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  • Preparing to serve — students take missionary class at BYU [Yr later: BYU prof tossed under bus]

    03/12/2012 7:46:38 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    Lds Church News ^ | March 12, 2011 | Monica Harker
    BYU students have many options when they choose classes to fulfill 14 required religion credits. Options range from classes that study world religions to Church history, temples, living prophets, and even missionary preparation. Missionary preparation is a two-credit class, in which students learn skills that will help them if they decide to serve a full-time mission, as well as be a member missionary for the rest of their lives. "Our program is a support to the training that the Missionary Training Center gives," said Brent L. Top, chair of the Church History and Doctrine Department at BYU. "The Missionary Training...
  • Broward pastor blasts Mitt Romney, Mormon religion

    03/12/2012 12:59:45 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | March 12, 2012 | Anthony Man
    ...Rev. O'Neal Dozier...sharply criticized the Mormon religion... SNIP ...if Romney's the nominee, "I could not find it in my heart to vote for him. And I certainly would not vote for [President Barack] Obama. There are many people out there who feel the way I feel." SNIP He quoted repeatedly from the Book of Mormon and from writings of the prophet Brigham Young to back up his assertions that the church, formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, is racist. He said the writings accuse "God of cursing African people and causing them to have...
  • Pro-Rick Santorum pastor slams Mitt Romney’s religion

    03/12/2012 10:28:57 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 106 replies
    The State Column ^ | March 11, 2012
    Reverend O’Neal Dozier, an African American Rick Santorum supporter from Florida, held a press conference Sunday calling upon Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to renounce his Mormon religion. Mr. Dozier’s request is regarding several racially motivated passages in the Book of Mormon, that have been called out by other African American leaders previously in the race. One verse in the Book of Mormon discusses the “cursing the black African people,” and Mr. Dozier also notes that their are prejudiced passages against Jews and Native Americans as well. “Romney’s nomination would cause the erroneous view that has long existed in the...
  • Mormonism and "That's Just His Opinion"

    03/10/2012 5:31:08 PM PST · by delacoert · 56 replies
    Spotlight Ministries ^ | Vincent McCann
    Often, when Mormons are presented with statements from their leaders that could cause some difficulty for them, many will respond by saying something like "Oh, that's just his opinion. Its not the official view of the Mormon Church." Often, when Mormons talk about official doctrines of the Church they usually mean the Standard Works: The Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrines and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. Although many Mormons do not view other LDS writings as official Scripture (for example, The Seer or The Journal of Discourses), it should be remembered that many of these writings consist of the...
  • The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles [Mormon]

    03/10/2012 10:25:58 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 60 replies
    The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles, As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ two millennia ago, we offer our testimony of the reality of His matchless life and the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice. None other has had so profound an influence upon all who have lived and will yet live upon the earth.He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New. Under the direction of His Father, He was the creator of the earth. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made...
  • Can Mormons Trust Their Prophets?

    03/10/2012 8:35:10 AM PST · by Colofornian · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Mormon Coffee ^ | March 5, 2012 | Sharon Lindbloom
    The topic of “Mormon folklore” seems to be a popular one right now, following on the heels of the racially offensive comments made by BYU Professor Randy Bott last week (see “Did the Mormon Church ever discriminate against black people?” on Mormon Coffee). As Mormons scramble to try to distance the LDS Church from its past, over and over they tell the world that the things taught by now-gone Mormon leaders regarding the priesthood ban–and about black people in a broader sense–amounts to nothing more than “folklore,” “speculation” and mere “opinion.” In an official statement the LDS Church said, “It...
  • Limiting “Mormonism” to “official” doctrine is counter-productive [Lds 'folk religion' relevant]

    03/10/2012 7:45:28 AM PST · by Colofornian · 30 replies
    Mormon Coffee ^ | March 8, 2012 | Aaron Shafovaloff
    There is an idea in LDS folk theology that if you knew how glorious the bottom two kingdoms of heaven were, you would want to commit suicide to get there. Mormons sometimes even claim that Joseph Smith taught this, but this has been debunked. This “folk” theology is VERY strong in the culture of Mormonism. After a lot of searching (back when I studied this issue), I was only able to find one solid reference supporting this. It was only by the “Patriarch to the Church” in 1964, arguably not that important or authoritative of a position in the modern...
  • “As man is God once was; as God is, man may become.” [Infamous couplet highlights Lds polytheism]

    03/10/2012 7:29:21 AM PST · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    Mark Cares Weblog ^ | March 8, 2012 | Mark Cares
    This Sunday, in Gospel Doctrine Class, the study is on 2 Nephi 31-33. One of the summary statements in the heading of chapter 31 says, “Eternal life comes to those who kept the commandments after baptism.” Since I posted about eternal life just a couple of months ago (see the post for 1-13-12) and there showed that the Bible says eternal life is the present possession of believers through faith, I thought I would, in this post, explore what Mormonism says about eternal life. I’m going to do that with quotes from the last chapter of their basic manual, Gospel...
  • Romney’s faith adds an extra obstacle in South: Anti-Mormon views stronger in the region

    03/10/2012 6:19:12 AM PST · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 10, 2012 | Christopher Rowland
    JACKSON, Miss. - As one of 20,000 Mormons living in a state dominated by evangelical Christians, Van J. Bodin’s own life experience tells him what Mitt Romney is up against in the South. “People don’t understand us,’’ said Bodin... There are other strikes against Romney in the Deep South. He is a multimillionaire with strong Wall Street ties. He hails from Massachusetts, a liberal, Yankee state. His conservative credentials have gaps, given his change from supporting abortion rights to opposing them and his universal health care plan in Massachusetts. But his Mormon faith also exerts a drag on his candidacy...
  • Faith, truth and priesthood restriction (Mormon racism)

    03/09/2012 11:06:19 AM PST · by colorcountry
    Deseret News ^ | Friday, March 9 2012 | Keith Hamilton
    The current furor among Latter-day Saints and others set off by comments attributed to BYU professor Randy Bott exemplifies the combustibility of thought and emotions when the topics of race and religion are combined. Bott's comments in a recent Washington Post article incited considerable reaction from bloggers and historians interested in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' prior restrictions with regard to members of African descent, and even triggered official statements from the church.
  • Curse of Cain? Racism in the Mormon Church Part Three [Martin Luther King & Malcolm X 'Mormons?']

    03/09/2012 5:36:50 AM PST · by Colofornian · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Utah Lighthouse Ministry ^ | 2004 | Jerald and Sandra Tanner
    Twentieth Century Attitudes While Elijah Abel, along with at least one other black, had been ordained to the priesthood during Joseph Smith's life, Brigham Young took a different stand. He instituted a very strict rule that no blacks were to be ordained or given temple ordinances. Elijah Abel outlived Brigham Young and the validity of his ordination was repeatedly discussed by the brethren (see All Abraham's Children, p. 216). The rationalization for restricting blacks developed over a period of years. Scholar Armand Mauss observed: . . . by 1908, as president of the church, [Joseph F.] Smith was now claiming...
  • 'What good would it do to forfeit your convictions & not gain your political world?' [Vanity]

    03/08/2012 10:54:36 AM PST · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Colofornian | March 8, 2012 | Colofornian
    What if a mini-Obama ran your homeowners' association... and Satan offered you an 'alternative' candidate???... A PARABLE ABOUT GOP & ITS VOTERS: Joe Republican was desperate! The most despotic Marxist-leaning socialist had been running the local homeowners' association for the past three years, and Joe was beside himself with the association presidential election coming up. Who would run against him? Suddenly, the devil himself appeared to Joe, offering a "solution": "I have a candidate in mind who could defeat your socialist nemesis," soothed Satan. "Oh," said Joe. "Do tell." "Well," said Satan "he's an experienced businessman who's done quite well...
  • Mitt Romney-The French Years

    03/08/2012 9:16:23 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 22 replies
    LeMonde/WorldCrunch ^ | Phillippe Bernard
    From 1966-1968, Romney spread 'the word of Jesus,' door-to-door from Bordeaux to Paris, as a Mormon missionary. It was a tumultuous period, both politically and personally for young Mitt. Indeed, some say his French tribulations are the source of his ambitions. It was a small country road winding through the Bordeaux region, a tight curve entering the small village of Bernos-Beaulac, just before the local post office. On June 16, 1968, this typically French scenery almost ended Mitt Romney’s would-be career – and young life – before it had even yet begun. A Mercedes was speeding in the opposite direction...
  • Who is Mitt Romney? [Ex-Lds author reveals why Mitt's wishy-washy culture waffles & flip-flops]

    03/08/2012 5:57:03 AM PST · by Colofornian · 53 replies
    Renew America ^ | Feb. 10, 2012 | Stephen Stone
    As the Republican establishment redoubles its efforts to anoint Mitt Romney the GOP presidential nominee (an outcome likely to ensure a second term for Barack Obama), the need to understand Mitt Romney increases. What makes Mitt the kind of person he is — ruthlessly opportunistic, dishonest, insincere, willing to say anything for advantage, lacking in conscience, preoccupied with appearance, etc., on the one hand, yet squeaky clean, family-oriented, disciplined, boring, and predictable, on the other? My new e-book, A Mormon Story, sheds light on the culture that produced Mitt Romney. The book reveals a value system that ultimately has no...
  • Racist principles were taught to older Mormons such as Professor Randy Bott [Admits Lds columnist]

    03/07/2012 2:37:47 PM PST · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | March 1, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    There’s one big reason the usually popular BYU Professor Randy Bott stepped in it big time trying to explain the LDS Church’s longtime denial of priesthood and temple blessings to members of African descent by calling it a “blessing.” (Read, read, and read) Bott and others of that era in the LDS Church were taught these types of condescending “compassionate” racist principles when learning about the LDS Churches ban on blacks decades ago. Bott was born in 1945 and grew up in Northern Utah. In 1958, the Mutual Improvement Association listed “Choose Ye This Day,” a young adult novel, published...
  • Grizzly Bear Truth vs Teddy Bear Truth Trips Up Mormonism

    03/07/2012 3:46:51 AM PST · by AnTiw1
    Standard-Examiner ^ | March 06, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    My friend and co-worker, Cal Grondahl, says there’s “grizzly bear” truth and “teddy bear” truth in Mormon history. Whether it’s the Prophet Joseph Smith, polygamy, the Mountain Meadows Massacre, Brigham Young, temple ceremonies, etc., one can either grab a teddy bear or a grizzly bear when wanting answers.
  • Past Mormon Beliefs Irk Romney Critics

    03/06/2012 8:22:05 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 5 replies
    The Lantern ^ | Monday, March 5, 2012 | Jaime Ortega-Simo
    Many critics question Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s religion and its views on African-Americans. While Mitt Romney, the leading contender for the Republican nomination for president, looks to lock up his nomination during the Super Tuesday Republican primary races, some members of the black community have concerns about Mormon literature that says "dark skinned people" are from "the seed of Cain." Yet Romney, who has said he is proud of his Mormon faith, said the doctrine in question has not been followed for years and was glad to see the change.
  • Mormon church's racial history continues to haunt Romney

    03/06/2012 5:44:27 AM PST · by Colofornian · 78 replies
    The Grio.com ^ | March 1, 2012 | Edward Wyckoff Williams
    Mitt Romney, despite a seemingly lackluster appeal to the Republican base, is steadily marching toward the GOP nomination. A relatively private man, Romney has suffered for appearing awkward in public. But the businessman turned politician is learning to be transparent: he has finally released his tax returns, made attempts to clarify a myriad number of changed policy positions, and has even held his own in debates -- fine tuning well-rehearsed attacks on President Obama ahead of their likely general election fight. Yet there is one subject Romney has consistently avoided -- for good reason -- and that is the sordid...
  • Thinking Strategically about a Ban Disavowal [Mormon racism re: ban of blacks]

    03/06/2012 5:08:50 AM PST · by Colofornian · 52 replies
    By Common Consent ^ | March 2, 2012 | Kevin Barney
    I’m a director in a couple of Mormon world-related not for profits... ...Here we sit 32 years after the 1978 revelation and we have one of BYU’s most popular religion professors indoctrinating thousands of our youth every year in the old explanations. This is a potential disaster for the organization. We thought the old stuff would die a quiet death, but it hasn’t. We now live in a different world...our old strategy of waiting for time to heal the wound has been shown to be a failure. So now we’ve got to rethink things. SNIP This is tough on our...
  • Mormonism and authenticity [Mitt Romney]

    03/06/2012 4:41:18 AM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    The Economist.com ^ | March 5, 2012
    WALTER KIRN'S column in GQ on Mitt Romney and Mormonism is to my mind far and away the most interesting meditation on the subject this campaign season. Unlike most commentators, Mr Kirn, who was an observant Mormon for a few years after his family converted to Mormonism when he was a teen... SNIP ...Mr Santorum obviously does not hesitate to argue for his favoured policies on narrowly sectarian grounds. In contrast, America's present wariness of Mormonism, which is indeed analogous to mid-century wariness of Catholicism, requires that Mr Romney argue his case on grounds acceptable to a relatively wide range...