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Chapter 10: Nurturing the Eternal Partnership of Marriage

During 2017, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The quotes from Hinckley are in bold, with my comments […]

Can Families Really be Together Forever?

By Eric Johnson Editor’s Note: The following was originally printed in the September/October 2015 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.     The First Presidency message published in the June 2015 Ensign and written by Henry B. Eyring (“Families Can Be Together Forever”) is not revolutionary or new. From those belonging to primary age to the eldest […]

Chapter 15: The Sacred Callings of Fathers and Mothers

Chapter 15: The Sacred Callings of Fathers and Mothers Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 191–202 During 2015, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting […]

Chapter 14: Marriage and Family—Ordained of God

Chapter 14: Marriage and Family—Ordained of God Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 179–90 During 2015, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and […]

Chapter 4: Strengthening and Preserving the Family

During 2014, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith. 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 underlined is from the manual, with our comments following.

 Chapter 4: Strengthening and Preserving the Family

Chapter 9: Sacred Family Relationships

Mormonism teaches that families can be together forever. What that exactly means is unclear, as it appears to be left to the imagination of the individual Latter-day Saint. As Snow points out here, it’s possible for members of a family to not qualify for the Celestial Kingdom. Since everyone has skeletons in their family closet, which Mormon family would have every single member together in the same celestial kingdom? I once spoke to an elderly lady at the St. George temple who acknowledged that she had a wayward son. When I asked if he would be with her family into eternity, she thought he would, even though she admitted that he didn’t qualify at that time. How? If he didn’t take care of everything in this life, she said she would hold out hope that a merciful God would allow him to work it off in the next life. This defeats the purpose of Mormonism’s insistence that “now” is the time of salvation. The idea flies in the face of Alma 34:31ff in the Book of Mormon, which specifically says that no work is efficacious after this life. Yet the idyllic image of grandparents, parents, and children sitting around a Christmastime fireplace is what the LDS Church continues to perpetuate. Strive and strive harder, as chapters 6-8 in this manual insist, is this religion’s impossible mantra. It’s a gospel where most people will fail compared to those who will succeed.

Family

Family. Meant to be a unit into eternity. One church manual said, “Only in and through the family unit can we obtain eternal life” (Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual Religion 231 and 232, 1986, p. 78). First Presidency member James Faust explained to a general conference audience, “The Savior’s supernal gift to mankind gave us the opportunity for eternal life, but eternal life without our loved ones would be bleak” (“Eternity Lies before Us,” Ensign (Conference Edition), May 1997, p. 19). Apostle Jeffrey R.