Please become familiar with these terms to better understand what I have to say through my Blog.

Baptism of Fire and the Holy Ghost– “To the Book of Mormon Apostles, the Savior said, “Blessed are they who shall believe in your words, and come down into the depths of humility and be baptized, for they shall be visited with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and shall receive a remission of their sins” (3 Ne. 12:2). “Thus has it been in all ages, and thus is it in our day,” said Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “After baptism in water, legal administrators lay their hands upon a repentant person and say: ‘Receive the Holy Ghost.’ This gives him the gift of the Holy Ghost, which is the right to the constant companionship of that member of the Godhead based on faithfulness. Either then or later, depending upon the individual’s personal worthiness, the Holy Ghost comes. The baptized person becomes a new creature. He is baptized with fire, sin and evil are burned out of his soul, and he is born again.” -Bruce R McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith

– It seems that in most cases, this happens later rather than sooner. This is also known as receiving the first comforter.

Belief– Belief is accepting something as true or thinking something is true but not knowing it is true.

– Also, as a dear friend reminded me “you cannot really believe something without your actions reflecting it”.

Calling and Election made sure– “Those members of the Church who devote themselves wholly to righteousness, living by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God, make their calling and election sure. That is, they receive the more sure word of prophecy, which means that the Lord seals their exaltation upon them while they are yet in this life” -Bruce R McConkie, Mormon Doctrine.

Faith– Joseph Smith explained “that three things are necessary in order that any rational and intelligent being may exercise faith in God unto life and salvation.” These he named as: 1. “The idea that he actually exists”; 2. “A correct idea of his character, perfections, and attributes”; and 3. “An actual knowledge that the course of life which he is pursuing is according to his will.” -Lectures on Faith

Fullness of the Gospel– “It is that man may seek and obtain every promised blessing that any mortal has ever received by obedience to law, partaking of the full glory and power of the Priesthood, enjoying the fulfillment of every covenant, and thus “partake of the divine nature” and seek and obtain the supernal promise of having their calling and election made sure, and thereafter obtain a personal audience with their Savior, which is the gateway into Zion” – John M. Pontius, The Triumph of Zion: Our Personal Quest for the New Jerusalem

Hope– “As used in the revelations, hope is the desire of faithful people to gain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God hereafter. It is not a flimsy, ethereal desire, one without assurance that the desired consummation will be received, but a desire coupled with full expectation of receiving the coveted reward” -Bruce R McConkie, Mormon Doctrine

Knowledge– “A clear and certain perception of that which exists, or of truth and fact” – American Dictionary of the English language.

Paradigm– “A theory or a group of ideas about how something should be done, made, or thought about” -Merriam-Webster dictionary

Paradigm Shift– “A radical change in thinking from an accepted point of view to a new one, necessitated when new discoveries produce anomalies in the current paradigm” –

Second Comforter– “After a man so devotes himself to righteousness that his calling and election is made sure, “then it will be his privilege to receive the other Comforter,” the Prophet [Joseph Smith] says. “Now what is this other Comforter? It is no more nor less than the Lord Jesus Christ himself; and this is the sum and substance of the whole matter; that when any man obtains this last Comforter, he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him, or appear unto him from time to time, and even he will manifest the Father unto him, and they will take up their abode with him, and the visions of the heavens will be opened unto him, and the Lord will teach him face to face, and he may have a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God; and this is the state and place the ancient saints arrived at when they had such glorious visions – Isaiah, Ezekiel, John upon the Isle of Patmos, St. Paul in the three heavens, and all the saints who held communion with the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn.” – Bruce R McConkie, Mormon Doctrine

Unbelief– To accept/believe in false doctrine or to accept/believe true doctrine incorrectly. Unbelief prevents our ability to exercise faith.

Words of Christ– Generally consists of three things: Inspired words of true prophets, the scriptures, and personal revelation. All three must agree. If one or more does not agree with another, something is amiss.

Xenophobia– I actually wanted to just use the word “fear” here but this sounded cooler. Xenophobia is “the fear and hatred.. of anything that is strange or foreign”. In other words, it causes a loss of courage.

Zion– “And the Lord called his people ZION, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.” -Moses 7:18

– “This is Zion – THE PURE IN HEART” – D&C 97:21

– “Paul uses the term Mount Zion to refer to the abode of exalted beings, those who overcome all things and inherit the fulness of the Father’s kingdom. To them he says: “Ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn.” (Heb. 12:22-24.) – Bruce R McConkie, Mormon Doctrine




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