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The purpose of this booklet is to:
1) help you obtain more than a basic understanding of the history, the major doctrines and the teachings of the Mormon church.
2) show how Mormon church doctrine and teachings differ significantly from biblical Christianity
3) start your preparation for witnessing to Mormons.
Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox Christianity Book of Mormon (1830 edition) Scanned images of the original 1830 Book of Mormon. (Made available by Mormons in Transition, a Christian website that offers research resources on Mormonism.
Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox Christianity Book of Mormon Current edition, posted at the official site of the Mormon Church. See also: research resources on the Book of Mormon
Christian By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus: A New Look at the Joseph Smith Papyri The book By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus by Charles M. Larson is of special interest to members of the LDS Church. This 240-page book includes the first published color photographs of the complete Joseph Smith Papyrus collection, as well a photographs of the original Book of Abraham translation manuscript.
Christian The Changing World of Mormonism By Jerald and Sandra Tanner. Full text of this behind-the-scenes look at changes in Mormon doctrine and practice. On the Utah Lighthouse Ministry website.
Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox Christianity The Doctrine and Covenants Current edition, posted at the official site of the Mormon Church. (See also: Doctrine and Covenants)
Christian How to Witness to Mormons PDF file by Jerry and Dianna Benson.
Christian Mormon Claims Answered by Marvin W. Cowan. "The purpose of this book is not to attack, ridicule or persecute Mormons, but rather to show that LDS claims against historic Christianity are flawed. "
Christian Topical Verses on Mormonism PDF file by John Farkas, "Primarily Using the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants and Pearl of Great Price Verses". The book is intended to help Christian refute Mormon teachings. It includes:
1) A very brief summary of the major unique non-Biblical teachings of the Mormon Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Salt Lake City, as illustrated by their publications (modern, and old) and Scriptures.
2) Verses Mormons may use to support their teachings.
3) Verses Christians would need for refuting the Mormon teachings
Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox Christianity Pearl of Great Price Current edition, posted at the official site of the Mormon Church. (See also: Pearl of Great Price)
Christian Where Does It Say That? Scanned pages of original Mormon historical sources, such as the first edition of the Book of Mormon, Journal of Discourses, and rare 19th century Mormon newspapers and diaries, that document the Adam-God doctrine, prophecies of Joseph Smith, the various First Vision accounts, etc. (Note: a printed copy is available as well).
The average person couldn't even begin to locate original copies of the Journal of Discourses, first editions of The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, or copies of the early Mormon newspapers, journals or diaries.

Such books and newspapers are the source documents for the original teachings of the Mormon churches. However, when Mormons see some of these "unbelievable" statements made by their leaders, they will often dismiss them by saying, "That is obviously out of context of misquoted!" In most cases they have never even seen the original source material themselves and what they really mean is, "I cannot believe that my founding prophets and apostles could have meant what they said!"

Thus, the whole purpose for the existence of this volume is to make actual photo-copies of these original documents available to everyone. You now have at your fingertips, selected pages from several thousand dollars worth of rare books, pamphlets, diaries and manuscripts as well as companion quotations from many current Mormon sources. Use them well in your search for truth!
Source: From the back cover of Why This Book? A research tool compiled by Bob Witte. (Link leads to the print edition)

• Book Reviews
Christian Graceful Disclosure: Pulling Back the Mormon PR Curtain Review of "Mormon America"
Christian Are Mormons Christians? - A Summary Critique Christian Research Journal review of Stephen E. Robinson's "Are Mormons Christians?" (Bookcraft, 1991)
Christian Is Mormonism Christian? A Review of How Wide the Divide? by Eric Pement
Christian The New Mormon Challenge "The New Mormon Challenge" reviewed by by Craig Cottongim
Christian Still Wide The Divide A Critical Examination of Mormon and Evangelical in Dialogue. A PFO article

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• First posted: Nov. 19, 1996
• Last Updated: Aug. 9, 2004
• Editor: Anton Hein
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