Preface

While living in Massachusetts a few years ago, a woman from my Ward said she was going to attend another church to see The God Makers film. Her son attended that church, and he would be seeing the film; she wanted to be there when he saw it. I felt that someone holding the Priesthood should be with her, and I asked if I could attend with her. The film was to be shown as part of a series of classes on cults. The teacher of the classes was a friendly, and I believe, sincere man who was trying to present a truthful picture of Mormonism. His problem was that he did not have much information about the LDS Church, and he did not understand Mormonism enough to judge whether his information was biased. Because I felt he was sincere, I decided to write an essay on Mormonism that would answer the criticisms of the Mormon church that he presented in class. I completed the essay before the cult classes ended, and I gave a copy of it to him; he gratefully accepted the booklet.

A short time after the cult classes ended, I became involved in electronic discussions about Mormonism with persons who were not members of the LDS Church; we used the world-wide computer network of our employer (a forum similar to alt.religion.mormon). I began the discussions with the essay I had written, and I posted additional articles during the four years the discussions were held. Even though the non-members were critical of the LDS Church, our conversations were courteous and, in my opinion, free of contention. At the end of our discussions, I had a large collection of articles explaining LDS doctrine from a Biblical perspective. I decided to compile into book form the articles that discussed the basic doctrines of the church. As I completed the compilation, I expanded the material to include scriptures from the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

In quoting Biblical scriptures in this book, I used the King James Version of the Bible. References to Hebrew and Greek meanings of words used in Biblical passages are from Abingdon’s Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible by James Strong and published by Abingdon Press, Nashville.

In writing this book, I do not represent the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I speak only for myself. Any mistakes I have made in presenting this material are mine and do not reflect upon the integrity of the LDS Church.

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