Joseph Smith’s Birthday -Major Accomplishments (List)

In Honor of Joseph Smith's Birthday, December 23, 1805 Ranked #1 -“Most Influential American Religious Figure” Established and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (16+ million members) Organized a missionary program resulting in millions of converts Organized and taught the duties of church membership and leadership Expounded on and expanded the meaning of … Continue reading Joseph Smith’s Birthday -Major Accomplishments (List)

Joseph Smith’s Birthday – 9 Remarkable Prophecies

Anniversary of Joseph Smith's Birth - December 23, 1805 Like Isaiah, Joseph, Daniel, John, and the other ancient prophets, the Prophet Joseph Smith had the gift of prophecy and revelation.  The Lord declared that Joseph Smith is, “a seer, a translator, a prophet, and apostle of Jesus Christ.” (D&C 25:1) Detractors of the church often … Continue reading Joseph Smith’s Birthday – 9 Remarkable Prophecies

Adversity & Trials: Sources & Causes Pt 2 (Book of Job)

"Sunday Sermon" (Long Article-13 min: you may want to skim and download for future reference) The Book of Job "Hast thou considered my servant Job." (Job 1:8) The entire Book of Job is in devoted to one issue: human suffering. The Book gives insights into the causes of adversity, and emphasizes the importance of turning … Continue reading Adversity & Trials: Sources & Causes Pt 2 (Book of Job)

Friendships are Sacred – “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother”

"Sunday Sermon" "A friend loveth at ALL times." (Proverbs 17:17) The Prophet Joseph Smith cherished friendship. He declared, "Friendship is one of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism." (Teachings, p. 316.)  “If my life is of no value to my friends, it is of no value to me.” (Essential in Church History, p. 374) C.S. Lewis, … Continue reading Friendships are Sacred – “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother”

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #3: Prophetic Revelation, Scripture, Prophecy

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" Prophetic Revelation A prophet is God’s messenger.  He is called by, and speaks for, God. A prophet receives commandments, prophecies, and revelations from the Lord.   The Lord operates through His prophets.  That is His M.O. “That’s how He rolls.” “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #3: Prophetic Revelation, Scripture, Prophecy

Hear the Lord: 3 S’s

After becoming president of the church, Harold B. Lee was asked by an annoying reporter, “What qualifies you to be prophet?” President Lee responded, “I am just a good listener.” One of the major themes in the scriptures is to “hear,” “hearken,” “heed,” and “listen” to the voice of the Lord. These words are found … Continue reading Hear the Lord: 3 S’s

Is the Bible “Infallible?”

The Bible is the most inspired, influential, inspiring, and important book ever produced. No other book compares. The Bible is the pinnacle of truth and wisdom and the monument of literature. Moreover, it is the word of God. Christian belief in infallibility Some Christians go further and claim that the Bible is “complete, infallible, and … Continue reading Is the Bible “Infallible?”

Visitations of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Their Successors

After their deaths, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young visited their successors. Joseph Smith appeared to Brigham Young, John Taylor, and Wilford Woodruff. Brigham Young appeared to John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff. Here are some accounts: Visitation of Joseph Smith to President Brigham Young On February 17, 1847, while at Winter Quarters, three years after his … Continue reading Visitations of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Their Successors

Brigham Young -“Transfiguration” and Succession to Lead the Church

            After the murder of Joseph Smith, several men claimed they should be the next president of the church. Sidney Rigdon made the most vocal claim. He was First Counselor Presidency. He returned from Pittsburgh where he had gone into self-imposed exile contrary to the counsel and revelation of Joseph Smith.  (Sidney seemed to have … Continue reading Brigham Young -“Transfiguration” and Succession to Lead the Church

20 Distinctive Beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

"Sunday Sermon"  The Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ were restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Here is a list of just 20 of the church’s distinctive beliefs: 1. Living Prophets and Modern Revelation   “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet … Continue reading 20 Distinctive Beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints