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  • Come Follow Me Moment-Alma Returns Speedily, Alma 8-12
    by Scot and Maurine Proctor on June 19, 2024 at 5:34 am

    An angel commands Alma to return to Ammonihah with a really difficult message, “except they repent the Lord God will destroy them”. He is told to return to the place where he has been taunted, ridiculed and roughed up, yet here is something astonishing.  Once Alma had received this message, he returned speedily to the land of Ammonihah” (Alma 8:18). What? No breaks? No time to nurse his wounds? Who is this Alma who would do such a thing?…

  • Before the Power Outages Come: Save Money Now
    by Carolyn Nicolaysen on June 19, 2024 at 5:10 am

    Author Update: Operation Ornaments is in the process of sending ornaments to survivors of typhoon Mawar affecting military and local families in Guam. We will ship to Alaska now and the military will fly them to Guam for distribution in late November. Each box of ornaments will bless 20 families. If you would like to help and sponsor a box you can Venmo $24.38 to http://www.venmo.com/u/operationornaments   when it asks for a confirmation phone number enter 9346.     If you would rather write a check please message me for an address. Now it’s on to serving Lahaina Hawaii, Clarksville Tennessee, Rolling Fork Mississippi, and Ohio. Thank you to all who are helping make emotional healing and bringing love and encouragement to disaster survivors. For more info visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1130528510770698  or our website Operationornaments.org  Recently Pacific Gas and Electric announced to its customers in California they will be shutting off power …

  • Ultraman Rising is Legitimately Engaging
    by Christopher D. Cunningham on June 19, 2024 at 4:37 am

    Ultraman Rising is about imposing creatures roaring loudly as they stalk across Tokyo ruining the peace of everyone in their wake. And leaving a trail of destruction behind him. As the parents watching will know this movie isn’t about Godzilla, it’s about toddlers. Ultraman Rising is a surprisingly thoughtful movie stuck with poor marketing that will likely prevent it from finding the audience it deserves. For the uninitiated Ultraman is one of the most successful media franchises in Japan stretching more than 60 movies. This new film attempts to make the film accessible for a new audience of American kids. And it hits the mark. Kenji, our hero, moved to America as a child to pursue his dreams of playing baseball. And today he is the best player on the planet.  His father stayed behind to act as Ultraman and protect Tokyo from the regular monsters, or kaiju, that attack …

  • Are You at Risk for the Worst Kind of Identity Theft?
    by Joni Hilton on June 19, 2024 at 4:16 am

    Many of us are familiar with advertisements about preventing identity theft. The thought of someone stealing our identity, our credit card numbers, our bank accounts, even our homes, is chilling. But, right under our noses an even larger identity theft is taking place. Satan is working around the clock to confuse us about who we really are. How does he do this?  In whispers and in shadows. Social media is the perfect vehicle for him to remind us that our lives and blessings pale in comparison to others’. Like an expert advertising executive, he surrounds us with constant images and sounds that stay in our minds, and make us want to keep up, be popular, be powerful, be wealthy, be thinner, look younger, have more material goods, live in grander style, cast aside “difficult” commandments, and rest on our laurels. He’s an expert at convincing us we always have tomorrow …

  • Pres. Nelson’s #99plus1 invitation: Ideas for reaching out to ‘the one’ this summer
    by LDS Living on June 18, 2024 at 4:34 pm

    President Nelson invited us to “spread the love of Jesus Christ throughout the world” for his 100th birthday. Here are a few ideas of how you can:

  • A new missionary training center is opening—in a country that’s never had one
    by LDS Living on June 18, 2024 at 3:37 pm

    Since 2022, a limited number of local missionaries have received training in a temporary center, leading to the need for a permanent facility.

  • Hoping to limit screen time this summer? Try 1 mom’s effective way of helping kids choose less on their own
    by LDS Living on June 18, 2024 at 1:08 pm

    This faith-based approach to tech use in the home changes screen time from a battle to a productive conversation and helps everyone become more self-aware about using technology wisely.

  • A simple object lesson about how to ‘seek Jesus’ that really makes it click
    by LDS Living on June 18, 2024 at 12:48 pm

    What started out as a joke turned into a powerful realization about how to recognize Jesus’s influence in my life.

  • Church Curriculum Resources for 2025
    by Larry Richman on June 18, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    The document Instructions for Curriculum 2025 lists the materials to be used at home and in Church classes during the year 2025. The focus of study at home and at Church during 2025 will be the Doctrine and Covenants. The main curriculum resource for 2025 is Come, Follow Me—For Home and Church: Doctrine and Covenants. The post Church Curriculum Resources for 2025 first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • From Whence Muhammad?
    by Stephen C on June 18, 2024 at 8:05 am

      Fun fact: One of the most prominent movies about the life of Muhammad (who, out of respect for Sunni Muslim sensitivities, is never actually shown onscreen) was produced and directed by Latter-day Saint Richard Rich, who has also done some Book of Mormon films, and whose aesthetic you might recognize from movies like the Swan Princess.   Muhammed occupies an interesting place in Latter-day Saint thought. On one hand, Joseph Smith was often compared to Muhammad in the 19th century, and there are a lot of points of similarity with the idea of a true faith being restored to an unlearned prophet visited by angelic messengers who was able to create an extensive work of religious literature (or oral recitation that eventually became literature in there case of Muhammad).   On the pro-Muhammad side, there a variety of GA quotes that make the case that Muhammad was inspired by God. Of course, the Church and Islam are theologically incompatible on various important points, so while interfaith dialogue, support, and outreach is important (I’ve been particularly moved by accounts of the Church offering meetinghouse space to Muslims), at the end of the day the two faiths are obviously not going to merge any time soon, so for a TBM to believe Muhammad was inspired would require also believing that there is some slippage between the historical Muhammad and what eventually became Islam. This is a valid perspective (and one that Islam…Read more →

  • Come Follow Me Podcast #25 “Jesus Christ will Come to Redeem His People”, Alma 8-12
    by Scot and Maurine Proctor on June 18, 2024 at 4:00 am

     Maurine Here’s an irony. In our day, when someone wants to change everything that is wrong with the world, they run for president. In the Book of Mormon, Alma, hoping to pull down the pride and craftiness and contentions among his people, saw no way to reclaim them except to give up his office. Scot Hello, we’re Scot and Maurine Proctor, and welcome to Meridian’s Come Follow Me podcast on the Book of Mormon. This week we are studying Alma chapters 8-12 and the title is “Jesus Christ will Come to Redeem His People.” Maurine Alma hoped to change and reclaim his people by “bearing down in pure testimony against them” (Alma 4:19).  Do you want to change things? Change hearts. President Ezra Taft Benson said it this way, “The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of …

  • Remembering the Grandpa who was also a Syndicated Columnist
    by Tanya Neider on June 18, 2024 at 3:57 am

    Being a grandparent is rather new to me. With only two grandchildren under seven, my experience is just barely blooming. My parents had many grandchildren by my present age. I was only fifteen when their first grandchild was born giving me the fortunate experience in my youth of simultaneously observing them as parents and grandparents. One thing I learned through the many years of observation, is how much my parents cherished children and how they welcomed them in their home unbounded. Considering my family of four children lived with my parents for twelve years, and my brother’s family of eight children lived next door; I continued to witness countless interactions between my father and his grandchildren as an adult. As typical with many households, our family tended to gather in the kitchen. What was unusual about ours, was my father’s remarkable ability to work at the kitchen table amidst complete …

  • The Loyal Dog
    by Daris Howard on June 18, 2024 at 3:48 am

    I was working in my yard when a van stopped on the road in front of our house. It’s not unusual for cars to stop there and use our driveway to turn around. The house numbering on our street is strange. Not only do addresses switch from east to west in the middle between the two end roads, but the even and odd numbers switch sides of the road. Our address is the best-marked one, and we have a big driveway, so it makes a good turnaround spot. But this van was different. I only glanced up when they stopped and then went about my work, but then the van sped away quickly when it left. That caused me to look up, and when I did, I saw a dog standing there. It’s common for people to drop their unwanted pets off in the country for others to deal with …

  • The Powerful Difference Sponsorship Makes in the Life of a Child
    by Becky Douglas on June 18, 2024 at 2:53 am

    Editor’s Note: Meridian Magazine sponsors a special humanitarian each year that we all work on together as readers. This year we invite you to sponsor a child of the leprosy-affected, whose chances in life are minimal, unless someone steps forward to be their sponsor. Our goal is to sponsor 300 children whose lives will be forever changed because someone cared. You can learn more about sponsorship by clicking here.  We are so grateful to see sponsorships coming in to Rising Star Outreach from Meridian readers.  These sponsorships will enable children on our waiting list for the new Rising Star campus in Bihar, to come to the school.  One reader alone, sponsored 21 children—one for each of her grandchildren!  My eyes got misty when I heard that, because I know what the impact of such a generous gift will be. For these children, many of whom have been on the waiting …

  • Read Lloyd Newell’s final ‘Spoken Word’ message and watch the Choir’s tearful farewell performance
    by LDS Living on June 17, 2024 at 9:57 pm

    Lloyd Newell did something he’s never done before in his final performance as the host of “Music & the Spoken Word.”

  • Deseret Peak Temple open house and dedication dates announced
    by LDS Living on June 17, 2024 at 9:11 pm

    The Church has released the open house and dedication dates for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple, an artistic rendering for the Wellington New Zealand Temple, and the site location for the Brussels Belgium Temple.

  • Read highlights from the Layton Utah Temple dedication
    by LDS Living on June 17, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    Elder David A. Bednar dedicated the Layton Utah Temple on Sunday, June 16. Read more about his counsel for building a “covenant connection” with Heavenly Father.

  • Alienation – you keep using that word
    by Ivan Wolfe on June 17, 2024 at 3:32 pm

    I generally have vowed to stay out of specific political discussions online, but this is not about any specific political issue – I have seen this claim too often with many issues or candidates from all side of the spectrum and in different locales (and not just the presidential election in the USA that dominates discussion right now). I am seeing far too many people declare that support for [a specific candidate or law or hot button political issue] is “alienating” (or various synonyms, but mostly that interestingly specific word) them from the rest of the Church membership. If that is happening to you, I am sorry to say, then you have put politics as your idol, partisanship before discipleship. I have even seen several people saying things like finding out a church leader/ministering brother or sister/fellow church member supported candidate [X] or issue [Y], they would refuse to let that person even enter their house. I could come up with examples from the right or left or center or even non-USA politics, but this is not about specific issues, (and any attempt to make it all about whatever specific issues you feel are more important than church fellowship in the comments will be frowned on). One of the benefits and blessing of Church is learning to deal with messy, bizarre, screwed up humans and still loving them, despite their preferred politics, cultural preferences, or personal hygiene. Keep in mind…Read more →

  • Kalani Sitake might not be coaching at BYU if he hadn’t followed a surprising prompting during his job interview
    by LDS Living on June 17, 2024 at 1:37 pm

    “When I arrived, we said a quick prayer, and then [my wife] shared with me something she felt I needed to say at the end of the interview.”

  • “Dios Te Loamos”
    by Chad Nielsen on June 17, 2024 at 12:28 pm

    “Dios Te Loamos” by Edmund Richardson was one of the shorter original hymns included in the Mexican Mission hymnals. That being said, I am fond of this text. Note: This is a part of an ongoing series, the Mexico Mission Hymns Project.  Dios te loamos Edmund Richardson Latter-day Saint Psalmody No. 329 (“Adieu to the City”) 11.11.11.11 second Table 1. Variations in the text of “Dios Te Loamos” in different editions of the Mexican Mission hymnals. 1907 Himnario Mormón 1912 Himnos de Sión Dios Te loámos, Dios Te amamos;A Tí confesamos, Señor de la Cruz. A Tí adoramos, á Tí invocamos;En Tí confiamos, Oh Dulce Jesús. ¡Oh Dios Te loamos! ¡Oh Dios Te amamos!A Ti confesamos, Señor de la cruz. A Ti adoramos, á Ti invocamos;Y en Ti confiamos, ¡Oh dulce Jesús! Te alabarémos, Te bendeciremos;A Tí cantarémos, con vasto fervor.Te celebrarémos, Te ensalzarémos;A Tí jurarémos eterno amor. Te alabaremos, Te bendeciremos;A Ti cantaremos, con vasto fervor.To celebraremos, Te ensalzaremos;A Ti juraremos eterno amor. Table 2. English translation of “Dios Te Loamos.” 1912 Himnos de Sión Prose English Poetic English ¡Oh Dios Te loamos! ¡Oh Dios Te amamos!A Ti confesamos, Señor de la cruz. A Ti adoramos, á Ti invocamos;Y en Ti confiamos, ¡Oh dulce Jesús! Oh God we praise You! Oh God, we love You!To You we confess, Lord of the cross.We adore You, We invoke You;And in You we trust, O sweet Jesus! Oh God, we do praise You! Our God, we…Read more →

  • Service Opportunity to Teach Institute Online for BYU-Pathway
    by Larry Richman on June 17, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    A new service missionary opportunity is now available for Church members 26 and older, regardless of marital status, to serve as online institute teachers for BYU–Pathway. Members may apply online to serve for 12- to 24-month terms. They will begin their missionary service teaching for BYU–Pathway in January 2025. Missionaries will be expected to serve The post Service Opportunity to Teach Institute Online for BYU-Pathway first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square Sings Goodbye to Lloyd Newell
    by Meridian Church Newswire on June 17, 2024 at 2:35 am

    On June 16, after Lloyd Newell, delivered his last message for Music and the Spoken Word, the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sang their farewell to him. It was “God Be with You ‘Til We Meet Again.” He and his wife Karmel will leave shortly to be mission leaders in Los Angeles, California. Derrick Porter will replace Newell. Lloyd Newell’s soothing, calming voice have been a staple for Latter-day Saints at General Conference as well. Watch the video here: https://f.io/t9-BzqYD Lloyd Newell reflected on his 34 years with the choir here. …

  • Elder McKay Explains Why the Church Purchased the Kirtland Temple
    by Meridian Church Newswire on June 17, 2024 at 2:32 am

    Some may wonder why The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would ever spend significant money on anything other than humanitarian aid. For example, why would the Church spend US$192.5 million to purchase the Kirtland Temple and other properties, documents and artifacts, as it did earlier this year? To those people, the Church’s Historian and Recorder Elder Kyle S. McKay points to a specific date and place in the past: April 3, 1836, in Kirtland, Ohio. On that day, Jesus Christ gave significant priesthood keys to Joseph Smith. Speaking to attendees at the annual 2024 Mormon History Association conference held this year near Kirtland on Thursday, June 13, 2024, Elder McKay said it is essential to understand the concepts of priesthood and priesthood keys. If one comprehends these, he said, one can better “appreciate the significance of what was restored” to the earth on that day in 1836. Elder …

  • Consider Conference: Pray, He is There
    by FAIR Staff on June 16, 2024 at 10:12 pm

    2024 April General Conference, Sunday Morning Session Pray, He is There President Susan H. Porter Primary General President Main Points  I invite you to pray to know Heavenly Father is there, pray to grow to become like Him, and pray to show His love to others. Pray to Know: Encouraging children to pray to understand The post Consider Conference: Pray, He is There appeared first on FAIR.

  • Paul Lambert gives devotional at BYU-Idaho | ‘Go Forth with Faith’
    by dyejo on June 16, 2024 at 9:11 pm

    Paul W. Lambert is a national expert on religious pluralism in society. He has worked extensively with global businesses on accommodating religious belief in the workplace. He currently serves as…

  • “Promesa cumplida”
    by Chad Nielsen on June 16, 2024 at 6:37 pm

    “Promesa cumplida” by Joel Morales is a fantastic example of hymns about the Great Apostasy and the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Mexican Latter-day Saint literature. Note: This is a part of an ongoing series, the Mexico Mission Hymns Project.  “Promesa cumplida” Joel Morales Latter-day Saint Psalmody no. 283 (“O Jesus! The giver of all we enjoy” GOSHEN) 11.11.11.11, second, tetrameter Hymn Text Table 1. Variations in text of “Promesa cumplida” over the course of Church publications. 1912 Himnos de Sión 1942 Himnos de Sión La luz aparece en la tierra ya,Y grande la gloria se muestra de Dios;A hombres de nuevo entrega la luzDe su Evangelio que antes quitó. La luz aparece en la tierra ya,Y grande se muestra la gloria de Dios;A hombres de nuevo entrega la luz,De su evangelio que antes quitó. Los sabios al verlo se confundirán,Soberbios templando se espantarán;Mas la salvación, ya los justos tendránDel Rey de los cielos que pronto vendrá. Los sabios al verlo se confundirán,Soberbios temblando se espantarán;Mas la salvación, ya los justos tendrán,Del Rey de los cielos que pronto vendrá. ¡Oh pueblos, naciones y tribus, venid,Os manda mensaje, á El escuchad!Es Dios de los muertos y vivos también,Nos da salvación, paz y tranquilidad. Oh pueblos, naciones y tribus, venid,Os manda mensaje, a él escuchad;Es Dios de los muertos y vivos tambien,Nos da salvación, paz y tranquilidad. Pues ya no seamos esclavos del mal;Ya gratis nos da redención el Señor;Y arrepentidos…Read more →

  • A prayer and a prophecy: A look at Church growth in South America over 100 years
    by dyejo on June 16, 2024 at 4:00 pm

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  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Alma 8–12 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on June 15, 2024 at 8:57 pm

    Revelation for Alma by Autumn Dickson In the chapters for this week, we read about Alma and Amulek attempting to convert the hard-hearted people of Ammonihah. In the beginning, we observe Alma as he originally goes into the city to preach to the people. They spit on him and revile him, and he leaves the The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Alma 8–12 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • This unique parenting tactic works like magic for one family—and reflects an underrated Christlike attribute
    by LDS Living on June 14, 2024 at 8:29 pm

    My aunt ensures that each of her children feels seen and heard. And I’ve learned the simple secret to how she manages it all.

  • Faith crisis in Brandon Sanderson’s Sunlit Man
    by Jonathan Green on June 14, 2024 at 7:38 pm

    This post is full of spoilers. Don’t read it until you’ve read the book, which is very much worth reading and has become one of my favorites by Sanderson. Brandon Sanderson’s Sunlit Man is the story of Nomad, who has just landed on a hellish planet (again) in his unending attempt to outrun a shadowy enemy chasing him across the Cosmere, the complex and interconnected mythological cosmos of Sanderson’s fiction. Nomad is also in the grips of a faith crisis, and given the complexity of Sanderson’s mythology, that means Nomad’s got a lot going on. In his youth, Nomad had been a devotee of an all-creating god and the god of his home country on his home planet. Now he looks back on that time, sometimes with longing to believe again, sometimes wondering what he missed out on: after being offered a drink, Nomad “had a smile about the codes he used to follow, then downed it in a single shot.” He pities the people around him who don’t seem to realize that God is dead (but are actually a couple steps ahead of him in that regard). But Nomad doesn’t just have issues with dead gods. For years, Nomad had been the companion and apprentice of Hoid, a trickster demigod who has come to acquire a conscience (think of the character arc from season two of Loki), but now Nomad knows only anger for a being who once abandoned…Read more →

  • Kid-Friendly Activities for Family Reunions
    by Larry Richman on June 14, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    If you have a family reunion this summer, consider these activities to make memories and help your kids enjoy learning about their family. The site www.TheGenealogyKids.com has a bunch of fun games to help kids learn about their family. Also, watch the video 20 Kid-Friendly Family History Activity Ideas in 20 Minutes:      The post Kid-Friendly Activities for Family Reunions first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • Continual Increase in Members, Wards, Stakes, and Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    by Larry Richman on June 13, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    The Church News recently published four charts that show the growth of the Church in four areas: Membership. The chart above shows the continual growth of the Church from 1830 to 2023. There were 17,255,394 members at the end of 2023. Wards and branches. There were 31,490 wards and branches at the end of 2023. The post Continual Increase in Members, Wards, Stakes, and Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • The Cosmological Grandeur of the Restored Gospel: Mining the Journal of Discourses
    by Stephen C on June 13, 2024 at 8:56 am

    Worlds Without End in the style of Van Gogh How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, “This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?” Instead they say, “No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.” A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. -Carl Sagan One of the unique characteristics of the restored gospel is the expansiveness of its cosmological vision. Traditional religion held a Ptolemaic worldview in terms of existential importance if not astronomical reality. This world was the creation that mattered, and all discoveries beyond its horizon landed in the realm of speculative theology, whereas almost from the beginning and long before infrared space telescopes the restored gospel preached a very fundamental premise that is radically distinct: this world and its inhabitants are only a small part of God’s creations. However, we were only ever given little precious glimpses into this broader scheme. Even the one line from the temple: “I have only been doing that which has been done on other worlds” has a sort of understated power. It’s said in passing, so quickly that you could miss it if you weren’t paying…Read more →

  • John Dye, Executive Director of Skylight.org | Spiritual Wellness for Gen Z and Millennials | Branded for His Glory Podcast
    by dyejo on June 12, 2024 at 2:57 pm

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  • “El Tiempo Ha Llegado” and “Te glorificamos, oh Dios”
    by Chad Nielsen on June 12, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    There were two hymn texts in the Mexican Mission hymnals that I wasn’t really sure what to do with: “El Tiempo Ha Llegado” and “Te glorificamos, oh Dios.” Note: This is a part of an ongoing series, the Mexico Mission Hymns Project.  El Tiempo Ha Llegado Written by Ramón Garcías, “El tiempo ha llegado” was published in two editions of the Mexican Mission hymnal, but neither version gave an indication of tune to which it should be sung. Making matters more complicated, the first half of the verses have a regular meter (7.6.7.6.8.7) while the second half are all over the place for syllable lengths. I suspect Garcías had a tune in mind while writing, but didn’t have that included in the hymnal. Because of these complications, I did not produce a poetic translation or music to accompany this hymn. El Tiempo Ha Llegado Ramón Garcías No tune given Irregular Meter Hymn Text 1907 Spanish 1912 Spanish English Prose El tiempo ha llegado,   Según la predicción;Jesús ha principiado   Ya la restauración.Id ligeros mensajeros   Con vuestra red á pescar,A aquellos perdidos pueblos,   A gente harta de esperar.Entonad vuestras canciones,   Levantad vuestro perdón,Y decid á las naciones,   “Vamos al Monte de Sión.” El tiempo ha llegado,   Según la predicción;Jesús ha principiado   Ya la restauración.Id ligeros mensajeros   Con vuestra red á pescar,A aquellos perdidos pueblos,   A gente harta de esperar.Entonad vuestras canciones,   Levantad vuestro perdón,Y decid á las naciones,   “Vamos al Monte de Sión.” The time has come,   According to the prediction;Jesus has begun   Already the restoration.Go messengers…Read more →

  • Teacher Council Meetings for Parents
    by Larry Richman on June 12, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    In a recent update to the Church’s General Handbook, additional information was added about teacher council meetings for parents. Section 17.5 now reads as follows: Teacher Council Meetings for Parents The ward council may organize teacher council meetings for parents to help them improve gospel teaching in the home. Like other teacher council meetings, these are The post Teacher Council Meetings for Parents first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 8 – Seer Stones w/ Dr. Gerrit Dirkmaat (Full Interview)
    by Trevor Holyoak on June 11, 2024 at 1:03 pm

    Gerrit Dirkmaat was featured in episode 5. This is the full interview. Check out Dr. Dirkmaat’s podcast with Prof. Richard LeDuc: https://standardoftruth.com/   Gerrit Dirkmaat is an associate professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado in 2010, where he studied nineteenth-century American expansionism The post Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 8 – Seer Stones w/ Dr. Gerrit Dirkmaat (Full Interview) appeared first on FAIR.

  • Applications Open to be in the Tabernacle Choir
    by Larry Richman on June 11, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    The application and audition process for the 360-voice Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square opened this year on Saturday June 1, and will close Thursday, Aug. 15, 2024. The application guide and link are available on the choir’s website at TheTabernacleChoir.org. The annual four-phase application and audition process stretches up to 10 months, and auditions are The post Applications Open to be in the Tabernacle Choir first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • A Deep Dive into Alma Chapters 5-7: The Power of Self-Reflection and Spiritual Evaluation | BOMSocks
    by dyejo on June 10, 2024 at 8:52 pm

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  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Alma 5–7; Alma 8–12; Alma 13–16 – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on June 10, 2024 at 7:39 pm

    The ministry of Alma & Amulek (Alma 5–16) by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class. The scripture passages covered in his lessons don’t conform exactly to the Come, Follow Me reading schedule, so they will The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Alma 5–7; Alma 8–12; Alma 13–16 – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • “If You Believe” Music Video
    by Larry Richman on June 10, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    A new music video “If You Believe” was released on the Church’s Strive to Be youth channel. Filmed in Costa Rica, the three-minute music video features scenes of beaches, mountains, waterfalls, forests, and sunsets. Two dancers join Patch Crowe in performing choreographed moves to the song’s lyrics. Watch the video “If You Believe” below.  The post “If You Believe” Music Video first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • Consider Conference: Bridging the Two Great Commandments
    by FAIR Staff on June 9, 2024 at 9:27 pm

    2024 April General Conference, Sunday Afternoon Session Bridging the Two Great Commandments Elder Gary E. Stevenson Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Main Points  Our ability to follow Jesus Christ depends upon our strength and power to live the first and second commandments with balance and equal devotion. Gospel Principles taught  Our Father in The post Consider Conference: Bridging the Two Great Commandments appeared first on FAIR.

  • Sacred Time and Holy Space | David A. Bednar in #GeneralConference
    by dyejo on June 9, 2024 at 8:22 pm

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  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Alma 5–7 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on June 9, 2024 at 7:58 pm

    The Change of Heart by Autumn Dickson In the chapters for this week, we find various sermons and experiences from Alma as he is traveling from city to city to try and build up the church. In one of the areas, Zarahemla, he found some issues within the church that were plaguing the Saints and taking The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Alma 5–7 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Finding spiritual peace and strength through faith in Jesus Christ and adherence to sacred covenants | “Covenant Confidence through Jesus Christ” by Elder Ulisses Soares and “Be Still, and Know That I Am God” by Elder David A. Bednar
    by dyejo on June 9, 2024 at 2:35 pm

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  • Theology in Alma
    by Chad Nielsen on June 9, 2024 at 12:09 pm

    Just in time for us to study Alma in “Come, Follow Me,” the Latter-day Saint history blog From the Desk published an interview with Kylie Nielson Turley about theology in Alma. Kylie Nielson Turley wrote the Maxwell Institute’s brief theological introduction to the first half of the Book of Alma and has a lot of insights to share from her time researching and studying about Alma. What follows here is a copost to the full interview (a shorter post with excerpts and some discussion). There were a lot of important insights about Alma2 and his context in particular. One thought that struck me was that prior to his conversion, he and the other unbelievers may have been participating in a competing religious movement rather than just opposing the church that his father led: Unlike people throughout the Book of Mormon who dwindle in unbelief—seemingly for personal reasons or for shared reasons but from a personal standpoint—these unbelievers are united by common beliefs, shared practices, and group identification. They are not simply dwindling into apostasy as individuals. They are organized; they have standard beliefs; and they can vocalize their message. They are persuasive, and they are trying to recruit others; they work to persuade members to leave the Church of God and join them. Notably, the unbelievers are “not half so numerous as the people of God; but because of the dissensions among the brethren, they became more numerous” (Mosiah 26:6).…Read more →

  • Elder Ulisses Soares | April 2024 General Conference | ‘Covenant Confidence through Jesus Christ’ Summary and Study Questions
    by dyejo on June 9, 2024 at 12:35 am

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  • Elder David A. Bednar | April 2024 General Conference | ‘Be Still, and Know That I Am God’ Summary
    by dyejo on June 8, 2024 at 5:42 pm

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  • Restore 2024 | A Faith Matters Gathering | September 5-7, 2024 | Speakers and Performers
    by dyejo on June 7, 2024 at 6:07 pm

    We are excited to announce our first batch of speakers and performers at Restore 2024! REGISTER FOR RESTORE SCHEDULE OVERVIEW Thursday Sep 5th 6pm: Evensong performance 7pm: Art exhibition opening and…

  • Safety in Church Activities
    by Larry Richman on June 7, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    On June 4, 2024, the First Presidency sent a letter to Church leaders reaffirming the guidelines for safety in Church activities. Ward and stake leaders, along with supporting councils and committees, are responsible to oversee the planning of Church-sponsored activities. This planning includes the temporal and spiritual safety of participants. Leaders should use good judgment The post Safety in Church Activities first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • The Church in the Courts, 2024
    by Stephen C on June 7, 2024 at 8:00 am

    The website “Court Listener” is a publicly available source for looking up cases around the country. By searching for the term “Latter-day” I looked for all cases involving the Church that were filed sometime during 2024. Of course, I am no lawyer (unlike By Common Consent, our bench is quite shallow on the legal side of things), so I uploaded the court PDFs to ChatGPT to explain the role of the Church in the respective case. I did not include one divorce case that was picked up or any case that simply cited a case that the Church was involved in. As seen, most of the Church’s involvement is with amicus briefs, or briefs filed by parties who are not directly involved in the case, but who want to make their perspective on the case known.   People In Interest of C.M.W.R., 22CA0925 (Colo. Ct. App. 2024) Colorado Court of Appeals In the case referenced, the role of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is central to the incident under examination. Here are the key points: Incident Location: The fire occurred at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Meetinghouse in Fruita, Colorado. Damage: The fire resulted in more than one million dollars in damage to the church building. Connection to the Juvenile: The juvenile, identified in the case as C.M.W.R., was arrested in connection with this fire and subsequently charged with criminal mischief, first-degree arson, and second-degree burglary. The…Read more →

  • To Celebrate His 100th Birthday, President Nelson Invites Us to Reach Out To “The One”
    by Larry Richman on June 6, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    In about 100 days, on September 9, President Russell M. Nelson will celebrate his 100th birthday. In a social media post, he invited us to reach out to “the one.”     The post To Celebrate His 100th Birthday, President Nelson Invites Us to Reach Out To “The One” first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • Joseph Smith’s Uncanonized Revelations
    by Chad Nielsen on June 6, 2024 at 8:44 am

    I don’t think it’s a secret that I have an ongoing fascination with the Doctrine and Covenants. I am, after all, publishing a book about it this winter and (as my Mexican Mission Hymns project is coming to a close), I’m beginning work on an annotated edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. But that fascination extends beyond the Doctrine and Covenants to include other documents that are similar to those found within. Thus, I’m excited to note that BYU and Deseret Book recently published a new collection of Joseph Smith’s non-canonical revelations. And the authors recently shared some information about their work on Joseph Smith’s Uncanonized Revelations at the Latter-day Saint history blog From the Desk. What follows here is a copost to the full discussion. In the discussion, Stephen O. Smoot and Brian C. Passantino noted some of the impetus for their collection: Thanks to the scholarly work of the Joseph Smith Papers Project, these uncanonized revelations are now better understood and accessible to readers around the world. However, average readers will probably find it difficult or bothersome to sift through all twenty-seven volumes of the Joseph Smith Papers to locate these uncanonized revelations. Our new book, Joseph Smith’s Uncanonized Revelations, published conjointly by the Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University and Deseret Book, aims to remove that barrier to help facilitate access to these fascinating documents. The Joseph Smith Papers Project laid the foundation for this book.…Read more →

  • May 2024 Updates to Church General Handbook
    by Larry Richman on June 5, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    The Church’s General Handbook continues to be updated periodically. Some of the updates in the latest release are listed below. Chapter 12 (“Primary”) has been updated and reorganized. Additional information about teacher council meetings for parents has been included (see 17.5). Guidelines for confirming converts have been updated (see 18.8). Instructions about weekly missionary coordination The post May 2024 Updates to Church General Handbook first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • Exploring Skylight: A Beacon of Holistic Wellness for Young Adults | Moments with Marianne
    by dyejo on June 3, 2024 at 11:17 am

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  • Consider Conference: A Higher Joy
    by FAIR Staff on June 2, 2024 at 8:22 pm

    2024 April General Conference, Saturday Afternoon Session A Higher Joy Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Main Points May we all seek and find the higher joy that comes from devoting our lives to our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son.  Profound joy and confidence comes from following the Savior The post Consider Conference: A Higher Joy appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 29–Alma 4 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on June 1, 2024 at 3:10 pm

    Mosiah and Amlici by Autumn Dickson Within the chapters this week, we see two contrasted examples of men who are types of the Savior and Satan. It’s remarkable that these two examples were so closely put together within these chapters, and it’s very easy to observe the Plan of Salvation on a minute scale because The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 29–Alma 4 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Asking Big Questions: How Can I Know If I’ve Been Forgiven?
    by Trevor Holyoak on May 30, 2024 at 10:36 pm

    by Kamryn Maughan The “Asking Big Questions” series is made in cooperation with the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project. Going to the Savior, Peter asked, “How oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?” Jesus responded, “I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21–22). The post Asking Big Questions: How Can I Know If I’ve Been Forgiven? appeared first on FAIR.

  • Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 7 – Seer Stones w/ Allen Hansen (Full Interview)
    by Trevor Holyoak on May 28, 2024 at 3:08 pm

    Allen Hansen was featured in episode 2. This is the full interview. Check out Allen’s other work: https://independent.academia.edu/HansenAllen   Sarah Allen is a senior researcher with FAIR, and the 2022 recipient of the John Taylor: Defender of the Faith Award. By profession, she works in mortgage compliance and is a freelance copyeditor. An avid reader, The post Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 7 – Seer Stones w/ Allen Hansen (Full Interview) appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 25–28; Mosiah 29–Alma 4 – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on May 27, 2024 at 11:32 pm

    Conversion of Alma & the sons of Mosiah; commencement of the reign of the judges; Nehor & the Amlicites (Mosiah 26–Alma 4) by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class. The scripture passages covered in his The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 25–28; Mosiah 29–Alma 4 – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: Covenant Confidence through Jesus Christ
    by FAIR Staff on May 27, 2024 at 3:14 am

    2024 April General Conference, Saturday Morning Session Covenant Confidence through Jesus Christ Elder Ulisses Soares Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Main Points When we enter the Lord’s house, we embark on a sacred journey of learning to become higher and holier disciples of Christ.  Confidence before God comes from covenant living The construction The post Consider Conference: Covenant Confidence through Jesus Christ appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 25–28 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on May 25, 2024 at 10:35 pm

    Belief Comes First by Autumn Dickson In the chapters this week in Mosiah, we learn about the rising generation who did not believe in the word of God. They had not been around in the time of King Benjamin, and so they didn’t have the same experiences as their parents. There is one verse in The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 25–28 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 18–24 – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on May 20, 2024 at 1:30 pm

    Ammon’s expedition; Limhi & Alma’s escape to Zarahemla (Mosiah 7–8, 18–25) by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class. The scripture passages covered in his lessons don’t conform exactly to the Come, Follow Me reading schedule, The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 18–24 – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: Faithful to the End
    by FAIR Staff on May 19, 2024 at 9:10 pm

    2024 April General Conference, Saturday Evening Session Faithful to the End Sister Andrea Muñoz Spannaus Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency Main Points Sister Spannaus addressed her remarks to the youth of the Church. By His hand, you will be able to bring down every Goliath that appears in your life.  Gospel Principles The post Consider Conference: Faithful to the End appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 18–24 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on May 19, 2024 at 4:53 am

    They Were Just Dancing by Autumn Dickson This post will probably not be a popular one, at least in terms of the world, but it’s definitely an important one. One of the stories we read about this week is painful and tragic. Mosiah 20:1 Now there was a place in Shemlon where the daughters of The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 18–24 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 6 – Seer Stones: Why Aren’t They Used Today?
    by Trevor Holyoak on May 14, 2024 at 1:16 pm

    In this episode, Jennifer, Zach, and Sarah discuss why seer stones are no longer used today. Throughout this 6 part series, Me, My Shelf, & I will tackle and refute claims about the seer stones head-on using facts from the historical narrative. Timestamps: (00:00) Introduction (1:35) Background (13:39) Peace Child (21:11) Conclusion   Sarah Allen The post Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 6 – Seer Stones: Why Aren’t They Used Today? appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: God’s Intent is to Bring You Home
    by FAIR Staff on May 12, 2024 at 8:39 pm

    2024 April General Conference, Sunday Morning Session God’s Intent is to Bring You Home Elder Patrick Kearon Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Main Points Everything about the Father’s plan for His beloved children is designed to bring everyone home. Our choices really matter, even though God’s plan is designed to bring us home The post Consider Conference: God’s Intent is to Bring You Home appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 11–17 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on May 11, 2024 at 4:25 pm

    He is Justice by Autumn Dickson This week, we find Abinadi standing before King Noah and his wicked priests. They love to lounge around, preaching at people, and spending their strength in highly questionable ways. Abinadi teaches them a plethora of doctrine, the ten commandments, the Law of Moses and its true purpose in the The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 11–17 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 7–10; Mosiah 11–17 – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on May 6, 2024 at 8:37 pm

    Zeniff’s return to the land of Lehi‐Nephi; Abinadi’s confrontation with king Noah (Mosiah 9–17) by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class. The scripture passages covered in his lessons don’t conform exactly to the Come, Follow The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 7–10; Mosiah 11–17 – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 7–10 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on May 6, 2024 at 12:29 am

    Limhi and Repentance by Autumn Dickson One of the stories that starts to get introduced this week is that of Limhi and his people. The order of events over the next few (or ten) chapters can be a little confusing because you’re jumping around in the timeline, and you’re following different groups of people. This The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 7–10 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: It Is Wisdom in the Lord That We Should Have the Book of Mormon
    by FAIR Staff on May 5, 2024 at 11:29 pm

    2024 April General Conference, Sunday Afternoon Session It Is Wisdom in the Lord That We Should Have the Book of Mormon President Mark L. Pace Sunday School General President Main Points It is my prayer that reading the Book of Mormon this year will be a joy and a blessing for each of us. Study The post Consider Conference: It Is Wisdom in the Lord That We Should Have the Book of Mormon appeared first on FAIR.

  • Asking Big Questions: How Can I Find Jesus Christ in My Studies?
    by Trevor Holyoak on May 3, 2024 at 1:08 pm

    By Aubrey Barzee The “Asking Big Questions” series is made in cooperation with the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project. While every page of scripture testifies of Jesus Christ, actually having a Christ-centered study can be hard at times. With so many  responsibilities competing for our time, we might just read a few verses without getting much personal The post Asking Big Questions: How Can I Find Jesus Christ in My Studies? appeared first on FAIR.

  • Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 5 – Seer Stones: Did the Church Lie?
    by Trevor Holyoak on April 30, 2024 at 12:42 pm

    In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Zach discuss mentions of the seer stones throughout history. Throughout this 6 part series, Me, My Shelf, & I will tackle and refute claims about the seer stones head-on using facts from the historical narrative. Timestamps: (00:00) Introduction (5:44) Richard Bushman Statement (6:11) Overview (8:16) Gerrit Dirkmaat Interview (35:39) The post Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 5 – Seer Stones: Did the Church Lie? appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: Words Matter
    by FAIR Staff on April 28, 2024 at 2:21 pm

    2024 April General Conference, Sunday Afternoon Session Words Matter Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Main Points Words set a tone. They voice our thoughts, feelings, and experiences, for good or bad. God’s words matter. The prophets’ words matter. And our words matter. Gospel Principles taught  Jesus Christ, Prayer, Scriptures, The post Consider Conference: Words Matter appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 4–6 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on April 28, 2024 at 3:08 am

    Watch Your Thoughts by Autumn Dickson King Benjamin doesn’t mess around with his sermon. He knows what he came to do, and he does it. He doesn’t mince words. He teaches some pretty essential doctrines with no apologies attached. Let’s talk about one of these no-nonsense doctrines. Mosiah 4:29-30 29 And finally, I cannot tell The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 4–6 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Upcoming BYU New Testament Conference Free to Attend
    by Scripture Central on April 27, 2024 at 11:40 am

    Upcoming BYU New Testament Conference Free to AttendPost contributed by Scripture CentralApril 27, 2024Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook This year’s BYU New Testament Commentary Conference will be held Friday, May 10, in the Reynolds Auditorium of the Harold B. Lee Library and will be divided into a morning and afternoon session. The conference is free and open to the public and sponsored by the BYU New Testament Commentary group, BYU Studies, and Scripture Central. The conference’s schedule is as follows. A PDF of the program can be downloaded here.   9:00 a.m. – Welcome and Acknowledgements Morning Session 9:10 a.m. – Keynote Address – “Joseph Smith as a Disciple” by Richard E. Turley, Jr. 9:40 a.m. – “Discipleship: The Outward Expression of the Life-changing Event for Paul and Alma” by Richard Draper 10:20 a.m. – Break 10:35 a.m. – “‘The Marks of the Lord Jesus’: The Radically Different Discipleship of Paul and Moroni” by Tom R. Roberts 11:20 a.m. – “The Effects of Consecrated Discipleship on Two Continents: Evidence from Acts and 4th Nephi” by Andrew Skinner 11:55 a.m. – Lunch break. Food courts and buffets are available at the Wilkinson Center. Books for sale at the BYU Studies office, 1063 JFSB. Afternoon Session 1:00 p.m. – “The Old Testament as a Springboard to Greater Faith” by Avram R. Shannon 1:45 p.m. – “Exaltation and Marriage in the Epistle to the Ephesians” by S. Kent Brown 2:30 p.m. – “Excurses: A Deep Dive into Scripture Study” by Brent J. Schmidt 3:10 p.m. – Break 3:25 p.m. – “Introductory Volume Leads to Christ through Sacred Texts” by Joshua M. Matson 4:10 p.m. – “One in Thy Hand: The New Testament and Book of Mormon as Handbooks of Church Administration and Discipleship” by John W. Welch   According to their website, the goal of the BYU New Testament Commentary project is for a group of Latter-day Saint scholars “to produce a multi-volume commentary on the New Testament with a new rendition of the Greek texts of the New Testament books. Planned to take several years to complete, this multi-volume series will combine the best of ancient linguistic and historical scholarship with Latter-day Saint doctrinal perspectives.” Eight volumes of the work, focused respectively on the books of Mark, Luke, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Hebrews, and Revelation, plus a new introductory volume on essential tools for understanding the New Testament, have already been published. See https://www.byunewtestamentcommentary.com for more information.   Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy    

  • Scripture Central and FIRM Foundation Explore Evidence of Phoenician Connections to the New World
    by Scripture Central on April 23, 2024 at 10:37 pm

    Scripture Central and FIRM Foundation Explore Evidence of Phoenician Connections to the New WorldPost contributed by Scripture CentralApril 23, 2024Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook Saturday evening, April 20, 2024, Richard Ferguson accepted the gracious invitation to speak alongside Rod Meldrum at the FIRM Foundation conference. Both agreed that the most important purpose of the Book of Mormon is to bring people to Jesus Christ, and the volume’s role as a witness to His divinity.  Both discussed how contention over geographic models is not only unproductive, but destructive in furthering the Restoration’s progress. They agreed that faithful people can have different interpretations of early church leader statements and of scientific evidence.  Rod and Richard discussed what specific areas the two groups have in common, namely:  The Book of Mormon is real history. Old World connections, such as Lehi’s travel along identifiable points of the spice trails through Arabia before reaching Oman to build a ship in a place called Bountiful. Hebraisms and other clear indications of the book having been written by ancient scribal prophets. Transoceanic voyages. Potential Phoenician contact to help Mulek arrive to the new world. Seed of Lehi over North and South America. Prophecies and promises in the Book of Mormon are true. In an effort to collaborate in these areas of common agreement, Scripture Central agreed to work with FIRM Foundation to publish findings regarding the potential Mulekite and Phoenician connections, by exploring evidence for transoceanic voyages and contact prior to Columbus. Though other strictly potential avenues for collaboration were discussed on stage, Mr. Ferguson also affirmed that for now, Scripture Central will concentrate only on areas of agreement. Future events may present opportunities for expanding cooperation.  Rod and Richard also stressed the importance that all believing members of the church should avoid contention or judging the characters of various writers or speakers, and communicate respectfully, reasonably, and cordially. They should refrain from using any pejorative or derogatory language.  “We hope this will be the beginning of a new era of mutual respect, regardless of opinions as to where the Book of Mormon events occurred. We believe that this joint research can lead to further opportunities for collaboration. In the meantime, Scripture Central will continue its mission to illuminate and defend divine truth, its central mission,” said Richard Ferguson, Volunteer Executive Director, Scripture Central.  Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy    

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 1–3; Mosiah 4–6 – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on April 22, 2024 at 4:47 pm

    King Benjamin’s temple sermon (Mosiah 2–6) by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class. The scripture passages covered in his lessons don’t conform exactly to the Come, Follow Me reading schedule, so they will be shared The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 1–3; Mosiah 4–6 – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: Put Ye On the Lord Jesus Christ
    by FAIR Staff on April 21, 2024 at 11:43 pm

    2024 April General Conference, Saturday Morning Session Put Ye On the Lord Jesus Christ Sister J. Anette Dennis First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency Main Points Through honoring our covenants, we enable God to pour out the multitude of promised blessings associated with those covenants.  As we choose to draw nearer to Him The post Consider Conference: Put Ye On the Lord Jesus Christ appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 1–3 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on April 20, 2024 at 2:41 pm

    The Lord Supports Me by Autumn Dickson Maybe this week’s message was meant for me. I definitely needed to hear it. I feel like every time I’ve sat down to write a message, I’ve been hitting my head against a wall. I had all these goals about getting ahead and being on top of things, The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Mosiah 1–3 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Enos–Words of Mormon – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on April 16, 2024 at 4:06 pm

    Enos’s wrestle with God; Nephite spiritual decline; Mosiah led righteous Nephites to Zarahemla (Enos, Jarom, Omni, Words of Mormon, Mosiah 1) by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class. The scripture passages covered in his lessons The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Enos–Words of Mormon – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Enos–Words of Mormon – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on April 15, 2024 at 4:25 am

    Enos is Changed by Prayer by Autumn Dickson When I was younger, I remember reading the exchange between Enos and the Lord and finding some of the comments kinda interesting. Enos prays for forgiveness and for his people, and it’s beautiful, but the prayer doesn’t end there. As part of his exchange with the Lord, The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Enos–Words of Mormon – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: Rejoice in the Gift of Priesthood Keys
    by FAIR Staff on April 14, 2024 at 10:10 pm

    2024 April General Conference, Sunday Afternoon Session Rejoice in the Gift of Priesthood Keys President Russell M. Nelson President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Main Points Priesthood keys govern how the priesthood of God may be used to bring about the Lord’s purposes and bless all who accept the restored gospel.  The post Consider Conference: Rejoice in the Gift of Priesthood Keys appeared first on FAIR.

  • Cornerstone: A FAIR Temple Preparation Podcast – Episode 7: Temple Themes in the Book of Mormon with Andrew Miller
    by Trevor Holyoak on April 11, 2024 at 3:27 pm

    The scriptures have much they can teach us about the meaning and importance of temples. A growing body of research is showing that the Book of Mormon contains temple themes. Andrew Miller, who has recently published a paper on this topic, joins us to discuss some of these themes and how they can make our The post Cornerstone: A FAIR Temple Preparation Podcast – Episode 7: Temple Themes in the Book of Mormon with Andrew Miller appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Jacob 5–7 – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on April 9, 2024 at 2:06 am

    The Allegory of the Olive Tree; Jacob contended with Sherem (Jacob 4–7) by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class. The scripture passages covered in his lessons don’t conform exactly to the Come, Follow Me reading The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Jacob 5–7 – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Jacob 5–7 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on April 6, 2024 at 7:27 pm

    Servants in the Vineyard by Autumn Dickson There are a ton of resources out there regarding the Allegory of the Olive Tree found in Jacob 5. You can find information about olive trees and why they’re such a fantastic symbol. You can find timelines for the gathering and scattering of Israel that very closely follow the The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Jacob 5–7 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Asking Big Questions: How Can I Prepare for General Conference?
    by Trevor Holyoak on April 5, 2024 at 7:48 pm

    by Shauna Horne The “Asking Big Questions” series is made in cooperation with the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project. General conference is a time for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to hear from the beloved prophet and apostles. Conference weekend is always spiritually uplifting, but preparing beforehand is essential if we want The post Asking Big Questions: How Can I Prepare for General Conference? appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Jacob 1–4 – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on April 3, 2024 at 5:54 pm

    Jacob’s temple sermon (Jacob 1–3) by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class. The scripture passages covered in his lessons don’t conform exactly to the Come, Follow Me reading schedule, so they will be shared here The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Jacob 1–4 – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 4 – Seer Stones: How did Joseph use the Seer Stone?
    by Trevor Holyoak on April 2, 2024 at 12:43 pm

    In this episode, Zach, Sarah, and Jennifer discuss the mechanics and methods of the translation process. Throughout this 6 part series, Me, My Shelf, & I will tackle and refute claims about the seer stones head-on using facts from the historical narrative. Timestamps: (00:00) Introduction (2:58) The Mechanics of Translation (4:24) Curtains (8:12) Methods of The post Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 4 – Seer Stones: How did Joseph use the Seer Stone? appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Jacob 1–4 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on April 1, 2024 at 12:56 pm

    Love and Great Anxiety by Autumn Dickson I think one of the defining characteristics of Jacob is his desire to do right by his people. When you go through his writings, it’s very clear that he thinks of them often and wants to steer them in the right way. It is this characteristic that I The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Jacob 1–4 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: Jesus Christ is the Treasure
    by FAIR Staff on March 31, 2024 at 5:50 pm

    2023 October General Conference, Sunday Afternoon Session Jesus Christ is the Treasure Elder Dale G. Renlund, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Main Points Taking for granted or undervaluing what is nearby is “looking beyond the mark” Jesus Christ is our mark; we have to take care not to look beyond him. The blessings The post Consider Conference: Jesus Christ is the Treasure appeared first on FAIR.

  • Mission Journals from Early “Lady Missionaries” Now Available from Church Historian’s Press
    by Sarah Allen on March 25, 2024 at 12:30 pm

    Last week, the Church History Department published online the missionary journals from two of the very first single sister missionaries ever to be called. The two women, Eliza Chipman and Josephine Booth, served in Scotland as companions 125 years ago. Being able to contrast the two journals gives a fuller picture of the lives they The post Mission Journals from Early “Lady Missionaries” Now Available from Church Historian’s Press appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: Our Constant Companion
    by FAIR Staff on March 24, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    2023 October General Conference, Sunday Morning Session Our Constant Companion President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency Main Points President Eyring offers a brief letter to his posterity in hopes it will help them when he is no longer with them. This talk is meant to share with them (and us) what The post Consider Conference: Our Constant Companion appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Easter – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on March 23, 2024 at 5:25 pm

    How to Find Peace by Autumn Dickson There is a verse in the bible that is probably one of the most quoted and appreciated verses of all time. Christ shared it the night of the Passover amidst instituting the sacrament, teaching and prophesying, and washing the feet of His disciples. He spoke peace to His The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Easter – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Joseph Smith Wives: The End of Polygamy (Part 3)
    by Scripture Central on March 22, 2024 at 6:00 am

    Joseph Smith Wives: The End of Polygamy (Part 3)Post contributed by Scripture CentralMarch 22, 2024Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amQpLer7it4 The following content is a transcript from Tyler Griffin and Anthony Sweat’s ‘Come Follow Me’ discussion on ‘The End of Polygamy.’ To watch the full video, click here.  If you stop and think about it for a moment, what an amazing thing that there are times in your life where, if you think about this you’ll probably be able to identify a few of them, where God has asked you to open your hands and let go of something that you were really comfortable with or you had gotten used to or you were in a comfort zone and he sometimes will ask you to let go of that thing. In this case, it was plural marriage, or, Joseph Smith polygamy, for these people. But you’ll notice he doesn’t ever leave people empty-handed. He replaces it with something even better.  When we’re willing to trust him and believe that He knows what He’s doing, to use some of the ideas that Isaiah teaches in Isaiah chapter 40 where he’s trying to reason with these people who are having a really hard time trusting God and believing that He’s going to fulfill all these promises that He’s made, Isaiah goes into this mode where he’s asking them questions, where he says things like, “Who has measured the Heavens with a measuring rod? Who’s held all of the waters of the earth in the hollows of His hand? Who’s held all of the lands and the nations of the earth in balance? Who can counsel God?” He’s giving us this idea that we need to be meek and recognize God knows what He’s doing. In 2 Nephi 27, midway through the very last paragraph, I just look back to kind of what we were saying about his focus. He says, “ The Lord had decreed the establishment of Zion, He has decreed the finishing of this temple, he had decreed that salvation of living and dead should be given in these valleys, in the mountains and Almighty God decreed the devil should not afford it.” If you can understand that, that is the key to it. That shows his motivation right there for ending plural marriage, including Joseph Smith wives. That’s beautiful. Now I said ending but maybe it’s important to note that 1890 did not end up leading to the end of plural marriage. It opened the door for the ending of plural marriage. You know, I heard a colleague of mine one time say that the starting of plural marriage, we like to think of plural marriages starting and stopping like a kitchen faucet like turned on turned off, and he said the starting of plural marriage it’s more like one of those big fire hydrants or dam wells where it was really difficult and really slow and the ending of plural marriage, turning that thing off was really difficult and really slow.  The Second Manifesto  So in 1904, the church gives what has come to be known as the Second Manifesto. And what’s going on in between here is that Wilford Woodruff says “We intend to submit to the laws of the land.” We’re not going to teach the practice of plural marriage anymore, but we send people to Canada and Mexico and many plural marriages still take place in the Church, sometimes without Wilford Woodruff’s knowledge. So it just kind of continues as a whole and two things lead up to a second manifesto. One of them is that B.H. Roberts is elected to Congress and he has three wives and he is not allowed to take his side. He will not let him sit in Congress. He’s like, “Nope he’s a polygamist.” And then in 1903 Reed Smoot, who’s monogamous and has one wife. Oh, sorry, to add some context, in 1896 Utah becomes a state. We get statehood and we’re able to send people to Congress and the senate but they won’t let Reed Smoot take his seat. Back in the senate, they’re like, “We need to investigate this man and we need to make sure that he is loyal and that the Latter-Day Saints are loyal because we have heard too many rumors that they’re continuing to do a polygamy.” So there’s going to be these hearings. They’ll call President Joseph F. Smith. Wilford Woodruff has now died. Joseph F. Smith is the prophet; they call him to testify for the Senate. They make him lay open things about the temple endowment. There’s a lot of difficulties, but at the end of the day, after the Reed Smoot hearings, they number one, they allow Reed Smoot to take his seat. One of the classic lines from his hearing is one of the senators says, “I would rather a polygamist who doesn’t polygamy than a monogamous who doesn’t monogamy,” kind of as a jab, like, “Hey, he might belong to a church that had polygamy, but he’s a better, more moral man than a bunch of you other senators who I know are not loyal to your wives.” So Reed Smoot’s actually able to take his seat and does great work, changing the reputation of the church in Washington. But one of the results is Joseph F. Smith comes home and says, “We’re drawing the line honestly on plural marriage,” and he issues what’s called the Second Manifesto, which in essence says anybody who enters into a new plural marriage, excluding Joseph Smith wives which happened before, from here forward will be excommunicated from the church, and there were many who did that, yeah. And one of the difficulties was we even lose some of our apostles, in particular, John W. Taylor, will be excommunicated from the church after the Second Manifesto because he refused to agree that plural marriage should be relinquished. So you would think, “Okay, now we’re done, that’s the end, right?” Wrong, this is where you get some splinter groups and some break-off groups. It’s the point of departure for them where they say, “You know what? Joseph was a prophet, Brother Brigham was a prophet, John Taylor was a prophet, but Wilford Woodruff got it wrong, and now Joseph Smith, he’s got it wrong.” So they break off. There are different splinter groups to begin here. This really starts the core of what is known today as FLDS or fundamentalists, and fundamentalist means they believe in, as it was called, the principle. They called polygamy the principle, and they think it is fundamental to this. They think it’s the end-all, be-all. So what happens is you get these different groups breaking off, some bigger than others and more influential than others, but they keep declaring to the world that they are what used to be called Mormons, that they’re members of this Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or other break-off groups. And so there’s this association of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with these groups; you’re guilty by association at that point. So, and there’s even—I should add, even during this time period we’ve gone through this, to this back to the slow turn off, we still have some people who, they’re still not up to speed, and they’re like, “What? There was dirt?” And we even have on record Joseph F. Smith and others saying, writing stake presidents or bishops, saying, “Is anybody doing new plural marriages in your area?” They’re still trying to figure it out even after this, to put it into it. And then it gets so— it gets so contentious and such a big deal that we get what is called the Final Manifesto in 1933, clear down the road here in 1933. And this Final Manifesto, it’s kind of a game-changer because it becomes church policy that you don’t even talk about it, talk about, you don’t research polygamy or Joseph Smith wives, you don’t speak in your meetings, you don’t write in your journals about it. It’s kind of, become this taboo topic. It was Heber J. Grant who became the prophet in 1918, and I would say Heber J. Grant actually went on a proactive opposition against polygamy, even though, ironically, he was a polygamist and had three wives, but by the time he became church president, he was only one of his wives was living, and he really wants to see these put into place. So he proactively goes against, “Let’s not even talk about or teach about it because that will—let’s distance ourselves.” Yeah, we need to distance ourselves from some of these fundamentalist groups that have broken off, which one of the consequences of this policy is that people born, you know, in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, my parents, my parents, they never heard about polygamy other than they knew that they’re in some cases their grandpa or their even their dad or mom was raised in a polygamous home, curriculum, and it was never taught. This manifesto was so important that it’s a 16-page document, they had it read in every ward and you had to sign it, I mean. And then they really want to distance the church from this, and so you won’t see polygamy talked about in our church curriculum, so we get a generation from the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s who weren’t raised hearing polygamy talked about very much, which is the time that my parents came to be and then they give birth and so we don’t hear it talk about much and then in the 1990s, the internet starts to open up to popular mainstream and suddenly people are talking about it and so we’re going back and reading history saying, “Wait a minute, so we’re kind of the generation right now, um, that didn’t hear much about polygamy and now it’s everywhere again being talked about.” So if it kind of feels like there’s so much being said about it, it might be able to tie back to the final manifesto of it trying to be a little bit distanced from fundamentalist groups, which is so interesting because now, uh, our generations today, alive, people alive today, it can become a trial of faith for us in a different way than it was a trial of faith for the people from the 1840s through the 1890s who were asked to live it and then a different trail of faith for those who were asked to turn it off, to stop it, and then a different trial of faith—how will we talk about that, how have we talked about it and how do we teach about this? Well, it’s now a trial of our faith today to wrestle with it and grapple with it and say, “Hmm, what was really going on and how much of it was God’s will, how much of it was people just doing what they thought? Can I—can I just share one story with this?” Because at the heart of it, for every listener out there, the ultimate fundamental question is, do I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that God invested him with the keys to govern the kingdom with prophetic authority and that those have been passed down and do I believe that God is guiding that head of the church in with continuing revelation? That is really the heart of it. That’s it because the story—real quick story. I one time had a chance—I was with a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and there was a group of Muslim religious educators. They came; they wanted to learn how Latter-day Saints taught their youth, especially regarding Joseph Smith polygamy. So I was fortunate enough—this member of the Seventy and these Muslim religious educators with their translators—they came and watched me teach in your seminary class. Yeah, this is back in my seminary days. When we got done, we had a question-answer session, and one of the men raised their hand and said, “Is polygamy allowed in your church because in Islam the Prophet Muhammad says it is?” And I said I turned to the general authority like, “You’re the member of the Seventy; you answer that question.” And he turned back to me; he goes, “Go right ahead.” And I said something like, as best I can remember my words, I said something like, “You know it’s interesting to say that our Prophet Joseph Smith, our founding prophet, our Muhammad in his way received a revelation allowing a man to have more than one wife.” And then I said, “But then the U.S. government passed a bunch of laws that made it illegal, and so we quit practicing plural marriage.” And right when I said that the general authority stepped in, and he said, “Actually, that’s not correct.” He said, “Our Prophet Joseph Smith received a revelation allowing a man to have more than one wife, and our Prophet Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that that practice should cease.” And he said, “Our church functions on revelation from God.” And it was a great corrective for me to reorient what it was all about. That’s powerful for me. That’s the essence of Official Declaration 1 and Official Declaration 2. Do I feel like I’m smarter than God’s prophets? Do I feel like I know more, that I’m more connected with God than they are? I love, again back to Isaiah when he gives that statement that you’ll find at the very, very end of Second Nephi chapter 7, where Jacob is speaking to the people and he’s quoting Isaiah 50. Listen to this: “Behold, all ye that kindle fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks which ye have kindled. We can come up with all the rationale, all the reasoning, all of the excuses for why we think it was done the way it was done why it was wrong, or why it was right. We can kindle our own fire and walk by the light of our own sparks.” But he says, “This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.” That’s Isaiah speaking very plainly, saying you can walk by your own light, or you can turn to the light. One of the ways that we love in the church is trusting that God is guiding our prophet today for what we need, just like He guided Wilford Woodruff for what he needed, and Joseph Smith for what he needed regarding Joseph Smith polygamy, and Heber J. Grant for what he needed at that time. It’s a beautiful principle.  Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy    

  • Joseph Smith Wives: The End of Polygamy (Part 2)
    by Scripture Central on March 20, 2024 at 6:00 am

    Joseph Smith Wives: The End of Polygamy (Part 2)Post contributed by Scripture CentralMarch 20, 2024Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amQpLer7it4 The following content is a transcript from Tyler Griffin and Anthony Sweat’s ‘Come Follow Me’ discussion on ‘The End of Polygamy.’ To watch the full video, click here.  It was in 1890 October when the manifesto was presented to the church and accepted. That’s important to say by the way after the manifesto, and we need to read what he says, and we will, but it’s important to know that in October of 1890, at that General Conference, the manifesto was presented to the body of the church and was sustained unanimously. Although some did abstain from voting, the report in the Deseret News, anyway, was that it was unanimous. So after that now you have some aftermath that’s going to take place. And not everybody was cheering when they heard this news.  There were a lot of people who have sacrificed their lives, their good name, their fortune for plural marriage, and the families that were now existing, including Joseph Smith wives. And that is a big problem too because remember the moment we say we’re going to submit to the laws, the big question that comes up is what about our existing families? Does that mean that husbands who have two wives or three wives that they’re going to choose to only stay with one and abandon the other two women? Where, you know, Zina Huntington Young says the hearts of many were tried with this announcement and there were a lot of unresolved and kind of nebulous questions in the air.  After it was announced this is a difficult time and there were still some people trying to perform marriages. When Wilford Woodruff found out that one had been performed in the endowment house, what did he do? He tears down the endowment house but what’s hard is that some people, in that context too, they were wondering now is this just Wilford Woodruff appeasing the government?  It’s important to know that in the mid 1880s, we send people proactively up to Canada and down to Mexico to go practice plural marriage because we’re like okay, if in America we’re having issues maybe we can send people to these other countries. So even after it’s announced there’s some people that are wondering “Are we just saying and appeasing this?” “Do we really mean that we’re going to stop this?” “What about existing families?” And Wilford Woodruff says, “I did not say that you should abandon your families,” Correct? “Husbands, you have no right to abandon your wives and children.” And so many people continue to live in plural marriages as well so we’ve painted the picture hopefully with some of the historical and cultural and political landscape that’s surrounding this manifesto in 1890. Now let’s actually read some of the the parts of the actual declaration. And it’s important too, as we read both Official Declaration One and Two, these are declarations that a revelation has been received. These aren’t the revelations themselves, which maybe if the revelation was written down word for word we would have had them or that the church would have had them incorporated into sections of the Doctrine and Covenants if it was a “Thus saith the Lord” kind of thing. This is a declaration that these key revelations were received as a whole and some explanations around them. So they introduced these press dispatches in the first paragraph, having been sent for political purposes from Salt Lake City which have been widely published, to the effect that the Utah commission, in their recent report to the secretary of the interior, allege that plural marriages are still being solemnized and that 40 or more such marriages have been contracted in Utah since last June or during the past year.  He goes on to say in the second paragraph, “I therefore, as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, do hereby, in the most solemn manner, declare that these charges are false. We’re not teaching polygamy or plural marriage nor permitting any person to enter into its practice and I deny that either 40, or any other number of plural marriages, have happened during that time period been solemnized in our temple wherein another place in the territory.” I’m just going to jump down to the paragraph where he says, “Inasmuch as laws have been enacted by Congress forbidding plural marriages, which laws have been pronounced constitutional by the court of last resort,” that’s the Supreme Court that we kind of talked about, “I hereby declare my intention to submit to those laws and use my influence with members of the Church over which I preside to have them do likewise.” That’s really the crux of it is “We fought this. You said it’s constitutional. The Lord has revealed to me that we should stop teaching this practice. I intend to use my influence to have the Church submit to this going forward.”  Now as you jump down below there’s the statement from President Lorenzo Snow to get the sustaining vote to make this official. And then underneath that you get these excerpts from three addresses by President Wilford Woodruff regarding polygamy, or, Joseph Smith polygamy. These six terms are excellent. These are amazing and that first paragraph there, the first line of the first paragraph is a fairly common phrase that we use in the Church, attributed to Wilford Woodruff, where he says, “the Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as president of this Church to lead you astray.” It is not in the program, it is not in the mind of God.  And by the way, Wilford Woodruff isn’t the first person I’ve ever found as I’ve researched and looked at this. Brigham Young says that “the Lord will not permit the president of the Church to lead the Church astray” and it’s been reiterated by many people, many church leaders. Even as recently as Elder Ballard has said, “The Lord won’t allow the leaders of the Church to lead you astray.” Now one of the things that I think is important here is to understand what that means or could mean, anyway. The word astray some people interpret as saying the Lord won’t permit his leaders of the Church to ever make any mistakes. Now, while that is fine to make that interpretation, I personally don’t think that’s accurate.  The restoration of the Gospel kicks off with a prophet losing 116 pages of sacred scripture after all. The Lord allows us, as we learn and grow, and leaders, local stake and even general leaders, to make mistakes. That’s different than leading astray. And maybe one analogy that I like to give is that we all as parents make mistakes and we sit down and try to lead our families as best as possible. And we pray and we seek for revelation and we get revelation and we get inspiration to guide our families, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t make mistakes in implementing it or in figuring it out along the way. And if I brought in my children and lined them up and said, “Do your mom and dad ever make mistakes leading your family as parents?” They would have to fill up another hour’s worth of this show documenting how many mistakes we make as parents in our weakness. But if you asked our children, “Do your mom and dad lead your family astray?” Now that’s a whole nother question altogether. And the promise is that the prophets will not lead us astray from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the covenants and ordinances thereof. That’s how I interpret this. It’s beautiful. It’s that idea that when you look at repentance the way that President Russell M. Nelson talked about it in General Conference a few years ago, using the Greek word “metanoia”, it’s to change. I think that we can look at that word and that idea of repentance not in this, “I’ve committed this serious sin,” it’s just “sometimes we need to change”. Sometimes we need to shift the way we’re looking or re-tune our ears or shift our heart, turn our heart, or adjust something. That’s repentance! And I don’t just repent individually, my wife and I repent collectively in our home. And our family repents. We change, we adjust, we make improvements over time, and we seek God’s will throughout that process. Well the church collectively, under President Nelson’s definition, repenting doesn’t mean that they committed a serious sin or doesn’t mean they led the church astray, it’s just that we’re making a change. We’re getting more in line now with what is needed based on what God is giving us. And there’s power in sticking with God’s prophets, seers, and revelators, who are watchmen on the tower. They have a more elevated view than I have. And by the way, if you look at the beacon of what the Church is aimed towards, there’s something in the center goal’s eye. It obviously is the Savior, but it’s in connection to the Savior through the ordinances of the temple through the ordinances of the gospel and the ordinances of the temple. And so when the prophets say we won’t lead you astray, they’re saying we will always teach you the Gospel of Jesus Christ and administer the ordinances of salvation and exaltation and we won’t lead you astray from that. And the very fact that Wilford Woodruff is saying, “Lord, do you want us to keep practicing plural marriage or do you want us to lose the ability to perform the ordinances of salvation and exaltation” shows him keeping the church in line with God’s will. This is an example of keeping the Church on the path of the ordinances, outside of Joseph Smith wives. Now in the second excerpt that’s given at this Stake Conference, he asks them, because there are a lot of people who are like, “We’ve mentioned they’re wrestling with this.” They’re trying to figure out if this really is from God and he says, “In order to answer that question you need to step back and answer a different question,” which is really the crux of the matter that was facing him as the prophet at the time, which was “Should we allow the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve, and all the leaders to be imprisoned? Should we lose all of the assets of the Church including the temples? Should we break up all these families because the men are in prison, or should we let go of plural marriage?” That’s the question he’s asking them to answer and it’s fascinating to me that previous to 1890, I could be wrong but I don’t know of any records of any sealings of children to parents taking place in the temples. And then it’s a few years after the manifesto where we get to retain our temples, hold on to them and we get to move forward in not having the First Presidency arrested and the Quorum of the Twelve and all these men put in prison. Then the revelation comes in the St George temple to start sealing children to parents.  Some people might not be aware that prior to this time, during the time of Joseph Smith polygamy, and you’ll see the connection here in a second, that we weren’t sealing children to parents and children to their parents. We were not sealing vertically, we were often sealing horizontally or dynastically. Sometimes they called it the Law of Adoption and people would be sealed up to prominent church leaders’ families. And in 1894, I believe is the year, just a few years after the manifesto, is when we get to retain the temples. This revelation comes where the Lord tells Wilford Woodruff, “You seal parents to children and make the chain vertical,” which has been the direction we’ve gone ever since. What a blessing for countless people on both sides of the veil.  Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy    

  • Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 3 – Seer Stones: Post-Biblical Folk Magic
    by Trevor Holyoak on March 19, 2024 at 9:10 am

    In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Zach take us through the history of folk magic through post-biblical times. Throughout this 6 part series, Me, My Shelf, & I will tackle and refute claims about the seer stones head-on using facts from the historical narrative. Timestamps: (00:00) Introduction (03:40) The fall of Rome and why it The post Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 3 – Seer Stones: Post-Biblical Folk Magic appeared first on FAIR.

  • Joseph Smith Wives: The End of Polygamy (Part 1)
    by Scripture Central on March 18, 2024 at 6:00 am

    Joseph Smith Wives: The End of Polygamy (Part 1)Post contributed by Scripture CentralMarch 18, 2024Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amQpLer7it4 The following content is a transcript from Tyler Griffin and Anthony Sweat’s ‘Come Follow Me’ discussion on ‘The End of Polygamy.’ To watch the full video, click here. It is important for us to keep in mind that the article of faith number nine says that we don’t just believe in the many revelations that have been given or that were currently being given to the prophet in 1842 but many great and important things would be revealed in future times as the need arises. I think it’s important right out of the chute before we jump into the actual Official Declaration 1 to set the stage historically and culturally or the need for what they called the manifesto this ending of plural marriage and any ties to Joseph Smith wives. Because a lot is going on in the United States and there are two things that are really in the crosshairs of those lawmakers back east. They call them the twin relics of barbarism. And the twin twin relics of barbarism are slavery and polygamy.  It’s at the 1856 Republican National Convention that the republican party, in essence, says, “We’re going to take these two things on so a lot of people don’t realize that the ending of polygamy is actually very tied to the ending of slavery and the Civil War.” They’re very connected. And the Civil War because of the ending of slavery once this one ending of slavery in the Civil War when that was settled in the mid-1860s then they start to shift their attention to say, “let’s end the other relic of the barbarism of polygamy in America.” So in the 1870s and 80s a lot of attention shifted in particular out west to the Latter-day Saints. We’re practicing it on our own in Utah territory not in a territory we weren’t. We were not going to be a state until 1896 we were a federal territory which means we were not allowed to pick our own leaders they were appointed by the the federal government back in Washington DC.  Plural Marriage and Governing Laws  It’s important to note that the first time that polygamy was publicly announced for everyone to hear was in a church conference on the 29th of August 1852 in Salt Lake. So, in 1852, now 10 years later, on the 8th of July 1862, Justin Morrill of Vermont introduced a bill into Congress called the Moral Act. This was the first bill that goes after polygamy, and people may not recognize this but Abraham Lincoln was the president who signed that bill into law. And you know the the moral anti-bigamy act as it’s known really didn’t have any teeth behind it. Let’s also say first it’s important to recognize too that Latter-day Saints didn’t invent plural marriage. There’s been research done by American history scholars who have shown that there were a bunch of different groups that were practicing plural marriage. Native American African-Americans even some Catholic. And so this isn’t just aiming at the Latter-day Saints but we are the most prominent group and the most vocal about it and we’re out west on our own you have to you have to recognize that this time in American history too. They’re trying to colonize when I say they I mean Easterners, particularly Washington DC politicians. They want to they want to westernize the west and they kind of feel like particularly those lottery Saints out west. There’s a lot of mixing of church and state. They’re out there on their own we’re not sure they’re loyal to the federal government. We’re not sure where they stand we got to reign them in and get them under control and so these bills start to pass partly because of all these tensions but they can’t really do anything about it originally because it’s a civil war you can pass laws but if you don’t enforce them the laws mean almost nothing.  So the penalty under the moral act was a $500 fine and imprisonment for a term of five years. But with the civil war taking place back east and no federal officials to enforce it either they’re not that the law is not being enforced.  Joseph Smith Wives: The Edmunds-Tucker Act So then you get the Edmunds Bill in 1882 so this is 20 years after the Moral Bill. There were a handful of bills in between that tried to give the federal government. The way the Columns Bill in 1870. They’re all those who are trying to say okay we passed this law how do we help the federal government enforce it then it really kicked in with the Edmunds Act.  Five years later 1887 Congress passed the Edmunds-Tucker Act. It disincorporated the church. It dissolved the perpetual immigration fund gave all of the property of the church to the government for the benefit of the common schools in Utah and took away the right of Utah women to vote there.  One of the things you have to understand is the Edmunds Tucker Act goes after the church specifically it’s not just a general anti-polygamy bill they are going after that bill after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it seizes any assets over $50,000. It also does not allow immigrants to come to America who are Latter-day Saints. So process that we won’t let you become a citizen of this country if you’re a Latter-day saint in other words we can’t gather to Zion now. So Zion and gathering have now stopped because of this bill they’re going to seize control of our temples they also have taken away women a lot like we are the leaders along with Wyoming and the suffrage act of giving women the right to vote and the Edmunds-Tucker act revokes that right to vote it makes people it required any juror voter or official to swear an anti-polygamy oath.  So not even if you were practicing polygamy but if you even stated that you believed that in it or that it should be legal you were not allowed to act in those civil. I mean there are so many things after thing after thing they could seize any asset from the church that they didn’t feel was necessary for a religious purpose they have jailed polygamists for up to five years.  Just to cut to the chase it wreaks havoc on the church in terms of our temples we’re going to lose our temples our ability to bind families together we are going to lose our ability to create Zion and gather people to Zion we’re going to lose all of our church leadership in prison the first presidency, all the leaders, and that’s really what Wilford Woodruff is dealing with as a whole.  At the end of the day the question is well what would you do and ultimately the question that Wilford Woodruff is saying is what is essential to our church is polygamy our core essential doctrine is it in our articles of faith. Even the very fact that Wilford Woodruff would be willing to take this question to the Lord saying, “Can we get rid of plural marriage?” shows that it should not and was not the defining doctrine of the church even though they fought so stridently for it.  What Wilford Woodruff is taking to the Lord, in essence, is what’s more important temple mothers and fathers in their homes to gather and build Zion and to allow the leaders of the church to continue to operate or to keep practicing polygamy that was his question so those 1880s those were rough years here in Utah and in parts of Arizona parts of Idaho rough years where there’s lots of persecution coming against these folks. These federal I mean I would invite everybody at home to make sure you read Saints Volume 2 you know these chapters and then like the late 20s early 30s chapters of Saints Volume 2 where you can get the detailed wonderfully written stories of women and men going into hiding women being forced to testify against their own husbands’ people having to take assumed names.    You know, sons and daughters, not knowing who their actual father was for fear of their dad being imprisoned. It was just… it was a terrible time. John Taylor, by the way, as president of the church, had to go into hiding. He gave his last public address in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. As federal officials are waiting to arrest him after the address, and the church blocks their guards and everything, and they usher him out the back, and he’s never seen in public again, dies in hiding. And Wilford says he died because of the pressures of polygamy persecution. It’s a very trying time for them. So before we get to Wilford Woodruff and the actual declaration, it’s really important, back to the Article of Faith number 12 that we said we’d touch on, about honoring and obeying and sustaining the law. Our church deliberately went against the law at this time. You know, there is a revelation in the Missouri period where the Lord says, ‘When it comes concerning the laws of the land, I will that you obey whatsoever I say unto you.’ So it’s not quite as black and white as we want to make it sometimes, and the church felt that these laws that were being passed were unjust. Now, while we were engaged in civil disobedience—protecting people’s identity and putting people into hiding and things like that—to practice plural marriage, the church also did, though, take the legal route. If we feel that laws are unjust, then we have recourse, particularly within the United States of America, in a democracy, to try to get laws changed. So the church did appeal the law, and it went all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1890, the Supreme Court upheld the Edmunds-Tucker Act, and that was the final blow. That’s what kind of makes us go, ‘We’ve pursued every avenue we can. I mean, what do we do?’ So, Tony had already mentioned this earlier, this idea of the government has made it very clear: they will confiscate all of the possessions of the church, including the temples. We will lose our ability to do any temple work, including the work of Joseph Smith wives ordinances. So you can picture the prophet of God, Wilford Woodruff, with the weight of this situation on his shoulders, in that mantle that he’s carrying, as he goes to God to say, ‘What would thou have us do?’ If God tells us that we need to keep performing plural marriages, you know that he and the other leaders are going to defend that to their death, regardless of the cost. They were willing to do whatever God wanted them to do. But I love the fact that he turns to, to He who stands at the head of this work, to ask Him what He would have us do. And it was on the night of September 23rd, 1890, when he received this revelation from the Lord that the church should cease the practice of plural marriage. So the next day, after he’s received this revelation, he puts a handwritten copy down in front of some of the general authorities. But this one’s a little different because he’s doing this a little differently. It’s important to know that Wilford Woodruff is counseling with his counselors, but this is not a unanimous decision originally. This is a revelation that he receives, and he comes to Wilford Woodruff. He says the Lord made it plain that it was perfectly clear that this was the right thing. But some of the apostles find out about Wilford Woodruff’s statement, like ‘I’m going to the Lord; He has made it manifest to me that we will submit to the laws of the country.’ Some of the apostles find out about it by reading a newspaper while they’re getting ready to get on a train. Yeah, it’s like, what? So they will all convene, and he will lay it before them, but there’s a difficulty. I mean, this is, uh, this is right off the church’s essay, the ending of plural marriage. They say the members of the Quorum of the Twelve varied in their reactions to the manifesto. Franklin D. Richards was sure it was the work of the Lord. Francis M. Lyman said that he had endorsed the manifesto fully when he first heard it, but not all the Twelve accepted the document immediately. John W. Taylor, who is President John Taylor’s son (remember President John Taylor went to his deathbed defending plural marriage, saying ‘we will not relinquish this’), John W. Taylor said he did not, quote, ‘not yet feel quite right about it,’ end of quote. John Henry Smith candidly admitted that the manifesto had disturbed his feelings very much and that he was, quote, ‘still somewhat at sea about it.’ Within a week, however, all members of the Twelve voted to sustain the manifesto. That’s on the church’s essay. Now some people have said things like, ‘Well, this isn’t really a revelation; he’s just responding to political pressure.’ What would you say to that? I would say all revelation is a response to the cultural conditions and needs of God’s people. All revelation is, you could read the Doctrine and Covenants as a whole, and nearly every one of those revelations is a response to temporal, mortal, and cultural conditions of the time. That’s an interesting point, Tony. Think about Exodus: the people were in bondage, and God comes, inserts Himself into history, and provides revelation to change a situation that was oppressive, that could only really be fixed with God intervening. And God basically said to the Saints through Wilford Woodruff, ‘It is not my will for you to go into bondage to the United States because of this one practice.’ And so, we see that God will provide revelation as needed to His people. We should expect God to participate in our lives. Before we go on with what Taylor just said, if we didn’t think God was responding by giving revelation based on cultural conditions, then we would have no Word of Wisdom. Because without conspiring with men in the Latter days, the Lord doesn’t need to give a revelation called the ‘Word of Wisdom.’ If we didn’t think the Lord gave revelation responding to cultural conditions, we wouldn’t have all these wonderful teachings helping us to combat pornography. For example, if pornography didn’t exist, the Lord wouldn’t give these revelations regarding it. All revelation is a response to the needs, conditions, and culture that His children find themselves in. I love how we sing ‘We thank thee, oh God, for a prophet, to guide us in these latter days.’ It’s not we don’t thank Him for being a prophet to guide us through the ancient days and the time of Joseph Smith polygamy, because those aren’t our days. So, it’s beautiful that Wilford Woodruff is living in his culture, his environment, his political climate of that day, and making decisions that are necessary for the church to be able to move forward and for the kingdom of God to roll forth. And that’s always the question of what’s needed within that time and that setting, in that context, to keep the kingdom moving forward. That was his question at the time. 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