Posts Tagged ‘ RLDS ’

Comparing Music/Singing in the LDS & RLDS: Part 2

May 11, 2014
Comparing Music/Singing in the LDS & RLDS: Part 2

Markag continues his series on differences and similarities of LDS and RLDS worship services. The worship service of the LDS and RLDS both utilize congregation hymn singing and special music; by which I mean any musical pieces outside the official hymnbook and/or prepared by members in advance. The RLDS in recent years refer to them […]

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Comparing the Sacrament/Communion between the LDS & RLDS

March 28, 2014
Comparing the Sacrament/Communion between the LDS & RLDS

This the first post from commenter Markag.  Growing up RLDS, he converted to the LDS Church in 1999, a few years prior to the RLDS name change to the Community of Christ.  He gives some insights into differences between LDS and RLDS/CoC worship practices. There are a few similarities and differences of the service conducted […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, Mormon | 23 Comments »

Sin is Not Separation

March 30, 2013
Sin is Not Separation

The Ten Commandments was one of the first Biblical epics to command a mass audience, and so my parents took me into downtown Detroit as a boy to be sure I saw it in its full widescreen glory in one of the few theaters capable of so screening it. The movie was well worth the […]

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Posted in Agency, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Jesus, Morality, Mormon Belief, War in Heaven | 14 Comments »

Routine Prophecy

April 30, 2012
Routine Prophecy

In the lifetime of Joseph Smith, there were more than 100 revelations recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants.  In the past 120 years, we’ve had only the vision of Joseph F. Smith (section 138), and 2 Official Declarations added–the Manifesto, and the elimination of the ban on black members to receive the priesthood.  There are […]

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Escaping from Lost Tribes

April 28, 2012
Escaping from Lost Tribes

Community of Christ is attempting to form a tradition — now that its World Conferences are held every three years instead of at six month intervals as is customary in LDS practice — of having its Prophet address the church in non-Conference years in something of a “state of the church” address. Community of Christ […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, Mission, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 7 Comments »

Bill Russell: Nephi is Dangerous

April 23, 2012
Bill Russell: Nephi is Dangerous

The following comments were recorded at the 1993 Sunstone Symposium.  Bill Russell spoke on the recurring theme as Sunstone called “The Pillars of my Faith”. He is a past president of the Mormon History Association.  I don’t know who introduced him, but this is what the person said when he introduced Bill Russell. Introduction, “William […]

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Manuscript Found – Part 2

December 12, 2011
Manuscript Found – Part 2

Solomon Spaulding died in 1816, never knowing that some 14 years after his death, he would be linked to the Book of Mormon.  A copy of Spaulding’s manuscript can be downloaded from Oberlin College.  I posted a summary of  chapters 1-5 last week, and gave a very brief introduction to the Spaulding Theory.  Here is a […]

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Interview on Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — Part 1

December 10, 2011
Interview on Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — Part 1

As I was researching a post last summer on some of the organizations that have sprung up in the stead of the RLDS movement as fundamentalist alternatives to the Community of Christ, I discovered that a childhood friend had become one of the leading officials of one such organization, the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of […]

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Posted in History, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 21 Comments »

Looking at the Spaulding Manuscript – Part 1

December 5, 2011
Looking at the Spaulding Manuscript – Part 1

Soon after the publication of the Book of Mormon, critics believed that Joseph must have plagiarized it from another source.  One of the most prominent theories since the 1830’s is the Spaulding (or Spalding) Theory.  Briefly, the theory states that Joseph Smith plagiarized (or at least used as a source) an unpublished book written by […]

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Why They Stay

October 17, 2011
Why They Stay

Sunstone has had a recurring theme over the past 25 years or so titled Why I Stay.  Robert Rees collected essays from 20 people that have answered this question over the years.  As I thought of the question, I think my answer would mirror Claudia Bushman.  From page 31, I don’t want to explore why I […]

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Letter from the Past: RLDS Fundamentalism

August 20, 2011
Letter from the Past: RLDS Fundamentalism

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” That’s a somewhat simplistic, but nevertheless effective way to teach the law of conservation of momentum, and I think there’s actually some metaphorical version of that law which applies to churches. When someone leaves a church, his/her absence allows/pushes the church that remains to go […]

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Endowment from the Viewpoint of a Dummy

March 5, 2011
Endowment from the Viewpoint of a Dummy

One hundred and fifty years after the dedication of the Kirtland Temple, the Community of Christ (then the RLDS) celebrated that event with a set of worship services in the main court of the Temple. My wife was asked to be the accompanist for the services, and so we made plans to drive from Maryland […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

Mummies in the Temple

January 31, 2011
Mummies in the Temple

Did you know that the early saints charged admission to the general public to see Egpytian Mummies inside the Kirtland Temple?  John Larsen of Mormon Expression conducted a fascinating interview with John Hamer and Barbara Walden on the history of the Kirtland Temple.  I was so enamored with the interview, that I decided to transcribe the […]

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Posted in Mormon Culture | 18 Comments »

What’s Up with Non-Biblical Angels?

January 3, 2011
What’s Up with Non-Biblical Angels?

A few months ago, I attended several family reunions.  At the time, I was reading John Hamer’s book, Scattering of the Saints.  I was absolutely fascinated with all the accounts of Mormon schismatic groups.  I was especially interested in Strangism and the Church of Christ with the Elijah Message.  As I told the story of their […]

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