05) DISCERNMENT: Did Joseph Smith lack the ability to judge the character of individuals around him? Was he often deceived because of his over-trusting personality?
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- 04) CHARACTER: Was Joseph Smith weak in character while gifted in revelation? How did he “influence” people?
- 13) EVOLVING: Is LDS Church doctrine evolving, or was it revealed in purity to Joseph Smith? Could Joseph Smith teach us all that he knew, or was much of his knowledge withheld from the world because of the general lack of faith?
- 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?
- 11) LUCY MACK SMITH: Was the Prophet’s mother, Lucy Mack Smith, given to vanity and extravagance? What was the character of Mother Smith?
- 22) JOSEPH FIELDING SMITH: Should President Joseph Fielding Smith’s position on organic evolution be taken seriously?
- 02) JOSEPH SR.: Was Joseph Smith Senior a failure as a father? Was he a poor provider, oft defeated and unmoored? Did he have a problem with alcohol and other vices?
- 16) ENEMIES: Why did the Prophet Joseph Smith have so many enemies? What was his response to antagonism and criticism?
- 08) WOMEN: Did Joseph Smith’s view of the role of women and their place in the Church evolve over time? Was he incorrect in many of his assumptions?
- 10) MONEY: Did Joseph Smith have a weakness in handling money? Was the Prophet often in debt because of this deficiency? Are the accusations that the Prophet was a poor business man accurate?
- 17) MIRACLES: Did Joseph Smith do many miracles in the name of Jesus? Are there eye witnesses of these miracles?
- 20) Who was responsible for the Prophet Joseph Smith’s death?
- 01) DID JOSEPH KNOW: Did Joseph Smith understand where the Book of Mormon events took place? Was the Prophet in error in his statements that the Book of Mormon transpired principally in North America?
- 22) What status of trust did Joseph Smith reach before the Lord?
- 03) COUNSELING: What has been taught regarding trusting counselors and/or receiving counseling services?
- 19) Does Joseph Smith stand next to Jesus Christ in righteousness and station?
- 12) ANCESTRY: Did Joseph Smith have a noble and righteous heritage? Was the Prophets ancestral line prepared and watched over through the ages?
- 03) MAGIC: Did Joseph Smith mix Christianity with Nineteenth Century tradition and magical powers? Did he attempt to employ dark arts to discover hidden treasure?
- 32) AGENCY: Is freedom an essential element of God’s plan? Does our ability to have freedom and agency with our time, talents and money, matter to God?
- 09) TEMPER: Did the Prophet Joseph Smith have an uncontrolled temper? Was he at times vengeful?
- 18) BIBLE: What did Joseph Smith teach concerning the Bible? Are his teachings antagonistic to the Old and New Testaments?