What makes one a Christian? Is it the church they attend? It is the books they read? It is the things they do or do not do? No. It is the God they follow. If that God is Jesus Christ, they are a Christian. More »

In part two of this Women in the Book of Mormon series (click here for part one) we will look at Sariah, wife of Lehi. Sariah may mean “YHWH is ruler” as a version of the Hebrew Seraiah. Vowels were not written in Hebrew at the time, and Seraiah as Sariah may have been the female version of this male name. It could also be a variation of Sarah or a combination of Sarah and Saria, or even even just Saria with an “h.” More »

When it comes to Mormonism, one of the questions I’ve been asked about recently has to do with the role of women in the Book of Mormon. Specifically, why are there so few named at all? This is a very good question. Personally, I think it is to focus more on the ones that are mentioned, of which there are six – Eve (Adam’s wife), Sarah (Abraham’s wife), Mary (mother of Jesus), Sariah (Lehi’s wife), Abish (a Lamanite), and Isabel (a prostitute). These women each have very special rolls that teach us a great deal. I will talk about each just enough to highlight why they were exceptional enough to be mentioned by name. More »

One thing I really dislike about Mormon McConkieism (the ideology that treats Bruce R. McConkie’s book “Mormon Doctrine” as if it were real doctrine, rather than what it really is – his opinion) is the idea that other Christian Churches are the “Church of the devil” and that only we, LDS Mormon Christians, are the true Christian Church. Yet it is true that there are two churches, one of God and one of the Devil (1 Nephi 13: 5-9)More »

I stumbled on a video on YouTube video recently that stated it had questions “every Mormon” should answer. I wanted to know what these questions were, as I love questions. The video interviewed a handful of ex-Mormons that are now Protestants. Each of the people in the video started out stating how active they had been in the Church and they listed their callings. Some grew up in the religion, some were converts. More »