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Mormon Decisions 10Ensign, ‘The Keystone of Our Religion’, January 2004; “It is important to know what the Book of Mormon is not. It is not primarily a history, although much of what it contains is historical…The test for understanding this sacred book is preeminently spiritual. An obsession with secular knowledge rather than spiritual understanding will make its pages difficult to unlock”. – James Faust

 

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March 30 – Ephesians 5:23; “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body”.

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Mormon Decisions 10Seeking the Spirit, p 88; “In our day three fundamental truths are essential to a valid testimony: first, that Jesus is the Christ; second, that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God; and third, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church on the face of the whole earth. All valid testimony must embrace the spiritual witness that Jesus is the Christ, for “there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God.” (2 Nephi 31:21.)”. – Joseph Fielding McConkie

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 11 – Acts 2:2; “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”

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Mormon Decisions 10“Reading Church History”, Ninth Annual Church Educational System Religious Educators’ Symposium, BYU; “Satan can even use truth to promote his purposes. Facts, severed from their context, can convey an erroneous impression.” – Dallin Oaks

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Mormon Decisions 10Today we’re doing things a bit differently.  Woo-hoo!

I went on the LDS website and saw a link for “scriptural definition of Christians” and the link took me to their “Gospel Topics” section and this is what it said;

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Mormon Decisions 10Times and Seasons, Vol. 3, No. 47, April 1, 1842, pg 742-743; “The witch of Endor is no less singular a personage; clothed with a powerful agency she raised the prophet Samuel from his grave, and he appeared before the astonished king and revealed unto him his future destiny. Who is to tell whether this woman is of God, and a righteous woman? or whether the power she possessed was of the devil, and her a witch as represented by the bible?  it is easy for us to say now; but if we had lived in her day, which of us could have unravelled [unraveled] the mystery?

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Mormon Decisions 10Noah and the Flood, pgs 1-2; “Few men in any age were as great as Noah. In many respects he was like Adam, the first man. Both had served as ministering angels in the presence of God even after their mortal experience. Adam was Michael, the archangel, but Noah was Gabriel, one of those nearest to God. Of all the hosts of heaven, he was chosen to open the Christian era by announcing to Mary that she would become the mother of the Savior, Jesus Christ. He even designated the name by which the Redeemer should be known here on earth, saying He would be the Son of God….” – Mark E. Petersen, Apostle

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salt lake mormon temple 2The Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Matthew – Revelation 2:113; “Who or what is God? Is he the incomprehensible, uncreated, immaterial nothingness described in the creeds of Christendom. A three-in-one nothingness, a spirit essence filling immensity, an incorporeal, uncreated being incapable of definition or mortal comprehension, an unknown God who does not appear to men?” – Bruce McConkie

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salt lake mormon temple 2Improvement Era Nov. 1965, p. 962; “Our Eternal Father would have every soul saved if that were feasible. Salvation, however, is based on merit and obedience to divine law and therefore is only obtained through compliance with divine commandments.” – Joseph Fielding Smith

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Mormon Decisions 10Conference Report, Oct. 2003, pg 92; “The Three Witnesses never denied their testimony of the Book of Mormon. They could not because they knew it was true. They made sacrifices and faced difficulties beyond what most people ever know. Oliver Cowdery gave the same testimony about the divine origin of the Book of Mormon as he lay dying. But in the times of trial, they wavered in their faith that Joseph was still God’s prophet and that the only way to come unto the Savior was through His restored Church. That they continued to affirm what they saw and heard in that marvelous experience, during long periods of estrangement from the Church and from Joseph, makes their testimony more powerful.” – Apostle Henry B. Eyring 

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salt lake mormon temple 2Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg 74; “President Smith proposed the following question: What importance is there attached to the calling of the Twelve Apostles, different from the other callings or officers of the Church? . . . They are the Twelve Apostles, who are called to the office of the Traveling High Council, who are to preside over the churches of the Saints, among the Gentiles, where there is no presidency established; and they are to travel and preach among the Gentiles, until the Lord shall command them to go to the Jews. They are to hold the keys of this ministry, to unlock the door of the Kingdom of heaven unto all nations, and to preach the Gospel to every creature. This is the power, authority, and virtue of their apostleship.”

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salt lake mormon temple 2The Promised Messiah, pg 33; “Where there are prophets, salvation is available; and where there are no prophets, there is no hope of salvation. It is no wonder that Lucifer hates prophets and seeks their destruction.” – Bruce McConkie

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Men are Raised to be Angels or Gods

Mormon Decisions 10The Millennial Messiah, p.708; “In the resurrection men are raised to be angels or to be gods. Angels have immortality only; gods have both immortality and eternal life.” – Apostle Bruce McConkie
Colossians 2:8; “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

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Examining the Book of Mormon

Mormon Decisions 10Articles of Faith, pg 247; “…this book is entitled to the most thorough and impartial examination. Not only does the Book of Mormon merit such consideration, it claims, even demands the same; for no one professing belief in the power and authority of God can receive with unconcern the announcement of a new revelation, professedly bearing the seal of divine authority. The question of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon is therefore one in which the world is concerned.” – James E. Talmage

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Bible is Corrupt

Mormon Decisions 10Pamphlets By Orson Pratt, pg 71; “The Bible in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish,

Danish, and indeed, in all the languages of the earth, except the original in which it was given, is not the word of God, but the word of uninspired translators… Therefore, so far as the uninspired translators and the people are concerned, no part of the Bible can, with certainty, be known by them to be the word of God… This uncertainty, combined with the imperfections of uninspired translations, renders the Bibles of all languages, at the present day, emphatically the words of men, instead of the pure word of God”

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Jesus was a Polygamist 

Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 2:81-82; “When Mary of old came to the sepulchre on the first day of the week, instead of finding Jesus she saw two angels in white, “And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She said unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord,” or husband, “and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?…She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.” Is there not here manifested the affections of a wife. These words speak the kindred ties and sympathies that are common to that relation of husband and wife. ” – Orson Hyde, Salt Lake City, October 6, 1854

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August 9 – Luke 8:9-11; ‘And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.’

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BoM Witnesses; Evil or Good?

salt lake mormon temple 2D&C 3:12-13; “And when thou deliveredst up that which God had given thee sight and power to translate, thou deliveredst up that which was sacred into the hands of a wicked man, 13 Who has set at naught the counsels of God, and has broken the most sacred promises which were made before God, and has depended upon his own judgment and boasted in his own wisdom.”

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William B Smith

March 13, 1811

November 13, 1893

Early Mormon PolygamistsOf all the polygamists that I’ve reported on thus far this man is at the top of my list for leaving a legacy of confusion.

Poor William was either misunderstood by everyone around him or he was born with a pre-disposition to find trouble, or both. His relationship with older brother Joseph wasn’t what the Church portrays as everyone being happy and whether that carried over to how other church leaders viewed him is left to be told. It seems the majority of his problems came after Joseph & Hyrum’s assassinations.

The Church has varying lists offering sparse info on his marriages (not a surprise there), but once I began my research I found upwards of twenty plus wives and an arrest record as long as my arm. He was a colorful individual indeed. You can get more info on his wives hereWilliam Smith

Because William was ex-communicated on a number of occasions and eventually joined the RLDS Church (now the Community of Christ), there isn’t a lot of information on him in Church writings. He didn’t join the other Mormons when they left Nauvoo and he never lived in Utah. He died at the age of 82 in Iowa.

 

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