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.)

80+ Awesome Verses to Use in Apologetic Encounters

Have you ever tried to memorize scripture but it was just too hard to remember all the words in a verse? Or have you ever been in a witnessing situation and wanted to use a particular verse--it's at the tip of your tongue--but you forgot where it was located? ("It's in the Bible...somewhere.") Consider learning snippets, which are short 4-6 words explanations of a verse and the reference. Using flashcards to build up your memory verse capability, you can have a variety of verses to use in different situations, equipping you with the ability to better share your faith. Included in this article are 70+ verses used regularly by the author in his coversations with Christians and nonChristians alike.

Justification by Faith and the Book of James

When the subject of salvation comes up, many Mormons use certain biblical passages to support the LDS idea that good works are necessary for a person to receive salvation. It is clear Mormonism is a religion that stresses good works. Latter-day Saints are generally good people who are known for clean, wholesome living, volunteer service, and a rabid dedication to their families.  So, when a Christian says “salvation” comes by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), the average Mormon bristles. “What about James 2:20?” they oftentimes say, referring to the passage possibly quoted more often by Mormons than any other.

The Inspired Version: Why isn't it officially used today?

According to Mormonism history, Joseph Smith was commanded by God to make a new translation of the Bible. Then, a few years later, these compiled changes were finished in 1833. While Mormon leaders continually cite from Smith's work, the Joseph Smith Translation (or Inspired Version) is not officially used by the church. Instead, the King James Version continues as the official version. If Smith corrected the errors in this version, it seems strange that the Inspired Version is not "official." Why not?

Should LDS Church art coincide with the facts?

For many years the LDS Church has used staff artists to provide illustrations for its church manuals and magazines. Book of Mormon and Bible stories are commonly depicted, as well as historical church events.  One favorite scene for LDS articles is Joseph Smith’s translation of the Book of Mormon. For example, the front cover of the Feb. 2001 Ensign magazine shows Smith looking at the gold plates and translating them by running his finger over them. Is this really how the Book of Mormon was translated? 

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