The odds of a planet spontaneously creating itself and then being able to produce intelligent life that could survive and thrive are very unlikely.
Who is God? He is all powerful, all knowing, but the most descriptive attribute is probably father.
God is very intimate and very personal and our lives.
When we comprehend God we begin to comprehend ourselves.-find this quote from Joseph Smith
if you don't see miracles in your life then something about you needs to change.
1 And I, the aLord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That bSatan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the cbeginning, and he came before me, saying—Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will dredeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely eI will do it; wherefore fgive me thine honor.
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27 And we beheld, and lo, he is afallen! is fallen, even a son of the morning!
Abraham 3:27 27 And the aLord said: Whom shall I bsend? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And canother answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will dsend the first.
The sacrament prayers remind us each week how to return to him. We learned and retained by repetition.
In John Milton's Paradise Lost he quotes Lucifer as saying, “It is better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.” That may be a very good incite into why Lucifer would propose another plan, especially they one he did, knowing everything he had know.
Satan's plan is still to take our agency. We have things in our lives that continue to limit our agency (debt, addiction,...)
4 Thou shalt anot make unto thee any bgraven cimage, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that isin the water under the earth:
Idols are anything that interfere with us doing our duty. Idols replace thoughts of God in her mind and hearts. Idols replaced God in the way we use our time.
Do we spend more time picking what to wear, watching TV, or checking e-mail than we spend in prayer?
Is it a testimony? Does it edify others or just give us a venue to vent our emotions? (See also, Is it a prayer, a testimony or a talk?)
From the Bulletin
"The shapes of the idols may have changed since the days of Moses, but the basic principle — allegiance to God above all else — is still the commandment."
President Spencer W. Kimball wrote: "There are unfortunately millions today who prostrate themselves before images of gold and silver and wood and stone and clay. But the idolatry we are most concerned with here is the conscious worshipping of still other gods. Some are of metal and plush and chrome, of wood and stone and fabrics. They are not in the image of God or of man, but are developed to give man comfort and enjoyment, to satisfy his wants, ambitions, passions and desires. Some are in no physical form at all, bur are intangible." Brother Dennis Largey, "Refusing to Worship Today's Graven Images," Ensign, February 1994, 9.