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Golden plates & Joseph SmithToday we’re taking a look at Joseph Smith’s behavior between 1820 – 1827 to determine whether his activities reflected that of someone who had been called of God.  This was a critical time in Smith’s life and his track record stands as a solid witness of what he was doing from the time of his first vision in the woods to the day he was able to retrieve the golden plates of Mormonism.

Common sense tells us his story needs to line up with four important sources; Joe Smith, the LDS Church, empirical outsider testimonies and most importantly, God.

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Salem Witch TrialsWhile gathering resources for an article the other day I came across a snippet of info about Joe Smith’s family. After this many years I keep telling myself nothing else will surprise me and I’m reminded yet again I need to stop saying that!

The article I’m working on is about Joseph Smith’s participation in witchcraft so this little info is a type of precursor to what we’ll be looking at in a few days.

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Mormon Decisions 101 Nephi 13:15; “And I beheld the Spirit of the Lord, that it was upon the Gentiles, and they did prosper and obtain the land for their inheritance; and I beheld that they were white, and exceedingly fair and beautiful, like unto my people before they were slain”.

 

 

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Mormon Decisions 10History of the Church 4:211-212;  “…it is generally supposed that sacrifice was entirely done away when the Great Sacrifice [i.e., the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus] was offered up, and that there will be no necessity for the ordinance of sacrifice in future; but those who assert this are certainly not acquainted with the duties, privileges and authority of the priesthood, or with the Prophets…

 

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LDSIn January 2014 the Church published an essay for their Gospel Topics section they dubbed Book of Mormon and DNA Studies.   (more…)

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1000+ Mormon QuotesHere’s our 2nd list of 1,000+ Reasons to Leave Mormonism, aka, Mormon Quotes/Dilemmas! Because I can’t/won’t publish these things without qualifying the reason why, allow me to explain.

First and foremost I do this because I believe it’s important everyone has access to truth.  You deserve and need to know the truth before you invest yourself in something as important as your salvation!

 

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Joseph Smith SrIn 1811 Joseph Smith, Sr. had a dream that was so vivid he shared it with his family. His wife, Lucy Mack Smith, recorded the dream in 1845 and published it in her 1853 book, Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith The Prophet and His Progenitors For Generations.

The remarkable thing about this dream is how similar it is to a dream the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi had, which of course is recorded in 1 Nephi  8.

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