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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 5: Daughters of God

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 4: The Pioneer Heritage of Faith and Sacrifice

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 3: Cultivating an Attitude of Happiness and a Spirit of Optimism

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 2: An Ensign to the Nations, a Light to the World

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. If you would like to see the church manual online, go here. Latter-day … Read more

Chapter 1: The Restoration of the Gospel—The Dawning of a Brighter Day

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. If you would like to see the church manual online, go … Read more

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley

Reviewed by Eric Johnson For a 5-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast that originally aired January 9-13, 2017, click Part 1   Part 2  Part 3   Part 4   Part 5. 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, … Read more

Chapter 24: Following the Example of Jesus Christ

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 in boldfaced is from the manual, … Read more

Chapter 22: Teaching the Gospel

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 in boldfaced is from the manual, … Read more

Chapter 21: Faith and Testimony

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 in boldfaced is from the manual, … Read more

Chapter 20: Walking the Savior’s Path of Charity

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Chapter 19: Our Commitment to God

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 in boldfaced is from the manual, … Read more

Chapter 18: We Believe in Being Honest

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Chapter 17: Preserve and Protect the Family

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 in boldfaced is from the manual, … Read more

Chapter 16: Marriage—An Eternal Partnership

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 in boldfaced is from the manual, … Read more

Chapter 15: The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

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Chapter 14: Hastening Family History and Temple Work

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Chapter 13: The Temple—The Great Symbol of Our Membership

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 in boldfaced is from the manual, … Read more

Chapter 12: Come Back and Feast at the Table of the Lord

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 in boldfaced is from the manual, … Read more

Chapter 11: True Greatness

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 in boldfaced is from the manual, … Read more

Chapter 10: The Scriptures—The Most Profitable of All Study

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 in boldfaced is from the manual, … Read more

Chapter 9: The Law of Tithing

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 in boldfaced is from the manual, … Read more

Chapter 8: Taking the Gospel to All the World

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 in boldfaced is from the manual, with our … Read more

Chapter 7: Continuous Revelation through Living Prophets

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 boldfaced is from the manual, with our comments … Read more

Chapter 6: The Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 boldfaced is from the manual, with our comments … Read more

Chapter 5: Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Restoration

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 boldfaced is from the manual, with our … Read more

Chapter 4: Help from on High

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 … Read more

Chapter 3: Adversity—Part of God’s Plan for Our Eternal Progress

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 … Read more

Chapter 2: “My Peace I Give unto You”

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the underlined is from the manual, with our comments following. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter, 2015 Teachings of Howard W. Hunter Jesus Christ is our source of true peace. In foretelling the birth of … Read more

A look at the teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter

 Reviewed by Eric Johnson Check out a 4-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast series that originally aired from from January 5-8: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4 During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church,Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by … Read more

Chapter 1: Jesus Christ—Our Only Way to Hope and Joy

During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter 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 … Read more

Chapter 24: A Christ-Centered Life

Chapter 24: A Christ-Centered Life Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 296–306 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 … Read more

Chapter 23: “Strengthen Thy Stakes”

Chapter 23: “Strengthen Thy Stakes” 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 … Read more

Chapter 22: Carrying the Gospel to the World

Chapter 22: Carrying the Gospel to the World 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 … Read more

Chapter 21: Principles of Temporal and Spiritual Welfare

Chapter 21: Principles of Temporal and Spiritual Welfare 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 … Read more

Chapter 20: “Feed My Sheep”

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 252–61 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 … Read more

Chapter 19: Leadership

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 241–51 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 … Read more

Chapter 18: Beware of Pride

Chapter 18: Beware of Pride Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 229–40 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 … Read more

Chapter 17: Keeping the Law of Chastity

Chapter 17: Keeping the Law of Chastity Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 217–28 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 … Read more

Chapter 16: The Elderly in the Church

Chapter 16: The Elderly in the Church Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 203–16 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 … Read more

Chapter 15: The Sacred Callings of Fathers and Mothers

Chapter 15: The Sacred Callings of Fathers and Mothers Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 191–202 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 … Read more

Chapter 14: Marriage and Family—Ordained of God

Chapter 14: Marriage and Family—Ordained of God Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 179–90 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 … Read more

Chapter 13: Priceless Blessings of the House of the Lord

Chapter 13: Priceless Blessings of the House of the Lord Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 167–78 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 … Read more

Chapter 12: “Seek the Spirit in All You

Chapter 12: “Seek the Spirit in All You Do” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 156–66 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 … Read more

Chapter 12: “Seek the Spirit in All You Do”

Chapter 12: “Seek the Spirit in All You Do” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 156–66 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 … Read more

Chapter 11: Follow the Living Prophet

Chapter 11: Follow the Living Prophet Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 146–55 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 … Read more

Chapter 10: Flooding the Earth and Our Lives with the Book of Mormon

Chapter 10: Flooding the Earth and Our Lives with the Book of Mormon Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 136–45 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 … Read more

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

Chapter 9: The Book of Mormon—Keystone of Our Religion Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, (2014), 125–35 During 2015, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting … Read more

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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Chapter 10: Our Search for Truth

Chapter 10: Our Search for Truth

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

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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

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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

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

Chapter 5: Faith and Repentance

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 5: Faith and Repentance

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 82–93

Chapter 4: Strengthening and Preserving the Family

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 4: Strengthening and Preserving the Family

Chapter 3: The Plan of Salvation

Chapter 3: The Plan of Salvation Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), 58–71 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 … Read more

Chapter 2: Our Savior, Jesus 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 … Read more

A Look at the Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

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. These reviews are written by MRM’s Eric Johnson.

 

Chapter 1: Our Father in Heaven

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 24: Reflections on the Mission of Jesus Christ

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. 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 … Read more

Chapter 23: The Prophet Joseph Smith

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. 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 … Read more

Chapter 22: Doing Good to Others

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. 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 … Read more

Chapter 21: Loving God More than we Love the World

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. 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 … Read more

Top 10 List of Topics Most Discussed in Teaching of Presidents of the Church

Since 1998, the LDS Church has producing manuals that the adults cover in Sunday classes during the second and third Sundays of each month. During 2013, they are going through Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. In 2014, they will cover Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith. What were the topics most covered by the church? This article takes a look at the Top 20, and the one topic covered more than any other might just surprise you.

Chapter 20: The Kingdom of God Moves Forward

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. 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 … Read more

Chapter 19: Missionary Work: “To Reach Every Human Heart”

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. 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 … Read more

Chapter 18: Church Leadership and Selfless Service

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. 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 … Read more

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: An index of topics

Since 1998, the LDS Church has produced a series of manuals that have been used as curriculum for adult classes. Except for the revision of Gospel Principles (covered in classes from 2010-11), each manual focuses on the teachings of a specific church president. In fact, all but four deceased presidents have had books dedicated to them. Taking the theme of each chapter, this article compiles the information so the reader can see which issues are most predominant. The results may (or may not) surprise you. (Listen to Viewpoint on Mormonism during the week of 11/4/2013.)

Chapter 17: Priesthood—“for the Salvation of the Human Family”

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. 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.

Teachings of Lorenzo Snow

Chapter 16: “That We May Become One”

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. 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 … Read more

Chapter 15: Faithful, Energetic Service in the Kingdom of God

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. 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 14: “With God All Things Are Possible”

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. 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.

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow, 2011

Chapter 13: Relief Society: True Charity and Pure Religion

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. 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.

Teachings of Lorenzo Snow

Chapter 12: Tithing, a Law for Our Protection and Advancement

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. 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 … Read more

Chapter 11: “I Seek Not Mine Own Will, but the Will of the Father”

Teachings of Lorenzo Snow

When we seek God’s will, we follow a course in which there will be no failure.

We must ask, what exactly is “God’s will.” There are two types of will: sovereign and moral. The sovereign will of God involves everything—whether good or bad—that takes place. Even evils acts can fall under this category, as nothing takes place unless it is God’s will. Therefore, Acts 2:23-24 can say, “This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” Even though God allowed an evil thing to take place, still glory was brought to His name.

In addition, there is the moral will of God. Every person has the right to refuse doing what God intended. When He explained not to be sexually immoral, it’s possible to break this command. When He says not to lie, steal, cheat, dishonor parents, or take His name in vain, you have every ability to do or not do the right thing.

Chapter 10: “Come into the Temples”

The temple is centerpiece in Mormonism. Without these more than 140 edifices throughout the world, there would be no ability for the living to do the work necessary for them and the dead to attain celestial glory. While Mormons get very excited about their temples, we must ask if the temple practices of the LDS Church are biblical. If they are, then Christians everywhere should join this religious movement so they can enter one of these edifices and do the required work. If they are not, then Mormon temple worship today is unnecessary and even spiritually harmful.

Chapter 9: Sacred Family Relationships

Mormonism teaches that families can be together forever. What that exactly means is unclear, as it appears to be left to the imagination of the individual Latter-day Saint. As Snow points out here, it’s possible for members of a family to not qualify for the Celestial Kingdom. Since everyone has skeletons in their family closet, which Mormon family would have every single member together in the same celestial kingdom? I once spoke to an elderly lady at the St. George temple who acknowledged that she had a wayward son. When I asked if he would be with her family into eternity, she thought he would, even though she admitted that he didn’t qualify at that time. How? If he didn’t take care of everything in this life, she said she would hold out hope that a merciful God would allow him to work it off in the next life. This defeats the purpose of Mormonism’s insistence that “now” is the time of salvation. The idea flies in the face of Alma 34:31ff in the Book of Mormon, which specifically says that no work is efficacious after this life. Yet the idyllic image of grandparents, parents, and children sitting around a Christmastime fireplace is what the LDS Church continues to perpetuate. Strive and strive harder, as chapters 6-8 in this manual insist, is this religion’s impossible mantra. It’s a gospel where most people will fail compared to those who will succeed.

Chapter 8: “Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart”

Upon reading these first few paragraphs, I am reminded of the parable told by Jesus in Luke 18: 

9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Chapter 7: Faithfulness in Times of Trial: “From the Shadows into the Glorious Sunshine”

Trials and tribulations help us improve spiritually and prepare for celestial glory.

It is impossible for us to work out our salvation and accomplish the purposes of God without trials or without sacrifices.

According to James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  In a section titled “Suffering for Doing Good,” Peter writes in 1 Peter 3:13-14, “Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’” According to verse 18, it is “better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” These circumstances help us to trust more in God rather than ourselves and become more dependent on Him rather than on ourselves.

Chapter 6: Becoming Perfect before the Lord: “A Little Better Day by Day”

According to this church manual, perfection is something that every believer ought to strive for. The question is, Can perfection ever be reached? Can repentance make up for our lack of ability to keep the law? The Bible teaches in a gospel of grace, not of works. We’ll take a closer look at this topic.

Chapter 5: The Grand Destiny of the Faithful

“It is a wonderful pleasure to speak upon the great things that God proposes to bestow upon His sons and daughters, and that we shall attain to if we are faithful.”

If you are a Christian who thinks that there are many similarities between Mormonism and biblical Christianity, this will be a chapter that will show how far apart these two faiths really are.

Chapter 4: Strengthened by the Power of the Holy Ghost

In his first general conference address as President of the Church, Lorenzo Snow taught, “We are dependent upon the Spirit of the Lord to aid us and to manifest to us from time to time what is necessary for us to accomplish under the peculiar circumstances that may surround us.”

To a Latter-day Saint who reads this very first paragraph, something important must be stressed. The assumption is that the “Spirit of the Lord” can be made available to those clinging to the LDS gospel. If Mormonism is a “false gospel,” as Paul warned the Galatians about in chapter 1, then it is impossible that they can expect manifestations of the Holy Spirit. If the gospel is false, the Holy Spirit cannot be a factor.

Chapter 3: Lifelong Conversion: Continuing to Advance in the Principles of Truth

In Mormonism, receiving a “testimony” is vital for each individual Latter-day Saint. Using what they believe is precedence from James 1:5 and Moroni 10:4, LDS missionaries typically encourage potential converts to pray about the Book of Mormon. It’s truth will be seen by the person who is sincere with good intent by way of a good feeling about the Mormon gospel. However, the missionary will not tell the potential convert just how much has to be assumed to “get to the starting point” in the first place.  

Chapter 2: Baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost

In the second chapter of the Lorenzo Snow church manual, the issue of baptism is discussed. According to Mormonism, baptism performed by someone with authority is necessary if a person hopes to be able to join the “Church” and have ability to become exalted. Christianity disagrees, saying that baptism is not something a person does in order to earn God’s favor. What does the Bible have to say? This review takes a closer look at this very important issue.

Chapter 1: Learning by Faith

Christians would agree that there is something new to learn every day. With that said, we must also understand that truth does not change. Take the law of gravity, for example. If it exists today, it will exist tomorrow (or else we’re no longer going to remain on this planet!). The same is true with God, as what is true for God today—say, His nature and His love for humankind—will be true tomorrow. The problem comes when people create “new ideas” that contradict truth. For Christians, truth comes from the Bible. When someone tries to change the teachings of the Bible, caution is required.

Chapter 24: Righteous Living in Perilous Times

Based on these quotes, here’s what we learn about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”:

  1. Everyone who lives on this earth is supposed to follow the teachings of the LDS gospel;
  2. This gospel includes “all the ordinances and principles” taught by the Mormon Church, which I assume would include baptism into the LDS Church, regular worship in LDS services, the receiving of the priesthood (for males), and temple participation (including marriage for time and eternity), just to name a few;
  3. These are eternal ordinances and principles, applicable for everyone on earth;
  4. If properly completed, this gospel will help us be like our “Eternal Parent,” which would be equal to godhood;
  5. With all of this said, Mormonism preaches the true gospel—not just that, but the “only” gospel, according to McConkie.

Chapter 23: “Of You It Is Required to Forgive”

Here’s the problem: I do not believe that most Mormons do not know if they are truly forgiven. Oh, of course they’ll say they’re forgiven because of Christ’s “atonement,” but in the LDS language, this is nothing more than general resurrection from the dead. Everyone on earth receives this, even non-Mormons. But when it comes to forgiveness of sins, as talked about in the Bible, and qualifying for the best God has in store for His people (in Mormonism, this is exaltation and the Celestial Kingdom), Mormons just don’t know if they have it. In other words, they are unable to claim the promise John gives that we may “know” that we have eternal life (1 John 5:13). 

Chapter 22: Bringing up Children in Light and Truth

This is a reminder that Christians too ought to take opportunities to train their children. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” I believe this ought to include manners, ethics, and theology. Remember, though, that the author of Proverbs was only advocating a general principle. Just because we train our children the right way does not necessarily mean that they will always listen or turn out right! Even within one family, it is often the case where one child is the proverbial “prodigal” and the siblings don’t follow suit when they see the mess brother or sister has created.

Chapter 21: The Power of Kindness

Quoting from the Bible, Smith is exactly right. However, why do so many Latter-day Saints use a criticial attitude to criticize Christians who share their faith? When we are at public outreaches, we have had conversations where the Mormons assume that we somehow have ill feelings toward them.  This may even cause them to have a negative attitude toward us, thinking that somehow we must hate them. If this was the case, why would we try to evangelize? Then, after talking to us for a while, they realize that their presuppositions were not correct. They were “prone to see the limitations and the weaknesses of [their] neighbors,” but instead they found out that we really do care, even if they disagree with our philosophy. Perhaps they wouldn’t share their faith in a public manner by passing out tracts or trying to engage others in coversation, but at least they understood that what we were trying to do was no different than what thousands of missionaries attempt to do every day, sincerely trying to share their beliefs with those who they felt desperately needed the truth.

 

Chapter 20: Temporal Salvation for Ourselves and Others

The storing of food and supplies to last one year is something that Latter-day Saints are encouraged to do by their church leaders. In Utah, many families even purchase food storage racks so they can rotate their stock. When Smith says that not obeying the Word of Wisdom is “setting aside the plain teachings of the Lord with reference to our lives,” he provides no scriptural support. Of course, it makes common sense that people should prepare for disasters, such as earthquakes, tornados, or hurricanes. But nowhere does the Bible (or other LDS Standard Works, for that matter) suggest that a family should keep enough supplies and food for a year. This is a unique 20th century LDS command.

Chapter 19: Temporal and Spiritual Blessings from the Word of Wisdom

Many Mormons—especially those who hold temple recommends—uphold the Word of Wisdom (including not drinking hot drinks such as coffee and tea and no alcohol or tobacco) with religious sincertiy and strictness. The question is, should this really be considered “counsel from the Lord”?

According to D&C 89:3, the Word of Wisdom is a “principle with [a] promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak.” However, this did not become a command for 18 years, until it was proposed in 1851 by President Brigham Young. It later became a requirement for temple recommend holders until later in the 20th century. If this was such an important teaching, it seems strange that it was not a command from God when this revelation was first given.

Chapter 18: Stay on the Lord’s side of the line

All safety, all righteousness, all happiness are on the Lord’s side of the line.

When I first read this last sentence, I was reminded of what eleventh President Harold B. Lee taught: “You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. It may contradict your political views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with your social life. . . . Your safety and ours depends upon whether or not we follow. . . . Let’s keep our eye on the President of the Church (CR October 1970, 152-153.)” (Harold B. Lee, as cited in The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 139. Ellipses in original). President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) agreed at the same general conference, saying, “Let us hearken to those we sustain as prophets and seers, as well as the other brethren, as if our eternal life depended upon it, because it does!” (Conference Reports, Oct. 1970, 152; Improvement Era, Dec. 1970, 126.)

Listening to the prophets is obviously the first step to staying “on the Lord’s side of the line.”

Chapter 16: “Offer up Thy Sacraments upon My Holy Day”

The human body can only take so much activity. This is why God gave us His example in the creation, setting aside the seventh day as a day of rest. The day wasn’t established for the sake of God but rather for the sake of man. It was the only way for the human body and mind to be rejuvenated, something God fully understood.

While Christians have traditionally believed in a day of rest, it was never meant to be a legalistic day. This is the topic I will address in this review.

Chapter 15: Advancing the Work of the Lord

As is true with any church, the membership comprises the best evangelists to deliver the message of the organization.  Based on what was said earlier in the manual, I imagine that the church is pushing its people to not “shift the responsibility” to the missionaries, which from a bystander’s point of view is typically what happens in any evangelism encounter originated by the Latter-day Saint. After all, when is the last time someone besides a missionary tried to share the LDS gospel with you (assuming the reader is a Christian who did not initiate the discussion). Speaking on behalf of myself and, I know, many Christians around the globe, may I say that I look forward to potentially having more Latter-day Saints introduce the topic of the gospel, allowing for a healthy dialogue on issues of spiritual importance.

Chapter 14: How to Share the Gospel Effectively

Notice the strategy that Smith uses in his witness to a denominational pastor. First, he allowed the person to think that there is basic truth in his own religion. But notice the caveat: “All we ask you to do is hear what we have to say, and if it appeals to you, accept it freely…” According to this tactic, the message brought by the Mormon ought to be accepted if it “appeals” to the individual being proselyted. Typically, the Latter-day Saint encourages the recipient to follow the pattern of James 1:5 and Moroni 10:4 and “pray” about the Mormon message. If there is a positive “feeling,” then the assumed conclusion is that it must be true.

Chapter 13: Doing Our Part to Share the Gospel

According to Mormonism, all people are “children of God” and ought to be told the gospel story, which Mormonism says is the “power of God unto salvation.” Becoming a child of God is not something all people have experienced, as it happens only with belief. John 1:12-13 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” In 1 John 3, John contrasts the “children of God” with the “children of the devil,” saying that “whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” Of course, no Latter-day Saint believes anyone is a child of the Devil but only of God. Yet the Bible doesn’t support this view.

Chapter 12: An Enthusiastic Desire to Share the Gospel

The churches of the world are trying, in their way, to bring peace into the hearts of men. They are possessed of many virtues and many truths, and accomplish much good, but they are not divinely authorized. Neither have their priests been divinely commissioned.

While many Mormons like to make it sound like they’re “Christians too” in the traditional sense, it is comments like this that the PR department fails to feature on its website and “I am a Mormon” campaigns. The leaders of old made it very clear that Mormonism is distinct and not like the “churches of the world.” This is what LDS scriptural passages such as Joseph Smith—History 1:19 clearly teach, explaining how all the churches at that time were in need of a total restoration. Notice what George Albert Smith says (“they are not divinely authorized”). Smith says that Christians have leaders who are not “divinely commissioned.” According to the LDS mindset, only the Mormon with the proper priesthood authority (supposedly restored by God to Joseph Smith) can claim to have the correct credentials. If you’re a Latter-day Saint who wonders why Christians won’t extend the right hand of fellowship to those accepting Latter-day Saint theology, ask why your church is teaching in a current 2012 manual how Christians and their leaders lack authority from God.

 

Chapter 11: Revelation from God to His Children

The idea that the Mormon Church has a leader that guides humans in these “latter-days” is not controversial with Latter-day Saints. Over and over again—as these quotes from George Albert Smith suggest—the Church is told that the LDS leader is the “pilot” who ought to be followed.

Consider what Apostle D. Todd Christofferson said at the April (2012) General Conference of the Mormon Church: “…we must admit there has been and still persists some confusion about our doctrine and how it is established. That is the subject I wish to address today.”

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

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

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

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith, Chapter 9

During 2012, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert 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.

 Prayer allows us to talk to our Heavenly Father as though He were present.

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith Chapter 8

Unlike temples from biblical times, LDS temples are used by worthy living members to perform proxy baptisms for the dead as well as participate in the endowment and perform sealings for time and eternity. Vicarious baptisms on behalf of those who are deceased comprise a great majority of the activity behind temple doors. The endowment involves ceremonies where the members learn about the plan of salvation while making covenants (promises) that, Apostle Russell M. Nelson said, “will qualify you and your family for the blessings of eternal life.” (“Face the Future with Faith,”Ensign, May 2011, 36.). He also said, “The possibility of eternal life—even exaltation—is available to us through our obedience to covenants made and ordinances received in holy temples of God.” (“Prepare for the Blessings of the Temple,” Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(supplement to the Ensign magazine), October 2010, 50).

Chapter 6: Sustaining Those Whom the Lord Sustains

According to one LDS Church manual, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accepts four books as scripture: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. These books are called the standard works of the Church. The inspired words of our living prophets are also accepted as scripture.”  (Gospel Principles, p. 45). Since Mormonism began in 1830, church leaders have rejected the idea of a closed canon, claiming that inspired teachings from God can be given to their living prophet. This is demonstrated in a Mormon-produced encyclopedia: “Since Latter-day Saints believe in the genuine gift of prophecy, it follows that the revelations received by modern prophets should be esteemed as highly as those received by ancient ones. Hence, the LDS canon of scripture can never be closed. . . .” ( Ludlow, ed., Encyclopedia of Mormonism 1:398).

Chapter 5: The Holy Priesthood–for the Blessing of God’s Children

Was the priesthood needing to be restored? Did the Christian church need to have authority and power given back to it? This chapter deals with these issues according to the teachings of President George Albert Smith.

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith Chapter 4

During 2012, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert 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 4: The Prophet Joseph Smith, God’s Instrument in Restoring the Truth

A look at the Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow


Reviewed by Eric Johnson

During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual.

* [Chapter 20: The Kingdom of God Moves Forward Missionary Work](/lorenzo-snow-manual-20)
* [Chapter 21: Loving God More than We Love the World](/lorenzo-snow-manual-21)
* [Chapter 22: Doing Good to Others](/lorenzo-snow-manual-22)
* [Chapter 23: The Prophet Joseph Smith](/lorenzo-snow-manual-23)
* [Chapter 24: Reflections on the Mission of Jesus Christ](/lorenzo-snow-manual-24)

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith Chapter 3

During 2012, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert 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 3: Our Testimony of Jesus Christ

Chapter 1: Living What We Believe

_Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith_ > Worship in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a devoted life, a desire to be worthy of him in whose image we have been created and who has given us all … that is worth while—the gospel of Jesus Christ. > What a fine thing it is to feel that we belong to a church that is or should be composed of saints. It is not sufficient that we have our names upon the records. It is important that we live the lives that entitle us to be called Saints, and if you will do that, you will be happy.

Chapter 2: Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

 This is a response to the LDS manual that is being used in Relief Society and Priesthood meetings in 2012. Today’s lesson—chapter 2—is scheduled to be studied on Jan. 15. Selected quotes from the manual are boldfaced. The chapters from the manual can be found in their entirety athttp://lds.org/manual/teachings-george-albert-smith?lang=eng