Watch the video above and talk about it with a friend or mentor.

Mormonism and traditional Christianity present two very different stories about the purpose of the universe. 

Key Points:

  • The Biblical story is centered on Jesus.
  • The LDS story is centered on human individuals.
  • The two stories are very different in spite of similarities.

See Also: Identity, Salvation

Talk About It
  1. Would you describe the LDS story similarly to the way Dr. Wakefield describes it? Why or why not? 
  2. Read Philippians 2:5-11. How does the biblical story begin? What is its climax? How does the story end?
  3. Read John 1:1-3 and John 1:14. How does John’s gospel tell a similar story to Philippians?
  4. Read Matthew 28:18-20. How does Matthew’s gospel tell a similar story?
  5. Read Philippians 2:11. What does this suggest is the purpose of the universe?
  6. How is this like or different from how you understood the purpose of the universe in Mormonism?
  7. Summarize: what are the similarities between the LDS and biblical stories? What are the differences?
  8. Do you find the similarities or the differences to be more significant – and why?

This is part of the 2018 Faith After Mormonism Conference series.