He is a former lawyer and farmer. Jensen was asked if church leaders were aware that members were discovering problems with LDS Church … Questioning was essentially open. Monday, February 25, 2008. It got an enormous amount of internet traffic and spurred several post/discussions among my Mormon friends. Did the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints know that members are “leaving in droves?” a woman asked. Elder Marlin K. Jensen was named a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 1, 1989. Just a few years ago, Elder Marlin Jensen called this the greatest period of apostasy since Kirtland. Page 9 – #2 – Why is “Red Sea” Mentioned? Jensen was made an emeritus general authority in the October 2012 general conference. Many respondents made the case that it wasn't necessarily the historical issue per se that led to their disbelief, but rather a sense of betrayal at what was often viewed as a dishonest approach to the church's history.". Respondents indicated that the church should not encourage spouses to divorce disbelievers, but should instead encourage believing spouses to stay married to their partner. Hostile authors love to quote Elder Jensen about the alleged widespread apostasy in the Church today without mentioning his follow-up comments. Page 24 – #10 – The First Book of Napoleon, Page 24 – #10 – BofM and First Book of Napoleon Excerpt Comparison, Page 24 – #10 – First Book of Napoleon, Comparison of Texts. Also on January 31, Latter-day Saint columnist Joanna Brookes opined. SALT LAKE CITY—Elder Marlin K. Jensen, Church Historian and Recorder, will be the featured speaker at the next “Evenings at the Museum” event on June 21, 2012 at the Church History Museum. An interview with Elder Jensen and others was published in an article by the Salt Lake Tribune on January 30. Page 9 – #1 (cont) Does the Language Reflect 1769 KJV? He served as Executive Director of the Church History Department and was sustained as Church Historian/Recorder in the April 2005 general conference. Jensen noted that controversial issues "haven't been emphasized often because they were not necessarily germane to what is taught at present" indicating efforts are underway to include such items in seminary and institute manuals. A chronicle of Issues, Studies, News and other items of interest regarding Mormonism (2006-2013), A number of articles have come out in the past few days regarding a large number of people leaving the LDS church. Elder Marlin K. Jensen Confirms Mormon Attrition Rate At Its Highest Percentage Since The 1837 Failure Of The Kirtland Bank A recent Pew survey entitled "Mormons In America" triggered some skepticism on the more prominent LDS blogs. Jensen has been replaced as the church's historian. This may challenge conventional wisdom that some who lose their faith do so because of single-issue hang-ups. There was a great deal of pain expressed by a number of people about their experiences around Prop 8 and the larger context of church policy regarding gay people. that the Church is suffering from mass apostasy because it tried to cover up its past), it is unfortunate that the author of The CES Letter chose to ignore these clarifying remarks by Elder Jensen. An evening with Elder Marlin K. Jensen. There has been a bit of buzz (mostly amongst ex- and anti-Mormons) recently over some remarks of Elder Marlin K. Jensen, an emeritus member of the 1st Quorum of the Seventy and former Church Historian and Recorder, who is alleged to have said that, thanks to Google, the omniscient fount of all knowledge, members of the Church are leaving “in droves”. Page 76 – #4 – Book of Mormon copyright revelation. He served in the Presidency of the Seventy and as the executive director of the Curriculum, Historical, Priesthood, and Family and Church History Departments. Date: April 21, 2017 Author: Guest Poster 28 Comments. Elder Marlin K. Jensen speaks during a CES Devotional on May 6, 2012, in Sacramento, Calif. Credit: Photo by Annalisa Heylen “My family and I came to love that grove of trees and to feel of its sacredness,” he said. that the Church is suffering from mass apostasy because it tried to cover up its past), it is unfortunate that the author of. 7 – Kinderhook Plates & Translator Claims, Page 72 – #2 – Kinderhook Plates and the Book of Abraham. Page 38 – Facsimile 1 – Condition of the Papyri, Page 38 – Facsimile #1 – Penciled portion, Page 53 – (Paragraph 3) – Helen Mar Kimball. He currently is a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. Elder Marlin K. Jensen was named a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 1, 1989. Below is a list of the unfolding events and articles: A "Q&A" with the LDS Church Historian Elder Marlin K. Jensen was hosted by the John A. Widtsoe Association for Mormon Studies at Utah State University on November 11, 2011, By January 18, news of  Elder Jensen's frank discussion of an apostasy circulated on some Mormon blogs, On Janurary 28, Rueters News pubilished a ", An interview with Elder Jensen and others was, "haven't been emphasized often because they were not necessarily germane to what is taught at present" indicating efforts are underway to include such items in seminary and institute manuals. Page 58 – Public Denials and Careful Wording. Today’s post is from sometime guest poster Shannon Flynn. Elder Marlin Jensen will be released as Church Historian in an upcoming General Conference. He is a loving husband and father of eight Page 38 – Facsimile #1 – Lion Couch Egyptologists Differing Views. Page 77 – #5 – Is the Church Hiding its History? Audio and a rough transcript/commentary was originally posted on a blog called Simple Mormon Spectator. Page 11 – #4 – DNA and the Book of Mormon, Page 11 – #6 – Book of Mormon Archaeology, Page 14 – #7 Vernal Holley List is Flawed, Page 14 – #7 – Book of Mormon, 337 Unique Names, Page 15 – #7 (Cont.) The timing of his release has nothing to do with comments Elder Jensen made recently (cited acontextually here, among other places). Page 81 – #1 – Bushman on the Priesthood Restoration, Page 86 – Magical Worldview – Josiah Stowell, Page 86 – Magical Worldview – Newspapers and money-digging, Page 86 – Magical Worldview – Smiths were farmers, Page 87 – Magical Worldview – Rod of Aaron and BC and D&C Comparison, Page 87 – Physical object used in the Bible, Page 88 – Rod of Aaron Use Documentation Absent, Page 88 – Witnesses never denied their testimonies, Page 88 – Martin Harris – not a gullible dupe, Page 89 – three witnesses individual accounts, Page 90 – five religions after Martin Harris, Page 90 – Martin Harris and the Strangites, Page 91 – Martin and the Witnesses Were Reliable, Page 92 – David Whitmer Henry Moyle quote, Page 93-94 – Second Sight Quotes 1,2,9 – Martin Harris and Metcalf, Page 93 & 100 – Second Sight Quote 3 – Martin Harris Spiritual Eye, Page 93 – Second Sight Quote 5 – David Whitmer literal wood, Page 94 – Second Sight Quote #8 – Jesse Townsend, Page 94 – Second Sight Quote #7 – Pomeroy Tucker, Page 95 – Differences Between Joseph Smith and James Strang, Page 99 – Accounts of Book of Mormon Witnesses Master, Page 99 – Missing Original 8 Witnesses Document, Page 101 – Witnesses Never Denied Testimonies, Page 102 – #3 – Excommunicating the witnesses, Page 104 – #7 – Martin Harris and the Shakers, Page 104 – #7 – Comparing Shaker Book and Scroll to BofM witnesses, Page 108 – #5 – Zero Links to Solomon’s Temple, Page 111 – Intro – Science cannot disprove religion, Page 111 – #4 – literal reading of the bible, Page 113 – 114 – #1 – Church and African Americans, Page 120 – #2 Finances – full account of story, Page 120 – #3 Anti-Intellectualism – broadcasting weaknesses of leaders, Page 120 – #3 Anti-Intellectualism – misrepresenting the historical record, Page 120 – #3 Anti-Intellectualism – Dallin H Oaks on Criticizing, Page 122 – #3 Anti-Intellectualism – don’t criticize, Page 122 – #3 Anti-Intellectualism – scary internet, Page 122 – #3 Anti-Intellectualism – Uchtdorf -Truth, Page 124 – #3 – Anti-Intellectualism – intellecutals, Page 124 – #3 Anti-Intellectualism – September 1993. 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