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:

Nature and Understanding of God

We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.  ~ First Article of Faith ~ ... all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular … Continue reading Nature and Understanding of God

Does Alma 11:37 contradict Romans 5:8?

Critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will always bring up the argument that Alma 11:37 contradicts Romans 5:8. Most of the time, when this criticism is presented, it is presented in the following format: An important difference between Biblical Christianity and Mormonism- Bible: But God demonstrates his own love for us … Continue reading Does Alma 11:37 contradict Romans 5:8?

As the wicked prosper to their demise

Typically, when we read about prosperity and blessings, we read about how those who follow the counsel, will and desire of a loving Heavenly Father receive promised riches. Not the kind that we would understand, however those of heavenly riches as well as riches to continue to bless and provide for those who are less … Continue reading As the wicked prosper to their demise

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

New curriculum for 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will engage in new curriculum for Sunday School and Priesthood/Relief Society. For the Sunday school curriculum (14 to Adults), our study will focus on Doctrine and Covenants and Church History. Members should receive - or already possess - the following copies: Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class … Continue reading New curriculum for 2013

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

“There is no better time than now”

There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus the Christ. Let it be a time that lights the eyes of children and puts laughter on their lips. Let it be a time for lifting the lives of those who … Continue reading “There is no better time than now”

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

Morning devotion: A labor of love

And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also. – John 4:21  Missionary Work is a work of love and trust, and it has to be done on that basis  – Gordon B. Hinkley, Stand a Little Taller The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Missionary … Continue reading Morning devotion: A labor of love

Morning Devotion: Hunger for the word of God

Hunger for the Word of God   Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after  righteousness: for they shall be filled.   ~ Matthew 5:6 ~ There is a hunger in the land, and a genuine thirst – a great hunger for the word of the Lord and an unsatisfied thirst for things of … Continue reading Morning Devotion: Hunger for the word of God

Crossing the bridge into immortality and eternal life

There is an old railway bridge outside of Shelton, Washington called the Vance Creek Viaduct. It is the highest railway bridge structure in North America. Built in 1929, it served as part of the rail system for the Simpson Timber Company. The bridge is about 450 feet in height and approximately 800 feet in length. … Continue reading Crossing the bridge into immortality and eternal life

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

Galatians 1:6-9 | Paul’s “Other Gospel”

The Apostle Paul writes to the Church in Galatia defending his apostolic authority. One of the most perverted forms of Biblical interpretation is that of Galatians 1:8-9. This passage is commonly used by Christian Apologists in their attempt to prove that Mormonism is "another Gospel". Therefore, the purpose of this post is to provide understanding … Continue reading Galatians 1:6-9 | Paul’s “Other Gospel”

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

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

Fasting – A Canvas for the Lord

This Sunday is Fast and Testimony meeting. With this thought in mind, and a bit of inspiration from the New Era’s vintage 1979 Mormonad caught the interest of the importance and truth of Fasting. The caption reads: Not eating is to fasting as an empty canvas is to the Mona Lisa. Abstaining from food is just the empty … Continue reading Fasting – A Canvas for the Lord

“I perceive ye are of weak mind” | Daily Devotion

I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time. Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and … Continue reading “I perceive ye are of weak mind” | Daily Devotion

Thought for today – October 23, 2012

Declaration of Belief And he said, Lord, I believe. – John 9:38 Be not afraid, only believe – Mark 5:36 I commend these wonderful words to all who are called upon to stand up for what they believe, and to do so with confidence – Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand a Little Taller, p. 310 We … Continue reading Thought for today – October 23, 2012

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

Devotion: What manner of men ought ye to be?

When we set our foot on the path of righteousness, when we set our eyes on the Savior and redeemer – Jesus the Christ – and when we comply in fulfilling our priesthood duties, we inevitably strive to become a righteous man. Not a man that meets the standards of the world today, but a … Continue reading Devotion: What manner of men ought ye to be?

Parents: Raising up a righteous generation

The previous articles – Facing a deteriorating society and Spiritual Apathy + Spiritual Atrophy = Spiritual Drought – are based off Elder Quentin L. Cook’s talk given at the 182nd Semi-Annual General Conference of October 6, 2012. This third article will explore how parents have the privilege, and obligation, to rear up a righteous generation … Continue reading Parents: Raising up a righteous generation

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

Facing a deteriorating society

Are you able to answer the question – can ye feel so now? It is a question that Alma asked those present and is contained in Alma 5:26. It follows after this comment – if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I … Continue reading Facing a deteriorating society

“…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…”