Bearing False Witness and Doctrine on Whom do Latter-day Saints say Christ is

Probably one of the greatest questions ever asked in human history is that of Jesus Christ. Whom do you say that I am? Actually, He asked two great questions: Whom do men say that I am? and then the former question being directed toward his disciples. This is contained within Matthew 16:13-17:

How judging prevents blessings

At some point in each of our lives, we come to a place where we are in need of prayer, encouragement, support, and assistance. Within the Christian community, we are all in need of these things. Problem is, there is criticism, judgment, and lack of compassion and empathy upon those who come with their needs. … Continue reading How judging prevents blessings

Professor That Asked Students to Step on ‘Jesus’ Gets What He Deserves | Independent Journal Review

This is from the Independent Journal Review. A Professor That Asked Students to Step on 'Jesus' Gets What He Deserves | Independent Journal Review. According to the news article, a Latter-day Saint Student at Florida Atlantic University declined to participate in an activity where a Professor of Communications asked his students to write the name "Jesus" … Continue reading Professor That Asked Students to Step on ‘Jesus’ Gets What He Deserves | Independent Journal Review

Effective strategies for member missionary work

Members of the Marysville Washington Stake are highly encouraged to adopt a family mission plan, read through and study the Preach My Gospel manual, and to prayerfully find ways to share the message of the Restoration to family, friends, neighbors and even strangers. It is quite the challenge because many of us (from young and … Continue reading Effective strategies for member missionary work

Merry Smithmas? Daniel Peterson sets the record straight

It never fails. Each year, those who are critical of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue to perpetuate the lie that Mormons worship Joseph Smith and not Jesus Christ. This claim rests upon the idea that Joseph Smith's birthday happens to be on December 23.  Well, according to Daniel C. Peterson's blog … Continue reading Merry Smithmas? Daniel Peterson sets the record straight

Angel Moroni Christmas tree topper – A religious symbol

The Angel Moroni is one of the more enduring symbols of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This particular symbol is placed on most Temples, used to be published on older versions of the Book of Mormon, and occupy the hearts and minds of the Latter-day Saint Christian community. The significance of the … Continue reading Angel Moroni Christmas tree topper – A religious symbol

The Lord would not suffer them to take happiness in sin

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut sparked more politicizing debates on whether or not we should have greater gun control. Here, at Mormon Apologia, our hearts are with those friends and family who have lost a loved one. We pray for the strength and grace that they need to mourn and grieve the loss of those … Continue reading The Lord would not suffer them to take happiness in sin

Apostasy | A personal and social epidemic

One of the very fundamental teachings of the LDS Faith is that of a Universal Apostasy. Meaning the original authority of the Church of Jesus Christ, the priesthood authority, became corrupt due to heresy and man's own philosophy and understanding. Unfortunately, this post is not about the understanding of the universal apostasy of First Century … Continue reading Apostasy | A personal and social epidemic

Baptist Press – Mormonism’s cultural rise likely to continue – News with a Christian Perspective

According to Aaron Earls article, found here Baptist Press - Mormonism's cultural rise likely to continue - News with a Christian Perspective, one cannot escape the flawed statements made. At first, one reads and finds some congruence with what Earls is saying, and the informational statements made by Tal Davis and Ant Greenham, about Mitt Romney … Continue reading Baptist Press – Mormonism’s cultural rise likely to continue – News with a Christian Perspective

How to properly handle critics and criticism against the Church

In light of recent conversations about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a question needs to be addressed. How do we, as Latter-day Saint Christians respond to those individuals that are antagonistic against the LDS Church, doctrines, history, and belief system? Mormon Apologia would like to provide this simple “how-to” guide for those who may … Continue reading How to properly handle critics and criticism against the Church

The Resurrection and Baptisms for the Dead

The Resurrection and Baptisms for the Dead How Paul Taught I've often heard many people criticize the LDS Church for doing proxy baptisms for our deceased ancestors and claim that there's no Biblical basis to do so.  Using the resurrection and 1 Corinthians 15, however, Paul strongly alluded to the fact that there is a … Continue reading The Resurrection and Baptisms for the Dead

Avoid wrestling with pigs

George Bernard Shaw adequately stated the following: I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. As we engage in the conversations about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are going to come across individuals with a pernicious tenacity to engage us … Continue reading Avoid wrestling with pigs

Yellow Journalism and modern Anti-Mormon Rhetoric

  Yellow Journalism is a term used to define the type of journalism that relies on sensationalism and lurid exaggeration to attract readers[1]. The Online Etymology dictionary provides additional information as to what yellow journalism refers to: “Sensational chauvinism in the media,” 1898, Amer. Eng. From newspaper agitation for war with Spain; originally “publicity stunt use of colored ink” (1895) in ref. to the popular … Continue reading Yellow Journalism and modern Anti-Mormon Rhetoric

Reading Talmage – Introduction to a new study series

If there ever were a true and forthright apologist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, James E. Talmage would be the individual that has provided much published work in defense of the Church, the doctrines, and the teachings of Mormonism: James Edward Talmage was born on September 21, 1862 in Hungerford, Berkshire, England, … Continue reading Reading Talmage – Introduction to a new study series

Biblical Anachronisms: Genesis

Biblical Anachronisms: Genesis Searching for Consistency in Biblical/Book of Mormon Standards Book of Mormon Anachronisms: Is this a serious problem? During my excursions to ministries that are critical of the LDS faith, one thing that I often see highlighted as proof that the Book of Mormon is horribly inaccurate is that there are many anachronisms … Continue reading Biblical Anachronisms: Genesis

MA Responds to Christian Post – Article of faith #1

Christian Post Reporter, Gabrielle Devenish, has just published a two part article regarding the question “What do Mormons Really Believe?” And the secondary article, “What Do Mormons Believe? Ex-Mormon Speaks Out – Part Two”. In the first article, Devenish opens up with this: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is becoming a hot … Continue reading MA Responds to Christian Post – Article of faith #1

Mormonism in the News: Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Mormonism

This is definitely something that is very interesting. Here is a quote from the article: When asked about Graham's beliefs about Mormonism, Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross said in a statement that "Through an inclusive evangelistic ministry spanning more than 60 years, Mr. Graham was called to preach the transformative message of the Gospel to … Continue reading Mormonism in the News: Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Mormonism

Critics and the Hate-blogging mentality

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted … Continue reading Critics and the Hate-blogging mentality

Forthcoming features

In a previous article, I mentioned that there are going to be some new changes and a redesign for Mormon Apologetic Research Studies. One of those changes is deciding upon a more appropriate and shortened name. One name is Mormon Apologia, however, am also considering The Strait and Narrow as an alternative. This latter would … Continue reading Forthcoming features

Updating the M.A.R.S Blog

The Mormon Apologetic Research Studies blog will be undergoing significant changes. These changes are going to be specific to new directional goals that will be implemented to achieve greater impact and develop a broader audience. The first changes have already occurred, and after the few years M.A.R.S has been in existence, where a more user … Continue reading Updating the M.A.R.S Blog

A message some Christians wouldn’t hear at General Conference

On a counter-cult ministry blog – Life after Ministry – we read the following opening statement: For the past five years I’ve prayed for the salvation of those who are trapped in the Mormon Religion. I’ve thought about what it would be like for the prophet to get up and deliver a message like the … Continue reading A message some Christians wouldn’t hear at General Conference

Mormon critics and criticism: A perception of extreme ideology

  Information cocoon is what Cass R Sunstein, the Felix Frankfurter professor of law at Harvard University, wrote in his column on Bloomberg View[1]. This same article also appeared in the Sunday edition of the Everett Herald, bearing the title: “How disagreeing can bring us together”[2]. Geared more toward political extremist viewpoints on the Conservative … Continue reading Mormon critics and criticism: A perception of extreme ideology

Introduction: Survey – Apostasy to Restoration

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proclaims that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is restored in these latter-days. Critics ask how the Mormon faith can proclaim to be a Restoration since there never was a need of restoring Christianity. Either side of the discussion, the central pillar that must be investigated is whether … Continue reading Introduction: Survey – Apostasy to Restoration

Mormonism’s Abandoned Race Policy: Context Matters

I actually address the heart of the issue of Mormonism, Blacks and the Priesthood in this article here: http://timothyrberman.newsvine.com/_news/2012/08/27/13512376-mormonism-and-the-priesthood-ban; as well as here: http://www.examiner.com/article/mormonism-blacks-and-the-melchizedek-priesthood?cid=db_articles Much of the problem with understanding the Priesthood Ban is to actually understand what was the current acceptable social norm of American Society during the formidable years of the Church growth … Continue reading Mormonism’s Abandoned Race Policy: Context Matters

A recently published article about Mormonism and the priesthood ban

    In the NBC Rock Center program of Mormon in America, a statement was made that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints treated blacks as second class citizens. In her segment that focused on a typical Mormon Family, Kate Snow stated this:   Remember as late as 1978, Black Mormons were second class citizens. … Continue reading A recently published article about Mormonism and the priesthood ban

“…who at sundry times and in divers matters…”

A Brief Analysis of Hebrews 1:1-2 Defending an Open Canon Dakota Edward “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made … Continue reading “…who at sundry times and in divers matters…”

Sandra Tanner’s “Masonic Symbols and the LDS Temple”

While I try to be fair, I often find it very easy to be critical of the works cranked out by Utah Lighthouse Ministries.  I say this because, while Sandra and the late Jerald Tanner are reasonably good at citing their sources, not all of their sources are necessarily of high quality, and in quoting … Continue reading Sandra Tanner’s “Masonic Symbols and the LDS Temple”

When were Mormons Socialists?

  When Were Mormons Socialists? D. E. Neighbors 28 May 2012 7 And behold, there was peace in all the land, insomuch that the Nephites did go into whatsoever part of the land they would, whether among the Nephites or the Lamanites. 8 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did also go whithersoever they would, … Continue reading When were Mormons Socialists?