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July 30 – Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (more…)

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February 12 – Are you sure you’re saved?  “…for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day”.  2 Tim. 1:12b

 

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January 23 – The Promise.  God explicitly told Abraham the promise of his seed would come through the lineage of Isaac.  Gen. 17:19; “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his seed after him”.

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November 23 – 2 Thessalonians 2:13; “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”

Hebrews 13:12; “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”

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salt lake mormon temple 2Ensign, ‘Trust In the Lord,’ November 1995; “The Lord’s plan is to exalt you to live with Him and be greatly blessed. The rate at which you qualify is generally set by your capacity to mature, to grow, to love, and to give of yourself. He is preparing you to be a god. You cannot understand fully what that means, yet, He knows.” – Richard G. Scott

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During the first weekend of October Mormons all around the world will gather together in their homes and church buildings to watch General Conference. During the conference they’ll hear from various church leaders as well as their prophet. The messages they hear will be on many things, but I know for certain they won’t hear a message like the one Todd Friel gave here.

Mormons are so caught up in the do, do, do of their religion and achieving their own righteousness that they’ve completely missed the point of why Jesus came in the first place. I wish every Mormon could hear the true gospel message of grace, and being saved after nothing they can do.

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Faith

salt lake mormon temple 2Obedience: The Hallmark of Faith, Ensign, August 2013; “Obedience to the laws and commandments of God has been and ever will be necessary for those searching to become recipients of the Savior’s promised blessings.” – F. Michael Watson

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Who Voided the Atonement of Christ?

      We received an e-mail from a member of the LDS Church who felt compelled to reply to our online newsletter he received last week.  I thought it was important to share this with our readers for two reasons.  First, to show the mindset of the Mormon and secondly, to ask the Mormon some serious questions.

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April 15 – Heb. 13:8-9; “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried away by strange doctrines.  For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.”

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MORMON TERMINOLOGY

 One of the most commonly asked questions I’ve received over the years is the request for help in witnessing to a Mormon friend or relative.  The first thing the born-again Christian has to understand is that they are speaking a different Christian language than the Mormon.  The words that we’re comfortable with knowing from the Bible are totally different from what the Mormon understands them to be.

 When I got out of the Mormon Church and asked Jesus to be my only Savior the subject of the unique Mormon vocabulary began a life-long study for me.  It took me roughly five years to root out all of the incorrect English words from the depths of my soul and this was done through the patience of my close friends gently correcting me, listening to and answering thousands of questions from me and of course the Lord’s promptings for me to dig deeper!

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Greek and Latin Words in the Book of Mormon Part 4

      As promised, here are the updated and revised results from our research of Greek & Latin Words in the Book of Mormon.  Our most significant finding is the realization that the more we studied the Book of Mormon; the heavier our hearts became as the list of words became endless.

     Our main concern and the reason we did this wasn’t for some vindictive purpose.  It’s motivated out of a deep concern for the Mormon people.  (As a personal side note here – each time I publish anything like this I do it out of the heartache I carry for my own mother.  The Lord has taken that concern for her and expanded it to include all the Mormon people.)

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                                                  Mormon Food Storage

     Not long after I became a member of the Mormon Church I started learning about the LDS principle of food storage.  In every General Conference broadcast, at least one LDS leader would use words like preparedness and self-reliance in their talk on planning. . Their talk would usually include the verse from the Mormon scripture Doctrine and Covenants 38:30 that says; “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.”  Their message conveyed that storing food and other essentials was a commandment from God and if we didn’t heed this warning then we were somehow less righteous then the rest of our fellow Latter-day Saints who did.  Not long ago, the members were told to have a year’s supply.

Now memebers are told to have at least three-month supply to begin with, then they can work on getting their year supply.  If this idea of food storage were from God, why would he change the amount of food he wants us to store? 

If the Mormons believe  their god is an all-knowing god he would be able to give them an exact amount of food they should store for the exact amount of time they would need it.

    The Mormon leaders tell members they’ll need this food and supplies before the Second Coming.  They’re told that there are going to be many wars and calamities making it impossible for them to get to a store to buy food.  This sounds like they have an absence of complete faith and trust in God in their religion.  They’re putting their trust in mortal man telling them what to store, how to store it, and how much of it to store.  They aren’t trusting in the Creator of the universe to provide for them.

When I think about all the ways God has taken care of His follows in Biblical times, I can’t understand why the LDS think He wouldn’t do the same now.  We need to look no further than the Israelites in Exodus to see how God provides for His people.  If we believe in an all powerful, caring, loving God, why would He not see to it that our needs are meet when we ask?

   Matthew 6:30-33 reads;

      “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore, take no thought, saying What shall we eat? Or What shall we drink? Or Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But see ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

     Recently I learned about a man by the name of George Muller. Pastor Muller was an awesome man of God, spending most of his life in England where he pastored many churches.  He had a heart for the orphans of England and established many orphanages.  He never went out and asked people for money, nor did he go into debt to keep the orphanages going.  Pastor Muller simply relied on God to provide, and he was blessed mightily for his faith. In one of his sermons he said;

 “Think not, dear reader, that I have the gift of faith, that is, that gift of which we read in 1 Corinthians 12:9, and which is mentioned along with “the gifts of healing,” “the working of miracles, ”prophecy,” and that on that account I am able to trust in the Lord. It is true that the faith, which I am enabled to exercise, is altogether God’s own gift; it is true that He alone supports it, and that He alone can increase it; it is true that, moment by moment, I depend upon Him for it, and that, if I were only one moment left to myself, my faith would utterly fail; but it is not true that my faith is that gift of faith which is spoken of in 1 Corinthians 12:9.”

     It concerns me the LDS don’t feel that they can rely on Jesus Christ to help them in times of need, but on their own righteousness and obedience. In a letter to the LDS people the First Presidency of the LDS Church said;

 “We encourage you to follow this counsel with the assurance that a people prepared through obedience to the commandments of God need not fear.”First Presidency Letter, 24 June 1988

    Past president of the LDS Church Ezra Taft Benson said; “The Lord was warned us of famines, but the righteous will have listened to prophets and stored at least a year’s supply of survival food”. (Ensign, Jan 1974, page 68)

   So if someone could not afford to have a year’s supply of food they are not “righteous”?  The “survival food” Mr. Benson is speaking of doesn’t have to be food that you or your family will eat. Mr. Faust explains it this way;

 “Every father and mother are the family’s storekeepers. They should store whatever their own family would like to have in the case of an emergency. Most of us cannot afford to store a year’s supply of luxury items, but find it more practical to store staples that might keep us from starving in case of emergency.” (James E. Faust, ‘The Responsibility for Welfare Rests with Me and My Family,’ Ensign, May 1986, 20)

      Wouldn’t storing food this way create waste?  If it’s only food that you and your family would eat in case of an emergency what happens when there is no “emergency” and the food expires?  What is the point in storing the food in the first place if its food their family will not eat unless they are starving?

    In closing, I just want to say I think that having a little extra food and essentials on hand would be beneficial depending upon where you live.  Some of us may live in climates’ where we receive a lot of snowfall.  Having some extra food, blankets, alternative heating, and power supply would be very helpful.  What we must keep in mind is that throughout the Bible God tells us not to fear but trust in Him.  No matter what lies ahead of us, He will provide for us.

     Psalm 56:4 reads; “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”

     I pray that the LDS people will begin to trust in God more and know He will watch over them.

 In Christ,

Melissa Grimes (melissa@lifeafter.org)

 

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Converting to a Religion

         Now that I’m a Christian I’ve discovered there’s a big difference in converting to a religion versus being converted to Christ.  As a Mormon I never felt like I could do enough to earn God’s love and could never measure up.  Now I can see the reason I never felt good enough.  I was trying so hard to conform to the image of a religion and not to the image of Jesus Christ.

     It was only after I began looking to Him and trusting in Him completely that I felt whole.  I felt a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders.  Nothing compares to the peace you have in your heart when you lay all your burdens and insecurities down at the feet of Jesus.  When you let Him into your heart and have control of your life, you begin to conform to His image.

     The culture of Mormonism is very different from anything you will see or experience in Christianity.  With being LDS comes a constant yearning to be perfect.  As soon as you convert to Mormonism, there is a list of “to do’s” in order to stay a member in good standing with “the Church”.

     You’re told you must do these things for the Holy Spirit to remain with you and to receive blessings from God.  When someone can’t meet the requirements, or do things that the church considers grievous sins they are stripped of their church membership and they aren’t allowed to participate in the basic tenants of church membership.

     One of those tenants is partaking of the sacrament, or communion. In the Gospel Topics section of the LDS Church’s site under sacrament it says, “Today the sacrament is an ordinance which Church members partake of bread and water in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice. This ordinance is an essential part of worship and spiritual development.

     It’s odd that when a Mormon is going through a rough time in their life, trying to get back into the good graces of their church leaders and to God, the church would strip them of something that might give them comfort and hope.

     When it comes to salvation, the LDS are taught their religion holds all the cards and there is no salvation, meaning living in the presence of God, outside of their church.  Bruce McConkie stated in Mormon Doctrine page 670,

 “If it had not been for Joseph Smith and the restoration, there would be no salvation. There is no salvation outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”.

      It’s because of this idea the Mormons have an undying loyalty to their church, and an unyielding superiority complex when it comes to “non-members”. When someone decides to leave the Church it causes the active family members to weep and mourn for family member as if they were dead.  Many times I’ll read stories of those who have left and they often talk about their active Mormon family members who have accused them of separating the family in the eternities

     Mormons are taught salvation comes through church membership and don’t realize it comes through, by and because of Jesus Christ. We see this in 1Timothy 2:10 and 2 Timothy 3:15 respectively;

 ”Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.”

 “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

    When your salvation is tethered to a relationship with a religion you will always have a salvation that is conditional. Case in point; in the Gospel Topics section of the LDS Church’s web site under the topic “eternal life” it reads;

 “Like immortality, this gift is made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. However, to inherit eternal life requires our “obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel”

      It’s very important to remember when an LDS resource or individual says “the Gospel” they are talking about the Mormon Gospel, not the Biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Another thing to remember; Mormons believe the atonement only makes it “possible” for them to live with God.

     There are many stipulations to becoming exalted and having the gift of Mormon salvation. They don’t believe Jesus did all the work necessary for our salvation.  They believe there are other things needed for salvation and eternal life. They will always fall back on their individual “works”.

     They don’t have a full understanding of grace. Everything is attached to living the Mormon gospel, and doing what it says for the grace of Jesus Christ to kick in.  In the Book of Mormon it says, “We know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.” (2 Nephi 25:23)

     Usually when a Mormon is challenged by examples of the duplicitous nature of the past and present LDS leaders, they fall back on the works of their church. They will say things like “Look at what our church has done!” or ask “What has your church done?” In a recent email to the ministry one Mormon said,

 “The LDS Church is usually one of the first to give humanitarian aid to others who live across the world when tragedies appear. (Example- Immediately after the great flood happened in New Orleans from the hurricane, the LDS church already had millions of supplies on trucks headed for the city, before others could pull their forces together.)”

     Everything points back to the church.  Even when God may use them as a body to do good things to bring comfort and meet the physical needs of others, they still don’t see it’s Him doing the work through them.  They pat themselves on the back and give glory not to God, but to their church. In the May 2005 Ensign, then prophet of the Church Gordon B. Hinckley said;

 “Now, as a Church we have worked with others in lifting the sorrow and sufferings of those who are in distress. Our humanitarian efforts have literally blessed the lives of countless thousands not of our faith. In the terrible tsunami disaster, and in other disasters incident to conflict, disease, and hunger, we have done a great and marvelous work assisting others without worrying about who gets the credit.”

 In this year’s October General Conference, speaker Ann Dibb said,

 “Heavenly Father has not left us alone during our mortal probation. He has already given us all the “safety equipment” we will need to successfully return to Him. He has given us personal prayer, the scriptures, living prophets, and the Holy Ghost to guide us.”

      Jesus is, as one former LDS puts it, nothing more than a “footnote” to their religion. If you were to ask a Christian what “safety equipment” God has given us, they would say Jesus Christ. With Jesus Christ we don’t have to clean ourselves up first before we come to him. We read in Romans 5:8

 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

      When we have a relationship with Him, His love is unconditional. He loves us no matter what; He wouldn’t rescind the gift of the Holy Spirit when we fail or fall in our spiritual walk as the LDS believe!

     I am so thankful I now have the one true God in my life that is so much bigger and awesome than the god I left!  Jesus Christ doesn’t want you to be indebted to a religion. He wants you to have freedom from legalism. Most of all He wasn’t you to have a relationship with Him, not with a religion.

 In Christ,

Melissa Grimes

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Jesus in the Book of Mormon and the LDS Church

      Mormon Jesus 2As is usually the case, I stumbled across something interesting in the Book of Mormon while looking for something else.  This time I was reminded of what the Nephites thought of Jesus and His skin color in 3 Nephi 19:30;

 “And when Jesus had spoken these words he came again unto his disciples; and behold they did pray steadfastly, without ceasing, unto him; and he did smile upon them again; and behold they were white, even as Jesus.

      How can this be you ask?  Yeah, well you might want to hold that thought so you can ask the same question about all the things they say about Jesus.  So this got me to thinking…is there a concise list of all the things Mormons are taught about Jesus?  I remember being a Mormon and being confused about the truth.  I wanted so badly to know Him, but didn’t know how or even where to look.  Each time I read my MIA or Relief Society manuals to compare them with the Bible I kept getting more and more confused.  I couldn’t keep the stories about Him straight and often wondered where the atonement took place and when.

     It wasn’t until I started investigating on my own years later did I find the truth.  I’m a visual learner and remember things better when they’re written down so I’m a fan of making lists.  Below is a small list of the teachings about Jesus according to the Mormon Church.

     And because the Church claims the Book of Mormon is the “fullness of the gospel”, we’re comparing what they say in the Book of Mormon to the teachings of other Church leaders.  We’re simply asking:

 Why aren’t all of their teachings found in the “fullness of the gospel”?

      If you’re LDS please know that we pray for you each and every day here at Life After Ministries.  It is our sincere desire that you know the truth about what the leaders have taught and most importantly that you would know the real Jesus of the Bible.  All of our information comes directly from Church authorized books and manuals.

With Love in Christ;

Michelle

1 Cor. 1:18  …

 Teachings about Jesus found in the Book of Mormon

 A Son of God – Alma 36:17

 Ascended multiple times into heaven – 3 Nephi 18:39

 Belief in Jesus saves you – Helaman 14:8

 Blood of Jesus is only way to salvation – Helaman 5:9

 Born in Jerusalem – Alma 7:10

 Cannot save you in your sins – Alma 11:34, 37

 Crucified for sins of the world – 1 Nephi 11:33

 Eternal Father – Alma 11:39

 Eternal God – Front Cover of BoM; 2 Nephi 26:12

 Father and the Son – Ether 3:14

 Father, Son and Holy Ghost is One God – Mormon 7:7

 God – 2 Nephi 26:12; Mosiah 13:34, Alma 11:39

 God above all – Mosiah 5:15

 Lamb of God – 1 Nephi 11:19

 Law fulfilled in him – 3 Nephi 15:5

 Lifted up on cross to draw people to him – 3 Nephi 27:14

 Lord and God – Moroni 8:8; 3 Nephi 19:18

 Name is Christ – 2 Nephi 10:3; Mosiah 5:9

 Named Jesus Christ – 2 Nephi 25:19

 One God – Alma 11:34

 Redeemer – Alma 11:40

 Savior of the world – 1 Nephi 13:40

 Son of the Eternal Father – 1 Nephi 11:21 (note: in the 1830 BoM edition it said Jesus was the Eternal Father in this verse.  Joseph Smith changed this and other verses in 1837. – Power of the Word: Saving Doctrines from the Book of Mormon, pg. 11 – Robert Millet)

 Son of God – 1 Nephi 11:24

 Additional teachings about Jesus

 A god – Doctrines of Salvation 1:32

 A god named Christ – Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pg. 6

 Alpha, Omega, Jehovah, I AM – Jesus the Christ, pg. 34

 Atonement of Jesus, Crucified for polygamy – Journal of Discourses 1:346, Jedidiah Grant

 Atonement of Jesus, Crucified for sins – Doctrines of Salvation 1:132

 Atonement of Jesus, Crucified for sins of the world – D&C 21:9, 46:13, 53:2, 54:1; 76:41

 Atonement of Jesus in Garden of Gethsemane – D&C 19:18

 Atonement of Jesus in Garden of Gethsemane – MD, pg. 85

 Atonement of Jesus in Garden of Gethsemane – EM, pg. 542

 Atonement of Jesus in Garden of Gethsemane – Learning for the Eternities, pgs. 104-105

 Atonement of Jesus in Garden of Gethsemane – Selected Writings of Daniel H. Ludlow: Gospel Scholars Series, pg. 244

 Atonement of Jesus in Garden of Gethsemane – Conference Report, April 1961, pg. 119

 Atonement of Jesus in Garden of Gethsemane – Seventies Course in Theology 4:113-114

 Atonement of Jesus in Garden of Gethsemane – Sermons and Writings of Bruce McConkie, pg. 208

 Became master over elements – Sermons and Missionary Services of Melvin Ballard: pg. 177

 Became the Father – Gospel through the Ages, pg. 24

 Begotten by man – Doctrines of Salvation 1:18

 Begotten by the father of his spirit – Mormon Doctrine of Deity, pg. 264

 Birth brought darkness to earth – Answers to Gospel Questions 3:45

 Blood of Jesus is perfect sacrifice – D&C 76:69

 Blood of Jesus not enough for murderers – D&C 42:79

 Blood of Jesus not enough – Doctrines of Salvation 1:133

 Born the same race as God – Doctrines of Salvation, pg. 103

 Born to a virgin – Mormon Doctrine, pg. 822

 Bows to Adam – Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 157

 Brother of Lucifer – Mormon Doctrine, pgs. 192-195

 Brother of Lucifer – Jesus the Christ, pg. 8

 Brother of Lucifer – Gospel through the Ages, pg. 15

 Chosen to be savior – Jesus the Christ, pg. 30

 Christian Jesus is ½ horse and ½ ass – Journal of Discourses 4:217, Brigham Young

 Conception result of natural act – Journal of Discourses 8:115-116, Brigham Young

 Conception through sexual intercourse – Teachings of Harold B. Lee, pg. 14

 Contention with Lucifer – Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 357

 Created by God – Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg. 548

 Death of Jesus was death of a god – Sermons and Missionary Services of Melvin Ballard, pg. 226

 Died for all sins – D&C 132:27

 Doesn’t need man’s adoration – Best of Lowell L. Bennion: Selected Writings 1928-1988, pg. 79

 Earned godhood status – Gospel through the Ages, pgs. 20-21

 Elder brother – Doctrines of Salvation 1:15

 Emmanuel – Mormon Doctrine, pg. 376

 Father and Son – Gospel through the Ages, pg. 23

 Firstborn spirit child of God – Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg. 724

 Forgot everything coming to earth – Doctrines of Salvation 1:32

 God – Building Faith with the Book of Mormon, pg. 127, Reid Bankhead, Glenn Pearson

 God – D&C 1:20, 10:70; 17:9; 18:33, 47; 19:1, 4; 20:28; 27:1; 29:1; 34:1; 35:1, 2; 36:1, 8; 38:1; 39:1; 51:1; 53:1, 2; 54:1; 62:1; 63:59, 60; 66:13; 76:1, 81:7; 93:3

 God of this earth – This is the Truth, pg. 46, Mary Pratt Parrish

 Grew into Messiah – Even As I Am, pg. 69, Neal Maxwell

 Had to qualify to become redeemer – Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pg, 8

 Held power of priesthood with Adam – Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 158

 Jehovah – Jesus the Christ, pg. 135

 Literal son of God – Gospel Standards, pg. 4, Heber J. Grant;

 Literal son of God – EM, pg. 724, 729

 Man’s spiritual brother – Gospel through the Ages, pg. 21

 Married – Journal of Discourses 4:259-260, Orson Hyde

 Married in Cana – Journal of Discourses 2:82-83, Orson Hyde

 Mediator of the New Covenant – D&C 76:69

 Member of the council of gods – Behold the Lamb of God, pg. 17, J. Reuben Clark

 Must obey commandments – Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 308

 Name of Jesus Christ only for salvation – D&C 18:23

 Not begotten by the Holy Spirit – Journal of Discourses 1:51, Brigham Young

 Not the only savior – Joseph Smith the Prophet, pg. 13

 Offspring of God – Gospel Doctrine, pg. 69

 Offspring of polygamist David – Journal of Discourses 13:42, George A. Smith

 One of many redeemers – Journal of Discourses 14:71, Brigham Young

 Path of Jesus to godhood – God, Man, and the Universe, pgs. 193-194, Hyrum Andrus

 Perfect – Gospel through the Ages, pg. 19

 Polygamist – Journal of Discourses 2:210, Brigham Young

 Polygamist – Journal of Discourses 13:309, Brigham Young

 Polygamist – The Seer, pg. 172, Orson Pratt

 Progressed into godhood – Key to the Science of Theology, pgs. 39-40, Parley Pratt

 Rejected by all men – Mormonism and Early Christianity, pgs. 169-170, Hugh Nibley

 Related to Joseph Smith – Jesus was Married, pg. 94, Ogden Kraut

 Return of Jesus in 56 yrs (it was Jan. 1836 at time of prophecy) – History of the Church 2:180

 Saved being and prototype for faith – Lectures on Faith, pgs. 97-98, Larry Dahl, Charles Tate, Jr.

 Separate god from Father God – Documentary History of the Church 6:474, Joseph Smith, Jr., June 16, 1844

 Shed his blood because Adam had no blood – Answers to Gospel Questions 3:207

 Sired by God – Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pg. 7

 Sired by God – Come unto Christ, pg. 4, Ezra Taft Benson

 Son of God who also had a father – Doctrines of Salvation 1:11

 Strange Powers within – Contributor, vol. 10 (November 1888-October 1889): p. 368-369

 The Great White God – Pamphlets: Latter-day Tracts, pg. 1, Mark E. Petersen

 Volunteered for atonement – Answers to Gospel Questions 1:32

 Wasn’t perfect – Times and Seasons, 20 January 1846

 Wasn’t perfect, wasn’t prepared – I Know that My Redeemer Lives: Latter-day Prophets Testify of the Savior, pg. 35, John Taylor

 Withdrew his spirit from the earth – Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 15

 Worked out his own salvation – Doctrines of Salvation 1:32

 Worships another god – Nature of God in the Book of Mormon, 1995 FARMS, Robert Millet

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Studying the Book of Mormon 8

My Endless List of Questions in the Ongoing Saga of Nephi 

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3 Nephi 1:14; “Behold, I come unto my own, to fulfil all things which I have made known unto the children of men from the foundation of the world, and to do the will, both of the Father and of the Son—of the Father because of me, and of the Son because of my flesh. And behold, the time is at hand, and this night shall the sign be given.” 

If anyone knows what the verse above actually means and can explain it to me, I’d love to hear from you!  The quote comes from “the voice of the Lord”. 

The story of third Nephi opens up repeating some of the things Helaman told us about at the end of his book.  This particular book has been called “the holies of the holies of the Book of Mormon” (John Welch, Maxwell Institute) and looked upon as the best literary work of the Church, rivaling the writings of Isaiah. 

This time around we’re going to be listing the main events with a list of question at the end of each chapter for the Mormon to ask themselves in their private time.  I’m praying the questions will spark further investigation of what their god is all about and whether or not he’s worthy of their adoration. 

Chapter One Theme 

The main theme in the first chapter is undoubtedly the birth of Jesus Christ.  But there are glaring questions that need to be asked.

Where did the father of Nephi go and why did he leave his family?  What purpose does this serve in glorifying God or learning more about Him (1:3)?  Did his family go out looking for him?  If he was a man of God why would he do this?  The man is the only source of money to the family in ancient societies so why would he just up and leave his wife like this?

 Why Smith felt it necessary to tell his readers the dark people had to set aside a day to kill the white and delightsome people is very telling.  There’s really no reason for that verse as it doesn’t glorify God or promote a holy atmosphere.  (1:9)

 What it does promote is further mistrust and hatred for those who don’t think like you do.

 Why isn’t the focus of their scripture about the miracle of Jesus’ birth and how awesome it is their Redeemer has come to rescue them?  What about all the specific prophecies His birth fulfilled?  Since those Nephites supposedly had all the writings of their fathers, it shouldn’t be too difficult to drag them out and look, right?

 Who is the guy talking from the clouds in v. 14?  The Mormons don’t believe in the Trinity.  This verse has to be at the top of the list for the absurd.  Honestly people…

 Why are they baptizing people in 3 AD?  Jesus would’ve been about 7 yrs old around that time…  (1:25)

 Chapter Two Theme

 “And this ended the _____ year”…

 Most of the nineteen verses in this chapter are riddled with the repeated phrase of how many years had passed away.  How does this point to God and what does he want for you to learn from it?

 What is the doctrine of Christ spoken of in 2:2?  More contentions arose from the bad guys leading people away from the Lord.

 Is it reasonable that people living in Mesoamerica would be worried about their “liberties of their church and worship and their freedoms”?  (2:12)

 Do you honestly believe God would change the color of someone’s skin because they became righteous?  (2:15)

 If you’re African American, Mexican, Peruvian or Asian are you still dark now that you’re considered righteous?

 Chapter Three Theme

 Epistles of Governor Lachoneus’ and Giddianhi the Chieftain Robber

 How did the governor end up with a Greek sounding name in Mesoamerica in 15 AD?

 Do you really believe that a band of thugs are going to be sending the governor an detailed “epistle” and use vocabulary in this manner?

 “And behold, I am Giddianhi; and I am the governor of this the secret society of Gadianton; which society and the works thereof I know to be good…And I write this epistle unto you, Lachoneus, and I hope that ye will deliver up your lands and your possessions, without the shedding of blood, that this my people may recover their rights and government, who have dissented away from you because of your wickedness in retaining from them their rights of government, and except ye do this, I will avenge their wrongs. I am Giddianhi.”  (vs. 9-10)

 Lachoneus delivers marvelous prophecies to the Gadianton robbers to surrender and “so great” were his words that it caused fear to come upon the Gadiantons.  Really?  What all did he say that it caused so much fear and is this really believable?

 3 Nephi 3:22 lists most all of the things that didn’t exist in Mesoamerica at that time and claims they marched to the appointed place to wait for a battle with the robbers.  Chariots, grain, cattle, herds and horses were only existent in the mind of Joseph Smith.

 The other problem with this claim is how many people Smith claims was there.  Tens of thousands…yet not one single shred of any archaeological evidence has been found.

 Chapter Four Theme

 The Greatest Slaughter and Giddianhi’s Death

 Other than the slaughters being so great and the horrible grammar used in this chapter, the most remarkable event we learned of was the use of the word “scantiness”.  True story.  The etymology of this word only goes back to the early 17th Century.  Why is it in the Book of Mormon in 21 AD?  (4:19)

 The only other thing worthy of mention was the last two verses when the Nephites were victorious over the robbers.  The way this event is phrased makes it laughable if it wasn’t so sad.  Why do the Mormon people believe this?

 3 Nephi 4:32-33; “Yea, they did cry: Hosanna to the Most High God. And they did cry: Blessed be the name of the Lord God Almighty, the Most High God.  33 And their hearts were swollen with joy, unto the gushing out of many tears, because of the great goodness of God in delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; and they knew it was because of their repentance and their humility that they had been delivered from an everlasting destruction.

 Chapter Five Theme

 Supposed Allusion to the Gathering of Israel

 Is it reasonable to believe that not one single Nephite doubted the prophets?  Not one.  (5:1)

 Did every single Nephite really forsake all their sins (5:3)?  This claim would mean tens of thousands of people were perfect.

 If the Book of Mormon was really written on brass plates, how did Nephi have the room to write this in verse seven;

 “And thus had the twenty and second year passed away, and the twenty and third year also, and the twenty and fourth, and the twenty and fifth; and thus had twenty and five years passed away.

 The very next verse we’re told that so many things happened they couldn’t all be written.  Okay, so you have the time, space and energy to write the verse above, but you can’t tell us about the miracles?  It also used the phrase from the Apostle John again… “…this book cannot contain even a hundredth part of what was done among so many people in the space of twenty and five years.”  John wrote that circa 90 AD.

 In 5:13 Mormon tells us he’s a disciple of Jesus Christ but that’d be kind of hard to do since Jesus wasn’t out on the mission field yet.  It’s 21 AD.

 We find in 3 Nephi 5:18-19 how Mormon tells us that his work isn’t from God, but himself.

 “And I know the record which I make to be a just and a true record; nevertheless there are many things which, according to our language, we are not able to write.  19 And now I make an end of my saying, which is of myself, and proceed to give my account of the things which have been before me.

 The next verse makes it sound like he’s a breed of an animal or something.  What in the world is a “pure descendant”?

 “I am Mormon, and a pure descendant of Lehi…

 Is that opposed to a fake descendant?

 Chapter Six Theme

 The Pretended Appearance of God’s Presence

 If these prophets don’t have the time, space or materials to write everything down, why do they continually have to repeat themselves in their writings?  3 Nephi 6:2;

 “…and they did return to their own lands and their possessions, both on the north and on the south, both on the land northward and on the land southward.

  To back track one verse, you’ll see that they also have a problem remembering that cattle and horses still weren’t available to the Americas in 30 AD.

 1 John 4:4 says; “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 I’m convinced Joseph didn’t understand how the Holy Spirit works in the hearts of true believers.  Smith’s obvious hatred for God shows up in the repetitive stories of how God failed the people time and again.  God doesn’t fail, people do. 

 John 14:16-18; “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

 The building up of the church, the contentions and then continual peace times back and forth are proof that God did not exist with these people.  They only lived in the imagination of Joseph Smith’s mind.

 From verses 10 – 30 is one of many examples that Smith made this whole thing up.  The church broke up then got back together…

 Chapter Seven Theme

 Pathetically Uninspired

 My Book of Mormon chapter headings says this chapter contains Nephi’s powerful ministry.  I would find it difficult at best that Nephi could do anything if their god can’t deliver on his promises.  Be that as it may, there are also other uninspiring events to take a look at in this chapter.  3 Nephi 7:8 is plagiarized from 2 Peter 2:22, but with a twist of Smith’s grammar problem thrown into the mix.

 “And thus six years had not passed away since the more part of the people had turned from their righteousness, like the dog to his vomit, or like the sow to her wallowing in the mire.

 In 7:17-19 it tells us again too many things happened to write them in their books.  It also tells us of Joseph’s obsession with angels because angels administered to Nephi on a daily basis and then we’re told of Nephi’s power to raise someone from the dead.  Just out of the blue, no background, no recorded witnesses, no proof, no reason why the person died, nothing.  And then just as a reminder this is not an inspired work of God, the chapter ends with this;

 “And there were many in the commencement of this year that were baptized unto repentance; and thus the more part of the year did pass away.

Chapter Eight Theme

 Nephi’s Perfection and Three Days of Darkness with the Crucifixion

 3 Nephi 8:1; “And now it came to pass that according to our record, and we know our record to be true, for behold, it was a just man who did keep the record—for he truly did many miracles in the name of Jesus; and there was not any man who could do a miracle in the name of Jesus save he were cleansed every whit from his iniquity—

 

Somehow the Mormon god just can’t seem to get any good men but Nephi to serve in his army.  Additionally, notice how the prophet Mormon has to remind people that their writings are true.  Who was this meant for?

 3 Nephi 8:3; And the people began to look with great earnestness for the sign which had been given by the prophet Samuel, the Lamanite, yea, for the time that there should be darkness for the space of three days over the face of the land.

 Mark 15:33; And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

 This is a classic example of how the Book of Mormon is not inspired of God.

See our article on Life After Ministry blog for 1,000 Reasons to Leave the Mormon Church.  Look under the topic of crucifixion for our insight above.

http://lifeafterministry.com/2010/10/01/reasons-starting-with-c

 In 8:18 they use the term “rent in twain” again.  This time they were talking about their rocks.

 In 8:21-22 it says the darkness over the earth was so great they couldn’t even light campfires.  Nothing but continual weeping and how they could “feel the vapor of darkness (vs. 20).

 The majority of this chapter is filled with horrific events of God destroying the earth in cataclysmic earthquakes at the time of Jesus’ death some 5,600+ miles away.  Again they mention the earth was darkened for three days (8:23), people were killed and there were “thunderings and lightening”. 

 Some Book of Mormon apologists have claimed that as many as 70,000 to 90,000 people died during the three days of darkness and earthquakes that took place when Jesus was crucified.

 How do you explain John 10:10?

 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 Chapter Nine Theme

 Plagiarisms Abound in Jesus’ Travels to the Americas

 Just one question about 9:13.  If the survivors Jesus is talking to are more righteous than those who died why are they told to repent?  Wouldn’t they have already done that?

 Here’s a list of the bible verses they plagiarized and the verses from the Book of Mormon they used them in.

 3 Nephi 9:13 and John 12:40; “…and be converted, that I may heal you.”

 3 Nephi 9:15:Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name.

 John 1:2-3; “The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him…

 John 14:11, 13; “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me… that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

 3 Nephi 9:16; I came unto my own, and my own received me not. And the scriptures concerning my coming are fulfilled.

John 1:11; “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

 3 Nephi 9:17; And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the sons of God; and even so will I to as many as shall believe on my name, for behold, by me redemption cometh, and in me is the law of Moses fulfilled.

 John 1:12, 17; “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name…For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

 Also see Luke 24:44; John 15:25; Matthew 5:17…

 3 Nephi 9:18; I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

 John 1:4, 8:12; “In him was life; and the life was the light of men… Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

 Revelation 22:13; “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end…

 Why were the Nephites speaking Greek?  Apha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.  Joseph Smith said the Book of Mormon contained no Greek or Latin.  See our article about the Greek and Latin words in the Book of Mormon here:

http://www.lifeafter.org/greek.asp

 3 Nephi 9:19-20; And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings. And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost…

 Psalm 51:16-17; “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

 And finally –

 3 Nephi 9:22; Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved.

 Luke 18:16; “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

 John 10:18; “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself…

 Isaiah 45:22; Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

 Isn’t it ironic they’d quote this verse and not believe it?  How sad for those who trust in Joseph Smith.

 They plagiarized the bible 17 times in 8 verses.

 Chapter Ten Theme

 Jesus’ Repeated Saying of a Hen and Her Chickens

 Everybody hears a voice from the sky.  Really?

 3 Nephi 10:12 gives an outrageous story of how the earth and its inhabitants behave.  Check this out.

 “And the earth did cleave together again, that it stood; and the mourning, and the weeping, and the wailing of the people who were spared alive did cease; and their mourning was turned into joy, and their lamentations into the praise and thanksgiving unto the Lord Jesus Christ, their Redeemer.

 The above verse and the last verse of this chapter is the only thing worthy of mention.  In the last verse Jesus shows his resurrected body to the believers.

 Chapter Eleven Theme

 The Sky Voice Comes Again and a Multitude of People Thrust Hands into Jesus

 In 11:1 the voice from the sky makes another appearance but no one understands it this time around.  Just two verses later they still don’t understand the “small voice”.

 In verse four they heard the voice again and in verse five they heard it a third time.  I guess the third time’s a charm because they finally caught on in verse six and it just so happens that God is paraphrasing Matthew 17:5. 

 3 Nephi 11:7; “Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.

 Hey, wait a minute…isn’t that what the exalted god told Smith in the grove of trees?

 Joseph Smith Testimony 1:17; “It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!

 Hmmm…

 In verses 9-11 Jesus makes his curtain call and reveals to the people that he’s all that and more while paraphrasing John 1:4, 8:12 and 17:4.  Immediately afterwards the entire crowd falls to the earth from shock.

 For the second time we see another verse that would be hilarious if not for the fact that people like my own mother actually believes this stuff.

 3 Nephi 11:15; “And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.

 3 Nephi 11:25 “borrows” from Matthew 28:19 which is the Great Commission.  And two verses later they’re copying from 1 John 5:7, John 10:30 and John 14:11.

 3 Nephi 11:28 says that anyone who disagrees with the establishment is of the devil.  Don’t even think about having your own opinion.  You will obey.

 If you think that’s bad, just wait, there’s more.  From 11:32-40 you will find they’ve plagiarized the Bible 11 more times.  We’re listing only one example here.

 3 Nephi 11:39 plagiarizes Matthew 16:16 when it says;

 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.

 This chapter should be confusing for the Mormon people.  The text declares that Jesus is God and the gates of hell won’t prevail against the body of Christ.  Mormons emphatically denounce these two fundamentals of the Christian faith.  Why they’d use these verses is beyond me.

 Chapter Twelve Theme

 Sermon on the Mount in the Americas and the 12 Nephite Apostles

 This entire chapter with the exception of four verses is plagiarized from the Bible.

 Chapter Thirteen Theme

Plagiarizing Matthew 6

 This chapter is word for word from Matthew chapter six.  I just have one question.

 In 13:24 it says no man can serve two masters for he will hate the one and love the other…

 Hasn’t anyone in the Church figured this out yet?  Their love of Joseph has caused them to hate Jesus.

 All right, I changed my mind.  Why don’t they believe their own writings?  In 13:31 it says not to worry about food or clothing.  What’s up with the food storage?

 Chapter Fourteen Theme

 The Mormon Jesus’ Continued Plagiarisms – Matthew 7

 This chapter is twenty seven verses long and has been copied verbatim from Matthew chapter seven.

 I asked a Mormon once if they’d believe the Bible if it said exactly the same thing that the Book of Mormon did.  Their answer?  Absolutely not.  They’d only believe the teaching if it was in the Book of Mormon.

 Chapter Fifteen Theme

 The Other Sheep

 The main thing I’d want to convey to the Mormons in this chapter is to set the record straight about the other sheep that Jesus spoke of in the Bible.  The other sheep are not the Nephites, Jaredites, Lamanites or Zoramites in the Book of Mormon.

 The other sheep He was referring to in the Bible are the Gentiles.  Show your Mormon friends and loved ones the truth next time you have the opportunity.  John 10:16.

 3 Nephi 15:13 changes the whole scheme of things for the Jews.  America has now become the land of their inheritance.

 In 15:15 they repeat the lie about receiving a commandment from God to leave Jerusalem.  See Jeremiah 42:10-17.

 Chapter Sixteen Theme

 The Other Sheep are the Gentiles!

 Not much happens here but the rhetoric of the Mormon Jesus talking about the Gentiles who believe in him.  From 16:18-20 is the repeating of Isaiah 52:8-10.

 Chapter Seventeen Theme

 Jesus Heals the Children and Leaves to Search for the Lost Ten Tribes

 There are just a couple of things to look at here. 

 In 17:1 the Mormon Jesus tells the crowd his time was at hand.  As a clarification here – Jesus’ time was at the crucifixion.

 In verse four he tells them he’s gotta go talk to the lost ten tribes.  Nowhere in the Bible does it mention a “lost ten tribes of Israel”.  This theory was popular in the days of Joseph Smith.  Ethan Smith (no relation) wrote a novel called “View of the Hebrews”.  The premise of the story was that the Native American people were from the Israelites.

 Chapter Eighteen Theme

 Gorging on the Sacrament

 After filling themselves from the bread and wine a dark cloud came and overshadowed all the people.  When the cloud disappeared Jesus had vanished.  Maybe the dark ominous cloud was a sign they were doing things wrong?

 While plagiarizing the Bible on numerous occasions through this chapter it’s important to point out to the Mormon the significance of the elements taken at communion.

 The LDS Church has used water for the past 150 years or so and in doing so has watered down the true meaning of partaking the elements.  The other area that has dumbed down the thinking in this genre is believing Jesus paid the price for sin in the Garden of Gethsemane.  In 18:7 it says;

 “And this shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which I have shown unto you…

 Compare that to what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:24;

 “And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

 Jesus’ body was broken and given for them and us – not shown to them.

 Chapter Nineteen Theme

 Raising the Dead and the Race Issue

 Wow!  They opened up this story with the news that every man took his wife and kids and went home.

 It wasn’t long after the “translation” when Joe started his polygamy practices – 1831 to be exact.

In 19:4 Smith uses the Greek names of Timothy (the guy who was raised from the dead) and Jonas which is the Greek form of Jonah.

 In verse 18 they’re praying to Jesus which is something the Mormons of today are forbidden to do.  See Bruce McConkie’s speech in March 1982 when he clearly states that praying to Jesus is wrong.

 Joseph’s “countenance” and obsession with white folks shines forth loud and clear when he describes the people who are righteous.

 3 Nephi 19:25; “And it came to pass that Jesus blessed them as they did pray unto him; and his countenance did smile upon them, and the light of his countenance did shine upon them, and behold they were as white as the countenance and also the garments of Jesus

 It’s repeated again in 19:30 that only the righteous are white.

 The very last verse is another bad habit of Joseph’s which he passed down to his believers.  No one has greater faith than they do.  No one has seen or heard the things they have…

 Chapter Twenty Theme

 Communion Problems…Again…

 This chapter makes Jesus sound like a magician.  The disciples were hungry again but had no bread or wine (vs. 6).  Lo and behold, in the next verse Jesus gave some to them.

 Just a few verses later we’re told that when they ate and drank they were filled with the Holy Ghost (vs. 9). 

 Unbelievers are those who don’t have the companionship of the Holy Spirit.  Why were they partaking of the elements?

 20:16-18 is taken from Micah chapter 5.

 20:18-20 is Micah chapter 4.

 20:23-26 is taken from Acts chapter 3.

 3 Nephi 20:38 says you can get saved without money.  In the Mormon Church of today that’s not possible.  At the end of each year the Mormons go to a “tithing settlement”.  If you don’t give at least ten percent of your gross income you can pay up in January or not get the needed temple recommend.

 The rest of the chapter from 20:32-45 is taken from Isaiah chapter 52.

 Chapter Twenty One Theme

 The Ongoing Grammar Problems of Joseph Smith…

 3 Nephi 21:11; “Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ…

 The verse above is just one example of the problem Joseph had with spelling, grammar and editing.  It’s also a sign of the other people he kept company with – no one was very educated.

 3 Nephi 21:2-7 should be pointed out to your Mormon friend.  It is one sentence.

 “And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto you for a sign—for verily I say unto you that when these things which I declare unto you, and which I shall declare unto you hereafter of myself, and by the power of the Holy Ghost which shall be given unto you of the Father, shall be made known unto the Gentiles that they may know concerning this people who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, and concerning this my people who shall be scattered by them; 3 Verily, verily, I say unto you, when these things shall be made known unto them of the Father, and shall come forth of the Father, from them unto you; 4 For it is wisdom in the Father that they should be established in this land, and be set up as a free people by the power of the Father, that these things might come forth from them unto a remnant of your seed, that the covenant of the Father may be fulfilled which he hath covenanted with his people, O house of Israel;  5 Therefore, when these works and the works which shall be wrought among you hereafter shall come forth from the Gentiles, unto your seed which shall dwindle in unbelief because of iniquity; 6 For thus it behooveth the Father that it should come forth from the Gentiles, that he may show forth his power unto the Gentiles, for this cause that the Gentiles, if they will not harden their hearts, that they may repent and come unto me and be baptized in my name and know of the true points of my doctrine, that they may be numbered among my people, O house of Israel; 7 And when these things come to pass that thy seed shall begin to know these things—it shall be a sign unto them, that they may know that the work of the Father hath already commenced unto the fulfilling of the covenant which he hath made unto the people who are of the house of Israel.

 The chapter consists of Jesus telling the Nephites he will save the Gentiles and gather the lost tribes of Israel that he dispersed out of Jerusalem.  Remember, in the Bible this is exactly the opposite of what God told the Israelites to do – Jer. 42:10-17.

 In 21:8-9 we find copying of Isaiah chapters 52 & 29 and in 21:12-19 are plagiarisms from Micah 5 again.

 Chapter Twenty Two Theme

 Plagiarizing Isaiah 54

 This entire chapter is Isaiah 54.

 Chapter Twenty Three Theme

 Jesus Wants Nephite Records to be Included

 3 Nephi 23:7-9 take the number one spot for stupid things to write.

 “And it came to pass that he said unto Nephi: Bring forth the record which ye have kept.  8 And when Nephi had brought forth the records, and laid them before him, he cast his eyes upon them and said: 9 Verily I say unto you, I commanded my servant Samuel, the Lamanite, that he should testify unto this people, that at the day that the Father should glorify his name in me that there were many saints who should arise from the dead, and should appear unto many, and should minister unto them. And he said unto them: Was it not so?

 Okay, so Jesus tells Nephi to bring him the records and sacred writings.  Nephi lays them at Jesus’ feet.  Jesus takes a look at them, and summarily tells Nephi he left out some parts so they needed to be added to their text about Samuel the Lamanite.

 Honestly…

 Chapter Twenty Four Theme

 Plagiarizing Malachi chapter 3

 This entire chapter is from Malachi 3.

 Chapter Twenty Five Theme

 Plagiarizing Malachi chapter 4

 This entire chapter is from Malachi 4.

 Chapter Twenty Six Theme

 Jesus  Plays the Part of a Courier and Delivers Scriptures from the Father

 So after they’ve quoted extensively from Malachi Jesus finally tells Nephi and company that he has scriptures God the Father wanted him to hand deliver?  This is so strange (26:2)…

 The rest of this chapter is more plagiarizing from 2 Peter, Revelations, 2 Corinthians, Acts and the gospel of John.  Nephi tells us that not everything can be written down and Jesus told them God will judge their works.

 26:7-8 was written to confuse.  I am convinced Satan used Smith to confuse these people of Mormonism and to dumb down the masses.  He played Smith like a fiddle.

 “But behold the plates of Nephi do contain the more part of the things which he taught the people.  8 And these things have I written, which are a lesser part of the things which he taught the people; and I have written them to the intent that they may be brought again unto this people, from the Gentiles, according to the words which Jesus hath spoken.

 In verse 11 God supposedly told Mormon not to write all the things they needed to know because he wanted to try the people and test their faith.

 If that verse isn’t scary enough to make you want to run the other way I don’t know what is.

 In verse 15 Jesus ascended for the 2nd time.  Does this mean no one was raptured???

 What do they think of Jesus’ real 2nd coming?

 Verse 18 can’t be spoken about.

 Chapter Twenty Seven Theme

 Jesus’ Third Appearance and the Name of the Church

 In 27:5 Jesus tells the Nephites they have to name the Church after him with his name in it.

 “Have they not read the scriptures, which say ye must take upon you the name of Christ, which is my name? For by this name shall ye be called at the last day.

 3 Nephi 27:6 is the martyr call for every single Mormon…“endure to the end….

 And the next few verses Jesus is reminding them again to name the church after him (vs. 7-9).

 3 Nephi 27:14 is a maze of lies.

 “And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil—

 The only people who were judged by their works were the Israelites before Jesus came to die for our sins.  Today if you don’t believe in Him you will be judged by your works.  That is why Jesus went to the Calvary and paid the price for our sin on the Cross.  You will not be judged by your works for salvation if you’re a believer.  The Mormons don’t believe Jesus died on the cross to draw mankind to himself.  They believe he paid that price in the Garden of Gethsemane.

 In 27:29 Smith has plagiarized Matthew 7:7.

 Smith shows again that he doesn’t understand how God operates.  In verses 31- 32 he tells the crowd that everyone in their generation is saved, but watch out because four generations after them they won’t be.  He tells them that the fourth generation will be selling him for silver and gold.

 How could this be?  How could they sell Jesus if He’s already risen and sitting on the right hand of God?

 Chapter Twenty Eight Theme

 Jesus Promises Life Until Age 72…for Most of Them

 This is the infamous chapter where Smith claimed the three Nephites didn’t taste death.  According to Mormon legend, they’re still wandering the earth somewhere.  If this were true, why was there a complete and utter apostasy?  Why weren’t those three Nephites out pounding pavement to see people saved?

 In verses 19-22 we find out the prisons can’t hold the Nephite believers, furnaces can’t burn them and wild beasts can’t tear them apart.  Again, the stories always have to be bigger and better than the Bible.

 In 28:26 Mormon tells us they’ve appeared to him but he’s not allowed to name names.  Ahh, that’s convenient…

 Chapter Twenty Nine Theme

 Mormon Warns Unbelievers they’re Like the Son of Perdition

 Remember, don’t think for yourself or have your own  opinion.

 Chapter Thirty Theme

 The Condemnation of the Gentile

 The only thing worth mentioning in the two verses of this chapter is that all Gentiles are damned.

 If you’re not a Mormon you’re a Gentile.

 Please, please pray for a Mormon today won’t you?

 With Love in Christ,  Michelle Grim

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November 23 – 2 Thessalonians 2:13; “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”

Hebrews 13:12; “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”

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In the Greek “sanctification” is hagiasmos.  It means the state of purification.  God, through the Holy Spirit, continues to sanctify us throughout our lives if we are willing to allow Him to refine us, but by no means are we able to do this on our own.  Today’s Mormon reference not just insinuates, but outright teaches a false gospel that the Christian is responsible for their own sanctification process.

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“Sanctification is a state of saintliness, a state attained only by conformity to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. The plan of salvation is the system and means provided whereby men may sanctify their souls and thereby become worthy of a celestial inheritance.”  Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 675.

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THEY NEED A CHURCH

Life After Ministries is a para-church evangelical organization.  We do not sanction one denomination over another, nor do we endorse sole propriety of salvation within one denomination.  However, we strongly encourage the ex-Mormon to get involved in the body of Christ through the means of a local church in their own neighborhood, city or town.  The following small list of questions is merely our suggestions when looking for a good church.

Does this church believe that Jesus is God incarnate?

Does this church believe the Holy Spirit indwells each believer?

Does this church believe that Jesus was born of a virgin through the miracle of God?

Does this church believe that Jesus was fully God and fully man?

Does this church believe in salvation by grace through faith and not by works?

Does this church believe that Jesus was crucified for man’s sin and raised on the third day?

Does this church believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven?

Does this church believe the Bible to be the inerrant word of God?

Can this church provide a financial statement for the year?

Can this church provide a concise constitution of beliefs?

If the answer is “no” to any of these questions then it’s time to move on and look for another church.  We ask our mentors to encourage the ex-Mormon to try attending a good Bible based church.  If they are not comfortable with the style of worship at the church you attend, perhaps you could accompany them to a service at a different church if they’re scared.  While that may seem a bit odd to the non-Mormon, it is a real experience for the ex-Mormon or soon to be ex-Mormon.  We’re not asking you to change churches, just accompany them for one service!

Share your personal experiences with them of what your church life has been like.  They will soon realize that what goes on in the Christian world is much the same even while being drastically different.  Seeing children run around inside the church building and women wearing pants in church can be quite alarming to the new Christian; but if they are encouraged along the way you’ll soon find out there is a highly dedicated new member amongst the ranks!  Now with all this being said let me also state that belonging to a man made religion does not bring you salvation.  Acts 4:12 says;

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

It is not uncommon at all for the ex-Mormon to be “gun shy” about joining any church.  I wandered around from the age of 18 to 30 before accepting the Lord into my life while being an inactive Mormon.  When I did get saved and began attending a church I refused to join on the day I was baptized.  Now this particular church usually had the members officially join at the time of baptism, but for me they made this exception which was very kind of them.  I realize now the circumstances were different from that of the LDS Church, but at that time what I needed was to be baptized without “having” to join as a member.  The unfortunate thing about what I did is that it was prideful sin.  To ease the mind of the new ex-Mormon explain why the Christian church does both of these things at the same time.

If you are an ex-Mormon the reason we encourage church membership is so that you can have a safe place for fellowshipping with others who love the Lord.  They can serve as mentors for you, while you in turn help them to understand Mormonism.  God will use you wherever you are and no matter what “stage” you’re in with Him!  However, church membership is not necessary for salvation.  The thief on the cross is proof of that!  Luke 23:39-43 says;

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

This simply means that if you accept Jesus into your heart right this moment and something happened that you died in the next minute, you would go to heaven my friend!  No good works are necessary, no church membership, no tithe, nothing but your heart.  The other topic in this department is the subject of denominations.

As mentioned earlier we do not advocate one denomination over another, but it is important to keep in mind that most Mormons do not understand the concept of how they work; why there are different denominations; and sometimes they’ve never been taught the differences between Catholics and Protestants.  Most of the Mormons I’ve mentored had never heard of Martin Luther or what happened in the sixteenth century.  This would be a good time for a short history lesson!

Many times this subject is going to be a tough one for the new ex-Mormon.  You may encounter a sense of uneasiness on their part created by distrust they’ve been taught to harbor in their hearts.  They’ve been taught the different denominations are living proof that a restoration was needed and that the Christian church was no longer in existence on the earth.  Joseph Smith said this in his personal testimony: Joseph Smith 1:18-9;

My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak… then I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt…” –

Now compare that with what Jesus said 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 gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

In the book of Acts we are given an historical account of the beginnings of the works of the Church.  We see the martyrdom of Stephen, James, and a few other apostles; the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at the first Pentecost; the conversion of Paul on the road to Damascus, the miracles performed, and the missions of the new Church.

The Good News spread rapidly and even the Gentiles were being grafted in to the people of God, just as Jesus had promised His disciples.  Why would these things all go to waste and not continue?  Have the ex-Mormon think about this for some time.

1. What were some of Joseph Smith’s excuses as to why the “Restoration” was needed?  (Give your understanding, not necessarily exact documentation of this).  __________________________________________________

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The apostle Paul traveled more than 3,600 miles in his missionary journeys while proclaiming the word of God to the Gentiles.  Some of the apostles stayed behind in Jerusalem while still others went with Paul or spread out in other areas.  There were many trade routes opened at this time because of the expansion of the Roman Empire.

Jerusalem was totally destroyed circa 70 AD by the Roman Empire in retaliation of the Jewish uprising and the Jews were scattered all over the earth as they fled for cover.  With the fall of Jerusalem another historical even took place.  Can you name it?

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Gently explain to the ex-Mormon how these things are not just a coincidence; using scripture of course!  Why was it that Jerusalem fell, the Jews were scattered, there were no more temple sacrifices and the Redeemer had prepared His children for all of it.  He went with them (believers) as they scattered and spread the gospel throughout the world.  In Luke 4:18 it says;

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”

If the theory of a restoration in 1830 is correct, then Jesus’ deliverance of the captives was a lie as is 1 John 3:8b;

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

These are just some of the basic things that need to be shown to the ex-Mormon.  Of course there is no way to teach them everything there is in the Bible, thus a solid Bible believing church is needed.  These few examples show the ex-Mormon how God did sustain His church and His people.

Teaching them that scriptures are meant to be used as personal promises to them from God is a blessing they’ve not yet encountered in life.  For example Philippians 1:6 is an assurance from God to us that the body of Christ will never perish.

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Now that you know what they need, it’d probably be helpful to understand why.  As we’ve mentioned before, Joseph Smith claimed in his vision that God appeared to him and said that all Christian denominations were wrong, thus the need for a restoration.  Throughout the history of the LDS Church the members have been taught to hate, mistrust and fear anyone who is not LDS and who claims to be a Christian.  The leadership of the LDS Church has toned down their abhorrence towards us in the past twenty or so years, but the damage has been done.  Incidentally, their “Standard Works” still contain the position of division.  The following are some examples of the true feelings they harbor towards the body of Christ.

D&C 1:30; “And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto the church collectively and not individually”

For more examples see the end of this chapter.

One of the most important things to remember is again the mindset of the former Mormon.  From the examples we’ve given of the LDS doctrines it’s easy to see why they might have to work on their dispositions towards the Christians or attending a new church.  Pray with them asking God to reveal what may be hidden deep in their hearts in this matter.

HC 5:389; “Compare this principle once with Christendom at the present day, and where are they, with all their boasted religion, piety and sacredness while at the same time they are crying out against prophets… Why, they are just ripening for the damnation of hell. They will be damned, for they reject the most glorious principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and treat with disdain and trample under foot the key that unlocks the heavens and puts in our possession the glories of the celestial world.” 

Messenger & Advocate Vol. 1, Oct. 1834 No. 19; “Messenger & Advocate Vol. 1, Oct. 1834 No. 19; “That principle which actuates the children of men to revile, ridicule, calumniate and destroy the peace of one another, because they take the liberty to think for themselves in matters of religion, is certainly from beneath, and not from above…They are of their father, the devil, and his works they will do; and unless they repent, they must inevitably perish in some of the calamities that shall be poured out upon the ungodly.” 

Elder Orson Pratt, JD 18:172; “But as there has been no Christian Church on the earth for a great many centuries past, until the present century, the people have lost sight of the pattern that God has given according to which the Christian Church should be established…” 

Elder John Taylor 6:167; “There is not nation now that acknowledges that hand of God; there is not a king, potentate, nor ruler that acknowledges his jurisdiction. We talk about Christianity, but it is a perfect pack of nonsense. Men talk about civilization; but I do not want to say much about that, for I have seen enough of it…It is a sounding brass and a tinkling symbol; it is as corrupt as hell; and the Devil could not invent a better engine to spread his work that the Christianity of the nineteenth century.” 

Brigham Young, JD 6:176; “Brother Taylor has just said that the religions of the day were hatched in hell. The eggs were laid in hell, hatched on its borders, and then kicked on to the earth. They may be called cockatrices, for they sting wherever they go. Go to their meetings in the Christian world, and you will hear them remark, “Our ministers dictate our souls’ salvation;” and they are perfectly composed and resigned to trust their whole future destiny to their priests…” 

Orson Pratt, JD 14:346; “How long is it since Zion ceased? For everybody will admit, among all Christian denominations, that there has been no revelation for some seventeen hundred years,—among all the Protestants of the present day, among all the Catholics that lived before them and that now live, and among all the different peoples and nations and tongues that have received the doctrines…They all admit that, they all testify and acknowledge that God has had no inspired men on the earth since the days of the Apostles…” 

EM, pg. 470; “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not see itself as one Christian denomination among many, but rather as God’s latter-day restoration of the fulness of Christian faith and practice. Thus, from its earliest days LDS Christians sought to distinguish themselves from Christians of other traditions. Other forms of Christianity, while bearing much truth and doing much good under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, are viewed as incomplete, lacking the authority of the priesthood of God 

George Q. Cannon, JD 24:185-186; “…no thinking man can admit that Christianity so-called—I call it a false Christianity, untrue to its name—…You look in vain for those features that distinguished it, and that gave it power in the earth, and that made it the foe of Paganism and false religions existing in those days, and which gave it the wonderful success it achieved. It is destitute of these features… it nevertheless is destined to tumble with Babylon the great…” 

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ASSURANCE OF OUR SALVATION

You can memorize all the “instructions” I’ve written for you in this mentoring guideline, but that means nothing to the person you’re mentoring!  What passages from the Bible are the most comforting for you and why?  The Holy Spirit will be seen clearly with the passion you put behind the mood and tone of your voice.  Mormons have an innate way of picking up on those who aren’t being completely honest with them in this genre.  Now is the time to be as transparent as you possibly can be!

Ask any Mormon you know the following question:  “If you died today do you know with certainty that you would go to heaven?”  Ninety-nine percent of the time they will respond by telling you “I sure hope so” and then they’ll share Matthew 5:48 with you;

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Never mind they’re taking it completely out of context and never mind they haven’t really looked up the meaning of the word for perfect in this tense.  In their head they’re trying hard to be perfect so they can go to the Celestial Kingdom.

The Church’s role in propagating lies about salvation has been one of the keys to submission and confusion.  If you can keep changing the rules by just tweaking one or two of the “ordinances” in addition to adding a word here or there to another word which means something else, well then by golly, you’ve got yourself a person who is unable to think independently.  Confused again?  Remember, you’re not alone!

Case in point: what does the term “gospel ordinance” mean to you (the ex-Mormon)?  Write your answer below.

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To the Mormon its meaning encompasses everything having to do with their religion, in other words, “the plan of salvation”.

What is the plan of salvation according to the LDS Church?

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Because Christ only died to fill in the gaps after “all you can do”, there is never any assurance.  If you really look back on your life honestly, can you say there wasn’t a day gone by that you weren’t lazy?  What about the times you’ve forgotten about; or when you didn’t want to “be nice” to the neighbor and hurried inside before they saw you in the front yard?

The LDS Church teaches the gospel has been around since the time of Adam, and since this time there have always been ordinances and principles that are to be followed if you truly want salvation.  In the book Gospel Through the Ages, intro pg. xvi it says;

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the “glad tidings” or “good news” concerning the Savior, the Kingdom of God, and the salvation of man. It consists primarily of the teachings of Christ and of the apostles as recorded in the New Testament and Book of Mormon…

It goes on further to say; “Christians frequently use the word Gospel to designate their religion…” thereby letting everyone know the basics of their beliefs, i.e. “eternal nature of man, the atonement of Jesus Christ and the fall”.

This again is another place where you have to stop and clarify that man is not eternal, but created, and also to clarify what the word gospel means.  In reality the word gospel is the Greek word “euaggelizo” meaning “to announce good news, evangelize or preach glad tidings or good message”.  While the first portion of their “definition” of the word gospel is close to being correct, as we read further into their message you can see that they aren’t remotely close.

As a member of the LDS Church how did you define the “gospel”?

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As a Christian, what is the “good news”?  Okay you have good news, what’s the news?

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The following is from the same book we used above and the section is called “Scope of the Gospel”.  Gospel Through the Ages, pg. 3;

[It] embraces every principle pertaining to life and salvation, for time and eternity, no matter who has it. If the infidel has got truth, it belongs to Mormonism. The truth and sound doctrine possessed by the sectarian world, and they have a great deal, all belongs to this Church. As for their morality, many of them are morally just as good as we are…Mormonism includes all truth. There is no truth but what belongs to the Gospel. It is life, eternal life; it is bliss; it is the fullness of all things in the Gods and in the eternities of the Gods.

The entire point to the real gospel is, as you are well aware, the good news that a Savior has been provided for us; the sinners.  We can now feel assured that we are saved by believing on Jesus’ name that we are found without blemish.  And it is not by our own doing, but that of God’s, who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice; His Only Begotten Son.  See John 2:25, 3:17-19; Romans 10:4; Hebrews 9:26.

Have the following verses either printed or written out by hand on a sheet of paper.  Leave enough space between each for a place to write down what that verse means to them.  If there’s time also have them write down the LDS equivalent that refutes what the Bible says.

Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 2:20-1; Romans 1:16-7; Heb. 9:11-14, 10:9-14; 1 Cor. 1:18-9; John 14:23; Matthew 16:16-8; Col. 1:13-20…the list is endless because of how kind and generous our God is!

The good news is that we don’t have to worry about living under the Law!  The good news is that this has been accomplished for the rest of our lives!  And most especially the good news is that God raised His Son on the third day, while showing us that we will be raised with Him on that final day because death could not hold Him!

Oh, what an awesome God we serve!  Who or what could ever be that powerful?  How could we ever think that some earthly good deed could equal what God has done for us through His Son?  Everything pales in comparison and quite honestly causes me to blush with shame for ever thinking I could participate in my own salvation.

How could there be any doubt of our salvation knowing that God raised Jesus from the dead?  When Jesus said “It is finished” (John 19:30), He wasn’t referring to “just His work on earth”.  He was referring to the works of the Law forever!  There was no longer any need for works to be done because the Law had been fulfilled and God’s justice had been met!  By this we can know and have assurance of our salvation as the writer of Hebrews 10:22 said;

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”

To walk everyday of your life not knowing if you’re saved is a curse my friend and isn’t of God!  The Lord Jesus would never want His people to be in doubt.  Do you think He hung on that cross doubting His decision?  Never before in history or since, has there been a more deliberate act of obedience and love!

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Chapter 14. Fundamentals of Mormonism: Is it a Lie or is it Biblical?

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GOSPEL ORDINANCES (LAW) VS. GRACE 

Jacob 4:5; “Behold, they believed in Christ and worshiped the Father in his name, and also we worship the Father in his name. And for this intent we keep the law of Moses, it pointing our souls to him; and for this cause it is sanctified unto us for righteousness, even as it was accounted unto Abraham…” – 544 BC

If someone were to ask me why I feel so compelled to do this work, the above verse from the Book of Mormon would be my answer why.  This particular section of this booklet has my mind thinking of nothing but my mother.

She called me one day and her distressed voice captured my immediate attention.  She has been an active member of the LDS Church her entire life, yet never being quite worthy enough to earn the coveted temple recommend.  On this particular day I think she just needed a safe place to vent her frustrations with the Relief Society.

She had called the president of the Relief Society to let her know that she wouldn’t be able to provide the cookies for the meeting the next evening.  My nieces weren’t feeling well (they live with her), she wasn’t feeling well and she had just enough energy to make the call.  The president told her that she still had plenty of time to get the cookies together and she would do my mother the favor of picking them up on her way to the meeting.  She also reminded my mother how they had never had store bought cookies at their meetings.  True story!

After venting for quite some time I asked her what she was going to do and she said that she should at least go buy some chocolate chip cookies and put them in a nice serving basket.  I asked her if she really thought Jesus was more concerned about cookies for a meeting or for her physical well-being.  By the end of the conversation she hung up while being mad at my question.  I personally believe the Relief Society president had a dual problem, alas that’s for another booklet!

It’s obvious the leaders of the LDS Church have not shown its members what it means to “keep the law of Moses” or what it means to believe in Christ.  The verse from the book of Jacob makes about as much sense as the following sentence:  “I’ll be driving my car while I walk to work tomorrow”.  You can’t do both at the same time, so which mode of transportation are you going to use to get to work?

It’s much the same with our salvation.  We can live our lives believing that we want to go to heaven with the attitude of being self-sufficient.  Or, we can die to self and accept God’s precious Son as our only way to heaven.  Because of the enormity of this subject I am going to be spending a bit of time here.  Be sure to share that free salvation doesn’t give us license to do evil things and explain that the Holy Spirit wouldn’t allow us to do those things anyway because of 2 Cor. 5:17!

In addition to my examples I highly encourage the mentor to come alongside the ex-Mormon and ask him/her what ordinances were most important to them while in the Church.  The reason for this is to show them how to transfer their spiritual allegiance to Jesus fully, instead of believing in Jesus and still thinking they need to work.

Using the example of that ordinance, go to your concordance and look up the

transliterations for it, and the verses where they’re located to get a full understanding of what this ordinance really means.  Next, look for the same subject in the New Testament showing why performing this ordinance isn’t necessary because of Jesus’ work to fulfill it!

Always remember that every single thing the Mormon believes and knows about God, Jesus, and salvation is a lie.  Joseph Smith has tricked the members into believing everything he said or taught.  They are so devoted to the Church they would give their very lives, literally, so don’t be surprised at the amount of energy they would be willing to give for “works”.

The Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg. 1032, says this about ordinances and salvation:

Latter-day scriptures give ample evidence that God has established unchangeable, eternal ordinances as essential elements of the Plan of Salvation and redemption (Isa. 24.5; Mal. 3:7; Alma 13:16; D&C 124:38)…”

Go through each of the following LDS verses with the person you’re mentoring, making a point to take note of the biblical verses in context to understand the meaning.  For instance in Malachi God told the people to return to Him even after they had been cheating Him in the tithe offerings and had an “I don’t care about you God” attitude.  Show them using biblical scripture this type of an example – God just loves us and wants us back.  Yes, we need to obey, but when we are alive in Christ it’s hard to stay away from Him and paying money to the “scribes” of Mormonism isn’t the way to God!

A biblical example of the necessity of ordinances can be found in the Lord’s statement to Nicodemus that one must “be born again” (John 3:3). The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that “being born again comes by the spirit of God through ordinances” (TPJS, p. 162). The process of salvation is experienced as a “mighty change in your hearts” (Alma 5:14) under the guidance and assistance of the Spirit of God through keeping the divine ordinances…One is fully accepted of God and is “of God” if, and only if, she or “he obey mine ordinances” (D&C 52:14-19)…”

1.  What is John 3:3 really saying when read in context.  ______

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Smith went on to tell the audience more about the necessity of ordinances; from the same page of Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg. 1032):

Ordinances, in the sense of rituals and ceremonies, embrace the entire mortal life of God’s sons and daughters and are performed by the Lord’s authorized representatives…”

2.  What does Isaiah 64:6 say?  ___________________________

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This is a good time to stop and do a word study!  What is the Hebrew meaning of the term “filthy rags”?

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In other words for the members of the LDS faith, it’s going to keep being this way until the day you die and there’s more of it after you get to “heaven”.  There are countless verses in the New Testament giving us instructions on what it takes to get saved.  I cannot emphasize enough that you must deal with this part of mentoring from the way you live your own life.

To make sure that I’ve given the LDS perspective its fair share of verses from their writings here’s just one more, this time from the Book of Mormon.  In 2 Nephi 25:23 it says;

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.”

In sharp contrast God, Jesus, the prophets, the disciples and others have told us throughout the sixty-six books of the Bible that the Mormon verse above would be considered blasphemy.  Not to mention that it sounds too familiar to what Paul had written 2,000 years earlier in Ephesians 2:8-9;

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

The “slight variation” was a little addendum of Smith’s at the end of the original writing, thus totally negating the grace aspect of our salvation.

3.  According to the apostle Paul, what happens to the significance of Christ’s death when we trust in works?  Gal. 2:19-21.  ____________________________________________________

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Chapter 13. Assurance of Our Salvation

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GUILT AND SHAME

Witnessing Tip of the Day Guilt & Shame Is 617Mormons live life on the precept they must work for salvation. In Mormonism there’s a ‘general salvation’ given to all mankind, and after this comes the placement of souls which is dependent upon good works here on earth.

This may cause a myriad of problems as you might imagine, so our focus is on the impact this has on the soul.

There are several ways to work for  salvation, but for now I’m only listing a few.

The Mormon will always feel shame if they’re not accepted into the highest level of heaven – this is known also as the Celestial Kingdom, and there are three requirements to get in; temple marriage, good works which includes proxy work for the dead, and the third requirement is to pay a full ten percent tithing.

The most important ‘must’ in getting to the Celestial Kingdom is making sure you are married in the temple. Yes, marriage is the way to salvation ladies and gentlemen. If you aren’t married in the temple, you lose your right to see your relatives in heaven, you’ll be placed in a lower kingdom; only to become a servant to those in the Celestial Kingdom.

There are the remaining two things required for “true salvation”, but keep in mind marriage is a definite must in the mind of every single Mormon. From the series, Doctrines of Salvation, 2:58-59 it says;

Marriage, as understood by Latter-day Saints, is a covenant ordained to be everlasting. It is the foundation for eternal exaltation, for without it there could be no eternal progress in the kingdom of God…Marriage is the grandest, most glorious, and most exalting principle connected with the gospel. It is that which the Lord holds in reserve for those who become his sons and daughters; all others are servants only, even if they gain salvation. They do not become members of the household of our Father…

LDS theology dictates you’ll receive a calling from the Lord to work in different areas of the Church. The bishop will take a look at his list of who’ served where, and for how long. If your name hasn’t appeared on the list of who’s worked in the nursery for example, you should expect your phone to ring. You cannot refuse this ‘calling from the Lord’.

The structure of the Church is made up of lay clergymen, and women, so there’s no compensation for your hours spent working until you’ve been called to the status of high priest, or above.

The Encyclopedia of Mormonism, p. 48 –

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is organized to benefit all who participate, and all are expected to assist in its labors (see Activity in the Church; Lay Participation and Leadership; Ward Organization). The Church is administered according to the principles of individual involvement, service, and self-government. There is no paid ministry in local wards or stakes, and the work of the Church is carried out through volunteer service by the members, who are called by priesthood leaders to contribute in various capacities.”

LDS theology also dictates you must tithe a hard 10% to receive a temple recommend.

These small slips of paper are coveted by members of the Church as their token of being righteous and worthy enough, to be in God’s presence. It is God’s permission slip for you to get in the doors.

There is no higher calling in the Church than to hold a current temple recommend and they can keep their recommend only if they have a good standing at the ‘annual tithing settlement’.

For those who haven’t divvied up by January, there’s a line at local banks with people applying for personal loans.

D&C 119:4 says;

And after that, those who have thus been tithed shall pay one-tenth of all their interest annually; and this shall be a standing law unto them forever, for my holy priesthood, saith the Lord.”

Also see Encyclopedia of Mormonism, p. 1481 –

At the end of each year, ward members meet individually with their bishop in a tithing settlement interview to verify Church records of their individual contributions and to declare confidentially to the bishop whether or not the amount contributed is a “full tithe.”

The members are obligated to pay their ten percent, and this amount goes solely to the Church for more church buildings, temples, supplies, etc. Additionally, once a month they hold a ‘fast and testimony’ meeting.

Members will fast from food for two meals before they attend these meetings, and take the money they would have spent on that food to donate to a benevolent fund. These funds go to help the needy in their local food banks, or if there are special needs within their own ranks.

There’s a fair share of people who won’t be able to meet the financial standards of giving the Church requires.

These things will produce the inevitable; guilt and shame. For others, there might be guilt and shame experienced if they’re a convert and get out of the Church.

Or there is the guilt associated with converting others into the Church, and/or bringing children into the mix. Many adult ex-Mormons are riddled with shame by watching their adult children making the choice of staying in the Church after they have been saved. It’s heart-wrenching no doubt, to see them still in the Church when you’ve found freedom in Christ.

Several years ago while working through my exodus, the Lord showed me an amazing truth. It’s an easy enough thing to remember which is good for me! But it also packs a powerful punch in the way of a learning tool for any of us in regards to our own spiritual life with Jesus. He showed me this:

Guilt and Shame are Never the Same.

It rhymes, making it easy to remember.

Guilt and God both begin with “G”. God convicts us of our sin – this is the guilt – we repent, and He remembers it no more as He promised us in Isaiah 43:25;

“I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”

Shame and Satan both begin with an “S”. Shame is death to the soul dear one! Shame is experienced when you repent for the same sin repeatedly. Dictionary.com defines it this way –

‘…the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another to publicly humiliate or shame for being or doing something specified’.

Isn’t it sad this is what the Church would want for the majority of its members? Less than 10% of active Mormons are considered temple worthy! The bishop knows who’s worthy, and who’s not; and you can bet the farm everyone else in the ward will know as well when you don’t stand up to ‘bear your testimony’ about your temple experience last month. Yet no one gets together to compare notes because the temple experience is also considered ‘sacred’ and shouldn’t be spoken about in detail with anyone at all.

In Deut. 28:66 God warns the Israelites that He would curse them if they didn’t obey His commands of staying pure in the land of Canaan. The curse is not having a restful assurance of their lives.

Ask the ex-Mormon what kind of assurance they had for their salvation while being in the Church. I don’t know of one Mormon who can say for sure that they’re going to heaven.

They have no hope at all because of shame; they never feel as if they’ve been forgiven, or believe they’ve not done enough. Share with the ex-Mormon from the Bible how they can be assured of their salvation.

2 Tim. 1:12 – I know whom I have believed

Phil. 1:6 – He will complete the work

Heb. 13:5-6 – He will never desert me

1 John 2:12 – Your sins are forgiven.

Isaiah 40:8 – The word of God endures forever

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