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Mormon Primer

An examination of controversial issues within Mormonism from multiple Perspectives


We live in an information age.   Much of the history of our faith which was once obscure, is now coming into our cultural awareness.   Some of this information appears to be challenging to our faith. Many websites and online articles today are written to impose a critical view of the Church and to diminish faith. What is needed is a fair and balanced article designed to show the critical perspective, then to go one step further in surrounding that perspective with faithful views.  The Mormon Primer attempts to do this, offering what we believe is objectivity and historical context.   A clear explanation of the material supplemented with Footnotes and Resources to allow the reader to learn on their own.   This is what we believe we have done with the Mormon Primer.

What Our Leaders Have Said

Our beloved Leaders speak to the empathy and understanding we need.

“Gone are the days when a student asked an honest question and a teacher responded, “Don’t worry about it!” Gone are the days when a student raised a sincere concern and a teacher bore his or her testimony as a response intended to avoid the issue.”  “”It is important that you know the content in (Gospel Topic Essays) like you know the back of your hand. If you have questions about them, then please ask someone who has studied them and understands them. In other words, “seek learning, even by study and also by faith” as you master the content of these essays.””

“We have heard stories where someone asking honest questions about our history, doctrine, or practice were treated as though they were faithless. This is not the Lord’s way… We need to do better in responding to honest questions. Although we may not be able to answer every question about the cosmos or about our history, practices, or doctrine, we can provide many answers to those who are sincere.”

“My view is that being open about our history solves a whole lot more problems than it creates. We might not have all the answers, but if we are open (and we now have pretty remarkable transparency), then I think in the long run that will serve us well. I think in the past there was a tendency to keep a lot of the records closed or at least not give access to information. But the world has changed in the last generation—with the access to information on the Internet, we can’t continue that pattern; I think we need to continue to be more open.”

“And, to be perfectly frank, there have been times when members or leaders in the Church have simply made mistakes. There may have been things said or done that were not in harmony with our values, principles, or doctrine.”


Approximate number of wives Joseph Smith had


number of known Seer Stones Joseph Smith owned


Number of First Hand Accounts of the First Vision


Age of Joseph Smith's youngest wife

Specific issues tackled in the Mormon Primer

Taking time to read the Mormon Primer can help a Latter-day Saint better understand their religious history within a faithful framing.


Joseph’s Treasure Digging

One of the greatest experiences Joseph had in preparation to become a prophet was his delving into Folk Magic and Treasure Digging.  It is believed that Joseph Smith and his associates took part in 17 Treasure Digs in the Palmyra New York Area including the Hill Cumorah prior to his visit with Moroni.  Check out Chapter 1 of the Mormon Primer!


Joseph Smith’s Polygamy

Joseph, the founding prophet of this dispensation, revealed the principle of plural marriage as early as 1831 and took on his first plural wife, 16-year-old Fanny Alger, in 1833. Check out Chapter 11 in the Mormon Primer!


The Book of Abraham

Joseph believed that he was translating the Book of Abraham from some Egyptian papyri. He believed this papyri to be the writing of Abraham written by his own hand. What we have learned is that this issue is much more complicated than any understanding we have had in the past. Check out Chapter 5 of the Mormon Primer!

Audio Synopsis of Mormon Primer

Many members today are experiencing a loss of faith in the restoration. Some are are taking a step back from full activity and many others are leaving all-together. The first step in helping these members to re-engage their faith is for them to be understood and validated by those of us who are still believing. This audio recap of the Mormon Primer seeks to build bridges of understanding and empathy.  To listen to the audio Click the link below!

Latter-day Saints inactive by age 210%
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