Why do Mormons say they are the “One True Church?” What do they really mean?

There is a Biblical theme that is so repetitive throughout ancient scripture that one might expect that a modern-day counterpart would be accepted with enthusiasm. In a world wracked by division and violence, where are the prophets? Where are the visions and the priesthood? Has God ceased to speak to man? Have men ceased to…

A Common Misconception – Do Mormons have an unpaid clergy?

In January of 2017, a group known as ‘MormonLeaks’ – led by Ryan McKnight – released financial information regarding stipends, compensations, or salaries of General Authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The compensation is distributed to about 100 individuals for their administrative responsibilities, who serve in full-time capacities for the worldwide…

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…

What are Apologetics and What is My Role?

The following article makes for a good introduction to the theme of my upcoming book ‘Day of Defense: Positive Talking Points for the Latter Days’ (Cedar Fort, May 2013). ‘Be Ready’ to Defend Faith By R. Scott Lloyd Church News staff writer Published: Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 LDS Church News “There are some who turn up…

Mormons & Race

During the 2012 Republican primaries, the Huffington Post reported on the topic of race and Mormonism while Mitt Romney campaigned for president. This particular excerpt sums up a paradox many in the faith may struggle with: “I think for many Latter-day Saints, being in most respects modern Americans, the tension between loyalty to past church leaders…