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stickman thinking 3While organizing my endless list of quotes I came across our entry on Witchcraft which got me to thinking…

Why do Mormons accept and applaud Adam and Eve’s rejection of God while at the same time teach that behaving inappropriately isn’t acceptable?

 

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stickman thinking 3As everyone knows, today marks the anniversary of Joseph Smith’s death. While I’ve been reading the various e-mails they reminded me of how it once filled me with pride and a great sense of indignation that anyone would kill God’s prophet.

It never crossed my mind as a Mormon what his death did for me personally. That thought didn’t cross my mind until after I’d left my heritage so I’m posing the question here for the Mormons today.

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stickman thinking 3Just a day ago we posted a very important article on the Creeds of Christianity and from our studies we learned about the definition of Christianity and what the duties of a Christian entail.

We don’t pray to foreign gods, we don’t worship foreign gods and we certainly don’t acknowledge foreign gods.

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stickman thinking 3The other day I was watching a television show called “What Would You Do?” hosted by John Quiñones.  The show is set up with actors playing out a variety of scenarios to see what the reaction would be of the average person watching things transpire.

This particular episode was about a couple of young kids who were drunk and getting into their vehicle to drive home.  The show works alongside the police so they already know what’s happening if or when anyone should call to report the would be drunk drivers and after a few minutes the cameras roll in with the host letting the good Samaritan in on the secret.

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thinkingimageI was skimming through an article in the Ensign yesterday about how Mormons need to be more informed and involved in their communities, when my eyes caught this sentence:

“You’ve been praying for a way to better engage your children in the work of salvation.”

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stickman thinking 3“Diversity of opinion does not necessitate intolerance of spirit, nor should it embitter or set rational beings against each other. The Christ taught kindness, patience, and charity. Our religion is not hostile to real science. That which is demonstrated, we accept with joy; but vain philosophy, human theory, and mere speculations of men, we do not accept nor do we adopt anything contrary to divine revelation or to good common sense. But everything that tends to right conduct, that harmonizes with sound morality and increases faith in Deity, finds favor with us no matter where it may be found.”

Heber J. Grant, Deseret Evening News, Words in Season from the First Presidency (Christmas message) 

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Enos’ Age Defying Lifespan

stickman thinking 3Enos 1:25; “And it came to pass that I began to be old, and an hundred and seventy and nine years had passed away from the time that our father Lehi left Jerusalem.”

Psalm 90:10: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

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stickman thinking 3Melissa and I saw an article in the November Ensign that caused us to raise our eyebrows in surprise at how the Church compares outside information to pornography.  This isn’t the first time they’ve done this so I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise they’ve done it again, but somehow it does.

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“Seeking learning is a lifelong pursuit and one that increases our ability to serve the Lord.” – LDS.org

stickman thinking 3As I came across the above message put out by the Church I couldn’t help but think of those who are disabled.  Many of us either know of people or take care of those who aren’t able to function or live on their own because of an impairment.  Their intellectual capacity won’t ever meet the high demands of a secular society as they seem to be held prisoner behind the invisible bars of physical and mental “handicaps” they’ve been born with or that’s been imposed upon them by disease or accident.

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stickman thinking 3Today I read an article in the Deseret News of a newly published book called “52 Life Changing Questions from the Book of Mormon” written by BYU Professor Brad Wilcox and John Hilton III, an institute teacher for the LDS Church.

The article said Mr. Hilton “was awakened six or seven years ago by a curiosity to know how many questions existed in the Book of Mormon… He discovered there are 543 questions in the Book of Mormon.”

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stickman thinking 3Today a friend alerted me to a post on her Facebook page about a movement that’s getting a fair amount of attention and most importantly; support. There’s a group of people who will be posting a 95 Point LDS Thesis on the doors of Mormon ward buildings on October 31, 2013. They call themselves the Mormon Reformation and their purpose is for the Church to come clean in everything from the top down.

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coca-colaShocking isn’t it?  That’s what I thought as well when I saw the headlines of the Salt Lake Trib reporting that the vending machines at BYU were “accidentally” stocked with the caffeine laden beverage.

Ah, but then I read the rest of the story…

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stickman thinking 3Today while retrieving info for the latest LDS General Conference I noticed an ominous article on the sidebar of the Church’s front page of their website.  It said;

Study what Joseph Smith Lived and Taught, Says Apostle”.

So I moseyed on over to have a look-see.  My thought?  Oh dear.

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stickman thinking 3Today I visited the front page of LDS.org and noticed a nice little box with the title “The Plan of Happiness”.  Clicked on that and up pops about ten other boxes listing ways you can work for salvation.  ??????????  How is that a plan for happiness?

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stickman thinking 3While researching the life of the early Mormon apostle Erastus Snow I came across some telling information about this man’s character.

He was married to sixteen women which in and of itself is disturbing, but to make things worse I also came upon the info that his 2nd wife is the daughter of his 3rd wife and either the sister or niece of his 4th wife.  Got all that?

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Mark 15:37-38; “And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. 38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.”

open door to heaven for wives

The LDS Church claims the husband is the one that opens the door for his wives to get into heaven  and I’m wondering…why can’t the woman get there by going through Jesus as the Bible says?

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stickman thinking 3Well today proved itself to be an interesting one in the world of Mormon racism. A Google Alert came to my e-mail box talking of a ban on the Samoan language in Mormon worship services in Brisbane where many Samoans reside.

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stickman thinking 3To say that I’m appalled because of an article I read in the Salt Lake Trib would be an understatement. You’ll take note that I didn’t say surprised. 

According to this report the Church openly read a letter to their congregations in Hawaii urging them to call their legislatures in protest against the new gay marriage bill coming up for a vote in their state.

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stickman thinking 3Just a quick sobering thought about the front page of the LDS Church’s website…

Today (9/18/13) I meandered over to the Church’s website to grab some info for a project I’m working on.  Unfortunately I got sidetracked (not a surprise…) with the message they have on their front page.  It said;    

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In a General Conference address Glen L. Pace said:

“You can leave the Church, but you can’t leave it alone. The basic reason for this is simple. Once someone has received a witness of the Spirit and accepted it, he leaves neutral ground. One loses his testimony only by listening to the promptings of the evil one, and Satan’s goal is not complete when a person leaves the Church, but when he comes out in open rebellion against it.”  (April 1989, LDS Conference Address)

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