Mormon Missionaries Help with Storm Cleanup Effort

If you would like to donate to help out with the victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Church has a philanthropy website where you can make your donation. From the LDS Newsroom: via Mormon Missionaries Help with Storm Cleanup Effort. Mormon missionaries in the New York area helped to bail out flooded homes, remove trees from roofs and … Continue reading Mormon Missionaries Help with Storm Cleanup Effort

Mormonism, Blacks and the Priesthood

Between the time of American Slavery, the Abolition Movement, the subsequent Civil War that divided a nation, and the southern segregation of blacks and whites (as well as other parts of the United States) and the final movement of the Civil Rights of 1950’s to the 1980’s; blacks were considered an inferior race, as well as treated as second class citizens. Through this predominate social dilemma, and those that had come to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, carrying with them their already established presuppositions of the African Race, the idea of black men having the same priesthood authority as those of European and Anglo-Saxon races would elevate the black man.

Yellow Journalism and modern Anti-Mormon Rhetoric

  Yellow Journalism is a term used to define the type of journalism that relies on sensationalism and lurid exaggeration to attract readers[1]. The Online Etymology dictionary provides additional information as to what yellow journalism refers to: “Sensational chauvinism in the media,” 1898, Amer. Eng. From newspaper agitation for war with Spain; originally “publicity stunt use of colored ink” (1895) in ref. to the popular … Continue reading Yellow Journalism and modern Anti-Mormon Rhetoric

Guideposts : One Simple Step Toward Forgiveness

The power of forgiveness in the life of a Christian is a very powerful act of Divine origin. Since we receive forgiveness and pardon for our own sins and transgressions, we must be able to be ready to forgive as Christ and our Heavenly Father forgives. This article is from Huffington Posts Religion blog and … Continue reading Guideposts : One Simple Step Toward Forgiveness

Fasting – A Canvas for the Lord

This Sunday is Fast and Testimony meeting. With this thought in mind, and a bit of inspiration from the New Era’s vintage 1979 Mormonad caught the interest of the importance and truth of Fasting. The caption reads: Not eating is to fasting as an empty canvas is to the Mona Lisa. Abstaining from food is just the empty … Continue reading Fasting – A Canvas for the Lord

500 LDS missionaries helping neighbors in Sandy’s wake | Deseret News

“It’s been a long day of hard, dirty work,” said President Kevin E. Calderwood of the church’s New York New York South Mission late Wednesday afternoon. “We’ve been in basements, on roofs, in yards cutting down trees, hauling things out of people’s houses, pulling out carpet and doing whatever people need us to do to … Continue reading 500 LDS missionaries helping neighbors in Sandy’s wake | Deseret News

Mormon Theological Ethics – Obedience to Authority | Worlds Without End

Seth Payne has just published an interesting article via Mormon Theological Ethics – Obedience to Authority | Worlds Without End. In this article, and subsequent forthcoming articles, Payne is focusing on the understanding of Mormon Theological ethics and how it plays in the lives of Latter-day Saints. Ethics, in general, is an interesting area of study. Unlike … Continue reading Mormon Theological Ethics – Obedience to Authority | Worlds Without End

Mormon Tabernacle Choir on YouTube | LDS Media Talk

Mormon Tabernacle Choir YouTube channel. Now, the Choir’s music is available to fans throughout the world anytime, anywhere, for free. The announcement event was streamed live from the Conference Center Theater in downtown Salt Lake City on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Facebook page. Special guests welcomed the Choir to YouTube in a special video, including President … Continue reading Mormon Tabernacle Choir on YouTube | LDS Media Talk

“I perceive ye are of weak mind” | Daily Devotion

I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time. Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and … Continue reading “I perceive ye are of weak mind” | Daily Devotion

Mormonism and the Christianity Police

This comes from the patheos blog Peculiar People and the article is titled: Mormonism and the Christianity Police by Taylor Petrey. Petrey begins with the reality that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is continually criticized and the members informed that they are not Christians: If one were to rank the issues about which the Church of … Continue reading Mormonism and the Christianity Police

Book of Mormon Mobile App to Share with Friends | LDS Media Talk

A free Book of Mormon mobile app is a new, easy way to share a copy of the Book of Mormon with a friend. What a great missionary tool! This is not the full-featured version of the scriptures available in the LDS Gospel Library app. It is a simple digital version of the Book of Mormon without footnotes … Continue reading Book of Mormon Mobile App to Share with Friends | LDS Media Talk

LDS Charities gives million-dollar humanitarian effort for Syrian refugees | Deseret News

With tens of thousands of ill-prepared refugees fleeing war-torn Syria in search of peace and protection across the border in Jordan, LDS Charities has answered the Jordanian government’s call for help with more than $1 million in humanitarian aid already provided or in the works during the next few months. A press release issued late … Continue reading LDS Charities gives million-dollar humanitarian effort for Syrian refugees | Deseret News

Defending the Faith: Don’t blame religion for world’s ills | Deseret News

Defending the Faith: Don't blame religion for world's ills | Deseret News. It is far too easy in our modern perspective to look at and condemn religion for all of the ills of humanity. Open up any newspaper, watch the local and national news channel and somewhere, a group of people are committing acts of … Continue reading Defending the Faith: Don’t blame religion for world’s ills | Deseret News

Our Daily Bread | A fresh glimpse of glory

The novelty of any spiritual experience will become stagnant in our lives. What we may have found joy in pursuing at one time now seems to be a burdensome chore. Yet, we are continually admonished to read our scriptures, to pray, and to engage in those activities that will help strengthen our testimony, our faith, … Continue reading Our Daily Bread | A fresh glimpse of glory

Reading Talmage – Introduction to a new study series

If there ever were a true and forthright apologist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, James E. Talmage would be the individual that has provided much published work in defense of the Church, the doctrines, and the teachings of Mormonism: James Edward Talmage was born on September 21, 1862 in Hungerford, Berkshire, England, … Continue reading Reading Talmage – Introduction to a new study series

Be Still and Listen | Metro Christian Living

Be Still and Listen | Metro Christian Living. Months ago, I happened upon this particular website. At the time, I liked the Facebook Page, but never paid much attention to the type of content being published. However, this particular article caught my attention and therefore bring it to your attention. The article describes an experience … Continue reading Be Still and Listen | Metro Christian Living

Inspiring thought for couples – October 24, 2012

Overlook Weakness Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband – Ephesians 5:33 Happiness in marriage involves a willingness to overlook weaknesses and mistakes Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand a Little Taller, p. 311 After all, we are human. Marriage … Continue reading Inspiring thought for couples – October 24, 2012

Thought for today – October 23, 2012

Declaration of Belief And he said, Lord, I believe. – John 9:38 Be not afraid, only believe – Mark 5:36 I commend these wonderful words to all who are called upon to stand up for what they believe, and to do so with confidence – Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand a Little Taller, p. 310 We … Continue reading Thought for today – October 23, 2012

Biblical Anachronisms: Genesis

Biblical Anachronisms: Genesis Searching for Consistency in Biblical/Book of Mormon Standards Book of Mormon Anachronisms: Is this a serious problem? During my excursions to ministries that are critical of the LDS faith, one thing that I often see highlighted as proof that the Book of Mormon is horribly inaccurate is that there are many anachronisms … Continue reading Biblical Anachronisms: Genesis

October 23: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 Today's devotion is from My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. Regarding our own personal prejudices: Our Lord never tolerates our prejudices— He is directly opposed to them and … Continue reading October 23: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

MA Responds to Christian Post – Article of faith #1

Christian Post Reporter, Gabrielle Devenish, has just published a two part article regarding the question “What do Mormons Really Believe?” And the secondary article, “What Do Mormons Believe? Ex-Mormon Speaks Out – Part Two”. In the first article, Devenish opens up with this: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is becoming a hot … Continue reading MA Responds to Christian Post – Article of faith #1

LDS welfare system is ‘a model that works’ | Deseret News

It comes as no surprise that the best program in Welfare and Social Human Services is found within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The welfare program was originally established as an official Church wide program by then President David O McKay: On its inaugural day in 1936, President David O. McKay (1873–1970), … Continue reading LDS welfare system is ‘a model that works’ | Deseret News

Defending the Faith: Too many credible gospel witnesses to believe they all lied | Deseret News

Professor of Islamic and Arabic studies at Brigham Young University, Daniel C. Petersen provides this insight into something that our critics miss. If the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is faulty, if it is based on hallucinations and lies, then why are there far too many credible witnesses to the Resurrected Savior, and the most … Continue reading Defending the Faith: Too many credible gospel witnesses to believe they all lied | Deseret News

Mormonism in the News: Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Mormonism

This is definitely something that is very interesting. Here is a quote from the article: When asked about Graham's beliefs about Mormonism, Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross said in a statement that "Through an inclusive evangelistic ministry spanning more than 60 years, Mr. Graham was called to preach the transformative message of the Gospel to … Continue reading Mormonism in the News: Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Mormonism

Devotion: What manner of men ought ye to be?

When we set our foot on the path of righteousness, when we set our eyes on the Savior and redeemer – Jesus the Christ – and when we comply in fulfilling our priesthood duties, we inevitably strive to become a righteous man. Not a man that meets the standards of the world today, but a … Continue reading Devotion: What manner of men ought ye to be?

Parents: Raising up a righteous generation

The previous articles – Facing a deteriorating society and Spiritual Apathy + Spiritual Atrophy = Spiritual Drought – are based off Elder Quentin L. Cook’s talk given at the 182nd Semi-Annual General Conference of October 6, 2012. This third article will explore how parents have the privilege, and obligation, to rear up a righteous generation … Continue reading Parents: Raising up a righteous generation

Critics and the Hate-blogging mentality

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted … Continue reading Critics and the Hate-blogging mentality

Forthcoming features

In a previous article, I mentioned that there are going to be some new changes and a redesign for Mormon Apologetic Research Studies. One of those changes is deciding upon a more appropriate and shortened name. One name is Mormon Apologia, however, am also considering The Strait and Narrow as an alternative. This latter would … Continue reading Forthcoming features

Facing a deteriorating society

Are you able to answer the question – can ye feel so now? It is a question that Alma asked those present and is contained in Alma 5:26. It follows after this comment – if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I … Continue reading Facing a deteriorating society

Updating the M.A.R.S Blog

The Mormon Apologetic Research Studies blog will be undergoing significant changes. These changes are going to be specific to new directional goals that will be implemented to achieve greater impact and develop a broader audience. The first changes have already occurred, and after the few years M.A.R.S has been in existence, where a more user … Continue reading Updating the M.A.R.S Blog