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24) MORMONISM AND EVOLUTION: Is the book Mormonism and Evolution: The Authoritative LDS Statements authoritative?

Commentary Please see Gary Shapiro’s excellent blog for additional information on the flaws in Mormonism and Evolution: The Authoritative LDS Statements and an entire review. Prophetic Statements Ezra Taft Benson Permit me to offer you a word of counsel about writing books or articles. Some of you have desired to write, and we do not […]

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Doctrinal Fortifications against Darwinian Evolution

Lee H. Pearson, PhD Introduction The theory that all life in this world can be traced to a single-celled organism through a series of evolutionary steps is often referred to as “Darwinism” or “Darwinian Evolution”, named after the primary originator of this theory, Charles Darwin.  “Organic evolution” or just “evolution” are more common terms.  Before […]

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27) CHARLES DARWIN: What have LDS Church leaders taught about Charles Darwin, Darwin’s influence and his life? Who inspired the theories of organic evolution? Has Darwinism been an influence in moving us into a “post-Christian” era?

Questions Answered:What have LDS Church leaders taught about Charles Darwin, Darwin’s influence and his life? What kind of man was Charles Darwin? Who inspired the theories of organic evolution? Does the teaching of, or belief in, evolution degrade or demean mankind? Has Darwinism been an influence in moving us into a “post-Christian” era? Commentary Charles […]

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25) ADAM FATHER: Is the scriptural teaching that Adam is the father of the entire human family problematic for evolutionary teachings?

Commentary Darwinism and Neo-Darwinism teach that life did not originate from two parents 6,000 years ago as the scriptures insist, but that the branches of the human family evolved separately in different areas of the earth over entended periods of time. Evolutionists are generally careful with this information as it has and continues to be […]

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15) TALMAGE – WIDTSOE – ROBERTS: Were James E. Talmage, John A. Widtsoe and B. H. Roberts followers of the theories of Darwin?

Commentary In current LDS academic circles Elders James E. Talmage and John A. Widtsoe, former members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are often hailed as promoters of Darwinism and modern liberal interpretations of the scriptures. Elder B. H. Roberts, a former member of the […]

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06) PRE-FALL CONDITIONS: Did the Fall introduce reproduction, blood, sin, pain and other mortal conditions? In addition to man, did the Fall affect plants, animals and the earth itself?

Questions Answered: Was there reproduction, blood, sin, pain and other mortal conditions on the earth before the Fall? In addition to man, did the Fall affect plants, animals and the earth itself? Why is the doctrine that Adam was the first flesh upon the earth critical when discussing the fall of man? Commentary The Bible […]

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09) SCRIPTURES: Is Darwinism in conflict with the standard works? Can the revelations of God be trusted? Are there errors in the revelations in regard to science?

Questions Answered: Are the theories of organic evolution in conflict with the standard works of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Can the revelations of God be trusted? Are those who believe in the literal accounts of the scriptures regarding the Creation and Fall wrong? Commentary When the scripture committee of the Church, […]

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18) CREATIONISM: How should Latter-day Saints view Creationism? Should Latter-Day Saints understand the Creation account literally?

See also: Ica Stones, Dinosaurs and Dragon Legends Commentary Darwinian Evolution and Neo-Darwinism hold to the following principles: All life originated and diversified through chance All organisms are descended from a single common ancestor in the distant past An unguided process of natural selection has the power to produce fundamentally new forms of life through random mutations […]

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22) JOSEPH FIELDING SMITH: Should President Joseph Fielding Smith’s position on organic evolution be taken seriously?

Questions Answered: Was Joseph Fielding Smith out of harmony with the First Presidency and other members of the Quorum of the Twelve when he published his work Man: His Origin and Destiny? Is President Smith the only witness against evolution? Should the writings of Joseph Fielding Smith, prior to his becoming President of the Church, […]

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26) PATRIARCH AGES: Are the long life-spans of the patriarchs true doctrine? What does this mean for the theory of Darwinian evolution?

Commentary An excellent timeline of the ages of the patriarchs can be viewed at this link. It compiles the references in the standard works in a quick and easy format. It can be easily noted that the long ages of the patriarchs, some extending nearly a thousand years, are supported by the Old and New […]

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02) OFFICIAL POSITION: Does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have an official position regarding the theory of organic evolution?

Commentary Author: James F. Stoddard III and L. Hannah Stoddard Please see Gary Shapiro’s excellent blog for additional information on this topic. Doctrine for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not for any individual to declare apart from the President of the Church. Therefore this website makes no attempt to declare the position […]

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12) ANCESTRY: Did Joseph Smith have a noble and righteous heritage? Was the Prophets ancestral line prepared and watched over through the ages?

Prophetic Statements Brigham Young It was decreed in the counsels of eternity, long before the foundations of the earth were laid, that he, Joseph Smith, should be the man, in the last dispensation of this world, to bring forth the word of God to the people, and receive the fulness of the keys and power […]

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Lyman Omer Littlefield, 1819-c1890

Autobiography (1819-1848)Lyman Omer Littlefield, Reminiscences of Latter-day Saints (Logan, Utah: The Utah Journal Co., 1888)REMINISCENCES OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Note: included in this autiobiography is a short autobiography of Lucy Walker Smith Chapter II Lyman Omer Littlefield, who has undertaken in this little volume to give publicity to many incidents connected with the experience of the […]

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“If Thine Eye Offend Thee” (Part 1 – Blind Obedience? – To Question or Not to Question? That is the Question!)

James F. Stoddard III, with L. Hannah Stoddard Respect for Leaders All of my life I have been accused of blindly obeying my leaders.  I was generally the one or among the small minority that left the movie, wouldn’t listen to the music or sounded out the unpopular teaching from an inspired leader or prophet. […]

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Apostasy

Definition of “apostasy” “When Latter-day Saints are asked for a definition of apostasy, they frequently turn to 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and cite the King James Version phrase ‘a falling away.’ Unfortunately, the translation of this word is inadequate, and it has been the cause of some historical misinformation in the Church that has made it […]

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Asael Smith

Asael Smith Born 7 Mar. 1743/4, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Died 31 Oct. 1830 Stockholm, St. Lawrence County, New York Spouse Mary Duty (1767) Father Samuel Smith, Jr. Mother Priscilla Gould Children Jesse Smith Priscilla Smith Joseph Smith Sr. Asahel Smith Mary Smith Samuel Smith Silas Smith John Smith Susanna Smith Stephen Smith Sarah Smith […]

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Autobiography of Benjamin F. Johnson (1818-1905)

Autobiography (1818-1846) From, Benjamin F. Johnson, My Life’s Review (Independence, Missouri: Zion’s Printing and Publishing Co., 1947), pp. 7-107. Chapter 1 – MY CHILDHOOD I was born July 28, 1818, in the town of Pomfret, Chatauqua County, New York. My father, Ezekiel Johnson, was born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, January 12, 1776, and my mother, Julia Hills, […]

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36) SEX-ED: Should sex education be taught in government schools?

Prophetic Statements First Presidency Message We believe that serious hazards are involved in entrusting to the schools the teaching of this vital and important subject to our children. This responsibility cannot wisely be left to society, nor the schools; nor can the responsibility be shifted to the Church. It is the responsibility of parents to […]

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