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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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04) RECENT: Have Church authorities made comments on the theory of organic evolution in recent years? Has the Church changed its position? Are we embarrassed by the statements made by early leaders and the scriptures?

Commentary Please see Gary Shapiro’s excellent blog for additional information on this topic. First, it must be emphasized that the scriptures and writings of the Prophets are all in harmony on the doctrines that are presented in this FAQ compilation. In some ways less has been said in recent years on this subject. It is […]

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David O. McKay Evolution Letter – February 15, 1957

On February 15, 1957 the President of the Church, David O. McKay, penned a letter to William Lee Stokes claiming that “On the subject of organic evolution the Church has officially taken no position.”  However, this statement contradicted the The Origin of Man: 1909 First Presidency Message “which expresses the Church’s doctrinal position on these […]

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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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20) HARMONIZE: Should the Gospel and evolution be harmonized? Are the conflicts between evolution and statements made by the Prophets caused by terminology misuse?

Commentary Can the scientific worldviews of Darwinism or NeoDarwinism be harmonized with the doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Many seem to feel that Darwinian evolution has been proven to be a scientific fact. These are the base assumptions of NeoDarwinism: All life originated and diversified through chance All organisms are descended from a […]

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01) ACCOUNTABLE: Does what a person believes about organic evolution influence the way he/she lives? Will those who promote the theories of organic evolution stand accountable before God?

Commentary It is interesting to note that at least seven Presidents of the Church have clearly taught that Darwinian evolution weakens faith. President Brigham Young taught that Darwin, Huxley and Miall, three leading biologists of his day, were destroying the faith among the youth of the Saints. Because of this he endowed Brigham Young Academy […]

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Creation and Evolution: A Witness of Prophets

Creation and Evolution: A Witness of Prophets and accompanying resources presents documented evidence that at least 12 Presidents of the Church and other leaders have spoken clearly and repeatedly on the subject of creation and evolution. Related events: 1909 – First Presidency issues “Origin of Man” Message 1925 – First Presidency issues 1925 Statement on […]

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Battlelines

Article – Do We Still Believe in the Patriarchal Order? Documentary – Biblical Young Women Home & Family FAQs 01) BIRTH-CONTROL: What is the first commandment ever given by the Lord to man? How does the Lord feel about birth control? Should couples postpone having children? 02) OVERPOPULATION: Is the earth overpopulated? Is there enough food and resources to […]

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Facts Addressing A: “Resolution Calling for a Convention to Amend the Constitution of the United States”

Scott N. Bradley As you are aware, there is a highly organized, cleverly disguised, and powerfully promoted effort to call some sort of convention empowered “to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the […]

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01) BIRTH-CONTROL: What is the first commandment ever given by the Lord to man? How does the Lord feel about birth control? Should couples postpone having children?

Commentary The first commandment given to man in the Garden of Eden was to multiply and replenish the earth. The importance of this commandment, while not commonly understood or appreciated in our day, has never changed. We have compiled a list of passages from scripture and the words of prophets in our day that clearly […]

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Helen Mar Kimball Whitney (1828-1896) Autobiography

Autobiography (c. 1839-1846)“Life Incidents,” Woman’s Exponent 9-10 (1880-1882) and “Scenes and Incidents in Nauvoo,” Woman’s Exponent 11 (1882-83)LIFE INCIDENTSBy Helen Mar Kimball WhitneyThe scenes which are familiar to the Latter-day Saints of an earlier day, are but little known to those who have since been gathered from the different nations, nor to those who have […]

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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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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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Peter, My Brother

By Elder Spencer W. Kimball Today I wish to talk about my brother, my colleague, my fellow apostle—Simon Barjona or Cephas or Peter the Rock. Some time ago a newspaper in a distant town carried an Easter Sunday religion editorial by a minister who stated that the presiding authority of the early-day church fell because […]

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