Ensign, “This the Greatest of All Dispensations”, July 2007; “God is eagerly waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can’t if you don’t pray, and He can’t if you don’t dream. In short, He can’t if you don’t believe.” – Jeffery R. Holland
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New Era, “Personal Purity”, February 2000; “These are moments when we quite literally unite our will with God’s will, our spirit with His spirit. At such moments we not only acknowledge His divinity but we quite literally take something of that divinity to ourselves.” – Jeffrey R. Holland
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged bible, C. Scott Grow, false doctrines of Mormonism, Jesus, judgment, LDS bishops determine worthiness of members, New Era October 2013 on 03/09/2014 | Leave a Comment »
New Era, “Why and What Do I need to Confess to My Bishop?” October 2013; “Many youth feel more comfortable confessing their mistakes to their parents or youth leaders. Although your parents and leaders can provide necessary support and counsel, the Lord has declared that the bishop is a common judge in Israel (see D&C 107:72, 74). He has the responsibility to determine the worthiness of the members of his ward.
30 But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.”
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged adultery, bible, celestial polygamy, false doctrines of Mormonism, Jesus, Wilford Woodruff's 267 wives, Wilford Woodruff's diary 1879 on 03/07/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Wilford Woodruff’s Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, March 1, 1879; “I followed John D. T McAllister into the Creation Room in St George Temple. I there met with 159 Brethren and Sisters who had met to get their Endowments for the Dead and all but ten of them had met to get Endowments for my Dead friends as a Birth day Present for me. 100 women & 48 Men were going through for me.
Ensign, General Conference. April 2008; “I long have been impressed with the truth that meaningful prayer requires both holy communication and consecrated work. Blessings require some effort on our part before we can obtain them, and prayer, as “a form of work…is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings” (Bible Dictionary, “Prayer,” 753). We press forward and persevere in the consecrated work of prayer, after we say “amen,” by acting upon the things we have expressed to Heavenly Father.” – David A. Bednar
New Era, “Balancing Church History”, June 2013; “Certainly, the world has changed in the last generation or two. The Internet has put all kinds of information at our fingertips—good, bad, truthful, untruthful—including information on Church history. You can read a great deal about our history, but it’s important to read about it and understand it in context. The difficulty with some information online is that it’s out of context and you don’t really see the whole picture.
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged atonement, false doctrines of Mormonism, give last farthing, gospel, James Faust, Jesus, LDS General Conference October 2001, Luke 19:1-10, salvation, works vs. grace on 03/04/2014 | 3 Comments »
General Conference, October 2001, “The Atonement Our Greatest Hope”; “The Atonement cleanses us of sin on condition of our repentance. Repentance is the condition on which mercy is extended. After all we can do to pay to the uttermost farthing and make right our wrongs, the Savior’s grace is activated in our lives through the Atonement, which purifies us and can perfect us. Christ’s Resurrection overcame death and gave us the assurance of life after death.” – James E. Faust
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged bible, false prophet Joseph Fielding Smith, gospel is code of laws, Jesus, plan of salvation, Teachings of the Prophets Joseph Fielding Smith, works vs. grace on 03/03/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Teachings of Presidents of the Church, chapter 3 Plan of Salvation; “The plan of salvation, or code of laws, which is known as the gospel of Jesus Christ, was adopted in the heavens, before the foundation of the world was laid. It was appointed there that Adam our father should come to this earth and stand at the head of the whole human family. It was a part of this great plan, that he should partake of the forbidden fruit and fall, thus bringing suffering and death into the world, even for the ultimate good of his children.” – Joseph Fielding Smith
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged Becoming Like God, Deut 4:35, false doctrines of Mormonism, godhood, Gospel Topics, idolatry, Joseph Smith's false prophecies, polytheism on 03/02/2014 | 2 Comments »
Gospel Topics, “Becoming Like God”; “The desire to nurture the divinity in His children is one of God’s attributes that most inspires, motivates, and humbles members of the Church. God’s loving parentage and guidance can help each willing, obedient child of God receive of His fulness and of His glory…The teaching that men and women have the potential to be exalted to a state of godliness clearly expands beyond what is understood by most contemporary Christian churches and expresses for the Latter-day Saints a yearning rooted in the Bible to live as God lives, to love as He loves, and to prepare for all that our loving Father in Heaven wishes for His children.
Ensign, March 2014, “The Lord’s Standard of Morality”; “…He [God] needs to speak only once on the issue of morality, and that one declaration trumps all the opinions of the lower courts, whether uttered by psychologists, counselors, politicians, friends, parents, or would-be moralists of the day.
Contrary to much public sentiment, there is nothing negative or restraining about God’s moral standards. Rather, they are positive, uplifting, and liberating. They build relationships of trust, they enhance self-esteem, they foster a clear conscience, and they invite the Spirit of the Lord to bless individual and married lives. They are the proven standards for happy marriages and stable communities.
What, then, is the Lord’s standard for use of the sacred power of procreation—His standard of morality?…The procreative power is to be exercised in the marriage relationship for two key reasons: (1) to bind and strengthen ties between spouses and (2) to bring souls into the world. These uses have the blessing and endorsement of the Lord.
On the other hand, the procreative power is not to be exercised outside the husband-wife relationship. Accordingly, any conscious thoughts or voluntary actions that stimulate or result in the expression of the procreative power outside the marriage relationship are disapproved by the Lord.” – Elder Tad R. Callister
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged bible, Book of Abraham, D&C Seminary Student Manual, Egyptian gods, false Mormon doctrines, false prophet Joseph Smith, Jesus, monotheism, Pearl of Great Price, polytheism on 02/28/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students; “The following is a list of commonly asked questions with their accompanying answers about the coming forth of the book of Abraham:
Question: Why did Joseph Smith say he had translated the writings of Abraham even though the manuscripts do not date from Abraham’s time?
Waiting for World’s End: The Diaries of Wilford Woodruff, edited by Susan Staker, Signature Books, 1993, p. 305; “Again Presdet Young said Joseph the Prophet told me that the garden of Eden was in Jackson Co Missouri, & when Adam was driven out of the garden of Eden He went about 40 miles to the Place which we Named Adam Ondi Ahman, & there built an Altar of Stone & offered Sacrifize. That Altar remains to this day. I saw it as Adam left it as did many others, & through all the revolutions of the world that Altar had not been disturbed. Joseph also said that when the City of Enoch fled & was translated it was whare the gulf of Mexico now is. It left that gulf a body of water.” [sic] – Wilford Woodruff
Journal of Discourses 3:247; “Watch yourselves and think. As I observed, on the evening of the 14th at the social Hall, ‘think brethren, think,’ but do not think so far that you cannot think back again In the eastern country there was a man who used to go crazy, at times, and then come to his senses again. One of his neighbors asked him what made him go crazy; he replied, ‘I get to thinking, and thinking, until finally I think so far that I am not always able to think back again.’ Can you think too much for the spirit which is put in the tabernacle? You can. Let this intelligent part labor to excess, and it will eventually overcome the tabernacle, the equilibrium will be destroyed, and the whole organization deranged. Many people have deranged themselves by thinking too much.” Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, March 16, 1856
Relief Society Magazine, v. 3, no. 7, July 1916; “…Such parents may be sincere, even if misguided; but in most cases the desire not to have children has its birth in vanity, passion, and selfishness. Such feelings are the seeds sown in early married life that produce a harvest of discord, suspicion, estrangement, and divorce.” – David O McKay
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged bible, Book of Mormon, false doctrines of Mormonism, False Prophecies of Joseph Smith, hoax, Jesus, Kinderhook Plates, Proverbs 18:7 on 02/24/2014 | Leave a Comment »
History of the Church 5:372, 577; “Comment of the Prophet on the Kinderhook Plates. I insert fac-similes of the six brass plates found near Kinderhook, in Pike county, Illinois, on April 23, by Mr. Robert Wiley and others, while excavating a large mound. They found a skeleton about six feet from the surface of the earth, which must have stood nine feet high. The plates were found on the breast of the skeleton and were covered on both sides with ancient characters.
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged bible, BYU Church Educational System, Dallin Oaks, false apostles, false doctrines of Mormonism, Jesus, Matthew 7:15, Reading Church History on 02/23/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged bible, Danites, false doctrines of Mormonism, History of the Church 3:181, Jesus, Joseph Smith denies Danites, Joseph Smith endorses Danites, Luke 12:34, The Restored Church pp 197-198 on 02/22/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Today we’re exploring the extracurricular activities of the Church and what if any knowledge Joseph Smith had of this group. You’ll notice how he denies they exist and also how he knows they exist, but isn’t complicit in any wrong doing.
The Restored Church, pp 197-198; “Such a band as the “Danites” did exist, as historians affirm; but that Joseph Smith had nothing to do with it and exposed the participants when he became aware of it, is equally well-confirmed…The organization had been for the purpose of plundering and murdering the enemies of the Saints.” – William E. Berrett
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged 3 Nephi 27:13-16, bible, false doctrines of Mormonism, Jesus, John 12:32-33, John 6:38, Nephi plagiarizes John, Works for salvation, works vs. grace on 02/21/2014 | Leave a Comment »
3 Nephi 27:13-16; “Behold I have given unto you my gospel, and this is the gospel which I have given unto you—that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me. 14 And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil— 15 And for this cause have I been lifted up; therefore, according to the power of the Father I will draw all men unto me, that they may be judged according to their works. 16 And it shall come to pass, that whoso repenteth and is baptized in my name shall be filled; and if he endureth to the end, behold, him will I hold guiltless before my Father at that day when I shall stand to judge the world.” – 34-35 AD
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged Anderson Devery, baptisms for the dead, bible, false doctrines of Mormonism, Jesus, racist Mormon teachings, Spencer W. Kimball, whites only on 02/20/2014 | Leave a Comment »
David O. McKay diary, Feb. 14, 1964 as quoted in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History; “Temples * Book of Decisions for [Temple] Presidents * Presidents [Hugh B.] Brown and [N. Eldon] Tanner reported to me that they had gone through the manuscript of the proposed book of decisions as prepared by Elders Howard W. Hunter, ElRay L. Christiansen and Alvin R. Dyer, and had marked those items which they felt needed [a] decision by me. The matters were presented and I approved as follows: [clarification about sealing of children, bic, etc..] … It was suggested that the ordinance of baptism for members of the negro race be performed by others than negroes if this can be accomplished without offense…” – Today in Mormon History Blogspot