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  • Beck Warns Americans Against Falling in With ‘Right’s Version of Occupy Wall Street’ (Bundy)

    04/15/2014 7:20:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 200 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 14, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    The controversy over a Nevada rancher’s decades-long use of public land without paying federal grazing fees has quickly become a national issue — one that Glenn Beck on Monday urged Americans to fully understand before taking a side on. “We did some research online with PsyID today, and found that there’s about 10 or 15 percent of the people who are talking about this online that are truly frightening,” Beck said on his television program. “They don’t care what the facts are. They just want a fight.” Beck said there are many “decent, small-government proponents from groups like the Tea...
  • Gay activists aim to shut down Oregon health food store over owner’s support for true marriage

    04/08/2014 4:17:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 75 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    PORTLAND, OR, April 8, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A soon-to-be opened natural foods store in Oregon is in danger of never opening its doors after homosexual activists publicized remarks its Mormon owner made online supporting true marriage and organized a boycott targeting not just the store, but its suppliers. Chauncy Childs had planned to open Moreland Farmers Pantry, an organic, locally-sourced grocery store, in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland. But because of comments she made under a pseudonym during a discussion on Facebook last year in which she defended true marriage and said business owners should have the right to refuse...
  • The Core Mormon Teaching the LDS Church Didn’t Jettison

    04/07/2014 11:29:00 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 129 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 7, 2014 | Jay Michaelson
    While the church got headlines for dropping its much-mocked ‘Mormons get their own planets’ doctrine, it quietly reaffirmed a far more important, and more radical, tenet of the faith.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently backpedaled on a key tenet of Mormon theology: that after death, righteous Mormons will become gods, with the capacity to create planets of their own. But while press coverage of the walk-back has focused on the “Mormons get their own planets” doctrine, already ridiculed on Broadway and TV, what’s remarkable is what the LDS church left in.Indeed, the church doubled down on the...
  • DNA and The Book of Mormon Explained full-length video

    02/24/2014 7:28:13 PM PST · by restornu · 774 replies
    FAIR MORMON ^ | Published on Feb 18, 2013
    Miraculous claims surrounding the coming forth of the Book of Mormon are an evidence of the prophetic calling of Joseph Smith. Critics intent on discrediting the Restoration point to DNA studies on indigenous American peoples in an attempt to expose Joseph, the Book of Mormon, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as frauds. Claiming that scientific evidence excludes any possibility that Middle Eastern or ancient Jewish travelers came to the Americas in antiquity, such critics attempt to sow seeds of doubt in the minds of Latter-day Saints and those of other faiths concerning the authenticity of the...
  • Mormon Church Head Summoned to an English Court to Answer Charges of Fraud

    02/06/2014 6:22:58 AM PST · by Marcus · 32 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | February 6, 2014 | Mark R. Whittington
    Eugene Volokh relates an action by the Westminster Magistrate's Court in England that would be chilling if it were funny. It seems that the court is summoning a leader of a major religion to prove whether the doctrine of his church is true. The court is summoning Thomas Monson, the current President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to answer charges under the Fraud Act levied by two disaffected ex-Mormons.
  • Thomas S. Monson Court Summons

    02/04/2014 5:35:58 PM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 68 replies
    Mormonthink ^ | 2-4-14 | None listed
    Thomas Monson issued court summons to answer allegations of fraud - 2/4/14 The Prophet of the LDS Church, Thomas S. Monson has been ordered to attend court and face allegations of fraud. A court in London, England has issued Thomas Spencer Monson with 2 summons (see below) containing allegations of seven offences in contravention of Section 1 Fraud Act 2006. Mr. Monson is required to attend the court, Westminster Magistrates’ Court, on 14th March 2014. The court will then almost certainly refer the case to Southwark Crown Court for further proceedings. Failure of Mr. Monson to attend the Court on...
  • Evangelical and Mormon Leaders Gather in Tabernacle to Promote Faith and Religious Freedom

    01/23/2014 5:10:18 PM PST · by restornu · 38 replies
    Meredian Magazine ^ | 18 January 2014 | By The LDS Newsroom
    Evangelist and author Dr. Ravi Zacharias addressed the topics of faith, family and freedom in a gathering at the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Saturday, 18 January 2014. “We must build our lives on things that are eternal,” Zacharias told more than 3,000 gathered in the Tabernacle in his message titled “Lessons From History, Building a Nation Under God.” During his speech, he related lessons learned from the Bible and compared them to modern-day events. This is the second time Zacharias has spoken in the Tabernacle and his third visit to Utah since 1994. Zacharias is founder and president...
  • Arizona governor visits Mormon Gilbert temple open house

    01/22/2014 8:31:42 PM PST · by Ripliancum · 45 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Jan. 22nd | LDS Church News
    GILBERT, Ariz. — Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer described The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Gilbert Arizona Temple as "a beacon of hope, faith and love to all those who come to this sacred building and its beautiful grounds. It is a special place ... a place of spiritual refuge in this troubled world. "This temple is also a testament to those who came before you. With faith, fortitude and devotion to God, Mormon pioneers settled much of this state, including what would become the town of Gilbert." Gov. Brewer made these comments after she visited the temple on...
  • LDS Church follows Christ's 'blueprint,' speaker says [Lds leader says other churches invalid]

    01/16/2014 5:20:42 AM PST · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Jan. 12, 2014 | Scott Lloyd
    ...A frequently cited passage in LDS scripture identifies The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as “the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth”(...Doctrine and Covenants 1:30). “What does this mean?” asked Elder Tad R. Callister of the church’s Presidency of the Seventy during a devotional for college-age church members Sunday evening. “It does not mean that other churches do not have some truth, for certainly they do,” he said. “It does not mean that other churches do not render good, for they render much good. What it does mean is that this is...
  • "Watch and Remember": The New Testament and the Great Apostasy

    01/16/2014 5:19:52 AM PST · by Colofornian · 52 replies
    BYU Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarshiment and the Great Apostasy ^ | (Originally published 1990 by Deseret Book) | Kent P. Jackson
    Since its beginning, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has proclaimed to the world...there was an apostasy of the church which had been founded by Jesus during his earthly ministry...This is a fundamental belief of the restored church. In fact, it is the apostasy of early Christianity which creates the very need for the restored Latter-day Saint faith: if there had not been an apostasy, there would have been no need for a restoration.2 Latter-day Saint theology asserts...the church of Jesus and his apostles came to an end...the doctrines which its inspired leaders taught were corrupted and changed...
  • Here Is Mitt Romney Doing a Little Jig

    01/13/2014 4:40:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 1/13/2014 | Joe Coscarelli
    Onstage, with a live band! At a conference for young, single Mormons! Mitt Romney is no Gregory Hines, but he's pretty spry for 66.
  • Are Racist LDS Scriptures Still Deemed “Utterly Reliable” and “Pure Truth”? Part 2

    01/10/2014 10:42:04 AM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Jan. 9, 2014 | Lynn K. Wilder
    What do LDS Church leaders have to say about the reliability and accuracy of their own scriptures? According to LDS leaders, Mormon scriptures are “utterly reliable” and “pure truth.” The current prophet, President Monson, declared on the official church website lds.org (underline added): “The words of truth and inspiration found in our four standard works are prized possessions to me…These holy words of truth and love give guidance to my life and point the way to eternal perfection.”In 2011, Apostle Richard G. Scott taughtBecause scriptures are generated from inspired communication through the Holy Ghost, they are pure truth. We need...
  • Are Racist LDS Scriptures Still Deemed “Utterly Reliable” and “Pure Truth”? Part 1

    01/06/2014 3:53:42 PM PST · by Colofornian · 264 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Jan. 6, 2014 | Lynn K. Wilder
    In the recently released statement on lds.org on Race and the Priesthood, the modern Mormon Church disavows “that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else…” This unequivocal truth, that no race or ethnicity is superior to another, is something that Spain (1542), Quakers (1600s), Pennsylvania (1790), England (1807), Abraham Lincoln (1865), and Christians of any era who believe the Bible, know. According to the Bible, God shows no favoritism—never by skin color—and commands his people to do the same. Lincoln, who often quoted the biblical God, was displeased with the...
  • Melissa Harris-Perry Jokes About Mormons ‘Changing Their Minds About Black Folks Having Souls'

    01/04/2014 1:53:36 PM PST · by Anton.Rutter · 30 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | Jan. 1, 2014 | Tommy Christopher
    One of the peripheral aspects of the already-tangential Kierangate media kerfuffle over a Melissa Harris-Perry show segment is the host’s Twitter apology, specifically Harris-Perry’s invocation of her own Mormon background. A review of Melissa Harris-Perry‘s past commentary about Mormonism reveals an apparently genuine affection and admiration for her ancestors’ religion, as well as something of a blind spot for the Mormon Church’s history of racially discriminatory policies. As part of her apology, Harris-Perry tweeted “As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise,” apparently as a way...
  • Mormon Church Renounces Belief That Dark Skin Is Sign Of God's Disfavor

    01/02/2014 9:42:29 AM PST · by Anton.Rutter · 137 replies
    OpposingViews.com ^ | Dec. 14, 2013 | Kathryn Schroeder
    The Mormon Church has officially renounced the belief that dark skin is a sign of disfavor, or curse. On the official website for The Mormon Church, www.lds.org, a statement has been posted titled "Race and the Priesthood," where blame for the belief that dark skinned people were inferior to whites is placed on the establishment of the church coming in 1830, a time of great racism in the United States. The Church points out how previous leaders, most notably President Brigham Young, restricted Blacks from priesthood in the Church, receiving the temple endowment, or allowing them to be married in...
  • Mormons VS Epic Black Guy

    12/31/2013 8:04:02 AM PST · by Anton.Rutter · 80 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 30, 2010 | papaseanx5
    Mormon missionaries on bicycles decide to proselytize the WRONG man...
  • Utah man sentenced for crime committed on LDS mission in Chubbuck

    12/30/2013 12:28:31 AM PST · by Colofornian · 153 replies
    IdahoStateJournal.com ^ | Dec. 17, 2013 | Jimmy Hancock
    POCATELLO — A Cedar City, Utah, man convicted of felony injury to a child stemming from inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old child in 2012, was placed on probation Monday and sentenced to spend the next 10 days in Bannock County Jail. Derrick Starley was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chubbuck when the incident occurred. He was originally charged with sexual battery of child 16 or 17 years old... Starley pleaded guilty to the reduced charge in early November as part of a plea agreement through which prosecutors agreed that they would not...
  • The Great Conference of the Seventies at Nauvoo... Dedication of the Seventies' Hall...

    "Monday, December 30, 1844.—The following is extracted from the Times and Seasons, Vol. 6, p. 794:— ...December 26...1844... A hymn composed by Elder John Taylor for the dedication of the Seventies' Hall and dedicated to President Brigham Young... The Seer'The Seer;—the Seer;—Joseph the Seer— I'll sing of the Prophet ever dear, His equal now cannot be found,— By searching the wide world around. With Gods he soared in the realms of day; And men he taught the heavenly way. 'Mid the foaming billows of angry strife— He stood at the helm of the ship of life. The earthly Seer; the...
  • Must Americans accept polygamy alongside same-sex marriage?

    12/28/2013 7:07:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Myrtle Beach Sun News ^ | December 26, 2013 | Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk
    A federal judge last week struck down part of Utah’s ban on polygamy – the state can no longer prosecute adult men and women who “cohabitate” in numbers larger than the traditional pair. Critics suggested the ruling was a natural next step after the success of same-sex marriage campaigns and lawsuits in recent years. But Kody Brown, the fundamentalist Mormon “Sister Wives” star whose case sparked the ruling, proclaimed it a victory for religious freedom. Is polygamy inevitable? Are we headed down the slippery slope? Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the RedBlueAmerica columnists, debate the issue. Joel Mathis What’s sacred...
  • How I Escaped the Mormon Temple [Ex-BYU prof tells how her family was rescued from legalistic cult]

    12/27/2013 8:33:08 PM PST · by Colofornian · 569 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | Nov. 22, 2013 | Lynn Wilder
    ...For eight years, I had been a professor at Brigham Young University... I looked down on Christians...They had part of the gospel, but I had the fullness of it. I kept the laws and ordinances of Mormonism. Three weeks before the end of his two-year mission, Micah called to tell us he was being sent home early—a horrific disgrace in Mormon culture. He had been reading the New Testament. There he encountered a different Jesus than the one I was taught about in Mormonism—a God of grace, not of works, so that no one can boast... To a roomful of...
  • Near Coming of Christ...Joseph Smith's Mission...Another Mission to Be Undertaken...

    12/27/2013 4:34:09 PM PST · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    (Lds) JournalofDiscourses.com ^ | Feb. 2, 1884 | Lds "apostle" Erastus Snow
    ...But what I was going to bring before your minds was this: Shall we expect that the Lord Jesus is going to delay His coming in the midst of His people, until all this great work shall have been accomplished? By no means. I do not understand that He has ever intimated anything of this kind. Nor need we wait in our faith and in our expectations till all these great and glorious things shall have been accomplished on the earth before the Prophet Joseph Smith shall come unto us again. He has merely taken another mission in advance of...
  • Prophecy: Key to the Future [Literal Latter days? Will Joseph Smith's Second Coming occur in 2014?]

    12/27/2013 5:21:32 AM PST · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    Google books: ^ | Book published December 2004 | Duane S. Crowther
    SNIP Heber C. Kimball also believed & prophesied that Joseph Smith would return before the second coming of the Lord and associated his return with this period. After prophesying of the destruction which would sweep the western portion of Missouri, he foresaw that The pressure will become so great that the more righteous among them will cry unto the Lord day and night until deliverance comes. Then the Prophet Joseph and others will make their appearance and those who have remained faithful will be selected to return to Jackson County, Missouri and take part in the building of that beautiful...
  • Consecration—Temporal Equality—Selfishness to Be Overcome—Resurrection—Return to Jackson County...

    12/27/2013 5:07:49 AM PST · by Colofornian · 4 replies
    Lds JournalofDiscourses.com ^ | March 9, 1873 | Lds "apostle" Orson Pratt
    ...But if this people should be brought into bondage, as the Israelites were in ancient days, Zion must be led forth out of bondage, as Israel was at the first. In order to do this God has prophesied that he will raise up a man like unto Moses, who shall lead his people therefrom. Whether that man is now in existence, or whether it is someone yet to be born; or whether it is our present leader who has led us forth into these valleys of the mountains, whether God will grant unto us the great blessing to have his...
  • An Army of Elders -- Heber C. Kimball [1868 Mormon leader prophecy: Second Coming of Joseph Smith]

    12/27/2013 4:13:32 AM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    An army of Elders will be sent to the four quarters of the earth to search out the righteous and warn the wicked of what is coming. All kinds of religions will be started and miracles performed that will deceive the very elect if that were possible. Our sons and daughters must live pure lives so as to be prepared for what is coming. After a while the Gentiles will gather by the thousands to this place, and Salt Lake City will be classed among the wicked cities of the world. A spirit of speculation and extravagance will take possession...
  • DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS Student Manual: Religion 324 and 325 [Coming Latter-day 'great deliverer']

    12/26/2013 6:08:48 PM PST · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    D&C 18:8. How Is the Name Joseph Significant?“Attention is called to the name, because the Scriptures predict the coming of a great deliverer in the latter days, so named. Nephi says that Joseph, the Patriarch, predicted the coming forth of the House of Israel on the American continents, of a ‘righteous branch’ and a Seer, whose name, he said, ‘shall be called after me’ (Joseph), and after the name of his father (II. Nephi 3:1–15).” (Smith and Sjodahl, Commentary, p. 83.)
  • The Return of the Prophet Joseph Smith [Will 2014 bring the second coming of Joseph Smith?]

    12/26/2013 6:08:35 PM PST · by Colofornian · 37 replies
    - "I come again to lead you forth" The last admonition of Joseph the Prophet to the Nauvoo Legion, before leaving for the Carthage Jail...: "...This I will promise you, that when I come again to lead you forth, for I will go to prepare a place for you, so that where I am you shall be with me."SNIP (D&C Sec. 85, Verse 7) "And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth will utter words,...
  • Church Hopes to Expand Reach of Joseph Smith Movie on Hulu [Smith-smitten 'Smithmas' on Hulu]

    12/26/2013 12:05:31 PM PST · by Colofornian · 39 replies
    Lds.org ^ | Dec. 23, 2013 | Camille West
    December 23 is the birthday of the Prophet Joseph Smith, who was born in 1805. In his honor, consider watching the movie Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration, now available for the first time on Hulu... The Joseph Smith movie is the first Church film to penetrate an exclusive, major distribution channel like Hulu, where some 4 million subscribers can watch on-demand streaming video of TV shows, movies, web content, and other new media through media devices (Roku, Apple TV), gaming consoles (Xbox, PlayStation), smartphones and tablets, and other devices that connect to the Internet. SNIP The current version of...
  • What makes 'Smithmas' Smithmas? [Vanity]

    12/23/2013 10:08:07 AM PST · by Colofornian · 77 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 23, 2013 | Colofornian
    Chronological Historical Recap: What makes 'Smithmas' 'Smithmas'? Every river has its banks. What is the channel forged -- the definition of the river -- that we've come to know as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' "Smithmas"? Every river has its tributaries; and when it comes to "Smithmas" it's the same. As the Mormons annually celebrate Joseph Smith, his birthday, his advent, the Mormon Church adoration and over-attentiveness to Joseph Smith has openly competed with the focus Jesus Christ receives. The result? This continual cresting onto the banks of "Smithmas" has flooded our nation. Its headwaters are multi-faceted:...
  • “What should be different about a Mormon Christmas?” [Why Joseph Smith's birthday! Of course!]

    12/23/2013 4:02:21 AM PST · by Colofornian · 157 replies
    SNIP This special season has greater importance for the Latter-day Saints than for others because we not only observe the birthday of the Savior but also the birthday of our Prophet, Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith, the great Prophet chosen by our Heavenly Father to usher in the last dispensation, was born on December 23, 1805, just two days before December 25, which the world observes as the birthday of Jesus Christ. December 23 should be a day of great importance in every Latter-day Saint home, a day of remembering and honoring one of the great prophets of God, a day...
  • ANSWER to FIRST DAY of Christmas Past [Origins of Mormonism's 'Smithmas': Dec. 23, 1894]

    12/23/2013 3:59:54 AM PST · by Colofornian · 9 replies
    MormonHeritage.com ^ | Nov. 30, 2011
    The FIRST DAY of Christmas Past was just too easy! Prophet Joseph Smith, was the ANSWER all did see! SNIP Joseph Smith, Jr. was born on December 23, 1805. His nephew, Joseph F. Smith, said of this fact – “in my judgment the next birthday celebration to that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ should be that of Joseph Smith.” The following is parts of a talk Joseph F. Smith gave at a Memorial honoring the Prophet Joseph Smith’s Birthday held on December 23, 1894. That year marked the 50 year anniversary of his martyrdom. “I should like to...
  • MormonTimes - Remember the Prophet Joseph Smith's birthday [Merry 'Smithmas' Morning!]

    12/23/2013 3:58:37 AM PST · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    MormonChapbook.blogspot.com ^ | Dec. 20, 2009 | Ex-Mormon Mike Tea
    Is there anything that goes by the name “Christian” that has not been usurped, abominated, surpassed and eclipsed by that damnable heresy Mormonism! Let us not allow Christmas to draw our attention away from the great event of the ages – the birth of Joseph Smith. Let us not permit the events recounted in the gospels to distract us from the great events of the “Restoration”. God forbid that the annunciation of angels, the trembling wonder of shepherds and the reverence of wise men at the advent of God become flesh should eclipse the news of the “First Vision.” God...
  • State Democratic Chair Weds his Partner as Dozens of Gay Couples Marry in Utah

    12/21/2013 6:14:55 PM PST · by madprof98 · 48 replies
    Politicus ^ | 12/21/13 | Keith Brekhus
    In Salt Lake City, in the shadow of the Mormon Church headquarters, dozens of same-sex couples married in the wake of Friday’s District Court ruling lifting the state’s ban on gay marriage. Included among the couples getting married was a Utah State Senator and his partner. State Senator and Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis married his partner, Stephen Justeson, Friday afternoon.
  • 'SmithEmphasisMas': Over-the-top renditions of Christmas themes applied to Joseph Smith [Vanity]

    12/22/2013 8:21:46 AM PST · by Colofornian · 36 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 22, 2013 | Colofornian
    Definition of SmithEmphasisMas? Over-the-top renditions of Christmas themes applied to Joseph Smith! The most obvious example was the BYU Joseph Smith Nativity scene in 2005 Joseph Smith Nativity [A Virtual 'Merry Smithmas' 'Greeting Card' circa 2005] Here are three additional examples of SmithEmphasisMas: DATE 'SMITHEMPHASISMAS' WHO SAID/PUBLISHED IT/LINK 2011 (Dec. 18) (1) Headline by church-owned newspaper mentions "co-celebrants'" December birthdays: Joseph Smith gets same billing as Jesus Christ: Deseret News (owned by the Mormon Church): Two December Births to celebrate: Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith; (2) The article starts off so that you would think the writer is talking about...
  • Joseph Smith 'gave us everything' & XMAS vs. LMOS (Local Manifestations of 'Smithmas') [Vanity]

    12/22/2013 7:55:11 AM PST · by Colofornian · 125 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 22, 2013 | Colofornian
    It’s three days to Christmas, 2008. And the Mormon Church-owned Deseret News is at it yet once again: ”In 1844, there were approximately 26,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Yet, when W.W. Phelps penned a song of tribute to his beloved, fallen Prophet, he promised that ‘millions shall know Brother Joseph again’” [My note: The ‘song of tribute’ is an actual praise song directed TO Joseph Smith, ‘Praise to the Man’...for more on this, see Mormon Tabernacle Choir conductor: 'Praise to the Man'...hymn praises Joseph Smith [Smithmas vanity]] The DesNews article continues: "...Now known not...
  • 'Twas the Night Before Smithmas! [WalterMartin.com]

    12/21/2013 9:31:50 AM PST · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    WalterMartin.com ^ | Dec. 16, 2013 | Apologette
    'Twas the night before Smithmas, and all through the temple, Not a cumelon was creeping, or a tapir, (for ex-emple!) The garments were hung out to dry in the air, But fortunately for us, we have two extra pairs. The children were stashed at Gramma's homestead, While Mom and Pop got dunked once again for the dead! And Mom in her veil, and I in my old bakers' cap, Had just about finished another endowment wrap! When beyond the temple grounds I heard a big clatter Even sprang from my seat to see about the chatter; To the pentagram window...
  • What a Liturgical Order of Smithmas Sacrament Meeting Might look like! [Vanity, Part B]

    12/21/2013 7:45:24 AM PST · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 21, 2013 | Colofornian
    If you were ever to receive a liturgical Order of Smithmas Sacrament Meeting devoted to Joseph Smith, here's what it might look like! Part B of Double Posting: 'Answers' to the 26-Question Quiz from Part A {Note: This is part B of How would YOU score on this 26-question quiz about 'Smithmas?' [Vanity, Part A]} What makes this part B? Well, the "answers" to the 26-question quiz of part A weren't included there. Want to see how you scored in that Part A Quiz? [If you haven't yet taken the Quiz, go HERE before continuing to read this piece...Then come...
  • How would YOU score on this 26-question quiz about 'Smithmas?' [Vanity, Part A]

    12/21/2013 7:44:53 AM PST · by Colofornian · 49 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 21, 2013 | Colofornian
    The literal simplest meaning of "Christmas" = Christ as the "Sent One." The Mormon Church stresses Joseph Smith as key "Sent One": 1862 (July 13) [Quote republished by church in 1925] Brigham Young: "I have taught for thirty years, and still teach, that he that believeth in his heart and confesseth with his mouth that Jesus is the Christ and that Joseph Smith is his Prophet to this generation, is of God; and he that confesseth not that Jesus has come in the flesh and SENT Joseph Smith with the fulness of the Gospel to this generation, is not of...
  • Gay couples wed in Utah after judge overturns ban

    12/21/2013 6:26:00 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 12/21/13 | BRADY McCOMBS
    A federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that marks a drastic shift toward gay marriage in a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it. The decision set off an immediate frenzy as the clerk in the state’s most populous county began issuing marriage licenses to dozens of gay couples while state officials took steps to appeal the ruling and halt the process. Cheers erupted as the mayor of Salt Lake City led one of the state’s first gay wedding ceremonies in an office building about three miles from the headquarters...
  • Utah’s Gay Marriage Ban Is Ruled Unconstitutional

    12/20/2013 2:03:01 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 89 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/20/13
    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, saying it was unconstitutional.
  • Same-sex couples in Utah getting marriage licenses

    12/20/2013 2:45:50 PM PST · by LonelyCon · 76 replies
    FOX 10 ^ | 12/20/2013 | Brady McCombs
    A county clerk's office in Utah is issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, just hours after a federal judge struck down Utah's ban on gay marriages. Salt Lake County Deputy Clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee says the district attorney authorized her office to begin issuing the marriage licenses Friday. She couldn't immediately say how many licenses have been issued so far. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that a law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Shelby said the state failed to show that allowing same-sex...
  • Judge strikes down Utah's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional

    12/20/2013 4:51:55 PM PST · by Innovative · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 20, 2013 | AP
    Just hours earlier, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling saying Utah's law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Shelby said the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way. "In the absence of such evidence, the State's unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify the State's refusal to dignify the family relationships of its gay and lesbian citizens," Shelby wrote.
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir conductor: 'Praise to the Man'...hymn praises Joseph Smith [Smithmas vanity]

    12/18/2013 4:43:30 PM PST · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 18, 2013 | Colofornian
    Almost half of the 164-year existence of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been led by three men who served as director-conductors of the choir for 73 of those years. One of those men, the 3rd-ranked director-conductor (in terms of longevity), was J. Spencer Cornwall -- a veteran of leading the choir for 22 years (1935-1957). [The two who served longer were Evan Stephens, 26 years; and Jerold Don Ottley, 25 years...see List of Mormon Tabernacle Choir music directors). Still in good standing with the church, the Mormon Church even brought Cornwall back for the 1979 tabernacle reunion event. There --...
  • Joseph Smith Nativity [A Virtual 'Merry Smithmas' 'Greeting Card' circa 2005]

    12/17/2013 3:14:49 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    [URL=http://s208.photobucket.com/user/gahamm_photos/media/mormon/moxmas.jpg.html][IMG]http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb254/gahamm_photos/mormon/moxmas.jpg[/IMG][/URL] Mormon MOxmasDecember 12, 2005 photo of the Joseph Smith nativity scene in the main lobby of the BYU administration building. The caption under Smith's image is enlarged in the upper right hand corner. In the crib is a doll representing baby Joseph Smith.
  • Matheson will not seek reelection in 2014

    Rep. Jim Matheson has announced that he will not seek reelection in the 4th Congressional District in 2014.
  • 'First vision visitation' of LdsIsm trumps Jesus' incarnational visitation via Bethlehem [Vanity]

    12/17/2013 10:12:02 AM PST · by Colofornian · 50 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 17, 2013 | Colofornian
    66 years ago today (Dec. 17, 1947), an Old Testament "scholar" for BYU gave the annual "Joseph Smith Memorial Fireside" message in Logan Utah at the Lds Institute for Religion. The Institute, geared to be a spiritual hub for Utah State University Mormon students, has grown from 114 students to it being perhaps the "second largest" LDS Institute of Religion in the world with over 7,000 students. See Perry honors 75 years of Logan InstituteThe Logan Institute has made a significant "contribution" to the Mormon celebration of "Smithmas" by developing "Joseph Smith Memorial firesides" that "began in 1944 and have...
  • D&c 325 Test #2 [Merry 'SMITHMAS!' BYU class says Joseph Smith is both 'Rod' and 'Root' of Jesse]

    12/16/2013 9:03:51 AM PST · by Colofornian · 22 replies
    Cram.com ^ | February 2012 | ucancallmeralph311
    SNIP According to the student manual, who is the Rod and Root of Jesse?" "Joseph Smith" SNIP
  • Federal judge rules key part of Utah bigamy law unconstitutional

    12/13/2013 11:27:18 PM PST · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2013 | Jennifer Dobner
    A federal judge on Friday struck down a key portion of Utah's bigamy laws as unconstitutional, siding with a reality television star and his four wives. Polygamy is illegal in all 50 states. But Utah's law is unique in that a person can be guilty not just for having two legal marriage licenses, but also for cohabiting with another adult in a marriage-like relationship. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said in a 91-page ruling issued late on Friday that the second aspect is unconstitutionally broad because it bars consenting adults from living together and criminalizes their intimate sexual relationships. [Snip]...
  • Race, Priesthood and Infallibility [Lds tries to explain away past doctrine as mere 'theories']

    12/10/2013 5:49:29 PM PST · by Colofornian · 45 replies
    DovesandSerpents.org ^ | Dec. 9, 2013 | Brent
    The church has put up a couple interesting...topic pages recently on LDS.org... Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past...Funny, I don’t see the word “theory” used here: ...(2 Nephi 5:21). ...“theory” wasn’t used in this statement on the “negro question”: The position of the Church regarding the Negro may be understood when another doctrine of the Church is kept in mind, namely, that the conduct of spirits in the premortal existence has some determining effect upon the conditions and circumstances under which these spirits take on mortality (Statement by the First Presidency, August 17, 1949). Joseph Fielding...
  • Race and the Priesthood [Lds Church attempts to explain its past racist prophets and policies]

    12/10/2013 5:21:52 AM PST · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    Lds Church ^ | Dec. 9, 2013
    ...Latter-day Saint scripture and teachings affirm that God loves all of His children and makes salvation available to all. God created the many diverse races and ethnicities and esteems them all equally... ...for much of its history—from the mid-1800s until 1978—the Church did not ordain men of black African descent to its priesthood or allow black men or women to participate in temple endowment or sealing ordinances. SNIP In 1852, President Brigham Young publicly announced that men of black African descent could no longer be ordained to the priesthood, though thereafter blacks continued to join the Church through baptism and...
  • Marriott Hotels Promoting Gay Getaways

    12/08/2013 11:18:55 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 59 replies
    Marriott.com ^ | 12/9/2013
    So I was on the Marriott site looking for deals and vacations for the family this holiday season and early next year and they have a section for gay getaways. Really? I thought the Marriott family were all hardcore Christians and Mormons? https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-deals/dalwe-springhill-suites-dallas-downtown-west-end/ Pride and Joy Couples Getaway in Dallas, Texas Enjoy time with your favorite person while we make this a stay to remember at the SpringHill Suites Dallas Downtown/West End. Rates from: $129 - $229 Valid Through: December 31, 2013 Find out more Check Rates & Availability Check-in date (mm/dd/yy) Check-out date (mm/dd/yy) PROMOTIONAL CODE: 4LG What's this?...