Resurrection – Capstone of the Atonement

Most Christians look to Christ to be forgiven of their sins and that believing on Him is the door way to salvation.  And do not the scriptures teach us this?  Satan will do anything he can to take us away from understanding the infinite atonement. However, the searching soul will ask, “Have false traditions crept in so that we miss the full power and beauty of the infinite atonement of our Lord and Savior?”  This blog article and following ones will better help us appreciate the infinite atonement.

The Capstone of His Infinite Atonement

Most Christians look to the cross and to His suffering for forgiveness of sins.  We often hear the phrase, “We are thankful for His atoning sacrifice.”  When studied, we find that His glorious resurrection is the capstone step of His infinite atonement, and when it occurred  2000 years ago the early saints saw it as such. For Christ to go from infinite suffering to infinite glory in those three days changed the world forever, and the early Christians could not contain their joy knowing, “He is risen!” – as proclaimed in the scriptures and so profoundly in Handel’s oratorio “Messiah.”

We find there are seven fantastic accomplishments in His infinite atonement, and seven sub-steps to each of these.  Seven is the number of perfection or completion in the Lord’s arithmetic.  And the scriptures outline all 49 of these steps.
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A Promised Land And God’s Mercy

Six Hundred years before Christ, the prophet Lehi saw in vision a land which was choice above  all other lands, a precious land, a land of promise, and a land of liberty. The message from the scriptures is very clear regarding this, the Land of Liberty. If we turn from the God of this Land, who is Jesus Christ, His protection will be taken from us, as a nation, leading us to a Mighty purging. This is a fundamental message of the Bible as well as of the Book of Mormon, which many Americans are ignoring, as we view their moral decline, and as we witness them turning from God’s commandments.  We sing the anthem: GOD BLESS AMERICA; how can we expect His blessings if we don’t keep His commandments?

Most Americans Don’t Remember the Price Paid for Liberty

We forget that as we live in this Promised Land of Freedom and Liberty that there have been no wars on this land for over 150 years.  Nowhere in traditional history has that ever happened in any nation.  Wars have been part of every other generation.  God’s tender mercies have been upon us.  Over those 150 years our nation has been involved in several terrible wars, but always elsewhere.  Never here!

I just finished reading the Annotated Edition of the Book of Jasher  which is an incredible read – covering the first 2500 years since Adam as a parallel history to the Bible and vindicating the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon in its 91 chapters.  But here again we see nearly continual wars from the beginning as Satan enters into the hearts of men with contention and bigotry.  The conflict between Isaac and Ismael and Jacob and Esau detailed in this book continues to this day between the Arab nations and Israel.

In all of these conflicts is the clear message that as we keep God’s commandments to love Him and our neighbor that we will both avoid wars as well as have His protection and blessings.

The need for Americans to repent and come to Christ is of paramount importance.
See: Americas Greatest Need – Repentance
See: Message from an Ancient Prophet

The Prophet Moroni Also Saw Our Day

The Prophet Moroni was specifically speaking to us as he saw our day from his 421 AD vantage point here in America.  As he closes the Book of Mormon record, he profoundly states:
Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. (Moroni 10:3)

Are We Sufficiently Grateful for the Lord’s Tender Mercies?

Christ, who will eventual bring peace on earth, has greatly blessed this land and its mission to share His glorious gospel message around the world in preparation for His Second Advent.  Our gratitude can be shown by both living and sharing His message of gladness, salvation, and exaltation.  The Lord’s infinite atonement is cap-stoned by His superlative resurrection.  This gave the world direct evidence of the Father’s love in the gift of His Son to open the door to eternal life for all who will receive Him and hearken to His voice.

Let us not be guilty of ingratitude!

Let us not be guilty of ingratitude for all of God’s tender mercies in our lives.  Moroni then shares this great promise that if we will remember how merciful the Lord has been to us, then if we will ask the Lord with sincere hearts, we can know of the truth of this record and its message of God’s love in the gift of His Beloved Son and His infinite atonement in our behalf.

How many thousands or perhaps millions of Father’s children have had this promise answered in their hearts?  I don’t know, but I am confident the number is large.  I am one of them that knows, and I thank the Lord for His tender mercies in my life.  I am greatly blessed, and I delight in sharing His glorious message.  May we each have our hearts filled with gratitude for His tender mercies and be full recipients of His infinite atonement, and let us encourage as many as we can of the importance of truly coming to Christ and repenting of all our sins.

David W Allan

 

 

Four Major Challenges Facing America and Solutions

There are major challenges facing the United States today. People are greatly concerned with the conflicts in the Middle-east.  On a personal level, so many lives are peppered with drug and alcohol abuse, the break-down of the traditional family, health issues, and the violence we see in major cities across the USA. The public at large is affected by the personal choices of its citizens.  The “Land of the Free” doesn’t seem so free anymore.  On a world level, we face governments who are seeking world supremacy. I have broken down the content of this post into four major challenges and their solutions, as I see it.

Four Challenges:
1.     We have turned from the God of this land, who is Jesus Christ.
2.     The elite have a plan to take over.
3.     China is planning world domination.
4.     Most don’t know that Russia is posed as the scriptural “Assyrian assault.”

Spiritual Solutions

1. The need for massive repentance in America is paramount.  In the last twenty years Christianity has declined from 70% to 50%, while the number of non-believers and atheists have increased dramatically.  There are more Christians per-capita in Russia now than in the United States.

Timothy Ballard has written the inspiring two volume set “The American Covenant.”  He clearly delineates that America is God’s covenant land with an extremely important role in the winding up scenes leading up to the Coming of Christ.  It is the “Promised Land” spoken of in the Book of Mormon and has God’s promise that if we will keep His commandments we will have His blessings and protection, but if we don’t, we will be “swept off” before His coming. (Ether 2:9-12)  Timothy’s book, The Washington Hypothesis, outlines many of the miracles that allowed America to win the war we should not have won, obtaining liberty.  Historians paint a different picture, but in Washington’s on words, we won because of, “Divine Intervention.”

I have written three blog articles articulating what we can do and the great importance of turning back to the God who gave us this “Land of the Free” with its massively important purpose of being a light to the world and to help bring as many as will to Christ:

1. Who are the Gentiles?  2. America’s Greatest Need. 3. Free PDF Book of Mormon Geography.

Protection from the Plan of The Elite

2. You have undoubtedly heard of the microchip and the “mark of the beast.”  The elite are moving that program forward, but have devised an additional very clever silicon nano-technology technique in their efforts to have control of the world population.
One of the elite’s features of the silicon based material sprayed in the atmosphere by chem trails is that as you breathe it in, you develop a mucus in your lungs.  When you cough it up and swallow it up, the hydrochloric acid in your stomach reacts with it turn it into nanotechnology communication device – giving them control.  Sounds unbelievable?

Recently, a courageous Christian lady, Dana Ashlie, recently shared (16 August 2019):   a “Must watch” video.  She shares details of this clever-devilish technology.

This device can be destroyed by you by daily drinking two tablespoons of apple-cider vinegar in a glass of distilled water with a ¼ teaspoon of borax per 100 lb. of body weight.  Add raw honey or pure maple syrup to make it taste good.  So, you can take control of your life. Watch Dana’s video!

In this regard, you may have noticed that about a month ago President Trump commanded the stop of Chem-trails. The skies are blue again; THANK YOU, President Trump as of three weeks or more now.

China World Domination Solution

3. I recently wrote an article on how important English is in sharing the gospel today: In this free pdf article is cited a fascinating dimension of how China is actively planning world domination.  They are doing it in every dimension: physiologically, economically, militarily, etc.  I suggest you read the article to get a feel for how serious this challenge is to America.  The solution is the same as to number 1. Above: REPENT.  Then we will have the Lord’s protection.

Russia and the Assyrian Assault

4. In my book www.ItsAboutTimeBook.com Chapter 23 outlines the time line of the Lord.  All Twelve tribes of the House of Israel have been identified in patriarchal blessings among the Russian people.  In the scriptures, they are identified as part of the Assyrian assault that the Lord will use to purge America, if she does not repent.  I have a full explanation of this in a free pdf entitled, “Who is Israel?”

   This article will explains again the great need we have in repenting and having the Lord’s protecting hand, as we come to Him.

Conclusion

We are free to choose our lives and what they will be, but those choices make all the difference.  I summarize with this great scripture from the Prophet Lehi:

Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.  And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall.   And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.  Where, we are free according to the flesh, and all things are given them which are expedient unto man.  And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, thorough the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.  (2 Nephi 2:25-27)

Should the People of this Promised Land (America) choose not to repent and return to the God of this Land: Then one should pay special attention to the parable of the wheat and the tares.  Read especially the Joseph Smith translation of Matthew 13:36-43, and Doctrine Covenants 86:1-7 and 101:64-66.  Furthermore, the Lord has promised, “And the righteous need not fear,” (1 Nephi 22:22; I suggest reading the whole chapter.  It is a Hebrew Midrash of Isaiah chapters 48 and 49 totally relevant for our day).

In addition, the parable of the “hen” gathering her chicks gives great hope as prophesied for our day:
Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, the Great I AM, whose arm of mercy hath atoned for your sins: Who will gather his people even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, even as many as will hearken to my voice and humble themselves before me, and call upon me in mighty prayer. (D&C 29:12)

When Moroni introduced the coming forth of the Book of Mormon to Joseph Smith in 1823, he quoted Peter in Acts 3:22-23 and said that the time “soon would come” “when ‘they who would not hear his [Jesus Christ] voice should be cut off from among the people.” JS-H 40.

We should not and must not let anything get between us and our Savior if we desire to receive the greatest of all the gifts of God – ETERNAL LIFE.   We need to “treasure up His word” so that we are not deceived (JS-M 37), hearken to His voice, and be true disciples (John 15:8).  He will for sure lead us back home.  He is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6); there is no other way.  “…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  His WAY is the sure way for the greatest happiness in this life and eternal life and a fullness of joy in the life to come. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free… If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:32-36)

David W. Allan

 

Annotated Edition of The Book of Mormon and Book of Jasher

David R Hocking I am pleased to introduce a trusted friend, David R. Hocking, from Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the editor and publisher of two annotated religious works: The Annotated Edition of The Book of Mormon and the Annotated Edition of The Book of Jasher.

An annotated edition book is a literary work where marginal comments, photos and themes have been added in order to explain or interpret the work. In addition, illuminated words, phrases, quotes or other elements are often added to allow the reader a greater understanding of the work. Often, the text is reformatted for easy reading.
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The Greatest Love Story Ever

A true prophet follows a divine pattern when he shares the gospel; he shares the creation, the fall, and the atonement.  Prophets have called them the three pillars of eternity.  Because organic evolution has permeated our education system and the world society, many shy away from this divine pattern and these three fundamental pillars, which also impedes telling the greatest love story ever told.

The Fall vs Darwinism

If there is no Adam and Eve and the Fall of mankind, then there is no need for an atonement for a perfect God to overcome the effects of the Fall.  Hence, organic evolution is anti-Christ. The Bible shares the fundamental message of the Fall of mankind, but most scientists reject the Bible story.  For me, it is no coincidence that Darwin was born the same decade as Joseph Smith.  Satan needed a counter-attack on the fundamental Book of Mormon message that would bring the world to Christ and give undeniable evidence of the validity of the Adam and Eve story in the Bible.

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The Fighting Preacher – Best Movie Ever

The movie “The Fighting Preacher” is one of the best movies I have ever seen – released 24 July to celebrate Pioneer Day in Utah.

How do you capture the nearly 25 years and longest mission ever served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a movie? This is a true story where the facts are so incredible T.C. Christensen made it a “TRUE STORY”.  He took the information from journals, etc., and did not have to embellish it with any extra scenes.
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Healthy Habits – Healing 8 Health Challenges

Healthy Habits It's About Time This is the last post in the “Heathy Habits” series. In addition to the health challenges discussed in previous posts, I have also dealt with these 8 additional health issues.
1.    Arteriosclerosis
2.    Arthritis
3.    Constipation problems
4.    Dementia
5.    Knee injury
6.    Cancer
7.    Prostate challenges; and
8.    Excessive epistaxis (nosebleeds).

 Cancer and Prostate Challenges

I have a whole chapter in my book, It’s About Time, on cancer.  Here, I will cover highlights.  Dr. Leonard Coldwell has helped to cure more cancer patients than any other doctor on the planet, there is a seven minute synopsis on YouTube of what he suggests for people to overcome this enormous health challenge.

The American diet is meat and dairy centered, which moves the body acidic.  A plant diet moves the body to a more alkaline state.  Dr. T. Simoncini in Italy has written a book, Cancer is a Fungus: A Revolution in Tumor Therapy, and a summary of his book is as follows: “On the basis of the scientific considerations in this book which demonstrate that cancer is caused by fungal masses (of the Candida type), sodium bicarbonate is the only useful remedy that is now available for healing the disease.”  He also has had great success.
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Healthy Habits – Controlling Hypertension

Controlling Hypertension (high blood pressure) is vital for good health. Blood pressure is the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels. When blood pressure is consistently too high, the risk of heart disease and stroke and even death increases.

I inherited the tendency for hypertension from my mother.  For decades, she fought it with medications. I was on blood pressure medications after I had my heart attack and stroke.
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Healthy Habits – Spiritual Well-Being

Sometimes, when we are ailing physically, we may not tend to pay attention to our spiritual well-being and treasures in heaven.  We may ignore the Lord’s most important counsel: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33)  Laying up treasures in heaven should be our first priority.  My great-grandmother, Christiana Christensdatter Petersen Twede was such a great example to me of one who laid up treasures in heaven.

Christiana was Born in Denmark

Christiana was born in 1835.  She loved helping take care of her father’s sheep on the green hills near their home in Oudrup, Denmark.  Her father would give her a coin for her help.  Her siblings would spend theirs, but Christiana saved hers in a special box.  Her father would tease as he bounced her on his knee, “Whatever will you do with all that money?”

She replied, “I will save it all.  I don’t know why, but someday I will need it!”  He said she was such a good girl.
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Healthy Habits: Overcoming Obesity Epidemic

My Personal Journey

Being raised on a farm and also being a white-water guide, I stayed fit growing up.  When I moved to Boulder, CO, to do graduate work and to help develop the nation’s atomic clock and GPS , I took up jogging to stay in shape.  When we moved to Fountain Green, UT, in 1992, I was in very good shape.  Being the architect and general contractor as we built our solar home. I needed to be strong.  We poured all 125 cubic yards of concrete needed for that unique structure.

We have always followed our churches health code, but after finishing our home, I gained some weight.  When we went on a vegan diet, I lost 15 pounds and felt good.  Later on, when I encountered the disease called Rouleau, I went on a raw food vegan diet and lost another 15 pounds.

We have learned much more about nutrition over the years and have broadened our diet considerably.  We buy organic and fresh as much as possible, and we grow our own food extensively.  We built a geodesic-dome greenhouse, which allows us to grow our own food year around.  We have learned the great importance of body hydration.  Very often when people think they are hungry, they are really thirsty and would be much better off drinking a glass of Kangen filtered water with no chlorine.

We enjoy fresh fruit for breakfast and occasionally an omelet or boiled egg.   We use cage-free eggs.  I avoid bread because of the yeast problem I discuss in my book.  We like sour-dough bread.  I don’t trust the meat processing we have now because of anti-biotics and pollutants.   We enjoy wild caught salmon.  I like Jefferson’s counsel using meat as a condiment and having a plant-based diet  and pushing away from the table before you are full.

I realize everyone’s metabolism and genetics are different, but as we look over time and space for this planet’s history we can learn some very important and highly relevant lessons.  Let us take a careful look, and then I will share some fundamental causes and cures for America’s obesity epidemic.

Spiritual Warnings and Answers

The Lord in His infinite goodness always warns a people of impending dangers and consequences.  In Deuteronomy chapters 28-32 the Lord through Moses warns the Israelites that if they keep the commandments, they will be blessed.  And when we look closely, those blessings were both dietary and for how they used the land and their animals.

The Lord through Moses warned the Israelites the consequences if they did not keep the commandments.  History profoundly tells the story of the  fulfillment of the prophecies made by Moses with the scattering and now in our day the gathering of Israel from the nations of the earth with the ultimate goal the Lord has of providing an opportunity for all of His children to hear His glorious gospel message that all nations may be blessed. (Abraham 2:10-11)  The Lord can turn every evil into good, and we will see miracles — dietary and “heal their land” — as the Lord prepares a people for His Coming.  We need to clean up our act to be part of those to receive the Lord.  We have the great promise that our polluted lands will be healed.

In recent American history, the Lord, in his loving kindness, knowing “In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days” has given us a basic health code called “A Word of Wisdom”.

The Lord gave these health guidelines in 1833 to His prophet, Joseph Smith. Along with these health guidelines, He gave a wonderful promise to those “who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments shall receive health to their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.  And I, the lord give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.”  I am a recipient of those promises and I thank the Lord for them.  All who will heed can enjoy these blessings as well.

 

Hidden Offenders Causing Health Issues

In 1939, Dr. Weston A Price  wrote a book titled: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. This book describe his field work during the 1920s and 1930s among various world cultures. He studied these various world cultures with the original goal of recording and studying dental health. However, his research results became a game changer as he found that many modern diseases are a result of the industrial revolution which has added subtle toxins to the environment which had already pervaded our food sources at that time.

As we know, industrial contamination continues to be a problem. An excellent cookbook by Sally Fallon challenges this issue. Nourishing Traditions, The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, This is one of the best cookbook I have ever seen — providing much more information than just recipes..

Because his research is such a game changer as many modern diseases are a result of the industrial revolution, A Weston A. Price Foundation has been set up (1999) to promote that technology can be a kind father if he joins with a feminine partner – the mother of the “nourishing traditions of our ancestors.”

 

What Has Happened to The American Diet?

That obesity is an epidemic in America is evident everywhere.  See the movie “Fed Up.”   However, obesity can happen for a number of reasons: diet, sedentary lifestyle, genetic factors, and certain medications.  Of course, everyone’s metabolism and genetics are different.  In addition, different cultures, food traditions, societal influences, etc.  affect what we eat and who we are. However, we can control some of the factors that cause obesity, beginning with diet. It is not just a matter of the selection of the different types of foods we ingest but how those foods are grown and processed.   Also, there are other considerations, like body hydration and exercise.

As a result of the American diet, several other diseases have increased rapidly: for example, Type II diabetes, increase in heart disease, strokes, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and several other debilitating diseases.

 

Five Major Contributors to Obesity

1.  Recently, Michael Pollan has written a book, Omnivore’s Dilemma, which documents what has happened to food processing in this country, which is so harmful to our health. He specifically points out the pervasive and harmful effects of high fructose corn-syrup (HFCS).  It is hard to find processed foods and drinks that don’t use HFCS as the sweetener.  I highly suggest you look at the ingredients, as do we.

Developed in the 1970s, HFCS became a huge economic success in the 80s, but from a health standpoint, it is subtle disaster. HFCS is linked as one of the main causes of the obesity epidemic as well as to the diabetes epidemic. It tends to suppress the satiation sense, so that when we have eaten enough, we don’t know it and overeat. It also tends to be addictive. Its abundance in the American diet – especially in sodas — is often causing liver problems. As a synthesized sugar, the body doesn’t know how to digest it and turns it into fat.

2. Proper body hydration is extremely important. Unfortunately, most soft drinks and caffeine beverages are diuretic – tend to dehydrate the body.  So they work opposite to good body hydration. 

3. The need for regular exercise that you enjoy; otherwise, you will not persist in doing what your body needs to become slim and trim and fit.

4.  Table sugar is a culprit.  It is a slow poison to the body, table sugar is a slow poison. As I mentioned before, when I had Rouleau, cutting out sugar along with proper diet caused me to lose 15 pounds in two weeks.  Two books that address the sugar issue are: Sweet and Dangerous by John Yudkin and Sugar Blues by William Dufty.  In a wonderful CD by Dr. Lorraine Day is: Eye See; Prevent and Reverse Eye Diseases. Lorraine documents the causes and the cures for many eye diseases and that sugar contributes to eye cataracts. ( I used to wear glasses; now I don’t). 

5.   The book “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schosser is an excellent read. Most of your processed foods use vegetable oils – most of which you don’t want to eat if you are interested in your health and want to lose weight.  However, some are very good – coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, for example.

 

General Counsel – Avoiding Obesity

Read through all the links and information above, and then listen to your heart, mind, and your body and it will guide you to where you need to be.  As I explain in Chapter 8 of my book, the Lord will help you overcome any addiction, and consider His promise: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matt. 11:28-30)

A yoke for a team of oxen is carved to exactly fit so that it is most comfortable; so the promise the Lord makes is for you to be comfortably yoked with Him as He helps you overcome addictions and find your divine purpose and joy in the Lord.  He wants you to be happy and to fulfill the promises you made with your Loving Heavenly Father when you were with Him in your pre-mortal epoch.

As you look at the signs of the times — Satan, knowing it is his last hour — he is doing everything he can to destroy us body, mind, and spirit.  Let us be valiant in know who we can trust and not be deceived by the philosophies of men.

David W. Allan

P.S. Follow the Healthy Habits Series:
Healthy Habits: 1 Mind, Heart and Soul
Healthy Habits: 2 Healing, Recovery from a Stroke
Healthy Habits :3  Arrhythmia Solution
Healthy Habits: 4: Failing Eyesight and Blood
Healthy Habits 5: Healing Back Pain
Healthy Habits 6: Healthy Bones
Healthy Habits 7: Spiritual Well-being
Healthy Habits 8: Controlling Hypertension
Healthy Habits 9: Healing 8 Health Challenges