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Pre-1990 Temple Endowment

Pre-1990 Temple Endowment

This is a transcript of the Mormon Temple Endowment ceremony from 1984. This ceremony was changed in 1990 and certain elements such as penalties, a sectarian preacher, the lecture at the veil and the five points of fellowship were removed at that time. The recording...
Why Mormons Are So Friendly

Why Mormons Are So Friendly

While there are many online disagreements about what Mormons may believe, or about the true nature of Joseph Smith, one thing that even many critics of the church will not deny is that Mormons are friendly. Even the famous South Park episode “About the...
“We are not a cult!”

“We are not a cult!”

Internet discussion about religion frequently descend into the gutter level of tossing the derogatory term “Cult” around. I have previously discussed why I consider this term unhelpful as a label for an entire religion and prefer to identify specific...
The Legrand Richards Interview

The Legrand Richards Interview

In the June 9, 1978 issue of the Deseret News, the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a letter declaring that a revelation had been received by Prophet Spencer W Kimball lifting the ban on black men receiving the Priesthood....

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