Category Archives: Church History

Scripture comes in its cultural packaging

Scripture comes in its cultural packaging In 1 Corinthians, chapter 1, Paul expresses his frustration with the division amongst the Saints. He says: Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank … Continue reading

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What on earth did you say to him?

The following in as excerpt of an account of Joseph Banks’ escape from the hands of the Germans during World War II, taken from his book entitled A Distant Prayer.  Starving, cold, and frightened, Joseph and three friends attempt to … Continue reading

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D&C 110 – Moses and the keys of gathering of Israel

Keys for the Gathering of Israel Restored The gathering of Israel commenced in the following manner. In May of 1829, Peter, James and John restored the Melchizedek Priesthood to Joseph Smith including the keys of the kingdom. Joseph Smith restored … Continue reading

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Martin Harris’ Dying Testimony

Soon after his arrival in Utah Martin Harris located in Smithfield, and later in Clarkston, Cache county, where he died July 10, 1875, nearly ninety-three years old. A few hours before his death, when prostrated with great weakness. Bishop Simon … Continue reading

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Martin Harris’ Testimony of The Book of Mormon as given to William Pilkington

TESTIMONY OF MARTIN HARRIS RECORDED BY WILLIAM PILKINGTON Source: William Pilkington to Vern C. Poulter, 28 February 1930, BYU-A. Smithfield, February 28, 1930 My Dear Brother Poulter: I received your kind and welcome letter all right, and was more than … Continue reading

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David Whitmer’s Dying Testimony

David Whitmer died at his home in Richmond, on the 25th of January, 1888, in the eighty-fourth year of his life. His final testimony was given under the following circumstances: On the evening of Sunday, January 22, at half past … Continue reading

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Oliver Cowdery’s Dying Testimony

Oliver Cowdery’s last testimony Elder Phineas H. Young, who was present at his [Oliver Cowdery’s] death [at Richmond, Missouri, March 3, 1850] says, “His last moments were spent in bearing testimony of the truth of the Gospel revealed through Joseph … Continue reading

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