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  • Abraham and Sarah: A Love Story without End -MORMON- (OPEN THREAD)

    04/16/2010 1:18:03 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 66 replies · 769+ views
    Meridian Magazine ^ | E. Douglas Clark
    <p>The Abraham story is wonderfully larger than Abraham. When the prophet Isaiah (whose “great words,” the Savior declared, should be searched “diligently”) addressed those who “seek righteousness,” he urged them to remember not only their illustrious forefather but also their equally illustrious foremother: “Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you…. For the LORD shall comfort Zion.”</p>
  • Book of Mormon geography stirring controversy

    03/27/2010 10:27:09 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 27 replies · 729+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 25, 2010 | Kristen Moulton
    It has been more than half a century since the last big shift in thinking about Book of Mormon geography. Judging from the commotion in the blogosphere and on rival theorists' Web sites, a dramatically different -- and disputed -- theory is gaining traction among some of the LDS faithful. The theory, popularized by Rod Meldrum and Bruce H. Porter in the past three years, suggests that Book of Mormon events took place in the heartland of the United States, east of the Mississippi River from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. They have popularized the idea at...
  • Restoration must be at the forefront of interfaith dialogue [Lds - Open]

    03/26/2010 2:33:24 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 26 replies · 217+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | March 26, 2010 | NIck Newman
    PROVO, Utah -- Mormons should push to openly talk about their differences in interfaith dialogue rather than overlooking them, a British religious scholar told listeners at BYU Studies' 50th Anniversary Symposium on March 12. "The important point is that, however other faiths are engaged with or viewed, it must be against the background of the First Vision," James Holt said. "Anything we do has to be informed by the Sacred Grove and the events that took place there. It can't be simply dismissed, because the Lord said it." Holt, senior lecturer and subject leader in religious education at the University...
  • The Fine Art of Godly Mockery

    03/23/2010 10:58:16 AM PDT · by delacoert · 247 replies · 1,695+ views
    Zianet ^ | April 20, 2003 | Al Maxey
    An acquaintance of a noted Greek philosopher once lamented, "They deride thee, O Diogenes!" Unperturbed, the philosopher replied, "But I am not derided." Diogenes, who lived from 410-320 B.C., understood that truth, if it is truth, can never be truly harmed by mockery, ridicule or derision .... nor can those who promote it. Falsehood, on the other hand, will easily wither under intense and finely focused disparagement. Thus, ridicule and mockery have long been employed as legitimate devices for distinguishing fact from fallacy. There is a fine line, however, between responsible ridicule and malicious mockery, and what begins as an...
  • Holding Aaronic Priesthood is an extraordinary privilege - Mormon (Open)

    03/17/2010 2:50:32 PM PDT · by reaganaut · 591 replies · 3,159+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | 3/14/10 | Kristine Frederickson
    I write today for my son and other young men about what an extraordinary privilege it is to be an Aaronic Priesthood holder. You have been ordained and given POWER, by someone with authority from God, to act in God’s name on the earth today. You know all about superheroes. It’s fun to watch movies and see the powers superheroes like Spiderman, Batman and Superman have. But that’s just the movies and not real. However, from the moment you are ordained a deacon in the Aaronic Priesthood, you are given more power than all the superheroes in the world combined...
  • Are Anti-Mormons Christians?

    03/16/2010 10:51:13 AM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 717 replies · 3,868+ views
    FAIR ^ | Russell McGregor
    One of the popular themes used by critics is to pose the question, "Are Mormons Christian?" and to come up with the answer "no". This theme has appeared, without substantial variation, in a number of anti-Mormon publications over the years. The approach has been trivially simple: to create a set of false dichotomies consisting of assertions to the effect that Christians (i.e. the critic's preferred flavor of Christians) believe X, while Mormons are (usually inaccurately) portrayed as believing Y, which X and Y are assumed (and not demonstrated) to be incompatible. Hence, Mormons cannot be Christian. A number of responses...
  • Our Relationship with the Lord - Mormon (OPEN)

    03/13/2010 8:00:18 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 114 replies · 761+ views
    BYU Speeches ^ | March 1982 | Bruce R. McConkie
    Our Relationship with the Lord BRUCE R. MCCONKIE Bruce R. McConkie was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostlesof The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotionaladdress was given at Brigham Young University on 2 March 1982I shall speak of our relationship with the Lord and of the true fellowship all Saints should have with the Father. I shall set forth what we must believe relative to the Father and the Son in order to gain eternal life. I shall expound the doctrine of the Church relative to what our relationship should be to...
  • A different take on the Carthage mob -- BYU Studies Symposium

    03/13/2010 4:21:42 PM PST · by Colofornian · 120 replies · 1,022+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | March 13, 2010 | Nick Newman
    PROVO, Utah -- Those who were responsible for the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum on June 27, 1844, were not who might you think they were, according to one presenter at the BYU Studies 50th Anniversary Symposium. Debra Marsh, a master's student at the University of Utah, presented evidence Friday that the members of the Illinois mob that sought to put an end to Mormonism at Carthage Jail didn't rot away because of "the Mormon curse," as N.B. Lundwall claimed in his book, "The Fate of the Persecutors of the Prophet Joseph Smith," but went...
  • Mormon leader clarifies mysteries of his faith

    03/12/2010 2:53:28 PM PST · by delacoert · 64 replies · 961+ views
    The Harvard Law Record ^ | March 12, 2010 | Matthew W. Hutchins
    Dallin Oaks' Harvard appearance part of LDS drive to increase understanding, awareness of religion ... The tripartite structure of the Godhead is one of the central aspects of LDS theology that Elder Oaks stressed as critical to LDS beliefs. “We maintain that … God the Father is not a spirit but a glorified Being with a tangible body, as is his resurrected Son, Jesus Christ. Though separate in identity, they are one in purpose.” In addition, the purpose of existence in this reality has a definite purpose in LDS: “to qualify for the glorified celestial condition and relationships that are...
  • 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...
  • Scripture in depth: Moses 2:26

    03/11/2010 6:49:14 AM PST · by Colofornian · 101 replies · 1,005+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | March 10, 2010 | Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
    "And I, God, said unto mine Only Begotten, which was with me from the beginning: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." (Moses 2:26) The plural form of the expression "Let us make man" has long been an interpretive problem for commentators looking at the Old Testament through the lens of strict monotheism. Such scholars often explain the phrase by way of analogy to the "royal we" used by a king or queen in self-reference; however, this does not explain why it occurs only in the early chapters of Genesis and nowhere else. A view consistent with...
  • Christ-followers emerge from Mormon area

    03/10/2010 11:09:36 AM PST · by Colofornian · 41 replies · 853+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | Feb. 26, 2010 | Adam Miller
    PROVO, Utah (BP)--Drive an hour south of Salt Lake City down Interstate 15 and you enter a different world, says North American Mission Board missionary Mickie Kelly. "People think I'm exaggerating when I tell them the kinds of things that go on here," said Kelly, a church planter in Payson, Utah, near Provo. "The spiritual darkness is like a blanket that you wear every day." Around the well-kept homes and clean-cut families of Payson, a spiritual drawstring tightens under the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). "Salt Lake City is 47 percent LDS," Kelly said....
  • New attorney for former LDS seminary principal in sex abuse case

    03/10/2010 11:26:52 AM PST · by Colofornian · 41 replies · 515+ views
    Provo Daily Herald ^ | March 9, 2010
    A former seminary principal charged with having a sexual relationship with a student has retained a new attorney. Michael Pratt, 37, hired attorneys Stephen R. McCaughey and Jeremy M. Delicino last week, according to court records. He initially said he could not afford an attorney and asked the court to appoint a public defender. He has been represented by public defender Dusty Kawai since July. Pratt's attorney also filed a new motion to continue his trial, which is scheduled to begin April 12. Kawai filed the same motion in February, citing a heavy case load and difficulty interviewing witnesses. At...
  • LDS Youth Leader Accused Of Sex With Kids

    03/10/2010 11:22:31 AM PST · by Colofornian · 21 replies · 629+ views
    KUTV (Salt Lake City) ^ | Feb. 10, 2010
    A church youth leader from Weber County was arrested for sexual abuse of three girls. Cory Campbell, 37, was booked into jail on three counts of forcible sex abuse after a young woman came forward, claiming she was abused by the man. Campbell posted bail Tuesday night and has since been released, according to Capt. Clint Anderson. Authorities believe one family member and two others were victimized in incidents that date back to October of 2009. They say it is possible there are more victims out there. Campbell served as an LDS young men's leader in Farr West.
  • Evidence of Mormon Participation in Mexican War Found

    03/09/2010 7:59:05 AM PST · by Palter · 100 replies · 747+ views
    Art Daily ^ | 09 Mar 2010 | Art Daily
    The recent finding of a 19th century silver bracelet in Alamo Mocho, in the desert of Baja California, represents the first material evidence of presence of the Mormon Battalion, which camped at the site before integrating to the 1847 Mexico-United States War (Mexican War). The discovery took place after a sandstorm uncovered archaeological material. Specialists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) began exploration at the site afterwards. The jewel represents a clear testimony for Mexican and American historians that Mormons camped in Alamo Mocho approximately for 3 days, before their integration with the 1847 war, fact only...
  • Are Christians Mormon?

    03/06/2010 5:56:17 AM PST · by delacoert · 42 replies · 611+ views
    BYU Studies ^ | 2006 | David L. Paulsen
    Are Christians Mormon?Reassessing Joseph SmithÂ’s Theology in His BicentennialHarold Bloom, the self-proclaimed "unbelieving Jew"1 and distinguished scholar, recently characterized Joseph Smith as "a religious genius," stating that the religion Smith founded "is truly a biblical religion."2 More recently, Carl Mosser has written concerning the doctrine of that religion: "MormonismÂ’s heresies are legion; they are also very interesting and often unique in the history of heresy."3 Biblical or heretical? Of these two reactions, the charge of heresy has been far more common, especially among conservative Christian critics, who consistently draw a circle that leaves JosephÂ’s Mormonism out.No wonder, then, the...
  • The Holy Ghost Testifies of Truth -Mormon- (OPEN)

    03/05/2010 4:53:40 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 72 replies · 879+ views
    Ensign Magazine ^ | March, 2010
    “The Holy Ghost Testifies of Truth,” Ensign, Mar 2010, 10–11The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. He is a personage of spirit, without a body of flesh and bones (see D&C 130:22). He is often referred to as the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Lord, or the Comforter. He works in perfect unity with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.1 As a personage of spirit, the Holy Ghost can be in only one place at a time, but His influence can be everywhere at the same time.2 President Joseph Fielding...
  • (Pentecostal)Word Faith Theology and Mormonism

    03/05/2010 3:35:09 AM PST · by Cronos · 130 replies · 910+ views
    The Watchman Expositor ^ | 4-Mar-2010 | Watchman Fellowship
    Teaching that God, who is pure spirit (John 4:24), has His own spirit body is to teach something definitely not found in Scripture. There is no biblical basis for such a teaching. This teaching would be more in line with Mormonism than orthodox Christianity. Kenneth Copeland teaches that God created the Universe, and everything therein, out of a spiritual substance known as faith, by forming a mental picture of the creation in "the insides of Him," then by using words as containers for His "faith," projected the image outwardly into the reality of creation. For example, in his tape, Spirit,...
  • What is the definition of 'anti-Mormon'? - Anti-Mormon Caucus (Just Kidding)

    03/05/2010 8:15:44 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 505 replies · 2,421+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | March 5, 2010 | By McKay Coppins
    What is the definition of 'anti-Mormon'?   I have often heard the criticism that Latter-day Saints classify everyone who disagrees with our beliefs as "anti-Mormon." Of course, the people who say this are usually anti-Mormons. Am I proving their point? I don't think so. I actually agree that this is a problem in our church. After all, our belief system, if firmly embraced, demands a lot of personal sacrifice, and we often become hyper-defensive when we sense a threat to our faith. Unfortunately, this often leads to irrational name-calling and blindly neglecting to differentiate between non-Mormons and anti-Mormons. Of...
  • Osmonds, Romney, Mormons and Catholics

    03/03/2010 12:02:12 PM PST · by Colofornian · 131 replies · 1,488+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | March 3, 2010 | Joel Campbell
    The MMO takes the media pulse in three areas: slimy tabloids intrude into the Osmonds' sacred space in the wake of a tragedy, the media still can't move beyond Mitt Romney's faith, and U.K.'s Guardian takes a jaded view of Mormon-Catholic cooperation. Intrusion into a family moment Leave it up to the tabloid press to exploit the Osmonds once again as they reported on the suicide of Marie Osmond's son, Michael. The Mormon Media Observer will not reprint or link to the myriad of tabloid articles filled with speculation and innuendo. Let's just say this, the kind of press coverage...
  • Books on Mormonism show change

    03/03/2010 11:02:58 AM PST · by Colofornian · 22 replies · 407+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | March 3, 2010 | Jerry Earl Johnston
    The LifeWay Christian Store on South State Street in Salt Lake City has a shelf of LDS literature. These are books, however, that probably not one Mormon in a million will ever read. Basically, they are "defense manuals," handbooks for helping Protestants deal with this ambitious, upstart religion that's out to perform a baptism for every soul who has ever set foot on earth. Last Monday, I spent about an hour thumbing through the books on the Mormon shelf at LifeWay. The books range from "kind and honest" to "kind of honest." The best remind me of the volume "I...
  • Former Miss Utah accused in million-dollar theft case

    02/27/2010 5:42:10 AM PST · by colorcountry · 46 replies · 1,950+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 2/27/10 | Sheena McFarland
    A former Miss Utah has been arrested with two others on suspicion of stealing about $1 million in products from NuSkin and reselling them over the Internet. Elizabeth Craig, who was Miss Utah in 1991-92 and who participated in the Miss America pageant, was booked into Utah County Jail on suspicion of theft, conspiracy to commit theft, possession of stolen goods and selling trademarked goods without authorization. She spent a night in jail last week and was bailed out by her husband. Brady Harper was jailed on the same circumstances, as was Scott Lazerson, who is also suspected of communications...

    03/01/2010 5:56:02 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 508 replies · 2,870+ views ^ | Jeffrey R. Holland
     Atonement of Jesus Christby Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the foreordained but voluntary act of the Only Begotten Son of God. He offered his life, including his innocent body, blood, and spiritual anguish as a redeeming ransom (1) for the effect of the Fall of Adam upon all mankind and (2) for the personal sins of all who repent, from Adam to the end of the world. Latter-day Saints believe this is the central fact, the crucial foundation, the chief doctrine, and the greatest expression of divine love in the Plan of Salvation. The Prophet...
  • Cardinal: Catholics, Mormons must defend religious freedom together (OPEN)

    03/01/2010 11:37:34 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 48 replies · 551+ views
    Catholic News ^ | February 23, 2010
    Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addresses an audience at the Marriott Center on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo Feb. 23. (CNS/courtesy of BYU) By Catholic News Service PROVO, Utah (CNS) -- Catholics and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must continue to stand together as a "vital bulwark" against those in American society who want to "reduce religion to a purely private reality," the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops told a historic gathering at Brigham Young University in Provo. Cardinal...
  • Writings of Joseph Smith-Mormon- (OPEN)

    02/28/2010 2:35:53 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 43 replies · 710+ views ^ | Dean C. Jessee
    "For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..." Writings of Joseph Smithby Dean C. Jessee The Prophet Joseph Smith's writing career began at age twenty-two when he commenced translation of the Book of Mormon. At his death seventeen years later, in 1844, he had left a substantial archive for the study of his life and the church he was instrumental in founding. In addition to the Book of Mormon, his papers include diaries covering intermittently the period 1832-1844; correspondence; reports of discourses; more than 130 revelations, published as the Doctrine and Covenants; a...
  • Atlanta's LDS public affairs presents Martin Luther King IIICommunity Service Award (OPEN)

    02/26/2010 11:38:23 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 9 replies · 270+ views
    LDS Church News ^ | February 22, 2010 | Cindi L.B. Pickett
    <p>Hundreds of non-LDS genealogy enthusiasts from across the state of Georgia gathered Feb. 20 as part of the Church's Atlanta Public Affairs' ninth annual Black Family History Month Symposium, at which tribute was paid to this year's Community Service Award recipient, Martin Luther King III — son of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.</p>
  • The Church of Jesus Christ is Organized -Mormon- (OPEN)

    02/26/2010 8:26:40 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 429 replies · 2,453+ views
    Meridian Magazine ^ | Randal S. Chase
    NOTE: "The Church of Jesus Christ" in this article refers to the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.Lesson 9 The Church of Jesus Christ is Organized (D&C 19–24; 26–28) [1830] By Randal S. Chase Introduction There are three sections of the Doctrine and Covenants associated with the Church's organization. All were given at the home of Peter Whitmer Sr., in Fayette , New York . D&C 20 April 1830 The Constitution of the Church D&C 21 April 6, 1830 Given at organizational mtg D&C 22 April 1830 Given shortly thereafter D&C 20 and 22 were accepted by...
  • Young Mormons work to detect feelings of the Spirit

    02/24/2010 3:11:46 PM PST · by Colofornian · 67 replies · 884+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Feb. 24, 2010 | Molly Farmer
    The scenes are familiar. A young man approaches the pulpit and breaks down while recounting how he was saved from disaster by a prompting. He can't make it to "Amen" before grabbing a tissue. A woman shares an experience in Sunday School about a relative who was given a blessing and healed from serious illness in the blink of an eye. A friend retells a dream that revealed which academic major, career and spouse he should choose. All know they felt the Spirit -- "without a shadow of a doubt." But less noticed is the girl in the back of...
  • Messages from the Doctrine and Covenants:The Three Degrees of Glory Mormon (OPEN)

    02/24/2010 9:43:14 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 43 replies · 456+ views
    Ensign Magazine ^ | 4/2005 | B. Renato Maldonado
      Messages from the Doctrine and Covenants: The Three Degrees of Glory B. Renato Maldonado, “Messages from the Doctrine and Covenants: The Three Degrees of Glory,” Ensign, Apr 2005, 62–65 More than any other book, the Doctrine and Covenants helps us understand the nature of life after death. The Savior taught, “In my Father’s house are many mansions” (John 14:2). The Prophet Joseph Smith explained that “mansions” may be understood to mean “kingdoms”—those kingdoms in which we will dwell in the life after this. He said: “It should be—‘In my Father’s kingdom are many kingdoms,’ in order that ye may...
  • (Title shortened)HOW COULD ANY MISTAKES EVER ENTER INTO THE BIBLE?(By mormon apologist) (OPEN)

    02/23/2010 9:36:33 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 27 replies · 448+ views
    There is a myth among some circles that ancient scribes were so incredibly cautious, making sure that every letter was perfectly copied, that they never produced any mistakes when copying the manuscripts, and thus all ancient manuscripts agree with each other. This is entirely bogus - a deceptive lie or statement of shear stupidity. The great Hebrew scholar, Emmanuel Tov, for example, has discussed numerous scribal problems in Hebrew manuscripts. In a 1994 lecture entitled "The Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls," Dr. Tov explains what we learned about ancient scribes and Hebrew manuscripts with the discovery of...

    02/23/2010 9:54:36 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 353 replies · 1,818+ views
    LDS Newsroom ^ | January, 2008
    SALT LAKE CITY 25 January 2008 During the past several years, scholars, religious leaders, journalists and the general public have steadily shown an increased interest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Much of this attention has been focused on the question of whether it is a Christian faith. Central to this inquiry is the Church’s relationship with the Bible. Many have wondered whether Latter-day Saints believe in the Bible at all. Still others have supposed that the Church uses the Bible only when convenient, while shrugging it off as an inessential part of scriptural canon. With...
  • Mormons need to understand excommunication

    02/23/2010 10:37:24 AM PST · by Colofornian · 23 replies · 464+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Feb. 23, 2010 | Sharon Haddock
    PROVO, Utah -- Mormons need to lose their fear of talking about excommunication, says a student at the 12th Annual Religious Education Student Symposium. Presenting his paper "Excommunication and 'He Who Must Not Be Named,'" Feb. 19 at Brigham Young University, Benjamin Tengelsen said excommunication is comparable to talking openly about Voldemort in the popular Harry Potter series. "Noboby talks about him except Harry, who isn't afraid to say his name out loud," Tengelsen said. "We need to be like that. We need to lose our fear and be unafraid to talk about it." As long as the subject of...
  • What we might Expect in the Next Twenty-Five Years Mormon-(OPEN THREAD)

    02/23/2010 7:10:05 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 37 replies · 491+ views
    LDS Remnant ^ | W. Cleon Skousen
    Written by W. Cleon Skousen   NOTE: "Saints", "God's Kingdom", "The Church" and "Zion" refer to the mormon church. "Gentiles"  refers to non-mormons.THE LORD WILL DEPEND UPON FOUR GROUPSTO REBUILD AMERICA AFTER THE CLEANSINGThere will be a gigantic task to perform after America has been cleansed of her wickedness but the wreckage and ruin of a whole civilization has been left behind.THE FIRST GROUPThe first group will be the   righteous saints   whom the Lord has preserved.  All these will have been disciplined in Priesthood principles and will have studied God’s law so they will know’ what to do.  In very short...
  • Summary of What we might Expect in the Next Twenty-Five Years Mormon-(OPEN THREAD

    02/23/2010 7:26:22 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 16 replies · 349+ views
    LDS Remnant ^ | W. Cleon Skousen
     A summary of What We Might Expect in the Next Twenty-Five YearsBy W. Cleon  SkousenThe full article can be found at this link In this article the word "church" refers to the mormon church or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, NOT to the Christian Church.Chapter 8.  After the seventh seal is opened, the first four angels receive their assignments to   cleanse   certain portions of the earth.Chapter 9.  The fifth and sixth angels are assigned their ministry of cleansing the earth but they are not ‘to torment or destroy those who have the “seal of God...
  • Early newspaper accounts portrayed Mormons poorly

    02/22/2010 11:51:49 AM PST · by Colofornian · 29 replies · 460+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Feb. 20, 2010 | Sharon Haddock
    PROVO, Utah -- Stories printed in early 19th century newspapers did little to allay fears about the new Mormon church and the efforts of its members to lead peaceful, productive lives. In fact, judging by the headlines and story direction, Mormons were thought to be lawbreaking fanatics who could only bring trouble. So said one of the presenters at the Twelfth Annual Religious Education Student Symposium at BYU Feb. 19. Sara D. Smith outlined her findings in a paper entitled "More Sinned Against Than Sinning." Smith researched newspaper stories about the Mormons in the special collections library in the Harold...
  • Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation Are There Lost Books of the Bible?

    02/20/2010 12:50:19 PM PST · by reaganaut · 208 replies · 1,445+ views
    apologetics press ^ | apologetics press staff
    Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation December 2003 - 23[12]:105-109 Are There Lost Books of the Bible? by A.P. Staff Q. I have heard that there are certain “lost books” mentioned in the Bible—books to which we no longer have access. Is this true? And if so, what impact does this have on the biblical text itself, or on a Christian’s faith? A. In a manner that is somewhat similar to a modern research paper, citations appear in both the Old and New Testaments. The inspired writers sometimes referred to certain works that no longer exist—a fact that has caused...
  • Are Books of Scripture Missing from the Bible? (Ecumenical)

    02/19/2010 7:42:49 AM PST · by restornu · 390 replies · 3,317+ views
    The so-called lost books of the Bible are those documents that are mentioned in the Bible in such a way that it is evident they were considered authentic and valuable, but that are not found in the Bible today. Sometimes called missing scripture, they consist of at least the following: Book of the Wars of the Lord Numbers 21:14 Book of Jasher Joshua 10:13; 2 Samuel 1:18 Book of the acts of Solomon 1 Kings 11:41 Book of Samuel the seer 1 Chronicles 29:29 Book of Gad the seer 1 Chronicles 29:29 Book of Nathan the prophet 1 Chronicles 29:29;...
  • Joseph Smith was a 'great writer' -- Arthur Henry King - Mormon (OPEN)

    02/18/2010 8:47:42 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 109 replies · 951+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | February 17, 2010 | Michael De Groote
    Joseph Smith was a 'great writer' -- Arthur Henry King By Michael De GrootePublished: 2010-02-17 00:18:40 The first thing the Mormon missionaries gave Arthur Henry King was a pamphlet on Joseph Smith's First Vision. "The style of the Joseph Smith story immediately struck me," King later said. "He spoke to me, as soon as I read his testimony, as a great writer, transparently sincere and matter-of-fact. That is what endeared him to me -- so matter-of-fact." King was uniquely positioned to make an unbiased scholarly judgment on Joseph's sincerity and writing style. In 1966, he was investigating The Church...
  • An open letter to the Vancouver Sun - Mormon - (OPEN)

    02/17/2010 9:55:05 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 81 replies · 675+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | February 17, 2010 | Joel Campbell
     An open letter to the Vancouver Sun By Joel CampbellPublished: 2010-02-17 00:19:10 Patricia Graham, EditorThe Vancouver Sun Dear Ms. Graham: I know you are busy with all of that Olympic stuff going on up there in British Columbia, but when the flame burns out here is something to consider about how you use the terms "Mormon" and "Mormon fundamentalist" in your reporting, particularly as Mormons open a new temple in Langley. As both a journalist and a Mormon, I am continually dismayed that the Vancouver Sun and associated CanWest wire service choose to describe the British Columbia polygamist group with...
  • Weekly "Heart of the Matter" Show thread

    02/16/2010 6:58:55 PM PST · by reaganaut · 463 replies · 2,206+ views
    Heart of the Matter on TV20 ^ | 2/16/10 | Shawn McCraney
    This is a thread for the live streaming of Heart of the Matter an outreach to the LDS. A link with the archive will be posted when it is up.
  • Two points about Book of Mormon geography (OPEN)

    02/15/2010 3:25:45 PM PST · by reaganaut · 175 replies · 1,716+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | 2/15/10 | Mike Ash
    Before we can intelligently discuss supposed Book of Mormon anachronisms we need to explore the possible New World location for Book of Mormon events. A geographic model will help set the background for understanding many of the future articles in this series. First, however, some significant facts must be addressed to properly examine this topic. 1. There is no official Book of Mormon geography. In the quasi-official Encyclopedia of Mormonism, the production of which was overseen by Elders Dallin H. Oaks and Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve, we find the following: "The church has not taken...
  • 2009 Gospel Principles (MORMON) criticizes Christians as “false Christianity”

    02/15/2010 10:15:24 AM PST · by colorcountry · 476 replies · 2,707+ views
    Mormon Research Ministry ^ | 2/15/10 | Aaron Shafovaloff
    The Gospel Principles 2009 manual essentially calls classical Christianity “false Christianity” and its theology of God “pagan” and its adherents those who are “called” Christian. If we talked about Mormon beliefs and Mormonism and Mormon members this way, we’d get priesthood-slapped. Yes, you heard me right. Let me explain. In chapter 16 it implicitly taps into popular assumptions about Nicaea and then says that “false Christianity” (that the “Roman emperor adopted”) “taught that God was a being without form or substance.” My first reaction was that the New Testament teaches that Jesus is the image of the invisible God, and...
  • Paying Tribute to Mormon Church’s Ohio Roots -OPEN-

    02/14/2010 8:08:13 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 17 replies · 299+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2010 | Sean Hamil
    Tim Powell remembers when the “Utah Mormons” first came to town with their plans in the early 1990s. -SNIP-“Kirtland is one of our best kept secrets, and we wanted to remove that cloak of secrecy and remind people of the importance it played in our history,” said Karl Anderson, 72, who helped push the church’s $15 million effort to renovate or rebuild 10 buildings or sites in and around Kirtland.-SNIP-In all three towns, starting in the 1970s, the church bought buildings and land where historic Mormon events had occurred and began turning them into sites fit for religious pilgrimages....
  • McKay Coppins: Why do they hate us? Try asking

    02/13/2010 7:10:15 PM PST · by svcw · 70 replies · 674+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | 2/5/2010 | McKay Coppins
    If there's one thing a BYU religion professor likes to talk about, I suppose it's the gospel. But if there are TWO things a BYU religion professor likes to talk about, you've got to add his son's mission to the list.
  • Foreclosure mystery: Why can't conservative Utahns afford their mortgage?

    02/12/2010 4:18:46 PM PST · by Colofornian · 74 replies · 1,295+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Feb. 11, 2010 | Laurent Belsie
    During the housing bubble, they led the nation in bankruptcies. Now that the bubble is bust, they're among the top states in foreclosures. A RealtyTrac report released Thursday showed they had the fifth-highest foreclosure rate among the states, with 1 in 231 homes receiving a foreclosure notice in January. That's nearly double the national rate and not far from No. 4 Florida's rate of 1 in 187. The US foreclosure rate actually fell 10 percent from December's level – and Utah was down nearly 12 percent – but RealtyTrac suggested they could surge again in coming months if last year's...
  • Kristine Frederickson: Doctrine in hymns Mormon (OPEN)

    02/12/2010 8:33:51 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 38 replies · 510+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | January 24, 2010 | Kristine Frederickson
    As members of the church we have been counseled to know the doctrines of Christ's gospel and to search them out through careful study of the scriptures. Knowing true doctrine provides individuals protection from the many lies and deceptions in the world today. We have also been taught about the power that comes from uplifting and inspiring music. But consider what it means when the two are combined. Many of the beautiful doctrines of Christ's church, in their purest, simplest form, are embedded in the words of the hymns in the hymnal. Those selected for inclusion capture profound gospel...
  • Why do they hate us? The responses (Mormonism-Open)

    02/12/2010 8:29:49 AM PST · by colorcountry · 1,362 replies · 7,416+ views
    The MormonTimes ^ | Feb, 12, 2010 | By McKay Coppins
    I asked for it. My column last week was met with an overwhelming response from active Latter-day Saints, objective religious observers and fervent anti-Mormons. It made its way onto several message boards and blogs, sparking discussions that ran the gamut from the insightful and constructive to the snarky and fruitless. All in all, the column -- in which I encouraged Mormon readers to genuinely ask aggressors why they so dislike the church and its members -- garnered hundreds of replies. There was no way I could have responded to every message. Still, many of their responses were insightful and, I...
  • Early alcalde arrested by troops [Mormon history tidbit]

    02/09/2010 11:03:18 AM PST · by Colofornian · 124 replies · 944+ views
    Sonoma News ^ | Feb. 8, 2010 | Gerald Hill
    When Niels Chew is installed next week as the newest honorary alcalde of Sonoma and handed his silver-headed cane as a symbol of authority, he can expect to have an easier time than pioneer John H. Nash, who was elected Sonoma alcalde in 1846 shortly after the California Republic had ceded its existence to American military forces. SNIP When a regiment of New York volunteers headed by Col. Jonathan D. Stevenson arrived in California in March 1847, one of its seven companies (Company C) was ordered to Sonoma under the command of Capt. George E. Brackett, who billeted his men...
  • Joseph Smith: The Lord’s Anointed -Mormon_ (OPEN)

    02/08/2010 9:05:28 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 423 replies · 2,407+ views
    Meridian Magazine ^ | John A. Tvedtnes
    On the day the restored Church was organized, 6 April 1830, the Lord revealed details about the calling of Joseph Smith: Behold, there shall be a record kept among you; and in it thou shalt be called a seer, a translator, a prophet, an apostle of Jesus Christ, an elder of the church through the will of God the Father, and the grace of your Lord Jesus Christ, Being inspired of the Holy Ghost to lay the foundation thereof, and to build it up unto the most holy faith. (D&C 21:1-2) What fascinates me is not just the variety...
  • [October 16, 2009] The Mormon Ethic of Civility

    02/06/2010 7:40:15 AM PST · by svcw · 444 replies · 2,471+ views
    Newsroom ^ | October 16, 2009
    SALT LAKE CITY 16 October 2009 The political world is astir. Economies are faltering. Public trust is waning. Individuals feel vulnerable. And social cohesion wears thin. Meanwhile, stories of rage and agitation fill our airwaves, streets and town halls. Where are the voices of balance and moderation in these extreme times? During a recent address given in an interfaith setting, Church President Thomas S. Monson declared: "When a spirit of goodwill prompts our thinking and when united effort goes to work on a common problem, the results can be most gratifying." Further, former Church President Gordon B. Hinckley once said...