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First Presidency Message on Communism, 1936

Statement published in the Improvement Era, July 1936 by the First Presidency, under date of July 3, 1936. Reprinted in “The Messenger Presiding Bishopric Publication, Oct. 1961 Associated Locations: Church Office Building, Salt Lake City, Utah WARNING TO CHURCH MEMBERS With great regret we learn from credible sources, governmental and others, that a few Church […]

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The Story Louis Pasteur (1936)

In 1860 Paris, chemist Louis Pasteur is considered a quack within the medical community for advocating that doctors and surgeons wash their hands and boil their instruments to destroy microbes that can kill their patients. He came across this belief when discovering microscopic organisms in sour wine, the organisms which could be killed if heated […]

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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

After the death of Cedric (‘Ceddie’)’s English father, he and his mother live together in Brooklyn. Cedric’s grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt, had disowned Cedric’s father when he married an American, but when the Earl’s remaining son dies, he accepts Cedric as Lord Fauntleroy, his heir, and the Earl sends for Cedric and his mother. […]

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Passover

Last night the Sanpete County RTB group held their annual Passover gathering. This was a beautiful evening discussing the Bible story of the Exodus (presented by the Cumming family) with then a Passover meal. We then afterward sang songs and listened to the parallels (presented by Cory Schmidt) between Moses and Joseph Smith and the […]

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Guardians of an Altar

lux lucet in tenebris ~ A Light Shining in the Darkness Connecting & networking like-minded LDS Youth as they study & practice true principles of Zion. “. . . if the youth will turn their hearts and affections to the Lord their God, they will be prepared to enter into the glory we are contending […]

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Voiceless

“Voiceless” is a thought provoking movie that expounds the idea that someone must be a voice for the voiceless — in this case the voiceless are unborn babies. The movie makes a strong statement that all life is precious and must be protected. In addition to the subject of abortion, many themes critical to understand […]

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5 scary stories teaching what Halloween is really about

The house “. . . was filled with evil spirits, who sought to destroy us . . .” –Wilford Woodruff (London, England) We three [Wilford Woodruff, Heber C. Kimball and George A. Smith] went into the City of London to undertake to open doors in that great city.  The first man who opened his doors […]

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Do We Still Believe in the Patriarchal Order?

L. Hannah Stoddard, edited by James F. Stoddard III Do We Still Believe in the Patriarchal Order? In our day the phrase “Patriarchal Order” provokes deep emotions, generally negative, to many members of the Church.  To a growing number the Patriarchal Order is either something of the past that we have now finally moved beyond […]

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Kirtland Elders’ Quorum Record 1836-1841

Kirtland Elders’ Quorum Record 1836-1841   Edited by Lyndon W. Cook and Milton V. Backman, Jr. Provo, Utah: Grandin Book Co., 1985 Source: Kirtland Elders’ Quorum Record, RLDS Archives CONTENTS Preface 1836 Minutes 1837 Minutes 1838 Minutes 1840 Minutes 1841 Minutes Biographical Appendix References   Preface The Kirtland Elders’ Quorum Record is an official Church […]

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HANDS: Will those who know how to work with their own hands be blessed in the times that are coming?

Prophetic Statements First Presidency Our primary purpose was to set up, insofar as it might be possible, a system under which the curse of idleness would be done away with, the evils of a dole abolished, and independence, industry, thrift and self-respect be once more established amongst our people. The aim of the Church is […]

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SELF-SUSTAINING: Will the day come when we need to live off what we produce? Will we need to be self-sustaining?

Prophetic Statements First Presidency Our primary purpose was to set up, insofar as it might be possible, a system under which the curse of idleness would be done away with, the evils of a dole abolished, and independence, industry, thrift and self-respect be once more established amongst our people. The aim of the Church is […]

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06) COMMUNISM: Did Joseph Smith experiment with communal practices through his institution of the law of consecration and the united order? Were the failures to institute the united order due to lack of vision and incorrect principles?

Prophetic Statements First Presidency “Warning to Church Members” (Statement published in the Improvement Era, July 1936 by the First Presidency, under date of July 3,1936. Reprinted in “The Messenger Presiding Bishopric Publication, Oct. 1961) Ezra Taft Benson #1: “Has it occurred to you that one may interpret doctrine when he or she undertakes to explain […]

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Logan Temple

Associated Locations: Logan, Utah Associated Dates: May 17, 1884 – Dedication A few interesting Facts Connected with the History of the Logan Temple: “On May 21, 1884, the first baptismal day in the Temple, there were 51 baptisms for the dead performed, Apostle Franklin D. Richards being the first person to act as proxy in this […]

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03) WELFARE REQUIREMENTS: What should be the requirements for receiving Church welfare assistance? Should assistance be given to able-bodied individuals without requiring work as compensation?

Prophetic Statements Brigham Young The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor riches to men of wisdom. The Lord gives the increase: he makes rich whom he pleases. You may inquire, “Why not make us rich?” Perhaps, because we would not know what to do with riches. You remember […]

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11) FAMILY: Is the family the basic unit of society and should it be sustained by government. Should the community and social experts have responsibility for raising families?

Prophetic Statements Heber J. Grant I have had some of the most insulting letters that ever came to me, condemning me for not being in favor of the Townsend Plan (original name of Social Security), and that I must be ignorant of the plan. I am not ignorant of the plan… it is in direct […]

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15) CITIZENSHIP: Should leaders be sustained by the voice of the people they govern? What are the fundamental principles of citizenship? What is our responsibility to educate ourselves?

Prophetic Statements First Presidency It is the duty of freedom loving people to oppose and resist this evil with all the strength God has given them. If we do not, we stand to lose all we and our forefathers have gained through the centuries. With great regret we learn from credible sources, governmental and others, […]

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