A new LDSFAQ page answering common questions about dating, marrying in or out of the Church, morality, and so forth. These topics have resulted in many questions recently - often from non-LDS people dating Mormons. I hope this page will help. Expect many more answers to be added soon.
This work shows that an impossible source - published 25 years after the Book of Mormon - provides much better "evidence" of Book of Mormon plagiarism than what the critics have been able to drum up by poring over the works of Ethan Smith, Spaulding, James Adair, Shakespeare, the Apocrypha, or other sources.
This is the text of a talk I gave in 1994 to a Latter-day Saint congregation in Wisconsin. It's not every day that someone mingles the laws of thermodynamics with scripture. False doctrine? You be the judge.
Text of the 1833 revelation to Joseph Smith forbidding the use of tobacco, alcohol, tea, and coffee, and providing nutritional guidelines with an emphasis on grains. Also a news report on the health of LDS people.
All the power you need to prove that you're the only real Christian around. Use the tools and tactics of reputable anti-Mormon authors to prove that anyone who disagrees with any of your views belongs to a non-Christian cult. Makes a perfect Christmas gift. (Not recommended for the comically impaired.)
The Church's official magazine for adults and families (in English). A wonderful monthly publication that you can view online for free. Nope, you don't even have to pay tithing to access this for free.
The music section of LDS.org provides instructional materials, and also provides an interactive player to let you play the music and understand the parts for LDS hymns and songs in the Children's Songbook. Or you can download MP3 files for the songs as music only or music and voice. And if you're a composer, you can submit new music for the Church's consideration, and look at past submissions that have been accepted.
A Church site to help members with the physical realities of life - welfare needs, employment, living wisely, etc. Great resource! For help in your career, be sure to see the related site, LDSJobs.org.
Formerly known as FARMS (the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies), the Maxwell Institute has a rich tradition of scholarly publications and serious studies related to the Book of Mormon, ancient Christianity, and ancient religion in general, with relevance to LDS issues. I am simply thrilled with the quality and scholarship of most FARMS materials, especially the works of Hugh Nibley, John Welch, John Tvedtnes, Daniel Peterson, and John Sorensen.
Formed in 2011 to maintain the scholarly traditions of FARMS and the Maxwell Institute in defending the faith, the Mormon Interpreter brings together many leading LDS scholars to provide rich insights into the LDS scriptures and to strengthen the faith of those examining LDS religion.
FairMormon (formerly known as The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research) is a new group dedicated to providing an intelligent defense of the truth. Many serious and well written papers can be accessed at their site. One of many examples is there set of excellent reviews on The New Mormon Challenge, dealing with issues such as creation ex nihilo (out of nothing) versus the LDS view on creation. They also offer a useful and legal online version of the book, The Truth about "The God Makers" by Gilbert W. Scharffs. Scharffs' book provides point-by-point refutations of a popular but deceptive anti-Mormon book.
A collection of resources and discussion of common anti-Mormon attacks. There is also some fascinating information on some of the most famous professional anti-Mormons. Russell also offers some excellent resources on the Book of Mormon and on chiasmus.
A novel site including many original writings of Allen Leigh. In addition to a variety of good essays, there is a valuable online book explaining much about LDS teachings. For example, you can read about the doctrine of our premortal existence.
A service of BYU-Idaho radio. Music and the Spoken Word is a popular Sunday morning radio program from the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, but it's very hard to find online. This is the only place I have found so far.
A Web site by Bryan Richards aimed at teachers of Gospel Doctrine classes, currently providing helpful commentary on Book of Mormon passages. Subject to all the normal disclaimers of Web sites by private parties (no guarantee that the doctrine is correct - same as with my pages). The material can be very helpful.
Non-LDS scholar Margaret Barker has provided a rich vein of insights into ancient Judaism and the original temple that Kevin Christensen has expertly mined. There are some very powerful evidences for the ancient authenticity of the Book of Mormon and the restored LDS Temple concept. Remarkable.
Frequently asked questions about Latter-day Saint beliefs. Pages are offered covering common challenges to the Book of Mormon, attacks on the Church, the issue of prophets and apostles, baptism and baptism for the dead, the Book of Abraham, etc.
An excellent site by Barry R. Bickmore with many essays showing that LDS theology is much closer to early Christianity than the mainstream Christianity of the day. Much in the original Gospel of Jesus Christ has been lost over the centuries, making a divine Restoration necessary. An example of Barry's essays is Mormonism and Early Christianity: The Nature of the Spirit World.
Great posts from a leading source of scholarly information supporting the LDS scriptures, examining key issues in our faith, exploring current events related to the Church, and giving insights into our theology and history.
This virtual exhibit from BYU's Harold B. Lee Library commemorates the Sesquicentennial of the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. It contains over 200 scanned images including descriptions, transcriptions, and
full texts of original manuscripts and printed works produced between 1845 and 1863. It is provided by the Special Collections and Manuscripts Department of the library.
A collection of old Improvement Era magazines that you can now view online. There is search capability, but it's hard to use. If you know the specific volume and issue you are looking for, you'll find it and be able to read it here.
Fascinating LDS history from Mexico, 1936 to 1946, from Mormons in Mexico: Leadership, Nationalism, and the Case of the Third Convention by F. Lamond Tullis and Elizabeth Hernandez c. 1987, provided at OrsonPrattBrown.com.
Understand Mormon beliefs and life through the insights of Mormon women. This site also includes the valuable Ask a Mormon Woman section where you can ask your questions of the bloggers and friends at this safe site.
Just came back online in July 2001. One of my favorite LDS writers is back online, featuring loads of great research on the LDS scriptures and related topics. See, for example, his keystone page on Book of Mormon evidence or his pages on the Book of Abraham. Way to go, Kerry!
(This is not an LDS page, but the Dead Sea Scrolls in general are of tremendous interest to students of the Book of Mormon, for they cast new light on some of the attitudes, practices and beliefs presented in the Book of Mormon for a Semitic people prior to the coming of Christ.) Also see "The Dead Sea Scrolls and Latter-day Truth" by Andrew C. Skinner.
Set against stunning red bluffs of Navajo sandstone, Tuacahn in southern Utah offers one of the most spectacular outdoor settings for art and theatre that I have ever seen. I must strongly recommend the musical production "Utah!". Apart from a great plot, great acting, and fine singing, the special effects alone are worth seeing. (A flash flood is actually produced before your eyes on the outdoor stage.)
A church with historical ties to the Latter-day Saints that parted ways with us after the death of Joseph Smith. Headquartered in Independence, Missouri, it has lots of great people in it and many who treasure the divine gift of scripture in the Book of Mormon.
The writings of Hugh Nibley, though too numerous to even begin listing, must be mentioned first. Radical, challenging, informative, and always entertaining, he's worth reading again and again. Some more recent writings by others will be mentioned specifically:
Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited: The Evidence for Ancient Origins, edited by Noel B. Reynolds, Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, Provo, Utah, 1997. 574 pages, $19.95. Free online! This is one of the two or three best books on Book of Mormon evidences and scholarship that I've seen. This up-to-date, carefully documented volume of works by significant scholars covers some of the most important and interesting issues about Book of Mormon authorship. These are issues that LDS people ought to understand and issues that critics cannot honestly continue to ignore: Lehi's journey through the Arabian Peninsula and the extremely powerful evidence of authenticity that it provides; the testimony of the witnesses; internal and external evidences for how the translation occurred; the significance of chiasmus; the latest in wordprint analysis; the Book of Mormon as a Mesomaerican record; the significance of alleged anachronisms; and so forth. I strongly recommend this book.
Are Mormons Christians? by Stephen E. Robinson, Bookcraft, Salt Lake City, 1991.133 pages, $8.95. Latter-day Saints are usually shocked or dismayed when they first earn that some ministers tell their congregations that "Mormons" don't believe in Christ. To us who believe in Christ, worship Christ, and look to Him for salvation, it's amazing to hear others try to tell us what we believe and to argue that we aren't Christian. Robinson thoroughly explains the various angles of attack that critics take when attempting to deny our faith in Christ or in trying to scare others into thinking that we reject Christ. For each of these attacks, he carefully shows the inconsistency of the critic's position - typically demonstrating that the specially created definitions of "Christian" used by critics to exclude us also would exclude Christ, the Apostles, and early mainstream Christians as well, along with some modern, indisputable Christians like C.S. Lewis. Robinson's documentation on the development of the post-Biblical doctrine of the Trinity, for example, is well worth the price of the book, as is the documentation he provides on early Christian beliefs such as an understanding of the divine potential of faithful sons and daughters of God. He also considers carefully what the definition of "Christian" must be, based on the teachings of the Bible, for example. Excellent scholarship, abundant documentation, careful thinking and clear writing make this a useful tool in understanding where critics are coming from and how unfair many of their arguments are. (After all, if Christ was a "non-Christian cultist," as He would be according to the twisted definitions used by many of our critics, then I guess I want to be one too!)
An Ancient American Setting for the Book of Mormon, by John L. Sorenson, Deseret Book Comp., Salt Lake City, UT, 1985. Shows that a plausible setting for the Book of Mormon exists with the "narrow neck of land" being the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (southern Mexico/Guatemala area). Fascinating confirmations are considered in terms of climate, geography, the existence of written language, cultural issues, secret societies, the use of metal, etc. One of the most powerful intellectual works on the Book of Mormon, by a reputable anthropologist who uses solid scholarly methods. Provides detailed maps of likely locations for cities, rivers, valleys, lakes, etc., mentioned in the Book of Mormon. The fact that such a thing is possible is overwhelming evidence for authenticity, given that almost nothing was known about the area in Joseph Smith's day.
Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, edited by John L. Sorenson and Melvin J. Thorne, Deseret Book Comp., Salt Lake City, UT, 1991. Twenty-three chapters by various authors exploring different aspects of the Book of Mormon, including the topics of language (especially chiasmus and Hebraisms); society, politics, and war; original authors and their sources; and unifying themes.
In the Footsteps of Lehi by Warren P. Aston and Michael K. Aston, Deseret Book Comp., Salt Lake City, UT, 1994. This book provides compelling, solid evidence for Book of Mormon authenticity based on recent discoveries in the Arabian peninsula. Likely candidates for Nahom and Bountiful have been located in the right places and with the right characteristics, making the account of 1 Nephi in the Book of Mormon right on the money in ways that would have been impossible to fabricate in 1830. See my review on the Book of Mormon Evidences Page.
Environmentalism and the Gospel by Gale Lyle Pooley, Analytica, P.O. Box 2513, Sun Valley, ID 83353, 1995. Softbound, 162 pages. A careful, scholarly, but highly readable discussion of the philosophical and theological underpinnings behind various branches of environmentalism, including an incisive discussion of the coercive anti-population movement. Discusses the relationship between the Gospel and environmentalism. Excellent analysis of population and scarcity. Well documented. Useful in dealing with misinformation about the overhyped overpopulation crisis. The writing is excellent and thought-provoking. Even if you think you'll disagree, this work warrants attention.