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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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