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Many leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been, and are, serious scientists. The great scientists (Copernicus, Sir Francis Bacon, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Pascal, Isaac Newton, Boyle, Faraday, Gregor Mendel, Kelvin, Max Planck, Albert Einstein) all believed in God.As Newton said, "The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being." (Principia) Albert Einstein put it this way, "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." He felt that it was impossible to have a non-created universe.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Have leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really tried to keep hidden about Joseph Smith's plural wives?
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Don't we have visions of harems of scantily clad beautiful young women lounging on pillows who are kept just to satisfy the lust of some man? Shocking!
Mark Twain shattered this titillating fantasy of polygamy with these words when he visited Salt Lake in the 1800's, "the man that marries one of them has done an act of Christian charity which entitles him to the kindly applause of mankind, not their harsh censure and the man that marries sixty of them has done a deed of open-handed generosity so sublime that the nations should stand uncovered in his presence and worship in silence." (Roughing It)
The author, Laurie Goodstein, of It's Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives begins her article by making a "startling disclosure":
"Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the church’s founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old."
The article goes on to say that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now responding "with openness to the kind of thorny historical and theological issues that are causing some to become disillusioned or even to abandon the faith".
She even throws in an emotional quote by Utah woman blogger, Emily Jenson, to "substantiate" her claim. Ms. Jenson says that members are saying on blogs and social media, “This is not the church I grew up with, this is not the Joseph Smith I love.”
A Jewish friend of mine, a New Yorker, posed a question to me. She asked why, though appearing "objective", would this article try and destroy the founder of an American church and "undermine the faith of thousands of people, saying basically that they have been duped all these years?"
That is a very good question. Why? What is going on here?
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Last night I watched this video on Mormon Channel and thought I'd share it with you. This is what Mormon Channel says about the video and I agree:
"Brooke White sings “Something Divine” to remind us that we are all children of God who has given us talents and responsibilities. “Every star is different, and so is every child. Some are bright and happy, and some are meek and mild.”
But this is more than just a reminder that people are different. Our different strengths, talents, and gifts are God-given. They are an invitation for us to rise up to our potential and use them to bless lives: ours and others.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
This man came to know God.
I wrote about receiving the Lord's help through prayer and decided to share some things I have written about times when the Lord has helped me in my life.
When I was to student teach during my senior year at BYU, I had to find a place to live in Bountiful, Utah. Living in the community as a professional teacher was a bit overwhelming. I longed for the security of college life and a house full of roommates, so I was very grateful when my mom and step-father offered to stop in Bountiful on our way to Pocatello, Idaho to visit my grandparents.
On a warm late August morning in 1971 we began checking out possible places for me to stay.
I wrote this in 2008
I have been writing up stories of my life; things I’d like my children and grandchildren to know about. Today I asked myself what is the most important thing I would like them to know about me– that I know we have a Heavenly Father and Savior who loves us. People may ask how can you possibly “know” there is a God. The answer is simple– the same way you know anything else; through your experiences. It is my hope that in sharing the experiences that have built my testimony, those in our family who do not know yet may lean on my knowledge until they develop their own relationship with their Heavenly Father and our Lord, Jesus Christ.
written by Cheryl Anne Merrick April 2008
I just wanted to share my experiences with you.
I have been promised that the Lord would bless me and guide me, and so He has (through a Priesthood blessing). I have had kind parents who have loved me and wanted me to be happy. I have been given the opportunity to hear the Gospel and join the Church when in my late teens. I’ve received a good education and training in elementary education. I have been blessed to meet my husband and become a wife and mother of four children and a grandmother. I live in an area with kind neighbors and have close friends. I have had the opportunity to serve others through Church and community service, writing, sending notes, tutoring, mentoring, and visiting. I can see, hear, think, and move. I am able to learn and grow. I have close relationships, especially with my husband. I have come to understand and develop my abilities, but more important, I have come to know the Lord and desire to be like him.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
This is the story of an incredible woman who was severely burned in a plane crash. Her example of gratitude for what she has is an inspiration to me as I cope with having Addison's Disease. Sometimes seeing others challenges helps us put our own in perspective.
see http://sherryannestories.blogspot.com/ Topics - Gratitude, Adversity, Faith, Love
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
A friend said that she had a personal relationship with God and that she prayed to Him. She also said, "He doesn't answer, but I hope He is listening!" I know He does listen and answers our prayers. We are the ones who need to learn how to listen. We need to learn how to recognize His answers. Rarely does God get our attention by causing bushes to burn, or by sending a bright light and speak to us in a clear voice as He did to Paul. How can we know His answers?
This talk explains how to receive answers to our prayers. I have learned a lot from it. We have to do our part if we expect the Lord to help us.