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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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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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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01) ADOPTION: Are members of the Church literal descendants of Israel or merely adopted? Why is it important to understand that we are literally of the House of Israel?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Smith The Covenant with Israel #1: The time has at last arrived when the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has set his hand again the second time to recover the remnants of his people, which have been left from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, […]

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03) FRANKLIN MORAL: Was Benjamin Franklin a womanizer in France and America? Did he father as many as thirteen illegitimate children?

Prophetic Statements Wilford Woodruff “I am going to bear my testimony to this assembly, if I never do it again in my life, that those men who laid the foundation of this American government and signed the Declaration of Independence were the best spirits the God of heaven could find on the face of the […]

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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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Should we follow leaders blindly? What are the doctrines and principles that must be understood in following leadership?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Smith “Wednesday, February 8, 1843. — This morning, I read German, and visited with a brother and sister from Michigan, who thought that ‘a prophet is always a prophet;’ but I told them that a prophet was a prophet only when he was acting as such.” . Brigham Young #1 I do […]

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Abortion

Prophetic Statements Brigham Young “To check the increase of our race has its advocates among the influential and powerful circles of society in our nation and in other nations. The same practice existed forty-five years ago, and various devices were used by married persons to prevent the expenses and responsibilities of a family of children, […]

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JEFFERSON FAITH: Did Thomas Jefferson hold disdain for religion? Was Jefferson a deist?

Supporting Statements Thomas Jefferson Dear sir . . . Your recommendations are always welcome, for indeed the subjects of them always merit that welcome, and some of them in an extraordinary degree. They make us acquainted with what there is of excellent in our ancient sister state of Massachusetts, once venerated and be beloved, and […]

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21) LAST DAYS: What has been said about the rise of witchcraft and sorcery particular to the last days?

Prophetic Statements Scriptures Isaiah 47:12-14 12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. 13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the […]

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23) ARROGANCE: Was the Prophet Joseph arrogant?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Smith The question was put to him, “Joseph, is the principle of self-aggrandizement wrong? Should we seek our own good?”  His answer: “It is a correct principle and may be indulged upon only one rule or plan-and that is to elevate, benefit, and bless others first. If you will elevate others, the […]

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