Archaeologist says he has found actual Mountain Meadows Massacre graves; it’s not on LDS-owned land

Another historic case for the 2nd Amendment where people are murdered after they are asked to disarm:

The militiamen, who included prominent pioneers and church officers, guaranteed the migrants safe passage if they laid down their arms and followed them north.

The migrants agreed, only to be lured to their deaths. On a predetermined signal, the militiamen shot the men and boys in the head at one location and bludgeoned the women and children at another.

Only 17 children, those under age 6, were spared. The dead were left where they fell or received cursory burials.

Did the LDS Endowment Ceremony Originate with Joseph Smith?

President Wilford Woodruff said it did.

In March of 1897 President Wilford Woodruff of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke into a talking machine and said he received his endowment under the hands of the Prophet Joseph Smith. So in 1897, whatever the endowment ceremony was like, Wilford Woodruff personally knew its source because he witnessed it.

That’s not saying Joseph Smith didn’t get it from heaven.

This recording is fascinating. Listen. Notice Wilford Woodruff knew and also mentioned his recording would preserve his voice’s tone.

I bear testimony that Joseph Smith was the author of the endowments as received by the Latter-day Saints. — Wilford Woodruff, March 19, 1897

The 1897 Audio Record of Wilford Woodruff’s Testimony

See also “This Is My Testimony, Spoken by Myself into a Talking Machine”: Wilford Woodruff ‘s 1897 Statement in Stereo

Social Media is Destroying Social Skills

“The use of social media also carries a risk of reducing face-to-face interaction, which may be stifling the development of the social skills of many young people.” — Elder Stevenson tells LDS women to avoid ‘debilitating comparisons’ of social media

It is interesting that Apostle Stevenson used the words “may be” which is the politically correct way of saying, “is.”

Notes from Celebrating The New Edition of Royal Skousen’s Analysis of Textual Variants

by Robert John Stevens, April 13, 2017

Last night Mel Luthy and I attended a lecture by Royal Skousen who has spent most of his career studying the Book of Mormon.

Most people in the audience were 20-30 years older than I—which again affirms that my interests are not shared by the majority, especially my and younger generations.

Royal Skousen said he had a spiritual witness once while reading the Akish account that the Book of Mormon is actually history.

He doesn’t know why the Book of Mormon is written in Early Modern English but says he has not inquired about it either; instead, his work is purely a technical analysis but he believes the Book of Mormon was given to us by God.

He believes the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible (aka JST), after Genesis and the Book of Moses, is not inspired and is heavily influence by Sidney Rigdon.

He says Joseph Smith’s use of the word translation is wrong—what he really meant is that the Book of Mormon was transmitted through him. Royal said Joseph used a white stone, not the brown stone as the LDS Church publicized.

He explained he has not found the use of the word “and” in the Book of Mormon in any writings at any age and he finds that very odd. In other words, instead of the normal construct X and Y then Z; instead, the original Book of Mormon in several places used X and Y and Z.

There is one place in the dictation where it appears Oliver Cowdrey fell asleep while writing. Joseph then wrote the next 28 words so Royal thinks Joseph never asked where he left off because he always completed each segment before taking a break.

He said the best copy of the original 28% of the Book of Mormon that survived is 1950s photography—From that statement, I inferred the 28% is too faded to read.

After the meeting at the refreshments and signing gathering upstairs, Royal signed my copy of his book, The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text.

Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text

Celebrating The New Edition of Royal Skousen’s Analysis of Textual Variants

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 | 7 P.M., B192 JFSB

 

Skousen

Please join us for a presentation by Royal Skousen on the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project celebrating the just-published second edition of the six-volume Analysis of Textual Variants. A reception and book signing will follow.

 

Second Edition of Analysis of Textual Variants

Analysis of Textual Variants

Analysis of Textual Variants and other volumes of the Critical Text Project are available at BYU Studies (1063 JFSB) and on our website.

Lecture sponsored by BYU Studies, The Interpreter Foundation, and BYU’s Department of Linguistics and English Language.

This lecture will be recorded and posted online at a later date.

Religiously Unaffiliated Young Adults Soars to 39%

Young, single Mormons: Don’t think moving to the DC area will be sunshine. For most of the week you’d be alone in your religious convictions and your time to meet and mingle with those of your faith will be short and limited. Look also at the graph at how your generation is abandoning religion.

Love Thy Neighbor Without Stealing: Can Mormons Provide Shelters for the Homeless Without Supporting Government Theft?

by Robert John Stevens, March 29, 2017

A church friend sent me a link to the article How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive. After reading it, here are my comments.

The Mormon Church encourages and supports government-forced redistribution of wealth by taxation to build and maintain homeless shelters in Salt Lake City. Taxation is theft—period. God commanded, “Thou shalt not steal.” Jesus and Paul reiterated that. In this regard, the Mormon Church has not figured out how to love your neighbor without stealing.

My wife and I once had financial difficulties and agreed to be a recipient of the Bishop’s storehouse—the Mormon welfare program for local churches. It was miserable, bullying and condescending. Having paid tithing and fast offerings for more than thirty years, had those monies went directly into mutual funds I would have accumulated a very large sum, probably close to a million dollars. Had that happened with church support or without church interference we could have simply withdrawn funds during financially bad times.

Instead, we had to be humiliated by working through church channels and meeting weekly with the female Relief Society President to fill out a checklist of items, mostly unhealthy, to get us by. It felt like humiliating begging to an organization that was increasingly reluctant to give back even a portion of my life-long contributions.

No brother or elder ever came over to offer me employment or to invite me to their place of work for lunch, which is probably the best way to get a job. None in executive or corporate positions would hire me for a day to prove myself, or even permit me to volunteer for a day, not even those I’ve known for decades.

Having a B.S. in Computer Science and completed my M.S. coursework also in Computer Science from Mormon-owned Brigham Young University in Provo, and with more than 25 years of professional experience at that time, I was highly qualified for church programming positions but even though they had dozens of openings, not even their management would give me a chance to prove myself for a day. I realized then that full-time career church employment is evil and desensitises church employees so they are less likely to be loving and charitable outside of their assigned, paid tasks.

Once when I mentioned to our Mormon landlord I wasn’t sure if my declining revenues would provide enough money for our rent, they immediately panicked. The Bishop was reluctant to help with our rent payment and when he finally committed he was late so our Mormon landlords immediately asked us to leave. The Bishop wouldn’t let us rent just anywhere—it had to be the lowest-priced rental. Those we could find nearby were unreinforced masonry structures which will collapse during a major earthquake so rather than put our family at risk, we moved our into a friend’s 600 sq ft basement and paid him rent.

The correct principles described in that article are not new to Christianity or Judaism. The Mormon Church is just in a healthy position to work on the problems because of 187 years of tithing accumulation, volunteer missionaries (mostly elderly in this category), and thousands of full-time career church employees who think they were chosen by and working for God himself.

If I were a Mormon apostle, I would not compromise on theft by supporting government theft. I would not employ tens of thousands of full-time employees supported by religious taxation aka tithing punishable by damnation vs secular jail time. Surely there are better ways such as teaching correct principles and encouraging Mormon college graduates to temporarily work at the Church but not a mandate as Israeli youth are required to serve in their military.

The American system of limited government was not intended to support government handouts. Mormon Presidents David O. McKay and Era Taft Benson taught it is not the proper role of government to provide welfare. That responsibility belongs to the people and to their churches. The Mormon tithing monies used to employ more than ten thousand full-time, career Church employees in Information Technology alone is more than enough to provide shelters for the homeless in Salt Lake City.

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White House staff told to preserve Russia-related materials

Leaders who welcome document preservation and transparency are most likely honest; Thieves, liars and crooks order the destruction of evidence.

Compare this act to the destruction of the 9/11 documents and Cheney’s emails. See White House staff told to preserve Russia-related materials.

Compare this to Mormon Founder Joseph Smith who encouraged his members to keep journals, and hired scribes to record his sermons and to preserve his documents; however, he wasn’t transparent about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon:

“When pressed for specifics about the process of translation, Joseph repeated on several occasions that it had been done ‘by the gift and power of God’ and once added, ‘It was not intended to tell the world all the particulars of the coming forth of the book of Mormon.’ — The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon

Building Zion: The Latter-day Saint Legacy of Urban Planning

by Robert John Stevens, February 28, 2017

Utah has won just one National Planning Landmark Award: Joseph Smith’s The Plat of the City of Zion (1833). At the time, Joseph Smith was 27 years old.

Craig Galli’s article, Building Zion: The Latter-day Saint Legacy of Urban Planning” is fascinating and well worth your time to read.

Utah Mormons have deviated far from the original Zion plan and implementation, and from enjoying its benefits, and seem to have forgotten that outlying farmland is preserved not for the expansion of cities, but to sustain cities. When the population increases, the City of Zion plan was to be replicated.

In other words, Benjamin, Utah wasn’t supposed to be preserved for the expansion of Spanish Fork but to be its own city, designed after the City of Zion plan, with outlying farmland to sustain its own people.

Also, farmers were supposed to live in the cities where their families can be enlightened. I called Craig Galli the author and asked, “Where were farmers supposed to keep their equipment?” He said it was a great question and he didn’t know the answer.

David Hall’s slides on the City of Zion says the “Language of the plot is Tyndale’s 16th century English.” Was David influenced by Royal Skousen’s research or did David decide on his own that like the Book of Mormon, it was Tyndale-era English?

City of Zion Documents