Can families be together forever in the terrestrial and telestial kingdoms?

By Eric Johnson Recently I spoke to two Latter-day Saint missionaries in northern California. Toward the end of the two-hour conversations, I explained that the two (both admittedly not living according to a celestial kingdom law) would end up in the terrestrial or telestial kingdoms, places where families are not allowed to be together. The oldest … Read more

Why practically nobody–including you, former Mormon–will ever end up in Outer Darkness

By Eric Johnson For many years, those who have forfeited their membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may have been told by other Mormons that they were “Sons of Perdition” destined for Outer Darkness. Although this is an obvious scare tactic, this accusation is not true according to important LDS leaders. What … Read more

Crash Course Mormonism: Exaltation / Eternal Life / Eternal Increase

By Eric Johnson Exaltation, which is synonymous with eternal life, is godhood achieved through complete obedience to all the commandments of God as defined by the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Those who are exalted earn the right to eternal life in the celestial kingdom with their families. Twelfth President Spencer … Read more

1 Corinthians 15:39-42

By Eric Johnson Note: This is taken from chapter 30 of Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson’s book Answering Mormons’ Questions (Kregel, 2013) The three heavens described in Doctrine and Covenants section 76 are called the celestial, terrestrial, and telestial kingdoms. First Corinthians 15:40–41 is used to support this idea. It reads, “There are also celestial bodies, … Read more

Crash Course Mormonism: Kingdoms of Glory

By Eric Johnson After a person dies and the millennium is complete, judgment will take place and all humans will be assigned to one of three kingdoms of glory for eternity. Those kingdoms are the celestial, the terrestrial, and the telestial kingdoms. Telestial kingdom The lowest kingdom is compared in D&C 76 to the glory is that of … Read more

Crash Course Mormonism: Joseph Smith

By Eric Johnson Joseph Smith (1805-1844) is the founder and first president/prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While he is not worshiped by followers of the church, he is certainly the most highly esteemed leader this religion has ever had. First Vision According to the official account told by the church, Joseph … Read more

Kingdoms of Glory

Kingdoms of Glory. The three possible eternal destinations of humankind known as the celestial, terrestrial  and telestial kingdoms. A common verse used to support this unique LDS teaching is 2 Corinthians 12:2. Return to dictionary here.  

Crash Course Mormonism: The Gospel

By Eric Johnson According to Mormonism, the Gospel includes all doctrines, principles, laws, ordinances, and covenants that are necessary for a Latter-day Saint to receive exaltation, also known as eternal life. The “restored Gospel” is said to have begun with Joseph Smith and can be found only in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Seventh President … Read more

Are Mormons and Muslims Apples and Oranges?

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 28, number 4 (2005). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal visit here.  SYNOPSIS When it comes to stereotypical caricatures, Islam and Mormonism could very well be the two religions most misunderstood in the Western world. When Islam is the topic, images of airliners … Read more

Crash Course Mormonism: Forgiveness

By Eric Johnson Forgiveness of sins according to Mormonism is available to those who repent and then are completely obedient to the covenants made at baptism, in sacrament services, and at the temple. Let’s take a closer look at all that is required. The Standard Works According to the Doctrine and Covenants, there are several aspects to receiving … Read more

Crash Course Mormonism: Covenants / Commandments

By Eric Johnson According to Mormonism, covenants made at baptism, the temple endowment ceremony, and the weekly sacrament service are vital for any member who hopes to be exalted and qualify for eternal increase, allowing a person to live with one’s family throughout eternity. Baptism A Mormon becomes a member by getting baptized in the LDS … Read more

Crash Course Mormonism: Atonement

By Eric Johnson Mormonism’s definition of the atonement is unique when compared to what has been historically taught in biblical Christianity. The Cross For Mormons, the symbol of the cross is a negative symbol because it is taught that the atonement took place in the Garden of Gethsemane. Tenth President Joseph Fielding Smith explained, GREATEST SUFFERING … Read more

Crash Course Mormonism: Priesthood

By Eric Johnson Mormonism teaches that the authorized priesthood was restored to Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in 1829, the year before he founded his church. Today the priesthood is available to eligible males but not to females. The first priesthood is called the Aaronic Priesthood. Smith and … Read more

Crash Course Mormonism: Scripture

By Eric Johnson While Christians may use the word “scripture” when speaking to Latter-day Saints, they ought to understand that Mormonism holds to more than just the Bible as scripture. Let’s take a look at the different meanings that could be understood by Mormons with the word scripture. Standard Works The four scriptures–also known as the … Read more

Crash Course Mormonism: Christianity

By Eric Johnson According to the teaching of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, original Christianity was marred by the Great Apostasy, which took place soon after the death of Jesus’s twelve disciples. This left the authority of the church in flux until it was eventually restored by LDS founder Joseph Smith. Second President … Read more

2 Timothy 3:1-5

Some Mormons have used 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 14-15 and 4:3-4 as a support of the Great Apostasy and a prediction that all authority would be lost soon after the deaths of the apostles (including the author of this book, the apostle Paul). These verses have been taken out of context to support this teaching. These verses say: … Read more

Isaiah 24:5: The Great Apostasy?

Isaiah 24: 5 says, “The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.” According to some Latter-day Saints, this refers to an event called the Great Apostasy. The everlasting covenant described here is certainly a reference to the Mosaic law, which would have … Read more

Crash Course Mormonism: A Concise Overview of the Unique Teachings of the LDS Church

By Eric Johnson Here is a series of articles describing the essential doctrinal teachings of Mormonism. Each article is supported by instructive citations from prominent church leaders, the Standard Works, and church publications. An attempt has been made to keep each piece to approximately 1,000 words. At the end of each article, a short Christian response … Read more

Mormonism, the Afterlife, and Striving After Godhood

By Eric Johnson Article ID: JAF4401 This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 40, number 01 (2017). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ Most religions have clear teachings on what happens to a person after death. For example, … Read more

Plural Marriage and Joseph Smith: A PR Nightmare in Mormonism

By Eric Johnson This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 38, number 05 (2015). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ Publicly mention the religion of Mormonism and the first thought to come to mind is “polygamy” or, as … Read more

The Fruit of Mormonism: A Look at Seventy Mathias Held’s talk at the April 2019 General Conference

By Eric Johnson On July 8-9, 2019, Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson took a closer look at this talk on Viewpoint on Mormonism. Check them out her: Part 1  Part 2 Summing up Seventy Matthias Held’s talk at the April 2019 General Conference (“Seeking Knowledge by the Spirit”) is this subheading: “We should learn to discern the … Read more

“We have to be clean”: Does Mormonism offer a biblical solution?

By Eric Johnson Check out a 4-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast on this article that originally aired May 21-24, 2019  Part 1   Part 2  Part 3  Part 4   Seventy Allen D. Haynie gave a talk at the October 2015 General Conference titled “Remembering in Whom We have Trusted.” It was originally published in the November 2015 Ensign on pages 121-23. … Read more

The Bible and the Practice of Polygamy

By Eric Johnson Nobody doubts that polygamy played a vital role for the second half of the nineteenth century in the religion of Mormonism. Because the practice sounds unnatural, many Latter-day Saints are very protective of this teaching. A common tactic that is used is to utilize the Bible to show how the biblical saints married … Read more

Did Jesus believe “families are forever”?

By Eric Johnson Note: The following was originally printed in the March/April 2019 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. One of the key doctrinal issues that leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have emphasized throughout their religion’s history is the importance of the earthly family unit and the hope … Read more

The Photo of the Statue of the Apostle Peter and LDS President Russell M. Nelson

By Eric Johnson Check out this Viewpoint on Mormonism that aired on April 18, 2019: The Rome Temple Dedication During the weekend of March 10, 2019, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints flew all fifteen of its general authorities to Rome, Italy–a nation where up to 85% of its residents are Roman Catholics–as the newest … Read more

Will the LDS Church ever overturn the ban on hot drinks?

By Eric Johnson (Revised 7/2/2019) Prior to the April 2019 General Conference, there were many who were speculating about a possible change in Mormonism to allow coffee and tea, both of which are banned in the Word of Wisdom. Imagine the rejoicing of retail establishments such as Starbucks and Beans and Brews throughout Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Wyoming if … Read more

Are Rome and Salt Lake City on the same page?

By Eric Johnson They say a photo is worth a thousand words, and certainly this photo from the Vatican is worth double that amount. With Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church looking on, the LDS First Presidency presented a Christus statue at the Vatican in Rome, Italy on Saturday, March 9, 2019. The occasion for … Read more

Viewpoint on Mormonism named on Top 10 list for 2018

Viewpoint on Mormonism, MRM’s weekday 14-minute radio program that has been airing since 2011, was awarded by the Christian Podcast Community as one of the 10 best Christian podcasts in 2018. Besides Viewpoint on Mormonism, others on the list included Greg Koukl’s Stand to Reason, Todd Friel’s Wretched Radio, and James White’s The Dividing Line. … Read more

Warum akzeptieren Christen das Buch Mormon nicht? (Why don’t Christians accept the Book of Mormon?)

von Sharon Lindbloom Während eines Treffens in Baltimore Maryland im Jahr 1998, bemerkte der damalige Präsident der HLT Kirche Gordon B. Hinkley: „Ich kann nicht verstehen warum Menschen anderen Glaubens, das Buch Mormon nicht akzeptieren können. Man würde vermuten, dass sie sich nach zusätzlichen Zeugnissen der großartigen und feierlichen Wahrheit der Bibel umsehen würden.“ (Liahona … Read more

Choosing the “Easier” Commandments

By Bill McKeever Note: The following was originally printed in the November/December 2018 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. If you were to ask any Latter-day Saint if they are keeping all of the commandments or have repented of all their sins, the answer you are likely to hear is, “I’m doing my … Read more

2 Nephi 25:23: Saved by grace “in spite of” all we can do?

By Eric Johnson Note: The following was originally printed in the November/December 2018 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. At a recent church meeting where I spoke about The Miracle of Forgiveness evangelistic approach described in a chapter found in Sharing the Good News with Mormons (Kregel, 2018), two young male LDS missionaries … Read more

Teachings of Thomas S. Monson

The following quotes come from the book Teachings of Thomas S. Monson, quotes from sixteenth president Thomas S. Monson, originally published in 2011 by Deseret Book.  This was an employee gift by the First Presidency in 2014. To visit the site with all of the books and quotes from these, go here. Eternal life “It is … Read more

Quotes from The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff (Edited by G. Homer Durham)

The following quotes come from the book The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, which were citations from the fourth president of the church and edited by G. Homer Durham, originally printed by Bookcraft, Inc. in 1946.  This was an employee gift by the First Presidency in 1997. To visit the site with all of the books … Read more

Pathways to Perfection: Discourses of Thomas S. Monson

The following quotes come from the book Pathways to Perfection: Discourses of Thomas S. Monson (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2011).  This was an employee gift by the First Presidency in 2011. To visit the site with all of the books and quotes from these, go here. God “This loving … Read more

The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter

The following quotes come from the book The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1997). This was an employee gift by the First Presidency in 2002. To visit the site with all of the books and quotes from these, go here. Agency “Agency played an important part in the premortal world. … Read more

How to start a Christian seminary (in a Mormon-populated area)

By Eric Johnson Several times I have been asked, “How did you start a Christian seminary?” or “What is your advice in starting a seminary program?” My response is that it IS possible to begin a Christian seminary in a Mormon populated area. The rewards make it worth the time, expense, and effort to begin a … Read more

The Teachings of George Albert Smith

The following quotes come from the book The Teachings of George Albert Smith, authored by eighth president George Albert Smith. This was an employee gift by the First Presidency in 2000. To visit the site with all of the books and quotes from these, go here. Baptism “There is no doubt in our minds that baptism … Read more

Selections from Doctrines of Salvation: Sermons and Writings of Joseph Fielding Smith

The following quotes come from the book Selections from Doctrines of Salvation: Sermons and Writings of Joseph Fielding Smith, authored by tenth President Joseph Fielding Smith. This was an employee gift by the First Presidency in 2001. To visit the site with all of the books and quotes from these, go here. Introduction: “Included are classic … Read more

Wo sind die Goldplatten jetzt?

Das Buch Mormon, endet mit der Beschreibung des Niedergangs des nephitischen Volkes, durch die Hand ihrer Widersacher, der Lamaniten. Jahrzente lang, führten die Nachkommen Lehis, die hellhäutigen Nephiten, und die dunkelhätigen Lamaniten gegeneinander Krieg bis sie sich zu einer Entscheidungsschlacht im Land Cumorah trafen. In Mormon 6:6 heißt es: Und es begab sich: Als wir … Read more

A revelation from God? Refraining from using “LDS,” “Mormon” demanded by Nelson

By Eric Johnson Listen to a 5-part Viewpoint on Mormonism series on this topic that aired November 5-9, 2018  Part 1  Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5 Russell M. Nelson, the 17th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made a claim that God personally revealed to him how “LDS,” “Mormon,” “Mormonism,”  and other nicknames referring … Read more

TEMPLE

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “And this I know, because the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in unholy temples, but in the hearts of the righteous doth he dwell” … Read more

SALVATION

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “For we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” (The Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 25:23). 2nd … Read more

SACRAMENT

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “See that ye are not baptized unworthily; see that ye partake not of the sacrament of Christ unworthily; but see that ye do all things … Read more

REVELATION (MODERN-DAY)

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Joseph Smith “Some revelations are of God; some revelations are of man; and some revelations are of the devil” (David Whitmer quoting Joseph Smith, A Comprehensive History … Read more

Repentance

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have … Read more

Priesthood

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “No man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descendant and the firstborn … Read more

Preexistence/Premortality

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. 7th President Heber J. Grant “We of this Church have been told of the Lord that before we came to this earth we had a life running … Read more

Polygamy (Plural Marriage)

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord. Wherefore, thus saith the Lord, I … Read more

PLATES OF GOLD (BOOK OF MORMON)

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “And for a testimony that the things that they had said are true they have brought twenty-four plates which are filled with engravings, and they … Read more

OBEDIENCE

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of … Read more

MARRIAGE

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “And again, verily I say unto you, that whoso forbiddeth to marry is not ordained of God, for marriage is ordained of God unto man” … Read more

JESUS

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very … Read more

Grace

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for … Read more

FIRST VISION

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “And he said unto Moses, Thou canst not see my face at this time, lest mine anger is kindled against thee also; and I destroy … Read more

EXALTATION

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “Therefore, I must gather together my people, according to the parable of the wheat and the tares, that the wheat may be secured in the … Read more

ETERNAL PROGRESSION

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. 2nd President Brigham Young “Brother Kimball sometimes brings up the figure of the potter putting fresh clay into the mill and grinding it to use in his … Read more

DOCTRINE

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “O the wise, and the learned, and the rich, that are puffed up in the pride of their hearts, and all those who preach false … Read more

CHRISTIANITY

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. 2nd President Brigham Young “The people called Christians are shrouded in ignorance, and read the Scriptures with darkened understandings” (Brigham Young, October 8, 1859, Journal of Discourses … Read more

BOOK OF MORMON

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “BY JOSEPH SMITH, JUNIOR – AUTHOR AND PROPRIETOR” (Title Page, The Book of Mormon, 1830 ed.). “Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of … Read more

BIBLE, THE

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “And because my words shall hiss forth—many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be … Read more

BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “And again, in connection with this quotation I will give you a quotation from one of the prophets, who had his eye fixed on the … Read more

AUTHORITY

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking … Read more

APOSTASY, THE GREAT

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Joseph Smith “What is it that inspires professors of Christianity generally with a hope of salvation? It is that smooth, sophisticated influence of the … Read more

Eine Begegnung mit den Mormonen Missionaren: 15 Dinge die sie Ihnen möglicherweise nur zögernd sagen werden

English version: Here Translation by Christian Peeck Derzeit befindet sich die Zahl der von der Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der letzten Tage ausgesandten Vollzeitmissionare in den Zehntausendern. Die meisten dieser jungen Männer und Frauen befinden sich im späten Teenageralter oder am Anfang ihrer 20er. Jedoch zählen zu ihren den von den Mormone ausgesandten Missionaren … Read more

Why do some Mormons become atheists?

By Eric Johnson The question as to why some Mormons become atheist is being asked as many Latter-day Saints are leaving their church. In the past decade, growth of church membership is at its lowest percentages in years. Meanwhile, while The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not give out information about how many … Read more

If Mormonism is true, heaven could be very disappointing

Note: The following was originally printed in the May/June 2018 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. By Bill McKeever Ask just about any New Testament Christian what they look forward to after this brief life is over, and they will tell you of the anticipation of being in the presence of a personal … Read more

Paying Allegiance to Joseph Smith

Note: The following was originally printed in the March/April 2018 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. By Bill McKeever The dictionary defines “allegiance” as “loyalty or commitment of a subordinate to a superior or of an individual to a group or cause.” Mormons are often quick to deny that members of The Church … Read more

Sin, Trespass, and Transgression

Note: The following was originally printed in the March/April 2018 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. By Bill McKeever Writing to the Christian church in Rome, the apostle Paul notes that “sin came into the world through one man” (5:12). The context clearly shows that the “man” Paul had in mind was Adam … Read more

Mormonism’s Infinite Regression of Gods

Note: The following was originally printed in the November/December 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. By Bill McKeever On June 16, 1844, eleven days before Joseph Smith would be killed while incarcerated at the jail in Carthage, Illinois, Smith preached his last public sermon. In this controversial message, dubbed The Sermon in … Read more

Russell M. Nelson draws a line in the sand over “LDS” and “Mormon” describing his church and people

By Eric Johnson Viewpoint on Mormonism one-week series airing August 27-31, 2018 Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5   Bill McKeever is interviewed on this topic on Issues, Etc on 8/17/18 On August 16th, 2018, President Russell M. Nelson, the top leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made an authoritative statement in an article … Read more

The Boast of Joseph

By Eric Johnson Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made this boast a month before he was shot to death in a gun battle at the Carthage Jail: “Come on! ye prosecutors! Ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava! For I will … Read more

Review: The Infinite Atonement (Tad Callister)

By Tad R. Callister Deseret Book, 2000 Reviewed by Eric Johnson This book was reviewed during two weeks in the spring of 2019 on Viewpoint on Mormonism Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5  Part 6  Part 7  Part 8  Part 9  Part 10  March 25-April 5, 2019  In his book titled The Infinite Atonement, … Read more

Examining Mormonism’s Founder: The What-Did-Joseph-Smith-Lie-About Approach

By Rob Sivulka Summary A question I am often asked while holding up my “JosephLied.com” website sign [1] is, “What did Joseph lie about?” The question is like having a fish bite on the bait. When that happens, it’s time to set the hook and reel it in! While many issues may be brought up, I … Read more

Combating Poor Biblical Exegesis: The Putting-Verses-Back-Into-their-Context Approach

By Eric Johnson Summary While the Bible is a part of the official canon of the LDS Church, many verses are badly mishandled by some Mormons when making their case. By understanding these verses in context, the Christian can provide an intelligent response to help the Mormon see that the Bible, when properly interpreted, does not … Read more

Two Are Better Than One: The Tag Team Approach

By Fred W. Anson Summary Since it takes time and multiple quality “touches” to get a Latter-day Saint to even start reconsidering Mormonism and its teachings, a “tag” team made up of multiple believers is the best way to evangelize Mormons, as others’ gifts and encouragement can lend a helping hand when sharing the Gospel. … Read more

Take the Mormonism IQ Test–Answer 9 of 11 questions correctly and your Mormon IQ is 132!

By Eric Johnson How high is your understanding of Mormonism, including its history and doctrines? See how well you do on these 11 questions. To be fair, write your answers down before looking at the answers. No googling or looking at your scriptures! (That’s cheating and a definite breaking of celestial law!) Which doctrine is referenced … Read more

The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power, by D. Michael Quinn (Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 2017)

Written D. Michael Quinn Reviewed by Eric Johnson Money makes the world go around The world go around The world go around Money makes the world go around It makes the world go ’round. –“Money,” from Cabaret When it comes to money, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has plenty. How much? Nobody except … Read more

The Gospel Topics Essays: The Dynamite Approach

By Eric Johnson Summary Written by LDS scholars, the “Gospel Topics Essays” are available on the official lds.org website. These articles cover a variety of topics and attempt to confront the checkered history of Mormonism while smoothing out the rough edges. However, instead of placating many questioning Mormons, these writings tend to chafe the souls of … Read more

Good News for Mormon Women: The Overcoming Obstacles Approach

By Sharon Lindbloom Summary Many obstacles can stand in the way of Mormons recognizing the truth concerning Mormonism and accepting God’s merciful gift of redemption in Christ alone. For many LDS women, those barriers are deep-set, high, and very wide. Yet as Christians learn to understand and address these obstacles, the eternal fears with which … Read more

Exploring Mormon Racism: The All-Are-Justified-the-Same Approach

By Joel B Groat Summary In June 1978, Spencer W. Kimball, the LDS Church’s twelfth president, lifted the church’s century-long ban on men of African descent holding the LDS priesthood. It wasn’t until 2013 that the church addressed the underlying racism inherent in that ban. Although this is not a topic to be used in … Read more

When the Doorbell Rings: Another Missionaries-at-Your-Door Approach

By Bill McKeever Note: Before Sandra Tanner joined the team of contributors and wrote her chapter on sharing with missionaries at the door, Bill McKeever had written a similar chapter before he was reassigned. We thought you would like to see another take on dealing with missionaries at your door. Summary When Mormon missionaries visit their … Read more

Real People and Real Places: The Biblical Archaeological Approach

By Chip Thompson Summary When it comes to archaeology, there is a major difference between the support for the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Plenty of evidence shows that the Bible describes real people and real places, so most biblical events require very little faith. However, there is little to no support for anything … Read more

Las 10 mejores enseñanzas del mormonismo no respaldadas por el Libro de Mormón

Por Eric Johnson Traducción al Español: Julio Jiménez De acuerdo a Joseph Smith en la Historia de la Iglesia 4:461: Les dije a los hermanos que el Libro del Mormón era el más correcto de todos los libros de la tierra, y la piedra angular de nuestra religión, y que un hombre se acercaría a Dios al … Read more

Carl Wimmer

Carl Wimmer (Gunnison, Utah) is a former Utah state legislator who ran for the US Congress in 2012. In 2017 he and his wife Sherry planted a church in his Utah town that has no Christian churches. Former Mormons who struggle with their relationships with Mormon family can contact him at [email protected] 

Sharing the Good News with Mormons–Official Site

This is the official website for Sharing the Good News with Mormons: Practical Strategies for Getting the Conversation Started, edited by Eric Johnson and Sean McDowell (Harvest House, 2018) From the Back Cover: How do you share the gospel with those who don’t think they need it? Someone you know is a Mormon—a family member, a … Read more

Sharing the Good News with Mormons Table of Contexts

Radio/podcasts from MRM’s Viewpoint on Mormonism are linked beneath each person’s chapter. We encourage you to listen to these informative broadcasts and learn more about the book. Foreword by Josh McDowell Introduction: Should Christians share the Good News with Mormons? Eric Johnson 1. Basic Training Approaches 1. Helping Our Friends Evaluate Truth Claims: The Straight-Thinking … Read more

Missionary numbers, converts keep going down, down, down 

Listen to Eric Johnson being interviewed on this topic by Issues, Etc. on March 9, 2018 By Eric Johnson On the first day of its spring General Conference on Saturday, March 31, 2018, the LDS Church will announce how many convert baptisms took place in 2017 as well as how many missionaries are currently on the … Read more

The Dead Sea Scrolls: It’s time for LDS laypeople to stop using these manuscripts as support for Mormonism

By Eric Johnson Check out a February 19, 2018 Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast series dealing with this topic by going to Part 1  Part 2   Part 3   Part 4  Part 5   Mention the Dead Sea Scrolls to a Mormon and a Christian alike and it is likely both will have at least some familiarity with the topic. The first … Read more

Immersion in Mormonism: Especially for New Members and also Teens and Members who Struggle

By Charles Abbott Self-published, 2014 (Note: The subtitle of the book was later changed to “Follow the Path that Leads to an Unshakable Testimony”) Reviewed by Eric Johnson Check out the 5-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast series that aired Feb. 12-16, 2018: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5   Introduction I don’t normally write reviews of books … Read more

Sandra Tanner Interviews on Viewpoint on Mormonism

During the week of January 22, 2018, Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson interview the “grandmother” of apologetic ministries to Mormons, including Mormonism Research Ministry. Sandra Tanner and her late husband Jerald played an instrumental role in the lives of many people when they studied their way out of Mormonism. Sandra is the great-great-granddaughter of Brigham … Read more

Top 10 Teachings of Mormonism Not Supported by the Book of Mormon

By Eric Johnson En Espanol According to Joseph Smith in the History of the Church 4:461: I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any … Read more

Confessions of a Molly Mormon: A Review

Confessions of a Molly Mormon: Trading Perfectionism for Peace, Fear for Faith, Judging for Joy (Orem, UT: Summit View Publishing, 2013) By Elona K. Shelley Reviewed by Eric Johnson Listen to a week-long Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast airing on January 29 through February 2, 2018 reviewing this book: Part 1  Part 2    Part 3   Part 4   Part 5 … Read more

Which painting of Joseph Smith translating the gold plates should you trust?

By Eric Johnson For many years, Latter-day Saints were led to believe that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by looking directly at the gold plates that he supposedly dug up out of the ground that had been buried by Moroni, the last living Nephite, in the fifth century AD. This same Moroni is said … Read more

Review: Changed Through His Grace

Book written by Brad Wilcox Reviewed by Bill McKeever When Brigham Young University professor, Brad Wilcox, gave his “His Grace is Sufficient” talk at BYU in 2011, Latter-day Saints were using his words to give the impression that Mormonism’s version of grace was not all that different from what most Christians believe. However, when one carefully … Read more

Sharon Lindbloom

Sharon Lindbloom has loved and served the Lord Jesus Christ since 1979. Though never a Mormon, Sharon’s interest in Mormonism — and her great love for the Mormon people — began in 1987 when a family member started investigating The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This led Sharon to study Mormonism through reading the … Read more

Whatever happened to Emily and Eliza Partridge?

By Bill McKeever Note: The following was originally printed in the September/October 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. In early Mormonism, you might say some of  the women who became plural wives were kept as a set. Several Mormon leaders, including Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, married sisters. When Edward Partridge, Mormonism’s first … Read more

Recreating Mormonism According to Their Desires

By Sharon Lindbloom Note: The following was originally printed in the July/August 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. It’s all the rage these days for some Mormons to champion their religion while denying its dogma. They sense the absence of Christ’s love and grace in the LDS Church. They understand the … Read more

Joseph Smith is needed if the atonement to be “fully efficacious”

By Bill McKeever Note: The following was originally printed in the May/June 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. In the first volume of Doctrines of Salvation, tenth Mormon President Joseph Fielding Smith made it very clear that there is “no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith” (1:188). While some might think that Mormonism … Read more

Stela 5 and Lehi’s Vision of the Tree of Life

By Bill McKeever Note: The following was originally printed in the May/June 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. Genesis 2: 9 explains how God planted a garden east of Eden and in it were two trees, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Perhaps not … Read more

Chapter 25: Move Forward with Faith, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley

“Chapter 25: Move Forward with Faith,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley (2016) 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 … Read more

Review: The Cokeville Miracle

By Bill McKeever Mormon filmmakers often use a real event to enhance the faith of fellow Latter-day Saints. Because of their limited audience, many of these films make the rounds on movie screens in the Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming; states with higher than average LDS populations. One such film is The Cokeville Miracle, a movie that recounts … Read more

Should I allow my child to visit a Mormon church service?

By Eric Johnson For more information on this topic concerning whether adults should visit a Mormon Church service, listen to a Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast that aired Feb. 6, 2017 titled Should I Visit a Mormon Church Service?  Article summary When a Christian child is invited to attend a friend’s church service at a local LDS chapel, … Read more

Chapter 24: The Atonement of Jesus Christ: Vast in Its Reach, Intimate in Its Effect

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 … Read more

Chapter 23: “The Blessings of the Holy Temple”

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 … Read more

Chapter 22: Reaching Out with Love to New Converts and Less-Active Members

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley (2016) 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. … Read more

Chapter 21: The Latter-Day Miracle of Missionary Work

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, 2016 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. … Read more

Is the Mormon doctrine of preexistence true?

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson Note: This article has been taken from chapter 4 (“Preexistence and the Second Estate”) in the book Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-day Saints (Baker, 2015), co-written by the two authors. The teaching of preexistence (also called premortality) says that “prior to their birth into mortality, all people were begotten … Read more

Conflict in the Quorum: Orson Pratt, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith

Review of Conflict in the Quorum: Orson Pratt, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2002). By Gary James Bergera Reviewed by Eric Johnson Forget the idea that general authorities in the LDS Church have always gotten along. If anything else, reading Conflict in the Quorum by Gary James Bergera will certainly take care of … Read more

“This is My Doctrine”: The Development of Mormon Theology

Review of “This is My Doctrine”: The Development of Mormon Theology (Greg Kofford Books, 2011) By Charles R. Harrell Reviewed by Eric Johnson Check out the 25-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast series of this book that plays through the month of March and early April of 2018  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5 Part 6 … Read more

Chapter 20: Fellowship with Those Who Are Not of Our Faith

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, 2016 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. … Read more

Chapter 19: Priesthood Leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, 2016 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. … Read more

Chapter 18: Virtue—a Cornerstone on Which to Build Our Lives

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, 2016 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. … Read more

Chapter 17: Continue in the Great Process of Learning

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, 2016 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. … Read more

Chapter 16: The Power of the Book of Mormon

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, 2016 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. … Read more

Why are Mormons not allowed to drink coffee?

Mormons are not allowed to drink coffee because of the Word of Wisdom, which is a health law found in the unique LDS scripture Doctrine & Covenants 89 whereby God supposedly commanded His people to abstain from hot drinks (interpreted as coffee and tea) as well as tobacco, excessive amounts of meat, and alcoholic beverages. … Read more

Chapter 15: The Holy Priesthood

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, 2016 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. … Read more

Seventy

Seventy. A man who holds a leadership position following the positions of the First Presidency and the Apostles. These men known as the Seventies fit into eight quorums. The men belonging to the first two quorums are known as General Authorities while the others are referred to as area authorities. Return to dictionary here.

Chapter 14: Losing Ourselves in the Service of Others

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, 2016 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. … Read more

Chapter 13: Peace and Contentment through Temporal Self-Reliance

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, 2016 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. … Read more

La Doctrina Biblica de la Trinadad

Por Eric Johnson La doctrina biblical de la Trinidad ha sido excesivamente criticado por muchos años.  Las objeciones por los Mormones, Los Testigos Jehová, y los Muslims pueden venir en declaraciones como estas: “No entiendo eso!” “La palabra “Trinidad” no se encuentra en la Biblia!” “No es esto algo que los paganos y herejes inventaron?” Sin … Read more

Chapter 12: Obedience: Simply Live the Gospel

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 … Read more

Sharing the Good News with Mormons…coming June 2018

Sharing the Good News with Mormons: Practical Strategies for Getting the Conversation Started will be published by Harvest House Publishers, a major Christian publisher of Christian material since 1974, this June. Presale signed copies of the book by some of the contributors will be made soon by MRM. The book is co-edited by MRM associate Eric Johnson … Read more

Book of Mormon Graphic Leaves out Important Detail

Note: The following was originally printed in the April 2017 edition of Mormonism Update. To receive this publication every other month, you must be a financial support of $25 or more per month. By Bill McKeever An illustration in the February 2017 issue of Friend magazine, an LDS publication geared toward Mormon children. left out an important portion of … Read more

Reinterpreting Moroni 10:32?

Note: The following was originally printed in the March/April 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. Listen to a 5-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast on this topic: Part 1   Part 2    Part 3    Part 4   Part 5  February 13-17, 2017 By Bill McKeever The writer of  the last book of the Book … Read more

The First Vision: Key to Truth? A Review of Seventy Richard J. Maynes’ June 2017 Ensign article

By Eric Johnson There are two cornerstone events in the history of the Mormon religion that are as important as the literal resurrection of Jesus is to Christianity. Remember how the apostle Paul testified to the historicity of the raising of Jesus from the dead? He claimed in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8: 3 For I delivered to you as … Read more

Chapter 11: Home—the Basis of a Righteous Life

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, 2016 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. … Read more

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 … Read more

Chapter 9: The Precious Gift of Testimony

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 … Read more

Chapter 8: We Look to Christ

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 … Read more

Chapter 7: The Whisperings of the Spirit

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 … Read more

Review: Mormons Believe…What?! Fact and Fiction about a Rising Religion

Check out a five-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast that originally aired on March 20-24, 2017  concerning Lawrence’s book:  Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5 Written by Gary C. Lawrence Reviewed by Eric Johnson Synopsis: A Mormon pollster writes a book criticizing the views of outsiders of the Mormon Church who he believes present a … Read more

Should pastors be paid?

By Eric Johnson Some people may wonder if Christian pastors should get paid. The answer is clearly given in the Bible. There are several passages that speak specifically to this topic. First Timothy 5:17-18 says, The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For … Read more

Was polygamy necessary because the LDS Church needed to have its growth “jump-started”?

By Eric Johnson According to some Mormon apologists, polygamy instituted by the LDS Church in the 19th century was necessary in order for the church membership to grow. According to LDS pollster Gary Lawrence in his book Mormons Believe…What? Because original Christianity needed to be re-established to be the forerunner for the Second Coming of the … Read more

Was polygamy necessary in the 19th century because there were more women than men?

By Eric Johnson If you speak to some Latter-day Saints regarding the issue of polygamy (the marriage on one man to multiple women), one of the most common arguments still used is pointing out how there were more women than men in the 19th century Utah. If that’s the case, single women needed to have a husband too. Right? … Read more

Chapter 6: How Mighty a Thing Is Prayer

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 … Read more

Mormon Apostle Offers Solutions To Counter Information on the Web

Note: The following was originally printed in the February 2017 edition of the MRM Update, offered to financial supporters of Mormonism Research Ministry. To request to a free subscription of our other periodical, Mormonism Researched, please visit here.  By Bill McKeever  The December 2016 issue of Ensign magazine carried an article by Mormon Apostle M. Russell Ballard that … Read more