Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

True or False: The Three Witnesses

       "None of the the Three Witnesses ever denied their testimony." You've probably heard this over and over in Sunday school or seminary. But is it true? Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer all left the Church at some point and each had ample opportunity to deny their testimony and thereby denounce the Book of Mormon. Did they ever take advantage of that opportunity? If so, what does that mean for faithful latter-day saints? To answer these questions, let's play our favorite fact-checking, myth-busting, Mormon-loving game! It's time for...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's Not the Church's Job to Teach Me Church History

       “We only have a few minutes to teach about Church history in Sunday school. We can’t deal with everything. We don’t talk about all the issues, but it’s there and it’s not being hidden. Unfortunately we spend more time in video stores, in many cases, than we do reading about our history. But that’s our fault.” - Daniel C. Peterson1

       Everyone remembers the shouts of opposition made during the sustaining of Church officers in the last general conference, but not everyone knows the reasons given for those objections. The people who gave opposing votes belonged to a group called "Any Opposed?", and they gathered outside the Conference Center afterwards for a small press conference. Among other concerns, the group's spokesperson, a middle-aged man from Utah who has been a member all his life, said that after reading some historical essays posted on, he realized "that I and all members of the LDS Church have been lied to for decades regarding some pivotal claims of our church and its leadership."2 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Be Who You Are!

 “Whether it’s the fishes of the sea, the fowl of the air, God loves diversity. He created me as I am, you…as you are. Relish it. Take pride in it. Don’t be prideful about it, but take pride in it. Know that God positioned you where you were, and are, so that you might learn and share the positives of that experience with others. Diversity is good.” —Darius Gray1
       In my first post I saluted those who feel they didn't fit into of the LDS Church but kept trying anyway. But looking back I realize there's another side to that coin which must be addressed. There are also those out there who are tempted to change their whole identity so they can fit the imaginary mold. They're chasing perfection not only in the gospel but in the gospel culture. Unlike those who know their identities are not going to change and are therefore tempted to quit trying, there are those who want desperately to change because who they are is somehow not good enough. They feel they need to be an "ideal" Mormon in order to have something to offer.