Tip for living: 'Day of Defense' tackles misconceptions about Mormonism

By Micah Klug

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

Scott Thormaehlen’s “Day of Defense: Positive Talking Points for the Latter Days” (Cedar Fort, $12.99) tackles some of the greatest misconceptions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "Day of Defense" is written to “act as a guide to help Mormons and those interested in Mormonism be aware of common misconceptions and negative commentary.”

Thormaehlen uses scriptures from the Old and New testaments to discuss these topics in a more biblical sense. This is done, as Thormaehlen shares, to allow those of all faiths to civilly converse about controversial topics, especially in the Mormon religion.

Judaism, Christianity and Islam share an origin in the Old Testament as a basis of (their) respected faiths.

Apostasy is a common theme throughout the Old and New Testaments. God has a pattern in all things when people apostatize from his gospel. There is a pattern God has established and provides biblical scriptures to prove he will always call prophets.

Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire during the rule of Constantine. This man, attempting to build his kingdom and create unity with the newfound Christians, allowed the leaders of this faith to gather together and discuss God. Hence, the Nicene Creed was born.

Is there only one God or several? Polytheistic tradition is found in many Christian faiths and understanding those can help underestand others' background.

Life after death can be a touchy subject, especially depending on an individual’s belief. Mormonism teaches three degrees of glory, while mainstream Christianity teaches of heaven and hell. Thormaehlen also shares what early Christian writers thought about the ideas of glory and a pre-earth existence.

Thormaehlen also touches on the concepts of grace versus works among others in the 176-page book.

No matter a person’s faith, people are connected according to their belief in biblical teachings, he writes. Thormaehlen ends by encouraging continueing in pursuit of knowledge. Once people are able to civilly discuss beliefs and misconceptions in an educated manner, then truth will begin to be revealed, he writes.

Micah Klug graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She currently resides in Rexburg, Idaho, with her husband and daughter.

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