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Race and the Priesthood - 12/8/13
The Church just released the 2nd essay addressing troubling issues in its history. An essay on Race and the Priesthood is now in the topical guide of the LDS.org website. Unfortunately, it is a fairly brief discussion and it only really addresses one problem of the Church denying blacks the priesthood until 1978. It is found here: Race and the Priesthood
The article disavows that the curse of Cain is black skin. Although not addressed is the Book of Mormon verses that specifically describe the curse as 'dark skin'.
The essay is basically a historical recap of the Church's treatment of blacks regarding the priesthood. Unfortunately the article does not say why the prophets from Brigham Young until Spencer Kimball denied blacks the priesthood when Joseph Smith allowed it in at least two instances.
Most of the issues discussed in MormonThink's section on Blacks and the Priesthood are still not addresed at all in this Church article.
Blog reacting to essay: Mormon Disclosures
FIRST VISION UPDATES - 11/26/13:
Youtube video & CES Lecture:
Author and retired CES director of 34 years Grant Palmer, gave a lecture at the SLC Library, Nov. 6, 2013. The outline of the lecture can be read here: Joseph Smith's changing view of God as seen in his First Vision accounts
Youtube video: "Joseph Smith's changing view of God" with Grant Palmer
Church essay on the First Vision:
As MormonThink first mentioned on 6/3/13, The LDS Church has released it's first of 13 reported essays addressing controversial historical Church topics. The Differing Versions of the First Vision is now in the topical guide of the LDS website: First Vision Accounts
The MormonThink editors are reviewing the article and will be responding to it.
This is an insightful blog on the prophet Joseph Smith's First Vision: The First re-Vision of Joseph Smith
Church historian acknowledges LDS Church has been keeping information from its members - 11/15/13
Current Church historian Elder Steven E. Snow, who recently replaced Elder Marlin K. Jensen as the Church Historian and Recorder, did an interview with BYU’s Religious Educator on the topic of Church history. In the interview, Elder Snow essentially admits that the church leaders have suppressed information about Church history. He also tacitly states that they would still be doing so were it not for the internet. Read Truth in Church History: Excerpts from the Religious Educator’s Q&A with Elder Steven Snow
MormonThink billboard goes up in Utah - 11/4/13
MormonThink put up its first billboard. It is east of I-15 just south of Salt Lake City between 3300 South and 4500 South viewable to southbound traffic. To see a picture of it and read how and why this came about, read MormonThink Billboard.
New York Times headline - A Top Mormon Leader Acknowledges the Church ‘Made Mistakes’ - 10/7/13
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency made some startling admissions during the October 2013 conference. From the New York Times:
One of the top leaders in the Mormon Church acknowledged in an address to the church’s global membership on Saturday that past leaders had “made mistakes” that had caused some Mormons to have doubts, an admission that amounts to a significant change in tone in the leadership’s approach to Mormons who question, dissent or defect from the church.
Full article: New York Times
Seventy Hans Mattsson discusses his faith crisis - 7/20/13
In a New York Times article, former LDS Area Authority and member of the 3rd Quorum of the Seventy, Hans Mattsson discusses his faith crisis.
New Book of Abraham video - 6/30/13
This 23 minute video, made by a Latter-day Saint is one of the best, most concise and neutral overviews of the Joseph Smith papyri. He gives an excellent summary of the history of the Book of Abraham, the problems and the apologetic explanations. The Joseph Smith Papyri
Letter to a CES Director - 4/23/13
A current lifelong Latter-day Saint, Jeremy Runnells was asked by a CES Director in April 2013 to share with him Jeremy’s questions and concerns regarding the LDS Church and its truth claims. The following letter is Jeremy’s response: A Letter to a CES Director
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