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Unexplaining the Priesthood Ban on Blacks

For much of its history, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had a fairly standard explanation as to why those of African heritage were prohibited from holding any priesthood office in the church. The ban was officially lifted in June 1978 by the First Presidency, the top leaders of the church; since then, those former elucidations have quietly faded away. Modern explanations tend to exhibit a kind of “doctrinal amnesia,” causing many to wonder why a church that claims to be led by prophets and apostles could have enforced such a ban when the reasons given pre-1978 are being repudiated today.This is an article from the Christian Research Journal written by MRM founder Bill McKeever. For more, click here.

Does James 1:5 Teach about Praying for a Testimony?

There is nothing more important to a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than having a person “testimony” confirm the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and, ultimately, Mormonism. James 1:5 was first utilized as a Mormon proof text by the 14-year-old Joseph Smith, Jr.  in 1820.  Mormonism teaches that God the Father and Jesus appeared to the eventual church founder in a vision that took place soon after he prayed about the true church. Should Christians take this prayer (and the answer a person may have) as a legitimate test for truth? This article that was printed in the Christian Research Journal explains more.

Mormon Business: Paying the Church’s “Unpaid” Clergy

Last week MormonLeaks (formerly MormonWikiLeaks) posted documents related to the salaries the LDS Church pays its full-time top leaders. These documents include several bi-weekly pay stubs for LDS apostle Henry B. Eyring (dating to the year 2000), as well as a 2014 notice to LDS Seventy Bruce Porter confirming that he, along with all the Church’s General Authorities, was getting a raise. The salaries provide a comfortable living for the 108 General Authorities of the Church and their families. (Click here for more.)


An Alarming Misunderstanding of Joseph Smith’s Significance to Christianity

A blog article written by a Utah Mormon titled “The Alarming Truth Behind Anti-Mormonism” received plenty of attention on social media. Unfortunately, the article is filled with too many assertions and too little evidence. MRM’s Sharon Lindbloom explains why. Click here.

Quotes that didn’t make the cut in the Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley church manual

In the last manual dedicated to deceased LDS presidents, this one on sixteenth President Gordon B. Hinckley includes some of his famous quotes but missed some others. What were they? Check it out here.

Matthew 5:48: Is Perfection an Achievable Goal?

Although many Mormons today shy away from Matthew 5:48–once considered the Evangelical Christian’s “John 3:16”–it is understood by most LDS laypeople that God demands much more than just “our best” or “trying hard.” What exactly does this verse mean? This article was printed in a recent issue of the Christian Research Journal. Click here.

 Top 25 Articles that People Read at MRM.org

top-25Have you ever wondered what are the most popular articles at MRM.org? Covering a six-month period of time, we have done some research and perhaps the results will surprise you. Check out the articles with the links as well listen to the three-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast on the topic that aired November 9-11, 2016. Click here.

The Story Behind the Council of Nicaeaconstantine

Mention the Council of Nicaea in public and you are bound to get a number of negative responses from Mormons. Do skeptics have reason to doubt the results of the Council of Nicaea? Or is there more to the story than most critics guess? Christians who want to share their faith on the Trinity and Godhead need to understand what took place almost 17 centuries ago in a small city in modern-day Turkey called Nicaea. To see the article and listen to the 5-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast on this topic with Bill and Eric, click here.

Finding a Christian Church Fellowship in Utah–Updated

While there are no perfect churches, it’s commanded in the Bible for Christians to be in felllowship with other believers. Since 2012, MRM has recommended churches throughout the state of Utah. Our list has just been updated, offering good Bible-believing fellowship choices for wherever you live in Utah. We’ve catalogued these by county locations. If you need a church home, check it out! And if you know a good Utah church not on our list, tell us at [email protected] To see 150 church names, go here.

How important is the Trinity in Christianity?

trinityTo that question, we believe that accepting the Trinity is a cornerstone of the biblical Christian church. Unfortunately, Mormonism’s leaders have not only denied this belief but even mocked it. So just what is the Trinity? Is the teaching even understandable? Check out our new page that offers articles, YouTube videos, blogs, and podcasts. If the Trinity is true, it needs to be defended by the Christian who has questioning friends and neighbors. Click here to see what’s available.

 The Gospel Topics Essays–Introduction and Links

In an attempt to deal with several vital historical issues propagated by the LDS Church throughout the years, the Mormon Church has been producing essays since late 2013 under its “Gospel Topics” section of its lds.org website, attempting to reconcile the facts with what had been taught by earlier leaders and church manuals. To see these links to the LDS Church website along with MRM’s responses, click here.

This month’s Viewpoint on Mormonism podcasts

To access all the podcasts, visit here. For an organized catalog, go here.

During 2015, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, twice each month. Each chapter is evaluated from a Christian worldview. Below are the most recent reviews, which will be studied this month at local LDS chapels by the membership.


Who’s Who in the Mormon GravesMaesser, Karl and Wives (1)

Over the past few years MRM’s Bill McKeever has collected photographs of a number of prominent Mormon grave sites from across the United States, including the first fifteen presidents of the church, a number of apostles, and other men and women of interest. Next spring MRM will offer a free Saturday afternoon group tour of the Salt Lake Cemetery (where many LDS general authorities are buried)…we’ll advertise the date here when we get closer, but you won’t want to miss this. For now, check out www.MormonGraves.com.

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