Category Archives: Heavenly Father

The Cosmic Myth

The Hymn of the Pearl and the Cosmic Myth The Cosmic Myth is a story that teaches of eternal truths even though it may or may not be totally historically accurate. 1 Thus, the traditional Cosmic Myth is familiar to … Continue reading

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In my Father’s House are many mansions

In John 14:1-2 we read: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. The word for mansions … Continue reading

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The Sermon as an Ancient Temple Text

Toward an Understanding of the Sermon as an Ancient Temple Text John W. Welch This article is taken from the book Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple & the Sermon on the Mount, Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 1999, Chapter 4. … 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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The god Zedek in the Ancient Near East

The god Zedek in the Ancient Near East The West Semitic deity Zedek, ‘Righteousness’, is found in the Old and New Testament in the personal names Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18; Hebrews 5:6; 6:20-7:17) and Adonizedek (Joshua 10:1), both Canaanite kings of … Continue reading

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Monolatry in the Old Testament

Monolatry is all over the text of the Old Testament. This has to do with the idea of God in the Old Testament, an idea that there are many gods in the world of the Ancient Near East, but only … Continue reading

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The Father and the Son appear to members of The School of the Prophets

The Father and the Son appear to members of The School of the Prophets Kirtland, Ohio 1833 Zebedee Coltrin, a member of the School of the Prophets records: At one of these meetings after the organization of the school, (the … Continue reading

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Mother in Heaven

On October 23, 2015, the Church of Jesus Christ published scholarly essays dealing with topics of interest – one of which deals with Mother in Heaven. I am reposting this essay here. It can be viewed on LDS.org here as … Continue reading

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Genesis 37 – The betrayal of Joseph

The final ending of Genesis 37 takes some time to get to, with the reunification of the brothers happening in Genesis 45:1-15. A theme that I emphasize when teaching Genesis 37 and 38 is that the Lord can take something … Continue reading

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Heavenly Father

                      See also: Deification, Divinization, Theosis God is an exalted man Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother How God lost his body Jesus reveals the Father The nature of God The … Continue reading

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