Category Archives: Mormonism in the News

“President Monson’s knowledge is unique and superior on ‘any subject, at any time.’”

By Sharon Lindbloom 23 August 2016 Beginning circa 1950, the Mormon Church promoted an “Indian Student Placement Program” for young Native American Mormons. According to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, “The Indian Student Placement Services was established among native americans by the LDS Church in part to fulfill the obligation felt by the Church to help […]

Selected Testimonies of the Book of Mormon

By Sharon Lindbloom 5 August 2016 LDS Church News published an opinion piece yesterday (4 August) that notes a few “Testimonies of the Book of Mormon” wherein people “witnessed the power of God working through” Joseph Smith during the book’s “translation” process. Included are the testimonies of: Emma Smith, who was amazed at Joseph’s “ability to […]

Mormon Children on the Path to Heavenly Father

By Sharon Lindbloom 19 July 2016 The July issue of Friend, a magazine for children published by the LDS Church, includes an activity for children titled, “Your Path to Heavenly Father.” Presented as a board game, the instructions explain, “Your path back to Heavenly Father has some necessary steps. It also has other experiences that […]

Trouble in Paradise: Thomas Marsh Takes a Stand

By Sharon Lindbloom 6 July 2016 Thomas B. Marsh was the President of the Quorum of the Twelve [LDS] Apostles in 1838. Over the years, he had proven himself a loyal and faithful supporter of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Joining the Mormon Church in 1830 and called as an apostle in 1835, Marsh stood with […]

Mormon Missionary Strategy Gone Wrong

By Sharon Lindbloom 21 June 2016 On June 11th (2016) The Salt Lake Tribune reported an odd Mormon-related story. Four LDS missionaries got in trouble with local authorities in Mexico for attempting to baptize three young brothers (a 9-year-old and 11-year-old twins) without their parents’ permission. Even stranger, the boys didn’t want to be baptized. […]

Mormon Leaders and Imperfections

By Sharon Lindbloom 15 June 2016 Last week a “Defending the Faith” column by Daniel Peterson appeared in the Deseret News: “Are you looking for a church with perfect leaders?” In the article, Dr. Peterson argues that Mormons should not expect perfection from their leaders because they are mortal humans who are “going through the […]

Fundamentals of Mormonism

By Sharon Lindbloom 8 June 2016 Morgan Scalley, the defensive coordinator for the University of Utah’s football team, addressed single adult Mormons last week, urging them to “master the fundamentals of the gospel” in order to achieve success. “What are the fundamentals of the church?” he asked rhetorically.  “They are everything you’ve been taught since […]

“The Mormon Jesus is not our Jesus.”

By Sharon Lindbloom 1 June 2016 On May 23, 2016 One News Now published a short article noting that “Seminary leaders disagree about Mormons’ beliefs.” The seminary leaders in question are Richard Mouw (who thinks Mormonism is approaching orthodoxy), and Richard Land (who disagrees). The One News Now article merely summarizes the essence of this […]

Should Mormons Follow Their Living Prophets?

By Sharon Lindbloom 24 May 2016 In an article titled, “‘The prophet will never lead the LDS Church astray,’ and other Mormon heresies,” LDS blogger Jana Riess argues that Mormons misunderstand the prevalent LDS tenet quoted in her blog title; in fact, LDS prophets can and perhaps have made mistakes, and to think otherwise smacks […]