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Letters to a Mormon Elder Paperback – 31 Dec 1993


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group (31 Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155661344X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556613449
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 917,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jan 1998
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be interesting and helpful. It is not arranged in the usual way such books are, with each chapter covering a particular doctrine of the Mormon church. Instead, it is written as a series of letters, and therefore proceeds more like a conversation. The main ideas are stated in the early chapters, and the details are filled in later.
Along the way, White quotes from Mormon sources to support his assertions about what Mormons believe. He quotes Biblical passages to show Mormon beliefs differ from Christianity. The references are there for those who want to check the context.
Another helpful part of the book is the summary of Biblical teaching about salvation in the later chapters. This information is in other books, but here is offered in a short and readable manner.
Contrary to what was said by cntmyont, White is quite reserved in his language.
As for the definition of truth, indeed White never says, "Here is the definition of truth..." But it is clear enough from the book. He asserts correctly in Chapter 1 that truth is not subjective. He mentions this in the context of being told by Elder Hahn that he had prayed about the Book of Mormon and was told that it is true. White takes up this topic again in Chapter 8. There he summarizes the reasons why he would not pray the same prayer: The Book of Mormon is historically inaccurate, it contradicts the Bible, and it has serious textual problems.
I agree with the blurb on the back cover of the book that this is a "valuable text for Christians who talk with Mormons and is an ideal book to be read by Mormons."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct 1998
Format: Paperback
White accomplishes what he set out to do, and more, in this very fine volume. Those who take the trouble to read this book thoughtfully will find White's arguments valid and sound, and his factual information correct. Highly recommended.
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By JT on 19 July 2014
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Another excellent book from Dr White. His stated aim is to address the beliefs (rather than the history or practices) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and he does this well, covering a host of theological topics (biblical sufficiency, monotheism, salvation by grace, the role of works, etc). Other issues such as Joseph Smith's prophecies and 'The Book of Mormon' archaeology are also treated.

His approach is very scholarly and well-researched. This is no surprise; for almost twenty years Dr White engaged in personal evangelism amongst Mormons in Salt Lake City, engaging in discussions and handing out tracts. He estimates the number of conversations he's had to be in the realm of 5,000. He knows his subject exceptionally well.

However, in spite of the many problems and contradictions White amasses in his critique of Mormonism, his tone remains one of personal concern and outreach, never becoming scathing or mocking of Mormons or their beliefs. White lets the evidence and citations from Mormon 'apostles' and presidents speak for themselves, rather than labouring points in his own words. White also includes a few diagrams when covering the Trinity and the role of justification and works, helping to demonstrate the reformed position. The fact that the book is written as to a Mormon believer no doubt helped facilitate this winsome, user-friendly approach.

Another strength of the book is that White not only critiques Mormon theology, but presents the reformed protestant position also. I think this is something easily overlooked in Mormon criticism - it is one thing to encourage Mormons to turn away from LDS beliefs, but another, equally important thing to point them toward the orthodox Jesus of the Bible.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Mar 1999
Format: Paperback
I was a Mormon Elder's Quorum President and this book is one of the vehicles thatcuase me to rethink my religion. After being sparked to begin further study and some sincere prayers I left the church. This is a excellent book in the hands of open minded LDS members will be a jewel to there salvation.
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