Lessons learned from the MTC President Sex Abuse Scandal
“If Thine Eye Offend Thee” (Part 1 – Blind Obedience? – To Question or Not to Question? That is the Question!)
McKenna Denson has accused former MTC President, Joseph L. Bishop, of rape while she was serving as a sister missionary at the Provo Missionary Training Center in 1984. Is there a faithful perspective to the MTC President sex abuse scandal? What can we learn from the Joseph L. Bishop story?
The Book of Mormon in the “Real World”: An Answer for Apathy in the Church
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. […]
Do We Still Believe in the Patriarchal Order?
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 […]
Music: The Forgotten Language of the Heart
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 […]
Book of Mormon Passages for Biblical Christians
James F. Stoddard III I believe that every feeling, every emotion that can be felt by man, can be expressed through music. Can it be that while we have been immersed in this medium, we have been seduced and distracted to forget its power for good or evil? My story with music begins when I […]
Does the Heartland Model contradict statements made by the Leadership of the Church?
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 […]
A Letter to My Christian Friends
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, […]
Science vs. Religion? The Joseph Smith Forum Science FAQs
James F. Stoddard III In response to what Mormons believe please permit me to add my thoughts. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes referred to as “Mormons” or “Latter-day Saints”) and my ancestry is through Joseph Smith’s grandfather, Asael Smith and cousins. I have had the priviledge […]
James F. Stoddard III Joseph Smith Forum Science FAQs Why science FAQs? The Joseph Smith Forum Science FAQs contain 40 Frequently Asked Questions which are often asked and widely debated regarding the theories of organic evolution and the age of the earth as they pertain to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Darwinism and Neo-Darwinism are […]