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John D Lee sitting on his coffin before executionToday we’re publishing a new page on the blog that you can find over on the right sidebar. Woo-hoo!

In all seriousness, this is a subject matter that isn’t pretty, but needs to be told. Ignoring, hiding or denying that blood atonement wasn’t part of Mormonism is disingenuous and exploiting it is just as bad.

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LDS Manual, The LifMormon Decisions 10e and Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles (1979), pp 9-31; “There was in Palestine a couple, Joseph and Mary. They lived in Nazareth. They had traveled, evidently, from Nazareth to Bethlehem in order to pay a tax that had been decreed by the Roman Emperor. That was the ostensible purpose. She, heavy with child, traveled all that distance on mule-back, guarded and protected as one about to give birth to a half-Deity. No other man in the history of this world of ours has ever had such an ancestry—God the Father on the one hand and Mary the Virgin on the other.”

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October 2 – Exodus 3:14; “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

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flowers-cartoon-8For the month of October the visiting teaching message centers on Jesus being the bread of life in their daily lives.  In John 6:35 we read:

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

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Mormon Decisions 10Today we’re looking at an interesting topic in the Book of Mormon that caused Joseph Smith a fair amount of confusion. The topic is on the definition of ‘strait’.

Our text comes from two verses in the Bible that Smith plagiarized and stuck in the Book of Mormon; Matthew 7:14 found in 3 Nephi 14:14 and Isaiah 49:20 found in 1 Nephi 21:20.

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October 1 – John 20:17; “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”

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This article comes courtesy of my youngest daughter Axi.

Miss Axi is a young, vibrant 21 year old university student today, but life wasn’t always so cozy, neat and clean for her. She was born with a cleft lip and palate just as many others have been in life. Throughout the years she’s been saddened by the tragedy of when people choose to abort their babies over giving birth if/when they find out their child will be born with a craniofacial deformity.

She wrote an article about this and with her permission I’m posting it here!

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