Author: Nathan Franson

How to have your name removed from LDS records

For those who have quit or are in the process of walking away from the Mormon Church, there is a free legal service to have your name permanently removed from their records. This is significant because they are not allowed to claim you as part of their numbers. Many have left but have not removed their

Is A “Bishop” The Same Work As An “Elder”?

The answer to this question is “Yes”. This question arises from a Bible study that was conducted with two young Latter-Day Saint (hereafter, LDS) missionaries who were given the title “elder”.  Each LDS congregation has one bishop.  They also have missionaries who are called elders and serve under the bishop of each of their congregations. 

Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo

The Mormon Church have recently released an essay acknowledging for the first time ever that Joseph Smith engaged in polygamy, and took up to 40 wives. Having grown up a Mormon for my first twenty years, I was taught strictly that Joseph Smith was not a polygamist. In fact, he condemns it in the Book

The Thirteenth Article of Faith

The final clause in the Mormon Articles of Faith reads, “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to

The Twelfth Article of Faith

The twelfth item in the LDS Articles of Faith reads, “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” On the surface this seems like a respectable ideology and one certainly in cooperation with the Bible. Paul writes, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher

Who is Joseph Smith As It Relates to the Mormon?

The religious group known as the Mormons cannot be investigated very long until the name Joseph Smith rises to the surface and is seen as one held in high regard. In order for one to examine the doctrines, practices, and views of the Mormon faith one must become acquainted with Joseph Smith, and who he

The Eleventh Article of Faith

The eleventh Article of Faith declares, “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”  A statement like this not only infers a belief of situation ethics, but defies what the Bible

The Tenth Article of Faith

PART ONE The tenth Article of Faith states, “We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal

What Do Mormons Teach About The Origin Of Man?

Jim Beltz  Three of the questions that have perplexed the mind of mankind since the beginning of time are: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where will we go when this life is over? Our assignment is to deal with the first of these questions. Where did we come from? We will

Life of Sidney Rigdon

Written by Nathan Franson INTRODUCTION It is ironic that one of the most active participants in the American restoration movement also happened to be one of the most active participants in the forming of such a successful cult. In fact, if one were to ask someone in the religious world what they know of Sidney


Author: Brian R. Kenyon Several years ago, a middle aged man who identified himself as a Mormon started attending a night class at the Florida School of Preaching that this writer taught on the Book of Matthew. He came about the tenth week (out of a sixteen week semester) as the result of some full-time

The Seventh Article of Faith

The seventh item in the Articles of Faith reads, “We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.”  This teaching is actually quite common to much of the religious world and deserves a certain amount of attention.  However, for the sake of not being redundant it is

The Ninth Article of Faith

The ninth Article of Faith proclaims, “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.” Setting aside the obvious error that exists with Mormonism truly believing all that God has revealed (see

The Eighth Article of Faith

The eighth Article of Faith reads, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” The Mormon faith does not abandon the Bible, but they do put more emphasis into how they perceive the
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