Iron Rod 049 – 1 Nephi 1-2
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We begin with a discussion of the Book of Lehi and the lost 116 pages, and then dive into the first two chapters of 1 Nephi. Topics include what it means to have goodly parents, to be highly favored of the Lord, and Lehi’s sacred experience that wasn’t “too sacred to talk about”.

D&C 3:12-14
1 Nephi 1:16-17

1 Nephi 19:1-2

D&C 10:38-51

Mormon 9:33

Ether 1:34

Ether 10:13

1 Nephi 17:35

1 Nephi 3:6

Mosiah 10:13-14

2 Nephi 1:19

Alma 48:20

Alma 27:27- 30

Alma 9:20-24

2 Nephi 1:17-20

1 Nephi 9:3-6

2 Nephi 5:28-31

1 Nephi 19:18-19

2 Nephi 11:2

2 Nephi 25:3-4

2 Nephi 33:3-9

1 Nephi 1:7-11, 18

D&C 76:20-21

1 Nephi 2:19

Lectures on Faith 6:5

Jeremiah 5:25-31

Jeremiah 7:1-11

1 Nephi 2:16-18

D&C 46:13-14

Mosiah 2:41

Iron Rod 047 – Gospel vs. Church
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After a review of the scriptural definitions of “gospel” and “church”, we review Elder Poelman’s talk from October 1984 General Conference which was re-recorded after-the-fact to completely change the message of his talk.

D&C 42:12

D&C 101:63, 67, 72, 74, 75

Mosiah 26:21

D&C 10:67-68

Alma 45:17

Mosiah 18:16-17

3 Nephi 26:21

3 Nephi 18:10-13

3 Nephi 18:16-24

Moroni 6:4-9

Hosea 4:6

D&C 124:31-32, 45

3 Nephi 27:11

Iron Rod 046 – Lessons from Jesus
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This week we discuss what Jesus taught about our relationships with our fellow man – how to deal with enemies, how to deal with disputes, and how to deal with sinners.

Matthew 5:25, 40-50

Luke 6:27-36

1 John 4:20

Matthew 7:1-4

John 7:24

1 Samuel 16:7

Matthew 8:5-13

Matthew 4:23-24

3 Nephi 17:5-8

Matthew 15:21-28

John 4:3-42

John 8:2-11

Moroni 6:8

Mark 3:1-5

Luke 3:12

Luke 7:36-49

Matthew 18:23-34

Iron Rod 045 – October 2019 General Conference
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In this episode we review several of the talks given in last week’s General Conference, calling out the good, the bad, and the ugly things that were said over the pulpit, and comparing them to what the scriptures say.

3 Nephi 27:10-11

Mormon 9:20

Moroni 7:37

Mosiah 27:25-26

Moses 6:59-66

Acts 26:15-16

2 Nephi 9:2

D&C 84:75-85

Alma 37:33

1 Nephi 15:24

D&C 45:57

Isaiah 56:10

Jeremiah 6:17

1 Timothy 3:12

Helaman 5:12

Iron Rod 044 – Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible
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Between 1830 and 1833, Joseph worked on revisions to the Bible. Known as the Joseph Smith Translation or Inspired Version of the Bible, this effort was a commandment from the Lord and something that is mentioned many times in the Doctrine and Covenants. Yet despite the importance both the Lord and Joseph placed on this work, it was never published during his lifetime, nor was it ever fully embraced by the Salt Lake church. This episode reviews the history and shares some of the key changes that point us toward to the true doctrine of Christ.

Searcher’s blog post: https://onewhoissearching.com/2017/03/18/the-law-of-the-lord-part-3/

1 Kings 3:14

1 Kings 11

D&C 35:20

D&C 37:1

D&C 41:7

D&C 42:56-58

D&C 45:56-61

D&C 73:3-4

D&C 76:15-18

D&C 77

D&C 86

D&C 90:13

D&C 93:53

D&C 104:58-59

D&C 124:89

Luke 10:23

Genesis 6:4

Genesis 9:10, 16

Genesis 14

D&C 119

Matthew 8/Mark 5/Luke 8

Isaiah 42:19-22

Matthew 3:7-10

Galatians 3:7-9

Abraham 2:10

Matthew 6: 25-26

Mark 9:44-46

Isaiah 29

Psalm 14

Luke 11:53

Iron Rod 043 – Missouri in 1838
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The official story of the church in Missouri casts the members of the church as innocent victims of mob violence. While there were atrocities like Haun’s Mill committed against the Mormons, the official history fails to include the atrocities committed by the Mormons against the Missourians that precipitated responses like Haun’s Mill. This week’s episode recounts some of these forgotten facts that show just how un-Christian the church was acting in 1838.

D&C 103:5-8, 26

Romans 12:9

3 Nephi 3:20-21

D&C 98:33

Mormon 3:14

2 Nephi 27:5

D&C 124:28

General Conference:
Moroni 6:9

D&C 20:45

D&C 46:2

D&C 84:85
D&C 100:5-6

Iron Rod 042 – William Marks
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Many members aren’t familiar with Wiliam Marks, even though he was a significant figure in Nauvoo and the Succession Crisis. This week’s episode talks about William, his role in Nauvoo, and what he had to say about certain teachings and practices.

D&C 117:1-2

D&C 124:79-80

D&C 105:14

Iron Rod 041 – William Law and the Nauvoo Expositor
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The LDS Church teaches that William Law was a disgruntled, excommunicated apostate who wanted to destroy the Church when he published “vicious lies” in the Nauvoo Expositor. Strangely enough, these “vicious lies” are never examined in Church educational material. This episode gives some of the happenings leading up to the publishing of the Nauvoo Expositor and reviews the claims therein and compares them against history and scripture.

D&C 124:91, 97-102, 118-119
D&C 101 (1835):1,4

D&C 24:7-9

D&C 134:9

Lectures on Faith 3:19,26

D&C 102:18-19

D&C 69:2

D&C 104:58-71

Ether 3:19, 24

Iron Rod 040 – More evidence of the return of the servants
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Continuing last week’s discussion, we share a few more scriptures as well as blessings and other contemporaneous statements that demonstrate that it was a common belief back in the time of Joseph that Joseph and the other servants would return to finish their labors. For some reason that belief has been lost, but it was common back then.

3 Nephi 21:8-11

D&C 100:13

D&C 103:1-4

D&C 105:1-17

D&C 124:1-11

Genesis 49:10

D&C 85:7

D&C 113:7-10

Mormon 8:26-34

Patriarchal blessing: December 9, 1834

Blessing, September 22, 1835

Joseph Smith’s last dream, TPJS p. 393

Iron Rod 039 – The return of the servants
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The scriptures talk about servants in the last days that will gather Zion and prepare for the return of Christ. Many often speculate on the identity of these servants. Speculation, however, is unnecessary. The Doctrine and Covenants make it clear who these servants are. The only question is, do we believe the promises in the Doctrine and Covenants?

D&C 1:1-6, 7-19, 37-38

D&C 70:1-5

D&C 29:1-9

D&C 84:1-4, 32, 61-72, 114-119

D&C 88:74-85

D&C 101:43-62

D&C 103:15-22

D&C 90:2-12

D&C 65

D&C 85:7

Iron Rod 038 – Degrees of Glory: Telestial and Sons of Perdition
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In this episode we conclude last week’s discussion of the three degrees of glory as told in the scriptures. We cover the telestial category, outer darkness, and the sons of perdition.

D&C 88:15-35, 100-102, 110-116

D&C 76:25-39, 43-44, 81-112

2 Nephi 28:11-15

D&C 19:2-12

Alma 3:26

Alma 48:23

Alma 34:34

D&C 1:4

Ephesians 1:10

D&C 112:28-32

D&C 27:12-13

D&C 121:31-32

D&C 124:8, 40-41

Alma 40:13-17

D&C 133:63-73

D&C 101:89-91

Matthew 8:10

Matthew 21:28-31

Matthew 22:13

Matthew 24:

Matthew 25:30

Mosiah 16:1-3

Luke 13:24-28

D&C 45:28-29

Ephesians 3:21

Mosiah 3:19

Alma 37:31

D&C 14:7

D&C 18:22

D&C 20:29

2 Nephi 31:15

3 Nephi 15:9

Revelation 20:7-8

Isaiah 45:22-25

Alma 12:32-35

Iron Rod 037 – Degrees of Glory: Celestial and Terrestrial
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The three degrees of glory is a central tenet in the LDS Church, and shapes many aspects of LDS doctrine. But how closely does the theology we are taught actually agree with the scriptures upon which it is supposedly based? This week we search the scriptures to understand what they actually say about the celestial and terrestrial categories of people. Prepare to have your traditions challenged by scripture.

2 Nephi 9:15-18
Mosiah 16:10-11

Mormon 3:20

D&C 29:27-28, 43-45

Alma 41:3-6

3 Nephi 26:4-5

3 Nephi 27:14-19

3 Nephi 28:7-8, 36-40

Helaman 14:31

Matthew 25:31-34, 41, 46

Mosiah 5:8-10

1 Nephi 14:10

1 Nephi 22:24-26

Alma 12:8

Alma 40:12-17

D&C 76:15-17, 50-80, 94-95

D&C 109:73-76

D&C 88:4-5, 94-99

D&C 93:21-22

1 Thessalonians 4:16

Jacob 4:11

D&C 45:8, 16, 45-47, 54-59

Revelation 21:1-4

Revelation 20:4, 6

Revelation 19:20

Revelation 12:17

Revelation 3:5

Alma 5:58

D&C 133:56

D&C 63:20-21, 49-54

Moroni 8:22

D&C 90:9-11

D&C 25:1

D&C 11:30

D&C 84:100

Moses 1:61-64

D&C 43:29-33

D&C 101:26-31


Iron Rod 036 – Restoration or resurrection?
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When we have an incorrect understanding of one aspect of the gospel, it can prevent us from correctly understanding other aspects of the gospel. We need to correct our initial misunderstandings before we can successfully move forward. The scriptures talk about our bodies being restored, and our bodies being resurrected, and we incorrectly assume those are the same thing. In this episode, we focus in on what the prophets mean when they talk about this restoration, and begin to explain the impact that has on the plan of salvation as we know it.

Ezekiel 37:1-28

2 Nephi 10:2, 7

Alma 11:43-45

Alma 12:20

Alma 40:22-24

Alma 41:1-4, 10-14

D&C 76:72-74

D&C 43:30-32

D&C 63:50-52

D&C 128:12-13

D&C 101:29-31

3 Nephi 28:8

1 Nephi 15:19:20

2 Nephi 30:7-8

D&C 45:17

 

Iron Rod 035 – God’s Divine Council
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The Book of Abraham tells us about the council in heaven. But did you know the Old Testament also talks about God’s council? Perhaps one reason we don’t hear about this at church is because the Old Testament references paint a different picture of who sits on this council and how it functions than what we are taught in Sunday School. Prepare to have your traditions challenged by the word of God!

Abraham 3:22-24, 4:26, 5:2

Psalm 82:1-8

Psalm 89:5-8

Job 1:6, 2:1

1 Kings 22:19-23

Daniel 4:13-17

1 Samuel 23:1-13

Jeremiah 23:18

Genesis 11

Genesis 10

Deuteronomy 4:19-20

Deuteronomy 29:24-26

Deuteronomy 32:8-24-26

2 Kings 5:17-19

Acts 2

Acts 17:22-27

 

Iron Rod 034 – Noah’s nakedness and women’s hair
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In this week’s episode, we take two hard-to-explain sections of scripture and try to make sense of them. The first is Noah’s nakedness from Genesis 9. Noah is drunk in his tent, Ham sees his father’s nakedness, and for some reason Ham’s son Canaan is punished as a result. The second is from 1 Corinthians 11 and has Paul explaining why women need to cover their hair when at church. Both stories demonstrate how trying to interpret scripture using “our” understanding can lead us astray.

Genesis 9:19-27

Abraham 1:21-27

Leviticus 20:11,20

Leviticus 18:1-8

Deuteronomy 22:30

Deuteronomy 27:20

2 Samuel 16:20-23

Genesis 35:22

Genesis 49:3-4

1 Corinthians 11:3-15

2 Nephi 31:3

Dr. Troy Martin, “Paul’s Argument from Nature for the Veil in 1 Cor. 11:13-15: A Testicle instead of a Head Covering” (Journal of Biblical Literature 123:1 [2004]: 75-84)

Bergsma and Hahn, “Noah’s Nakedness and the Curse on Canaan (Genesis 9:20-27)” (Journal of Biblical Literature 124:1 [2005]: 25-40)

Iron Rod 033 – False prophets
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Scripture informs us that there will be many who are deceived by false prophets in the last days. In this episode we explore what the Word of God teaches about false prophets and how we can identify them in order to avoid being deceived.  We analyze and apply what these Scriptures have to say to prophets both within the Institutional Church and to several groups that have splintered off recently.

3 Nephi 14:15-20
HC 4:574
Jeremiah 23:25-26, 37
Matthew 24:11, 23-24
2 Peter 2:1-4
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Revelation 19:20
D&C 45:57
Joseph Smith Matthew 1:37
2 Timothy 4:3-4
Joseph Smith Discourse 12 May 1844
2 Nephi 26:29
3 Nephi 27:10-11
Isaiah 66:7-8
D&C 88:62-66
D&C 63:32
Deruteronomy 31:17-18
Isaiah 54:8
Lectures on Faith 6
Mormon 9:19-20
Romans 16:17-18
Galatians 1:6-9

Iron Rod 032 – Divorce
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Casually reading what the scriptures have to say about divorce can be confusing. The Law of Moses spells out the process of divorce and makes it clear that people are allowed to remarry after divorce. Yet in the New Testament Jesus makes comments that appear to condemn divorce and equate remarriage with adultery. In this episode we dig into the Greek and Hebrew, demonstrate the scriptural difference between putting away and divorce, and show how bad translations have significantly changed what Jesus was criticizing, and how the corrected view is consistent with ancient and modern scripture.

Deuteronomy 24:1-4

Jeremiah 3:1

Deuteronomy 22:13-19, 28-39

Malachi 2:14-16

Matthew 5:31-32

3 Nephi 12:27-32

Matthew 19:3-9

Luke 16:18

Mark 10:11-12

1 Corinthian 7:10-15

D&C 42:22-26, 74-77

D&C 49:15-17

Article on Marriage (1835 D&C 101)

Romans 7:1-3

1 Corinthians 7:8-9

1 Timothy 5:14

Iron Rod 031 – The Presiding Patriarch
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The office of Presiding Patriarch was introduced in the 1830’s when Joseph Smith Sr. was ordained to that office and told that he and his posterity would hold that office. In D&C 124, the Lord specifies the duties of that office and called Hyrum to the office of Presiding Patriarch after the death of his father. Upon the death of Hyrum, efforts began immediately to minimize and marginalize the Presiding Patriarch, until in 1979 the leadership just got rid of the office. In addition to discussing what the office is supposed to be, and what that means for us today, we also reveal the traditionally accepted date of the introduction of the Presiding Patriarch is wrong, and how the actual date fits perfectly into the downgraded-church timeline.

D&C 124:28, 91-96, 123-143

D&C 104

D&C 107:39

Matthew 23:15

Iron Rod 030 – Elijah and John the Baptist
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D&C 2 tells us that the Priesthood will be revealed by the hand of Elijah. But the scriptural record tells us nothing about Elijah conferring priesthood by hand to Joseph. The one conferral of priesthood by the hand of an angel we have record of is John the Baptist conferring the priesthood of Aaron. In this episode, we look at the scriptural links between Elijah and John the Baptist and discuss radical concepts introduced in the Inspired Version of the Bible. We kick the episode off with an email from a bishop, and a discussion about birthday parties.

Birthday parties:

Matthew 14:1-11

Mark 6:21-29

Matthew 23:5-7

Matthew 20:25

 

D&C 2

James 5:17-18

JST Genesis 14:26-32

Helaman 10:5-12

Helaman 11:4-6

Joseph Smith History 1:68-74

D&C 110:12-16

Luke 7:28

John 1:19-22

Mark 9:1-13

Luke 9:30

Matthew 17:1-13

Luke 1:15-17

D&C 84:28

D&C 98:16

Hebrews 9:27

D&C 45:60-61

D&C 42:14-15

D&C 43:56-58

HC 1:341, 4:425