Reason #118 — Is the Mormon Jesus the Reason for the Season? Is he Jesus?

Mormon Outreach has an interesting listing of Mormon sources that adamantly counter the identity of Jesus as portrayed in the Bible — particularly the details of His birth. Take a look here and see what you think. As for me, I’m putting all my hopes on a virgin-born, always-God Savior.  Happy birthday, Jesus. For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today(Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading...

Reason #117: Getting Married to a Church

When I was a teenager in the Mormon Church, my MIA leader showed a film to all the girls about the importance of temple marriage.  It emphasized the superiority of temple marriage over civil or other-religious marriage.  If I recall correctly, one scene of the movie showed a sweet young couple who did not get married in the temple and the young man died in a car accident.  How tragic, the film showed, a marriage that only lasted a short while when it could have been eternal. Perhaps it was for that reason that when I wrote  my own wedding vows, only three months out of Mormonism, I included the phrase, “forever” and not, “until death do us part.” However, I have since learned details about the LDS temple ceremony.  Of course only...