A series of 3 videos has been produced discussing issues that have led many to abandon Mormonism, namely polygamy and the translation of the Book of Abraham. An alternative view of these aspects of early church history and the Restoration of the Gospel have been provided in the hope that they will help restore lost belief and faith among some, and also to push back against the error, misinformation, and untruths that have been so often repeated about Joseph Smith's labors to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These videos are located on the Testimonies page as well as on other pages throughout the website.
A new video called Power in the Priesthood has been added to the Testimonies, Living the Gospel, and FAQ pages. This video discusses "power in the priesthood" as an extension or byproduct of an individual's connection, relationship, or fellowship with Heaven, or with the Powers of Heaven, as described in the scriptures. As individuals may belong to a brotherhood on Earth, they may similarly belong to or have fellowship with a priesthood, which is not based on Earth, but in Heaven. Priesthood was never meant to be a means to control or govern others, or to serve as a symbol of status or rank. Rather, priesthood is meant to bless, serve, and execute God's will on Earth. Differences between priesthood authority and priesthood power are also discussed.
A new video entitled Church History discusses how we can view LDS church history and its problems in a faith-promoting way as well as an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past so as to not repeat them. There is no need to reject everything that a person believes in (or once believed in) because of troubles with or doubts about LDS church history, nor is there a need to sweep questions or doubts under the rug out of allegiance to church leaders, culture, or traditions. Do not throw out truth because of the faults, shortcomings, or weaknesses of others. Find out the truth for yourself. God is real. He will answer you. There are answers. This video is posted on the Testimonies and the Work of the Lord Has Begun Anew pages.
A new video entitled Eternal Progression discusses the nature of the Godhead, the relationship between the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and the concept of Eternal Progression. This video has been posted to the Testimonies and Beliefs pages.
A short video entitled The Purpose of Temples discusses the importance of the concepts, teachings, and truths portrayed in the temple endowment ceremony (as administered by the LDS church) in terms of our journey back into God's presence while in this life. What is portrayed in the endowment ceremony can become a reality in each person's life as they navigate the same challenges and opportunities as faced by our first parents, Adam and Eve. The endowment ceremony teaches that the pursuit or result of our faith is to come into the presence of the Lord while mortal and receive the promise of Eternal Life from Him personally, rather than being a mere promise that these things will come true only in the afterlife. This video has been posted to the Testimonies page as well as in the FAQ.
Please note: This video does not discuss specifics about the sacred symbols and teachings of the LDS endowment ceremony.
A short video has been produced discussing covenants and the prophecy of Malachi concerning turning the hearts of the children to the fathers. The video has been posted to the Testimonies and Covenant People pages. God will make covenants with individuals, as He did with Abraham, and with groups of people, as He did with the children of Israel in Moses’ day. Regardless of who it is that God is dealing with, every covenant offered to mankind will originate with God. Covenants will always come as an offer from God, based on His desires for His children and His perfect love, wisdom and power.
A new short video discussing the effects of the Holy Ghost has been released. Christ promised those who would adhere to His Doctrine, and faithfully receive baptism, that they would receive, at some time, a purifying witness of Jesus Christ from the Father through the power of the Holy Ghost. In scripture we also learn, “And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” (Moroni 10:5) Indeed, the effect of the Holy Ghost on any person is to impart intelligence, a sure knowledge of the truth. This video is also posted on the Doctrine of Christ and the Testimonies pages.
A short video entitled Rebaptism has been posted to the Doctrine of Christ, Testimonies, and Living the Gospel pages. We humbly and sincerely invite all to come unto Christ, believe in Him, repent of their sins, and be baptized or rebaptized in order to make an outward sign of an inward commitment to follow Jesus Christ as His disciple throughout their lives.