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Carthage shootoutMartyrdom:  the act of extreme suffering; torment.

Martyr:  a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounces his or her religion.  One who makes great sacrifices or suffers much in order to further a belief, cause or principle.

     The definitions of martyr and martyrdom above will serve as the foundation of what we’re looking at today for this subject matter.  The Mormon Church has emphatically defended their position that Joseph Smith fulfilled the requirements of martyrdom.  I thought it’d behoove us to look at how people in history have indeed become martyrs for the Lord and compare those alongside the case of Joseph Smith.

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familyshareA few days ago while on Facebook I noticed numerous pages by a group called Family Share. At first glance the titles of the pages seem unassuming, and with titles like I love my family, I love my mom, and I love my dog they sound more like something a child would create instead of the blatant deception they are.

As I further investigated the pages I noticed a pattern, most of the pages have the same “I love…….” mantra with one very clear, one very noticeable exception. I’m referring to the Family Share Facebook page titled “I Am A Child of God”. This may mean nothing to most Christians, but for a former Mormon this, plus the use of the word “family” in the name of their organization screams MORMONISM.

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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 9 – Romans 5:19; “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous”.

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 8 – Matthew 11:21-2; “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes”.

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 7 – 1 Corinthians 10:4; “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ”.

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 6 –The first time the followers of Jesus were called Christians is recorded in Acts 11:26b; “And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

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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 4 – Acts 5:41; “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name”.

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 3 – During the last supper Jesus told the disciples that his blood would be shed for them. Matthew 26:28; “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”.

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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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February Witnessing Tip of the Day

February 22 – God warns us about false prophets in Deut. 13:6-9; “If thy brother, the son of they mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou has no known, thou, nor thy father; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him…”

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Church Government

Mormon Decisions 10Ensign, July 1972, “We are Called of God”; “…The Twelve are accountable to the prophet, and not the Church, for the course they pursue…If we are to take that same principle and apply it at the ward level, we can see that the bishop, who is considered the father of his ward and who leads his ward with judiciousness and love and patience and kindness, is nonetheless not answerable to the members of his ward, but instead is answerable to the Lord and to those priesthood leaders who preside over him. The bishop is answerable for the members of his ward but not necessarily answerable to the members of his ward.

The church of Jesus Christ, then, is organized from the top down.” – Loren C. Dunn, First Council of the Seventy

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Why Mormons Should Read Anti-Mormon Material

Note to our readers. I’ve included a ton of materials for you to use when witnessing to Mormons.

When you’re a new convert to the Mormon church, or even before you dip your toe into the baptismal font you’re sternly warned about the dangers of reading anti-Mormon material. These “critical” resources come in all forms from print to online; even a individuals can be considered anti-Mormon if they openly question the church.

Upon becoming a Mormon I was advised to stay away from resources that were not so kind to the church, its history or doctrines. I was told cautionary-hypothetical tales of how people who look at anti-Mormon materials could lose their faith completely and be set adrift becoming bitter and angry with the church, and never to find happiness again.

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stickman thinking 31 Nephi 14:10; “And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.”

As the world watched the chimney at the Sistine Chapel puff out its white smoke signaling Catholics worldwide had a new pope, the LDS Church responded with a congratulatory smoke signal of their own.

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November 13 – Hebrews 7:1-4; ‘For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;  To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;  Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.  Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.’

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Why Would They Say This???

May 1837 –

Vol. 3, No. 8 Kirtland, Ohio, May, 1837. Messenger & Advocate, 3:511 (October 1836-Sept. 1837); “That we will have no fellowship whatever with any Elder belonging to the quorums of the Seventies who is guilty of polygamy

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Spirit of man sexually begotten by Heavenly Father

Latter-day Prophets Speak: Selections from the Sermons and Writings of Church Presidents, Book 5;There is not a person here today but what is a son or a daughter of that Being. In the spirit world their spirits were first begotten and brought forth, and they lived there with their parents for ages before they came here. This, perhaps, is hard for many to believe, but it is the greatest nonsense in the world not to believe it. If you do not believe it, cease to call Him Father; and when you pray, pray to some other character. -Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 4:216, February 8, 1857

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Joseph Smith’s Family

http://www.josephsmithsr.com

Joseph Smith Sr. & wife Lucy had 11 children.

  1. Stillborn – girl/boy?
  2. Alvin
  3. Hyrum
  4. Sophronia
  5. Joseph Jr.
  6. Samuel
  7. Ephraim
  8. William
  9. Katharine
  10. Don Carlos
  11. Lucy

http://www.josephsmithjr.org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Smith,_Jr

http://lds.org/liahona/2005/12/joseph-smiths-family-tree?lang=eng&noLang=true&path=/liahona/2005/12/joseph-smiths-family-tree

Joseph Smith Jr. & wife Emma had 11 children, which included an adopted set of twins.

  1. Alvin (died in 1828)
  2. Thaddeus (twin of Louisa – died in 1831 shortly after birth)
  3. Louisa (twin of Thaddeus – died in 1831 shortly after birth)
  4. Joseph Murdock (twin of Julia – born in 1831, died in 1832)
  5. Julia Murdock (twin of Joseph – born in 1831)
  6. Joseph Smith III (born in 1832)
  7. Frederick (born in 1836)
  8. Alexander (born in 1838)
  9. Don Carlos (born in 1840, died 14 months later)
  10. Unnamed son (stillborn)
  11. David Hyrum (born in 1844, four months after Smith’s death)

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