Eternal Progression: Mormonism vs. Christianity

I think Christians see eternal progression with bigger potential and glory than Mormons realize. Let me explain. Traditional Mormonism has followed Orson Pratt’s model of eternal progression, which holds that when we achieve full godhood we will cap out in knowledge and power, having become equal with God in all divinity, subsequently only progressing in … Read more

A response to Greg Trimble’s blog "51 Answers"

51 Answers that Might Lead You Away from Mormonism & Into True Christianity

A Reponse to Greg Trimble’s blog post titled “51 Questions That Might Lead You to Mormonism” 

By Cory Anderson

Editor’s note: The following is the print version of Cory Anderson’s response to Greg Trimble.

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A response to Greg Trimble’s blog "51 Answers"

51 Answers that Might Lead You Away from Mormonism & Into True Christianity

A Reponse to Greg Trimble’s blog post titled “51 Questions That Might Lead You to Mormonism” 

By Cory Anderson

Pastor, Shadow Mountain Church, West Jordan, UT

Editor’s note: The following is the print version of Cory Anderson’s response to Greg Trimble. In addition, Pastor Cory joined Bill McKeever for 12 podcasts responding to Trimble that can be heard here:

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Joseph's Wives.com

Welcome to JosephsWives.com, a page that has been created to help people better understand the truth about the more than thirty wives of Joseph Smith. We invite you to look through the information we have made available here and see that what we are saying is historical fact, not anti-Mormon rhetoric. And please understand what we are not saying:

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Joel Kramer and Archaeology: A 16-episode YouTube series from the Holy Land

Join us on a tour of the Holy Land with archaeologist Joel Kramer. This is a 16-episode YouTube series we are debuting from April through July, one episode released per week. For this first week, we take a closer look at the Old Testament city of Bethel in Episode 2. The Bible really is true. Check in each week to watch the whole series!

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.

Chapter 7: Joseph Smith, an Instrument in the Hands of the Lord

Chapter 7: Joseph Smith, an Instrument in the Hands of the Lord Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 102–13 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, … Read more

99 Quotable Quotes from the LDS Church manual Gospel Principles

Beginning February 2, 2015, Viewpoint on Mormonism will feature a chapter-by-chapter analysis of the 2009 LDS Church manual Gospel Principles. Included in this page are 99 of the best quotes from this 47-chapter manual, ordered by topics. In addition, we have compiled overviews of each chapter in this manual. Each chapter is summarized in about 50 words along with a “quotable quote” or two. This PDF file would be fun to check out during our two-month radio series on this manual, available for an electronic gift of any size during the months of February and March 2015. 

Nauvoo Polygamy

Nauvoo Polygamy: “…But We Called It Celestial Marriage”   By George D. Smith Reviewed by Eric Johnson Polygamy (or plural marriage as it is also called) was a major issue for the LDS Church in 2014, as three different Gospel Topic essays on this topic were published. For many Latter-day Saints, the information disseminated by the church—including … Read more

Joseph Smith and his many wives

The Mormon Church recently admitted in a Gospel Topics essay  that Joseph Smith had a total of 30-40 plural wives, meaning that Emma was not his “one and only.” In fact, the church even acknowledged that there was sexual intimacy in most of these relationships. Does this information agree with scholarship? And is it true that teenagers were also involved? 

Mormon Christianity

By Stephen H. Webb Reviewed by Eric Johnson If you want to know about a book that shouldn’t be purchased in order to learn more about Mormonism, then do I have the suggestion for you!  Stephen H. Webb, a former Restoration Movement-turned Disciples of Christ-turned Lutheran-turned Roman Catholic, has produced a $25 offering (wow, who … Read more

Chapter 2: Pray Always

Chapter 2: Pray Always Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 46–57 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 … Read more

A Look at the Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson

During 2015, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church,Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, twice each month. Each chapter is evaluated from a Christian worldview.

Chapter 5: Principles of True Repentance

Chapter 6: Jesus Christ, Our Savior and Redeemer

Chapter 7: Joseph Smith: An Instrument in the Hands of God

Chapter 8: The Power of the Word

Modalism in the Book of Mormon

Does the Book of Mormon teach a Trinitarian concept of God? Some have assumed so because certain verses taken separately do seem to use Trinitarian language. However, taken as a whole, the Book of Mormon lends itself more to a modalistic understanding of God rather than Trinitarian. Modalism is an old heresy that attempts to defend monotheism, but does so at the expense of “confounding the persons” within the godhead. 

Evangelicals’ Favorite Heresies

The November 2014 Christianity Today (CT) magazine described a poll of Evangelical Christians and their beliefs about essential teachings of Christianity. Topics include the nature of Jesus and the Holy Spirit as well as issues involving salvation. What do Evangelical Christians believe about these teachings? Could heresy be creeping into the church? 

Chapter 24: The Work of Latter-day Saint Women: “Unselfish Devotion to This Glorious Cause”

Chapter 24: The Work of Latter-day Saint Women: “Unselfish Devotion to This Glorious Cause” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 297–309 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 … Read more

Mormongraves.com

Welcome to Mormongraves.com! We are not LDS but have studied The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many years. This page is dedicated to providing a short history of some of Mormonism’s leaders, wives, scholars, and others important to the history of Mormonism. This is a living site and will have additions when we find new gravesites. The graves are listed in alphabetical order, except for the presidents who are listed chronologically. Just click on a name to see the short bio, picture of the grave, and additional resources for further information.

Mormonism 101 Revised and Updated: Leader’s Guide

Mormonism 101: Revised and Updated is being released in April 2015. In this article is information that can be used with the discussion questions given at the end of each of the 18 chapters. These questions can be used by the individual as a reminder of what the chapter covered or by a group desiring an impetus to further discuss the content of the book. Included are Internet links for further information. Purchase Mormonism 101 at Utah Lighthouse Ministry, amazon.com, christianbooks.org, or your favorite Christian retailer. And if you have a chance, please write a review of this book on any of those sites!

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.

Chapter 21: Proclaiming the Gospel to the World

Chapter 21: Proclaiming the Gospel to the World Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 262–72 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 … Read more

¿Es el Ministerio de Investigaciones Para el Mormonismo “Anti-Mormón”?

Por Eric Johnson Cuando el Ministerio Para el Mormonismo lleva la verdad bíblica a las calles en lugares como Manti, Utah, o a las inauguraciones de templos Mormones, solemos recibir comentarios de los Santos de los Últimos Días que creen que nuestros motivos no son sinceros y nos etiquetan con el título sospechoso de “anti-Mormón.” … Read more

Is The Miracle of Forgiveness nothing more than Spencer W. Kimball’s opinion?

Some people have argued that Spencer W. Kimball’s book The Miracle of Forgiveness is not authoritative because what he wrote is just his opinion. They may even point out that Kimball was “merely” an apostle and not a prophet when he wrote the book. Several points can be given in rebuttal.

The 1838 Mormon War in Missouri

Not everyone likes history, especially Mormon history. But if there is a particular year that ought to be understood for a better comprehension of Mormonism, the year would have to be 1838. For those who have heard of “Gov. Boggs,” the “Salt Sermon,” and the Hahn’s Mill massacre, this is the book that must be read.

Chapter 19: In the World but Not of the World

Chapter 19: In the World but Not of the World Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 240–51 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 … Read more

A closer look at Spencer W. Kimball’s The Miracle of Forgiveness

MRM has produced a new website centered around President Spencer W. Kimball’s book The Miracle of Forgiveness. The url is www.themiracleofforgiveness.com. We have also produced a Kimball million dollar bill (tract) to be used in conjunction with this website. Check out the website and recommend Kimball’s book to every Mormon you know! 

Review of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

A book on Joseph Smith written by a Latter-day Saint that we would recommend.  Yes, the author does accept more than he should, but overall I think this is an important read for everyone interested in the topic of Mormonism. Find out why.

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.

Review of In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith (Signature Books, 1997)

Although many Mormons know that second LDS President Brigham Young was a practicing polygamist, some may not realize that Joseph Smith had many wives as well. When this issue is broached, I have heard it said more than once that we were connocting nothing more than an anti-Mormon lie. What LDS writer Todd Compton does in this book is explain details about each of Joseph Smith’s 33 wives. Reading it may cause you to forever change your opinon about the founder of the LDS Church.

¿Es Necesario Entregar Una Carta de Resignación a La Iglesia Mormona? (¿Cómo Lo Hago?)

Por Eric Johnson  Esto se trata de una decisión individual que cada Santo de los Últimos Días debe considerar. Hay varios asuntos de los cuales se deben contemplar: ¿Rechaza las enseñanzas de la Iglesia Mormona? ¿Ya no se considera activo en esta iglesia? ¿Quiere que su nombre cuente con los más de 15 millones de “miembros” … Read more

Chapter 15: Eternal Marriage

Chapter 15: Eternal Marriage Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 191–202 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 … Read more

10 Reasons Why God Exists

10 Reasons Why God Exists

Note: By themselves, these arguments don’t prove God. In fact, nothing can “prove” God in an empirical sense. However, when we put everything together, the idea that there is a God seems more logical and sensible than the idea that no God exists. As one book puts it, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.”

1.  The complex order of the universe begs for a Creator.

10 reasons why Mormonism should not be considered the same as Christianity

10 reasons why Mormonism should not be considered the same as Christianity

1.   The idea that a restoration of Christianity was needed.

2.   The doctrine of God is corrupt.

3.    The minimalization of Jesus Christ.

4.     The teaching of preexistence.

10 reasons why the Book of Mormon is rejected as scripture by Christians

10 reasons why the Book of Mormon is rejected as scripture by Christians

1. There is no archaeological support for this book

2. There are entire sections copied from books available only after the Book of Mormon was supposedly written

3. There is no evidence Joseph Smith had the ability to translate such plates

Isn’t telling a Latter-day Saint that Mormonism is wrong judgmental? (Shouldn’t we just leave them alone?)

By Eric Johnson  We are often asked, “Why are you (at MRM) so judgmental?” Often cited is Matthew 7:1 and Jesus’s instruction “Judge not lest ye be judged.” First of all, please don’t take our position as being antagonistic or hateful toward any individual. We care very much about the LDS people. Indeed, if we “hated” Mormons … Read more

Is it OK for a Christian to attend an LDS service?

By Eric Johnson  Drive by any LDS chapel and you will see this statement emblazoned on a wall near the entrance:  “Visitors Welcome.” Anyone who has ever known a Mormon has been invited to read the Book of Mormon or attend a service. If this is the case, should Christians ever take them up on the … Read more

If I no longer believe the teachings of the Mormon Church, should I remain in the church or leave it for good?

A few years ago there seemed to be a movement to encourage those leaving Mormonism for Christianity to remain active in the LDS Church. After all, the rationale goes, wouldn’t there be a better chance for one’s friends and relatives to convert to Christianity if someone (a new Christian) was able to stay in the local LDS branch or ward and, though covertly, let everyone know the truth? Is this a reasonable rationale?

Chapter 14: The Gift of the Holy Ghost

Chapter 14: The Gift of the Holy Ghost Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 181–90 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 … Read more

Chapter 13: Baptism

Chapter 13: Baptism

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 171–80

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.

La Perspectiva Mormona de la Salvación: Un Evangelio Que es Verdaderamente Imposible (Testificarles con Seis Versículos)

Por Eric Johnson y Bill McKeever  Nota: El siguiente artículo fue impreso en la revista Christian Research Journal, Vol. 34, No. 04, 2011, 6-7 Un encuentro en la puerta con los misioneros de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días (los Mormones) puede permitir solamente un momento breve para poder hacer una impresión duradera, … Read more

Do Christians believe that they can say a prayer for salvation and then sin like hell?

En Espanol By Eric Johnson  A false stereotype some may have about Evangelical Christianity is that good works are not important. Hence, it is thought by those outside Christianity that all a person needs to do is walk down a church aisle, say a little prayer, and presto, salvation is secure and a person can now … Read more

Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons

In the world of Christian apologetics to the LDS community exists a number of books written from several different angles. For author John B. Wallace of Starting at the Finish Line, the target audience for Starting at the Finish Line is clearly marked throughout: those who are current believers in his former religion. Wallace, who is a practicing dentist in Southern California, hopes to reach out to “transitioning Mormons,” the “primary focus of his personal ministry.” Thus, his book aims to communicate with Latter-day Saints in a way that they can understand as delineated by someone familiar with their situation and worldview. A review of the book.

Chapter 12: The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood

Chapter 12: The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 161–70 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 … Read more

American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church

Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam’s new 2014 book may be very helpful to many readers who may not know very much about Mormonism, let alone the facts surrounding the death of Mormonism’s founder Joseph Smith at the hands of an angry mob at the Carthage Jail in 1844. See the review of American Crucifixion here.

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Top 10 Articles on MRM

Top 10 Articles on MRM

By Eric Johnson

Welcome to our website. We have much to offer on this site, which is run by Evangelical Christians who have a deep concern for the Latter-day Saint people. We believe that Mormonsim differs in significant ways from biblical Christianity.

Chapter 11: Honoring the Priesthood Keys Restored through Joseph Smith

Chapter 11: Honoring the Priesthood Keys Restored through Joseph Smith

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 151–60

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 10: Our Search for Truth

Chapter 10: Our Search for Truth

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 139–50

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.

MRM and the Mormon Miracle Pageant

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!

Chapter 9: Witnesses of the Book of Mormon

Chapter 9: Witnesses of the Book of Mormon

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 127–38

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.

What Glenn Beck didn’t explain at the 4/25/14 convocation talk at Liberty University

On Friday, April 25, 2014, Liberty University invited Glenn Beck–advertised as “one of America’s Best Known Media Personalities, Author, Radio and Television Host, Patriot”–to spend the day. Among other things, he hosted his nationwide radio show from the top of the Vines Center and spent the morning in President Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s suite. The most egegious invitation, though, was allowing Beck to man the pulpit at a chapel-like gathering for Liberty students called “convocation.” What quotes did Beck leave out of this talk? And what questions do I have for Glenn Beck?

First Vision Accounts: Response to the LDS.org Essay

A good Mormon will be able to explain Smith’s supposed vision of God the Father and Jesus. As part of the Gospel Topics Essay, Joseph Smith’s First Vision account is described and defended by the LDS Church. But what about the different accounts that provided contradictory details? Did Smith see angels or did he see God the Father and God the Son? This response to the church’s essay goes along with 10 Viewpoint on Mormonism radio shows (podcasts) that will air beginning June 3, 2014.  Along with  our podcasts as aired on Viewpoint on Mormonism, this article provides our response to the church’s essay. For any Paypal gift to MRM during the month of June, receive a PDF version of Wesley Walters’ booklet “The Palymra Revival & Mormon Origins.” See article for details.

Bill McKeever

Bill McKeever founded Mormonism Research Ministry in 1979 with the hope of informing the Body of Christ about the differences between Mormonism and Christianity. He has also made it an effort to reach out to many individuals who are members of the LDS church with the truth of God’s Word.

Are Mormons and Muslims Apples and Oranges?

When it comes to stereotypical caricatures, Islam and Mormonism could very well be the two religions most misunderstood in the Western world. Understanding the mindsets of both the Muslim and the Mormon is necessary if the Christian hopes to reach out effectively to them with the gospel. This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, Vol. 28 No. 4, 2005.

Mormonism: Christian, Cult, or ???

In recent years, many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, or Mormons) have demanded that they be considered Christians. Thus, it can become very difficult for Christian laypeople to grasp the inherent differences unless one is familiar with how the common vocabulary is defined in a Mormon context. So, should Mormonism be considered Christian, a cult, or something else altogether?

Taking the Offense without Being Offensive: An Evangelism Strategy

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?

I ♥ Mormons: A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints

I ♥ Mormons: A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints

(Baker Books, 2005)

By David Rowe

Reviewed by Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson

David Rowe has pooled his experiences into a “how to” manual for Christians interested in sharing their faith with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, Mormon).  

When tomorrow is too late: An Evangelism Strategy for "We’ll all find out at the end"

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?        

Preparando para Su Visita al Templo

By Bill McKeever  Los líderes de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días (los Mormones) enfatizan la importancia del trabajo del templo. El significado de estos edificios en la teología Mormona es algo que hay que subrayar. De hecho, el Mormón fiel solo puede esperar lograr la exaltación o la deidad si … Read more

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. 

The Joseph Smith Translation: An improvement over the original? Or ‘Much Ado About Nothing’?

An article published in the April 2014 Ensign (“The Atonement of Jesus Christ: Insights from The Joseph Smith Translation,” written on pages 52-57, with no attribution to its authorship) explains that “Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible enhances our understanding of the Savior’s suffering, death, and Resurrection.” To prove this point, the article covers five different events during the last two days of Jesus’ life leading to His death on Calvary. Is the Joseph Smith Translation beneficial to readers today of the Passion Week accounts?

 

In Their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations

I imagine that many people think that Bill McKeever (the founder of Mormonism Research Ministry) and I have photographic memories when we provide many quotations on our Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast at what may seem to be the drop of a hat. While Bill certainly has an incredible memory, we must admit that the vast majority of our quotes comes from our regular use of a resource called In Their Own Words, which we utilize on almost every broadcast we air. What is this resource all about? Check out a review here. SPECIAL: During the month of April, for a gift of any size to MRM, we will send you as our thank you a PDF searchable version of In Their Own Words via email. Simply click our “Donate” button on the top right hand corner of our main page. If you are sending a check, please mention this offer and include your email. We will send this to you as an downloadable attachment.

Santo de los Últimos Días: ¿Estaría de acuerdo de tomar el desafío de los Romanos?

Santo de los Últimos Días: ¿Estaría de acuerdo de tomar el desafío de los Romanos?

Por Eric Johnson

La vida viene con presuposiciones. No importando quien sea, todo aspecto de su vida le ha influenciado, desde la cultura (en donde se crió) hasta las personas de su comunidad (empezando por sus padres y continuando con sus maestros y amigos). Usted ha sido influenciado, aun sin darse cuenta.

Chapter 8: The Church and Kingdom of God

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 116–26 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 … Read more

Should Christians (or Mormons) Participate in the Hare Krishna Holi Festival of Colors?

The Hare Krishna religion sponsors a popular colorful party near Easter-time called the Holi Festival, or the “Festival of Colors.” It is touted as an innocent rite of spring and a celebration of new life. The highlight for participants is throwing colored chalk into the air as well as each other. The Spanish Fork Hare Krishna temple in Utah is located about 40 minutes south from Salt Lake City and annually hosts more than 70,000 revelers who partake in two full days of  partying, with the vast majority of the celebrants not belonging to the Hare Krishna religion. (In 2015, the dates are Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29.) This is apparently the largest Holi Festival in the year outside of India! Is the Holi Festival a time for innocent fun? And is this something Christians (or Mormons, for that matter) are given freedom in the Bible to participate? Check out this detailed report.

Chapter 7: Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Witnesses for Christ

Chapter 7: Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Witnesses for Christ

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.

New manual focuses on Joseph Fielding Smith

By Eric Johnson Since 1998, the Mormon Church has produced a series of manuals called Teachings of Presidents of the Church, which have featured the compiled orations and writings of various LDS presidents. These gospel doctrine manuals are covered in adult LDS Sunday School classes. The first manual produced in 1998 was dedicated to the teachings … Read more

Three Little Words: A Look at an Old Hymn

By Sharon Lindbloom The following was originally printed in the November-December 2013 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  For several hours each night before the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, Utah, music is broadcast over loudspeakers. One might hear popular Mormon songs like Come, Come Ye Saints (a pioneer song) or … Read more

Mormon apostle’s definition disqualifies all but Latter-day Saints as “Christian”

Mormon apostle’s definition disqualifies all but Latter-day Saints as “Christian”     

By Bill McKeever

The following was originally printed in the January-February 2013 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here

The Elijah Abel Controversy

Sweeping the past under the rug as something immaterial to the LDS Church today is a strategy that is leaving many people dissatisfied−Mormons included. In an effort to rescue their church from the charge of racism, Mormons like to bring up the earliest black Mormon priesthood-holder, Elijah Abel. What’s the story behind this man? Find out here.

Does the Mormon’s personal testimony prove the LDS Church is true?

Latter-day Saints generally believe their ability to discern doctrinal truth comes through a “personal testimony,” which is also known as a “burning in the bosom.” There are several passages Mormons reference, but most prominent is James 1:5 in the New Testament. This was a pivotal verse for Mormonism’s founder Joseph Smith, who claimed that he prayed to God for wisdom when he was fourteen years old. Should credence be given if a Mormon has a sincere testimony about his or her experience with God? This article was taken from chapter 27 of Bill and Eric’s 2013 book Answering Mormons’ Questions.

Joseph Smith’s Aberrational Marriage Habits

By Sharon Lindbloom The following was originally printed in the Nov-Dec 2010 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith introduced the doctrine of polygamy to his followers, and led the way by example, wedding over 30 females. According to LDS author and researcher Todd Compton, the ages … Read more

Was Joseph Smith an Abusive Husband? A review of Mormon Enigma

Was Joseph Smith an Abusive Husband? A review of Mormon Enigma

By Bill McKeever

The following was originally printed in the Sept-Oct 2009 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here

To be a Mormon Woman

By Sharon Lindbloom The following was originally printed in the February 2008 edition of MRM’s Update, a special edition mailed to financial supporters who also receive the publication Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription of Mormonism Researched, please visit here.  Mormonism is structured as a patriarchal society. The highest positions of leadership are held by men; … Read more

Were Mormons ever expelled from the United States?

By Sharon Lindbloom The following was originally printed in the March-April 2009 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  Mormonism has a history of changing history. From the written history of the LDS Church to its recorded revelations, changes are ever-present. Today a new spin on a historical LDS event is in the … Read more

Should a Mormon spouse be honest about being eternally sealed to someone else?

Should a Mormon spouse be honest about being eternally sealed to someone else?

The following was originally printed in the February 2010 edition of MRM’s Update, a special edition mailed to financial supporters who also receive the publication Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription of Mormonism Researched, please visit here The letter is printed as it was originally submitted.

A reader writes:

Should we let people live a lie in Mormonism?

The following was originally printed in the December 2009 edition of MRM’s Update, a special edition mailed to financial supporters who also receive the publication Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription of Mormonism Researched, please visit here.  A reader asks: Hello, How should one handle their knowledge of the truth of LDS doctrine and history with … Read more

What do Christians and Mormons say about Priesthood Powers?

The following was originally printed in the June 2010 edition of MRM’s Update, a special edition mailed to financial supporters who also receive the publication Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription of Mormonism Researched, please visit here.  The letter is presented exactly as it was sent. A Reader Asks: I grew up Mormon, but … Read more

“Why don’t you take your ministry of hate…”?

“Why don’t you take your ministry of hate…”? An angry writer believes that MRM is unfair by targeting Mormons rather than other religious groups and demands to know why we run a “ministry of hate.” MRM’s Sharon Lindbloom provides a succinct and gentle answer. This exchange was originally printed in the June 2008 edition of MRM’s Update, a special every-other-month publication mailed to those who financially support the efforts of MRM. The original letter was not edited for grammar or spelling.

 

The Danger of Historical Apathy

The Danger of Historical Apathy

By Eric Johnson

The following was originally printed in the February 2011 edition of MRM’s update, a special edition mailed to financial supporters who also receive the publication Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription of Mormonism Researched, please visit here

Responding to Those Who Disagree

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

Claiming Christ: A Mormon-Evangelical Debate

Claiming Christ

By Aaron Shafovaloff

The following was originally printed in the January-February 2008 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit herehttp://www.mrm.org/newsletter

Why Not Gethsemane?

Why Not Gethsemane?

By Bill McKeever

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Mormonism Researched, May-June 2005.

Where Christ actually took upon Himself the sins of mankind has been a bone of contention between Mormons and Christians for decades.

In their book Third Nephi 9-30: This Is My Gospel, Mormon authors Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate correctly note,

Brethren

Brethren. Generally used to denote the Mormon leadership. “When we speak of following the Brethren, we mean particularly the First Presidency and the Twelve.” (Apostle Neal A. Maxwell, All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience, p. 102). Return to dictionary here. 

The Miracle of Forgiveness Witnessing Guide

The MRM website on The Miracle of Forgiveness will give a good overview of this book. Use the witnessing guide included as an attachment in this article to help you reference some of the most important quotes found in Spencer W. Kimball’s The Miracle of Forgiveness. In addition, you can listen to a a series on The Miracle … Read more

Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple

In 2002, the LDS Church produced a booklet titled Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple. It was written for those who are preparing to go through one of the dozens of Mormons temples located around the world (141 at the time of this writing). What is the LDS leadership telling its people about temples? Does what takes place in the LDS temples line up with biblical teaching? And do truth-seeking people need such things as temple ordinances, sealings, and baptisms for the dead?  Let’s consider these questions as we review this publication.

Malachi 4:5-6: Does this passage refer to Mormon temples?

The 2002 LDS booklet titled Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple states:

If we would understand both the history and the doctrine of temple work we must understand what the sealing power is. We must envision, at least to a degree, why the keys of authority to employ the sealing power are crucial.

Nearly nine hundred years before Christ, the prophet Elijah appeared in the court of the king of Israel. He carried with him a sacred authority: the power to seal.

James 2:20, 26: Are Works a Requirement for Heaven?

Some use this verse to show how works are a requirement for heaven. However, James was addressing those who claimed to be Christian but minimized the importance of works. Such a view is contrary to the words of both Jesus (Matt 7:16-20) and Paul (Gal 5:16-26). The writer of Hebrews explains that faith, not works, … Read more

Philippians 2:5-8: Is Jesus not God?

Since Christianity is the only faith that worships Jesus as God, this passage is used by cults and other religions to deny His deity. Actually, Jesus is fully God and fully man, an idea supported in scripture. For instance, the book of John is filled with references to show how Jesus is God (e.g., John … Read more

2 Corinthians 12:2: Three Kingdoms of Glory

Mormons use this verse to explain their three kingdoms of heaven, which they call the celestial, terrestrial, and telestial kingdoms. According to this view, everyone who dies will eventually make it to one of these three kingdoms. However, Paul was merely explaining how he ascended (probably in a visionary state) into the presence of the … Read more

Romans 16:16: The Name of the Church

Is it essential for a church’s name to include the name of Christ? Mormons belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as those belonging to the denomination called the Church of Christ believe this is the case. Romans 16:16 is the only reference specifically using the term “churches of Christ.” … Read more

John 14:2: 3 Kingdoms of Glory

According to Mormonism, there are three kingdoms of heaven called the celestial, terrestrial, and telestial kingdoms. This verse, used with 1 Cor 15:40, is often referenced to support this teaching. However, such an interpretation is incorrect for several reasons. First, Jesus was comparing heaven to a house with many “dwelling places,” an example that Jesus’s … Read more

Matthew 18:19-20: Two or Three Gathered

Christian leaders have sometimes quoted this verse in worship services to emphasize how the Spirit of Jesus is present whenever two or three Christians are gathered together. To determine if this is true, the context of the passage must be considered. In Matthew 18, church discipline is the topic. Jesus promised in verse 17 that … Read more

Luke 2:52: The Nature of Jesus

If Jesus is God, and God is all-knowing, then how can Jesus have “increased in wisdom and stature”? The answer isn’t too difficult when the two natures of Jesus are understood. The Bible teaches that He was both fully human as well as fully God (known as “deity”). In other words, Jesus had two natures … Read more

Mark 16:17-18: Handling Snakes

Based on these verses, some Pentecostal churches—primarily in the Appalachian Mountain states in the eastern United States—have emphasized the handling of poisonous snakes and scorpions as part of their religious services. Playing with fire and drinking water laced with poison is also practiced by some of these churches, as they teach that God commands such … Read more

Matthew 3:15-17: Three Gods?

The nature of God is often debated by other religions and cults. Thus, when the issue of the Trinity comes up, many point to this verse as evidence that this is not a biblical teaching. After all, it is argued, there are three gods referenced here: the Father, whose voice comes out of heaven; the … Read more

Proverbs 26:4-5: Should We Answer Fools According to Their Foolishness?

Should one answer a “fool” according to his foolishness or not? Some skeptics have claimed these back-to-back verses are a contradiction, but this cannot be true. It is important to determine what type of literature is being considered in order to make an accurate interpretation of any passage. The book of Proverbs, which is part … Read more

1 Kings 7:23: A Bible Contradiction Concerning Pi?

By pointing to the measurements for the circular bath taken from this passage (also see 2 Chr 4:2), many skeptics have claimed that the Bible lists an incorrect value for the mathematical constant pi (beginning with the numbers “3.14159265…”) used to measure the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. According to the numbers … Read more

Numbers 23:19: Does God Change His Mind?

Does God ever change His mind? Some skeptics like to point to certain passages—including the book of Jonah—to show how God randomly changes His mind, thus producing a contradiction when this verse is considered. The Bible explains how God is omniscient (“all knowing”) and is surprised by nothing. From the human point of view, it … Read more

Exodus 33:20: Seeing God

Many skeptics and cultists have compared this verse with verse 11, which says Moses saw God “face to face” (also see Gen 32:30; Deut. 5:4). It is, they say, a contradiction. However, some passages in the Bible are not meant to be taken literally, including the expression “face to face.” This figuratively means that God … Read more

How Can I Be Sure that I am Saved?

How Can I Be Sure that I am Saved?

By Eric Johnson

It is common for Christians to sometimes doubt their salvation and think they may no longer be accepted by God. These doubts may occur after they have sinned or struggled with their faith. At one time or another, many faithful Christians have asked, “What if I’m not good enough? And what if God doesn’t love me anymore?”

80+ Awesome Verses to Use in Apologetic Encounters

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.

Having it Our Way? (Jeffrey Holland’s 2011 talk at conference)

Having it Our Way? (Jeffrey Holland’s 2011 speech at conference)

By Eric Johnson

In a April 2011 general conference message, LDS Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland made it a point midway through his talk to explain how “the (LDS) Church is not a fast-food outlet; we can’t always have it ‘our way.’” (“An Ensign to the Nations,” Ensign, May 2011, pp. 111-113).

Holland quoted from Matthew 5 to show God’s remarkable standards. It says in part,

The Inspired Version: Why isn’t it officially used today?

According to Mormonism history, Joseph Smith was commanded by God to make a new translation of the Bible. Then, a few years later, these compiled changes were finished in 1833. While Mormon leaders continually cite from Smith’s work, the Joseph Smith Translation (or Inspired Version) is not officially used by the church. Instead, the King James Version continues as the official version. If Smith corrected the errors in this version, it seems strange that the Inspired Version is not “official.” Why not?

Should LDS Church art coincide with the facts?

For many years the LDS Church has used staff artists to provide illustrations for its church manuals and magazines. Book of Mormon and Bible stories are commonly depicted, as well as historical church events.  One favorite scene for LDS articles is Joseph Smith’s translation of the Book of Mormon. For example, the front cover of the Feb. 2001 Ensign magazine shows Smith looking at the gold plates and translating them by running his finger over them. Is this really how the Book of Mormon was translated? 

Facts, Feelings, and Faith

Facts, feelings, and faith?

By Eric Johnson

Back in 2003, I was selected to serve as a juror on a federal case in San Diego. It involved a Mexican national who was allegedly attempting to enter the United States from Mexico by crossing the Tijuana River on foot. Six Border Patrol agents on four-wheelers were sent to the area, so when the five Mexican nationals heard the commotion, they began to slosh through the river back to their country.