Lyman Amasa enjoys art, music, and traveling. Some day he hopes to make it to Romania and settle down. Men search the world for women that they can stand to be around with long-term. Narcissism, androgyny, obsession with pop culture—the problems with Western women go on and on. Is there some place, a secluded land untouched by time, where women still make good wives? Mormons are one of the few remaining groups with healthy women.

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Oaks, Quorum of the 12 Apostles. Critics’ Arguments Latter-day Saints are repeatedly encouraged to rely on a witness of the spirit i. Holy Ghost to personally authenticate the truthfulness of the origins and content of the Book of Mormon. Given constant encouragement from general and local leaders of reliance on supernatural manifestations a testimony over testable claims, it is not surprising that many faithful Latter-Day Saints seem unfazed by empirical evidence or the lack of it contradicting Book of Mormon claims, whether the research is conducted by Mormon or non-Mormon archaeologists and historians.

Of even greater concern is that many faithful LDS members, by virtue of the admonition of their leaders mentioned above , are not even aware of the perplexing problems contained in the Book of Mormon text.

Feb 20,  · A former child bride who fled a fundamentalist Mormon cult has told how the sect’s leader reminded her she was “the property” of her husband after .

Early Items From H. Howe’s Historical Collections of Ohio Art. By a Citizen of the United States. The earth is nearly eight thousand miles in diameter, and the deepest excavations that have been made in it by human art, do not extend to half a mile below its surface. We are, therefore, utterly ignorant of the nature and composition of the interior of this immense mass, and must, perhaps, for ever remain so. The subject is of too much interest, however, not to have excited the particular attention of philosophers, and, in the absence of facts, many of them have not hesitated to resort to speculation and conjecture.

Burnet, the earliest cosmogonist whose system is worthy of norice, supposed that the earth was originally a fluid, chaotic mass, composed of various substances differing in form and density. In the course of time, the heaviest portions subsided, and formed about the centre a dense and solid nucleus. The waters took their station around this body; on their surface floated an ocean of oil and unctuous matters; and the whole was surrounded by the air and other ethereal fluids.

This atmosphere was at first full of impurities, being charged with particles of the earth with which it had been previously blended. By degrees, however, it purified itself, by depositing these particles upon the stratum of oil; and there was formed a thick and solid crust of mould, which was the firts habitable part of the globe. After many centuries, this crust, having been gradually dried by the heat of the sun, cracked and split asunder, so as to fall into the abyss of waters beneath it; and this great event was the universal deluge.

Experiencing Battle in the Book of Mormon

The Utah-based companies sell basics the Millers layer under revealing tops. Alyssa Miller, a junior at Skyline High School, estimates her closet contains nearly 30 undershirts. As her daughter trudged back into the dressing room, Angela sighed. When Alyssa pranced out in the same shirt, one size bigger, Angela nodded in approval. The Millers, a Mormon family, hold modesty in high esteem.

I am not suggesting that the real author of the Book of Mormon actually used these modern place names, or that he was even consciously aware of them. I list them primarily to show that any similarities between Book of Mormon names and Egyptian or Hebrew names unknown to Joseph Smith which may be cited as “evidence of the Book of Mormon” are rather meaningless.

Background[ edit ] Shortly after what Mormons consider to be the restoration of the gospel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in , Joseph Smith revealed that the Second Coming of Christ was near, that the City of Zion would be near the town of Independence in Jackson County, Missouri , and that his followers were destined to inherit the land held by the current settlers. If ye are faithful, ye shall assemble yourselves together to rejoice upon the land of Missouri, which is the land of your inheritance, which is now the land of your enemies.

Tensions built up between the rapidly growing Mormon community and the earlier settlers for a number of reasons: They believed—after a revelation recorded on June 6, —that if they were righteous they would inherit the land held by others “which is now the land of your enemies” in Missouri. Lilburn Boggs, as a Jackson county resident, and as Lieutenant Governor, was in a position to observe and assist in executing the tactics described by one Mormon historian: In Boggs passively saw community leaders and officials sign demands for Mormon withdrawal, and next force a gunbarrel contract to abandon the county before spring planting Executive paralysis permitted terrorism, which forced Mormons to self-defense, which was immediately labeled as an “insurrection,” and was put down by the activated militia of the county.

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Our critics allege that science has proven the Book of Mormon to be false. What does the science of human genetics really say about the Book of Mormon? The answer involves understanding what the Book of Mormon actually is and says.

Book of Mormon Problems. LDS Church members are taught that the Book of Mormon (BOM) is scripture, as well as a true record of the inhabitants of the Americas from about BC to AD.

A Journal of Mormon Scripture 23 Historical chronicles of military conflict normally focus on the decisions and perspectives of leaders. Applying this methodology to a careful reading of details within the Book of Mormon shows an experience in battle that is just as horrific as it is authentic. The Face of Battle by John Keegan started an important method of inquiry into battle. Instead of focusing on the decisions of leaders, this method asks a very simple question: What is it like to be in a battle?

This very simple question revealed new dimensions of understanding the battlefield. I answer the question of what battle was like by looking at verses that show the individual experiences of soldiers on each side. This leads to a more universal understanding of the battle experience. This necessarily means that the approach will not be chronological as the Book of Mormon covers approximately 1, years of time , but instead will focus on the overall experience of battle itself.

Specifically I look at the period of time just before battle, the movement of armies to the battle, what happened on the battlefield, and the aftermath of those battles. Before the Battle The Book of Mormon offers a great deal of information that helps us picture what the average soldier would experience before battle.

However, in typical readings of the text this information is easily missed. For the most part, the Book of Mormon describes an agrarian people — farmers largely preoccupied with feeding their families and communities.

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Ultimately, God will reveal what is true in such matters and we must trust him for our answers. There is no correspondence whatever between archeological sites and cultures as revealed by scientific investigations and as recorded in the Book of Mormon, hence the book cannot be regarded as having any historical value from the standpoint of the aboriginal peoples of the New World. Roberts, Jr, Smithsonian Institution, “As long as Mormons generally are willing to be fooled by and pay for the uninformed, uncritical drivel about archaeology and the scriptures which predominates, the few L.

Jan 20,  · Historical chronicles of military conflict normally focus on the decisions and perspectives of leaders. But new methodologies, pioneered by John Keegan’s Face of Battle, have focused attention on the battle experience of the common soldier. Applying this methodology to a careful reading of details within the Book of Mormon shows an experience in battle that is just as horrific as it is.

Rethinking the Judicial Decision – Dan Vogel Urim and Thummim Some accounts refer to the seer stones as a pair of stones set in eye frames to resemble spectacles Joseph himself writing in his own hand, …the Lord had prepared spectticke spectacles for to read the Book therefore I commenced translating the characters… History, circa Summer , The Joseph Smith Papers.

Other accounts refer to a single seer stone by itself, such as this one by Emma Smith, saying that the translating process had Joseph sitting with his face buried in his hat, with the stone in it, and dictating hour after hour with nothing between us… Emma Smith Bidamon Interview with Joseph Smith III, February Published as “Last Testimony of Sister Emma,” Saints’ Herald 26 1 October Apparently the spectacle version was with the plates in the stone box.

Some accounts state that they were only used for translating just the first pages of the Book of Mormon and were then taken from Joseph by the angel along with the plates, although there is no direct evidence that Joseph used the spectacle version of the Urim and Thummim for translating even the first pages of the BOM. The accounts were reported in some newspapers but the reporters likely confused the spectacle version with the seer stone version as many Latter-day Saints did.

The angel returned the plates but not the spectacle “Urim and Thummim”. After this, Joseph used the single seer stone that he had in his possession from before the Book of Mormon plates were retrieved.

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Background[ edit ] Shortly after what Mormons consider to be the restoration of the gospel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in , Joseph Smith revealed that the Second Coming of Christ was near, that the City of Zion would be near the town of Independence in Jackson County, Missouri , and that his followers were destined to inherit the land held by the current settlers.

If ye are faithful, ye shall assemble yourselves together to rejoice upon the land of Missouri, which is the land of your inheritance, which is now the land of your enemies. Tensions built up between the rapidly growing Mormon community and the earlier settlers for a number of reasons: They believed—after a revelation recorded on June 6, —that if they were righteous they would inherit the land held by others “which is now the land of your enemies” in Missouri.

Where there was a critical mass of Mormons in the community, they were frequently viewed as having sold the election to the highest bidder, although there is no recorded proof of this ever taking place.

Jun 15,  · TO THOSE WHO ARE INVESTIGATING “MORMONISM” By RICHARD PACKHAM. Revisions as of June 15, If you are investigating Mormonism (the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” or “LDS Church”), you are probably studying it in private meetings in your home with missionaries from that church.

June 1, Author: I have a particular interest in this as I have a daughter in her late 30s that was widowed last year due to cancer, and she lives in Utah County. The article is partly a book review of Date-onomics, a book that breaks down dating trends by demographics. Not only is it harder to find a partner when the numbers are uneven; it radically changes behaviors between the sexes in ways that disadvantage the majority sex!

Highlights of the article: In Utah, there are 3 single women for 2 men active LDS. The gender gap has grown from This has been caused by more men leaving the religion than women. Studies have shown that women are more likely to be treated as sex objects whenever men are scarce. Mormon Matchmaker, an LDS dating site, has 3 times as many single women looking for a match than single men. Some interviewees observed that due to the dearth of eligible men, there is an increase in promiscuity in Mormon dating culture.

So, in a church so obviously geared toward men, why are so many of them leaving? Ryan Cragun, a sociology professor at the University of Tampa who also happens to be ex-LDS considers it an unexpected byproduct of the growing importance of the mission in the life of Mormon men; faced with the choice to serve or not at a young age when they may not be fully ready to commit , many have chosen to leave. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of Mormon men do not go on missions, which typically entail a mix of community service and proselytizing.

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By David Montero May 11, 3: His son loved Cub Scouts and enjoyed Boy Scouts, up until he was about He wanted to do more baseball and golf, attend basketball clinics sponsored by the Utah Jazz. Scouting just wasn’t making the cut for his time.

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What is a prophet according to LDS belief? Here is a brief description from the article “Prophet” in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. The word “prophet” comes from the Greek prophetes, which means “inspired teacher. Since the Lord has chosen some of his servants to be foretellers–to disclose, sometimes in specific terms, momentous events that are to occur–the predictive element often overshadows other implications of the word in the minds of some.

But the gift of prophecy is not restricted to those whose words have been recorded in scripture. By scriptural definition, a prophet is anyone who has a testimony of Jesus Christ and is moved by the Holy Ghost Rev. Moses, voicing his approval of two men who had prophesied, exclaimed, “Would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!

Schools of prophets and “sons” followers of prophets, some false and some true, existed in large numbers in Old Testament times. In modern times, speaking of Brigham Young, Elder Wilford Woodruff said, “He is a prophet, I am a prophet, you are, and anybody is a prophet who has the testimony of Jesus Christ, for that is the spirit of prophecy” Journal of Discourses It follows that this spirit does not operate in every utterance of its possessor.

The Prophet Joseph Smith explained that “a prophet [is] a prophet only when he [is] acting as such” History of the Church 5: A belief in divinely called prophets lies at the heart of LDS doctrine see the Articles of Faith, for example. We recognize the biblical prophets as well as those in the Book of Mormon, and we accept authorized modern prophets who lead and have led the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that Joseph Smith and all subsequent presidents of the church were and are prophets and representatives of Jesus Christ and special witnesses of Him to the world.

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