That being said, this entry is not meant to sanctimoniously vaunt my righteousness. While this entry isn't mean to be about pride and righteousness, indulge me for a second:
If you emulate the publican, good for you. If you ever recognize that you've achieved "publican" status, you just might be the Pharisee.
No, this post is to cause us all to examine the doctrine straight from our scriptures through the lens of current events. It is presented in quiz format, and yes, I am attempting to "lead the witness."
1. Multiple-choice: Please select the correct option to complete the phrase, found in John 13:35:
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have:
A. a current temple recommend.
B. a traditional marriage.
C. a temple marriage.
D. love one to another.
2. Multiple-choice: Please select the correct option to complete the phrase, found in Alma 31:5:
And now, as _____________ had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of _________.
A. extrinsic motivators // hypnotherapy
B. antagonizing those with different beliefs // engaging in online debates
C. enacting legislation // the courts of the land
D. the preaching of the word // the word of God
3. Multiple-choice: Please select the correct option to complete the phrase, found in 1 Corinthians 13:2:
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not __________, I am nothing.
A. received all saving ordinances by the proper authority
B. served an honorable mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
C. done my home teaching
4. True or False: Taking into account the mercy of our Savior Jesus Christ as provided by his Infinite Atonement, individuals who do not believe in Jesus Christ will still be held accountable for obedience to all commandments, regardless of the fact that they never received a spiritual witness.