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02) SHORTCUTS: Is there a shortcut to perfection? Is the purpose of the atonement to help those who do not keep the commandments still be exalted in the Celestial Kingdom?

Commentary We must all work out our own salvation through God’s grace. Through the Atonement and Holy Ghost we can be changed to become perfect. Prophetic Statements Joseph Smith Man Must Be Born Again – Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from […]

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09) WORKS: Is it essential to believe in justification by faith (that we are saved without works, without keeping all of the commandments, and jointly with Christ) to be saved?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Fielding Smith “This mortal life is granted us that we may be schooled properly and trained through the plan of salvation to be worthy to become in very deed sons and daughters of God. Our Eternal Father would have every soul saved if that were feasible. Salvation, however, is based on merit […]

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Traditions of Scholarship that Shape the Foundations of Education and the Nature of the University

Neil J Flinders Introduction This critical essay examines three traditions of scholarship and considers their impact on the foundations of education and the nature of the University. The author’s conclusion is that the evolution of scholarship has formed the foundations for three different patterns of education. One pattern is characterized by science. It is reason based, research centered, […]

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19) SECRET COMBINATIONS: What are secret combinations? What are the objects sought by secret combinations (power, plunder, prestige)? Are there secret combinations today?

Commentary Prophetic Statements First Presidency Satan is making war against all the wisdom that has come to men through their ages of experience. He is seeking to overturn and destroy the very foundations upon which society, government, and religion rest. He plans to destroy liberty and freedom–economic, political, and religious, and to set up in […]

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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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New Jerusalem

Associated Locations: Far West, Missouri Location of The New Jerusalem “Joseph, the Prophet, told me that the Garden of Eden was in Jackson County, Missouri. When Adam was driven out he went to the place we now call Adam-ondi-Ahman, Daviess County, Missouri. There he built an altar and offered sacrifices.”

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14) FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT: Can music promote the righteous fruits of the Spirit? Is there music which contradicts righteous fruits of the Spirit?

Commentary Prophetic Statements First Presidency First Presidency Preface to the LDS Hymn Book In addition to blessing us as a Church and family members, the hymns can greatly benefit us as individuals. Hymns can lift our spirits, give us courage, and move us to righteous action. They can fill our souls with heavenly thoughts and […]

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37) NATURAL LAWS: Is God the Creator and Origin of the natural laws of the Universe? Can Darwinian theory be harmonized with this doctrine?

Commentary There are two fundamental differing views in regard to the laws of the universe.One view pictures God as learning, and then using the laws of the Universe which already existed.The other conversely teaches that God Created the Laws and then uses those laws to bring to pass His purposes which are the immortality and […]

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39) FACT OF EVOLUTION: Is organic evolution, more recently coined macroevolution, an established fact? Has science proven evolution to be true? Are all credible scientists evolutionists?

Commentary Author: James F. Stoddard III and L. Hannah Stoddard It has become fashionable over the last fifty or so years to refer to evolution as an established fact. This cry has become even more intense in recent years. Many, even at Church schools declare that the debate has ended, the scriptures and prophets have […]

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25) ADAM FATHER: Is the scriptural teaching that Adam is the father of the entire human family problematic for evolutionary teachings?

Commentary Darwinism and Neo-Darwinism teach that life did not originate from two parents 6,000 years ago as the scriptures insist, but that the branches of the human family evolved separately in different areas of the earth over entended periods of time. Evolutionists are generally careful with this information as it has and continues to be […]

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07) WHEN FALL: When did the Fall occur? Why does this matter when considering the theory of evolution? Why is the genealogy from Adam to Christ important to age of the earth discussions?

Commentary For a definitive explanation of what has been taught concerning death before the Fall please see this FAQ and for the age of the earth please see this FAQ. The scriptures and writings of the prophets are very clear that the literal universal Fall occurred in the days of Adam. This poses a serious […]

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14) JUSTIFICATION: What is the role of the Holy Ghost in justification?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Smith “The nearer man approaches perfection, the clearer are his views, and the greater his enjoyments, till he has overcome the evils of his life and lost every desire for sin;” [1] Scripture D&C 132:7 Moses 6:60 Supporting Statements “What then is the law of justification? It is simply this: “All covenants, […]

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06) PRE-FALL CONDITIONS: Did the Fall introduce reproduction, blood, sin, pain and other mortal conditions? In addition to man, did the Fall affect plants, animals and the earth itself?

Questions Answered: Was there reproduction, blood, sin, pain and other mortal conditions on the earth before the Fall? In addition to man, did the Fall affect plants, animals and the earth itself? Why is the doctrine that Adam was the first flesh upon the earth critical when discussing the fall of man? Commentary The Bible […]

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10) SCATTERING: Why was Israel scattered?

Prophetic Statements Joseph Fielding Smith “The great mission that was given to Abraham was that he would be a blessing to the generations coming after him, and through him all nations would be blessed. . . . When Israel entered the promised land, the Lord gave them strict commandment that they should serve him and […]

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