7 reasons why you should come to the Holy Land with us in 2015!

One of our objectives at Mormonism Research Ministry is getting people to understand that there is so much truth in our Bible. By visiting the Holy Land, we have a chance to empirically experience this land in a way just reading the pages in our Bible could never do. That is, you will get a chance to taste, touch, and feel the Holy Land, including marvel at the sunset over the Sea of Galilee, walking on the ramparts (walls) of Old Jerusalem, and smelling the inside of the cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in 1947. Learn more in this article.

The Joseph Smith Translation: An improvement over the original? Or 'Much Ado About Nothing'?

An article published in the April 2014 Ensign (“The Atonement of Jesus Christ: Insights from The Joseph Smith Translation," written on pages 52-57, with no attribution to its authorship) explains that “Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible enhances our understanding of the Savior’s suffering, death, and Resurrection.” To prove this point, the article covers five different events during the last two days of Jesus' life leading to His death on Calvary. Is the Joseph Smith Translation beneficial to readers today of the Passion Week accounts?


In Their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations

I imagine that many people think that Bill McKeever (the founder of Mormonism Research Ministry) and I have photographic memories when we provide many quotations on our Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast at what may seem to be the drop of a hat. While Bill certainly has an incredible memory, we must admit that the vast majority of our quotes comes from our regular use of a resource called In Their Own Words, which we utilize on almost every broadcast we air. What is this resource all about? Check out a review here. SPECIAL: During the month of April, for a gift of any size to MRM, we will send you as our thank you a PDF searchable version of In Their Own Words via email. Simply click our "Donate" button on the top right hand corner of our main page. If you are sending a check, please mention this offer and include your email. We will send this to you as an downloadable attachment.

When it comes to the plates, there was no miracle

For the past several years Bill McKeever has been bringing a replica set of “gold plates” to the Mormon Miracle Pageant held annually in Manti, Utah. By encouraging Mormon visitors to lift the plates, it gives Bill an opportunity to explain the many problems he sees with the official account of how Smith allegedly retrieved the plates back in 1827. What are those problems? Check out this article to see.

The Elijah Abel Controversy

Sweeping the past under the rug as something immaterial to the LDS Church today is a strategy that is leaving many people dissatisfied−Mormons included. In an effort to rescue their church from the charge of racism, Mormons like to bring up the earliest black Mormon priesthood-holder, Elijah Abel. What's the story behind this man? Find out here.

Does the Mormon's personal testimony prove the LDS Church is true?

Latter-day Saints generally believe their ability to discern doctrinal truth comes through a “personal testimony,” which is also known as a “burning in the bosom.” There are several passages Mormons reference, but most prominent is James 1:5 in the New Testament. This was a pivotal verse for Mormonism’s founder Joseph Smith, who claimed that he prayed to God for wisdom when he was fourteen years old. Should credence be given if a Mormon has a sincere testimony about his or her experience with God? This article was taken from chapter 27 of Bill and Eric's 2013 book Answering Mormons' Questions.

LDS Resource List: Links to LDS Books and Periodicals

MRM does not use "anti-Mormon" material to perform what our middle name is: Research. Rather, we own most of the resources from which we quote, although many of our sources can be found on-line that are published by both the LDS Church as well as Mormon apologetic-type groups. Thus, we go straight to LDS leaders and other authoritative sources to analyze and critique the LDS faith. Here are some of our favorite sites that can be utilized by anyone for free on the Internet. 

“Why don’t you take your ministry of hate…”?

“Why don’t you take your ministry of hate…”? An angry writer believes that MRM is unfair by targeting Mormons rather than other religious groups and demands to know why we run a "ministry of hate." MRM's Sharon Lindbloom provides a succinct and gentle answer. This exchange was originally printed in the June 2008 edition of MRM's Update, a special every-other-month publication mailed to those who financially support the efforts of MRM. The original letter was not edited for grammar or spelling.


Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple

In 2002, the LDS Church produced a booklet titled Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple. It was written for those who are preparing to go through one of the dozens of Mormons temples located around the world (141 at the time of this writing). What is the LDS leadership telling its people about temples? Does what takes place in the LDS temples line up with biblical teaching? And do truth-seeking people need such things as temple ordinances, sealings, and baptisms for the dead?  Let's consider these questions as we review this publication.

60+ books that ought to be in every Christian’s library

Occasionally I am asked which books I recommend for the Christian who is interested in doing apologetics. Owning your faith is important, for sure, and certainly all serious apologetics ought to start with the Bible itself. However, with just a few dozen books as a foundation, every layperson can be “thoroughly equipped unto every good work.” Allow me to include a limited selection from my library as well as give few short sentences explaining why I recommend each one. (Links to each selection are given that goes directly to Amazon, so feel free to add these books to your personal library.)

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