to notice.
kd7sov: (Default)
This could get a little long. )

It's quite interesting to notice which journals I recognize on which interest lists, and where from. It's particularly interesting to see which people share several of my interests without my having encountered them anywhere on LJ.

One of these days I want to find out what sorting algorithm LJ uses for the entries on the interest lists.


Jul. 24th, 2009 07:38 am
kd7sov: (temple)
How long will this keep going?

Since about the twelfth about half of the letters-to-the-editor section of The Salt Lake Tribune have been, at least ostensibly, reactions to the recent conflict between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and a homosexual couple regarding what is appropriate behavior on the Main Street Plaza, which the church owns.

In that time I have seen four - four! - of these letters that were not explicitly bashing the church.

I know, I should be thinking of this in terms of D&C 122 - "Know, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good... Fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever." But it's just... arrgh.
kd7sov: (religion)
Why is it that most people seem to think of us (Mormons) as non-Christians?

It seems to me that the definition of a Christian would be someone who believes that Jesus of Nazareth was Christ the Redeemer, the savior of the world, the Only Begotten Son of God the Father. These are explicitly part of our beliefs - most particularly our first and third Articles of Faith ("We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost" and "We believe that through the atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel", respectively).

So what sets us apart, in their eyes, from other Christians?
kd7sov: (religion)
You know, I really have to wonder at those people who claim that allowing public prayer (which, as I see it, comes under the "free exercise thereof" clause of the First Amendment) is tantamount to declaring a theocracy.

I also have to wonder at the people who think a theocracy is Necessarily A Bad Thing. I am not necessarily in favor of having one right here-and-now, but that doesn't mean I'd object to the concept.


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