When the Mormon Church skirts the truth, who’s to blame?

by Sharon Lindbloom 4 March 2019 In February, BYU professor Daniel Peterson posted on his blog what I think is an odd article. The title is a question: “Is the Church lying to us through its art?” Dr. Peterson admits that he understands the critics’ claim that “the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints … Read more

Mormonism and the “True Church”

by Sharon Lindbloom 15 October 2018 The September Ensign magazine included an article meant to explain what it means when people say that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “is the true Church.” In discussing the purpose of the LDS Church (i.e., “for the perfecting of the Saints”), the article noted that past leaders … 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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

“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

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 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

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

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

Grace unto Works

Note: The following was originally printed in the January/February 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  By Bill McKeever  When speaking to individuals who place a strong emphasis on personal performance when it comes to being justified before God, one can unwittingly fail to emphasize that the New Testament has much to … Read more

Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?

Note: The following was originally printed in the January/February 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  To listen to a 5-part Viewpoint on Mormonism series that originally aired January 2-6, 2017, click the following: Part 1  Part 2   Part 3  Part 4  Part 5   By Eric Johnson The title for this article is the actual title for … Read more

Joseph Smith’s Alleged Ignorance of the Bible

Note: The following was originally printed in the November/December 2016 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  By Bill McKeever On the FAIR-LDS.org website, an article responds to the question, “Did Joseph know what the italics in the Bible meant?” FAIR stands for the Foundation for Apologetics and Information Research, an organization made up … Read more

What is so amazing about the Mormon version of Grace?

Note: The following was originally printed in the September/October 2016 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  By Bill McKeever  John Newton (1725-1807), the slave trader turned Anglican pastor, wrote many hymns during his lifetime, but none have enjoyed as much fame as “Amazing Grace.” According to Newton biographer, Jonathan Aitken, “Amazing Grace” is … Read more

Unexplaining the Mormon Priesthood Ban on Blacks

Note: This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal (Vol. 39 No. 01, 2015). By Bill McKeever Synopsis For much of its history, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had a fairly standard explanation as to why those of African heritage were prohibited from holding any priesthood office in the church. … 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

Commentary on Galatians 5

Compiled by Eric Johnson Highlighted parts are key quotes that may have been used on the radio shows 5 questions for chapter 5 (to answer before you study chapter 5) In verse 3, Paul says that a person who holds to a specific law (i.e. circumcision) needs to obey the whole law. What does he mean … Read more

Introduction to the Book of Galatians

By Eric Johnson Reading the Bible and interpreting its words in the way they were meant to be conveyed is the goal of the serious Bible student. While many–including some well-meaning Christians–would like to make the reader the primary focus on how to forge an interpretation, this “reading into the text” (also known as eisegesis) is … 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

Why do Christians consider the Bible to be the exclusive source of truth?

By Eric Johnson The following was part of an email addressed to MRM’s Eric Johnson, dated 9/14/16, regarding the Bible. My question for you is how you view the Bible as a whole. To me, it doesn’t really make sense to view the Bible itself as a final and ultimate source of religious truth (obviously), but … Read more

Chapter 18: We Believe in Being Honest

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

(Short) Answers to the 10 Most Common Responses I Get at Temple Open House Outreaches

Listen to a special 2-part Viewpoint on Mormonism on this topic that aired on September 12-13, 2016   Part 1   Part 2 By Eric Johnson (Photo at right is of the author at the Philadelphia Temple Open House in August 2016) Since 1993, MRM has participated in 31 different temple open house events, which is the only time … Read more

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

The “blueprint of Christ’s church”? A Seventy’s rehash of “17 points”

Reviewed by Eric Johnson Check out the Viewpoint on Mormonism originally airing August and September 2016: Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5  Part 6   Part 7   Part 8  Part 9   Part 10    Part 11   Part 12    Part 13   Part 14   Part 15 On January 12, 2014, Tad Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy presented a devotional for … Read more

The Family and Being Together Forever

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson The following is taken from chapter 22 of the 2013 book Answering Mormons’ Questions: Ready Responses for Inquiring Latter-day Saints, pages 184-185. To purchase this valuable resource, click here. Picture by Jeff Belmonte from Cuiabá, Brazil – Flickr. Some Mormons have created a stereotype about the Christian’s view of  heaven, assuming it means … 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 14: Hastening Family History and Temple Work

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

Trouble in Paradise: Thomas Marsh Takes a Stand

By Sharon Lindbloom 6 July 2016 Thomas B. Marsh was the President of the Quorum of the Twelve [LDS] Apostles in 1838. Over the years, he had proven himself a loyal and faithful supporter of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Joining the Mormon Church in 1830 and called as an apostle in 1835, Marsh stood with … Read more

Could Mormonism be a Counterfeit from Satan?

By Michael Rabus For a Viewpoint on Mormonism broadcast on this topic that aired on May 23, 2016, click here. The April 2016 issue of the Ensign magazine featured an article titled “Recognizing Satan’s Counterfeits” by Dennis C. Gaunt in which the Book of Mormon was offered as the foundation of detecting spiritual counterfeits.  When … Read more

Mormonism 101 for Teens: The Religion of the Latter-day Saints Simplified

Paperback copies of Mormonism 101 for Teens: The Religion of the Latter-day Saints Simplified are available NOW!!! Listen to the podcasts on this book airing during the week of June 13, 2016 on Viewpoint on Mormonism, click these links:  Part 1  Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5 Also, the MRM store has a special for the … 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

Is there Biblical support for the Trinity?

This is one in a series of articles on the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. To see MRM’s website page on the Trinity to see other resources, please click here. By Eric Johnson There is biblical support for the Trinity. When heresies crept into the theology of the early church, the early Church Fathers kept returning to … Read more

Does the Bible really say that Jesus is God?

This is one in a series of articles on the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. To see MRM’s website page on the Trinity to see other resources, please click here. By Eric Johnson The Bible teaches in many different ways that Jesus is God. It is the centerpiece of the Christian faith. Without this, Christians would be … Read more

What is the early history of the Trinity?

This is one in a series of articles on the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. To see MRM’s website page on the Trinity to see other resources, please click here. By Eric Johnson Christians believe that the Trinity is originally taught in the Bible. However, the word “Trinity” did not come until later in Christian church history. … Read more

What is the Trinity?

This is the first article in a series on the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. To see MRM’s website page on the Trinity to see other resources, please click here. By Eric Johnson Understanding the meaning of the Trinity is important to Christians who hold the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. The word “Trinity” … Read more

The Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity

By Eric Johnson EN ENSPANOL The biblical doctrine of the Trinity has been unduly criticized for many years. The objections by Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Muslims might come in statements and questions like these: “I don’t understand it!” “The word ‘Trinity’ is not found in the Bible!” “Isn’t this teaching something the pagans and heretics invented?” However, … 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

Did God command polygamous relationships in the Old Testament?

Note: The following was originally printed in the January/February 2016 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  By Eric Johnson Polygamy, or plural marriage, is a sticky issue for many Mormons. Some have become deeply embarrassed when they found out how their founder, Joseph Smith, married at least 34 girls and women. In fact, a … 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 1: What is My Purpose as a Missionary?

By Eric Johnson Sections from the original from the LDS Church manual Preach My Gospel are boldfaced. My comments follow. The gospel of Jesus Christ as restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith will bless their families, meet their spiritual needs, and help them fulfill their deepest desires. Although they may not know why, they need relief … Read more

Do Most Mormons Now Support the Ordination of Women to the LDS Priesthood?

By Sharon Lindbloom Surveys and polls have been conducted among Mormons in recent years regarding the controversial question of whether or not women should be ordained to the all-male Mormon priesthood. LDS Church leadership has been resistant to the idea, explaining that the issue is a doctrinal one (which implies that a revelation would be … 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 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

Mother in Heaven

Mother in Heaven To hear a 3-part Viewpoint on Mormonism Podcast on this Gospel Topics essay that originally aired November 16-18, 2015, click the following links: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3   While there has been speculation about the idea of a “Mother God” in Mormonism, it has not been clearly defined. Until now. Because the Gospel Topics … Read more

Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah

By Eric Johnson More attention has been given to the topic of polygamy (plural marriage) than any other in the Gospel Topics essay series. This particular essay was published in December 2013 under the Gospel Topics section on the LDS Church website. The original full article is underlined, with my response following. The Bible and the Book of Mormon … Read more

What Historical Support Does the Mormon Church Have to Justify Baptism for the Dead?

By Eric Johnson A great majority of the work that is performed in LDS temples throughout the world by faithful Mormons is done on behalf of the dead. Besides endowments for the dead, baptisms for the dead are also performed. Ordinances on behalf of such notables as William Shakespeare, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Patrick Henry, Paul … Read more

Is It Wise to Place Blind Trust in Mere Mortal Men?

By Eric Johnson and Bill McKeever Mormon doctrine teaches that God reveals himself to the LDS prophet. This is integral to the claim that the LDS Church is the only true church. Mormonism’s founder, Joseph Smith, stated that he restored the office of prophet to the world and proclaimed, God made Aaron to be the mouthpiece for the … Read more

Taking the Offense without Being Offensive: An Evangelism Strategy

Suppose your favorite NFL team is headed to overtime in a tie game and ends up winning the coin toss. Would you want your team to kick off or receive? It’s a no-brainer. Even the most defensive-minded fan wants his team to have the ball. After all, the team receiving the kickoff can win the game by scoring a touchdown in its initial possession. While the defense could cause a turnover, pick up the ball, and run eighty yards for the tie-breaking score, there is a better opportunity to get into the end zone when your team is in control. When it comes to evangelism, is it possible to take the offense without being offensive?

Are Mormons Christian?

While the topic has been discussed at length over the years, the idea that Mormons are Christians continues to be argued by many Latter-day Saints. In 1998, BYU professor Stephen E. Robinson explained why he thought the answer is yes in his book Are Mormons Christians? As part of its series on “Gospel Topics,” the essay titled “Are Mormons Christian?” was published in January 2014 on the official LDS website. Let’s take a closer look at the reasons given for why we should accept Mormonism as a Christian religion. 

Editorials on Mormonism in the Salt Lake Tribune Summer 2011

Editorials on Mormonism in the Salt Lake Tribune Summer 2011

By Eric Johnson

On Friday, August 19, 2011, an article appeared in the editorial section of the Salt Lake Tribune titled “Five Myths about Mormonism.” It was written by popular Mormon blogger Joanna Brooks and you can visit this initial article here

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.

 

Mormon

Mormon. Claimed by Latter-day Saints to be an ancient Nephite prophet who abridged and compiled the records of his people known today as The Book of Mormon. In addition, the term “Mormon” was a derogatory term given to followers of Joseph Smith. Today it is a non-offensive nickname commonly used to describe either The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City, Utah, or its members.

Return to dictionary here.

Should Christians Support a Mormon Running for President?

By Bill McKeever 

The fact that two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have aspired to become President of the United States in the 2012 elections, has caused many to wonder whether or not a Christian should support such a person for the highest office in our land. Let me begin by saying that if voting for a Mormon is always wrong, Christians where I come from would never vote at all since the majority of candidates  running for public office in Utah are Latter-day Saints. Still, the possibility of having a Mormon Commander-in-Chief has caused many a great amount of consternation. Some concerns are realistic while others are not.

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)