Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘joseph smith’

Moroni or Nephi, Who Visited Joseph that Night?

 Introductory page of D&C 1976, 3rd paragraph “This took place in the early spring of 1820. In September, 1823, and at later times, Joseph Smith received visitations from Moroni, an angel of light, who revealed the resting place of the ancient record from which The Book of Mormon was afterward translated.”

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Testimonies of Mormons

 “No testimony is more significant to us in our time than the witness of Joseph Smith.” – Robert Hales, Ensign, Nov. 2009, p. 30.

Melissa Grimes and I originally wrote and posted this article in 2011. The reason we’re reposting it today is because it reminded us of a talk given by Paul Johnson at the October 2022 General Conference.

We’ll be looking at what he said in the next few days. For now, you can read the original article below or at Testimonies of Mormons.

If you’ve been around enough Mormons in life you’re sure to have noticed the way they talk about their faith; their testimonies are all the same.  There are a lot of things the Mormons are taught to do and not to do in their daily lives which is a way to control their thoughts and strip their identity as a unique individual away from them.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Isaiah 40:25 “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.”

 [Original Posting 2016]

Earlier this month (August 2016) I was searching around for info on a speech by Melvin J. Ballard, when I came upon a  very interesting online publication called Mormonism Against Itself, written by a fellow by the name of Maurice Barnett.

The book was a compilation of dozens of Mormon documents that are now out of print, or hard to find. One of the items I read in Mr. Barnett’s compilation was a handout for a ward teacher’s lesson from 1922. While I am fully aware this sounds mundane, when you glance over this, one will discover how the Church knew no bounds when trying to pull the wool over the eyes of its followers. And surprisingly (or maybe not), they’re still banking on the same doctrines they did way back when.

They obviously felt no shame when referring to Joseph Smith as a redeemer, nor did they bother with publishing biblically sound materials. The content for their comparison of Jesus and Joseph was so outlandish, I’m still left without words to describe how awful it is!

(more…)

Read Full Post »

  July 8 – Mormons believe Jesus’ grace is obedience to the Law. Isaiah 61:10 “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”

(more…)

Read Full Post »

 A few days ago, I read an article on the Church’s news website that caught my immediate attention.

One of their GA’s who’s also a church historian said something that I’d never heard before so today we’re looking at his comment. To read their article in full see link provided below.

TheChurchNews.com “‘Millions shall know Brother Joseph’: Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. explains how … (more…)

Read Full Post »

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.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

May 25 – Life in the Kingdom of God. Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

 March 22 — Joseph Smith Contradicts Himself and Moroni. James 1:8 “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”  (more…)

Read Full Post »

 History of the Church 4:461 “The Prophet’s Estimate of the Book of Mormon. Sunday, 28. — … 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.” [emp. added] (more…)

Read Full Post »

January 29 – Who Apostatized? Jesus told us in Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gate of hell shall not prevail against it”.

 

 

 

 

 

(more…)

Read Full Post »

 January 16 – In Genesis we find the account of when man came to be. Genesis 1:26 says; “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”

_____

As Christians we believe the Scriptures to be the infallible Word of God – theopneustos. It is literally God breathed. If the Bible is from God Himself, how can Mormons believe what Smith had to say here?

_____

Smith taught our souls are eternal. In the Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 352 he said; “Where did it (man’s soul) come from? All learned men and doctors of divinity say that God created it in the beginning; but it is not so: the very idea lessens man in my estimation.”

Read Full Post »

 December 5 – Corrupt Leaders Then and Now.   Zechariah 11:4-6a “Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter; 5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not. 6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour’s hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them.”

Matthew 23:1-4 “Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.”

(more…)

Read Full Post »

 November 19 – One God One Faith One Baptism. Ephesians 4:5; “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.”

(more…)

Read Full Post »

October 28 – Good News! God Provided THE Way! 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.”

(more…)

Read Full Post »

 October 22 –– Blood of Jesus, v. Joseph’s Polygamy. Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah”.

Matthew 26:28 “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (more…)

Read Full Post »

 October 12 –– Trusting God’s Wisdom James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (more…)

Read Full Post »

 Doctrine and Covenants 128:18 “I might have rendered a plainer translation to this, but it is sufficiently plain to suit my purpose as it stands. It is sufficient to know, in this case, that the earth will be smitten with a curse unless there is a welding link of some kind or other between the fathers and the children, upon some subject or other—and behold what is that subject? It is the baptism for the dead. For we without them cannot be made perfect; neither can they without us be made perfect. Neither can they nor we be made perfect without those who have died in the gospel also; for it is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times, which dispensation is now beginning to usher in, that a whole and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations, and keys, and powers, and glories should take place, and be revealed from the days of Adam even to the present time. And not only this, but those things which never have been revealed from the foundation of the world, but have been kept hid from the wise and prudent, shall be revealed unto babes and sucklings in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times.” (more…)

Read Full Post »

Who Came First – God or Man?

 Gospel Through the Ages, p. 104 “Mormon prophets have continuously taught the sublime truth that God the Eternal Father was once a mortal man who passed through a school of earth life similar to that through which we are now passing. He became God—an exalted being—through obedience to the same eternal Gospel truths that we are given opportunity today to obey.” – Milton Hunter

Genesis 21:33 “And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.”

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Joseph’s Name Will Never Perish

Gospel Doctrine, p. 479 JOSEPH SMITH’S NAME WILL NEVER PERISH – God lives, and Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. Joseph Smith is a prophet of God—living, not dead; for his name will never perish.” – Joseph F. Smith

(more…)

Read Full Post »

 D&C 17:2 “And it is by your faith that you shall obtain a view of them, even by that faith which was had by the prophets of old.”

Hebrews 2:1 “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: