More Puzzling Subordination and Diminution of Book of Mormon Text in LDS General Conferences

By Scott S. Mitchell In most of the articles on this website, I have stressed the point that The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints (hereafter "LDS," "Church" or "LDS church") teaches myriad ideas which run contrary to the unambiguous teachings of the Book of Mormon.  Most LDS church members are surprised and/or upset by … Continue reading More Puzzling Subordination and Diminution of Book of Mormon Text in LDS General Conferences

The First Vision: Commemorating and Concealing its History

By Scott S. Mitchell Introduction and a Word of Caution I've written two previous essays on this website analyzing whether the First Vision account is authentic history, and whether the doctrinal pronouncements contained within it are from the Lord.  One of those addressed the historical evidence in depth, while the latter dealt solely with whether … Continue reading The First Vision: Commemorating and Concealing its History

Going it Alone in Interpreting the Book of Revelation, Part 3: The False Prophet and the Beasts

By Scott S. Mitchell Identifying the False Prophet of the Book of Revelation The phrase "false prophet" is mentioned three times in the Book of Revelation (see 16:13, 19:20 and 20:10).  The phrase draws particular attention to itself because its singular form distinguishes it from the plural phrase "false prophets" which Jesus warned against and … Continue reading Going it Alone in Interpreting the Book of Revelation, Part 3: The False Prophet and the Beasts

Going It Alone in Interpreting the Book of Revelation, Part 2

By Scott S. Mitchell Underlying Assumptions My interpretation of certain key verses of Revelation 9 is based on these assumptions:  First, John is aware that his audience readers extends beyond the seven churches he names in Chapters 1, 2 and 3.  He's aware that the Lord has chosen him to fulfill the role that the … Continue reading Going It Alone in Interpreting the Book of Revelation, Part 2

Going It Alone in Interpreting the Book of Revelation, Part 1

By Scott S. Mitchell In the latter part of this essay, I will propose that certain words written by John in the ninth chapter of the Book of Revelation refer to Hitler's rise, Hitler's conquest of Europe and the Normandy Invasion in which the forces of good combined to liberate the Jewish and Christian world … Continue reading Going It Alone in Interpreting the Book of Revelation, Part 1

Vulgarity and Plain Words in Scripture and Life, Part 2

By Scott S. Mitchell I ended Part 1 by quoting a statement from the Old Testament book of Malachi, Chapter 2, verse 3, in which the speaker promises to spread dung (excrement) on the face of those to whom he's speaking.  The quoted words are those of Jehovah himself, and he's talking to his priests. … Continue reading Vulgarity and Plain Words in Scripture and Life, Part 2

Vulgarity and Plain Words in Scripture and Life, Part 1

By Scott S. Mitchell I have a long history of loving and hating vulgarity.  Like most devout Christians, I've been disgusted at how vulgarity now dominates everyday speech, and how our crass, dumbed-down society seems incapable of expressing anything without resorting to it.  And many movies, plays and TV shows with compelling stories and acting … Continue reading Vulgarity and Plain Words in Scripture and Life, Part 1

Jacob 2 and 3, Censorship, and Mormonism’s Avoidance of Stubborn Book of Mormon Truth, Part 2

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

Jacob 2 and 3, Censorship, and Mormonism’s Avoidance of Stubborn Book of Mormon Truth, Part 1

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