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Mormon Newsroom, October 4, 2007 “You will not get to know it [whether the Book of Mormon is true] by trying to prove it archaeologically, or by DNA, or by anything else…Religious truth is always confirmed by what you feel. And that’s the way heavenly father answers prayers.” — M. Russell Ballard (more…)

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“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 [emp. added]

Fireside focuses on families Deseret News, February 7, 2005 Don’t put off having children, LDS Church apostle tells students

PROVO — College students should not put off creating families until they have completed all of their studies, an LDS Church apostle said Sunday. … Nelson made the statements during a Church Education System fireside broadcast

He urged college students …to visualize their life in 50 years.

By then, careers would be over and faith and families would be their focal points.

Broad minds and narrow waists would have traded places.

He urged his listeners to seek first to follow the teachings of the church before seeking wealth, which includes the commandment to create families. …” [emp. added] (more…)

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 Today we’re looking at an LDS Fireside Meeting from 2016 when Mormon apostle Dallin Oaks participated in a Q&A type forum with young adults here in the Puget Sound area. The meeting was recorded and uploaded on both YouTube, and SoundCloud. We retrieved our info from Stuff You Missed in Sunday School.

What he said was disturbing because it shows a lack of knowing the Lord which is sad in itself. Furthermore, his position of authority and the credence followers give to him, make it even worse.

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Worldwide Devotional, ‘Doubt Not, but Be Believing,’ January 2019 “Doubt is not and will never be the precursor of faith any more than light depends on darkness for its creation.” – Dale G. Renlund (more…)

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‘And these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.’ Acts 17:11

 It goes without saying all of the doctrinal teachings put out by the LDS Church falls way short of biblical accuracy. Today’s example is no exception, and compounding their heresy is a devotional they produced in January 2019 at the BYU Hawaii Campus.

For the sake of time and space, we’re looking at excerpts from this devotional, given by LDS Apostle Dale Renlund and his wife, Ruth. To see the full video and transcript, see Worldwide Devotional, ‘Doubt Not, but Be Believing,’ January 2019.

The Renlunds began their devotional with portraying what it’d be like if you were stranded without a boat out in the ocean. Once rescued, they said, you realize the water your rescuers provided wasn’t the Perrier you prefer, nor did they have the upscale crackers to go along with your Perrier.

The segue was a stern reminder for young LDS adults to be careful of the resources from where they retrieve info when/if they have questions about the Church.

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Christmas Devotional, “Oh, Come, Let Us Adore Him — and the Plan!,” December 2015 “I feel certain that, as premortal spirits learning of the plan of salvation, we not only beheld and adored but also shouted for joy when he voluntarily and humbly offered himself as the Savior of the world. In five of the most profound words ever uttered, he meekly said, “Here am I, send me.”” — Linda K. Burton (more…)

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BYU Devotional, ‘Ordinances and Covenants: Gifts of Power, Peace, and Healing,’ 16 October 2018 “Our covenants help us in every aspect of our lives. We are good people. We do good things. We lift others even though, at times, we may need lifting ourselves. We have faith and stand as witnesses of God. We have patience and are kind. Yet, we can still grow in these Christlike characteristics. Faithfully living our covenants lifts us from being good people to being better people, and from better people to the best that we can be, even like our Heavenly Father.” — Randy Parkinson (more…)

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Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet, Speeches of the Year, 1980, p. 27; “The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet. … Many people in our own time also revere prophets of the past but refuse to accept the prophet the Lord has sent to guide them today. The most important prophet, so far as you and I are concerned, is the living one in our day and age to whom the Lord is currently revealing His will for us.” –  Ezra Taft Benson (more…)

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The Learning of Eternal Truths

Brigham Young University–Idaho Devotional

February 22, 2005

“I ask that the Spirit of the Lord will be upon us today so that you and I might learn together. President Marion G. Romney once remarked that speakers, under the influence of the Holy Ghost might also learn, I quote, I always know when I am speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost because I always learn something from what I’ve said” (quoted in Boyd K. Packer, Teach Ye Diligently, 1975, 304).” – Dale E. Miller [emp. mine]

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Philippians 3:10; “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death”.

In finishing up our mini-series on Truman Madsen’s devotional speech, I was struck today at the overwhelming lack of spiritual growth in Mormonism. The things Mr. Madsen said to these young people in 2004, are the same things Joseph Smith, and Brigham Young were saying 180 years ago.

There’s no evidence of spiritual maturation, neither is there anything suggesting they had learned something new about God, or Jesus, or the Holy Spirit since 1830. They’re fixated on two things; sex and godhood. And as far as Mormonism is concerned, those two things are inseparable.

As heartbreaking as it is, those two topics overshadow all other things pertaining to Mormons as a people group.

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2 Corinthians 10:5; “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.

Today we’re looking at the second of a three part 2004 devotional talk Truman Madsen delivered to students at BYU-Idaho, Foundation of Temple Worship, Because this talk is considered one of their classic speeches, Mormons still refer to it today. We’re praying they’ll stop and think about what he said, and compare it to what the Lord Jesus says, so here we go! To read the talk in full, see link provided above.

Mr. Madsen used the first few letters of the alphabet to remind students of the importance in visiting the temple regularly. The letter ‘C’, he said, is for covenants, and covenant-making. Telling students that the earlier they participate, and the more they attend, the more God will bless them is unbiblical to the core. In other words, the wider you open that pocketbook…

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Ephesians 4:29; “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

On October 26, 2004 Truman Madsen, Emeritus BYU Professor, was the keynote speaker at one of BYU’s devotionals in Idaho. The name of his talk was ‘The Foundation of Temple Worship’.

Beginning today and for the next few days, we’re taking a look at the significant comments made in this speech.

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2 Corinthians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you”.

 Elder David A. Bednar Visits Cebu Saints; “…whenever Satan knows that a temple is being built he launches massive attacks to individuals and families to destroy homes. Have you ever wondered why in the last 10 years there has been a huge decline on family values? It’s because in the last 10 years more than 60 temples were built.”

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 Discourses of Brigham Young, selected and arranged by John A. Widtsoe [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1954], 593; “The names of every son and daughter of Adam are already written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Is there ever a time when they will be taken out of it? Yes, when they become sons of perdition, and not till then. Every person has the privilege of retaining it there for ever and ever. If they neglect that privilege, then their names will be erased, and not till then. All the names of the human family are written there, and the Lord will hold them there until they come to the knowledge of the truth, that they can rebel against him, and can sin against the Holy Ghost; then they will be thrust down to hell, and their names be blotted out from the Lamb’s Book of Life. 6:297.” – Brigham Young [Note: this is found on p. 387 in the non-electronic format]

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Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

 CES Devotional Broadcast, ‘What is Truth,’ January 2013; “…Because we see through a glass darkly, we have to trust the Lord, who sees all things clearly.” – Dieter Uchtdorf

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 Recently I saw the image to the left on a Mormon Facebook page.

I’ve looked for a link to verify that Mr. Bednar actually made this statement while he was in the Philippians, but haven’t found anything. While we don’t know if he actually said this, or if it’s just the opinion of the creator of the image, it sure gives us some insight into the thinking process of some Mormons.

I’ve added a link under ‘References’ for you to check out the Facebook page for yourselves.

Coming back to the statement in the picture, when I first read it I thought to myself, it’s not hard at all not being a Mormon.

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Luke 18:11, 13; “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.”

 Mormon Today, ‘Elder Hales’ Advice on How to End Your Prayer Could Change Your Life’;  “When we end our prayers with “Thy will be done,” we are doing what the Savior did in the Garden of Gethsemane, for what we are saying is, “Whatever the test, whatever I’m to learn, I will always love Thee.” – Robert D. Hales

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