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Matthew 6:21 ‘For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’

 I don’t know why, but whenever I see things like our topic listed above, my heart does a nosedive. Activities of the Church clearly show what’s important to them, and where they’ve chosen to place their focus.

An article in the latest Ensign spoke of the ‘miraculous event’ when Joseph Smith went to the woods and prayed. In part here’s what it says – (more…)

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salt lake mormon temple 2Gospel Symbolism, pgs 252, 261;

Grove. (See Asherah).

Asherah (Ashtoreth, Astarte). A fertility goddess made of a tree trunk. Referred to in the King James Version as a grove, or groves (Deut. 16:21; 1 Kgs. 14:15; Isa. 17:8).” – Joseph Fielding McConkie

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Joseph’s “Sacred Grove”

Mormon Decisions 10Joseph Smith Testimony 1:14-15; “So, in accordance with this, my determination to ask of God, I retired to the woods to make the attempt. It was on the morning of a beautiful, clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty. It was the first time in my life that I had made such an attempt, for amidst all my anxieties I had never as yet made the attempt to pray vocally. 15 After I had retired to the place where I had previously designed to go, having looked around me, and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God. I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction.”

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Joseph Smith’s Character

Will the Real Joseph Smith Please Stand Up?

 By Mark Grote 2004

 Born on December 23, 1805, Joseph Smith could run faster, throw farther and jump higher than the other kids in Sharon, Vermont. If you tour the sites in Nauvoo, IL., the place of his death, that’s what you’ll hear of Joseph Smith as you move about the historical landmarks.

 But if you are interested in facts, instead of legends, you might find yourself questioning whether it’s a good idea to put your eternity in the hands and beliefs of this man.

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