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  • The Mormon Church’s Gay Rights Charade

    01/28/2015 8:14:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 28, 2015 | Samantha Allen
    Here’s a simple algebra equation to describe what it’s like to grow up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Take the year, subtract 20, and that’s the year it really is inside the Mormon gerontocracy. When I was a child, I was told that black people couldn’t hold leadership positions until 1978 because it “just wasn’t their time yet.” To explain their opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment, my parents cited some paranoid logic about unisex bathrooms. I had left my family’s faith by the time church members were supporting California’s Proposition 8 to the tune of...
  • In major move, Mormon apostles call for statewide LGBT protections [UT]

    01/27/2015 9:42:27 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 45 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 01/27/2015 | PEGGY FLETCHER STACK
    Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns — as long as those measures safeguard religious freedom. The move, one LGBT advocates have been pushing for years, provides a major boost for the prospects of nondiscrimination ordinances on Utah's Capitol Hill. Such proposals have been bottled up in the Legislature for years — despite the church's historic endorsement of similar protections in Salt Lake City ordinances in 2009. Utah's predominant faith issued the plea for such measures at...
  • Mormon leaders call for laws protecting some gay rights as well as religious liberties

    01/27/2015 4:50:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 27 January 2015 | Associated Press
    Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a 'balanced approach' in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to the behavior of others. It's not clear how much common ground the Mormons will find with this new campaign. The church insists it is making no changes in doctrine, and still believes it's against the law of God to have sex outside marriage between a man and a woman. Scroll down for video
  • Why The Prosperity Gospel Is The Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever

    01/27/2015 10:33:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 01/27/2015 | Nicholas McDonald, Associate Pastor at Carlisle Congregational Church
    I have a confession.  When I was in college, I read a book by a prominent megachurch pastor. The author told me to live like a child of God. He told me God wanted to bless me. He also mentioned that if I only believed, God would give me the nicest house in the neighborhood. That seemed to make sense. The author explained that he once wanted the nicest house in the neighborhood, and God gave it to him. Here was a man with evidence. Not only did he have the story about the house, and other anecdotes, he also had a very nice set of white...
  • WHO DO YOU SAY I AM? – A MORMON AND AN EVANGELICAL DISCUSS JESUS

    01/22/2015 2:46:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 93 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 1/22/15 | Joe Carter and Vince Han
    "Who do you say I am?" The question Jesus posed to Peter is the most important we’ll ever answer. Who is Jesus? What do we believe about him? Several years ago my friend Vince Han and I began a discussion about what we believed about Jesus. We knew we disagreed—we just weren’t sure exactly how we differed. I’m an evangelical. Vince is a Mormon.... We began by exchanging book recommendations. Vince suggested I read James E. Talmage’s Jesus the Christ, a book first published in 1913 and one of the handful of approved readings for full-time LDS missionaries. I encouraged...
  • The Mormon View of Salvation: A Gospel That Is Truly Impossible

    01/08/2015 5:33:17 AM PST · by Gamecock · 191 replies
    Equip.prg ^ | January 8, 2015 | Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson
    A doorstep encounter with missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) may allow only a brief moment to make a hopefully lasting impression, so we must weigh our words carefully. Too many Christians make the mistake of introducing peripheral topics that can sometimes move the discussion toward an agonizing dead end. Many times Mormons are not familiar with their history or doctrines, allowing them sometimes to assume the Christian is either making something up or taking something out of context. But ask a Mormon, “If you were to die right now, do you have the assurance...
  • When the Constitution “Hangs by a Thread”–The White Horse Prophecy in Modern Mormonism[Mitt Motive?]

    01/09/2015 10:41:17 PM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    Check out this 2-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast series originally airing in October 2012 by clicking on the following links: Part 1 Part 2When the Constitution “Hangs by a Thread” – The White Horse Prophecy in Modern MormonismFollowing the Mormon expulsion from Missouri in 1838, Joseph Smith made a trip to Washington, D.C. “to present to the National Congress the petition of the Saints for a redress of their grievances, suffered in Missouri” (History of the Church 4:xxvi). Arriving in November 1839, Smith met with several powerful politicians of that day, including President Martin Van Buren, and left Washington in...
  • Smithmas FR articles bumping up among top five hits on Google searches! [Vanity]

    12/20/2014 6:15:25 AM PST · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 20, 2014 | Colofornian
    Finally, understanding the sub-culural history of "Smithmas" is making more digital headway! Smithmas Free Republic articles are "bumping up" among top five hits on Google searches! What exactly IS "Smithmas," anyway? Well, Joseph Smith -- THE founder of Mormonism -- was born on December 23. Through the decades, that recognition has often eclipsed a certain Other figure's birthday, Dec. 25. (To be fair to Mormons, who are my beloved extended family members, I would think they could extend a similar critique toward some Christians for allowing a jovial North Pole-based figure to edge out Jesus' birthday!) But if you want...
  • Ward Christmas Party - Joseph and Emma Smith Family?? [A Humorous 'Merry Smithmas!' chat board!]

    12/21/2014 5:28:54 AM PST · by Colofornian · 22 replies
    NewOrderMormon.org ^ | Dec. 1, 2014 | ZelphlessNOM
    Zelphless NOM Dec 01, 2014 This is kinda funny actually. The Exec Sec of our ward just sent out this announcement for the ward Christmas Party: Quote: As a Bishopric we would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to come to the Ward Christmas Celebration...The theme this year will be "Christmas in Nauvoo" and will feature an 1843 Christmas in Nauvoo with the Joseph and Emma Smith family. Everyone is invited to come as you are, or dress in period clothing. The main dinner will be provided and if you wish you may bring your favorite holiday dessert...
  • Moroni From the Realms of Glory

    12/17/2014 6:04:21 AM PST · by Gamecock · 113 replies
    Challies.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Tim Challies
    You’ve got to be careful what you share online. Over the weekend Facebook and Twitter were suddenly inundated with links to a new recording of the Christmas hymn “Angels From the Realms of Glory” mashed up with “Angels We Have Heard on High.” It was recorded by The Piano Guys and features David Archuleta, a one-time runner up on American Idol. It is a creative recording that intersperses shots of the musicians with video taken to record the world’s largest nativity scene. The song is beautifully sung and the music is rich; it is no surprise that it quickly gained...
  • Column: Sex and the Latter-day Saints [Mormons admit the past]

    12/09/2014 3:47:08 AM PST · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    DailyAstorian.com (NY Times News Service) ^ | Dec. 2, 2014 | Timothy Egan
    ...When ushered into the master bedroom of the Mormon patriarch Brigham Young at his winter home in St. George, Utah, a few years ago, I felt duty-bound to ask an obvious question: Where did the other women sleep? Other women? The church tour guide blushed, and laser-stared me as if I’d blasphemed the Mormon Moses. I wondered about arrangements and jealousies, the conjugal timing of a man who was married to 55 women, by most accounts. I didn’t ask about the sexual acrobatics of the great pioneer, just the spreadsheet logistics of managing all those spouses. ...The Church of Jesus...
  • BYU professors discover hidden recording device in classroom ['content inadvertently erased']

    11/17/2014 8:55:35 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Jessica Ivins
    PROVO — Police at Brigham Young University are investigating whether any laws were broken after professors discovered a voice-activated recording device stuck under a chair in a lecture hall on campus. Two professors were working on a PowerPoint presentation in the Joseph Smith Building two weeks ago when they discovered a digital recorder stuck to the bottom of a stool with Velcro, police said. After attempting to play back the recordings, they grew concerned and began searching other classrooms in the building. Upon discovering similar Velcro setups under chairs in other classrooms, the professors called police. The investigation, however, has...
  • The Strawman Cometh-Continuation of threads on Joseph Smith's wives

    11/13/2014 8:53:33 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 213 replies
    exmormon.org ^ | November 11, 2014 | Anonymous
    As the new essay unintentionally hits the fan, Mormons are reeling and responding with their classic denials, claim of victim-hood and their typical repertoire of logical fallacies. Soon, their favorite defender, the straw man argument will be in full regalia, culminating in a passive aggressive indirect platitude statement (such as doubt your doubts, you have to go around the BOM, etc.) in the next general conference to which members will cling to for life. Already I have been contacted by members with their "straw man babies". So I have compiled a list of the quorum of the 15 straw men...
  • One-in-five share faith online, opening door to face-to-face evangelism

    11/12/2014 12:32:14 PM PST · by DNewsNatl · 42 replies
    One out of every five Americans shares something about their faith online, the Pew Research Center reported this week, and 46 percent of Americans saw a faith-related posting online. While sharing a Bible verse or religious image isn't the same as walking up to a stranger and offering a religious tract, several evangelical observers point out that the more common sharing of faith online can lead to more serious conversations.
  • Mormon Bishop: Harry Reid “Isn’t a Man of Serious Faith” Because He’s Pro-Abortion

    11/11/2014 10:00:44 AM PST · by Morgana · 33 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 11/11/14 | Sarah Zagorski
    As LifeNews previously reported, pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid lost his position when pro-life candidates took over the U.S. Senate. This is very good for the pro-life movement because Reid has repeatedly supported pro-abortion President Barack Obama. He’s also refused to allow pro-life bills to come to a vote in the Senate. In 2013, after the passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R 1797) through the U.S House of Representatives, Reid said that we shouldn’t focus on “fringe issues” like late abortion. However, he failed to realize it is those who support late abortion that are...
  • Who would guess? Mormon Founder Joseph Smith was a "Kasper Catholic"!

    11/11/2014 5:56:11 PM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 11, 2014 | New Catholic
    From the New York Times: It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives ... 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 biggest bombshell for some in the essays is that Smith married women who were already married, some to men who were Smith’s friends and followers. This is perfect: Joseph Smith may be disappointing many Mormons right now, according to...
  • LDS.ORG Essay on Nauvoo Polygamy: What did Readers Expect? [LDS apologist on church admissions]

    11/11/2014 6:50:40 PM PST · by Colofornian · 75 replies
    FairMormon.org blog ^ | Nov. 10, 2014 | Brian Hales
    On October 22...LDS.ORG posted three essays dealing with the practice of plural marriage by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between the 1830s and 1904... Several major controversies have been generated in conjunction with the introduction of plural marriage in Nauvoo in the early 1840s. All of these are briefly discussed in the introductory essay, Polyandry (paragraphs 20–23, endnotes 29–30). The essay acknowledges that “Joseph Smith was sealed to a number of women who were already married,” estimating the number of these sealings at 12–14 (endnote 29)... Fanny Alger... Sexuality... Children with plural wives... Number of...
  • 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...
  • Sorry, What? The Huffington Post says Mia Love Enjoys WHITE PRIVILEGE

    11/09/2014 5:43:54 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 70 replies
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  • Mia Love Tries to Be the First Black Republican Woman in Congress

    11/03/2014 8:32:19 PM PST · by Ripliancum · 48 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | Winston Ross
    White, white, white. In nearly every room Love enters as she stumps her way across Utah’s 4th District on a quest to become the first black female Republican in Congress, she is not just the only black person there. She’s the only person of any color, unless you count farmer tans. This 39-year-old, Brooklyn-born daughter of Haitian immigrants and former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, seems completely at home in a crowd of mostly old white dudes. What’s more, she gets a warmer reception here than when she made a speech at the University of Chicago Law School in 2013....
  • Mia Love, Daughter of Haitian Immigrants, Will Be GOP's First Black Woman in Congress

    11/05/2014 7:38:02 AM PST · by Ripliancum · 34 replies
    people magazine ^ | 07:45 AM EST | SANDRA SOBIERAJ WESTFALL
    A Mormon mother of three secured her place in American history as the first black female Republican elected to Congress. "Tonight you have made history!" Utah's Mia Love told supporters after winning the state's 4th House district. "Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black Republican LDS (Latter Day Saint) woman to Congress. Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it!" Love, 38, who also will be the first Haitian-American to serve in the Capital, was surrounded by her husband, Jason, and their kids: Alessa, 14; Abigail, 11; and...
  • Doug Owens leads early; will Mia Love lose shot at history? [Love wins, Owens concedes]

    11/04/2014 10:01:08 PM PST · by tflabo · 60 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Nov 4, 2014 | By ROBERT GEHRKE
    Mia Love, bidding to become the first black Republican woman to win a congressional seat in 160 years of the Grand Old Party, was trailing Democrat Doug Owens in early unofficial returns Tuesday evening in Utah’s 4th District race.
  • Mia Love, the Obama of the Republican Party?

    11/05/2014 12:40:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/5/2014 | Michael Thurston
    Even her name is media friendly. Mia Love instantly became the darling of the Republican Party on Wednesday, after being elected as its first black female member of Congress -- and a Mormon to boot. And she has also rapidly drawn comparisons with Barack Obama, not least since she wowed her party's 2012 national convention with a tale of rags-to-political riches, much like the young Senator Obama did in 2004. "Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect, a black Republican LDS woman to Congress," she said at her victory rally, referring to the Church of...
  • Meet Mia Love. You’ll be seeing a lot more of the Republicans’ first black congresswoman.

    11/05/2014 4:26:43 AM PST · by Raymann · 56 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Moyer | Justin
    For at least half a century, the party of Lincoln has battled charges that it is racist, sexist and anti-immigrant. Today, voters from a conservative state made those arguments a little bit harder to make. In Utah, Mia Love became the first black Republican woman — and first Haitian American — elected to Congress. For the GOP — a house divided that faces significant demographic hurdles to winning the White House in 2016 even as it celebrates President Obama’s shellacking — this was huge. A party threatened with extinction among African Americans and immigrants now has someone to brag about...
  • Mia Love in Utah makes history, becomes first African American female republican elected to US Congr

    11/04/2014 10:34:06 PM PST · by StopDemocratsDotCom · 136 replies
    Mia Love in Utah makes history, becomes first African American republican elected to US Congress
  • Does Mormonism Have “Dead, Zombie Rituals”? [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/31/2014 5:22:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 49 replies
    I recently listened to an interesting podcast episode of Buddhist Geeks called “Creating Living Ritual” included a critique of modern Buddhism’s “dead” ritualism. The discussion included some thoughts about what modern ritual should include to be successful and ironically, many of those suggestions Joseph Smith included in the first endowment ceremony which have recently been removed or altered. It got me wondering: did Joseph Smith create better ritualistic practices than we have today? He goes on to lament that “Buddhist rituals, definitely including most Tantric Buddhist rituals, are nothing like that. They are dead, zombie rituals.” (emphasis mine) He also...
  • Temples: Administration of Temples [The Mormon OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/31/2014 5:12:21 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Baptisms for the dead often involve young people, ages twelve to seventeen. By appointment, they will spend two to three hours in the temple baptistery area, each person being baptized typically, for a score or more deceased persons. They dress in all-white baptismal clothing, attend a brief worship service, and then participate in the proxy baptisms. Those performing the baptism often include the adult male supervisors traveling with the group. It is understood that in the spirit world all persons for whom temple work by proxy is performed will have heard of the gospel and its ordinances
  • Scary Mormon Halloween Costumes, Ranked [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/30/2014 9:47:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 33 replies
    ByCommonConsent.com ^ | Oct. 29, 2014 | Scott B.
    It’s Halloween week (though perhaps you already celebrated with a ToT), so Steve and I figured that it would only be appropriate to have a super-spooky ranking! This is some scary stuff! As always, these rankings are authoritative. 10. Cain/Bigfoot 9. BYU Honor Code Office Representative 8. Post-Manifesto Polygamist 7. Intellectual Feminist 6. Single Man Over 27 5. The Bible Dictionary 4. Non-intellectual Feminist 3. Steve Evans 2. Idolatrous God of Elkenah 1. Missionary who served, came home, and then got called back 4 years later like in that nightmare I have every 6 weeks
  • Seven Sub-Topical Samples Proving Mormonism's Occultic Origins [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/28/2014 5:23:04 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 172 replies
    Colofornian | Oct. 28, 2014 | Colofornian
    1: 'Lucifer was one of us...' The so-called 'premortal' world Mormons claim they had as alien spirits on a distant planet, supposedly located near the star they call "Kolob": Joseph Fielding Smith, 10th "prophet" of the Mormon Church: "Before the foundations of this earth were laid, WE were ALL in the presence of the Father as spiritual children. Lucifer was one of us..." (Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr., Religious Truths Defined: A comparison of Religious Faiths with the Restored Gospel, Bookcraft, Salt Lake City, p. 67, 1959/1962) 2. Per a Mormon Seminary and Institute teacher in Salt Lake City, the so-called...
  • Essay: Mormon founder had teen bride during early days of faith when polygamy was practiced

    10/26/2014 7:11:46 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 128 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/24/2014 | Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY – A new church essay reveals Mormon church founder Joseph Smith had an underage bride and was married to other men's wives during the early days of the faith when polygamy was practiced. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says most of Smith's wives were adults, but one was a 14-year-old girl who was the daughter of Smith's close friends. Research shows the marriage might not have involved sex.
  • Demonic and Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon 2 [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/27/2014 9:59:21 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 29 replies
    LifeAfter.org ^ | Jan. 11 | Michelle Grim
    Over five years ago I wrote an article entitled ‘Demonic and Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon’. Since then I have been asked by numerous people to write more on this particular subject so here it is! Back by popular demand I went through my old notes and found some other names that I think would be of interest to the Mormon and non-Mormon alike. There were more than 50 names of people and/or places that contradict what the Biblical accounts report. Here are just a few of them. ChemishThe name of Chemish so closely resembles the name of...
  • Demonic and Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon 1 [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/27/2014 9:58:49 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 1 replies
    LifeAfter.org ^ | Jan. 11 | Michelle Grim
    While studying some points of interest in Masonry, I came across some names within their books that sounded familiar to me. The familiarity became abundantly clear when I opened the Book of Mormon. I began researching some of the names in the Book of Mormon and their meanings. I compared them with the Bible, bible dictionaries and even Webster’s dictionary. I found 57 names of people and places that are demonic or names of false gods and their derivatives, however I have chosen to narrow this down to three names that I thought was most relevant. Someone mentioned to me...
  • Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?

    09/12/2014 6:28:11 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 273 replies
    Answering Protestants Blog ^ | 12 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    According to Latter-Day Saints (LDS, Mormon) President Orson Hyde, Jesus was married to several women, including Mary Magdalene, and had biological children. "..[In John 2,] Jesus was the bridegroom at the marriage of Cana of Galilee, and he told them what to do. Now there was actually a marriage; and if Jesus was not the bridegroom on that occasion, please tell who was. ... We say it was Jesus Christ who was married, to be brought into the relation whereby he could see his seed, before he was crucified. ... I do not despise to be called a son of...
  • Freeper Tminusfour passed away today

    08/06/2014 7:37:42 PM PDT · by reaganaut · 92 replies
    none | 7/6/14 | Me
    This afternoon, after a long battle with cancer, Freeper Tminusfour passed away. For those of us who were blessed to know her personally, she was an amazing inspiration. She fought the cancer for nine years, cheerfully saying it would not define who she was. She was a model Christian, showing Christ's love in all that she did. She is survived by her husband, Freeper 4merliberal, by four daughters, and by a son and three stepsons. Now in the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, she is released from pain and hears the words "Well done, good and faithful...
  • Magic Underwear & Magic Food

    07/31/2014 11:11:43 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 553 replies
    Mormons have some really weird beliefs. For example, many (all) Mormons believe they (males only) can take a cooking/salad oil, pour just a small drop on the crown of your head and their god will heal them of almost anything. Mormons believe that by wearing ugly underwear bought from a specific company, their god will protect them from harm. Mormons believe that by wearing a really weird looking costume they are taught secret ways to touch angels so after they die, the angels will let Mormons get into heaven quicker. Mormons believe their god requires women to not wear outer...
  • Are Beck and Company Funding Lawlessness in the Name of Jesus

    07/12/2014 6:23:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 353 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2014 | M. Catharine Evans
    Glenn Beck has set up Mercury One Children and Family Border Relief Fund to help illegals coming into the United States. He’s already raised $600,000. Beck stated that Obama would not have to step in and ask for $3.7 billion if private charities would pick up the slack and give to the swarm of illegals crossing the border.Is he kidding?  Do we really need more churches and non-profits enabling this blatant attack on America? Rich people and liberal elite billionaires have no skin in the game when it comes to the consequences of illegal immigration so what do they care?It’s the working...
  • Guest Post: Ignoring Logic And The Misrepresentation Of Ordain Women [Non-OW questions Lds leaders]

    07/07/2014 9:11:38 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    The Exponent ^ | July 2, 2014 | LoriAnn
    As I’ve thought about the issues of asking questions, faithful agitation, and looking for a much-needed change regarding gender inequality in the Church, I have come to the conclusion that we as a church don’t know all there is to know about God. None of that has to take away from the truthfulness of the Gospel, but the suggestion that the Church is perfect makes the declaration of having a living prophet seem a bit confusing. If there are not things that we are waiting to open our eyes to (which means God is waiting on us to ask him)...
  • BYU professor shines light on low numbers of sex assault prosecutions

    07/05/2014 5:34:59 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 6 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | May 8, 2014 | Liesl Hansen
    SALT LAKE CITY — Sexual assaults in Utah are going underreported, but the work of a BYU professor is helping to convince lawmakers and law enforcement to pay more attention to prosecuting such cases. Julie Valentine, a sexual assault nurse examiner and nursing professor at BYU, found that only 6 percent of cases in Salt Lake County have been prosecuted. Valentine examines rape victims and collects forensic evidence for cases. As she examined victims for prosecution, she would not hear back about any follow-up and wanted to find out why. “We would do these examinations — we’d do hundreds —...
  • St. George Utah Temple: 1st operating temple [Dead 'Founding Fathers...appeared' in Mormon temple?]

    07/04/2014 6:49:54 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 110 replies
    Announcement: 9 November 1871 Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 9 November 1871 by Brigham Young Private Dedication: 1 January 1877 by Wilford Woodruff, Erastus Snow, and Brigham Young Dedication: 6–8 April 1877 by Daniel H. Wells (with Brigham Young presiding) SNIP The St. George Utah Temple is the first temple where endowments for the dead were performed. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America appeared twice to Wilford Woodruff in the St. George Utah Temple asking why their temple work had yet not been performed on their behalves. A striking painting depicting this singular event hangs in the temple...
  • Utah man sentenced to jail for seat-saving assault at a Mormon church

    06/30/2014 10:18:58 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    salt lake tribune ^ | Jessica Miller
    Ogden • A Plain City man accused of beating a fellow churchgoer last year at a Mormon baby blessing and mission farewell was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail. Wayne Dodge, 52, pleaded guilty last month in Ogden’s 2nd District Court to one count of class B misdemeanor assault. One charge of felony aggravated assault was dismissed, according to court records. Judge W. Brent West ordered Dodge to complete an anger management class as part of a 12-month probation. The judge also ordered Dodge to pay a $550 fine and have no contact with the victim. Dodge, who faced...
  • How Marriott’s owner put aside his Mormon beliefs to cash in on the LGBT travel market

    06/27/2014 9:33:37 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 44 replies
    Quartz ^ | June 5, 2014 | Yitz Jordan
    Marriott International launched its #LoveTravels marketing campaign on June 2, targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender customers—as well as pro-LGBT consumers—with a campaign designed to “convey the company’s commitment to make everyone feel comfortable being who they are.” The campaign already has its own dedicated website (two of them, actually); hotel-mounted billboards in Washington DC; and is spreading in social and LGBT media. Shot by the photographer Braden Summers, it features the recently out-of-the-closet basketball player Jason Collins and the transgender model Geena Rocero, and invites people to share their stories of travel on social media with the hashtag #LoveTravels....
  • Sex abuse lawsuit filed against Mormon church [allegations re: Lds missionary & cover-up]

    06/27/2014 9:09:58 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 34 replies
    Palm Springs Desert Sun ^ | May 2, 2014 | Reza Gostar
    Lawsuit claims teen girl was repeatedly abused by Mormon missionary in 1985 in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert.PALM SPRINGS – A lawsuit filed Friday against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a church bishop and a missionary, claims a woman was repeatedly sexually abused when she was a teenager in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert, and it was covered up. The lawsuit, which was filed in Riverside County Superior Court in Palm Springs, contends that from July to November 1985, Jacqueline Tyler, then 13, was repeatedly abused by a missionary and that after a church bishop learned of...
  • Oregon school shooting suspect fascinated with guns but was a devoted Mormon, his friends say

    06/27/2014 8:58:53 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 37 replies
    Fox News/AP ^ | June 12, 2014
    TROUTDALE, Ore.–Jared Michael Padgett was a straight-arrow kid who had a fascination with guns, planned a career in the military and was deeply devoted to his Mormon faith, those who knew him say. And they're all wondering why the 15-year-old took an assault rifle, a handgun and nine ammunition magazines to his high school and killed a fellow freshman, injured a teacher and took his own life. Police said Wednesday that they have not been able to establish a link between Padgett and Emilio Hoffman, the 14-year-old who was shot dead in a locker room. Police have not said whether...
  • LDS missionaries install illegal flagpole on top of Mount Olympus

    06/27/2014 6:59:10 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 40 replies
    KSL.com [owned by Lds Church] ^ | June 26, 2014 | Maddy Richards
    SALT LAKE CITY — Eight LDS missionaries serving in the Salt Lake City East Mission and their leaders are working with the Forest Service to remove a flagpole that the missionaries cemented to the top of Mount Olympus earlier this week. Hikers discovered the flagpole with a U.S. Flag and an autographed mission T-shirt on Forest Service lands and alerted rangers. The Forest Service confirmed that posting the flagpole was indeed breaking the law. “You would need to get a permit to put up a flagpole. In wilderness it wouldn’t be allowed at all,” said Kathy Jo Pollock of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache...
  • Mormon church sues Winston Blackmore for trademark infringement

    06/27/2014 6:28:57 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 81 replies
    VANCOUVER — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is suing the religious leader of a small polygamous sect in British Columbia, alleging Winston Blackmore has violated the church's trademarks and is attempting to portray himself — and his controversial community — as a part of mainstream Mormonism. The Salt Lake City-based church has filed a notice of claim against a corporation set up by Blackmore, who is one of two leaders in a commune in southeastern B.C. known as Bountiful. Blackmore and his followers practise a fundamentalist form of Mormonism that still holds polygamy as a tenet of...
  • Time for new reformation re: understanding of Biblical priesthood, sainthood, & ordination [Vanity]

    06/26/2014 11:27:30 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 169 replies
    Colofornian | June 26, 2014 | Colofornian
    Mass confusion is still extant pertaining to three key Christian words -- each related to "ministry" and those who serve God: "priesthood" "saints" "ordination" Each of these words have, unfortunately, been largely skewed by the historical Church: The first two by Roman Catholicism; the latter by Protestantism. 'Holy Priesthood...Royal Priesthood' No New Testament-based Church can neglect 1 Peter 2:4-9 and Revelation 1:5-6 plus Revelation 5:10 in its definition of "priesthood." In 1 Peter 2, the "holy priesthood" (verse 5) and the "royal priesthood" (verse 9) are described as a privilege presented to those who... ...come to Christ (verse 4); ...are...
  • Did Kate Kelly’s Local Leaders Follow the Handbook [Lds leaders circumvent established procedures]

    06/26/2014 8:59:27 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 56 replies
    RationalFaiths.com ^ | June 17, 2014 | James Patterson
    In his landmark work Jesus the Christ, James E. Talmage spends several pages outlining the “high priest’s unrighteous adjuration” of the Savior. The Sanhedrin wanted so badly to not only stem the growth of Jesus’ growing disciples, but to take back control of what he continued to point out as a broken religious system of Pharisees, Sadducees, hypocrisy, judgment and adherence to outdated laws that ignored the heart of his message of love, tolerance and spiritual growth. Before I proceed, let me make it clear with those who are looking closely for opportunities to cry foul that I am not...
  • Mormons oust Ordain Women's Kate Kelly over women priests

    06/24/2014 7:28:37 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 80 replies
    BBC ^ | June 23 2014 | BBC
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has excommunicated a prominent backer of ordination of women priests, her advocacy group has said. Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain Women, was notified of the ruling on Monday, a day after a trial by judges in the Mormon Church, Ordain Women said. The group said the Mormon Church hierarchy deemed her an apostate for her contravention of Church doctrine. The Utah-based Mormon religion boasts more than 15 million members worldwide. According to a letter informing her of her excommunication obtained by the Deseret News, a leading Utah newspaper, Ms Kelly will be...
  • Mormon Church Kicks the Beehive [ex-communications lined up]

    06/25/2014 5:57:31 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 63 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | June 16, 2014 | Sharon Lindbloom
    ...The Herald Journal of Logan, Utah is running an online poll asking readers, “Would you support the excommunication of Mormon activists John Dehlin and Kate Kelly?” At the time of this writing, the “No” response outnumbered “Yes” by nearly 4 to 1. Mormon blogger Jana Riess is very troubled by the Church’s actions toward Kelly and Dehlin. She asked, “Are we looking at a Mormon purge?”... “If the point of these pending excommunications is to strike fear in the hearts of other Latter-day Saints who love the Church but do not always agree with it on matters of social justice,...
  • More Mormons facing church scrutiny for online comments

    06/20/2014 2:37:10 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 75 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | June 19, 2014 | LAURIE GOODSTEI
    ....From California to Virginia and states in between, more than a dozen Mormons interviewed in the past week said they had recently been informed by their bishops that they faced excommunication or risked losing permission to enter a temple because of comments they had made online about their faith, the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.SNIP "When it goes so far as creating organized groups, staging public events to further a cause, and creating literature for members to share in their local congregations," Otterson said, "the church has to protect the integrity of its doctrine as well as...