Visit the Salt Lake Cemetery with Bill McKeever!

Would you like to tour the Salt Lake Cemetery with MRM's Bill McKeever? On Saturday, October 25, Bill will be leading a tour featuring the gravesites of prominent LDS leaders and personalities. There are limited spots available at no cost to you, first come first served. Email us at [email protected] and we'll give you more information about where to meet. For a Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast on this topic that aired October 9, 2014, click here.

Help MRM fund the $1,000,000 Kimball tract

We ordered 10,000 of these new tracts on faith with no money in the budget. The expense is now on our credit card statement and they won't take one of these bills in exchange (even if we allow them to keep the change!). During October, for a minimum electronic donation to MRM of $9.99 or more, we will send you a packet of 50 of these tracts to your mailing address. If you would like to do this, go the the right side of our main page and click the the yellow "Donate" button, which will take you to Paypal. (Or you can go here and scroll to the bottom.) Feel free to give more . . . just end your gift with 99 cents (i.e. $20.99, $50.99, or $100.99) to indicate that you want this gift to go to this evangelism project. We'll mail these out at the end of October. Thanks for your support!

Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham: A Gospel Topics Essay

The LDS Church has produced another essay in its series titled "Gospel Topics. Did Joseph Smith correctly translate the Book of Abraham papyrii? The arguments offered in this recent essay provide nothing new and show that Smith was unable to translate anything from the Egyptian langauge. This topic is featured during the week of October 13 on the Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast series.

Quote of the Week

Near the middle of the twentieth century Joseph Fielding Smith gave a more tempered explanation of this teaching: 'All children born under the covenat belong to their parents in eternity, but that does not mean that they, because of that birthright, will inherit celestial glory. The faith and faithfulness of fathers and mothers will not save disobedient children. Salvation is an individual matter.' More recently, President James E. Faust put a few cuffs on Orson F. Whitney's divine 'tenacles' saying that, in order for wayward cildren who have been sealed to their parents to be saved, they 'must fully repent' and their salvation 'must be fully earned.' The implication of these later teachings is that the salvation of sealed children is now seen as being essentially up to the individual and is not guaranteed by virtue of the covenant of the parents as in earlier teachings.

--Charles R. Harrell, "This is My Doctrine": The Development of Mormon Theology, p. 327

For more on this topic, listen to the podcast series "Tenacles of Divine Providence: Are children automatically sealed to their LDS parents and saved to their kingdom?" that aired October 6-10, 2014.  Part 1   Part 2  Part 3  Part 4   Part 5    

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.

 

10 LDS hymns that are not biblical or true

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In our "10 reasons why" series comes this list of 10 hymns teaching unbiblical doctrines that are in the official LDS hymnbook. 

Utah needs more church planters, especially in the rural parts of the state

The number of quality Christian churches for people to attend in the state of Utah is deficient. Some people in the rural parts of the state have to go many miles to find a biblically-centered church to attend. Therefore, those who are considering church planting ought to consider coming to Utah and finding a town or city that desperately needs a Christian presence.

10 reasons why a person ought to consider becoming a Christian

Are there good reasons for a person to consider becoming a Christian? We think there are!

Is The Miracle of Forgiveness nothing more than Spencer W. Kimball's opinion?

Some people have argued that Spencer W. Kimball's book The Miracle of Forgiveness is not authoritative because what he wrote is just his opinion. They may even point out that Kimball was "merely" an apostle and not a prophet when he wrote the book. Several points can be given in rebuttal.

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