What “Plain and Precious Things” did the “Great and Abominable Church” Keep Back from its Biblical Teachings?

By Scott. S. Mitchell In two unique chapters of the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 13 and 14, the prophet Nephi, writing during the 6th century B.C., relates what an angel showed him in vision about the future history of Christianity in Europe and the Americas.  One of the most salient features of his vision … Continue reading What “Plain and Precious Things” did the “Great and Abominable Church” Keep Back from its Biblical Teachings?

What Jesus Was and Wasn’t Talking About When He Spoke of Putting Away One’s Wife, Divorce and Remarriage

Scott S. Mitchell In some of the most perplexing passages in all of scripture, Jesus appeared to indicate that a man should not put away his wife for any grounds other than sexual immorality, and that any man who married a divorced woman was guilty of adultery.  In this essay I'll attempt to demonstrate why … Continue reading What Jesus Was and Wasn’t Talking About When He Spoke of Putting Away One’s Wife, Divorce and Remarriage

How We Know Shem Wasn’t Melchizedek, Part II, and What it Means for Christianity

By Scott S. Mitchell In a previous essay, I laid out the evidence demonstrating why Shem and the ancient high priest Melchizedek couldn't have been the same person, contrary to popular Mormon belief.  See Why Melchizedek wasn’t Shem, and Why it Does and Doesn’t Matter, elsewhere on this website.  By reading further information on this subject, … Continue reading How We Know Shem Wasn’t Melchizedek, Part II, and What it Means for Christianity

Forgiving When We Shouldn’t

Scott S. Mitchell Readers of this essay might find the arguments presented surprising, perhaps even unsettling.  My purpose in writing 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 feeling it. … Continue reading Forgiving When We Shouldn’t

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?

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?

To Kill a Mockingbird, the Ninth Commandment, and Sabotaging Brett Kavanaugh

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

How the Book of Mormon Could Have Saved LDS Leaders from Error

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

Being Wise about the Word of Wisdom: Abolishing Dietary Minutiae as Measurements of Righteousness

(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

Why Melchizedek wasn’t Shem, and Why it Does and Doesn’t Matter

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