Should members read anti-Mormon literature?

Should members read anti-Mormon literature?

Question

Gramps,

Why does the Church advise members to avoid anti-Mormon literature? Surely the truth can withstand examination.  If I were a juror and the judge would not allow the prosecuting attorney a voice and insisted all the information I needed would be given by the defense attorney, I would think the judge corrupt.  This policy seems to align more with Satan’s pre-existence plan for us than that of Jesus.

J.A. (more…)

Can you help me with a scriptural reference for a quote?

Can you help me with a scriptural reference for a quote?

Question

Gramps,

Where is it written, “I didn’t say it would be easy, just worth it.”

Joy Lynn

 

Answer

Dear Joy Lynn,

This is one of those quotes you hear in Sacrament Meeting that is attributed to Christ, an Apostle, or even the neighbors dog. Either way, it’s not scriptural nor can I find where it came from. It most likely is an old Christian saying that got sucked into LDS culture.

Gramps

The Gospels

The Gospels

My question has to do with why are we not trying to bring in the other Gospels? What I mean is; I have been question throughout my life on how the LDS could add the Book of Mormon as a Gospel when the Bible states that we cannot add to the Bible. I have always said that the Bible was changed by Constantine to just the four Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; and that during the time of Constantine the rule became that nothing could be added to the Bible.

That rule was not done by a prophet and not even a follower of God as much as a follower of Constantine.

My question there is why we still have not tried to bring into the church the other Gospels like the Gospel of Tom, Judas, or Mary?

Michael (more…)

Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible

Subject: the JST bible

Message: Hi Gramps,

Concerning the JST Bible.  I found a site by the RLDS www.centerplace.org/hs/iv/default.htm that claims they have the complete JST Bible I have read some of Genesis and it follows alot with what is written the Pearl of Great Price.  I have to admit it is a very interesting Read, “but” is it sanctioned by the first Presidency?  so that is my question.  If Memory serves you can pick up a version of the JST Bible from Desert Book, but I don’t know if it is the same. any help you can render would be great.  One note: the JST footnotes in the scriptures reads the same as the there Bible version.

thank you
kosh (more…)

Was the Book of Abraham correctly translated?

Was the Book of Abraham correctly translated?

From: “Tyler Carlson”

Dear Gramps,

This is my second time sending you this question, and either last time I did this wrong, or you couldn’t answer. So I am writing again. This is something that has really been bothering me for a long time. About four months ago I started talking to a friend of mine that is an ex-Mormon. He was raised in the Church and then at 17 became inactive and is now a very strong Christian. I asked him one time why he left the Church and why he no longer believes it. As our conversations got more in depth, he told me about something he had learned about the Papyrus used by Joseph Smith that the Book of Abraham comes from. He has all kinds of books and other things that tell the story that the Papyrus was recovered some years ago, that the Church even recognized them as being the original ones used by Joseph Smith. When they were sent to BYU to be translated again, the translations came to be about some Egyptian thing, with no mention of Abraham at all. The man that translated them sent the translations to the First Presidency, with a letter asking to be removed from the church records. And then the Church denied that those Papyrus were the right ones. What do you make of this story? And there is so much evidence that this happened that I don’t believe that it is just some anti-Mormon story. Please tell me what you know about this and what you make of it. I would really like to know what to say to my friend.

Thanks.

HNK (more…)

How do I Begin Scripture Study

How do I Begin Scripture Study

Dear Gramps,

I stumbled on your site this evening and love it! I am feeling a bit dumb, but since all questions are good……..where is the best place to start with scripture study? I’ve been a member all my life and have only recently really wanted to have that influence in my life but I am struggling with what scripture study is and how to do it!!! Please help!

Laura

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