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Ralph GalliniJune 11, 2016

The best personal innoculation for me came from reading an article by David Bitton entitled "I Don't Have a Testimony of the History of the Church". Brother Bitton is a historian and wrote this article that was published by FAIR in 2007. I, like Bro. Bitton, do not have a testimony of Church history. I do have a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ. Not the so-called Mormon Church. Church history is no different than any other history. It was written by men and women from their perspectives, agendas, and etc. Those of us who are converts to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and do not have to suffer with being from pioneer stock became members after much prayer and for many, much sacrifice. I just hope the members of the church don't continue to be brainwashed by the new liberal elite who are so loud and demanding that the church do things their way or it is false. As my wife so aptly states: Get over yourself!

4-Doors-for-My-TubaJune 7, 2016

A Happy Hubby, May 3, 2016 writes... I wonder if "inoculation" is a bad analogy. We inoculate to keep from getting some bad disease. Is our church history a "bad disease?" I don't see the inoculation as being to protect from Mormon history, but rather, inoculation for spiritual protection from sources with an evil intent. Even supercharging our spiritual immune systems with an enlightenment about how things really are.

Laura HalesMay 7, 2016

A Happy Hubby, Others have voiced that concern. The analogy is not perfect, but I haven't heard of a better term to describe the process. I am open to suggestions. While everything in Mormon history is not bad; it isn't all good either. And when the information comes through non-traditional channels, it tends to be faith-challenging rather than faith-promoting (see Elder Ballard's talk referenced in article). Laura Harris Hales

A Happy HubbyMay 3, 2016

I wonder if "inoculation" is a bad analogy. We inoculate to keep from getting some bad disease. Is our church history a "bad disease?"

Laura HalesMay 3, 2016

Hi Gary, The Elder Ballard quote is hyperlinked. Is there another quote you were referring to? Let me know. [email protected] Laura

Gary BealMay 2, 2016

Vardell: I liked your quote, but with no attribution, I can't use it. Can you please tell the source of your quote? thanks.....Gary Beal

VardellMay 2, 2016

I have had family members leave the church and learned personally the value of early, in-depth education. Years ago I was blessed to discover FAIR, a source where I could turn to get information and also exchange thoughts. I am so excited about the new attitude of full disclosure by the church. It will save testimonies. Here is a favorite quote of mine; "Do not think that we say that these things are only to be received by faith, but also that they are to be asserted by reason. For indeed it is not safe to commit these things to bare faith without reason, since assuredly truth cannot be without reason. And therefore he who has received these things fortified by reason, shall never lose them; whereas he who receives them without proofs, by an assent to a simple statement of them, can neither keep them safely, nor is certain if they are true; because he who easily believes, also easily yields. But he who has sought reason for those things which he has believed and received, as though bound by chains of reason itself, can never be torn away or separated from those things which he hath believed. And therefore, according as any one is more anxious in demanding a reason, by so much will he be the firmer in preserving his faith."

Trish M.May 2, 2016

I agree we have a problem with the "images" we create in our minds about how something should be. I learned years ago that the First Vision occurred in early spring, probably late March, and our family had the opportunity to go to Palmyra at that time. No leafy treetops, no singing birds--the movies are all made in the summer, so the scenery is completely different than what it truly is. Bleak woods, not even crocuses coming up yet. I thought it was more fitting, however. The bright light would have been even more welcome. Additionally, when I taught Primary a few years ago, I had a couple of students who knew a set of Bible DVDs perfectly, and thought the animated stories WERE the real stories. I was surprised by the artistic embellishments (apparently John the Beloved is fat?) and the children's insistence that they knew all the facts. Kind of like those who love "The Ten Commandments," then read the real account of Moses and wonder where Nefertiri is in Genesis. We need to be open to the truth, not the stylized, conceptualized fiction of it.

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