Mormons believe that on May 15, 1829, John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and conferred the Aaronic Priesthood. According to Joseph Smith, the angel declared that this priesthood, which Mormons teach is the authority to act in God's name to do such things as baptize, "shall never be taken again from … Continue reading The Righteous Offering of the Sons of Levi–2000 Years Ago
At a January 16, 2018 press conference following his introduction to the world as the new President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Russell M. Nelson was asked by Peggy Fletcher Stack what he would do to bring women, people of color and international members into Church decision-making. Stack had preceded this … Continue reading In Retrospect, what Russell M. Nelson Might Wish He’d Said at his Press Conference
This last Sunday, our Gospel Doctrine class discussed again the dilemma that Eve supposedly faced in the Garden of Eden. This dilemma is discussed ad nauseum in LDS church meetings throughout the year, even if the course of study for the year isn't Old Testament. Mormons teach that Adam and Eve had been commanded to … Continue reading Eve’s Supposed Dilemma in the Garden of Eden: a Notion Lacking a Scriptural Basis
Note: The following essay was authored by reader and contributor Hal Mitchell. The author can be communicated with by writing a comment at the end of his essay. In 1980, Mormon Church apostle Ezra Taft Benson gave a speech at Brigham Young University titled, The 14 Fundamentals in Following a Prophet. This speech has … Continue reading Why Are Mormons Commanded to “Follow the Prophet”?
The purpose of this essay is first, to carefully analyze the doctrinal and scriptural foundations of the Mormon belief in the "literal gathering of Israel and the restoration of the ten tribes,"1 and second, to consider whether the evidence suggests that said gathering is yet to occur, now partly underway, or mostly complete. In the latter … Continue reading How Scripture and History Show the Pre-Millennial Gathering of the Lost Tribes of Israel is Mostly Complete
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
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?
The reason the authors of this essay believe the subject of Joseph Smith's claimed First Vision demands heavy and thorough scrutiny is related to our history of interacting closely with Protestants and Catholics. As the reader may recall, Joseph Smith's canonized account asserts that he asked God the Father and Jesus Christ, as they … Continue reading Whether Joseph Smith’s Canonized First Vision Account is Authentic History
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
(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