10 things you ought to know before joining the Mormon Church

Thousands of Mormon missionaries around the world are doing their best to make conversions to their church. However, there are some things they just won't tell potential converts. Here is a list of 10 things every potential convert ought to know before submitting to baptism.

Help MRM finish 2014 in the black! (and get a free DVD)

We can't do this ministry without you! It's a 50/50 proposition, with our prayer and financial supports helping us be successful.  With that in mind, December's special offer involved a complimetary copy of Joel Kramer's video Jericho Unearthed. In this half-hour production, Kramer, an archaeologist/filmmaker who lives in Israel, explains how the archaeology of Jericho coincides with the events as described in the Book of Joshua. During the month of December, MRM would love to offer an Internet special to send you a DVD copy for your electronic gift of $50.50 or more through Paypal. (Please end your donation with "50 cents" so we know you want the video. Hence, you can give $75.50, $100.50, or $???.50.) Just click the orange "DONATE" button on the right side of the main page and make your donation. Your gift is completely tax deductible and a receipt will be mailed with your DVD, which will be sent at the end of December. 

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.

 

Was Jesus born "at Jerusalem"?

In the early 1990s we wrote two articles and an unpublished manuscript about the mistake that we believe Joseph Smith made in the Book of Mormon regarding the origin of Jesus' birth. We received immediate feedback from the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS), an organization based at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, telling us that our research was flawed. Several criticisms were published by the group, including a paper by Daniel Peterson, William Hamblin, and Matthew Roper in 1995 entitled "On Alma 7:10 and the Birthplace of Jesus Christ."

It is obvious that this is a very sensitive issue with these Mormons. According to them, Alma was referring to the surrounding area of Jerusalem and not the city itself. They insist that Alma was a real person, so to credit him with saying that Christ would someday be born in Jerusalem and not in Bethlehem would be a serious faux pas. To say otherwise casts doubt upon the historicity of Mormonism's sacred Book of Mormon.

 

Removing the “Doctrine” out of the Doctrine and Covenants

Removing the “Doctrine” out of the Doctrine and Covenants

By Bill McKeever

The following article was taken from the November/Decmeber 2014 issue of Mormonism Researched, available for free upon request (one-year subscription).

In the “Explanatory Introduction” to the Doctrine and Covenants, the book is described as

Modalism in the Book of Mormon

Does the Book of Mormon teach a Trinitarian concept of God? Some have assumed so because certain verses taken separately do seem to use Trinitarian language. However, taken as a whole, the Book of Mormon lends itself more to a modalistic understanding of God rather than Trinitarian. Modalism is an old heresy that attempts to defend monotheism, but does so at the expense of “confounding the persons” within the godhead. 

Gospel Topics Essay: Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo

On October 22, 2014, the LDS Church published another "Gospel Topics" essay titled "Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo." There were a number of admissions made. However, all the facts were not included to give a complete picture. The information contained within should be disconcerting for any faithful Latter-day Saint, as history doesn't lie. A 12-part Viewpoint on Mormonism series begins November 10, 2014.

Meet the Mormons review

A new movie came out in October called Meet the Mormons. Hear what MRM's Bill McKeever and Randy Sweet had to say about it on a three-part Viewpoint on Mormonism (Oct. 20-22) Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  

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. 

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