Reason # 167: Because of Other Letters –like this one

I recently received this encouraging letter from a reader who asked that her name be withheld: Dear Latayne, I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy reading your ‘365 Reasons’ on your website. I was raised by extremely Mormon parents, in an all-Mormon family, in the all-Mormon town of Provo, Utah. While I was growing up, going to church was a simple way to keep my parents happy but I remember feeling guilty that I never could force myself to read my scriptures, that I never gained a testimony and that I could never get past the fact that my life purpose seamed to aimed around getting my “eternal companion” to fall in love with me so we could start repopulating the earth. In the short two and a half years since graduating high...

Did the Angels Sweat?

L Did the angels Those sinew-armed strongmen of the ages Sweat great drops of celestial self control L Did tears run down the faces Of those who continually see the Face L Did holy muscles tremble and twitch at being restrained at seeing urgency and being forbidden at hearing the cries and stopping their unearthly ears L Did eternal eyes flinch and close against the sight Of a Savior they couldn’t save? L (c) copyright 2010 Latayne C Scott Please do not reprint without my name and copyright...

Is there a Universal Grammar of God?

Where does my heart beat much of the time? In my family, in my writing, and in my Bible study and Representational Research. This last area basically involves the triadic structure of the Godhead, of reality (the part you see, the part you don’t see, and the links between the two), and even of language. We communicate information through three methods – the iconic (through the senses such as sight), by indexing or pointing, and linguistically. Quit yawning, I’m about to get to the relevant part, the part about writing. You see, the Bible depicts all kinds of communication, and not all of it is through words. Some of it is iconic. You learn from seeing something: The Israelites were told to pile up rocks from Jordan’s depths to commemorate the crossing of...

Reason #166: Because of Letters Like This

I sometimes get letters like this. They do indeed cause me to pause and re-evaluate my reasons for writing what I do, and reasons why I won’t return to the LDS Church, in spite of the joyful experiences I had there. Here’s the letter, and my reply. Mrs. Scott, I received your book Latter-Day Cipher from a very important person in my life for my eighteenth birthday this week. The person who gave it to me was unaware that she was giving me anti-mormon literature. Because the title included the words “latter-day” and she saw that you were a graduate of BYU, she assumed that I would appreciate the book. However, after reading the back, I made the decision to not read the book. Though I commend your writing abilities, I do not understand why you...

Reason #165: Because of the Futility of Trying to Talk Grace to a Mormon

Mormons believe in grace — as a subsequent to the exhaustion of your own good works. In the Book of Mormon, in 2 Nephi 25:23, it says, “For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.” In my experience, trying to talk about salvation (or exaltation, in the LDS mind) with a Mormon usually grinds down to a point where the Mormon begins pressing a Christian about grace. Often they bring up the concept of grace, (which in the LDS mind is conditional:  See this excellent article from Mormonism Research Ministry to see why) in the same way that other cultic groups use the virtue of humility in...