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September 17, 2019 9:29 am
One member is examining the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from a biblical perspective view .1 Mormonism sponsored by Mormonism research ministry since 1979 Mormonism research ministry has been dedicated to equipping the body of Christ with answers regarding the Christian faith in a manner that expresses gentleness and respect. And now, your host for today's viewpoint on Mormonism welcomed this additional viewpoint on Mormonism.
I'm your host, Bill McKeever, founder and director Mormonism research ministry and with me today is Eric Johnson.
My colleague at MRM yesterday show. We introduced a new resource that we firstname.lastname@example.org, which is our ministry's official website. It's called crash course Mormonism.
It was put together by Eric. There was a specific reason why Eric wanted to put something like this together and as I mentioned yesterday, we have a twofold purpose here at Mormonism research ministry. We want not only to be able to share the gospel directly with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but we also have a heartfelt desire to educate the body of Christ, so that Christians can have an effective dialogue whenever the opportunity comes up to share their faith or perhaps even challenge the faith of their LDS friends or acquaintances, and so we have a number of things on our site that we hope will help you better understand this organization and better understand the theology behind this organization as we were discussing yesterday. Eric, one of the reasons why you put this together was of course not only to educate Christians, but as we discussed, it's kind of in between our glossary definitions of certain terms and what we may have in a book that we have written and it's kind of in the middle so each chapter is limited to only so many words want to talk about that yes we do have a glossary that I put together maybe about five or six years ago. It's called MRM.org/A-Z and it includes dozens of different kinds of teachings in the church you click the link and on that page and then you're able to see in a general idea. Paragraph or so. What it was all about. While I watch to see how many visits happen on our pages and A-to-Z the common glossary page gets up top 10 regularly almost every day and so people are using that to look up words will have a word, a hyperlink to an article that they can click and they can see what that word actually means. So I believe there are a lot of people reading our pages on our site who may not know very much about Mormonism.
So I decided to put this together with 30 different articles in different categories so that people could get a basic understanding of 1000 words or so.
Some of the articles are little more, but overall I try to keep it so that it would be less than a 10 minute read system he could read through that get an idea mainly based on the teachings of the leaders I really focused on quotes from the correlated curriculum. The manuals at the church puts together and we should explain what the correlated curriculum is because is not a word that's often used outside of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but a correlated curriculum or correlated manual. What that means is that Mormons are led to believe whether this is true or not, that's a whole another issue but Mormons are led to believe. At least they're told that the manuals that they study have been approved by the first presidency of the church that would be the top three men, including the current profit seer in rebel later, the president of the church without you would think that if the top three men have really gone through this curriculum and approved it that that should be fair game for us to use when talking with our LDS friend. So I think it was a good decision on your part, Eric, and it's something that we've kind of made a habit over the past 40 years of doing that is using material that Mormons should respect that we know very well that not every Mormon will respect some of these things, but that's their problem. That's not our problem. So what you did in this curriculum is you have put in citations that Mormons should believe if they are faithful to the leadership that is guiding them in the LDS church. You're exactly right on that. I also put in a lot of standard works which are the four major writings in the church. The King James version of the Bible, the book of Mormon, the doctrine and covenants and the Pearl of great price. So I've included a lot of those quotes because those are called standard works.
Also, I did include from general authorities focusing mainly on presidents and perhaps some apostles, some of the apostles are dead. Some of them were alive one apostle that I used a few times was Bruce R. McConkie. We like to quote from him because he wrote a book called Mormon doctrine yeah and sometimes Bruce McCarty when you mention his name depends on the Mormon of course a lot of younger Mormons don't even have a clue as to who Bruce R. McConkie was been some of the older ones tend to roll their eyes when you bring up Bruce McConkey. Some of them have a lot of respect for him. In fact, we've noticed that a lot of these Mormon apologists that are very popular in the church today. Many of them cite Bruce McConkey with a lot of respect. Now, in the context of Mormonism. I don't see why not. Bruce McConkey, as you said wrote a book called Mormon doctrine. I know there've been some Latter Day Saints that have been critical of some of the things he wrote in the book, but as we mentioned on this show several times. I don't find really a whole lot in that book that is so out of the norm. Most avoid he cites is from the standard works. He cites a lot from his father-in-law Joseph Fielding Smith was the 10th president of the church and also a church historian for about half a century you think you would have a pretty good handle of what church history was all about but as I've said often.
I think Bruce McConkey's greatest sin was that he was just so blunt about what he believed, which, as I've often said to I appreciate that.
I do appreciate when someone will be very clear and concise as to what they believe and enclosing on this. Let me just say that when Bruce McConkey passed away in the mid-1980s. At his funeral leaders in the church spoke very highly of him for his understanding of LDS teaching. So if you don't like Bruce McConkie you have to ask yourself why specifically don't. I like him. It probably won't be for the Mormon doctrine that he defended you may not like the Mormon doctrine, but that's a whole mother issue.
One of the reasons why I came to Utah in 2010 you kept trying to get me to leave my teaching job to come here and I'm so glad you did.
And so you said we need projects. There are things we need to accomplish. Well that is what we been doing this past decade before I even came you had written a book. It's not called in our own words, but in their own words and we have utilized that book in the writings of our books including the crash course Mormonism.com. I borrowed extensively quotes from these sources like we have done with our other book semi. I want to mention our other books as we don't do that all the time, but in 2013.
We wrote a book called answering Mormons questions which was a redo of a redo that next year who concluded 38 questions that people like to ask us as Mormons asking Christians and so how do we respond to those we use a lot of the same quotes Mormonism one-on-one with Baker in 2015. That book is chock full of quotes out of your book in their own words I wrote a book. The next year in 2016 called Mormonism one-on-one for teens. I simplified what we did in Mormonism one-on-one and made it so that people who had teenagers asking these questions, especially for those who live in Utah to be able to help instruct them. Then we wrote a book last year called sharing the good news with Mormons, maybe not as many quotes in that book, but this is what we do, we do research. We look at what the leaders have taught were not looking for personal opinions of the local bishop or a BYU professor we want to go to the very best possible quotes so that when I list and I want to suggest about 80% of each of my articles of a thousand words are merely just regurgitation the quotes that have been given listing them and saying this is what these leaders have taught and correct me if I'm wrong. If you're latter-day St., listening to this and you go on there and you say well that's not what we believe, then you might want to go do some checking and show me where I could be wrong on this. And then maybe the correlated curriculum. Maybe I found something that was out of context. Show me where that's out of context.
But I don't think you're going to find that I think you raise an excellent point because one of the criticisms that we do receive here at MRM is that people will say what we are teaching or what we are citing is not what they believe or not with they have heard, they should believe. Again, I can't get into the backyard of every member of the LDS church. I can't make an assumption of what every Mormon knows or does not know what we have tried to do here at this ministry is to cite what we feel they should know based on what leaders have said they should know. So as we talk about, for instance, the correlated manuals. That's what Mormons are supposed to believe whether they do or not, and that's why we find it so important that we cite from these primary sources and you mention like the opinion of bishops or even the opinion of a missionary in 1819-year-old missionary. It's fine that they have their opinions but they don't speak for the church. You would think that someone from the first presidency or a member of the Council of the 12. This is the top to groups in the Mormon hierarchy of government. They should know what Mormonism teaches. That's why we made it a point to stick with these two groups.
Primarily, we also quote 70s which would be the third group because they do have a lot of authority in the church, perhaps not as much as a member of the Council of the 12 or the first presidency, but they are not chosen for that position. If they don't know their Mormonism. Many of you who are listening to the show live in Mormon predominant states. I want to talk about Utah, Idaho, Nevada, California, Arizona, if you're listening to us and you live in one of those states that you have Latter Day Saints in your neighborhood somewhere if you have just moved into one of the states and you don't know very much.
You may have come from the South. You may have come from the East. I don't know where you came from.
And all of a sudden you have all these religious people. They all go to church there. Walking the church in their Sunday finest.
And it's a very nice place to live where we live in Utah. We enjoy it very much, but there are people who are sincerely wrong. If they are believing Mormonism to get them forgiveness of their sins. And so for you as a Christian to not have a basic grasp on what that church teaches.
So when you do have a conversation with your next-door neighbor, and the issue comes up and the Latter Day Saints is will work Christian to what you do with that.
There are questions you can certainly ask. I think if you know what you're talking about and you know those differences you can actually have an impact on somebody.
But if you don't know you'll end up having the conversation go over your head. You'll walk back to your home and you'll say I'm missing something. That's why this was created crash course Mormonism.com. What if you just went through one or two articles a week in the course of four months. You could actually have gone through all of this and had a pretty good understanding then what Mormonism teaches.
Sadly, far too many of us don't do our homework until were needed to know the information that was in the homework.
They get a knock on the door.
What are you going to say you should have what I would call a game plan as to how you want the conversation to go at least have a few questions in your mind that you could politely ask.
Should the missionaries come to your home and then have some basic knowledge behind the questions that you asked.
In other words, just as a good attorney is not about to ask a question in a courtroom that he does not already know the answer you need to do the same thing when you were talking to the latter-day St. You have to have a pretty good grasp of what you think they may say after US that question and know how to respond to that if you're looking for a book that deals with evangelism and having a variety of topics that you could get involved with.
As far as any evangelistic conversation. We wrote that book along with a number of other people called sharing the good news with Mormons is printed by harvest House.
It's email@example.com it's firstname.lastname@example.org. Even at MRM get that book and help yourself in learning how to share your faith with other people. Tomorrow will continue in our description of crash course Mormonism thank you for listening. If you would like more information is research ministry.
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