For the Strength of Youth

For the Strength of Youth is a small 44-page booklet approved by the LDS First Presidency and meant for the young people in the LDS Church covering a variety of issues. According to Sevety Stanley G. Ellis in the last General Conferece, “Along with the scriptures, some great sources for finding the Lord’s way are True to the Faith, For the Strength of Youth, and another teachings of the living apostles and prophets” (“The Lord’s Way,” Ensign, May 2013 (Conference Edition), p. 37). In this review, written for pre-teens as well as teenagers, we’ll quote word-for-word from this booklet as our source material. We will see what the Church is telling its young people and determine if the advice given by the LDS Church in this booklet is actually in accordance with the teachings of the Bible? If you are a Latter-day Saint young person, I especially encourage you to read this booklet and review it for yourself. See what is true and then follow that with all your heart.

Problems with the Gold Plates in the Book of Mormon

Just what exactly were the gold plates made from. In this article that first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 02 (2011), Bill McKeever considers the possibilites and shows why it is impossible that Joseph Smith was given plates made of real gold.

A fiery 2010 fireside in Stockholm, Sweden

A tape and transcript of a contentious 2-hour-plus conversation that took place in 2010 between a group of Swedish leaders and two LDS church representatives from Salt Lake City is making the rounds on the Internet. The questions asked by these leaders along with the answers provided by the church historical department are summarized in this article.

Former Swedish church leader just wants the “truth”

On July 20, 2013, a front-page article in the New York Times described how former Swedish area authority Hans Mattsson has serious doubts about Mormon history, including issues involving the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith's polygamous ways. He learned about these through his study on the Internet. Mattsson criticizes the LDS Church for not being completely honest in its portrayal of Mormonism's history.

 

Book Review: Unveiling Grace

Lynn Wilder's Unveiling Grace is scheduled to be released by Zondervan on August 20th. If you have heard about the Adam's Road band and enjoyed their music and message, then you will be fascinated to read more about how the entire Wilder family converted from Mormonism to Christianity.  It's a book meant to be read by those who enjoy happy endings, providing hope and encouragement. Yes, it is possible for TBMs to find truth, as this book displays God's faithfulness in a very powerful way. 

 

Latter-day Saints: Would you be willing to take the Romans Challenge?

Everyone has presuppositions. There are many ways we have been influenced, including our culture and the people in our surroundings. Even our religious faith might be something we garnered from our community. Since it is not possible that all paths lead to God, we would like to challenge you to read the book of Romans in the New Testament. Read it as a little child as if you were reading it all the way through for the first time. Write down some notes and put checks next to those verses that you think are crucial. Once you are done, consider whether or not your spiritial belief is in agreement wiht the book of Romans. The conclusion you draw might just surprise you!

 

The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

 The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a booklet given away  by missionaries to prospective converts. According to LDS teaching, the    priesthood in ancient Christendom was made void soon after the  death  of the apostles. The "Great Apostasy" corrupted Christianity until  it  was  restored by Joseph Smith in the 19th century. Let's look at this pamphlet,  paragraph by paragraph, and see if there are any problems  with the  teachings as proposed by the LDS Church.

The Plan of Salvation: A Review

The Plan of Salvation booklet was produced in 2008 and is apparently used by Mormon 
 missionaries to explain the three questions that potential converts commonly ask: Where did I come from? What is my purpose in life? And where am I going? This 24-page booklet (measuring 5x7 inches) includes 8 pages of pictures, taking up one-third of the space, and is meant to be an easy read for a layperson. Since this is printed by the LDS Church (with the church's official emblem on the back cover), we will quote the booklet word-for-word, providing commentary from an Evangelical Christian perspective. What you will discover is that the doctrines of the Mormon Church when it comes to the "plan of salvation" are not in line with the teachings from the Bible.

Book Review: Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith

Emma Smith (1804-1879) may not be as well-known as her husband, Joseph Smith, Jr.Cover for NEWELL: Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith but understanding this woman is important for anyone who desires a more complete picture to the Mormon story. In this 1994 book, two female historical researchers—Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippets Avery—tackled the life of the first wife to the founder of the Mormon religion. This review takes a closer look at the book and sheds an interesting light on the woman whose deepest conflict with her husband involved his plural marriages to many of her friends and their daughters.

The Martyrdom of Joseph Smith

SYNOPSIS

Critics and supporters agree that the veracity of Mormonism hinges on Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805-1844), the founder and first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS or Mormon Church). Smith began his own church with just six people and saw it grow and thrive, despite the many persecutions it endured. He and his brother Hyrum Smith were murdered on June 27, 1844, by an armed mob, an event that has prompted Mormons to classify them as martyrs. It has caused others, however, to raise the question whether someone who dies in a gun battle fighting against his enemies can be considered to be a martyr. A close examination of the term reveals that one must meet specific requirements to be considered a martyr, which involve, for example, the reasons why one is put to death and the way one faces such a death. An investigation of the reasons why Smith was murdered and the actions he took to avoid this fate inevitably makes it difficult to maintain that Smith was “like a lamb led to the slaughter.”

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