The song is from Andrew Peterson’s “Love And Thunder” album. I love his original Christmas album and his children’s music album.
Consider it our Protestant version of burning in the bosom material. 🙂
No delegated priesthood authority required.
To those who are afraid to leave:
Don’t be afraid. Taking the LDS Church out of your life doesn’t mean you lose out on a monopoly of family values. And it certainly doesn’t mean you have to lose out on the blessings of Jesus in your life. Jesus is all in all. With Jesus, no need is unmet. No joy is ultimately withheld.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Philippians 4:19-20)
Aaron, that was wonderful. 🙂
“Everything I had to lose, came back a thousand times in YOU”
Sometime within the last 10 or so years, I realized that Jesus IS the love of my life.
And this thing about losing… I did both. I lost everything. And then I gained everything a thousand times in Him.
If a father and mother have their children sealed to them, but then the children leave the church and go totally apostate, what happens to the sealing? Do the kids get a pass because “families are forever”? If a mother and father have their son sealed to them and they don’t make it to the celestial kingdom, but one of their sons becomes a god somewhere, what happens to their “forever family”? Do the parents have to go live on one of their son’s worlds without end and worship him? What happens if the father gets to be a god and so does the son? Does their sealing get annulled so they can both go be god’s somewhere? It just seems like there could be some kind of paradox there. Forever families seemed to be the push of the LDS billboards in my area last year and those questions always popped up in my mind. Does anyone have an answer?
Ralph, you plan on being a god some day. Do you have an answer?
Thank you Lord, losing the world is a such a beautiful letdown in the end.
Lord, take me home and replace this wretched flesh with full resurrection-life.
Love you guys, my heart is with you, fellowship in the same Spirit forever,
liv4jc asks: Does anyone have an answer? Well sorta
First Presidency—Spencer W. Kimball, N. Eldon Tanner, Marion G. Romney
“In a day when the sanctity of the home is being invaded and where the care of children has been regarded lightly, we, by means of the family home evening manual, have endeavored to impress upon the parents the importance of developing a love in the home so that in the future, should those children thus taught stray away, they would eventually return again, lest they lose their place in the eternal family circle” ( Family Home Evening: Love Makes Our House a Home, 2).
Boyd K. Packer
“We cannot overemphasize the value of temple marriage, the binding ties of the sealing ordinance, and the standards of worthiness required of them. When parents keep the covenants they have made at the altar of the temple, their children will be forever bound to them” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1992, 94–95; or Ensign, May 1992, 68 ).
“When a seal is put upon the father and mother, it secures their posterity, so that they cannot be lost, but will be saved by virtue of the covenant of their father and mother” (in History of the Church, 5:530).
Elder James E. Faust
“There are some great spiritual promises which may help faithful parents in this church. Children of eternal sealings may have visited upon them the divine promises made to their valiant forebears who nobly kept their covenants. Covenants remembered by parents will be remembered by God. The children may thus become the beneficiaries and inheritors of these great covenants and promises. This is because they are the children of the covenant” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1990, 43; or Ensign, Nov. 1990, 35 ).
” Jesus is all in all. ”
LDS leaders feel it’s their duty to judge and
“recommend” who can enter God’s House.Concerning
this arrangement may sincere LDS ponder:
Our “permission slip” to enter God’s House is
signed in blood [Heb 10:19] by a Savior, NOT
in ink by a sinner !
” Wherefore He is able also to save them to the
uttermost that come unto God by him,seeing he
ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
bfwjr, thanks. So like everything else in any works-based religion it is up to mankind to earn their rewards by keeping different forms of legal codes. If the parents keep all of their covenants (which everyone who is honest knows is impossible) then their children don’t really have to do anything, because their god will honor the covenant if the parents never break any portion of it….unless, of course, you read the first quote by Spencer W. Kimball (Man I hate that party-pooper. Always the hard liner) who says that the kids may forfeit the blessings of the “eternal family circle” if they stray and don’t come back. I wonder which dictionary Kimball found his definition of eternal in?
I’m with Aaron and Mike R. I’m glad I serve a God who promises to actually save all of those He has brought to Himself by His grace instead of leaving it up to a loser like me.
“family values” I don’t think that is a phrase that appears in the Bible. Isn’t that something used by politics?
“And it certainly doesn’t mean you have to lose out on the blessings of Jesus in your life. Jesus is all in all. With Jesus, no need is unmet. No joy is ultimately withheld.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Well, that sounds more attractive as a carrot, verses a stick.
Amazingly enough many LDS people seemed to have had great love for Spencer W. Kimball, especially that distinctive raspy voice. I remember that he was charismatic, but that was actually the problem.
It made it too easy to accept what he said at face value. I remember watching some missionary slides where he laid out some plans on reaching the whole earth. I took that at face value, but others have commented on how much it looked like one of hitlers plots to conquer the world. His book “Miracle of Forgiveness” I found very depressing, and made me feel hopeless rather than uplifted. Mostly because there was this constant reference to free agency, and all that you had to do.