Her faith deepened as she was driven from her homes and separated from her husband on various occasions. As an efficient midwife, she worked and traveled day and night in all kinds of weather to help provide for her family.
This overexertion and exposure took their toll. She died at the young age of 34, leaving behind her husband and five children. She did not live to see her children, her grandchildren, or her great-grandchildren following her in faith. She did not experience the blessings of receiving her own temple endowment in this earth life, blessings I believe she would have cherished. I love my great-great-aunt Laura and carry her example in my heart.
McConkie expressed this truth in these words: It matters not where we live or what our individual circumstances may be. Each day our righteous living can demonstrate a faith in Jesus Christ that sees beyond mortal heartaches, disappointments, and unfulfilled promises. As they walked with faith in every footstep along that sandy jungle trail in West Africa, those valiant Nigerian sisters could not have imagined that the walls of a holy temple of God would one day rise in their own nation.
They could not have imagined that the inspired words of another prophet of God, President Gordon B. I am deeply grateful that I have seen the faith that brought two pioneers in Africa many miles to a temple recommend interview. I rejoice that the temple in progress in Nigeria will bring these women, their families, and thousands more the opportunity to use their recommends as both a symbol and embodiment of their faith. Sometimes those blessings in our lives that we have yet to receive lie beyond the scope of mortal eyes. Just as surely as the sisters knew—who walked along that sandy jungle trail—I know that God lives.
He loves each of us on every continent and desires to bless us one by one. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. Russell Ballard All speakers Atonement Jesus Christ plan of salvation Sabbath All topics October Seeing the Promises Afar Off. Your browser does not support the audio element.
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When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.
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The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them? In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself? Can you settle this? I have to admit that I wear reading glasses.
How should they die? He violates Lev He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help.
So funny, I had to post it. The letter nicely illustrates the silliness of condemning gays because of Biblical moral codes. Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot index. The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology brief review. She may even be agnostic at this point. That just happens to be a focus of this blog. That, and the reasoning faults of atheists. Alden, this letter might as well be addressed to Bible-believing fundamentalist Christians. Or do you have some other line of reasoning in mind here?
Perhaps such that it would apply more particularly to the issue that you mention. If this is a valid line of argument, then it is also wrong to eat shellfish and interact with women during their period, because those things are condemned in the very same book of the Bible, Leviticus. Why accept parts of Leviticus, but not others? If there are good reasons for action to condemn homosexuality, then we ought to condemn homosexuality — along with everything else we ought to condemn.
But the Bible provides no such good reasons. Also, to what extent do you base this view on the assumption that only the OT contains material that can be used for that purpose? It is clear from that photo that Dr. Laura, who according to Wikipedia is about 62 years old, is completely dedicated to nature and has never defied nature, for example by getting her face lifted. Why would one want to construct such a set anyway?
Surely the best way to approach hermeneutics is to determine your principles first, and then draw conclusions from those principles, rather than to start with conclusions and try to build a set of hermeneutical principles to justify your preconceived conclusions.
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Always give people anything they ask from you, plus some extra. The only acceptable reason for divorce is infidelity. This is mentioned several times in the context of the man who asks Jesus how he can get everlasting life, but in Luke Of course, these are just a few examples. These are all, by the way, commands from Jesus himself, who never said anything about homosexuality.
It was Paul, the real founder of Christianity, who gave the only NT condemnations of homosexuality. Probably it boils down to the fact that Christians who are homophobic can find justification for it in the Bible.
If you condemn homosexuals because Leviticus says to condemn them, then you should condemn shellfish-eating as well. If you condemn homosexuals because the New Testament says you should condemn them, then you should sell everything you own and give it to the poor. If you oppose homosexual marriage because it violates the sanctity of marriage, then you should support making divorce illegal as well, since it is a much bigger threat to marriage and to the family.
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Otherwise, you are arbitrarily picking and choosing which commands to follow, which is what we call hypocrisy. Christian theologians I know would argue in this way: Homosexuality is condemned in the NT epistles. So it is immoral. The OT Laws are of three types: The civil and religious were just for the nation of Israel. They are limited in scope to a certain time, place, and people. How does one tell the difference? You went on to say: The advice that Jesus gives to the rich young man, for example.
That young man had a particular problem, a particular character flaw. Though he could keep all the laws of Moses, he struggled with a love of money. Jesus made this manifest when he told the guy to sell all he had.
This was a conversation between two people: Jesus and that particular guy. The practical morality of the epistles, on the other hand, was written to the church. Therefore, a Christian can perfectly consistently condemn homosexuals because the NT says so, while not taking himself to have an obligation to sell everything he has. This is contrary to what you say. So what I hear you saying is that the epistles are the really important things in the NT—is that right? So if Jesus gives one command and Paul writer of nearly all of the canonical epistles gives another, we should listen to Paul?
Was Paul more inspired than Jesus, the son of God? Remember that Paul, also, was writing to specific churches when he wrote the epistles. He tailored much of the advice that he gave in the epistles to the particular challenges that the church was facing. After all, Jesus already had knowledge about everything that would happen in the future, while Paul was a simple human being.
Surely, with this advantage, Jesus would be able to provide advice that would be more universally applicable than Paul would be capable of. Do you think that same-sex marriage should be legal or illegal? Things like murder were wrong before God gave his law.