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  • Mormon Church Uses Facebook, Apps to Increase Political Outreach [Lds mix politics-faith after all]

    07/04/2012 6:59:06 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    Mashable.com ^ | July 4, 2012 | Neha Prakash
    Members of Jesus Christ’s Church of Latter Day Saints have begun leveraging their evangelizing networks through smartphone apps to help draw support for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. By employing specialized apps like LDS Tools to gather phone numbers and addresses of Mormon church members, political supporters can cross-check the contact info with voter registration data to contact other Romney backers. However, Mormon church rules forbid the use of LDS resources for political purposes. Dave Isbell, a Nevada Mormon, tells CNN, the apps are being used despite official church policy. “The church makes it really easy for you to get a...
  • Lds Temple Haunted? Did Declaration of Independence signers appear as ghosts to leader? [Vanity]

    07/04/2012 6:18:30 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 18 replies
    Colofornian | July 1, 2011 | Colofornian
    St. George Mormon Temple Haunted? Did the Declaration of Independence signers appear as ghosts to a later Lds 'prophet'? Without saying his name, Mormon leaders and grassroots Mormons daily reference Wilford Woodruff when they interact with non-Mormons and the media. How so? Well, they like to tell others how polygamy is a supposed bygone of another era; how a certain Lds "prophet" in 1890 put the kabosh on it...or, at least, started a mainstream Mormon move toward monogamy. Yet, there's a little-known episode that this same Wilford Woodruff said that occurred in the 1870s -- before becoming the head "prophet"...
  • 1856 election sowed the seeds of Utah War, Y. scholar says ['56 GoP & 'twin relics of barbarism']

    07/01/2012 4:16:28 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    Deseret News ^ | June 30, 2012 | R. Scott Lloyd
    CALGARY, ALBERTA — The U.S. presidential campaign of 1856 sowed the seeds that precipitated the Utah War... That is the premise of a paper prepared for the 47th annual Mormon History Association Conference... Ronald W. Walker, professor emeritus of history at Brigham Young University, authored the paper... ...before the campaign ran its course, Mormon polygamy became an issue, with Republican newspapers and politicians attacking...Democrats for supporting legislation that in theory might allow the Utah Territory to favor plural marriage, Walker wrote. The Republican Party platform thus denounced what it called "the twin relics of barbarism": the extension of slavery in...
  • The Mormonizing of America (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 3) [IF Lds lone true church, then are rest 'cultic?']

    07/01/2012 8:34:57 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 137 replies
    The presidential race of Mitt Romney and the success of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon have generated new interest in Mormonism. Stephen Mansfield's book The Mormonizing of America provides a careful study of this growing religion. The Book Stop blog is posting excerpts from the first two chapters of this book. The Mormons and the MediaNowhere in American society does this create an occasion of people talking past each other as when it comes to the media pursuing a prominent Mormon. Reporters naturally want to find something controversial about this visible person, so they ask about holy underwear....
  • The Mormonizing of America (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 2) [Lds: We ALONE only true church; rest 'corrupt']

    07/01/2012 7:48:15 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 27 replies
    The presidential race of Mitt Romney and the success of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon have generated new interest in Mormonism. Stephen Mansfield's book The Mormonizing of America provides a careful study of this growing religion. The Book Stop blog is posting excerpts from the first two chapters of this book. What Matters to a MormonFor a Latter-day Saint, the heart of Mormonism is the restoration of priesthood authority. It is impossible to overstate this. At the core of everything Saintly is the unshakable belief that something lost for centuries was restored through Joseph Smith. It is now...
  • Mormons quit church in mass resignation ceremony

    06/30/2012 7:13:48 PM PDT · by Enosh · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jennifer Dobner
    A group of about 150 Mormons quit their church in a mass resignation ceremony in Salt Lake City on Saturday in a rare display of defiance ending decades of disagreement for some over issues ranging from polygamy to gay marriage. Participants from Utah, Arizona, Idaho and elsewhere gathered in a public park to sign a “Declaration of Independence from Mormonism.” “This feels awesome,” said Alison Lucas, from West Jordan, Utah, who took part in the rally amid soaring temperatures. “I don’t know if I would have had the courage except in a group.” The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of...
  • BYU Professor Daniel Peterson Fired as Editor of Mormon Studies Review at BYU’s Maxwell Institute

    06/28/2012 5:53:15 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    Disreport.net ^ | June 22, 2012 | Trevor Antley
    After rumors circulated earlier in the week, BYU’s Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship confirmed today that Daniel C. Peterson and his associate editors would be removed from the staff of the Mormon Studies Review, previously the FARMS Review. The periodical, which publishes articles and reviews on LDS-related topics and books, was founded by Peterson 23 years ago. Along with Peterson were also dismissed his associate editors Louis C. Midgley, George L. Mitton, Gregory L. Smith and Robert White. In a brief, anonymous statement posted on the Maxwell Institute’s website today the Institute stated, “For many years the FARMS Review has...
  • Marco Rubio Says He Felt 'Called' to Leave Mormon Church for Catholic Church

    06/25/2012 8:22:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 6/24/12 | Napp Nazworth
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he felt "called" to leave the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), or Mormon Church, to join the Catholic Church in a Sunday interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."Rubio – who is currently being considered as a vice presidential nominee by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is a Mormon – explained that his mother decided to join the LDS Church after the family moved to Las Vegas when Rubio was eight years old. Some of Rubio's relatives were, and still are, members of the LDS Church, so the family had some familiarity...
  • Justice Department sues fundamentalist Mormon sect for discrimination

    06/23/2012 6:07:10 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 22, 2012 | Brad Knickerbocker
    The US Justice Department has filed suit against the adjoining towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, communities populated largely by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). ...FLDS...controls most...law enforcement and other government services in those two communities...It is charged with discriminating against those who are not members of the FLDS. The Justice Department...alleges...the cities’ joint police department “routinely uses its enforcement authority to enforce the edicts and will of the FLDS; fails to protect non-FLDS individuals from victimization by FLDS individuals; refuses to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies’ investigations of FLDS...
  • Pentecostalism and Its Impact

    IntroductionIn writing this analysis, it is important to note that the Pentecostal movement is diverse and heterogeneous. Some charismatic Christian groups are extremely adhoc and fluid in technique, such as the Wesley and quasi Pentecostal-Baptists churches, whilst other groups are more organized and rigid. For example, the United Pentecostal Church, other so-called independent "Oneness" Pentecostals and at times the Assemblies of God. And as a result, the diversity of Pentecostal movements must be taken into account when reading this analysis. This paper attempts to examine the main differences between mainstream fundamentalist and/or evangelical Christianity and the Pentecostal movement. As a...
  • Polygamy opponents were swept aside in Nauvoo turmoil after Joseph Smith’s death

    06/22/2012 5:26:28 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 86 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | June 5, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    (To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post click here) The months in Nauvoo following the murder of the LDS Church founder Joseph Smith were not surprisingly, filled with turmoil and political intrigue. The recent publication of “The Nauvoo City and High Council Minutes” by Signature Books provides detailed accounts of the Nauvoo Stake’s high council meetings. It’s very interesting reading. The High Council was a political tool, a body used to cast out prominent church members who did not support Brigham Young’s claim of leadership, or the church’s still-secret embrace of polygamy. The purge of those who...
  • Anti-Mormon bias facing Mitt Romney is as strong as what his father faced in 1967, poll shows

    06/22/2012 5:12:13 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 288 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 21, 2012 | Callum Borchers
    Mitt Romney faces an anti-Mormon bias just as strong as the one his father confronted during his own presidential run more than four decades ago, according to a Gallup poll. Eighteen percent of Americans say that if their political party nominated “a generally well qualified person for president who happened to be Mormon,” they would not vote for that candidate. Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, is a devout Mormon who once presided over the church’s Boston stake. When Gallup asked the same question in 1967, during George Romney’s bid for the White House, 17 percent of Americans said they would...
  • Missionary work [Lds missionaries are themselves a 'mission field'...Christians, witness to them]

    06/20/2012 1:02:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    Mark Cares Weblog ^ | June 20, 2012 | Mark Cares
    Chapter 25 of this year’s Gospel Doctrine Class covers Alma 17-22 and encourages LDS members to share the gospel. I’m going to break away from my usual practice on commenting on the content of the lesson and instead talk about some of my experiences with Mormon missionaries. Over the years I have talked with literally hundreds of them. The vast majority of time our discussions have been quite courteous. One of the most encouraging things is how many are genuinely interested in hearing the wonderful news that eternal life is totally God’s gift to them. Sometimes they are eager to...
  • But I’m a good Mormon wife: Sean and I had the perfect life. Then his faith started to crumble...

    06/20/2012 12:17:00 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 189 replies
    Salon ^ | June 1, 2012 | Maren Stephenson
    ...When Sean replaced his temple garments — the sacred underwear he’d promised to wear day and night — with boxers, I couldn’t take it anymore. It was too much betrayal. I called up a neighbor with a husband like mine and cried. But instead of empathy, she offered questions that stunned me into silence. Was Sean addicted to pornography? Watching R-rated movies? What sin had brought him to this terrible place? ...Her questions were so off-base...She was sincere, and trying to help, but she believed what the Church teaches — that a man would only leave because he’s disobeying the...
  • Is Mormonism Christian? A Comparison of Mormonism and Historic Christianity

    06/19/2012 12:39:12 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 108 replies
    Is Mormonism Christian? This may seem like a puzzling question to ask. Mormons include the Bible among the four books they recognize as Scripture and insist that Jesus Christ is central to their faith as evidenced by their official name, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Furthermore, Mormons’ commitment to high moral standards and strong families is impressive. Doesn’t it follow that Mormonism is genuinely Christian? The question here is not whether individual Mormons are saved (a question we cannot answer) or whether the LDS Church is “Christian” in the sense that any group that professes faith in...
  • Op-Ed: Mitt Romney's proposed career path — President, then God [White House-->Great White Throne]

    06/19/2012 10:07:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 121 replies
    DigitalJournal.com ^ | June 15, 2012 | Bill Schmalfeldt
    Washington- Mitt Romney's Earthly goals seem to mesh nicely with his goals as a high priest in the Mormon church. But why don't we pretend to let the presumptive GOP candidate tell us himself, which he would if he were interested in discussing his religion. Hello. I’m Mitt Romney. I am a Temple Mormon, a High Priest, and as such I have sworn blood oaths of sacrifice, obedience and consecration to the church and the “Kingdom of God.” My perfect obedience to these laws will allow me to become a god in the next life, the literal father of the...
  • The Martyrdom: The Prophet Seals His Testimony with His Blood [168th anniversary of Lds censorship]

    06/10/2012 3:26:06 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 18 replies
    From the Life of Joseph SmithThe winter and spring of 1843–44 was a time of great tension in Nauvoo, as Joseph Smith’s enemies increased their efforts to destroy him and the Church. Knowing his mortal ministry would soon come to a close, the Prophet met frequently with members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to instruct them and to give them the priesthood keys necessary to govern the Church. These preparations culminated in a meeting with the Apostles and a few other close associates in March 1844. In this extraordinary council, the Prophet charged the Twelve to govern the...
  • Most Christians Have No Idea What Mormons Believe [LDS truth claims oft' tucked away by Mormons]

    06/10/2012 9:38:54 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 383 replies
    Christian Newswire ^ | June 7, 2012
    TORRANCE, Calif., June 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- There are more than a dozen key differences in the beliefs of Christians and Mormons, yet most Christians have no idea. In a recent article in the Christian magazine, World, author Joel Belz made this statement: "A huge majority of the American public has no idea what Mormons claim to believe. If those holding to the Mormon faith were to place their distinctive truth claims front and center, the public response would be probing, negative, and nasty." -- World Magazine, God's World Publications, online June 16, 2012 edition (Vol. 27, No. 12)...
  • Chris Rock Takes Jab At ‘Romney’s Crew’: Mormons Believed Black People Were The Devil

    06/09/2012 2:46:59 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 95 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | June 8, 2012 | Meenal Vamburkar
    Chris Rock sat down with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday and, after brief acknowledgment of the impending zombie apocalypse, talked politics. Having already offered up his thoughts on our “zebra president,” Rock took this opportunity to discuss Mitt Romney and his religion. SNIP Asked how he feels about what’s going on in the world (particularly regarding Romney and President Obama), Rock replied, “What’s going on? Okay, I just heard this the other day. The Mormons, Mitt Romney’s crew, they believed black people were the devil until 1978. I’m not making this up. Right, right, right?” Fallon and Rock joked abut having...
  • Mormonism in Its Expanding Global Context: Invitations to New Interpretation and Understanding

    06/08/2012 7:21:21 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    ...June 29, 2012 SNIP Session #1A Mormonism and the MediaSNIP Thomas G. Evans Journal of Religion, Identity and Policy: “Cross-Cultural Case Studies: The ‘Mormon Jesus’ in Mexico and in Cyberspace” SNIP Session #2A Reconsidering Joseph Smith’s Marital PracticesLawrence Foster Georgia Institute of Technology: “Why Polyandry Isn’t the Right Term to Describe Joseph Smith’s Marriages to Women Who Remained Legally Married to Other Men: Reflections on a Difficult and Challenging Issue” Brian C. Hales Layton, Utah: “Joseph Smith’s Sexual Polyandry and the Emperor’s New Clothes: On Closer Inspection, What do We Find?” Commentator: D. Michael Quinn ...June 30... Session #4B Early...