Tag Archives: gospel topics

Mother in Heaven

Mother in Heaven To hear a 3-part Viewpoint on Mormonism Podcast on this Gospel Topics essay that originally aired November 16-18, 2015, click the following links: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3   While there has been speculation about the idea of a “Mother God” in Mormonism, it has not been clearly defined. Until now. Because the Gospel Topics […]

Peace and Violence among 19th-Century Latter-day Saints

By Eric Johnson This particular Gospel Topics essay was published in May 2014 under the Gospel Topics section on the LDS Church website. The original full article is underlined, with my response following. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ. The virtues of peace, love, and forgiveness are at the center […]

Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah

By Eric Johnson More attention has been given to the topic of polygamy (plural marriage) than any other in the Gospel Topics essay series. This particular essay was published in December 2013 under the Gospel Topics section on the LDS Church website. The original full article is underlined, with my response following. The Bible and the Book of Mormon […]

The Manifesto and the End of Plural Marriage

By Eric Johnson Listen to the 10-part Viewpoint on Mormonism series on this Gospel Topics essay, which originally aired in late September/early October 2016. Part 1   Part 2    Part 3   Part 4    Part 5  Part 6   Part 7   Part 8   Part 9   Part 10 More attention has been given to the topic of polygamy (plural marriage) than any […]

Gospel Topics Essay: Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo

On October 22, 2014, the LDS Church published another “Gospel Topics” essay titled “Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo.” There were a number of admissions made. However, all the facts were not included to give a complete picture. The information contained within should be disconcerting for any faithful Latter-day Saint, as history doesn’t lie. A 12-part Viewpoint on Mormonism series aired in November 2014.

Gospel Topics Essay: Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham

The LDS Church has produced another essay in its series titled “Gospel Topics.” Did Joseph Smith correctly translate the Book of Abraham papyrii? The arguments offered in this recent essay provide nothing new and show that Smith was unable to translate anything from the Egyptian langauge. This topic is featured during the week of December 1 on the Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast series.

Are Mormons Christian?

While the topic has been discussed at length over the years, the idea that Mormons are Christians continues to be argued by many Latter-day Saints. In 1998, BYU professor Stephen E. Robinson explained why he thought the answer is yes in his book Are Mormons Christians? As part of its series on “Gospel Topics,” the essay titled “Are Mormons Christian?” was published in January 2014 on the official LDS website. Let’s take a closer look at the reasons given for why we should accept Mormonism as a Christian religion. 

Becoming Like God

In its fifth essay of a series published on lds.org meant to explain hard teachings, the issues of godhood and new worlds are discussed. “Becoming Like God” was first published on 2/25/2014, with the doctrines of preexistence and exaltation serving as the focal points. We have reprinted this entire article, with our commentary scattered throughout. Can the information in this article be supported by the Bible? Is what is written here corroborated  by other LDS leaders and manuals?

Gospel Topics Essays–Introduction and Links

In what appears to be an attempt to deal with several vital historical issues propogated by the LDS Church throughout the years, the Mormon Church has been producing essays since late 2013 under its “Gospel Topics” section of its lds.org website, attempting to reconcile the facts with what had been taught by earlier leaders and church manuals. Check out the articles that have already been published, with links to other articles or podcasts that have been produced by MRM.