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 April 19 — Spurning God for an Unknown. Genesis 2:17 “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (more…)

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Ensign, ‘A Book with a Promise,’ May 2008 “The Book of Mormon is a book with a purpose. From the title page we read that the Book of Mormon was ‘written by way of commandment’ and ‘by the spirit of prophecy and of revelation’ to ‘come forth by the gift and power of God’ to the convincing of each of us ‘that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God.’ In a personal expression of this purpose, Nephi, as one of the authors of the Book of Mormon, wrote, ‘The fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved’ (1 Nephi 6:4).” — Craig C. Christensen (more…)

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 Promptings of the Spirit, p. 96 “…in D&C 9:9 the Lord says that if a wrong thought is being pursued, there will be no feeling of rightness, but instead, a stupor of thought, and that the stupor of thought “shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong.”

Actually it is the Spirit which causes the stupor of thought and the forgetting. That means that the Spirit really is present, but works within us like ebbs and flows, presenting and subtracting feelings and thoughts. Thus, stupor of thought is not a true condition of the Spirit being absent.” — Errol R. Fish, 1990 (more…)

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Scrapbook of Mormon Literature, p. 536-542 “The UNKNOWN GOD REVEALED…Our Modern Altars to the Unknown God…It is a painful and confusing thing to the Christian investigator to be convinced, as he must be, by the fact that millions …are kneeling “To the Unknown God.”

One cannot say how many professed Christians really have a conscious knowledge of the God whom they reverence and whose Son they believe Jesus, the Christ, to be. But one may know without much inquiry that very few of our Christian churchmen have what we may be allowed to call “a working knowledge of God.”…They have simply apprehended that “there must be a God”…

Your appeal for the restoration of “the old time faith in a personal and known God” impels us to respond to your editorial by offering you the very faith for which you so earnestly contend. …We offer you the “old time” Faith which has been restored to the earth, with all the principles, gifts, powers and authority of ancient times. …And what more, we ask you candidly, and earnestly, to aid us in this revival of the “old time” Faith…that henceforth and forever may be lowered, both in and out of the churches, the countless thousands of altars erected to the “unknown God.” — Ben Erastus Rich (more…)

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General Conference, ‘Found Through the Power of the Book of Mormon,’ October 2019 “In order to progress toward true conversion, converts to the Church must experience the power of the truths contained in the Book of Mormon. … Each person is invited to allow the power of the truths of the Book of Mormon to find and embrace them once again. …

In order to progress toward true personal conversion, all converts must “experience and be found by the power of the truths contained in the Book of Mormon.” They must also make a serious commitment to God to strive to keep His commandments.” — Rubén V. Alliaud, General Authority Seventy (more…)

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At first glance, a talk by one of the Church’s GA’s (Terence Vinson), seemed rather blasé as I skimmed over the contents. Upon my reading of it the second time, the numerous falsehoods became rather glaring.

This talk covered all the bases, if you will, for all the ‘isms’ you could possibly use showing how wrong Mormonism can be.

In it you’ll find contradictions, plagiarisms, anachronisms, and your everyday lies about salvation. The man who gave this talk is Mr. Terence Vinson, a General Authority in the ‘Presidency’ of the Seventy. He graduated with a Masters of Finance from Sidney University. As usual, for the sake of brevity we’re only looking at a couple of the key items. For more info, see General Conference, ‘True Disciples of the Savior,’ October 2019. One thing’s for certain, the man needs serious prayer, as do those who listened to him. Here we go!

“When the Savior and His gospel are the framework around which people build their lives, they can feel enduring joy. In Australia, the term “fair dinkum” means people are what they say they are — essentially, they do what they mean and they go “all in” when they say they are committed.

In the game of rugby, players find the greatest enjoyment of the game when they play their hardest and give their all by playing their best. The same is true in life and with the gospel. “Giving our all doesn’t mean that we will be continually enveloped in blessings or always have success. But it does mean that we will have joy.””

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“…Whom do men say that I am? 28 And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets. 29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.” Mark 8:27b-29

Our topic today is based on an article I read in the September 2019 Liahona Magazine (‘Resilience—Spiritual Armor for Today’s Youth’.)

As a reminder, their target audience is the late-teen, and young adult Church members. For the sake of brevity, we’re simply looking at a few comments we’ve pulled from the article written by Lynn Robbins.

For those who aren’t aware, Mr. Robbins has served in a number of LDS General Authority positions. He was recruited, if you will, from the business world where he was one of the founding members of the Franklin Institute (now Franklin Quest).

Seeing as how his previous vocation was in business time management, one might think his article might reflect his expertise, alas, it didn’t come close. Mr. Robbins main concern seemed bent on finger-pointing, and the ever-present LDS blame game.

Ironically, Mr. Robbins’ keen sense of business savvy didn’t include making time to study false teachers. Neither did he admit to the real reason they’re experiencing an unprecedented high number of early missionary releases. (more…)

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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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General Conference, ‘The Role of the Book of Mormon in Conversion,’ October 2018 “We are gathering Israel for the last time and are doing so with the Book of Mormon, one of the most powerful tools of conversion.” – Shayne M. Bowen (more…)

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October 14 –– Testing all Things 1 John 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (more…)

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October 11 –– Ostracizing God’s Sovereignty. Luke 17:20-21 “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (more…)

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General Conference, ‘Trust in the Lord and Lean Not,’ April 2017 “Remember, in our premortal life we stood with the Savior. We trusted Him. We voiced our support, enthusiasm, and joy for the plan of happiness set forth by our Heavenly Father. We leaned not. We fought with our testimonies and “aligned ourselves with the forces of God, and those forces were victorious.” This battle between good and evil has moved to earth. Once again we have the sacred responsibility to stand as a witness and put our trust in the Lord.” — Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women’s President (more…)

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God and Man in Eternal Union, p. 3-4; “…Joseph Smith taught that the Priesthood “stands as God to give laws to the people, administering endless lives to the sons and daughters of Adam.” Those who hold the keys of its power may rightly be called Gods, whether they are pre-mortal spirits, prophets in mortality, or resurrected beings…” – Hyrum Andrus

(Note: The online version of this shows the reference as p. 5) (more…)

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Proverbs 30:5; “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”

Doctrinal Commentary on the Pearl of Great Price, pp. 137-181; “Procreation is the key to the origin of human life, so far as the method of its organization is concerned, and transplantation is the key to how man arrived on earth. Having formed a body and placed man’s organized spirit therein, the Gods then ‘put’ the man in the garden. Before this, however, seeds had been brought to the newly organized earth and planted to bring forth the garden in which Adam was placed. [Abr 5:7-8; Moses 3:7-8.]”” – Hyrum L. Andrus, 1998

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 The title for April’s message is Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood.

Just by looking at the title alone I can see how this could easily turn into a very, very long article, but for the sake of your time, and my sanity, I’ll try to keep it short. If you’d like to indulge in some further reading on Mormon Priesthood, I’ve provided some links below.

Okay, before we begin, and  in case you’re not sure what the Mormons mean by “priesthood” here’s a short definition:

“priesthood is the power and authority that God gives to man to act in all things necessary for the salvation of God’s children. The blessings of the priesthood are available to all who receive the gospel.” (lds.org, Priesthood)

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LDS Church News, ‘Help Youth Gain a Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith,’ 22 December 2016;

joseph-smith-jesus-christ-grove-of-trees If you’re  follower of Jesus Christ, you’ll be sure to pick up on why the LDS Newsroom Message is disturbing. As you might imagine, our hearts were saddened upon the reading of this Newsroom announcement. We’re wondering why they aren’t helping the youth gain a testimony of Christ Jesus and Him crucified?

Be sure to check out the date of this news release – it was December 22nd, the day before the anniversary of Smith’s birth,  yet there’s no mention of Jesus…hmmm… We’ll be looking at a few of Ms. Oscarson’s comments and ask a few questions. To read the article in full click on the link provided above. Here we go!

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Mormons Approaching OrthodoxyThis is an open letter to Mr. Richard Mouw, president emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary.

I could yammer on about this forever and a day, however, for the sake of space and time, I’m relegating myself to just a few things that quickly came to mind. Lucky you and me! Ha!

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1 Corinthians 1:18-19; “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

Cross 1 Cor 1 18Ensign, ‘The Meaning of the Cross for Latter-day Saints,’ July 2011; “Is the cross important to our faith?  The answer is an unequivocal yes! The Redeemer’s suffering on the cross is vitally important to us and is an inseparable part of the Atonement, through which He suffered and died for our sins and thereby provided us with a clear path to salvation and exaltation.” – Gregory A. Schwitzer

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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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BYU-Idaho Devotional, ‘President Thomas S. Monson: Taking Temples to All the World,’ September 20, 2011; “Being worthy of a temple recommend, and actively worshiping in the temple is an important part of the whole armor of God, literally part of the oil in our lanterns in preparation for the glorious second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The temple provides us with protection against Satan and the whirlwinds of his temptations.” – Thomas E. Coburn, Managing Director, Temple Department

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