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Mormon Primer On Belief: The Examination Of The Controversial Issues Of Mormonism From An Objective Position



The major aim of writing this article is to display various perspectives on Mormonism’s most controversial issues.  Herein, we share the Orthodox, Apologetic, Critical, and Progressive viewpoints together with resources helpful to the reader at the end of each chapter, that the reader may explore each issue further.  This is a living document where edits and addendums are welcome.  Any revision suggestions can be emailed to [email protected].  For the most current copy of this document please go to and search for Mormon Primer

4 thoughts on “Mormon Primer On Belief: The Examination Of The Controversial Issues Of Mormonism From An Objective Position”

  1. Overall, very impressive and outstanding work.
    I feel uneasy about sharing this with TBM’s. Part of me grieves as I think of TBM’s going extinct in the near future.

    TBM’s contributed so much and still do to what the church is today. At times, I rather not burst their bubble by sharing such information.

    It hurts me not to be TBM at times. A big part of me still wants to be TBM.

  2. The other issue I have is with investigators.

    Do we teach them to be TBM’s or progressive Mormons?
    I’m not sure what to do being in transition myself.

    But my plan is to remain an active Mormon.

  3. What Mormons teach about the birth of a handicapped Child and minorities especially in third world countries

    “This privilege of obtaining a mortal body on this earth is seemingly so priceless that those in the spirit world, even though unfaithful or not valient, were undoubtedly permitted to take mortal bodies although under penalty of racial or physical or nationalistic limitations….” (Decisions for Successful Living pp 164-165) TLDP: 497- Harold B. Lee

    “There is no truth more plainly taught in the Gospel than that our condition in the next world will depend upon the kind of lives we live here. …Is it not just as reasonable to suppose that the conditions in which we now live have been determined by the kind of lives we lived in the pre-existent world of spirits? That the apostles understood this principle is indicated by their question to the Master when the man who was blind from his birth was healed of his blindness, ‘Master, who did sin, this man or his parents that he was born blind?’ (John 9:2.) Now perhaps you will have a partial answer to some of your questions as to why, if God is a just Father, that some of his children are born of an enlightened race and in a time when the Gospel is upon the earth, while others are born of a heathen parentage in a benighted, backward country; and still others are born to parents who have the mark of a black skin with which the seed of Cain were cursed and whose descendants were to be denied the rights of the priesthood of God”
    (Harold B. Lee, Decisions for Successful Living, pp. 164-165).

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