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Recently the leaders of the Mormon Church visited Rome to dedicate one of their newest temples. This is a big deal for the Church because as you know this city is the heart of the Catholic Church.

As a Mormon, I can remember the feelings my fellow Mormons had towards Biblical Christianity and Catholics not being very friendly. So I can only imagine the thoughts these Mormon leaders were thinking as they spent time in Rome.

From the very beginning of the Mormon Church, the church members were taught how they should view Christian religions.

Joseph Smith told anyone who would listen to his so-called vision he had of  Jesus and God the Father visiting him and telling him all the churches were corrupt and an abomination in their sight (Joseph Smith History 1:18-20).

His feelings of animosity toward the body of Christ and the Catholic church continued as shown in his future writings, along with the writings of other Mormon leaders. In many church publications and “scriptures” these churches are condemned and called the “whore of Babylon”, or the great abominable church. (more…)

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First Presidency releases 2018 Christmas message “Following is the 2018 First Presidency Christmas message, released Dec. 6 and signed by President Russell M. Nelson, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring:

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, offers to us four incomparable gifts — the capacity to love others, the ability to forgive, the blessing of repentance and the promise of life everlasting. … They were made possible because Jehovah condescended to come to earth as the baby Jesus. He was born of an immortal Father and a mortal mother. He was born in Bethlehem under the most humble of circumstances. His was the holy birth foreseen by prophets since the days of Adam. Jesus Christ is God’s transcendent gift — the gift of the Father to all of His children. (See John 3:16.) We joyfully celebrate His birth this Christmas season.”

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“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” – John 17:3

In a recent visit to Chile for a temple dedication, President Russell M. Nelson and other church leaders took the time to speak to the youth.

As I read over some of the things, my heart broke for the youth in the audience who were listening to what they said. Below are a few quotes from their visit.

Nelson told the youth – “We cannot reach God’s eternal celestial glory without the ordinances of the temple,” …. “Obedience to sacred temple covenants qualifies us for eternal life — the greatest of all of God’s gifts to His children.” (more…)

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“A missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God. The great controlling factor is not the needs of people, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in our service for God is behind us, not ahead of us. The tendency today is to put the inspiration out in front— to sweep everything together in front of us and make it conform to our definition of success. But in the New Testament the inspiration is put behind us, and is the Lord Jesus Himself. The goal is to be true to Him— to carry out His plans.

Personal attachment to the Lord Jesus and to His perspective is the one thing that must not be overlooked. In missionary work the great danger is that God’s call will be replaced by the needs of the people, to the point that human sympathy for those needs will absolutely overwhelm the meaning of being sent by Jesus. The needs are so enormous, and the conditions so difficult, that every power of the mind falters and fails…” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, ‘What is a Missionary’, October 26 

Gone are the days when LDS missionaries were told ‘I’d rather you come home in a casket, than come home early’. In an effort to hold tight to that which isn’t theirs, the Church is throwing out all kinds of ideas to keep the younger generation from leaving the fold.

A new missionary program announced by the LDS Newsroom this week has basically rewritten their definition of what constitutes a missionary. It’s become painfully obvious they’re throwing anything at  the wall hoping something will stick… (more…)

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On October 27, 2018 the LDS Church released an official statement for the new policy on large scale Mormon productions.

If you’ve never heard of Mormon Pageants: think Broadway.

The Church pulls out big names like Donny Osmond who volunteer their time to be part of the show. Their live performances typically focus on recreating the story of the Church’s beginnings. It’s where many Mormon families spend their summer vacations

Pageants are like Mormon Roadshows on steroids. The latter is reminiscent of earlier days when wards would compete yearly against each other for the chance to win bragging rights of who had put on the best productions.

Our thoughts on this latest policy? (more…)

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San Francisco’s Gay Men’s Chorus Performs with Mormon Tabernacle Choir “…Wherever the tour takes the choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square, they look to rehearse with the choral community in the locations where they will perform. So it’s logical they would reach out to the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. … “The purpose of music is to unite people,” said Mormon Tabernacle Choir President Ron Jarrett. “Music affects people in many ways. This is a great opportunity to bring two cultures, if you will, to the center of things and to build bridges, to make friends, and to make an enjoyable experience for everyone through music.”” (more…)

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Jeremiah 14:8 “O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?”

Just a week ago, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted a ‘worldwide youth devotional’ in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hosting the grand event was none other than the LDS prophet and his wife, Russell and Wendy Nelson. For the full transcript, or to watch the video, see ‘Hope of Israel’.

If you’re familiar with Mormonism at all, you know there’s different levels of how awful their false doctrines can be. That said, I’ve seen my  fair share, and just when I think it can’t get any worse, I’m proven wrong again. This is one of those times.

Without belaboring this too much, I’ve pulled a few things to highlight some of the more egregious  lies Mrs. Nelson told in her time at the podium. They’re listed below followed by our comments.

The group of kids they were speaking to ranged in ages from 13 – 19, and the main theme seemed to focus on giving lists for multiple things the kids should remember to guide them in their young lives. The first thing noticed is when Mrs. Nelson told kids they could go directly to their heavenly father to receive personal revelation.

‘Now I plead with each of you to do as the teenaged Joseph did. Take your questions directly to your Heavenly Father in prayer. Ask Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, to guide you. You can learn for yourself—right now at your age—how to receive personal revelation. And nothing will make a bigger difference in your life than that!’

1.It puts it in perspective that a teenager who rejected the God of the Bible was the founder of this religion, and yet people bought into it anyway. The problem with her advice is that if your revelation doesn’t meet the requirements of the Church, then you have to reject your own thoughts/revelation. (more…)

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Romans 1:25 “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has tried once again to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. They’ve gone to extraordinary lengths using Gladys Knight in a full scale musical production to pat themselves on the back for allowing blacks into the priesthood 40 years ago. (more…)

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As promised, today we’re finishing up our look at comments made by Russell Nelson at his stop in Nairobi, Kenya. Yesterday we examined the Mormon ideology of how LDS temple attendance is mandatory for salvation. See SHAMEFUL LDS AFRICAN TOUR for more info.

To give readers a brief note on today’s topic of dowries, it’d be helpful to know that dowries is a hot topic in African countries today. Somewhere in time there was a major reversal of who paid the dowry, and who was the recipient. As it stands today, the bride’s family owes, and it’s a source of contention in many tribes.

Without belaboring this topic, we’ve found some really good info providing the historical aspects of dowries, both then and now. (more…)

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In April 2018, the Church’s new leadership went abroad to numerous countries spreading their brand of the gospel.

On the 16th of that month, their prophet Russell Nelson, along with his entourage, told so many lies it’s hard to quantify how much damage they instilled on these beautiful people.

For the sake of clarity we’ve split this up into the two main topics they zeroed in on; dowries, and tithes.

Today we’re looking at the latter, and tomorrow it’ll be dowries. We’ve pulled the most egregious statements, and listed them below. To read the Deseret News article in full, see ‘Dowry is not the Lord’s way’: In Kenya, LDS President Nelson says tithing breaks poverty cycle. (more…)

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“…anyone who claims superiority under the Father’s plan because of characteristics like race, sex, nationality, language, or economic circumstances is morally wrong and does not understand the Lord’s true purpose for all of our Father’s children.” – Quentin L. Cook

Mormon Newsroom, ‘Be One,’ April 30, 2018; “In scripture, Jesus tells us to “be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.” “Be One” is the theme of a First Presidency-sponsored event on June 1, 2018, celebrating the 1978 revelation on the priesthood on its 40th anniversary. BeOne.lds.org has been created to provide more information about the event…

Although attitudes and choices such as anger, bigotry, racism, prejudice and intolerance cause separation and division, fortunately, prophets have taught that “a great day of unity is coming.”

…While the June celebration will hail the history of black Mormon pioneers and reaffirm the reality that “all are alike unto God” in His global family, the event is intended to be much more than a celebration. It will also be a renewal of our collective commitment to pursue oneness in our relationships with each other and with heaven.

President M. Russell Ballard said, “We need to embrace God’s children compassionately and eliminate any prejudice, including racism, sexism, and nationalism. Let it be said that we truly believe the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ are for every child of God.”

Added Elder Quentin L. Cook, “anyone who claims superiority under the Father’s plan because of characteristics like race, sex, nationality, language, or economic circumstances is morally wrong and does not understand the Lord’s true purpose for all of our Father’s children.”  (more…)

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Mormon apostle, Robert D. Hales, died on Sunday, October 1, 2017 ‘from incidents due to age’, while in hospital.

Hales was called to the office of apostle in 1994 after serving as a high ranking businessman at several large companies such as Chesebrough-Ponds, Gillette, and Max Factor.

We’re asking Christians to pray for surviving family members to know the real Jesus of the Bible.

As we stated in the passing of other LDS officials, while we don’t like this man’s ideologies, we do grieve he was espousing doctrines that so clearly deny our Lord.

For more info see LDS Church News, and Salt Lake Trib.

With Love in Christ;

Michelle †

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The middle of August 2017 has proven to be a busy one for the LDS Church. They released three official statements on two topics, each with a track record of raising eyebrows because of church policy.

The odd thing about all of their statements is how none provided a picture of true Mormonism. At times it seems with each new lie they tell my heart grieves like never before. I so want them to know the Jesus I met in the Bible.

From the top of their self-imposed pyramid, on down to the everyday member like my mother, I pray they’ll want to truly know Him. Without any question, we’re also praying members will see what’s going on inside of Mormonism. I know this can happen – I’m living proof, as are millions of other ex-Mormons who now call on the One True God! 2 Chronicles 7:14

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

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the-first-presidencylds_conference_april_2010Church News, ‘Temple Worship is an Important Pattern for Each of You to Set,’ February 10, 2009; “Years ago, at the Logan Temple Cornerstone Ceremony in 1877, President George Q. Cannon said this: “Every foundation stone that is laid for a temple and every temple completed, lessens the power of Satan on the earth, and increases the power of God and Godliness, moves the heavens in mighty power in our behalf, invokes and calls down upon us the blessings of eternal Gods and those who reside in their presence” (Millennial Star, Volume 39, No. 46, November 12, 1877, p. 743).

Certainly in a day and time like we live in, the importance of every temple built and dedicated to the Lord cannot be overstated…” – Ronald A. Rasband

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stickman thinking 3Today we’re wondering why the Church had to rely on others before they considered changing the dress code for missionaries serving in mosquito infested areas of the world.

 

 

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boyd-k-packerA few days ago I was on the Church’s website, and came across a quote at the end of a page made by one of the LDS apostles, Boyd K. Packer. The name of the page was ‘Recent Messages from LDS Prophets and Apostles”.

The standalone quote was very telling, and I’ve been praying it’ll give pause to members of the Church when they come across it. Today we’re looking at a couple of things within the context of what he said.

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boyd-k-packerI just read on the Mormon Newsroom website that Mormon apostle Boyd Packer died today.

We’re asking Christians to pray for surviving family members to know the real Jesus of the Bible. As we stated in Mr. Perry’s death, while we don’t like this man’s ideologies, we do grieve that he was espousing doctrines that so clearly deny our Lord.

With Love in Christ;

Michelle †

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L Tom PerryTo update our readers – Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry died today, May 30, 2015, at age 92. He died at his home in Salt Lake City around 3 pm local time. Here’s the link for further info.

We’re asking Christians to pray for his surviving family members to obtain a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus and Him crucified. While we don’t like this man’s ideologies, we do grieve that he was espousing doctrines that so clearly deny our Lord.

With Love in Christ;

Michelle †

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stickman thinking 3Why?

I think this is the one question I’ve asked and been asked more times than any other question in my 20+ years of experience in ministry.

It doesn’t matter what topic you choose within Mormonism to discuss or explore – that one question always makes an appearance. And I do mean always. Today’s example is no different.

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