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  1. blueglass

    The Name of the Church

    This line in the official statement is unfortunate. Embarrassing this statement was not vetted, or checked with historians. "Mormonism, is the pure doctrine of Jesus Christ, of which I myself am not ashamed." - Joseph Smith Jr. Letter to James Arlington Bennet, 8-Sept 1842. http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/letter-to-james-arlington-bennet-8-september-1842/1
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    Faith?

    Prospection is human. "homo prospectus" Doc&Cov88:11 And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings; https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/opinion/sunday/why-the-future-is-always-on-your-mind.html What best distinguishes our species is an ability that scientists are just beginning to appreciate: We contemplate the future. Our singular foresight created civilization and sustains society. It usually lifts our spirits, but it’s also the source of most depression and anxiety, whether we’re evaluating our own lives or worrying about the nation.
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    Faith?

    If it is evidence of things not seen, if we see the natural signature on an fMRI machine, what are we looking at?
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    The Name of the Church

    Or president Monson's daughter - a product of her time. "I'm a Mormon. Are you?" Sister Dibb was impressed by this young woman's bold declaration and pondered what her own T-shirt would figuratively say. She concluded it would read. "I'm a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it" https://www.lds.org/church/news/sister-dibb-im-a-mormon-i-know-it-i-live-it-i-love-it?lang=eng
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    The Name of the Church

    I remember on the mission field when they changed our mission name tags or pocket plaques. By using the new "Deseret" font which was designed on contract by a guy at byu it gave the name a better look. They changed the name to emphasize jesus christ. I get that interpretation to me from president nelson, that he's trying to dig to the foundations of the church in a new way. Mosiah 26:18 "18 Yea, blessed is this people who are willing to bear my name; for in my name shall they be called; and they are mine." Will see how it works out.
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    The State of Mormon Apologetics

    He did try to build an alphabet and grammar primer for the book of mormon. he sent Martin Harris to philadelphia to get a translation from likely members of the APS.
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    Horses in the Book of Mormon

    What about the goats and "wild goats"? I thought these were also still missing. Horses are tapirs and goats are deer? cureloms are llamas, and cumoms alpacas?
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    The State of Mormon Apologetics

    I thought the latest on NHM was that Joseph would have a hard time obtaining copies of the best maps from D'Anville 1751, and Niebuhr, 1771, maps which included Nehem, or Hehhm. If you look at these maps republished by John Gee in 2008, they really have incredible detail - really beautiful. https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jbms/vol17/iss1/6/
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    Horses in the Book of Mormon

    Jared Diamond says 13 out of the 14 were in Eurasia. He only calls out the llama as domesticated in South America. Is this the book of Ether "curelom" ? I didn't think the olmec lived anywhere near domesticated llamas or alpacas. It looks to me like a stronger connection to borrowing from the Late war book than to actual mesoamerican animals. If there is little to no evidence of mayan or olmec horses, then what of llamas being brought north to mesoamerica, mexico? https://www.pbs.org/gunsgermssteel/show/episode2.html
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    The State of Mormon Apologetics

    The book of abraham fragments were found in 1967, so i think it's possible to find this plates artifact witnesses saw and joseph showed people. I think they really existed.
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    The State of Mormon Apologetics

    A couple more examples of truth. The church does not have possession of gold-like plates. There is no stone box on the hill cumorah. I've been to the hill cumorah, and there was no visitor's tour of the stone box where Joseph found the historical, physical plates. There is no where I can go at the church history museum to see the historical, physical sword of laban an actual historical figure who lived in Jerusalem. There is no where I can go to see the breastplate, or the urim and thummim prepared by the Lord for translating the plates: “Joseph Smith received with the breastplate and the plates of the Book of Mormon, the Urim and Thummim, which were hid up by Moroni to come forth in the last days as a means by which the ancient record might be translated, which Urim and Thummim were given to the [historical] Brother of Jared [D&C 17:1]” (Doctrines of Salvation, 3:223–25)." https://www.lds.org/manual/book-of-mormon-student-manual/chapter-50-ether-1-5?lang=eng There is no historical cave under the hill cumorah. "Geologically, it is impossible for the hill to have a cave, and all those who have gone in search of the cave have come back empty-handed. If, therefore, the story attributed to Oliver Cowdery (by others) is true, then the visits to the cave perhaps represent visions, perhaps of some far distant hill, not physical events". https://www.fairmormon.org/answers/Question:_Is_there_a_cave_in_the_Hill_Cumorah_containing_the_Nephite_records%3F The truth is that a different cave Joseph dug is physical, real, and can be explored. http://archival.link/mormoncave/story A witness to an artifact resembling plates (David Whitmer) said that the plates are in a different cave. (Deseret Evening News, 16 August 1878) Reporter: Where are the plates now? Whitmer: In a cave, where the angel has hidden them up till the time arrives when the plates, which are sealed, shall be translated. God will yet raise up a mighty one, who shall do his work till it is finished and Jesus comes again. Reporter: Where is that cave? Whitmer: In the State of New York. Reporter: In the Hill of Comorah? [sic] Whitmer: No, but not far away from that place. [11] Another truth is that the church is in possession of the brown seer stone and the leather pouch Emma designed to hold it. https://www.lds.org/ensign/2015/10/joseph-the-seer?lang=eng You can go buy one for 50 from this guy Bob Scholl. . https://reallyoldrocks.com/ You don't have to borrow a green scrying glass from Sally Chase like Joseph did in 1819 to find one.
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    The State of Mormon Apologetics

    "let’s not have any bizarre middle ground about the wonderful contours of a young boy’s imagination or his remarkable facility for turning a literary phrase. That is an unacceptable position to take—morally, literarily, historically, or theologically." OK, looks like Elder Holland is a staunch tight translation guy. Neon letters appearing on the brown seer stone. The seer stone has an embedded camera - reads Joseph's facial features, turns on the screen, and Joseph just reads off the brightly lit letters of the screen in the same manner in which Elder Holland reads the teleprompter to give this talk. God essentially throws on Joseph's visual cortex a neural-lace or augmented reality vision.
  13. Brigham Young, JoD, November 9, 1856. "I do not want to know anything about the sins of this people, at least no more than I am obliged to. If persons lose confidence in themselves, it takes away the strength, faith and confidence that others have in them; it leaves a space that we call weakness. If you have committed a sin that no other person on the earth knows of, and which harms no other one, you have done a wrong and sinned against your God, but keep that within your own bosom, and seek to God and confess there, and get pardon for your sin. If children have sinned against their parents, or husbands against their wives, or wives against their husbands, let them confess their faults one to another and forgive each other, and there let the confession stop; and then let them ask pardon from their God. Confess your sins to whoever you have sinned against, and let it stop there. If you have committed a sin against the community, confess to them. If you have sinned in your family, confess there. Confess your sins, iniquities, and follies, where that confession belongs, and learn to classify your actions."
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    Are More People Leaving the Church: Study

    I sent him (Madsen) a question after reading rough stone rolling about material from his Joseph Smith tapes. He sent me a response via email. This was a few years before he passed on. his paper "Are Christians Mormon" from 1975 is a classic.
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    Are More People Leaving the Church: Study

    As far as I know right now there is no encouragement from an official communication for church leaders to learn about the essays "like the back of their hand" as Ballard advised CES teachers. Just the word "essays" gives it a spooky feel of interest to academics, "not pertinent to my salvation". As Emily Harris said in her MS interview when asking her bishop about "essays", "Why would I read the essays if they could damage my faith?"
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