Stephen W. Gibson, Bountiful, Utah: Horizon Publishers, 1995, 2005, 6.25×9″ softbound, 180 pages.
This volume will be a valuable addition to the library of Latter-day Saints who have been recipients of anti-Mormon literature or whose friends and neighbors, while investigating the Church, have been given anti-LDS hate literature.
Criticisms of the LDS Church are frequently based on misrepresentations and intentional misinterpretations of Mormon doctrine. This book provides useful clarifications and rebuttals of many of those misrepresented doctrinal and historical areas. It gives simple but authoritative answers to more than sixty often-asked questions posed by anti-Mormon detractors. The answers are direct and non-confrontational, providing the reader with ways to respond to those who question them in a friendly, teaching way.
The author points out pertinent Biblical parallels to many situations. His answers are supported by appropriate scriptures, statements of modern prophets, the writings of ancient Christian leaders, and corroborating findings by modern non-LDS scholars.
Brother Gibson encountered his first anti-Mormon book while serving in the Scottish-Irish mission in the early 60Æs. Disturbed by what he read, he and a fellow missionary analyzed the inconsistencies in the book as they spent their diversion days together.
In 1983, while serving as the Denver LDS Bi-regional Associate Director of Public Communications, he attended an early showing of an anti-Mormon movie. The experience spurred him to transcribe the script and publish a list of more than 50 factual errors found in the film. During the period of the ground-breaking and construction of the Denver Temple, he appeared on numerous radio talk shows, countering the negative press and misleading statements of anti-Mormon faction leaders.
Following the Denver Temple dedication, he and several friends began writing responses to the anti-Mormon literature they had encountered—a project which has continued for over a decade. This book contains answers to most of the commonly asked challenges posed by detractors during the past 15 years. Every Latter-day Saint can benefit from the keen insights it contains.
Part 1 Answers to Questions About The Book of Mormon
Does The Book of Mormon Quote Shakespeare?
Why Is the French Word Adieu Used?
Did The Book of Mormon Give the Wrong Birthplace For Jesus?
Does The Book of Mormon Quote the King James Bible?
Does The Book of Mormon Contradict the Bible?
Does the Doctrine and Covenants Contradict The Book of Mormon?
Why Is Christ Only “A” Son of God?
Was The Book of Mormon Based On View of the Hebrews?
Where Is The Book of Mormons “Fullness of the Gospel”?
Does The Book of Mormon Forbid Polygamy?
Did the Smithsonian Refute The Book of Mormon?
Why Were 4,000 Changes Made?
Part 2 Answers to Questions About The Bible
Can Anyone “Add to lt”?
Was Moroni a False Spirit?
Do Latter-day Saints Teach Another Gospel?
Do Latter-day Saints Tear Down The Bible?
Why Trust In “Burnings in the Bosom”?
Why Believe In The Bible Only As It Is Translated Correctly?
Part 3 Answers to Questions About Joseph Smith
Did Joseph Smith Claim To Do a Greater Work Than Jesus?
Did Joseph Smith Falsely Prophesy of Christ’s Return?
Can People Go To Heaven Without Joseph Smith’s Consent?
Did Joseph Smith Falsely Prophesy Of a Temple In Independence?
Was Joseph Smith Really a Martyr?
Did Joseph Smith Teach That the Moon Was Inhabited?
Why Did Joseph Smith Make Changes In the Doctrine & Covenants?
Did Joseph Smith Prophesy Falsely Regarding David Patten?
Part 4 Answers to Questions About Church Doctrine
How Does Baptism Relate to Being “Born Again”?
Can Men Become As God?
Are All Statements By LDS Authorities Doctrine?
Are Latter-day Saints Really Christians?
Why Don’t LDS Avoid “Endless Genealogy”?
Is Man Saved By Grace Or Works?
Why Did Joseph Smith Describe “Everlasting Burnings” In Heaven?
No Salvation Outside the LDS Church?
Are There Three Heavens and No Hell?
Doesn’t Isaiah Call Our Righteousness “Filthy Rags”?
Part 5 Answers to Questions About Jesus Christ and God the Father
Is God Adam?
Does the “Mormon” God Change?
Do the Saints Have A “Different Jesus”?
Was Jesus Begotten of the Holy Ghost?
Was Jesus Married?
Is Lucifer the Brother of Jesus?
Is There More Than One God?
Is the “Mormon Jesus” Unforgiving?
Is God a Spirit in the Book of Mormon?
Are Some Sins Unforgivable?
Part 6 Answers to Questions About Miscellaneous Items
Was the “Revelation” Received in Response to Pressure?
Does “Mormon” Mean “Gates of Hell”?
Why Don’t the Saints Wear Crosses?
Is the Temple Garment Unchristian?
Why Was Joseph Smith Jailed?
Is Oliver Granger’s Name Forgotten?
Do the Saints Have 4,300 Laws?
Was the Book of Abraham Disproved?
Why Have Secret Oaths and Covenants?
Does the Temple Display Pentagrams?
Are the Temple Rituals Anti-Christian?
Are Church Publications the Source of Doctrine?
Do Only Prophets Think For the Church?
Did Church Leaders Have Weaknesses?
Why Water For the Sacrament?