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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 4:56; “I have told you many times that there are multitudes of pure and holy spirits waiting to take tabernacles, now what is our duty?—to prepare tabernacles for them… It is the duty of every righteous man and woman to prepare tabernacles for all the spirits they can; hence if my women leave, I will go and search up others who will abide the celestial law, and let all I now have go where they please; though I will send the Gospel to them.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, September 21, 1856

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Mormon Decisions 10Wilford Woodruff’s Diary, June 2, 1857, vol. 5 pp 54-55*; “June 2, 1857: I spent the day in the office. President Young called in the afternoon also George A. Smith. We conversed upon various subjects…Bishop Blackburn was present—the subject came up of some persons leaving Provo who had apostatized. Some thought that Bishop Blackburn and President Snow were to blame. Brother Joseph Young presented the thing to President Young. But when the circumstances were told, President Brigham Young sustained the brethren who presided at Provo. He said they had done (right). The subject of eunuchs came up and Joseph said that he would rather die than to be made a eunuch. Brigham said the day would come when thousands would be made eunochs in order for them to be saved in the Kingdom of God.” – Wilford Woodruff [sic]

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal 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

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William Adams Hickman

aka Brigham Young’s Destroying Angel

April 16, 1815 – August 21, 1883

Early Mormon PolygamistsIf you like to read about the old west with stories of murder, mayhem and intrigue the stories about William Adams Hickman, aka “Wild Bill Hickman” is right up your alley. This man’s life was filled with all of the descriptions above and when you throw a little religion and polygamy into the pot it makes for a great t.v. mini-series.

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Edward Stevenson

May 1, 1820 – January 27, 1897

Early Mormon PolygamistsUntil a month or so ago I had never heard of Edward Stevenson.  I obviously knew about the MTC (Missionary Training Center), but had no idea one of the buildings on BYU’s campus was named in his honor or what significance this man’s name surely holds for everyone whose shadow has crossed the doorway.

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 1:73; “…the best way to sanctify ourselves, and please God our heavenly Father in these days, is to rid ourselves of every thief, and sanctify the people from every vile character…It would have a tendency to place terror on those who leave these parts [Utah], that may prove their salvation when they see the heads of thieves taken off, or shot down before the public… I believe it would be pleasing in the sight of heaven to sanctify ourselves and put these things out of our midst.” – Orson Hyde, Salt Lake City, April 9, 1853

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Mormon Decisions 10New York Herald, May 4, 1855, as cited in Dialogue, Journal of Mormon Thought, Spring 1973, p. 56; “You must not think, from what I say, that I am opposed to slavery. No! The negro is damned, and is to serve his master till God chooses to remove the curse of Ham.” – Prophet Brigham Young

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Amasa Mason Lyman

March 30, 1813 – February 4, 1877

Legacy: “anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor”.

Early Mormon PolygamistsAmasa’s legacy still proudly resounds in the lives of the many descendants that sprang from his family tree. Two of his wives were mothers to three LDS apostles, but two overriding facts overshadow the list of the renowned in Mormon historical circles.  His descendants seem to wear his pioneer name on their shoulders as a badge of honor while ignoring the obvious issues.

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 12: 312; “Our sisters need not be worried about any doctrine. Brother Penrose said it would be better for them if they believed in the doctrine of polygamy. But they do believe it; they know it is true, and that is their torment. It perplexes and annoys many of them, because they are not sanctified by the spirit of it; if they were there would be no trouble. I want to say this much—the sisters do believe it.” – Brigham Young

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John Doyle Lee

September 6, 1812 – March 23, 1877

Early Mormon PolygamistsI’ve studied countless stories of early Mormons in my lifetime. I’ve spent time listening to stories of gone-by eras from my own relatives and read diaries and history books of others.  While each story is significant, there are a few that have stuck with me over the years and I would imagine the life of John Doyle Lee will be added to that list.

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Mormon Decisions 10Discourses of Brigham Young, pp.50-51; “We are the sons and daughters of celestial Beings, and the germ of the Deity dwells within us. When our spirits took possession of these tabernacles, they were as pure as the angels of God, wherefore total depravity cannot be a true doctrine.” – Brigham Young

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Salt Lake TempleThe other day while reading the front page of lds.org I came upon an interesting article.  On the sidebar the Church asked the question; “Are Mormons Christian?” and of course this caught my immediate attention! 

Every Christian ministry for Mormons has explored this topic, LAM included, but we believe it’s important to keep abreast with the Church’s newest tactics so we’re taking a look at their latest explanation of why they believe they’re Christians. 

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 13:282-283; “…it makes me think of that second person that came forth in the heavens when the voice went forth: “Who will redeem the earth, who will go forth and make the sacrifice for the earth and all things it contains?” The eldest son said: “Here am I;” but he did not say “send me.”

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 7:164; “Some of the witnesses of the Book of Mormon, who handled the plates and conversed with the angels of God, were afterwards left to doubt and to disbelieve that they had ever seen an angel.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, June 5, 1859

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salt lake mormon temple 2Journal of Discourses 7:238; “Gods exist, and we had better strive to be prepared to be one with them.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, September 1, 1859

Isaiah 44:6; “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.”

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salt lake mormon temple 2History of the Church 7:258; “The Whole of America Zion. To those who want to go away from this place, I would say wait until the time comes. I will give you the key. North and South America is Zion and as soon as the Temple is done and you get your endowments you can go and build up stakes, but do not be in haste, wait until the Lord says go.” – Brigham Young, August 18, 1844

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 9:312; “All those who believe in their hearts and confess with their mouths that Joseph Smith is a true Prophet, at the same time trying with their might to live the holy principles Joseph the Prophet has revealed, are in possession of the Holy Spirit of God and are entitled to a fullness.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, July 13, 1862

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 7:288-289; “How many times have I been asked, “Do you believe that such a man as John Wesley will be damned?” I could answer the question either way, for they do not know what it is to be saved or damned. John Wesley is in the spirit-world. He did not receive the ordinances of the everlasting Gospel in the flesh…Has he gone to hell? No. When the spirit leaves the body, it goes into the spirit-world, where the spirits of men are classified according to their own wills or pleasure, as men are here, only they are in a more pure and refined state of existence. Do you suppose that John Wesley is lifting up his eyes in hell, being in torment? No; he is talking to those who heard and would not believe him when he was on the earth… John Wesley and his true followers will receive a glory far surpassing what they ever thought or dreamed of while under the influence of their greatest inspirations, and they will be saved. Are they also damned? Yes, because they have not attained the victory over the enemy of all righteousness. It is the holy Priesthood of God that gives man the victory in this world…” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, October 9, 1859

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salt lake mormon temple 2Journal of Discourses 1:50-51; “They [the gods] came here, organized the raw material, and arranged in their order the herbs of the field, the trees, the apple, the peach, the plum, the pear, and every other fruit that is desirable and good for man; the seed was brought from another sphere, and planted in this earth. The thistle, and thorn, the brier, and the obnoxious weed did not appear until after the earth was cursed.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, April 9, 1852

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Mormon Decisions 10Millennial Star Vol. 5, No. 8, January 1845, pg 117; “This Church has been led by revelation, and unless we forsake the Lord entirely, so that the priesthood is taken from us, it will be led by revelation all the time. The question arises with some, who has the right to revelation?…Every member has the right of receiving revelation for himself…It is the very life of the Church of the living God, in all ages of the world.” – Brigham Young

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