By Scott S. Mitchell In recent essays on this website, I have discussed two critical Book of Mormon scriptures (2 Nephi 4 and Jacob 2 and 3). The exegesis of those verses by the LDS Church (hereafter also referred to as "the Church") has been woefully inadequate and misleading. I've hypothesized that these two scriptures … Continue reading The LDS Church’s Most Overlooked and Underrated Scripture
By Scott S. Mitchell In Part 1 of this essay I included the excerpt below from the LDS Church's Teacher Manual for seminary (i.e., high school aged) students. This excerpt is taken from the Book of Mormon lesson wherein the content of Jacob 2 and 3 is addressed. Readers may wonder why I didn't … Continue reading Jacob 2 and 3, Censorship, and Mormonism’s Avoidance of Stubborn Book of Mormon Truth, Part 2
By Scott S. Mitchell Two Sundays ago, the lesson in my LDS priesthood meeting centered around a talk by Becky Craven in the April 2019 general conference entitled "Careful Versus Casual." Predictably, two things occurred during the classroom discussion. First, the discussion quickly focused on two of the most prominently discussed Law-of-Moses-type items on Mormonism's … Continue reading Jacob 2 and 3, Censorship, and Mormonism’s Avoidance of Stubborn Book of Mormon Truth, Part 1
By Scott S. Mitchell In Part 1, I argued that the specific messages of 2 Nephi 4 in the Book of Mormon go almost completely ignored in the writings and teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (hereafter, "the Church"). This chapter, which is accurately called the psalm of Nephi, contains, … Continue reading 2 Nephi 4 and the Pain or Exhilaration of Learning What You Thought You Wanted to Know, Part 2
By Scott S. Mitchell One of my daughters, who loves math and majored in statistics in college, recently challenged me to solve a math word problem to which she had already figured out the answer. Since I generally enjoy word problems, and believed careful thinking on my part would reveal the solution, I had no … Continue reading 2 Nephi 4 and the Pain or Exhilaration of Learning What You Thought You Wanted to Know, Part 1
By Scott S. Mitchell I feel the need to begin with this short clarification. Although the second half of this essay argues that leaders of the LDS Church too often claim to have received revelation from God when they actually haven't, I don't believe these leaders are unrighteous men. Indeed, I consider them generally … Continue reading Does the Book of Mormon Corroborate LDS Church Claims of Divine Revelation, and Do Church Leaders Receive More of It?
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?
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
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
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