Was Zion’s Camp a Failure?

 The saints in Jackson County, Missouri, experienced severe persecution in 1833.  They were driven from their homes and forced across the Missouri River into Clay County.  Joseph Smith received assurances from the Governor that if the saints raised an army to help the Missouri militias, the saints would be restored to their land.  Based on … Continue reading Was Zion’s Camp a Failure?

Mark Twain and the Mormons

"America's Humorist" Mark Twain is one of the great authentic American writers. He was a humorist who relied on exaggeration. He was an iconoclast who poked fun at religions, churches, scriptures, and well-established beliefs and practices.   Mormons were not immune to his jabs. Mark Twain’s “Roughing It” is about his travels through the Wild … Continue reading Mark Twain and the Mormons

Brigham’s Wild West Humor

U.S. Capital Building Brigham Young became the second President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after a mob murdered the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum.  Brigham also became the first governor of the Utah territory.  He led the migration of tens of thousands of saints from Britain, Scandinavia and the … Continue reading Brigham’s Wild West Humor

LDS Missionary “Seals” a Large City to “Damnation” After Preaching Just One Day

Background: Mission of the Twelve to Britain In July 1838, the Prophet Joseph Smith received a revelation calling the Twelve Apostles to serve a mission together in Britain. (D&C 118) They were to gather and leave from Far West, Missouri on April 26, 1839. Those who accepted the call included: Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, … Continue reading LDS Missionary “Seals” a Large City to “Damnation” After Preaching Just One Day

Major Anti-LDS Allegation #2: My Personal Reply

Antagonists' Major Allegation: LDS Church Leaders Made Mistakes or Misstatements The internet is full of anti-Mormon articles and videos. Some are by former members who left the church, but who cannot leave the church alone. Most of the anti-LDS websites make the same allegations. They point to something a church leader said, or a mistake … Continue reading Major Anti-LDS Allegation #2: My Personal Reply

The Greatest Modern Missionary -Joseph “Billy” Johnson of Ghana

Divine miracles abound in missionary work. Divine intervention accompanies the great miracle of conversion. The Lord performs miracles as his servants strive to “bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Moses 1:39) Joseph "Billy" Johnson -- the Great Missionary Joseph William “Billy” Johnson may be the greatest missionary of this dispensation.  He … Continue reading The Greatest Modern Missionary -Joseph “Billy” Johnson of Ghana

The Day I Got Phone Calls from Jesus Christ and Brigham Young

For us old codgers, the high-tech advances over the years have been both amazing and bewildering. I couldn’t wait to install Caller ID on our house phone. I was getting tired of the annoying phone solicitations and robo-calls. After Caller ID was installed I waited in eager anticipation for the first phone call. The phone … Continue reading The Day I Got Phone Calls from Jesus Christ and Brigham Young

The Lord Prepares His Prophets – Russell M. Nelson

With the Persian Jews facing extermination, Queen Esther's uncle turned to her for help. He explained: "Who knoweth whether thou art come to the [Persian] kingdom for such a time as this." (Esther 4:14) Example: Prophetic Preparation of Brigham Young One prime example of prophetic preparation is Brigham Young.  He was co-leaderof the 200 men … Continue reading The Lord Prepares His Prophets – Russell M. Nelson

Raised from the Dead: Ephraim Hanks and the Martin Handcart Company Rescue

 The miracle of raising the dead is one of the rarest and sacred of all miracles.  Christ promised that his prophets, apostles, and disciples, would have his power to raise the dead. (Matthew 10:8; 4 Nephi 1:5) Of the five published accounts of such miracles taking place in the church in modern times, two involve … Continue reading Raised from the Dead: Ephraim Hanks and the Martin Handcart Company Rescue