Category Archives: Mormonism in the News

LDS Apostle Tries to Comfort Discouraged Mormons

By Sharon Lindbloom 23 October 2017 LDS apostle Jeffrey Holland seems to be engaged in an ongoing effort to soften the harsh reality of Mormonism’s impossible gospel. A year and a half ago, at the April 2016 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mr. Holland assured Mormons, contrary to orthodox […]

A Mormon Apostle’s Evasive Answer

by Sharon Lindbloom 5 October 2017 On 18 September 2017, the LDS Church’s Deseret News reported on LDS Apostle Russell M. Nelson’s recent devotional address directed at young Mormon adults. In that address, Mr. Nelson spoke of his appreciation for the Bible and invited his audience to join him in studying that volume of scripture […]

Finding Mormonism in All the Wrong Places

By Sharon Lindbloom 21 September 2017 Eric D. Richards is a popular LDS speaker and educator. Last week (12 September 2017), LDS Living magazine published an article Eric wrote that tells the story of how he and his mother came to be converted to Mormonism. It’s written as a sweet, Mormon-faith-promoting story, telling of the […]

Mormon Church Discipline and Confidentiality

by Sharon Lindbloom 5 September 2017 In a rare move, on August 8, 2017, the LDS Church released and excommunicated one of its general authorities, Seventy James Hamula. Mr. Hamula was raised in the Mormon Church, and held many positions of leadership over the years, including Stake President, Mission President, Area Seventy, Area President, Assistant […]

A Birthday Wish for Thomas Monson, the Mormon Prophet

by Sharon Lindbloom 21 August 2017 Today (21 August 2017), LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson celebrates his 90th birthday. President Monson’s service to the Mormon Church has spanned his entire adult life. According to Deseret News, “He was called as a bishop at age 22, a mission president at 31 and as an apostle […]

An LDS Apostle’s Answers, Grounded in Mormon “Truth”

By Sharon Lindbloom 8 August 2017 MormonLeaks recently released “The McConkie Papers,” a series of 37 previously unpublished “sermons, lessons, and accounts” written by LDS Apostle Bruce R. McConkie. One of the files made available by MormonLeaks is “Answers Grounded in Truth,” a compilation of typed and (originally) handwritten, undated notes found in Mr. McConkie’s personal […]

The Mormon Testimony and Wishful Thinking

By Sharon Lindbloom 25 July 2017 At the Mormon Church’s 2017 Seminar for New Mission Presidents last month, LDS apostle D. Todd Christofferson spoke on the power of the Book of Mormon in converting people to Mormonism. In his remarks, Mr. Christofferson told the story of a returned missionary who was struggling with his faith […]

Finding Nahom: The Continuing Search for Archaeological Confirmation of the Book of Mormon

By Sharon Lindbloom 11 July 2017 On 17 June 2017 a new video produced by Book of Mormon Central appeared on the scene. LDS Living announced it with the headline, “How One Book of Mormon Location Was Archaeologically Confirmed.” I’m accustomed to seeing LDS assertions related to Book of Mormon archaeology, but they most often […]

Mormon Pioneer Mary Lightner’s Mythic Heroism

By Sharon Lindbloom 27 June 2017 Latter-day Saint Glenn Rawson, writing for the Idaho State Journal, recently published an article, “‘I’m A Full-Blooded Mormon’: Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner.” Drawing from Mary’s autobiography, Mr. Rawson relates a story that demonstrated Mary’s “uncommon courage for her faith.” Mr. Rawson explains that near the close of the 1838 […]

Mormon Endowment Ceremony Origins

By Sharon Lindbloom 13 June 2017 One hundred eighty years ago this month (June 2017) W.A. Cowdery, the Mormon editor of the Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate, told readers about ancient Greece. He explained, “The history of Greece for a period of three hundred years preceding the Trojan war, is intermixed with fables; but […]