8 Biblical Parallels to Joseph Smith’s Seer Stone

About a year ago, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a picture of Joseph Smith’s seer stone, the same stone that Smith used in the translation process of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. South Park’s infamous episode on the satirical portrayal of the prophet and founder of the Church…

Is the Book of Mormon Racist?

  Early in 2012, during Mormon candidate Mitt Romney’s run for the Republican nomination for president, Dr. Obery M. Hendricks, author of The Universe Bends Toward Justice, published a piece in the Huffington Post on blacks and the Mormon priesthood. The fact that this topic came up during a presidential campaign demonstrates the gravity of…

The Pope – A man of God, or just another man?

This week’s historic visit from Pope Francis to the U.S., which included a a speech before Congress and a visit to the White House, begs a few questions. Who is the Pope to the American people? To the world? To many, the pope is just another man. What are we to take from this man’s appearance exhorting Americans to…

Sensationalism and Realities of Early Mormon Polygamy

Below is an essay I wrote for a research assignment analyzing primary sources in my first semester of graduate school at Sam Houston State University. I chose personal statements, newspapers, and Mormon scripture as the basis of my research on the topic of early Mormon polygamy. This was also my final assignment under professor Dr. Terry Bilhartz,…

George Lucas asks, “Why are there so many religions?”

“If there is only one God, why are there so many religions?” -George Lucas In an interview with Charlie Rose (see video below), George Lucas explains what Star Wars “means” and makes an interesting conclusion on religion and humanity. As a child he asked, “Mom, if there is only one God, why are there so…

The Bible is Awesome, but is it Complete?

Why do Bible believers need the Book of Mormon? Is the Bible perfect and complete?  From blogger, Greg Trimble: “The Bible is a pretty awesome book…as long as you see it for what it is and what it is not. The Bible is certainly not ‘infallible’ and it’s definitely not ‘complete’. Anyone who tells you…

Connecting the Past and Present

In the Acknowledgments section of ‘Day of Defense’, I mention two family friends:  “To my mentor and family friend, the late Dr. Jim Cowart, MD, for assisting me in the early edits of this book and providing scriptural insight. To another family friend and MD, Dr. Joe Cannon, the stake president from my home stake—thanks…