An Angel preaching another gospel

A common criticism of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is it is “violating” scripture by adding to the Bible. Over several blog articles I will attempt to explain what the prophets were saying, giving context and showing how this concern is unfounded. For this post I will discuss the criticism found by misunderstanding Galatians 1:6-9 and how Latter-day Saint belief that Moroni, a resurrected being (and commonly called an angel), delivering the gold plates to the prophet Joseph Smith, is exactly what the Apostle Paul was warning about when he wrote: Continue reading

Spelling bee

Today, Mikey typed every word that he knows how to spell on my computer.  I then counted; Mikey Cox, who will be 3 in January, can spell 8 words!

All of these words were typed by Mikey on Notepad on my laptop.  I then copied and pasted them into this blog entry:


How's that deal?

Mikey’s newest phrase is “How’s that deal?”.  He’ll come up to me and say something like “Daddy, when we get home, can I watch TV?  How’s that deal?”  It’s pretty funny.  We’ve started using that with him now too.  “Mikey, do you want to go do XYZ tomorrow?  Then you have to brush your teeth.  How’s that deal?”.  He’ll then tell me “That’s a good deal Daddy”.

I had an interview with the Bishop tonight and got home pretty late.  The whole family was up wanting to know what my new calling is (which I’ll post here at Mike’s World News on Sunday or Monday after I’ve been sustained and set apart).  It was, of course, way past Mikey & Josh’s bedtime.  Mommy decided that instead of reading scriptures, Mikey should just have a short story and then go to bed (and read scriptures in the morning).  Mikey didn’t want that; he wanted his normal two chapters a night (1 chapter in The Old Testament, 1 chapter in The Book of Mormon).  After Amanda & Mikey argued about it for a few minutes,  I announced “I’m not going to argue with my two and a half year old about reading scriptures.”  We proceeded to read them until Mikey feel asleep.

Mikey likes reading scriptures

Most nights before we put the boys down, Mommy feeds Josh and Mikey sits on my lap.  I read from the Old Testament (Daddy’s book, as Mikey calls it) and then from The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ (Mommy’s book, as Mikey calls it).  Tonight, as I was reading in Genesis 40, Mikey fell asleep.  I finished the chapter and then I went and put him in bed.  He started crying.  I picked him up and tried to call him down.  He finally was able to tell me that he wanted me to read out of Mommy’s book also.  So we went back into the other room.  I read 2 Nephi 12 and Mikey fell asleep around verse 2.  After I finished the chapter, I put him back in his bed.

The Inspired Constitution

My friend Denise has reminded me of a post that I’ve been promising for a long time.

I believe that the Constitution of the United States of America was inspired by God.

The Lord told us: “According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles; … And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.”  (Doctrine and Covenants 101:77, 80 – emphasis added).  The Apostle Paul taught “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim 3:16).  The Lord also said “And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation” (Doctrine and Covenants 68:4).

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