Historical Mormon Doctrine Smackdown! [edited]

Well, the will of the people has been made known and the goatee was too important to be ignored. I'm sure this will come up in Relief Society in a couple of years.This week, we will try something a little different:Historical Mormon Doctrine Smackdown!Which of the following two uncanonized yet influential bits of prophetic discourse is more influential in the church nowadays: The King Follett Discourse or The Family: A Proclamation to the World?The King Follett Discourse has more information … [Read more...]

Adam and faith

Sometimes I wonder if I am going about all of this all wrong.Take Adam, for instance. He is told to sacrifice animals, so he does. He doesn't bother to ask why; He doesn't care to ask for how long. He just sacrifices animals.For that matter, Adam doesn't really seem to bother with trying to work things out on his own at all. He just humbly does what he is told and operates on the belief that at some point he will get an explanation. And then, at some point, he does.Are we going about this … [Read more...]

Historical Mormon Smackdown

My predictive abilities were better this past week as I had thought the Prophet would prove to be more influential than the Apostle (shocking, I know).But, on to this week's match-up:Which is the more important, little-known, latter-day prophet:President George Albert Smith or President Howard W. Hunter?G. A. Smith: I think he was an eagle scout.H. W. Hunter: May have also been an eagle scout.In addition to voting in the poll on the right, please impress me, your friends, and your relatives by … [Read more...]

The name of Christ

Not to be overly literal, but the Book of Mormon has a notion in it that I am having a hard time wrapping my head around: faith in the name of Christ.Let's look at a couple of passages:Mosiah 1:11 - 1211 And moreover, I shall give this people a name, that thereby they may be distinguished above all the people which the Lord God hath brought out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I do because they have been a diligent people in keeping the commandments of the Lord.12 And I give unto them a name … [Read more...]

Historical Mormon Smackdown: Benson vs. McConkie [edited]

Well, the 'nacle has spoken and it turns out the Eliza was a greater historical figure. Who knew? I certainly didn't, I predicted a runaway for Emma.In this week's version, we ask the following question:Who has had a greater effect, internally and externally, on how the Church is perceived: Ezra Taft Benson or Bruce R. McConkie?Ezra Taft Benson, a prophet of the Lord, Eisenhower's agricultural secretary (at a point when people cared about the agriculture secretary), member of the John Birch … [Read more...]

Are we limiting God?

A few week's back there was a discussion on Issues in Mormon Doctrine regarding the relative number of revelations and signs in the church nowadays as opposed to during the Joseph Smith period. One of the fundamental questions asked was, to paraphrase, why has the initial outpouring of revelation stopped?I don't know. To be honest, I am not entirely certain it has. There is Geoff J's take and there is Ben S's. But, in reading the Book of Mormon today, I came across some interesting … [Read more...]

Admin: FPR is online

Blogger had a big ol' hardware failure yesterday. But their feeling much better today and, as a result, we are back up and running. Thanks to those who emailed with concern!On an unrelated note, I am now the #1 reference on google for "Faith Promoting Rumor". Yea for me! … [Read more...]

‘Hit pigeons flutter’

I am being given a tryout at BYU this fall in the religion department. Good or bad, it won't necessarily turn into a job, but it could. Anyhoo, I have been thinking over my BYU religion class experiences, what was good and what was bad. I had two classes from religion professors, two from a language professor, and two from grad students. My first class was horrible, my remaining classes were better, because I got better at choosing them. I think this is the general pattern of most students. … [Read more...]