Light and Truth contains lectures delivered by one with authority to teach and with one purpose in mind. That purpose is to teach gospel truth and to spread light, that all who receive might gain knowledge through the exercise of individual faith. Comprehension of the Doctrine of Christ is not based on command of a vocabulary or mastery of an argument. It is, instead, based on gathering light. Light is gathered by heed (obedience) and diligence alone. By following the light one has already received, one grows in light. This process leads to the “perfect day,” where the light has chased away all darkness. This is how men and women, like Christ, can grow from grace to grace, until they receive a fullness. By subordinating the will of the flesh to the will of the spirit, you gain light and truth. Do it to understand it. Once you understand, you will be able to tell when someone speaks with the power of the spirit, words of eternal life.
Without the truth it is impossible to repent. In order to take people captive, all that is required is for people to be content with their ignorance. The greatest threat to salvation does not come from teaching false doctrine but instead comes from ignoring doctrine altogether.
Faith was always intended to grow into knowledge. Knowledge comes from contact with Jesus Christ. This is the knowledge that saves and nothing else. The idea that knowledge of Christ — through His personal appearance to each person — is now unavailable is an old sectarian notion and is false. “Knowing God is Christ’s definition of Eternal life and salvation. Joseph Smith clarified this does not mean to learn something about Him. Rather, it is to meet Him. It is to have Him minister to you, face to face, as one man speaks to another.” Since this is life Eternal, to know Him, would it be a simple and plain, but most precious teaching to urge people to part the veil of unbelief and behold their Lord?
These lectures are aimed at the humble followers of Christ who seek Him and his truth. They offer an opportunity to grow in light and truth and understanding, that all who receive may grow to have a “perfect day”.
The following remarks were given in Challis, Idaho at Living Waters Ranch on September 5, 2021 Transcript What if I talk so long that there are none of you left here by the time I finish? I want to thank the organizers… I want to thank the organizers. These things are never easy to do. […]
Joseph, Joseph, Joseph
The following remarks were given at the Joseph Smith Restoration Conference 2021 in Meridian, Idaho on June 26th, 2021. Transcript Mahalo. Okay, I promise I’ll end on time. There are very few prophets who are given an assignment so important to God’s covenants that the prophet is named and his mission foretold in prophecy many […]
The Religion of the Fathers, Part 2
This is the second part of a talk given at a conference in Aravada Springs, NV on March 27, 2021. Transcript We’ve cobbled together a light that reflects, I think, the same sort of motif as the “redneck Rameumptom” (as they’ve named it). And I can actually see this! Look, just a couple comments while […]
The Religion of the Fathers, Part 1
This is the first part of a talk given at a conference in Aravada Springs, NV on March 27, 2021. Transcript I have to say: As time goes on, you folks look more and more eccentric. (That’s just from up here, looking out.) I want to thank the organizers for putting it together, and I […]
Understanding Your Soul, Part 2
This talk was given in Highland, Utah on March 6, 2021 to a group of young adults Transcript Why don’t we go ahead and start? And we’ll just spend the first few minutes doing a review. I’ve written up on the board some of the same kinds of information that was up there last time. […]
Understanding Your Soul
These remarks were given in Sandy, Utah on February 6th, 2021 to a youth group. Transcript I’m actually using a new set of the Scriptures that came as a sample set. The ones that are finishing up now will be slightly better than these sample sets because the spine on this one is not reinforced; […]
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