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‘For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.’ 1 Corinthians 1:18

Joseph Smith made an incredible claim about his version of the gospel no one should overlook. We can read his so-called prophecy about the Book of Mormon in his other work, the Doctrine and Covenants.

Doctrine and Covenants 20:9 “Which contains a record of a fallen people, and the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also”.

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“Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain:  they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:16

Today we’re looking at another revelation claim made by Joseph Smith in 1831. This revelation was originally meant for Orson Hyde, Luke S. Johnson, Lyman E. Johnson, and William E. McLellin. Smith ‘expanded’ its meaning before it was eventually canonized in 1835.

Doctrine and Covenants 68: Intro, 2-4 “…1–5, The words of the elders when moved upon by the Holy Ghost are scripture…And, behold, and lo, this is an ensample unto all those who were ordained unto this priesthood, whose mission is appointed unto them to go forth— 3 And this is the ensample unto them, that they shall speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost. 4 And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.” — Joseph Smith, Hiram, Ohio, November 1, 1831   (more…)

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Isaiah 8:20 “To the law and to the testimony: If they speak not according to this word, It is because there is no light in them.”

Today we’re checking out what Joe Smith had to say about Enoch. To be sure, Smith was never short on opinions, but one of his favorite subjects was on the man from the Bible who’s only mentioned eleven times.

Little is known about Enoch outside of the eight verses we have in Genesis, and once each in Jude, Luke, and Hebrews. What we can say with certainty is that Enoch walked with God before He took him up to heaven as He did Elijah. We also know Enoch was 365 years old when he was translated. (more…)

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D&C 84:21-22 “And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; 22 For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.” — Joseph Smith, ‘Kirtland, OH, September 22 and 23, 1832’. (more…)

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Yesterday we saw Russell Nelson proclaim his delight in Joe Smith’s insights regarding the Bible, and how they were ‘amazingly consistent’.

Today we’re wondering how Mr. Nelson would explain Smith’s false prophecy in calling God a liar…

The very foundation of Mormonism declares God’s word to be wrong, and therefore, all of Christianity has been worshiping the wrong God.

History of the Church 6:305-306 “It is necessary we should understand the character and being of God and how he came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see.

These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple. It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did….

Here, then, is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings, and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power.” — Joseph Smith, April 1844 (more…)

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Revelation 22:19 “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Today we’re looking at part of D&C 32. The entire section contains only 5 verses, but its significance is how it contains 5 failed prophecies of Joe Smith.

For now we’re looking at v. 3. We’ve provided all 5 verses at the end of this article, along with the LDS link. (more…)

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Galatians 1:8 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Today we’re comparing a so-called prophecy from Joe Smith’s ‘Doctrine and Covenants’, to God’s infallible word!

We have just one question which happens to be the title of our article today ~

Are Smith’s plagiarized prophecies inspired of God, or his own invention? (more…)

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Joseph Smith’s Commentary on the Bible, p. 112 “Christ says, “No man knoweth the day or the hour when the Son of Man cometh.” . . . Did Christ speak this as a general principle throughout all generations? Oh no; he spoke in the present tense. No man that was then living upon the footstool of God knew the day or the hour. But he did not say that there was no man throughout all generations that should know the day or the hour. No, for this would be in flat contradiction with other scripture, for the prophet says that God will do nothing but what he will reveal unto his servants the prophets [Amos 3:7]. Consequently, if it is not made known to the prophets it will not come to pass.” – Joseph Smith  (more…)

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Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 112-113 “… who can describe an angel of light? If Satan should appear as one in glory, who can tell his color, his signs, his appearance, his glory—or what is the manner of his manifestation?

Who can drag into daylight and develop the hidden mysteries of the false spirits that so frequently are made manifest among the Latter-day Saints?

We answer that no man can do this without the Priesthood…A man must have the discerning of spirits before he can drag into daylight this hellish influence and unfold it unto the world in all its soul-destroying, diabolical, and horrid colors; for nothing is a greater injury to the children of men than to be under the influence of a false spirit when they think they have the Spirit of God. History of the Church 4:571581.” (more…)

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Lectures on Faith, 1:14-16 “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.15  By this we understand that the principle of power, which existed in the bosom of God, by which the worlds were framed, was faith; and that it is by reason of this principle of power existing in the Deity, that all created things exist – so that all things in heaven, on earth, or under the earth, exist by reason of faith, as it existed in Him. 16 Had it not been for the principle of faith, the worlds would never have been framed, neither would man have been formed of the dust. It is the principle by which Jehovah works, and through which he exercises power over all temporal, as well as eternal things. Take this principle or attribute (for it is an attribute) from the Deity, and he would cease to exist.” – comp. John A. Widtsoe, N.B. Lundwall (more…)

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OnThisDayinMormonHistory.comApr 23, 1843 – “Robert Wiley “finds” six metal, bell-shaped plates covered with hieroglyphs while digging in a mound near Kinderhook, Illinois. The plates are found with a skeleton eleven feet below the top of the mound. There are “two mormon elders” among the dozen people witnessing the excavation. The plates are brought to Joseph Smith who says “they contain the history of the person with whom they were found and 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.” In 1855 and 1879 associates of Wiley claim that the plates were a hoax gotten up by Wiley and friends to fool Smith. There is debate about the validity of the “hoax” stories until 1981 when the plates are subjected to testing which conclusively verifies their 19th-century origin and details given by the hoaxers in their manufacture.” (more…)

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D&C 61:14-19; “Behold, I, the Lord, in the beginning blessed the waters; but in the last days, by the mouth of my servant John, I cursed the waters. 15 Wherefore, the days will come that no flesh shall be safe upon the waters. 16 And it shall be said in days to come that none is able to go up to the land of Zion upon the waters, but he that is upright in heart. 17 And, as I, the Lord, in the beginning cursed the land, even so in the last days have I blessed it, in its time, for the use of my saints, that they may partake the fatness thereof. 18 And now I give unto you a commandment that what I say unto one I say unto all, that you shall forewarn your brethren concerning these waters, that they come not in journeying upon them, lest their faith fail and they are caught in snares; 19 I, the Lord, have decreed, and the destroyer rideth upon the face thereof, and I revoke not the decree.” – August 12, 1831

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TodayinMormonHistory“175 years ago today – Apr 6, 1843 –Three days after William Miller’s predicted advent, Joseph reiterated the “eighty-five years old” prophecy and promised that, “There are those of the rising generation who shall not taste death till Christ comes. …  I prophecy in the name of the Lord God, and let it be written, that the Son of Man will not come in the heavens till I am 85 years old, 48 years hence or about 1890.”  Joseph then indulged in calculations based on biblical prophecy, referring ambiguously to the beginning of the “hour of his judgement” and figuring that if a day with God is 1,000 years, then an hour with God is “41 years, 8 months …”” – Rick Grunder, Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source

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Wilford Woodruff’s Journal: Volume 7, p. 83 & Today in Mormon History; “– 145 years ago… – Mar 30, 1873 — [Wilford Woodruff] Again Presidet Young said Joseph the Prophet told me that the garden of Eden was in Jackson Co Missouri, & when Adam was driven out of the garden of Eden He went about 40 miles to the Place which we Named Adam Ondi Ahman, & there built an Altar of Stone & offered Sacrifize. That Altar remains to this day. I saw it as Adam left it as did many others, & through all the revolutions of the world that Altar had not been disturbed. Joseph also said that when the City of Enoch fled & was translated it was whare the gulf of Mexico now is. It left that gulf a body of water.” – Also see: Wilford Woodruff’s Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, Amazon, New Mormon Studies  [Spelling as in original]

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Answers to Gospel Questions 3:141; “Summarizing the facts—Joseph Smith revealed that Gabriel was Noah; Luke declared that it was the angel Gabriel who appeared to Zacharias and Mary; and the Lord has declared that Elias appeared to Zacharias and Joseph Smith. Therefore, Elias is Noah.” – Joseph Fielding Smith, 1960

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Doctrine and Covenants 45:21; “And it shall come to pass, that this generation of Jews shall not pass away until every desolation which I have told you concerning them shall come to pass.”

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Today we’re looking at a vision Joe Smith claimed he received from the Lord while in a council meeting with many of the Church members present. This vision is supposedly when Smith saw his twelve apostles in the Celestial Kingdom, but there are multiple problems in this passage taken from the History of the Church 2:381. You can read it in full by clicking on the link.

Today we’re looking at the text to find out why this is false, and asking a few questions!

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The Second Book of Nephi Chapter 3; “Joseph in Egypt saw the Nephites in vision—He prophesied of Joseph Smith, the latter-day seer; of Moses, who would deliver Israel; and of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. About 588–570 B.C.”

2 Nephi 3:8-10; “And I will give unto him a commandment that he shall do none other work, save the work which I shall command him. And I will make him great in mine eyes; for he shall do my work. 9 And he shall be great like unto Moses, whom I have said I would raise up unto you, to deliver my people, O house of Israel. 10 And Moses will I raise up, to deliver thy people out of the land of Egypt.”

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John 3:19-20; “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 203; “Ignorance of the Nature of Spirits

“Try the spirits,” but what by? Are we to try them by the creeds of men? What preposterous folly—what sheer ignorance—what madness! Try the motions and actions of an eternal being (for I contend that all spirits are such) by a thing that was conceived in ignorance, and brought forth in folly—a cobweb of yesterday! Angels would hide their faces, and devils would be ashamed and insulted, and would say, “Paul we know, and Jesus we know, but who are ye?” Let each man of society make a creed and try evil spirits by it, and the devil would shake his sides; it is all that he would ask—all that he would desire. Yet many of them do this, and hence “many spirits are abroad in the world.” – Joseph Smith, April 1, 1842,  HC 4:571

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Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 214-215; “There have also been ministering angels in the Church which were of Satan appearing as an angel of light. … How, it may be asked, was this known to be a bad angel? By the color of his hair; that is one of the signs that he can be known by, and by his contradicting a former revelation.”

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