A Look at the Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

During 2014, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. These reviews are written by MRM's Eric Johnson.

 

Paul Carden's keynote address at MRM's 35th anniversary

Paul Carden of CFAR is the keynote speaker at MRM's 35th anniversary, held March 28, 2014. Hear his address here.  

MRM is 35!!!

On Friday, March 29th, MRM had a celebratory dessert in Utah honoring the ministry's 35th anniversary. God has been good to us! If you would like to see a special video montage/slide show showing some of our history, click here. We thank all of our supporters, both prayer and financial, for all you have done to allow us to minister in Utah. If you would like to give a special gift in honor of this occasion, click here. Watch for upcoming special clips from the night of the dessert. May God richly bless you!

8 reasons why you ought to consider coming to Israel/Turkey with MRM in 2015!

One of our objectives at Mormonism Research Ministry is getting people to understand that there is so much truth in our Bible. By visiting the Holy Land, we have a chance to empirically experience this land in a way just reading the pages in our Bible could never do. That is, you will get a chance to taste, touch, and feel the Holy Land, including marvel at the sunset over the Sea of Galilee, walking on the ramparts (walls) of Old Jerusalem, and smelling the inside of the cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in 1947. Learn about 8 reasons why you ought to consider coming. Sign up by April 14, 2014, and get $100 off the final price!

The Joseph Smith Translation: An improvement over the original? Or 'Much Ado About Nothing'?

An article published in the April 2014 Ensign (“The Atonement of Jesus Christ: Insights from The Joseph Smith Translation," written on pages 52-57, with no attribution to its authorship) explains that “Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible enhances our understanding of the Savior’s suffering, death, and Resurrection.” To prove this point, the article covers five different events during the last two days of Jesus' life leading to His death on Calvary. Is the Joseph Smith Translation beneficial to readers today of the Passion Week accounts?

 

In Their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations

I imagine that many people think that Bill McKeever (the founder of Mormonism Research Ministry) and I have photographic memories when we provide many quotations on our Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast at what may seem to be the drop of a hat. While Bill certainly has an incredible memory, we must admit that the vast majority of our quotes comes from our regular use of a resource called In Their Own Words, which we utilize on almost every broadcast we air. What is this resource all about? Check out a review here. SPECIAL: During the month of April, for a gift of any size to MRM, we will send you as our thank you a PDF searchable version of In Their Own Words via email. Simply click our "Donate" button on the top right hand corner of our main page. If you are sending a check, please mention this offer and include your email. We will send this to you as an downloadable attachment.

Should Christians (or Mormons) Participate in the Hare Krishna Holi Festival of Colors?

The Hare Krishna religion sponsors a popular colorful party near Easter-time called the Holi Festival, or the “Festival of Colors.” It is touted as an innocent rite of spring and a celebration of new life. The highlight for participants is throwing colored chalk into the air as well as each other. The Spanish Fork Hare Krishna temple in Utah is located about 40 minutes south from Salt Lake City and annually hosts more than 70,000 revelers who partake in two full days of  partying, with the vast majority of the celebrants not belonging to the Hare Krishna religion. (In 2014, the dates are Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30.) This is apparently the largest Holi Festival in the year outside of India! Is the Holi Festival a time for innocent fun? And is this something Christians (or Mormons, for that matter) are given freedom in the Bible to participate? Check out this detailed report.

The Elijah Abel Controversy

Sweeping the past under the rug as something immaterial to the LDS Church today is a strategy that is leaving many people dissatisfied−Mormons included. In an effort to rescue their church from the charge of racism, Mormons like to bring up the earliest black Mormon priesthood-holder, Elijah Abel. What's the story behind this man? Find out here.

Does the Mormon's personal testimony prove the LDS Church is true?

Latter-day Saints generally believe their ability to discern doctrinal truth comes through a “personal testimony,” which is also known as a “burning in the bosom.” There are several passages Mormons reference, but most prominent is James 1:5 in the New Testament. This was a pivotal verse for Mormonism’s founder Joseph Smith, who claimed that he prayed to God for wisdom when he was fourteen years old. Should credence be given if a Mormon has a sincere testimony about his or her experience with God? This article was taken from chapter 27 of Bill and Eric's 2013 book Answering Mormons' Questions.

LDS Resource List: Links to LDS Books and Periodicals

MRM does not use "anti-Mormon" material to perform what our middle name is: Research. Rather, we own most of the resources from which we quote, although many of our sources can be found on-line that are published by both the LDS Church as well as Mormon apologetic-type groups. Thus, we go straight to LDS leaders and other authoritative sources to analyze and critique the LDS faith. Here are some of our favorite sites that can be utilized by anyone for free on the Internet. 

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