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Ensign, ‘In the Beginning,’ January 1998 “Modern revelation through the Prophet Joseph Smith clarifies the events described in Genesis 1–3, putting them into perspective. … Because what is recorded in Genesis is very brief in nature—…—detail is lacking. But through the blessings of additional scriptures, including the Joseph Smith Translation, and through what we learn in the temple and in the teachings of living prophets, we have answers to many fundamental questions that come to mind as one studies the Bible. …

We therefore learn that periods of time for the Creation may have lasted 24 hours each, 1,000 years, or even millions of years. The periods of time are indeterminate in length; as one phase of the creation was finished, the next began. Therefore the age of the earth before Adam and Eve could have been great indeed.” — Robert J. Woodford (more…)

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‘A double minded man is unstable in all his ways’. James 1:8

While strolling around on the list of classes available at BYU, I came across an interesting page, ‘History of the English Bible’.

This page listed several resources along with a short synopsis on the history of English Bibles produced by Wycliffe from the 14th century, to the latter 20th century publications of the NKJV (New King James Version), and even the NIV (New International Version).

There were also three other items of note on this page. (more…)

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Dictionary.com defines character as someone’s ‘moral, or ethical quality’. One who possesses a good moral character is said to have the following characteristics – ‘qualities of honesty, courage, good reputation’, and ‘integrity’.

character_sign-28675334_std-scaled10001A few weeks ago, BYU students sat in a series of lectures. The topic was broad, but carried the same tune they’ve been singing in the past several months. Doubting Mormonism and moral character.

Having a good moral character was only part of the discussions in a series of speeches given at a BYU Conference late last month (November 2016). The main focus at this conference seemed to be on reminding students ‘what faith really is in the context of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ’, and to reiterate that most of  their ‘cultural understandings are wrong or at least distorted’, when it comes to Mormonism.

Translation:

1.The Mormon gospel is far different than the gospel Jesus preached in the Bible.

2.The students’ cognitive reasoning skills are wrong; aka 1+1 does not = 2. 1+1 = 3, but only within specific parameters and set guidelines the Church has yet to reveal, but will do so at some point in the future, ‘line upon line’.

The Who’s Who of Mormon psychology each took turn providing an analysis on what one must do when, and/or if, they’ve come to the dreaded pitfall of a faith crisis.

If you’d like to read the report in full, a link is provided below. For the sake of brevity, we’ve pulled a few of their comments, and asked the obligatory questions anyone would want answers to!

First and foremost, as always, please pray for the young folks who were in attendance at this Provo conference. Now that finals are just wrapping up, they’ll have a week or two at home to digest what they heard. Pray that God will intervene by placing Christians in their pathway!

Here we go, let’s take a look at what the Church had to say this time around! I retrieved the article from the Deseret News on December 12, 2016.

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Jude 24-25 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

byu-campus-hawaiiOn November 15th LDS Church Historian, Richard Bushman, spoke at a devotional for the BYU–Hawaii campus. His topic was, “What can we learn from the First Vision?”. A few of his comments were worthy enough to grab our attention so we’re taking a look at a few of them here!

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bruce mcconkieA few weeks ago I came upon a Bruce McConkie speech so outrageous it would cause anyone to wonder just what purpose it served other than to malign our Lord. We used a small quote from this in our Witnessing Tip of the Day post for May 27th.

Without belaboring this speech, we do want to take a closer look at what McConkie said back in ’75. The reason for this is because it gives the reader a better understanding on how Mormon traditions of mistrusting the Bible comes into play, and continues to fester from one generation to the next.

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Mormon Decisions 10The other day I came across an online repository of sorts filled with LDS references about the Mormon Holy Ghost. The quotes were taken from speeches, and writings of past and present leaders of Mormonism, and as it turned out the page was written by a professor at BYU, Bruce K. Satterfield.

Looking over some of these I can’t help but feel sorry for those who absorb this into their spirit. There’s mass confusion from one leader to the next with no solid foundational truth upon which to stand. It’s no wonder the #1 issue for many new ex-Mormons is a lack of confidence about God’s Holy Spirit, and how He operates.

I just cannot imagine living life without God’s Holy Spirit as a constant staple in my life. When I’m lonely, or unsure about life, without fail, He is always there to guide me along and clarify doubts for me in His word and His presence.

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Jan HusI’m becoming quite fond of a website called The Domain for Truth as of late. I’ve only visited it a few times, but find that each time I do I lose track of time while reading thought provoking articles.

This time around I checked out the article on their front page called “Presupposed Pain, the Preeminence of God in the Persecution of Jan Hus”.  I highly recommend and urge all Christians to read this, but especially Mormons.

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Early Mormon PolygamistsWe’ve added another resource to our Polygamy & Mormon Church Leaders series!  This time we looked at Abraham Owen Smoot.  If you’re not familiar with this gentleman, think BYU.

If it weren’t for the deep pockets and generosity of this man BYU would’ve died certain death.  When Brigham Young died he left the school in financial ruin with debts climbing over $100,000, but Smoot saved the day by mortgaging every single thing he owned to keep Brigham Young Academy kicking.  As a result of his generosity he died penniless.  That hundred grand in today’s money is over a whopping $2.2.

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