Author: Nathan Franson

Changing Accounts of Joseph Smith’s “First Vision”

(Information provided by Institute for Religious Research) 1827 – Account of Joseph Smith, Sr., and Joseph Smith, Jr., given to Willard Chase, as related in his 1833 affidavit. Several years before obtaining the plates, a spirit appeared to Joseph in a vision telling him of a record on gold plates. When Joseph went to get

How Did Mormonism Begin?

INTRODUCTION Joseph Fielding Smith, the nephew of Joseph Smith, Jr., wrote, “Mormonism, as it is called, must stand or fall on the story of Joseph Smith.  He was either a prophet of God, divinely called, properly appointed and commissioned, or he was one of the biggest frauds this world has ever seen.  There is no

Canonicity of the Book of Mormon

INTRODUCTION The Book of Mormon claims to be a reliable book much like the Bible.[1] It proclaims to cover a time period of approximately 1000 years, ranging from 600 B.C. to A.D. 421.[2] Its text contains a series of books describing the life and descendents of a man named Lehi from Jerusalem. Throughout the pages

The Truth According to the Mormon church

What do you know about the Mormon Church? Interestingly, for a religious group that is among the most populated in the world, many find themselves limited in answering this question. Most are familiar with identifying the Book of Mormon or the young missionaries with their dark ties and nametags riding around on their

10 Questions to Ask a Mormon

Click here to download – 10 Questions to Ask a Mormon  One of the major hindrances of one who has been approached by Mormon missionaries or who have entered in to a conversation with someone of the LDS faith is the lack of understanding their religion.  Many do not know where to begin the discussion
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