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  • It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives

    11/11/2014 4:27:47 AM PST · by Zakeet · 185 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 10, 2014 | Laurie Goodstein
    Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the church’s founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old. The church’s disclosures, in a series of essays online, are part of an effort to be transparent about its history at a time when church members are increasingly encountering disturbing claims about the faith on the Internet. Many Mormons, especially those with polygamous ancestors, say they were well aware that Smith’s successor, Brigham Young, practiced polygamy...
  • Brigham Young biography portrays a great leader and an unpleasant man [Book on Lds Deseret shelf]

    12/04/2012 3:35:55 PM PST · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Oct. 6, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    Closing the book after reading, "Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet," the new biography by George Mason University religious studies professor John G. Turner, published by Belknap Press of Harvard University, causes some swirling emotions for this Latter-day Saint reader. From reading Turner’s fantastic — and it is by far the best that has been written of Young’s life — biography, it’s easy for a faithful Mormon to agree that God called Young to the task of moving 20,000-plus Mormons across the plains to Utah territory and over a generation-plus, to set up hundreds of Mormon settlements. No man in U.S. history...
  • Why Race Is Still a Problem for Mormons

    08/19/2012 9:25:25 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 214 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 18, 2012 | John G Turner
    .................In a June 1978 letter, the first presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proclaimed that “all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color.” Men of African descent could now hold the priesthood....The revelation may have lifted the ban, but it neither repudiated it nor apologized for it. “It doesn’t make a particle of difference,” proclaimed the Mormon apostle Bruce R. McConkie a few months later, “what anybody ever said about the Negro matter before the first day of June of this year, 1978.” McConkie...
  • Exclusive: Brigham Young’s Great-Great-Granddaughter on Mormonism and Mitt Romney

    08/07/2012 3:45:40 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 555 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | August 7, 2012 | Jamie Reno
    A direct descendant of Brigham Young, Sue Emmett left the church because of the very values she says would make Romney a frightening president. She speaks exclusively with Jamie Reno. A direct descendant of Brigham Young, Sue Emmett left the church because of the very values she says would make Romney a frightening president. She speaks exclusively with Jamie Reno. Sue Emmett is Mormon royalty. Her great-great-grandfather was Brigham Young, the founder of Salt Lake City, first governor of Utah, and president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) from 1847 until his death in...
  • The Reflections of Brigham Young on the Nature of Man and the State [What Mitt's profs taught him]

    07/05/2012 7:41:04 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 87 replies
    BYU Studies ^ | 1962 | J. Keith Melville
    The pre-mortal period is a period of organization, growth, and purposeful development...This organization of the spirits from the "intelligence" which is co-eternal with God is for the express purpose of exaltation, to become "Gods like himself..."... ...Brigham Young said:...The Lord has organized mankind for the purpose of increasing in that intelligence and truth...until he is capable of creating worlds on worlds, and becoming gods...Believing that "the power of choice of all intelligent inherit from the Gods of eternity...is innate."... ...Complete independence of action is an attribution of deity, and only those most valiant during their probation on earth who will...
  • Mormon Bishop Mitt Romney’s Anti-Christian Religion

    05/01/2012 7:33:08 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 563 replies
    http://defendchristians.org ^ | April 13, 2012 | http://defendchristians.org
    Many naive Americans believe that Mormonism is merely another branch of protestant Christianity. Well that’s not what the founders and leaders of Mormonism believed. According to its founder, Joseph Smith, and Brigham Young, Smith’s successor, Mormons are the only true people of God on the earth. All non-Mormons and their religions are “wrong, an abomination, blind, damned, of the devil, whores, not Christians, groveling in darkness, heathens, ignorant, devoid of fact, pagan and hatched in Hell.” When Romney made a speech about his religion in 2008 he refused to distance himself from his faith and fully affirmed his Mormonism. Responding...
  • Did Brigham Young teach that Christians are ignorant people?

    01/09/2012 8:00:10 PM PST · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    You Tube.com ^ | Jan. 2, 2012 | John Ankerberg
    Did Brigham Young teach that Christians are ignorant people? From our series entitled, "Are Mormons Christians?":
  • FAIR changes Mormon defenders website name

    11/28/2011 4:12:34 PM PST · by Saundra Duffy · 172 replies
    Deseret News ^ | November 21, 2011 | Joseph Walker
    "The Mormon Defense League" is out. "MormonVoices" is in. That change became official Monday, when the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research announced a name change for its website aimed at defending the teachings and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FAIR is a non-profit organization that, according to a press release, is operated by "self-motivated Mormons who seek to improve the public understanding about the church" through conferences, workshops and scholarly articles posted on the organization's websites. While it is dedicated to "providing well-documented answers to criticisms of the doctrine, beliefs and practices" of the...
  • Mormon Official Equates Christianity with “a false cult”

    10/17/2011 8:03:26 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 124 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Oct. 12, 2011 | Sharon Lindbloom
    Mormons believe that in 1820 a young Joseph Smith went into the woods to pray. In answer to that prayer, they believe, Joseph was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ. Today this is called the First Vision. As Joseph reported this vision (in the version that has since been named “official”), he asked the Deities which sect or church was right, and which one he should join. Joseph wrote, “I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination...
  • Mormon Hypocrisy

    10/13/2011 5:52:58 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 206 replies
    13 October 2011 | Gamecock
    I subscribe to a Mormon apologetic Newsletter titled FAIR (Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research). Normally it falls into my junk email account and I don't even open it, but today I had a few minutes and scanned the latest offering and was stunned to see the hypocrisy of the authors. Please note the entire email is posted below. This particular issue has a great deal of whining about those mean Christians who make the spurious claim that Mormons are not Christians, but are a cult. A couple of examples: -"Mormons are a cult" epithets into the national spotlight. In...
  • Mormonism and the presidency

    10/12/2011 5:06:14 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 41 replies
    One News Now ^ | 10-12-2011 | Sandy Rios
    Does Mitt Romney, an elder and former missionary of the Mormon Church, believe he will one day be a god ... equal to Jesus ... ruling his own planet? Does he agree with Mormon teaching that Jesus and Satan are brothers? That America is the Promised Land where Jesus will return one day to rule from the Garden of Eden, which Mormons believe to be Jackson County, Missouri? And do American voters have the right to know this? When Barack Obama was running for president, he assured us he was a Christian. Pastor Rick Warren brought Candidate Obama to his...
  • The Mormon Plan for America and The Rise of Mitt Romney

    09/20/2011 12:13:41 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 81 replies
    World view Weekend ^ | 09/20/2011 | Ed Decker
    >Mormonism Teaches That:  The Constitution will hang by a thread, to be saved by the Mormon Church. Will the Constitution be destroyed?  No, it will be held inviolate by this people; and, as Joseph Smith said, "The time will come when the destiny of the nation will hang upon a single thread. At that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from destruction." It will be so. (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses [JOD] Vol. 7, page 150). …And when the Constitution of the United States hangs, as it were, upon a single  thread, they will have to call for...
  • The Transfiguration of Brigham Young

    08/08/2011 7:38:05 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Aug. 8, 2011 | Sharon Lindbloom
    When Joseph Smith died in June of 1844, the Mormon Church faced a succession crisis. Mormon historian Richard S. Van Wagoner explained, “Despite frequent kidnaping and assassination attempts, Joseph Smith established no firm policies regarding presidential succession in the event of his death. The resulting confusion threw the prophetic transition into turmoil. He simply had not expected to die at thirty-eight. Never given to full disclosure to any man or woman, the prophet’s public and private statements between 1834-44 suggested at least eight different methods for succession, each pointing to different successors with some claims to validity.” (“The Making of...
  • Polygamy was no Mormon harem, but it tore at marriages and hearts

    07/02/2011 6:05:43 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | June 29, 2011 | Doug Gibson
    (To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) I spent some time re-reading the late Richard S. Van Wagoner’s excellent book, “Mormon Polygamy: A History.” The 19th century tales of harems and never-ending teenage-girl hunting were, of course, lies to excite Eastern U.S. readers. Polygamy was a contradictory doctrine, and extremely dysfunctional. Brigham Young once said that he wished it wasn’t a doctrine, but later also raged that those who disbelieved in polygamy — and even monogomous LDS men — were in danger of damnation. And polygamy led to divorce among LDS elite leaders in numbers...
  • Event meant to put misconceptions to rest; Mormon group hosts discussion

    05/07/2011 6:23:56 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 22 replies
    The Red and Black ( Georgia) ^ | April 6, 2011 | Sarah Giarratana
    They are more than the people who go door-to-door asking to talk about religion. They are not the polygamists pictured in reality TV shows. That’s what the University’s student branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wanted students to know at their Meet the Mormons event at the Institute of Religion on Wednesday. Set up like a small career fair with colorful posters, the hosts of Meet the Mormons aimed to provide an open forum to religious and non-religious students alike. “A lot of people are curious about Mormons, but reluctant to actually talk to them because...
  • From LDS apostle to spiritualist — the strange journey of Amasa Mason Lyman

    04/25/2011 1:20:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | April 13, 2011 | Doug Gibson
    To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here In the spring 1983 edition of Dialogue, author Loretta L. Hefner recounts a sermon Mormon prophet Brigham Young delivered in 1867. Young said that doctrinal deviancy was not limited to the church rank and file. In fact, Young continued, among the present 12 apostles, “one did not believe in the existence of a personage called God,” another “believes that infants have the spirits of some who have formerly lived on earth,” and the third “has been preaching on the sly … that the Savior was nothing more than...
  • The Adam-God debate, or how an apostle bested a prophet

    12/22/2010 7:23:05 AM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Dec. 21, 2010 | Doug Gibson
    To see Cal Grondahl’s Currents cartoon that goes with this post, click hereWe Mormons shy away from the old relic called the Adam-God doctrine. In recent years, the late prophet Spencer W. Kimball denounced it from the pulpit, as did the late apostle Bruce R. McConkie in “Mormon Doctrine.” McConkie added that those who said that Brigham Young pushed it had taken Mormonism’s greatest leader out of context. But the later denials are, to be frank, historical revisionism. Brigham Young did believe Adam was the god of our earth, and that doctrine was pushed with fervor by Young and many...
  • Plymouth Rock: America's First Experiment with Socialism

    11/26/2010 11:23:08 AM PST · by Utah Binger · 12 replies
    Nevada News and Views ^ | November 26, 2010 | Joseph Farah
    (Joseph Farah) – There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding the people responsible for the American Thanksgiving tradition. Contrary to popular opinion, the Pilgrims didn’t wear buckles on their shoes or hats. They weren’t teetotalers, either. They smoked tobacco and drank beer. And, most importantly, their first harvest festival and subsequent “thanksgivings” weren’t held to thank the local natives for saving their lives. Do you know there are public schools in America today actually teaching that? Some textbooks, in their discomfort with open discussions of Christianity, say as much. I dare suggest most parents today know little more about this...
  • New TLC Series Aims to End 'Discrimination' against Polygamy

    09/16/2010 4:15:08 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 37 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/16/10 | Kathleen Gilbert
    UTAH, September 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The stars of a controversial new TLC television show are gearing up to help change America's idea of the family, encourage an end to what they call “discrimination” and promote legal acceptance of a new definition of marriage.But this Utah family is not concerned about redefining marriage as between two men or two women, but as between one man and two, three, four, or more women."I just fell in love, and then I fell in love again, and then I fell in love again," says Kody Brown, a fundamentalist Mormon, in a sneak peek at the...
  • Polygamy is in on TV: Lifetime's “The 19th Wife” Monday Sept. 13, previews

    09/13/2010 8:50:31 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Monsters and Critics.com ^ | Sept. 10, 2010 | April MacIntyre
    Lifetime's “The 19th Wife” will satisfy those who love stories about "Big Love" style crazy plural marriages, and cloistered compounds where women wear prairie dresses and have the same hairstyle, braided buns coralling long hair. These women are hoodwinked that the only way they get through the afterlife's "pearly gates" is as some man's plus one, or in their case, part of a harem of sister wives. The Lifetime film is an adaptation of the 2008 David Ebershoff novel about a murder mystery inside a Utah polygamist compound, and premieres Monday, Sept. 13 at 9/8c p.m. Mormons today say this...