How History Shows the Great and Abominable Church was Overcome by the Church of the Lamb

Since I was a teenager in Mormon seminary classes, I’ve remembered vividly the Book of Mormon prophet Nephi's remarkable vision wherein he described eighteen centuries of Christian history following Christ's earthly mission.  The account of this vision is found in I Nephi, Chapters 13 and 14 in the Book of Mormon.  One of the most … Continue reading How History Shows the Great and Abominable Church was Overcome by the Church of the Lamb

Who Translated the Book of Mormon Text into English for Joseph Smith to Read?

According to those contemporaries of Joseph Smith who observed the Book of Mormon translation process, Joseph Smith did not look at or read from the golden plates while translating the Book of Mormon.  He reportedly placed the instrument (whether it was always the "Urim and Thummim", or "interpreters," or sometimes some other seer stone is … Continue reading Who Translated the Book of Mormon Text into English for Joseph Smith to Read?

Mormonism’s Current Practice of Giving Patriarchal Blessings

The average active member of the LDS church has received, in his teenage years or early adulthood, what is called within Mormonism a patriarchal blessing. The blessing is given to him or her by a man who has been ordained to be a patriarch for 3,000 to 6,000 church members living in the patriarch’s geographical … Continue reading Mormonism’s Current Practice of Giving Patriarchal Blessings

Jesus’s Doctrine and Gospel versus Mormonism’s Teachings of Temple Priesthood Ordinances and Exaltation

(Note: The following essay will appear as Chapter 1 of a book currently being written by M.S. Brothers entitled Restoration II: Defending the Bible and Book of Mormon Against LDS Theology.) It might come as a surprise to the average member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to encounter the assertion that … Continue reading Jesus’s Doctrine and Gospel versus Mormonism’s Teachings of Temple Priesthood Ordinances and Exaltation

The Most Consequential Reason behind Doctrinal Errors Gaining Acceptance in the LDS Church

A careful student of Mormonism's scriptures will, at some point, inevitably notice a puzzling fact.  The most high-profile teachings of Mormonism, those that most distinguish the LDS Church from other Christian religions, are at odds with the teachings of the Book of Mormon and Bible.  Counterintuitively, the student finds that the  book for which The … Continue reading The Most Consequential Reason behind Doctrinal Errors Gaining Acceptance in the LDS Church

The Momentous First Recorded Founding of the Church of Christ Before Jesus’s Birth

(Note to reader: The essay on this website entitled "The Initial Loss of the Gospel of Christ among the Nephites" leads up to the points that we focus on in this essay.) The significance of Abinadi's preaching to the court of King Noah about the coming of God to the world to die and be … Continue reading The Momentous First Recorded Founding of the Church of Christ Before Jesus’s Birth

The Initial Loss of the Gospel of Christ among the Nephites

It appears that for some reason, the teachings of Christ and his gospel died out among the Nephites at some point after Nephi's and Jacob’s deaths.  It might have been a century later, less than that, or more than that, but it appears to have happened.  The two men had taught about Christ's mission, his … Continue reading The Initial Loss of the Gospel of Christ among the Nephites

Why the “Lines of Priesthood Authority” Concept is Missing from the Book of Mormon, and How Authority was Obtained to Found the First Known Church of Christ

Many have wondered and speculated how exactly the first Alma received the power and authority to form the church of Christ on earth.  Because of our LDS background, we tend to search out lines of authority, wanting to know who gave a man his priesthood, and who gave that man his priesthood, and trace the … Continue reading Why the “Lines of Priesthood Authority” Concept is Missing from the Book of Mormon, and How Authority was Obtained to Found the First Known Church of Christ