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Truth in Love Ministry provides a variety of resources to help you on your journey to being a witness. We will continue to add new resources so stop back often.

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Mormon FAQs

We realize you may have questions regarding the Mormon faith. Our Mormon FAQs are designed to be a quick resource for these common questions. Check back often as we add to this list.

How Do Mormons View The Bible?

How do mormons view the bible? 

The Bible is one of the four canonized scriptures of the Latter Day Saints Church. (The other three are The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price.)

The Bible and Mormonism

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Mormons, however, consider the Bible the least reliable of their scriptures. The Book of Mormon says “many plain and precious things” were taken from it (1 Nephi 13:28). Their 8th Article of Faith states: “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.”

The quote from 1 Nephi helps us understand the 8th Article of Faith. When it talks about being “translated correctly,” in actuality, it is not referring to its translation but its transmission. The LDS Church believes that the transmission of the Bible was intentionally corrupted by the Roman Catholic Church. Thus, it is unreliable.

Are Mormons familiar with the Bible? 

Because of this position, many Mormons are not very familiar with the Bible. Mormon missionaries regularly admit they don’t know it very well. Christians cannot assume Mormons are familiar with even the most common Bible stories or passages.

We can use the Bible to witness to Mormons

One positive consequence of the LDS Church’s effort to be accepted as Christian is that Mormons are less quick to reject Bible verses as they once did. Rejecting the Bible is not what Christians do.

Vice versa, scholarly Mormons will frequently cite liberal Christians’ attacks on the Bible as support for their position that many plain and precious things have been removed from the Bible.

The bottom line is that we don’t have to hesitate in sharing Bible verses with Mormons.

Do Mormons Have Their Own Bible Translation?

The short answer is yes and no.

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MORMONISM AND THE BIBLE

Joseph Smith supposedly received divine inspiration to “translate” the Bible. Translate is in quotation marks because Mormon scholars acknowledge that he didn’t know Greek or Hebrew, the languages the Bible was originally written in. Therefore, he couldn’t translate in the normal sense of the word. Rather, they say, the correct meaning was revealed to him by God.

JOSEPH SMITH TRANSLATION

Smith only changed certain portions of the Bible. His translation is called the Inspired Version. It is better known as the JST (Joseph Smith Translation). Even though it is called “inspired,” it is not the translation the LDS Church officially uses!

OFFICIAL BIBLE OF THE MORMON CHURCH

Officially they use the KJV. Contrary to what many people think, they have not changed it. The text is unaltered. In many places, the JST is referred to in the footnotes. Longer sections are in an appendix. Another LDS scripture, the Pearl of Great Price, contains Smith’s reworking of parts of Genesis and Matthew 24.

THE COMMON GROUND OF THE KJV

The important point is that their use of the KJV gives us common ground on which to base discussions. We encourage people who want to share Christ with Mormons to use the KJV, at least in the beginning. The use of the KJV removes one potential obstacle and is one way we can model Paul’s mindset of becoming all things to all people.

What Is The Correct Interpretation Of 1 Corinthians 15:29?

The LDS Church regularly cites this verse as support for its baptizing of the dead. It reads: “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?” It is the only biblical passage which mentions this.

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BIBLICAL CONTEXT

As the case with all passages, it is important to read it in context. In this case, it is enlightening to see how Paul, the author of 1 Corinthians, continues in verse 30: “And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?” In verse 29 he uses “they.” In verse 30 he switches to “we.”

By doing this, Paul clearly distinguishes himself from those who were baptizing for the dead. In fact, by using the plural “we.” he includes others who are in jeopardy. He obviously refers to other Christians who were in danger of being persecuted.

Therefore, we can definitely say the following:

  1. Paul never says he or any other Christian ever baptized the dead.
  2. The Bible never commands baptism for the dead. Verse 29 states a fact; it does not give a command.
  3. The LDS interpretation of the living being vicariously baptized for the dead violates the biblical teaching that death ends a person’s chance to repent and believe.

OTHER BIBLE VERSES

Proverbs 11:7 states: “When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.”

Hebrews 9:27 makes the same point: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

The rich man in Jesus’s story recorded in Luke 16:19-31 has no hope of a better condition.

CORRECTLY INTERPRETING 1 CORINTHIANS 15:29

So, what is the correct interpretation of 1 Corinthians 15:29? We must admit that, although the original recipients of Paul’s letter knew exactly what he was referring to, we don’t know. Any explanation is only tentative. Just among conservative biblical scholars, there are dozens of different interpretations. Most of them center on the Greek preposition translated “for” in the phrase “for the dead.” It is a preposition which can be translated a number of different ways.

The translation we prefer, especially because the context is all about the resurrection, is to translate it with “over”: “over the dead.” The scenario would be of a new believer being baptized over the grave of a departed loved one as a striking statement of their belief they would be reunited with them because of the resurrection. It must be emphasized, however, that this is only tentative.

It must also be emphasized that, for the reasons cited above, we can definitely state that the LDS interpretation is completely false.

 

GOD-THE ULTIMATE HUMANITARIAN BIBLE COURSE

We’ve put the finishing touches on an accompanying chapter-by-chapter Bible course for Pastor Cares’ book, God—The Ultimate Humanitarian. This much-requested guide will be a useful tool and supplement for individuals or groups, alike.

The primary purpose of God—The Ultimate Humanitarian is to speak to people leaving Mormonism. Pastor Cares took special care to use language and illustrations that Mormons can understand. But Pastor Cares also wrote this book to speak clearly and powerfully to Christians by covering familiar topics in a fresh, new way.

This is a comprehensive course with 20 lessons included. It includes a comprehensive leader’s guide enabling anyone to lead it.

“It could serve as a mini Bible information course.”

- Rev. Dave Valleskey, former president of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

This course is available exclusively in our online store.

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Ebooks

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Witnessing Websites

Truth in Love Ministry has designed two unique websites, SPECIFICALLY for witnessing directly to Mormons. These sites are carefully written to present God's true plan of salvation addressing Mormon stress points and using language that Mormons understand. 

Please give these sites a visit - and use them as a tool for helping your Mormon friends and loved ones. 

 

His Healing Now

His Healing Now is targeted at Mormon women and especially young Mormon moms. 

Be Ye Perfect

Be Ye Perfect is more general purpose and targets Mormon stress points of worthiness.

 

Witness Card

We've created our Truth in Love Witness Card to help you with witnessing conversations. 

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