First off when I say Church I always mean The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I had no problem with them changing the church URL from lds.org to https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/
But now they have broken all my scripture links in my pages of which there are literally thousands of them.. http://classic.scriptures.lds.org/en/1_cor/14/33#33 or any other scripture link takes you to https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures?lang=eng So all my links to the scriptures no longer work and if you search for a particular chapter and verse on the scripture site it only takes you to the chapter now, it used to go to the verse and highlight the verses specified. Because of that I have just decided to remove ALL of them and just have the text of the scriptures which will still be there just no link back to the document referred to.
Just Finished watching Discovery Channel’s “Curiosity? Did God create the Universe?” Stephen Hawking says god doesn’t exist because nothing existed before the big bang even time so therefore God doesn’t exist. Mostly the dvd explores how life on earth could end everything from Alien invasion, Asteroids, Ark storms and they gave an example where northern California had over 30 days straight of an inch of rain an hour, I don’t remember the year. Earth quakes and volcanoes, the yellow stone super volcano is a bit disturbing to me and it has been more active of late.. Could lay waste to all of north America.
At the end there is bonus feature where several physicists and cosmologist and one “theologian” discuss various things.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints I’m thinking to myself and now you, that they have it all wrong. No where in scripture do I see God say he created the whole universe. I do see where he has said he created the Earth and many other worlds. Abraham chapter 3 of the Pearl of Great Price is a fascinating chapter.
11 Thus I, Abraham, atalked with the Lord, face to face, as one man talketh with another; and he told me of the works which his hands had made; 12 And he said unto me: My son, my son (and his hand was stretched out), behold I will show you all these. And he put his hand upon mine eyes, and I saw those things which his hands had made, which were many; and they multiplied before mine eyes, and I could not see the end thereof.
19 And the Lord said unto me: These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am amore intelligent than they all. 20 The Lord thy God sent his angel to adeliver thee from the hands of the priest of Elkenah. 21 I dwell in the midst of them all; I now, therefore, have come down unto thee to declare unto thee the aworks which my hands have made, wherein my bwisdom excelleth them all, for I crule in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath, in all wisdom and prudence, over all the intelligences thine eyes have seen from the beginning; I came down in the beginning in the midst of all the intelligences thou hast seen. 22 Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the aintelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the bnoble and great ones; 23 And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast achosen before thou wast born. 24 And there stood aone among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and bwe will make an earth whereon these may cdwell; 25 And we will aprove them herewith, to see if they will bdo all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them; 26 And they who akeep their first bestate shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second cestate shall have dglory added upon their heads for ever and ever. 27 And the aLord said: Whom shall I bsend? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And canother answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will dsend the first. 28 And the asecond was angry, and kept not his first bestate; and, at that day, many followed after him.
23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.
24 And, notwithstanding we believe in Christ, we keep the law of Moses, and look forward with steadfastness unto Christ, until the law shall be fulfilled.
25 For, for this end was the law given; wherefore the law hath become dead unto us, and we are made alive in Christ because of our faith; yet we keep the law because of the commandments.
26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.
This was written by a Prophet of God, Nephi who was preaching to his people hundreds of years before Jesus Christ was born in to the world. It is from the Book of Mormon a second witness of Jesus Christ, a companion to the Bible. Where the Bible mainly deals with the Jews, the book of Mormon deals with people who were led to the American continent, during various exoduses from Israel by the tribes. (John 10: 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be cone fold, and one shepherd) Mainly it deals with a Prophet named Lehi and his children who lived around the time of Jeremiah during the first year of the reign of King Zedekiah and were told to leave Jerusalem after testifying of the prophecies that Lehi had received from God and of the wickedness of the Jews and their abominations 1 Nephi 1:20 And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with him; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain; and they also sought his life, that they might take it away…
The Book of Mormon has many passages about Christ, his church, teachings and prophecies.. Alma 46:15 And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come.