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Romans 1:25 “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever.  A-men.”

 Today we’re looking at one of the ways Joseph Smith confused people.

Genesis 37:36 “And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.” Also in Genesis 39:1. (more…)

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“Roughing It”, Chapter XVI “Whenever he found his speech growing too modern, which was about every sentence or two, he ladeled in a few such scriptural phrases as, “exceeding sore,” “and it came to pass,” etc. and made things satisfactory again. “And it came to pass,” was his pet. If he had left that out, his bible would have been only a pamphlet.” — Mark Twain

Today we’re looking at one subject matter from Joseph Smith’s work, the ‘Book of Abraham’.

Joe Smith’s repeated usage of the phrase, ‘And it came to pass’ is a red flag, warning readers this piece of work isn’t from the One True God of the Bible!

We looked at the same topic with the Book of Mormon, and believe it’s a beneficial tool to use again in Smith’s other canonical works. This time around we’re asking the same question —

Is this really the work of God, or the work of man? (more…)

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Today we’re looking at information the Church has supplied to their youth who attend LDS Seminary. The kids involved (9th –12th grade) are basically 14-18 years old.

Check out what it says in their ‘Doctrine and Covenants, and Church History’ Manual.

“Lesson 152: The Coming Forth of the Pearl of Great Price,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Manual (2013), p. 805 (more…)

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Abraham 1:28; “But I shall endeavor, hereafter, to delineate the chronology running back from myself to the beginning of the creation, for the records have come into my hands, which I hold unto this present time.” [emp. mine] (more…)

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Abraham 3:24; “And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell”.

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 Abraham 2:21, 25; “And I, Abraham, journeyed, going on still towards the south; and there was a continuation of a famine in the land; and I, Abraham, concluded to go down into Egypt, to sojourn there, for the famine became very grievous. 25 Now the first government of Egypt was established by Pharaoh, the eldest son of Egyptus, the daughter of Ham…”

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Exodus 6:7; “And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.”

Facsimile 3 Osiris 01In July 2014 the LDS Church published an essay on the translation process of the Book of Abraham. You can read our response to this here.

This post is in response to an e-mail I recently received asking me to pray Moroni 10:4-6 and ask God about the Book of Abraham.

My first concern/question is why. Why did Joseph Smith want Mormons to become burdened with another Egyptian enslavement? Why did he lead them back to what God had already redeemed the Israelites from?

Secondly, I can honestly say I’m not going to pray to receive a positive outcome for something I already know isn’t true. What I can, and have done here is respond and let this dear Mormon know why I can’t trust the Book of Abraham.

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3-in-1Moses 2:1; “I am the Beginning and the End, the Almighty God; by mine Only Begotten I created these things; yea, in the beginning I created the heaven, and the earth upon which thou standest”

Abraham 4:1; “And then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth”

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3-in-1Before we begin our look at Joe Smith’s false interpretation of Egyptian hieroglyphs today, I’m compelled to give the reader a heads up!

While reading a sermon by LDS Apostle Neal Maxwell, about a half dozen problems from his text quickly ran through my thoughts.

Mr. Maxwell was quoting a passage from the Joe Smith inspired canon, Book of Abraham, located in ‘The Pearl of Great Price’. In this part of Mormon canon, Smith tried his hand at interpreting the ancient Egyptian language, which at that time was a new field just given birth to through the discovery of the Rosetta Stone.Reformed Egyptian jacob-hicks-photo-of-the-caractors

This particular passage was part of a larger narrative of the Mormon god sharing with the patriarch Abraham, that he lives near a star called Kolob.

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