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Research Not the Answer to Puzzling Church History Questions

21 February

Flabbergasted … “to overcome with surprise and bewilderment; astound” That verb is the only way to describe my reaction to the Church’s News publication Melissa alerted me to earlier this week. With utter disbelief I read over the official news release when LDS Apostle Dallin Oaks told a group of young people to basically bury their heads in the sand. Every time […]

Mormon Holy Ghost the Only Begotten of God

19 February

Moses 5:9 “And in that day the Holy Ghost fell upon Adam, which beareth record of the Father and the Son, saying: I am the Only Begotten of the Father from the beginning, henceforth and forever, that as thou hast fallen thou mayest be redeemed, and all mankind, even as many as will.” John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he […]

Retrofitting Polygamy Prophecy for Adultery

17 February

Doctrine and Covenants 132: Intro, 52 “Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded July 12, 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant and the principle of plural marriage. 52 And let mine handmaid, Emma Smith, receive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph….” [emp. added] Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, the […]

LDS Canon Declares Trinity and Denounces Trinity

16 February

Doctrine and Covenants 20:28“Which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God, infinite and eternal, without end. Amen.” — April 1830 Doctrine and Covenants 130:22 “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a […]

LDS: Personal Weakness, not Doctrine, Causes Shame

15 February

Mormonism and the Negro, p. 7 “There is nothing in the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about which any member need feel any shame, apology or embarrassment. Perhaps in the individual failings and weaknesses of some who profess to be members, there may be cause, but not in the Gospel itself.” — […]

Black Woman Will Be White In Heaven

12 February

Wilford Woodruff, His Life and Labors, p 587; “There is one peculiar characteristic noticeable in the journal of Wilford Woodruff, it is that hopeful, joyful spirit that dwells with ever increasing satisfaction upon the things that are good and uplifting…He said in his journal of October, that year, that “Aunt Jane,” the colored sister, had been to […]

LDS Missionary’s Words are Scripture

08 February

“Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain:  they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:16 Today we’re looking at another revelation claim made by Joseph Smith in 1831. This revelation was originally meant for Orson […]

LDS Essay Book of Mormon Geography

05 February

General Conference, ‘Book of Mormon Geography,’ April 1929, pp. 15-16 “There is a great deal of talk about the geography of the Book of Mormon. Where was Zarahemla? Where was the City of Zarahemla? and other geographic matters. It doesn’t make any difference to us. There has never been anything yet set forth that definitively settles […]