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

Some Religious and Semi-Religious Thoughts on Gun Control: Part 2

The biggest problem afflicting the debate over how to prevent gun violence is the tendency among the debaters to approach the issue as a contest between themselves and their ideological enemies--a contest that must be won.  In the drive to win the culture war--or the war's latest battle--they neglect to take the crucial first step … Continue reading Some Religious and Semi-Religious Thoughts on Gun Control: Part 2

Some Religious and Semi-Religious Thoughts on the Gun Control Debate: Part 1

(The following is Part 1 of a two-part essay by Scott Mitchell, a regular contributor to this website.)   This short piece (obscure pun intended) will disappoint friends, relatives and acquaintances on all sides of the currently raging gun control debate.  I first wrote "both sides" in that last sentence, but then recognized the absurdity … Continue reading Some Religious and Semi-Religious Thoughts on the Gun Control Debate: Part 1

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

The Righteous Offering of the Sons of Levi–2000 Years Ago, but not in the Future

Note: The following essay was authored by Scott S. Mitchell, a principle contributor to this website. Mormons believe that on May 15, 1829, John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and conferred the Aaronic Priesthood.  According to Joseph Smith, the angel declared that this priesthood, which Mormons teach is the authority to act … Continue reading The Righteous Offering of the Sons of Levi–2000 Years Ago, but not in the Future

In Retrospect, what Russell M. Nelson Might Wish He’d Said at his Press Conference

At a January 16, 2018 press conference following his introduction to the world as the new President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Russell M. Nelson was asked by Peggy Fletcher Stack what he would do to bring women, people of color and international members into Church decision-making.  Stack had preceded this … Continue reading In Retrospect, what Russell M. Nelson Might Wish He’d Said at his Press Conference

Eve’s Supposed Dilemma in the Garden of Eden: a Notion Lacking a Scriptural Basis

This last Sunday, our Gospel Doctrine class discussed again the dilemma that Eve supposedly faced in the Garden of Eden.  This dilemma is discussed ad nauseum in LDS church meetings throughout the year, even if the course of study for the year isn't Old Testament.  Mormons teach that Adam and Eve had been commanded to … Continue reading Eve’s Supposed Dilemma in the Garden of Eden: a Notion Lacking a Scriptural Basis

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”?

How Scripture and History Show the Pre-Millennial Gathering of the Lost Tribes of Israel is Mostly Complete

The purpose of this essay is first, to carefully analyze the doctrinal and scriptural foundations of the Mormon belief in the "literal gathering of Israel and the restoration of the ten tribes,"1 and second, to consider whether the evidence suggests that said gathering is yet to occur, now partly underway, or mostly complete.  In the latter … Continue reading How Scripture and History Show the Pre-Millennial Gathering of the Lost Tribes of Israel is Mostly Complete