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Disavow Polygamy

  Reform Action #2 of 20   (see overview page) The church needs to come to grips with the fact that Joseph’s Polygamy was not divine in any Christian sense. And that even if polygamy is to be tolerated as a workable marriage arrangement among consenting adults, it should NEVER be institutionalized, promoted, or used […]

Redefining the LDS (Protestant) View of the “Great Apostasy”

In this article I hope to unravel some of the contradiction found it the current LDS perspective on the “Great Apostasy“, which I believe is for the most part a popular protestant view adopted by church leaders during Joseph Smith’s time. Instead of universal apostasy, LDS scriptures seem to support a type of universalist and dispensationalist view of religious history. In this view, the […]

Clearing up Misunderstandings in the LDS View of the Afterlife

  Perhaps more than any other area of religious theology, understandings of the afterworld have repeatedly been used by fundamentalist traditions and individuals to manipulate adherents into conformity with their assorted religious and cultural mores, laws and customs. From the practice of some Evangelical fundamentalists of condemning to Hell those who don’t “profess Jesus as […]

The Priesthood of God & Its Relationship to the Only True Church Doctrine

45 “No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood…” (D&C 121:45). Like many modern books and movies I believe Lord of the Rings teaches an important gospel message. One of its central themes revolves around the idea that power corrupts—so it’s up to the strong and wise to keep it in the hands […]

Re-examining what LDS scriptures say about the ‘Only True Church’ doctrine

67 Behold, this is my doctrine—whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church. 68 Whosoever declareth more or less than this, the same is not of me, but is against me; therefore he is not of my church (D&C 10:67–68). Introduction In this article I hope to show from numerous scriptures in the Book of […]