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Richard Wurmbrand

Richard Wurmbrand was a pastor who suffered and bravely survived over 14 years of imprisonment in Communist Romania for his Christian faith. Following his release, Wurmbrand worked tirelessly to bring awareness of the millions of persecuted men and women, brutally tortured and killed in Communist countries through the influence of the ideas of Karl Marx. Intense persecution continues […]

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Solitary Confinement: Richard Wurmbrand

Born in Romania, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand became Christians after they were married. They soon began sharing the Gospel, even though it was prohibited. In 1945, Richard stood up publicly and proclaimed Christ while speaking out against communism. This bold move, as well as his work in the underground church, led to the Wurmbrands’ imprisonment […]

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Torchlighters: The Richard Wurmbrand Story (2008)

In war-torn Romania, there is only one way for churches to get the protection of the government: give their support and allegiance to the communists who are in control. Instead, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand chooses to speak up for Christ, thereby placing his own life and the lives of his family in great danger. When Richard’s […]

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Christ-Centered Uplifting Christmas Traditions

L. Hannah Stoddard My family knows I am one of the ‘crazies’ who plays Christmas music all year round and claims winter as the best season of the year—everything about it. The snow, the holidays, the decoration style, the colors. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and our entirely refurbished Christmas really are the highlight of the year! Frankly, […]

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Foundational Zion Standards Training Modules

Thank you for interest in supporting Raising the Bar and supporting Latter-day Saint families who are striving to live higher standards! We are grateful for your help and excited to work with you more. The modules below have been designed with resources that will equip families of Raising the Bar with a foundation in the […]

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Tortured For Christ (2018)
Tortured For Christ Joseph Smith Foundation

A cinematic retelling of the story of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand of Romania (March 24, 1909–February 17, 2001), who was imprisoned and tortured 14 years in Russian prisons for his belief in Jesus Christ. The film follows closely the testimony of Pastor Wurmbrand as written in his best-selling book, Tortured for Christ. The production was filmed […]

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Karl Marx

David O McKay Below is an excerpt from a talk given by David O. McKay, “Two Contending Forces.“ We are witnessing one of—one of those tidal waves of human though, which periodically sweep over the world and change the destiny of the human race. In the beginning a being known as Satan came before the […]

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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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A Letter to My Christian Friends

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 […]

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Christianity under Atheism in Romania

A young woman tells about her experiences living under Soviet/Communist Romania and the persecution against Christians. This video is no longer available. Take a look at some other related videos: Bless You Prison (2002) The Singing Revolution (2006) Tortured for Christ (2018) Torchlighters: The Richard Wurmbrand Story Sakharov (1984) China Cry: The Nora Lam Story (1990)

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Teen Recommended Book List

“I have been requested several times to put together a list of recommended books for teens. I hope the following compilation is helpful for parents and children striving to fill their library with works that are virtuous, lovely, of good report and praiseworthy. Comment below if you have recommendations!” (Hannah Stoddard) YT = for teens […]

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