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  • Church to Launch “Because of Him” Easter Initiative {mormons co-opt Easter}

    04/10/2014 2:17:13 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 51 replies
    LDS.org ^ | April 10, 2014 | Ryan Morgenegg
    Beginning Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, and running through Easter, April 20, the Church is launching an Easter initiative called “Because of Him,” focusing on the hope, healing, and salvation made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Elder David F. Evans, Executive Director of the Missionary Department, said, “As followers of Jesus Christ, we seek to do as He has instructed: ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.’ The ‘Because of Him’ Easter initiative is part of an ongoing effort to follow the Savior’s admonition.” Using the Internet and social media, the Church...
  • 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...
  • AP PHOTOS: Hindu festival draws Mormon crowds

    03/29/2014 6:04:09 PM PDT · by fishtank · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 3-29-2014 | Associated Press
    "Revelers with colored corn starched hands celebrate during the 2014 Festival of Colors, Holi Celebration at the Krishna Temple Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Spanish Fork, Utah. Nearly 70,000 people are expected to gather starting Saturday at a Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork for the annual two-day festival of colors. Revelers gyrate to music and partake in yoga during the all-day festival, throwing colored corn starch in the air once every hour. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the large majority of participants are not Hindus, but Mormons. Thousands of students from nearby Brigham Young University come...
  • Mormon Church’s human rights complaint rejected by European judges

    03/04/2014 10:46:18 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 628 replies
    Telegraph ^ | March 4, 2014 | Hayley Dixon
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a religious organisation registered as a private unlimited company in the UK, was told in 2005 that it was not exempt from paying business tax on its temple in Preston, Lancashire. Because the public were not allowed access to the temple, which was reserved for the most devout Mormons, the High Court dismissed their appeal in July 2008. However, the church refused to accept the decision, claiming that it amounted to discrimination on religious grounds and taking their battle all the way to Strasbourg. Now the European Court of Human Rights has...
  • 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...
  • Live Chat with Shaun McAfee

    01/30/2014 4:06:46 PM PST · by matthewrobertolson · 10 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 30 January 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Please join me for a Live Chat with Shaun McAfee TONIGHT (30 January 2014) @ 8 PM Eastern time / 7 PM Central time.
  • NARAL President: Having an Abortion is “What Religious Liberty” is About

    01/23/2014 7:57:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    During a debate with Lila Rose on CNN’s Crossfire last night, NARAL president Ilyse Hogue made an outlandish claim. She thinks having an abortion is what “religious liberty” is all about. ilysehogueAt a time when pro-life advocates are losing their religious liberties by having the Obama administration force them ti pay for drugs that may cause abortions, defending abortion — the destruction of a baby before birth — as religious liberty and freedom is sacrilegious. The transcript and video follow: “Isn’t it great that we live in a country where Lila Rose could decide that she would choose to carry...
  • 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...
  • The True Church: One Organization, or Many? [Armstrong splinter group -- UCG -- sized up]

    The United Church of God (UCG) split in the winter of 2010-11... Consider UCG’s plight after its split: About 175 ministers and local elders (the number keeps growing), and thousands of brethren (this number also keeps growing), suddenly left, throwing the entire organization into disorder—and in every regard. UCG began with about 20,000 in attendance, but had decreased to a reported approximately 15,000 at the time of the split. It has now lost well over half of its fulltime field pastors, including almost all of the most “senior” ones. How long does one remain in such a tragically broken, declining...
  • 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...
  • Do You Know “David Pack”? My Life and Ministry—Rumors and Lies vs. Facts and Truth [Cult Wars]

    ...Many today use innuendo, outright lies and other forms of deception to confuse and divide in order to control followers... The end result?...About 80% of the Church succumbed to lies and deceit, and either followed Joe Tkach or went home in confusion...-most...became “lost to history,” spiritually dying where they sat. The remaining 20% fell into following various bickering, disagreeing splinter leaders teaching selected—preferred!—parts of the truth... Fast forward to 1993-1998, to sample one splinter. An evangelist (Roderick Meredith) arose and came to power in the Global Church of God. This second new leader also promised...he would uphold the truth as...
  • You May Be Shocked at God’s answer…Should You Trust “God’s Ministers”? [Cultist]

    ...Never before...have so many people become so deceived in such a comparatively short time of less than a decade. How could this unprecedented end-time deception have happened with such lightning rapidity? The success of this...apostasy was due, at least in part, to mass defections in the ministry, but...also partly due to the power of modern means of communicating and disseminating information. At the time of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s death in January 1986, about 130,000 members of the Worldwide Church of God regularly observed God’s weekly and annual Sabbaths, as well as other important laws and commandments of God. During...
  • Escape From The Iron-Fisted Worldwide Church of God Cult into The Power and Freedom of Jesus Christ!

    01/03/2014 7:51:36 PM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    JoyfullyGrowingInGrace ^ | April 15, 2013 | Mark Smith
    It is with a grateful heart that I’ve received yet another testimony. This one like so many others, came via an email, and is a great blessing to me and to others who contend for the Gospel in the arena with those who pursue Torah. Many thanks to Mark Smith for the following. Mark’s story is about coming out of the Worldwide Church of God, from which the Hebrew Roots Movement draws much of its doctrine.This testimony will also appear on the Testimonies Page here at JGIG.If you have a testimony you’d like to share about coming out of the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mormon ‘Bachelor’ show surprise: He marries them all

    12/27/2013 6:17:56 AM PST · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    SALT LAKE CITY — The producers of a Mormon version of the popular “Bachelor” television program were dealt a rude surprise when their lead man got down on his knee and proposed to all six finalists. “I couldn’t make up my mind,” said Larry Whistall, 29, the bachelor. “I realized they all had good qualities, so I went the polygamy route.” Five of the six women said yes, and now say they look forward to moving to rural Utah and bearing Whistall as many children as physically possible. And in-fighting? Not a problem, they claim. “Me and the other women...
  • 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...
  • '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...
  • 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.
  • '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
  • Aren't All Mormons 'Procrastinating Their Repentance'?

    12/13/2013 6:46:14 AM PST · by SZonian · 28 replies
    Mormonism Research Ministry ^ | Unk | Bill McKeever
    Ninth LDS President David O. McKay, once wrote: “The fallacy that Jesus has done all for us, and live as we may, if on our deathbed, we only believe, we shall be saved in his glorious presence, is most pernicious. Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, has given us the means whereby man may obtain eternal happiness and peace in the kingdom of our Father, but man must work out his own salvation through obedience to the eternal principles and ordinances of the gospel. For centuries men have been blinded by the false teaching of ‘belief alone sufficient’; and...
  • 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...
  • Satanists seek spot on Oklahoma Statehouse steps

    12/09/2013 7:33:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/09/2013 | Sean Murphy
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In their zeal to tout their faith in the public square, conservatives in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a wide range of religious groups, including satanists who are seeking to put their own statue next to a Ten Commandments monument on the Statehouse steps. The Republican-controlled Legislature in this state known as the buckle of the Bible Belt authorized the privately funded Ten Commandments monument in 2009, and it was placed on the Capitol grounds last year despite criticism from legal experts who questioned its constitutionality. The Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil...
  • 12 Days of Christmas to Christ

    12/01/2013 1:56:53 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 60 replies
    LDS Living Magazine ^ | December 6, 2012 | Erin Jones
    <p>Four calling birds? A partridge in a pear tree? No one is sure exactly what the twelve gifts in the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” represent, but there have been several theories. One interesting claim is that the song was written to help young Catholics learn their faith. In this interpretation, each Christmas gift represents something connected to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Looking at the song this way helps families focus on the true meaning of Christmas. We've taken this tradition and added a little bit of an LDS spin to it.</p>
  • Mormon bishop dresses as homeless man to teach church lesson

    12/01/2013 1:32:00 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 1, 2013
    From the video, "Lesson in Compassion".
  • Ex-Mormon bishop pleads guilty in sexual assaults of two teens

    11/26/2013 4:48:42 AM PST · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 | Rick Rojas
    A former Mormon bishop in Riverside County is expected to serve three years in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls who attended a Menifee church, prosecutors said. Todd Mitchell Edwards, 49, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts related to the assault of the teens, ages 16 and 18, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office. The counts were sexual battery and sexual penetration with a foreign object. In addition to the prison time, Edwards will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender as part...
  • With Love and Charity to All [Mormonism's 'Catholic-bashing'; BYU plays Notre Dame today!]

    11/23/2013 8:42:02 AM PST · by Colofornian · 70 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | April 13, 2007 | Sharon Lindbloom
    Following the distribution of the Jesus Christ/Joseph Smith DVD last month, there have been many conversations and opinions published online regarding the Christian outreach effort. One exchange took place on the Salt Lake Tribune’s public forum. A Catholic woman, who believes in “love and charity to all” wrote to express her dismay over the DVD distribution, ending her letter with a kind hope that Latter-day Saints had been able to enjoy their Church’s General Conference despite the “sport” engaged in by “anti-Mormons.” Perhaps this was not the most charitable and loving letter “to all” in consideration of the nature of...
  • Mormons try to benefit from satire's success

    11/22/2013 7:41:15 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | November 16, 2013 | Michelle Bearden
    TAMPA — It's rollicking, risqué and oh, so irreverent. So if you're a member of good standing of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, how do you react to “The Book of Mormon,” the blockbuster musical that makes a mockery of your religion? You embrace it. “Even bad publicity can turn into good publicity,” said Mark Cusick, president of the Florida Tampa mission of the LDS church. “We're looking at it as an entry point to tell people what our religion is all about. The idea is you've seen the play, now read the book.” So don't look...
  • Feelings of failure common among early-return missionaries, study says [Mormon mishies]

    11/07/2013 4:58:58 AM PST · by Colofornian · 55 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Nov. 5, 2013 | Celeste Tholen Rosenlof
    OREM — Missionaries who return early from their service need additional help from ward members and clinical professionals to cope, a new study says. Kris Doty, Ph.D, chair of the Department of Behavioral Science at Utah Valley University and a clinical therapist, led a team of students in studying the effects of a missionary’s early return on their faith and lives. Doty found that 74 percent of participants had feelings of failure and 65 percent were uncomfortable in social settings due to early release... The 348 study participants were males and females, ages 20-29, who returned early from the mission...
  • Utah Scout leaders face backlash after incident in Goblin Valley State Park (Updated)

    11/07/2013 4:33:58 AM PST · by Colofornian · 63 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Oct. 29, 2013 | Dylan Ellsworth
    Two Utah Boy Scout leaders are facing significant backlash after posting a video online of the men tipping over a nearly 200-million-year-old rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park. Glenn Taylor and David Hall, from Highland, Utah, have now been removed from the Boy Scouts of America. An investigation is underway to determine whether the men will face felony charges. SNIP ...leadership of the Utah National Parks Council, the Boy Scouts’ local chapter, consulted with leadership of the chartering organization for the men’s unit — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — including ward and stake leaders, according...
  • Lawsuit filed against church for coverup of sex abuse [Lds church accused of cover-up]

    11/07/2013 4:15:46 AM PST · by Colofornian · 26 replies
    Journal-News.Net (Martinsburg, WV) ^ | Oct. 25, 2013 | Edward Marshall
    MARTINSBURG - A lawsuit filed in Berkeley County against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon Church, and local church officials accuses church leaders of covering up allegations that the son of local church officials sexually abused 12 children over the course of more than five years. Christopher Michael Jensen, 22, of Cheswick Drive, Martinsburg, was found guilty of one count of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian Feb. 6 following a jury trial in Berkeley County Circuit Court. The criminal charges involved only two of the 12...
  • Mormons Being Proselyted [Sister Wives reality TV show depicts 'double standard' 'tude among Lds]

    11/04/2013 4:05:42 PM PST · by Colofornian · 29 replies
    WheatAndTares.org ^ | Nov. 4, 2013 | Mormon Heretic
    Mormons are known for proselytizing other faiths, rather than being the subject of being proselyted. I hadn’t considered why Protestants get upset at Mormon missionaries, or even why Mormons get so upset when evangelicals try to proselyte during General Conference weekend. I also hadn’t considered Mormons proselyting or getting upset as being a double standard. There was an interesting exchange in Season 3 of Sister Wives. (I know that there are at least 6 seasons, but I don’t have cable and have refused to pay for episodes when I have Netflix already. Netflix has recently added season 3, so I...
  • A Sad Walk Through An ELCA Seminary

    10/31/2013 3:38:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 44 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 10/30/13 | Tom Brock
    (I received this the other day. It's written by Pastor Tom Brock) -Today I walked through my old alma mater, Luther Theological Seminary in St Paul, Mn. It is known as probably the most conservative of the ELCA seminaries. You wouldn’t know it from the number of gay/lesbian bumper stickers in the parking lot. Upon entering the main building a sign was up promoting a new book at Luther’s Bookstore, “Pastrix” by ELCA Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber. She was a favorite speaker at the ELCA Youth Assembly and a few months ago spoke at the historic Central Lutheran Church in downtown...
  • The Haunting of a Mormon Missionary in Ecuador [The OTHER World Series]

    10/31/2013 10:20:30 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    TrueGhostTales.com ^ | July 8, 2010 | Geoff
    In 2001 I was serving a Mormon mission in Guayaquil, Ecuador. As you might know, missionaries are paired up in twos and are called companionships. My particular companion at this time was a young guy from Chile. We lived in a little two level home made of cinder blocks and cement just on the outskirts of a small town near Guayaquil. We lived on the lower level. My companion had lived in this home for a couple of months before I moved in, and at this time, I had moved in 2 months prior. As you may know, missionaries have...