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He served as an Apostle for more than 54 years, the last 10 years of which were as the President of the Church. From his earliest days of Church service to the very end of his faithful ministry, he never failed to bear witness, in word and deed, of the truth of the restored gospel and of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. We will miss his wisdom, his leadership, his meaningful example, and his loving kindness.

However, we rejoice in his reunion with his beloved Frances, with other family members who have gone before, and with the prophets of God who preceded him in death, with whom he now stands. As his fellow servants, we echo the words of the Master: Each box of food contained necessities sufficient to feed a family of four for three or four days.

Twice that number showed up, and everyone here feels blessed to be in a position to help those in need in the New Orleans area. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been impacted by this storm. Sister Haight dies at age 94 December 6, - Relevance: Mormon pitch in for hurricane relief - Delaware October 17, - Relevance: Wickman, addressing thousands of members of the American Legion on Sunday.

Military maven June 11, - Relevance: She said they are all unique, but service is something they each find important. All eight of the boys are Eagle Scouts and most have served LDS missions -- however, serving in Iraq together has tied them together, the grandmother and aunts said.

Latter Day Saints youth service day a hit with seniors St. Louis Today - Missouri June 28, - Relevance: This church is very near North Gwinnett High School. The Prince family asks that attendance be limited to family and close friends, the spokesperson said. Those attending are asked to be seated at the church by Parking will be at the church, and overflow parking will be at North Gwinnett High. Monson receives award for lifetime of service to others Deseret News - Utah January 22, - Relevance: Monson appointed himself the personal guardian for 87 widows in his LDS ward.

Mormons praised — and criticized — this week for race relations Religion News Service June 25, - Relevance: Services slated for Palmer teen Alaska January 24, - Relevance: LDS stake service project benefits needy countries October 3, - Relevance: Missionaries in North Carolina June 22, - Relevance: A year member of an East Bay congregation, she realized she wanted to experience more from her weekly worship service.

Aragon, 19, was a quiet, respectful young man who loved '70s rock music and trucks and who knew the dangers of service in Afghanistan. They will begin their service in July. They will begin their service in January of Widows, widowers get helping hands Utah August 25, - Relevance: Monson has led to some very unique facts and figures. Here are some milestones by the numbers Shurtleff enjoys public service October 2, - Relevance: Should religion be easy?

Religion News Service May 27, - Relevance: Joseph Catholic Church, Mission Blvd. Captured in the image was the familiar smile and sparkling eyes that his friends and family members knew well and loved.

From Heart to Heart: Prayers of thanksgiving come from many faiths November 22, - Relevance: Gladys pops in for church service UK May 25, - Relevance: However, they still had to live their own lives. At one point Peter said to Thomas, Nathaniel, and four others, "I go a fishing.

Parishioners from the Church of Latter Day Saints in Winnipeg have been helping homeowners to rebuild, as have volunteers from the Mennonite Disaster Service. Families, friends and community members gathering for the funeral service of the Cardston man. First we start voting for a few more Republican candidates because we finally have a little set aside that we want to protect from taxes, and then before we know it we have become that crotchety old man yelling at kids to get off our lawn.

Young reflects on his international service July 27, - Relevance: Young reflected this week on his three terms — two as chairman — serving on the U. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Year after year, I love the lights, cards, stories, scriptural accounts, acts of service and beautiful Christmas music. Deseret News - Utah October 30, - Relevance: A day of reverence and remembrance Newstimes - Connecticut December 15, - Relevance: I threw myself into learning Greek and Hebrew and baptizing dolls in my speech class.

Fall festival gets blind children in the mood for Halloween October 26, - Relevance: The church had about 1, members But what is not so easily seen is the preparation needed to take on this sometimes difficult role. Families remember survivor, speaks at memorial service Missouri October 20, - Relevance: A memorial services is being held in Missouri.

He didn't even know there was one. Service is Sister Parkin's priority April 2, - Relevance: Service is Sister Parkin's priority April 4, - Relevance: Others spend that time giving back to the community. Religion News Service April 15, - Relevance: Right or wrong, those are just a few of the labels that are sometimes connected to students who suit up for intercollegiate sports in the United States. Once, just like them, I was preparing to go on a mission.

Because of their dedication, 6, lives were saved. It was also very exciting to see how grateful the Blood Bank of Hawaii representatives were because they rely upon us and need what we have to give. They help us to help and bless others by saving lives. Thanks for the memories: Ashcroft recognizes Hatch for service October 8, - Relevance: These words are at the core of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of how they approach outreach to others and of their sacred commitment to family.

If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. First learn these three words: They are vigilant in order to help their members, as well as to be of service to those who become victims. Serving at Women's Conference May 1, - Relevance: During a minute interview, overcome with emotion, Aguirre used it to wipe his eyes four times. Although Jordan is a place of safety and refuge amidst the turmoil of the Middle East, Jordan still experiences many challenges from its interactions with its neighbors.

Poignant service recalls family members lost in fire October 22, - Relevance: They died when their house went up in flames early Saturday. This means that God is my father, and I have divine worth. There is no sin so great, no thought so terrible, no mistake so horrendous, that I cease to have value. This also applies equally to everyone else in the world. His guiding Mormon faith, pro bono law work and family's political connections have combined to create "an obligation to give back.

A member of the West Brighton congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he helped pick up the area around the building with 50 other volunteers. It was a favorite tradition for the stake to serve others each year during Christmastime. Part of the good the church does is expecting me to come out of myself in order to help others.

Volunteers work together to run church Albany Herald - Georgia -- scroll to bottom to view article December 13, - Relevance: Napolitano visits Mormon aid facility Arizona May 20, - Relevance: Of Chapels and Temples: And nothing embodies culture quite like food — specifically, fish heads, raw octopus and broiled eel. A photographic look at Elder L. They will begin their service this year. They will begin their service soon.

My husband James, a doctor, was just retiring. We had lived in England for three years because he had been a mission president, supervising missionaries. Felix, 53, is scheduled for 6 p.

His funeral will be Thursday in his hometown of Springville, Utah. Senate in Washington D. Martin Luther King Jr. Turns out, my first-glance analysis wasn't too far off. The handful of stations that have shown a Catholic Mass or Mormon devotions will be allowed to continue, but the other plus stations have been instructed to avoid any kind of evangelism. One of the committees at the institute is the service committee, headed by Charlotte Hansen, assisted by missionary Sister Prella Tilt.

They will begin their service in January Meant to promote community service and unity, the program was established by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Quorums of the Seventy: But that essential ordinance does not complete conversion — lifelong service in the temple remains the ultimate goal of new members.

With the exception of Elder and Sister Zwick, who will begin their service immediately, these couples will begin serving in July. Utah's volunteer rate tops in U. He works 9 a. He has four children, ages 1 through 6, and another one on the way.

Monday nights are reserved for family time. While the 18 months or two years of service may fly by for some, several homecoming videos also prove that missionaries may not realize how much they miss their family until they see them.

Mormons embrace social media to push back against official church teachings Religion News Service September 16, - Relevance: On a cool summer evening, in a borrowed classroom overlooking San Francisco Bay, about men and women gathered to screen a short documentary about a Mormon family whose year-old son came out as gay.

What's it really like being a Mormon missionary? She's allowed to email relatives weekly, but as a Mormon missionary, this is the most contact will she have with her family, during her 18 months of overseas service. She was a part of the Relief Society Program, which is run by church women who choose an annual service project.

First there is a Sacrament Service, where everyone meets together and takes communion, remembering the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

However, in the LDS tradition, water is used instead of wine or grape juice. We cannot save ourselves St. Helena Star - California May 13, - Relevance: Have a Kleenex handy. Mormons will be able to tune in while attending BYU in Provo, dodging military patrols in Venezuela or herding goats in Kenya. Surrounded by total devastation, the men—15 the first day and double that the second day—did not try to do everything for every victim of the storm.

Instead, they spent hours helping one woman who was not even a member of their church. It is accessible free of charge by going to the website at FamilySearch. They also measured the stones. But I am confident that the time will never come when we shall not need vigorous men and women of faith to go into the world as missionaries for this cause. In the name of Dios: The confining effect of a cubicle and keyboard can cause you to miss important details that would put a human face on the facts and add another layer of richness to your writing.

Living abroad to learn a language Washington Times October 2, - Relevance: For years, the Mormon Church has encouraged young men and women to do a two-year mission, often in another country.

Ford — fondly remembered as a loving son who tried to make his world a better place — was laid to rest yesterday as a brave, young hero who served his country when it needed him most. Elders and sisters typically love being photographed with the folks they serve among during their missionary days. Hinckley, died last Sunday at age He was buried Saturday in Salt Lake City. The church broadcast his memorial service around the world in 69 languages. Gilbert, has seen repeated many times in his own life.

Missionary survives gunshot to head Arizona May 5, - Relevance: Nearly two years ago, he left his home in Mesa to travel thousands of miles to Brazil, on a Mormon mission. The country became his second home -- but in April, his service abruptly ended. The place is awash in fresh-faced students, and even the workers — from the cafeteria to the copy center, the mailroom to the bookstore — and most of the teachers are under We all ate, swam, talked, and gave John gifts of hope and encouragement.

Then a couple of weeks later, he came home. Our hearts reach out in sympathy, love, and appreciation to his parents, family members and friends at this difficult time. We pray that they will find peace and comfort in the promises of the Lord concerning those who give their lives in His service. Interfaith rite launches inaugural Utah January 3, - Relevance: Another says the Cougars signed the 46th-best class in the country and ranks them at least 16 spots higher than any other MWC school.

Brown, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in North Alabama, died Friday morning, leaving a legacy of service and dedication to the church as his monument, those who knew him said.

Forest Service to fight wildfires, but not with axes and hoses. Instead, they use experimental fires in their lab to beef up and speed up the computer programs that predict where wildfires spread.

Arnold was named after his ancestor, Mervyn Sharp Bennion, who was the captain of the U. West Virginia in Pearl Harbor on Dec. Does religion always demand forgiveness?

It's over," the Mormon told an audience in Washington, where she helped lobby senators successfully for a tough national sex-offender registry bill. However, her forgiveness does not extend to wanting her abductors to go free.

Elizabeth wants them to stand trial and be imprisoned. It's a six-day work week, with maybe a hour work day. You'll use the day off to do your laundry or write letters or e-mails home. A few other rules With a few exceptions, the season ends without a tournament berth or a loss in the first round.

Stevenson and Dale G. Renlund already had answered a call to full-time LDS Church service. They've spoken before at the faith's General Conferences.

They know how to read off a teleprompter and make appropriate pauses. But this time was different. How does he have the time? More than 7, members volunteered, serving in areas throughout the country. Bullying, teen suicides prompt soul-searching among religious groups Catholic News Service November 3, - Relevance: Packer recalled a time less than 50 years ago when the entire chaplain corps of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had dwindled to five or six men.

This desire to serve gets to the heart of the Christmas season and draws us closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ. Mormon volunteers clean up town East Oregonian July 29, - Relevance: They were jointed by 25 to 30 volunteers from Athena.

Hinckley was eulogized Saturday — his red chair on the Conference Center dais empty and his casket resting in front of the pulpit handcrafted from a tree he planted decades ago. The unprecedented "service of rededication and remembrance" was held in Kalawao, the original site of the Hansen's disease settlement. About 80 descendants of former patients and current Kalaupapa residents attended. Talk to your bishop and put in your papers in to serve a mission! Johnson gave in Bountiful in July of The youths were members from metro-east congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and some friends of other faiths, who took part in the service project at the St.

Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises, or S. Till when he began service in was raising awareness of the Church among the people. A survey he conducted after arriving showed that only 7 percent of Koreans knew anything about the Church. SVU students serve — inside and out — at the Washington D. Prior to the announcement, 58, missionaresi were serving; as of this week, that number is now 75, Volunteers help spruce up kids' rehabilitation center Arizona Republic April 24, - Relevance: The volunteers spent about four hours at New Foundation painting dorm rooms and classrooms, and chopping down overgrown vegetation.

They, like the apostles of old, are sent two by two to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, but that is not all missionaries do. They seek opportunities to help those in need. And currently there continues to be a great need in Japan.

Scott Grow of the Seventy and representatives from a variety of faiths shared messages of gratitude and unity as part of the Inclusion Center's 23rd annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service on Sunday, Nov. The fair, which was free and open to the public, was hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a service to the community. Service by the dozen: He has three older brothers to thank for it.

Temple for the first time. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who championed family values with a robust voice and cheerful optimism, died May 30, , in his home from the effects of cancer. All of those missionaries, apart from some who have concluded their mission service, are now filling new assignments in one of 11 other missions in the islands. Arizona couple helping S. Historical Society December 30, - Relevance: They will begin their service in July of And she didn't even know she shared a gospel performance Grammy award Sunday with the late Ray Charles for their duet, "Heaven Help Us All," until there was a break in church services.

Church prepares hygiene kits for migrant workers Standard-Blade - Colorado April 27, - Relevance: Instead, her memory was honored with splashes of her favorite color, pink, found everywhere from the cluster of balloons outside her service, to the attire of some of the hundreds gathered to remember her.

Senior center volunteer anticipates needs August 9, - Relevance: Whether it be the many years she served lunch to schoolchildren, having seven children of her own, going on an LDS mission, or spending 30 hours a week at the Cache Senior Citizens Center, Koeven makes sure her time counts.

No injuries were reported. Count your many blessings. See what God hath done. Our article briefly mentioned that 11 of the 71 volunteers have been on the ship for the entire five-month journey. Most young men in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expect to spend two years in voluntary service as a missionary, and the Plymouth congregation is no exception. Instead, the Draper man allegedly shot his wife to death here Sunday morning as she arrived at a local LDS church to attend services on her 30th birthday.

Abiola, the owner of a shop located near the site of the project. The New Zealand landmark has been in service since and needs seismic strengthening retrofit and significant upgrades to its mechanical systems. Hillam passed away at the age of 77, his family and friends gathered Monday to celebrate his fruitful life during a midday memorial service at the Bountiful Utah Orchard Stake center. Tillemann, a senior adviser to U. Monson has led a life of Christlike service. Even as a young boy—often with encouragement from his mother—he was able to look outside of himself and serve others around him, especially at Christmastime.

One story tells of the joy he felt as he helped another boy have a happy Christmas. Marco Rubio has tried three religions for the right spiritual fit. Owen, who now serves as Young Men general president, pulled into the driveway of the mission home after a long, busy day.

We anticipate these volunteers will return when conditions in Turkey normalize. Mission service remains formative in football careers Deseret News - Utah November 13, - Relevance: But it wasn't trash talk. In fact, the two weren't discussing football.

They weren't even speaking their native language. George and one from Logan, first shook hands and became acquainted while touring Church history sites in England. They forged an immediate bond and later served together as companions. It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship.

For that, she has won fresh acclaim. This week, a nationwide law society will honor the Hoover High School graduate and former top government attorney for her legal aid service. See what an average day on a mission looks like for two women called to carry out their mission in Independence, Mo. She signed up for a trial membership on a Latter-day Saint-oriented online dating service, trusting that shared faith would make reaching out safer.

He did not, however, imagine that his time in Brazil would eventually lead to ownership of a fisher-guiding business on the Amazon River. These names highlight a long list of LDS Church prophets, apostles and general authorities whose service to former communist-controlled countries in central and eastern Europe were critical during the tense and tenuous four-plus decades following World War II.

After the faith changed the age at which Mormons are allowed to serve, its missionary population increased by more than 40 percent. What to do with them all?

Texts from her daughter hours earlier revealed the horror taking place: I can hear people screaming. Hanks runs very deep. One of Meacham's most treasured memories from his military service during the Vietnam War was time spent with Elder Hanks, who risked his life to fly into hot combat zones to minister to LDS soldiers.

Mormon missionary age reduction prompts U. To structure and optimize missionary service, many guidelines are provided including the instruction to exercise at least 30 minutes a day before performing proselytizing duties. Missionaries come from all parts of world. They are here to offer service and teach about Jesus Christ.

A mission lasts for two years. Orrin Hatch will speak and represent members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Friday at the memorial service for former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali. They were dressed in yellow short aprons. They came out with working implements.

Hey, Mormons — leave dead Jews alone! Religion News Service January 2, - Relevance: I am referring to the news that the Mormons are once again baptizing dead Jews — effectively making them posthumous Mormons. Huffington Post July 23, - Relevance: They tell me that Mormon church callings are a service that men do for women, so how can that be about power or oppression? Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints will be at Abington Park, North-ampton, to work on the Choices workshop building for adults with learning disabilities, painting playground equipment and clearing rubbish from the stream.

Ralph Henderson was born Sept. Service to strangers has benefits that go beyond the immediate feelings and consequences. Terrorist attacks inspire life of service Nevada Appeal September 12, - Relevance: Student council member Josh Groth, 17, organized a lunchtime assembly for his peers to express their feelings. It took only about seven hours to find nearly 1, volunteers from more than 40 LDS congregations between Sugar Hill and Cartersville. They will be the ones volunteering and traveling to third world countries to dig ditches, train midwives and build schools.

They will also be the ones reaping the rewards that come from selfless service, says one of the founders. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy landed on May 31, , in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma City eager to learn stories of faith and service, and to minister to those in need. Originally dedicated in , the Ogden Utah Temple was closed for extensive renovation for the past three years.

Many Latter-day Saints expressed excitement this weekend about having the temple back in service. Three days later, Stay spoke at a memorial service for her family. Idaho Marine laid to rest Idaho June 18, - Relevance: Lance Corporal Dustin Birch was laid to rest Friday in a memorial service with full military honors. The year-old from Saint Anthony was killed by a roadside last Thursday. Videos of a typical day for a sister missionary and of hands of service Deseret News - Utah January 8, - Relevance: A question—What does the savior do?

King called 'champion of peace' in holiday service at his church AP article January 22, - Relevance: I mean, how cool is it? You know, we've got all these different people seeking the presidency," he said. It's all possible because of Martin Luther King's vision of the beloved community. Still photos of mourners have captured moments in time that could be from any funeral anywhere. But the church service for six members of the Stay family - shot to death in their Spring home last week - contained elements unique to the Mormon faith.

Navy football follows revolutionary policy — Coaches don't work on fall Sundays Gazette October 5, - Relevance: He attends a two-hour service at Mariners Church. He meticulously details his black Corvette Z Living their faith Washington March 28, - Relevance: Their family also takes part in Wednesday-evening activities with Chase, 13, and Rachel, 11, their two younger children still living at home.

Citizen of the Century: Hinckley has helped shape that change With more than , people being forced from their homes in 31 towns in the devastating January floods, only a handful of members were reported to have suffered significant losses.

However, commitment needs to be paired with action. Fortunately, prophets and apostles have repeatedly offered counsel about preparing for missionary service. President Monson's 50 years as an apostle: Monson has spent most of his life in the service of God — and for the past 50 years, as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, First Presidency and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Thousands of women traveled from across the United States and other countries for the two-day conference held on April 28 and They were mini miracles. Craig Nelson, a former missionary to Haiti who rushed to the island nation with several doctor friends.

Faith, friends and football: Sometimes he found himself at Eagle Scout service projects, family home evenings or LDS youth activities. A look into the life of James E. He is remembered as a man of great faith, wit, wisdom, and kindness. He is also being remembered as a man who had a tremendous love of learning, and whose service extended beyond the LDS Church. Wheelwright draws near the completion of his first year of service, a faculty member in the May question-and-answer forum asked what "report card" grade he would give himself for his accomplishments at the university to this point.

Inside the Quorum of the Twelve: Left with a vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—created by the betrayal and death of Judas Iscariot—members of the quorum gathered and petitioned the Lord. New idea for Mormon missionaries: The problem, though, is how to keep these zealous young Mormons busy.

In the past, it's been a round-robin event with classes on subjects such as stress management, exercise, diet and aging. They went into the heat and worked to uplift, befriend and beautify their communities. With the land, the cities, the countryside, the food, the culture. For two years he shared his faith and his service and himself. Starting with just one set of boards, one set of clamps, and one stand set, she set to work creating what has become an ever-expanding quilt project.

They are people of faith who love the Lord and His restored gospel. And they love to celebrate — especially birthdays, anniversaries and historic occasions. This is, after all, a country with almost 20 national holidays.

The observance is in conjunction with International Volunteer Day on Dec. Louis Today June 2, - Relevance: Officially, the university says the award is given to "students who demonstrate exceptional intellectual and leadership achievements and who have engaged in or shown a commitment to community service. As the congregation has steadily grown, currently averaging between to members who regularly attend service, the national church based in Salt Lake City, is investing in Chillicothe.

The gift of service: In a video posted on mormonnewsroom. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, expressed his deep empathy for those enduring the current crisis.

The majority will begin their three-year calling, accompanied by their wives, in July Mormon Helping Hands Day! On this day thousands of members and friends of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all across the State of California will work together to provide a day of service in our communities. Mormon bishop, 45, is fighting for life after being attacked by carjackers as he opened his church for Sunday service Daily Mail - UK August 18, - Relevance: There are currently temples in operation around the world with another 23 announced or under construction.

Contestants to join clean up campaign Fiji Times September 14, - Relevance: Before receiving their Scouting organization's highest award, each of the boys was recognized for providing service to others, learning new skills, working together and demonstrating leadership. A moderate crowd filters into the parking lots and then through the doors for the 9 a. They're quiet and happy. Nothing breaks the tranquility except the occasional interjection of a car door snapping shut.

Gainesville mayor ends term as church leader Georgia May 2, - Relevance: A meeting will be held at 10 a. Mormon teens beautify 20 homes Arizona Republic November 22, - Relevance: Renlund had many assignments that took him to the mission home. The home, located approximately ten miles outside of downtown Stockholm, became a familiar place. The new presidents and their predecessors are listed below in this order: This includes 37 missionaries from the Nicaragua Managua North Mission, all of whom were nearing the end of their service and will return home.

Beck and Elder David A. Living in a climate of polygamy, it's easy to see that over time Helen would come to champion the cause and put away any concerns she may have had when she was first "married" to Joseph Smith. No one but Helen herself can say for sure if at the time she enjoyed being a polygamous wife of Joseph. Following are some accounts surrounding the event. Before Joseph and Heber discussed 14 year-old Helen as a potential bride, Joseph asked Heber to turn over his wife, Vilate, to be Joseph's wife.

During the summer of , shortly after Heber's return from England, he was introduced to the doctrine of plural marriage directly through a startling test-a sacrifice which shook his very being and challenged his faith to the ultimate. Biography of Heber C.

It is theorized by some that Joseph's "test" requesting Vilate as a wife was to prepare Heber for Joseph's later asking for Helen. The following is used to imply that Joseph marrying Helen was Heber's idea:.

Who, though, decided that being "connected with the Prophet, Joseph" was something desirable, Heber or Joseph himself? Even if Heber liked that idea and he's the one who asked Helen to marry Joseph, it does not mean that the genesis for the idea was Heber.

Nor does the word "offered" mean that Heber came up with the original idea. Helen's later reminiscence that "My father had but one Ewe Lamb, but willingly laid her upon the altar" may even hint at such a situation as Abraham's. She also said, "The Latter-day Saints would not enter into this holy order of matrimony unless they had received some stronger and more convincing proofs of its correctness than the testimony of a man, for in obeying this law it has cost them a sacrifice nearly equal to that of Abraham.

Helen said that it was Joseph himself who claimed that Heber was the one who "offered" Helen to him. But why should we take Joseph's word for it? He is known to have lied to others, including his wife, Emma, about many aspects of polygamy such as hiding the entire idea of polygamy from his wife, Emma, and the fact that he had already married other women without Emma knowing. Why not lie to another one of his wives if it served his purposes?

See our section below about Joseph lying about polygamy. Heber must have learned about polygamy from Joseph first before he taught the principle to Helen. As far as the time line goes, if Heber is the one who had the idea, within a 24 hour period he would have had teach Helen about it, show up unannounced and explain the proposition to Joseph, then have Joseph show up the following day at the Kimball's to convince Helen that if she followed this plan that her father concocted, her father's family would be blessed.

Such a scenario on such short notice is unconvincing. Joseph taught Heber about polygamy at some point before Heber mentioned it to Helen. It could very well be that Joseph at that time mentioned his desire to have Helen as his wife. It stands to reason that as prophet, Joseph chose who he would enter into a polygamous relationship. There are no other examples of a person approaching the prophet and instigating a polygamous relationship. Finally, it was not unheard of for Joseph to have someone else to ask for, or convince, his intended bride on his behalf, such as in the case of Zina Diantha Huntington as revealed in an interview with her:.

How, then, could you have been sealed to Joseph Smith without first having heard the doctrine of plural marriage? My brother Dimick told me what Joseph had told him. I knew it was from the Lord, and I received it. Joseph did not come until afterward. You mean by that, then, that after your brother Dimick had returned to Joseph and given him the information that you had accepted such teaching, that Joseph then came to you, prior to having been sealed, and taught you the doctrine of plural marriage?

I told you that the Lord had revealed to Joseph Smith that he was to marry me. I received it from Joseph through my brother Dimick.

John Wight, "Evidence from Zina D. There is no reason not to believe that it was Joseph's idea all along to marry Helen, yet there is no way of knowing for sure who is the instigator.

The most important aspect from the discussion above concerning whose idea it was to marry off Helen pinpoints what we believe is the most problematic issue regarding Helen's "marriage" to Joseph: I had not been married scarcely five minutes, and made one proclamation of the Gospel, before it was reported that I had seven wives.

I mean to live and proclaim the truth as long as I can. This new holy prophet [William Law] has gone to Carthage and swore that I had told him that I was guilty of adultery. Why, a man does not speak or wink, for fear of being accused of this…I wish the grand jury would tell me who they are—whether it will be a curse or blessing to me. I am quite tired of the fools asking me…What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can only find one.

No, not at the same time. But they believe that if their companion dies, they have a right to marry again. But we do disapprove of the custom which has gained in the world, and has been practiced among us, to our great mortification, of marrying in five or six weeks, or even in two or three months after the death of their companion. We believe that due respect ought to be had, to the memory of the dead, and the feelings of both friends and children.

Also found in Elder's Journal , Vol 1, No. On Dec 16, Joseph Smith wrote a letter to the church from Liberty Jail which included the following:. Was it for committing adultery that we were assailed? We are aware that that false slander has gone abroad, for it has been reiterated in our ears. These are falsehoods also. The world hates them, and we sometimes think that the devil ought to be ashamed of them.

We have heard that it is reported by some, that some of us should have said, that we not only dedicated our property, but our families also to the Lord; and Satan, taking advantage of this, has perverted it into licentiousness, such as a community of wives, which is an abomination in the sight of God. History of the Church Vol. As we have lately been credibly informed, that an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter day Saints, by the name of Hiram Brown, has been preaching Polygamy, and other false and corrupt doctrines, in the county of Lapeer, state of Michigan.

This is to notify him and the Church in general, that he has been cut off from the church, for his iniquity; and he is further notified to appear at the Special Conference, on the 6th of April next, to make answer to these charges.

By the time Smith had dismissed Bennett in the summer of , Smith had taken the following "spiritual wives" for himself in Nauvoo:. That's twelve women documented as Joseph Smith's plural wives, during the period in which Smith placed responsibility for the entire polygamy practice on Bennett. In a speech at the temple, on February 21, where many of his "plural wives" were in attendance , Smith had the audacity to state the following:.

There is a great noise in the city…and many are saying there cannot be so much smoke without some fire. Well, be it so. If the stories about Joe Smith are true, then the stories of John C. Bennett are true about the ladies of Nauvoo; and he says that the Ladies' Relief Society are all organized of those who are to be the wives of Joseph Smith. Ladies, you know whether this is true or not.

History of the Church , Vol. Because his "plural wives" in the audience had been sworn to secrecy, Smith felt confident enough to stand before them and lie unabashedly.

Emily Dow Partridge, for instance, testified that she and her sister were married to Joseph without Emma's consent emphasis added:. We had been there about a year when the principle of plural marriage was made known to us, and I was married to Joseph Smith on the 4th of March , Elder Heber C. Kimball performing the ceremony. My sister Eliza was also married to Joseph a few days later. This was done without the knowledge of Emma Smith.

Two months afterward she consented to give her husband two wives, providing he would give her the privilege of choosing them. She accordingly chose my sister Eliza and myself, and to save family trouble Brother Joseph thought it best to have another ceremony performed. Accordingly on the 11th of May, , we were sealed to Joseph Smith a second time, in Emma's presence,… From that very hour, however, Emma was our bitter enemy.

We remained in the family several months after this, but things went from bad to worse until we were obligated to leave the house and find another home. Historical Record , Vol. Notice how Joseph sought to cover up the fact that he was already married to Eliza and Emily Partridge. The Mormon author John J.

Brodie included a list of 48 women who may have been married to Joseph Smith. Ivins, who was considered to be "one of the great authorities on Mormon polygamy," said that the number of Joseph Smith's wives "can only be guessed at, but it might have gone as high as sixty or more. Moreover, a great many distinguished women in history, including several Catholic saints, were also sealed to Joseph Smith in Utah.

Widtsoe admitted that "Women no longer living, whether in Joseph's day or later, have also been sealed to the Prophet for eternity. Joseph went to great lengths to conceal his practice of plural marriage. Michael Marquardt discovered that he even had a pretended marriage performed to cover up his own marriage to Sarah Ann Whitney. On July 27,, Joseph gave a revelation to Newel K. Whitney, that he was to seal his daughter, Sarah Ann, "to Joseph Smith, to be his wife.

Kingsbury and Heber C. Kimball, Marquardt reveals how he uncovered the fact that Joseph Smith actually performed a "pretended" marriage ceremony between Sarah Ann Whitney and Joseph C. Kingsbury so that his own relationship with her would not be noticed.

Marquardt cited the following from "The History of Joseph C. Kingsbury," a document that is now in the Western Americana section of the University of Utah Library:. According to the diary of Joseph's private secretary, William Clayton, Smith would even go so far as to initiate a fake excommunication from the Church to make it appear that he did not believe in polygamy:.

J…began to tell me that E. William Clayton's Diary , Oct. Would God command Joseph to secretly take his wife's fellow presidency members in the Nauvoo Relief Society as well as many others as his own plural wives?

Could it be proper or Godly for Joseph to publicly deny such behaviors and privately practice them? Would a true prophet ever secretly take other men's wives because of his position, stating that he was either testing the faith of their husbands, or offering these women a greater chance for exaltation in the eternities because of his position of authority? It is well documented that Joseph married several women before telling Emma. Would it be proper to keep such information from his own wife?

Carmon Hardy, Solemn Covenant: The Mormon Polygamous Passage , p. In addition to the public denials of polygamy by Joseph Smith himself, many public denials were done by his close associates. Joseph's Brother Hyrum had an article published in the Times and Seasons in March of italics in original:. I say unto you that that man teaches false doctrine , for there is no such doctrine taught here; neither is there any such thing practiced here.

And any man that is found teaching privately or publicly any such doctrine, is culpable, and will stand a chance to be brought before the High Council, and lose his license and membership also: Remember that Hyrum who had plural wives at the time of this article was the one who took the copy of the polygamy revelation to Emma Smith to try to convince her to accept the idea of polygamy.

So the Church's own current scriptures say that Joseph Smith was practicing polygamy before July 12, Note that even though Bennett had been out of the picture for more than a year, Smith was still publicly calling polygamy a "false and corrupt doctrine. Smith still denied all of it. Joseph successfully inculcated his brother Hyrum into the litany of lies.

Note also the utter hypocrisy of Hyrum saying that men caught teaching polygamy were subject to lose their church membership. Obviously, seeing as how Hyrum and Joseph both were polygamists, his prevarication convicts both of them.

Pratt, in speaking of the means by which church leaders should sustain Smith, advised that "we must lie to protect brother Joseph, it is our duty to do so. Inasmuch as the public mind has been unjustly abused through the fallacy of Dr.

Bennett's letters, we make an extract on the subject of marriage, showing the rule of the church on this important matter. The extract is from the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, and is the only rule allowed by the church. It is not right to persuade a woman to be baptized contrary to the will of her husband neither is it lawful to influence her to leave her husband.

According to the custom of all civilized nations, marriage is regulated by laws and ceremonies: Marriage should be celebrated with prayer and thanksgiving; and at the solemnization, the persons to be married, standing together, the man on the right, and the woman on the left, shall be addressed, by the person officiating, as he shall be directed by the holy Spirit; and if there be no legal objections, he shall say, calling each by their names: All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptized into this church, should be held sacred and fulfilled.

All children are bound by law to obey their parents; and to influence them to embrace any religious faith, or be baptized, or leave their parents without their consent, is unlawful and unjust. We believe that husbands, parents and masters who exercise control over their wives, children, and servants and prevent them from embracing the truth, will have to answer for that sin.

We have given the above rule of marriage as the only one practiced in this church , to show that Dr. Bennett's "secret wife system" is a matter of his own manufacture; and further to disabuse the public ear, and shew that the said Bennett and his misanthropic friend Origen Bachelor, are perpetrating a foul and infamous slander upon an innocent people, and need but be known to be hated and despise.

In support of this position, we present the following certificates: We the undersigned members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and residents of the city of Nauvoo, persons of families do hereby certify and declare that we know of no other rule or system of marriage than the one published from the Book of Doctrine and Covenants , and we give this certificate to show that Dr.

Bennett's "secret wife system" is a creature of his own make as we know of no such society in this place nor never did. We the undersigned members of the ladies' relief society, and married females do certify and declare that we know of no system of marriage being practiced in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints save the one contained in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants , and we give this certificate to the public to show that J.

Bennett's "secret wife system" is a disclosure of his own make. Cleveland, Counsellor,; Eliza R. Snow, Secretary; Mary C. Marks; Rosannah Marks; Polly Z. Johnson; Angeline Robinson; Abigail Works. Times And Seasons , Saturday, October 1, , Newel even performed the ceremony. Snow signed the documents and she was married to Joseph Smith in June The next month, Joseph and Hyrum were murdered; but their deaths did not stop the lying about polygamy:. Note that at the time, several dozen Mormon men were active polygamists, and the "revelation on celestial marriage" had still not been voted on, or accepted as official practiceso Mormon leaders continued their public lies about secret polygamy.

We are accused here of polygamy,… and actions the most indelicate, obscene, and disgusting, such that none but a corrupt and depraved heart could have contrived. These things are too outrageous to admit of belief;… I shall content myself by reading our views of chastity and marriage, from a work published by us containing some of the articles of our Faith. By , Mormon leaders were sharing their lies about polygamy to an international audience. At the time he published his tract, wherein he quoted verbatim from the "Article on Marriage," Taylor had seven wives.

A few years later, a Mormon publication admitted that Joseph Smith sinned by taking his plural wives before his "revelation": To have done otherwise, would have been a great transgression. Of course, at that time, the documentation of the dates of Joseph's plural marriages was only known by a few top Mormons; it was not until LDS historian Andrew Jenson began delving into Church Archives in the 's that the names and dates began to be established.

Few Mormons realized the scope of Smith's polygamy, or that he took plural wives many years before his alleged "revelation. A man that violated this law in the Doctrine and Covenants, edition, until the acceptance of that revelation by the church, violated the law of the church if he practiced plural marriage.

Yes sir, he would have been cut off from the church, I think I should have been if I had. Before the giving of that revelation in if a man married more wives than one who were living at the same time, he would have been cut off from the church.

It would have been adultery under the laws of the church and under the laws of the state, too. The evidence is over-whelming that Joseph and other church leaders lied about practicing polygamy.

In the one instance where Smith hinted publicly of an approval of polygamy, it caused such an uproar among church members that he quickly issued a clarification stating that his remarks had referred to "former times," meaning Old Testament events. Not surprisingly, publication of the Peace Maker created a brief furor in Nauvoo. For nearly six months, the Church had been recovering from the impact of the devastating John C.

Bennett apostasy and his series of wild allegations about lurid polygamous debaucheries in the Church. Bennett's History of the Saints had come out in late September; yet only a month later—seemingly with the authorization of top Mormon leaders—an account defending polygamy was published. A sometimes reliable contemporary source for Nauvoo gossip, Oliver Olney, expressed what must have been a common opinion when he said, "If the pamphlet was not written by the authorities of the Church, it by them was revised in Jacobs [sic] name.

He denied that he had seen it in advance or that he would have printed it had he known its contents. Significantly, however, Smith defended the author's right to publish such opinions. And more importantly, he did not make any criticisms of the extraordinary claims to authority made by the pamphlet—claims that in effect would have threatened to supercede his own leadership. In the tense political situation in Nauvoo following the Bennett fiasco, Joseph Smith had moved to centralize all power in his own hands.

As part of this effort, he had placed the Church press in control of a totally loyal subordinate, John Taylor. Taylor apparently had replaced Ebenezer Robinson in part because of Robinson's hostility to plural marriage.

Probably, as John D. Lee later alleged, the pamphlet was put forward as a "feeler" to test Church opinion but was denied when public reaction proved too unfavorable. There was a book printed at my office, a short time since, written by Udney H. Jacobs, on marriage, without my knowledge; and had I been apprised of it, I should not have printed it ; not that I am opposed to any man enjoying his privileges; but I do not wish to have my name associated with the authors, in such an unmeaning rigmarole of nonsence, folly, and trash.

Times and Seasons 4: Nauvoo Neighbor , Vol. The incident of which the church-owned "Nauvoo Neighbor" speaks, wherein Hyrum Smith presented the "revelation" to the Nauvoo High Council for its sustaining vote, occurred on August 12, That meeting resulted in several council members resigning in disgust.

Some of those dissidents were among those who published the "Nauvoo Expositor" in June , which exposed Smith's secret polygamy practice. Meaning, those men knew very well that Smith and other church leaders were secretly practicing polygamy, and that Hyrum Smith's response that the "revelation" referred to Old Testament times was a lie.

MormonThink has a topic devoted to the LDS Church's historical lying, many of which concern polygamy: Lying for the Lord. From the many statements above it's obvious that Joseph Smith, his brother Hyrum and several other church leaders, that knew about polygamy, lied about it. Here are some additional related documentation that show that the LDS Church officially condemned the practice of polygamy during the very time Joseph practiced it. Several quotes are very similar or identical because they were repeated in subsequent years and in various church publications.

This is further evidence that the official condemnation of polygamy by the church wasn't just a rare 'error' but was in fact the official church policy at the time.

Also note that many of the quotes are from the Times and Seasons which was a church-owned newspaper that Joseph Smith himself served as an editor. The clerk of every church should keep a record of all marriages solemnized in his branch.

All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptized into this Church should be held sacred and fulfilled. Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife, and one woman but one husband, except in the case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again. All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptized into this church should be held sacred and fulfilled.

Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and polygamy: Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man, should have one wife, and one woman but one husband, except in case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again.

That we will have no fellowship whatever with any Elder belonging to the quorums of the Seventies who is guilty of polygamy or any offense of the kind, and who does not in all things conform to the laws of the church contained in the Bible and in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife. He that looketh upon a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery already in his heart….. It is evident that his character is that of an adulterer of the worst kind…. Some time ago it having been reported to me that some of the most aggravated cases of adultery had been committed upon some previously respectable females in our city…..

More than twenty months ago Bennett went to a lady in the city and began to teach her that promiscuous intercourse between the sexes was lawful and no harm in it, and requested the privilege of gratifying his passions….. Finding this argument ineffectual, he told her that men in higher standing in the church than himself not only sanctioned, but practiced the same deeds; and…said that I both taught and acted in the same manner, but [that I] publicly proclaimed against it in consequence of the prejudice of the people, and for fear of trouble in my own house.

By this means he accomplished his designs. The church afterwards publicly withdrew their fellowship from him [John C. Bennett], and his character was published in the 17th number of this paper; since that time he [John C. Bennett] has published that the conduct of the Saints was bad that Joseph Smith and many others were adulterers, murderers, etc. Among the most conspicuous of these apostates, we would notice a young female who..

Smith and elder B. Young for her victims, and wrote to England that these men had been trying to seduce her, by making her believe that God had given a revelation that men might have two wives…But, for the information of those who might be assailed by those foolish tales about two wives, we would say that no such principle ever existed among the Latter-Day Saints, and ever will ; this is well known to all who are acquainted with our books and actions.

He [Joseph Smith] spoke of the various publications of Bennett and others, and of the prejudices which they had necessarily excited--that the Mormons were charged with sanctioning a community of wives and of goods, with polygamy, and various other enormities, not one word of which is true. Saturday, 25 -- At home, keeping out of the way of expected writs from Carthage. Greene and Almon W. Babbitt, who informed me there were two indictments found against me, one chargine me false swearing on the testimony of Joseph H.

Jackson and Robert D. Foster, and one charging me of polygamy, or something else, on the testimony of William Law, that I told him so! The particulars of which I shall learn hearafter. There was much false swearing before the grand jury. The law of the land and the rules of the church do not allow one man to have more than one wife alive at once. To condemn unheard, any man or set of men or their principles, on the strength of popular rumor, or the testimony of enemies, would be gross injustice.

An impartial investigation should always precede condemnation. The Latter-day Saints are charged by their enemies, with the blackest crimes. Treason, murder, theft, polygamy, and adultery, are among the many crimes laid to their charge. Under these circumstances, it is but right, that they should be heard in their defence.

I shall, therefore, in this communication, briefly examine and refute a few of the charges, for it would need a legion of writers to answer all the lies told about us. Most of the stories against the Mormons have been propagated by apostates and traitors, who have been generally cut off from the church for their crimes. They publish their lies, and straightway they are believed, and hawked about as awful disclosures, and received by community with trembling and holy horror.

It does not require a very sagacious mind to fathom Mr. Rigdon's motive for doing. As to the charge of polygamy, I will quote from the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, which is the subscribed faith of the church and is strictly enforced. Article of Marriage, sec. No wonder then that apostates rage, or that the fulness of truth revealed again should bring a storm of persecution. There were no statements authorizing the practice of polygamy, plural marriage, or "celestial marriage" in the statements of Joseph Smith and or his disciples.

The LDS church practiced polygamy from It only stopped because Prophet Wilford Woodruff had a revelation in which the divine practice of polygamy was not to be stopped, but to be put on hold.

Critics say what a coincidence that Woodruff got a revelation to stop polygamy while the Government was pursuing polygamists. The Edmunds Act was passed in This enabled the Government to prosecute Mormons who participated in Polygamy and also for 'Unlawful Cohabitation'. The Mormons ignored this law, which was easy considering how isolated they were from everyone else.

John Taylor, the third prophet went into hiding when there was a warrant out for his arrest in After a year of hiding, LDS President Taylor, showed the government his defiance of the law by marrying a year-old while he was a whopping 78 years old! The Government was getting restless with the Saints rebellion by passing the Edmunds-Tucker Bill in This bill would intentionally bankrupt the church because of its polygamy practices.

In the Government succeeded in seizing the church's holdings. At this point the fourth president, Woodruff, saw that the Kingdom of God had no choice but to surrender to Washington's demands. The manifesto known as Official Declaration 1 links to the Church's website:.

Following a revelation to Joseph Smith, the practice of plural marriage was instituted among Church members in the early s see section From the s to the s, the United States government passed laws to make this religious practice illegal. These laws were eventually upheld by the U. After receiving revelation, President Wilford Woodruff issued the following Manifesto, which was accepted by the Church as authoritative and binding on October 6, This led to the end of the practice of plural marriage in the Church.

Press dispatches having been sent for political purposes, from Salt Lake City, which have been widely published, to the effect that the Utah Commission, in their recent report to the Secretary of the Interior, allege that plural marriages are still being solemnized and that forty or more such marriages have been contracted in Utah since last June or during the past year, also that in public discourses the leaders of the Church have taught, encouraged and urged the continuance of the practice of polygamy—.

I, therefore, as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, do hereby, in the most solemn manner, declare that these charges are false.

We are not teaching polygamy or plural marriage, nor permitting any person to enter into its practice, and I deny that either forty or any other number of plural marriages have during that period been solemnized in our Temples or in any other place in the Territory. One case has been reported, in which the parties allege that the marriage was performed in the Endowment House, in Salt Lake City, in the Spring of , but I have not been able to learn who performed the ceremony; whatever was done in this matter was without my knowledge.

In consequence of this alleged occurrence the Endowment House was, by my instructions, taken down without delay. Inasmuch as laws have been enacted by Congress forbidding plural marriages, which laws have been pronounced constitutional by the court of last resort, I hereby declare my intention to submit to those laws, and to use my influence with the members of the Church over which I preside to have them do likewise. There is nothing in my teachings to the Church or in those of my associates, during the time specified, which can be reasonably construed to inculcate or encourage polygamy; and when any Elder of the Church has used language which appeared to convey any such teaching, he has been promptly reproved.

And I now publicly declare that my advice to the Latter-day Saints is to refrain from contracting any marriage forbidden by the law of the land. I move that, recognizing Wilford Woodruff as the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the only man on the earth at the present time who holds the keys of the sealing ordinances, we consider him fully authorized by virtue of his position to issue the Manifesto which has been read in our hearing, and which is dated September 24th, , and that as a Church in General Conference assembled, we accept his declaration concerning plural marriages as authoritative and binding.

The manifesto wasn't completely written by Woodruff himself. Woodruff presented the document to his counselors, and George Q. Cannon edited it, making it about words or so shorter. Critics say that the manifesto was written "to beat the devil at his own game. Government that was coming down very hard on the Mormons over polygamy.

Polygamy continued with a lot of secrecy even among the General Authorities in order to preserve plausible deniability. Smith issued the so-called "Second Manifesto" which supposedly did what the first one was supposed to do anyway. Some critics go as far as to ask church members why they think that the top GAs aren't secretly practicing polygamy now? During Joseph's day, they did while denying it publicly, loudly and often.

After the manifesto they did also, so what makes them so sure they aren't doing it now? What's different now that wasn't different when Joseph F. However Brother Quinn was allowed access to the church's private records which he used to accurately document the many post-manifesto polygamous marriages that occurred after As a result, the LDS church excommunicated Quinn in Quinn's essay on post-manifesto polygamy can be found at: Apostle Dallin Oaks acknowledged that he had read Quinn's article on post-Manifesto polygamy, covering the period from into the early 20th century.

Oaks also confessed that the Mormon Church had not, in fact, been honest about its practice of polygamy during that time. He admitted that the case, as laid out by Quinn, was, in fact, true. Oaks admitted that, in his opinion, lies had indeed been told by Mormon Church leaders about the continuing practice of polygamy after it supposedly was ended by the Manifesto of President Taylor responded with a sermon in which he asked, "Are we going to suffer a surrender of this point?

Young [a monogamist] to fill up the vacancy in the presiding quorum of Seventies, if he will conform to my law; for it is not meet that men who will not abide my law shall preside over my Priesthood. In his last public discourse on 1 February , John Taylor reminded his Salt Lake City audience of the federal efforts to suppress polygamy, and rhetorically asked if he should disobey God in order to support the government.

For the next two and a half years, John Taylor demonstrated continued resistance to compromise while he was "on the underground" in various hiding places in Utah. In July , he suggested that due to the federal anti-polygamy raid, the American flags on all Church properties be lowered to half-mast for Independence Day, which outraged the non-Mormons of Salt Lake City and nearly caused a riot in the city.

After eight months in hiding, John Taylor and his first counselor, George Q. Cannon, issued a First Presidency letter at October general conference: They warn and implore us to yield.

His hard-driving, numbers-obsessed mission president assigns him to reform a rebellious junior companion missionary who has unorthodox ways and a shaky testimony. This video was eviscerated by film critics who dismissed it as amateurish, completely unfunny and poorly executed. He is rather quirky, and seems unreserved when he dresses up as Olivia Newton-John and performs for a talent show in his small town. A bit of trivia: They had me speak at a Mormon symposium, and then they showed the film.

They all got a big yuk out of it. Tells the fictionalized story of John D. Fitzgerald's youth, as a half-Catholic, half-Mormon boy growing up in turn-of-the-century Utah, where nearly all his neighbors are Latter-day Saints. Fitzgerald's novels are narrated by a fictional version of his younger self.

The books are told from the perspective of the younger brother John. John remained Catholic throughout his life and was never baptized as a Latter-day Saint. Tom Fitzgerald the movie's title character became a Latter-day Saint, served a mission in China, and lived the rest of his life in Price, Utah.

When giving interviews, Donny and Marie Osmond consistently mention this film first when asked if they have any regrets about their careers.

A significant segment of the novel takes place in Salt Lake City, where there are minor Latter-day Saint characters. In the film, Tanner stops in Salt Lake to refuel, but the novel's Utah characters and extended scenes aren't portrayed.

In the novel, Tanner is an ethnic Mormon, but his parents died when he was a baby and he was not raised in the Church. These background details aren't clear in the film version. Comments from IMDb listing: It is an accurate portrayal of his life from the time he met Joseph Smith Richard Moll, "Bull" from the sitcom "Night Court" , through his leadership during the trek westward, and finishes with his last years of life as the President of the LDS Church.

In these politically-correct times, many may be offended by the film's depiction of polygamy, but the subject is handled in a forthright and tasteful manner. The film also delves into some of the more profound beliefs and doctrine of the church, without resorting to sermonizing or a preachy tone. No apologies are made -- only the portrayal of pioneer life among the Mormons, a "peculiar" people by some people's standards , with a fascinating story that has yet to be told fully on the big screen.

Those movies worked against me, too. There have been some LDS filmmakers who have been making movies for the past 20 years or so -- only a couple have had anything to do with real Mormon themes and real Mormon characters.

And those that have been made were just abysmal. In the third-billed role Conrad Janis plays Gladstone, Widdicombe's assistant. George Segal and Goldie Hawn star as a gambler and a saloon singer. A young Latter-day Saint couple is attacked by a bunch of outlaws. They kill the man and [leave the woman] for dead in the desert. With the last ounce of her strength she gets to the hut of an old hermit who nurses her back to health and teaches her how to shoot.

The woman then frees three female criminals and seeks vengeance on the outlaws. Terence Hill stars as a nomadic gunslinger "Trinity" who joins his reformed-outlaw brother to defend a village of Latter-day Saint farmers from the evil Farley Granger and his outlaw gang.

The Latter-day Saints really are a prominent part of this movie, although the focus is on the non-LDS lead character and his brother. One of the film's major characters is Tobias, the leader of the Latter-day Saints. The Latter-day Saints are portrayed as pacifists, unwilling to fight back against Farley Granger gang or the Mexican outlaws who harrass them.

Eventually Trinity convinces them to defend themselves so that their community will not be destroyed by the outlaws, but they do so through entirely non-lethal means. The depiction of the Latter-day Saints is quite positive. In some ways they seem like Amish or Quakers, but they are specifically referred to as "Mormons" in the film. This film is well worth watching in large part because it is a truly hilarious comedy, sending up countless tropes of the Western genre.

Box office gross was SEK 7,, in Sweden. Pancho Villa's men harrass and kill Americans during the Mexican Revolution early 20th Century for aiding Villa's enemies. Raphael and Vincente leaders of a small Mormon congregation are arrested on charges that they support Villa's opponents and follow the wrong religion. In jail they overhear plans to harm the Mormon community of Dublan. Raphael sends his little brother Pedro to warn the unarmed settlement.

Dublan fasts and prays for a god-given answer to the threat, as Raphael and Vincente are promised death by firing squad unless they renounce their faith. One of the greatest political dramas in the history of cinema. Based on Drury's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which was on the New York Times best-seller list for 70 weeks, this was a much-anticipated, major motion picture.

Anderson's story is ultimately a tragic one, this is one of the most positive portrayals of an LDS character found in in Hollywood movie. Prior to his approval, he must first go through a Senate investigation to determine if he's qualified. Leading the Senate committee is idealistic Senator Brig Anderson, who soon finds himself unprepared for the political dirt that's revealed, including Leffingwell's past affiliations with a Communist organization.

When Leffingwell testifies about his political leanings, he proves his innocence. Later, however, Anderson learns that he lied under oath and even asks the president to withdraw Leffingwell for consideration, especially after the young senator begins receiving blackmail threats about a skeleton in his own closet.

A devout Latter-day Saint girl must cross Indian territory to obtain a needed smallpox serum for her settlement.

Aside from featuring Latter-day Saint outlaw Butch Cassidy, this is also an adaptation of one of the Zane Grey novels which most prominently features Latter-day Saint characters and settings. Famed Latter-day Saint cowgirl is the lead actress in this movie, playing a character based on herself in a fictionalized story. Adaptation of one of Zane Grey's novels which most prominently features Latter-day Saint characters.

It's just after the civil war when the elderly outlaw Bascomb and his gang try to rob a bank. They run into a trap as officers are waiting in ambush. Bascomb and the cold blooded killer Yancy escape and join a Mormon wagon train heading for Utah.

They learn there is gold hidden on the train and eventually Yancy finds it. The plan is to take the gold and flee but a nine year old girl has become attached to Bascomb and Bascomb is beginning to change his mind. Matt Warner, the famous Latter-day Saint outlaw who became a sheriff in Price, Utah is a major character in this Western. The famous Latter-day Saint outlaw who became a sheriff in Price, Utah is a major character in this Western.

Produced by Paramount Pictures. August Naab "Andrew" in the film. Carpenter , a shady rancher who moved in a few months ago, might be his man.

Jim saves Sally from badman Lynx Merson Lew Meehan , who is out to get her father for past transgressions. Later, it is discovered that El Garto, a bandit from below the border, is actually Merson, and is working with Calder. Adaptation of the very first Sherlock Holmes story, in which Holmes' faces off against Latter-day Saints. Sally Blane as Judy Naab J. August Naab "Adam" in the movie. Minna Gombell as Ruth William L. Produced by Fox Film Corporation.

Adaptation of Zane Grey's Western novel. Produced by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. British-made anti-Mormon propaganda film. British-made anti-Mormon propaganda film in which small town English women are captured to be taken to Salt Lake City as wives.

Nora is mesmerized by Isoldi Keene, who is intent on making her his wife, and using her to lure other single women to Salt Lake. But Nora is saved by her wheelchair-bound father and her sailor boyfriend. Re-issued as "The Mormon Peril. Adapted from the Peter B. Kyne story, "Three Godfathers. Also released as "Let's Go. A young woman fights to keep her Wyoming sheep ranch from being overrun and destroyed by cattle ranchers.

Produced by Louis B. Mayer and Anita Stewart. Holmes as Jerry Carol. A handsome Latter-day Saint man played by Utah native Frank Borzage, who later became first person ever to receive the Academy Award for best Director saves a beautiful Latter-day Saint woman Mae Murray from being pressed into joining the "harem" of a villainous older man.

Short, silent anti-Mormon film starring J. Warren Kerrigan and Pauline Bush. Produced by American Film Manufacturing Company. Released 25 January The plot focuses on polygamy and kidnapping women, based on false ideas perpetuated by pulp fiction and anti-Mormon propaganda circulated at the time.

The film envisions Mormons in the early days of the West routinely ambushing non-Mormon wagon trains in order kidnap women. The women would then be taken into Mormon territory where they would become polygamous wives.

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