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Oh, what a tangled web we weave…

Today’s Mormon references are a classic example of how a member of the LDS Church can easily be confused.

Nonstop doctrinal contradictions can cause even the most ardent of clear headed thinkers to do a double take.

 

 

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  They Knew the Prophet, p. 87; “…He said, “When I speak as a man it is Joseph only that speaks. But when the Lord speaks through me, it is no more Joseph Smith who speaks; but it is God, and let all Israel hear.”” – Hyrum L. Andrus and Helen Mae Andrus, comps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nauvoo Roots of Mormon Polygamy: A Preliminary Demographic Report, pp. 128, 131; “The secret became a scandal in May 1844…During the two-and-one-half years from his first official plural marriage in April 1841 to his last known marriage in November 1843, Smith took as many as forty-two wives, one or two at a time. On average, this pace produced 1.5 new wives each month. By the end of 1843, Emma Smith’s biographers observed, most close friends of Smith’s legal wife had either married her husband or had given their daughters to him. Reportedly, some of the younger women were discreetly instructed in polygamy by older women who had been inducted previously into the secret order.” – George D. Smith

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Doctrines of Salvation 2:67; “FAMILY UNIT CONTINUES ONLY IN CELESTIAL KINGDOM…We believe that the family will go on. I get a great deal of comfort out of the thought that if I am faithful and worthy of an exaltation, my father will be my father, and I will be subject to him as his son through all eternity; that I will recognize and know my mother and she will be my mother in all eternity; and my brothers and sisters will be my brothers and sisters for all eternity; and that my children and my wives will be mine in eternity. I don’t know how some other people feel, but that is a glorious thought to me. That helps to keep me sober.” – Joseph Fielding Smith

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For all intents and purposes the activities of Joseph Smith, and early Mormonism are still in action today. All one has to do is check out their latest paper, or in this case, the Rolling Stone Magazine.

What seemed like a horror story from long ago, was lived out in real life this week. Think blood atonement…

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Exodus 23:1; “Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.”

Today marks the not-so-shining moment in the history of the LDS Relief Society.

This is the 175th anniversary of a very notable letter the RS published in their newspaper, ‘Times and Seasons’ declaring they weren’t practicing polygamy.

What’s so remarkable about their public declaration is how they blatantly lied then, and how the Church continues to do so even today.

Originally, a public declaration by the RS was signed by no less than 19 women. They were trying to ward off rumors of the polygamy practices which were obviously detrimental to the Church because it was illegal.

About half of them were actually married to Joe Smith at the time.

 

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Mormon Doctrine, 2d ed. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1966], 23; “Sex immorality stands next to murder in the category of personal crimes; it is “most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost.” (Alma 39:5.) Anciently the penalty therefore was death; ‘the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.’ (Lev. 20:10; Deut. 22:21-29.) … There never was an adulterer, for instance, who was not also a liar; the two always go together.” – Bruce R. McConkie [emp. mine]

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