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Archive for March, 2012

LDS Church Growth

In today’s Mormon dilemma we’re taking a look at the LDS Church’s growth rate and their claim of having more than 14 million members.

Whenever I do research on statistical info about the Church I refuse to only go to one source for my articles. Long ago I was a wanna-be journalist and can remember in high school and college my professors and teachers always pounding this into our heads; if you’re only presenting one side then you’re not presenting truth.

 

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Confounding Your Enemies 

Doctrine and Covenants 71:7; “Wherefore, confound your enemies; call upon them to meet you both in public and in private”.

 

 

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Church Stands or Falls with Joseph Smith 

Doctrines of Salvation 1:188; “Mormonism as it is called must stand or fall on the story of Joseph Smith. He was either a prophet of God…or he was one of the biggest fraud this world has ever seen.

If Joseph Smith was a deceiver, who willfully attempted to mislead the people, then he should be exposed; his claims should be refuted, and his doctrines shown to be false…If his claims and declarations were built upon fraud and deceit, there would appear many errors and contradictions which would be easy to detect.”

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Some False Teachers to be Judged

Millennial Star, vol. 27, No. 42, p. 659, October 21, 1865; “We do not wish incorrect and unsound doctrines to be handed down to posterity under the sanction of great names, to be received and valued by future generations as authentic and reliable, … Errors in history and doctrine, if left uncorrected by us who are conversant with the events, and who are in a position to judge of the truth or falsity of the doctrines, would go to our children as though we had sanctioned and endorsed them.” – Brigham Young

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Saviors on Mount Zion

Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, Chapter 41: pg. 468-478; “We become saviors on Mount Zion by performing sacred ordinances for the dead “But how are they to become saviors on Mount Zion? By building their temples, erecting their baptismal fonts, and going forth and receiving all the ordinances, baptisms, confirmations, washings, anointings, ordinations and sealing powers upon their heads, in behalf of all their progenitors who are dead, and redeem them that they may come forth in the first resurrection and be exalted to thrones of glory with them.”

 

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Potential for Godhood Status

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg 347; “…the first principles of consolation…

What is it? To inherit the same power, the same glory and the same exaltation, until you arrive at the station of a God…the same as those who have gone before…My Father worked out his kingdom with fear and trembling…when I get my kingdom, I shall present it to my Father, so that he may obtain kingdom upon kingdom, and it will exalt him in glory. He will then take a higher exaltation, and I will take his place, and thereby become exalted myself.”

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False Prophets

The Evening and the Morning Star, Vol. II, No. 14, pg. 105; “The only way of ascertaining a true prophet, is to compare his prophecies with the ancient word of God, and see if they agree, and if they do and come to pass, then certainly he is a true prophet: For it is not possible that the Lord will suffer FALSE prophets, to bring forth the truth, moved upon by the Holy Ghost, for it is written that the Holy Ghost dwelleth not in unholy temples. By their fruits shall they be known.  When, therefore any man, no matter who, or how high his standing may be, utters, or publishes, any thing that afterwards proves to be untrue, he is a false prophet.”

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