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Have Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson speak at your church!

Bill McKeever

Life is returning back to normal!

And the missionaries are out and about while our friends and family members have become more open to conversing.

How well prepared are your members able to engage with a knowledgeable Latter-day Saint? Are they possibly agreeable that “Mormons are Christians too”? If so, you may want to consider having MRM’s Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson present one of their many presentations that will:

  • help your people better understand the religion of Mormonism as well as the Mormon people
  • equip Christians with a game plan on how they can share the Christian faith
  • encourage them that sharing Christianity with LDS friends, neighbors, and family members is quite possible

And we do it all with “gentleness and respect,” as 1 Peter 3:16 says we’re supposed to do.

There are several things to consider:

  1. A date you would like to have MRM come
  2. Time frame
  3. Which seminars you think would be most valuable to your people (we can make suggestions as well).

Date

Currently, our schedule is wide open for this fall. Contact Eric ([email protected]) to see if a date you would like to request is available.

See our calendar

Time frame

We are flexible and willing to work with you as far as when you want to have us speak. Here are some of the more common times we are asked to speak:

  1. A weekday night for 2 hours, giving us the chance to share two 50-minute presentations with a 10-minute break in between and 10 minutes for Q&A.
  2. Two consecutive weekday nights, 2 hours each, allowing for four different presentations.
  3. (If in the Salt Lake Valley area) Two meetings on the same night on two consecutive weeks (same day), allowing for four different presentations.

Crash Course Weekend

For those who like to have us come in for a weekend, especially for locations more than 4 hours away from Salt Lake City.

Friday night (7-8:30 p.m.) Presentation1 (We recommend “What is Mormon Doctrine?” as an introductory session.)

Saturday morning (9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Presentations 2-5

Saturday early evening (optional): When we have come from a long distance, we’re happy to speak again in the evening. (Your choice.)

Sunday morning (optional): Bill McKeever is able to take your pulpit and teach an apologetics sermon not related to Mormonism (or on Mormonism, if you wish). In addition, Eric is willing to speak to a Sunday school, elementary age through adults, and use a children’s story (Corduroy) to teach on just what salvation is all about.

Meanwhile, Eric Johnson would be willing to address any Sunday School classes during the church time, from elementary to adults, on the topic of “Salvation from a Bear’s Perspective.” Eric has shared this talk to thousands of Christians in 11 different states over the past two decades.

Finally, it is possible to have us on Sunday and preach the sermon. After church, you may want to have your people stay by offering lunch (sandwiches or pizza ordered), and we can speak for 2 hours or 4 hours. We are quite flexible.

We are flexible, so feel free to reach out with your needs and we can determine what would be best for you.

 

Seminars

Below are the different presentations we have to offer you. We would love to have you choose, or, if you want, we can choose for you. Our goal is to reach as many of your members where they are and help them better understand the LDS religion as well as share their faith.

Introductory/Overview

  • A Look at Utah’s “Majority Religion”—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Bill) *

A quick look at Mormonism, including its unique Scripture, unique view of God, unique view of salvation, and unique view of the hereafter.

  • Understanding the ABCs of Mormonism: An Introduction (Eric) *

For someone who does not know very much about the religion of the Latter-day Saints, this presentation is perfect in providing some of the basics and a starting point.

  • Is Mormonism Christianity? (Eric) *

LDS Apostle Robert D. Hales gave a talk at the 2012 general conference titled “Being a More Christian Christian.” Let’s take a closer look at the issue of whether or not Mormonism ought to be considered “Christian” and consider the definitions of common terms Mormons and Christian share while having much different meanings.

  • Understanding Mormonism’s Gospel (Bill) *

Understanding the differences between what is taught in Mormonism versus what is taught in biblical Christianity. Just because the same terms are used (i.e., salvation, grace, etc) does not make Mormonism a Christian religion.

Doctrinal issues

  • Introducing God and the Trinity (Eric) *

There is no doubt that Mormonism’s view of God is unique when compared to biblical Christianity. Let’s overview what Mormons are taught about God as well as the Trinity.

  • Another Jesus, A Different Spirit, A Different Gospel (Bill) *

Using 2 Cor. 11:3-4 as our text, this presentation explains how Mormonism is different than the biblical understanding. (Could be a Sunday sermon.)  

  • The Temples of Mormonism (Bill or Eric) *

A temple may be going into your city or even your neighborhood. What exactly is the temple all about? What takes place inside these special buildings? We’ll take a quick tour and explain just what is happening in the Mormon temple.

  • A Basic Introduction to the Gospel Topics Essays (Bill) *

The Gospel Topics essays were published by the LDS Church between 2013 – 2015 and created a tidal wave in Mormonism. Just what are these essays all about? And how can a Christian use these in sharing their faith with Mormons?

Scripture

  • Sharing the Good News with Mormons: Joseph Smith’s First Vision and the Book of Mormon—The Historical Approach (Bill) *

Based on a chapter written by Bill McKeever in Sharing the Good News with Mormons, a look at the importance of the two most important events in the history of Mormonism: the First Vision and the Book of Mormon.

  • Introducing the Book of Mormon (Bill) *

Bill McKeever takes a closer look at the Book of Mormon, describing how it came to be as well the impossibility of Joseph Smith really having gold plates that he supposedly translated from.

  • Examining Mormon Prooftexts (2 parts) (Eric) *

(Either part can scheduled as a solo presentation and therefore do not have to go in order)

There are common verses in the Bible pointed to by Latter-day Saints to support their church’s unique teaches. These presentations take a look at several and explain why verses ought not to be taken out of their context in order support doctrine.

Part 1: 5 important rules in engaging a Latter day Saint (James 1:5, 1 Corinthians 15:29, James 2:20)

Part 2: Accuracy of the Bible (Amos 3:7, Malachi 3:1, Ezekiel 37:16-17, John 10:16, 1 Corinthians 8:6)

Evangelism

  • Mormon Missionaries at Our Door…How Should We Respond? (Bill)

Now that 2020 is over, the missionaries have returned to doing evangelistic activities. One might even knock on your door. Are you ready? This presentation provides some things a Christian ought to consider and questions you may want to consider asking.

  • Sharing the Good News with Mormons: The Miracle of Forgiveness (Eric)

A book written by an LDS general authority has sold several million copies over the past five decades. In fact, a copy of the book sits in the display case featuring President Spencer W. Kimball at the church’s history museum. Let’s take a closer look at this book and see how this book can be used in evangelistic conversations today.

  • What is Mormon Doctrine? (Bill)

What type of official LDS resources a Christian can cite when talking to Latter-day Saints that they will respect as authoritative? This presentation will provide you with a strategy of utilizing official Mormon resources. This is a great introduction to a weekend presentation on Mormonism. 75 minutes

  • Introducing Christianity to Mormons (Eric)

A new book is being written by Eric Johnson that is meant for Christians who want to share their faith with Latter-day Saints. It is scheduled to come out in the fall of 2022. This presentation overviews the material from the book as it is meant to help Christians understand the precision in explaining what the essential doctrines of Christianity so it is distinguished from what is taught in Mormonism. 

 

Pastoral Recommendations

For recommendations from a variety of pastors, see comments from pastors We also invite you to watch a video that explains the purpose of MRM.

Published Resources

Here are resources written by Bill and Eric that will be available at our speaking event:

Mormonism 101 (Baker Books, 2015)

Overview of the differences between the beliefs of Mormonism and Christianity. A great primer to help understand the uniqueness of the LDS religion. This book was originally published in 2000. Coauthored by Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson

 

Answering Mormons’ Questions (Kregel, 2013)

Mormons ask Christians many questions, but they are usually the same. This book tackles 38 of the most common questions asked by our LDS friends. Originally published in 1981 by Bill McKeever and published by Bethany House Publishers in 1994. Coauthored by Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson

 

Mormonism 101 for Teens (MRM, 2019)

A simpler version of the Mormonism 101 book and aimed at youth who are curious about what their LDS friends believe. Highly recommended for high school students. Originally published in 2016.

 

Sharing the Good News with Mormons (Harvest House, 2018)

How do can effectively share our faith with Latter-day Saints? This resource gives 24 different tactics, with contributions from 26 total authors, including Bill McKeever, Sandra Tanner, J. Warner Wallace, and Lynn Wilder. Coedited by Eric Johnson and Sean McDowell.

 

 

In Their Own Words (MRM, 2012)

A encyclopedic list of citations from a variety of LDS leaders and manuals. A great resource for those doing their own research. Compiled by Bill McKeever.

 

 

Introducing Christianity to Mormons (forthcoming, Harvest House, 2022)

Have you ever wanted to share your Christian faith with Latter-day Saints but had a difficult time communication what Christians believe versus what Mormonism teaches? This will be a resource that will help distinguish between the two faiths while making a cogent defensive of biblical Christianity.

Podcast

Listen to Bill and Eric on five different radio stations located in four different states or on podcast, 5 days a week. Viewpoint on Mormonism has aired since July 2011 and more than 2,500 past broadcasts can be located here.

Want to schedule an event?

Contact Eric Johnson ([email protected]) to determine what will be best for you and your church!