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Elder Ballard is talking about the fruit of the Spirit - the "fruit" being a manifestation, consequence, or result of the presence of the Holy Ghost. This teaching is founded on a few scriptures, mainly Galatians 5:22-23 which says: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, ...


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The complete text of the carol can be found here. It seems that of the five verses, only verse one and three are included in the (english) Hymnbook (linked by OP). This specific verse seems of rather trinitarian thought, that may be a reason. Seeing that two other verses have also been omitted: Come, Desire of nations, come, Fix in us Thy humble home; ...


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Yes, and not only is it a severe misunderstanding of pretty much all of our doctrine to think we believe otherwise, but there are also so many scriptures that could be cited in this regard, that one answer probably can't cover all of this question. I try to use the most clear scriptures I can find. Obviously there are many New Testament scriptures that ...


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It wasn't a quick process, it took a while. The Church was not 'extinguished' with the loss of the Apostles, it 'dwindled' away, like a fire burning out without anyone left to tend it. James E. Talmage does an excellent job of describing the process in his book The Great Apostasy. It began with the deaths of the apostles. They held the keys to administer ...


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+1 for the great question! To begin as Members of the LDS Church "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." (Article of Faith 8) Throughout my response I will be referencing Plain and Precious Truths Restored, an article written in October of 2006. There are ...


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It is clearly taught in the Book of Mormon that baptism is only required for those who are accountable and capable of committing sin. Moroni Chapter 8 contains a letter of Mormon to his son expounding on the theology of the subject. (Especially verses 5-26). Mosiah 3:16-21 also contains teaching that "little children" are sinless and are redeemed by Christ. ...


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A fine question to answer on Christmas Eve, I suppose. Revisiting these doctrines is a good way to remind myself why Christ was born: to save us and all Creation. This is a detailed, but only introductory, answer for those interested in a thorough study of Mormon doctrine. If you're just looking for a basic answer to "How are we saved?" I recommend ...


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Joseph Smith claimed "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it has been translated correctly". However, he used the term "translation" rather loosely to refer to the entire process of transmission from the divine source. The idea that his translation of the Bible was done more with the intent to correct understanding than the text is ...


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The answer would be both. There is much evidences within the bible itself that things have been omitted. 1 Chr 29:29 Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer, (KJV) Num. 21:14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the ...


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I listened to the provided video, and I feel you miss the key point: You will never know a spiritual truth except it is revealed to you by the Holy Spirit. This is what Elder Ballard wants to say. He is not saying that every feeling we get comes from God. He is also simplifying a little bit to get his point across. You question of "What does it mean that ...


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I believe you have misremembered in this case. LDS First Presidency letters to all members use to be available at http://www.ldschurchnews.com/letters, which now redirects to Deseret News. It seems http://www.ldschurchnewsarchive.com/letters has the former content of that site. The First Presidency never issued a general statement on women giving or not ...


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D&C 107:16 is part doctrine, part prophesy. The administration of the Aaronic Priesthood doesn't operate by lineage now, but it will one day. Although the Aaronic Priesthood is conferred in the Church today without restriction to the lineage of Aaron, the keys of this priesthood rightly belong to the firstborn of the seed of Aaron, and in the ...


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There was no specified age. "Little children" do not need to be baptized (Moroni 8), but until D&C 68 there wasn't a particular age at which someone became not a "little child". And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins. Moroni ...


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I would say it is not safe to assume they are not, but I think we only know for sure of John the Baptist, Peter and James as having resurrected bodies, for the reason that they layed their hands on Joseph Smith's and Oliver Cowdery's heads to transfer the priesthood (see D&C 13). A scripture that seems to indicate most, if not all, ancient prophets and ...



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