Mormonr is a project from the B.H. Roberts Foundation (BHR).
BHR is a 501c3 non-profit corporation that supports education and research related to the culture, doctrine, and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Who is Mormonr for? What audience do you have in mind?
Mormonr is for anyone who is interested in getting to the bottom of particularly difficult issues related to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or topics related to Mormonism. We are primarily written for a U.S.-based audience and assume that they are members of the Church.
Are you affiliated with the Church?
No. Mormonr is not owned, operated, funded by, or affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
How should I use Mormonr?
Developing faith in God and trying to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ is more important than anything you’ll read on this site.
However, each person’s faith journey is different. Sometimes, obstructions to faith can be cleared by gathering more data and context. We hope Mormonr can help people in this process.
Mormonr isn’t meant for those that don’t have that need for more data and context.
Don't you know that President Nelson does not want us to use the word Mormon?
Yes. As per the Church style guide we generally refer to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as "the Church" and members as "Latter-day Saints." As for the name of our site "Mormonr"—it's a fun name that clearly refers to the religious movement commonly known as "Mormons" and allows for people to immediately know what we're about.
Are you believing members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
Yes. We may sometimes deviate from the traditional norms, but we are true, believing, orthodox members of the Church.
Aren't all your answers going to be biased?
Yes, we have a faithful bias towards the truthfulness of the Restored Gospel. We also strive for accuracy and transparency.
Everyone has some form of bias, especially on the topic of Mormonism. We believe that by examining all the available primary source data on a subject, we can usually achieve a reasonable level of understanding.
Why don't you have a Q&A on [this particular topic]?
Probably because we haven’t gotten to it yet. There are hundreds of Q&A topics that we will eventually publish. If you want us to prioritize covering a particular topic, send us an email at email@example.com.
Why are so many of your answers "Probably" or "Maybe"?
Many of the questions do not have definitive answers. Unless there is strong evidence that supports certainty, we usually choose to be tentative.
Why didn't you include this particular important primary source?
We might have missed it! It’s also possible that it’s a secondary source, which we only cite occasionally. We want to be a comprehensive catalog of primary sources.
Also, if the source is related to a contemporary issue (e.g., 2012 CNN Presidential election coverage) then we will typically collect a relatively small number of representative sources.
If we have missed an important primary source, please help us make the database more complete. Please email us specific information on where the source can be obtained at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I disagree with one of your answers. Will you correct it?
Possibly. If you provide us with strong evidence (usually in the form of primary source documentation) for your argument then we are happy to update our answers. However, Mormonr is not intended to provide an exhaustive survey of all possible answers to a particular question. The aim is to provide what we see as the most reasonable answer based on the documentary record.
Nearly all answers to these questions are somewhat subjective in nature, and we embrace our faithful bias towards the truthfulness of the restored gospel.
I disagree with how you’ve characterized the “hearsay” level of a particular source. Will you correct it?
Possibly. Many historical records are complex and require some level of subjective determination in assessing the relationship between the contextual “source” of the information and the audience. If you find an obvious error, let us know.
How do I report an error?
If you’ve found an error on a Q&A, simply click on the reporting icon and send us a note explaining what you think we got wrong, or email us at email@example.com and be sure to include specifically which page and where it contains the error.