“Original Sin” and Infant Baptism

"Sunday Sermon" Overview A. Foundational Fallacy: Children are born in sin, having inherited sin and guilt from the fall of Adam and Eve.  Therefore, they are at risk of eternal damnation from birth. B. Logical Extension #1: Since baptism is necessary for the remission of sins and for salvation, infants must be baptized or else … Continue reading “Original Sin” and Infant Baptism

Words of the Prophet: Key Quotes from Russell M. Nelson

"Sunday Sermon" Russell M. Nelson was sustained and set apart as the 17th President of the Church on Sunday, January 14, 2018, in the upper room of the Salt Lake Temple. In the past 5 years, President Nelson has given inspired and inspiring counsel to the saints and the world. As the living Prophet, we must hear him and follow him, as he hears and … Continue reading Words of the Prophet: Key Quotes from Russell M. Nelson

New Testament: Introduction and Overview

"Sunday Sermon" Last year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints emphasized studying the Old Testament.  This year, the Church is emphasizing in-depth study of the New Testament. New Testament: The Most Important Book of Scripture            The New Testament is the most important canon of scripture because it contains the entire mortal ministry of … Continue reading New Testament: Introduction and Overview

“Am I a True Disciple of Christ?”

“Sunday Sermon” True disciples of Jesus "love the Lord with all their heart, might, mind, and strength." His disciples manifest their love for Him by striving to keep His commandments. "If ye love me, keep my commandments." True disciples of Christ "love their neighbors as themselves." His disciples demonstrate their love for Him by loving … Continue reading “Am I a True Disciple of Christ?”

Is It Time to “Resurrect” the Cross as a Symbol of Our Christianity?

"Sunday Easter Sermon" The Cross is the universal symbol of Christianity The Cross has been, and continues to be, the universal symbol of Christianity. Yet, there are no crosses on LDS churches, and Latter-day Saints rarely wear crucifixes. We Latter-day Saints are often "reactionary."  We vigorously emphasize the differences between the restored gospel and traditional Christianity. … Continue reading Is It Time to “Resurrect” the Cross as a Symbol of Our Christianity?

Christ’s Greatest Miracle – Silencing the Lawyers (Matthew 22:35-46)

“Then one of them, which was a lawyer asked [Jesus] a question, tempting him, saying Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?" (v. 35) Significantly, the question was asked by a lawyer. Lawyers are experts in the law.  They are masters of entrapping people through cross-examination. This lawyer was not asking Jesus a … Continue reading Christ’s Greatest Miracle – Silencing the Lawyers (Matthew 22:35-46)

The Book of Mormon Contains the “Fulness of the Gospel”

As we conclude our year-long study of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants declares that the Book of Mormon contains “the fulness of the gospel.” (D&C 20:9) How can that be?  The Book of Mormon does not contain many wonderful doctrines, like: Premortal council in heavenDegrees of gloryTemple ordinances for the deadEternal marriage … Continue reading The Book of Mormon Contains the “Fulness of the Gospel”

“Grace” in the Book of Mormon

"We Don't Believe in Grace" Prominent BYU Religion Professor Robert Millet recalls: "I was reared in a Latter-day Saint home in Louisiana, where most of my boyhood friends were Protestant. Just before leaving on my mission, I asked my father -- a lifelong Southerner and member of the Church -- a few doctrinal questions. One … Continue reading “Grace” in the Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (14): Major Recurring Doctrinal Themes

Interspersed among alll of the geographical locations, the chronological systems, the military strategies, and complex literary components are the major recurring doctrinal themes. These themes are both inspired and inspiring.   Come Unto Christ  One of the central recurring doctrinal themes in the Book of Mormon is “come unto Christ.”  From the title page to … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (14): Major Recurring Doctrinal Themes

“Have Ye Inquired of the Lord” — 1 Nephi 15:8

Favorite Scripture Gems 1 Nephi 15:8 is a small verse of great significance. “And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?” Nephi’s older brothers, Laman and Lemuel, couldn’t figure out what was going on. They were clueless.  Worse, they didn’t bother to find out. They were stubborn, and they were lazy intellectually … Continue reading “Have Ye Inquired of the Lord” — 1 Nephi 15:8