Category Archives: Mormonism in the News

Mormonism, Fraud, and Feelings

by Sharon Lindbloom 1 May 2019 Deseret News posted an article this week addressing the magnitude of investment fraud in Utah. Asking, “Does Utah deserve the title ‘fraud capital of the United States’?” journalist Dennis Romboy says the answer is yes: “Utah has a long-held reputation as the fraud capital of the United States, mostly based […]

Fact-checking the Mormon Prophet

by Sharon Lindbloom 15 April 2019 Last week the Truth & Transparency Foundation posted an article titled, “False Story Removed From Newest Book on the Life of Mormon President Russell M. Nelson.” The Foundation revealed that Insights from a Prophet’s Life: President Russell M. Nelson by Sheri Dew went to press while including “a faith promoting […]

The Photo of the Statue of the Apostle Peter and LDS President Russell M. Nelson

By Eric Johnson A Viewpoint on Mormonism episode on this topic will air during the week of April 15th. During the weekend of March 10, 2019, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints flew all fifteen of its general authorities to Rome, Italy–a nation where up to 85% of its residents are Roman Catholics–as the […]

Will the LDS Church overturn the ban on hot drinks?

By Eric Johnson There has been plenty of Internet speculation during the past few weeks concerning a possible change in Mormonism that would allow coffee and tea. According to the rumor mill, LDS Church leaders will make an announcement at general conference this weekend allowing hot drinks, including coffee and tea, formerly all banned in the […]

Anti-Mormons, Scribes, and Pharisees

by Sharon Lindbloom 1 April 2019 Last month LDS blogger Adam Dreamer posted an article he titled, “9 Ways Anti-Mormons are like the Scribes and Pharisees.” His stated purpose for the article was to demonstrate “how closely the arguments of Christ’s critics match – in substance and style, if not specifics – the arguments of […]

An Imaginary Tour of the LDS Temple in Rome

by Sharon Lindbloom 18 March 2019 On March 7th (2019) the Newsroom of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted what it called an “unprecedented video production within one of the Church’s most sacred spaces.” This video is a virtual tour of the church’s new temple in Rome, Italy. Led by two Mormon apostles, […]

When the Mormon Church skirts the truth, who’s to blame?

by Sharon Lindbloom 4 March 2019 In February, BYU professor Daniel Peterson posted on his blog what I think is an odd article. The title is a question: “Is the Church lying to us through its art?” Dr. Peterson admits that he understands the critics’ claim that “the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints […]

Masonry and the Mormon Temple Endowment Ceremony

by Sharon Lindbloom 18 February 2019 Earlier this month The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted a new essay to the Church History Topics section of its website. In the church’s continuing effort to be more “transparent” about its past, the new essay, titled “Masonry,” examines the relationship between the LDS temple endowment […]

Mormonism and Catholicism: “Friendly in Every Respect”

by Sharon Lindbloom 4 February 2019 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is currently hosting its public open house for those who would like to see the new Mormon temple in Rome, Italy (January 28-February 16, 2019). Leading up to the public open house event, the church provided special tours for specific groups […]