Shortly after Paul was baptised, Ananais instructed him to “arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins.” (Acts 22:16)
In the Seminary teacher’s manual, it states: “baptism does not actually wash our sins away.” (p. 163)
So which is it? Does baptism wash away our sins or doesn’t it?
During companionship study tonight, we came across D&C 29:12:
…the Twelve which were with me in my ministry at Jerusalem, shall stand at my right hand at the day of my coming in a pillar of fire, being clothed with robes of righteousness, with crowns upon their heads, in glory even as I am, to judge the whole house of Israel
The scripture specifically states that the judges will include the twelve who were with Jesus. Do you think that includes Judas?
Two days ago, I was called into the office of the chief operations officer where I work and was told I was being laid off. Last time I was laid off, I received 7 months worth of severance pay, which cushioned the blow. This time, I get no severance pay, but I have two weeks of work left.
Needless to say, it is stressful in our home.
Then that night, while reading D&C 24 as part of our companionship study, Mary and I came across verse 8:
Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for, lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days.
It sure seemed timely and was a good reminder. Still looking for a job though. :)
The Church has released a new edition of the Standard Works.
The current printing masters of the 1979 edition of the King James Version of the Bible and the 1981 edition of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price have deteriorated because of age and long use. The quality of the typeface is no longer as clear and sharp as it should be. Therefore, in the process of preparing new printing masters, the Church has taken the opportunity to make adjustments.
Check out LDS.ORG to read about all the changes, including textual.