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These include the young man George Naylor, [88]: The first known instance of church discipline related this was in around the alleged bisexual behavior of church leader John Bennett , allegedly with Francis Higbee. He served in the position only four years before being released by church president George Albert Smith for reasons of “ill health. McKay had apostles Spencer W. Kimball and Mark E. Petersen focus their assignment on curing gay members. Speaking to church educators and LDS psychiatrists in , Kimball said, citing a Medical World News article, that “[w]e know such a disease is curable,” and that ex-gay Mormons had emerged from the church’s counseling programs cured, although the cure was “like the cure for alcoholism subject to continued vigilance. Gender minorities and the LDS church On several occasions spanning the 70’s to the early ‘s while discussing homosexuality, church leaders have alluded to their belief that the homosexual feeling may stem from a confusion over one’s gender identity or gender roles. Michael Quinn has suggested that early church leaders had a more tolerant view of homosexuality given that during the 19th century, the Church like American society as a whole was relatively tolerant of same-sex intimate relationships.

Mormon statement on child abuse: Move along, folks; we don’t have a problem

Notes Native American tradition combined with scientific decoding methods indicate that “rock art” is really a sophisticated form of writing. The life-long research into Native American petroglyphs by LaVan Martineau, an orphan adopted into the Paiute tribe of southeastern Nevada and southwestern Utah, has resulted in detailed interpretations of the rock writings.

His work, culminating in an interpretation of the famous Hopi Prophecy Rock, demonstrates a much greater information content in these picture-based drawings than was previously recognized. Martineau’s research implies the existence of early ideograph-based writing systems that could convey detailed meanings without including phonetic sound-based components.

Martineau’s Qualifications LaVan Martineau was uniquely prepared to take the first bold steps not only toward showing that the so-called Native American “rock art” was really rock writing, but also actually beginning to decipher their messages. Let us take a brief look at his unusual background, which did not include university degrees in the subject which he pioneered, nor any related fields.

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Other religious beliefs and views[ edit ] Charon Greek who guides dead souls to the Underworld. In theological reference to the soul, the terms “life” and “death” are viewed as emphatically more definitive than the common concepts of ” biological life ” and “biological death”. Because the soul is said to be transcendent of the material existence, and is said to have potentially eternal life , the death of the soul is likewise said to be an eternal death. Thus, in the concept of divine judgment , God is commonly said to have options with regard to the dispensation of souls, ranging from Heaven i.

Typically both Heaven and hell are said to be eternal, or at least far beyond a typical human concept of lifespan and time. According to Louis Ginzberg , soul of Adam is the image of God. God is considered to be the Supreme Soul, with maximum degrees of spiritual qualities, such as peace, love and purity. However, the soul is not the highest, but a middle dimension of human beings.

Higher than the soul is the spirit, which is considered to be the real self; the source of everything we call “good”—happiness, wisdom, love, compassion, harmony, peace, etc. While the spirit is eternal and incorruptible, the soul is not. The soul acts as a link between the material body and the spiritual self, and therefore shares some characteristics of both.

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He instituted a very strict rule that no blacks were to be ordained or given temple ordinances. Elijah Abel outlived Brigham Young and the validity of his ordination was repeatedly discussed by the brethren see All Abraham’s Children , p. The rationalization for restricting blacks developed over a period of years.

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Oaks, Quorum of the 12 Apostles. Critics’ Arguments Latter-day Saints are repeatedly encouraged to rely on a witness of the spirit i. Holy Ghost to personally authenticate the truthfulness of the origins and content of the Book of Mormon. Given constant encouragement from general and local leaders of reliance on supernatural manifestations a testimony over testable claims, it is not surprising that many faithful Latter-Day Saints seem unfazed by empirical evidence or the lack of it contradicting Book of Mormon claims, whether the research is conducted by Mormon or non-Mormon archaeologists and historians.

Of even greater concern is that many faithful LDS members, by virtue of the admonition of their leaders mentioned above , are not even aware of the perplexing problems contained in the Book of Mormon text. As a result, they are usually unable to effectively dialogue with critics without resorting to faith-based claims in a testimony which carry no authoritative weight for the many dedicated experts in the fields of archaeology, history, linguistics, genetics, etc. This page details some problems that arise by accepting the Church-sanctioned teachings of the origin and content of the BOM as well as responses to those problems from the LDS Church, apologists and devout members.

Anachronisms An anachronism is when writing contains something from a future time period which couldn’t realistically be in the time period they’ve written it into. Count the clock,” with Cassius replying, “The clock has stricken three. Shakespeare took something familiar to him, a clock that strikes the hours, and placed it in his story before such clocks existed. Because the play is fictional, it is seen as simply an error on Shakespeare’s part. If, however, someone were to claim that they had found an ancient writing from 44 BC that had the play written on it, it would clearly be seen as a forgery because of the clock anachronism.

If the play “Julius Caesar” were purported to be a historical document, originally written in Latin in 44 BC and translated by someone in the ‘s, claiming that God gave them the translation of that document, would that one clock anachronism be enough for you to disbelieve that it was truly from 44 BC or a translation from God?

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In , we found ourselves faced with a very serious decision with regard to a story that had been leaked to us concerning charges that Paul H. Dunn, who had served as a General Authority in the Mormon Church for many years, had been deceitful in his writings and speeches. As some of our readers may know, this was not the first time that we found ourselves sitting on a powderkeg.

Book of Mormon Problems. LDS Church members are taught that the Book of Mormon (BOM) is scripture, as well as a true record of the inhabitants of the Americas from about BC to AD.

Posted on September 30, by Scott Alexander [Content warning: Try to keep this off Reddit and other similar sorts of things. All the townspeople want to forgive him immediately, and they mock the titular priest for only being willing to give a measured forgiveness conditional on penance and self-reflection. They lecture the priest on the virtues of charity and compassion. Later, it comes out that the beloved nobleman did not in fact kill his good-for-nothing brother. The good-for-nothing brother killed the beloved nobleman and stole his identity.

Now the townspeople want to see him lynched or burned alive, and it is only the priest who — consistently — offers a measured forgiveness conditional on penance and self-reflection. The priest tells them: You forgive a conventional duel just as you forgive a conventional divorce. He further notes that this is why the townspeople can self-righteously consider themselves more compassionate and forgiving than he is.

Actual forgiveness, the kind the priest needs to cultivate to forgive evildoers, is really really hard. The fake forgiveness the townspeople use to forgive the people they like is really easy, so they get to boast not only of their forgiving nature, but of how much nicer they are than those mean old priests who find forgiveness difficult and want penance along with it.

Whether or not forgiveness is right is a complicated topic I do not want to get in here.

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What is a prophet according to LDS belief? Here is a brief description from the article “Prophet” in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. The word “prophet” comes from the Greek prophetes, which means “inspired teacher. Since the Lord has chosen some of his servants to be foretellers–to disclose, sometimes in specific terms, momentous events that are to occur–the predictive element often overshadows other implications of the word in the minds of some.

But the gift of prophecy is not restricted to those whose words have been recorded in scripture. By scriptural definition, a prophet is anyone who has a testimony of Jesus Christ and is moved by the Holy Ghost Rev.

THE MANUSCRIPT FOUND. J. M. Whitney, son-in-law of Mr. L. L. Rice, with whom the latter is at present living. On going to the house we met a very aged, but intelligent-looking man at the rear of the dwelling, whom we found to be Mr. Rice.

A great fit for Girls Camp and full of activities you could use on any weeknight. Last year as I was looking across a blank calendar and wondering how in the world we were going to fill it up, a little piece of inspiration surfaced. I really wanted to create some kind of structure that would help my young women take ownership of their Wednesday activities-but I had a quiet bunch that was hesitant to throw out ideas and make plans.

I wanted to encourage the process without taking it over and making it mine. There are 19 sections total-and a few of them are harder than others to create activities around. If you can-power to you!

Petroglyphs:

Critics frequently state, or imply that LDS scholars are not real scholars. LDS scholarship is biased. Mormon church-owned company buys huge swath of Florida land Orlando Sentinel November 8, – Relevance: The megapurchase was announced jointly Thursday by a corporate representative of church, which owns the nearly , acre Deseret Ranches in Central Florida, and by the real-estate and timber business, which has built several communities along the Panhandle coast.

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I have five siblings in the faith and am thankful for the spirituality and community togetherness this religion taught me as a child. It’s factuality , however, is rubbish. Mainly we left because we chose to follow theteachings of Christ as found in the Bible, instead of the Christ created by Joseph Smith and Mormonism. Or to put it bluntly, we see Joseph Smith as anti-Christ.

Camile Clawson Brown- July, I was raised and baptised Mormon by my grandparents he: At 16 years old I finally had the backbone to stand up to my grandmother and tell her- no more seminary, no more hypocrisy, no more endless meetings, peer pressure and people with that small town mentality always gossiping and watching eachother for slip-ups! I am now part of the happily!

You’ll see us at family get togethers- we’re the ones in the kitchen mixing drinks, taking smoke breaks out on the back porch and laughing at how deluded we were. That is one hideous book. My husband did not care if his name stayed on the membership records or not, but he officially got out for me.

Petroglyphs:

It involved getting your hands on a drivers license, right? For me and my siblings it also meant we were able to start dating. As members of the LDS church we are taught that dating should be saved for after turning 16 , and when you start dating it should be done in groups. Group dating can be so fun if you have some great activities planned.

So today I bring you some of those fun ideas!

Brigham Young University graduates told to ‘seek and find a balance’ (Deseret News – Utah) (April 26, ) – Relevance: 8 For Jesse Cobell and his family, seeing his name printed on the Brigham Young University commencement exercises program is a great sight.

Share LGBT Experiences in School Social pressures are part of the school experience of many students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. But the experience can be particularly difficult for LGBT students, who often struggle to make sense of their identities, lack support from family and friends, and encounter negative messaging about LGBT people at school and in their community. As a result of these factors, LGBT students are more likely than heterosexual peers to suffer abuse.

In some districts, this silence was exacerbated by state law. In Alabama, Texas, Utah, and five other US states, antiquated states laws restrict discussions of homosexuality in schools. Such restrictions make it difficult or impossible for LGBT youth to get information about health and well-being on the same terms as heterosexual peers. As students and teachers describe in this report, they also chilled discussions of LGBT topics and themes in history, government, psychology, and English classes.

Many LGBT youth have organized gay-straight alliances GSAs , which can serve as important resources for students and as supportive spaces to counteract bullying and institutional silence about issues of importance to them. As this report documents, however, these clubs continue to encounter obstacles from some school administrators that make it difficult for them to form and operate.

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It has ignited something of a firestorm. The statement was apparently first written in by Von G. Keetch, who was at that time chief outside legal counsel for the Church and is now a Seventy. Elder Keetch has represented the Church in several cases about child and sexual abuse. We might think that such experience would position him to speak frankly about the problems that the LDS Church, like many other religious organizations, has experienced with members and leaders abusing children.

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Note how carefully the foregoing statements are drawn; see how minute and explicit they are in every particular to prove that the Book of Mormon is identical with the “Manuscript Found. Had the “Manuscript Found” remained unfound, had it been destroyed, so that the truth or falsity of these statements never could have been proven by comparison with the Book of Mormon itself, one could scarcely blame the unthinking, uninspired world of mankind for their unbelief in, and rejection of, that sacred book.

But, in the merciful providence of God, it was not ordained that the world should be left in such ignorance; and now that the long-lost “Manuscript Story” has come to light, there is no longer the least shadow of excuse for such unbelief, on the grounds so strongly set forth by the relentless opponents of the Book of Mormon. There are other statements of other persons, but all are of the same purport and almost the same language.

If one of these statements could be proven true, then all would be so proven. On the contrary, if one were shown to be false, then all must fall, for they all testify, almost word for word, to the same alleged facts. Nothing further should be necessary to prove the falsity of the affidavits than to refer the reader to the published “Manuscript Found,” but as many may not have access to the “Story,” it will be in order to point out a few inaccuracies, misstatements, errors and downright falsehoods contained in the foregoing affidavits.

This will be done by the statement of facts, and by quoting witnesses that cannot be impeached. No sooner did Mr.

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