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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Testimony, Spiritual Experiences, and Truth: A Careful Examination

1 Introduction 2 Do spiritual impressions teach truth? 3 What’s behind a spiritual experience? 4 Testimony, bias, and propaganda 5 Circularities: pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps? 6 Conclusions 7 Additional reading (note: This article is an updated version of my original Rational Faiths article) 1 Introduction 1.1 Know the truth of all things The…

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I Desire to Understand

Years ago when my son left the church, I chose to dig deep and find the answers to the difficult questions about church history and its doctrine. I went into this venture with full confidence that I would find the faith affirming answers that would help save my son’s eternal salvation. Because of this effort…

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An Evening with Zhenya

For the LDS Ventura California stake Relief Society on 17 March 1992 In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Relief Society Written and performed by Eugene Kovalenko – Listen to the recording of the event using the play button below – https://mormonbandwagon.com/wp-content/uploads/mp3/AnEveningwithZhenya.mp3 Program notes for: A journey home to Liahonagrad In song, verse, and story [2015…

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Leaving the Church, Part 13 – Testimony, Truth, and the Holy Ghost

1. Background: Despite my doubts and concerns about various aspects of LDS doctrine and history, I remained in the Church for several years due to the spiritual and uplifting experiences I enjoyed as a member. But those spiritual feelings and emotions have also been a matter of study and inspection. During my so-called “faith crisis,”…

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The Holy Ghost is a …

The Holy Ghost is a pussy. Oh yea, I said it. The holy ghost sucks my ass. He is a loser. He is selfish and he obviously does not do his job. The holy ghost drops the ball every chance he gets. Pass him the ball and you can count on him to throw it…

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Eyes Opened by my Mission

10 years ago today I left to become a full time missionary for the LDS church. In doing so I left behind home, family and my teenage sweetheart Tamara for a 2 year period in which I was allowed to communicate with them once a week by post and twice a year by telephone. No…

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Epistemological Considerations

(or how do we know what we think we know) I am by no means a Philosopher, but I think it is crucial to address this topic here. It can get quite complicated, and people have spent lifetimes, written dissertations and countless books on this subject. But basically, what is needed is a reliable method…

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