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  • 17 Facts about Mormonism: A Mormon Response and Counter-Response by Damon Whitsell

    11/25/2015 10:50:25 AM PST · by damonw · 132 replies
    Discerning Sound Doctrine ^ | November 5, 2015 | Damon Whitsell
    POST IS TOO LONG TO POST ALL HERE - A F.A.I.R. Mormon Apologist by the name of CC (CleanCut) submitted a response to ALL 17 of the claims in this post 17 Little Known Facts About the Mormons What follows is,,, 1. the 17 facts as stated by 2. CCs comments. (You see CCs original comments for verification on the above post comments section) 3. my (Damons) counter comments. FACT #1 The Mormon Church teaches ALL other Churches are WRONG; ALL their creeds are an ABOMINATION in the sight of God; and ALL their teachers are corrupt. One of...
  • LDS Book of Mormon Violence [Mormon Jesus' cross accompanies mass destruction, death]

    04/03/2015 6:39:24 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 82 replies
    Is the Book of Mormon too violent for children? Graphic Murder and TortureMoroni 9:8 8 And the husbands and fathers of those women and children they have slain; and they feed the women upon the flesh of their husbands, and the children upon the flesh of their fathers; and no water, save a little, do they give unto them. Bodily Mutilation and Killing by Jesus's Hero, AmmonAlma 17: 38 Now six of them had fallen by the sling, but he slew none save it were their leader with his sword; and he smote off as many of their arms as...
  • Demonic and Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon 3 [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/27/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 76 replies ^ | Jan. 11, 2014 | Michelle Grim
    In the past six or so years I’ve written countless articles on many subjects regarding Mormonism, but there are a few subjects that continue to show up for another view and additional insight. The subject of this article is my case in point. The first time I wrote on this subject I received many horrible reviews – all by members of the Church. The reviews that were favorable of course were from the Christians. At the request of former Mormons and Christians I was asked to write a sequel so I acquiesced – that was three years ago. Now I’m...
  • Demonic and Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon 2 [The OTHER WORLD series]

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

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

    02/14/2009 6:41:48 PM PST · by restornu · 667 replies · 6,280+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Monday, May. 12, 2008 | By Michael De Groote
    Was Hebrew DNA recently found in American Indian populations in South America? According to Scott R. Woodward, executive director of Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, a DNA marker, called the "Cohen modal haplotype," sometimes associated with Hebrew people, has been found in Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia. But it probably has nothing to do with the Book of Mormon -- at least not directly. For years several critics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of the Book of Mormon have claimed that the lack of Hebrew DNA markers in living Native American populations is evidence the book can't...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...

    07/01/2013 6:16:37 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 173 replies ^ | Chris Solomon
    Although Joseph Smith said God had pronounced the completed translation of the plates as published in 1830 correct, many changes were made in later editions. There are at least 3,913 changes, and not all of them minor or merely grammatical. The LDS Church suggests that the changes are unimportant, but actual examination does not bear this out, especially when one considers that the Golden Plates were supposedly translated letter-by-letter by the power of God (H. of C. 1, pp. 54-55). Spelling or grammatical errors are one thing, but changes in doctrine and errors in consistency and common sense are quite...
  • My Apology to Mormon Readers

    06/06/2013 5:44:09 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 46 replies ^ | June 5, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Dear Stacey: You have written demanding an apology for my recent characterization of the Mormon religion as "non-Christian." I am happy to write a public letter of apology to you and to the countless Mormon readers who responded negatively to my characterization. I am sorry that so many of my Mormon readers have brazenly accused me of ignorance of their religion and suggested that I read the Book of Mormon. I am sorry that they were unaware that I read the Book of Mormon back in 2006. I am sorry that the science of genetics has refuted claims made in...
  • "Book of Mormon" already breaks record in London

    03/24/2013 1:21:35 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 85 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 22, 2013
    <p>NEW YORK The seemingly unstoppable hit "The Book of Mormon" has broken another record — this time on the other side of the Atlantic.</p> <p>The quirky, profane musical opened Thursday night to some critical bashing, but the next day earned the highest one-day gross in London theater history.</p>
  • Book of Mormon presents a violent destructive Jesus at time of crucifixion [Vanity]

    03/15/2013 8:38:31 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 45 replies
    Colofornian | March 15, 2013 | Colofornian
    Mormon leaders have written an italicized intro to each chapter within the Book of Mormon. With Easter approaching, it's interesting what the Latter-day Saint “snapshot” is of the crucified Jesus – per the Book of Mormon. If you have a Book of Mormon, you can turn to 3 Nephi chapters 8 and 9 and read the Mormon leader intro to these two chapters: Chapter 8: Tempests, earthquakes, fires, whirlwinds, and physical upheavals attest to the crucifixion of Christ – Many people are destroyed – Darkness covers the land for three days—Those who remain bemoan their fate. Chapter 9: In the...
  • Original Language of the Book of Mormon: Upstate New York Dialect, King James English, or Hebrew?

    02/24/2013 5:01:01 PM PST · by Colofornian · 64 replies
    BYU Maxwell Institute ^ | 1994 | Royal Skousen
    ...the original text of the Book of Mormon contains expressions which seem inappropriate or improper in some of their uses. For example, in the original text a good many occurrences of the phrase "and it came to pass" are found in inappropriate contexts. In his editing for the 1837 edition, Joseph Smith removed at least 47 of these apparently extraneous uses of this well-worked phrase. In most cases, there were two or more examples of "it came to pass" in close proximity; in some cases, nothing new had "come to pass."
  • Defending the Faith: Top Book of Mormon expert Royal Skousen to lecture

    02/24/2013 3:13:06 PM PST · by Colofornian · 60 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 7, 2013 | Daniel Peterson
    Readers along Utah’s Wasatch Front will have a rare opportunity to hear from the foremost expert on the history of the text of the Book of Mormon between late February and the middle of March. In a series titled “25 Years of Research: What We Have Learned about the Book of Mormon Text,” professor Royal Skousen will discuss “The Original and Printer’s Manuscripts” (Tuesday, Feb. 26), “The Printed Editions” (Tuesday, March 5) and “The Nature of the Original Text” (Tuesday, March 12). A professor of linguistics and English language at BYU, Skousen is the founder of the “analogical modeling” approach...
  • Hillary Cheered Broadway's Book of Mormon, Condemns Innocence of Muslims

    09/20/2012 12:53:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jack Cashill
    On Thursday of last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the video project Innocence of Muslims, the one that may or may not have provoked riots worldwide, "disgusting and reprehensible." Although Clinton could have seen no more than a 13-minute trailer for the video, she condemned it in no uncertain terms: "Let me state very clearly -- and I hope it is obvious -- the United States government had nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message." One would think that Clinton might have had a similar reaction to a musical comedy by the...
  • Joseph Smith's Translation Of Genesis 1:1 [Source: Jews for Judaism]

    08/17/2012 12:06:21 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 47 replies
    Jews For Judaism ^ | Gerald Sigal
    Acceptance of the Bible by the Mormon Church is qualified by a statement credited to Joseph Smith and which now appears in article eight of the Mormon Articles of Faith, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly." Joseph Smith is also quoted as saying, "I believe the Bible as it read when it came from the pen of the original writers. Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors."1 Proclaiming belief in the Bible as originally written, as opposed to a corrupt contemporary version,...
  • The Bible vs The Book of Mormon [VID]

    08/04/2012 1:59:06 PM PDT · by RaisingCain · 14 replies
    A very good video (an hour and 6 minutes) comparing the historicity of the Bible to the The Book of Mormon by Living Hope Ministries.
  • The Book of Mormon’s Critique of Other Churches

    03/01/2012 10:57:22 AM PST · by Colofornian · 73 replies · 9+ views
    Mark Cares ^ | March 1, 2012 | Mark Cares
    That is what is contained in the 2 Nephi 26-30, the section of the Book of Mormon that will be studied this Sunday in the LDS Church. This critique is set in the context of its supposed prophecy of Joseph Smith finding and translating the Book of Mormon. These chapters contain quite a few condemnations of Christian churches. One that is emphasized and the one that I will be focusing on is its condemnation of the position held today by millions of Christians that the Bible alone is God’s revealed Word. Following are a couple of quotes from these chapters...
  • The Great BYU Invitational [Book of Mormon dosage actually inoculates AGAINST Mormonism!]

    02/18/2012 11:09:56 AM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    What is it? A fight to the point of extinction! Hypothetically, imagine a war between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. Picture over 30,000 students on either side, plus their families of over a hundred thousand each. The goal? Kill every opponent from the most feeble adult to the smallest baby. Yes, that is far-out since these universities have nothing to do with such barbarianism. Yet, many people believe a similar story from the Book of Mormon, being the greatest war in the history of our hemisphere. The Jaredites split into warring factions as two armies fought to...
  • Bashir Believes Evangelicals Won't Vote For Romney Because Book of Mormon . . . Boring?

    02/09/2012 7:12:24 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A festering three-fer for the odious Martin Bashir. Not content to inflict him on the viewing public him during his own slot, MSNBC put Bashir on The Ed Show this evening, where he proceeded to slime, in one fetid fell swoop, Mormons, evangelicals, and Mitt Romney. With Schultz all too quick to agree, Bashir claimed most evangelicals wouldn't support Romney because of his membership in the LDS church. For his purposes, Bashir badly misrepresented a Mark Twain quote. Bashir claimed that "the vast majority" of evangelicals share Twain's view that the Book of Mormon is "chloroform," implying there was something...
  • Joseph Smith Death Mask Shows How MORmON GOLD PLATES story is false

    01/30/2012 9:31:42 AM PST · by Colofornian · 172 replies · 1+ views
    You ^ | Jan. 30, 2012 | Hockeybuss
    MORmONS come up with the most insane idiocy, and then they expect others to believe it because they say so, then they get offended when others dont. LDS INC has been working very hard to keep this video blocker and off of youtube because it helps shows just how stupid MORmON claims really
  • The futility of playing spiritual whack a mole [Lds BoM study 1/8/12; Be perfect vs. becoming it]

    01/07/2012 11:53:46 AM PST · by Colofornian · 38 replies
    Mark Cares ^ | Jan. 6, 2012 | Mark Cares
    This Sunday, throughout the LDS Church, 1 Nephi 1-7 from the Book of Mormon will be studied in the adult Sunday School, or Gospel Doctrines class. Probably the most quoted passage from this section of the Book of Mormon is this part of 1 Nephi 3:7: “I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” Mormons have quoted it in many different settings and situations to urge people that they could do what was commanded of them. After...
  • One day in {mormon] Heaven

    01/02/2012 8:59:16 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 40 replies ^ | January 2, 2012 | Anonymous
    One day in heaven (mormon heaven of course), a bunch of the main players from the book of mormon got down to reminisce about their adventures over a nice bottle of wine (in heaven the WOW is still merely a suggestion, not a commandment ;-)). I went a little like this: Nephi: Who would have thought, thirty hundred years ago, we'd all be sitting here in mormon heaven drinking Chateau de Chaselet, eh? All: Aye, aye. Jared: Them book of mormon days we were glad to have the price of a cup of tea. Moroni: Right! A cup of cold...
  • Top 10 Religion Stories 1. Religion of the Year: Mormonism

    12/27/2011 5:23:34 AM PST · by Colofornian · 10 replies ^ | Dec. 7, 2011 | Howard Chua-Eoan
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has always been the religion of the future — demographically, organizationally, fervently. Well, the future is now. Not only are there two Mormons running for the Republican presidential nomination (Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman) but the religion itself was taken even more seriously in national debates — albeit some of it having to do with one of Mormonism's most celebrated converts, Glenn Beck, and making it big on Broadway (The Book of Mormon by the creators of South Park)...about two-thirds of white evangelical Christians, according to a Pew Poll, do not consider...
  • Normal Mormons

    09/30/2011 10:53:33 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 35 replies
    Christian Century ^ | Sept. 26, 2011 | Jana Riess
    The public affairs department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently noted an uptick in the media's use of the word cult to describe Mormonism, even in august publications such as the New York Times and the Economist. It is probably not coincidental that two Mormons, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, are running for president. The peculiar place of Mormonism in American culture was made even more evident in a comment by Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt. Speaking in July with two other commentators about the presidential chances of Texas governor Rick Perry, she said she expected...
  • Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park) say they will definitely make a 'Book of Mormon' movie

    09/13/2011 1:53:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | September 12, 2011 | Clark Collis
    South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have confirmed to EW that they plan to adapt their Broadway hit The Book of Mormon for the big screen.
  • 'Book of Mormon' leads Drama Desk nominations (musical from South Park creators)

    04/29/2011 1:33:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    AP - Yahoo ^ | April 29, 2011 | Mark Kennedy
    NEW YORK — The profane musical "The Book of Mormon" and the zany revival of "Anything Goes" received the most nominations Friday from the Drama Desk, which honors both Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
  • Trey Parker and Matt Stone Talk About The Book of Mormon and the Future of South Park

    03/12/2011 8:55:51 AM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 11, 2011 | Carl Swanson
    South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone describe their Broadway Musical, The Book of Mormon, as an “atheist love letter to religion.” The show, which opens March 24, tells the story of two young missionaries who travel to a troubled area of Africa — beset by AIDS, poverty, a warlord who likes to force clitoridectomies, and just, overall, lots of despair — to spread their faith. We spoke with the pair at length about just why they love and are obsessed with Mormons, how Star Wars is a religion, and the future of South Park.
  • I Agree With Moroni 8:18 — Do Mormons?

    02/07/2011 2:56:17 AM PST · by Colofornian · 50 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Jan. 18, 2011 | Aaron Shafovaloff
    Today is the first “I Agree With Moroni 8:18″ day. Afterward it will be every August 18th. If you’d like to participate, you can simply put on your Facebook wall today (the 18th), “I agree with Moroni 8:18″, or some variation. If you’d like to participate, you can simply put on your Facebook wall today (the 18th), “I agree with Moroni 8:18″, or some variation. “The only way to reconcile the 1844 Joseph Smith with the 1830 Joseph Smith is if the definition of ‘unchangeable’ has changed.” (Keith Walker)
  • Robert L. Millet The Most Correct Book...(Morm/LDS Video)

    01/16/2011 5:57:32 AM PST · by restornu · 186 replies
    Sperry Symposium ^ | 2007 | Robert L. Millet
    The Most Correct Book: Joseph Smith's Appraisal of the Book of Mormon Robert L. Millet; he who is built upon the rock will we receive this work with gladness.Much has been said and demeaning about bro Millet ...separating the wheat from the chatter of the tears! I could not leave without leaving these words of bro Millet Understand the words such as precepts, the word “most correct’ and how it was used in the 1800's, things of God are only known by the power and spirit of God, the truthfulness and much much more... Most importantly again he who is...
  • The Evidence of Things Not Seen [MORMON - Open]

    01/15/2011 4:15:53 PM PST · by Colofornian · 29 replies
    BYU-Idaho Devotional Presentation ^ | Jan. 27, 2004 | Robert L. Millet
    SNIP With this in mind, perhaps we can better appreciate why Joseph Smith stated simply: “Take away the Book of Mormon and the revelations, and where is our religion? We have none” (History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., ed. B.H. Roberts (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1957), 2:52). While we seek to make friends and build bridges of understanding with persons of other faiths where possible, we do not court favor, nor do we compromise one whit on what we believe. Some doctrines, like the doctrine of “only true and living church” (D&C 1:30),...
  • Book of Mormon/DNA evidence

    01/04/2011 3:45:06 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 49 replies
    Book of Mormon/DNA evidence   Criticism DNA samples taken from modern Native Americans do not match the DNA of modern inhabitants of the Middle East. Critics argue that this means the Book of Mormon's claim that Native Americans are descended from Lehi must be false, and therefore the Book of Mormon is not an ancient record as Joseph Smith claimed. See also: Source(s) of the criticism Response Few criticisms of the Church have received as much media attention as this criticism, with so little thought and science being applied to the question. DNA attacks against the Book of Mormon account fail on...
  • Copyright saved the Book of Mormon

    12/31/2010 8:52:23 AM PST · by Colofornian · 28 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Dec. 21, 2010 | Michael De Groote
    PROVO — In 1840, it was a race against time. The first one to print a copy of the Mormons' new scripture and register it at Stationer's Hall in London would control printing rights in all of Great Britain, meaning that whoever held the copyright to the Book of Mormon had the right to present it however they wanted to. They could print as many or as few as they wished. The copyright holder could also change the text at will, and the Mormons could do nothing to stop them. From the archive * Utah publisher sued for copyright infringement...
  • Test Your Knowledge of the Book of Mormon

    11/14/2010 8:22:01 AM PST · by Colofornian · 83 replies
    In 1841 Joseph Smith declared that the Book of Mormon was "the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 194). In light of such a fantastic claim, it behooves an individual to take a serious look at the precepts found in the Book of Mormon. Take a few moments and test your knowledge of what Joseph Smith also called the "most correct book of earth." 1._______ Where in the Book of Mormon does it teach that Elohim (God...
  • 'Mormon' set for spring: Musical from 'South Park' creators opens in April

    09/14/2010 7:08:47 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 76 replies
    Variety ^ | Sept. 13, 2010 | Gordon Cox
    "The Book of Mormon," the tuner from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, has nailed down its Broadway dates, opening at the Eugene O'Neill Theater in March. Plot of the high-profile, long-gestating comedy -- with book, music and lyrics by Parker, Stone and "Avenue Q" composer-lyricist Robert Lopez -- follows a couple of modern-day Mormons in Africa in a storyline intercut with scenes from the life of Joseph Smith. Parker co-helms with Casey Nicholaw ("Elf"), who also choreographs. Timing skeds the opening of "Mormon" just prior to the April bow of the 15th season of Parker and Stone's...
  • How Heavy Were Those Gold Plates? [Mormon - Open]

    07/07/2010 3:31:19 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Paramount in the story of the Latter-day Saints is the account given by Joseph Smith of a visitation he received from the angel Moroni on September 21, 1823. He stated that after he retired to bed, his room became filled with light. At his bedside stood an angel who called Smith by name and told him that God had a work for the young boy to do. Smith claimed to have been told how, "there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang"...
  • How to Book of Mormon is Not Like the Bible

    06/29/2010 8:28:07 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 717 replies · 1+ views
    Meridian Magazine ^ | Grant Hardy
    Quite reasonably, the current “Introduction” to the Book of Mormon begins, “The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible.”... Yet...we are likely to point out some significant differences as well... ...The Bible is more of a library than a single book, and there are tremendous differences in genre... At first glance, the contents of the Book of Mormon appear to be similarly diverse...On closer inspection... the Book of Mormon turns to be entirely narrative. The whole book takes the form of a story told by narrators...but we know who is responsible for every word...
  • The fight over Book of Mormon geography

    05/27/2010 6:44:33 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 1,067 replies · 3,605+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | May 27, 2010 | Michael DeGroote
    The discussion on Book of Mormon geography was getting heated. Scholars gathered in Provo, Utah, to discuss their theories about where the events described in the Book of Mormon took place. Some placed the Nephite capital city Zarahemla in Mesoamerica, others in South America. Others argued for a setting in the American heartland. The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attended the two-day Book of Mormon convention. Although he found the discussion interesting, he was obviously concerned that people were getting a little too worked up about their geographic theories. He decided to intervene. The Book...
  • B.H. Roberts spent most of his life defending The Book of Mormon

    05/18/2010 1:51:49 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 26 replies · 351+ views
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | May 13, 2010 | Doug Gibson
    I ran across an interesting article in the Summer 1979 issue of Brigham Young University Studies. It’s “B.H. Roberts and The Book of Mormon,” and was written by Truman Madsen. Roberts was a remarkable man. Born in England, his birth father, and later a stepfather, both abandoned him and his family. He migrated to Utah early in his life and settled through a few rocky years struggling with the Word of Wisdom before straightening out, and eventually became a general authority at the age of 31. He remained one for the rest of his life, dying in 1933 at 76....
  • Chloroform in Print Does the Book of Mormon get a bad rap?

    05/18/2010 7:40:38 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 77 replies · 841+ views ^ | May 17, 2010 | Alan Wolfe
    To a nonbeliever, all religions perplex, but Mormonism perplexes absolutely. Let me immediately qualify that remark. To the non-Mormon faithful, and especially those conservative Protestants who consider it an anti-Christian sect, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hardly a religion at all. Hostility toward Mormonism has many sources. A religion established in the 19th century has not had the time to establish its teachings as timeless. A religion founded in the United States lacks the exoticism of those more directly connected to the mysterious Middle East. A religion that once allowed randy elders to possess child brides...
  • Brother Brigham forces the LDS reader to ponder some uncomfortable thoughts

    04/23/2010 9:33:26 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 321 replies · 1,973+ views
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | April 22, 2010 | Doug Gibson
    One of the quirkiest, and enjoyable edgy Mormon fiction out there remains “Brother Brigham,” (2007, Zarahemla Books) It’s a pity that probably only a few hundred people have read the novel. Utah Author D. Michael Martindale’s bizarre, at times sexy tale prompts the attentive LDS reader to really wonder if they’re faith is as strong as they might like to think it is. “Brother Brigham,” set in Salt Lake County, involves Cory Horace “C.H.” Young, descendent of Brigham Young, married in the temple to Danielle. A BYU “marriage” dropout with dreams of being a violinist, he works in a bookstore...
  • 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...
  • LDS writer tackles little-known Book of Mormon character

    01/30/2010 6:44:25 PM PST · by Colofornian · 197 replies · 1,487+ views
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Jan. 29, 2010 | JaNae Francis
    KAYSVILLE -- A first novel for K.C. Grant, 39, has landed this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints author success in just a few weeks since its release. "Abish: Daughter of God" (Covenant, $16.95) already has scored a ranking in the top six for books sold at Deseret Book and Grant said a few Deseret Book stores already have sold out of her novel. "It's fun to have a first novel so well received," said the Kaysville homemaker. "It gives me an inspiration to keep on writing." Grant enjoyed a successful book signing last weekend in Centerville and has...
  • The gospel in words: 'Worship' [Worship Christ? Lds - Open]

    01/28/2010 5:02:59 AM PST · by Colofornian · 98 replies · 699+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Jan. 28, 2010 | Joe Cannon
    "And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him." (3 Nephi 11:17) The Old Testament word usually translated as "worship" has a sense of to depress, as in to prostrate, especially in homage to royalty or God; to bow down; to stoop; to fall down flat. The New Testament word is essentially the same, with the added sense of reverence and adoration. In English, the word "worship" means to honor or adore as divine or sacred, especially with rituals or ceremonies; to offer prayers to God; to regard with extreme respect, devotion or love; to...
  • Critics couldn't touch Nibley's faith

    01/15/2010 10:29:02 AM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies · 335+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Jan. 15, 2010 | Michael De Groote
    PROVO, Utah -- Hugh Nibley, one of the greatest defenders of Joseph Smith's work, didn't worry about vindicating the Prophet's character, said Richard L. Bushman at a lecture at BYU on Jan. 14. Instead, Nibley concentrated on shifting the debate to what Joseph had produced: the Book of Mormon. Bushman, the Howard W. Hunter Professor of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University (Calif.), was the inaugural speaker of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute's weekly lecture series honoring the centennial of the late professor Hugh W. Nibley's birth. Bushman looked at how Nibley "approached the Prophet from a strangely oblique angle."...
  • LDS books: Oxford Press finds profits in prophets

    01/15/2010 10:13:03 AM PST · by Colofornian · 10 replies · 300+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Jan. 15, 2010 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    Bouncing around on the trend-tossed seas of 21st-century book publishing, Mormon scholarship seems to have docked at the granddaddy of all prestigious presses: Oxford University. By all accounts, the unlikely partnership between the oldest university in the English-speaking world and an upstart American faith seems to be working. Mormon writers, particularly historians, get the academic credibility they crave and Oxford sells a lot of books. Two years ago, Oxford University Press published Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley Jr. and Glen M. Leonard, three LDS Church scholars. The harrowing account of the 1857 slaughter of...
  • The tight control theory in the Book of Mormon

    12/29/2009 12:30:09 PM PST · by Colofornian · 26 replies · 828+ views
    The Mormon Times ^ | | Michael R. Ash
    The "tight control" theory for the Book of Mormon translation suggests that Joseph dictated a fairly literal translation of the Nephite text into the scriptural language of his day. According to several witnesses, Joseph actually spelled out proper nouns the first time he dictated them to his scribe. One interesting example is the name "Coriantumr." Dr. Royal Skousen, the foremost expert on the original Book of Mormon manuscript (the text written by scribes as dictated by Joseph), explains that when Joseph dictated "Coriatumr" to Oliver Cowdery, Oliver wrote "Coriantummer," crossed it out, and then wrote "Coriantumr." The first spelling makes...
  • Mike Ash: Translation of the Book of Mormon

    12/21/2009 10:55:59 AM PST · by Colofornian · 19 replies · 754+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Dec. 21, 2009 | Michael R. Ash
    According to some of Joseph's closest associates as well as those who saw Joseph translate the Book of Mormon, when Joseph looked into the Urim and Thummim he was able to see the English translation. Some witnesses even claimed that Joseph spelled out proper names and the English text remained in view until it was written down correctly. Most of the accounts that describe the translation process were recorded long after the fact and are often second or third hand. Because Joseph did not share the details himself, however, it is from these other reports that scholars attempt to deduce...
  • Some Mormons may not understand Joseph's translation process

    12/04/2009 4:17:34 PM PST · by Colofornian · 85 replies · 1,374+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Nov. 30, 2009 | Michael R. Ash
    As we continue our discussion about the Book of Mormon translation, some members may be troubled that the process doesn't match their conceptions of how they thought the process worked. For members who were unaware of the seer stone in the hat, at least two questions or concerns may arise: 1) Is it strange that Joseph used a stone in a hat? 2) Why have we have always been told that Joseph used the Urim and Thummim? To answer the first question we might also ask: Is it strange that a man could rise from the dead, walk on water,...
  • Members discuss location of Book of Mormon

    10/20/2009 6:50:56 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 63 replies · 1,225+ views
    BYU Daily Universe ^ | Oct. 18, 2009 | Amanda Verzello
    Church members from Utah and abroad gathered on Friday to hear some Book of Mormon stories their teachers have never told them. The lessons centered around Mesoamerica, including Mexico and Guatemala, as the most likely setting for Book of Mormon peoples and events at the 7th annual Book of Mormon Lands Conference at the Red Lion Hotel in Salt Lake City. The conference drew 280 attendees — the conference’s biggest crowd ever — as a result of key speakers such as Dr. John L. Lund, Joseph Allen and Jerry L. Ainsworth, said Stephen L. Carr, senior vice president of the...