Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Conundrum for Mormons

Mormons often make an issue that the written standard works are to be the measuring rod for truth and that revelation cannot contradict them.  President Harold B. Lee stated, “If it is not in the standard works, we may well assume that it is speculation, man’s own personal opinion; and if it contradicts what is in the scriptures, it is not true.”  Given the fact that Abraham 1:26 in the Pearl of Great Price was used as a proof text to ban blacks from the priesthood, the 1978 reversal appears to violate Lee’s admonition.

All of this raises other questions.  If the Mormon God has removed the curse that was once on the black race, why has he not also removed the physical mark?  If the sole purpose of the black skin was merely to identify those who should not receive priesthood blessings, and the no longer applies, why are people still being born with this mark?

Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson, Mormonism 101, pg.275

Friday, August 4, 2017

False Prophecy!

At a Honolulu stake conference in 1961, Joseph Fielding Smith said

We will never get a man into space. This earth is man's sphere and it was never intended that he should get away from it. The moon is a superior planet to the earth and it was never intended that man should go there. You can write it down in your books that this will never happen.

Granted that this was before he was the LDS President, but for the LDS to say this isn’t a prophecy because he wasn’t President yet flies in the face of that last sentence!