Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost – The Difference

Here and there I have wondered if there is a difference between the Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost? I finally took the time to study out this recurring question concerning the holy spirit and holy ghost.

The Holy Spirit

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True Repentance – A Unique Positive View

Uncomfortable with Discussions about True Repentance

When I used to hear the words “true repentance”, I would automatically think of negative words like sin, dread, fear, scary, guilt, confession, etc. Although most of my life I have been religious, I used to feel uncomfortable when the subject of true repentance came up for discussion.  It seems counterproductive that someone who has read their scriptures and attended church for 56 years would feel uncomfortable about the subject of repentance.  I feel the scriptures were designed to help us feel the love of God, especially when struggling with life happenings.  My question is…why do so many of us have instilled fears and guilt surrounding religion, repentance, and God although we are striving to be good people? I suspect these uncomfortable feelings I have experienced surrounding religion could be the same reason many young people are turning away from religion. My inner-self tells me these negative feelings come from the adversary and other men, not from God.

Weakness

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Be Kind | Love One Another

I like the way Ellen Degeneres closes each of her shows with the words, “Be kind to one another”.  My husband and I recently made a covenant with Christ to love one another so I have been thinking a lot about love and kindness.

I have been paying closer attention to “be kind” scriptures, and I have discovered there are many of them.  Here are some that I like:

Bible “Be Kind” Scriptures

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Covenant with God | New Covenant Available to All

I feel privileged that I had the opportunity to covenant with God on September 3, 2017.  I was holding hands with my husband, and my dear friend Susie.  I had been anticipating this moment for six months, and there was no place I would have rather been.  I had a loved one on each side of me as we stood together to say, “Yes” to God.  To me saying “yes” means: I will keep my covenant with God and I will do His will.  I cannot express enough gratitude to God for his grace and mercy in my behalf.

If you too are interested in the Doctrine of Christ, you can learn more about His doctrine at this link:

Doctrine of Christ

A servant of God, Denver Snuffer, expressed we don’t need to join a religion to covenant with God.

Entering into the covenant offered by the Lord today does not mean there is a church or organization to be joined, it only means that you affirm that you will accept and abide the terms set by the Lord for being one of his people.  You can be one of his covenant people and also hold membership in any church of your choosing. However, the covenant imposes the responsibility to help others who also accept the covenant.  To regard them also as the Lords, to honor God, seek to recover Israel, teach children to honor God, care for the poor among God’s people and to help lighten the burdens of others.  None of those responsibilities involve establishing or joining an institution. The words of the covenant require us to have left behind the destructive and vile practices of the world.

Those Who Have Passed On

When God’s servant, Denver Snuffer whom God calls David, said the following words, I could feel the presence of my dad (who is my lead angel guardian), my grandparents, and others who have passed on.

Generations now dead, anxiously wait for us to be faithful. They have part in this through you.  If they have a righteous living descendant they are blessed vicariously through that relationship. We are all part of one family and your role in that family can bless the living and the dead.

Tears came to my eyes as I felt a warm sensation in my heart. I clearly understood, although my family who remains on earth do not understand the importance of this covenant with God, some of my loved ones who have passed on, do.  I immediately felt a great responsibility and a deep desire not to disappoint my dear ones who are depending on me to keep the covenant with God.

Book of Mormon Central to the Covenant

The Book of Mormon is central to the Covenant.

The words of the covenant require us to have left behind the destructive and vile practices of the world. It reads in part, all you who have whoredoms and of secret abominations idolatries, murders, priestcrafts and envying and strife and from all wickedness and abominations and have come unto me and been baptized in my name and received a remission of your sins and received the Holy Ghost are now numbered with my people who are of the house of Israel. Those enumerated vile and destructive things must end among us today. We are all equal. We all accept the Book of Mormon as a covenant for us to be numbered among the Lord’s covenant people. – Denver Snuffer

A servant of God, Denver Snuffer, expressed we don't need to join a religion to covenant with God. I don't remember this Baptist preacher's exact words, but he stated that the Book of Mormon is a most non-sectarian book and we are all in one, children of Christ.

I recommend this video,”The Book of Mormon: How Baptist can you get!” 

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Ask God not Men | Cautious Answering Religious Questions

Because of mistakes, I have made, I have learned it is wise to be cautious answering religious questions.  It is easy to place ourselves between God and the person who is asking for answers.  I have decided most of the time it is best to politely encourage people to ask God not men for answers.

It is not kind to impose unwanted knowledge upon loved ones

I have previously mentioned that I recently left the Mormon church.  I was a devoted member and diligently taught my children the principles embraced by the LDS (the abbreviated name for the Mormon church).  I have three children who left the church and three who remain very faithful members of the LDS church.  It is difficult for my children who remain faithful to understand why I left because I was a devout Mormon for over 50 years before I began to question the accuracy of Mormon history. Despite the difficulties we think we can overcome, it is best to let those we love, ask God not men.  God can always do more for our families than we ourselves can.

At first, I felt I needed to convince my children why I left the Mormon faith, but I learned quickly that it is not kind to impose unwanted knowledge upon loved ones who don’t desire to receive it.  To do so is a formula that causes contention.

Book of Mormon Scripture: Contention is not of me but is of the devil

For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.

Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away. 3 Nephi 11:29-30

A couple of contentious experiences that hurt my relationship with my children taught me to be cautious about answering religious questions. God is no respecter of person, everyone can learn to ask God not men.

Ask God not men – Kindly directing my son to consider studying and to ask God 

My son asked me the following question:

How does priesthood work in your new faith? Is there a line back to Joseph Smith? If so, through whom? Or maybe you believe in a new line directly from Jesus? Is so, through whom?

Here was my answer:

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Breaking Curses | Spiritual Warfare Prayers

I would like to share guidance for breaking curses with spiritual warfare prayers.  Often when dark entities attack us, the purpose of their attack is to place curses, hexes, spells, dark bonds, cords (connects a person to dark entities to control them), tags (imprints with dark programming placed in or around a person to sneakily program one to do what a negative entity or a foreigner (one from another existence wants.  This is why it is so important to learn to command dark entities to go to the light of God. I use the title “God”, but specific titles may be used in the place of the general term of God.

Dark entities also know how to create dark energetic devices such as swords, knives, mouth bits, and other various types of tools, weapons, and shunts designed to control and destroy.

Kinesiology or Muscle Testing

Before breaking curses with spiritual warfare prayers, check to see if dark programming and devices are causing problems by using muscle testing or kinesiology and pendulums.  Click on the link if you would like to learn more about these helpful tools.

Breaking Curses with Spiritual Warfare Prayers
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Prayer about Contention | Prayer to Lessen Sibling Rivalry

Before I share a short prayer about contention, I would like to share a few thoughts and information. The last few times I have visited my grandchildren, I have noticed a significant increase in sibling rivalry.  It has caused me to reflect on contention.  This Book of Mormon scripture makes it clear that contention is of the devil not of God.

For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.

Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away. 3 Nephi 11:29-30

Might be more damaging than bullying

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Polygamy Stories – Ann Eliza Young, Carolyn Jessop, Irene Spencer

I studied unaltered Mormon history along with a few other polygamy stories and discovered many difficulties surrounding the practice of polygamy.

Joseph Smith was sealed to several women, I don’t remember the exact number. Interestingly enough, he was sealed to men too. What does this mean?  I suggest studying about sealings to someone that has received salvation. God will help answer this question as one becomes ready.

Joseph Smith only fathered children with his wife Emma

After studying Mormon history, I realized that Joseph Smith was being sealed to women for a very different reason than to consummate a marriage and to have children.  Joseph Smith had nine children with his wife, Emma, so it is obvious that he could father children.  However, he had NO offspring with the other women he was sealed to. Is it possible that being “sealed” has other meanings besides being married?  This is an important question to learn and ponder about.

 Ann Eliza Young, wife #19, testified that Brigham Young was controlling, dishonest, cared more about money than people, and even secretly leveraged murders. I think God helped Ann Eliza Young, a very courageous woman, to stand against her very powerful husband, Brigham Young, and was blessed to escape from the bondage she was being held under. There are other polygamy stories testifying to the horrors of polygamy.

Scripture concerning polygamy

In the Book of Mormon, it states that a man should only have one wife and to do otherwise is called whoredoms that are an abomination.

 Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none.

For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women. And whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts. Jacob 2:27-28

This scripture supports my decision to continue to practice monogamy.

Brigham Young polygamy stories

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Premortal Free Agency – Prior Choices Affect Us Now


My son, Darrell, has mentioned the trials he is enduring currently were chosen by him prior to coming to this earth.  He believes and possibly knows he is on the earth letting premortal choices play out to further his growth and development. I believe Darrell; however, I believe only a limited amount of current choices are blocked by prior decisions made with premortal free agency. 

Although we also have free agency now, my research indicates we made choices with premortal free agency prior to coming to earth that affects us now. 

I located scriptures that support the idea that we had premortal free agency prior to coming to earth that affects us now....Thus at times, even if we pray and pray, and have faith in the desired outcome, the plan and choices that were set in place before we came to earth may trump our "limited vision" desires now.

Scriptures

I located scriptures that support the idea we had premortal free agency prior to coming to earth that affects us now.  

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Curiosity for Truth – Connected to Humility

I developed a curiosity for truth when my devoted and true-hearted daughter left our family religion of Mormonism.  I committed myself to find out why.  My new curiosity for truth began to teach me that I knew much less about truth than I thought.  Mormons teach they are the only true religion.  Why look for truth, when you belong to the only true church and feel what you have is better and more complete than all others?  

A relationship between Humility and Curiosity

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