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If this is your first visit to Modern Apocrypha, I have only two recommendations for continuing on with minimal confusion:

1) Please begin with the first introductory post (found HERE) and work your way forward. Almost all the posts on this blog flow chronologically and will make more sense with the background and context of previous ones. Jumping in anywhere might be disorienting.

2) Please read along in the texts posted off to the right. I try not to summarize too much in the commentary and discussion, and being at least somewhat familiar with what we're discussing or I'm commenting on will be most beneficial and edifying for all involved. Plus, going along with the theme of this blog, any hidden truths to be brought to light will be found within the text itself and not necessarily within my ramblings.

Okay, fine, three recommendations:

3) Please read with an open heart, mind, and spirit. See what truths you can find in these works--ones which speak to you. Namaste : )

Monday, July 21, 2014


Yesterday I taught a Sunday School class on examples of good and bad leadership in the scriptures. (I know I've mentioned this before, but the best description of a Christlike leader is found in D&C 121:24-46.) We didn't get to discuss much the interplay between leaders and followers and the importance of that dynamic for the success of the system. So here are two quotes that present food for thought when it comes to our role as free followers and seekers of truth:

In a 2012 Worldwide Training Broadcast, Dieter Uchtdorf asked:
How often has the Holy Spirit tried to tell us something we needed to know but couldn't get past the massive iron gate of what we thought we already knew?
Brigham Young promised in an 1853 General Conference address:
Now those men, or those women, who know no more about the power of God and the influences of the Holy Spirit than to be led entirely by another person, suspending their own understanding, and pinning their faith upon another's sleeve, will never be capable of entering into the celestial glory to be crowned as they anticipate; they will never be capable of becoming Gods. They cannot rule themselves, to say nothing of ruling others, but they must be dictated to in every trifle, like a child. They cannot control themselves in the least, but James, Peter, or somebody else must control them. They never can become Gods nor be crowned as rulers with glory, immortality, and eternal lives. They never can hold sceptres of glory, majesty, and power in the celestial kingdom
Remember, in all things of importance, seek the Spirit's guidance and confirmation of truth and then act on that confirming revelation. And it's probably a good idea to never accept something out of hand, no matter the source--a Nobel laureate, a government official, a Church leader, a blog (heaven forbid)--and falling in line while ignoring your own conscience, morality, ethics, etc.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)

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