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Mormon Scholars Testify

Mormon Scholars Testify

One of the unique characteristics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is its emphasis on education and scholarship.  Studies have shown that among Latter-day Saints (Mormons), higher levels of education are strongly correlated with higher church attendance, and higher levels of devotion. (see footnote)

In LDS scripture, Mormons are encouraged to study and learn. In the book Doctrine and Covenants, a book considered to be a collection of modern day revelation from God, it says:

D & C 109: 7 And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, seek learning even by study and also by faith;

This website gives LDS scholars the opportunity to express their views and feelings about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are some who may feel that people of education and learning can’t be religious. It is hoped that these testimonies will help dispel that myth, educate, and give  insights into the thoughts and feelings of LDS scholars.

Each page will have the testimony of the scholar and at the bottom of the page you will be able to read the credentials of the scholar. We hope you enjoy reading these testimonies.

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When you have questions

You don’t have to stew in them, or go hunting into the dark corners of the world to find the answers.

  1. Prayer, dude. Prayer.  Take it seriously.  Actually use it.
  2. If you are worrying a ton about random questions and you haven’t read the scriptures, please consider yourself duly scolded.  And then go read the scriptures.  If you’re having trouble with it - for cognitive reasons, because the language is hard, whatever - there are lots of options.  There are thus no excuses for skipping out on this part.  Sorry.
  3. You have a bishop, or branch president.  If you’re not a member yet, you still have a mission president.  Every single person on earth is within someone’s area of responsibility.  They’re your first and best resource: they have literally been called to look after your spiritual welfare.
  4. There are missionaries virtually everywhere - and if you are now, like I once was, living in a place where the missionaries have been withdrawn for their own safety, you still can talk to them on  If you have transportation, you can also meet missionaries in other parts of your district (it was just our city that was off limits; we could visit with the missionaries one town over.)
  5. has an amazing search feature. Go, search now.
  6. The search engine is pretty OK, too. 
  7. There is no shortage of official publications you can hunt through for answers.  Most basic questions are answered by For The Strength of Youth, Gospel Principles, and True to the Faith/Gospel Topics.  Harder or more complicated-seeming questions are addressed in Institute manuals, in General Conference talks, etc.  Practical questions are addressed in the Provident Living manuals.  And so on.
  8. In general, books that you can find at Deseret Book, and sites hosted at, are quite trustworthy.  BYU’s speeches site has a pretty good search engine, FYI.  And don’t forget about the Encyclopedia of Mormonism.
  9. There are some trustworthy, unofficial sources.  Jeff Lindsay has never let me down, for instance.  Exercise caution in this area, though, especially if you’re a “newbie.”  One of the reasons I’m confident in not trusting the gospel according to John Dehlin is that I’ve been paying attention to him for over a decade: I know enough to have an informed opinion.  (He’s also a nice guy, incidentally, from the few conversations I’ve had with him.)  Jeff Lindsay’s list of links is a pretty good starting place.  

And, for those who still don’t have what they need, the folks at FAIR Mormon operate an actual question-and-answer service!

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