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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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Oh Say, What is Truth?

Oh Say, What is Truth?

In the English version of the LDS Hymnal is a beautiful hymn entitled “Oh Say, What is Truth?”. The lyrics are as follows: Oh say, what is truth? ‘Tis the fairest gem That the riches of worlds can produce, And priceless the value of truth will be when The proud monarch’s costliest diadem Is counted but dross and refuse. Yes, say, what is truth? ‘Tis the brightest prize To which mortals or Gods can aspire. Go search in the depths…

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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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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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Who is Jesus Christ?

Who is Jesus Christ?

In LDS theology we have a very concise understanding of who Christ is. The doctrine is simple and easy to understand. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is the first born of the Father in the spirit and is also the literal son of God in the flesh. We believe in the immaculate conception, but we also believe that our Heavenly Father is the earthly father of Jesus Christ in every sense of the word. We learn this…

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