LDS DOCTRINE TOPICAL GUIDE

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Tim. 3:16-17
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Our ministry created this page to give Christians a topical understanding of what the Bible says about many common subjects that relate to Mormonism. This topical guide serves as an effective tool in finding Biblical references so you can more effectively minister to your LDS friends using God's Holy Word. Click on any subject to see its Biblical references as well as short descriptions* of each passage.

 

*The LDS church exclusively uses the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. Certain passages read differently between the KJV and more modern translations. To make this list more effective for ministering, the descriptions of certain verses have been written to reflect the KJV translation and are notated as such.

 

The Apostasy

Not one iota of the law will pass away until all is accomplished

Many will fall away and betray and hate one another

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away

Parable of Sower, seeds that fall on rock have no root and when tested fall away

To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all generations forever

Second coming is near when the falling away happens

In later times some will depart from the faith

Turn away from the truth with itching ears to teachers that suit their passions

 

Appearing Righteous

Acceptable sacrifice is a broken heart and contrite spirit

Righteous acts are like filthy rags

Righteousness must exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees

Lord, Lord, look at our mighty works in your name- I never knew you

Those who are sick need a physician; sinners, not righteous are called

Pharisees are like dishes that appear clean, whitewashed tombs

No one is good except God alone

Parable of Pharisee and tax collector

No one is good but God alone

No one is righteous, not even one

Nothing good dwells in our flesh, we are wretched sinners

Zeal not according to knowledge, establishing their own righteousness

We have confidence of sufficiency, not in ourselves, but God

 

Baptism for the Dead

Witchcraft, necromancy, and divination is abominable in God’s sight

Let the dead bury the dead

Fulfillment of Malachi 4:5-6

White-washed sepulchers but inside full of dead men’s bones

Parable of Rich Man and Lazarus- dead won’t be sent back to warn

God is not the God of the dead but of the living

THEY who are baptized for the dead… and why do WE stand… (KJV)

Don’t heed endless genealogies

Avoid genealogies

Repentance from dead works

 

Body of Christ

Christ will build His church, gates of hell will not prevail against it

Where two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name He will be there also

A house divided against itself will not be able to stand

One body, many members with different functions

No divisions, united in same mind and judgment

Gifts of Spirit are given as He wills, no part is more important than the others

The church is Christ’s body

One body, one spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism

Christ loved the church, cleanses her by the washing of water with the word

The church is the Body of Christ

 

Children of God

Peacemakers to be called the sons of God

Those who believe given the right to become children of God

Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God

We receive Spirit of adoption that witnesses we are children of God

We are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus

We receive adoption as sons because of Jesus

Predestined to adoption as sons of God through Jesus

What love the Father bestowed on us, that we are called children of God

NOW we are children of God

Children of God practice righteousness and love their brother

 

Contention

Jesus did not come to bring peace but a sword, dividing families

We fight with divine weapons to demolish strongholds and arguments

Speaking the truth in love

Have nothing to do with works of darkness, but expose them

Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but the powers of darkness

Strive side by side for the faith of the gospel

Rightly handling the word of truth

Not quarrelsome, correcting opponents with gentleness

Scripture for reproof, correction, training

Ready in and out of season to reprove, rebuke, exhort with patience and teaching

Instruct others with sound doctrine and rebuke those who oppose it

Word of God is living, active, sharper than a two-edged sword

Always be prepared to make a defense for the hope in you

Contend for the faith given to all the saints

Save others by snatching them out of the fire

 

The Cross

Whoever doesn’t take up cross and follow Jesus isn’t worthy

Deny yourself and take up your cross and follow Jesus

Deny yourself and take up your cross and follow Jesus

Deny yourself and take up your cross daily and follow Jesus

He who doesn’t bear his own cross and come after Jesus can’t be His disciple

Cross foolishness to those who are perishing; power of God to those being saved

Through the foolishness of the cross God saved us, we preach Christ crucified

I am crucified with Christ

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord

Jesus reconciled all believers to God through the cross

Jesus was obedient by going to the cross

Walk as enemies of the cross

Jesus made peace through the blood of His cross

Jesus cancelled the debt that opposed us and nailed it to the cross

Christ’s sacrifice on the cross once for all sanctifies us

For the joy that was set before Him Jesus endured the cross

 

Eternal Progression

Satan tempted Eve with the false prospect of being like God

Before me no God was formed, neither shall there be any after

I am the first and I am the last, and beside me there is no God

Is there a God beside me?  There is no God; I know not any

I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God

Jesus didn’t count equality with God a thing to be grasped

 

Faith/Belief

He believed God, counted to him as righteousness

Do not fear, only believe

All things are possible for one who believes

Faith can move mountains, ask with faith and you will receive

Whoever does not believe is condemned

God so loved the world…whoever believes has eternal life

Whoever believes in Him is not condemned

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life

Whoever hears God’s word and believes God has eternal life

Work of God is to believe in Jesus Christ

Whoever comes to and believes in the Lord will never hunger or thirst

Will of God that whoever looks on Jesus and believes in Him will have eternal life

Whoever believes has eternal life

If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever

Whoever believes in Jesus:  “Out of him will flow rivers of living waters”

I am the resurrection and the life, whoever believes in me will never die

I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to Father but through me

Eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ

Everyone who believes receives forgiveness of their sins through Jesus’ name

Believe and be freed from everything from which the law couldn’t set you free

What must I do to be saved?  Believe in Jesus and you will be saved

Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes

The righteous shall live by faith

Righteousness of God through faith apart from the law

Justified by grace as a gift, received by faith

God is the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus

One is justified by faith apart from works of the law

One who does not work but trusts God:  His faith is counted as righteousness

Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes

Confess with the mouth and believe in the heart and you will be saved

With heart one believes and is justified, with mouth one confesses and is saved

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved 

Not justified by works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ

Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?

Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness 

Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith

No one is justified by the law, the righteous shall live by faith

Law was our guardian until Christ came so we might be justified by faith

No longer under a guardian, sons of God through faith

Only faith working through love in Christ Jesus counts for anything

When we believe we are sealed with the Spirit, a guarantee of our inheritance

By grace you have been saved through faith, not of yourselves

Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith

One Lord, one faith, one baptism

Those who believe in Him for eternal life

My righteous one shall live by faith

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen

Can faith save that does not produce works?

I will show you my faith by my works

Faith without works is dead

Commandment is to believe in Jesus and love one another

Everyone who believes Jesus is the Christ has been born of God

Those who believe may know they have eternal life

 

The Fall

Story of the fall of mankind

I was brought forth in iniquity and conceived in sin

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God

Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin

In Adam all men die, in Christ all are made alive

God cannot tempt anyone but we are tempted by our own desires

 

False Apostles

Qualifications for apostles, exhibited last of all

Life of an apostle involves much hardship

False apostles, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ          

Tested those who call themselves apostles and are not

 

False Christs

Don’t believe if anyone says they have seen Christ personally

False Christs and prophets will arise and deceive the elect

Don’t believe if they say Christ is in the inner rooms in the desert

Jesus’ coming will be as visible as lightning, all will know

Don’t believe if anyone says they have seen Christ; false christs          

People will preach another Jesus

 

False Gospels

If anyone brings another Jesus or spirit or gospel you put up with it too easily

Satan appears as an angel of light

Even if an angel from heaven preaches another gospel…

Expose the works of darkness, have no part in them

People refuse to love the truth so God blinds them with a strong delusion

Apostles didn’t follow cleverly devised myths

 

False Prophets

If a prophet leads you after other Gods put him to death

If a prophet prophesies, and it doesn’t come to pass, he is false

Wolves in sheep’s clothing, know false prophets by their fruits

False prophets will arise and lead many astray

False prophets perform signs and wonders to deceive the elect

All men speak well of false prophets

Don’t be deceived by those claiming to be Christ, or that the time is near

False prophet Bar-Jesus/Elymas

Avoid those who go on in detail about visions, who promote self-made religion

False prophets and teachers bringing in destructive heresies and stories

Test the spirits, many false prophets have gone into the world

People crept in unnoticed who pervert the gospel of grace

 

Family

A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me

Who is my family? Those who do the will of God

Anyone who leaves father or mother will receive a hundredfold

Who is my family? Those who do the will of God

Anyone who leaves house, family, lands, etc. will receive a hundredfold

No one who looks back is fit for serving the kingdom of God

Families will be divided because of Christ

Cannot be Jesus’ disciple unless you hate father, mother, brother and sister

 

God's Word

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path

God’s word does not return empty, but accomplishes its purpose

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away

Whoever abides in my word is my disciple and knows the truth and is set free

Study the scriptures to test any message

Faith comes from hearing the message, message comes from the word

All scripture God-breathed and good for teaching, rebuking, etc.

Word of God is living, active, sharper than a two-edged sword

Something more sure, the prophetic word, a lamp in a dark place

Paul’s writings are hard to understand for some, but are still scripture

 

Good Fruits

Let your light shine so others may see your good works and glorify God

Do not practice righteousness to be seen by men and glorified

Know a prophet by their fruits.  A bad tree cannot bring good fruit

Kingdom of heaven given to those who produce its fruits

The great commission

Bear fruits in keeping with repentance

Set free to bear fruit for God

Offer your bodies as living sacrifices

I am crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me

Works of the flesh compared to the fruits of the Spirit

God prepared good works for us to do after being saved (see Eph. 2:8-9)

God works to will and work in you for His good pleasure

Bearing fruit in every good work

Be rich in good deeds and generous

Zealous for good works

Devote ourselves to good works

Stir up one another to love and good works

Faith that doesn’t bring good works can’t save anyone

Wisdom from above is full of mercy and good fruits

 

The Gospel

Because of God’s love all who believe in Jesus will be saved

Gospel is the power of salvation for all who believe, righteousness through faith

Wages of sin is death, free gift of God is eternal life

Confess with mouth and believe in heart that Jesus is Lord and has been raised

I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ crucified

The Gospel:  Jesus died for our sins, was buried, rose again

Jesus who knew no sin was made sin for us

He who was rich became poor for us

The grace of Christ is the gospel

Jesus made peace through His blood

Gospel is that we were saved not because of our works

Gospel: Jesus Christ raised from the dead, descended from David

 

Grace

Law came through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus

We believe we will be saved through the grace of Jesus Christ

Paul called by Jesus to testify to the gospel of the grace of God

All fallen short of God’s glory, justified by His grace as a gift

One who works his faith is not counted as righteousness but as his due

We have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand

Free gift of grace and salvation through Jesus Christ

Sin has no dominion since we are not under the law but under grace

Wages of sin is death, gift of God is eternal life

If by grace then no longer by works, or grace would not be grace

Christ’s grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect when we are weak

Don’t nullify God’s grace, righteousness doesn’t come through the law

Those who want to be justified by the law are fallen from grace

We have redemption through Jesus’ blood, through the riches of grace

We are saved by grace and not by works, it is a free gift of God

Grace was given to us according to the measure of Christ’s gift

God saved us not by our own works but by grace

God saved us not by works of righteousness, but by His own mercy and grace

Let us with confidence draw near the throne of grace

 

High Priest

Apostles, prophets, evangelists, etc.  No high priests

Fix thoughts on Jesus, our apostle and high priest

We have a high priest who understands all our weakness

High priest acted on behalf of God for the people, Jesus our high priest forever

Jesus designated by God to be high priest

Jesus is our forerunner into the holy place as a high priest forever

Many priests replacing each other at death but Jesus lives forever

Jesus always lives to intercede for us, one sacrifice for all eternity

By a single offering He has perfected believers for all time

We enter the holy place with confidence through the blood of Jesus

 

Man Seeing God

You cannot see my face, for man cannot see me and live

No one has ever seen God (the Father)

No one except Jesus has seen God

The invisible things of Him

The invisible God

The King eternal, immortal, invisible

God alone has immortality, dwells in unapproachable light, not seen by man

No one has ever seen God, but God dwells in us when we have love

 

Marriage

Become one flesh and shouldn’t divorce except for in cases of adultery

Jesus says it’s okay to renounce marriage for the kingdom of God’s sake

In the resurrection we are neither married nor given in marriage

When they rise from the dead they are neither married nor given in marriage

Those worthy to attain the resurrection are not married or given in marriage

We are bound by marriage only as long as we are alive

Each husband should have his own wife, and each wife her own husband

Better to be single if you can resist the passions of the flesh

Rules for marriage where one spouse is not a believer

Married people are distracted from full devotion to God, better to stay single

Rules for marriage:  Wives: submit.  Husbands: love your wife as yourself

 

Nature of God

God is not man

God can do all things, no purpose of His is thwarted

God is the same, and His years have no end

God has a foreknowledge of everything

Before me there was no God formed

I am the first and the last, apart from me there is no God

There is no God apart from me

God fills heaven and earth

I, the Lord, do not change

All things are possible with God

A spirit doesn’t have flesh and bones as Jesus has

Jesus is our Creator, therefore He is not our brother

God is spirit

Immortal God traded for worship of creation, including images of man

There is one God and one Lord Jesus Christ

Christ didn’t count equality with God something to be grasped

Jesus is the image of the invisible God

Jesus created all things

Jesus is the creator and the exact imprint of God’s nature

The Lord created all things, He endures forever

Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever

The father of heavenly lights does not change

 

Old Law/New Covenant