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Mormonism Research Ministry

Established in 1979, Mormonism Research Ministry is dedicated to helping both Christians and non-Christians navigate the maze of LDS teaching.  MRM strives to present the LDS Church in an honest and truthful light, drawing from the actual publications of the LDS Church and the writings of its prophets.  The staff at MRM seeks to present the case against Mormonism in a way that expresses their genuine love for the LDS people.

Visit their site and you’ll discover a variety of resources ranging from an A-Z Introduction to Terms and Issues Related to Mormonism to an overview of the LDS Church and Culture. Learn more about the origins and history of the Book of Mormon and delve into LDS teaching concerning the Nature of God, The Plan of Salvation, and the purpose of Temples. Subscribe to the Free Newsletter to receive up-to-date commentary on current LDS news and teaching, listen to episodes of the Viewpoint on Mormonism Podcast where LDS doctrine is discussed in-depth, and check out the opinions of staff members and guest on the Mormon Coffee blog!

Want to better understand what is currently being taught in Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society Meetings?  Join your LDS friends in 2013 as they study “Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow”.  Then follow along as Eric Johnson shares his thoughts on the text through a progressive commentary.

Looking to share your faith more effectively?  Why not check out the MRM Store where you’ll find a variety of well-researched books, DVD’s, PDF’s and MP3’s?  Haven’t got any money to spend?  MRM offers a variety of Free Tracts to help you walk your Mormon friends through the doctrines of traditional Christianity in a way that shows both gentleness and respect.

And, if you’re LDS and are currently struggling with the teachings of former and current church leaders, there’s help here for you too.  Check out the list of support groups or take a moment to Contact MRM directly where friendly staff members will do their best to help.

Whatever your viewpoint or your level of knowledge concerning the LDS Church, you’re sure to find the resources on this site both interesting and informative!

Evangelism, LDS, Missions Monday, Resources

Share the Son Ministries

This week, we’re highlighting a ministry that is very near and dear to my own heart.  During 2010 and the early part of 2011, I had the honor of working as Educational Assistant for Share the Son Ministries, helping Christians learn the cross-cultural techniques necessary to more effectively share their faith with their LDS friends and neighbors.  While I’ve moved on to other opportunities, I’d like to take the opportunity to share this excellent ministry with you.

Visit their website and you’ll find a multitude of resources designed to help you more clearly differentiate between orthodox Christian beliefs and those which are espoused by the LDS Church.  Their “Contrast Brings Clarity” handout compares the two in an easy-to-use, side-by-side manner while the “Rocks” displayed across the top of the page offer a more in depth look.  Want to do some research, yourself?  STS makes that possible, providing you with LDS Doctrine Study Tools direct from the source.  Each link is designed to help Christians gain both confidence and understanding, so the next time the missionaries come knocking at your door, you’ll be ready to give them an answer that demonstrates both gentleness and respect!

Evangelism, Get Involved, Missions Monday, Resources

Bishop Earl Erskine

This week, for “Missions Monday”, we’re featuring the Testimony of Bishop Earl Erskine, formerly of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I had the honor of hearing Bishop Erskine in his first public appearance since leaving the church and was deeply impressed by both his story and its presentation.  In this seventeen minute version of that testimony, he documents how his decision to read the original 1830 Book of Mormon began his journey towards questioning the church to which he had devoted his life for over sixty years.  The story serves not only as an encouragement to those of us who labor (often for decades) to share the message of Biblical Christianity with our LDS family, friends, and neighbors, but also to those who are beginning to question the LDS Church for themselves.  I highly recommend that you take the time to view the video, then prayerfully consider getting involved by sharing it with a few of your own LDS friends.  And don’t forget to pray for Bishop Erskine and his family as they begin their own journey with Christ!