Date of Award


Document Type



Christian Studies

First Reader

Dr. Barbara Pemberton

Second Reader

Dr. Doug Reed

Third Reader

Dr. Jay Curlin


The research question to be presented is this: did the Great Apostasy claimed by the Latter-Day Saint church really happen? The hypothesis, to be tested by research using church history, church doctrine, and textual criticism, is that the Great Apostasy never happened. The hypothesis is that the loving, omniscient God of the universe would not allow his truth to be clouded and flawed by men and would instead preserve it. Jesus told Peter in Matthew 16:18, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” The Lord, in all of his perfection, did not lie when he said that even death would not prevail against the church he established on the earth.



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