Dothan? Why Dothan?

One of the perks of having an always-active mind is that it is, well, always active. Case in point:  One morning  I awakened with a word on my mind. The word was Dothan. To  my knowledge, I’d never spoken that name aloud. I had no idea where it came from. Hint: it’s a place name. And it is one of the richest symbols in the Bible. Come with me and find out why!  Click here to read The Lessons of Dothan.

Reason #143: Because Blood Atonement Doesn’t Go Away

The recent decision by a convicted Utah murderer, Ronnie Lee Gardner, to insist on being executed by firing squad because of what he calls “my Mormon heritage” is telling. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, “Blood atonement has played a role in books about the 1977 execution of Gary Gilmore, in Jon Krakauer’s look at Mormonism and violence, in discussions of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, even in this year’s finale of HBO’s “Big Love.” “Just two years ago, defense attorneys for accused murderer Floyd Maestas, who is not LDS, asked prospective jurors if they were familiar with blood atonement and, if so, what it meant to them. The issue never came up at trial, and Maestas was convicted and sentenced to...

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Reason #142– One Eternal Roundabout God

A Confusing Deity Everything about the Mormon godhead is a confused mess if you accept all the supposedly-inspired teachings of LDS leaders. Brigham Young said that God was Adam.[i] Adam, according to LDS theology, was Michael in the pre-existence.[ii] Michael was the godhead equivalent of the Holy Ghost.[iii] The Holy Ghost, said Talmadge, is the Comforter,[iv] and the Comforter is the Spirit of Truth.[v] Christ, though, is also the Comforter,[vi] and the Spirit of Truth.[vii] Finally, Christ is the God of the Old Testament![viii] So it comes full circle—and even through the Mormon perversion of Scripture, truth prevails. There is only one God! [i] Journal of Discourses, I, 50. [ii] Doctrine and Covenants 27:11 [iii] Journal of Discourses, I, 50-51. [iv] James...

Reason #141: The LDS Trinity — or Trinities?

When I was a faithful Mormon I believed that the LDS understanding of the Godhead was much more clearcut and understandable than the Christian’s concept of the Trinity. However, a recent post on Mormon Coffee brought the implications of LDS godhood into focus: The author asks, “Do the Mormon Gods Belong to Multiple Godheads?” By Aaron Shafovaloff If God the Father has a Father, and if the concept of “Godhead” isn’t infinitely expandable to include all Gods, then our Father belongs to two Godheads, one of which Jesus is not a part of. If God the Father does have a Father, and if the Godhead is infinitely inclusive of all exalted Gods, then the Godhead that is “one” is potentially comprised of an infinite number of Gods. Also, if Jesus...