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Book of Mormon Translation: Responding to a Gospel Topics Essay

The Gospel Topics essay on the Book of Mormon translation was published in 2013, but the essay has taken on new meaning with an article by LDS Church history scholars published in the October 2015 Ensign magazine titled “Joseph the Seer.” Included in this article is the admission that Joseph Smith used a seer stone to do his translation work. Read this and also reference the 8-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast that begain airing Monday, Oct. 6. (Read more.)

LDS Church Appoints Three New Apostles, All Utahns3 apostles called to LDS Church leadership

Three Caucasian Utahns were chosen as apostles in the afternoon session of the October 3, 2015 LDS General Conference held in Salt Lake City, UT. All three held prominent positions in the church. And though it seemed like it should have been a no-brainer, none of the three was a minority. Take a look at the three selections, their backgrounds, and our analysis. The final result: The LDS Church missed a golden opportunity to become relevant in the 21st century. Read more.

Answering Mormons’ Questions and Mormonism 101 available on electronic format! 

Answering Mormons’ Questions (Kregel: 2013) by MRM’s Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson is now available on electronic format. Check it out here. And so is their newest book, Mormonism 101 (Baker, 2015). You can see it here.

The Role of the LDS Church in Utah’s Politics: An Insider’s Look

By Carl Wimmer, former Utah State Legislator. Having served in the Utah legislature, I have been asked several times what role the LDS Church really plays when it comes to Utah politics, and until now I have remained largely silent. While in the legislature I was a faithful member of the LDS Church; to speak of things that might bring embarrassment to the church would have been unwise, not to mention political suicide. Today, the issue is very topical with the recent passage of the pro-LGBT legislation, and I feel it is time to break the silence and provide some insight. Read more.

Can Families Really be Together Forever?

The image of the proverbial Christmas fireside scene with the grandparents, parents, and their children enjoying each other’s company is encouraged in Mormonism. The family is necessary in Mormonism if the religion is true. But is it even logically possible for a family to be “together” forever? Read more.

Question of the Month (October): Why does the Mormon Church Ignore Jesus’s role as Prophet?

Modern-day revelation is of utmost importance to the Mormons because their faith is based on the premise that their church is guided by the current LDS prophet. One of the most often-cited criticisms made by Mormons against Bible-believing Christians is that Christian churches are not guided by a living prophet today. But is that true? Read more.

Did Joseph Smith use the Seer Stone…or didn’t he? seer stone

For many years, many Mormons have denied that Joseph Smith used a “seer stone” to translate the Book of Mormon. They were led to believe that he used the “Urim and Thummim,” special instruments mentioned in the Old Testament, to aid him in the translation. Did he really use this seer stone? Or didn’t he? Read more.

Love Jesus but not Joseph? (Support group in Utah)

Are you a questioning Latter-day Saint or former Latter-day Saint who feels alone? Do you feel like nobody else has ever gone through what has happened/is happening to you? We are hosting an initial support group meeting in Sandy, UT on October 10th. If you are interested, Read More.

So how many wives did Joseph Smith really have? 

Welcome to, a page that has been created to help people better understand the truth about the more than thirty wives of Joseph Smith. We invite you to look through the information we have made available here and see that what we are saying is historical fact, not anti-Mormon rhetoric. Read more.

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This week’s Viewpoint on Mormonism podcasts

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

Join us on a 7-day April 2016 Apologetics Cruise

Come with CARM and MRM on an Apologetics Cruise next April 2016. The cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line will port in Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Mexico. Each day there will be apologetics instruction taking place. (No donated funds to MRM are being used on this trip.)

Reviews of the Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson

During 2015, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church,Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, 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.

Mormonism 101 Revised and Updated: Leader’s Guide

This study guide can be used with the new edition of Mormonism 101: Revised and Updated,with discussion questions given at the end of each of the 18 chapters. These questions can be used by the individual as a reminder of what the chapter covered or by a group desiring an impetus to further discuss the content of the book. Included are Internet links for further information.

October Quiz of the month on Mormonism.

See if you can score 90%+ and receive the honor of being called a scriptorian. (Rating on this quiz: Difficult.) See other quizzes here.

Video of the Month: October 2015. See more videos here

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