Retired professor creates new pictorial introduction to the LDS Church

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  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Jan. 8, 2014 5:41 p.m.

    There are some people I guess who find a need to be negative about everything that comes across their paths. It must be terrible to be so miserable.

    If someone's ancestors, like Joseph Smith, were polygamists, that person ought to take pride in his or her heritage, rather than be ashamed of it. Those early Saints fought for religious freedom against an oppressive, tyrannical, and hypocritical government that betrayed them and violated their rights at every opportunity. But instead, like the people who partook of the tree of life, some choose to be ashamed of them instead. How sad.

    The true doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can be found in the five standard works, including the Bible itself, and in all of the words of living prophets over the last two centuries. Anyone who looks elsewhere for them will find nothing but deception.

    Some people I guess just thrive on hate, and need to find things to feed it at any opportunity. It shows that Christ is not the focus of their lives. Instead, it is someone else entirely.

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    Dec. 25, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    This book is just another in a long procession of slick propaganda efforts at whitewashing and sanitizing the LDS church's real doctrines and history.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    A pictorial introduction is by definition not a comprehensive history. It is an introduction. When we introduce ourselves (meaning us personally, not the LDS church) to new people we do not feel a responsibility to include our oddities and past failings out of a obligation to be honest. Let's relax a little and enjoy a good pictorial introduction to the LDS church.

  • Capella Bakersfield, CA
    Dec. 21, 2013 12:30 a.m.

    I will check it out first and if it is a thorough exposé, I will happily purchase it. If it is yet another whitewashed, sanitized (sans MMM and the controversies), it will be relegated to the vast quantity of selective rewrites that adorn our paternities' shelves already.

    Hope springs eternal, but not realistically. Will we ever see a polygamous Joseph or an angry Brigham at the cairn in Mountain Meadows, or any of my great-grandpas in their striped prison uniforms doing "time" rather than abandoning their plural wives and children?....

  • laVerl 09 St Johns, AZ
    Dec. 20, 2013 8:26 p.m.

    At first I winced at the price and yet was still going to buy it, but when you said all proceeds were going to charity, I was happy to pay the price. Thx for advertising it.

  • Lillith70 SLC, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 7:26 p.m.

    "I'll bet it will be completely thorough and objective."

    This is rather a funny comment. Objective religious book? What would need to be included, the national narrataive of the rest of the USA at every point in the story? A equal time commnet section by Sandra Turner.

    That ought to make a really great book for selling. Could be that thinking folks can get their own fair and balanced arguments if they don't like the picture titles. Pictures may be neutral or objective or should dark clouds and gloom be added to the pictures of a happy people?

    Ah, youth?

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    Dec. 20, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    This will hopefully be a compliment to the pictorial book 'The Mission'. published in 1995. This edition featured beautiful and professional photographs concerning the life and beliefs of members of the church - with an introduction by President Gordon B. Hinckley 'Why I am a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints', and a epilogue by Roger Rosenblatt, 'Images of Faith'.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    I'll bet it will be completely thorough and objective.