Why did Joseph Smith have to return the plates?

by Rusty Lindquist on March 3, 2011 · 11 comments

Visitor Sunde asked a question on the post “Why do Mormons believe in works?“, that I think deserves broader attention.  It’s a very good question that many looking at the Mormon faith might ask.  I thought I’d make a dedicated post out of it, allowing us to carry on the conversation in it’s own area. […]

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Don’t take on the USS Montana, unless…

January 25, 2011

I ran across this YouTube video the other day, and just loved it. It makes me wonder at how often we blind ourselves to advice and promptings which would otherwise ensure our own spiritual safety.  Sometimes it’s arrogance, sometimes it’s tradition, sometimes it’s simply that we aren’t paying enough attention. Rusty  Subscribe to Ongofu | […]

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Global Religious Trends (Are we less religious)

January 25, 2011

On Friday, I posted about an article I found that suggested that intelligent people are less likely to believe in God.  With all the comments I received, it got me wondering about religious trends in general.  While none of this is conclusive, it is, however, interesting. Using Google’s search trends analyzer, I found that search […]

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Ongofu on Twitter!

January 25, 2011

For those of you who don’t know what twitter is – it’s a micro-blogging platform.  Whereas with a blog you post fewer, but longer articles, on Twitter you post a lot more frequent (and vastly smaller) ideas, thoughts, and ramblings throughout the day.  Each “post” in twitter is called a “tweet”.  Cute eh? In any […]

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Symbolism in Nephi’s journey to the promised land

January 25, 2011

The story of Nephi’s journey to the Promised Land is well known and widely told amongst Mormons.  It’s a beautiful and compelling story, rife with principles and drenched in doctrine.   But I sometimes wonder if we overlook many of the most meaningful and marvelous symbolic lessons within it.  Here I’d hope to explore at least […]

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What religion can learn from science

January 25, 2011

Appetite.  That’s what seems so prevalent in the world of science and so often lacking in religion, the appetite to constantly learn more, to not be satisfied with what we have, to continuously search, ponder, and strive to increase our knowledge and understanding. It’s clearly not always the case- there are true spiritual giants among […]

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What do mormons believe – Part 5

January 25, 2011

(Disclaimer: These views are all based on my knowledge and interpretation as an active Latter Day Saint, or “Mormon”, only the actual article of faith I list should be considered “official”.  Still, I try to be accurate and do my homework We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on […]

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Lives of great men

January 25, 2011

Lives of great men I didn’t mention in my last post, the reference made to a poem as a tribute to President Hinckley.  I believe it was President Monson who quoted it, and in quoting it, he only mentioned a single stanza (noted by the stars below) probably because of time constraints.  It was a […]

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Thomas S. Monson, on the Book of Mormon

January 25, 2011

I found this wonderful presentation on the Book of Mormon from the Latter-day prophet, Thomas S. Monson. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OJ4wL0Nzms

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Introducing TimeTube

January 25, 2011

I don’t know if you’re a big YouTube fan or not, but a fascinating way to browse YouTube is through TimeTube.  TimeTube lets you put in a key word (like “Mormon”) and up pops a timeline of all videos submitted that use that keyword.  You can drill down by double clicking anywhere in the timeline, […]

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Writing on an open canon, line upon line

January 25, 2011

One of the foundational principles taught in scripture is that we are given “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little”, but many overlook the magnificent implications of this profound principle. The unstated, but astoundingly clear premise of this principle is simply “what I have given you, is not all […]

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Gratitude, the key to righteous desire

January 25, 2011

Throughout my study of the scriptures, I often find recurring themes.  One of those is the use of gratitude to instill righteous desire. One clear instance of this within the Book of Mormon is in the opening verses of 2 Nephi.  It’s around 575 BC, and Lehi and his family had just arrived in the […]

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An eternal perspective – what role will you play?

January 25, 2011

We are encompassed about by things of no eternal consequence, but which ceaselessly fill our lives, occupy our thoughts, and consume our time… the vain aspirations of man and the constant ongoing minutia of daily life. While all around us wages a war.  A war that is extended from before the foundations of this world; […]

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What do Mormons believe, part 6

January 25, 2011

(Disclaimer: These views are all based on my knowledge and interpretation as an active Latter Day Saint, or “Mormon”, only the actual article of faith I list should be considered “official”.  Still, I try to be accurate and do my homework We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, […]

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To teach or not to teach

January 25, 2011

I’ve moved this post to my new Life-Engineering blog, dedicated to motivating people to achieve their goals and change their futures by taking control of their lives. You can now find this post here: http://life-engineering.com/to-teach-or-not-to-teach

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