Posts Tagged ‘Questioning Mormonism’

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pp. 89-90 “Not only are there apostates within our midst, but there are also apostate doctrines that are sometimes taught in our classes and from our pulpits and that appear in our publications. And these apostate precepts of men cause our people to stumble. As the Book of Mormon, speaking of our day, states: ‘They have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men’ (2 Nephi 28:14).” — Ezra Taft Benson, 1988 (more…)

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2 Timothy 1:12 ‘…for I know whom I have believed…’

stickman thinking 2A couple of weeks ago Melissa sent me a link to a Facebook post she read that posed serious questions for each of us.

Today we’re simply going to ask a few questions about the post, and also ask our readers for their opinions as well, so here we go!

The FB post originated from the LDS New Era Magazine which contained an article about the traditions of a presumably LDS family.

The tradition consists of the family who gathered around a roaring fire every year on Christmas Eve, and asked the same question each time …

‘Should we believe for one more year?’


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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.


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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Mormon Decisions 10J. Reuben Clark: The Church Years (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1983), p. 24; “If we have the truth, it cannot be harmed by investigation. If we have not the truth, it ought to be harmed.” — J. Reuben Clark as Quoted by D. Michael Quinn


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An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins, 2003 by Grant Palmer


“I admire men and women who have developed the questing spirit, who are unafraid of new ideas as stepping stones to progress. We should, of course, respect the opinions of others, but we should also be unafraid to dissent–if we are informed. Thoughts and expressions compete in the marketplace of thought, and in that competition truth emerges triumphant. Only error fears freedom of expression … This free exchange of ideas is not to be deplored as long as men and women remain humble and teachable. Neither fear of consequence or any kind of coercion should ever be used to secure uniformity of thought in the church. People should express their problems and opinions and be unafraid to think without fear of ill consequences. … We must preserve freedom of the mind in the church and resist all efforts to suppress it.” – “President Hugh B. Brown, a counselor in the LDS Presidency during the 1960’s:”


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General Conference, October 2004; “Some people exalt themselves above God and His annointed servants because of their learning and scholarly achievements. We must never allow our intellect to take priority over our spirit. Our intellect can feed our spirit and our spirit can feed our intellect, but if we allow our intellect to take precedence over our spirit, we stumble, find fault, and may even lose our testimonies.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin


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