Father Forgive them…Not in Original Bible?
My wife gathered the family together to go over the 1st lesson of the new Home Study program earlier this week. (Note my previous post expressing mixed feelings about the 2 hours block cutting out half the lessons.) Anyway, for Christmas this year I got a copy of Thomas Wayment’s New Testament Study Bible for […]
Gays & the 2nd Article of Faith
There was an interview released last week where Paul Reeve admitted being the source behind the Race & Priesthood essay at LDS.org. While I think that was a nice scoop, there was another part of that interview that I think is very important and may have gotten lost in the headline. I have been very vocal […]
No Crying He Makes? Re-examining Perfection
Verse 3 in “Away in a Manger”: The cattle are lowing The poor Baby wakes But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes Does anyone seriously believe that the baby Jesus never cried? I mean the first thing every new parent wants to hear is a crying baby emerging from the womb. It indicates health. […]
A Different Take on the Samaritan Story
I want to subtitle this post: Defending the Priest and the Levite. Not long ago, we had a lesson in priesthood on the Good Samaritan. This is one of my favorite parables, but the lesson quickly devolved into the traditional platitudes. People began to point fingers at the “hypocritical” priest and the Levite walking past the […]
No Spirit Birth
It’s been a while since I read Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: Volume 3 by Brian Hales. I read volume 3 first because (1) it was the shortest (a mere 281 pages compared to the other volumes), and (2) Brian Hales recommended we read it first since it was the first time anyone had tried to tackle the […]
Book Review: Joseph’s Seer Stones
I was pleased that Deseret Book sent me a copy of Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones to review. I know a lot of people have complained church members have complained that we always reference the Urim and Thummim, but not seer stones. There is also the complaint that the artwork is incorrect concerning Joseph translating the plates. […]
Lectures on Faith: Science of Theology
“Lectures on Faith” is a set of seven lectures on the doctrine and theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, first published as the doctrine portion of the 1835 edition of the canonical Doctrine and Covenants, but later removed from that work by both major branches of the faith. The lectures […]
Waiting for the Brethren to ….
In the Book of Numbers, we are told that the reason the children of Israel had to wander in the Wilderness was because of a lack of faith in God. While Moses had led them out of Egypt, many wanted to return to Egypt instead of conquer the promised land of Canaan, the land God […]
Are we really a church of revelation?
We like to claim that we are a church led by revelation. In light of the last two posts (part 1 and part 2) by Guy Templeton, asking who among the current crop of apostles might give us a revelation, I thought it might be interesting to show a few graphs. It’s interesting to compare […]
Does D&C 132 support Polyandry?
This past week, we’ve discussed polyandry–the idea that a woman can have multiple husbands. (Polygyny is the concept where a husband can have multiple wives. Polygamy encompasses both polygyny and polyandry.) The reason this came up was due to a presentation I attended at the Mormon History Association meetings. Many people have charged that Josephine’s mother […]