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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 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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The Holy Spirit of Promise

What is the Holy Spirit of Promise? How is it to be obtained? Is it necessary for salvation? On what grounds can we hope to receive it? D&C 76:52-53 52 That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of […]

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Helen Mar Kimball Whitney (1828-1896) Autobiography

Autobiography (c. 1839-1846)“Life Incidents,” Woman’s Exponent 9-10 (1880-1882) and “Scenes and Incidents in Nauvoo,” Woman’s Exponent 11 (1882-83)LIFE INCIDENTSBy Helen Mar Kimball WhitneyThe scenes which are familiar to the Latter-day Saints of an earlier day, are but little known to those who have since been gathered from the different nations, nor to those who have […]

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Lyman Omer Littlefield, 1819-c1890

Autobiography (1819-1848)Lyman Omer Littlefield, Reminiscences of Latter-day Saints (Logan, Utah: The Utah Journal Co., 1888)REMINISCENCES OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Note: included in this autiobiography is a short autobiography of Lucy Walker Smith Chapter II Lyman Omer Littlefield, who has undertaken in this little volume to give publicity to many incidents connected with the experience of the […]

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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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David O. McKay Evolution Letter – February 15, 1957

On February 15, 1957 the President of the Church, David O. McKay, penned a letter to William Lee Stokes claiming that “On the subject of organic evolution the Church has officially taken no position.”  However, this statement contradicted the The Origin of Man: 1909 First Presidency Message “which expresses the Church’s doctrinal position on these […]

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Puritan Law

John Winthrop John Cotton’s Legal Code John Winthrop, a Puritan founder, instructed city magistrates to search the Scriptures for the proper ruling in every case. Later, John Cotton drafted a legal code with passages taken from the Bible. The criminal chapters were taken entirely from scripture, especially the law given by God to Moses. Originating […]

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The Meaning of the Atonement

By W. Cleon Skousen As we come to the conclusion of this beautiful Sabbath day, I want to express my personal appreciation for the privilege of being a guest in such a pleasant place with such a sweet spirit, and this beautiful music sung concerning one of our favorite scriptures is so appropriate for the […]

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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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Christ in North America

The following is a chapter from the book, THIS LAND: Zarahemla and the Nephite Nation Wayne N. May You’ve doubtless heard of evidences for Christ in Central and South America. Did you know there are far more evidences for the appearance of Christ in North America? [captionpix imgsrc=”/research/papers/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/PAGE1_edit1.png” imglink=”/research/papers/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/PAGE1_edit1.png” width=”300″ align=”left” captiontext=”Burrows Cave artifact, southern […]

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Autobiography (1801-1844) in Manuscript History of Brigham Young

Autobiography (1801-1844) in Manuscript History of Brigham Young    Source: Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).  MANUSCRIPT HISTORYofBRIGHAM YOUNGI was born in Whitingham, Windham County, Vermont, June 1, 1801. At an early age I labored with my father, assisting him to clear off new […]

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Latest News and Releases Oct-Dec 2014

The following is a res-posting of Joseph Smith Foundation Facebook posts from October – December 2014. December 6, 2014 Upcoming Presentation in Idaho Falls! The Joseph Smith Foundation will be offering a free presentation at the Kimber Academy in Idaho Falls. All are invited! Feel welcome to let any friends or family know. The presentation […]

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To the Mothers in Zion

President Ezra Taft Benson 22 February 1987 I rejoice in the opportunity of being with you this evening. I have been touched by the beautiful music and the splendid instructions we have received. There is no theme I would rather speak to than home and family, for they are at the very heart of the […]

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A Plea to Strengthen Our Families

President Ezra Taft Benson General Conference, October 1970 As a people, we have three great loyalties: loyalty to God, loyalty to family, loyalty to country. I come to you today with a plea to strengthen our families. The Family Unit It has been truly stated that “salvation is a family affair … and that the […]

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Kirtland Elders’ Quorum Record 1836-1841

Kirtland Elders’ Quorum Record 1836-1841   Edited by Lyndon W. Cook and Milton V. Backman, Jr. Provo, Utah: Grandin Book Co., 1985 Source: Kirtland Elders’ Quorum Record, RLDS Archives CONTENTS Preface 1836 Minutes 1837 Minutes 1838 Minutes 1840 Minutes 1841 Minutes Biographical Appendix References   Preface The Kirtland Elders’ Quorum Record is an official Church […]

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