Faith Promoting Rumors - Exploring Latter-day Saint Myths and Culture

Faith Promoting Rumors - Exploring Latter-day Saint Myths and Culture

Lifelong member John Stanley dives deep to decipher the differences between LDS doctrine, practices and culture and, where necessary, debunks some myths and misconceptions.

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    The Mystery of Brigham Young's Haunted Hearse

    Ever heard the one about the hearse at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion-- that it used to be Brigham Young's? Let's dive unnecessarily deep to find the truth about this old dead-wagon.

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    But Where are Your Horns?

    Bill and John tackle another persistent myth: Do people really think that Mormons have horns? Where did this idea even come from, what does it imply, and what can we do to stop this rumor?

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    John takes on a myth that cropped up sixteen years ago, one that surrounds that tragic events in New York City on September 11, 2001.

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    Green Jello

    Are you hungry? John sure is. He endeavors to create the most clichéd Mormon meal he can make. Join him and his family to learn about and enjoy traditional latter-day dishes.

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    Moon Men

    John and Bill have been thinking about eclipses lately. What did the early prophets think about the moon and the sun? Did Joseph and Brigham believe in men on the moon?

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    Is This the Place?

    John and Bill take a field trip to the mouth of Emigration Canyon, to the very spot where Brigham Young first laid eyes on the Great Salt Lake Valley and proclaimed, “This is the Place!” … or did he?

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    A handful of various Mormon myths about round jewelry. Was WWJD just a rip-off of CTR? What is the Church’s actual stance on earrings? What is a prairie diamond, and what eternal principle should we learn from Joseph Smith’s personal jewelry?

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    Gull Darn It!

    Were the early Saints' crops really spared from a ravenous swarm of crickets by an even more ravenous flock of birds? Bill and John investigate this and other avian miracles.

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    Founding Fathers

    Is there a connection between Latter-day Saint doctrine and the Declaration of Independence? John and Bill seek the truth surrounding the Mormon view of the framers of the United States government.

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    Carthage Revisited

    Amateur historians Bill and John take another look at that fateful summer day in 1844, this time focusing on the events after Joseph Smith was assassinated. They dig up a couple of lesser known but historically decisive rumors about the mob that did the deed.

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    Missionaries Can't Swim

    Missionary rules don't allow our elders or sisters to go swimming. Could the reason be because some dark power rules over the water? John and Bill wade through the evidence to find out.

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    Translating the Book of Mormon: An Introduction

    John and Bill begin their ongoing investigation of the methods Joseph Smith used to bring forth the Book of Mormon from the text of the golden plates. They'll discuss the Urim and Thummim, seer stones, and other divining practices.

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    Right Hand

    Bill and his son John meet again to discuss another LDS custom– using the right hand. Is it wrong to take the sacrament with the left? What about in blessings or sustaining church leaders?

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    Eat Meat Sparingly

    Bill and John return to continue their conversation about the intricacies of the Word of Wisdom. They discuss the Church's stance on tobacco, meat consumption, illicit drugs, and the Lord's promised blessings for obedience to this law.

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    Strong Drinks

    John and Bill tackle another tenant of the Word of Wisdom. Alcohol. How have prophets ancient and modern treated liquor, and how should we Latter-day Saints interpret God's word on the subject?

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    Bill and John talk about beards! Should Latter-day Saint leaders sport facial hair? When and why did prophets make the clean-shaven look the Mormon standard?

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    Are We Mormons or Not?

    John and Bill browse the history of the Church and study the age-old debate: Should we Latter-day Saints call ourselves Mormons?

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    Carthage Jail

    John and Bill are joined by their friend Chad Odom to tackle three misconceptions about the last few moments of Joseph Smith’s life. What actually happened that fateful day in Carthage Illinois?

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    Brother Joseph

    John recruits his brother Joey to talk about our Latter-day Saint forms of address. When and why do we use certain titles in certain situations?

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    "The Church is True"

    A recording of one of Bill's recent talks where he admonishes his ward to recognize the difference between the Gospel of Jesus Christ and policies of the Church.

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    General Conference Fun Facts

    John and Bill prepare to hear the words of the prophets by uncovering some amusing tidbits about the Church's semiannual convention.

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    Popcorn Popping

    John lightens the mood by ruining everything you thought you knew about Primary songs. A pop quiz on some common Mormon mondegreens (or misheard song lyrics).

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    Hill Cumorah

    Bill and John prattle about one of Church history’s earliest landmarks from which the gold plates were retrieved, and delve into the dispute over whether it’s also the site of ancient American battles.

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    Bill and his son John question why we Mormons do not wear crosses. They ask scholar Michael G. Reed to guide them through the history of the crucifix and its significance to Latter-day Saints.

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    Mormons and the US Presidency

    John and Bill celebrate Presidents’ Day by looking back at the Church’s sometimes uneasy relationship with the White House, and confabulate the prospect of a Mormon Commander in Chief.

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    Loose Canon—part 2

    John and Bill continue their investigation through the corpus of LDS writings to determine what's canon and what's not.

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    Loose Canon—part 1

    John and Bill crack open their scriptures to ascertain what parts are sanctioned canon and what parts are... not.

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    Bulletproof Underwear

    Two grown men look each other in the eye and chat about their skivvies, then debate their protective properties.

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    Hot Drinks

    John and Bill observe the history of the Word of Wisdom, and find out what the Church actually has to say about caffeinated beverages.

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    Is Cain the Sasquatch?

    Father and son duo Bill and John search the Bible for Bigfoot, and see if the modern-day tale of Cain can be trusted.

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