David Whitmer: Man of Contradictions – An Analysis of Statements by David Whitmer on Translation of the Book of Mormon

L.H. Pearson, Ph.D. Introduction After four years from the first meeting with Moroni on the Hill Cumorah, on 22 September 1827, Moroni gave Joseph Smith the sacred record written upon metal plates along with the Urim and Thummim and the breastplate.  Joseph and Emma were married on January 18, 1827 and because of mounting persecution, […]

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Papers

The Joseph Smith Forum Papers are part of the Joseph Smith Foundation. The Internet contains endless “scholarship”. In the world today there is no shortage of information. In all of this knowledge, the indispensable wisdom of the ages is often lost. Every individual providing articles views the world through a providential perspective. The Joseph Smith Forum Papers seeks to find […]

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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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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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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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“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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The Book of Mormon in the “Real World”: An Answer for Apathy in the Church

by James F. Stoddard III There I was, 1996 and fresh out of BYU, teaching high school history, government and PE in Northern Arizona to students who couldn’t care less about the subject material.  It was culture shock after years at BYU and teaching motivated new missionaries at the Missionary Training Center.  How could I […]

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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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What is True Education?

The following is the foreword of the book, Revealed Educational Principles & The Public Schools. Scott N. Bradley (Dr. Scott N. Bradley is the Founder and Chairman of Constitution Commemoration Foundation, Inc., and twice candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2006 and 2010.) Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are taught […]

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Book of Mormon Passages for Biblical Christians

James F. Stoddard III and L. Hannah Stoddard Book of Mormon Passages for Biblical Christians In our age, the truth and authenticity of the Bible is greatly under attack. Academics and those considering themselves educated ridicule the Biblical account of the Creation, the life spans of the Patriarchs reaching nearly a millennia, the literal Fall […]

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Does the Heartland Model contradict statements made by the Leadership of the Church?

James F. Stoddard III If the Book of Mormon events occurred in North America, as Joseph Smith as well as other Presidents of the church have indicated, does this make other statements by the leadership of the Church inaccurate?  It appears on initial investigation that the early Brethren contradict what some of the later Brethren, […]

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