(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 Standards of Righteousness
(This entry is made By Hal Mitchell, who is a frequent contributor to LAMP.) I remember when I was 17 I worked on a farm in southern Utah for a summer job. I had a brother on a mission and in the middle of the summer, my next oldest brother was leaving on his mission. My … Continue reading The Empty Carton
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
(Note: The following essay was written by Scott Mitchell, a principal contributor to this website.) The LDS Church announced on May 8, 2018 that it is ending its long affiliation with the Boy Scouts. The announcement was a big story, and was carried by most major news outlets. The story can be read here. Many … Continue reading Untying the Mormon Knot with the Boy Scouts: the Right Thing for the Wrong Reasons, and What “Honor” Entails
In other essays on this website, we have argued that Mormonism's teachings were in error in teaching that the only true church had to be run by high priests holding the priesthood of Melchizedek, in that this doctrine is completely at odds with Bible and Book of Mormon teachings. Some of those essays can be … Continue reading The Restoration of the Priesthoods: True or Revisionist History?
In his October 2016 LDS General Conference address "If Ye Had Known Me," Church apostle David E. Bednar began his address by citing to an example in the scriptures wherein Joseph Smith had supposedly corrected erroneous language in the King James Version (hereafter "KJV") of the Bible. The scripture Bednar accepted as mistranslated was Matthew … Continue reading Ignoring the Book of Mormon in General Conference Talks and LDS Instruction
Note: This addendum updates the March 24, 2018 essay The Joseph Bishop Scandal: Renewed Dissembling and Obfuscation at LDS Church Headquarters, elsewhere on this website. April 4, 2018 UPDATE: New information has now emerged demonstrating that the LDS Church has mishandled this scandal to a greater extent than contemplated even in the above essay. You can … Continue reading The Joseph Bishop Scandal: Update
The following essay was authored by Scott Mitchell, a frequent contributor to this website. During this past week, blogs and media accounts have been abuzz with the news that a woman has accused a former LDS mission president in Argentina, who later served as the president of the Mission Training Center (hereafter "MTC") in … Continue reading The Joseph Bishop Scandal: Renewed Dissembling and Obfuscation at LDS Church Headquarters
This article is written by Hal Mitchell, a frequent sponsor, and contributor to LAMP. Below, he freely expresses his feelings and opinions on the LDS Church's administration of its own Home Teaching program. I am the world's worst home teacher. Every time I go out it is never because I am concerned about the welfare … Continue reading Why the Home Teaching Program Does More Harm than Good
Note: The following essay was contributed by frequent contributor Scott S. Mitchell. In the one of the most enigmatic scriptures in the entire Bible, the apostle Paul, in writing to the Corinthians about the universality of the resurrection, said these words: “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the … Continue reading Baptism for the Dead: True Christian Doctrine and Practice, or LDS Construction?