Let the Dead Bury the Dead

Let the Dead Bury the Dead

Shortly after completing the sermon on the mount a young man approached Jesus with a desire to be his disciple. He had just one caveat, which was to provide him adequate time to bury his deceased father. Jesus’s response was both fascinating and insightful. In Matthew 8:22 it says: But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. So I ask what is Jesus saying to this young man? Is Jesus so heartless that he would…

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Nahom – Where Ishmael is laid to rest

Nahom – Where Ishmael is laid to rest

During a study of Book of Mormon historicity, one is very likely going to discover what many apologists call the “first verifiable Book of Mormon site“. Here are a few articles and quotes that provide a flavor for the enthusiasm related to the Nahom discovery: From the Deseret News written by Michael Ash: “This eastward turn just happens to occur in the general region of ancient NHM exactly as described in the Book of Mormon.” “The ancient site fits precisely within the timeframe…

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Health in the Naval

Health in the Naval

The heading of Doctrine & Covenants (D&C) 89 states that the revelation was received as a consequence of the early brethren using tobacco in their meetings. The story goes, that Emma was tired of cleaning up the mess left by a room full of men chewing tobacco. She asked Joseph to seek the will of the Lord and D&C 89 was received. D&C 89 is often referred to as The Word of Wisdom, as the first verse begins: “A word of…

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The Apocalypse of Abraham and the Book of Abraham

The Apocalypse of Abraham and the Book of Abraham

Some claim that the Book of Abraham is clear evidence that Joseph Smith lacked the ability to translate ancient Egyptian. The apologists for the church argue that the papyri likely were a catalyst for revelation. Others argue that we simply do not have all of the papyri that was used for the translation and therefore it’s impossible to tell if the translation is accurate or not. The objective of this post is not to necessarily understand all of the arguments…

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How can I know the Book of Mormon is not true?

How can I know the Book of Mormon is not true?

At the end of the Book of Mormon, the final chapter invites the reader to consider the content of the book and ask God a very specific question. Moroni 10:4 states: “I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true;”. What an important invitation, which we should supplement with our own evaluation of the contents of the book. I have decided to go through ten issues…

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