By Sharon Lindbloom 13 February 2017 The LDS Church’s February 2017 issue of Ensign magazine includes a parable written by LDS apostle James Talmage, originally published in the Improvement Era in September 1914. “The Parable of the Unwise Bee” poetically tells the story of a wild bee who becomes unwittingly trapped in Mr. Talmage’s office. […]
During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The text that is in boldfaced is from the manual, with our […]
By Sharon Lindbloom There’s an article in the January 2006 issue about the fourth LDS prophet, Wilford Woodruff, titled Contending for the Faith. The tag line to this article is, “While contending for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, President Woodruff taught principles relevant for our lives today” (p.20). I was surprised to find that […]
Since 1987, members from the Mormonism Research Ministry team have been going to Manti, UT for two weeks each June to participate in outreach at the Mormon Miracle Pageant. Thousands of people from all over the United States come to watch the LDS-produced play held outdoors on the hillside of the Manti temple. It’s an exciting time as we have a chance to share God’s truth in the hours before the pageant begins each night. Find out how you could help participate in helping MRM attend, something we’ve been doing since 1987!
Suppose your favorite NFL team is headed to overtime in a tie game and ends up winning the coin toss. Would you want your team to kick off or receive? It’s a no-brainer. Even the most defensive-minded fan wants his team to have the ball. After all, the team receiving the kickoff can win the game by scoring a touchdown in its initial possession. While the defense could cause a turnover, pick up the ball, and run eighty yards for the tie-breaking score, there is a better opportunity to get into the end zone when your team is in control. When it comes to evangelism, is it possible to take the offense without being offensive?
During a friendly dialogue that I had recently with a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, Mormon), I made a point that seemed to strike a chord. After a few seconds of awkward silence, the Latter-day Saint said (in a most respectful way), “What you’re showing me appears to be correct. I’m not sure how to answer your objection to my faith. I guess we’ll all know in the end anyway, won’t we?” Is there a way to respond when the Mormon deters to figuring out truth after death?
Responding to Those Who Disagree
By Eric Johnson
The following was originally printed in the March-April 2009 edition of Mormonism Researched. The original headline was “Mormon apostle encourages silence, not dialogue, with perceived ‘accusers.’” To request a free subscription, please visit here.
Have you ever tried to memorize scripture but it was just too hard to remember all the words in a verse? Or have you ever been in a witnessing situation and wanted to use a particular verse–it’s at the tip of your tongue–but you forgot where it was located? (“It’s in the Bible…somewhere.”) Consider learning snippets, which are short 4-6 words explanations of a verse and the reference. Using flashcards to build up your memory verse capability, you can have a variety of verses to use in different situations, equipping you with the ability to better share your faith. Included in this article are 70+ verses used regularly by the author in his coversations with Christians and nonChristians alike.
Dealing with “Contention”
By Eric Johnson
Everyone has presuppositions. There are many ways we have been influenced, including our culture and the people in our surroundings. Even our religious faith might be something we garnered from our community. Since it is not possible that all paths lead to God, we would like to challenge you to read the book of Romans in the New Testament. Read it as a little child as if you were reading it all the way through for the first time. Write down some notes and put checks next to those verses that you think are crucial. Once you are done, consider whether or not your spiritial belief is in agreement wiht the book of Romans. The conclusion you draw might just surprise you!