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Mormonism 201 (Book of Mormon): Response to Michael Ash

Response to Michael Ash Rejoinder by Lane A. Thuet Introduction In his review of the eighth chapter of  Mormonism 101, Michael Ash states, “Like nearly all other anti-Mormons, McKeever and Johnson constantly attempt to force their own version of LDS doctrine on their readers rather than letting ‘official’ LDS doctrine speak for itself.” He goes on to […]

Chapter 9: The Book of Mormon–Keystone of our Religion

Chapter 9: The Book of Mormon—Keystone of Our Religion Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 125–35 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 8: The Power of the Word

Chapter 8: The Power of the Word

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 114–24

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 providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The text that is underlined is from the manual, with our comments following.

Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon. One of Mormonism’s standard works. It contains the story of a group of Jews led by a man named Lehi who left Israel and sailed to the American continent around 600 B.C. with, among others, his sons Nephi and Laman. The book records the wars and ultimate demise of their followers known as Nephites and Lamanites. The narrative also includes the story of a group of people known as the Jaredites whom God spared from having their language confused at the Tower of Babel.

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith, Chapter 10

One of the key words a Christian must understand when talking to a Latter-day Saint is “scripture.” To a Christian, the immediate thought is this refers to the Bible, which is truly the Word of God. However, in Mormonism, there are four “Standard Works”: The Bible (King James Version is the official version), the Book of Mormon (considered “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”), the Doctrine and Covenants (teachings mainly from Joseph Smith, who claimed revelation from God Himself), and the Pearl of Great Price (containing such works as Joseph Smith’s Testimony as well as the books of Moses and Abraham).

The problem is that the latter three “scriptures” typically supersede any teaching from the Bible. When a person considers these as words commissioned by God, they are prone to accept those teachings whenever they contradict the Bible. By assuming these are scripture and are to be believed, George Albert Smith has set up an unfair playing field. It would be better if he took some time to explain why the Bible is not a “sufficient guide” so we can understand why we need these other books.