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Witnessing Tip of the Day FebruaryFebruary 10 – World’s Debt to Joseph Smith. Joshua 24:14-15; “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.  15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

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Doctrines of Salvation 2:93; “How severe is the judgment on the man who has committed Joseph Fielding Smithadultery, even though he apparently is repentant? In the Doctrine and Covenants,salt lake mormon temple 2 42:24-26, the Lord has given us a key to this situation. If a person commits adultery and then repents with all his heart, he may be forgiven. If he repeats the offense, he is not to be forgiven, but is to be cast out. As I read it, the Lord has not provided that, under those circumstances, he can come back again.” – Joseph Fielding Smith

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John TaylorDeseret News, June 9, 1880, p. 280; “David prayed that God would send hissalt lake mormon temple 2 enemies to hell quickly. Jesus, when he was being crucified suffering the pain of a cruel death, said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. I like that prayer much better than the other one. Father forgive them for they know not what they do. They are thy children though in the dark. Thou hast enlightened our minds for which we feel thankful; but, Oh Lord, forgive them and lead them, if thou canst, in the way of life. This is the feeling we ought to have…” – John Taylor (LDS Prophet)

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Deseret_Store_-_with_Tithing_Office_and_Deseret_News_addition“‘Millions Shall Know “Brother Joseph” Again’: Witnesses of the Prophet’s Divine Role and Mission,” Selections from the Religious Education Student Symposium 2005 (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2005), 199–211; “…The man who taught, expounded, organized, preached, clarified, established, restored—basically did “more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it” (D&C 135:3)—certainly deserves the vast collection of tomes and our attention. The two-hundredth anniversary celebration should not only dwell on his life or who he was, but also focus on what he was…

…the Savior Himself contributes to the dialogue, establishing the final word on the matter that Joseph is His prophet. Combined, these three witnesses—the Prophet, those who knew him, and the Lord—serve to fulfill the law Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 13:1: “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” – Philip R. Webb

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Deseret_Store_-_with_Tithing_Office_and_Deseret_News_additionToday we’re beginning a two part series on how vitally important Joseph Smith is to the corporation of the LDS Church, and the necessity of having him as the focus of everyday life for each member. Without Joseph Smith, members would have no means of gaining true salvation, and without Joseph Smith, the Church as a corporation would have no foundational basis to stand on.

The reason we’re doing this stems from the numerous articles they’ve published as of late. While perusing  their many media portals, magazines and websites for example, we couldn’t help but notice their heavy emphasis on commemorating Smith’s birth (December 23, 1805), while merely giving Jesus an honorable mention on occasion; when, or if needed.

Today’s example serves as a culmination of sorts, for all the many adjectives they believe Smith fulfilled by just being born. Before we look at the many ways Smith fulfilled most of the promises in the Bible, let’s step back and look at what God has to say about Himself.

(Note: image above is from the original Deseret News office building)

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New Era, ‘What the Christmas Story Can Teach Us,’ December 2015;

baby-jesus-in-blanket-mannToday we’re looking at an article in the New Era, a monthly publication written to ‘enlighten and educate’ LDS youth.

In this article there were several quotes given by past LDS prophets describing who Jesus is, and to say they were outrageous would be the understatement of the year! The first quote wasn’t attached to any specific person, but we thought it was highly important to point this one out because of how wrong it is.

“The birth of Jesus Christ, one of the most miraculous events in history, took place in a humble stable.”

Why isn’t the birth of Jesus the most miraculous event in history?

What else is there since the creation of man could be of more import than this?

This statement undermines the truth about everything there is to do with Jesus, and what God has done for us.

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Jeff Flake Senator and MormonIt’s not very often I check in on speeches our politicians give at the many events they attend. However, last week I made an exception when I came across a headline featuring a talk Senator Jeff Flake gave at a mosque in Scottsdale, AZ.

Some things Mr. Flake said in his speech served as another reminder of how Mormons like to compare themselves to the Islamic faith, so we’re looking at the article from Prescott News. We’re doing this not because of the recent incident in San Bernardino, rather, the article reminded us to bring attention to what they’re doing.

Our main question is why are they doing this?

The other issue we’re looking at is the truthfulness of what Mr. Flake said at this mosque. You can find our list of questions about comments made by Mr. Flake below. Text from the newspaper is in black font, our questions are in red.

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