Why Ignore “Fact”?

Why Ignore “Fact”?

History is an attempt to weave into one comprehendable story the complex interaction of an almost infinite number of moving parts. It involves not just one life in isolation, but how all lives interrelate. In a very real sense, all history is theory; merely a fiction helping our understanding of the infinitely complex. The Book
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Connecting With Heaven

Connecting With Heaven

Religion is a terrible thing when it is sold like a product by an institution trying to profit by claiming ownership of the rights. Faith in Christ is a wonderful, liberating thing. When Paul was called directly by the Lord, it was as if Christ were proclaiming His independence from the very movement He had
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Fearful Question

Fearful Question

I received this comment: “I’m trying to reconcile your inconsistencies. On one hand you cry obedience (a significant theme of The Second Comforter), and yet, at the same time, you have clearly denounced (with the exception of Joseph Smith) true prophets and apostles speaking the will of the Lord in these last days. Therefore, you
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Letter From Liberty

Letter From Liberty

Joseph Smith co-wrote a letter from Liberty Jail. The entire letter can be found either in the Documentary History of the Church, vol. 3, pp.289 through 305, or in TPJS, pp.129 through 148. The letter is where D&C Sections 121, 122 and 123 came from. When you read the entire letter you can see how our
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My Peculiar Status

My Peculiar Status

I was asked: “Do you no longer sustain the church’s leaders?” The question doesn’t apply to me. I am no longer a member of the church. I cannot sustain leaders of a church i don’t belong to. I’m not allowed to sustain them, or anyone in any calling in the church. Nor am I permitted
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Broken Hearts and Critics

Broken Hearts and Critics

Readers have pointed me to places on the Internet where discussions or blogs are critical of me. Some are quite funny; others are just mistaken. I assume the critics are well intended. They have every right to be skeptical of motivation and sincerity. Some of those who are most disapproving of me have had their
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A Riddle

A Riddle

Anyone can obtain it, and yet it is: so fragile it can be lost in a moment, but powerful enough to destroy nations and defeat armies.

Divine Word Usage

Divine Word Usage

For generations, the words “endless punishment” and “eternal punishment” had a clear meaning. So clear, that churches built their doctrine upon it. Then the Lord explained to Joseph Smith that the words had a different meaning: “Nevertheless, it is not written that there shall be no end to this torment, but it is written endless
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Disgusting Too

Disgusting Too

That same email makes this observation: “Here in Utah it seems many people who read your blog go to classes and gifted people will DIVINE God and repeat the message to these people. Some have claimed to receive their calling and election this way and have been told through these arm’s of flesh that they were
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Disgusting

Disgusting

I received an email which contained, in part, this alarming information:“To the homes we have been to, your name is spoken in hushed reverent tones, no jokes are allowed to be made about you in a fun teasing way without people glaring. I have noticed a huge amount of people calling themselves ‘Snufferites’ and welcoming us
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