No White Jesus – Please!

Strange. Did the Sisters who came to visit me know of this pending change? They were very interested in my Suttmeister grandfathers.


Nearly three years ago, the governing First Presidency declared that artwork of Jesus — and only of Jesus — should adorn the foyers and entryways of the church’s meetinghouses.

Leaders even provided a list of nearly two dozen paintings approved for such use and reportedly are working to expand those offerings for a more diverse representation of Christ.

Aiming to give that effort a nudge, women and artists from a range of races and cultural backgrounds have banded together in hopes of filling Latter-day Saint buildings with a “Meetinghouse Mosaic” of pieces that depict Jesus more accurately.

“Christ historically had brown skin,” the group’s website states, “and that is the depiction we believe needs to be shared on our walls, in our manuals, on our bulletin boards, in our lessons and be the standard amongst all of us.”

A gallery showcasing new artwork of Jesus is planned for a year from now, in February 2024, at Provo’s Writ & Vision, according to a By Common Consent blog.

“Jurors will not accept white depictions of Christ for this show,” the post adds. “The goal of this show is to broaden the vision of how Christ, the Savior of the world, can be depicted and spotlight the religious artworks of people of color.”

The Mormon Americanization of Cristus

Posted on May 26, 2022 by Royal Rosamond Press


A life-size image of Christus watches over my Stuttmeister kin in Berlin…..forever?

5 things you never knew about the Christus statue – LDS Living

After the three Mormon Sisters left my home, I mediated on the claim that Jesus came to America. Is there any real substantial proof of this? You could say whoever presents the BEST answer to this claim, and presents the more thorough doctrine backing up this unbelievable idea – becomes the head of the Mormon church. If Mormon Founders did anything special, they Americanized Jesus Christ. They put an image of him standing next to a covered wagon – and a team of oxen? Why staddle the fence any longer. Consider…..The Art.

The greatest artist to come out of Nebraska – by far – is Gutzon Borglum, who created Mount Rushmore and the Confederate monument that is in the news. Gutzon and his family lived in Omaha and Fremont City. When they moved to Los Angeles, my kindred, Jessie Benton-Fremont, became his patron. She sent Gutzon to famous art schools in Europe. Gutzon did a bust of Jessie, and a portrait of John Fremont.

Bertel Thorvaldsen claimed he descends claimed descent from Snorri Thorfinnsson, the first European born in America. My ex-wife Mary Ann Tharaldsen claims descent from Eric the Red. She was a artist. If religious artwork replaced religious doctrine, then, everyone would be well-pleased, except for the Jews and Muslims who claim they are not allowed t make “graven images”. How many religious books contain genealogies? I took over Herbert Armstrong’s Radio Church of God. I tried to save KORE which was an American Temple for British Israelism and the Family Trees it promotes. This morning I awoke with the idea I may have found an integral religion that will be a Repository for Royal Rosamond Press ‘A Newspaper For The Art’ and perhaps the longest genealogical search – in American History! I will post on GRANITE MOUNTAIN.

John Presco

Four hours after I posted, I read this…

Documents Shed Light on Secret U.S. Plans for Apocalyptic Scenarios (

WASHINGTON — Newly disclosed documents have shed a crack of light on secret executive branch plans for apocalyptic scenarios — like the aftermath of a nuclear attack — when the president may activate wartime powers for national security emergencies.

Bertel Thorvaldsen – Wikipedia

Could the Mormon Church end up like the Worldwide Church of God? – Mormonism Research Ministry (


Granite Mountain Records Vault – Mormonism, The Mormon Church, Beliefs, & Religion – MormonWiki

This teaching argues that the Ten Tribes of Israel are currently represented by those of Anglo-Saxon heritage (particularly those in Great Britain). Armstrong believed that true Christianity ceased to exist after the death of the apostles and that Christ’s church did not appear again until the institution of the WCG.

Could the Mormon Church end up like the Worldwide Church of God?

By Bill McKeever

The following was originally printed in the May-June 2011 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here

Though I can’t recall addressing this publicly, I am often asked whether or not I envision the Mormon Church making a radical departure from heresy like the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) did back in the 1980s. For those unfamiliar with the history of the WCG, allow me to give a very brief overview.

The WCG was founded in 1934 by Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986) primarily as a radio ministry and was originally known as The Radio Church of God. The WCG name came about in 1968. Armstrong was probably best known for the controversial teaching of Anglo-Israelism (or British-Israelism). This teaching argues that the Ten Tribes of Israel are currently represented by those of Anglo-Saxon heritage (particularly those in Great Britain). Armstrong believed that true Christianity ceased to exist after the death of the apostles and that Christ’s church did not appear again until the institution of the WCG. He rejected the Trinity and became a Sabbatarian. He also taught that keeping the commandments was necessary as a means of salvation.

When Armstrong died in 1986, the WCG saw radical doctrinal changes under successor Joseph W. Tkach (1927-1995). When Tkach died in 1995, the leadership was left to his son, Joseph Tkach, Jr., who continued with his father’s reforms. So great were the changes that the WCG shed the label of cult and is now accepted in the Evangelical fold. As changes were being implemented, membership and revenue continued to drop. Some have estimated that the membership peaked at just under 150,000. In 2009, the WCG changed its name to Grace Communion International; its current membership stands at around 42,000.

I agree that what happened with the WCG was unprecedented. Never before have we seen such an incredible doctrinal transformation. Can this happen with the LDS Church? Of course, with God anything is possible, but I personally think the checks and balances inherent in Mormonism make this extremely unlikely. Remember, the WCG was ruled by only a few men. The LDS Church has a minimum of 15 men in the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve, all of whom would have to agree to abandon a host of heretical teachings.

Some have pointed to scattered comments from Mormon academics that give hope to imminent change; however, while such lay members may have their opinions (inconsistent as they often are), they have no authority to make doctrinal changes for the church.

Do those who think the LDS Church is changing ever listen to general conference and/or read church publications? Those of us who do have yet to see anything that hints of such a change. In fact, I myself have been a little surprised at how much traditional Mormonism has been dusted off recently and reintroduced publicly to the membership. Who would have imagined that two separate speakers at the general conference last October would highlight Ezra Taft Benson’s “Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet” speech? This is hardly a move towards orthodoxy!

President Gordon Hinckley stated in general conference,

“Those who observe us say that we are moving into the mainstream of religion. We are not changing. The world’s perception of us is changing. We teach the same doctrine” (Ensign, November 2001, p.5).

If the Mormons insist they are not modifying their doctrines, why are Christians claiming they are?

Even if President Monson did announce that Mormonism was just a bad joke, consider how many splinter groups would immediately form. Some have estimated that there are literally hundreds of splinter groups now claiming to teach true WCG doctrine, and that from among a peak membership of 150,000. Imagine the number from a church that currently represents 14 million members.

Knight Stuttmeister (Stallmeister)

Posted on January 26, 2020 by Royal Rosamond Press

“Come unto me”

Berlin-Mitte (Stadtbezirk Mitte von Berlin, Ortsteil Mitte), Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof, Chausseestraße 126 (siehe oben); Grabanlage der Familie StuttmeisterRittergutsbesitzer aus Charlottenburg, errichtet 1890 aus Granit, Grabwand mit rundbogiger Wandnische in einer Säulenädikula (Ädikula-Nische) und Christusfigur aus Bronze nach Entwurf des Berliner Bildhauers Julius Moser (1832-1916) in Anlehnung an die berühmte Christusfigur von 1839 des Bildhauers Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) in der Frauenkirche von Kopenhagen; zuletzt das rechts angrenzende Grab des Hermann Heinrich Alexander Wentzel (1820-1889), Architekt und königlicher Baurat, ebenfalls eine aufwendige Anlage aus Granit mit einer Bildnisbüste aus Bronze des Bildhauers Fritz Schaper (1841-1919); Aufnahmedatum: 20.5.2019

Thorvaldsen was commissioned to sculpt statues of Jesus and the apostles for the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen. The statue of Jesus was completed in 1821.The statue is 345 centimeter high.[1] The inscription at the base of the sculpture reads “Kommer til mig” (“Come to me”) with a reference to the Bible verse: Matthew 11:28.

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