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Month: July 2016

New and Everlasting Covenant

New and Everlasting Covenant

I recently attended the sealing of a close family member and I was struck by the language provided in the sealing. Additionally, I was intrigued by the counsel that was given, which was to study D&C 132. Why this counsel struck me is that I’ve read D&C 132 a number of times, and each time I was consumed with the focus on polygamy. Believing that the sealer was not encouraging polygamy, I have decided to examine the scripture one more time. First I read the LDS.org…

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Is the LDS Church Hurting for Cash?

Is the LDS Church Hurting for Cash?

Recently two stories broke that show a clear dichotomy within the Church. The first article of interest came from the Church’s newsroom and touted the generous gift of $3M to the United Nations. While every dollar counts, this seems like a fairly small donation considering the substantial sums the church receives each month in fast offerings. The next article came from the Dallas Morning News discussing the recent acquisition by a company called Property Reserve Inc. which happens to be a wholly…

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The Sole Purpose to Get Gain

The Sole Purpose to Get Gain

The Book of Mormon contains a myriad of evidences that the text is intended to be considered a historical record. While many passages are focused on Christian doctrine, the underlying narrative of a literal civilization is evident. In the Book of Alma we see these two narratives very clearly. Having personal experience with the management of corporate finances and money as a study, one passage has always interested me in the Book of Mormon. It is found in Alma chapter 11, which explains the monetary system…

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Concerned About Youth Suicide

Concerned About Youth Suicide

I have taken a hiatus from posting for the last couple of weeks as I’ve been heavily involved in a new project called www.bookofmormonorigins.org. However, I’ve realized that I need to take a moment to participate in the more important discussion of youth suicide. I do not pretend to understand what it is like to be gay, or queer, or bi, or trans. I do not know the emotional challenges associated with battling your inner desires with what are perceived…

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