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  • BYU football's collateral damage

    09/22/2011 5:27:44 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    Provo Herald Extra ^ | Sept. 20, 2011
    The BYU football team lost by three on Saturday. Not on the scoreboard, of course. That showed a 44-point spread -- Utah 54, BYU 10. The collateral damage was to BYU's three cardinal values, the ones that are inscribed on all its paraphernalia, its marketing material and (new this year) on the turf at LaVell Edwards Stadium: Tradition, Spirit, Honor. • Tradition: Seven turnovers is not traditional; BYU has a tradition of success. This was the worst home defeat to Utah in school history, and it was among the Cougars' worst defeats ever. Saturday witnessed the destruction of tradition, and...
  • Warren Jeffs and the abandonment of tradition [Real MormonISM]

    08/15/2011 4:17:17 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Aug. 14, 2011 | Nathan B. Oman
    Last week, a Texas jury convicted Warren Jeffs, leader of the polygamist FLDS Church, of two counts of child sexual assault...For Americans who are increasingly interested in the religion of the two Mormons running for president, Jeffs' conviction raises what could appear to be difficult questions about modern Mormonism. There is no formal connection between Jeffs' FLDS Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... From 1852 until 1890, however, the Mormon Church did publically teach and practice polygamy... Given that history, many Americans ask themselves whether Jeffs' cocktail of religious authority, polygamy and child sex represents some...
  • Was Polygamy, in the Nineteenth Century, Started by the FLDS Church, or the LDS Church?

    08/15/2011 4:53:20 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 99 replies
    Faith and Reason Forum.com ^ | 2003 | Donna Morley
    During the early 1830s, Emma Smith was beginning to have some strong suspicions that her husband, Joseph (Mormon prophet) might be involved in infidelity. While these were only suspicions, Oliver Cowdery (one of the three “witnesses” to the Book of Mormon) had proof of Smith’s adultery and confronted him on it. Smith denied to Cowdery that he was in any such activity. Cowdery would be excommunicated from the Mormon church on several counts including, “by falsely insinuating that he [Smith] was guilty of adultery.” 1 Emma’s suspicions were confirmed when she caught Joseph and 19-year-old Eliza Partridge locked in a...
  • Perceptions of Mormonism

    08/14/2011 10:36:43 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 41 replies
    Times and Seasons ^ | August 9, 2010 | Dave Banac
    Perceptions of Mormonism Monday, August 9, 2010By Dave Banack The Deseret News posted an article (”Mormons need to work to increase favor“) summarizing remarks by Gary Lawrence at the recent FAIR Conference held last week in Sandy. He addressed perceptions of Mormonism, based on data gathered by his polling firm. We’ve got some problems, it seems.Here are a few hightlights from the summary: Five times as many Americans have a strongly unfavorable view of Mormons as have a strongly favorable view of us.About three-quarters of those polled are unsure whether Mormons believe the Bible or are Christians.The overall favorable to...
  • Mormonism and Mitt Romney’s “Weirdness”

    08/11/2011 4:29:28 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 235 replies
    New York Times ^ | Aug. 9, 2011 | Ross Douthat
    ...we pretty much know what kind of re-election campaign Barack Obama is going to wage: A relentlessly negative one, which...will focus almost exclusively on making the challenger seem unacceptable rather than defending the sitting president’s accomplishments. Thanks to Ben Smith at Politico, we also know roughly how the White House plans to “destroy Mitt Romney,”...By “attacking him as inauthentic, unprincipled and, in a word used repeatedly by Obama’s advisers in about a dozen interviews, ‘weird.’” Weird how, you ask? Here’s Smith: The character attacks on Romney will focus on what critics view as a makeover, both personal (skinny jeans) and...
  • Mormon presidential politics

    08/11/2011 4:53:48 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 4, 2011
    <p>CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi jumped into the fray on the topic with Foreman as well. He said while religious views shape Mormon politicians on a macro level, there is no evidence Mormon politicians have a "bat phone" to Utah and take orders from the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the church is formally known.</p>
  • Fundamentalist sect leader jailed for life for sex with child brides

    08/11/2011 5:15:06 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 42 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | Aug. 9, 2011 | Ed Pilkington
    Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Mormon church that practises polygamy, is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars after he was given the maximum sentence for taking girls as young as 12 to be his brides. SNIP ...a Texas jury took just 40 minutes to hand him the toughest sentence open to them – life in prison for aggravated sexual assault and 20 years in prison for sexual assault of a child... SNIP The polygamist Mormons, under Jeffs's leadership, refused to renounce plural marriages and now have about 10,000 followers. The jury heard that Jeffs...
  • The Transfiguration of Brigham Young

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

    07/25/2011 10:34:37 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 473 replies
    LDS.org ^ | August 1988 | Carlos E. Asay
    The Companionship of the Holy Ghost By Elder Carlos E. Asay Of the First Quorum of the Seventy For many unmarried Latter-day Saints, particularly some of the single sisters, courtship and eternal companionship are unrealized dreams. You long for them, you know eternal companionship is a crucial part of the gospel, and yet you feel frustrated because no worthy partner is available.It is tempting to wish that I could match you with perfect companions in an instant and send you off for the eternities in joyful marriages. But such a solution would be satanic. Satan, you will remember, wanted...
  • Mitt Romney's Mormonism: A TNR online debate

    06/12/2011 10:10:18 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 95 replies
    The New Republic ^ | January 3-5, 2007 | Richard Lyman Bushman and Damon Linker
    Friday, January 5 Dear Damon, I appreciate your moderate and respectful reply to my objections. It is often hard for non-Mormons to understand how Mormons believe all we do. You at least see how Mormon beliefs and our way of life could be satisfying to educated, reasonable people, among whom you presumably would include Mitt Romney. What troubles you is the implication of belief in prophetic revelation: Would Mormons perform any dire deed for their prophet no matter how contrary to conscience? And what about the belief that the United States and the Church might combine to dominate the world...
  • Mormon Women, Twilight, and Internalized Sexism

    06/09/2011 8:06:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 22 replies
    Beliefnet.com ^ | June 6, 2011 | Jana Riess
    A couple of years ago, I published a BYU Studies article about Mormon themes in Twilight that was picked up by Meridian, an LDS website. I received some feedback on the piece, mostly positive, though several readers took issue with one criticism I made about Stephenie Meyer’s series: “I find myself concerned about the retrogressive gender stereotypes in all of her novels, particularly the ineptitude of Bella. Although the novels repeatedly tell the reader that Bella is smart and strong, they repeatedly show her powerlessness. She passes out; she trips repeatedly; she is victimized three times in the first novel...
  • Romney’s in; Mormon faith still a hurdle

    06/03/2011 1:04:28 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 67 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2011 | Seth McLaughlin
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced Thursday that he will once again seek the Republican presidential nomination, but four years after his first bid, analysts say he will once again face the same unique hurdle: his Mormon religion. SNIP Mr. Romney steered clear of his religion when he kicked off his campaign in New Hampshire, but that could change this weekend when he and Mr. Huntsman travel to Washington, where they are scheduled to speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC) conference — an event that could provide an early snapshot of where they stand with religious conservatives. Ben...
  • More Wives Than One: Transformation of the Mormon Marriage System, 1840–1910

    05/29/2011 3:53:15 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 59 replies
    BYU Studies ^ | Reviewer Sarah Barringer Gordon of Kathryn M. Dames
    Author: Kathryn M. Daynes Reviewer: Sarah Barringer Gordon Categories: Utah History, History of the Church Journal: 41:4 Any substantive evaluation of Kathryn Daynes's More Wives Than One should begin by emphasizing that this is a work of the highest order—Daynes brings originality, talent, and rigor to her work. Her book is likely to be extremely important; it received the Mormon History Association's Best Book Award for 2002. The award is richly deserved: the book includes innovative work in multiple dimensions of a complex and often elusive past. The book, a study of polygamy in Manti, Utah, from religious, social, and...
  • Naive assumptions about New World Christians (Mormon)

    05/09/2011 7:58:00 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 32 replies
    Mormon Times ^ | May 9, 2011 | Michael R. Ash
    In last week’s issue I explained that even if evidence for an early Christian community in Mesoamerica could be found, that still wouldn’t satisfy most critics or prove that the Book of Mormon is true. The task of finding the evidence of a real ancient community of New World Christians becomes difficult once we understand the complexity and nature of what might be found.First, it’s important to remember that the Nephites were “Christian” for, at the most, 400 years. Second, the Nephite-Christians were a small group of persecuted believers among a sea of non-Christian believers in the ancient Americas. Some...
  • Event meant to put misconceptions to rest; Mormon group hosts discussion

    05/07/2011 6:23:56 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 22 replies
    The Red and Black ( Georgia) ^ | April 6, 2011 | Sarah Giarratana
    They are more than the people who go door-to-door asking to talk about religion. They are not the polygamists pictured in reality TV shows. That’s what the University’s student branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wanted students to know at their Meet the Mormons event at the Institute of Religion on Wednesday. Set up like a small career fair with colorful posters, the hosts of Meet the Mormons aimed to provide an open forum to religious and non-religious students alike. “A lot of people are curious about Mormons, but reluctant to actually talk to them because...
  • Utah's largest child porn bust nets 39 arrests across the state

    04/30/2011 4:47:49 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies · 3+ views
    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force arrested 39 suspects on suspicion of dealing in child pornography after a month-long investigation. It is part of Operation FrostyLime Squeeze. The unique name stems from FrostWire and LimeWire.com, two of many file-sharing websites local police, the FBI and the Utah Attorney General cracked down on from February 28 to March 31. The most arrests came out of Utah County with many of the suspects in positions of trust and lived a double lifestyle, according to investigators. “These are your next door neighbors, pastor, scout master, teacher, the coach....
  • Mormon leader faces deportation

    04/30/2011 4:38:37 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    KSTU (Fox 13, Salt Lake City) ^ | April 29, 2011 | Arikka Von and staff
    DRAPER, Utah— Federal officers arrested 53 year old Felix Callejas, his wife and two of their children at their home April 19. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a judge ordered Luca Callejas to return to El Salvador in 2008. Callejas' other family members got the same deportation order in 2009. The family appealed and their case was dismissed earlier this month. Callejas is the president of a Spanish speaking LDS Church branch in Draper. Concerned church members called local activist Tony Yapias saying they're now afraid to go to church. “The whole membership was devastated over what happened,” says Latino...
  • Friday Minute: 10 member-missionary tips [Real Mormonism]

    04/30/2011 4:28:48 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 29, 2011 | William Monahan
    In a recent survey by pollster Gary Lawrence of how Americans view "Mormonism," a whopping 77 percent said they were not sure Mormons are Christians. Understanding how the public views us can improve our responses to gospel questions. SNIP 2. Ditch the lingo. Gary Lawrence is a respected pollster and adviser to the missionary department. He suggests we use simple terms to which our Christian friends will relate: Use "Christianity" instead of "gospel," "re-established" instead of "restoration," and "men changed" instead of "apostasy." 3. Stay on message. Only 12 percent of Americans know our central message. It is this: We...
  • HAVE YOU NOTICED THIS ABOUT MORMONS?

    04/17/2011 2:58:04 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 309 replies
    Various | April 17, 2011 | Vanity
    HAVE YOU NOTICED THIS ABOUT MORMONS?   If you were to desire to enter the exclusive LDS-Mormon club, you would have to be agree to the church doctrine including this:   First Presidency Doctrinal StatementsIt is not only his discourses that form the basis of Joseph F. Smith's doctrinal legacy. During his presidency, several important documents signed by the First Presidency and/or the Twelve were issued that still serve as a touch stone of Latter-day Saint belief. One such document, The Origin of Man: By the First Presidency, was issued in 1909 during a time when evolution was gaining attention...
  • How Well Do You Know Mormon Church Leaders of the Past?

    04/13/2011 7:43:32 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 82 replies
    Mormon Coffee ^ | April 7, 2011 | Sharon Lindbloom
    Last month (March 2011) Ensign magazine included a challenge titled “How Well Do You Know Our Church Leaders?” It consisted of 15 details from the lives of the 15 current Prophets, Seers and Revelators of the LDS Church. Readers were invited to match the names with the facts. The Ensign challenge included things like figuring out which leader once raised rabbits or worked on an oyster boat. The lives of LDS leaders throughout the history of the Mormon Church reflect much more interesting details than those included in the Ensign article. So I here add my own version of “How...
  • The Way of the Disciple {Palm Sunday-Mormon]

    04/12/2011 12:34:33 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 42 replies
    Ensign ^ | May, 2009 | Dieter F. Uchtdorf
    The Way of the Disciple President Dieter F. UchtdorfSecond Counselor in the First Presidency  Now is the time to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, become His disciples, and walk in His way. Today is the day the Christian world traditionally calls Palm Sunday. You will remember that it was on that Sunday nearly 2,000 years ago that Jesus Christ entered the city of Jerusalem during the final week of His mortal life. 1 In fulfillment of Zechariah’s ancient prophecy, 2 He rode in on a donkey, and as He did so, a great multitude came out to greet the...
  • Christian churches, including the Latter-day Saints, share many hymns

    04/10/2011 4:36:54 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 66 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 10, 2011 | John Enslen
    Four decades ago, when my wife Dianne and I were active Baptists, somehow we ended up with a Baptist hymnal in our home. This same kleptomaniac-like behavior has surfaced on multiple occasions with respect to LDS hymnals. We even have an LDS hymnal embossed with “Joseph Smith Memorial Building.” Our Baptist hymnal is a...once widely-used, 1956-copyrighted edition published by Convention Press... SNIP Recently I searched our current 1985 edition of "Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" to determine how many of these hymns are common to our older Baptist hymnal. One might be surprised to learn...
  • Reflections of a Non-Mormon Historian

    04/07/2011 5:51:50 PM PDT · by delacoert · 35 replies
    Signature Books Library ^ | Lawrence Foster
    Until the past thirty-five years the very idea of Mormon history was viewed as something of a joke by most professional historians. Despite the massive outpouring of dissertations and books devoted to studying Mormon history, virtually none were known or treated seriously outside the ranks of a handful of western history buffs, social historians, and other enthusiasts with highly specialized interests. Brigham Young University dissertations were seen as providing the classic stereotype of the genre. No matter what the topic, each dissertation seemed to begin with Joseph Smith's first vision and end with a reaffirmation of the author's faith in...
  • Common myths about Mormon women: Cathy Chamberlain speaks to the LDS Business Conference

    04/10/2011 3:50:38 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 38 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 9, 2011 | Jamshid Ghazi Askar
    PARK CITY — Cathy Chamberlain spoke about recognizing and remedying common misperceptions of women in the LDS Church, at the 4th Annual LDS Business Conference. "There are a lot of myths out in the world about who Mormon women really are," Chamberlain said Friday in Park City. "The most common myth outside of the church is that LDS women are second-class citizens in the church. Among our own women, they're not sure their roles are as important as men's roles. "We've got some cultural myths we've got to remove, and it's become a mission of mine to figure out how...
  • Mormon Profits and Lying

    04/05/2011 1:15:18 AM PDT · by delacoert · 78 replies · 8+ views
    Steve Cuno ^ | 10/26/2010 | Steve Cuno
    I once observed to a Mormon friend that Gordon B. Hinckley, late president of the Mormon Church, publicly lied when it suited him. No, I didn’t simply up and assault my friend’s faith. That would be bad manners. He and I discussed religion often; this happened to come up in the course of one of our conversations. “Lied?” said my Mormon friend. “Name one instance.” Without having to think hard or research, I came up with three: 1. When Hinckley served as an assistant to his predecessor, Ezra Taft Benson, he repeatedly assured church members that Benson was actively engaged...
  • Lying for the Lord [Not the typical version / Well worth the read]

    04/05/2011 2:04:14 AM PDT · by delacoert · 10 replies
    Mormon Think ^ | Ken Clark
    "The right to lie in the service of your own interests is highly valued and frequently exercised"-Nero Wolfe I began this list when I was a full time employee of the LDS Church Education System (CES). I worked as a Seminary Principal/teacher, Institute teacher/Director, and Stake CES Coordinator from 1975 - 2002. My last assignment was brief. I signed a Letter of Agreement with CES to serve as the Director of the Pullman, Washington LDS Institute of Religion adjacent to Washington State University in July 2002. I resigned from CES a month later. I carry fond memories of the students,...
  • MORMON LYING

    04/03/2011 7:34:45 AM PDT · by delacoert · 90 replies
    Earthlink ^ | 2001 | Richard Packham
    Introduction If Mormonism itself is not the "one true religion" as it claims to be, then that claim, of course is not true, and is a lie. If Joseph Smith did not really see angels, and if he did not really translate the Book of Mormon with divine help, then those claims are lies.But the purpose of this article is not to deal with those broad issues, since the amount of evidence that would be required to demonstrate the falsity of those claims (and the other broad claims of Mormonism) is more than can be dealt with in a small space. Rather,...
  • Joseph Smith's successful and unsuccessful proposals to church leaders' wives (Mormon)

    03/31/2011 3:17:24 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 42 replies
    Recovery from Mormonism ^ | March 31, 2011 | Various-sourced
    When the family organization was revealed from heaven—the patriarchal order of God, and Joseph began, on the right and the left, to add to his family, what a quaking there was in Israel. Says one brother to another, "Joseph says all covenants [previous marriages] are done away, and none are binding but the new covenants [marriage by priesthood sealing power]; now suppose Joseph should come and say he wanted your wife, what would you say to that?" "I would tell him to go to hell." This was the spirit of many in the early days of this Church. ....
  • Temple adoptions were part of LDS evolution toward genealogy work

    02/16/2011 6:49:20 PM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Jan. 27, 2011 | Doug Gibson
    The majority of faithful Latter-day Saints who engage in temple work for the dead probably have never heard of the Law of Adoption. Yet, for roughly a half century, until 116 years ago, it was the forerunner of today’s large-scale church temple ordinances for the deceased, which are considered sacred and necessary in the LDS Church for afterlife progression. Gordon Irving, then associate historian for the LDS Church, wrote a fascinating piece for the spring 1974 issue of BYU Studies. Titled, “The Law of Adoption: One Phase of the Development of the Mormon Concept of Salvation, 1830-1900,” Irving explains that...
  • Celestial Marriage: Key to Exaltation [Mormonism/Anti/Chistian]

    02/12/2011 8:50:16 PM PST · by delacoert · 25 replies
    LDS Learning ^ | Anonymous
    (1-1) INTRODUCTION The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that man is an eternal being, made in the image and likeness of God. It also holds that man is a literal child of God and has the potential, if faithful to divine laws and ordinances, of becoming like his heavenly parent. These truths are generally well understood by Latter-day Saints. Less well understood, however, is the fact that God is an exalted man who once lived on an earth and underwent experiences of mortality. The Prophet Joseph Smith refers to this as “the great secret.” (Times and Seasons 5:613 [...
  • Celestial Marriage & Eternal Exaltation / Redefining Celestial Marriage [Mormonism/Anti-Christian]

    02/10/2011 4:05:31 PM PST · by delacoert · 29 replies
    Mormonism Research Ministry ^ | Lane Thuet and Bill McKeever
    Celestial Marriage & Eternal Exaltation By Lane Thuet Exaltation according to Mormonism means gaining a fullness of all God has to offer. It includes reaching the "highest level" of the LDS heaven (called the celestial kingdom), attaining all knowledge available, and becoming a "God" over your own creation. Former LDS Apostle Bruce McConkie wrote that those who attain exaltation "…inherit in due course the fullness of the glory of the Father, meaning that they have all power in heaven and on earth..."(Mormon Doctrine pg. 257). The LDS Doctrine and Covenants also teaches that "then shall they be gods, because they have no end…then shall...
  • Mark 12:25 and Marriage in Heaven [Mormonism/Anti-Christian]

    02/08/2011 7:32:30 PM PST · by delacoert · 39 replies
    "For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven." Mark 12:25 In an account given in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-38), Jesus was approached by members of the Sadducees, the Jewish religious party that did not believe in a bodily resurrection from the dead. In an attempt to trick Him, these leaders presented what appears to be a hypothetical situation involving seven brothers. When the oldest brother died, he left a wife and no children. As was the custom...
  • Mormon Culture Opens [Superbowl Special - Open]

    02/06/2011 7:12:09 PM PST · by Colofornian · 70 replies
    You might be Mormon if...•You might be a mormon if you've ever referred to a friend as your "Companion." •You might be a mormon if you have ever inadvertently addressed your boss or coworkers as brother or sister. •You might be a mormon if you have ever blessed cake, cookies or donuts saying, "Please bless this food that it will strengthen and nourish our bodies." •You might be a mormon if you have ever used the phrase "With every fiber of my being." •You might be a mormon if all your dishes have your name written on masking tape. •You...
  • Mormonism, the Halloween Religion [Superbowl special - OPEN]

    02/06/2011 6:03:52 PM PST · by Colofornian · 31 replies
    Conchisle.com ^ | Mark Hines
    Many Mormons do not know about Joe Smith's family involvement in the Salem witch trials of 1692, when Joe Smith Sr.'s great-grandfather Samuel Smith and Samuel's father-in-law John Gould testified against Mary Easty and Sarah Wilds respectively. The testimony of these relatives of Joe Smith hanged these girls as witches. A belief in witchcraft was passed through the Smith generations. Even Orlando Saunders, whom Mormon apologists consider to be one of the most favorable witnesses to Joe Smith's character, said in an interview that both Joe Smith Sr. and Jr. believed in witchcraft (Frederic G. Mather, "The Early Days of...
  • BYU devotional, Elder Glenn L. Pace: The divine nature and destiny of women

    03/12/2010 7:02:37 AM PST · by Colofornian · 447 replies · 3,243+ views
    LDS Church News ^ | March 9, 2010 | Marianne Holman
    Women have a sacred role in the sanctification and purification of men, Elder Glenn L. Pace of the Seventy told students and faculty during the campus devotional in the Marriott Center at BYU on Tuesday, March 9. Reflecting on the love he felt from his mother, sister, wife and daughters, Elder Pace spoke of the positive influence women have had on his life. Speaking specifically about a time when his daughter fell asleep in his arms, Elder Pace noted the comfort it must have brought his daughter to be held by her father. He realized afterward that even greater was...