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new-coke-logoChildren of Homosexual Parents Banned from Certain LDS Rites: A Commentary

The LDS Church recently added a section to Handbook 1 that bans Mormon children who live with homosexual parents from participating in naming/blessing rites as well as baptisms at the age of eight. The release of this new policy has caused a heyday for bloggers and those active on social media. With so much confusion out there about what this change really means, MRM’s Eric Johnson takes a look at the policy’s background and the LDS leaders’ rationale. Read more.

Visitor’s Guide: Coming soon to a Temple Square nearest youIMG-page-001 (1)

One of the things that the folks at MRM like to do is share the Christian gospel throughout the state of Utah. A favorite hang out is Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City. For years, members and friends of the MRM team have made it a regular routine to stand outside the Temple Square gates and share truth with visitors to Utah’s #1 tourist destination. We have just created a new Visitor’s Guide (written in the same style as the 2002 Winter Olympic Games edition). It has been created for dual audiences: Latter-day Saints and those who have never heard of Mormonism. See the PDF file of this newspaper before it has been officially released, which will happen in the spring of 2016. Share this link with your Latter-day Saint friend and ask what he/she thinks about it. TO READ THE PDF FILE, click here.

Mother in Heaven: A Look at the latest Gospel Topics Essay

The LDS Church came out with their latest Gospel Topics essay on October 23, 2015. In this review, MRM’s Eric Johnson takes a paragraph-by-paragraph look at this teaching as defined by the First Presidency. In addition, a three-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast on this topic that aired in mid-November 2015 is available. Read more.

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

Over the past few years MRM’s Bill McKeever has collected pictures of a number of prominent Mormons buried in gravesites 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

Understanding what is “official” in Mormon doctrine

Although many Mormons like to create their own Postmodern Mormonism–picking and choosing what they will accept and believe from the teachings of LDS leaders and the church manuals–those presiding as General Authorities don’t allow for a member to disregard official teachings. This article comes from chapter 18 of Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-day Saints (Baker, 2015), authored by MRM’s Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson. Read more.

The Church History Museum: A Tour with MRMDSC05710

A few days before the LDS Church gathered for the October 2015 General Conference, the Church History Museum was reopened after a full year of remodeling. The main floor was completely revamped, with the latest technological museum displays and intereactive set-ups added. We weren’t sure just what would be changed, so we were very curious when we visited the museum on Saturday moring, October 3, 2015 . 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.

Question of the Month (November): Is the Mormon Priesthood really of ancient origin?

Mormonism teaches that Mormonism has the authentic New Testament authority of God because the priesthood was returned to the earth and given to Joseph Smith in the 19th century. But is this really true? 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? Join us for our next meeting on Saturday night, November 7. If you are interested, Read More.

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This week’s Viewpoint on Mormonism podcasts

      • Monday, November 23, 2015: Handbook 1 and Same Geneder Relations Part 1
      • Tuesday,November 24, 2015: Handbook 1 and Same Geneder Relations Part 2
      • Wednesday, November 25, 2015: Handbook 1 and Same Geneder Relations Part 3
      • Thursday, November 26, 2015: Thanksgiving Reflections 2015 Part 1
      • Friday, November 27, 2015: Thanksgiving Reflections 2105 Part 2

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.

November Quiz of the month on Mormonism: Published Material on Mormonism

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

Video of the Month: November 2015. Second chances after death. See more videos here

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