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 Today we’re looking at a speech Brigham Young delivered 158 years ago that’s still in effect today. Pray for all Mormons who believe his lies!

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Pray for the Christian ministries with boots on the ground as we speak. Many have made the trip to last ‘Miracle in Manti‘ Pageant. This LDS production has been going on for decades now, but with Mr. Nelson’s directives, they’ve been eliminated.

Many Christians will go with tracts in hand, and witness to the thousands of Mormons who’ve turned this event into their yearly family vacation. Nestled in the hills of Utah, Manti is virtually unknown if not for the yearly pageants. The surrounding communities are swamped with polygamous families still in operation. One of our faithful visitors to this site will be in attendance as well! (Praying for you Melissa B.!)

When Kirk and I visited the pageant years ago, groups of women donned in long skirts and bright pink t-shirts came up to argue the benefits of polygamy. Their t-shirts said, ‘Help stamp out monogamy’. Oh my…

Now for our LDS reference –

Journal of Discourses 7:290 “Should not this thought comfort all people? They will, by-and-by, be a thousand times more thankful for such a man as Joseph Smith, junior, than it is possible for them to be for any earthly good whatever. It is his mission to see that all the children of men in this last dispensation are saved, that can be, through the redemption.

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Joseph Smith’s New York Reputation Reexamined by Rodger I. Anderson, pp 154-155; “I was born in Palmyra, N.Y., near where old Jo Smith settled, January 4, 1807. I attended school with Prophet Jo. His father taught me to mow. I worked with old and young Jo at farming. I have frequently seen old Jo drunk. Young Jo had a forked witch-hazel rod with which he claimed he could locate buried money or hidden things. Later he had a peep-stone which he put into his hat and looked into it. I have seen both. Joshua Stafford, a good citizen, told me that young Jo Smith and himself dug for money in his orchard and elsewhere nights. All the money digging was done nights. I saw the holes in the orchard [p.155] which were four or five feet square and three or four feet deep. Jo and others dug much about Palmyra and Manchester. I have seen many of the holes. The first thing he claimed to find was gold plates of the “Book of Mormon,” which he kept in a pillowcase and would let people lift, but not see…

[Signed.] ISAAC BUTTS.

South Newbury, Geauga Co, O.”

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Gospel Doctrine, Chapter 25, p. 480 “THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH. Brother Woodruff, in the course of his remarks, made the assertion that Joseph Smith was the greatest prophet that has ever lived, of whom we have any knowledge, save and except Jesus Christ himself…Today there is not another man, perhaps, who has figured in religion, whose name is so wide-spread among the nations, as that of Joseph Smith.” – Joseph F. Smith

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Joseph Smith had quite the reputation for all kinds of questionable activities.

Most know him for his many wives, but there’s also the entrepreneurial side of Joe that usually ended in disaster. We’ve created a page as a repository for many of his get-rich-quick schemes, and other ill-fated deeds.

The reason for creating another page came from the many random requests on Smith’s illegal activities. Although we do have a section on Smith, we realized there’s nothing dedicated to just this one topic. Thus, here we are! By the end of the day, you’ll find our new page over on the right sidebar in the Joseph Smith section. You’ll find it now at the end of the article.

We pray members of the Church will check out the reliable references we’ve provided so they can see how Smith wasn’t a true prophet.

Our hearts grieve for those who’ve been tricked by this man, and pray they’ll turn their devotion to Christ Jesus and Him crucified!

With Love in Christ;

Michelle

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Ensign, ‘We are All Enlisted,’ November 2011 “Number one, Satan, or Lucifer, or the father of lies—call him what you will—is real, the very personification of evil. His motives are in every case malicious, and he convulses at the appearance of redeeming light, at the very thought of truth. Number two, he is eternally opposed to the love of God, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and the work of peace and salvation. He will fight against these whenever and wherever he can. He knows he will be defeated and cast out in the end, but he is determined to take down with him as many others as he possibly can.” – Jeffrey Holland (more…)

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TodayinMormonHistory.com — 170 years ago today – 1842 8 Aug. Joseph Smith is arrested as an accessory to the attempted murder of ex-Governor Lilburn Boggs. Nauvoo’s municipal court claims jurisdiction over Joseph Smith and discharges him….” – Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power

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Nauvoo Expositor, June 7, 1844 “We would ask him on the other hand, if the overthrow of the Church was not inevitable, to which he often replied, that we would all go to Hell together, and convert it into a heaven, by casting the Devil out; and says he, Hell is by no means the place this world of fools suppose it to be, but on the contrary, it is quite an agreeable place: to which we would now reply, he can enjoy it if he is determined not to desist from his evil ways; but as for us, and ours, we will serve the Lord our God!” (more…)

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Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 318; “Have we not learned the Priesthood after the order of Melchizedek, which includes both Prophets, Priests and Kings: see Rev. 1 Chap., 6th v., and I will advance your Prophet to a Priest, and then to a King—not to the Kingdoms of this earth, but of the Most High God. See Rev. 5 Chap., 10th v.—‘Thou hast made us unto our God, Kings and Priests, and we shall reign on the earth.’” July 23, 1843  (more…)

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Psalm 16:8-10 “I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 10 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.”

The proof, they say, is in the pudding so that’s just what we’re doing today. We’re taking a look at factual info from both the Bible, and Joseph Smith’s history to see why he couldn’t offer salvation as he claimed. According to the Bible, that’s the job of the Messiah, not you, or me, nor Joseph Smith.

 

 

 

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Joseph Smith Papers; “When I [Joseph Smith] have proved that I am right, and get all the world subdued under me, I think I shall deserve something.” – September 23, 1843

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The two Bible verses listed below serve as two more reasons why Mormonism is NOT a Christian organization! Please know that if you’re LDS, we don’t say these thing lightly. It’s not said in malice, nor is it stated with an agenda to bash and humiliate the Mormon people. To us, this is devastating.

We pray that if you’re LDS, you read the info for yourself to make a determination. We do not want you to take our word for it – check it out, and verify it to see what God has to say about this subject!!

Isaiah 40:3; “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

Isaiah 40:9; “O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!”

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1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Joseph Smith History 1:33; “He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do; and that my name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people.”

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Life of Joseph the Prophet, p. 514; “It has been my intention for a long time,” he said, “to take up this subject and lay it clearly before the people, and show what my faith is in relation to this interesting matter. And if it rains I will preach this doctrine, for the truth shall be preached. I will preach the plurality of Gods. I have selected this text for that express purpose. I wish to declare, I have always and in all congregations, when I have preached on the subject of Deity, proclaimed the plurality of Gods.” – Edward W. Tullidge

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Today is the day in Mormon history where all members of the LDS Church stop to remember their founder, Joseph Smith, Jr.

Today’s date in the annals of Mormonism is as important to them as the birth of Christ, and Joe Smith’s birth.

Several years ago Kirk and I went on a couple of missions trips to Nauvoo, and Carthage, Illinois.

The production they display for their founder is something to behold if you ever have the opportunity to visit there. While they have the huge Miracle Pageant they put on a massive stage with dozens of actors, there’s also other little noteworthy side trips to see.

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  History of the Church 2:492; “My instructions to the brethren were, when they arrived in England, to adhere closely to the first principles of the gospel, and remain silent concerning the gathering, the vision, and the book of doctrine and covenants, until such time as the work was fully established, and it should be clearly made manifest by the spirit to do otherwise.” – Joseph Smith, June 1837

 

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Millennial Star, Volume 26, No. 16. April 16, 1864, p. 247; “THE MISSION OF JOSEPH SMITH

Who is the author of this work and gathering? Joseph Smith, the Prophet as an instrument in the hands of God, is the author of it. He is the greatest man on earth. No other man, at this age of the world, has power to assemble such a great people from all the nations of the earth, with all their varied dispositions, and so assimilate and cement them together that they become subject to rule and order. This the Prophet Joseph is doing. He has already gathered a great people who willingly subject themselves to his counsel, because they know it is righteous.” – Brigham Young

 

 

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salt lake mormon temple 2 Journal of Discourses 7:289; “…no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith. From the day that the Priesthood was taken from the earth to the winding-up scene of all things, every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are—I with you and you with me. I cannot go there without his consent. He holds the keys of that kingdom for the last dispensation—the keys to rule in the spirit-world; and he rules there triumphantly, for he gained full power and a glorious victory over the power of Satan while he was yet in the flesh, and was a martyr to his religion and to the name of Christ…” – Brigham Young, Great Salt Lake City, October 9, 1859

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Luke 21:33; “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”

One might think the very words of Christ would be enough to deter people from trying joseph smith 3their hand at inventing their own version of God’s word. Today however, we’re the unfortunate witness of many who’ve rejected our dear Lord’s promise, and Joseph Smith was case in point.

Endowed with an inner longing to take God’s place on the throne, his lack of self discipline took a back seat to nothing; truth included. He went so far as to not only reject God’s holy writ, but to write himself into an ‘updated’ version of it as well.

The biggest issue when it came to what Joe Smith had done, is the discovery of most, if not all other LDS leaders who’ve placed the importance of Smith ahead of God’s word. As a reminder, we’re looking at an article the Church published, Ensign, ‘Joseph Smith: Restorer of Truth,’ December 2003.

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Psalms 119:89; “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”

Ensign, ‘Joseph Smith: Restorer of Truth,’ December 2003

Joseph Smith General of NauvooTwo years shy of the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s birth, the LDS Church ran an article in the December 2003 Ensign on the wonders of Joseph Smith entitled ‘Joseph Smith the Restorer’. We’re taking a look at some of the comments made by past LDS leaders about Smith, and comparing those with the Bible!

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Mormon Doctrine2Mormon Doctrine, p. 169; “Christ, acting under the direction of the Father, was and is the Creator of all things. … John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16-17  … That he was aided in the creation of this earth by “many of the noble and great” spirit children of the Father is evident from Abraham’s writings. Unto those superior spirits Christ said: “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.” (Abra. 3:22-24.) Michael or Adam was one of these. Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Peter, James, and John, Joseph Smith, and many other “noble and great” ones played a part in the great creative enterprise. (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, pp. 74-75.)” – Bruce R. McConkie

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