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Miracles from Heaven

My sweetheart and I had the privilege of viewing Columbia Picture’s newly released movie “Miracles from Heaven” yesterday, Easter Sunday.  What a treat!  The film was very well done – focusing on the eternal philosophical questions of Faith vs. Science, and Dogmatic Religion vs. Pure Spirituality.  Indeed, miracles do indeed happen every minute of every day.  Human Life itself is a miracle that all too often goes unnoticed.

The film concludes with Christy Beam (played by actress Jennifer Garner) addressing her local church congregation with a significant group of media personnel in attendance.  She tells the crowd that she doesn’t know why her daughter was healed, while there are millions of other innocent young children suffering and dying worldwide.  The movie doesn’t give the answer, only poses the question.

The answer to that conundrum can be found in the pages of the Holy Bible.  Jesus Christ, aka Immanuel (god with us),  during His mortal advent and ministry, clearly had the power to heal EVERYONE suffering from such things as leprosy, blindness, etc. in one massive blanket healing event, but He did not do so.  He healed only those he specifically CHOSE to heal for His single, divine purposes.  For instance, in the Gospel of John, Chapter 9 we learn that Jesus happens to pass by a man “blind from birth”.  His disciples, looking upon the blind man, ask the prevailing question tied to logic-driven “cause and effect” of worldly principles – they ask Jesus: “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”   Just as certain women in Christy’s church wrongfully wondered aloud that Anna was likely not being healed because of some unresolved sin in the family. The truth is just as Jesus declared in response to His disciples that day: “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

In Acts 4:30 we learn that the gift of being miraculously healed is exclusively to manifest the “signs and wonders” of the Messiah Jesus.  Notice that the man born blind from birth was NOT a follower or disciple of Jesus of Nazareth in his his original blind state.  In other words, he was not a “believer”.  He didn’t ask to be healed, he only followed Christ’s instructions to wash the clay off his eyes at the pool with a “what have I got to lose” attitude.  He probably was simply in the right place at the right time, and yet was miraculously healed.  Without a doubt he BECAME a believer after truly seeing the world for the first time.  And that is the key.  While Anna was miraculously healed, it doesn’t mean she is now immortal and will not eventually age and die like other mortals.

It must be understood that true miracles of this sort happen for one simple reason – that the Truth of Christ and His Grace is glorified and His Name magnified.  It is not about glorifying and promoting a Church of Men or their supposed “priesthood”.  It is solely about Christ and His Glory alone.

For more information see New Boston Post article here: http://newbostonpost.com/2016/03/25/24443/

 

Finicum’s Folly and Bundy Blunders

The widow of LaVoy Finicum is continuously threatening a wrongful death lawsuit.  Protest rallies supporting her and the Bundy clan have been, and will undoubtedly continue to be staged, at such places as the Utah State Capitol, (where a high school choir was asked to sing the National Anthem without full disclosure of who they were actually promoting by their singing) over Finicum’s alleged “assassination”.    Oddly, these fine, upstanding, highly vocal “patriots” claim to stand for TRUTH and FREEDOM – yet seem to have no problem breaking the law and putting themselves and others in harm’s way.

Listen to “Wild Bill” explain very rationally and clearly the gist of the problem and clear hypocrisy exhibited by the Bundy boys and their blind followers.  Never forget that Oregon State Troopers are Americans too, and also have their rights to life and liberty as well as the Bundy clan.

Nothing has been “hidden” and/or “covered up” as some have claimed.  Here is the complete footage of both the officers in the police footage “synced” with cell phone footage taken by the suspects.  You decide if excessive force was indeed used to enforce arrest warrants upon a truck full of fleeing, uncooperative “suspects”.  Or, is “Wild Bill” right on point, and telling the truth on this subject – that this was done successfully to AVOID excessive violence and bloodshed of innocents?

 

 

KrisAnne Hall For President!!

You know what would be refreshing?  Seeing KrisAnne Hall square up with Hillary (Ice Queen of Narnia) Clinton in a presidential nominee debate.

This would be ten times more entertaining for us constitutional redneck air-boaters than watching them mud wrestling in bikinis!  This is SOOOO refreshing, and she is so very easy on the eyes as well as the ears.  I LOVE IT!  What timeless common sense and clear thinking!

KRISANNE FOR PRESIDENT!!

 

Mormonism and The Left Hand Path (LHP)

As a young LDS missionary just wrapping up my two year stint at the New York Rochester Mission in 1980, on the final day before returning home, I took the time to meditate and pray about my service performed during the last two years. My prayer that entire last week was directed to Jesus, asking Him if my two years of “good works” had been acceptable to Him.  I didn’t really care too much about what people thought, I sought above all else His sanctioning and approval.  His answer came to me in a very memorable dream the final night of my LDS Mission.

In my dream, I was hiking along a very well marked path – not unlike the yellow-brick road in the Wizard of Oz movie.  As I journeyed, the path became cluttered with leaves and dirt and was not as easy to distinguish.  Soon, I came to a fork in the trail in the middle of a dark forest of trees.  Which way, I wondered?  It was dark and stormy, and worse, there was no visible marker pointing the way.  I wondered: Did both forks of the path lead to the same destination?  If not, then which one should I take, or does it even matter?

While pondering over these questions, I then saw a light and felt a tremendously warm presence envelope me.  Then the following words entered into my mind and heart in a very powerful way.  “My Son – this path you see before you is your life.  There will be many forks to choose from.  Always choose the Right path, never the Left.  If you choose the Right, you will remain safe, and never be lost. Finally, I promise you will find Me and My House at the end of your journey.  There will be times when the path will be rocky and steep, and very difficult to travel.  People you love and care about will yell at you, mock you, and tell you that you are going the wrong way. But don’t despair, for I will be with you always.  Remember, choose the Right Hand Path!  choose the Right Hand Path! choose the Right Hand Path!”  I woke up with those words echoing in my soul.

Looking back over my life since that night in 1980, I realize how He has always been there to help me find the Right Path when I have come to critical forks in the road.  His Holy Spirit has whispered clear directions to my heart and mind, and has shown me the right fork vs. the left.  This, I have now realized, is the very definition of the concept of GRACE – for I clearly have never done anything to deserve or in any way have earned this direction.   Without a doubt, the biggest “fork in the road” I faced, was abandoning Mormonism in favor of complete and total acceptance of the living Christ and His Saving Grace; choosing a personal relationship with Him, (the Right Hand Path) and totally abandoning the false dogmas and teachings of the LDS Faith, which is clearly nothing more than an institutional structure of men (the Left Hand Path).

In the New Testament, Christ teaches His disciples the critical importance of this truth – choosing the Right Hand Path, and abandoning the Left Hand Path.  In Matthew 25 we read: 31 ¶ When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Recently, I was doing an updated internet search concerning the life of my maternal Great-Grandfather, a man by the name of Joseph Leland Heywood.  JLH was quite an important man in Utah during the years 1850-1880.  In addition to being a Mormon Bishop, he also was the Utah Territorial U.S. Marshall under Brigham Young, as well as the 1st U.S. Postmaster.   He converted to Mormonism during the Nauvoo era, and was baptized in the frozen Mississippi River, where, according to his journal, “the Prophet Joseph assisted in cutting the ice” for the event.

Joseph Leland Heywood, circa 1858

Joseph Leland Heywood, circa 1858

Imagine my surprise when I came across a story on a BYU website entitled “A Fork in the Road” which involved my ancestor.   The early JLH homestead is now the northeast corner of the LDS Conference Center!  Supposedly, a rather “miraculous” event occurred there – as Gordon B. Hinckley and his family explained it in great detail.  Like my 1980 dream in the mission field, this other dream also involved a road with two forks.  However, it clearly showed that the LDS Church (Mormonism) is the LEFT HAND PATH, not the RIGHT HAND PATH!

Please take the time and review the entire story:   http://www.byujourneys.org/blog/joseph-l-heywood-homesite-2/

Readers, why is this symbolism so significant you may ask?  I submit it is because there is only ONE path and only ONE gate in which we must spiritually enter His presence!  In what is my personal favorite chapter in the entire Bible (largely because of my dreams and life experiences) Matthew 7,  Christ tell us: “3 ¶ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.    Then, I submit Christ teaches us a key about discerning who it is that too often leads us down the “broad way” and “wide gate” leading to destruction:
15 ¶ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.   

Remember, Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life” and no man comes to the Father, except through Him.  (John 14:6)  There is only ONE Savior of the World.  There is One Way, only ONE RIGHT PATH!  We really don’t need “prophets” or “apostles” any more – because Christ Jesus is Messiah and He came and was the final and last “High Priest”.  We have HIM, His Comforter, and His divinely preserved scriptures to guide us.  We truly need nothing else in order to find His Right Hand Path, and stay on it for life.

Finally, in conclusion, I realize many people reading this post are faithful LDS people.  I don’t mean to offend you. I do, however, mean to warn you.  My solemn witness to you is that Mormonism is totally and completely the LEFT HAND PATH which is ruled by Satan.  Consider the teachings of arch satanist Anton Lavey in his “Satanic Bible”:

“Satanism is not a white light religion; it is a religion of the flesh, the mundane, the carnal – all of which are ruled by Satan, the personification of the Left Hand Path.

The Satanic Bible” by Anton LaVey (1969)
Book Of Lucifer 3:paragraph 30

Did you get that dear Reader?   Satanism is clearly a group of various false religions and dogmas that are “personifications” of the Left Hand Path just as taught by the story told by Hinckley concerning the “Fork in The Road”.  There is actually a large number of websites that instruct people on how to honor and follow the Left Hand Path.  Joseph Smith embodied ALL of these aspects, not the least of which is sexual, carnal lust and eventually embracing the satanic practice of polygamy.  For instance, Smith daily invoked the power of a Jupiter Talisman and other Black Magick devices throughout his life.  (See Quinn’s seminal book “Early Mormonism and the Magic World View” for details on this and other FACTS of Smith’s life and witchcraft practices).

There is no doubt that Satan exists – he is every bit as real as Jesus of Nazareth.  He can and does bring gifts of healing and carnal miracles to those who are unwittingly on his Left Hand Path heading to spiritual destruction.  He can and does appear to men as an “angel of light” as he came to Joseph Smith.  (2 Corinthians 11:14)  He brings wealth and power to his minions who are promoting the Left Hand Path.  He “endows” his initiates with “power in the priesthood throughout all generations of time, and throughout all eternity”. This has ALWAYS been a Satanic blessing and endowment for thousands of years dating back to antiquity.  Indeed, Satan’s “emblem of priesthoods and power” has always been his green apron.

Finally, those who expose these eternal truths are often ridiculed, mocked and even hated by those who fear and/or follow the Left Hand Path.

More reading:

http://www.dpjs.co.uk/lefthandpath.html?fb_comment_id=500948738036_10153163994153037#f2282dabac

 

 

 

The Kingdom of Spin

Sometimes “spin” can make you very dizzy.  So it is with the fraud that is Mormonism.

The following is an amazing, yet true story — and shows exactly how a major religious organization called LDS Inc. has taken an adulterous, witchcraft-practicing, amanita mascara mushroom-eating, U.S. currency-counterfeiting 19th century plagiarizing MPD (multiple personality disorder) con man and very successfully SPINNED him and his image into a modern-day American Mohammed in the minds of millions — “2nd only to Jesus Christ” in his alleged importance to mankind.  
 
Senator Harry Reid is one such devout, temple-attending, and practicing Mormon — this shows well the Mormon propensity of a twisted mindset and perverse TALENT to mislead and obfuscate THE TRUTH from the public at all costs.
 
UNCLE REMUS 
Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Nevada Senator Harry Reid’s great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889.  Both Judy and Harry Reid just happen to share this common ancestor, Remus Reid.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory.  

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription:

‘Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to  Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six  times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in  1889.’

Judy e-mailed Mormon Demon-crat Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle Remus.  Believe it or not, Harry Reid’s staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

‘Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include  acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the  Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the  railroad.   In 1887, he was a key player in a vital  investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.’

NOW THAT is how it’s done folks! That’s real SPIN.  Nothing technically false in that statement above, it just leads people away from The Story Behind the Story – aka the hard, cold facts!   

So, are we really expected to believe the “Honorable” Harry Reid really was injured while “exercising at his home”?
Oops - I fell while exercising so I have to retire!!

Oops – I fell while exercising so I have to retire!!

 

Little Known, (or Forgotten) Realities of Mormonism in Utah

Each of the following events and quotes concerning the Mormon (LDS) Church headquartered in Utah are factual and real.  They are meticulously documented in LDS Historian, Michael Quinn’s seminal books – “The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power” and “The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power.”

It is clear to see that LDS Church customs and CORE dogmas and teachings have indeed changed and evolved over time.  Yet the Holy Bible in Hebrews 13:8 declares that Jesus Christ is “the same, yesterday, today, and forever.”  The true core gospel of grace has never changed since Christ first declared it, and commissioned His apostles to take it to the world. Truth can never be altered nor changed, for doing so would prove it to be in reality a falsehood.   Any “Church” that changes its core doctrines over time can never be the true church of Christ – but rather, is a church of MAN.

Jan 23,1852 – Brigham Young instructs Utah Legislature to legalize slavery because “we must believe in slavery.

Feb 5,1852 – Brigham Young announces policy of denying priesthood to all those black African ancestry, even “if there never was a prophet, or apostle of Jesus Christ spoke it before” because “negroes are the children of old Cain….any man having one drop of the seed of Cain in him cannot hold the priesthood.” Contrary to Joseph Smith’s example in authorizing the ordination of Elijah Abel, this is LDS policy for the next 126 years.

Jan 3,1854 – Brigham Young invites Elijah Ablel, free black and ordained Seventy, to party with 98 other men in Social Hall. Some of these parties are male-only dances.

Nov 22,1855 – Brigham Young secretly ordains his eleven year old son John W. an apostle in connection with receiving the endowment. Young later ordains three other sons apostles.

Mar 21,1858 – Brigham Young tells this special conference that Joseph Smith disobeyed revelation by returning to Nauvoo to stand trial, that the church’s founding prophet lost Spirit of God the last days of his life, and died as unnecessary martyr. Young published this talk as pamphlet, and distributed it widely.

Dec 15,1858 – Young readily grants divorce to unhappy plural wives but requires husbands to pay him personally a $10 fee (That’s around $245 in 2015 U.S. dollars). Young issues 1,600 certificates of divorce for unhappy polygamous marriages. (This equals 16 thousand dollars in Brigham’s personal bank account, or $392,000 in 2015 U.S. dollars)

Aug 20,1859 – Brigham Young regarding slavery: “We consider it of divine institution, and not to be abolished until the curse pronounced on Ham shall have been removed from his descendants.

Sep 7,1859 – Salt Lake City clerk records sale of twenty six year old “negro boy” for $800 to William H. Hooper. Until federal law ends slavery in U.S. Territories in 1862, some African-American slaves are paid as tithing, bought, sold and otherwise treated as chattel in Utah.

Nov 18,1861 – Abraham Lincoln checks out Book of Mormon from Library of Congress. He returns it on 29 July 1862, apparently first U.S. president to read Book of Mormon.

Dec 10,1862 – Deseret News reports that Church Historian’s Office is displaying sample of tobacco crops grown in Provo during past summer.

Oct 6,1863 – Brigham Young prophesies “in the Name of the Lord” in general conference: “Will the present struggle (of the U.S. Civil War) free the slaves? No….. and men will be called to judgement for the way they have treated the negroe.” The 13th Amendment legally ends slavery in the United States in 1865.

May 15,1864 – Brigham Young preaches, “I don’t want Mormonism to become too popular… we would be overrun by the wicked.”

Dec 9,1869 – ZCMI Drug Stores advertises that is has just opened on Main Street with “Liquors, Draught and by the case.”

Jun 18,1870 – First Counselor George A Smith tells Salt Lake School of Prophets about “the evil of masturbation” among Utah Mormons. Apostle Lorenzo Snow says that “plural marriage would tend to diminish the evil of self pollution (masturbation) and the indulgence on the part of men is less in plural marriage than in monogamy.”

Sep 1,1870 – Salt Lake City’s 9th Ward reports that only thirty one of its 181 families (17 %) attends Sunday Services regularly and 50% of families are perfectly indifferent.

Jun 3,1871 – Salt Lake Tabernacle service: “Pres D.H. Wells spoke 25 minutes following President Young’s remarks. Not very good attention. Considerable moving about, passing out, and drowsiness.”

Jan 4,1877 – Joseph Smith’s last born child David is committed to Illinois Hospital for the Insane. Proclaimed by Brigham Young in 1866 as rightful heir of LDS presidency, he has served as counselor on RLDS presidency since 1873. He dies in asylum in 1904.

Aug 29,1877 – Brigham Young dies. His last words are “Joseph, Joseph, Joseph!”

June 4,1879 – John Taylor and apostles decline to allow Elijah Abel to receive temple endowment because he is Negroid, even though Abel received Melchizedek priesthood with Joseph Smith’s authorization in 1836. This African American regularly attends his Seventy’s quorum meetings and serves proselyting mission just before his death in 1888.

Dec 27,1879 – Apostle Wilford Woodruff tells stake conference in Snowflake, Arizona, “There will be no United States in the year 1890.”

Jan 9,1880 – Apostle Orson Pratt writes to his children that city of New Jerusalem will be constructed by April 1950.

Jan 7,1882 – Apostle Francis M Lyman’s diary begins recording month-long nervous breakdown of Heber J Grant, his successor as Tooele Stake President. Physician diagnoses Grant’s condition as “nervous convulsions” and warns that condition could lead to “softening of the brain,” if Grant continues his stressful pace of activity. Grant becomes apostle ten months later and is first LDS leader with diagnosed history of emotional illness.

Mar 31,1882 – John Taylor closes Church Historian’s Office to the public.

Mar 22,1884 – James E Talmage begins using hashish at Johns Hopkins University as “my physiological experiment” of its effects. By April 6 he is using twenty grains, “and the effect was felt in a not very agreeable way.” This is last reference in his diary. Four months later he becomes member of stake high council.

May 17,1888 – At dedication of Manti Temple, Wilford Woodruff declared prophetically , “We are not going to stop the practice of plural marriage until the Coming of the Son of Man.”

Feb 27,1889 – LDS political newspaper Salt Lake Herald: “In 1870 Utah had second highest rate of divorce and in 1880 the tenth highest for all states and territories.”

Jun 8, 1889 – Apostle Lorenzo Snow says that “his sister, the late Eliza R. Snow Smith, was a firm believer in the principle of reincarnation and that she claimed to have received if from the Joseph the Prophet, her husband. He said he saw nothing unreasonable in it, and could believe it, if it came from the Lord or His oracle.”

Dec 5, 1891 – Stake President relates “incident of the Prophet Joseph telling Dimick B Huntington…..that Noah built the Ark in the land where South Carolina is now.

Nov 29,1893 – Presidents Wilford Woodruff and George Q Cannon meet with three apostles and James E Talmage: “That there will also be daughters of Perdition there is no doubt in the minds of the brethren.”

Dec 7,1893 – First Presidency and Twelve decide that garments worn under clothing should be white. This is first departure of Utah temple garment from contemporary “Union Suit” which comes in various colors and upon which Utah “street garment” is based.

Apr 5,1894 – At meeting of First Presidency and apostles, Wilford Woodruff announces revelation which ends practice of adopting (sealing) men to LDS leaders.

Apr 9,1894 – Death of Thomas C Sharp, principal conspirator in murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. He has had a successful career as mayor, judge, school principal and newspaper editor.

Apr 15,1894 – Juvenile Instructor publishes hymn “Our Mother in Heaven,” which is phrased as prayer to the goddess.

May 18,1894 – In Salt Lake Temple, “Jane Elizabeth Manning (a Negro woman) is sealed as a servitor for eternity to the Prophet Joseph Smith.” Joseph F. Smith acts as proxy.

Aug 26,1894 – “First time a woman has spoken in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on the Sabbath at the regular service- the people don’t know what to make of it-it must bode good for women.” The speaker is a non-Mormon.

Oct 24,1894 – Wilford Woodruff and his two counselors each give approval for Apostle Abraham H Cannon to marry another plural wife. In all, ten general authorities marry post-Manifesto plural wives by permission of church president or his counselors during next ten years.

Mar 1,1895 – Some non-Mormons are given full tour of dedicated Salt Lake Temple interior.

Apr 7,1895 – Wilford Woodruff tells conference: “Cease troubling yourselves about who God is; who Adam is, who Christ is, who Jehova is. For Heaven’s sake, let these things alone.

Aug 22,1895 – First Presidency and apostles decide to deny temple endowments to “Black Jane” Manning (James) because of her “negro blood.” Black women are banned from temple, as are black men until 1978.

Mar 12,1896 – First Presidency gives James E. Talmage “an instruction to smoke tobacco to relieve his persistent insomnia.”

Aug 23,1896 – Sugar House Ward congregation votes against man proposed as Bishop of new ward to divided from the old. Salt Lake stake president Angus M. Cannon furiously shouts, “Sit down! and shut your mouths, you have no right to speak!” When Cannon engages in shouting match with dissenting congregation, a ward member and policeman threaten to arrest stake president for disturbing the peace. Cannon more calmly repeats his attempt but is voted down “again several times.” Secretary of the First Council in attendance writes: “I have been taught that the appointing power comes from the priesthood and the sustaining power from the people and that they have the right of sustaining or not sustaining appointees.”

Aug 26,1896 – Apostle Moses Thatcher begins treatment with Keeley Institute for his addiction to opium and morphine. First Presidency and apostles tolerated Thatcher as a “morphine fiend” and “opium eater”, but on 26 July his family and friends considered involuntary commitment to treatment. His is most prominent drug addict in Mormon history. Twelve drop Thatcher from quorum membership on 19 Nov because of four year conflict over his insubordination in political matters, but Thatcher’s drug addiction aggravates that conflict.

Nov 5,1896 – Apostle Lorenzo Snow’s youngest plural wife bears his last child in Canada. At age 82 he is the oldest General Authority to father a child.

Jan 15,1897 – Apostle Brigham Young, Jr. temporarily resigns as vice-president of Brigham Young Trust Company because first counselor George Q. Cannon allows its property to become “a first class” brothel on Commercial Street (now Regent Street), Salt Lake City. Apostle Heber J. Grant is invited to its opening reception and is stunned to discover himself inside “a regular whore-house.” This situation begins in 1891, and for fifty years church controlled real estate companies lease houses of prostitution.

Oct 7,1898 – At general conference Apostle John W. Taylor reports that in one rural area, 80% of LDS marriages involve premarital sex.

Feb 7,1901 – Apostle Brigham Young, Jr writes that proposal to provide Utah’s school children with smallpox vaccinations is “Gentile doctors trying to force Babylon into the people and some of them are willing to disease the blood of our children if they can do so, and they think they are doing God’s service.”

Mar 3,1901 – Lorenzo Snow promises Salt Lake temple workers that “some of us would go back to Jackson County, Missouri.”

July 11, 1901 – First Presidency and apostles agree that Danish beer is not harmful or in violation of Word of Wisdom and release an official statement to the same affect.

Nov 7,1901 – First Presidency officially declares that there is no “rule in the church forbidding cousins to intermarry” and that first cousins can have temple marriages if they present civil license.

Apr 3,1902 – First Presidency and apostles read letter that U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and Republican Part leader Mark Hanna guarantee they will arrange to defeat proposed constitutional amendment on polygamy and unlawful cohabitation. They expect Mormons to vote Republican in exchange.

Mar 26,1903 – Joseph F Smith tells apostles “there would be no daughters of perdition, only sons” in final judgement.

Oct 22,1903 – First Presidency and Twelve authorize purchase of twenty five acres of the original temple lot at Independence, Jackson County, Missouri. Purchase is complete on 14 Apr 1904. These purchases continue throughout twentieth century.

Feb 20 1904 – First verified suicide of full time LDS missionary. He shoots himself as he is returning to Utah.

Mar 2,1904 – Before committee of U.S. Senate, Joseph F. Smith testifies: “I have never pretended to nor do I profess to have received revelations. I never said that I had a revelation except so far as God has shown me that so-called Mormonism is God’s divine truth, that is all.”

Apr 14,1904 – First Presidency and apostles decide to resume sale of liquor at church resort of Saltair due to need for non-Mormon patronage.

Jan 10,1906 – First Council of Seventy instructs B.H.Roberts to go to Los Angeles for “recuperation from a weakness for liquor that had fastened itself upon him.”

Oct 6, 1907 – At sustaining of church officers a man votes against Joseph F. Smith because of his admitted violation of Utah’s cohabitation law. Smith has him ejected from Salt Lake Tabernacle by force.

1904 – Church president instructs twelve apostles to walk through all doorways in order of seniority.

1906 – Joseph F. Smith pleads guilty in court to unlawful cohabitation for which he pays $300 fine.

1907 – General Conference votes to send twenty tons of flour to China for famine relief. This comes from Relief Society grain storage program.

1909 – October at General Conference, Apostle George Albert Smith stops speaking after three minutes as he begins to “tremble and perspire.” Apostle Reed Smoot had referred two weeks earlier to Smith’s “mental trouble.” Since January Smith’s diary has described symptoms of his eventual collapse. At age thirty-nine he is first general authority whose debilitating mental problems cannot be attributed to senility. Hospitalized for ten weeks at Gray’s Sanatarium in Salt Lake City, Smith does not recover from his emotional breakdown until 1913. Problem re-emerges in 1930’s and in 1949-51.

1910 April – Stake president writes of church members “complaining on account of so many Smiths being chosen.” Recent conference sustained John Henry Smith as second counselor and President Smith’s son, Joseph Fielding Smith, as new apostle. In addition to appointing his son Hyrum M. an apostle in 1901, Smith also appointed his son David A. Smith to Presiding Bishopric in 1907.

Oct 2,1910 – First anti-Mormon film, Victim of the Mormons (“Mormonens Offer”), opens in Copenhagen, Denmark. Film goes into international distribution, is publicly condemned by Apostle David O. McKay at next general conference. It is target of first censorship effort led by Utah governor (William Spry, LDS).

Jan 1913 – Deseret News favorably reviews One Hundred Years of Mormonism, first commercial film about Mormons made with cooperation of church officials. The 6 reel, 90 minute silent film features one of Brigham Young’s grandsons in the role of his grandfather. During Joseph F. Smith presidency, Hollywood produces other silent features which portray Mormonism less favorably: A Trip to Salt Lake City (1905), The Mountain Meadow Massacre (1912), The Mormon (1912), Deadwood Dick Spoils Brigham Young(1915), Cecil B. DeMille’s A Mormon Maid (1917), and The Rainbow Trail (1918).

Dec 17,1913 – Death of Joseph Smith’s last surviving plural wife, Mary E. Rollins Lightner. She helped save the still-unbound Book of Commandments from printing office set afire by mob in 1833. She witnessed adoption of 1835 D&C, which prohibited polygamy, and became secret plural wife of Joseph Smith at Nauvoo while still living with her non-Mormon husband.

Oct 8, 1916 Apostle James E. Talmadge anounces in Conference that “The [ten lost] tribes shall come: they are not lost unto the Lord; they shall be brought forth as hath been predicted; and I say unto you there are those now living – aye, some here present – who shall live to read the records of the Lost Tribes of Israel…”

Mar 22,1919 – “The Nigger” is the new production to be given at the Social Hall, proclaims Deseret News with explanation: “The Nigger” is distinctly Southern. It is a romance based on Southern ideals and the race problem.

Nov 11,1919 – Apostle James E. Talmage attends Third Christian Citizenship Conference in Pittsburgh as delegate chosen by Utah’s governor. Utah delegates are booed and hissed by 4,000 other delegates. Talmage hurriedly leaves after some delegates surround him and threaten to strip off his clothes in order to display his temple garments.

Jan 4,1922 – From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Brigham H. Roberts presents detailed summary of textual and historical problems in Book of Mormon to combined meeting of First Presidency, apostles, and Seventy’s presidents. He recommends that these problems should be researched and publicly discussed.

May 17,1923 – First Presidency and Twelve agree to alter temple undergarment worn outside temple: “buttons instead of strings; no collar; sleeves above the elbow and few inches below the knee and a change in the crotch so as to cover the same.” Mormons of the time regard this as a dramatic change from endowment garment introduced by Joseph Smith.

Nov 26,1923 – Corporation of the President is incorporated, becoming the successor of the Trustee-in-Trust as center of church financial operations.

Jan 21,1925 – Mason Grand Lodge of Utah officially prohibits Mormons from membership in any of its Masonic lodges and provides for expulsion of any Mormons who are current members of any Utah lodge. Utah is the only state with formal Masonic restriction against religious group or denomination. Some Mormons (primarily converts) affiliate or preside in Masonic lodges outside Utah after 1925.

May 22,1925 – Deseret News editorializes in favor of new Utah law which legalizes horse racing and pari-mutual betting. Legislature has appointed Brigham F. Grant as chair of Racing Commission. He is manager of Deseret News and brother of church president, Heber J. Grant.

Feb 15,1927 – Apostle George F. Richards notifies temples that it is decision of First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve to immediately omit from prayer circles “all references to avenging the blood of the Prophets. Omit from the ordinance and lecture all reference to retribution.” Letter also instructs to “omit the kissing” at the end of the proxy sealings.

Jan 19-20,1928 – Frederick M. Smith, RLDS president, supervises disinternment of his martyred grandfather and granduncle, Joseph and Hyrum Smith, from coffin-less burial place kept secret since 1844. They are reburied in coffins, one on each side of Emma Hale Smith Bidamon, next to Mansion House in Nauvoo.

Sept 24,1929 – Heber J. Grant writes: “I am free to confess that I am disappointed with the Yosemite valley. It seems only about one-half as grand as the American Fork canyon of Utah.”

Aug 16,1930 – Heber J. Grant remarks that Apostle George Albert Smith “is getting very nervous. We don’t want him to have another breakdown such as he had years ago, almost costing him his life.” Apostle Smith doesn’t begin describing his symptoms until January 1932, and year later writes, “My Nerves are nearly gone but am holding on the best I know how.” Symptoms gradually subside and do not resume until he is church president years later.

April 2,1932 – Heber J. Grant launches campaign against use of tobacco as part of his emphasis on observing Word of Wisdom by total abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee. Previously, Section 89 was not regarded as a commandment nor was it interpreted as simply abstaining from four specific substances.

May 5,1932 – Apostle Stephen L. Richards tells First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve that he will resign as apostle rather than apologize for his general conference talk which says church is putting too much emphasis on Word of Wisdom. He later confesses his error to Heber J. Grant on 26 may and retains his position.

July 29,1932 – Death of George H. Brimhall from self-inflicted gunshot. He served as BYU President from 1904 to 1921 and is only BYU president to commit suicide.

Dec 9,1933 – Church News article “Mormonism in The New Germany,” enthusiastically emphasizes parallels “between the LDS Church and some of the ideas and policies of the National Socialists.” First, Nazis have introduced “Fast Sunday.” Second, “it is a very well known fact that Hitler observes a form of living which Mormons term the Word of Wisdom. Finally, due to the importance given to the racial question by Nazis and the almost necessity of proving that one’s grandmother was not a Jewess, there no longer is resistance against genealogical research by German Mormons who now have received letters of encouragement complimenting them for their patriotism.”

Jan 25,1936 – Church News Section photograph of LDS basketball team in Germany giving “Sieg Heil: salute of Nazi Party.

Oct 31,1936 – First Presidency publishes unsigned editorial in Deseret News, which argues against re-election of Democratic president Franklin D. Roosevelt. Editorial, written by J. Reuben Clark, accuses F.D.R. of unconstitutional and Communist activities. In response one thousand Mormons angrily cancel their subscriptions to the News. Three days later, 69.3 percent of Utah’s voters help re-elect Roosevelt. Utah’s electorate re-elects F.D.R. again (1940,1944), despite First Presidency’s opposition.

Mar 29,1940 – First Presidency asks Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith to chair “Literature Censorship Committee authorized by Quorum of the Twelve last Thursday.”

Mar 10,1941 – First Presidency orders Clayton Investment Company to get rid of its “whore-houses,” no matter the financial loss, so that church affiliated company can merge with church-owned Zion’s Securities Corp. Ends fifty years of church’s leases to brothels.

June 8,1941 – First counselor J. Reuben Clark tells annual conference of youth and their leaders: “When I was a boy it was preached from the stand, and my father and mother repeated the principle to me time and time again. They said, ‘Reuben, we had rather bury you than to have you become unchaste.’ and that is the law of this Church.” This doctrine continues in the church and is included in all editions of Bruce R. McConkie’s great work Mormon Doctrine under the heading “Chastity.”

June 1945 – Improvement Era states: “When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done.” This is the ward teacher’s message to all members for the month. To an inquiring Unitarian minister, George Albert Smith writes that “not a few members of the Church have been upset in their feelings, and General Authorities have been embarrassed” by above statement. “Even to imply that members of the Church are not to do their own thinking is grossly to misrepresent the true ideal of the Church,” he continues. However, church president’s retraction reaches one non-Mormon, while original statement reaches entire LDS population without similar retraction.

Oct 6,1946 – Public release of Joseph Fielding Smith (b. 1899) as Patriarch to Church due to “ill health” but actually due to discovery of his recent homosexual activity.

Oct 9,1946 – First Presidency and apostles decide to allow faithful African-American Mormons to receive patriarchal blessings, and Patriarch Elder G. Smith blesses black couple for the first time.

April 16,1948 – Apostle Mark E. Petersen asks for permission to instruct local leaders to begin excommunication trials for persons he suspects of having disloyal attitudes towards LDS Church. First Counselor J. Reuben Clark warns Petersen “to be careful about the insubordination or disloyalty question, because they ought to be permitted to think, you can’t throw a man off for thinking.”

Jan 20,1949 – President George Albert Smith begins week’s stay in California Lutheran Hospital for his “tired nerves,” which his diary first refers to at Oct 1948 general conference. He is first LDS president with history of severe emotional illness and hospitalization. He does not recover from this episode until mid May 1949, when able to be in First Presidency office at least half day. Smith is absent from church headquarters 12 Jan to 27 Feb 1950 to stay at Laguna Beach, California, “to rest my nerves.” He returns there to recuperate again for ten days in March. Year later his nurse notes that church president is “very confused, very nervous.” Ten days before his death, nurse adds that George Albert Smith is “irrational at times.”

April 5,1949 – First counselor J. Reuben Clark tells meeting of bishops: “I wish that we could get over being flattered into almost anything. If any stranger comes among us and tells us how wonderful we are, he pretty much nearly owns us.”

Aug 17,1951 – First Presidency statement that church’s restriction on negroid peoples receiving priesthood “is not a matter of the declaration of policy but of direct commandment from the Lord.”

Oct 16,1951 – Temple council of First Presidency, Quorum of Twelve Apostles and Patriarch to church decides to allow beer commercials on church-owned KSL television station.

Nov 5,1951 – First Presidency learns of plans by Warner Brothers to make film about Mountain Meadows Massacre, based on recent scholarly book by LDS Juanita Brooks. Within seven days First Presidency successfully persuades Hollywood studio to kill project.

Mar 3,1953 – First Presidency secretary answers Mormon’s inquiry about receiving blood transfusions from African Americans: “The LDS Hospital here in Salt Lake City has a blood bank which does not contain any colored blood.” This represents five year effort to keep LDS Hospital’s blood bank separate from American Red Cross system in order “to protect the purity of the blood streams of the people of this Church” (Counselor J. Reuben Clark’s phrase.)

March 30,1955 – Quorum of Twelve recommends establishment of separate unit or branch for African-American members in Salt Lake City.

April 10,1956 – Non-LDS governor of Utah, J. Bracken Lee, speaks of his counsel to prominent non-Mormons: “I said to them you are never going to have any success in Utah unless you let the leaders of the Church give you some advice.”

Dec 4,1959 – Budget Committee reports that church spent $8 million more than its revenues that year. As result, church permanently stops releasing annual reports of expenditures.

Jan 7-8,1960 – First Presidency decides that Bruce R. McConkie’s Mormon Doctrine “must not be re-published, as it is full of errors and misstatements, and it is most unfortunate that it has received such wide circulation.” They are exasperated that McConkie and his publisher released the book without pre-publication publicity or notifying First Presidency. Even his father-in-law, senior apostle, Joseph Fielding Smith, “did not know anything about it until it was published.” This is McConkie’s way to avoid repetition of Presidency’s stopping his pre-announced Sound Doctrine three years earlier.

Committee of two apostles (Mark E. Petersen and Marion G. Romney) report that McConkie’s Mormon Doctrine contains 1,067 doctrinal errors. For example, page 493 said: “Those who falsely and erroneously suppose that God is progressing in knowledge and gaining new truths cannot exercise sufficient faith in him to gain salvation until they divest themselves of their false beliefs.” However, McConkie is affirming doctrine of omniscience officially condemned by previous First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1865. In announcing their decision to the Twelve on 28 Jan 1960, First Presidency says there should be no revised edition of Mormon Doctrine. Presidency reverses initial decision on 7 Jan. “that the book should be officially repudiated.”

By 28 Jan Presidency decides against requiring McConkie to make public apology because “it might lessen his influence” as general authority.

In 1966 year after his father-in-law becomes assistant counselor to First Presidency, McConkie publishes second edition of Mormon Doctrine. It corrects only a few of first edition “errors” cited by First Presidency and apostles in 1960. Book becomes best seller among Latter-day Saints. McConkie becomes member of Quorum of Twelve Apostles to fill vacancy which his father-in-law’s death creates in 1972.

Nov 10,1960 – Brigham Young University’s president tells Executive Committee of BYU’s trustees “about a colored boy on campus having been a candidate for the vice presidency of a class and receiving a very large vote.” The three apostles present want to exclude all African Americans from BYU. “If a granddaughter of mine should ever go the BYU and become engaged to a colored boy,” Apostle Harold B. Lee fumes, “I would hold you responsible!”

May 14,1961 – Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith announces to stake conference in Honolulu: “We will never get a man into space. This earth is man’s sphere and it was never intended that he should get away from it.” Smith, the Twelve’s president and next in succession as LDS President, adds: “The moon is a superior planet to the earth and it was never intended that man should go there. You can write it down in your books that this will never happen.” In May 1962, he privately instructs that this view be taught to “the boys and girls in the Seminary System.” On 20 July 1969 U.S. Astronauts are first men to walk on moon. Six months later Joseph Fielding Smith becomes church president.

June 22,1961 – First Presidency supports plan to persuade U.S. Army to send its “colored contingents” to California rather than to Utah. At its same meeting Presidency agrees to allow baptism of Nigerians seeking membership in church.

Feb 3,1962 – Church News Headlines, “MIA Bans The Twist,” popular dance among teenagers and young adults. This prohibition is widely ignored by youth and even by adult leaders in some wards and stakes, especially in Britain and Europe.

May 25,1962 – Boyd K. Packer is first to earn regular doctorate while serving as general authority. He receives Ed.D. degree from Brigham Young University.

Sep 19,1962 – First Presidency rules that prominent Egyptian polygamist can be baptized because polygamy is legal in Egypt. This is in reference to “an earlier ruling in the matter of Indians who had married more than one wife and it was decided that they may be baptized, if they were legally married according to their tribal customs.”

Oct 27,1962 – In midst of Cuban Missile Crisis, Apostle Ezra Taft Benson publicly endorses John Birch Society as “the most effective non-church organization in our fight against creeping socialism and godless communism,” and his son Reed A. Benson announces that he is Utah coordinator of the society.

Jan 1,1964 – “Home Teaching” replaces traditional “ward teaching” program of monthly visits of priesthood men to church members. This begins new emphasis on family life which subtly (yet fundamentally) replaces previous priorities of God, Church and family with new ranking of family, church and God.

Feb 29,1964 – After forty one years teaching in Church Education System, George S. Tanner writes that ” a large majority” of CES teachers are so narrow and ignorant that it is a shame to have them indoctrinating our young people. I would much rather my sons and daughters go to other schools in the state than have them led by these religious fanatics.”

April 15,1964 – Daryl Chase, Mormon president of Utah State University, confides that “the LDS church has a greater strangle hold on the people and institutions of the state now than they had in Brigham’s time. Complete academic freedom is actually non-existent.”

March 3,1965 – Apostle Harold B. Lee is “protesting vigorously over our having given a scholarship at BYU to a negro student from Africa. Brother Lee holds the traditional belief as revealed in the Old Testament that the races ought to be kept together and that there is danger in trying to integrate them on the BYU campus.”

April 29,1965 – BYU President Ernest L. Wilkinson makes first reference in his diary to receiving reports from student “spy ring” he has authorized and which becomes national scandal within ten months.

July 1967 – Church-wide Priesthood Bulletin prohibits women from praying in sacrament meeting. Ban stays in effect until late 1978.

Nov 27,1967 – New York Metropolitan Museum of Art gives to LDS church the original Egyptian papyri upon which Joseph Smith based “Book of Abraham” in Pearl of Great Price. Scholars and church officials authenticate papyri as the same used by Smith. Apostle N. Eldon Tanner states the discovery of the papyri will finally prove Joseph Smith could translate ancient documents. Unfortunately, Egyptologists, LDS and non-LDS, verify that these papyri are typical “Book of Breathings” in form and content. Church officials begin repressing the story that the original papyri have been discovered and are in their possession.

June 33,1967 – BYU’s president receives “confidential draft” by Terry Warner, professor of philosophy and religion, that “freedom of speech as it is known today is a secular concept and has no place of any kind at the BYU.”

Nov 19,1967 – BYU’s administration discuss possibility of taking legal action to close down off campus student newspaper.

Dec 19,1967 – BYU’s Daily Universe publishes article in favor of recruiting African American athletes. BYU’s president writes: “This argues all the more in favor of our making the student newspaper an agency of our Communications Department rather than a student publication.” Universe ceases to be independent student paper on 18 Apr 1969, but “nothing would be announced about this new policy.”

Sep 14,1971 – Apollo 15 astronauts present to President Joseph Fielding Smith a Utah state flag that has traveled with them to the moon.

May 13,1972 – May Presidency letter that “fluoridation of public water supplies to prevent tooth decay” is one of the “non-moral issues” that Mormons should vote on “according to their honest convictions.” John Birch Society, which Apostle Ezra Taft Benson and many other Mormons support, is condemning fluoridation as a Communist “plot.”

April 6,1974 – April conference sustains Neal A. Maxwell as Assistant to the Twelve, first general authority who previously worked for U.S. Government’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Maxwell becomes member of the twelve in 1981.

Aug 14,1976 – New York Times reports U.S. patent granted to Mormons G. Richard Jacobs, Cluff Peck, Dean G. Doderquist for “speaking mannequins” at LDS information centers.

Nov 1,1977 – Spencer W. Kimball dedicates Osmond Family Studio in Orem, Utah.

Feb 15,1978 – First Presidency letter that Mohammed and Confucius “received a portion of God’s light.”

June 9,1978 – First Presidency announces “priesthood now available to all worthy male members.” First Presidency secretary Francis M. Gibbons writes that this change “seemed to relieve them of a subtle sense of guilt they had felt over the years.”

June 17,1978 – Church News headline “Interracial Marriage Discouraged” in same issue which announces authorization of priesthood for those of black African descent. Sources at church headquarters indicate that Apostle Mark E. Petersen requires this emphasis.

Dec 29,1978 – First Presidency allows women to pray in sacrament meetings again, rescind earlier ban from July 1967.

August 1979 – Church’s Ensign magazine publishes first counselor N. Eldon Tanner’s statement: “When the prophet speaks the debate is over,” which echoes Improvement Era’s message of June 1945.

Feb 7,1980 – Dallin H. Oaks, president of BYU, is chair of board for television’s Public Broadcasting Service. He continues as PBS Chair after his appointment to Twelve in April 1984.

March 2,1980 – Introduction of “Consolidated Meeting Schedule” of three-hours on Sundays. This eliminates week-day meetings of auxiliaries, as well as traditional twice daily Sunday meetings. This eases transportation and weekly scheduling but erodes fellowshipping opportunities and diminishes tightly knit social environment of LDS Wards. By 1996, this has severely diminished emotional ties of North American Mormon youth to LDS community, eroding what is called “Mormon ethnic identity.” Most dramatic manifestation of this trend is fact that for first time in Mormon history, young women cease LDS participation at greater percentages than young men (according to general authority Jack H. Goaslind’s statement in BYU Daily Universe, 31 Aug 1992). Likewise, despite absolute increase in missionary numbers, proportion of Mormon males who accept full time missions has decreased significantly in North America.

July 3,1981 – After nearly eleven years of losing advertising revenues, Deseret News begins publishing ads for R-rated movies.

August 22,1981 – Apostle Boyd K. Packer instructs BYU religion faculty, all seminary and institute teachers, and administrators of Church Education System that Mormon history, “if not properly written or properly taught, may be a faith destroyer,” and he affirms that Mormon historians are wrong in publicizing controversial elements of Mormon past. BYU Studies publishes this address in full. At request of students, BYU history professor gives his perspective on Elder Packer’s talk and role of historical inquiry to meeting of BYU’s history majors. Summarized within days by off-campus student newspaper Seventh East Press, this conflict between some apostles and some Mormon historians is subject of Feb 1982 Newsweek article which quotes BYU professor that “a history which makes LDS leaders flawless and benignly angelic would border on idolatry.”

Oct 1,1981 – New York Times reports official announcement that new edition of Book of Mormon changes prophecy that Lamanites will “become white and delightsome.” Instead of continuing original reference to skin color, new edition emphasizes inward spirituality: “become pure and delightsome.”

Oct 31,1981 – Apostle Bruce R. McConkie preaches to combined stakes of BYU that second coming of Jesus Christ will not be in his lifetime or in lifetime of his children or his grandchildren. This runs contrary to the common folk belief that Christ will come in year 2000 or shortly thereafter.

March 2,1982 – In televised sermon at BYU Apostle Bruce R. McConkie denounces “spiritually immature: students and other Mormons who devote themselves to gaining a special personal relationship with Christ.” He criticizes widely circulated book on that topic by popular religion professor George Pace who writes public letter of apology within days and is released as stake president shortly thereafter.

April 2,1982 – First Presidency announces service of male missionaries is reduced from 24 months to 18 months. “It is anticipated that this shortened term will make it possible for many to go who cannot go under present financial circumstances,” counselor Gordon B. Hinckley explains. “This will extend the opportunity for missionary service to an enlarged body of our young men.” Instead, the annual number of new missionaries level off. Annual convert baptisms decline more than 7 percent each year rather than increase by same proportion as before.

Jan 11,1983 – Second counselor Gordon B. Hinckley pays document dealer Mark Hofmann $15,000 for alleged Joseph Smith letter about his treasure digging activities. He has Hofmann agree not to mention the transaction to anyone else and then he sequesters document in First Presidency’s vault. First Presidency does not acknowledge its existence until Los Angeles Times is about to release story about document, which Hofmann later admits he forged.

April 15,1983 – University Post: The Unofficial Newspaper of Brigham Young University reports interview with director of Standards Department. He acknowledges that students suspected of cheating, illegal drug use, stealing, or homosexuality are expelled from BYU if they refuse to take polygraph examination. BYU Security has licensed polygraph examiner.

Nov 26,1984 – First Presidency announces that as of 1 January mission service for young men will return to 24 months.

May 5,1985 – LDS Astronaut Don Lind administers sacrament in zero gravity Skylab 3.

June 9,1985 – Church headquarters telephones all bishops in Utah, Idaho and Arizona with instructions to forbid discussion of Linda Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery’s biography Mormon Enigma:Emma Hale Smith in Relief Society or other church meetings. Lasting for ten months, this ban is apparently what triples book’s sales.

April 4,1987 – First Counselor Gordon B. Hinckley tells priesthood session of conference that “marriage should not be viewed as a therapeutic step to solve problems such as homosexual inclinations of practices…” This reverses decades long policy formulated by Spencer W. Kimball.

Oct 2,1988 – Michaelene P. Grassli, general Primary President, is first woman to speak in general conference in 133 years.

Oct 12,1989 – Deseret News reports that representative of Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company confirms that Utah has highest per-capita use in nation of anti-depressant Prozac.

April 1,1991 – Student at BYU’s commencement offers prayer to “Our Mother and Father in Heaven.”

April 17,1991 – Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Utah “ranks last in proportion of students who are female” throughout the United States. This is result of Utah’s “traditions that inhibit the educational progress of women.”

Aug 9,1991 – Salt Lake Tribune article, “Of LDS Women, 58% Admit Premarital Sex.”

April 4,1992 – Apostle Richard G. Scott tells general conference that LDS women should avoid “morbid probing into details of past acts, long buried and mercifully forgotten,” and that “the Lord may prompt a victim to recognize a degree of responsibility for abuse.”

Among his concluding remarks: “Remember, false accusation is also a sin,” and ‘bury the past.” Unspoken background to his remarks is that in recent years current stake presidents and temple workers have been accused of child abuse by their now adult children. Salt Lake Tribune reports that suicide prevention lines are swamped with telephone calls by women in days after Scott’s remarks.

Aug 8,1992 – Salt Lake Tribune reports that First Presidency’s spokesman has acknowledged existence of special “Strengthening the Members Committee” that keeps secret files on church members regarded as disloyal. Due to publicity on this matter, including New York Times, Presidency issues statement on 13 Aug. defending organization of this apostle-directed committee as consistent with God’s commandment to Joseph Smith to gather documentation about non-Mormons who mob and persecute LDS Church. Presidency lists Apostles James E. Faust and Russell M. Nelson as leading the committee.

May 18,1993 – Apostle Boyd K. Packer tells All-Church Coordinating Council that LDS church faces three major threats: “The dangers I speak of come from the gay-lesbian movement, the feminist movement (both of which are relatively new), and the ever-present challenge from the so-called scholars or intellectuals.” 

June 27,1993 – Counselor Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates former Hotel Utah as new Joseph Smith Memorial Building to serve primarily as additional office space for LDS central bureaucracy. Its large theatres also begin showing devotional film, “Legacy” (about Mormon pioneers), scripted by Academy award-winner Keith Merrill according to Hinckley’s instruction: “I want them to leave the theatre crying.” 

Nov 6,1994 – Apostle M. Russell Ballard tells 25,000 students at BYU that general authorities “will not lead you astray. We cannot.” This claim of infallibility is officially published, and he repeats it to another BYU devotional meeting in March 1996. 

May 3,1995 – Agreement between LDS church and American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors “over the issue of posthumous baptisms of Jewish Holocaust victims.” First Presidency agrees to “remove from next issue of International Genealogical Index [public-access record only] names of all known posthumously baptized Jewish holocaust victims, “and “to discontinue any further baptisms of deceased Jews, including all lists of Jewish Holocaust victims who are know Jews, except if they were direct ancestors of living members of the Church.” 

Sept 1995 – Ensign magazine publishes First Presidency message by second counselor James E. Faust which denounces “the false belief of inborn homosexual orientation.” Next month’s Ensign contains what appears as one apostle’s direct challenge to First Presidency’s unequivocal statement. In his October article “Same-Gender Attraction,” Dallin H. Oaks writes: “There are also theories and some evidence that inheritance is a factor in susceptibilities to various behavior-related disorders like aggression, alcoholism, and obesity. It is easy to hypothesize that inheritance plays a role in sexual orientation.” 

1996 Fall, Brigham Young University Studies publishes study by two sociologists who analyze 1,384 questionnaires submitted by LDS “householders,” including discovery that LDS men are more likely to think they are going to heaven (“celestial kingdom”) than women think of themselves. Men are less likely to attend church or pray privately than women.

Exploring the Spectrum Power Point Slides

Per all the requests, I am posting the slides of my PPT presentation at the Denver convention last week.

Here ya go!

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Meet The Incredible Mr. Macrophage

Its name is Macrophage.  What’s in a name?  In this case, it tells you quite a lot.  The prefix Macro means very large, or large scale and is the direct antonym/opposite of the prefix Micro.   We get the suffix PHAGE from Latin word -phagus, which in turn was borrowed from Ancient Greek φάγος (phagos, “glutton”), from Ancient Greek φαγεῖν (phagein, “to eat”).   So the word macrophage literally describes a very large cellular substance that eats or consumes substances.  What does it eat or consume in such a gluttonous way like Star War’s Jabba the Hut?  Amazingly, it is designed by our creator to consume and eliminate cancer cells, viruses and bacteria primarily.  That’s right!  Betcha didn’t have a clue about that, did you?

There is truly an amazing “Story Behind the Story” here – and if you care even a little bit about you and your family’s health and welfare, you really MUST take the time to hear and understand what is going on concerning your body’s Macrophage activity.  You aren’t going to learn about this from the controlled media who are largely controlled by Big Pharma and their obscenely massive (Macro) advertising dollars.   You need to learn, for instance, how and why VACCINES are loaded with a substance called Nagalase and how this complex glyco-protein negatively affects the legion of macrophages present in every human body.

You need to understand that if your population of Macrophage killer cells are working correctly, you simply CANNOT develop life-threatening cancer, or suffer from deep-seated viral infections either!   You need to also understand that there is a highly corrupt group of conspiring human beings operating with nearly unlimited financial resources to keep this remarkable information and SCIENCE from receiving the public scrutiny it so richly deserves.  Yes – this information should without a doubt be “front page” news and headlining every single media news report – but it is not.   You see, this is quite simply the answer to cancer prevention and treatment – and the truth is that cancer is one of the BIGGEST MONEY MAKERS ON THE PLANET.  Get the picture?   Each year since its inception 1913 (the same year that the Federal Reserve was formed as well as the I.R.S.) people have been donating to the American Cancer Society hoping for a “cure” – while breakthrough answers continue to be opposed and at the very least, ignored.  http://www.cancer.org/aboutus/whoweare/our-history

Meet Dr. Timothy Smith, who has written a very simple to understand book on this incredible gluttonous mass called Mr. Macrophage.   You can find the book online here: http://gcmaf.timsmithmd.com/book/book/4/all/#ch-64

Dr. Timothy Smith MD

Dr. Timothy Smith MD

Here’s Dr. Smith’s Bio:

Timothy J. Smith, M.D. has been studying and practicing alternative, nutritional, and conventional healing principles for over 40 years. A 1970 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, he completed his internship at the Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and his residency at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. He subsequently established a general family practice in Berkeley, California, where he integrated conventional medical practice with alternative modalities. Dr. Smith’s current practice consists primarily of telephone consultations with patients around the world. He specializes in applying the principles of molecular biology to difficult diagnoses and designing alternative and anti-aging treatment programs.

A longtime student and advocate of Chinese Traditional Medicine, Dr. Smith was instrumental in introducing acupuncture to the American medical community. In 1972, he founded the first publicly funded acupuncture clinic in the United States. In 1979, Dr. became a member of the first delegation of American physicians practicing Chinese Traditional Medicine to visit the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Smith is a founding member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and past vice president of the American Acupuncture Association.

Out of his interest in the biochemistry of Chinese Traditional herbal medicines and recognizing that the same concepts that apply to healing are also effective for prevention, in the mid-1980s Dr. Smith’s focus shifted to clinical applications of new research developments in molecular biology, cell biology, and immunology. His emphasis on prescribing nontoxic nutritional medicines (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, phytopharmaceuticals, and bioidentical hormones) signals a shift in the dominant medical paradigm. Phytomedicines—which encourage healing rather than masking symptoms—are rapidly replacing pharmacologic medicines. Based on these principles, in 1998 Dr. Smith published “Renewal: The Anti-Aging Revolution” (Rodale/St. Martin’s Press), a 650 page book presenting a unified theory of aging and a program of diet, supplementation, and exercise for slowing and reversing the aging process and creating optimum health.

For the past ten years, in addition to his busy telephone consultation practice, Dr. Smith’s primary focus has been on writing popular books that translate complex medical concepts into language the layperson can understand. A recently-completed book will be published in 2010. Entitled “Outsmarting the Number One Killer,” it explains how to use state-of-the-art testing and natural medicine to prevent and reverse atherosclerotically-driven heart attacks and strokes. “The GcMAF Book” represents Dr. Smith’s most recent writing effort.

Dr. Smith does aerobic gardening, plays the electric bass, travels widely, and resides in the rural Russian River Valley wine country just north of Sebastopol, California, with his wife, Dellie, his two daughters, and their two dogs and two cats.

Meet Dr. Nabuto Yamamoto:

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Dr. Nobuto Yamamoto was born in Japan on April 25, 1925. Though accepted to three medical schools, he chose to focus on biochemistry in graduate school.

After graduation he served as associate professor at Gifu Medical School, Japan until 1959.

Visiting scientist in the Microbiology Group at the Institute for Cancer Research (Fox Cancer Center), Philadelphia, PA, from 1959 to 1961; studied the genetic evolution of bacterial viruses.

1964: joined the faculty at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, as Head of Virology and Genetics of the Fels Cancer Research Institute where he served until 1980.

In 1980 Dr. Yamamoto was appointed professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Hahnemann University School of Medicine, where he continued to study viral evolution and revived his graduate study of immunology from 35 years before. His immunological studies emphasized mechanism of macrophage activation and discovered GcMAF.

When Dr. Yamamoto retired from Hahnemann University in 1990, he was asked to return to Temple University Medical School as a Research Professor of Biochemistry. There he studied the tumoricidal capacity of macrophages activated by GcMAF and cancer therapy with GcMAF.

In 1994 Dr. Yamamoto became the founder and director of the Socrates Institute for Therapeutic Immunology, where he continues to study the therapeutic efficacy of Macrophage activity and the role of GcMAF for a variety of cancers and HIV.

To make a donation supporting Dr. Yamamoto’s work as opposed to the American Cancer Society, you could send a contribution to: Socrates Institute for Therapeutic Immunology, 1040 66th Ave Philadelphia, PA 19126-3305.

Finally, here is my recent report on this subject given on my radio show, “The Story Behind the Story”, unedited and commercial-free.

 

 

Check out the latest LDS craziness emanating from Salt Lake City.  The Mormon leaders have at long last finally released photos of Joseph Smith’s “peep-stone” that he employed to produce the “sacred” Book of Mormo -n.  Incredible!!

 

 

http://fox13now.com/2015/08/04/lds-church-releases-never-before-seen-pics-of-seer-stone-used-by-joseph-smith/

Keep in mind that during all my years of being involved in Mormonism, the official LDS Church position was always that Joseph Smith utilized a mystical “Urimm and Thummim to “translate” the magical “gold plates” and produce the Book of Mormon.  RIGHT!  Whenever the question of a “magical seer-stone in a darkened hat” came up – it was always dismissed as false and mean-spirited  “anti-Mormon” ranting.  Now the world learns that the LDS Church has ALWAYS had possession of Smith’s “sacred” scrying stone, and today they publicly admitted it.  Oh my!

It appears David Whitmer’s testimony of the “translation” process was perfectly correct all along.  Whitmer was one of the Three Witnesses whose testimony is in the front of every modern B of M, so his credibility on the subject is impeccable, even though completely misguided. In his book “An Address to All Believers in Christ” – Whitmer declares: “I will now give you a description of the manner in which the Book of Mormon was translated. Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine. A piece of something resembling parchment would appear, and on that appeared the writing. One character at a time would appear, and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the English to Oliver Cowdery, who was his principal scribe, and when it was written down and repeated to Brother Joseph to see if it was correct, then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear. Thus the Book of Mormon was translated —-”  (Page 12).

C’mon good Mormon people – give this post some serious objective, critical thinking.   By the modern LDS Church’s own admission, this egg-shaped stone below was the primary tool that Smith used to conjure up the Book of Mormon!!

Smith Seerstone Imagine this stone placed in Smith’s hat and magical “parchment” appearing out of the darkness within it.   Translation of ancient precious metal plates?  Hardly!  This process is what the ancient biblical texts refer to as scrying, or “peeping” – and God strictly forbade such practices.  The Prophet Isaiah had this to say about the topic: “And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? ——  And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness”  (Isaiah 8:19-22). Indeed, Smith declared that the Book of Mormon truly has a “familiar spirit” (i.e. a demonic entity according to the Bible).  Indeed, the LDS people constantly seek after the dead – doing posthumous “endowments” and baptism for dead people every day but Sunday and Monday in their secret temples worldwide!

The problem is, for many years, official LDS publications consistently portrayed Joseph Smith studying the mystical plates as he dictates their English meaning for his scribe to write down.  For example – here is the LDS Ensign magazine cover depicting the process:

Smith Translating

Yet now we know from the LDS Church’s own admission, here is what in reality actually transpired:

Smih Translating2

No “translating” was in reality being done – only “peeping’ or “scrying”.  All this while the mystical plates of gold were safely buried outside the house under a tree (according to David Whitmer et. al.)??  What is astonishing to me is that otherwise intelligent people actually believe this end-product is “sacred scripture” even more important spiritually than the Holy Bible!!

Take a good long look at Smith’s magic seer-stone above.  Do you really believe that egg-shaped stone glowed in Smith’s darkened hat and magical parchment words appeared??

I ask you: If someone were to make such ludicrous declarations in today’s world, would they not likely end up in an asylum for the criminally insane?  And if they did so in order to bilk people out of their money – they would likely be spending time in either a high security prison (or be elected to office in Washington D.C.)

 

Goodbye, Casey Dog

Nearly 12 years ago, shortly after relocating to Ogden, I noticed a small commotion in the parking lot of a local sporting goods store.  Upon closer inspection, I found a man and a woman displaying their brood of Brittany Spaniel puppies in the hope of selling them to prospective outdoorsmen.   Who doesn’t enjoy seeing eight uber-cute puppies interact with each other with their boundless energy and antics?  So I came closer to get a better look.

The woman noticed my attention, and pointed to the puppies’  dame and sire sleepily watching over the puppy circus through the kennel wires in the pickup bed.  “Both dogs are Champion AKC Field Trial pedigrees” she quietly offered.  “These pups have the very best breeding!”

I acknowledged her with a simple, “That’s nice” reply.   Having just moved to a new town, the last thing on my mind was acquiring a new pet.  Our family already had a dog – a highly independent-minded Tibetan Terrier named Galileo – aptly named after the wise philosopher/scientist of antiquity.  One dog was more than enough, I kept reminding myself.  I was just there for the show – and the $450 price tag was way too steep for any serious consideration anyway.

But fate and Providence, as it turned out, had other plans.

As I stepped closer to the puppy enclosure, one of the male pups immediately quit his wrestling and sibling rough-housing and proceeded to look me straight in the eye with a strangely familiar, yet quizzical stare.  With his newly bobbed tail pulsing wildly from side-to-side, he raced to the side of the fence where I was standing to get better acquainted.  With a welcoming YIP or two, – he stretched his front paws up on his side of the short fence where I was standing as if to say: “What are you waiting for, pick me up!”  And so I did.  I bent over and picked the little guy up, quickly noticing that two of the liver-colored marks on his forehead came together, forming the perfect image of a heart.  Outside of the puppy enclosure, I placed him on the grass where he proceeded to place his head contentedly on my foot.  In retrospect, I didn’t choose him – he had chosen me.

All this had been observed by the shrewd woman.  “He REALLY likes you,” she said.  “You know that, right?”

“Not interested,” I replied.  “I already have a dog – and one is en0ugh. But you’re right, he does seem different than the others, somehow.”

With that, I picked him up again, and with a farewell parting pat I placed him back in the enclosure with his siblings.  I was quite sure he would resume normal puppy activity – and sure enough – he was all-to-quickly mobbed and body-checked by his brothers and sisters.  I stepped over the fence to observe what would happen next – and to my amazement, the earlier scene repeated itself – he looked me in the eye and bolted to my side of the fence once again, frantically yipping and straining for me to pick him up, but with an almost panicked frenzy this time.  When I picked him up the second time, the woman, with a knowing smile said: “You know you can’t leave him now!”.   Then with a quiet whisper, she said “He NEEDS to go home with you – will you take him if I knock $200 off the price?”

On the way home, my little liver and white, brown-eyed new companion wouldn’t stay put in the passenger seat where I had placed him.  He slowly inched his way over and quietly placed his heart-crowned head on my lap where it remained until we reached his new home.  Our bonding was complete.  Since both his parents were proven AKC champions – what better name than “KC” (Casey) I thought.   The biggest worry was my wife, Joan.  I knew she wouldn’t be happy about the situation, and I was right – she wasn’t.  However, Casey quickly worked his puppy magic on her as well, and he became thoroughly entwined in our lives.

The alfalfa field adjacent to our North Ogden home was a perfect place to “train” Casey.  Not only was it loaded with wild urban pheasants (hunting in city limits was illegal), but the stream that bisected it was home to numerous mallards as well.  Indeed, his breeding was impeccable.  The only “training” he needed from me was to stay close and not run after flushed birds.  His innate wit and intelligence in the field was truly amazing.  He just seemed to KNOW what to do, and did it amazingly well.  Whenever he locked on point on a bird,  he stretched into a perfect three-point stance – with the only movement being his bobbed tail which would pulse wildly from side-to-side.  When the command was given – the flush would begin only after his tail quit its wild pulsing.  We spent many hours in the field hunting wild birds, both ducks and pheasants.  His enthusiasm was unwavering and intoxicating and never failed to be infectious.

Casey was also an amazing watchdog.  He became a vicious protector of our backyard – keeping it free of any uninvited guests such as skunks, raccoons, and even trespassing humans.   I constantly marveled at the transformation he exhibited – morphing from the consummate sweet and harmless family dog to a bristling, growling predator whenever danger presented.

I write this today referring to Casey in the past tense, because yesterday, 6-15-15, Casey and I had to say goodbye.   For the past three months, Casey had lost his appetite and had grown increasingly lethargic.  A visit to the vet ended in the diagnosis of a rapidly advancing sarcoma.   Despite our best efforts, it had become increasingly difficult for him to even breathe, and his body weight had drastically dropped.  So the hard decision was made.   We could no longer be selfish and prolong his agony.  We would take him to the vet for a final visit, and let his spirit run free once again.

The theological definition of Providence is: “the foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth.  God, especially when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence.”  I love that definition.  Scripture tells us that Adam was given the assignment by the Creator to name the animals.  Is it any coincidence that the word Dog is the mirror image of the word God?   Is it any coincidence that the “promised land”  of Canaan is eerily similar to the word Canine?  

I have to believe that a loving and caring God gave the Ott Family a special gift of Providence in the form of a loving, big-hearted Brittany Spaniel named Casey.  Looking back over the last dozen years, Casey Dog provided companionship and unwavering, unconditional love at a time when our family, (especially our daughter Franci) needed it the most.  If that’s not the very definition of Providence, I don’t know what is.

I spent yesterday afternoon alone with Casey.  I turned my cell phone off and we walked together for three hours before entering the vet’s office for the final chapter – just him and me.  It was surreal.  We walked the field where he loved to run as a young puppy and where he flushed those wild urban pheasants so many years ago.  Right on cue, a rooster pheasant crowed from the field, and Casey’s ears pricked up.  Casey then simply turned and once again looked me in the eye, but this time, his eyes were not filled with boundless enthusiasm – rather, they were tired and sad – even filled with tears.  He was telling me clearly that it was time to go.  His spirit was asking me to take away his pain.    I knelt by his side and told him that I knew, and that it would be over soon.  I couldn’t help but sob uncontrollably, and as I held him tight, the tears flowed.  Then, it was his turn.  He reached up, and through his labored breath, methodically licked away my tears, on both sides of my face!

We then drove to the vet’s office, arriving 20 minutes early. We sat comfortably on the grass together in the shade while waiting for Joan and my daughter Franci to arrive .  While I was quietly stroking his fur and reminiscing, a mature, red-breasted robin flew down and landed on the grass just a few feet away.  One last time, Casey painfully lunged to his feet and went into a full point.  The robin froze as well, and for nearly five minutes, Casey was young again – his bobbed tail vibrating in wild anticipation.

It doesn’t get any better than that, for an inextricable part of a good life well lived, is a good  and humane death.

Goodbye, Casey Dog!  You will never be forgotten!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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