I get a lot of private email from readers who ask me to mention their site in my posts. I’m happy to do so. In the past, I’ve even had guest bloggers who shared their views here for a period of time. I stopped the guest blogger thing because no matter how much you enjoy someone’s skill at writing, invariably there are going to be things written that are at odds with what you believe. And I don’t feel that’s fair to long-time readers.
A reader contacted me earlier this year asking for advice on starting a blog. I shared a few thoughts about platform (Blogger versus WordPress), comments (none, moderated or open) and engaging with readers (anonymity or public persona). It’s so easy to be misunderstood. Are you willing to put yourself out there in order to get a message across that you feel is important or will the message speak for itself?
I’m impressed that our dialog has resulted in a new blog that frankly, I find intriguing. It’s called Gramarye (GRAM-uh-ree) and yes, I had to look it up. I’ve watched blogs come and go, especially Mormon or LDS-themed blogs. I have a list of sites I read regularly, with almost all of them related in some way to the Mormon restoration movement. I hope this one stays. Based on my dialog with the author, I have a feeling this blog will be worth watching. I have added it to my blog roll.
A Study Guide to Come Unto Christ
Most readers of this blog know the theme of gospel study in the LDS Church this year is once again the Book of Mormon. A study guide has been published, available online or through the Gospel Library app. There are many additional resources to help find the nuggets you may have missed in your personal study. For example, Pure Revelations just concluded a year-long running commentary on the Book of Mormon.
I like study guides, especially for the Book of Mormon. I have collected a lot of them over the years, most published by the LDS Church or members with orthodox views of how we should interpret what is found in the book. Since I am not an orthodox Mormon, I am interested in alternative views from what the church publishes. I have seen some of the advance posts for Gramarye. They are not typical and certainly not orthodox.
I hope to complete the first lesson this week, perhaps tomorrow, the first day of the new year. I usually arrive at work before 6am just so I can have a few hours of quiet time to read and study. Depending on my work load that day, it doesn’t always work out to be the quiet, contemplative study time I desire. Nevertheless, I know the Lord blesses me for making the effort. Perhaps with Gramarye I can formalize my study efforts.
The Remnant, the Gentiles and Condemnation
I like the fact that the author of Gramarye asked us right away to identify the Remnant and the Gentiles. From years of sitting in LDS classes (and teaching them), I know the standard answer of who the Gentiles are. Typically identified by members of the LDS Church as those who are not Mormons, I consider Gentiles to be just the opposite. They are members of the LDS Church found mainly in North America. From Scriptures.info:
“The church restored through Joseph Smith is referred to throughout the Book of Mormon as the gentiles. Joseph knew this, and the Kirtland Temple dedicatory prayer, which came to him as a revelation, explained how the church was regarded by the Lord. All the prophecies of the Book of Mormon upon the gentiles are references to what the latter-day gentile church will accomplish (or fail to accomplish). Christ’s prophecy (see 3 Nephi 16:10 in LDS Scriptures) does not anticipate gentile success.
“The gentiles will reject the fullness offered to them. At that day when the gentiles shall sin against my gospel does not raise the possibility of if, but only when. According to Christ, the gentiles shall reject the fullness of my gospel. Taking these words at their plain meaning, it leaves no room for gentiles to obtain and perpetuate the fullness of the priesthood. They will, instead, reject it when it is offered them. But despite having rejected it, gentiles are allowed to repent and join the remnant of the Book of Mormon people and be saved.”
For more, see: The Fullness of the Gospel Among Gentiles