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Deseret Industries

I have a job again.  And I get a paycheck with the name of my church on it!  Yesterday, I received my first check and left work early to buy a Nintendo Switch.  But I didn’t forget that I need to tithe!

I work at the Deseret Industries in Glendale, Arizona.  I stock books, movies, music, electronics, knick-knacks, metal house décor, wicker baskets, plates, cups, kitchen utensils, office supplies, crafts, toys, glassware, and domestic goods.  I also answer questions from customers as I work on the sales floor.  I wear a shirt and tie (not to mention my Deseret Industries apron over it).

I am so lucky to have this job.  It’s the only job I can do right now.  My church believes in self-reliance, and they are helping me become more self-reliant.

I recently applied for social security benefits because I’m disabled.  But now that Trump is president I don’t think I’m going to get approved.  I did get approved for government housing and food stamps but the social security check never came.  I’ve been spending a lot of money on a credit card so I need to get a job.  For example, I bought the PC that I’m typing this on right now on credit.  I won’t lie: I bought some games too.  And I spent a heck of a lot of money on food.  I’ve maxed out the credit card.

My former Elders Quorum president warned me this would happen.  But the good thing is with my job I can afford the minimum payment on my credit.  And I even got to buy a Nintendo Switch!

But it hasn’t been all fun and games.  My prayer life has been great.  But I’ve had a spiritual crisis because I don’t feel like God is talking to me.  Working at the DI in Glendale is great because we have team meetings that open and close with a prayer.  These are people who have no doubt in their minds that God is listening to them.  I am learning from their great faith.

I used to work at the DI in Mesa, Arizona.  But my panic attacks kept me from working all my shifts.  The medication I’m on now has curbed my panic attacks which is why I felt like asking my new bishop for a referral to work at the DI here in Glendale (I recently moved to Glendale from Chandler).  I’ve made some great improvements.  I don’t live with my parents anymore.  I’m paying bills.  I’m learning to manage my food stamp money to buy groceries wisely.  And I’m cutting down on my smoking again.

But I’m still not ready to bear my testimony at church yet, though this is the only way I can magnify my priesthood calling.  I have less teaching authority than a teacher in the church (I don’t have a home-teaching assignment).  I’ve never handed out sacrament like a deacon.  I only have memories of being a 17-year-old convert and saying the prayer over the sacrament as a priest.  Now, I’m 33 and suffer from meth-induced schizophrenia.  I exercise the same priesthood authority that an unmarried woman in the church exercises — bearing my testimony.  But I promised God I wouldn’t bear my testimony again until I went at least 90 days without smoking.

I’m so lucky my church owns a thrift shop that will offer me employment.  But I can’t stay here forever.  I have an employment counselor through my clinic that is helping me find a call-center job.  That’s what I really want to do.  I just need to develop solid work habits.  No one will hire me unless I can prove here at DI that I can work all my shifts, be on time, take breaks only when scheduled, and stay until the end of my shift.  I developed some bad habits at the DI in Mesa because of my panic attacks.  But my panic attacks are under control now and I’m still leaving work early like I did today to play with my Nintendo Switch.

I’m writing this mostly for myself: I’ve identified a problem and want to fix it.  I’m pulling an all-nighter and working from open to close today.  Then I can easily fall asleep tonight so I can go to church tomorrow.  Besides, I need to make up the hours I missed yesterday.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably from the WordPress ward or one of my friends from church who I gave this blog’s address to.  Please pray for me that I will establish reliable work habits so I can get a real job.  While I am working, this job is pretty much like welfare.  I get paid for very easy work.  Easy money.  I feel guilty getting paid.  But I’ll feel better once I put my tithe in.

Thank you for reading this and caring about me (whoever you may be).

 

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Does the Book of Mormon have the same errors as the King James Version of the Bible?

Anti-Mormons argue that the Book of Mormon couldn’t have been divinely translated because it makes the same grammatical mistakes as the 1769 King James Version of the Holy Bible.  They ask why a book written in the 19th century has the same type of language used in the 1700s.  Did Joseph Smith use a KJV Bible to write the Book of Mormon?

It is true that the BOM has many passages where the language mirrors that of the KJV.  This only can add to one’s testimony that the BOM must be holy scripture.  But why does it make the same mistakes?

If language is rendered a certain way in the KJV, we should assume that that was the correct way to render it.  The KJV is the greatest piece of literature in Jacobean English and perhaps in all of English.  Some contest that language is rendered a different way in other pieces of literature of the time.  None of these were as great as the KJV.

Critics admit that the introduction to the KJV contains no grammatical mistakes.  If you read that introduction, you’ll know that the KJV was composed under his majesty’s special command.  There is no room for errors in the KJV.  If something appears a certain way in the KJV, we should assume it was the authors’ intent and that it was the correct way to translate.

So why does the Book of Mormon language mirror KJV language?  Because God wanted us to see it as just as great a piece of literature as the KJV!  FairMormon defends the faith by saying, “…we do not claim to know why the Lord chose to reveal the Biblical passages in that manner.”  They claim that the BOM passages were revealed in the same manner so that both books would be heavenly sealed together.

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God was once a man and man can become like God

Many anti-Mormons claim that we believe that our God was once a man on another god’s planet.  Allegedly, we believe he became a god by being a good Mormon, and we too can become gods of our own planets by being good Mormons.  This is not true!

Let me explain what Mormons actually believe.  Romans 8:17 says that Christians are joint-heirs with Christ.  What is a joint-heir?  It is someone who inherits something equally with all the other joint-heirs.  So being joint-heirs with Christ means that we will inherit, to an equal degree, whatever it is that Jesus inherited from God the Father.  And it was godhood that Jesus inherited from God.  In John 8:58, Jesus calls himself “I am,” which is God’s name in the Old Testament.  He is claiming to be God!

So we too will inherit godhood from God the Father.  Just like Jesus, if we are faithful Christians and receive all the saving ordinances of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we will return to God’s presence.  If God is everywhere, and we are with God, then we are everywhere too.  Being in God’s presence makes you god-like.

It doesn’t mean that you will become a god over your own planet like anti-Mormons claim.  You will still be subject to the one and only God.  But God will share the secrets of eternity with you.  You will be all-knowing just like God is.  God wants to share everything he has with us for we are his beloved children.

So if we can be like God, was God once a man.  Well, yes.  But he wasn’t a man on another God’s planet as anti-Mormons claim.  You see, in the beginning, God was just a spirit surrounded by nothing.  God knew everything because he knew that he existed and that’s all there was to know.  So the Bible is correct in declaring that God always existed and was always an all-knowing being.  But we know through latter-day revelation that, in order for God to know everything he knows now, he had to learn everything.  He had to progress.

In order for God to learn everything about mortality and the human condition, he created a body for himself and dwelt on an earth that he created similar to ours.  He learned everything there was to know about being human.  And then he created our world and the billions of souls that would be born here.  Our God didn’t have another god who gave him a body of flesh and bones.  God learned to make for himself a body of flesh and bones all by himself.

Mormons do believe that there are many gods because many Christians have accepted the saving ordinances of the LDS Church and have been exalted to become god-like.  But they are under God, even though they are gods themselves.  It doesn’t mean we believe that there are many gods who each have their own planet.  There is only one God who makes worlds without number.  Our God is the god of all the planets in existence.  There is only one God.

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