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Leaving Nauvoo, 1846

By Sharon Lindbloom 13 February 2017 Last week the Fort Madison [Iowa] Daily Democrat reported on the LDS commemoration of the 171st anniversary marking the start of the Mormon pioneer trek from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah. Beginning in early February 1846, Mormons left Nauvoo for a new home in the west. Every […]

Sidney Rigdon: A Portrait of Religious Excess: A Review

By Richard S. Van Wagoner Reviewed by Eric Johnson For years Sidney Rigdon was the right-hand man to Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion. Much of what the Mormon religion is about is directly connected with Rigdon, a former Disciples of Christ minister. While most Mormons are probably not familiar with this man, understanding who he […]

Mormonism’s “Near Deification” of Joseph Smith

By Sharon Lindbloom 6 September 2016 Mormon blogger Mette Ivie Harrison posted an intriguing article on August 23rd at Huffington Post. She titled it, “Do Mormons Worship Joseph Smith?” In the article Ms. Harrison expressed her dismay that some non-Mormons might misunderstand the way modern Mormons feel about the faith’s first prophet and wrongly conclude […]

The Transfiguration of Brigham Young: Mormon Folklore?

By Sharon Lindbloom For a two-part Viewpoint on Mormonism that aired July 21-22, 2016, click here  Part 1  Part 2   When Joseph Smith died in June of 1844, the Mormon Church faced a succession crisis. Mormon historian Richard S. Van Wagoner explained, “Despite frequent kidnaping and assassination attempts, Joseph Smith established no firm policies regarding presidential succession […]

Ordinary Mormon Families of Utah Territory

By Sharon Lindbloom 4 February 2016 Deseret News recently ran a story about Richardson’s Point, a historic spot in Iowa along the Mormon Trail. The graves of the first two casualties of the Mormon westward migration are found at Richardson’s Point. In March of 1849 toddler James Tanner fell off the tongue of a wagon […]

Peace and Violence among 19th-Century Latter-day Saints

By Eric Johnson This particular Gospel Topics essay was published in May 2014 under the Gospel Topics section on the LDS Church website. The original full article is underlined, with my response following. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ. The virtues of peace, love, and forgiveness are at the center […]

Adam-God

Adam-God. First taught openly in a conference message by second President Brigham Young on April 9, 1852, Young claimed that Adam was Michael the Archangel, the Ancient of Days, and that Eve was “one of his wives.” Young also said Adam “is our Father and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do” (Journal of Discourses 1:50). This teaching has been the source of much controversy and has since been denounced.

Blood Atonement – If It Was Never Taught, Why Do So Many Mormons Believe It?

By Bill McKeever

In a 1994 article entitled “Concept of Blood Atonement Survives in Utah Despite Repudiation,” Peggy Fletcher Stack, staff writer for the Salt Lake Tribune, wrote, “In the past decade, potential jurors in every Utah capital homicide were asked whether they believed in the Mormon concept of ‘blood atonement'” (11/5/94, p.D1),

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