Category Archives: Student questions

The Priesthood of the Nephites

The Priesthood of the Nephites This is from Joseph Fielding Smith, in his book Answers to Gospel Questions, Volume 1 Related: Were the Nephite Disciples Apostles? Question: “While studying our Book of Mormon lesson in our Sunday School class our … Continue reading

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Lehi’s sacrifice in the wilderness and the Temple Scroll

I have been asked by students about Lehi’s sacrifice that he makes in 1 Nephi 2. How could Lehi have been allowed to do this when we read in the Bible about the command to only sacrifice in Jerusalem? While … Continue reading

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Were the Lehites alone in the Americas?

I am of the belief that when Lehi and Nephi and their families arrived in the new land that they were not alone. Although the text of the Book of Mormon does not tackle this issue head on, and understanding … Continue reading

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The Baal-Peor Incident in Numbers 25

The Baal-Peor Incident – Problems with Numbers 25 Who caused the Israelites to worship the false god of Baal of Peor: the Moabites or the Midianites? (Numbers 25:1-2 vs Numbers 25:16-18, 31:15-16) Numbers 25:1-5 is a Yahwist text, and Numbers … Continue reading

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Treadeth Down and Teareth in Pieces

3 Nephi 20:15-16 15 And I say unto you, that if the Gentiles do not repent after the blessing which they shall receive, after they have scattered my people— 16 Then shall ye, who are a remnant of the house … Continue reading

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Is Balaam a good guy or a bad guy?

Compare Numbers 22-24 and Micah 6:5 to Numbers 31:8, 16; Deuteronomy 23:4-5; Joshua 24:9-10; Nehemiah 13:2, 2 Peter 2:15, Jude 1:11, and Revelation 2:14 Numbers 31:16 (a priestly text) is the only verse in the Old Testament that attributes the … Continue reading

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Teachings regarding the Sons of Perdition

Joseph F. Smith – those who received a fullness in this world “And he that believes, is baptized, and receives the light and testimony of Jesus Christ, and walks well for a season, receiving the fulness of the blessings of … Continue reading

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