I’m in India for a couple weeks for business. On Sunday, I had two great religious experiences. The first, attending the small LDS branch near where I stay. There were about 20 in attendance. It was just very nice singing hymns together and hearing their talks and lessons and perspective.  The second was visiting a […]

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Recently, my grandmother passed away. She was 90 and in pain and had lived a full life. So it was a good thing. I flew out to Oregon to attend the funeral. As I was making plans for my trip, my mom said that Bill Lambert had room for me to stay. Bill Lambert is a retired […]

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This is lesson plan for Gospel Doctrine Doctrine & Covenants and Church History, Lesson 37, We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet.   D&C 1:30 30 And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out […]

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  Elder Oaks gave a talk titled The Plan and the Proclamation in last weekend’s General Conference. He testified of the truthfulness of the teachings in the document and gave history of how it was created, implying it was a revelatory process. He also used the opportunity to “weaponize” the Proclamation to denounce gay marriage. This caused pain […]

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    Earlier this year, Bryce Cook published the article “What Do We Know of God’s Will For His LGBT Children? An Examination of the LDS Church’s Position on Homosexuality”, which discusses the logic and history on Mormon LGBT views and raises the question whether a revelation accepting gay marriage could ever be possible. The […]

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  Why did you choose the domain churchistrue? It’s a fair question. I sometimes regret taking the domain churchistrue and going by that userid. My site and my “ministry” had been in the works for several years previously, so I didn’t take it lightly, but I have been a bit surprised how it’s been perceived. […]

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Here are my charts for the LDS Membership Statistics Report, updated with the numbers reported April 1, 2017.   Total members of 15,882,417, raw growth of 1.56% on prior year.     Total Units (Wards and Branches) was 30,304, an increase of 0.96% from the previous year.  This is a good indicator of growth in active […]

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  Earlier this month, Bill Reel did an interview with Samuel Brown, Mormon Scholar, where Sam gave some fascinating insight into the cross pressure many of us feel between religion like Mormonism and intellectualism or the secular.  The interview was for the purpose of introducing the day long seminar on Book of Mormon translation held […]

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  One of the most obvious observations is that there is a lot of King James Bible language in the Book of Mormon.  Most obvious are the large portions of Isaiah, Malachi, and Matthew.  There are also well known references to New Testament passages concerning the gifts of the spirit and faith, hope, and charity or […]

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Richard Bushman did an interesting interview with Gina Colvin on the Thoughtful Faith podcast on the topic of Book of Mormon translation, as he’s getting ready to present on the subject at the Faith Matters conference on Book of Mormon translation Thursday March 16 at Utah State University.   Anytime you get to listen to Richard […]

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