Laurence Hemming is one of the founders of the Temple Studies Group along with Margaret Barker and some others. (See http://www.templestudiesgroup.com for more information). At a temple symposium held at Utah State University he said the following comparing Mormonism and the Early Christian Church:
Because common ground that we share is one of the murkiest periods in Christian experience. It is the first 100 to 150 years of the foundation of the Christian church. I tease my friends in the Mormon Church History Department that in the origin of my form of Christianity we have icons and at the origin of yours you have photographs. But, the reality is that the origin of our common Christian heritage is those murky 150 years, which is so ill documented, which Margaret’s work has opened up. But, so much of what I know of my own tradition corroborates many things that she has taught me. But, many things that Latter-day Saints have taught me that Mormons also know, which is why I know we share a common root. And that’s why I think Mormons have been important in the unfolding of Temple Studies…
The video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNw0EzrduSo and this excerpt can be found from 20:00 to 21:10.
What are your thoughts regarding these comments, or any other portion of his or other remarks for that matter?