2 Nephi 4 and the Pain or Exhilaration of Learning What You Thought You Wanted to Know, Part 2

By Scott S. Mitchell   In Part 1, I argued that the specific messages of 2 Nephi 4 in the Book of Mormon go almost completely ignored in the writings and teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (hereafter, "the Church").  This chapter, which is accurately called the psalm of Nephi, contains, … Continue reading 2 Nephi 4 and the Pain or Exhilaration of Learning What You Thought You Wanted to Know, Part 2

2 Nephi 4 and the Pain or Exhilaration of Learning What You Thought You Wanted to Know, Part 1

By Scott S. Mitchell One of my daughters, who loves math and majored in statistics in college, recently challenged me to solve a math word problem to which she had already figured out the answer.  Since I generally enjoy word problems, and believed careful thinking on my part  would reveal the solution, I had no … Continue reading 2 Nephi 4 and the Pain or Exhilaration of Learning What You Thought You Wanted to Know, Part 1

Does the Book of Mormon Corroborate LDS Church Claims of Divine Revelation, and Do Church Leaders Receive More of It?

By Scott S. Mitchell   I feel the need to begin with this short clarification.  Although the second half of this essay argues that leaders of the LDS Church too often claim to have received revelation from God when they actually haven't, I don't believe these leaders are unrighteous men.  Indeed, I consider them generally … Continue reading Does the Book of Mormon Corroborate LDS Church Claims of Divine Revelation, and Do Church Leaders Receive More of It?

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 the Book of Mormon Could Have Saved LDS Leaders from Error

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (hereafter "the Church") teaches that sexual relationships between those of the same gender are sinful, as are any sexual relationships between partners who aren't legally and lawfully married.  The concept that sexual relations between persons not married to each other is wrong is strongly rooted in biblical … Continue reading How the Book of Mormon Could Have Saved LDS Leaders from Error

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 was written by Hal Mitchell, 1957-2019, a contributor and original co-founder 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 … Continue reading The Most Fundamental Christian Doctrine