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>Strengthen Your Personal Freedoms By Finding Jesus Christ

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Article by Don White
My mind today is on freedom. Freedom from and of.
Freedom from fear, want, and death.
Jesus Christ provided us freedom from death in his marvelous atonement. I love the Savior. He is my elder brother and cares for me, as he cares for you. Through the marvelous power of the Gift of the Holy Ghost he pours, literally pours, new and exciting ideas for wealth, health, giving, and well living into my being.
I realize the pain and agony that transpired as Jesus Christ suffered and died for all of our sins. He was the only perfect vessel, the only man to live a perfect life. The only one qualified to “pay” for our infractions and sins—and he did on the cross at Golgatha also called Calvary.
Is there anything more exhilarating than the understanding that we need not fear death? Let’s see, Christ came in the meridian of time. That means probably more than half of mankind had been born and lived on Earth with the hope that someday a Savior would come to redeem us of our sins. But we—we in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries are the most blessed of all. We have the sure knowledge that Christ died for our sins, voluntarily laid down his life and rose from the dead three days later, paving the way for us to do likewise. Oh, how I pity those atheists who are still living in the first three or four melennia, who don’t have that frim assurance of the resurrection.
We have it, folks. Even many today of our fellow travelers, fellow Americans are living without that firm assurance. Why? Because they choose to, that’s why. It is not necessary—if they would open up their hearts to that which is good and wonderful, to Jesus Christ and the gospel brought forth by the prophet Joseph Smith.
Oh, how I love that man, Joseph Smith.
Joseph Smith
That for a surety—as sure as we shall die in the body, we shall rise from the grave. Putting off the corruptible and putting on the incorruptible. That is a free gift from Jesus Christ. Finding eternal life by living Christ-like principles is still another matter.
But what is our gift to him? It is that we will embrace his gospel, repent of our sins, and be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is the only true and living church upon the face of the earth, and work out our individual salvation. For there is no such doctrine in the church or God’s Kingdom as “Collective Salvation,” an idea of the devil propagated by some in Washington these days.
It is up to us, individually, to rise from our bed each morning with a renewed desire to keep all of His commandments and to remember his life and how he gained strength in the gospel. Strength and faith in God and in all that is good. Each person individually must learn the Abraham Lincoln maxim—to pull yourself up by your bootstraps.
President Thomas S. Monson told these stories about personal responsibility for sin:
Personal Responsibility for Morality
Dr. Karl Menninger, the brilliant scientist who founded and developed the world-renowned psychiatric center in Topeka, Kansas, stated that the only way our suffering, struggling, anxious society can hope to prevent its moral ills is by recognizing the reality of sin.
That’s the theme of his famed publication, Whatever Became of Sin? a plea to mankind to stop and look at what we are doing to ourselves, to each other and to our universe. Dr. Menninger referred to Socrates, who wondered, “How is it that men know what is good, but do what is bad?”
Dr. Carl Menninger
Said Dr. Menninger, “I have come to the conclusion that the ‘Everyone is doing it’ morality which characterizes our public-business world is crippling people. We must believe in our personal responsibility to correct our individual transgressions—the white lies, the petty cheating, the apathy, which characterize our passive existence.” He further stressed, “If the concept of personal responsibility and answerability for ourselves and for others were to return to common acceptance and man once again would feel guilt for sins and repent and establish a conscience that would act as a deterrent for further sin, then hope would return to the world.”
Thomas S. Monson
The following is from Thomas S. Monson, prophet, seer, and revelator, the 16th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
Let me share with you a lesson learned in childhood. Our family has owned a summer cabin at Vivian Park in Provo Canyon for five generations. The months of July and August for me meant hiking; fishing; and swimming daily at the swimming hole, featuring a big rock from which we dived, and maneuvering through the swift current which roared by it and formed dangerous whirlpools.
Most swimmers would plunge into the icy waters and swim with the current, rapidly passing the big rock, and be eventually carried to the slower waters and the welcome bank of river sand. That is, all but one swimmer. His name was “Beef” Peterson. His swimsuit carried the emblem of “Life Saver,” and his physical body reflected great strength. Beef would, like others, swim rapidly down the current through the whirlpools, then suddenly turn and swim back upstream. For a few feet, his mighty strokes carried him forward, but then the swiftness of the current held him steady as he pitted his strength against that of the river. Gradually Beef would tire, drop back, and then swim effortlessly to the bank, exhausted. Swimming against the current became Beef Peterson’s trademark.
My brothers and sisters, I’m certain our duty and responsibility is frequently to swim upstream and against the tide of temptation and sin. As we do so, our spiritual strength will increase, and we shall be equal to our God-given responsibilities.
Thomas S. Monson, “Happiness—The Universal Quest,” Ensign, Oct 1993, 2

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>Who Were The Watchmen On The Towers?

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A 14-year-old Joseph praying in the Sacred Grove 

by Don White

In The Bible the Prophet Ezekiel told Israel to set up watchers at the gates of the city to warn the people by blowing a horn of an impending danger such as an invading army or confederates who would enter and destroy. Ezekiel 33: 7-9, 30. Another purpose of these watchmen on the tower or in the fields was to warn the wicked of their ways and cry repentance.

Also, read Jacob 1:19 in the Book of Mormon.

The Biblical reference and words “watchmen:” have been borrowed by a religious sect called Jehova Witnesses. I offer background for the reader on this sect, their lack of any apparent authority and their organization, as opposed to that of the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

There is a church or sect that distribute door-to-door pamphlets entitled Watchmen On The Towers. It is the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but in order to be a “watchman” in ancient Israel one had to be called of God by one having authority from God. Nowhere in my research do I find even a claim of succession of authority from one having authority to current-day leaders of this Jehovah’s Witness sect such as is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in the Catholic Church.

Apostle Peter

Catholics believe their authority came from the Apostle Peter. They say it continued on in the church, but because it was so decentralized each Bishop taught his own teachings and there was no unanimity as to what was the original teachings of Jesus Christ and what wasn’t. It must be remembered that Peter was  crucified, head down almost three hundred years before the council of Nicea convened to arbitrate these differences. Universally, scholars report that a great apostasy occurred during this period.

Reformer Martin Luther

Another way of saying it is: You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear —  which means you cannot make a good quality product using bad quality materials. Constantine would have done better had he discarded and discredited the entire lot of the Bishops and their perverse ideas. The Reformation would have been much simpler without the Catholic Church to muddy the water and bring into men’s minds those devilish ideas that Martin Luther, John Locke and other reformers proclaimed so vehemently against. Today’s Catholic Church is in disarray partly because of what they did at the Council of Nicea, but mainly due to the fact it is not the true Church of God, never was, and never will be. It has no revelatory bearing, no apostolic foundation. 


There is much controversy concerning this because Catholic leaders and historians do not claim supernal revelation or divine investiture or any connection with God in this matter — or that God or Peter came to them in resurrected form to deliver the true doctrine taught by the Savior of mankind. Instead, Emperor Constantine – much like a president convening with House and Senate leaders –  set up a grand meeting to decide all issues and teachings by give-and-take negotiation that this new reconstituted, reorganized Christian church would have. It derived from the The First Council of Nicea.  It was a council of Christian bishops convened in Nicea, Bithynia (present-day Iznik in Turkey). 


The problem with these Bishops who represented all of Christendom is that many, if not all, of them were teaching different and diverse concepts concerning God and his gospel. The question would be, how could they come together in a unity of thought and mind after teaching their own doctrine for hundreds of years and come away feeling good about the work product? They couldn’t, it had to be done by compromise and quid pro quo, much like political bartering.


Its main accomplishments were settlement of the Christological issue of the relationship of Jesus to God the Father; the construction of the first part of the Nicene Creed; settling the calculation of the date of Easter (something that is in disarray today in America in year 2011); and promulgation of early canon law.  Read the Nicene Creed. Then you will become aware of how strange and complicated they made God seem.




In the Council of Niece Bishops or prelates voted on what the doctrine should be, rather than taking the actual doctrine from how it was taught in the pristine church. Impossible, you say? No, it isn’t, unless you care about the intent of God and Jesus Christ.

Getting at the truth is only possible by revelation direct from God. But, interestingly, no church but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints claims divine revelation and appearances of resurrected beings who would lay hands on the heads of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and give them authority that was lost 2,000 years ago after the death of Christ and his apostles in the great apostasy. 

Latter-day Saints, aka Mormons — along with most other churches — believe the Catholic dogma was man made and so confused that it is impossible for an ordinary person to understand even the definition of God. Likewise, the fourteen-year-old  boy Joseph Smith was confused. Not just about Catholic dogma, but about all of the competing churches and their disparate teachings.

Thus, in the spring of 1820 the boy Joseph withdrew to a grove of trees near his home near Palmyra, New York and knelt and prayed. He asked one simple question, “Which sect I should join…” The answer came from an appearance of God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. They said he should join none of them for they were all wrong; “…they draw near me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness but they deny the power thereof.”

In contrast, the history of the Jehova Witnesses precludes them from being what they proclaim so ardently. Sometimes they are called the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. It is a man-made organization, not unlike any company with a product to produce and sell. In their case the products are copies of Bibles, pamphlets and articles explaining their view of God and the Bible that they deliver door-to door. They do not profess to possess any apostolic authority. The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is the ruling council of Jehovah’s Witnesses based in Brooklyn, New York


The Body resembles a publishing house. It assumes responsibility for formulating policy and doctrines, producing material for publications and conventions, administering its worldwide branch office staff and leading and directing the activities of all members of what they call their “religion.” The Governing Body is described as the representative and “spokesman” for God’s “faithful and discreet slave class” (approximately 11,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses who profess to be “anointed. 


Members of the Governing Body say they are followers of Christ rather than religious leaders. From what Heavenly messenger or priesthood holder or person of authority in the Heavens they received their self-proclaimed authority, they do not say. 


As I reported, it is a man-made organization, nothing more and nothing less.


According to Answers.com, there are more than seven million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide preaching in over 235 different lands, in 100’s of different spoken and signed languages. 
Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_Jehovah’s_Witnesses_are_there_in_the_world#ixzz1JDytYzpo

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