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“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” Luke 17:2

The September issue of Liahona included the September issue of the kid’s magazine, Friend.

In that portion, the Church wanted kids to count the number of times the word ‘fowl’, appears in the first chapter of Genesis.

Their article should give everyone pause, and for a few reasons! (more…)

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Friend, February 1986, The Three Kingdoms of Heaven “Joseph and Sidney learned that there are three places for people to go in heaven when they are resurrected. Righteous Saints will be glorified and go to the celestial kingdom, where Heavenly Father and Jesus live. And everything that They have the Saints there will have too…” (more…)

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“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” James 4:4

This month’s Friend Magazine published an article with a list of activities for kids to ‘feel the Holy Ghost’. According to LDS apostle, Henry Eyring, this is how they can determine truth.

The reason for looking at this stems from a conversation with a dear friend who recently asked what LDS kids are taught. I answered by stating their doctrine as a whole could cause numerous issues, but confusion would be one of the most concerning. To be sure, their article is heart-wrenching, not to mention unbiblical, thus our look at this issue today.

Their list of activity ideas in the article sounds eerily similar to what one would see at a séance, which is what I experienced at an M.I.A. meeting during my teen years. (more…)

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“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

Reading over an article in the latest ‘Friend’ Magazine, two bible verses kept coming to mind. One was the reminder from the Apostle Peter in the book of Acts, and the other was the warning from Jesus of what will happen to those who lie to little children.

“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” Luke 17:2

We’re also wondering why they don’t teach these kids what it says in  2 Peter 2:15 about studying to show yourself approved unto God?

All that aside, those bible verses weren’t part of this month’s lesson to little Mormon kids. Instead, they were fed a diet of lies encouraging them to pray to a nonexistent entity like Enos did in the BoM. (more…)

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The Church went out of its way this month in confusing the minds of small children. This time around, they used their monthly periodical, ‘Friend’, with an activity game for kids to match images with a corresponding teaching. Today we have questions about some of those images, and asking why they’d target the most vulnerable.

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Friend, ‘Hello From New Zealand,’ November 2019 “…The Māori people, the first people in New Zealand, came in boats from far away. Today they remember their ancestors through dancing and art…” (more…)

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Friend, ‘For Older Kids,’ November 2019 “Tips to Grow On … Take a few minutes each day to calm your mind. Close your eyes and focus on feeling your breath going in and out 10 times.”

Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (more…)

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‘And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.’ 1 Corinthians 15:45

 An activity lesson in a recent LDS Friend Magazine stressed the importance of knowing the true meaning of temples. To read their article in full, see Friend, ‘Your Body is a Temple,’ August 2019 by Dani Jones.

To be sure, I was more than a little surprised at the instructions of having little kids use dice to maneuver around a game board. As I mentioned in an article yesterday, one of the big no-no’s in Mormonism had always been the use of dice and cards. Once again, their rules have evolved to suit their purpose at hand.

Another interesting item came to my attention when one of our faithful readers sent an e-mail last night with a picture of an LDS temple, and a deck of cards depicting different doctrines of their church. Each card had a different marking from Hoyle type playing cards at the top – she mentioned they can be purchased on e-Bay for $6.99. Oh be still my heart…

With their contradictory behavior on that topic behind us, another issue was the brazen lies they’ve burdened these children with. For the sake of brevity we’re looking at just a few of the main things from this lesson. Here we go! (more…)

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The LDS references below came from a March 2019 article in The Friend Magazine.

In case you’re unaware, this monthly periodical is written for an audience of young kids ages 3 – 12.

The article had two parts to it, if you will. Both were written by their prophet, Russell M. Nelson. The first part was a brief message to the kids, and the other was an image with other notes. Their remarks and links for both are included below. (more…)

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‘But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck…’ Matthew 18:6

Friend, ‘The Correct Name of the Church,’ November 2018

Just when we thought we had heard the end of the Church’s message about calling them by their proper name, we came across one of their monthly magazines, ‘Friend’. They must’ve decided the lies wouldn’t have reached everyone, so they zeroed in on the most vulnerable: little children.

Pages from their magazine were filled with the recap of their general conference, complete with a PDF containing questions answered by Russell Nelson. We’re limiting this to just two of the most egregious items – lucky you and us! (more…)

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A few months ago, the Church published an article in one of their youth magazines that gave us pause. Their explanation of historical events concerning the Book of Mormon were disingenuous at best, leaving us to wonder what purpose it serves in lying by omission to Mormon children.

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Proverbs 12:22 “Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: But they that deal truly are his delight.”

joseph-smith-family-friend-magazine-7-january-2017 Oh, be still my heart! That’s what I had to keep telling myself after reading the latest LDS Friend Magazine (January 2017). To be clear, few other topics in Mormonism will stop me in my tracks as this does. No one is a fan of lies people tell, especially when it comes to God’s word, but even more so when those lies are aimed at little kids – just as their article has done.

This edition of the Friend Magazine gave instructions for children to cut out paper figures representing different objects, and people, instrumental in early LDS Church history. The Church’s objective to teach kids the history of their church would be awesome if it was built on truth, but alas, this isn’t the case here.

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friend-magazine-mormon July 2016In the upcoming July issue of (the) Friend, a magazine especially written for Mormon children, there’s a game designed to help them learn all they must do to return back to Heavenly Father.

Many of you may be wondering, how they are going to return “back” to God? Well, according to Mormon doctrine all of us lived in a place called the pre-existence. We lived there as spirit children of Heavenly Father before we came to earth, and attained physical bodies. And if we do all we can do, based on Mormon teachings, we can return to Heavenly Father’s presence.

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friend-2015-decFriend, ‘Article of Faith 13,’ December 2015;

An activity lesson in this month’s edition of the LDS Friend Magazine caught my attention today.

The article challenged kids to memorize the 13th Article of Faith, which just so happens to be the longest of the 13 Articles of Faith. That in itself wasn’t the issue I had with it, as much as the way they emphasized two of the words in this particular article of faith.

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