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August 17 – John 8:44; “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (more…)

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The grandson of Heber J. Grant, Truman Madsen (1926-2009) was an LDS scholar, author, BYU philosophy professor, and the poster child of what every Mormon parent would want from their kid.

One of his most celebrated works, Eternal Man, is still heralded by Mormons as a masterpiece, and many LDS leaders quote from him in their talks. You can find his book at Barnes and Noble, and other bookstores as well. (more…)

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Philippians 3:10; “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death”.

In finishing up our mini-series on Truman Madsen’s devotional speech, I was struck today at the overwhelming lack of spiritual growth in Mormonism. The things Mr. Madsen said to these young people in 2004, are the same things Joseph Smith, and Brigham Young were saying 180 years ago.

There’s no evidence of spiritual maturation, neither is there anything suggesting they had learned something new about God, or Jesus, or the Holy Spirit since 1830. They’re fixated on two things; sex and godhood. And as far as Mormonism is concerned, those two things are inseparable.

As heartbreaking as it is, those two topics overshadow all other things pertaining to Mormons as a people group.

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2 Corinthians 10:5; “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.

Today we’re looking at the second of a three part 2004 devotional talk Truman Madsen delivered to students at BYU-Idaho, Foundation of Temple Worship, Because this talk is considered one of their classic speeches, Mormons still refer to it today. We’re praying they’ll stop and think about what he said, and compare it to what the Lord Jesus says, so here we go! To read the talk in full, see link provided above.

Mr. Madsen used the first few letters of the alphabet to remind students of the importance in visiting the temple regularly. The letter ‘C’, he said, is for covenants, and covenant-making. Telling students that the earlier they participate, and the more they attend, the more God will bless them is unbiblical to the core. In other words, the wider you open that pocketbook…

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 Foundations of Temple Worship, BYU-Idaho Devotional Address, October 2004; “The fulness of truth, and the fulness of the Holy Ghost, and the fulness of the priesthood, and the fulness of the glory of the Father are all phrases that are ocurrent in connection with the temple, and cannot be received anywhere else, nowhere else on the planet. You cannot receive the fulness that the Lord has for you without coming through the temple and having the temple come through you.” – Truman G. Madsen

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August 17 – John 8:44; “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

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Mormon Decisions 10Ensign, ‘B. H. Roberts after Fifty Years: Still Witnessing for the Book of Mormon,’ December 1983; “Elder Roberts’s view of the Book of Mormon made him a particularly powerful advocate. He saw clearly that the Book of Mormon is a revelation of the being of God…” – Truman G. Madsen

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