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”?
(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
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
(Note to reader: The following is an excerpt from a long letter written by M. S. Brothers to seven LDS apostles in early 2015. No response to this letter was ever received.) Even though most Doctrine and Covenants sections purport to contain the words of God spoken in the first person, events have unfolded in … Continue reading The Feigned Revelation of Doctrine and Covenants Section 111
(Note to reader: The text below was the latter part of a letter sent to seven LDS apostles in late 2014. No response was ever received.) Related to the subject matter above [concerning the baptism of eight-year-old children], though admittedly not as important, is the practice of using water for the sacrament instead of using … Continue reading The Mormon Use of Water instead of Wine in the Sacrament
THE PROHIBITION AGAINST BAPTIZING LITTLE CHILDREN CONTAINED WITHIN THE BOOK OF MORMON IS IGNORED AND CONTRADICTED BY THE LDS TEACHING AND PRACTICE OF BAPTIZING EIGHT-YEAR-OLDS It would be difficult, indeed, to find a scriptural and doctrinal conflict more starkly defined than the contrast between the teaching in the Book of Mormon against baptizing little … Continue reading The Baptism of Eight-year-old Children
(Note: The following letter was sent by M. S. Brothers to seven apostles of the LDS Church in 2014. No response was ever received.) Dear Brethren: I’m writing these letters because I believe you seven recipients possess the spirituality and intellectual objectivity to assure that in the Church of Jesus Christ … Continue reading The Book of Abraham