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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 · 115 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 Challengemin.org 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...
  • Atheist: Okay to Disparage Christians, But Islam Off-Limits Because of ‘Fear’

    11/01/2015 7:25:47 PM PST · by lowbridge · 59 replies
    cns ^ | october 30, 2015 | penny starr
    An atheist professor said Tuesday that it's acceptable to criticize Christians but not Muslims, because he does not "fear" retaliation from Christians. "I know what keeps me from critiquing Islam on my blog is just fear," Phil Zuckerman said at a discussion on religious liberty at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. "I've got three kids. "So I know I can say anything about Christianity or Mormonism, and I'm not living in fear, which is a testament to Christianity and Mormonism, and that's wonderful. Thank you," said Zuckerman, who is a self-described atheist and professor of secular studies at Pitzer College...
  • Sinister Sites - Temple Square, Utah (The OTHER World Series)

    10/31/2015 6:36:53 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 51 replies
    VigilantCitizen.com ^ | June 8, 2009 | VC
    Situated at the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, Temple Square is the spiritual, cultural and administrative center of the Mormon faith. This ten acres plot of land includes a Temple, a domed tabernacle and numerous buildings, monuments and memorials. While this place may seem holy and wholesome, a closer look at the structures reveal the presence of occult, pagan and masonic symbols. A deeper study of those grounds only adds to the controversy regarding Mormonism and reveals the disturbing truth about its real god.This article's intent is not to condemn Mormonism as a faith, but rather to analyze the...

    10/30/2015 5:48:51 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 23 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | May 6 2012
  • Occultic and Masonic Influence in Early Mormonism (The OTHER World Series)

    10/28/2015 6:17:42 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    Institute For Religious Research ^ | 1996 | Joel B. Groat
    The evidence of Joseph Smith's close connection to occultism and Freemasonry, and how this influenced the origin and development of the LDS Church is not well known outside of scholarly circles. This article summarizes the evidence for Joseph's personal involvement in both Freemasonry and occultism, and their influence on the Mormon religion. "There is absolutely no question in my mind that the Mormon ceremony which came to be known as the Endowment, introduced by Joseph Smith to Mormon Masons, had an immediate inspiration from Masonry." Dr. Reed Durham, LDS Historian Mormonism's Link to OccultismBoth Joseph Smith and his father...
  • Life Everlasting: A Definitive Study of Life After Death (The OTHER World Series: Lds author)

    10/27/2015 4:11:16 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    Google Docs ^ | 1967 (original) | Duane S. Crowther
    Evil Spirits from the spirit prison and from Hell. Elder Parley P. Pratt described the difference in appearance between these spirits and the righteous spirits which dwell in paradise. Persons who have departed this life, and have not yet been raised from the dead are spirits. These are two kinds, viz.--good and evil. These two kinds also include many grades of good and evil.The good spirits, in the superlative sens of the word, are they who, in this life, partook of the Holy Priesthood, and of the fulness of the gospel.This class of spirits minister to the heirs of salvation,...
  • Mormonism and Visitations from the Dead (The OTHER World Series)

    10/27/2015 3:50:23 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 35 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Aug. 16, 2012 | Sharon Lindbloom
    People who have died are very important to members of the Mormon Church. The dead are a very important aspect of the Mormon gospel. The sixth President of the Church, Joseph F. Smith, taught, We will not finish our work until we have saved ourselves, and then not until we shall have saved all depending upon us; for we are to become saviors upon Mount Zion, as well as Christ. We are called to this mission. The dead are not perfect without us, neither are we without them [see D&C 128:18]. (Teachings of the Presidents of the Church, Joseph F....
  • Utah cites Warren Jeff as reason polygamy should be illegal

    10/07/2015 7:31:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KTXS-TV ^ | October 7, 2015 | The Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah attorney general's office is invoking jailed polygamous leader Warren Jeffs as proof that plural marriage should be illegal in Utah. The state argues in a filing Tuesday to an appeals court in Denver that Jeffs' actions shows what polygamy can look like. Jeffs is serving a life sentence in a Texas prison for sexually assaulting underage girls he considered wives....
  • Jason Chaffetz reportedly planning to challenge Kevin McCarthy for Speaker

    10/02/2015 2:04:40 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:01 PM ON OCTOBER 2, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    The CW this week is that McCarthys Benghazi gaffe was a gift to Hillary Clinton but its also a gift to House conservatives who are looking for a foothold in electing Boehners successor. You wont convince the centrists in the caucus that McCarthys too squishy to rule but you might convince them that hes a political liability whom the GOP cant risk having as a major spokesman during next years death match with the Clintons. All tea partiers need to mount a challenge is a candidate. Hensarling wont do it, Jordan wont do it, Ryan wont do it. Jason Chaffetz?...
  • Secret Service Targeting of Chaffetz Alarms Lawmakers

    10/03/2015 4:14:24 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 20 replies
    CQ Roll Cal ^ | 10/2/2015 | Hannah Hess and Matthew Fleming
    A Secret Service officials allegedly deliberate decision to embarrass Rep. Jason Chaffetz could give pause to other lawmakers who have applied for federal jobs, cautioned former House Judiciary Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.
  • Saying McCarthy Lacks 218 Votes, Chaffetz Announces Bid for Speaker (Updated)

    10/04/2015 6:56:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 10/4/15 | Emma Dumain
    Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz will run for speaker. The Utah Republican announced his decision on Fox News Sunday, citing support from colleagues who recruited him to challenge the establishment favorite, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. We dont want to fight internally, Chaffetz told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, but realistically we cant vote to promote the existing leadership. Kevin McCarthys a good man, Chaffetz said, and hes a reason we have such a solid majority. But things have changed, and theres really a math problem. Chaffetz granted that McCarthy may have the majority of votes to...

    10/05/2015 5:58:56 AM PDT · by shortstop · 30 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 10/05/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    Boehner was the lesser of two evils. But not by much. You had Obama on the one side and Mr. Spray Tan on the other, and the hatred of one did not mean the love of the other. And for five years he failed. Handed the speakership by a pissed-off public, he did nothing with it. He didn't figure out how to handle Obama, he didn't figure out how to handle Reid, he was clueless with Pilosi and rudderless with the Republicans. He could neither command nor cooperate. Nor could he speak. As half the population was left without a...
  • From Gay Marriage to Polygamy?

    07/02/2015 7:22:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    If you're one of those rare people who think one spouse is not enough, your prayers may be answered. After the Supreme Court decision in favor of gay marriage, conservative critics spotted sister wives on the horizon. "Polygamy, here we come!" tweeted Weekly Standard editor William Kristol. Some members of the Supreme Court agree. Dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts argued that "much of the majority's reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage." In 1996, Justice Antonin Scalia claimed the court had put itself on the path to upholding the rights of...
  • Supreme Court Decision Will Not Alter Doctrine on Marriage[LDS - Mormon]

    06/29/2015 7:03:19 AM PDT · by StormPrepper · 80 replies
    SALT LAKE CITY The Church issued the following statement Friday: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges that following today's ruling by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States. The Court's decision does not alter the Lord's doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. While showing respect for those who think differently, the Church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice."
  • Mormon 'apostles' ahead-of-curve of culture embracing eventual polygamy (25% vs. 16%) [Vanity]

    06/02/2015 1:04:29 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 29 replies
    Colofornian | June 2, 2015 | Colofornian
    In 2001, 1 in 7 Americans accepted polygamy as a "family" form (7%); by 2015, it's jumped to 1 in 6 Americans (16%). Source: Shocker: Morality Goes Out the Window, Americans Embrace Social LiberalismAs of last week, three of the dozen "apostles" of the Mormon Church 1 in 4 -- were well ahead of that cultural curve and indeed, per Mormon doctrine, were headed for eternal polygamy.Allow me to explain: Seven years ago this Spring, the Salt Lake Tribune published an article that mentioned how "Three of the church's current apostles, for example, were widowed and remarried. Each will...
  • "A Mother There": A Survey of Historical Teachings about Mother in Heaven [Mormon mom-goddess]

    05/09/2015 6:54:17 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 26 replies
    BYUStudies ^ | 2011 | David L. Paulsen and Martin Pulido
    ...Latter-day Saint literature to a Mother in Heaven...Since the 1840s, this cherished doctrine has been an important, although relatively obscure, part of the Latter-day Saint understanding of the premortal origins and divine nature of mankind... As Elder Erastus Snow (Quorum of the Twelve, February 12, 1849May 27, 1888) avowed: What, says one, do you mean we should understand that Deity consists of man and woman? Most certainly I do. If I believe anything that God has ever said about himself...I must believe that deity consists of man and woman...There can be no God except he is composed of the man...
  • Mormons' Posthumous Weddings & "Highest Sacraments" [the dead get married in Lds temples]

    05/09/2015 12:02:16 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 89 replies
    www.Scoop.co.NZ ^ | April 30, 2015 | Richard S. Ehrlich
    BANGKOK, Thailand -- Nearly 50 years after Mormons opened small churches here converting Buddhists, animists and other Thais, they have now announced plans to construct their first big temple in Thailand, enabling their families to be "sealed" together for eternity, posthumous weddings for dead ancestors and other "highest sacraments."
  • Chapter 38: Eternal Marriage ['Eternal Marriage Essential for Exaltation' (living with) Lds god]

    04/25/2015 6:00:50 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Chapter 38: Eternal Marriage [SNIP] Eternal Marriage Is Essential for Exaltation What is the Lords doctrine of marriage, and how does it differ from the views of the world? Many people in the world consider marriage to be only a social custom, a legal agreement between a man and a woman to live together. But to Latter-day Saints, marriage is much more. Our exaltation depends on marriage...[SNIP] Heavenly Father has given us the law of eternal marriage so we can become like Him. The Lord has said: In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees; And in order...
  • Chapter 47: Exaltation [Requirement #5: 'We MUST be married for eternity...']

    04/25/2015 6:00:40 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 1 replies
    Requirements for Exaltation[SNIP] To be exalted, we first must place our faith in Jesus Christ and then endure in that faith to the end of our lives. Our faith in Him must be such that we repent of our sins and obey His commandments. He commands us all to receive certain ordinances: ... 3. Brethren must receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and magnify their callings in the priesthood. 4. We must receive the temple endowment. 5. We must be married for eternity, either in this life or in the next.In addition to receiving the required ordinances, the Lord commands all of...
  • President Harold B. Lees General Priesthood Address ['only' married exalted 'in celestial kingdom']

    04/25/2015 5:33:09 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 35 replies
    Ensign (official Lds Church publication) ^ | January 1974 | Lds "prophet" Harold B. Lee
    ...let me say just a bit more about...marriage. This may sound a little bit bold to urge marriage for those...past the marriageable age;...we are shocked to know that some men are delaying marriage until their later thirties or into their forties, and they have never talked of marriage. [SNIP] ...I have a letter here from a sister that pinpoints something...these girls are going through...There is a man who has been dating her for years and he comes especially at meal time... Here is another one who says, I am a 40-year-old single woman. Another one says, I am a 30-year-old...
  • Polygamy: Demise [Lds polygamy didn't end with 1890 manifesto; nor was it intended to]

    04/25/2015 5:09:20 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    TimesAndSeasons.org ^ | April 15, 2015 | Dave Banack
    This is the third and final post on B. Carmon Hardys Doing the Works of Abraham: Mormon Polygamy: Its Origin, Practice and Demise (Arthur H. Clark Co., 2007). The simple story of the end of LDS polygamy is that it ended in 1890 with the Manifesto. The not-so-simple story involves a Second Manifesto in 1904, which raises the obvious question, If the First Manifesto ended polygamy, why the need for a Second Manifesto? The First Manifesto did not end the officially sanctioned LDS practice of polygamy. In fact, it took twenty years to fully execute that momentous institutional change of...
  • What challenges will the Mormon church face in its 3rd century?

    04/23/2015 9:33:59 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 64 replies
    SLTrib.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    As Mormonism enters its third century, it faces a Goldilocks dilemma: Too much tension with the surrounding culture invites scorn; too little threatens its uniqueness. But finding just the right balance to ensure a thriving and distinctive faith won't be easy. {SNIP} So, what are the Baby Bear options in Mormonism's future? Too much conflict with the wider society, say on gay rights or women's roles, premier Mormon sociologist Armand Mauss argues, would bring "not only popular disdain but even repression and persecution." {SNIP} Female elders? Third, the LDS Church runs into much debate and even clashes...
  • LDS Church launches Easter initiative [Church around since 1830 launches second annual initiative]

    04/03/2015 8:53:34 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    Provo Daily Herald (Utah) ^ | March 31, 2015 | Genelle Pugmire
    PROVO The Christian world is preparing for its biggest celebratory week of the year: Holy Week. To honor and testify of Jesus Christ and His life, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday will launch an Easter initiative, Because He Lives, through social media and other tools. The initiative is expected to reach millions through social media, month-long displays in select LDS Church visitors centers, member and missionary tools, and online paid promotion on hundreds of Internet sites. The LDS Church has often been criticized for its less-than-visual participation in Holy Week activities. Throughout Christianity the...
  • Rules of Engagement [Devout Mormon & evangelical street preacher...dining together on roadkill]

    04/03/2015 5:33:16 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | April 1, 2015 | Carolyn Campbell
    A devout Mormon and an evangelical street preacher exchange words near Temple Square. Next thing you know, they're dining together on roadkill In 2007, Bryan Hall was almost finished filming his documentary, Us and Them: Religious Rivalry in America. He still didn't know how to end the film. A devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the now-42-year-old from Orem, thought about the protesters on Temple Square. He finally said, "Let's go talk to those crazy street preachers." There he met the outspoken leader of the street preachers, Ruben Israel, a 53-year-old Whittier, Calif., native who...
  • Former Boy Scout sues Mormon church for sexual abuse

    03/30/2015 3:15:03 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 28 replies
    CNN.com ^ | March 23, 2015 | Kyra Phillips
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and The Boy Scouts of America are facing a lawsuit from a former Boy Scout who over alleged sexual abuse at a church-sponsored Scouting trip.
  • White Guys Win Again. Was This College Catalog Cover a Loser?

    03/20/2015 6:25:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution Blog ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jessica Roy
    A reader sent me a copy of the cover of the new University of North Georgia continuing education catalog asked with this question, Are they crazy? Its a valid question given the awkwardness of the image and its pairing with a headline that asks, Why follow when you can lead? The illustration features two exultant white men dressed like missionaries for some reason well ahead of a woman in heels wearing what looks to be an ensemble from Dynasty and a black male in more casual attire who appears to be struggling to finish the race. I thought...
  • Utah House passes church-backed anti-discrimination bill [Mormon Church endorses]

    03/11/2015 10:20:16 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 40 replies
    seattlepi ^ | March 11, 2015 | By MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A Mormon-church-backed anti-discrimination bill that protects LGBT Utah residents and religious rights received final approval at the state's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday. The House of Representatives voted 65-10 to pass the bill, which was only unveiled last week. The Senate passed it Friday. The bill earned a rare endorsement from the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which helped fast-track the measure through the Legislature. Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican and member of the church, has said he'll sign the bill.
  • Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill

    03/04/2015 5:45:46 PM PST · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 4, 2015 | Michelle L. Price
    Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark bill Wednesday that bars discrimination against gay and transgender individuals while protecting the rights of religious groups and individuals. The measure has a rare stamp of approval from the Mormon church and stands a high chance of passing in Utah, where the church is based and many state lawmakers and the Republican governor are members of the faith.
  • Hi I'm Tony! I'm a child of God and a member of Christ's church! ['I have been married to HIS wife']

    02/16/2015 3:19:34 PM PST · by Colofornian · 121 replies
    About Me I am originally from Los Angeles, California and currently reside in Orem, Utah. I am an entrepreneur for Eklect Enterprises and a student at Utah Valley University majoring in Software Engineering. I have been a member of the church since 1991, and my parents were converts to the church in 1984. I served a full-time mission in the Colorado Denver North Mission from 2003-2005 where I earned multiple awards, including the Gold Award in the Gospel Scholarship Program. After my mission service, I have held different auxiliary positions and callings in the church, from Nursery to Bishopric; I...
  • Episode 29: Christian vs. Mormon view of the Atonement ['Walk with us through our faith transition']

    02/12/2015 3:32:16 PM PST · by Colofornian · 3 replies
    AnotherMormonPodcast.com ^ | Feb. 8, 2015 | Sarah
    On this episode, Richard, Sarah, and Jordan discuss different theories of the atonement, comparing mainstream Christian views to the Mormon view.
  • Mormons kick out dissenter; ran website for doubters [Lds claim local decision tho datelined 'SLC']

    02/12/2015 12:20:33 PM PST · by Colofornian · 28 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | Feb. 10, 2015
    SALT LAKE CITY- A Mormon man who gained notoriety over the past decade for running a website that offers doubting Latter-day Saints a forum to chat has been kicked out of the religion. John Dehlin announced the decision from regional church leaders Tuesday. He becomes the second high-profile church member to be excommunicated in the past year in what Mormon scholars consider to be the Utah-based faith's way of keeping dissenters in line. Regional church leaders in North Logan told Dehlin in a letter that they made a unanimous decision to excommunicate him for apostasy. The church defines apostasy as...
  • And it came to pass, one day the Book of Mormon overtook the Bible in LDS eyes

    02/11/2015 7:25:07 PM PST · by Colofornian · 66 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune (Sltrib.com) ^ | Feb. 10, 2015 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    Ezra Taft Benson, the only Mormon apostle ever to serve in a U.S. Cabinet, was known as a forceful foe of communism and a dedicated disciple of conservatism. Benson's most enduring religious legacy...may be his dramatic reordering of LDS scriptural priorities. In a word, Benson during his 50-plus years as an LDS authority, including 8 as president elevated the faith's signature scripture, the Book of Mormon, to its pre-eminence in the LDS canon, so that leaders and members alike now quote and read it more often than the Bible. This year, as members of the 15 million-member Church...
  • Mormon Stories founder Dehlin's spread of 'false concepts' results in excommunication from LDS...

    02/11/2015 12:10:20 PM PST · by Colofornian · 38 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2015, | Tad Walch
    SALT LAKE CITY The founder of the Mormon Stories podcasts announced Tuesday that he has been excommunicated from the LDS Church for apostasy. John Dehlin, who had criticized senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spread what his local church leader called "false concepts" about the faith, made the announcement in a press release Tuesday morning and on the KUER radio program, "RadioWest." North Logan Utah Stake President Bryan King convened a church disciplinary council for Dehlin on Sunday night after eight months of correspondence and meetings with Dehlin. King delivered a letter to...
  • An embrace that swayed the Mormon Church on gay rights [LGBT's been meeting with Lds reps 5 years]

    02/04/2015 11:24:17 PM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    LATimes.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Maria L. La Ganga
    <p>Matthew Aune and Derek Jones were...strolling through Main Street Plaza just east of the Salt Lake Temple, the holiest site in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.</p> <p>Aune bussed his partner on the cheek. Church security guards appeared. The twentysomething men said they were cuffed and forced to the ground. The church's official statement said the couple had been "engaged in passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language" on private church property, an account the two men vigorously contested.</p>
  • LDS Church Wants Mormons' Opinion About Temple Garments [Give Mormon church underwear feedback]

    02/04/2015 9:00:32 PM PST · by Colofornian · 68 replies
    MidUtahRadio.com ^ | Feb. 3. 2015 | Doug Staples
    The LDS Church is asking for Mormons to weigh in about Temple garments. LDS officials are requesting public comments about the fit, fabric, size and style in an effort to propose changes and improvements. The move comes after last year when the Utah-based faith posted photos and videos of the misunderstood clothing to explain them to so-called gawkers.
  • Romneys Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say

    01/26/2015 4:01:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | Ashley Parker and Alex Thompson
    prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith. Believing that Mr. Romney, a former Mormon pastor, would be most receptive on these grounds, the Republican made the case that Mr. Romney had a duty to serve, and said Mr. Romney seemed to take his appeal under consideration. Three years ago, Mr. Romneys tortured approach to his religion a strategy of awkward reluctance and studied avoidance that all but walled off a free-flowing...
  • When the Constitution Hangs by a ThreadThe White Horse Prophecy in Modern Mormonism[Mitt Motive?]

    01/09/2015 10:41:17 PM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    Check out this 2-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast series originally airing in October 2012 by clicking on the following links: Part 1 Part 2When the Constitution Hangs by a Thread The White Horse Prophecy in Modern MormonismFollowing the Mormon expulsion from Missouri in 1838, Joseph Smith made a trip to Washington, D.C. to present to the National Congress the petition of the Saints for a redress of their grievances, suffered in Missouri (History of the Church 4:xxvi). Arriving in November 1839, Smith met with several powerful politicians of that day, including President Martin Van Buren, and left Washington in...
  • TLC pressured to cancel My Husbands Not Gay

    01/06/2015 5:39:35 PM PST · by Houmatt · 36 replies
    Fox News via Variety ^ | JANUARY 06 2015 | Variety Staff
    TLC is facing growing criticism over the decision to air My Husbands Not Gay, a one-hour special slated to air on Jan. 11, which follows a group of Mormon men who, according to the networks description, are happily married and attracted to their wives, but they are also attracted to other men. They refer to it as Same Sex Attraction not gay, SSA.
  • Smithmas FR articles bumping up among top five hits on Google searches! [Vanity]

    12/20/2014 6:15:25 AM PST · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 20, 2014 | Colofornian
    Finally, understanding the sub-culural history of "Smithmas" is making more digital headway! Smithmas Free Republic articles are "bumping up" among top five hits on Google searches! What exactly IS "Smithmas," anyway? Well, Joseph Smith -- THE founder of Mormonism -- was born on December 23. Through the decades, that recognition has often eclipsed a certain Other figure's birthday, Dec. 25. (To be fair to Mormons, who are my beloved extended family members, I would think they could extend a similar critique toward some Christians for allowing a jovial North Pole-based figure to edge out Jesus' birthday!) But if you want...
  • Column: Sex and the Latter-day Saints [Mormons admit the past]

    12/09/2014 3:47:08 AM PST · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    DailyAstorian.com (NY Times News Service) ^ | Dec. 2, 2014 | Timothy Egan
    ...When ushered into the master bedroom of the Mormon patriarch Brigham Young at his winter home in St. George, Utah, a few years ago, I felt duty-bound to ask an obvious question: Where did the other women sleep? Other women? The church tour guide blushed, and laser-stared me as if Id blasphemed the Mormon Moses. I wondered about arrangements and jealousies, the conjugal timing of a man who was married to 55 women, by most accounts. I didnt ask about the sexual acrobatics of the great pioneer, just the spreadsheet logistics of managing all those spouses. ...The Church of Jesus...
  • BYU professors discover hidden recording device in classroom ['content inadvertently erased']

    11/17/2014 8:55:35 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Jessica Ivins
    PROVO Police at Brigham Young University are investigating whether any laws were broken after professors discovered a voice-activated recording device stuck under a chair in a lecture hall on campus. Two professors were working on a PowerPoint presentation in the Joseph Smith Building two weeks ago when they discovered a digital recorder stuck to the bottom of a stool with Velcro, police said. After attempting to play back the recordings, they grew concerned and began searching other classrooms in the building. Upon discovering similar Velcro setups under chairs in other classrooms, the professors called police. The investigation, however, has...
  • LDS.ORG Essay on Nauvoo Polygamy: What did Readers Expect? [LDS apologist on church admissions]

    11/11/2014 6:50:40 PM PST · by Colofornian · 75 replies
    FairMormon.org blog ^ | Nov. 10, 2014 | Brian Hales
    On October 22...LDS.ORG posted three essays dealing with the practice of plural marriage by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between the 1830s and 1904... Several major controversies have been generated in conjunction with the introduction of plural marriage in Nauvoo in the early 1840s. All of these are briefly discussed in the introductory essay, Polyandry (paragraphs 2023, endnotes 2930). The essay acknowledges that Joseph Smith was sealed to a number of women who were already married, estimating the number of these sealings at 1214 (endnote 29)... Fanny Alger... Sexuality... Children with plural wives... Number of...
  • Its Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives

    11/11/2014 4:27:47 AM PST · by Zakeet · 185 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 10, 2014 | Laurie Goodstein
    Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the churchs founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old. The churchs disclosures, in a series of essays online, are part of an effort to be transparent about its history at a time when church members are increasingly encountering disturbing claims about the faith on the Internet. Many Mormons, especially those with polygamous ancestors, say they were well aware that Smiths successor, Brigham Young, practiced polygamy...
  • If Mormon missionaries were straightforward about Mormonism[Best 4-minute video on topic]

    11/10/2014 7:54:08 PM PST · by Colofornian · 113 replies
    Mormon Coffee Blog ^ | Oct. 30, 2014 | Sharon Lindbloom
    Though done in a lighthearted manner, this 4-minute video is a fairly accurate depiction of standard Mormon doctrine. It would be nice if Mormon missionaries explained Mormonism as clearly as the characters in this video do, but I imagine that would not foster strong LDS Church growth. Mormon Secrets: What the Missionaries Dont TellBy Saved XMormon
  • Mormon Bishop Under Fire for Harry Reid Criticism [Reid spokesman responds to Lds bishop]

    11/09/2014 6:07:57 PM PST · by Colofornian · 42 replies
    AP/ABC News ^ | Nov. 8, 2014
    A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles is under fire for his assertion that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unworthy to enter the faith's temples because of his support for Democratic Party positions. Mark Peredes' blog, titled "Good Riddance to Harry Reid, the Mormon Senate Leader," has drawn criticism from the church and Mormon Democrats. [SNIP] Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman on Saturday released a letter from a Mormon Democrat in Las Vegas to Paredes. "Our comment to this is to show you one of many comments Sen. Reid has received from his friends," Orthman said. The letter was written by...
  • What different religions say about aliens: A brief guide

    11/04/2014 8:38:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 26, 2014 | Chris Wright / David Weintraub
    Religions have surprisingly diverse approaches to the issue of possible extraterrestrial life, David Weintraub found. Below, a quick survey adapted from his book "Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?" and interviews with the author.
  • The Development of the Mormon Temple Endowment Ceremony [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/31/2014 7:49:55 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 102 replies
    DialogueJournal.com ^ | 1987 | David John Buerger
    ...FOR FAITHFUL LATTER-DAY SAINTS, the temple endowment ceremony is one of the most...powerful ordinances received in mortality. One authoritative source called it the temporal stepping stone which all people must pass to achieve exaltation with God the Father and Jesus Christ...1 ... 1 Gospel Essentials, rev. ed., sunday school manual (Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), 1979, 247. [SNIP] Another element of literalism disappeared in 1927 when kissing over the altar during vicarious sealings for the dead was abolished.129 Probably the greatest twentieth-century catalyst to increase the number of vicarious endowments was Heber J. Grant's emphasis...
  • Does Mormonism Have Dead, Zombie Rituals? [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/31/2014 5:22:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 49 replies
    I recently listened to an interesting podcast episode of Buddhist Geeks called Creating Living Ritual included a critique of modern Buddhisms dead ritualism. The discussion included some thoughts about what modern ritual should include to be successful and ironically, many of those suggestions Joseph Smith included in the first endowment ceremony which have recently been removed or altered. It got me wondering: did Joseph Smith create better ritualistic practices than we have today? He goes on to lament that Buddhist rituals, definitely including most Tantric Buddhist rituals, are nothing like that. They are dead, zombie rituals. (emphasis mine) He also...
  • Temples: Administration of Temples [The Mormon OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/31/2014 5:12:21 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Baptisms for the dead often involve young people, ages twelve to seventeen. By appointment, they will spend two to three hours in the temple baptistery area, each person being baptized typically, for a score or more deceased persons. They dress in all-white baptismal clothing, attend a brief worship service, and then participate in the proxy baptisms. Those performing the baptism often include the adult male supervisors traveling with the group. It is understood that in the spirit world all persons for whom temple work by proxy is performed will have heard of the gospel and its ordinances
  • Scary Mormon Halloween Costumes, Ranked [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/30/2014 9:47:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 33 replies
    ByCommonConsent.com ^ | Oct. 29, 2014 | Scott B.
    Its Halloween week (though perhaps you already celebrated with a ToT), so Steve and I figured that it would only be appropriate to have a super-spooky ranking! This is some scary stuff! As always, these rankings are authoritative. 10. Cain/Bigfoot 9. BYU Honor Code Office Representative 8. Post-Manifesto Polygamist 7. Intellectual Feminist 6. Single Man Over 27 5. The Bible Dictionary 4. Non-intellectual Feminist 3. Steve Evans 2. Idolatrous God of Elkenah 1. Missionary who served, came home, and then got called back 4 years later like in that nightmare I have every 6 weeks