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30) CHURCH: Does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints exist to support the family? Or does the family exist to support the Church?

Prophetic Statements Joseph F. Smith #1: “In the home the presiding authority is always vested in the father, and in all home affairs and family matters there is no other authority paramount. To illustrate this principle, a single incident will perhaps suffice. It sometimes happens that the elders are called in to administer to the […]

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Meteor Shower of 1833

Accounts Parley P. Pratt “I witnessed the falling stars–which was the grandest and most sublime sight eye ever beheld. No fear entered my mind, but joy rather than awe; this was in the fall, September I believe. If ever stars in the heavens had been on the move, it could not have excelled the sight. […]

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31) HANG BY A THREAD: What have latter-day prophets taught concerning the prophecy of Joseph Smith that the United States Constitution would hang by a thread and be saved, if saved at all, through the efforts of the Elders of Israel?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Smith 1. Even this nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground, and when the Constitution is upon the brink of ruin, this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean, and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very […]

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Questioning the Comma in Verse 13 of the Word of Wisdom

Published with permission from the author, originally published by The Interpreter Foundation and MormonInterpreter.com A. Jane Birch Abstract: The 1921 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants included an additional comma, which was inserted after the word “used” in D&C 89:13: “And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of […]

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38) PRACTICAL AND PRODUCTIVE: What should be the place of manual labor and practical life skills in a valuable and successful education? What are the most critical skills to acquire?

Prophetic Statements Joseph F. Smith #1: I have often thought of the undesirableness of the young men of our community seeking for light employments, and lucrative positions, without regard to manual and mechanical skill, and knowledge and ability in agriculture. None can deny that there is too great a tendency among the young men, especially […]

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13) 3 BYU PROFESSORS: Why did President Joseph F. Smith dismiss three professors from Brigham Young University for teaching organic evolution?

Associated Locations: BYU, Provo, Utah Associated Dates: 1910 – President Joseph F. Smith dismisses three BYU professors Commentary Please see Boyd K. Packer’s speech that touches heavily on this event. A source for the history on this subject is Brigham Young University: A School of Destiny, compiled by Ernest L. Wilkinson and W. Cleon Skousen or […]

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35) CONSTITUTION: What has been revealed regarding the Divine origin and influence of the United States Constitution on our nation and the world?

Associated Locations: Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Location of Constitutional Convention Associated Dates: May 14 – September 17 1787 -– Convention Length Prophetic Statements First Presidency Because some Americans have not kept faith with our Founding Fathers, the Constitution faces severe challenges. Those who do not prize individual freedom are trying to erode its great principles. […]

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03) ACCOUNTABILITY: Will individuals be accountable to God for their acts in relation to government? What is the priority of loyalty to country?

Prophetic Statements First Presidency Because some Americans have not kept faith with our Founding Fathers, the Constitution faces severe challenges. Those who do not prize individual freedom are trying to erode its great principles. We, as Latter-day Saints must be vigilant in doing our part to preserve the Constitution and safeguard the way of life […]

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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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23) PRE-ADAMITES: Were there “pre-Adamites” or pre-human beings prior to Adam being placed upon the earth? Was Adam a cave-man? Are the world’s teachings about how language and civilization progressed accurate?

Questions Answered: Were there “pre-Adamites” or pre-human beings prior to Adam being placed upon the earth? Were animals also “placed” upon the earth? Was Adam a cave-man? Are the world’s teachings about how language and civilization progressed accurate? Commentary Cave men form an integral part of our culture. Schools use them for mascots, classes in […]

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38) DESTROY FAITH: Does a belief in theory of organic evolution negatively influence faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Can a person have sound understanding of the atonement and fall and at the same time believe in the theories of organic evolution?

Commentary President Joseph Fielding Smith has stated that one cannot have true faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and at the same time hold to the assumptions of Darwinian evolution. Organic evolution is destructive of faith in God. It is rebellion against him. Those who accept this pernicious doctrine cannot consistently believe in the […]

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32) GOD REMOVED: What is the consequence of removing God from educational settings? When prophets and the founding fathers have indicated that we believe in separation of church and state, what does this mean?

Commentary Who has been chiefly responsible for removing God from academia? How has education changed over the past century? When God is removed education weakens and eventually fails. Everything the adversary does is ultimately focused on separating us from God and from His Principles. Everything the Lord does is to bring us to Him and […]

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03) FAMILY: What is the importance of the family in education?

Prophetic Statements First Presedency We call upon parents to devote their best efforts to the teaching and rearing of their children in gospel principles which will keep them close to the Church. The home is the basis of a righteous life, and no other instrumentality can take its place or fulfill its essential functions in […]

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