The Mystery and Controversy Surrounding Mormonism
Dog Ear Publishing, 2007 - 176 pages
The Mormon Church is the fourth largest church in the US. Though organized in 1830, and with a current worldwide membership of over thirteen million and annual growth rate of about three hundred thousand, it is without a doubt the least well-understood major church. Surveys show the public has good feelings and respect for members, but ignorance and even animosity toward the Church's beliefs and history. This timely book addresses ignorance, misunderstanding, and misinformation, providing a clear, factual, and comprehensive picture. It deals candidly with the issues and questions people are asking, with solid, documented reasons and facts. The hope is to increase tolerance, respect and good feelings. We may not see things the same way, but we can at least try to understand and respect each other. The book is in two parts, with different levels of detail, for different levels of interests, and easy reading. Walt Scott, a fifth generation Mormon, has twelve ancestors who crossed the planes. One joined the new church in 1837, seven years after it was organized. This book benefits from that legacy and the author's lifelong experiences in leadership and teaching. He has degrees in electrical engineering and management from George Washington University and MIT (Sloan Fellow). Walt, a "pioneer" himself, was part of a small team that built several of the U.S.'s first satellites, forerunners of today's GPS systems. He joined NASA at its inception, becoming a division director at age 34 (protocol rank of one star general). He was co-founder of a company that pioneered methods for early identification of leadership talent. When PC's were first introduced, he became a self-trained consultant. Later, he and his son designed and managed the construction of modular homes, a technology that was quite new when they began. Walt has served four times as a Bishop's Counselor, twice on Stake High Councils, and in numerous teaching assignments. He and his wife, June Langston Scott, have been married for fifty-three years and have six children, nineteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. From that group and their spouses, there have been twelve who have served fulltime missions for the Church, with another preparing to leave shortly, and more anticipating that experience. They have served in New York, Texas, England, France, Russia, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil and Taiwan.
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Page 81 - Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a wine-press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country...
Page 50 - Then gathered the Chief Priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we ? for this man doeth many miracles. * If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him ; and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
Page 18 - Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord ; and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Page 35 - And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me ? And he said, Who art thou.
Page 35 - And he, trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Page 146 - Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar ? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect...
Page 21 - Then Peter said unto them ; Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins ; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Page 97 - And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto - them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation and kindred and tongue and people ; saying with a loud voice ; Fear God, and give glory to him, for the hour of his judgment is come; and worship him that made heaven and earth and the sea and the fountains of waters.
Page 78 - after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves : and he was transfigured before them.
Page 29 - And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And on my servants and on my handmaidens, I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.