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Messenger Vol.4 No.1 '09

Messenger Vol.4 No.1 '09

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Articles from Messenger of the Fulness of the Gospel magazine. Covers early Mormon doctrine and history.
Articles from Messenger of the Fulness of the Gospel magazine. Covers early Mormon doctrine and history.

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Of the Fullness of the Gospel 
Vol. 4, No. 1 (Issue 19) Autumn ‘09
 Did we make promises in the pre-mortal world?
What were our pre-mortal origins and covenants?
Were true marriages made in the heavens before earth?
Mosiah Hancock’s dream of pre-earth life
 How should we select our eternal mates?
This periodical began in 1991 in England under the name Truth Seeker,and changed its name to Messenger magazine in 1997.Since 2002 it has moved to America, and selected articles are on the web at -
 Editor – 
Nathan C. Taylor 
“He that will not reason is a bigot; He that cannot reason is a fool;and he that dare not reason is a slave.”
Modern Latter-day Saints have been counseled by the Churchleaders to pray about those whom they marry. President Kimballgave this counsel:“In selecting a companion for life and for eternity, certainlythe most careful planning and thinking and praying andfasting should be done to be sure that of all the decisions,this one must not be wrong. … Emotions must not whollydetermine decisions, but the mind and the heart,strengthened by fasting and prayer and seriousconsideration, will give one a maximum chance of maritalhappiness.”
But, as a recent survey from Brigham Young Universityshows, the majority of Mormons reject this advice, with 78% of men and 71% of women not considering spiritual confirmation to bean important factor in deciding who to marry.
Considering the fact that to attend B.Y.U. a person must bein full standing with the Church and maintain certain moral andreligious standards, the number of Latter-day Saints in general who pray about who they will marry is probably much lower. But thisissue asks “what does God expect of us in selecting our spouses?”Over the years most of our issues have focused on topicsrelated to history and authority. Very little has been written on howthe Gospel relates to relationships, and nothing has been said aboutthe part human love plays in God’s plans. With this issue it is hopedthat balance will be redressed.This issue is dedicated to the spouses we have and the oneswe have yet to marry. May we always remain true to each other.
We float our hearts upon the water and see them floundering in the surgebut if they hold fast and do not falter into another’s heart they will merge And by this journey we are strengthened as along the way our weakness we meet  for no other route can there be takento make our love last and be complete
1Spencer W. Kimball, “Oneness in Marriage,” Ensign, Mar. 1977, p. 3.2B.Y.U. Studies 46:3, “A Survey of Dating and Marriage”, 2007.
Chosen Before the Foundations of the World
In the ancient Apocrypha
it tells the story of the young man namedTobias
,and how he was guided by an angel to the “fair and wise”Sara, whom he was destined to marry.However, Tobias was more than a little scared at this prospect as previously “this maid hath been given to seven men,who all died in the marriage chamber” at the hands of an evil spirit.Yet the angel told him not to be afraid, and assured him “this samenight shall she be given thee in marriage.”After being given some instruction on how to ward of thedemon that would oppose their union, he was further reassured thatfollowing he and his wife’s prayers, “God which is merciful, ... willhave pity on you, and save you: Fear not, for she is appointed untothee from the beginning; and thou shalt preserve her, and she shallgo with thee.”Yet, we might wonder, why should the angel favor Tobiasamongst all the other men? The answer seems to be in his statementthat Sara was “appointed unto thee from the beginning.”
Havingheard this he softened, and we are told that from that moment “heloved her, and his heart was effectually joined to her.”It seems that Sara, being appointed to Tobias from the beginning, suggests that their relationship was fore-ordained (or  planned) in the pre-mortal world, and I began to wonder whether itwas possible that many other couples were similarly ‘meant for eachother’, or if this incident was just an exception.The subject of relationships formed before this life is oneupon which poets have also speculated, as this example from DanteRosetti shows:
1An earlier version of this article was written in 1993, but has since been revisedsubstantially, with material added from a youth fireside given this year (2009) by Nathan and Bonnie Taylor.2The King James Version of the Apocrypha was part of the ‘Authorized’ Bibleup until 1826, when the Bible Society began excluding it to cut down on printing costs. According to a revelation given to the Prophet Joseph: “Thereare many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translatedcorrectly” (D&C 91:3)3Tobias (sometimes called Tobit) was from the tribe of Naphtali, and livedaround 720 B.C.4Tobit 6:7 (see verse 10-17 for the whole story).

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