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2 Peter

What does it mean to have your calling and election made sure? Does it mean – as Mormons teaches – that a person can enter exaltation as a God? Who are the false prophets spoken of in the last days?

1 Peter

What does it mean to be foreordained? What does it mean to be part of a royal priesthood, or a peculiar people?

Book of Mormon: Holy Ghost or Elevation Emotion? – Part 3

When you read the Book of Mormon is the “burning in the bosom” you feel the Holy Ghost or is it, what Psychologists define as Elevation Emotion? Elevation Emotion is a result of the hormone Oxytocin. We learn to discern the Holy Spirit from Elevation Emotion by not trusting our hearts, but by trusting in the Bible for truth

Is priesthood required to heal the sick? – James 3-5 – Come Follow Me

How important is our verbal communication with each other? James has a lot to say about that. How are the sick to be administered to? Is priesthood required to heal the sick and ill?

Faith without Works is Dead ~ James 1-2 ~ Come Follow Me Podcast

What is the meaning of “wisdom” as referenced in James 1:5? What is the meaning of the “Royal Law?” What does James mean when he says, “faith without works is dead?” Is there a conflict in what James teaches about works and, what Paul are teaches about faith?

Pre-Existence ~ Hebrews 9-13 – Come Follow Me Podcast

You’ve heard of the Hall of Fame – Well, today, we are going to learn about who is in the Hall of Faith. We are also going to look at the greatest definition of true faith. And, clear up the false teaching that God created us spiritually before He created our mortal bodies.

Who was Melchizedek? – Hebrews 7-8 ~ Come Follow Me Podcast

Who was Melchizedek? Was he a priesthood to be handed down and transferred to other men? How was Melchizedek (King of Salem) a representation of the coming Messiah? We are about to find our answers.

Holy Ghost or Elevation Emotion – Part 2

God’s truth is revealed in His Word to our mind, not through our subjective feelings. The heart is the seed of our emotions, and our feelings can fool us. We should ask for wisdom in understanding truth.

Hebrews 1-6 ~ Come Follow Me

If the scriptures teach that God spoke through His prophets in the past and has now spoken to us in these last days through His Son – Why do religious sects like Mormonism claim the need to have living prophets?

Holy Ghost or Elevation Emotion – Part 1 – Moroni 10:4

Is praying as explained in Moroni 10:4 to know if the Book of Mormon is true or not, the correct way for a person to know truth? Are we to rely upon our feelings and emotions to determine truth? Or, is the best approach to knowing if something is right, is to use the Bible as the standard of truth?

1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon

The word “inspiration” is from the Greek word meaning “God-breathed.” So, we know then, that the Bible originated from God.

1 & 2 Thessalonians

Both Paul and Jesus prophesied that He, the Lord, would return soon – even within that generation. If that is true – why do most Christians and Mormons believe that event is yet to happen, now two thousand years later? Were Paul and Jesus mistaken or worse yet – were they purposely misleading the Thessalonians?

False Prophecies – Moon Men

“We will never get a man into space. This earth is man’s sphere and it was never intended that he should get away from it.” - Joseph Fielding Smith

Who was Zelph?

The story of Zelph – even though it’s outside the narrative of the Book of Mormon - comes from a tendency of Joseph Smith to make up revelation on the fly to suit his purposes and to bolster faith in his followers.

👻Colossians

Does the apostle Paul and Alma in the Book of Mormon both agree that God is Spirit 😱 and invisible to mortal man❓ You might be surprised to find out the answer is – yes. And is Jesus Christ - God incarnate❓ Let’s study together.

🔨Philippians

Are we to work for our salvation❓ Or, are we to work out our salvation❓ What is the difference? Paul will explain that salvation comes by putting our faith in the Jesus Christ – who did the work for us.

False Prophecies of Joseph Smith – Temple in Independence, MO.

There are many documented prophecies given by the prophet Joseph Smith that were never fulfilled.

Ephesians 2 – Part 2 – Obedience to the Laws and Ordinances or Grace?

The Apostle Paul taught that we are saved by grace – it is the gift of God not of works. Nephi taught that we are saved AFTER all we can do. Joseph Smith taught that we are saved by obedience to laws and ordinances. Either Paul was right, or Nephi and Joseph were right. Only the Bible makes the truth clear for us.

Women in the Bible vs the Book of Mormon – pt 2

Chris From the very first chapter in the Old Testament, we are taught that women – like men – were created in God’s own image.  Men and women are created equal.  And from that point forward, women played prominent roles in may key biblical narratives.  As we study the Bible, we see at every turn […]

Ephesians 3-6 – Part 3

Mormonism claims to have the same organization that existed in the early Christian church, which was necessary to bring all believers into a unity of the faith. But a close examination of the LDS church structure reveals that it is not the same organization as in Biblical times.

Ephesians 1 – Part 1 ➡️Predestination⬅️

When Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians about predestination, what is he talking about? Who is he referring to? This teaching has been greatly misinterpreted by both Mormons and Calvinists. Let’s closely examine who Paul is describing in the beginning chapter of this amazing epistle.

Women in the Bible vs the Book of Mormon – pt 1

Of the numerous women mentioned in the Bible – 93 had speaking roles. The Kings James Version has little over 783,000 total words, and those spoken by these 93 women add up to a little over 14,000 words - which was about 1.8 percent of the entire Bible.

Galatians 4-6 – Part 2

Who are the true children of God? Are we born into this world as children of God? How do we become the seed of Abraham? What does it mean to receive the adoption of sons and daughters of God? These are important doctrinal concepts to understand and Paul attempts to clarify them for us in Galatians.

Galatians 1-3⚠️

Paul warned the Galatian saints about those who would corrupt or change the gospel of Jesus Christ by preaching another kind of gospel which included faith PLUS works to be justified before God. Can you think of any religious organization that teaches that today?

Stay in the Boat – Faith and Doubt – Part 2

❓What is the Difference Between LDS Faith and Biblical Faith❓

2 Corinthians 8-13 ~ Come Follow Me

if anyone - like missionaries come to your door with another gospel about a different kind of Jesus than what you know from the Bible - take the time to share with them the truth by correcting their false doctrines.

Stay in the Boat – Part 1

Many faithful Mormons are having concerns about the Church’s doctrines, policies, and history. What do you think the LDS leadership’s attitude are toward those doubting members?

2 Corinthians 1-7 ~ Come Follow Me

After hearing from Timothy – Paul’s missionary companion – that some of the Corinthian Christians had questioned his authority to write his first letter of correction and exhortation – Paul wrote this second letter to them about AD 58.  This epistle would be the most personal of any he would write.  Through it, we see […]

False Prophecies of Joseph Smith – David W. Patten’s Mission

False Prophecies of Joseph Smith – David W. Patten

As a “Prophet of God” Joseph Smith’s prophecies repeatedly failed. Why did David Patten die before he fulfilled his mission.

I Never Knew You – Part 2

Works based, Performance based religions emphasize man's efforts for salvation. But Jesus says to believe on him that he has done the work for us.

1 Corinthians 14-16 ~ Come Follow Me

Does baptism for the dead have a basis in the Bible? Was this Mormon temple rite originally established by Jesus, and taught and practiced by His apostles?

1 Corinthians 8-13 ~ Come Follow Me

Apostle, the word, simply means a person sent - a messenger.

1 Corinthians 1-7 ~ Come Follow Me

Are there qualifications on scripture for who is to be called and apostle of the Lord and who is not to be?   So far, Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth has really gone into some depth in terms of apostolic instruction on the way to live – in that day and age.  And, […]

I Never Knew You – Part 1

– If you have a modern-day apostle telling its members in a world-wide General Conference that the Bible is wrong and the Joseph Smith Translation is inspired – in spite of contradictory statements in the Book of Mormon – as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, what do you do with that information?

Romans 9-16

This is not a simple acknowledging that He is God. This is a deep personal conviction that Jesus is our Lord. It includes repenting, trusting, and submitting to Him as Lord.

Romans 7-8 – Come Follow Me

Romans 7:4 “Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.”  He saying that as death dissolves the connection between a wife and her […]

Romans 4-6 – Come Follow Me

What is justification? What does it mean to be Justified? Simply put, to justify is to make one right with God.  Justification is God’s declaring those who receive Christ to be righteous, based on Christ’s righteousness being imputed to the accounts of those who receive Christ.  And our placing faith in the finished work of […]

Romans 1-3 – Come Follow Me

We will now begin to study the epistles in the New Testament.  The manual introduces them by saying, “The Bible epistles are letters written by Church leaders to Saints in various parts of the world.  The Apostle Paul wrote most of the epistles in the New Testament – starting with Romans and ending with Hebrews.  […]

Acts 22-28 ~ Come Follow Me

Is there any comparison between Paul’s vision of Christ on the road to Damascus and Joseph Smith’s vision in the woods in New York?

Acts 16-21 ~ Come Follow Me

Does the New Testament teach that all human beings are literal “offspring” of Heavenly parents? Does God dwell in Mormon temples?

False Prophecies of Joseph Smith – Copyright©

If Joseph Smith’s revelations were proven false or fraudulent how can we possibly accept anything in the Book of Mormon or anything Smith ever said?

Why I Left Mormonism – Part 2

"President Hinckley spoke of those outside the Church who say Latter-day Saints ‘do not believe in the traditional Christ,’ ‘No, I don’t. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak.” Mormonism teaches that every human being is born a child of God. No one can attain this new birth by his or her own power, merit, or ability. Only God can grant it. It is a gift of God.

Why I Left Mormonism – Part 1

I had returned from an LDS mission, got married in the temple, was very active in the Church, when I began to feel that something was missing in my spiritual walk. That something, I recognized was a greater relationship with my Savior. I decided one day to read the New Testament but this time with fresh eyes.

Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21 – Come Follow Me

In this lesson – we will learn about the most important event in the history of mankind – the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23 – Come Follow Me

Is everything that is necessary to restore you to God and give you eternal life with Him already been accomplished? Jesus said, “It is finished.” Do you believe that is done? Or, are you still DOING, DOING, DOING?

Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 18 – Come Follow Me

Did the Atonement really take place in the Garden of Gethsemane - as it’s taught in Mormonism?

The Moroni Challenge

Our heart, our feelings, our emotions can fool us into believing things that aren’t true or good for us. Instead of the Bible telling us to pray about it - It teaches us to “search the Scriptures.”

John 13-17 – Come Follow Me

Why did Joseph Smith change what Jesus said from “this is eternal life” to “this is eternal LIVES”?

Book of Abraham – Part 3

The original claim that the Book of Abraham had been translated from ancient egyptian papyri scrolls has been proven false when it was clearly shown that the scrolls where funeral text. The Church allowed photographs of the papyrus to be published in the February 1968 edition of the Improvement Era magazine, along with an article […]

Book of Abraham – Part 1

Have you ever prayed to know if the Book of Abraham is true? Does the promise in the Book of Mormon – to pray and ask God if it is true - doesn’t apply to the Book of Abraham? How can you trust that the Book of Abraham is the word of God?

Luke 12-17; John 11 – Come Follow Me

To what length will our Father- God go to - in order to have a loving relationship with each one of us?

Atonement – Part 4

It should disturb us when religious leaders, who call themselves prophets and apostles, distract our attention from Christ’s suffering atonement on the cross - causing people to focus on things that are not right or true.

“I Never Knew You”

If you have a modern-day apostle telling its members in a world-wide General Conference that the Bible is wrong and the Joseph Smith Translation is inspired – in spite of what was just pointed out in the Book of Mormon – as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, what do you do with that information?

Atonement – Part 3

Neither the Bible nor any Mormon Scripture specifically state that the atonement occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane. Because to have the atonement occur in the garden would be contrary to the narrative of the entire Word of God.

Atonement – Part 1

The acts of our sinful nature are replaced with the fruit of the Spirit – which is love.

How Can We Know the Truth

Our thoughts, our feelings, and our desires, are very important. But we should not place sole reliance on subjective means to determine what is true. Jesus teaches us that to determine truth we must ABIDE in HIS WORD. The Bible frequently tells us to study diligently and meditate on God’s word. People go into error, not because they lack an emotional experience, but because they lack knowledge of the Scriptures.

Matthew 16-17; Mark 9; Luke 9 – Come Follow Me

By way of introduction into Matthew 16, the Pharisees and Sadducees, traditionally bitter enemies of each other, now joined forces together against the Savior.  An issue came up with disciples who forgot to bring along some bread to eat.   Jesus takes this opportunity to teach his disciples.  Matthew 16:6 “Then Jesus said unto them, Take […]

Mormons, now non-Mormons

In a recent General Conference, President Nelson said, speaking of Jesus, “When we omit His name from His Church, we are inadvertently removing Him as the central focus of our lives.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XORXvaNSC4I The irony is that Joseph Smith used three different names for the Church in the span of eight years.  Why would Jesus instruct […]

Mathew 14-15; Mark 6-7; John 5-6 – Come Follow Me

Today, we start off with the story of the feeding of the 5,000.  It is recorded in all four gospels.  And each gospel brings a few unique insights that the others don’t include.  But together, the story presents us with an incredible picture.    Jesus and His disciples retreated to a “desert place”, but they […]

Whats in a Name?

Nelson is admitting that Church leadership was wrong in allowing the Church’s choir to be known as “The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.” For allowing the words “Mormons” and “Mormonism” to appear on official LDS websites, in periodicals, and in correlated manuals.

Who is the Living Prophet?

Latter-Day Saints believe they need a spokesman on earth as the voice of the Lord who is directing the affairs of the church. Instead of the holy Spirit.

Matthew 8-9; Mark 2-5 – Come Follow Me

Welcome  to the Come Follow Me – podcast From the Come Follow Me manual for Sunday School, Families, and Individuals – this review covers the lesson plan for Matthew chapters 8 and 9.  Also, Mark chapters 2 through 5. In the previous lesson we concluded the Savior’s Sermon on the Mount.  The Master now continues […]

The Necessity of Relationship

What is more important – working to keep God’s commandments, or developing a personal relationship with God?

Matthew 5; Luke 6 – Come Follow Me

The word “blessed” means “happy” “fortunate”. Jesus is teaching the way to Christian blessedness or happiness, not the happiness the world provides. It’s important to distinguish between Jesus’ prescription for happiness and the worlds definition of happiness.

Mormonism vs. Book of Mormon

It all boils down to whether or, not the Book of Mormon really is - “The most correct book on earth.” If it is, then current Mormonism disagrees with its essential teachings.

John 2-4 – Come Follow Me

There is so much great material in these three chapters, but we are limited on what we can cover in this lesson. We start off with one of the most famous miracles performed by the Master.  It’s the turning of water into wine.  John 2:1-2 “And the third day there was a marriage in Cana […]

Did Joseph Smith Write Himself into Scripture?

Did Joseph Smith write himself into Mormon scripture in order to convince people he was a prophet? It’s apparent that these scriptural passages came through one man. And it’s the same man who is the object of those prophecies – Joseph Smith. Doesn’t that seem self-serving and arrogant of Joseph Smith to write himself into the narrative of what is called Mormon scripture?

Matthew 4; Luke 4-5 – Come Follow Me

This review from the LDS, Come Follow Me manuals for Sunday School, Families, and Individuals covers the lesson plan for Matthew 4, and Luke 4 and 5.

Testing the Book of Mormon – Part 4

The Book of Mormon had three “witnesses” who signed their names claiming to have heard the voice of God, seen an angel and even seen the Gold Plates. And before their deaths, all three of them – Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris renounced Mormonism and were condemned as reprobates by the Mormon Church.

Testing the Book of Mormon – Part 3

Another test we should put to the Book of Mormon is the Test of Archaeology.  This would be a test against history.  The Book of Mormon is full of supposed history – civilizations that lived in and populated cities in what is known as the Americas.  Though the Bible wasn’t written as a history book, […]

Testing the Book of Mormon – Part 2

The Book of Mormon claims to have a parallel timeline with the Bible. But, when put to the test, does it hold true? Let's look at the historical evidence.

Testing the Book of Mormon – Part 1

How would you define faith? Latter-day Saints often use Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” They believe that faith is the first principle of the gospel. I believe faith is the basis of Christianity. Christians believe we are saved by grace through faith. We […]

Giving the Sabbath a Rest

There is no other Sabbath rest besides Jesus. He alone satisfies the requirements of the Law, and He alone provides the sacrifice that atones for sin. Believers today, being under the New Covenant, are not bound to keep the sign of the Old Covenant. The New Covenant is better.

Keeping the Sabbath?

Find out how Sabbath-keeping is a matter of spiritual freedom – not a command from God.

Can the Word of God Pass Away?

Watch - Can Gods word Pass away

Does God have the power to preserve His eternal word as stated in the Book of Mormon? Or, is the Book of Mormon contradicting itself?

Apostasy of Church and Scripture

Latter-day Saints believe the Apostles were killed and there was no one with authority capable of preserving the church. Therefore, they believe Jesus failed in His promise to preserve His church and His written word.

The True Jesus

Is there a difference between the Jesus of Mormonism and the Jesus of Biblical Christianity? What does the LDS Church say about this.

Salvation

What is the Mormon concept of salvation? Bruce R.McConkie said in his book “Mormon Doctrine”, “Unconditional or general salvation, that which comes by grace alone without obedience to gospel law, consists in the mere fact of being resurrected.”  And then a couple pages later says,“Immortalityis a free gift and comes without works or righteousness of […]

“Lost Books” of the Bible

Mormon leaders have taught that these “lost” books are a result of a Great Apostasy, when many “plain and precious things” that were once part of the Bible are no longer there.

The Law of Tithing – Part 3

LDS members are required to put their trust in the Church leaders and their decision not to disclose the Church’s finances.

Baptism for the Dead – Part 1

Mormons believe that individuals who have died can hear and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ in the spirit world. And through proxy baptism performed for them in an LDS temple, they can attain eternal life in the presence of God.

Joseph’s Boasting

“…I have more to BOAST of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam..."

Is the Bible a Standard of Truth?

The fact that our current Bibles are reliable and accurate come from many other sources, such as archaeology, fulfilled prophecies, the Dead Sea scrolls, and other historical evidence.

Apparent Bible Contradictions

For many people, the belief that the Bible contains contradictions and inaccuracies is an excuse for not believing. Many such people have not actually read the Bible for themselves. After a little research, all the alleged contradictions and inaccuracies are totally explainable.

Mother in Heaven – Part 3

All of this Mother in Heaven and Queen of Heaven talk is just another means to get people to take their eyes off the One True and Living God.

Mother in Heaven – Part 2

Joseph Smith never taught about a "Mother in Heaven." But Subsequent Church leaders have affirmed the existence of a Mother in Heaven.

Mother in Heaven – Part 1

Latter-day Saints believe the, human race lived in a premortal existence with Heavenly Parents and that all people are begotten spirit children of God.

Gospel Topic Essays

I think the reason the church came out with the essays at that time was because convert rates in the LDS Church had been declining greatly while a steady stream of members are leaving the faith. I’m not sure these essays are designed to restore people’s faith as much as they are designed to prevent people from leaving the church.

Symbol of the Cross – Part 3

Contrary to what Latter-day Saint leaders have taught – the cross is far more than just the instrument of death the Romans used to kill the physical body of Jesus. It plays a significant role in the salvation of all who choose to follow Jesus.

Symbol of the Cross – Part 2

When someone puts their faith in Jesus, his death on the cross pays the penalty due for our sins. Our sins are placed on Jesus as the righteousness of Jesus is credited to us. His death on the cross paid the penalty for our sins – ALL of them!

Symbol of the Cross – Part 1

Why do most Mormons have an aversion toward the cross as a Christian symbol?

Jesus & Satan

The Latter-Day Saints believe that Jesus is our Elder - spirit brother. The LDS believe that Jehovah created all things. But, Heavenly Father created Jesus, Satan, and all of us.

Virgin Birth

If all humans, Mary included, are literally God’s spirit children, born in a preexistence via a sexual relationship between Heavenly Father and Mother in Heaven. If God physically impregnated Mary, then the Jesus of Mormonism was created through an incestuous relationship.

Name of the Church – Part 2

Why would Jesus instruct Joseph Smith in 1830 to call it the “Church of Christ”, then change it in 1834 to the “Church of Latter Day Saints” and, then change once again in 1838? Why wouldn’t Jesus get it right the first time? Why would He take the name of Christ completely out of the name of the church for four whole years?

Name of the Church – Part 1

it seems that it took a while for the Mormon Church to settle on an official title for its name. Did you know that it had a least three different names over an eight-year period?

Baptism for the Dead – Part 2

Mormons teach that because Paul mentions baptism for the dead it should be an endorsement for this sacred ordinance.

Children of Same-Sex Marriages

The Mormon Church is creating a special category for the children of gay parents. It appears to many that this restrictive policy is very un-Christ-like. How would Jesus have handled this situation?

Prediction of the Book of Mormon – Part 2

The LDS teach that these verses are speaking of two sticks which are the Bible or the stick of Judah, and the Book of Mormon or the stick of Joseph. They believe these two records have now been joined together, constituting a complete fulfillment of a great prophecy spoken of in 2 Nephi 3:12.

Prediction of the Book of Mormon – Part 1

LDS teach that Isaiah 29:1-4 is predicting the coming of the Book of Mormon, which was translated from plates hidden in the ground by Moroni - coming as it did “out of the ground” to “whisper out of the dust” to people of our day.

Word of Wisdom – Part 2

God is not dealing with us in the physical - He is dealing with us in the spiritual. We are free from the law of religion, because we have the Holy Spirit. If we are led by the Holy Spirit, we do not need to subject ourselves to the regulations of the flesh.

Doctrine / Theology

Holy Ghost or Elevation Emotion – Part 1 – Moroni 10:4

Is praying as explained in Moroni 10:4 to know if the Book of Mormon is true or not, the correct way for a person to know truth? Are we to rely upon our feelings and emotions to determine truth? Or, is the best approach to knowing if something is right, is to use the Bible as the standard of truth?

Stay in the Boat – Part 1

Many faithful Mormons are having concerns about the Church’s doctrines, policies, and history. What do you think the LDS leadership’s attitude are toward those doubting members?

The Moroni Challenge

Our heart, our feelings, our emotions can fool us into believing things that aren’t true or good for us. Instead of the Bible telling us to pray about it - It teaches us to “search the Scriptures.”

Joseph Smith Translation – Matthew 1; Matthew 25; Mark 12-13; Luke 21

Will you and I be prepared someday to meet the Lord? The ONLY marriage extolled or celebrated in the New Testament is the spiritual marriage of the believer to Christ. See 2 Corinthians 11:2 and Revelation 21:2. Jesus didn’t view marriage as something that would extend into the next life.

Keeping the Sabbath?

Find out how Sabbath-keeping is a matter of spiritual freedom – not a command from God.

Apostasy of Church and Scripture

Latter-day Saints believe the Apostles were killed and there was no one with authority capable of preserving the church. Therefore, they believe Jesus failed in His promise to preserve His church and His written word.

The True Jesus

Is there a difference between the Jesus of Mormonism and the Jesus of Biblical Christianity? What does the LDS Church say about this.

Salvation

What is the Mormon concept of salvation? Bruce R.McConkie said in his book “Mormon Doctrine”, “Unconditional or general salvation, that which comes by grace alone without obedience to gospel law, consists in the mere fact of being resurrected.”  And then a couple pages later says,“Immortalityis a free gift and comes without works or righteousness of […]

The Law of Tithing – Part 3

LDS members are required to put their trust in the Church leaders and their decision not to disclose the Church’s finances.

Baptism for the Dead – Part 1

Mormons believe that individuals who have died can hear and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ in the spirit world. And through proxy baptism performed for them in an LDS temple, they can attain eternal life in the presence of God.

Mother in Heaven – Part 3

All of this Mother in Heaven and Queen of Heaven talk is just another means to get people to take their eyes off the One True and Living God.

Mother in Heaven – Part 2

Joseph Smith never taught about a "Mother in Heaven." But Subsequent Church leaders have affirmed the existence of a Mother in Heaven.

Mother in Heaven – Part 1

Latter-day Saints believe the, human race lived in a premortal existence with Heavenly Parents and that all people are begotten spirit children of God.

Gospel Topic Essays

I think the reason the church came out with the essays at that time was because convert rates in the LDS Church had been declining greatly while a steady stream of members are leaving the faith. I’m not sure these essays are designed to restore people’s faith as much as they are designed to prevent people from leaving the church.

Jesus & Satan

The Latter-Day Saints believe that Jesus is our Elder - spirit brother. The LDS believe that Jehovah created all things. But, Heavenly Father created Jesus, Satan, and all of us.

Baptism for the Dead – Part 2

Mormons teach that because Paul mentions baptism for the dead it should be an endorsement for this sacred ordinance.

The Apostasy – Part 2

The LDS Scriptures teach that the Apostle John never died? And that he was permitted to live on earth without tasting death until Christ’s return?

The Apostasy – Part 1

The LDS teach that after the death of Jesus, wicked people killed the Apostles. And with their death, priesthood keys were taken from the earth. Over time the doctrines were corrupted, and changes were made in church organization and ordinances.

Which Church is the True Church?

Is the LDS church the only true church? What does the Bible say about this?

Law of Tithing – Part 2

LDS members are called into tithing settlement at the end of the year to meet with their Bishop and be reminded to settle any unpaid tithes.

Tithing – Part 1

Tithing is Essential for LDS membership. Those who don’t pay tithing are not worthy.

Pre-Earth Life – Part 1

LDS teach that a veil of forgetfulness is placed over us, so that we can not remember our pre-mortal life with Heavenly Father.

Is There a Need for a Prophet?

The Mormons have a man at the head of their church who they call a “prophet.” They believe he actually talks with God and that if God wants to say anything to his people, he’ll say it through the prophet.  But is there a need for a modern day prophet

General Conference

Sustain or Blind Faith?

In this excerpt, Henry Eyring starts with a gentle, friendly approach allowing a member to choose whether he/she will follow the brethren or not.  However, by the end of the excerpt, if you choose poorly, you will have losses beyond your power to imagine. Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) 1:14 and 38 sets the tone for […]

“I Never Knew You”

If you have a modern-day apostle telling its members in a world-wide General Conference that the Bible is wrong and the Joseph Smith Translation is inspired – in spite of what was just pointed out in the Book of Mormon – as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, what do you do with that information?

Plan of Happiness

The Bible contains the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no need for modern prophets; especially those who would add new laws, doctrines, ordinances and theology. Hebrews 12: 2 tells us: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of God.” Jesus also said: “It is finished”.

Garden or the Cross?

Thinking Jesus atoned for our sins by praying hard in the Garden of Gethsemane is missing the whole point of the Old Testament, the purpose of temples and the willing, selfless, loving sacrifice of Jesus.

Is Jesus Your Friend?

We fail to have a personal relationship with Jesus when we use titles instead of His name.

The Cross – Not Gethsemane

If the LDS Church is really a restoration of true Christianity, why don't the leaders emulate the apostolic emphasis of the New Testament? Neither Jesus nor any author of the New Testament claims Gethsemane had anything to do with the atonement of Christ. Instead there is an abundant number of references to the cross where Christ suffered and died to pay the debt for our sin.

Mormons, now non-Mormons

These issues don’t amount to all that much. The point is – Jesus is enough! Our personal relationship with Jesus is much more important than controlling, man-made religion.

Mormon Temples

Mormon temple activity is not ancient. Mormons are free to enjoy the benefits of their temple activity, but these 'temples' are not a restoration.

What's in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Every Church President since Joseph Smith has freely used “Mormonism” when describing the religion. Now, suddenly God has revealed to Russell Nelson that He is offended by the reference to “Mormon” and “Mormonism.” All this confusion should cause a member to wonder, which of all these current and former church apostles was truly a prophet? If any?

Where do We Seek Truth?

We find out that Jesus is that Truth (John 14:6). Thus, to seek truth in all things is by Him and in Him.

Pre-mortality?

This talk raises numerous issues of concern. No where in the Bible or Book of Mormon is premortal life taught. No human had seen the Father because no one else pre-existed.

Culture

I Never Knew You – Part 2

Works based, Performance based religions emphasize man's efforts for salvation. But Jesus says to believe on him that he has done the work for us.

Symbol of the Cross – Part 3

Contrary to what Latter-day Saint leaders have taught – the cross is far more than just the instrument of death the Romans used to kill the physical body of Jesus. It plays a significant role in the salvation of all who choose to follow Jesus.

Symbol of the Cross – Part 2

When someone puts their faith in Jesus, his death on the cross pays the penalty due for our sins. Our sins are placed on Jesus as the righteousness of Jesus is credited to us. His death on the cross paid the penalty for our sins – ALL of them!

Symbol of the Cross – Part 1

Why do most Mormons have an aversion toward the cross as a Christian symbol?

Eternal Families

Eternal Families – Part 2

Latter-day Saints believe that because families are ordained of God, they are the most important social unit in time and in eternity. What does the Bible say about that?

Eternal Families – Part 1

If Families are essential in Heaven, as taught by the LDS, then how did Jesus become exalted as God in the Mormon “preexistence” without being married?

Pre-Earth Life – Part 2

God is the father of spirits ONLY in the sense that He is the Creator of each human spirit during the physical conception and development of the human body in the womb. Unlike Jesus who, because He is God, pre-existed prior to the creation of His human body, all other spirits have their origin in the womb.

Historical Issues

Who was Zelph?

The story of Zelph – even though it’s outside the narrative of the Book of Mormon - comes from a tendency of Joseph Smith to make up revelation on the fly to suit his purposes and to bolster faith in his followers.

Acts 16-21 ~ Come Follow Me

Does the New Testament teach that all human beings are literal “offspring” of Heavenly parents? Does God dwell in Mormon temples?

False Prophecies of Joseph Smith – Copyright©

If Joseph Smith’s revelations were proven false or fraudulent how can we possibly accept anything in the Book of Mormon or anything Smith ever said?

Why I Left Mormonism – Part 2

"President Hinckley spoke of those outside the Church who say Latter-day Saints ‘do not believe in the traditional Christ,’ ‘No, I don’t. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak.” Mormonism teaches that every human being is born a child of God. No one can attain this new birth by his or her own power, merit, or ability. Only God can grant it. It is a gift of God.

Kinderhook Plates – Part 2

Following the discovery of the six Kinderhook plates in 1843 that supposedly had ancient writing on them, what ever became of those plates?

Book of Abraham – Part 2

What became of the papyrus scrolls - that the Book of Abraham was translated from.

Book of Abraham – Part 1

Have you ever prayed to know if the Book of Abraham is true? Does the promise in the Book of Mormon – to pray and ask God if it is true - doesn’t apply to the Book of Abraham? How can you trust that the Book of Abraham is the word of God?

Atonement – Part 3

Neither the Bible nor any Mormon Scripture specifically state that the atonement occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane. Because to have the atonement occur in the garden would be contrary to the narrative of the entire Word of God.

Mormonism vs. Book of Mormon

It all boils down to whether or, not the Book of Mormon really is - “The most correct book on earth.” If it is, then current Mormonism disagrees with its essential teachings.

Did Joseph Smith Write Himself into Scripture?

Did Joseph Smith write himself into Mormon scripture in order to convince people he was a prophet? It’s apparent that these scriptural passages came through one man. And it’s the same man who is the object of those prophecies – Joseph Smith. Doesn’t that seem self-serving and arrogant of Joseph Smith to write himself into the narrative of what is called Mormon scripture?

Testing the Book of Mormon – Part 3

Another test we should put to the Book of Mormon is the Test of Archaeology.  This would be a test against history.  The Book of Mormon is full of supposed history – civilizations that lived in and populated cities in what is known as the Americas.  Though the Bible wasn’t written as a history book, […]

Testing the Book of Mormon – Part 2

The Book of Mormon claims to have a parallel timeline with the Bible. But, when put to the test, does it hold true? Let's look at the historical evidence.

Virgin Birth

If all humans, Mary included, are literally God’s spirit children, born in a preexistence via a sexual relationship between Heavenly Father and Mother in Heaven. If God physically impregnated Mary, then the Jesus of Mormonism was created through an incestuous relationship.

Name of the Church – Part 2

Why would Jesus instruct Joseph Smith in 1830 to call it the “Church of Christ”, then change it in 1834 to the “Church of Latter Day Saints” and, then change once again in 1838? Why wouldn’t Jesus get it right the first time? Why would He take the name of Christ completely out of the name of the church for four whole years?

Name of the Church – Part 1

it seems that it took a while for the Mormon Church to settle on an official title for its name. Did you know that it had a least three different names over an eight-year period?

Seer Stone in the Hat

“Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face ... A piece of something resembling parchment would appear... One character at a time would appear, …, then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear, Thus the Book of Mormons was translated by the gift and power of God, and not by any power of man.”

Joseph Smith

Who was Zelph?

The story of Zelph – even though it’s outside the narrative of the Book of Mormon - comes from a tendency of Joseph Smith to make up revelation on the fly to suit his purposes and to bolster faith in his followers.

False Prophecies of Joseph Smith – David W. Patten’s Mission

As a “Prophet of God” Joseph Smith’s prophecies repeatedly failed. Why did David Patten die before he fulfilled his mission.

Did Joseph Smith Write Himself into Scripture?

Did Joseph Smith write himself into Mormon scripture in order to convince people he was a prophet? It’s apparent that these scriptural passages came through one man. And it’s the same man who is the object of those prophecies – Joseph Smith. Doesn’t that seem self-serving and arrogant of Joseph Smith to write himself into the narrative of what is called Mormon scripture?

Joseph’s Boasting

“…I have more to BOAST of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam..."

The First Vision

Either the vision of a 14 year old boy was a real physical event or he simply dreamed of having an experience while praying in the woods - an invention of a highly imaginative mind or a demonic deception.

Polygamy

Polygamy – Part 2

After receiving a revelation commanding him to practice plural marriage, Joseph Smith married multiple wives and introduced the practice to close associates. This principle was among the most challenging aspects of the Restoration.

Polygamy – Part 1

God never commanded polygamy in the Bible. God emphasized monogamy in marriage. God commanded men not to have multiple wives.

Temples

Mormon Temples

Mormon temple activity is not ancient. Mormons are free to enjoy the benefits of their temple activity, but these 'temples' are not a restoration.

Temples

Today, there are over 150 operating LDS temples in countries around the world. Why do Momons build temples.

The Bible

The Necessity of Relationship

What is more important – working to keep God’s commandments, or developing a personal relationship with God?

“Lost Books” of the Bible

Mormon leaders have taught that these “lost” books are a result of a Great Apostasy, when many “plain and precious things” that were once part of the Bible are no longer there.

Is the Bible a Standard of Truth?

The fact that our current Bibles are reliable and accurate come from many other sources, such as archaeology, fulfilled prophecies, the Dead Sea scrolls, and other historical evidence.

Apparent Bible Contradictions

For many people, the belief that the Bible contains contradictions and inaccuracies is an excuse for not believing. Many such people have not actually read the Bible for themselves. After a little research, all the alleged contradictions and inaccuracies are totally explainable.

Word of Wisdom

Word of Wisdom – Part 2

God is not dealing with us in the physical - He is dealing with us in the spiritual. We are free from the law of religion, because we have the Holy Spirit. If we are led by the Holy Spirit, we do not need to subject ourselves to the regulations of the flesh.

Word of Wisdom Part 1

During early LDS meetings the men would spit nasty tobacco juices on the floor. After words, Joseph’s wife Emma had to clean the dirty floor boards. She was so disgusted that she asked her husband to do something about it. Her complaints led the Prophet to ask God whether tobacco use was appropriate for Latter-day Saints. And the Lord’s response came in the form of a revelation that covered far more than just tobacco. It also restricted the consumption of wine, liquor, meat, and hot drinks.

Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon: Holy Ghost or Elevation Emotion? – Part 3

When you read the Book of Mormon is the “burning in the bosom” you feel the Holy Ghost or is it, what Psychologists define as Elevation Emotion? Elevation Emotion is a result of the hormone Oxytocin. We learn to discern the Holy Spirit from Elevation Emotion by not trusting our hearts, but by trusting in the Bible for truth

Hebrews 1-6 ~ Come Follow Me

If the scriptures teach that God spoke through His prophets in the past and has now spoken to us in these last days through His Son – Why do religious sects like Mormonism claim the need to have living prophets?

Holy Ghost or Elevation Emotion – Part 1 – Moroni 10:4

Is praying as explained in Moroni 10:4 to know if the Book of Mormon is true or not, the correct way for a person to know truth? Are we to rely upon our feelings and emotions to determine truth? Or, is the best approach to knowing if something is right, is to use the Bible as the standard of truth?

Who was Zelph?

The story of Zelph – even though it’s outside the narrative of the Book of Mormon - comes from a tendency of Joseph Smith to make up revelation on the fly to suit his purposes and to bolster faith in his followers.

Women in the Bible vs the Book of Mormon – pt 1

Of the numerous women mentioned in the Bible – 93 had speaking roles. The Kings James Version has little over 783,000 total words, and those spoken by these 93 women add up to a little over 14,000 words - which was about 1.8 percent of the entire Bible.

The Moroni Challenge

Our heart, our feelings, our emotions can fool us into believing things that aren’t true or good for us. Instead of the Bible telling us to pray about it - It teaches us to “search the Scriptures.”

Book of Abraham – Part 3

The original claim that the Book of Abraham had been translated from ancient egyptian papyri scrolls has been proven false when it was clearly shown that the scrolls where funeral text. The Church allowed photographs of the papyrus to be published in the February 1968 edition of the Improvement Era magazine, along with an article […]

Mormonism vs. Book of Mormon

It all boils down to whether or, not the Book of Mormon really is - “The most correct book on earth.” If it is, then current Mormonism disagrees with its essential teachings.

Did Joseph Smith Write Himself into Scripture?

Did Joseph Smith write himself into Mormon scripture in order to convince people he was a prophet? It’s apparent that these scriptural passages came through one man. And it’s the same man who is the object of those prophecies – Joseph Smith. Doesn’t that seem self-serving and arrogant of Joseph Smith to write himself into the narrative of what is called Mormon scripture?

Testing the Book of Mormon – Part 4

The Book of Mormon had three “witnesses” who signed their names claiming to have heard the voice of God, seen an angel and even seen the Gold Plates. And before their deaths, all three of them – Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris renounced Mormonism and were condemned as reprobates by the Mormon Church.

Testing the Book of Mormon – Part 3

Another test we should put to the Book of Mormon is the Test of Archaeology.  This would be a test against history.  The Book of Mormon is full of supposed history – civilizations that lived in and populated cities in what is known as the Americas.  Though the Bible wasn’t written as a history book, […]

Can the Word of God Pass Away?

Does God have the power to preserve His eternal word as stated in the Book of Mormon? Or, is the Book of Mormon contradicting itself?

Can We Trust Our Feelings?

LDS believers will argue that if you get a burning in the bosom or a special feeling when reading the Book of Mormon, that this feeling is conformation that the Book of Mormon is true? Should we trust our feeling? What does the Bible say about this?

Prediction of the Book of Mormon – Part 2

The LDS teach that these verses are speaking of two sticks which are the Bible or the stick of Judah, and the Book of Mormon or the stick of Joseph. They believe these two records have now been joined together, constituting a complete fulfillment of a great prophecy spoken of in 2 Nephi 3:12.

Prediction of the Book of Mormon – Part 1

LDS teach that Isaiah 29:1-4 is predicting the coming of the Book of Mormon, which was translated from plates hidden in the ground by Moroni - coming as it did “out of the ground” to “whisper out of the dust” to people of our day.

Church News

I Never Knew You – Part 2

Works based, Performance based religions emphasize man's efforts for salvation. But Jesus says to believe on him that he has done the work for us.

Mormons, now non-Mormons

In a recent General Conference, President Nelson said, speaking of Jesus, “When we omit His name from His Church, we are inadvertently removing Him as the central focus of our lives.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XORXvaNSC4I The irony is that Joseph Smith used three different names for the Church in the span of eight years.  Why would Jesus instruct […]

Whats in a Name?

Nelson is admitting that Church leadership was wrong in allowing the Church’s choir to be known as “The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.” For allowing the words “Mormons” and “Mormonism” to appear on official LDS websites, in periodicals, and in correlated manuals.

Children of Same-Sex Marriages

The Mormon Church is creating a special category for the children of gay parents. It appears to many that this restrictive policy is very un-Christ-like. How would Jesus have handled this situation?

God

God: Spirit or Body – Part 2

When Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon around 1828 to 1829, his theological background was in Protestant Christianity. At that time, everyone who followed Mormonism believed in the one God, who was a spirit.  Many years later, Smith changed his theology and then altered the Book of Mormon passages to accommodate his changed thinking - separating God from Jesus. This is an Excerpt.

God: Spirit or Body – Part 1

Nowhere in the entire Book of Mormon does it teach God is more than Spirit. Since God has been defined here in the Book of Mormon as a Great Spirit...

Miscellaneous

How Can We Know the Truth

Our thoughts, our feelings, and our desires, are very important. But we should not place sole reliance on subjective means to determine what is true. Jesus teaches us that to determine truth we must ABIDE in HIS WORD. The Bible frequently tells us to study diligently and meditate on God’s word. People go into error, not because they lack an emotional experience, but because they lack knowledge of the Scriptures.

Nephi Moroni ?

Joseph Smith first claimed if was Nephi who visited him in his "First Vision," NOT Moroni, as is now stated in the latter publishing of the Book of Mormon.