Author Archives: Sharon Lindbloom

Mormon Youth: The Hope of Israel

by Sharon Lindbloom 6 August 2018 I received my August 2018 edition of the LDS Church’s Ensign magazine last week. Bundled with the Ensign was a supplement: The text of a “Worldwide Youth Devotional” titled “Hope of Israel.” This devotional was presented to the youth of the Mormon Church in June by LDS President Russell M. Nelson […]

Mormonism’s Exclusive Line of Divine Authority

by Sharon Lindbloom 23 July 2018 Last month the LDS Church celebrated the anniversary of the 1978 lifting of the spiritual restrictions placed on black Mormons. Usually referred to as the Priesthood Ban, these restrictions not only disallowed black men from holding the Mormon priesthood, but also kept all black members from participating in LDS […]

Mormonism and the Blossoming Rose of Isaiah 35:1

by Sharon Lindbloom 9 July 2018 An article appeared online last month that took a critical look at water usage in the state of Utah. Journalist Nathalie Baptiste wrote, “Utah is one of the driest states in the country, but you couldn’t tell by how much water its residents are using. The average American uses […]

LDS Seventy Encourages a Genuine Relationship with Jesus Christ

by Sharon Lindbloom 25 June 2018 In the June issue of the Mormon Church’s Ensign magazine, LDS Seventy Fred A. “Tony” Parker wrote about overcoming the pain of racism experienced within the LDS Church. His advice is to “find healing through the Savior” while Church members simultaneously seek to be “one in Christ.” He writes, “To […]

The Disbelief of Mormon Prophets, Seers, and Revelators

by Sharon Lindbloom 4 June 2018 Last weekend the LDS Church celebrated the 40th anniversary of its discontinuance of a long-standing ban that denied black Mormons the full benefits of Church membership (i.e., priesthood, endowment, sealing/temple marriage). The celebration, “Be One,” focused on a continuing effort to unite all members of the Church without regard to […]

The Exclusiveness of Mormonism’s Truth Claims

by Sharon Lindbloom 21 May 2018 Mormon politician Mitt Romney sent out a tweet a week ago that the media deemed to be highly newsworthy. On May 13th Mr. Romney disparaged well-known evangelical minister Robert Jeffress, tweeting: “Robert Jeffress says ‘you can’t be saved by being a Jew,’ and ‘Mormonism is a heresy from the pit […]

A Fundamental Disagreement between Mormonism and Christianity

by Sharon Lindbloom 7 May 2018 On April 19th (2018) Deseret News published an article by Daniel Peterson in his “Defending the Faith” column that discusses the Trinity. Dr. Peterson begins, “A fundamental disagreement between Latter-day Saint Christianity and mainstream Christianity concerns the doctrine of the Trinity. Both outsiders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ […]

Joseph Smith’s Remarks on Happiness

by Sharon Lindbloom 23 April 2018 The Mormon Church talks a lot about happiness. For example, the Church calls its restored gospel “The Plan of Happiness.” LDS leaders have taught that “the very purpose of our lives can be defined in terms of happiness,” and “the things of the earth were created for our happiness.” […]

Is Mormonism’s Promise of Eternal Life for Sale?

by Sharon Lindbloom 4 April 2018 Last week Salt Lake Tribune journalist Peggy Fletcher Stack asked, “Does tithing requirement for entry into LDS temples amount to Mormons buying their way into heaven?” She explained, “Money may be the root of all evil, but, for Mormons, it also provides a pathway to the highest heaven. “That’s […]

Technology is Changing Mormon Missionary Work

by Sharon Lindbloom 21 March 2018 On March 8, 2018, Deseret News ran a story with a lengthy title that began, “How technology is changing Mormon missionary work.” This article discusses the LDS missionary force’s increased use of technology to find and teach investigators, often via online chats. Relating one such chat, the Deseret News […]