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 March 1 — Mormon Jesus Not Always Perfect. 1 John 3:5 “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.” (more…)

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 Seventy’s Course in Theology [Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1907-1912], 1:166 “…some may deny that the mongrelization of the Southern people would offend the race notion—would corrupt or degrade the Southern stock of humanity. If so, then such a one has yet to learn the largest-writ lessons of history and the most impressive doctrines of biological science.

That the negro is markedly inferior to the Caucasian is proved both craniologically and by six thousand years of planet-wide experimentation; and that the commingling of inferior with superior must lower the higher is just as certain as that the half-sum of two and six is only four.” — B. H. Roberts (more…)

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 February 10 – Maligning Jesus and All of Christianity. Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (more…)

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Studies of the Book of Mormon, Second Edition, 1992, p. 99 “We see that the prevailing mode of land transport in the New World was by human carrier. The wheel was unknown in pre‑Columbian times.” — B. H. Roberts (more…)

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Mormon Doctrine of Deity, p. 256 “What are angels? They are intelligences of the human species. Many of them are offsprings of Adam and Eve. That is they are men, who have, like Enoch or Elijah, been translated; or, like Jesus Christ, been raised from the dead; consequently they possess a material body of flesh and bones, can eat, drink, walk, converse, reason, love, fight, wrestle, sing, or play on musical instruments. They can go or come on foreign missions, in heaven, earth, or hell; and they can travel space, and visit the different worlds, with all the ease and alacrity with which God and Christ do the same, being possessed of similar organizations, powers and attributes in a degree.”— B. H. Roberts, LDS Church Historian, 1903 (more…)

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 September 9 – Ever learning without truth. 2 Timothy 3:6-7 “For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

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“If such may have been the fact, that a part of the Ten Tribes came over to America, in the way we have supposed, leaving the cold regions of Assareth behind them in quest of a milder climate, it would be natural to look for tokens of the presence of Jews of some sort, along countries adjacent to the Atlantic. In order to this, we shall here make an extract from an able work: written exclusively on the subject of the Ten Tribes having come from Asia by the way of Bherings Strait, by the Rev. Ethan Smith, Pultney, Vt., who relates as follows:…” – Times and Seasons, “Truth will prevail”, Vol. III. No. 15, CITY OF NAUVOO, ILL. JUNE 1, 1842, No. 51, Joseph Smith

view of the hebrewsThe quote above comes from the Mormon periodical Times and Seasons which Joseph Smith used to post a quote from a book called ‘View of the Hebrews’, authored by the Minister Ethan Smith (no relation).

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February 6 – Christianity. Proverbs 14:12; “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (more…)

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“If God does not save men by truth, he certainly will not save them by lies. And if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival.” –  Charles Spurgeon

Leaders of the LDS Church picked up where Joe Smith left off by indulging themselves with a major ‘do-over’ through the pen of renowned church historian, BH Roberts.

The work we’re looking at today was written by Mr. Roberts in 1930, telling us that it’s long after the actual event a century prior.

Smith’s lies are deplorable, and making excuses by retrofitting them into Church History books, is nothing less than reprehensible. Especially so when it’s done by feeding it to members, young and old alike, which is what they’ve done here.

The Church must’ve felt their story would be easier to believe by explaining away the contradictions found in their own published history, thus the rewrite. However, this still doesn’t explain why Smith was using tools of witchcraft to ‘translate’ the golden plates he supposedly dug out of a hill in upstate NY. (more…)

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New Witnesses for God, 1:458-459; “…If Jesus Christ, “being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,” why should it be considered blasphemous to teach that man by faith and righteousness in following the counsels of God, shall at last become like him, and share his power and glory, being a God, even a son of God? …The Prophet Joseph Smith corrected the idea thatGod that now is was always God…“ – B.H. Roberts

Note: The reference above is found on pp 463-464 in the physical hardcopy.

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Studies of the Book of Mormon, p. 240; “Did Ethan Smith’s View of the Hebrews furnish structural material for Joseph Smith’s Book of Mormon? It has been pointed out in these pages that there are many things in the former book that might well have suggested many major things in the other. Not a few things merely, one or two, or half dozen, but many; and it is this fact of many things of similarity and the cumulative force of them that makes them so serious a menace to Joseph Smith’s story of the Book of Mormon’s origin.” – BH Roberts

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September Witnessing 2016September 9 – Ever learning without truth. 2 Timothy 3:6-7; “For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

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Articles of Faith 1:12 “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.”

BH RobertsThe reference above is part of the Church’s official statement of faith, however, from the onset of Mormonism until the early nineteenth century, it was either overlooked, or purposefully ignored. One of those who knew better was none other than our subject matter today; Brigham Henry Roberts.

BH Roberts was the official church historian for a number of years, and authored the heavily relied upon History of the Church of Latter-day Saints, used by everyone who knows Mormonism. Roberts was also the author of 23 other books in his lifetime, with each being heavy on the historical aspects of Mormonism, as well as the theological side of it.

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A Book of MormMormon Decisions 10ons, pp. 243-244; “Roberts…refused to sign a Church ‘political manifesto’ which stipulated that before a general authority could seek political office he must ‘apply to the proper authorities and learn from them whether he can, consistently with the obligations already entered into with the Church upon assuming his office, take upon himself the added duties and labors and responsibilities of the new position.’…Roberts felt that the political manifesto constituted an infringement on basic civil liberties. He was suspended from ecclesiastical duties and given three weeks to recant…. He walked the streets all night, wrestling with the dilemma of sacrificing principle or being stripped of his Church blessings. Just hours before the deadline, he decided to sign and was accepted back into fellowship.” – Richard S. Van Wagoner and Steven C. Walker

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Mormon Decisions 10Ensign, ‘B. H. Roberts after Fifty Years: Still Witnessing for the Book of Mormon,’ December 1983; “Elder Roberts’s view of the Book of Mormon made him a particularly powerful advocate. He saw clearly that the Book of Mormon is a revelation of the being of God…” – Truman G. Madsen

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Mormon Decisions 10Today we’re doing things a little differently – woo-hoo!  

Go back in your memory bank – way back. Try to remember your very first memory in life that you hold most dear and just think upon that for a moment. 

Got it? That tender memory you hold most dear is guarded with the utmost respect and we pamper that memory as if we’re protecting the small child in your memory.  You don’t let anyone or anything that could bring harm to come within reach of that kid (probably you) and such is the case with our fondest memory . 

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 “If such may have been the fact, that a part of the Ten Tribes came over to America, in the way we have supposed, leaving the cold regions of Assareth behind them in quest of a milder climate, it would be natural to look for tokens of the presence of Jews of some sort, along countries adjacent to the Atlantic. In order to this, we shall here make an extract from an able work: written exclusively on the subject of the Ten Tribes having come from Asia by the way of Bherings Strait, by the Rev. Ethan Smith, Pultney, Vt., who relates as follows:…” – Times and Seasons, “Truth will prevail”, Vol. III. No. 15, CITY OF NAUVOO, ILL. JUNE 1, 1842, No. 51, Joseph Smith

view of the hebrewsThe quote above comes from the Mormon periodical Times and Seasons which Joseph Smith used to post a quote from a book called ‘View of the Hebrews’, authored by the Minister Ethan Smith (no relation).

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Mormon Decisions 10New Witness for Christ in America 1:200-201; “That errors of grammar and faults in diction do exist in the Book of Mormon (and more especially and abundantly in the first edition) must be conceded…The errors are constitutional in their character; they are of the web and woof of the style, and not such errors as may be classed as typographical. Indeed, the first edition of the Book of Mormon is singularly free from typographical errors.” – Francis W. Kirkham, reprinted from B.H. Roberts’, Defense of the Faith and the Saints 1:281

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Mormon Decisions 10Studies of the Book of Mormon, pg 240; “Did Ethan Smith’s View of the Hebrews furnish structural material for Joseph Smith’s Book of Mormon? It has been pointed out in these pages that there are many things in the former book that might well have suggested many major things in the other. Not a few things merely, one or two, or half dozen, but many; and it is this fact of many things of similarity and the cumulative force of them that make them so serious a menace to Joseph Smith’s story of the Book of Mormon’s origin.” – B.H. Roberts, Mormon Seventy and LDS  Historian

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salt lake mormon temple 2Mormon Portraits, 1886, p. 19; “The only thing the Prophet believed in was astrology. This is a fact generally known to old ‘Nauvoo Mormons.’” – Dr. W. Wyl

Leviticus 19:31; “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.”

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