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November 28 — Where is Zion: America, or Israel?  Zechariah 9:9a “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee…”

Matthew 21:8-10 “And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strewed them in the way. 9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. 10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?” (more…)

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April 22 – Heb 12:22; “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels.”

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 How well do you know Mormonism? Test your knowledge with a handful of basic facts we’ve gathered about its history, beliefs, and contemporary happenings! We’ll be posting a new ‘quiz’ every week or so – which means be on the lookout for our next edition. Here we go!

 

 

 

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ensign-2Conference Report, Afternoon Meeting, April, 1961, p. 119; “This Church is the standard which Isaiah said the Lord would set up for the people in the latter days. This Church was given to be a light to the world and to be a standard for God’s people and for the Gentiles to seek to. This Church is the ensign on the mountain spoken of by the Old Testament prophets. It is the way, the truth, and the life.” – Marion Romney

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Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Parade for days of 47 2015Utah’s annual celebration of Brigham Young declaring ‘This is the Place’ is in full swing this weekend with the customary parades, fireworks, green jell-o. and rodeos. Utah spares no expense with each community from Brigham City to St. George, pulling out all the stops in remembrance of the ‘Days of ‘47’.

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Aaron Johnson 

June 22, 1806 – May 10, 1877

“A person who is fundamentally honest doesn’t need a code of ethics. The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are all the ethical code anybody needs.” — Harry S. Truman

Early Mormon PolygamistsSometimes truth is a hard commodity to come by. For Aaron Johnson’s clan it was always in short demand as they plowed through life rationalizing their shoddy behavior. While we aren’t privy to their personal conversations, evidence remains showing a Mack truck could be driven through their trough of manipulating lies.

As stated later in this report, our look at Aaron Johnson’s life marks the thirty-third family we’ve researched in our series, Polygamy & Mormon Church Leaders. To date, if this isn’t the worst case of pedophile behavior and incest I’ve seen thus far, it’s right near the top. His predatory behavior rivaled even that of his beloved prophet, Joseph Smith.

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Utah roadsignABC News reported that on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the state of Utah voted to allow the firing squad to be used as a viable tool for the death penalty.

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CU050325-010HRJuly 24, 1847

On this day in history, Brigham Young stood in the Salt Lake Valley and declared ‘This is the place’.

 

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Joseph Young

April 7, 1797 – July 16, 1881

Early Mormon PolygamistsThis man’s life is another example of how Mormons view themselves as a people group. Both he and they are somehow oblivious to the outside world and most importantly God’s word.

There are many instances in historical records where Joseph Young is affectionately referred to as “Uncle John” because of his kind and nurturing demeanor. They repeatedly note he wouldn’t harm a fly and known for being kind to everyone.  The problem of course is that being nice doesn’t get you into heaven!

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Early Mormon PolygamistsWe’re adding to our growing collection of Polygamy & Mormon Church Leaders!  We just finished an article on Erastus Snow. While this guy was busy converting a lot of people into the fold of Mormonism, he was also busy marrying more than his fair share of them at the same time.

His story reads much like the others do of taking in under-age girls andErastus Snow marrying their sisters as well as their mothers. It’s a wonder how they kept all their names straight and a bigger wonder how they justified the atrocious behavior while doing so. You can read Mr. Snow’s short bio and get info on all those wives here.

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polygamy1While it seems our focus and posts on topics like polygamy aren’t of much value today, I can personally assure you they are!

Even though polygamy isn’t being openly practiced in mainstream Mormonism there’s still a lot of it around – even in Utah of all places…

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PioneersAh, Pioneer Days aka the “Days of 47”.  Hot sun. Parades, Closed banks & grocery stores. Pioneer regalia marching down the main streets of Utah’s biggest cities are all a tradition held every year in my beloved home state of rugged mountains and lush green valleys.

All these things can be experienced if you’re in Utah on July 24th.  Pioneer Days is the celebration marking the day Brigham Young rolled into Utah with other Mormons who pushed their handcarts from Nauvoo after they were unceremoniously kicked out of town.

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Pride in Being a Mormon

Mormon Decisions 10Discourses of Brigham Young, pg 30; “Take a pride in acknowledging the Savior. Train and educate yourselves until you will take a pride in acknowledging God, the Author of all. Take a pride in the religion that makes you pure and holy, and that produces in the heart of every individual who embraces it a feeling to be truthful in every word he speaks, to be honest in every act he performs, in all his dealings with his neighbors. Take a pride in this and fear not the wicked. 12:326”

 Matthew 6:21; “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

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Beehives

Masonic BeehiveA good friend called me the other day after returning from a business trip to Salt Lake City asking me what the deal was with all the beehives in Utah. She noticed that everywhere she looked there seemed to be this overwhelming sense these meant more than what they portrayed.

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ZION MOVED!!

D&C 97:19-20; And the nations of the earth shall honor her, and shall say: Surely Zion is the city of our God, and surely Zion cannot fall, neither be moved out of her place, for God is there, and the hand of the Lord is there; 20 And he hath sworn by the power of his might to be her salvation and her high tower.

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Mountain Meadows Massacre

If you’ve never seen the movie September Dawn I highly encourage you to go out and rent the DVD to see a true story of what happened on the original September 11th tragedy of this nation.

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Anniversary of the killing of Joseph Smith

On June 27, 1844 a group of men known as the Carthage Greys headed to the holding cell of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, John Taylor and Willard Richards.  When they got there a gun battle would ensue, leaving Joseph and Hyrum Smith dead as well as two others from the Carthage Greys.  Joseph Smith was the reason the two other men were killed.  History of the Church 6:617-621.

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Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders Overview

Nauvoo Roots of Mormon Polygamy 1841-1846; A Preliminary Demographic Report, George D. Smith, pg. 32; “Over the six years when polygamy was practiced in Nauvoo, 1841 to 1846, Smith, Kimball, and Young were the most-married men in Nauvoo; they accounted, in fact, for 117 of the 434 Nauvoo polygamous marriages, over one-fourth of the marriages by the community of 153 polygamous husbands. After Nauvoo, Young married fifteen more wives and Kimball married eight. At the funeral of his wife, Vilate, Kimball, pointing to the coffin, said:  “There lies a woman who has given me forty-four wives.”

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Atonement for Sin

This is what breaks our hearts here at the ministry.  One character marker we see time and again with the Mormon people is anger.  Dr. Walter Martin once said that the lies piled upon the soul of the Mormon people cause frustration and anger.  They’re usually argumentative and have been trained to provoke the anger in you to take away their guilt.  This gives them a reason to verbally attack.

Pray for them.

The following example taken from Doctrines of Salvation is a good example of how the Church confuses its members and obviously causes quite the dilemma.

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Joseph Fielding Smith, Sr.  1838-1918

Joseph Fielding Smith, Sr. was the son of Hyrum Smith and nephew of Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Mormon Church.

Journal of Discourses 20:27; “A man that is not honest in his heart, who does not desire to be just and impartial, even as God is just and impartial, has no business in plural marriage; and before he enters into the practice of that principle he needs to repent, to learn wisdom to get the Spirit of God, to get understanding in relation to the purpose God has in view in regard to this principle; that he may go into the practice of it understandingly, that his heart and mind may be set upon practicing it in righteousness.” – Joseph F. Smith, July 7, 1878, Salt Lake City

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