In the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 12:18 mentions “Jesus Christ.” This was changed in the second edition to read “Messiah” to avoid contradicting Nephi’s brother (Jacob) when he hears the name for the first time from an angel. See 2 Nephi 10:3.
~Vogel, Mormonism Unvailed, footnote 12; pages 56-57~
An LDS bishop’s troubling perspective on the world of young Mormon sexuality…
Brigham’s Incestuous God:
“On 31 Aug. 1873, Brigham Young gave a sermon in which, according to Wilford Woodruff, he said ‘Mother Eve was the Daughter of Adam.’ The published version replaced this with: ‘There was a certain woman brought to Father Adam whose name was Eve…I am not disposed to give any farther knowledge concerning her at present’ (JD 16:167). In other words, Brigham Young’s God was Adam who fathered the human race through an incestuous relationship with his daughter. I’m sure Orson Pratt, who also spoke at the same meeting, must have been mortified that day.”
~Dan Vogel, FB post 28 November 2015~
In the early days of Mormonism, revelations to the Prophet were documented, so the faithful could read the words directly from the Lord.
There is no written record of President Spencer W. Kimball’s 1978 revelation; reversing the priesthood ban on African-Americans.
Although the Church believes in continuing revelation, no such direct communication from God has been published or canonized since 1976.
Horses are mentioned several times in the Book of Mormon, yet none existed on the American continent during the Book of Mormon period.
For centuries we’ve known that Native Americans traveled across the Bering Strait from Asia to inhabit this continent; DNA evidence verifies this fact.
The Book of Mormon and LDS Authorities claim the Native American people were originally of Middle Eastern descent, and not from Asia.
Joseph Smith, Jr. married no fewer than 33 women after Emma Hale; some were legally wed to other men.
Since the U.S. would only recognize his first marriage as valid, the other relationships (some of which included sexual intercourse) would be considered adulterous.
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Historical evidence is clear about Joseph Smith’s other wives, yet published church manuals avoid mentioning them, and discussions surrounding his relationships with them are either discouraged or are completely absent in Church meetings.
“Those who would try to pressure the Prophet to give the Negroes the Priesthood do not understand the plan of God nor the order of heaven. Revelation is the expressed will of God to man. Revelation is not man’s will expressed to God. All the social, political, and governmental pressure in the world is not going to change what God has decreed to be.”
~John L. Lund, The Church and the Negro, page 109~
Both Brigham Young and Joseph Smith taught that the sun and/or the moon were inhabited by people.
There is no archaeological evidence of the ‘Reformed Egyptian’ language; the original pre-translated text of the Book of Mormon.
Joseph Smith claims to have translated the Book of Mormon into English by the “gift and power of God,” and when it was published he said it was the “most correct” book ever written.
Since it was first published in 1830, there have been more than 3,900 changes made to it.
LDS authorities have published numerous works stating that the African American race is inferior to the white man.
In mid-1831, Ezra Booth, one of the stronger LDS faithful authorities, abandoned the church upon finding it to be false. He soon wrote a series of nine letters to a Methodist minister friend detailing his exodus. These are certainly some of the earliest and most insightful writings of any disaffected person, directly associated with Joseph Smith. In his fourth letter, he described the reasoning behind why some people cling to the religion even when faced with evidence of its falsehood. His words are as applicable today, as they were falling from his pen:
“You will doubtless say, can it be possible that the minds of men, and men who possess the appearance of honesty, can be so strangely infatuated, as still to adhere to a system, after it had occasioned so much agitation, and so much disappointment. One reason which can be assigned for this, is, the adherents are generally inclined to consider the system so perfect, as to admit of no suspicion; and the confusion and disappointment, are attributed to some other cause. Another, and principal reason is, delusion always effects the mind with a species of delirium, and this delirium arises in a degree proportionate to the magnitude of the delusion. These men, upon other subjects, will converse like other men; but when their favorite system is brought into view, its inconsistencies and contradictions are resolved into inexplicable mystery; and this will not only apply to the delusions now under consideration, but in my view, to every delusion, from the highest to the lowest; and it matters not whether it carries the stamp of popularity or its opposite.”
~Ezra Booth, September 1831~
There are no statements by LDS general authorities apologizing to the black race and admitting their past racist attitudes were wrong.
GODHOOD: LIMITED TO MEN
Mormonism claims it is not possible for a woman to become a God; yet a man can.
“Women are queens and priestesses, but not Gods. The Godhead, the ‘Presidency of Heaven,’ is a presidency of three male deities, similar to a stake presidency whose members each have wives who are responsible for domestic religious education, but not ecclesiastical functions.”
~Rodney Turner/BYU Religion Professor, Sunstone Panel Discussion, 7 September 1991; emphasis added~
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As of 2011, Mormon history documents Joseph Smith placing a magical ‘peep-stone’ into his hat (and watching the words appear) as the means of translating the Book of Mormon, yet this still isn’t taught plainly in church meetings or shown in LDS approved videos or movies.
There is no physical evidence of the existence of the ‘Golden Plates.’
Mormonism explains that it is essential for a person to come to earth to obtain a body in order to be exalted.
They claim that both God the Father and Jesus Christ were required to do this, but the Holy Ghost, the 3rd member of the Godhead, was not.
When Lehi left the ‘old world’ his group consisted of less than twenty people. Yet, nineteen years later the people had so prospered in the land that they built a temple which “manner of the construction was like unto the temple of Solomon; and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine.” However, Solomon’s Temple required 30,000 Israelites, 150,000 hewers of stone and carriers, 3,300 supervisors and about 7 years of construction.
~See 2 Nephi 5:16~
The Book of Mormon states that in less than 30 years from Lehi arriving in America, the population had multiplied so rapidly that they had to be divided into two great nations. Even the most rapid human reproduction could only have a few dozen people in this amount of time. Most of them would still be infants or children, and about one-third of them would be elderly.
“Every man and woman must have a certificate of Joseph Smith Jr. as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are.”
~Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 7:289~
When Jewish leaders complained that Mormons were posthumously baptizing Nazi victims, LDS officials originally agreed to stop; but they did not…until they received a second reminder.
The ‘Kinderhook Plates’ were prepared and buried by Illinois locals trying to expose Joseph Smith, Jr. as a fraud.
Joseph Smith: “I have translated a portion of them, and find they contain the history of the person with whom they were found. He was a descendant of Ham, through the loins of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and that he received his kingdom from the Ruler of heaven and earth.”
~JS History of the Church 5:372~
The Church is unwilling to offer an official apology for the actions of their leaders in the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
The Book of Abraham clarifies the following Biblical event to include a circumstance where God would justify lying:
“And it came to pass when I was come near to enter into Egypt, the Lord said unto me: Behold, Sarai, thy wife, is a very fair woman to look upon; Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see her, they will say – She is his wife; and they will kill you, but they will save her alive; therefore see that ye do on this wise: Let her say unto the Egyptians, she is thy sister, and thy soul shall live. And it came to pass that I, Abraham, told Sarai, my wife, all that the Lord had said unto me – Therefore say unto them, I pray thee, thou art my sister, that it may be well with me for thy sake, and my soul shall live because of thee.”
~Pearl of Great Price, Abraham 2:22-25~
Mormons would have us believe they repudiate the actions of fundamentalist polygamist groups and seem quite embarrassed of their history of the practice of polygamy.
However, men are still being sealed to more than one deceased woman (living, in some cases) each day in every temple around the world.
Additionally, they still honor the code of polygamist conduct, found in section 132 of the Doctrine and Covenants, as scriptural canon.
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Mormons believe polygamy is the preferred method of marriage in the eternities.
Joseph Smith developed the temple endowment by incorporating ideas he had while involved in Masonry. Mormon authorities continue to deny the connection.
LDS historian Reed Durham said, “There is absolutely no question in my mind that the Mormon ceremony which came to be known as the Endowment, introduced by Joseph Smith to Mormon Masons, had an immediate inspiration from Masonry.”
~Reed Durham, speech at Mormon History Association in Nauvoo, Illinois; see Abanes, One Nation Under Gods, p. 38~
Joseph Smith claimed that God appeared to him directly and told him to join no Church; he also explained their creeds were “an abomination” (Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith – History 1:19).
Yet, Joseph attempted to join the Methodist Church, where his wife was a member.
Records show that in 1828 he was expelled from the Methodist faith.
Joseph Smith was arrested on at least seven occasions for breaking the law; one time which ultimately led to his death by a mob.
He was also convicted in 1826.
THE HOLY BOOKS OF MERGING
The Book of Mormon sounds quite Biblical. More than 27,000 words have been copied (often verbatim, and in the King James style) from the Bible to the Book of Mormon. At times the text pre-dates Biblical passages.
One could argue that the Book of Mormon is being advertised as ‘Another Testament of Jesus Christ,’ when much of it is the ‘Same Testament of Jesus Christ.’
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Both the Book of Mormon and the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible (also known as the Inspired Version) make reference to the requirement of baptism prior to the days of John the Baptist; claiming that Adam was baptized.
Yet this important concept was never mentioned in the Old Testament.
Adolf Hitler was posthumously baptized into the Mormon Church in the London LDS Temple on 10 December 1993.
Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon condemn David and Solomon for polygamy.
Doctrine and Covenants 132:37-39 contradicts this edict.
The papyrus Joseph Smith, Jr. translated into the canonized LDS scripture known as the Book of Abraham was nothing more than the fairly common Egyptian funeral rites of The Books of Breathing. Similar varieties of this artifact have been discovered and scholars have accurately translated the language. Dr. W.M Flinders Petrie explains:
“To any one with knowledge of the large class of [Egyptian] funeral documents to which these belong, the attempts to guess a meaning are too absurd to be noticed. It may be safely said that there is not one single word that is true in these [i.e., Smith’s] explanations.”
~Quoted in F.S. Spalding, Joseph Smith, Jr., As a Translator, page 24~
Well known LDS Church historian and general authority B.H. Roberts explained that there are undeniable links between the View of the Hebrews by Ethan Smith (local writer and minister of Oliver Cowdery’s church) and the Book of Mormon. Roberts writes:
“In light of this evidence, there can be no doubt as to the…creative imagination by Joseph Smith…which, given the suggestions that are found in the ‘common knowledge’ of accepted American antiquities of the times, supplemented by such a work as Ethan Smith’s ‘View of the Hebrews’ [1st published in 1823 and re-published in Palmyra, NY in 1825], it would make it possible for him to create a book such as the Book of Mormon is.”
~B.H. Roberts, Studies of the Book of Mormon, pages 243, 250~
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In 1 Nephi 2:8 we learn of a river which “emptied into the Red Sea.”
There are no rivers in all of Arabia now or in recorded history; no river empties (or has ever emptied) into the Red Sea.
To be considered worthy to enter the temple, and remain in overall good standing in the faith, one is required, by commandment, to contribute 10% of their money to the Church.
In what is akin to a communal or theocratic environment, the temple ceremony requires the patron to covenant to consecrate everything they own to the LDS Church.
Upon entering the temple the patron will be required to constantly wear a special undergarment between their body and clothing known as The Garment of the Holy Priesthood, which will both serve as a reminder of their dedication and a form of magical protection. There is no documented evidence this clothing has protected anyone from harm.
LDS women are denied the same right as men to be ordained to the priesthood.
“And the firstborn said unto the younger, our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben-ammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day
~King James Bible, Genesis 19:30-38~
To join the LDS Church requires an eternal commitment, and a particularly uneven amount of ecclesiastical interaction; compared with many other religions.
LDS missionaries encourage investigators to follow their faith based feelings rather than investigating other aspects of the religion from outside sources; such as the internet.
The cleanliness, disposition, and dedication of LDS missionaries is intentionally meant to be used as a tool to influence investigators toward the information they are teaching them.
On 26 May 1844, Joseph Smith said: “What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can only find one.”
He had at least 34 wives at this time.
Speeches given during LDS General Conference are carefully reviewed prior to their delivery. The published speeches in the Ensign magazine (the following month) are always edited for content and context.
Mormon (Book of Mormon prophet) could not have known Martin Harris was going to lose the 116 pages entrusted to him, and that backup material would be required for the history up to Mosiah (1st Nephi through Omni). Yet The Words of Mormon occurred precisely in the seam between the lost dictation and the backup copy.
~See Vogel, Mormonism Unvailed; footnote 10, page 95~