Saturday, August 25, 2012
Due to a high profile Latter-day Saint running for President of the United States, there has been much in the news and on blog about what Latter-day Saints believe.
I have even been told that Latter-day Saints do not believe in the same Jesus as other Christians. I believe we do believe in the same Jesus, but without the continuing light of revelation, many only see part of who He is and what His teachings were about. With less truth available, with revelation closed to them, they simply come to different conclusions. However, even within the covers of the Bible, alone, one must take all that was revealed on a given doctrine, and not just pick, and choose. For if one does take points out of context then they only see part of a picture.
I see in the Bible that the Father spoke from Heaven while Jesus was being baptized. I also see Him bidding his followers to be one, even as He is one with the Father. Then there is the first martyr, Stephen, he was stoned for saying he saw Jesus on the right hand of the father. Oh, and Moses spoke with God Face to Face. No, I do not think Jesus was throwing his voice as a ventriloquist. I believe it was the Father's voice. Nor do I think he wanted his followers to climb inside each other, but he did want us to be one in heart-- unified. I do not for a moment believe that Stephen was seeing double. He was stoned for what he said he saw. Oh, and Moses, yes, I think he saw what he said he saw.
I read Elder Holland's presentation that he gave at Harvard in March of this year- "Mormonism 101." Here is a link to read that talk. I think I will read it aloud and discuss it with my youth tomorrow.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Anchored in the Gospel and Moored to the Classics!
I feel that it is important for all of us could be better versed in the Bible, and in all God's revealed word. That is why I love that Moor House Academy's programs are anchored to the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ and are moored to the classics, those inspired writings of mankind. This gives me, my family, moms, homeschool children, and other children using Moor House Academy an easy to use resources that help move us through each of the four standard works. This can all happen before seminary age, so that seminary becomes a second witness.
Power of an Hour- A Four Year LDS Based Curriculum
We could have divided history up into seven dispensations- Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Meridian of Time, Fullness of Times, and Millennium. We chose instead to create a four year cycle to dovetail with the four standard works, which moves from past, through the present, and the future. I feel it is important that families take the time to listen to and discuss conference talks, build a Gospel vocabulary, learn about noble people from church history, and memorize scripture mastery verses, as well.
Our Leap into the Love of Learning Class incorporates the Power of an Hour into a cottage school setting.