Written in 2011—the year before two LDS Republican candidates ran for the presidency of the United States—Mormons Believe…What? is a book that was meant to set the record straight regarding the religion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to the cover jacket, author Gary Lawrence “received a B.A. from BYU in political science in 1967 and a PhD from Stanford University in 1972.” The public opinion pollster is a lifelong member of the LDS Church who served his mission in Germany and has held leadership positions in his church, including bishop. His goal is to help outsiders better understand this unique American religion and get beyond the “anti-Mormon” rhetoric” that he believes is too easily believed. Does he succeed or fail? MRM’s Eric Johnson takes a closer look at several chapters, along with a 5-part Viewpoint on Mormonism response that aired during the week of March 20, 2017. See here.
The book that caused many to reconsider their view of God and especially the Trinity is now a movie that everyone is talking about. While not directly related to Mormonism, this book does portray the Personhood of God in a unique way that needs to be understood. Is this fictional book the will edify the Christian believer? Or is it possibly a tool that will cause great confusion? To read this short review by MRM’s Eric Johnson along with several links to other excellent reviews, click here.
Many Mormons, including Mormon pollster Gary C. Lawrence in his 2011 book (Mormons Believe…What?! Fact and Fiction about a Rising Religion, say that a true church will not pay the local ministry. This trait, he says, is another reason why Mormonism ought to be considered true. Does this line of reasoning line up with what the Bible and even the other Standard Works teach? Click here for more.
For much of its history, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had a fairly standard explanation as to why those of African heritage were prohibited from holding any priesthood office in the church. The ban was officially lifted in June 1978 by the First Presidency, the top leaders of the church; since then, those former elucidations have quietly faded away. Modern explanations tend to exhibit a kind of “doctrinal amnesia,” causing many to wonder why a church that claims to be led by prophets and apostles could have enforced such a ban when the reasons given pre-1978 are being repudiated today.This is an article from the Christian Research Journal written by MRM founder Bill McKeever. For more, click here.
There is nothing more important to a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than having a person “testimony” confirm the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and, ultimately, Mormonism. James 1:5 was first utilized as a Mormon proof text by the 14-year-old Joseph Smith, Jr. in 1820. Mormonism teaches that God the Father and Jesus appeared to the eventual church founder in a vision that took place soon after he prayed about the true church. Should Christians take this prayer (and the answer a person may have) as a legitimate test for truth? This article that was printed in the Christian Research Journal explains more.
Recently MormonLeaks (formerly MormonWikiLeaks) posted documents related to the salaries the LDS Church pays its full-time top leaders. These documents include several bi-weekly pay stubs for LDS apostle Henry B. Eyring (dating to the year 2000), as well as a 2014 notice to LDS Seventy Bruce Porter confirming that he, along with all the Church’s General Authorities, was getting a raise. The salaries provide a comfortable living for the 108 General Authorities of the Church and their families. (Click here for more.)
Although many Mormons today shy away from Matthew 5:48–once considered the Evangelical Christian’s “John 3:16”–it is understood by most LDS laypeople that God demands much more than just “our best” or “trying hard.” What exactly does this verse mean? This article was printed in a recent issue of the Christian Research Journal. Click here.
While there are no perfect churches, it’s commanded in the Bible for Christians to be in felllowship with other believers. Since 2012, MRM has recommended churches throughout the state of Utah. Our list has just been updated, offering good Bible-believing fellowship choices for wherever you live in Utah. We’ve catalogued these by county locations. If you need a church home, check it out! And if you know a good Utah church not on our list, tell us at [email protected] To see 150 church names, go here.
To that question, we believe that accepting the Trinity is a cornerstone of the biblical Christian church. Unfortunately, Mormonism’s leaders have not only denied this belief but even mocked it. So just what is the Trinity? Is the teaching even understandable? Check out our new page that offers articles, YouTube videos, blogs, and podcasts. If the Trinity is true, it needs to be defended by the Christian who has questioning friends and neighbors. Click here to see what’s available.
In an attempt to deal with several vital historical issues propagated 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. To see these links to the LDS Church website along with MRM’s responses, click here.