Category Archives: Critiques and Responses

The First Vision: Key to Truth? A Review of Seventy Richard J. Maynes’ June 2017 Ensign article

By Eric Johnson There are two cornerstone events in the history of the Mormon religion that are as important as the literal resurrection of Jesus is to Christianity. Remember how the apostle Paul testified to the historicity of the raising of Jesus from the dead? He claimed in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8: 3 For I delivered to you as […]

Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?

Note: The following was originally printed in the January/February 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  To listen to a 5-part Viewpoint on Mormonism series that originally aired January 2-6, 2017, click the following: Part 1  Part 2   Part 3  Part 4  Part 5   By Eric Johnson The title for this article is the actual title for […]

The “blueprint of Christ’s church”? A Seventy’s rehash of “17 points”

Reviewed by Eric Johnson Check out the Viewpoint on Mormonism originally airing August and September 2016: Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5  Part 6   Part 7   Part 8  Part 9   Part 10    Part 11   Part 12    Part 13   Part 14   Part 15 On January 12, 2014, Tad Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy presented a devotional for […]

Does Mormonism Really offer a "Gift of Grace"? A review of Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk on Easter Sunday 2015

By Eric Johnson For a 5-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast series reviewing this talk, go to “Utctdorf’s Gift of Grace  (Is Mormonism coming Biblical Christianity’s Way?)”   Part 1   Part 2   Part 3    Part 4   Part 5 In what may be the most quoted sermon at a General Conference in recent years, “The Gift of Grace” as delivered by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, […]

Noah Essay from


Beginning in December 2013, the LDS Church began publishing a series of essays meant to explain hard teachings (for a list of other articles and podcasts from MRM, go here). The entire article on  Noah is underlined here, with my commentary throughout. 

Having it Our Way? (Jeffrey Holland’s 2011 talk at conference)

Having it Our Way? (Jeffrey Holland’s 2011 speech at conference)

By Eric Johnson

In a April 2011 general conference message, LDS Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland made it a point midway through his talk to explain how “the (LDS) Church is not a fast-food outlet; we can’t always have it ‘our way.’” (“An Ensign to the Nations,” Ensign, May 2011, pp. 111-113).

Holland quoted from Matthew 5 to show God’s remarkable standards. It says in part,

Is Jesus’ Grace Sufficient in Mormonism?

 Brad Wilcox is a religion professor at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young  University who also serves on the Sunday School board. He gave a  devotional address at BYU on July 12, 2011 that has been widely  circulated on the Internet. The talk, titled “His Grace is Sufficient: How  does God’s Grace really work?” tries to make sense of biblical grace in  the light of Latter-day Saint teaching. An edited version of the talk was included on pages 35-37 of the September 2013 issue of the  Ensign. This article takes a closer look at the original  talk and determines whether or not Mormonism’s version of grace coincides with biblical Christianity. An 8-part series on Wilcox’s talk will air on the Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast in October.

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