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Joseph Smith History 1:14-17; “…in accordance with this, my determination to ask of God, I retired to the woods to make the attempt. It was on the morning of a beautiful, clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty. .. I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head … When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description…”



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Jude 24-25; “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”


If you ask a Mormon our question of the day, it’s a toss-up as to what their answer might be. One of the things they’ve been repeatedly indoctrinated with comes from a Doctrine and Covenants Manual telling them the Prophet is pre-eminent.

Doctrine and Covenants Institute Student Manual, Section 90, The Oracles of God; “Counselors can do everything their presiding officer directs them to do, as if the president were personally acting. In this sense they are equals. However, they have no power to act independent of the president. Rigdon and…Williams received their ordination from the Prophet Joseph Smith, who held the keys. Since these two men received their authority from Joseph Smith, it follows that they were not equal to him in every sense…”the pre-eminence of the President of the Church was maintained. . . . ( Joseph Smith, p. 303.)”

This is obviously far different from what we read in God’s Holy word!


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Today we’re looking at a vitally important piece of Mormon history – the translation process of the so-called golden plates.

The other day I got to thinking about all the different stories I’ve read about Smith’s method of translation, and of course I wondered if my mother knows about them. Based on experience when discussing Mormonism with her, I can only surmise she isn’t aware.

Trying to piece together how Smith translated the golden plates has been as taxing as it was when we investigated the 11 different versions of his first vision. One thing is abundantly clear in Mormonism.

Nothing is simple.


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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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october-witnessing-tip-of-the-day-1October 28 –Kingdom of God! Galatians 1:6-7; “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”


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Today we’re doing things a little differently!

The reason for this stems from an e-mail I received from Twitter notifying me about some of the responses I received from my post yesterday, ‘Mormon Church Ignores God’s Directives and Heeds Joe Smith’s Racism’.

Now before we get into this, I want to be sure I make something abundantly clear. I’ve addressed each of the concerns in his exchanges and feel that what we’ve presented is to the point, and shown that we haven’t personally attacked anyone.


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Jude 4; “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Original drawing of the angel Moroni intended to be used over Nauvoo Temple.

By and large, members of the LDS Church today believe Moroni was the angel who showed up one night telling Joseph Smith about the golden plates buried in the earth near his home.

“He called me by name and said…that his name was Moroni…”

Today when members read Joseph Smith’s History in the Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants 128:20, the narrative tells them Moroni visited Joseph Smith. They also read the same thing in History of the Church 1:11. See image.



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