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October 23 –– Jesus, not Joseph is from the Davidic Line. Jeremiah 33:14-15; “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. 15 ¶ In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.”

Luke 3:23-31; “And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, 24 Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi… 31 …which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David”. (more…)

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ensign-2Conference Report, Afternoon Meeting, April, 1961, p. 119; “This Church is the standard which Isaiah said the Lord would set up for the people in the latter days. This Church was given to be a light to the world and to be a standard for God’s people and for the Gentiles to seek to. This Church is the ensign on the mountain spoken of by the Old Testament prophets. It is the way, the truth, and the life.” – Marion Romney

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Church Government

Mormon Decisions 10Ensign, July 1972, “We are Called of God”; “…The Twelve are accountable to the prophet, and not the Church, for the course they pursue…If we are to take that same principle and apply it at the ward level, we can see that the bishop, who is considered the father of his ward and who leads his ward with judiciousness and love and patience and kindness, is nonetheless not answerable to the members of his ward, but instead is answerable to the Lord and to those priesthood leaders who preside over him. The bishop is answerable for the members of his ward but not necessarily answerable to the members of his ward.

The church of Jesus Christ, then, is organized from the top down.” – Loren C. Dunn, First Council of the Seventy

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Apostates must Suffer

Mormon Decisions 10We’re taking a look at the latest Ensign and want to provide pointers on how to use this as a witnessing tool for your Mormon loved ones! 

Ensign, “Dear are the Sheep that have Wandered”, June 2013; “My dear brothers and sisters and friends, my message this morning is one of hope and solace to heartbroken parents who have done their best to rear their children in righteousness with love and devotion but have despaired because their child has rebelled or been led astray to follow the path of evil and destruction…Successful parents are those who have sacrificed and struggled to do the best they can in their own family circumstances.”

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For Satan so Tricked their Minds…

Ensign, November 2008, pg 28; “‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.’ The Lord Jesus Christ is our partner, helper, and advocate. He wants us to be happy. He wants us to be successful. If we do our part, He will step in.” – Joseph Wirthin, “Come What May and Love It”

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Whom Did the Lord Choose?

Ensign, Jan. 2006, 34-35; “In a surprisingly short time, the [ancient] Church disassembled. Without Apostles, the Church lost its anchor and began to drift on every wind of doctrine. Spiritual gifts disappeared, revelations ceased, the keys to the priesthood were lost, ordinances changed. Ultimately, the purity of our Lord’s gospel began to meld with other doctrines, beliefs, and practices. Philosophies and political influences began to infiltrate and transform the Church.

“During the centuries that followed, the light dimmed even further. President Thomas S. Monson . . . explained: ‘The dark ages of history seemed never to end.’ . . .

“At first a few great reformers began to speak out. When John Wycliffe completed the first English translation of the entire Bible, those in authority did all they could to destroy it. Many of Wycliffe’s followers were severely punished.

“Jan Hus, another fearless reformer who spoke against corruption in the church, was chained by the neck to a stake and burned.

“Thousands of others heroically searched for the truth and risked their all as they sought to worship God according to the dictates of their consciences.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Restoration and Faith”

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Follow the Spirit

Ensign, May 2010, pg 12; “We know we are successful if we live so that we qualify for, receive, and know how to follow the Spirit.” – Julie B. Beck, And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit”

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The Mormon Jesus

Ensign Article November 2011, “The Teachings of Jesus”

We could sit at our computers all day, every day of the year to write and publish articles and that’d be okay.  However, none of those articles mean anything or can do anything if we don’t have the right understanding of Jesus.

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Book of Mormon Timeline

Today’s dilemma is filled with many subject matters for the Mormon and non-Mormon alike to explore in the Book of Mormon.

While perusing the latest edition of the monthly LDS magazine, Ensign, I came upon a section called “Book of Mormon Timeline”.  Since this kind of fits in with the false prophecy we talked about yesterday we thought it’d be a good thing to look at!  Here is the link for the Ensign article;

http://lds.org/ensign/2011/10/book-of-mormon-time-line?lang=eng

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Mormonism: Solid Rock or Sinking Sand?

     Not long ago I heard an old hymn for the first time that many of you are probably familiar with; it’s called “The Solid Rock”.   As I read over the words to this wonderful song I thought of the LDS Church, and how their doctrines are not centered on Jesus Christ.

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ARE FAMILIES REALLY FOREVER?

      I was reminded of a familiar phrase well known by church members this past week when I received my LDS-Gems e-mail of the day.  The topic was about the Families are Forever plan the LDS Church promotes to its members. 

     While I have entertained many questions about this doctrine throughout the years, I was saddened and perplexed by the content of the message that had originated from an article in the November 1996 issue of the Ensign.  The message was delivered by Robert D. Hales, one of the apostles for the LDS Church. 

     The very first line of the e-mail said the following:  “While our individual salvation is based on our individual obedience, it is equally important that we understand that we are each an important and integral part of a family and the highest blessings can be received only within an eternal family.”

     “Wow”, I thought to myself, “am I ever thankful this isn’t truth”!  It reminded me of what it says in 2 Nephi 25:23; “For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”  Just those two teachings from the Church have me exhausted already!  It is certainly all about mortal man and his obedience to perform good works and then if he got anything wrong, Jesus will be the sweep-up man “just in case”.

     In contrast, here is what Paul said in Romans 2:12; “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.” 

     If I am the one responsible for making sure I get to heaven then I am doomed from the get-go.  I am unworthy to live under the Law of Moses.  I do want to obey; the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak – Matthew 26:41.   I am unworthy because of my sin.  I am absolutely certain I would not go to heaven if my salvation was dependent upon the Law.

     The first thing that comes to mind is that I am without a temple to perform sacrifices unto God.  The LDS temples we see dotting various landscapes throughout the world are not patterned after the specifications of what our Holy and Righteous God commanded the Israelites must build when He gave them the Law.  

     Next, I am without a proper sacrifice to offer to God.  Now I could probably come up with enough money to purchase a sacrifice outside the walls of the temple from those who sell that commodity.  But where am I going to find a temple?  Would I even know which sacrifice to purchase to give to the priests inside the temple so they could sacrifice in my name?  There are 613 laws in the Old Testament.  If I am to live by obedience to get me into heaven, I have a lot of studying and behavior modification to take into consideration and get performing! 

     Then and only then, I see in 2nd Nephi that I have the privilege of looking to Jesus and honoring his name by knowing he died after I did all my duties to obey the Law of Moses.  It reminds me of a friend of mine.  She was expecting company to come in from out of town that she hadn’t seen in years.  She wanted everything to be perfect for the visit so she invested almost $500 to have a cleaning brigade come in and help her in advance.  Before they got there she spent an entire week bleaching walls, scrubbing floors and washing windows so no one would see the “real Janet”.  I felt so badly for her.  She was in a complete mess by the anticipated arrival of family members.  They stayed for a few days, but most of their time was spent site-seeing and very little time was spent in her ultra-clean home. 

     To the members of the LDS Church:  are you racing around like Janet trying to clean things up before Jesus’ arrival?  I guarantee you; it’ll never be enough when you don’t believe your salvation is free!  Hebrews 10:5-6 tells us that God isn’t interested in your sacrifices.  “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

     The other part of that first sentence in the e-mail I received gave me more things to think about as well.  “…, it is equally important we understand that we are each an important and integral part of a family and the highest blessings can be received only within an eternal family.” 

     For those who are not intimately aware of what this really means, here’s the translation:  If you do not go to the temple and take oaths to be sealed to your family for eternity you will not be going to the highest level of heaven, the Celestial Kingdom.  For the Mormon, this is where “true salvation” is found.  

     The Teachings of Joseph Smith, pg. 300 says this; Except a man and his wife enter into an everlasting covenant and be married for eternity, while in this probation, by the power and authority of the Holy Priesthood, they will cease to increase when they die; that is, they will not have any children after the resurrection. But those who are married by the power and authority of the priesthood in this life, and continue without committing the sin against the Holy Ghost, will continue to increase and have children in the celestial glory.

      Here’s reality with the family I was born into – my parents are divorced – an eternity for them is being in the same room together for longer than five minutes.  I am fully aware I am not the only person that has been Mormon with this situation.

     So – if I were still a member of the LDS Church, with whom would I be spending eternity with?  My father isn’t active and my step-mother is; while my mother is very active, but my step-father isn’t active at all.  Let’s complicate the matter a little further by imagining that my husband and I were active, as well as his parents.  Do we live with his family or mine?  What if our kids get married and have a family – if they decide not to reside with us wouldn’t that negate the phrase “Families are Forever”? 

     Tired yet?  I know I am and I also know that this must be what goes on in the minds of many Mormons.  Just think of all the time wasted on the “I wonder if’s” in life instead of the one sure thing – that being Christ Jesus!  2 Cor. 10:5 tells us to hold all thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.  Philippians 4:8 says whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, good repute and worthy of praise; these are the things that we are to have our minds dwell upon.  Does the scenario of possibilities with my family exemplify these admonitions from Paul?

     When I presented my mother with her reality, she told me it wasn’t for her to worry about here on earth; she’ll be getting all those answers after she dies.  I’ve no doubt she will and it’s what makes me so sad for her.

     As we read further into the “Gem” of the day we see the following:

  “It is not enough just to save ourselves. It is equally important that parents, brothers, and sisters are saved in our families. If we return home alone to our Heavenly Father, we will be asked, ‘Where is the rest of the family?’ This is why we teach that families are forever. The eternal nature of an individual becomes the eternal nature of the family.”

      Again, all I can say is “wow” as I shake my head in bewilderment.  If you choose to believe you must work your way to heaven, so be it.  I’d never say that I agree with your precepts; however you’re free to worship as you see fit.  The issue I have is with the doctrines of the LDS Church.  They are in exact opposition to the most basic teachings of historical Judeo-Christian theology. 

     My heart is sad all over again not just for my mother, but for all Mormons as well when I read statements like the one made by Mr. Hales, the LDS apostle.  What a burden it must be for the Mormon believing they are responsible for the salvation of those in their family as well as for themselves.  Talk about a guilt trip! 

      In the Encyclopedia of Joseph Smith’s Teachings it says; “The question is frequently asked “Can we not be saved without going through with all those ordinances, &c.?” I would answer, No, not the fullness of salvation. Jesus said, “There are many mansions in my Father’s house, and I will go and prepare a place for you.” House here named should have been translated kingdom; and any person who is exalted to the highest mansion has to abide a celestial law, and the whole law too. (Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 Vols. 6:184).”

      To show that I am not taking things out of context let’s take a look at yet another doctrine of the LDS Church.  It’s fascinating, the more I read about the necessity of being sealed to family members, the more incredible the story becomes. 

      The Doctrines of Salvation 2:173-5 says; “When everything gets finished, we will all be one family…And we will all be subject to our first progenitor, Adam, Michael, the archangel, who has been appointed and given authority under Jesus Christ to stand at the head and preside over all his posterity….There will be cases where some of our ancestors will not be worthy and will drop out, but the links will have to be joined without them…And, therefore, when the Prophet says we cannot be exalted without them, he is thinking of the family connections-generation to generation. And if we are going to sit down and do nothing…we are just setting ourselves off on the side.

     Let’s take a good look at what God says in the Bible about works and our salvation.  Galatians 2:20-1 says; “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”

     It wouldn’t matter where you turn in Mormonism, the message is pretty clear.  Sure, they say that they believe Jesus is the Son of God; why yes, they also say He was crucified for man’s sin and then resurrected on the third day so that we can live forever with Him. 

     Tell me though my friend, where in the above LDS teachings did you see anything said about the cross?  I saw they exalted Adam and named him as Michael the archangel, which of course isn’t true either.  They exalted man, a created being, and tried lowering the status of Jesus.  His blood means nothing according to what Paul says if living by righteousness is needed.

     There’s something else that needs attention to this matter.  Jesus Himself said in Matthew 22:23-29; “The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.  Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:  Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.  And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.  Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”

     Obviously the Sadducees had a few issues and Jesus answered them plainly letting everyone know the ways of the Lord God in heaven.  Isn’t it interesting that when we have our minds set on earthly things we cannot, or will not, believe there are other things possible that man cannot imagine? 

     This is another example of what happens when man exalts himself and chooses to de-glorify Christ Jesus.  How much of a “coincidence” do you think it is that this passage of scripture is in the Bible?  It’s just like what Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 1:9-10; “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.  Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.”

     The real New and Everlasting Covenant is Christ Jesus, God’s perfect Sacrificial Lamb provided for you.  You can read about it in the book of Hebrews chapters 7-10; Jesus is the only one who holds the priesthood now.  The New and Everlasting Covenant is not that of marriage in the LDS temple.  You’ve been lied to my friend and we are praying that you know the truth because we are convinced that in your hearts you truly want to know and love the Jesus of the Bible!

 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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    I recently come across a pro-LDS website that had a list of things one LDS thinks the Mormons should do for 2008. After I read over this list it struck me that there is no mention of Jesus. The number one top thing on this list is what really caught my attention.   It said; “Make sure our testimonies of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, and our new prophet is SOLID.

    How does having any kind of “testimony”, solid or flimsy, get you into Heaven with your savior Jesus Christ?  As a saved Christian, that’s the question I asked myself as I read that statement.  As a former Mormon, I knew where that line of thinking was coming from.  This all goes a back to what the LDS leaders teach the followers of this religion, and where they put Jesus in their lives.

     In the LDS religion Jesus is their elder spirit brother, not their God and Lord over their lives.  Ezra Taft Benson said, “It was there our elder brother Jesus, the firstborn of our Father’s children in the spirit, volunteered to redeem us from our sins”.  (December 1993 Ensign)

     On Sunday my Pastor said that many people put Jesus right beside them, like he’s their buddy. He said that we need to put Jesus right in front of us, where he should be, that we need to always be looking to him.

     I’m going to give you a few quotes by various LDS leaders to give you an idea of where the church member’s minds and hearts are in regards to Jesus, and the Bible vs. Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon.

   Let’s begin will the first thing they mention, the Book of Mormon. Their 8th Article of Faith says:” We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” See what they’ve done here?  In one sentence they compared the Bible, (the infallible Word of God) to the Book of Mormon and said that they can trust the Book of Mormon more.

     Past LDS Prophet Ezra Taft Benson said in the October 1984 General Conference;

 The Book of Mormon being true, then God did inspire his prophet Joseph Smith to translate it and did call him to do the holy work of restoring His church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I testify that the Book of Mormon is the word of God; and therefore Jesus is the Christ, Joseph Smith is a prophet, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, with its authorized servants to perform the ordinances of salvation today, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

 (November 1984 Ensign)

     Did you notice he’s saying that he wouldn’t have a testimony of Jesus Christ without the Book of Mormon?  The late LDS Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley said in the April 2006 General Conference:

“Last year I asked members of the Church throughout the world to again read the Book of Mormon. The Prophet Joseph said in 1841, “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book

(Also see History of the Church 4:461 and May 2006 Ensign) 

LDS church leader, Boyd K. Packer at General Conference in April 1974:

“And we are blessed with other scriptures, also books of revelation: the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. When properly reviewed, such corrections become a testimony for, not against, the truth of the books”

(April 1974 Ensign)

     We need the Book of Mormon, and other books to get nearer to God?  The Bible alone won’t do it?  The Bible doesn’t tell us all we need for our salvation?

     I can only speak from myself on this one, but the only thing the Book of Mormon made me was very confused. It made me doubt the Bible, the literal Word of God. It made me think that it was better, and the Bible wasn’t worth reading. I praise God that now I know the truth. When I study the Bible now, God shows me things I never saw as a Mormon, because I wasn’t saved. God could have been hitting me over the head with a frying pan trying to teach me something, and I would not have known it. I was numb; I didn’t have that change of heart he gives you when he saves you.

    Let’s see, the next thing they mention is….oh yes Joseph Smith. Now the thing you need to understand is that the LDS can’t talk about Jesus without Joseph being too far behind, they go hand in hand in Mormonism. I don’t think you would ever attend an Easter, or Christmas LDS service without them mentioning Joseph right next to Jesus, if they mention Jesus at all.

     LDS Church leader, Dallin H. Oaks said in the General Conference of April 1996:

“On this beautiful Easter Sunday, I have chosen to speak about the Prophet Joseph Smith, and to emphasize some lesser-known aspects of his life that further affirm his prophetic calling.  But the Joseph Smith I met in my reading and personal research was a man of the frontier-young,emotional, dynamic, and so loved and approachable by his people that they often called him “Brother Joseph.” My studies strengthened my testimony of his prophetic calling”.

(May 1996 Ensign)

     LDS Church leader, James E. Faust in General Conference of October 2003 said:

“A testimony begins with the acceptance by faith of the divine mission of Jesus Christ, the head of this Church; and the prophet of the Restoration, Jos Smith. We can have a certain testimony that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and Redeemer of mankind, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet commissioned to restore the Church in our day and time without having a complete understanding of all gospel principles.”  (November 2003 Ensign) 

Late LDS Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley said in the April 1994 General Conference;

“This year we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith.   John Taylor, who was with them on that occasion and who was wounded, later wrote this appraisal: “Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it.”

(May 1994 Ensign)

Gordon B. Hinckley spoke again of the importance of Joseph in the October 2007 General Conference:

“We owe it all to Joseph the Prophet, the seer and the revelator, the Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, who was foreordained to come forth in this generation as an instrument in the hands of the Almighty in restoring to the earth that which the Savior taught when He walked the roads of Palestine.

(Ensign November 2007)

     The last think thing that is mentioned is having a “SOLID” testimony of their current prophet. About a week ago their prophet Gordon B. Hinckley passed away, very soon they will have a new prophet take his place. They think very highly of their prophets current and past. They call these men “righteous” and believe they are right up there next to God.

     When I hear the LDS make comments like that I think of Romans 3:16 -“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”.  They say they don’t worship Joseph Smith or their other prophets…really?  

     In their hymnals are two popular songs they sing regularly in their Sunday service and Conferences called “Praise to the Man” (pg27) and “We thank thee O God for a prophet” (pg19).

     These hymns give the impressions they need more than just Jesus.  The first verse of “We thank thee O God for a prophet” says “We thank thee O God of a prophet to guide us in these latter days. We thank thee for sending the gospel to lighten our minds, with its rays”.  Remember, they’re speaking of Joseph Smith “restoring” the LDS gospel to the earth.  The Bible tells us in Matthew 35:24 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  Jesus is saying this; he’s telling us that the gospel, HIS gospel will not leave this earth. Even before Jesus came, God was telling the same thing to Isaiah in Isaiah 40:8- “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of God shall stand for ever.”

     On the Cross Jesus said “it is finished” (John 19:30). We don’t need anything extra after Jesus.  Jesus did it all.  His ministry on earth is complete.  He didn’t forget to tell us something, and didn’t need Joseph Smith to start a new religion.  He told us all we need to know in the Bible.  Psalms 119:81says:

“My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.”

     It’s called “the living word” for a reason, because each time we read and study it he is teaching us something new.  We can find answers to all of life’s problems and concerns in there.  It wasn’t just written for people who lived long ago, it’s for us too! God holds his word in higher esteem than his own name Psalm 138:2 says:

“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

    I want to end with a verse from Luke it says: (Luke 6:45)

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brigeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

    If you were to go to an LDS Fast and Testimony meeting, many of them would bear their testimonies of Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and their current prophet. I can’t recall ever hearing members talk about Jesus in their testimonies, or what God had taught them that week in the Bible. I hope and pray if there are any members of the Church reading this, they will put Joseph and the Book of Mormon aside and concentrate on what God has to teach them in his only true word.  2 Timothy 3:16 God has taught us;

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

In Christ,

Melissa Grimes

melissa@lifeafter.org

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