What “Plain and Precious Things” did the “Great and Abominable Church” Keep Back from its Biblical Teachings?

By Scott. S. Mitchell In two unique chapters of the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 13 and 14, the prophet Nephi, writing during the 6th century B.C., relates what an angel showed him in vision about the future history of Christianity in Europe and the Americas.  One of the most salient features of his vision … Continue reading What “Plain and Precious Things” did the “Great and Abominable Church” Keep Back from its Biblical Teachings?

How We Know Shem Wasn’t Melchizedek, Part II, and What it Means for Christianity

By Scott S. Mitchell In a previous essay, I laid out the evidence demonstrating why Shem and the ancient high priest Melchizedek couldn't have been the same person, contrary to popular Mormon belief.  See Why Melchizedek wasn’t Shem, and Why it Does and Doesn’t Matter, elsewhere on this website.  By reading further information on this subject, … Continue reading How We Know Shem Wasn’t Melchizedek, Part II, and What it Means for Christianity

How History Shows the Great and Abominable Church was Overcome by the Church of the Lamb

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