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The Profile of a Prophet

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Hugh B Brown, The Profile of a Prophet, BYU Speeches


Hugh B Brown
Brigham Young University Devotional
Oct. 4, 1955

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Seven Reasons Why the Mormon Faith Is Not a Cult

By James T. Summerhays
In the common lexicon of the past few decades, the word “cult” has conjured up images of fiery leaders and fanatical adherents indulging in all manner of religious excesses that often end in death. When we hear of cults, we think of Texas compounds burning, mass murders within Charles Manson’s “family,” and suicides in Marshall Applewhite’s Heaven’s Gate. Cults are generally thought of as bizarre, isolationist, anti-government, fundamentalist, controlling, and on the extreme fringes of society.

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A Remarkable Journey to Mormonism

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Annmarie Worthington At Home Blog


I was a confident, conservative, reformed evangelical. Reformed protestants have a Calvinist bent in theology. I was married, with three incredible children, and very active in the church of my faith. I taught Bible studies, was a mentor in our women’s mentoring program, sang in the choir, was a soloist, a member of a six person ensemble, and a violinist in the church’s orchestra. I was also a full time homeschooling mom. My oldest child, Dillon, wanted to be a concert pianist. He was only eight when he made that decision, but was extrememly gifted. He was currently taking piano lessons from a professor at a university in the next city. I began to pray about what to do for my precious son. We lived in Arkansas, which is not a mecca of classical music opportunities, and I needed direction.

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Have You Been Saved?

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Dallin H. Oaks, “Have You Been Saved?,” Ensign, May 1998, 55

As Latter-day Saints use the words saved and salvation, there are at least six different meanings.

Dallin H. Oaks

What do we say when someone asks us, “Have you been saved?” This question, so common in the conversation of some Christians, can be puzzling to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is not our usual way of speaking. We tend to speak of “saved” or “salvation” as a future event rather than something that has already been realized.

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My Maturing Views of Grace

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E. Richard Packham, “My Maturing Views of Grace” Ensign, Aug. 2005, 22-25

What is the relationship between grace and works? The answer to this question has taken me a lifetime to appreciate.
The Christian doctrine of redemptive grace has been an enigma to me. And for more than 50 years my view of it has evolved. I wonder if my story is somewhat similar to what you have experienced.

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