Why Melchizedek wasn’t Shem, and Why it Does and Doesn’t Matter

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

Ignoring the Book of Mormon in General Conference Talks and LDS Instruction

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

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 Most Fundamental Christian Doctrine

(The following article is written by Hal Mitchell, a frequent contributor, and sponsor of the LAMP website.) "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the contrite spirit." (Psalms 34:18) In Hebrew, “the broken heart” is translated to nishbar lev. Per the website Hebrew for  Christians, the author, John Parsons describes the Hebrew meaning behind the … Continue reading The Most Fundamental Christian Doctrine

Jesus’s Failure to Endorse Eternal Marriage in the Bible and Book of Mormon

The title of this essay will be offensive and/or threatening to many Mormon readers.  As discussed fully in the essay "Jesus's Doctrine and Gospel versus Mormonism's Teachings of Temple Priesthood Ordinances and Exaltation," found elsewhere on this website, Mormons believe that in order to attain the highest degree of eternal glory and become a god, … Continue reading Jesus’s Failure to Endorse Eternal Marriage in the Bible and Book of Mormon

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”?

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