Here is an update on the Temple Conference. There will be a more formal announcement that will include some additions. However, since some will be traveling to attend, here is some information to help you plan.
FOR THOSE WHO ARE REGISTERED:
All those who registered for the Conference will be invited to a reception on Saturday evening, October 27th. The presenters will be there and available for you to meet during that evening reception.
On Sunday, October 28th, I will be speaking at an evening fireside. This will be free and open to the public. The location and time will be announced later.
The Conference will be all day on Monday, October 29th. Those who are registered and attend will receive a book that will include all the talks. This is part of the registration fee.
Seating is limited. At present, about half the seats have been reserved. This is a first come first serve event, and I believe there are approximately 320 seats.
More information will follow.
There are a number of comments that come in and I only respond to them generally. In that way, I hope to cover more than just one inquiry in a single post. Here, then, are some general reminders:
How can you want so intensely what you do not yet understand?
The identity of who the Lord will send will be known only when that person has done the work. No one who has failed to accomplish the work can claim the identity. Vanity is no substitute for doing the works of God.
No man ever pleased God without repenting.
The greatest evidences of God's power, apart from Christ's resurrection, are yet to be. It will be the latter-day Zion: "Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land." (Jer. 23: 7-8.)
It is apparent that for many people the concept of "the Celestial Kingdom" is only an imaginary concept based upon the vaguest of understanding. But it is something they claim to "really want." Something a person claims to want ought to be the subject of a better informed investigation.
There have been many questions (perhaps hundreds now) from women asking about women's issues. I've decided to spend next week addressing these questions in a very general way. However, to give you some context, here is one of the latest comments I've received. Read this and you can better understand next week's posts:
What happens if someone like me has concerns about some
of the things the church teaches as doctrines? I always go along, never
making waves. But sometimes I feel like the worst kind of hypocrite. I
feel like a complete mutant when you speak of Zion and sanctification.
I've had almost every calling a woman can have, and yet I feel like a
stranger in the household of God. I pray, study the scriptures, fast,
attend the temple, and read from good sources, such as yours. But a lot
of how the church believes feels alien to my soul: the role of women
chief among them. Sometimes it feels hopeless because the things you and
other men in the church say just don't feel attainable to people like
me. We never hear of stories of women receiving their calling and
election, except through their husband. I know of no story where a woman
has received the Second Comforter. No matter how it's worded, women are
not valued the same as men. Afterall, we are given to our husbands, but
they do not give themselves back. Men receive the power of God to act
in his name, but women do not. We are sealed to our husbands, but they
are not sealed to us. We hearken to our husbands while they hearken to
God. Why can't I just hearken to God like he does? Men become the Sons
of God, but women never become the Daughters of God. We are queens and
priestesses to our husbands, but not to God. Everything for women is to
your husband or through your husband, but not directly through God or to
ourselves. Plural marriage is the greatest abomination to women that
ever existed -- worse than rape and prostitution -- because we are
expected to be happy to have our husband fall in love with and show
sexual attraction to another, many other women. Yet we are selfish if
this bothers us. How can this be morally clean when a man shares with
another woman what he should only share with one wife? If a wife wanted
to be with another husband, or many, she would immediately be called
immoral, an adulteress, and kicked out. Surely a just God who is no
respecter of persons would not be so favoring of His sons, and so cruel
to His daughters. I have studied until I am in a deep abyss of pain. I
have lost all joy for the hereafter. I have no hope to be the kind of
woman the church teaches women must be. I cannot understand how women
can be so blasé about such horrible positions and men can think women
would want to live like this for eternity. You may think me ignorant or
rebellious, but I can only say I have studied for decades and my pain is
desolating to my soul. Doesn't anyone understand how inherently unfair
and condescending patriarchy is? I've heard several brethren say that
whatever God commands, setup, or mandates is right. Period. But would a
truly loving God setup something so blatantly one-sided? Motherhood is
comparable to fatherhood, not priesthood. And no, I don't lust to be a
Bishop or any other position men hold. I just cannot understand how
women can be relegated to such lesser status as to not hold the holy
priesthood and be able to have the same responsibilities and roles as
men. We are worthy, capable, and it would lift humankind to a greater
level of living. It would enrich the kingdom tremendously. To be told
you don't need it, you share it with your husband feels like a very
patronizing stand to take. It is patronizing. Why can't we share it by
both of us holding it and helping our families together? What is to
become of people like me?
The content of this blog presumes you are already familiar with Denver Snuffer's books. Careful explanations given in the books lay the foundation for what is contained here. If you read this blog without having first read his books, then you assume responsibility for your own misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the writer's intent. Please do not presume to judge Mr. Snuffer's intentions if you have not first read his books.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
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