Category Archives: Presenting Law and Gospel

Focus on Perfection

Introduction Even though perfection is not emphasized as it once was in Mormonism, it remains a common topic. Mormons are still regularly exhorted to work on becoming perfect. Matthew 5:48 (“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”) is still frequently quoted. The approach which follows is spelled out…
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Eternal Life: a Gift or a Reward?

The LDS View You need to be aware of two points concerning Mormonism’s view of eternal life. 1) Mormonism equates eternal life with exaltation, the LDS teaching that people can become gods. “Immortality is to live forever as a resurrected being. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, everyone will receive this gift. Eternal life, or…
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Ephesians 2:8-10

       “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Fewer passages present…
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Emphasizing the Joy of Repentance

The topic of repentance is huge in Mormonism. Therefore, it needs careful definition and thorough discussion. In order to keep control of the conversation, don’t ask them how they define repentance; rather tell them you were curious about how the LDS Church defines it so you found the definition of repentance on (It is…
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Looking Forward to Judgment Day

Here is how Mormonism pictures Judgment Day. “Stored in our body and mind is a complete history of everything we have done. President John Taylor taught this truth: ‘[The individual] himself tells the story himself, and bears witness against himself. . .That record that is written by the man himself in the tablets of his…
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The Fall According to Romans 5

Pages 6-8 of the tract, “The Plan of Salvation” summarize the LDS teaching about the Fall. Talking about the Fall can be an excellent witnessing window if you don’t get caught up in all the LDS false teaching surrounding it. Stay focused on building pillars of sin and salvation. Main Aim       To use…
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Hearts Test

The Heart Test One of the more frustrating aspects of witnessing to the missionaries is their tendency to say they believe just as we do. One of the best ways we have found to show them our beliefs differ is by giving them the heart test. Begin by drawing on a piece of paper a…
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Parable of the Pharisee and Publican

The parable of the Pharisee and Publican recorded in Luke 18:9-14 is one most LDS missionaries are not familiar with. Neither are they familiar with the concept of “being justified” which lies at its heart. (This is the only place that Jesus talks about God justifying a person.) Their unfamiliarity both with the parable and…
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Parable of Unforgiving Servant

Most Mormons, when they hear the word “forgive”, immediately think of God’s command that we forgive. Their minds immediately turn there because this is the primary focus of LDS teaching on forgiveness. Rarely does it talk about God’s forgiveness. When LDS authorities do talk about God’s forgiveness, they always make it dependent on repentance. This…
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