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Ensign, ‘“Don’t Bet on It!”: A Latter-day Saint Look at Gambling,’ March 1986

Marvin K. Gardner, former editor of LDS Church magazines, wrote an article about gambling you can read at the link above. In it he quoted at least a half dozen LDS leaders and their warnings about the dangers of gambling.

Amongst the many warnings are direct instructions on how and why members aren’t to play cards, or participate in gambling of any kind. You can find some of those in his quotes below.

Members have been told that even playing cards without money involved can lead to a person becoming addicted to gambling. (more…)

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Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

True to the Faith: A Gospel Reference, ‘Modesty’, p.107 “Central to the command to be modest is an understanding of the sacred power of procreation, the ability to bring children into the world. This power is to be used only between husband and wife. Revealing and sexually suggestive clothing, which includes short shorts and skirts, tight clothing, and shirts that do not cover the stomach, can stimulate desires and actions that violate the Lord’s law of chastity.”

True to the Faith ~ Gospel Reference Manual

Link above is an encyclopedic type work of references used by teachers in the Church. (more…)

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Men of CharacterA couple of days ago (June 20, 2015), I saw an article in the Deseret News that caught my attention. They were profiling a new book recently published by the Church entitled ‘Men of Character’. You can get more info about it at their publisher’s website @ covenant-lds.com. The book gives short bios on 100 Mormon men who lived from the early days of Mormonism into the present (2015).

The reason this book caught my attention is because of the short list of  a few of the men they (Deseret News) profiled. Here’s a short snippet of what they said –

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Mormon Lifestyles1As I look at the different videos on YouTube by members of the Mormon Church, I find myself wondering how far are they willing to go be seen as “one of the guys (or gals)”? I’ve seen link after link of different parodies of songs members of the Church have made to promote something about their religion.

A new thing they seem to be into is taking popular songs and making it “their own”. Below are just a few examples of this:

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LDSprofilpicYesterday (September 12, 2013) the LDS Missionary Facebook page launched a challenge to fellow church members to share their testimony of Jesus Christ. Church members can meet the challenge a couple of ways; one is by making the icon seen here as their profile picture and another is by sharing their testimony of Jesus Christ on the various social media outlets.

I sent this picture and the link to the challenge to a friend this morning. I asked her “if they have a testimony of Jesus Christ, how in the world can they stay Mormon?” Even though my question was rhetorical the answer is very simple. The sad truth is they don’t know Jesus, the real Jesus.

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stickman thinking 3I read a report in the Deseret News on September 4, 2013 declaring Salt Lake City the 2nd happiest city in the US.  Prevention Magazine attributes the high ranking to the Church’s health code; aka the Word of Wisdom, among other factors.

I find it interesting this report came so quickly on the heels of a report late last week in the same paper stating that suicides in Utah are on the rise and expected to exceed last year’s totals.

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Mormon Lifestyles1We’re getting closer to our goal of having everything easily accessible to our readers! We want to thank everyone for hangin’ with us in our mass clean up!

Today we’ve gathered articles on the Mormon lifestyle. From their daily meetings, callings to fulfill and sacrament traditions, we’ve covered many issues within Mormonism to evaluate how these things line up with the word of God.

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  thinkingimageThe other day I was surfing the web came across Deseret Book’s web site. It was there I found this child’s bookmark, as you can see in colorful letters it says: I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ.

At first glance this may seem harmless and not worth acknowledging, but we have to remember everything Mormons do and say has a specific meaning. When we realize this we’re able to take a second look and read between the lines to see what they’re really trying to say.

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Are They Watching You?

Today as I was surfing the net I popped over to the Mormon Church’s web site, lds.org. It’s undergone some major changes since the last time I visited. On the site now members and non-members can sign up for an account that will allow them certain privileges on the site.

Non-church members of course have limited access to the site, whereas active church members receive an all access pass to many features on the site. But what non-members get to see and don’t get to see isn’t the point of my article. As I clicked to see what information a church member would have to provide to receive an account, I discovered that to receive full access to they must provide their Member Record Number located on their Temple Recommend.

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Are Mormons as good as Christians?

     This question was posed on a blog I read several years ago and is a recurring   question I’m asked on a regular basis.

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Mormon Lifestyles & Daily Routines 

     The Mormon life is beset with many activities they see as necessary in their ultimate goal towards salvation.  Now while we can all be guilty of over scheduling our lives at times, we are assured by the Lord that we are never responsible for our own salvation – Ephesians 2:8-9 says; “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”   Good works are always a manifestation of our salvation; they never serve as a result of salvation.  They are faith in action; never because we must earn our own place beside Him.    Unfortunately for the Mormon this is not what they’ve been taught to believe.

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