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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Sermon at the Temple – Part 3

Sermon at the Temple – Part 3

This post is a continuation of the analysis of 3 Nephi 12 compared to Matthew 5. In the first part we saw that the printers manuscript included a word that is found in the New Testament but not in the Book of Mormon. In the second part we determined that the primary difference between 3 Nephi and Matthew is wordiness, specifically Book of Mormon wordiness. Considering the plates were gold and space was limited this seems illogical. That all being said, the careful…

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Bear Solemn Testimony

Bear Solemn Testimony

Near the middle of the Book of Mormon is a fascinating story of a community known as the Zoramites. The Zoramites broke from the Nephites and formed their own city in a land known as Antionum. As part of their city they decided upon a new religious practice which had several key particulars: Law of Moses did not apply Weekly assertion of divine favor No need of Christ We see the summary of their beliefs outlined in an oral recitation/prayer in Alma 31: 15 Holy, holy God; we…

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