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SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) A Mormon blogger who has written critical web essays about Mormon history, temple worship and contemporary issues -- including about GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney -- is facing church discipline for “apostasy.” By Peggy Fletcher Stack.

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  1. that Ephriam and Manasseh were both descended from the line of Pharaohs that could not hold the Priesthood:“ASENATH [AS ih nath] the Egyptian wife of Joseph and the motehr of Manasseh and Ephraim (Genesis 41:45; 46:20). Asenath was the daughter of Poti-Pherah, priest of On. Pharaoh himself may have arranged the marriage between Joseph and Asenath to help Joseph adjust to life in Egypt” (Nelsons Bible Dictionary – Asenath)How could the Nephites then hold the Priesthood when the BOA says anyone from that lineage is disqualified by commandment from God?So, is the BOM correct, that they descended from Manasseh, or are the GA’s opinions true, which are not supported in LDS scripture? How does this sit with the many opinions regarding the LGT? If the same GA’s were wrong about that, how can the claims about Ephraim be correct? Fair discounts Pratt’s claims on HGT, but use his ‘opinions’ to help support the claims about Ephraim. Seems a double-standard to me.Also, if Lehi was a descendent of Manasseh, then how could he hold the Priesthood, since he would have the tainted blood of the Pharaohs?For that matter, how could Smith himself not be disqualified under the same terms since he was a descendant of Ephraim?Remember: …No one known to have in his veins negro blood, (it matters not how remote a degree) can either have the priesthood in any degree or the blessings of the temple of God; no matter how otherwise worthy he may be” ( Extract from George F. Richards’ Record of Decisions by the Council of the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles, in the GAS papers).You see how ridiculous all of this is? There is no mythical Priesthood, we have one High Priest: Jesus Christ, and through Him we all are saved.