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February 22 – Romans 1:19-20; “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”.

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January 30 – Baptizing dead people. “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.”  1 Timothy 1:4

 

 

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 Worshiping the Mormon Pioneers

Originally published 2011

2017 NEW & UPDATED!

I write this article with the intent of introducing the Mormon people to the idea of

Mormon Pioneers coming down through Echo Canyon, UT 1866

thinking about what, and/or whom they are worshiping. What I don’t want to do is send the message I’m here to bash, or ridicule the intent they hold in their hearts for Jesus.

Each year the state of Utah celebrates Pioneer Days in July, with the 24th of that month being the apex of their homage paid to the early Mormons who pushed, and pulled their handcarts and wagons from Nauvoo, Illinois to the Wasatch Front. Their second prophet Brigham Young, led the group of believers to their new home where they thought they could “live their religion” (aka polygamy) without being bothered by non-Mormons.

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Witnessing Tip of the Day FebruaryFebruary 22 – Romans 1:19-20; “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”.

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Wagon wheelMormon Decisions 10On the heels of the Church’s latest announcement on ‘finding’ the names of 57,000 deceased Mormon pioneers, a few questions about their temples come to mind.

Ecclesiastes 9:5; “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.”

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salt lake mormon temple 2Glossary of Symbols, pg 254; “Brazen Sea. In Solomon’s Temple a large molten sea of brass placed on the backs of twelve brazen oxen (1 Kgs. 7:23-26). It was a baptismal font. Similar fonts, though not made of brass, are found in Latter-day Saint temples for the purpose of performing baptisms for the dead.”

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Ancestor Worship

“Generations Linked in Love,” Ensign, May 2010, 92; “Consider the spiritual connections that are formed when a young woman helps her grandmother enter family information into a computer or when a young man sees the name of his great-grandfather on a census record. When our hearts turn to our ancestors, something changes inside us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves. Our inborn yearnings for family connections are fulfilled when we are linked to our ancestors through sacred ordinances of the temple.” – Russell M. Nelson

 

 

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Pioneer Days

Today we’re doing things a little differently – ooh, ahh!  🙂

Today is “Pioneer Days” in Utah and its significance mustn’t be overlooked, nor understated. In light of this I’ve decided to post an article I wrote about this all important day in Mormonism and hopefully give further insight to those who are unaware.

http://lifeafterministry.com/2011/01/18/worshipping-pioneer-ancestors

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Family History Work and Genealogy

http://www.lds.org/study/topics/family-history-work-and-genealogy?lang=eng “In the spirit world, the restored gospel is preached to those who died without receiving it in mortality. Many of those in the spirit world accept the gospel, but without a body they cannot receive the ordinances necessary for salvation. The primary purpose of family history work is to obtain names and other genealogical information so that temple ordinances can be performed in behalf of deceased ancestors.

 

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