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  • The Ten 'Lost' Tribes Of Israel Were Never Actually Lost

    05/12/2016 2:26:54 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 25 replies ^ | 5/9/16 | Gary
    Of all the dozens and dozens of signs pointing to the imminent return of Christ, two clearly stand above the rest: 1. In a technical sense the Gospel has now been preached to every nation on earth in fulfillment of Mark 13:10.  Some scholars argue that we must interpret the Greek word for "nation" strictly as an individual ethnic group, but even if that is the correct interpretation, this prophecy was likely fulfilled sometime toward the end of the 20th century or the beginning of this century.  There are certainly still several isolated tribes where the Gospel has not been preached,...
  • U.S. Has History of Successfully Changing Religious Tenets

    12/02/2015 11:32:32 PM PST · by abigkahuna · 45 replies
    Feeble Brain | 12.02.15 | Self
    Rattling around my brain for some time now has been the Manifesto of 1890 by the Church of Latter Day Saints and how it led to the eventual statehood for Utah. Basically, the Manifesto of 1890 had the church strip the polygamy tenets from their religion. Islam in its current form is incompatible with a democratic republic. The United States has a precedence in having a religion change one of its core tenets. Sharia Law could be separated from Islam so that Islam could be compatible with the western world. The problem with this idea though, is that the government...
  • Former middleweight world champion boxer Gene Fullmer dead at 83

    04/28/2015 9:37:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 27, 2015 | Jay Drew
    West Jordan • Many professional boxers have colorful and jarring nicknames designed to instill fear in opponents, capture the imagination of the general public and perhaps bring some extra publicity and headlines. But when it came to having a trademark moniker, Utah's Gene Fullmer wasn't like many of his counterparts. In a 2009 interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, Fullmer said he just preferred to be called by the name his parents, Tuff and Mary Fullmer, gave him when he was born in 1931. The former world middleweight boxing champion died late Monday night at a care center near his...
  • The Second-Largest Religion in Each State

    06/06/2014 11:14:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 4 | Reid Wilson
    Christianity is by far the largest religion in the United States; more than three-quarters of Americans identify as Christians. A little more than half of us identify as Protestants, about 23 percent as Catholic and about 2 percent as Mormon. But what about the rest of us? In the Western U.S., Buddhists represent the largest non-Christian religious bloc in most states. In 20 states, mostly in the Midwest and South, Islam is the largest non-Christian faith tradition. And in 15 states, mostly in the Northeast, Judaism has the most followers after Christianity. Hindus come in second place in Arizona and...
  • Who owns the name “Mormon”?

    04/25/2014 12:28:23 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 92 replies ^ | Apr 24, 2014 | Jana Riess
    A fledgling Mormon dating site reports that IRI, the intellectual property rights arm of the LDS Church, is attempting to shutter the planned launch of Mormon Match because of its use of the word “Mormon” and its appropriation of an image of the Salt Lake Temple.Here’s what the front page of the site-in-progress looks like now:For a good discussion of the issues involved, see Holly Welker’s post in Religion Dispatches. (I don’t think RD’s headline is quite accurate, though; as far as I know, the Church has not filed a lawsuit but applied pressure and commenced an “opposition proceeding.” According...
  • Utah NBC Affiliate Won’t Air New Gay Couple Comedy ‘The New Normal’

    08/25/2012 5:29:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 40 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8.25.2012 | NELLIE ANDREEVA
    NBC’s Utah affiliate KSL-TV strikes again. The station, which is owned by the Mormon church, announced today that it won’t air the network’s new comedy series New Normal. Co-created by Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler, The New Normal stars Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha as gay partners who are having a baby through a surrogate. “For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time,” Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International, told local papers, including KSL sibling Deseret News. The New Normal is scheduled to air Tuesdays at 8:30 PM. Simpson...
  • Mormon beliefs

    04/14/2012 4:41:03 AM PDT · by plenipotentiary · 31 replies ^ | 14 April 2012 | Staff
    Given the depth and breadth of the cumulative circumstantial and direct physical evidence related to the timing of the Mormon movement, the character and motive of Joseph Smith, the manner in which Smith claimed to find and translate the Book of Mormon, the errant and peculiar characteristics of the Book of Mormon and the true and contradictory translation of the Book of Abraham, there is more than enough reason to conclude that Joseph Smith was a fraud and that the Book of Mormon is a work of fiction.
  • Vatican Cardinal Burke: ‘We’re well on the way’ to Christian persecution in the U.S.

    11/28/2011 8:49:17 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 93 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 11-28-11 | John-Henry Westen
    VATICAN, November 28, 2011 ( – One of the highest ranking cardinals in the Vatican has said that the United States is “well on the way” to the persecution of Christians. Cardinal Raymond Burke Cardinal Raymond Burke, former Archbishop of St. Louis and now the head of the Vatican’s highest court, told Catholic News Agency that he could envision a time when the Catholic Church in the U.S., “even by announcing her own teaching,” is accused of “engaging in illegal activity, for instance, in its teaching on human sexuality.” Asked if the cardinal could even see American Catholics being arrested...
  • Polygamist leader’s request to remove judge denied

    07/20/2011 8:22:35 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 32 replies
    News-Journal (Longview) ^ | July 20, 2011 | N/A
    Polygamist leader’s request to remove judge denied SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A visiting judge on Tuesday denied polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs’ second attempt to remove the West Texas judge overseeing his upcoming sexual assault trial, this time because of alleged bias after she made calls to inquire about progress in the case and accepted extra police protection because of threats associated with it. Judge John Hyde of Midland listened to more than five hours of testimony on Jeffs’ motion to recuse District Judge Barbara Walther during a hearing Monday but wrote a day later that much of it rested...
  • '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.
  • Former Latino leader requests halt of LDS missionary visas

    02/18/2011 6:19:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    FOX 13 ^ | February 14, 2011 | Brittany Green
    SALT LAKE CITY — The immigration controversy has reached the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with one Latino member of the Utah community's request that Mexico suspend all LDS missionary visas to the nation. Raul Lopez-Vargas, former vice president of Centro Civico Mexicano, one of Utah's oldest Latino community centers, has sent a letter to Mexican Presdient Felipe Calderon seeking the temporary suspension of visas for LDS missionaries. He also delivered the letter in person Monday to the Mexican consulate in Utah. Lopez-Vargas says the request is a response to his view that the LDS Church won't take...
  • Utah polygamists star in new TV show

    08/06/2010 6:24:07 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Aug. 6, 2010 | Vince Horiuchi
    The makers of the hit television reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8” are producing a new series that easily could be called “Kody & Meri & Janelle & Robyn Plus 15.” “Sister Wives,” a seven-episode series for the TLC network, is the first reality show that follows a polygamist family. Filmmakers are profiling Kody Brown and his three sister wives, a group of fundamentalist Mormons in Utah (the family does not want to reveal the city they live in). The show, which was introduced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills Friday, premieres Sept. 26...
  • The Glenn Beck problem

    04/09/2010 12:01:50 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 185 replies · 2,370+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | April 9, 2010 | McKay Coppins
    The problem with writing a column about Glenn Beck is that everyone already has said everything about him. His story has been told, his politics dissected, his rhetoric debated, his personal life invaded and his net worth revealed. And it's all been done to the point of redundancy. And yet the Glenn Beck conversation thrives, especially in Mormon circles. In an effort to take something of a sociological snapshot, I posted this question on my Facebook wall on Thursday: "What do you think of Glenn Beck?" Within a couple of hours, 10 people had responded. Some of them commented more...
  • Mormon myths mostly harmless but unnecessary

    01/04/2010 9:03:14 PM PST · by delacoert · 41 replies · 1,346+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Jul. 09, 2009 | McKay Coppins
    ... A new Web site pitching itself as a Mormon myth-buster recently launched, causing me once again to wonder about why we Latter-day Saints take so much joy in spreading unsubstantiated stories about ourselves. The site,, is run by Casey Cummings, a resident of Kaysville, Utah, who says he got interested in the world of Mormon myths when he was on his mission in Austria. The site's basic format is similar to that of sites like People submit popular Mormon myths, and then Cummings investigates them and deems them either "true" or "false." I'm frankly surprised that something...
  • Mormons throw support behind gay-rights cause

    11/11/2009 5:48:28 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 31 replies · 1,151+ views
    hostednews/ ^ | 3 hours ago | ERIC GORSKI
    It looked like a stunning reversal: the same church that helped defeat gay marriage in California standing with gay-rights activists on an anti-discrimination law in its own backyard. On Tuesday night, after a series of clandestine meetings between local gay-rights backers and Mormons in Salt Lake City, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced it would support proposed city laws that would prohibit discrimination against gays in housing and employment. The ordinances passed and history was made: It marked the first time the Salt Lake City-based church had supported gay-rights legislation.
  • Mitt wept when church ended discrimination

    12/16/2007 7:57:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 274 replies · 890+ views
    The Politico ^ | December 16, 2007 | Mike Allen
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” today that he wept with relief when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Mormons, announced a 1978 revelation that the priesthood would no longer be denied to persons of African descent. Romney’s eyes appeared to fill with tears as he discussed the emotional subject during a high-stakes appearance that he handled with no major blunders. “I was anxious to see a change in my church,” said the Republican presidential candidate, appearing for the full hour just two weeks ahead of the crucial Iowa caucuses. “I can...
  • Was Romney behind the anti-Romney calls?

    11/21/2007 11:00:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 799+ views
    The Carpetbagger Report ^ | November 21, 2007 | Steve Benen
    One of the big stories in the Republican presidential race last week was a series of controversial survey calls in Iowa and New Hampshire that asked respondents some pointed questions about Mitt Romney. Specifically, voters in the first two Republican contests received calls with negative messages about the former governor’s religion, his Vietnam-era military deferments, his sons’ lack of military service, and the notion that Mormons believe the Book of Mormon is superior to the Bible. The question, of course, was who was responsible for the calls. For one thing, they may have been illegal — as the Union Leader...
  • Romney a tough sell for many U.S. Christians

    11/20/2007 4:44:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies · 328+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Ed Stoddard
    DALLAS - When a pair of Mormon missionaries knocked at the door of Jerry Pierce's home in a north Dallas suburb last month, he marshaled his arguments and stood his ground. "I look forward to encounters like that. I like to talk to them about the nature of Christ and who Jesus is," said Pierce, a staunch Southern Baptist, the biggest Protestant denomination in the United States. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, is running into similar resistance as he tries to win over Southern Baptists and other evangelical Protestants in the race for the Republican Party's nomination for the 2008 U.S....
  • Risk V. Reward: The Anti-Romney Phone Calls

    11/17/2007 6:08:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 719+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | November 16, 2007 | Marc Ambinder
    Whodunnit? Here is why it is unlikely that Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson or any top-tier challenger to Mitt Romney had anything to do with the wave of anti-Mormon, Anti-Romney phone calls in Iowa and New Hampshire. Think about the reward. Would the questions asked by the firm elicit any meaningful data for the campaign who wrote them? Would the relative reward of a few dozen voters changing their minds about Romney because of his Mormonism be worth the avalanche of embarassment and ill-will that would accrue to the candidate who authorized the phone calls? Political consultants aren't stupid -- they...
  • The Kingmaker’s New Subject (Pat Robertson's Rudy endorsement)

    11/11/2007 6:07:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 306+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Nov 19, 2007 Issue | Michael Gerson
    There is an old hymn written by Fanny Crosby, sung at generations of camp meetings, which exclaims: "Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King!" Since the emergence of evangelicalism as a cultural force in the 1950s, three approaches to politics, represented by three personalities, have emerged. They are the prophet, the priest and the kingmaker. The prophet has been psychologist James Dobson, who dispenses child-rearing advice on the radio from his Colorado ministry, Focus on the Family. On family issues, Dobson's counsel is moderate and broadly appealing. On politics, his tone sharpens. He rails against compromise on social-conservative...
  • GOP Focus Group Is Down on Bush (But like Fred Thompson)

    11/06/2007 12:58:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 137+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | November 5, 2007 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    RICHMOND, Va.—There's no shortage of polls underscoring America's sour mood these days. Surveys generally show that 7 in 10 Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction and that most Americans believe their leaders in Washington are doing a poor job. U.S. News led the way in explaining this trend with a recent special report on why Americans think Washington is broken and what can be done about it. If anything, the warning signs are getting gloomier. A new focus group of Republican voters from the Richmond area, conducted last Thursday evening, was a case in point. All...
  • Republicans Gets(sic) Down And Dirty In S.C.

    11/03/2007 3:41:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 63+ views
    CBS News/The New Republic ^ | November 2, 2007 | Michael Crowley
    Shortly before a Republican presidential primary debate in Columbia, South Carolina, this last May, several conservative activists in the state received mysterious envelopes in the mail. The letters arrived anonymously, each one containing an eight-page document, a typewritten manifesto with a pseudo-academic title: "Mormons in Contemporary American Society: A Politically Dangerous Religion?" The letters depicted Mormonism as based on "hoaxes" and ridiculed the church's founder, Joseph Smith, as a "gold digger turned prophet." The mailing also provocatively dubbed Smith "the Mohammed of the West." "Like the prophet of Islam," it said, "Smith founded his religion upon prophecies and revelations which...
  • Tests abound for Republicans with religious conservatives [Values Voter Summit]

    10/17/2007 9:32:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 178+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 18, 2007 | Sam Youngman
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his rivals for the Republican nomination will face a tough crowd when they address the religious conservatives at the Values Voter Summit starting Friday. “I think what we can expect is a lot of folks talking about how dissatisfied they are with the choices they have,” former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said. Giuliani’s positions on abortion and gay rights continue to dog him as he looks for support within the leadership of the religious conservative movement, and those leaders say they want to hear more from the former mayor this weekend than...
  • Romney's Palmetto Problem

    10/17/2007 8:48:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 182+ views
    Government Executive ^ | October 16, 2007 | Charlie Cook
    Although there are hundreds of ways to look at the fight for the GOP presidential nomination, increasingly it looks as if the South Carolina primary could end up as the pivotal contest. Right now, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's early focus on Iowa and New Hampshire appears to have paid off: He sports a big advantage over former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Sen. Fred Thompson in Iowa, but recent polling suggests that Giuliani may have closed some of the gap in New Hampshire. At least for the moment, neither candidate seems to be on the verge...
  • Sex, Race, Religion and America's Next President

    09/19/2007 11:39:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 197+ views
    TheTyee ^ | September 19, 2007 | Mario Canseco
    Next year's United States presidential election will be the first one since 1952 to have neither an incumbent nor a current or former vice-president on either of the two main tickets -- unless Al Gore suddenly decides to run again. As of now, national polls place New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as the favourite candidate for Democrats, followed by Illinois Senator Barack Obama and former North Carolina senator John Edwards. On the Republican side, actor and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson is almost even with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, with Arizona Senator John McCain and former...
  • TROUBLED TIMES: Minister hopes to bring Christian Republicans back to polls

    09/17/2007 6:02:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 68+ views
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | September 15, 2007
    FORT WORTH, Texas --One of the names coming up most frequently as the 2008 presidential campaign gears up isn't even a candidate. It's Rick Scarborough, an East Texas Baptist minister and evangelist determined to bring conservative Christian Republicans back to the polls next year. The presidential election is still more than a year away, but the primary campaigns are in full swing, and Scarborough and other religious leaders are stepping up in the battle being waged for control of the White House, Congress and the GOP itself. They want the full force of conservative Christian voters to be felt in...
  • Republicans in danger of losing US 'God vote' (Barf Alert)

    09/14/2007 3:01:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies · 895+ views
    The London Telegraph ^ | September 14, 2007 | Toby Harnden
    For nearly three decades the Republican party has built its election victories in the United States on the power of the Christian Right. But now it is facing the prospect of a "God void" by selecting a presidential candidate who is not a churchgoer. In a recent Gallup poll, 55 per cent of Americans said they went to church at least once a month. Neither the thrice-married Rudy Giuliani nor the twice-married Fred Thompson, the two front-runners for the party's nomination, go to church regularly. John McCain, also a divorcé, once described evangelical leaders as "agents of intolerance". All have...
  • 'FredHeads' to party when bid is official

    09/05/2007 12:34:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 581+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | September 5, 2007 | Lisa Riley Roche
    When former Tennessee senator and actor Fred Thompson makes his presidential bid official Thursday, his Utah supporters are planning to celebrate at a downtown party. The event is just one of many being organized nationwide by self-described "Fred-Heads" who for months now have been pushing Thompson to get in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Thompson is scheduled to formally announce he's running via a webcast Thursday on his campaign site, Following the announcement, he's expected to campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. "We're just getting started, but I think a groundswell is coming,"...

    05/07/2007 10:31:52 AM PDT · by Capt. Cox · 39 replies · 888+ views
    Evangelicals for Mitt ^ | May 3, 2007 | David French
    I know that I'm going to get in trouble in some quarters for the following statement, but I'm going to say it anyway. I love Mormons, and I deeply appreciate the role played by the LDS church in our nation and our culture. I have returned from a lengthy absence from EFM (I was out of town working hard on my day job) to find a debate in these pages about whether Mormonism is a "cult," flipped on the TV to see a two part special about Mormonism on PBS, and turned on my computer today to see this absurd...
  • Mormonism: Religion, Denomination, or Cult?

    05/02/2007 7:09:53 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 576 replies · 5,254+ views
    Townhall ^ | Saturday, April 28, 2007 | Frank Pastore
    Am I an anti-Mormon bigot for simply raising this question? In this column two weeks ago (available here), I stated I would vote for Mitt Romney should he win the Republican nomination, and that “though I am willing to unite with and befriend Mormons in common cause to advance our shared values, I am hoping to be a voice of clarity – unwilling to allow Mormonism to be mistaken for orthodox Christianity and unwilling again to disqualify a candidate simply because he is from a faith tradition so different from my own.” I also stated, “many Mormons in recent years...
  • The Presidency’s Mormon Moment

    04/08/2007 9:39:55 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 90 replies · 1,312+ views
    The New York Times Company ^ | 4/9/07 | KENNETH WOODWARD
    IN May, Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican presidential hopeful, will give the commencement address at Pat Robertson’s Regent University. What better opportunity for Mr. Romney to discuss the issue of his Mormon faith before an audience of evangelicals? When John F. Kennedy spoke before Protestant clergymen in Houston in 1960, he sought to dispel the fear that as a Catholic president, he would be subject to direction from the pope. As a Mormon, Mr. Romney faces ignorance as well as fear of his church and its political influence. More Americans, polls show, are willing to accept...
  • Mormon spinoff church adopts anti-discrimination doctrine (Religious Left on the March)

    04/02/2007 2:09:17 PM PDT · by Quick or Dead · 6 replies · 662+ views
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Delegates to the Community of Christ World Conference voted overwhelmingly Friday to add a passage to church doctrine that, among other things, says scripture should not be interpreted in ways that lead to discrimination. "It is not pleasing to God when scripture is used to diminish or oppress races, genders or classes of human beings," wrote First President Stephen M. Veazey, who also is the church's prophet. "Much physical and emotional violence has been done to some of God's beloved children through the misuse of scripture," Veazey said. "The church is called to confess and repent of...
  • Voting for an LDS prez not an option, 43% say

    11/21/2006 10:10:33 AM PST · by colorcountry · 393 replies · 4,443+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 11/21/04 | Thomas Burr
    53% of evangelicals say they wouldn't consider it, bad news for likely '08 hopeful Mitt Romney WASHINGTON - About 43 percent of Americans wouldn't even consider voting for a Mormon for president, according to a new poll that shows an increase from previous surveys in the number of voters unwilling to support an LDS candidate for the White House. The latest poll, released Monday, is bad news for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Mormon Republican who is expected to make a 2008 presidential bid. Previous polls have shown a smaller share of Americans saying they would not vote for a...
  • Election 2008: 43% Would Never Vote for Mormon Candidate (Rasmussen Poll)

    11/20/2006 8:24:45 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 573 replies · 7,510+ views
    Mitt Romney (R) begins the 2008 campaign season in fourth place among those seeking the GOP Presidential nomination, trailing Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Condoleezza Rice. While many Republican insiders believe the Massachusetts Governor could become an attractive candidate to the party's social conservatives, a Rasmussen Reports survey finds that Romney's faith may initially be more of a hindrance than a help. Forty-three percent (43%) of American voters say they would never even consider voting for a Mormon Presidential candidate. Only 38% say they would consider casting such a vote while 19% are not sure. Half (53%) of all Evangelical...
  • Professor at BYU Arrested for Taping Porn Videos

    02/21/2006 10:02:21 AM PST · by Colofornian · 176 replies · 6,433+ views
    Deseret News ^ | February 18, 2006 | Sara Israelsen
    PROVO — A Brigham Young University assistant professor has resigned after being arrested Thursday night for investigation into allegations that he taped and watched pornographic videos of a 14-year-old girl on his computer. The 63-year-old man is being investigated for sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony, and voyeurism, a class-A misdemeanor, after Provo police found a video clip of a girl undressing on a laptop computer belonging to BYU. The Deseret Morning News does not name arrested persons until charges are filed. Acting on a tip, Provo police approached the man at his home and took him to...
  • Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon?

    Was The Book of Mormon given to Joseph Smith by an angel or created from a work of fiction? Who was Solomon Spalding and did he have a connection with Joseph Smith? This book critically examines key historical documents, personal testimonies, and records of 19th-century Mormon history concluding that The Book of Mormon is an "adaptation of an obscure historical novel" written by Revolutionary War veteran Solomon Spalding during the War of 1812. In twelve chapters, the authors lay out the evidence for the assertion that Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, and Joseph Smith Jr. adapted and embellished the Spalding manuscript...
  • Copyright takes LDS garment listing off eBay

    The on-again, off-again Internet auction of sacred Mormon temple garments is off again for the time being, but not as a result of the furor their sale stirred among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. EBay spokesman Hani Durzy said Friday that the Web site removed a listing for the undergarments, which are only to be worn by authorized LDS members, because it contained text for which an LDS Web site holds copyrights. "We do not have a policy against listing Mormon garments on eBay as long as the seller owns them and properly lists them,"...
  • Brigham Young, monster hunter...

    11/17/2003 9:15:37 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies · 266+ views
    Loch Ness in Scotland, home of Nessie, and Lake Champlain in the U.S., home of Champ, may be two of the most well-known residences of alleged lake monsters. But the Salt Lake City area has its own legendary sea serpents. Bear Lake, located northeast of Salt Lake City on the Utah-Idaho border, is a popular recreation spot for boating, fishing and camping. The stunning turquoise-colored lake, known as the "Caribbean of the Rockies," is also home to large, snake-like monsters that have been spotted for generations. The Shoshoni Indians may have been the first people to see the creature. Describing...
  • Joseph Smith's Consent Needed to Enter Heaven (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, p.282-91)

    Brigham Young Sermon: Joseph Smith's Consent Needed to Enter Heaven(Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, p.282-91)Quick LinkJOSEPH SMITH'S CONSENT NEEDED IN ORDER TO BE WITH GOD AND CHRIST IN HEAVEN Brigham Young, October 9, 1859 Intelligence, Etc. Remarks by President BRIGHAM YOUNG, delivered in the Tabernacle, Great Salt Lake City, October 9, 1859. Reported by G. D. Watt Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, p.282-91I shall address you this morning upon a subject that is more interesting to me than any other pertaining to the life of man. It is a subject of deep study and research, and has been from age...
  • Church put to DNA test: Instructor risks expulsion with his claim that Book of Mormon is racist

    01/14/2003 12:02:30 AM PST · by ppaul · 429 replies · 1,744+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 1/13/03 | M.L. LYKE
    LYNNWOOD -- The unassuming instructor with the soft voice holds a phone to each ear, juggling cell and land lines. The desktop in his office pings with endless incoming e-mails. One may laud him as intellectual dissident, another rip him as religious heretic. He apologizes for the interruptions. "The phone hasn't stopped ringing," says Thomas Murphy, the cultural anthropologist whose challenge of Mormon doctrine has landed him in hot water with his church and thrown his name into headlines across the country.Not that it has cramped his style. "I think it's fair to conclude that the Book of Mormon is...
  • (AZ)Mahoney Makes [Matt Salmon's Mormon] Religion an Issue (TV Ad Smears Entire Church)

    10/11/2002 9:04:49 AM PDT · by Spiff · 8 replies · 2,493+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11 October 2002 | Howard Fischer
    Friday, October 11, 2002 Mahoney makes religion an issue Says Salmon might hesitate in sect inquiryBy Howard Fischer PHOENIX - Independent Richard Mahoney is making religion an issue of the gubernatorial campaign, launching a broadside Thursday against the entire Mormon church. Flanked by former members of a fundamentalist sect the church has disavowed, Mahoney said there is a long history of not just polygamy but sexual assaults on minors in Colorado City on the state's northern border. He acknowledged the practitioners are, strictly speaking, not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which repudiated polygamy a century...