The Righteous Offering of the Sons of Levi–2000 Years Ago

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

Eve’s Supposed Dilemma in the Garden of Eden: a Notion Lacking a Scriptural Basis

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

Why Are Mormons Commanded to “Follow the Prophet”?

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”?

How Scripture and History Show the Pre-Millennial Gathering of the Lost Tribes of Israel is Mostly Complete

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

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

Erroneous LDS teachings from the Doctrine and Covenants and LDS Church History Regarding Elijah and Redeeming the Dead

(Note to reader:  The following is an excerpt of a letter sent by M.S. Brothers to seven apostles of  the LDS church in early 2015.  No response was ever received.) Acknowledging the actual extent of Joseph Smith’s fallibility allows us to consider some of his more important historical and/or doctrinal claims in a different light. … Continue reading Erroneous LDS teachings from the Doctrine and Covenants and LDS Church History Regarding Elijah and Redeeming the Dead

Apparently Erroneous Teachings Concerning the Last Days from Doctrine and Covenants 133

(Note to reader: the following is an excerpt from a letter sent by M. S. Brothers to seven LDS apostles in early 2015.  No response was ever received. While the gathering of the lost tribes of Israel is one of the topics briefly covered in this excerpt, that topic is fully addressed in a separate … Continue reading Apparently Erroneous Teachings Concerning the Last Days from Doctrine and Covenants 133