Topical Guide: R
R-Rated Movies
Ezra Taft Benson, "To the 'Youth of the Noble Birthright'", Ensign, May 1986
"Don't see R-rated movies..."
Clearly the ban on R-rated movies cannot be interpreted as a green light on all PG-13 movies. It is also clear that there has been a loosening of standards, which tends to make PG-13 movies out of those that once might have been considered R. This loosening would seem to imply that the need to obey this counsel is greater than ever and that the need to be selective about non-R movies is likewise much greater.
Jasher 23:26-34
Satan appears to Abraham and reasons with him that God could not have asked him to sacrifice his son.
Rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 113
"I frequently rebuke and admonish my brethren, and that because I love them ..."
Rebuking doesn't win friends, and the higher the authority, the more necessary it becomes to rebuke.
"[Rebukes] actually constitute one of the duties of my station and calling."
It is not one of the more enviable duties one may have.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 125
Dissenters unjustly offended by just reproofs.
The Saints offer no retractions.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 138
"Flattery is also a deadly poison. A frank and open rebuke provoketh a good man to emulation; and in the hour of trouble he will be your best friend; but on the other hand, it will draw out all the corruptions of corrupt hearts, and lying and the poison of asps is under their tongues; and they do cause the pure in heart to be cast into prison, because they want them out of their way."
Record Keeping
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 71-72
Joseph Smith felt keenly the lack of records of the prior decisions which had been made. Such records would have been of great value in resolving future difficulties and further would have bolstered the testimonies born of the dealings of God. It is wisdom to appoint one or more record-keepers to record every decision made.
If we fail to note down important decisions, we may be driven to impossible difficulties, for lack of the faith or knowledge which such records would have provided. God also may be angered with us when we fail to record those things which he has revealed to us.
The time shall come when such records will be necessary to save ourselves from the snares laid down by our enemies.
Redeeming the Dead
Tad R. Callister, "The Inevitable Apostasy", pp. 168-172,176-192
Discusses the preaching of the Gospel to the dead.
Christs mission to the dead.
Possible role of John the Baptist.
How the doctrine was lost.
The Reformation
Tad R. Callister, "The Inevitable Apostasy", pp. 323-327
Brief discussion of the reformation.
Joseph Smith Jr. in Dean C. Jesse, ed., "The Papers of Joseph Smith", Vol. 1. pp. 104-105
A false prophet in the home of Joseph Smith tauight the doctrine of reincarnation, and Joseph Smith declared the doctrine to be false.
Religious Freedom
Time given for man to repent.
Little children can't sin.
Repentance is for those with knowledge.
Repentance is the second principle of the Gospel.
Call for the people of Israel to repent.
"Uniform System for Teaching the Gospel: The Gospel of Jesus Christ", Discussion 2, Principle 4
Repentance is the second principle of the Gospel.
Steps of repentance.
Repentance brings peace.
We should repent throughout life.
"Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service", Lesson 3, pp. 62-63
Repentance is the second principle of the Gospel.
Steps of repentance. (Recognize sin, feel remorse, confess, ask for forgiveness, make restitution, don't repeat the sin.)
Repentance brings peace.
We should repent throughout life.
"Ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins - behold, he will confess them and forsake them."
Republican Party
Note 1
Currently (2007) has a platform that conforms with the first presidency's statements on societal issues.
Largely responsible for the persecution of the saints over the issue of poligamy.
The Restoration
Tad R. Callister, "The Inevitable Apostasy", pp. 328-368
Preparation for the Restoration (pp. 328-338)
Satan's Preemptive Strike (pp. 339-343)
The Restoration (pp. 344-351)
Who Was This Man Named Joseph? (pp. 352-364)
The Price of Truth (pp. 365-368)
Lengthy account of events related to the restoration.
Keys restored by Moses, Elias, and Elijah
Moses: Keys of ggathering of Israel and the lost 10 tribes.
Elias: Dispensation of Abraham
Elijah: Keys of a dispensation restored.
Enoch 93:10
Enoch prophecies of a restoration event following a long apostasy.
Prophecy of dry bones.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q385, Frag. 2, 4Q388, Frab. 7, 4Q386, Frag. 1, Col. 1
Prophecy of dry bones.
Tad R. Callister, "The Inevitable Apostasy", pp. 192-195
Discusses how the early christians taught of the resurrection clearly.
Wilford Woodruff, "The Channels of Communication, Etc.", Journal of Discourses, vol. 22, p. 333
Wilford Woodruff describes a vision he had, in which he describes the resurrection of the dead. 1st Resurrection: all dressed alike. 2nd Resurrection: all dressed differently.
President Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2: 288
"Some of the functions in the celestial body will not appear in the terrestrial body, neither in the telestial body, and the power of procreation will be removed."
Enoch 51:1
"... the grave also shall give back that which it has received ..."
Birth of Reuben
Blessing/Curing from Jacob
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q252, Col. 4, Lines 3-7
Blessing/cursing with commentary
Tad R. Callister, "The Inevitable Apostasy and the Promised Restoration", p. 77
Cites Papias in the early second century as follows:
"For I imagined that what was to be got from books [the scriptures] was not so profitable to me as what came from the living and abiding voice."
Cites Ralph Waldo Emerson (as cited by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "Prophets, Seers, and Revelators", p. 8) as follows:
"It is my duty to say to you that the need was never greater [for] new revelation than now. The doctrine of inspiration is lost. ... Miracles, prophecy, ... the holy life, exist as ancient history [only]. ... Men have come to speak of ... revelation as somewhat long ago given and done, as if God were dead. ... It is the office of a true teacher to show us that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake."
We believe in revelation; past, present, and future.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 18 (17-19)
"I will inform you that it is contrary to the economy of God for any member of the Church, or any one, to receive instruction for those in authority, higher than themselves"
"Spiritual Promptings", Ensign, September 2008, pp. 18-22
Various personal experiences shared by members regarding personal revelation.
President Eyring learns that he should have been praying about job offers and is guided to accept a position at Ricks.
"the doctrines of the gospel are revealed through the Spirit to prophets, not through the intellect to scholars"
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", pp. 111-112
Revelations from God to the Church "are to come through the Presidency. This is the orde of heaven ... It is also the privilege of any officer in this Church to obtain revelations, so far as relates to his particular calling..."
A Case Study
An acquaintance of mine once shared this experience.
While Serving as the second counselor in his stake's presidency, they had the need to come up with a name to recommend to fill the place of a bishop.
The stake president suggested that the presidency all pray together to ask the Lord who should fill the vacancy. While praying, this friend of mine received the impression that he should fill the vacancy, which caused him no small distress. After the prayer the Stake President looked stright at him and asked him who the next bishop was to be, to which my friend responded rather timidly that it was to be himself. "Oh good!" was the response of the Stake President.
The Stake President and his counselor had already gotten together and prayed about the matter and received the same prompting. It was an unusual prompting and had caused the Stake President and his 1st Counselor some distress. My friend had already been the bishop before and to take a man who had already been bishop and been "advanced" so to speak, to the Stake Presidency and then send him back to being the Bishop of the same ward again was unheard of and simply not done. However, once they had gotten this confirmation, they phoned my friend's name out to get it reproved.
They were told that this was wrong, because such things were not supposed to be done that way. They responded that they had all been independently prompted with the same name, but despite this, they were rebuffed and told to try again. Again they prayed and again they all received the prompting that my friend was to be the new Bishop. Again they called in the name and again they were told it must be wrong. This time, however, it was conceded to take the matter up with the quorum of the twelve.
The response from the quorum of the twelve was to wait. It turned out that the quorum of the twelve had been facing a similar dilema in issuing a call. Soon thereafter the policy was changed and my friend was made the Bishop once again.
"We believe [in] the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life."
(Life, Liberty, Property)