The Meridian of Time v. The Fulness of Time

In the Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ formally adopted on April 6, 1830 we read, "...that as many as would believe and be baptized in his holy name, and endure in faith to the end, should be saved—Not only those who believed after he came in the meridian of time, in the flesh, but all those from... Continue Reading →

Nephi Was Correct: Jesus Was Born in Nazareth, not Bethlehem

“And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the great city of Jerusalem, and also other cities. And I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white.” (1 Nephi 11:13) The Birth of Jesus is the most well-known birth story in all... Continue Reading →

“Right Arm to the Square” Isn’t Stipulated in Scripture

Why is raising the "right arm to the square" part of the Mormon baptism ritual? It's not stipulated in the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Book of Mormon or D&C. However, on we read the steps required for valid baptism into the church. The priesthood holder, "Under the direction of the presiding authority, a priest... Continue Reading →

“Our First Parents” – How the Book of Mormon redefines “Adam and Eve”

"You don't need me to tell you that human civilization is very, very old." So began Yale professor Christine Hayes' introduction to the Hebrew Bible course. She's right, of course. The earth, and humanity, has been around a lot longer than 4,000 B.C., a date traditionally accepted by orthodox Christians and, unsurprisingly, Joseph Smith, as... Continue Reading →

The Christology of the Book of Abraham

Polygamy and the authenticity of the Book of Abraham are probably the two most hotly debated aspects of early Mormonism and Joseph Smith's prophetic career. In recent years much has been made of the papyri, the Egyptian Alphabet and whether the Book of Abraham is a translation or a revelation. A lot rides on the... Continue Reading →

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