Baptism for the Dead: True Christian Doctrine and Practice, or LDS Construction?

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?

The Momentous First Recorded Founding of the Church of Christ Before Jesus’s Birth

(Note to reader: The essay on this website entitled "The Initial Loss of the Gospel of Christ among the Nephites" leads up to the points that we focus on in this essay.) The significance of Abinadi's preaching to the court of King Noah about the coming of God to the world to die and be … Continue reading The Momentous First Recorded Founding of the Church of Christ Before Jesus’s Birth

The Initial Loss of the Gospel of Christ among the Nephites

It appears that for some reason, the teachings of Christ and his gospel died out among the Nephites at some point after Nephi's and Jacob’s deaths.  It might have been a century later, less than that, or more than that, but it appears to have happened.  The two men had taught about Christ's mission, his … Continue reading The Initial Loss of the Gospel of Christ among the Nephites

Why the “Lines of Priesthood Authority” Concept is Missing from the Book of Mormon, and How Authority was Obtained to Found the First Known Church of Christ

Many have wondered and speculated how exactly the first Alma received the power and authority to form the church of Christ on earth.  Because of our LDS background, we tend to search out lines of authority, wanting to know who gave a man his priesthood, and who gave that man his priesthood, and trace the … Continue reading Why the “Lines of Priesthood Authority” Concept is Missing from the Book of Mormon, and How Authority was Obtained to Found the First Known Church of Christ