46. Power Grab and Double Standards: Lost Patriarchs to Semi-Lost "Doctrine"

1h 9m | Nov 6, 2023

In this episode, Brendon and Skyler discuss the forty-sixth lesson in the LDS Come, Follow Me sunday school manual. This week (Nov.6-12) is titled “An High Priest of Good Things to Come” and covers Hebrews 7-13. 

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Pastor Brendon's Colossians series can be found here and/or here

Seminary Manual and here 

General Handbook (esp. here, here, here and here)

D&C 20; 28.13; 68.4; 84;86.8-9; 107; 110; 132; 138; Alma 32; 3 Ne 11

Official Declaration1

The Lectures on Faith 

Joseph Smith: here and here 

The Words of Joseph Smith, compiled and edited by Andrew Ehat and Lyndon Cook 

  • At one place – Smith distinguishes between Melchizeedek and the “Aaronic or Levitical” (p. 38-39). Yet, at other places, Smith distinguishes between “Aaron, Abraham, and Melchizedek” - Levitical, Abraham’s “patriarchal power”, and “that of Melchizedek”- and the “three grand orders of priesthood” as “the King of Shalom”, “patriarchal authority”, and Levitical (pp. 244-246). 
  • “I admit that by reading the scriptures of truth, Saints in the days of Paul could learn beyond the power of contradiction that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had the promise of eternal life confirmed to them by an oath of the Lord. But that promise or oath was no assurance to them of their salvation. But they could, by walking in the footsteps and continuing in the faith of their fathers, obtain for themselves an oath of confirmation that they were meet to be partakers of the inheritance with the Saints in light...will not the same faithfulness, the same purity of heart, and the same faith bring the same assurance of eternal life – and that in the same manner...” (pp.299-300) 

True to the Faith, excerpt from “Faith”: “Faith is a gift from God, but you must nurture your faith to keep it strong. Faith is like the muscle of your arm. If you exercise it, it grows strong. If you put it in a sling and leave it there, it becomes weak.” 

Gospel Principles 

“Christ Is Risen; Faith in Him Will Move Mountains” (Russell Nelson) 

“Faith Is Not by Chance; but by Choice” (Neil Andersen) 

“Faith - The Choice Is Yours” (Richar Edgley) 

The New Testament Made Easier by David Ridges 

Understanding Paul by Richard Lloyd Anderson 

Epistle To the Hebrews by Richard Draper and Michael Rhodes  

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie; under “Faith” - he includes the heading: “Faith is a gift of God bestowed as a reward for personal righteousness.” 

Orson Pratt: JD 19.114


The Lectures on Faith: In Historical Perspective, edited by Larry Dahl and Charles Tate, Jr. 

“The ‘Lectures on Faith’: A Case Study in Decanonization” by Richard Van Wagoner, Stephen C. Walker, and Allen D. Roberts 

Power From On High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood by Gregory Prince 

Lost Legacy: The Mormon Office of Presiding Patriarch by Irene M. Bates and E. Gary Smith 

"A Gift Given: A Gift Taken; Washing, Anointing, and Blessing the Sick Among Mormon Women" by Linda King Newell

The Mormon Jesus by John Turner 

Conflict in the Quorum by Gary Bergera 

Mormonism in Transition by Thomas Alexander

Early Mormonism and the Magic World View;The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power; The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn 

Like A Fiery Meteor: The Life of Joseph F. Smith by Stephen Taysom 

The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle by Kathleen Flake

Mormonism: Shadow or Reality? by Sandra and Jerald Tanner 

The 1838 Mormon War in Missouri by Steve LeSueur

When Prophecy Fails by Leon Festinger, et al.


What Is Faith?; Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen 

Popular Misconceptions on Faith; also here 

Jason Wallace: here, here; Simply Put 

The Temple and the Church’s Mission by G.K. Beale 

The Royal Priest: Psalm 110 in Biblical Theology by Matthew Emadi 

Hebrews (NIV Application Commentary) by George Guthrie 

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