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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 10 – Matthew 1:21; “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:  for he shall save his people from their sins”.

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 5 – We can take refuge in remembering Jesus’ promise to us in John 14:16; “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever”.

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 2 – Romans 5:18; “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life”.

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 1 – Hebrews 9:14 tells us the worthlessness of dead works.  It says; “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

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Free Agency

Mormon Decisions 10Mormon Doctrine, pg 26; “Agency is the ability and freedom to choose good or evil. It is an eternal principle which has existed with God from all eternity.”

Journal of Discourses 7:374; “Have we not a right to make up our minds in relation to the things recorded in the word of God, and speak about them, whether the living oracles believe our views or not? We have not the right. Why? Because the mind of man is weak…” – Elder Pratt, Salt Lake City, January 29, 1860

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Perfect Obedience Required

Mormon Decisions 10Ensign May 2009; “I urge each on to qualify for and receive all the priesthood ordinances you can and then faithfully keep the promises you have made by covenant. In times of distress, let your covenants be paramount and let your obedience be exact. Then you can ask in faith, nothing wavering, according to your need, and God will answer. He will sustain you.” – Elder D. Todd Christofferson

1 John 4:12; “No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.”

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Are They Watching You?

Today as I was surfing the net I popped over to the Mormon Church’s web site, lds.org. It’s undergone some major changes since the last time I visited. On the site now members and non-members can sign up for an account that will allow them certain privileges on the site.

Non-church members of course have limited access to the site, whereas active church members receive an all access pass to many features on the site. But what non-members get to see and don’t get to see isn’t the point of my article. As I clicked to see what information a church member would have to provide to receive an account, I discovered that to receive full access to they must provide their Member Record Number located on their Temple Recommend.

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Women, Unmarried are Damned

Latter-day Prophets and the D&C, 4:392-393; We cannot feel justified in closing this article on the subject of marriage without saying a few words to unmarried females in this Church. You will clearly perceive, from the revelation which God has given, that you can never obtain a fulness of glory, without being married to a righteous man for time and for all eternity.” – Orson Pratt

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JENN  

I was born and raised a Utah Mormon. I was blessed with wonderful parents who loved me very much. I have many good childhood memories with them and my siblings.  My family was very active in the LDS Church and I was taught it was the only true Church on the Earth. I was taught that although other religions had ‘some truth’ to them, they were still all wrong.

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Blacks are Inferior

Race Problems–As They Affect the Church, August 27, 1954, address at CES convention at Brigham Young University; Think of the Negro, cursed as to the Priesthood.  Are we prejudiced against him? Unjustly, sometimes we are accused of having such a prejudice. But what does the mercy of God have for him? This negro, who, in the pre-existence lived the type of life which justified the Lord in sending him to the earth in the lineage of Cain with a black skin, and possibly being born in darkest Africa if that Negro is willing when he hears the gospel to accept it, he may have many of the blessings of the gospel. In spite of all he did in the pre-existent life, the Lord is willing, if the Negro accepts the gospel with real, sincere faith, and is really converted, to give him the blessings of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. If that Negro is faithful all his days, he can and will enter the celestial kingdom. He will go there as a servant, but he will get a celestial resurrection.” – Mark E. Petersen

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Freedom for Mormons

I have found truth to be elusive in the Mormon Church. It changes, becoming something different from one generation to the next. Whimsies of past and present Mormon presidents have described truth as one thing, and then it seems to become something else later. The Mormon Church says God is speaking. But how do we know?

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The Confusion Fight

     She closed the book for the third time knowing she wouldn’t remember the information she had just read.  It was always like that with her, she was never able to remember details when trying to learn something new.  She could watch a television show on the History or Discovery Channel and not remember the important parts.  Sometimes she could remember the main theme, but even that would be sketchy in her memory bank after a few days. While she had lived this way for more than forty years, it never occurred to her there may be a good reason why it was so.

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July 4 – John 8:32; “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”.

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Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders

Wilford Woodruff 1807-1898

Journal of Discourses 13:166; “If we were to do away with polygamy, it would only be one feather in the bird, one ordinance in the Church and kingdom. Do away with that, then we must do away with prophets and Apostles, with revelation and the gifts and graces of the Gospel, and finally give up our religion altogether and turn sectarians and do as the world does, then all would be right. We just can’t do that, for God has commanded us to build up His kingdom and to bear our testimony to the nations of the earth, and we are going to do it, come life or come death.” – Wilford Woodruff, Salt Lake City, December 12, 1869

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May 2 – Ps. 113:2; “Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.”

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February 11 – Peter’s denial of Jesus.  Matthew 26:34 says; “Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice”.

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THE TEMPLE OF GOD

October 2005

As most of you are aware, my writings about the LDS Church often reflect the book in the Bible I am studying at the time.  Right now I am in an in-depth study on Paul’s first epistle to the new believers in Corinth.  Half way through my study for the day it became abundantly clear what I was to write this time for the website.  After walking with the Lord for more than twelve years now I’ve discovered there is no such thing as “coincidence”.

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March 28 – In 1 Cor. 1:10 Paul says; “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”.

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This scripture reference is what the Mormons use to ‘prove’ that all churches but them are apostate because we have so many different denominations.  What they refuse to see is that if you follow the tenets of the Bible and see it as the infallible word of God, the name over the doorway is no different than each of us having our own identity with our given name.

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“If modern churches do not conform to the New Testament pattern of the true Church, then the non-conforming organizations are apostate.  This simple test of the authenticity of any church claiming to be the Lord’s may be made by finding answer to such questions as:  Where is there a church that has…some combination of the names of Christ as its name?”  Mormon Doctrine, pg 45.

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March 27 – Judges 16:30 tells us about the final act of Samson’s strength the Lord God had supplied him with; there is no question that no one lived as Samson did.  “And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines.  And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein.  So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life”. 

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The Book of Mormon is based upon revelations Joseph Smith received from the gold and brass plates the angel Moroni had delivered to Smith for translation.  Remember, if a revelation disagrees with the Bible, even on the smallest of subjects, this would make it a false prophecy.  Ask your Mormon friend if Smith was stronger than Samson.

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D&C 24:12 says; “And at all times, and in all places, he shall open his (Joseph Smith) mouth and declare my gospel as with the voice of a trump, both day and night.  And I will give to him strength such as is not known among men”.

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March 26 – Romans1:25; “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever.  A-men.”

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Today’s witnessing tip is a classic example of how Joseph Smith went about tricking people.  The teachings of the Church would have their people believe one thing with the teaching of their god being a risen man who is progressive, but in the scripture below they say something totally different.  Ask your Mormon loved one what they think of this contradiction.

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Mormon 9:10;  “And now if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god, who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves, a god who is not a God of miracles”.

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