Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Mormon Amazon Challenge

Mormon “dirty pool” — the Mormon Church lives by deceit:

The LDS volume of scripture, the Book of Mormon, is available on Amazon.com. As with all things for sale at Amazon, the book is open to reviews. The Book of Mormon had apparently not been faring well enough, receiving too many negative reviews. According to KUTV.com in Salt Lake City, local LDS Church leaders in Provo allegedly “requested all members of the ward publish positive reviews of the book on Amazon.” This “challenge” from the stake presidency and bishopric appeared in a Facebook post on the “Provo YSA 9th Ward (Official)” closed group Facebook page this week (also see the Fox13 report). It said in part,

“The challenge for us is to go to the amazon website and write a positive rating and review for the Book of Mormon. It is a great opportunity to share your testimony to the world and do online missionary work. I personally found that my love and testimony for the Book of Mormon has increased tremendously as I wrote down my testimony as a review, and I know it will be the case for you as well.”

Many are concerned over the unethical nature of a “challenge” by religious leaders instructing their congregants to go and “write a positive rating and review” of the Book of Mormon. The challenge does not take into account whether ward members have actually read the book, nor does it suggest that reviewers should leave honest comments reflecting what they actually think about the book. Rather, they are instructed to leave positive ratings and comments and by doing so, their own love and testimony for the Book of Mormon will increase.

Continue reading the article.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Did They Really Say That?!?

The temple work for the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence and other founding fathers has been done.  All these appeared to Wilford Woodruff when he was president of the St. George Temple.  President George Washington was ordained a high priest at that time.  You will also be interested to know that, according to Wilford Woodruff’s journal, John Wesley, Benjamin Franklin, and Christopher Columbus were also ordained as priests at that time.

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.604

Let me get this straight:  While the Bible specifically states that there is nothing we can do for those who are dead (Hebrews 9:27), the Mormons think they baptized and conferred priesthood on these dead men?!?  

What is even more interesting is that they consort with the dead who “appear” to them, again in contradiction to the Bible’s commands against communication with the dead (Lev. 19:31, 20:6; Deut. 18:9-14; Isa.8:19).

This is more evidence of the false nature of the LDS faith.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Gospel Topics Essays

In 2013 the LDS church began posting a series of essays intended to show that they are being more “transparent” about their history and beliefs but, as usual for the LDS, they told mostly half-truths and even lies.  Even so, the information provided has been truthful enough that many Mormons have finally learned that sites like mine, which expose the LDS for what they are, have actually been telling the truth!  This becomes quite disconcerting for them, and many have left the LDS because of this.

The LDS has the following to say concerning the Gospel Topic Essays.
Recognizing that today so much information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be obtained from questionable and often inaccurate sources, officials of the Church began in 2013 to publish straightforward, in-depth essays on a number of topics. The purpose of these essays, which have been approved by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has been to gather accurate information from many different sources and publications and place it in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org, where the material can more easily be accessed and studied by Church members and other interested parties.

Notice that sites like the Utah Lighthouse Ministry, Mormonism Research Ministry, et al (including THIS blog) are considered “questionable and often inaccurate sources.”  Of course they’ve never demonstrated anything on these sites is ever inaccurate, but by saying so they hope to keep Mormons from learning the truth.

Mormonism Research Ministry has published responses to these essays so as to demonstrate where the LDS is not being as forthcoming as they claim.  Below are the topics of the LDS essays, the dates they were first posted, and the links to both the LDS article and the MRM commentary:

Are Mormons Christian?  (11/20/13)

Becoming Like God  (2/24/14)

Book of Mormon Translation (12/30/13)

Book of Mormon and DNA Studies (1/31/14)

First Vision Accounts (11/20/13)

Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women (10/23/15)

The Manifesto and the End of Plural Marriage (12/23/13)

Mother in Heaven (10/23/15)

Peace and Violence among 19th Century Latter-day Saints (5/13/14)

Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah (12/16/13)

Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo (10/22/14)

Race and the Priesthood (12/6/13)

Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham (5/13/14)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Wildly Unbiblical Teachings

Consider how very fortunate we are to be living in this land of America . . .  Many great events have transpired in this land of destiny.  This was the place where Adam dwelt; this was the place where the Garden of Eden was; it was here that Adam met with a body of high priests at Adam-ondi-Ahman shortly before his death and gave them his final blessing, and the place to which he will return to meet with the leaders of his people (D&C 107:53-57).  This was the place of three former civilizations: that of Adam, that of the Jaredites, and that of the Nephites.

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pp.587-588

Firstly, the American continent didn’t even exist in Adam’s time, and the Flood wiped out what land masses would have existed, and completely reshaped the world. 
Secondly, Adam never met with any council of priests — there were no such persons during Adam’s time, and there is no biblical evidence that Adam will ever return to earth to meet with anyone.

Thirdly, there is no archaeological evidence that such cultures as Jaredites and Nephites ever existed outside of Joseph Smith’s imagination.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Did They Really Say that?

Presumptuous and blasphemous are they who purport to baptize, bless, marry, or perform other sacraments in the name of the Lord while in fact lacking his specific authorization.

Spencer W. Kimball, Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p.494.

And yet Mormons continue to claim that they never speak against Christians.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Why No Trinity With LDS?

Why does the LDS Church reject the historic church’s concept of the Trinity?  Not only does the Trinity remove any hope of a Mormon ever achieving godhood, but it also undermines Smith’s First Vision account and subsequent teachings regarding a multiplicity of deities.  If it can be demonstrated that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost/Spirit are God, and at the same time be shown that there exists only one God, it would definitely place the integrity of the first Mormon prophet on the line.

Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson, “Mormonism 101,” pg.66

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Jesus Isn’t Enough?!?

How are you going to get your resurrection?  You will get it by the President of the Resurrection pertaining to this generation, and that is Joseph Smith Junior . . . no man or woman in this generation will get a resurrection and be crowned without Joseph Smith says so.  The man who was martyred in Carthage Jail, State of Illinois, holds the keys of Life and Death to this generation.  He is the President of the Resurrection in this Dispensation and he will be the first to rise from the dead.

Brigham Young, 8 October 1854, “The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young,” 2:853.

So I guess it doesn’t matter what Jesus did for salvation, and I guess Jesus doesn’t have the authority to raise from the dead.  Joseph Smith, Jr. seems to be quite god-like for Mormons.