Swords and Spears

Swords and Spears For over a decade I’ve been hung up on the dearth of physical evidence, particularly Iron Age artifacts, supporting the Book of Mormon.  Recently I had a mini-enlightenment in this regard: swords and spears do not grow on trees; they do nor fall as manna from Heaven.  They are made,  by men….

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Issues and Questions Regarding LDS Doctrine and History

Fourteen years down the road, the questions and issues raised in this letter remain substantially unanswered, to my knowledge unaddressed, by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. August 30, 2003 153 Canemah Way Oregon City, OR 97045 President Gordon B. Hinckley The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 50 East…

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Too Big to Fail

I considered titling this “Too Big to Fail?”  But no, with billions in assets, millions of Saints tithing ten percent, and catastrophic cultural implications, like Chase Manhattan and Goldman Sacks, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is too big to fail. While fiscal failure of the Mormon church portends economic shockwaves beyond…

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The Shunning Key

The Shunning Key: Whom Mormons shun and why Introduction The leaders and manuals of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints frequently emphasize brotherly love and charity to all. Consider this statement by Elder M. Russell Ballard: Let us reach out in friendship and love to our neighbors, including those of other faiths, thus…

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Problem Summaries: resources discussing LDS-truth claims

Problems with LDS truth-claims Very short summaries Five Key Facts (~ 1 page) 50 Problems with the Mormon Church (~10 minute youtube video) More significant summaries Mormon Primer (multiple perspectives: mainstream, critical, apologetic, and progressive) For My Wife and Children (almost all LDS approved sources) Letter From a Doubter (well-sourced narrative style explanation) The Mormon…

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Joseph Smith’s Polygamy Denials

Joseph Smith’s Polygamy Denials Introduction Joseph Smith denied the practice of polygamy1 on several occasions. He was also responsible for the publication or distribution of several additional denials. A complete listing of early Church leader polygamy denials up to 1850 is available here. A few notes: Hyperlinks to original source material may be found by…

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Eyes vs Heart

There may be those that attack a 14yr old boy prophet, the Book of Mormon prophets, living prophets, and a living Christ.  There were those that accused, and today accuse, Jesus Christ of not being Christian, of having, and being the devil.  There are those that deny the existence of Heavenly Father, angels, and miracles….

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Five Key Facts

This is a very short summary of what I view as the 5 most important facts in understanding alternative models for LDS truth claims. To the best of my knowledge, every point made in this document is accepted as factual by both LDS and non-LDS scholars (please correct me if I am mistaken and I…

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