The book of Revelation recounts the great culmination of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. In its pages, we see the promise of the Atonement completely fulfilled. Can any greater blessing than this be conceived of?
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We learn from Doctrine & Covenants 7 about John's unusual request of the Lord. The Savior said to him, "John, my beloved, what desirest thou? For if you shall ask what you will, it shall be granted unto you." John answered with the wish of his heart, "Lord, give unto me power over death, that I may live and bring souls unto thee." His desire was granted.
Some accept false views because of their ignorance of the true doctrines of the kingdom of God. Others profess such ideas to satisfy their own carnal lusts. In his second epistle, the Apostle Peter warned, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies.”
The word 'peculiar' now brings with it the connotation of being odd, curious, or eccentric. Sometimes the media and others have painted members of the Church into one of those boxes, so that we truly are a peculiar people in the eyes of the world. But are we peculiar and do we want to be?
James may be the most important book of scripture for the Restoration. The now famous passage, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,” (James 1:5) set the young Joseph Smith to deep pondering, which led him to follow the simple and pragmatic counsel to inquire of the Lord.
Paul's letters to the Philippian and Colossian saints, as well as his personal letter to Philemon, were written while he was in the bonds of captivity. His experience was difficult.Yet, as was typical of Paul, he was not without hope nor courage.“I can do all things through Christ,” he told the Philippians, “which strengtheneth me.”