Worshiping Pioneer Ancestors

Worshiping Pioneer Ancestors

Originally published 2011 2017 NEW & UPDATED! I write this article with the intent of introducing the Mormon people to the idea of Mormon Pioneers coming down through Echo Canyon, UT 1866 thinking about what, and/or whom they are worshiping. What I don’t want to...

Mormon Terminology: Ensign

Mormon Terminology: Ensign

Conference 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...

Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders Aaron Johnson Intro

Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders Aaron Johnson Intro

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 Sometimes truth is a hard commodity to come by....

E-mail on Suicide, pt 2

E-mail on Suicide, pt 2

A few weeks ago I posted an article in response to an e-mail we received on the site about our stats on suicides in Utah. Unfortunately I overlooked the fact that I should have posted a link to my article as a response to John in the comments section…sigh… We heard...

This is the Place 1847

This is the Place 1847

July 24, 1847 On this day in history, Brigham Young stood in the Salt Lake Valley and declared ‘This is the place’. Contrary to the LDS version of why Brigham and 147 others hiked to the Wasatch Front, the first of many arrived to their new home because of their poor...

19th Century Marriage Customs

19th Century Marriage Customs

While gathering info for our Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders series I kept noticing a common occurrence in the lives of these men. The issue for this article isn’t about polygamy (that’s for another day), rather my focus is on the age of the girls these men...

Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders Joseph Young

Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders Joseph Young

Joseph Young April 7, 1797 – July 16, 1881 This 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...