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The Gospel through the Ages, p. 115 “When you climb up a ladder, you must begin at the bottom, and ascend step by step, until you arrive at the top; and so it is with the principles of the Gospel—you must begin with the first, and go on until you learn all the principles of exaltation. But it will be a great while after you have passed through the veil before you will have learned them.” — Milton R. Hunter, 1945 (more…)

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‘He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.’ Revelation 2:17

 Based on the Bible verse above, why is the LDS Church handing out new names for heaven?

‘New names’ given to temple worthy Mormons have no place in a Christian’s life, and today you’ll see how the Church has taken one verse from the Bible and twisted it to their own use. This isn’t from the Lord, moreover, it’s like they’re dangling a carrot of salvation in hopes someone will fall for their trickery.

The ‘new name’ system the Church set up is what’s known as Temple Name Oracle. Here’s how it works (taken from our 2010 Witnessing Tip of the Day) – (more…)

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“Brethren and sisters, you are about to be put under covenant to obey and keep the law of sacrifice, as contained in the Old and New Testaments. …as Jesus Christ has laid down his life for the redemption of mankind, so we should covenant to sacrifice all that we possess, even our own lives if necessary… All arise. … Each of you bring your right arm to the square. …” — LDS Temple Endowment Ceremony, the Garden

The quote above is from a scene in the temple endowment ceremony. You can find it in the link provided above. It’s a haunting reminder of what’s wrong in Mormon temples, especially when you consider that Jesus gave His life for us.

‘In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins…’ Colossians 1:14

We love hearing from our readers – so our post today is in response to a request from one of them. Yay! Specifically, he asked if we could post info concerning the pre-1990’s temple endowment ceremonies containing blood atonement oaths. He frequently shares the info we publish with Mormons he knows, and this topic is one he’s been discussing as of late. (more…)

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 June 23 – Trading the real Jesus for a false Christ. John 1:1, 14; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

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 June 1 – Is. 43:10-11; “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me and understand that I am he; before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”

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 May 31 – Hosea 11:9; “…for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in your midst of thee…” (more…)

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witnessing-tip-of-the-day-elohim March 10 – Polytheism. Isaiah 43:10-11; “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”

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Journal of Discourses 10:223 – 224 “I try to better my life, and I believe that my brethren do. I can see a visible improvement in those with whom I am most intimately acquainted. Though we are in the world, yet we should be as perfect as mortals are required to be. We are not required in our sphere to be as perfect as Gods and angels are in their spheres, yet man is the king of kings and lord of lords in embryo.” — Brigham Young, American Fork, UT, April 20, 1863 (more…)

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January 15 — Ashtoreth. Today ask the Mormon in your life for their opinion about their Heavenly Mother. Then ask if they’ve ever heard of Ashtoreth. Be sure you explain with demonstrative evidence (Bible and a dictionary) who this false goddess was, and why Israel was always in trouble for worshiping her. Without being judgmental towards them, ask if they see the correlation between their Heavenly Mother and Ashtoreth. To get a clear idea of who the Mormons believe she is, see our article ‘Heavenly Mother’. (more…)

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D&C 25:11 “And it shall be given thee, also, to make a selection of sacred hymns, as it shall be given thee, which is pleasing unto me, to be had in my church.” — Joseph Smith revelation for wife Emma — Harmony, PA, July 1830

Today we’re taking a look at what members of the LDS Church have sung over the years. An essay in Dialogue Journal is a must read to understand how the Church has softened the blow of its true self. To read the article in full, see Changes in LDS Hymns: Implications and Opportunities Douglas Campbell.

For the sake of brevity I’ve only highlighted a few hymns, however, these examples are just a drop in the bucket of what they’ve done. Mr. Campbell investigated what, if any, changes had been made the Church’s hymn books since its inception in 1830, and admitted he was ‘surprised’ by  his findings.

Long story short, 90 hymns were published in the first LDS hymnal. When they revised it in 1927, only 55 remained. With the next revision in 1948, they were down to 30 of the original 90 hymns, and the 1985 edition contained a mere 26 hymns. (more…)

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­­­­­­­January 9 – Polytheism. Titus 1:15-16; “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (more…)

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Alma 34:32-33 “For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors. . . . if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.” (more…)

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October 25 –– Only One God Will Be Exalted. Ezekiel 21:26-27; “Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. 27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”

Luke 1:52; “He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.” (more…)

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October 19 –– Does God have Goals? Colossians 1:17 “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (more…)

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October 18 –– Quest for Godhood Status Galatians 4:4-7a “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son…” (more…)

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October 16 –– The truth about God 2 Timothy 3:7 “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (more…)

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October 2 –– In the Image of a Goddess Wife? Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (more…)

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Gospel Through the Ages, p. 98 ~ “The stupendous truth of the existence of a Heavenly Mother, as well as a Heavenly Father, became established facts in Mormon Theology.” ~Milton R. Hunter, 1958

However, 33 yrs later Mr. Hinckley downplayed what is, and isn’t, established fact in Mormon theology… (more…)

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September 23 – Psalm 82:6-7; “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.  But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.” (more…)

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As I was on the web last night looking at my email I noticed a video ad that asked the questions; “How do I forgive?”, “Will God help me? Where can I find happiness? “. These questions were followed by the caption, “The Book of Mormon: Real Answers, Real Questions”, along with a place to click to learn more.

Clicking the learn more button will take you to mormon.org, and a page with the heading-

God’s help is within your reach”

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