Mormon Research Paper Topics

In an attempt to deal with several vital historical issues propagated by the LDS Church throughout the years, the Mormon Church has been producing essays since late 2013 under its “Gospel Topics” section of its lds.org website, attempting to reconcile the facts with what had been taught by earlier leaders and church manuals. Seventy Marlin Jensen spoke at Utah State University on January 18, 2012. Elder Jensen has been a general authority of the church since 1989. When he was asked why people were leaving the Mormon Church in “droves,” he responded,

The fifteen men really do know, and they really care. And they realize that maybe since Kirtland, we never have had a period of, I’ll call it apostasy, like we’re having right now; largely over these issues. We do have another initiative that we have called, “Answers to Gospel Questions.” We are trying to figure out exactly what channels to deliver it in and exactly what format to put it in. But we want to have a place where people can go. We have hired someone that’s in charge of search engine optimization. We realize that people get their information basically from Google. They don’t come to LDS.org. If they get there, it’s through Google. So, we are trying to create an offering that will address these issues and be available for the public at large and to the church leaders, because many of them don’t have answers either. It can be very disappointing to church members. And, for people who are losing their faith, or who have lost it, we hope to regain to the church. All of the articles are unsigned and have no attribution.

They can be found on the lds.org website here by typing in “Gospel Topics” into the search engine. This will take you to an article originally written on November 20, 2013 by Camille West titled “New Gospel Topics Page Encourages Personal and Family Study.” West explains:

Recognizing that today so much information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be obtained from questionable and often inaccurate sources, officials of the Church began in 2013 to publish straightforward, in-depth essays on a number of topics. The purpose of these essays, which have been approved by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has been to gather accurate information from many different sources and publications and place it in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org, where the material can more easily be accessed and studied by Church members and other interested parties.

Saying that these essays are approved by the “First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,” authority is given to these articles. See Are the Gospel Topics Essays Helping or Hurting LDS Membership?


Podcasts on the Gospel Topics Essays

Links and Reviews of the Gospel Topics Essays

Are Mormons Christian? (originally posted 11/20/2013)

MRM’s written response to this article covering the essay point by point.

Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast response that originally aired in May 2014:

Part 1Part 2 Part 3Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7Part 8Part 9


Becoming Like God(originally posted 2/24/2014)

MRM’s written response to this article covering the essay point by point.

Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast response that originally aired in March 2016:

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10


Book of Mormon Translation(originally posted 12/30/2013)

MRM’swritten response to this article covering the essay point by point.

Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast response that originally aired October 5-14, 2015:

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8


Book of Mormon and DNA Studies(originally posted 1/31/2014)

Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast response that originally aired February 11-14, 2014:

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4

There is also an article and video available.


First Vision Accounts(originally posted 11/20/2013)

MRM’s written response to this article covering the essay point by point.

 Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast response that originally aired June 2-13, 2014:

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7  Part 8Part 9Part 10


Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women (originally posted 10/23/2015)

MRM’s written response to this article covering the essay point by point

Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast response that originally aired February 27-March 3, 2017

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5


The Manifesto and the End of Plural Marriage(originally posted 12/23/2013)

MRM’swritten response to this articlecovering the essay point by point.

Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast response that originally aired Sept 26-Oct 7, 2016:

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10


Mother in Heaven (originally posted 10/23/2015)

MRM’ s written response to this article covering the essay point by point.

Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast response that originally aired November 16-18, 2015:

Part 1Part 2Part 3


Peace and Violence among 19th Century Latter-day Saints(originally posted 5/13/2014)

MRM’s written response to this article covering the essay point by point.


Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah(originally posted 12/16/2013)

MRM’s written response to this article covering the essay point by point.

Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast response that originally aired January 2014:

Part 1Part 2Part 3 Part 4


Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo (originally posted 10/22/2014)

MRM’s written response to this articlecovering the essay point by point.

Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast response that originally aired November 10-23, 2014:

Part 1Part 2 Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10Part 11Part 12


Race and the Priesthood(originally posted 12/6/2013)

Viewpoint on Mormonism’s podcast response that originally aired January 2014:

Part 1 Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5 

An excellent article that discusses the essay, point by point, can be found on IRR’s website here. Also, click the following for related articles:


Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham(originally posted 5/13/2014)

MRM’s written response to this article covering the essay point by point.

 Viewpoint on Mormonism’s podcast response that originally aired December 2014:

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4 Part 5


 

 

 

 

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Click on the links below to read the entire essay on LDS.org.

  • Plural Marriage (Polygamy) in Kirtland and Nauvoo

    When God commands a difficult task, He sometimes sends additional messengers to encourage His people to obey. Consistent with this pattern, Joseph told associates that an angel appeared to him three times between 1834 and 1842 and commanded him to proceed with plural marriage when he hesitated to move forward. During the third and final appearance, the angel came with a drawn sword, threatening Joseph with destruction unless he went forward and obeyed the commandment fully.

    Published on October 22, 2014 | Read on LDS.org
    Available Translations: Español | Português | Deutsch | Italiano | Français | 中国

  • First Vision Accounts

    Joseph’s First Vision accounts describe the heavenly beings with greater detail over time. The 1832 account says, “The Lord opened the heavens upon me and I saw the Lord.” His 1838 account states, “I saw two Personages,” one of whom introduced the other as “My Beloved Son."

    Published on November 20, 2013 | Read on LDS.org
    Available Translations: Español | Português | Deutsch | Italiano | Français | 中国

  • Book of Mormon Translation

    Joseph placed either the interpreters or the seer stone in a hat, pressed his face into the hat to block out extraneous light, and read aloud the English words that appeared on the instrument. The process as described brings to mind a passage from the Book of Mormon that speaks of God preparing “a stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light.”

    Published on December 30, 2013 | Read on LDS.org
    Available Translations: Español | Português | Deutsch | Italiano | Français | 中国

  • Book of Mormon and DNA Studies

    Although the primary purpose of the Book of Mormon is more spiritual than historical, some people have wondered whether the migrations it describes are compatible with scientific studies of ancient America. The discussion has centered on the field of population genetics and developments in DNA science.

    Published on January 31, 2014 | Read on LDS.org
    Available Translations: Español | Português | Deutsch | Italiano | Français | 中国

  • Race and the Priesthood

    Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects unrighteous actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else. Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form.

    Published on December 6, 2013 | Read on LDS.org
    Available Translations: Español | Português | Deutsch | Italiano | Français | 中国

  • Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham

    Joseph’s translation was not a literal rendering of the papyri as a conventional translation would be. Rather, the physical artifacts provided an occasion for meditation, reflection, and revelation. They catalyzed a process whereby God gave to Joseph Smith a revelation about the life of Abraham, even if that revelation did not directly correlate to the characters on the papyri.

    Published on July 8, 2014 | Read on LDS.org
    Available Translations: Español | Português | Deutsch | Italiano | Français | 中国

  • Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah

    Accounts left by men and women who practiced plural marriage attest to the challenges and difficulties they experienced, such as financial difficulty, interpersonal strife, and some wives’ longing for the sustained companionship of their husbands. But accounts also record the love and joy many found within their families.

    Published on December 16, 2013 | Read on LDS.org
    Available Translations: Español | Português | Deutsch | Italiano | Français | 中国

  • Are Mormons Christian?

    Latter-day Saints believe the melding of early Christian theology with Greek philosophy was a grave error. Chief among the doctrines lost in this process was the nature of the Godhead. The true nature of God the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith.

    Published on November 20, 2013 | Read on LDS.org
    Available Translations: Español | Português | Deutsch | Italiano | Français | 中国

  • Becoming Like God

    God “was once as one of us” and “all the spirits that God ever sent into the world” were likewise “susceptible of enlargement.” Joseph Smith preached that long before the world was formed, God found “himself in the midst” of these beings and “saw proper to institute laws whereby the rest could have a privilege to advance like himself” and be “exalted” with Him.

    Published on February 24, 2014 | Read on LDS.org
    Available Translations: Español | Português | Deutsch | Italiano | Français | 中国

  • Peace and Violence among 19th-Century Latter-day Saints

    [The Latter-day Saints] were persecuted, often violently, for their beliefs. And, tragically, at some points in the 19th century, most notably in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, some Church members participated in deplorable violence against people they perceived to be their enemies.

    Published on May 13, 2014 | Read on LDS.org
    Available Translations: Español | Português | Deutsch | Italiano | Français | 中国

  • The Manifesto and the End of Plural Marriage (Polygamy)

    The end of plural marriage required great faith and sometimes complicated, painful—and intensely personal—decisions on the part of individual members and Church leaders. Like the beginning of plural marriage in the Church, the end of the practice was a process rather than a single event.

    Published on October 22, 2014 | Read on LDS.org
    Available Translations: Español | Português | Deutsch | Italiano | Français | 中国

  • Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women

    During the 19th century, women frequently blessed the sick by the prayer of faith, and many women received priesthood blessings promising that they would have the gift of healing. “I have seen many demonstrations of the power and blessing of God through the administration of the sisters,” testified Elizabeth Ann Smith Whitney, who was, by her own account, blessed by Joseph Smith to exercise this gift. In reference to these healing blessings, Relief Society general president Eliza R. Snow explained in 1883, “Women can administer in the name of JESUS, but not by virtue of the Priesthood.”

    Published on October 23, 2015 | Read on LDS.org

  • Mother in Heaven

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that all human beings, male and female, are beloved spirit children of heavenly parents, a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother. This understanding is rooted in scriptural and prophetic teachings about the nature of God, our relationship to Deity, and the godly potential of men and women. The doctrine of a Heavenly Mother is a cherished and distinctive belief among Latter-day Saints.

    Published on October 23, 2015 | Read on LDS.org

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