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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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Today (3/26/12) I traveled over to the LDS website and found a very sad state of affairs.  http://www.lds.org/?lang=eng  The front page of their site says;

“The Savior Suffers in Gethsemane”

You’re going to see a video of a white Mormon Jesus with a British accent going to the Garden, kneeling down and praying the words from the Bible.  At some point he starts sniffling while they show the disciples sleeping and Jesus walking over to ask them why they can’t stay awake.  I find it interesting the Church thinks the Bible has been mistranslated yet they use the very words from it…hmmm….

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Book of Mormon Translated Correctly

Journal of Discourses 2:293-294; “Before this was offered to the world, the Lord confirmed it by opening the heavens in broad day light, and sending down an holy angel, who descended in the presence of four individuals, three besides Mr. Smith, and the angel took the plates, and turned them over leaf after leaf, while, at the same time, the voice of the Lord out of the heavens told them it had been translated correctly, commanding them to send forth their testimony to all nations, kingdoms, tongues, and people.” – Orson Pratt, Salt Lake City, January 7, 1855

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Death to Apostates 

Romans 3:10-19; “10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:

16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:

17 And the way of peace have they not known:

18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”

Today’s Mormon Dilemma is part of a speech given by the future Mormon prophet Jedidiah Morgan Grant. The rebuke he gave to members was harsh as you’ll see here and served as the beginning of the “Mormon Reformation”. The Church had encountered a fair amount of opposition to the leaders and the penalty was stiff – your life. 

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Javelin Through the Heart; Really?!?

Journal of Discourses 3:247; “Suppose you found your brother in bed with your wife, an put a javelin through both of them, you would be justified, and they would atone for their sins, and be received into the kingdom of God. I would at once do so in such a case; and under such circumstances, I have no wife whom I love so well that I would not put a javelin through her heart, and I would do it with clean hands.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, March 16, 1856

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lifeafterministry:

Our volunteer Melissa Grimes wrote this piece for us last year and we think it’s important enough to re-post in case you missed it last year!  Be blessed!
With Love in Christ;
Michelle Grim
1 Cor. 1:18

Originally posted on Life After Ministry:

Holy Week:  Do you know what it means?

      I can’t believe Easter is just around the corner!  Spring is my favorite time of year for a few reasons; but ultimately it reminds me of the new life I have in Christ.

     Because of what Jesus has done for all of us, we can start anew.  Just as spring is a new beginning to the world around us, we can have a new beginning in our lives when we ask Jesus into our hearts.  Last year when I was newly out of the LDS Church I didn’t give much thought to Holy Week. As a Mormon, my family celebrated on Easter Sunday, and that was it.  There was no special Sunday service at church and no real acknowledgment of why this is such a special time of year.  As part of my growth as a new Christian and…

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The Final Week of Jesus & the Final Week of Joseph Smith

(Originally published in 2005)

Luke 22:54-23:33 is the focus of this article and for the sake of space we ask that you open your own Bibles to read along as we point out the significant events that took place in Jesus’ last few days of life here on earth.

Through Jesus’ death God manifested His great love for us and introduced to mankind that grace was available to all – no matter the tribe or race you belonged!  The grace of God brought with it a new lifestyle that was freer than anyone had previously known.

scalesWorks became an outward expression of our love for God and the concept that we had to work for salvation was nailed to the cross Jesus hung upon.

With these things in mind we turn our attention to what mankind can do in the name of God when he chooses to pervert truth and attempts to take the focus off the Creator.

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Lies Told by Mormon Leaders

The other day I received an LDS Gem via e-mail and I have to say that it got me moving quick. It’s not often I have that reaction, thus my response here. The topic for their daily gem was “exhort them to pray”.  I thought hey that’s pretty cool, let’s take a look!

http://www.lds.org/liahona/2012/02/exhort-them-to-pray?lang=eng&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:%20youthgems%20(Gems:%20Youth%20Gems)

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Follow the Prophets

Conference Report, “Follow the Prophets”, Oct. 1981, pp. 90–91; “If we really do love God, then indeed we must and we will love and revere his anointed ones… Of his faithful servants the Lord has said: These are they who overcome by faith. Wherefore, all things are theirs and they are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. These are they whose names are written in heaven, where God and Christ are the judge of all. These are they whose glory is that of the sun, even the glory of God, the highest of all.” – Mark Petersen

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True Converts

Teachings of the Living Prophets Student Manual, Truly Converted Latter-day Saints Sustain the Prophets; “Now I want to impress this upon you. Someone has said it this way, and I believe it to be absolutely true: ‘That person is not truly converted until he sees the power of God resting upon the leaders of this church, and until it goes down into his heart like fire.’ Until the members of this church have that conviction that they are being led in the right way, and they have a conviction that these men of God are men who are inspired and have been properly appointed by the hand of God, they are not truly converted.” (In Conference Report, Apr. 1972, p. 118; or Ensign, July 1972, p. 103)” – Harold B. Lee

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Questioning?

General Conference, October 2004; “Some people exalt themselves above God and His annointed servants because of their learning and scholarly achievements. We must never allow our intellect to take priority over our spirit. Our intellect can feed our spirit and our spirit can feed our intellect, but if we allow our intellect to take precedence over our spirit, we stumble, find fault, and may even lose our testimonies.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

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Mind Control? 

Favorite Quotations from the Collection of Thomas S. Monson, pg. 71; “There is no greater responsibility in the world than the training of a human soul.”

Like we’ve said so many times before, it’s the job of the Holy Spirit that does the transforming of the soul, not people. To believe you have that much power is a lie you’ve convinced yourself of possessing.

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Tricking the Unsuspecting

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pg. 87; “Do we realize to what extent the world has descended into spiritual darkness? It begins in a large measure with many of the clergy, some of whom now cast doubt on the existence of God, questioning the divinity of the Savior and denying the truthfulness of the Bible.”

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Forgiveness

Today I was thinking about forgiveness in the Mormon Church and if you’re a Mormon how do you obtain forgiveness.  One of the easiest places to find concise definitions of what Mormons believe is in the study topics of their website.  So today this is what we’ve looked at to coincide with the topic of forgiveness for murder in Mormonism.

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