Monthly Archives: July 2018

Jesus Bridged the Gulf Between Paradise and Prison

And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf (χάσμα – Chasma, gaping opening, or impassable interval) fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that … Continue reading

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What is going on in Revelation 7:2-4 with the 144,000?

Revelation 7:2-4 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the … Continue reading

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Seeing the composition of the Gospel of John

Possible Constructions of The Gospel of John According to Marie-Émile Boismard, the Gospel of John may have gone through four hypothetical stages of composition. Each stage is intricately involved with the life of the Johannine community: Document C. This was … Continue reading

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The Probationary Test of Mortality

THE PROBATIONARY TEST OF MORTALITY Elder Bruce R. McConkie Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Address given at the University of Utah Institute of Religion January 10, 1982 I’m very pleased and honored to have this opportunity to meet … Continue reading

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John – Evidence of Authorship

The Conflict with “The Jews” The Gospel of John came from somewhere. There is a prevalent idea that this gospel was collected, written, and redacted by a distinct community late in the First Century. This community consisted of some Samaritan … Continue reading

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The Construction of the Synoptic Gospels

The Construction of the Synoptic Gospels The Authors of the Synoptics used many sources Based on the evidence that scholars have produced in our day, it is evident that the authors of the gospels in the New Testament quoted from … Continue reading

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Always remember him

We really do not have much that we can offer the Savior in appreciation of what he has done for us. We truly are unprofitable servants. But we can always remember him. I have really thought about this today as … Continue reading

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Resurrected beings do not have blood

Resurrected beings have the power to do the things that mortals can do (though the ability to create life, or the power of procreation will be reserved for those that are exalted). Resurrected beings are very similar mortals, their bodies … Continue reading

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The veil seems to still be in effect in the next life

Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that our time of probation and testing continues after death: “Sometimes in the Church we speak imprecisely … as if individuals who die go immediately to the … Continue reading

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Jesus was astonished at the degree of suffering

Imagine, Jehovah, the Creator of this and other worlds, “astonished”! Jesus knew cognitively what He must do, but not experientially. He had never personally known the exquisite and exacting process of an atonement before. Thus, when the agony came in … Continue reading

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