Archives for the month of: March, 2017

Part 1

New bottles for new wine – Christ and the Pharisees

Jesus was teaching during a meal, at which were present publicans, blatant sinners, Pharisees, and disciples of John.

Likely prompted by the presence of John’s disciples, whose baptism Jesus respected, the Pharisees present asked

“Why will ye not receive us with our baptism, seeing we keep the whole law?

But Jesus said unto them, Ye keep not the law. If ye had kept the law, ye would have received me, for I am he who gave the law.

I receive not you with your baptism, because it profiteth you nothing, for when that which is new is come, the old is ready to be put away.

For no man putteth a piece of new cloth on an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up, taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

Neither do men put new wine into old bottles, else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish, but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” (Joseph Smith translation of KJV Matthew 9)

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Here are some references and questions I keep in mind when attending a religious conference.

Questions to ask for personal preparation: 

Alma 26:21-22, D&C 93:28&39

Am I repentant, ceaselessly prayerful, and diligently obedient to the commandments so that God can reveal his mysteries to me?

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