Readers of this essay might find the arguments presented in this essay surprising, perhaps even unsettling. My purpose in writing this is to help righteous people feel better about themselves when the scriptures demonstrate they deserve to feel that way, and to help them avoid feeling guilt when the scriptures indicate they shouldn't be … Continue reading Forgiving When We Shouldn’t
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (hereafter "LDS church") are taught the following about the three entities who comprise the Godhead: "The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is … Continue reading Mormonism’s Contradiction of its Own Book of Mormon: Who Exactly Was the God of Old Testament Times, and Does God the Father Really Have a Body of Flesh and Bones?
In Harper Lee's famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, which became an Academy Award winning movie, the story revolves around a married black man, Tom Robinson, who is on trial after being falsely accused of raping and beating a young white woman, Mayella Ewell, in a small Alabama town. The reader or movie viewer learns … Continue reading To Kill a Mockingbird, the Ninth Commandment, and Sabotaging Brett Kavanaugh
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (hereafter "the Church") teaches that sexual relationships between those of the same gender are sinful, as are any sexual relationships between partners who aren't legally and lawfully married. The concept that sexual relations between persons not married to each other is wrong is strongly rooted in biblical … Continue reading How the Book of Mormon Could Have Saved LDS Leaders from Error
(The following essay was written by Scott S. Mitchell, a principal contributor to this website.) Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (hereafter “Church”) are required to possess a temple recommend in order to be allowed into the church’s temples to participate in Mormonism’s most sacred rituals and ceremonies. The recommend is … Continue reading Being Wise about the Word of Wisdom: Abolishing Dietary Minutiae as Measurements of Righteousness
(This entry is made By Hal Mitchell, who is a frequent contributor to LAMP.) I remember when I was 17 I worked on a farm in southern Utah for a summer job. I had a brother on a mission and in the middle of the summer, my next oldest brother was leaving on his mission. My … Continue reading The Empty Carton
The following essay was written by Scott S. Mitchell, a principal contributor to this website. Many members of the LDS church believe Shem, the son of Noah and the father of all the Semitic races, and Melchizedek, the famous high priest to whom Abraham paid tithes, to be the same person. Indeed, a short … Continue reading Why Melchizedek wasn’t Shem, and Why it Does and Doesn’t Matter
(Note: The following essay was written by Scott Mitchell, a principal contributor to this website.) The LDS Church announced on May 8, 2018 that it is ending its long affiliation with the Boy Scouts. The announcement was a big story, and was carried by most major news outlets. The story can be read here. Many … Continue reading Untying the Mormon Knot with the Boy Scouts: the Right Thing for the Wrong Reasons, and What “Honor” Entails
In other essays on this website, we have argued that Mormonism's teachings were in error in teaching that the only true church had to be run by high priests holding the priesthood of Melchizedek, in that this doctrine is completely at odds with Bible and Book of Mormon teachings. Some of those essays can be … Continue reading The Restoration of the Priesthoods: True or Revisionist History?
In his October 2016 LDS General Conference address "If Ye Had Known Me," Church apostle David E. Bednar began his address by citing to an example in the scriptures wherein Joseph Smith had supposedly corrected erroneous language in the King James Version (hereafter "KJV") of the Bible. The scripture Bednar accepted as mistranslated was Matthew … Continue reading Ignoring the Book of Mormon in General Conference Talks and LDS Instruction