The Book of Mormon is Anti-LDS

If readers of the Book of Mormon held to only what the Book of Mormon says, they wouldn’t be mormon. The Book of Mormon presents no doctrines that are uniquely mormon, and explicitly says that there should be no more doctrines than given in the book (3 Nephi 11:40), yet the LDS prophets came out with a whole new set of doctrines contained in their books of “Doctrine and Covenants”, “Pearl of Great Price”, and multitude of scriptural sermons including Journal of Discourses.

The Book of Mormon has Jesus quoted as saying:

“And whoso shall declare more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil, and is not built upon my rock; but he buildeth upon a sandy foundation, and the gates of hell stand open to receive such when the floods come and the winds beat upon them.”

That doesn’t seem to leave much room for additional doctrine, does it?

The Book of Mormon doesn’t even talk about the LDS’s biggest unique doctrine, their temple work! There is no even any mention of baptism for the dead, another of their unique doctrines. If the Book of Mormon were written “for the latter day”, as why wouldn’t they have any of the most differentiating mormon doctrines?

If there is no mention of uniquely Mormon doctrines in the Book of Mormon, then why do the LDS missionaries have potential converts pray about the book to determine whether the book is true?

President Ezra Taft Benson declared in general conference, “The Book of Mormon … was written for our day. The Nephites never had the book; neither did the Lamanites of ancient times. It was meant for us.” (Ensign, Nov. 1986, p. 6.)

If the LDS temple ceremonies are supposedly old ceremonies that were restored, why is there no mention of temple work in the Book of Mormon? The simple explanation seems to be that when Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon he hadn’t gotten the idea of the new temple ceremonies. Joseph Smith didn’t come up with baptisms for the dead until later, and he didn’t come up with the masonic based temple ceremony until less than 2 months after he became a Freemason. This also explains why much of the LDS temple ceremony is an exact duplicate of what is done or said in Freemasonry.

For more information about the connection between Freemasonry and Mormonism (including the identical match of symbols), please see:

http://ldsfacts.org/joseph-smith/joseph-smith-copied-freemasonry/

Mormon Blood Sacrifice connected to Mountain Meadows Massacre

Brigham Young advocated in multiple sermons that people should be killed for committing certain sins, because Christ’s sacrifice was not enough to cover for these sins. This is also known as the mormon law of Blood Attonment. The sins that the mormon leader considered to fall under Blood Atonement even included black interracial marriages, and apostasy from the mormon church. There seems to be a direct link between Brigham Young’s sermons, which are recorded in LDS scripture, and the murder of over 100 innocent people by mormons and their church leaders, in the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

As pointed out in other articles, the Journal of Discourses has been considered scripture for many years, and though they try to distance them selves from it mormon leaders still categorize it as scripture. Even if you don’t want to trust the Journal of Discourses, the same sermon from Brigham Young in Journal of Discourses about “blood atonement” was also printed in the Deseret News. Deseret News was the official church publication of the day, that went out to all the local saints in the Utah area. And an even stronger link between Brigham Young’s words about blood atonement and the Mountain Meadows massacre is that the dates line up perfectly. They happen in the same year!!! The Mountain Meadows Massacre happened September 11th, 1857 (yes this was the first 9-11), and Brigham Young’s sermon on Blood Atonement was given earlier in the same year, on Feb. 8th 1857.

Here are several paragraphs directly from the sermon, that was just months before the Mountain Meadows Massacre:

“Now take a person in this congregation … and suppose that he is overtaken in a gross fault, that he has committed a sin that he knows will deprive him of that exaltation which he desires, and that he cannot attain to it without the shedding of his blood, and also knows that by having his blood shed he will atone for that sin, and be saved and exalted with the Gods, is there a man or woman in this house but what would say, “shed my blood that I may be saved and exalted with the Gods?”

All mankind love themselves, and let these principles be known by an individual, and he would be glad to have his blood shed. That would be loving themselves, even unto an eternal exaltation. Will you love your brothers or sisters likewise, when they have committed a sin that cannot be atoned for without the shedding of their blood? Will you love that man or woman well enough to shed their blood?

I could refer you to plenty of instances where men have been righteously slain, in order to atone for their sins. I have seen scores and hundreds of people for whom there would have been a chance (in the last resurrection there will be) if their lives had been taken and their blood spilled on the ground as a smoking incense to the Almighty, but who are now angels to the devil … I have known a great many men who left this church for whom there is no chance whatever for exaltation, but if their blood had been spilled, it would have been better for them, the wickedness and ignorance of the nations forbids this principle’s being in full force, but the time will come when the law of God will be in full force.

This is loving our neighbour as ourselves; if he needs help, help him; and if he wants salvation and it is necessary to spill his blood on the earth in order that he may be saved, spill it. Any of you who understand the principles of eternity, if you have sinned a sin requiring the shedding of blood, except the sin unto death, would not be satisfied nor rest until your blood should be spilled, that you might gain that salvation you desire. That is the way to love mankind.”

(Sermon by Brigham Young, delivered in the Mormon Tabernacle, Feb. 8, 1857, printed in the Deseret News, Feb. 18, 1857; also reprinted in the Journal of Discourses, Vol. 4, pp. 219-20)

Even if the saints in Utah didn’t hear it directly from Brigham Young’s lips in the tabernacle, they would have had the chance to get the sermon in the Deseret News and read and ponder it for a few months before the Mountain Meadows Massacre occurred. Doesn’t the sequence of events make so much sense? It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say Brigham Young’s words seem to have had a direct influence on the Mountain Meadows Massacre!

By the way, if you want to look up the 122 different modern LDS General Conference talks that quote from Journal of Discourses, here is a link:
http://lds.org/search?query=%22journal+of+discourses%22&lang=eng&collection=general-conference

Some of the talks quote from Journal of Discourses multiple times. The first talk listed quotes from Journal of Discourses 8 separate times, different quotes! If it wasn’t a valid source for Brigham Young’s word, then LDS General Authorities wouldn’t be quoting from it. But again, the local Mormons in Utah who participated in the Mountain Meadows Massacre probably heard it during General Conference in the tabernacle, or from Deseret News.

Can you see how the Mountain Meadows Massacre seems to be a direct result of Brigham Young’s doctrine of Blood Atonement?

The LDS Church says their prophet will never guide you astray. In the Bible, Jesus says many false prophets will come, and that we should judge them by their fruits. Jesus says if a tree has bad fruits, the whole tree is bad (see Mathew 7:20-27). Joseph Smith has plenty of bad fruits, such as his lies about his own adulteries, to which the LDS church has recently acknowledged, but had hidden for many years.

The truth about Mormon Polygamy

The current LDS church is not following following true mormonism, and is (according to their doctrines/leaders) in a temporary state where they are not following polygamy, which they say is a “eternal” principle. If you look at all the doctrines of the current LDS Church, polygamy is just temporarily not being practiced right now, but their doctrines still teach it is a true principal.
 

Joseph Smith (the founder of mormonism was married to over 30 women, including women who were still married to living husbands (by the way, it is called polyandry, when a women is married to multiple men):

In this chart, you can see the age of the women at the time they were married (and some of them were just 14 years old).
 
Brigham Young the second Mormon prophet taught:
“Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned,” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, p. 266). 
He also said:
“The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy,” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 11, p. 269).
 

In 1869 Wilford Woodruff, Mormonism’s future fourth president, taught:

“If we were to do away with polygamy, it would only be one feather in the bird, one ordinance in the Church and kingdom. Do away with that, then we must do away with prophets and Apostles, with revelation and the gifts and graces of the Gospel, and finally give up our religion altogether and turn sectarians and do as the world does, then all would be right. We just can’t do that, for God has commanded us to build up His kingdom and to bear our testimony to the nations of the earth, and we are going to do it, come life or come death. He has told us to do thus, and we shall obey Him in days to come as we have in days past” (Journal of Discourses 13:165 – p.166).

Even as late as 1879, Joseph F. Smith was insisting that plural marriage was essential for LDS exaltation. Speaking at the funeral of William Clayton, Mormonism’s future sixth president, stated:

“This doctrine of eternal union of husband and wife, and of plural marriage, is one of the most important doctrines ever revealed to man in any age of the world. Without it man would come to a full stop; without it we never could be exalted to associate with and become god…” (Journal of Discourses 21:9).

If you don’t think these quotes are accurate, you can look them up for your self on the BYU website (BYU is the Mormon church’s officially sponsored institution), where they cite the Journal of Discourses as scripture:

 
By their own declaration, the only reason that the LDS church stopped polygamy, was because it was against the law, and the USA government finally enforced that law, which you can see in the Mormon official declaration:
 
“Inasmuch as laws have been enacted by Congress forbidding plural marriages, which laws have been pronounced constitutional by the court of last resort, I hereby declare my intention to submit to those laws, and to use my influence with the members of the Church over which I preside to have them do likewise.
Willford Woodruff, Official Declaration ( http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/od/1?lang=eng )
Because the Official Declaration only cited the laws of the land as the reason, and not because of God’s commandment, there were many people who simply put them selves outside of the laws of the land (moved to Mexico, etc.), and continued to practice polygamy. This is why the Fundamentalist LDS Church (FLDS) exists, as they continue to practice true mormonism as preached by the Mormon prophets. It seems that the FLDS can still call them selves Mormons, since they practice all that is preached by the Mormon prophets.
 
Even in more modern times, LDS church leaders point out that it they are only temporarily without polygamy:
“Obviously the holy practice [of polygamy] will commence again after the Second Coming of the Son of Man and the ushering in of the millennium.”
Bruce R. McConkie, in the book Mormon Doctrine
If you consider the FLDS under the word “Mormon”, then some Mormon’s do practice polygamy even today, as they follow the words of early mormon prophets, and even LDS mormons accept doctrine that teaches the principle of polygamy, even if they try not to talk about it in public.
Joseph Smith is also recorded in Church history lying about his adulterous polygamy.

What is considered LDS scripture?

Some mormons are under the impression that an LDS prophets words are only considered binding or scripture if the prophet says “thus saith the lord”. There are multiple General Conference talks that tell us this is not true. To clear things up, here are some excerpts from an LDS General Conference talk, which is quoting President Ezra Taft Benson:

The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything” (Ezra Taft Benson)
“give heed unto all his words and commandments” (D&C 21:4 emphasis added)
“The prophet will never lead the Church astray” (Ezra Taft Benson)
The prophet does not have to say ‘Thus saith the Lord’ to give us scripture.” (Ezra Taft Benson)
The prophet and the presidency—the living prophet and the first presidency—follow them and be blessed; reject them and suffer.”  (Ezra Taft Benson)

You can read the full talk here if you like: http://lds.org/general-conference/2010/10/obedience-to-the-prophets?lang=eng&query=prophet+scripture

In that general conference talk he is quoting another article, which is from Ezra Taft Benson, and in that talk he even quotes from Journal of Discourses to support his statements on what scripture is, implying again that Journal of Discourses is scripture. Here is an excerpt from the original article, which was a talk, and was also reprinted in the from the June 1981 church magazine as the First Presidency Message:

Sixth: The prophet does not have to say “Thus saith the Lord” to give us scripture.

Sometimes there are those who argue about words. They might say the prophet gave us counsel but that we are not obliged to follow it unless he says it is a commandment. But the Lord says of the Prophet, “Thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you.” (D&C 21:4.)

And speaking of taking counsel from the prophet, in D&C 108:1, the Lord states:

“Verily thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Lyman: Your sins are forgiven you, because you have obeyed my voice in coming up hither this morning to receive counsel of him whom I have appointed.”

Said Brigham Young, “I have never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not callscripture.” (Journal of Discourses, 13:95.)

As you can see, President Benson even quotes the Journal of Discourses, showing that all the sermons Brigham sent could be considered scripture. The full article is here:
http://lds.org/liahona/1981/06/fourteen-fundamentals-in-following-the-prophet?lang=eng

Even though the LDS try to distance them selves from the Journal of Discourses, another way you can tell it’s still trusted todays is because 122 different modern LDS General Conference talks that quote directly from Journal of Discourses, here is a link that shows this on the LDS.org website, the official church website:
http://lds.org/search?query=%22journal+of+discourses%22&lang=eng&collection=general-conference

The Journal of Discourses was even endorsed by the LDS first presidency.

Brigham Young also said he had never given any counsel that was wrong:

“I am here to answer.  I shall be on hand to answer when I am called upon, for all the counsel and for all the instruction that I have given to this people.  If there is an Elder here, or any member of this Church, called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who can bring up the first idea, the first sentence that I have delivered to the people as counsel that is wrong, I really wish they would do it; but they cannot do it, for the simple reason that I have never given counsel that is wrong; this is the reason.”  (Journal of Discourses, vol. 16, p. 161).

Many mormons find them selves in a corner because of the terrible things Brigham Young said, such as  modern day mormon blood sacrifice (shedding people’s blood who commit certain sins), including killing those in interracial marriages with black people, or killing people who have left the church, but those things are still in LDS scripture today.

The mormon’s have a song which they have little children repeat, “follow the prophet! follow the prophet!” and makes no qualifications about when to follow the prophet, just “follow” him. This seems like a rather dangerous proposition, especially considering the some of the abhorrent things that mormon prophets have said.

 

LDS Scripture says those in interracial marriages should be killed

Prophet Brigham Young is quoted in LDS Scripture as saying that those in interracial marriages with African people should be “put to death”. Here is a quote directly from Brigham Young giving a sermon to LDS people about the African race which he considered to be the descendants of Cain:

“Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so. The nations of the earth have transgressed every law that God has given, they have changed the ordinances and broken every covenant made with the fathers, and they are like a hungry man that dreameth that he eateth, and he awaketh and behold he is empty.”

– Prophet Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, v. 10, p. 110

You can find the Journal of Discourses, where this quote comes from, still referenced as scripture, in the LDS church’s official university resources: http://scriptures.byu.edu/

This quote also goes along with Brigham Young’s preaching on Blood Atonment, where he says there are some sins that cannot be covered by Christ’s atonement, and must instead be covered by shedding of the sinner’s blood. Having a child with a black person is one of the sins that Brigham Young categorizes as such.

The Journal of Discourses has been considered LDS scripture for many years, and is still sold in the LDS book store.

For more information about what is considered mormon scripture, please see:
http://ldsfacts.org/mormon-church-history/what-is-considered-lds-scripture/

LDS Church Hides Historical Facts

LDS church leaders have admitted that they hide certain historical facts from their members that would not be faith promoting.

Here is a excerpt from an interview on a PBS special about mormonism where mormon church apostle admits in an interview that they don’t put things in historical books that might make their faith look bad:

The interviewer asks “Is there a conflict between a faith-promoting work of scholarship and factual scholarship? Is there a conflict at all?”

And Boyd Kay Packer responds “Some things that are true aren’t very useful. And there are those in the past who have looked at the leaders of the Church, for instance, and found out that they’re human and want to tell everything. There are steps and missteps that don’t help anything. Some think that to be totally honest they have to tell everything. They don’t.

You can find this interview linked from the mormon church’s own official news media site:
http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/president-packer-interview-transcript-from-pbs-documentary

Want to know what things they’ve hidden? Take for instance the fact that Joseph Smith is recorded in LDS Church history as becoming a Freemason about a month before he invented the temple ceremony, and much of the mormon temple ceremonies are exact duplicates of things that were originally found in Freemasonry, or that Joseph Smith is a documented liar based on the mormon’s own church history, or the fact that the the mormon’s Book of Abraham has been exposed as a “fraud” by Egyptologists, or the fact that they’ve made hundreds of changes, including theological changes, in their Book of Mormon, even though Joseph Smith said it was the most “correct book on earth.”

On top of that, their Book of Mormon, the book that they tell people to pray about to find out if the church is true, really doesn’t hold any uniquely mormon doctrines. The real mormon doctrines are in their book of Doctrine & Covenants, which they don’t tell people to pray about before joining, or in the many other writings of their prophets, such as the Journal of Discourses where you can find that Brigham Young taught that Adam was God, or that there are some sins Christ’s atonement wasn’t enough to cover, such interracial marriages which he considered a terrible sin.

Here is a quote directly from Brigham Young talking about the African race which he considered to be the descendants of Cain:

“Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so. The nations of the earth have transgressed every law that God has given, they have changed the ordinances and broken every covenant made with the fathers, and they are like a hungry man that dreameth that he eateth, and he awaketh and behold he is empty.”

– Prophet Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, v. 10, p. 110

You can find the Journal of Discourses, where this quote comes from, still referenced as scripture, in the LDS church’s official university resources: http://scriptures.byu.edu/

One place that the LDS church may get the idea that it’s OK to hide things from it’s memebers is from their founder of mormonism himself. Joseph Smith not only hid his adulterous polygamy, but also lied about it and it’s recorded in the histories of the LDS church. If you want to know more of about what the LDS church not only hides, but lies about, check out this video:

Joseph Smith copied Freemasonry

Mormon temple worship shares an extensive commonality of symbols, signs, vocabulary and clothing with Freemasonry, including robes, aprons, handshakes, ritualistic raising of the arms, etc. Even the symbols on LDS temple garments precisely the same the major symbols of a Freemason, which are tools of a stone mason. Where did mormonism get these?

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