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Wilford Woodruff Journal, p. 270-271 “President Young said Michael was a resurrected Being and he left Eloheem and came to this earth & with an immortal body, & continued so till he partook of earthly food and begat Children who were mortal. (Keep this to yourselves). Then they died.” — January 27, 1860 (more…)

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December 19 — Mormon Distortion of Jesus. Mark 3:35 “For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.” (more…)

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Mortal Messiah 1:330 “As far as this life is concerned, [Jesus] was born of Mary and of Elohim; he came here as an offspring of that Holy Man who is literally our Father in heaven. He was born in mortality in the literal and full sense as the Son of God. He is the Son of his father in the same sense that all morals [mortals, sic] are the sons and daughters of their fathers.” – Bruce R. McConkie, 1979 (more…)

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Mormon Doctrine, p. 65 “Among a great host of impious and sacrilegious speaking that constitute blasphemy are such things as: Taking the name of God in vain; evil-speaking about the Lord’s anointed; belittling sacred temple ordinances, or patriarchal blessings, or sacramental administrations; claiming unwarranted divine authority; and promulgating with profane piety a false system of salvation.” – Bruce R. McConkie (more…)

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Acts 2:1-4; “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

What’s the cost of observing Pentecost?

Imagine being a self-proclaimed Christian, and yet not knowing about most of the Jewish holidays, or the Christian holidays/observances listed in the Bible.

That scenario is reality for the majority of Mormons who’ve been strictly taught what they must do to be saved, and what church authorized books they can read.

I grew up in Utah Mormonism totally clueless about biblical events such as Good Friday, Pentecost, Passover, etc. Sadly, given my experience, I wasn’t alone.

I had never learned how God had mandated His chosen people, the Israelites, to attend seven feasts and festivals at specific times throughout the year, let alone knowing that each carried a specific meaning.

This is the crux of the many problems Mormon people face each day. They’re kept so busy with a laundry list of meaningless man-made rules, it leaves little time in the day to think of other things.

In short, those busy things serve as the answer to the title of our article today.

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2 Peter 2:1-3 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

 Ensign, General Conference, ‘O How Great the Plan of Our God,’ November 2016; “Brothers and sisters, we are eternal beings, without beginning and without end. We have always existed.1 We are the literal spirit children of divine, immortal, and omnipotent Heavenly Parents!

We come from the heavenly courts of the Lord our God. We are of the royal house of Elohim, the Most High God. We walked with Him in our premortal life. We heard Him speak, witnessed His majesty, learned His ways.” – Dieter Uchtdorf

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Mormon Decisions 10A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, p 71-72; “Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon also spoke upon the law of tithing. Among other things [he] said, “there are those in this audience who are descendants of the old 12 Apostles and, shall I say it, yes, descendants of the Savior himself. His seed is represented in this body of men.” – Edited by Stan Larson, Signature Books, 1993

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salt lake mormon temple 2The Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Matthew – Revelation 2:113; “Who or what is God? Is he the incomprehensible, uncreated, immaterial nothingness described in the creeds of Christendom. A three-in-one nothingness, a spirit essence filling immensity, an incorporeal, uncreated being incapable of definition or mortal comprehension, an unknown God who does not appear to men?” – Bruce McConkie

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 3:366; “Jesus descended very low in his parentage and birth; but the question may be asked, did he condescend to be reduced in his understanding? By the same reasoning I would believe that he did. I would believe that he was one of the weakest children that was ever born, one of the most helpless at his birth; so helpless that it might have been supposed that he would never grow up to manhood.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, June 22, 1856

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salt lake mormon temple 2D&C 132:46; “And verily, verily, I say unto you, that whatsoever you seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven; and whatsoever you bind on earth, in my name and by my word, saith the Lord, it shall be eternally bound in the heavens; and whosesoever sins you remit on earth shall be remitted eternally in the heavens; and whosesoever sins you retain on earth shall be retained in heaven.”

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October 1 – John 20:17; “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”

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June 5 – Isaiah 53:9; “And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit found in his mouth”.

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Centennial Park

      Here we are in the twenty first century and still talking about polygamy.  On Tuesday, February 13, 2007, ABC aired a program called “The Outsiders”.  The focus was of course the polygamous community of Centennial Park, AZ that lies just two miles south of Colorado City, home to the infamous group of the Fundamental Latter-day Saints. 

This particular group of polygamists wanted to make it clear that they are not part of the group in Colorado City.  They claim they don’t have the problems of child sexual abuse and forced marriages that seem to plague Warren Jeffs group; although they did admit to having bouts of jealousy towards each other.

     The main subjects of the interview focused on one young family within the clan.  ABC was invited into the 1,400 sq. ft. home of a husband with two wives and their nine children.  The polygamists wanted the world to see how they take care of their own and they portrayed this community effort of building an addition onto the home of the young family. 

The husband, Ariel Hammon met both of his wives at school.  He was the math teacher for both when they were in school.  His first wife is now 30 years old and mother to seven of the children with another one on the way.  His second wife is 20 and mother to the remaining two children.  Mr. Hammon is roughly 35 years old.

     At one point during the interview the reporter, John Quinonez gathered a group of about 15 teenagers to ask them some questions.  He asked the girls what their dreams were for their lives.  One girl answered that she is praying to be just one of her future husband’s wives, yet she had no idea who it was that she’d want to marry.  She said that it was “up to the priesthood”.  When asked how she’d feel if he had a lot of wives, she answered by saying; “If he has six or seven wives, I’d accept that. The man is not ours. We are given to the man but we can’t claim him. So as many wives as he would want, he can have. As long as it’s what God wants.”  The young men in the group all claimed they had no problem with obeying the elders by having two to fifteen wives.  If that is what God wanted, then so be it.

     As I was watching the show it was so hard for me to sit still and keep my mouth shut as I listened to the lies they told and witnessed the obvious brain washing that has taken control of these beautiful people.  However, out of all the lies they told and keep telling to the next generation, I was also very grateful for the invention of television.  I’m not a big advocate for television, but there are times when God will use it for His purpose and I truly believe this is one of those times!  The news reporter gave a short blip about Joseph Smith’s teachings of polygamy, godhood and salvation. 

     I would imagine that it’s incredibly difficult for the modern-day member of the LDS Church to reconcile the truth about Joseph Smith and the persona they are trying to portray in this, the twenty-first century.  Their latest push of wanting to be included into the “mainstream” body of Christ has to be a hard sale when the truth of their doctrine is a glaring reminder of why they don’t belong.  In contrast, the polygamist groups don’t feel the added pressure of wanting to fit in – they have purposefully kept themselves separated from the “secular world”.

     The husband that the show focused on, Ariel Hammon, admitted they do believe Jesus was a polygamist and that black people are the curse of Cain. 

Moses 7:22; “And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them.”

  I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it was reported on this show that Mr. Hammon is the first person to admit to the teachings of Jesus being a polygamist and the curse of Cain.

     So for all those who write in to Life After Ministries and tell us we’re being sensationalistic, or that we’ve lied, you’ve now heard it from the “horse’s mouth” so to speak.  We haven’t pulled some obscure teaching out of the annals of the LDS Church’s history to twist things around; these are the basic tenets of Mormonism.

     The truth is Joseph Smith did teach that Jesus was a polygamist and Joseph Smith did in fact teach that black people are cursed.  Let us pray for these people!  Of course they also claimed that sex has absolutely nothing to do with polygamy, but we already know the truth to that story.  We’ll have more on these topics in the near future on our website so stay tuned.

     Mr. Hammon claimed the Bible commands polygamy to be practiced, but nowhere in the Bible have I ever seen such a commandment.  I’m certain that if he truly believes in the teachings of Joseph Smith he’d also claim the Bible isn’t translated correctly either.  How is it they can claim the Bible commands something if they don’t actually believe the Bible to be correct? 

     While trying to portray the wonderful attributes of polygamy, the women of this particular group have gathered together to fight what they call the “injustices” they face because of their religion. They said that by living in America they should be able to worship the way they see fit without being persecuted.

They’ve dubbed themselves the Centennial Park Action Committee and have begun pushing their agenda for “religious tolerance”.  Following in their mother’s footsteps are the children of not only these multiple wives, but others as well who are speaking out, publicly demanding respect and tolerance from mainstream society in both Arizona and Utah.

     Funny, the term “tolerance” sounds eerily familiar when you listen to the groups that want same-sex marriages to be legalized.  Isn’t this also what the ACLU tries to impose upon the citizens of America today when they want the Ten Commandments ripped from all public buildings and when they fight to have Christmas trees taken down from airports like they did here in Seattle this past Christmas season?

     The mainstream LDS Church can claim they don’t believe these doctrines any longer, but in reality they still do.  The Doctrine and Covenants still contains section 132 which warns members they cannot be saved without having multiple wives and women will be damned if they reject it. 

D&C 132:4; “For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory.”  Also see D&C 132:51-56.

They still teach that you must be married in order to gain exaltation and they still teach they will become gods and goddesses someday with their own earths.  (D&C 132:19-20.) 

     When you witness to a Mormon whether it be a missionary or a close friend or relative, they may try and tell you that they don’t personally believe in the section of D&C that commands polygamy.  If this is the case ask them if they’ve denounced Joseph Smith for their as well.  After all, the teachings mentioned here originated with none other than Smith himself. 

Deut. 18:20-22 says that we are to disregard any prophet who gives a false prophecy.

  Because the “everlasting covenant” of having multiple wives was outlawed by the US government and subsequently abandoned by the mainstream LDS Church, it can’t possibly be qualified as everlasting, but qualifies as a false prophecy.

     I have always maintained that Mormonism is based upon two principles.  Sex and godhood; you can’t get one without the other.  You can’t be truly saved (godhood status) if you’re not married; i.e. polygamy.  You can’t be married without taking oaths in the temple to pledge loyalty to the Mormon god who is a polygamist.  (In reality yes, you can be married outside of the temple.  However if you’re a TBM (true blue Mormon) and truly love your Heavenly Father you’ll be needing that temple marriage.)

     When the younger sister wife of the host family being interviewed was asked how she would get to heaven, her response made me cringe.  She answered by stating that being married and following Jesus’ example to bring children here to earth, obeying the commandments (D&C 132) and having a happy family is the way she can go to heaven. 

     Where is the gospel in this?  Where is there any hope provided by a Savior?  Now whether or not she articulated the proper tenets of that particular sect is irrelevant.  Her understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ is totally warped!  This is the “fruit” of true Mormonism.  While I know she’s only twenty years old and still very young, this is what she will be passing on to her children. 

 Think about it, she’s twenty and has two kids.

      As an example I was born and raised in mainstream Mormonism and lived with the average thought process of any average Mormon for thirty years.  The young woman’s thought process mentioned here isn’t any different than mine was before I got saved and I wasn’t a polygamist.  The last polygamist in my family was alive three generations ago.  My parents were 16 and 18 when they got married and I was born a day before their first anniversary.  My mother hadn’t finished 9th grade when she dropped out of school to be married.  The similarities are striking and sadly enough my experience is typical of Mormon behavior patterns.

     My parents weren’t married in the temple and while my mother did become active in her twenties, my father only on rare occasions would go to church.  They did however pass down the “heritage and culture” of being active in the Church as a youngster, thus my brothers and I were summarily dropped off at the ward building when the schedule demanded we be there.

     The residual effects of polygamy are far reaching and when the members of the LDS Church went into their temple one hundred years ago they took oaths upon themselves and the heads of the next third and fourth generations.  Don’t think those oaths are just some silly rituals they go through that don’t carry a spiritual price to pay.  Temple-worthy members of today are still taking those oaths.  Although they have changed the ceremonies drastically since the days of the early church, the oaths and effects are the same.

     The residual effects of polygamy can also be seen in the vital statistics of life in Utah today.  Every 18 months or so I write an article on the statistics of various subjects for the state of Utah – you can read the latest one here: http://www.lifeafter.org/vitalstats2006.asp

     The findings are remarkable to say the least.  Suicide, rape, and incest are higher there than the national average and they can’t figure out why.  The studies for trying to understand these phenomena have been ongoing since the mid-fifties.  They have been quoted as saying they are positive that religion has absolutely nothing to do with it.  One “expert” even said he felt the rates are that high because the Intermountain west has easy access to guns.  Yeah, okay…

     Here is what part of my article says about Utah stats: “Another comparison that I found to be very telling is from the Utah Department of Health.  It says that in Utah 1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18.  Nationally the rates are 1 out of 6 women (17%) and 1 out of 33 men (3%) will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives.”   

     In other words you’re twice as likely to be raped in Utah if you’re a female and if you’re a male it’s six times higher than the national average.  Pretty scary if you ask me.  Let’s face it; this is the residual effect of polygamy. 

This is the legacy the early pioneers have left for the “Land of Zion”.  Now I’m not stating that the rest of the nation or the world for that matter is any better.  Goodness this world is filled with evil people who commit evil sins.  However, when the “prophets of God” proclaim something to be a direct revelation from the Almighty you’d think that the fruit of such an act would produce godly legacies, not bad ones.  Yet here is this “holy land” that is continually suffering a worse record of sexual crimes than the rest of the nation and I’m sure I’m not the only person who can figure this out.

     The biggest impression I was left with after watching that show was the sadness I felt for those women and girls.  I’m not a feminist mind you, but I cannot imagine living another day like that.  I love my husband and I know how blessed I am that God gave me two daughters, but without Jesus and His spilled blood I am nothing and have nothing.  It’s been almost 14 years since I accepted Jesus into my heart and working in this ministry reminds me of what He saved me from.  This show is a great reminder of just how desperate the situation is for those caught in the trap of the evil one.  Help us won’t you to reach out to them through prayer and witness?  May God bless you for your willingness and love!

 With Love in Christ;

Michelle Grim

1 Cor. 1:18

 

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The Ensign and Journal of Discourses

     The LDS Church’s claim to fame is that they are “the only true church” of Jesus Christ on the earth. Members learn their church leaders are “called” by God and upon receiving a calling to serve in the Church you are told that it’s God who is calling you to this position, not the person behind the desk. They say they have a living prophet and this person is the “mouthpiece” of the Lord. He is said to receive modern day revelation from God for the members of the Church.

The Journal of Discourses is a compilation of various General Conference sermons that were given from November 1, 1853 to May 17 1886 by past and prominent leaders of the LDS Church. The sermons from these men used to be considered scripture. At the time, the Saints believed what these people said and believed these men were speaking for God. Nowadays they are not printed by the Church anymore and when members ask about them they are told the Church doesn’t recognize them as scripture or doctrine. They are considered as their past leader’s opinion, yet there are many revelations in the Journals that are supposed to be eternal and/or to always be practiced.

     Here is what Apostle Albert Carrington said about the Journals;

We take great pleasure in presenting to the Saints and the world … the JOURNAL OF DISCOURSES, which they will find contains rich treasures of information concerning the glorious principles of Eternal Life, as revealed through God’s anointed servants in these last days. All who read the discourses contained in this volume are earnestly recommended to adapt them to their lives by practice, and we can confidently assure them that, in doing so, they are laying up a store of knowledge that will save and exalt them in the Celestial kingdom.”

     In the Journals you’ll find various quotes on such subjects as polygamy, whites mixing with blacks, blood atonement, and blacks holding the priesthood. (In the case of blacks holding the priesthood, it wasn’t supposed to happen until the millennium.)

Below are a few quotes from Brigham Young on the Church’s view on the above subjects:

White’s Mixing Their Seed with Blacks: 

“Shall I tell you the law of God to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God is death on the spot. This will always be so.” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Volume 10. 

Polygamy:

“The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy. Others attain unto a glory and may even be permitted to come into the presence of the Father and the Son; but they cannot reign as kings in glory, because they had blessing offered unto them, and they refused to accept them. “Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Volume 11.

Blacks and the Priesthood: 

“When all the other children of Adam have had the privilege of receiving the Priesthood, and of coming into the kingdom of God, and of being redeemed from the four quarters of the earth, and have received their resurrection from the dead, then it will be time enough to remove the curse from Cain and his posterity. He deprived his brother of the privilege of pursuing his journey through life, and of extending his kingdom by multiplying upon the earth; and because he did this, he is the last to share the joys of the kingdom of God.” Brigham Young, Volume 10.

     These sermons were coming from a prophet, someone speaking for the Lord. Since these things happened before they were supposed to or were done way with, does that make Brigham Young and other LDS prophets, false prophets? The Bible has a very clear test for false or true prophets when someone declares themselves to be a prophet.

In Deuteronomy 18:20-22 we learn that if a person calling themselves a prophet is wrong one time, they are a false prophet and false prophets do exist. Why would Jesus and the apostles warn us about them if they didn’t? (Matthew 24:11)  Paul also warned the people about false prophets and teachers in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15. Here he said these people may appear to be apostles of Jesus, but even Satan can appear good and as an angel of light.

It seems the Church can’t make its mind up about whether God changes or not. Some LDS scripture will say God never changes, that he is the same always, while others say that God does change his mind on doctrinal things.  As a Christian I know God never, ever changes. He knows all; he won’t implement a doctrine then change his mind because he knows how it’s going to work out from the beginning.

Today the LDS Church has a monthly publication called the Ensign which carries various articles about different teachings or insights pertaining to the LDS religion.  The first publication was in January 1971 along with two other LDS magazines, the Friend and New Era. The issues for May and November are the General Conference issues which contain the talks given by a few leaders in the Church at General Conference in April and October.

Much like the Journal of Discourses used to be considered scripture, these issues are also considered scripture. I was taught I should keep the current Conference Ensign right by my scriptures. I was to study it and treat it as such; it was “scripture” until the new one came out. Then I was to replace the old issue with the new one.

Like the Conference issue of the Ensign, the sermons in the Journal of Discourses were and are given in front of the LDS people. They aren’t given in the barber shop or across a backyard fence, so they can’t be just opinions. Joseph Smith once said “A prophet of God is only a prophet when acting as such” (Joseph Smith History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, by B.H Roberts) When a prophet addresses the followers of the Church in conference or in a sermon they are “acting as such”.

In a popular LDS Hymn called “We Thank Thee, O God for a Prophet”, the end of the first line reads:

“We thank thee for every blessing, bestowed by thy bounteous hand.

We feel it a pleasure to serve thee, and love to obey thy commands.”

     These men were “acting as such” when they stood up to speak to the members of the Church. What they say when speaking to the members is doctrine like the hymn says; they want to obey what the prophet commands. They want to listen to and obey what these men say because they trust that they won’t lead the LDS people astray.

If the LDS Church is “the only true church” on the face of the earth, how is it their doctrines keep changing? I would think “the only true church” would have the same doctrines and beliefs from the beginning to the present.  What Brigham Young taught about polygamy and whites mixing with blacks is no longer considered doctrine. I would think an all knowing, all powerful LDS god would know the hurt and damage those “doctrines” would cause his children and he would swiftly correct any so called prophet when he spoke those things.

I wonder how long before all the things that the LDS believe now will soon be “not doctrinal”. Will they not be allowed to refer to books or past Conference talks by leaders such as Gordon B. Hinckley, Neal Maxwell or Thomas S. Monson?  Will what they taught be considered “just their opinions” and the Church doesn’t recognize that has doctrine?

I am very grateful to my Father in Heaven. I am glad that I have the Bible, God’s word as “A lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” Psalm 119:105. God’s word is his will for all of us. I pray the LDS people will realize this and come to the Jesus of the Bible.

I was listening to a pastor on the radio today who said, “Satan likes to use the Christian vocabulary, but not the Christian dictionary”.

In Romans 16:17-18, Paul is telling us that sure, someone may come to you with a wonderful message and it may sound really good, but if it is contrary to what I taught you then stay away from it. You may have someone come to you using all the right words, all the “Christian vocabulary”, but they don’t have the correct desire behind it. They want to lead away from the Jesus of the Bible, to another Jesus and another gospel.

In Galatians 1: 8-9, Paul continues to warn us about false prophets and teachers. He says if an angel of light, or even if I preach a different gospel than what I have taught you from the beginning, don’t listen to it.

As you can see Jesus and his apostles were very concerned that others would come along and deceive his followers. Jesus loves us so much. He doesn’t want any of us to latch on to other gospels that will take us away from him. He wants all of us to be with him in Heaven.

My hope is that the LDS people would truly study their Bibles and see what their Church teaches versus what Jesus taught.

Melissa Grimes

Melissa@lifeafter.org

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