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History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5:134 – 135; “Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God. But we cannot keep all the commandments without first knowing them, and we cannot expect to know all, or more than we now know unless we comply with or keep those we have already received. That which is wrong under one circumstance, may be, and often is, right under another.” – Joseph Smith

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 How well do you know Mormonism? Test your knowledge with a handful of basic facts we’ve gathered about its history, beliefs, and contemporary happenings! We’ll be posting a new ‘quiz’ every week or so – which means be on the lookout for our next edition. Here we go!

 

 

 

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Philippians 4:8; “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

John D Lee sitting on his coffin before executionToday I received my daily e-mail from TodayinMormonHistory.com which served as another reminder of why I left the Church.

In the annals of LDS history lies a treasure trove of sermons the Church would love to have either disappear, or stay in the dark closet from which they were birthed. For the sake of truth, we’re pulling them from their dusty shelves as a grim reminder this church isn’t the family-oriented organization as seen on t.v.

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1 Corinthians 15:1-4 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”.

byu_studiesIn all the years I’ve dealt with Mormonism, one important thing I’ve learned is that many crucial elements needed to take place in order for the Church to be where it is now. Our lesson today shows four key pieces of how this happened.

The other day I came upon an article that helped add to the dimension of how Mormonism came to be. The article, written by Gordon Irving, appeared in the 1973 BYU Studies papers, and to say it was revealing would be a gross understatement! Mr. Irving outlined four ‘polemic tools’ (as he phrased it) Mormons used to entice Christians away from the body of Christ.

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Matthew 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

Richard BushmanWe’re sure it’s obvious to our readers, the Church is finding itself with their backs to the wall. When I began working in ministry with Ed Decker back in ‘94, he and I would pray for the day we’d see the Church imploding on itself. Just reading the history and doctrines of Mormonism, it only stands to reason their deceitful ways couldn’t last forever. As it is for Saints Alive and this ministry today, we now receive more e-mails from those leaving the Church than any other subject matter. PTL!

A couple of days ago we posted a story on how the Church goes out of its way to hide the truth about the Gospel Topics Essays. We retrieved the info from the Mormon Stories podcast site run by John Dehlin. While visiting his Facebook page the same day, I read an interesting post I believe everyone should know about; Mormons and non-Mormons alike.

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