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

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

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

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

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

The Supreme God of Mormonism

By Sharon Lindbloom 30 May 2017 In its “Until We Meet Again” feature, the April 2017 issue of the LDS Church’s Ensign magazine includes an article titled, “The Power of God.” This is a 500-word excerpt from a longer (2300-word) General Conference address titled, “The Doctrine of the Priesthood.” Mormon apostle Bruce R. McConkie delivered … 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

Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women

Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women The Gospel Topics essays were published between 2013-2015 covering a variety of issues, many of which were controversial. In this, the last essay released by the LDS Church (October 23, 2015), the issue of ordaining women is tackled. Let’s take a look at the essay (underlined), with … Read more

Is the Mormon Priesthood Really of Ancient Origin?

By Eric Johnson and Bill McKeever The authority of the priesthood is so important to the Mormon that without it, male members are not enabled “to act in God’s name for the salvation of the human family” (Gospel Principles, p. 67).  Those without this authority are unable to perform any ordinances, as Apostle James Talmage explained: No one … Read more

LDS Church goes into defensive mode with women and the priesthood

The following was originally printed in the July/August 2014 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  A concerted effort by a woman’s group made up of Latter-day Saints has been attempting to get the LDS Church to change its doctrine that limits priesthood ordination to worthy males, forcing the leadership to deal head-on with this … Read more

Priesthood

Priesthood Is the Mormon Priesthood really of ancient origin? LDS Church goes into defensive mode with women and the priesthood Priesthood: Restored or Retrofit  Jesus’ Unique Priesthood What do Christians and Mormons say about Priesthood Powers? Review: The Holy Priesthood A Royal Priesthood (Blog) Banning Blacks from the Priesthood Unexplaining the Mormon Priesthood Ban on Blacks A Doctrine … Read more

Review of Blacks and the Mormon Priesthood: Setting the Record Straight

By Marcus H. Martins, Ph.D. Reviewed by Eric Johnson Note: The month of June 2015 marks the 38th anniversary of Spencer W. Kimball and the members of the First Presidency deciding to allow those with black skin to begin receiving the priesthood. Let’s take a look at a book written with the intention of “setting … Read more

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

During 2014, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The text that is underlined is from the manual, with our comments following.

What do Christians and Mormons say about Priesthood Powers?

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

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

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

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

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

A Doctrine that was to always be

On December 6, 2013, the LDS Church published an article (“Race and Priesthood“) that contradicted the facts from earlier church history. Was the banning of blacks holding the priesthood originated by Brigham Young and perpetuated for more than a century? Or was this teaching truly a “doctrine” originated by Joseph Smith as claimed by a number of church leaders?

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

Why the Priesthood Ban for the African Race?

Introduction: The following are notes used by Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson on several broadcasts of Viewpoint on Mormonism that aired from March19th through March 29th. The purpose of the series was to demonstrate that the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been less than honest when it comes to the history and reasons behind a ban that prevented members of African heritage from holding either the Aaronic or Melchizedek Priesthood. This guiding principle was in effect until 1978 when it was rescinded “by revelation” under 12th LDS President Spencer W. Kimball.

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.

Mormons to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the "Priesthood Revelation"

In June of 1978, the LDS-owned Deseret News newspaper printed an announcement by the LDS First Presidency stating that God, by revelation, would now allow all worthy male members in the LDS Church to receive the priesthood as well as “blessings of the temple.” (Deseret News, 6/9/78, 1A). This “revelation,” known as Official Declaration 2, can be found in printed form at the end of the Doctrine and Covenants.

To understand why this announcement was of such extreme importance, it is necessary to go back in time to what Mormons refer to as the”pre-existence “. According to LDS theology, the God of Mormonism, Elohim, resides near a star called Kolob where he lives with his many heavenly wives. Together they are producing millions upon millions of spirit children.

White and Delightsome or Pure and Delightsome? – A Look at 2 Nephi 30:6

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson 

For much of its history, the Salt Lake City-based LDS Church edition of the Book of Mormon taught that dark-skinned Lamanites (Indians) would eventually experience a change in the color of their skin should they embrace the Book of Mormon. Except for a single edition (1840), 2 Nephi 30:6 has read:

“…their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and a delightsome people.”

Jesus’ Unique Priesthood

By Edward Mellott

Each occupant of the First Presidency, from Joseph Smith onward, has been, in addition to other things, the highest occupant of the Melchizedek priesthood. Each has served for some length of time, after which he has died and been succeeded by another. What is significant about this fact is that the pattern bears more resemblance to the history of the Levitical priesthood than it does to the priest after the order of Melchizedek.