MORMONISM VERSUS BIBLICAL CHRISTINITY

The Church of Jesus Christ 
of the Latter Day Saints

or

Mormonism

or

The LDS Church


According to Mormons the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints or Mormonism do not belong to a “cult”.

The following is a QUOTE taken from an official Mormon website:

Mormons make the claim that sadly,

the label of “cult” is often used to criticize or demean the faith of others with different opinions. Many people apply this label to Mormons due to misinformation or ignorance.

Mormons are properly known as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons belong to the fourth largest Christian faith in the United States that is growing steadily throughout the world. In fact, more Mormons live outside than inside the United States.

At the center of the Mormon Church is Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Redeemer of all mankind. Whenever Mormons pray to God, they do so in the name of Jesus Christ. Baptism in their faith is by immersion, according to the symbolism of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, marks a person’s entrance into the Church. The “sacrament” (what other Christian traditions call “communion”) is administered weekly in Sunday services as members reflect on the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Mormons translate their belief into practice by serving each other and the wider community, including the poor and needy. They give of their time and money to numerous humanitarian aid efforts as one way of following Christ’s teachings.

For Mormons, being a Christian means being a disciple of Jesus Christ, loving and worshiping Him above all. It means centering one’s life on Christ’s teachings from the New Testament. It means striving to live the kind of life that honors Jesus Christ in word and deed. This is the meaning of being a Christian.”



Again all of the above claims are from a MORMON website and honestly I would have to agree that the Mormons I have meet are outwardly in many ways do indeed SEEM to be Christian. For example some Mormons are very Christian LIKE in their MORAL values by following the godly principles taught in the Bible. Mormons also seem to be very Christian LIKE even in what they teach to their new believers. When Mormons first convert these new believers to Mormonism, they do teach them from the Bible. However, if you dig or search deeper, then you will clearly see that the Mormon church does NOT teach the whole word of Almighty God. The Mormon church ADDS to what the word of truth, the Holy Bible, teaches. 

You see, the Mormon statements of faith APPEAR at first to be very much Christian in the LANGUAGE that they use, which is in many cases identical to what Christians use. What I mean by "language" is the terms or the words that both Mormons and Christians use are some of the very SAME terms and word, therefore one would  assume that all Mormons are Christians, because they TEACH some of the very same things that Christians teach. 

You see, one can listen to Mormon missionaries that go door to door and they sound very much like any other Christian church. You can go to most any Mormon website and the testimonies of Mormons seem to be very Christian sounding. In fact, Mormonism appears on the SURFACE, to ME at least, to be so much like Christianity, that when I first began my own investigation concerning Mormonism I was at first convinced that what the main stream church was warning Christians about Mormonism being a “cult” was simply not true.

What I mean by this is that when I first started researching Mormonism I went directly to the websites of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints to see for myself what they taught. You see, whenever I myself do a study in God's word, I like to hear the ALL the EVIDENCE from ALL sides of a controversy and then compare ALL the evidence that I find to what the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, teaches us. So when I FIRST began to read their home page and what they believed it appeared at first that Mormons believed the same things that are taught in Christian church, so I thought to myself HOW could any call Mormonism a "CULT" seeing for myself that they BELIEVE and TEACH that Jesus died for the sins.

However, in a CLOSER examination of their DOCTRINE, the honest TRUTH seeker, must ask the question, “Do the OTHER teachings of Mormonism that Mormon missionaries DO NOT speak about when they come to your door on their initial visit, and what the Mormon websites DO NOT write about up front DO NOT AGREE with what the BIBLE teaches and do not stand in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of Almighty God?” 

Therefore it is the purpose of this study in God's word to compare the teachings of Mormonism against the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, in order to unveil the hidden teachings of Mormonism that they do NOT share with NEW converts, and to expose these HIDDEN teachings to the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of Almighty God and to CLEARLY show to you, the reader and seeker of the TRUTH, that Mormonism at it's core is simple NOT BIBLICAL. There may be SOME truth from the Bible that is taught in Mormonism, but the teachings as whole in the church of the latter day saints are NOT SOUND BIBLICAL teachings.

You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, there is more to Mormonism that what some people see, because many people only look at what Mormonism teaches on the surface. What I mean by this is that what most people see in Mormonism is good family values and good moral people who profess their faith in Jesus Christ, but again the faith that Mormons profess is NOT true BIBLICAL faith, which I will explain the difference between true SOUND BIBLICAL Christian faith and the NOT true Biblical faith the Mormons teach further on in this study. Yes, Mormonism closely MIMICS Christianity in many ways, but in TRUTH Mormonism does NOT teach SOUND BIBLICAL doctrine at it's core.

Furthermore Mormonism ADDS to the teachings of the Holy Bible by ADDING the book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price and their own publications of OFFICIAL teaching, which the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, WARNS against in Deuteronomy 12:23, which says,


"What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: you shall NOT ADD thereto, nor DIMINISH from it."


We as Christians are further WARNED by our Lord Jesus Christ HIMSELF against ADDING ANYTHING to the word of Almighty God or TAKING AWAY ANYTHING anything from the word of Almighty God in the book of Revelation chapter 22 verses 18 and 19, which says,

Revelation 22:18,19

"For I (Jesus) testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall ADD unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19. And if any man shall TAKE AWAY from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."


Now some may try and argue that the verses is the book of Revelation are speaking of adding or taken away from the book of Revelation ONLY, but for those who argue this point are the very ones who are ADDING and TAKING AWAY words from the REST of the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible. Ask yourself, "Is not EVERY book in the Bible the inspired word of God, which the Holy Spirit of God inspired men of old to write down the words that Almighty God himself desires all of human beings to read and understand?"

We will get into this argument of trying to justify ADDING others books to the Bible shortly, but before we actually get into the hidden beliefs of MORMONISM that were ADDED to the teachings of the Bible though the Book of Mormon, the Doctrines and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price that are again put off or not shared and explain at the first initial visit of a potential convert, we will take a look at the statements of faith as they are written on the Mormon websites. In other word's, before we take a look at the HIDDEN beliefs and teachings of Mormonism that are held back from being taught to a new convert, until the new convert has had his or her “MILK before MEAT” so to speak, we will take a look at the statements of faith from a Mormon website to show those who may not be aware of how close Mormonism mimics Christianity on the surface. 

 Once again these statements of faith will be almost identical to most every other Christian church, but DO NOT BE DECEIVED, because this is NOT ALL of what Mormonism teaches. Also be aware that while many of the terms and words used by both Mormonism and Christianity may be that same, I implore you to understand that the actual MEANINGS of these same terms and words are NOT the SAME. 

Plain and simple, what a Mormon believes and teaches is NOT what a true Bible believing Christian believes and teaches. True BIBLICAL Christianity and Mormonism are NOT the SAME. This truth will be PROVEN to you the reader, and seeker of the TRUTH, as you read the articles of faith as they are written on the websites of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, the LDS, or Mormonism and then compare these statements of faith of Mormons to the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, the very word of Almighty God HIMSELF.

The are thirteen articles of faith as stated by the websites that I myself found and researched. If you are a Mormon and believe that I have not QUOTED these 13 articles of the Mormon faith accurately please write me and I will correct any statement that is not accurately given. Dear reader, please keep in mind that the "WE" in the following statements of faith are what "MORMONS" confess and believe. Also be aware that any EMPHASIS is mine in order to point out that Mormonism has ADDED to what they Bible teaches, which is again AGAINST what Almighty God warns in his word for us NOT to do.



13 Articles of Faith of Mormonism

  1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

  2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

  3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

  4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

  5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

  6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

  7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

  8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

  9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

  10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

  11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

  12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

  13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul-We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.



Now I personally do not think any person, who is at least somewhat familiar with Christianity, will have a problem with many of the statements of faith we just read with the exception of statement #8 where it is stated that Mormons ALSO believe that the Book of Mormon to BE the word OF God, and statement #9, where the Mormonism states that they believe that God is still YET REVEALING new REVELATIONS to mankind. This is how they JUSTIFY the book of Mormon that they believe was REVEALED to Joseph Smith by and angel named Moroni as late in the History of Christianity as the year 1823.

 So then, other than these two statements of faith in Mormonism you can see how easily any one can be DECEIVED into believing that they are joining a church that APPEARS to be like any other Christian church. A simple truth is that no person can know what they have not been TAUGHT or what they have not learned on their own. This is WHY the Bible teaches us in Acts 17:11 to read and study the BIBLE for ourselves daily so that we can know whether or not if what we are being TAUGHT is the truth or if it is FALSE teaching.

Acts 17:11

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the WORD (speaking of the SCRIPTURES in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible teaching about Jesus being the Messiah. In other words, the men and women in Thessalonica RECEIVED the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ) with all readiness of mind, AND searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." 


In other words, it is YOUR responsibility as a Mormon to READ the BIBLE for YOURSELF, in order for you to know whether or not you if you are being taught the truth or not. So ask yourself the question, "Does the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints teach and ENCOURAGE you as a Mormon to READ and STUDY the holy Bible for yourself?" 

With that being said and that you now know being shown to you from the very word of Almighty God himself, the Holy Bible, that YOU are to search out what you are being TAUGHT in order to see whether or not that you are being taught the truth let us now take a close look at 14 statements of faith that are DEFINED in the WAY that a MORMON is TAUGHT as to what these very Christian SOUNDING statements of faith actually mean to a Mormon, and then we will compare what YOU as a Mormon have been taught with what the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, the very WORD of Almighty God HIMSELF teaches.

Please keep in mind that the following are 14 statements of what Mormons actually believe as written by those who were once very faithful and devout Mormons like YOU who are very sincere in what you believe. In other words, just because these good moral people are called "FORMER or  Ex-Mormon's" does NOT mean that they have as "ax to grind", so to speak or that they are from Satan as the apologist of Mormonism would have you to believe. 

Please be assured that these ex Mormons love you, as do I, and that we only what you to come to the knowledge of the truth as this truth was taught to us by the Holy Bible ALONE without the ADDING of other books such as the teachings from the above mentioned books used by Mormons, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrines and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price to teach their beliefs that they share only to converts that have FIRST proven themselves faithful for a year or more. 

This is very important to keep in mind that a Mormon is NOT taught these following beliefs as a NEW convert, but rather a new Mormon convert are ONLY taught these following beliefs ONLY AFTER they have PROVEN themselves to be FAITHFUL to the prophet Joseph Smith, which again sometimes take a year of more. To say this another way the teachings from the Book of Mormons, the Doctrines and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price are KEPT SECRET and in effect HIDDEN from a new convert UNTIL that new convert has PROVEN that he or she is a FAITHFUL follower of the prophet Joseph Smith. 

Again this is an IMPORTANT fact that exposes the truth that Mormonism only MIMICS Christianity and that it's HEART or core Mormonism is NOT true BIBLICAL Christianity. 

Once again the following are 14 statements of the Mormon faith as defined or explained in the way that a Mormon is taught these statement of faith to MEAN to a Mormon by people who were indeed faithful and devout Mormons themselves at one time before they came to the knowledge of the TRUTH as written in the Holy Bible.


14 Statements of faith of Mormonism


Presented by one who has been a Mormon for many years, 

but now is a TRUE Christian.


       #1 – God (speaking of Almighty God, the Father) was once a MAN who lived on another planet

       

         This is the most important teaching of Mormonism. Nothing else comes close to it. We as Mormons were taught to believe that God was once a mortal man with a physical body that on another planet who progressed by living in obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel he had on his world, then he died. He then became a resurrected man and evolved to become a god. He is still married now (some early leaders say that he is a polygamist) and created this world. We worship only the one true god, which is really one god among millions or billions or more. We believe that we will follow in God's footsteps by becoming perfect and we too will become Gods and Goddesses creating spirit children and peopling other worlds. The Mormon TV commercials showing family togetherness is the foundation for life in the next world - as a family - as gods.

       Reference: Journal of Discourses Vol. 6 Page 4, 1844. Joseph Smith speaking:
"...you have to learn to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done before you, - namely, by going from one small degree to another..."

       Reference: Journal of Discourses Vol. 6 Page 275, 1852. Brighan Young speaking:
"After men have got their exaltation and their crowns - have become Gods..."

      

          #2 - WE are co-eternal with God

       

         We believe we have all existed for all eternity. First we existed as "intelligences", which has never been defined, then we were given spirit bodies in a heaven by our eternal parents. Our "intelligences" have existed forever just like the our God's has and we have been around him in one form or another forever. He has just simply progressed ahead of us.

         Reference: Journal of Discourses Vol. 6 Page 7, 1844. Joseph Smith speaking:
"God himself, finding he was in the midst of spirits and glory, because he was more intelligent, saw proper to institute laws whereby the rest could have a privilege to advance like himself"

       

         #3 - The origin of Jesus Christ

       

         Jesus was begotten by physical union of God and Mary. Since God (Almighty God, the Father) has a body of flesh and bones, he really had literal sex with Mary. The product of this union was Jesus, part man and part God. We believe Jesus was the first born in heaven by heavenly father and mother who created his spirit and our spirits using our "intelligences" as a foundation for our spirits. Our "intelligences" were floating around in the universe and needed to be organized into spirits. Since he was the first born spirit, and according to the Book of Abraham, his "intelligence" was better than the other "intelligences" out there, he is the most important spirit creation. When Jesus received his physical body by the union of God and Mary, his spirit was put into his body like our spirits were put into our bodies. His body was special though because his father was a god. The rest of us have only regular dads.

       Again, a few Mormons wrote saying they do not believe this and I am misrepresenting the church's position. Actually the quotes from the early leaders are stranger than I could create from my imagination. Here are a few references:

       Brigham Young speaking in the Journal of Discourses Vo1 1, Page 51 1852, "Jesus our Elder Brother was begotten in the flesh by the same character that was in the garden of Eden, and who is our Father in Heaven."

       Brigham Young speaking in the Journal of Discourses Vo1 15, Page 770 1853, "Now remember from this time forth, and for ever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost... if the Son was begotten by the Holy Ghost, it would be a very dangerous to baptize and confirm females, and give the Holy Ghost to them, lest he should beget children..."

       

         #4 - Truth is determined by feelings

       

         We believe we know the truth by our feelings. We do not rely on and we will disregard any FACTS that contradict what our FEELINGS tell us is true. If something feels bad, like someone telling us that Joseph Smith was a fraud, then we know that Smith must of been a prophet since falsehoods create bad feelings and it feels bad when someone tells us that we have been duped. In other words, if we get a bad feeling, we are hearing bad things which must be lies. We feel good when we read the Book of Mormon, therefore it is true. Archeology, genetics, science, metallurgy, agriculture and animal studies are irrelevant since our feelings tell us it is a true book revealed by God. This good feeling applies to all aspects of our lives. We determine if we should do something or know the truth of something if we have prayed about it and have a good feeling about it.

      

          #5 - What a Prophet said can be revised depending on the circumstances

      

          We believe that when the Prophet, the head of our church, says something that is definitely wrong he was not being inspired at that time. He was only speaking as a man. We believe that the newer Prophets can override the older Prophets. We believe we have a prophet on earth today even though he never prophecies anything.

          Reference: Ezra Taft Benson '14 Fundamentals in Following the Prophets' pg 1-16, 1980:
"Beware of those who would pit the dead prophets against the living prophets, for the living prophets always take precedence."

      

          #6 - Saving our dead ancestors shows we are the ONLY Christian church

       

         We believe we have temples where we get the handshakes and passwords that allow us to become gods. We also baptize by proxy dead people so they too can become Mormons.

      

        #7 - Ex-Mormons or apostates had sin in their life or never had a testimony

       

         We believe apostates, if they had a testimony, will be cast into outer darkness. The others who leave Mormonism must never had a testimony.

      

          #8 - We will ONLY read church approved materials

       

         ANY literature which is critical of the church is Satanic and/or written by disgruntled apostates or others who do not know the truth. They can be ignored and any reasonable arguments they have are unimportant since they oppose the gospel of Mormonism.

     

          #9 - We need to convert the whole world to Mormonism

       

         We believe we must send all our young men from ages 19-22 on missions throughout the world and many of our unmarried daughters. We must also save our money so that when we are older we can go on a mission as a married couple.

      

         #10 - By being Mormons we are assured of salvation - even if we are WRONG

        

         We believe that EVEN if we are WRONG about Mormonism, God will forgive us since we believed in Christ just like the CHRISTIANS said we should. If we are right, and we know we are, then we will be together forever with our families as gods. Why should we want to be anything other than Mormons since we have all our bases covered?

       

         #11 - Since we have the name of Christ in our church - our church is the ONLY true one.

       

         Only the true church would have Christ's name in it. We ignore the FACT that the Doctrine and Covenants and other books were published by the church when Joseph Smith himself had the church renamed for several years as the Church of the Latter-day Saints.

       

         #12 - We believe in the Book of Mormon

       

         We believe in a book, which has no archeological support whatsoever and claim it is a religious record of various peoples who populated the Americas for over 2600 years from around 2200 BC to 420 AD. We believe that the second group of people who occupied the Americas were Jewish and spoke Hebrew and kept their records in reformed Egyptian. These people also numbered in the millions and somehow they left no tangible proof of their existence. Some Mormons believe that in the near future the leaders of the church will ADMIT that the peoples the book describes are FICTIONAL, but maintain that the book still contains religious truths.

       

         #13 - The fruits of Mormonism prove it is the true church

      

          We believe by manipulating statistics we can show we have a superior belief system. We disregard statistics which are embarrassing to our position such as the high divorce rate in Utah.

       

         #14 - Since there are people who oppose our beliefs - our beliefs must be true

       

         We believe that those who write against us and assail our beliefs are proof that we are the only true church. Only the true church would have anything bad said about it. The Devil fights against the truth.



Yes, there should be no doubt that these 14 statements of faith written by an ex-Mormon or former Mormons may have come across as a bit sarcastic to some, but nonetheless these 14 statements defining what a Mormon is taught are indeed ACCURATE and they can be easily proven by your own thorough research into the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. Please try and place yourself in the position of a former Mormon who was once a very devout and faithful Mormon as you yourself are now, but whose eyes of understanding has been opened by the Holy Spirit of Almighty God and now they SEE for the first time through revelation of the Holy Spirit that they have been LIED to for years by the FALSE teachings of Mormonism. No one likes being LIED to and especially LIED to from someone you TRUST with your very eternal life.

This is one of the reasons why I myself felt that I needed to separate myself out of the main stream teaching of the Roman Catholic church first and then later even out of the Protestant church and teach only what the CLEAR, PLAIN, and SIMPLE word of God teaches even though I receive persecution from my fellow brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, who blindly accept all that the so called ORGANIZED mainstream ORTHODOX church teaches without ever questioning what they are taught. I have found that many of these sincere Christians who are dear my brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, are NOT truly searching out for THEMSELVES what the BIBLE actually teaches, but rather they simply PARROT the verses from the Bible that are used to try and support the false teachings of the church. In other words, they do not read and study the Bible for THEMSELVES to learn of all the verses in the Bible that CONTRADICT what they are being taught.

So I can sympathize with those who have turned to these other beliefs, who teach that Jesus is not THE ALMIGHTY God, the Father, because I too believe that this is what the word of TRUTH, the WHOLE word of Almighty God the Father teaches. The Bible does in fact teach that Jesus is God, but ALSO teaches that Jesus is NOT THE ALMIGHTY God, because Jesus is under and subject to HIS God and Father who ALONE is the one true and only ALMIGHTY God.

However, the mainstream church DOGMATICALLY teaches that Jesus IS God, as in Jesus is THE ALMIGHTY God and they will not allow ANY OTHER teaching in their church that is CONTRARY to their precious “DOCTRINE”of the trinity that teaches that Jesus is EQUAL to Almighty God the Father is EVERY WAY where neither is less than of greater than the other, and that Jesus has ALWAYS existed as the Son of Almighty God being God the Son the second person of the Godhead trinity from all eternity past.

Now the purpose of this study is not to show the error of this man made “DOCTRINE”of the trinity, but rather to point out that if the mainstream church would not be so DOGMATIC in their stand on the “DOCTRINE”of the trinity and would take a closer look at the EFFECTS that this false teaching has had on producing all these other FALSE teachings such as Mormonism, the Jehovah's Witnesses, Oneness Pentecostals, and Unitarian Universalism, then they would change their position and teach what the WHOLE word of Almighty God teaches.

I myself have found myself searching for another fellowship that believes as I do, but WITHOUT all these other strange teachings that are NOT SOUND BIBLICAL beliefs such as the above mentioned false teaching of the doctrine of the trinity that the mainstream churches teach. 

So then, the question now becomes. "Since all these churches do in FACT proclaim faith in Jesus Christ as their savior, then does this mean that ALL these many different churches are CHRISTIAN?" I will let YOU, the reader, and the seeker of the truth decide the answer to that question for yourself after you have considered ALL the evidence in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of Almighty God. This particular study will deal only with the teachings of MORMONISM and whether or not they are BIBLICAL. Jesus did NOT say believe MY words AND believe ALSO the teachings of an ANGEL. In fact the Bible WARNS us NOT to believe the teachings of an angel. Please read Galatians 1:8 that WARNS us NOT to believe any other gospel than which is preached to us by the WORD of Almighty God and his Son Jesus.


"But though we, or an ANGEL from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be ACCURSED." 


Now let us examine these 14 statements of faith in Mormonism in the LIGHT of the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible. On some of the statements below I will give the actual statement of faith of Mormonism and along with that statement of faith I will give what a Mormon is actually taught that this statement of faith MEANS to a Mormon. Again the emphasis is mine.


        1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

       #1 - God was once a MAN who lived on another planet.

In other words, an average person seeking what Mormonism believes will go to a Mormon website and read that a Mormon believes in God, the Eternal Father, and in his Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit like all other Christians believe.

But what these Mormon websites nor those Mormons who come to your door never tell you up front is that God, the Eternal Father was ONCE a MAN who lived on another planet, which CLEARLY and PLAINLY CONTRADICTS what the very WORD of Almighty God HIMSELF teaches us.

The word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, the very word of Almighty God himself teaches us that Almighty God is NOT a MAN that he should lie, nor the SON OF MAN that he should repent. (Numbers 23:19)

The word of TRUTH teaches us that Almighty God is greater than man. (Job 33:12)

The word of TRUTH teaches us that Almighty God is a SPIRIT. (John 4:24)

The word of TRUTH teaches us that Almighty God is ONLY being who has always been ETERNAL meaning that Almighty God has NO BEGINNING. And has always SELF EXISTED as God for all ETERNITY and will always continue to SELF EXIST for all ETERNITY. (Deuteronomy 33:27, 1 Timothy 6:16 and Exodus 3:14)

Therefore the teaching from the Book of Mormon being taught to Mormons that Almighty God the Father was a MAN before he BECAME a God over the earth TOTALLY CONTRADICTS what the very clean, plain, and simple teaching of the Holy Bible and therefore must be REJECTED. Think this through for YOURSELF! HOW can God the ETERNAL Father have ALWAYS been an IMMORTAL ETERNAL being IF OS BE that God the Father was a MAN living on another planet BEFORE he became a God? And WHO create this so called MAN who supposedly BECAME a God? And was this OTHER creator God ALSO a MAN before he became a God? If so WHO created him?

If you are HONEST with yourself and with God, then you must take the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, OVER any and all other teachings, whether it be from a prophet, and angel, or even a vision from Jesus, because a TRUE prophet of God, a TRUE angel of God and a TRUE vision form Jesus will NOT CONTRADICT the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible WARNS us in Galatians 1:6-9 that we are NOT to believe any other gospel other than what the very WORD of Almighty God himself teaches us.

"I marvel that you are so soon REMOVED from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto ANOTHER gospel:

7. Which is not another (in other words, it is not exactly another completely different gospel that Mormons are being taught); but there be some that trouble you, and would PERVERT the gospel of Christ.

8. But though we, or an ANGEL from heaven, preach ANY OTHER gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be ACCURSED.

9. As we said before, so say I now AGAIN, If ANY man preach ANY OTHER gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be ACCURSED."


In other words, YOU as a Mormon have been taught a DIFFERENT gospel that CONTRADICTS the Gospel that is being taught in the word of TRUTH, the Holy BIBLE, which WARNS us NOT to believe ANY OTHER gospel that does NOT AGREE with the gospel that is taught in the Bible even though an ANGEL like MORONI give that gospel to a man claiming to be a PROPHET like Joseph Smith, who founded the Church of the Latter Day Saints claiming that he ALONE had the truth. 

Does not Mormonism teach that they ALONE are the one true church and that their is NO salvation APART from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints? YES it does! Does not Mormonism teach that Joseph Smith RECEIVED his revelation from an ANGEL named Moroni? YES it does! 

And does not the word of TRUTH WARN us that SATAN himself is able to transform himself into and ANGEL of LIGHT? YES it does! Please read 2 Corinthians 11:1-15, which WARNS us NOT to be DECEIVED by another gospel.



       "Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
       2.  For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
       3.  But I fear, lest by any means, AS the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
       4.  For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.
       5.  For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
       6.  But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things.
       7.  Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that you might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?
       8.  I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.
       9.  And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
       10.  As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.
       11.  Wherefore? because I love you not? God knows.
       12.  But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
       13.  For such are FALSE apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
       14.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is TRANSFORMED into an  ANGEL of light.
       15.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."

 

So now all that is left for YOU, who are Mormons, is to COMPARE what you are being taught by Mormonism to what the Holy Bible teaches. And then when you find that ALL of what Mormonism and Joseph Smith teaches does NOT AGREE with what the Bible teaches you will have to make a decision as to WHICH gospel you will believe and follow keeping in mind that your very eternal soul is at stake. Will you choose the PERVERTED gospel of Mormonism and the Book of Moroni? 

OR will you choose the gospel of the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible?

I implore you my dear Mormon friend to choose the SOUND BIBLICAL teaching direct from the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, the very WORD of Almighty God himself OVER the false CONTRADICTORY teachings of the MAN Joseph Smith, who CLAIMS that he received his revelation from an ANGEL of God.

Please understand and KNOW that the BIBLE again WARNS us that Satan himself can APPEAR or manifest himself as an angel of light or a minister of light and thereby DECEIVE people into believing a FALSE gospel. Please read 2 Corinthians 1:13-15 again and again and again until you realize that the ANGEL Moroni was Satan himself TRANSFORMING himself to seem like an angel sent from God.


       "For such are FALSE apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ
       14.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is TRANSFORMED into an  ANGEL of light

 15.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."


I can not encourage you enough to read and study the Bible for YOURSELF my dear Mormon friend. COMPARE what you are being taught by Mormonism to what the BIBLE ALONE teaches and you will find that many of the teachings of Mormonism CONTRADICT what the Bible teaches. Let us move on to statement number 2 of what Mormons are actually taught. Now you may be a Mormon, but have not yet been taught some of these things, but be assured that all 14 of these of the teachings are indeed taught to all Mormons eventually as they progress in Mormonism.


       #2 - We are co-eternal with God.

The word of TRUTH teaches us that WE are CREATED beings BY Almighty God, who ALONE is SELF EXISTING from all eternity. (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 5:1; Deuteronomy 4:32)

The word of TRUTH teaches us that God formed the first man out of the dust of the earth and then breathed HIS VERY OWN breath of life into man and then man became a living soul. Then later when God saw that it was not good for man to dwell alone God created woman out of a rib taken from the man's side. And God gave the decree for man and woman to replenish the earth. And NOWHERE in the Bible itself does it teach that every human being is an eternal being, spirit being or some "intelligence" floating around in space from all eternity past. But rather that eternal life is a gift that only Almighty God the Father can and will give to those who believe in his Son Jesus and obey his word. (Genesis 2:7; 1 Corinthians 15:45)

The teaching that all men pre existed as spirit beings from all eternity, or even as created spirit beings before we came to the earth to be given bodies of flesh has absolutely NO BASIS in the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible. Man is NOT an eternal being, nor does man posses an eternal soul, but rather man must be GIVEN ETERNAL LIFE as a REWARD for overcoming the enemy of God, that old serpent called the Devil and Satan. Please read the studies on HOW CAN I BE SAVED? for a SOUND BIBLICAL understanding on what you must do in order to be saved and receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. Mormonism does NOT have the answers or the teachings that will lead you to receive eternal life in the world to come.



       #3 - The origin of Jesus Christ.


HOW can Mormonism possible be the one true church, when the teachings of Mormonism directly CONTRADICT one another. You see, one book that Mormons use to teach their doctrines is the Holy Bible and another book that the Mormons use to teach their doctrines is the Book of Abraham. But yet the Book of Abraham directly CONTRADICTS what the very word of Almighty God, the Holy Bible teaches. 

The Mormon Book of Abraham teaches that Jesus was begotten by physical union of God and Mary. Since God (Almighty God, the Father) has a body of flesh and bones, he really had literal sex with Mary. The product of this union was Jesus, part man and part God. We (speaking of Mormons) believe Jesus was the first born in heaven by heavenly father and mother who created his spirit and our spirits using our "intelligences" as a foundation for our spirits. Our "intelligences" were floating around in the universe and needed to be organized into spirits. Since he was the first born spirit, and according to the Book of Abraham, his "intelligence" was better than the other "intelligences" out there, he is the most important spirit creation. When Jesus received his physical body by the union of God and Mary, his spirit was put into his body like our spirits were put into our bodies. His body was special though because his father was a god. The rest of us have only regular dads.

But the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, the very WORD of Almighty God himself teaches us that Almighty God does NOT have a PHYSICAL body of flesh and bone, but rather that God is SPIRIT who is INVISIBLE and cannot be seen. The BIBLE does NOT teach us that Almighty God had sexual intercourse with the virgin Mary in order to conceive his Son Jesus in the womb of Mary, but rather THROUGH God's SPOKEN word God HIMSELF BECAME a human being that was conceived in the womb of the virgin Mary.

Again the word of TRUTH, the Holy BIBLE, teaches us that Almighty God is a SPIRIT and that he sent forth his WORD by his angel Gabriel to the virgin Mary and when Mary AGREED with God's WORD that he spoke by his angel Gabriel by saying, be it done unto me the handmaid of the Lord ACCORDING to your WORD, then the Holy Spirit of Almighty God overshadowed Mary and in her womb was conceived a child. (Luke 1:26-35) This word “overshadowed” is much like the Hebrew word found in Genesis 1:2 when the Holy Spirit of Almighty God “MOVED” upon the face of the waters when God CREATED the heavens and the earth, which carries in it's meaning a hovering vibration as a sound wave that produces patterns of form. You see, Hebrews 11:3 teaches us that it is by the very WORD of God that the worlds were formed.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed BY the WORD of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear (speaking of SPIRIT, which is INVISIBLE. ALL things are CREATED by Almighty God the Father, which came forth out from God as Almighty God spoke forth his WORD. So in essence all things are created FROM God himself who is SPIRIT, who is infinite.).”


Simple LOGIC will teach those who are seeking the TRUTH, that IF Almighty God was a MAN before he BECAME God, then HOW did he CREATE the world? And IF another God created the world for him, then who or what God created that God. Sooner or later you are going to have to face the TRUTH that there is ONLY ONE SELF EXISTING God who has always self existed without beginning nor ending, who created ALL things from out of himself through his spoken word speaking forth his very own thoughts and plans to bring them into existence.

So then, why not just believe what the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, teaches without ADDING all these other CONTRADICTORY teachings of this FALSE prophet Joseph Smith and his ADDED books that this one man claims was given to him by and angel of God named Moroni. Please keep in mind that Joseph Smith later CHANGES what he had first claimed was given to him by an angel of God. 

I fully realize that if you are a Mormon and you are reading this that you may be offended that I call Joseph Smith a FALSE prophet, but it is necessary that you hear these words, because you revere your prophet to highly just like the Muslims revere their prophet Muhammad who ADDED the Quran to the teachings of the Bible.

I implore you my dear Mormon friend to embrace the FACTS, that Mormonism teaches total and complete surrender to the teaches of Joseph Smith to be ABOVE the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible. Now you may try and deny this by saying that IF the Bible is CORRECTLY translated and interpreted, then it would agree with the teachings of Joseph Smith. But the TRUTH of the matter is that one must CORRUPT the Bible before it will even remotely agree with the teachings of Mormonism. You, the reader, are going to have to weigh ALL the evidence to decide who is the one who is CORRUPTING the word for TRUTH, the Holy Bible.      


 #4 - Truth is determined by feelings.

Every one knows that the TRUTH HURTS! No body likes the FEELING of finding out that they have been LIED to by the ones that they trust. It is a FEELING that does NOT feel good, but nonetheless the TRUTH brought about that very bad FEELING. This teaching that truth is determine by FEELINGS is a man made false teaching to keep you in bondage to false teaching and again CONTRADICTS what the Holy Bible teaches,

The word of TRUTH teaches us that we as Christians walk by FAITH and NOT by SIGHT. The word "sight" in this context means we as believers are NOT to be moved by what we SEE and what we FEEL. (2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:1)

Yes, I am fully aware of the WITNESS of the Holy Spirit of Almighty God that bears WITNESS with our spirit that we are the sons and daughters of Almighty God, but the CONTEXT of that passage of scripture is given with the TEACHING or DOCTRINE that we must believe in God's Son in order too have eternal life abiding in us and if we truly BELIEVE is God's Son, then we will CONTINUE to BELIEVE in God's Son.

This WITNESS is a KNOWING deep within us as being revealed to us by Almighty God the Father himself. In other words, no man can adequately teach you this TRUTH of Jesus being God's Son, but rather this TRUTH is received by each individual and when that individual TRULY BELIEVES, then the Holy Spirit bears WITNESS with their spirit and they KNOW, that they KNOW, that they KNOW that they are FORGIVEN of all their past sins and that they are brought back into right relationship with Almighty God their creator.

Also PERSECUTION does NOT make anyone FEEL GOOD, but we as believers are to COUNT persecution as joy, because we know that great is our reward in heaven.

Please do not misunderstand what I am saying, I am not arguing that a true Christian does not experience FEELINGS of great joy and peace, and the mighty presence of Almighty God, but rather I am arguing against RELYING on FEELINGS as a judge as to whether or not you are saved or that a TEACHING is the TRUTH. We are to judge these things by the WORD of Almighty God ALONE, and the word of TRUTH of Almighty God is the Holy Bible ALONE. The Bible will interpret itself by comparing scripture with scripture and teh Bible will EXPOSE all teachings that CONTRADICT what the Bible teaches as FALSE teachings. And the ADDED books used to teach Mormonism CONTRADICT what the Bible teaches.


       #5 - What a Prophet said can be revised depending on the circumstances.

The Bible clearly and plainly teaches us that if one esteems a man to be a “PROPHET” then what that man prophesies as a thus says the Lord God Almighty will come to pass if that prophet is a TRUE prophet of Almighty God. And goes on to teach us that if a man speaks as a man and that man is not under the anointing of Almighty God, then that man will HONESTLY SAY that he is speaking as a man and that he is giving only his own personal opinion if he is a TRUE prophet and a TRUE man of Almighty God. Only DECEIVERS seeking to be seen of men, make the claim that what they say and teach is of God, Only DECEIVERS then CHANGE what they teach, by making EXCUSES, when they are PROVEN wrong, saying that when they taught what was wrong they were not under the anointing of God. 

NO! A thousand times NO my dear Mormon friend. A TRUE man of God will just admit that they missed God and gladly conform what they believe and teach with what God is revealing to them through the Holy Spirit and the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible. A true prophet will KNOW by the Holy Spirit BEFORE he speaks whether or not what he speaks is the WORD of Almighty God.

Also HOW can you as a Mormon KNOW that your so called “prophet” that you depend upon today for your very soul and eternal life is a true prophet if he never prophesies? Interpreting the word of God and then telling you that ONLY THEIR interpretation is the true interpretation is NOT prophesying. A prophet can only be judged as being true if what he prophesies come to pass. So then, if a prophet prophesies of a SPECIFIC judgment to warn someone to turn from their sin and this judgment does not come to pass, then that prophet is a FALSE prophet. So in truth, Joseph Smith was not a "PROPHET" at all, but rather he was a TEACHER of God's word teaching that which he himself INTERPRETED God's word to mean ti him. So all YOU, as a Mormon, need to do is to compare what Joseph Smith taught to the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of God to see whether of not Joseph Smith was teaching the truth or not. The TRUTH does NOT keep CHANGING like the teachings of Mormonism.



       #6 - Saving our dead ancestors shows we are the only Christian church.

The Bible teaches us that once a person DIES, then that person is judged by their last act upon the earth. If they DIED having SIN in their life, then they will be judged a SINNER. If a person DIES being RIGHTEOUS, then they will be judged RIGHTEOUS. ( Ezekiel 33:11-20)

Also speaking to the dead is forbidden in the word of TRUTH. You are messing with what the Bible calls familiar spirits, which are of Satan. Any spirit that disguises itself as a departed human is an evil familiar spirit that is DECEIVING you.

Now if it were truly possible to be baptized for the lost, who are dead, would not Jesus himself, the SAVIOR and the LAMB of Almighty God have been baptized DECLARING that he was being baptized for the DEAD to be saved through his baptism.

But Jesus did NOT do this, but rather Jesus went down INTO he belly of the earth himself and PREACHED the GOSPEL to the OLD Testament saints, who were being KEPT by the law unto this time of GRACE and FAITH. This preaching to the dead spirits in prison or this old place in Abraham's bosom was a ONE TIME deal for the OLD Testament saints. There is no mention of any future time that saving the dead will be granted. We cannot preach something that is NOT clearly and plainly taught in God's word.

Our job is to PREACH the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ and if we fail to reach everyone with the gospel, then God will be the judge over those people who were not able to hear the gospel. God's word say that his very creation proves to us that he is God so that we are without EXCUSE. God has given us a conscience and even the Gentiles who obey their conscience do what is right before God not having the written law of God. You see, we all have God's law written upon our hearts and minds as our conscience, but when we accept Jesus as our savior, then we become a new creature and this law becomes a desire within us. Salvation is for TODAY while it is still called TODAY. Once a person dies, then whatever state they were in when they died is the state they shall remain and will be judged according to that state whether it be a wicked state or a righteous state.

Plain and simple there is NO baptism for the dead. The scripture that people get this idea or teaching from is merely stating that there were some who TAUGHT the baptism of the dead, but were arguing that there was NO resurrection of the dead. You see, the subject under discussion was the resurrection of the dead. Paul was arguing with those who did NOT believe in the resurrection and said then what good it it for THOSE who baptize for the dead if their is NO resurrection of the dead. Paul was NOT teaching to baptize the dead, but rather he was saying those who baptize for the dead and yet do NOT believe in the resurrection, then what is the point of baptizing for the dead? Just because something is said in the Bible does not always make it to be truth. The Jews said that Jesus had a devil and that he was mad so why hear you him, but this does NOT mean that Jesus had a devil just because some Jews were teaching this. Can you not see my dear Mormon friend that if so be that being baptized in proxy for the dead were a Biblical teaching, then it would be found all over the Bible seeing that it is God's will that none should perish. Satan uses baptizing for the dead in Mormonism the same way the Satan uses praying for the dead in the Roman catholic church, which is to DISTRACT people from doing what will truly help people to be saved.


       #7 - Ex-Mormons or apostates had sin in their life or never had a testimony.

This is very similar to the FALSE once saved always saved teaching that states if one leaves the faith, then they were never truly saved to begin with.

Also this statement reads to me that if you are NOT a MORMON, then you are NOT SAVED. Therefore all ex-Mormons were never truly Mormons and all apostates will never truly become Mormons.

This statement also teaches that no Mormon is to LISTEN to any EX Mormon, because IF they ever had a testimony or witness, then they left Mormonism because they were not a GOOD Mormon and they had SIN in their life. This statement of faith denies any possibility that any Mormon can have their eyes of UNDERSTANDING opened to clearly see that they had been DECEIVED by the enemy and that Mormonism is a doctrine of devils.


       #8 - We will only read church approved materials.

       Well this can be said of most any church that truly cares for it's flock not wanting them to be DECEIVED by FALSE teaching.

But in truth I personally believe that it is best to teach ALL sides of a controversy and let the word of TRUTH interpret whether or not a doctrine of the church is SOUND BIBLICAL teaching. And then the disciple of Jesus Christ will know and understand WHY these other teachings are FALSE teachings

Every reformation that has come about has been because Christians began reading and studying the WHOLE word of God for THEMSELVES and CLEARLY saw that what they were being TAUGHT by their spiritual leaders was NOT sound BIBLICAL teaching. Therefore they came out from the main stream church and REFORMED what they had been previously taught.

Joseph Smith on the other hand was NOT actually part of ANY church as yet, but rather sought to know which church was the true church. Now again I say that Satan cannot stop any person from SEEKING the TRUTH, but Satan can DECEIVE that person into sincerely believing something is the truth when in fact it is NOT the TRUTH. And this is what Satan did with this 14 year old boy Joseph Smith, who had very little knowledge of the word of God when he received his vision.

The Bible teaches us that we are to TRY the spirits in order to see whether or not they are of God. And we are also to JUDGE what we see in a dream or vision BY the WRITTEN word of Almighty God. If it is truly of God, then it will AGREE with the WRITTEN word of Almighty God and will definitely NOT contradict any part of God's written word as the teachings of Mormonism do when they are compared to what the Bible teaches.


       #9 - We need to convert the whole world to Mormonism.

The commission of every believer is to PREACH the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ and then Almighty God will give the increase. No one part of the body of Jesus Christ is given the task of preaching to the whole word. Every part of the church has it's own part to do and as always God himself will give the increase so that there is no boasting among those in the church. We are to do our best to try and persuade men of the TRUTH and then let word of TRUTH do what it was sent to do.

Now while I do not see Mormonism FORCING people to be converted to Mormonism by threat of death or torture as does Islam, but I do see a great deal of intimidation in the way Mormonism presents their way of believing. And I do see a lot of DECEIT as well by holding back these other teachings that most any Christian no matter how young in the Lord they may be would pick up on as NOT being SOUND BIBLICAL teaching.

No true Christian believes that they are to covert the WHOLE word to be Christian. We are to preach to the whole world as in wherever we as individual Christians are being LEAD by the Holy Spirit to go and preach or teach his word. And then we are to trust God to perform his word, but we are NOT to marry off our daughters and sons to the unsaved to convert the unsaved by marriage.

Catholicism also teaches that a spouse to be must either become a Catholic before marriage or they must agree at the very least to raise the children as CATHOLIC even if the other spouse is Christian. In other words, to a Mormon and to a Catholic being CHRISTIAN is not good enough. Mormons believe you must be a Mormon to be saved and a Catholics believes you must be a Catholic to be saved. And Jehovah's Witnesses believe that you must be a part of their organization in order to be saved. So to ME this belief that they are the ONE TRUE church seems to be a trade mark of being a “cult” or FALSE church. Again I am NOT JUDGING as to whether or not the individual person in these churches are saved or not, but rather I am simply pointing out WHY their TEACHINGS are FALSE teachings by exposing their TEACHING to the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.

The word of TRUTH simple teaches us that we must believe the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ to be saved. In other words, NO church can save you. It is the PREACHING of the CROSS that is the POWER of God that brings people to that saving FAITH in his WORD.


       #10 - By being Mormons we are assured of salvation - even if we are wrong.

Every FALSE religion SINCERELY believes that they are the ONLY way that leads to eternal life, but this is the first religious organization that I myself have ever heard of that boasts that even if they are WRONG they are still on the road that leads to eternal life, simply because they believe in Jesus like the CHRISTIANS teach. the DEVILS believe in God and also believe that Jesus is the Son of Almighty God, but we all know what is going to become of Satan and the devils.

Now according to this illogical teaching of Mormonism that even if they are WRONG, then if anyone TRULY BELIEVES in ANYTHING, then there are ABSOLUTELY NO IF'S in what they believe otherwise it is NOT true faith. 

So then, if Mormons truly believe in Jesus like all other CHRISTIANS believe, then why do all Mormons not simple become TRUE Christians and follow the teachings of the word of TRUTH ALONE without all the ADDED books used to teach Mormonism. You see, my dear Mormon friend, true Christians do not ADD books to the Holy Bible to teach about Almighty God and his salvation.

ONLY DECEIVERS like Muhammad and Joseph Smith feel the need to ADD to the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible.


#11 - Since we have the name of Christ in our church - our church is the only true one.

With this kind of logic, the EVERY church that has the name Christ in it would be the ONLY true church. So then the Church of Christ would be the ONLY TRUE church. Or the Church of Jesus Christ is the ONLY TRUE church. When any one puts the words ONLY TRUE CHURCH in the name of their denomination, then they are saying that every other church is Satanic and therefore should not only be rejected, but ALSO preached against in every way possible to WARN those who are being DECEIVED. But yet Mormonism PRIDES themselves on NOT preaching against ANY other church. According to the statements of faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Mormonism sits IDLY by watching millions perish, who THINK that they are saved but ACCORDING to Mormonism they are lost, because they do not belong to the so called one true church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, the Mormons.

How can the one true church sit idly by and watch millions in these other churches be lost and not lift a finger to at least WARN them? No my dear brothers and sisters, this is NOT the mark of the TRUE church of Jesus Christ to be politically correct and let millions perish just because a few may be offended by the TRUTH.

The name of the church has nothing whatsoever to do with whether or not that particular church is teaching SOUND BIBLICAL doctrine. If one wants to counterfeit a hundred dollar bill they do not make a three dollar bill, but rather the counterfeiter makes his bill as close to the TRUE bill that he can. Satan is a counterfeiter and his church will very closely resemble the TRUE church of Jesus Christ.

You own it to yourself to HEAR the WHOLE matter of those who have come OUT of the Mormon church who have been priest, elders, bishops and even apostles of Mormonism. Listen to their testimonies and how they worship Lucifer in the temple ceremonies.

Open your EYES and look at all the Masonic symbolism on the temple itself and how similar all the rituals are to Mason rituals and rites. Look at the statistical FACTS on divorce and suicide among Mormons and how they compare to other churches.

The Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil. The Mormon church is one of the wealthiest if not the wealthiest church in America and its members are judged by their  FINACIALmeans. I say these things by what those who have once been a Mormon say. Listen to the testimonies of former Mormons and get it straight from the source.



       #12 - We believe in the Book of Mormon.

Jesus is the ONE whom the scriptures in the Old Testament foretold that we should believe. There is NO OTHER foundation on which we are to build our faith other than the foundation of Jesus Christ that has ALREADY been laid by the original 12 Apostles that were EYE witnesses to Jesus and what Jesus HIMSELF taught.

The word of TRUTH teaches us that even if an ANGEL teach ANOTHER gospel we are NOT to believe that gospel, because angel of darkness can and do manifest themselves as angel of light to DECEIVE people.

Do NOT be DECEIVED by this so called visitation of an angel of God who called himself Moroni that appeared to Joseph Smith, because what this angel of Satan told Joseph Smith CONTRADICTS the WRITTEN word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible. How can I make it any clearer than that. The Book of Mormon called ANOTHER Testament of Jesus Christ is ANOTHER GOSPEL of Jesus Christ, which the word of TRUTH warns us NOT to accept or believe.


       #13 - The fruits of Mormonism prove it is the true church.

True faith is indeed shown by our works. There is no doubt that there are many good moral people among the Mormons. But the same can be said of many other faiths. There are some good moral Muslims, but this does NOT make them to be TRUE Christians, who believe that Jesus died for their sins. Quite the contrary, good moral Muslims teaches that it is a sin to them to say that Almighty God has a SON. Bearing good fruit is certainly a mark of a true Christian, but it is not the ONLY mark of a true Christian, because if it were then many Muslims would be true Christians by that simple definition doing good works. Hinduism has many good followers who do good works as well, but again their good works to NOT make Hinduism to be true Christianity.

Please read the studies that I have under “HOW CAN I BE SAVED” to know what it takes to be a true Christian and to obtain ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come.     


#14 Since there are people who oppose our beliefs - our beliefs must be true.

All Christians who are preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ undergo persecution.

Also MERE OPPOSITION does not mean one is teaching the TRUTH. There are those that OPPOSE atheism and evolution, but this does not mean that atheist and the belief in evolution is true just because it is OPPOSED by Christians and other religions of the world. Christians OPPOSE Islam and other false religions, but this does not mean that these other religions are true. There are even false teaches that have crept into Christianity and these FALSE teachers are opposed by true Christians, but this does NOT make the FALSE teacher in Christianity to be TRUE Christians. Can you not see that FALSE teaches are opposed by the teachers of the truth and that the teachers of the truth are opposed by the FALSE teachers, therefore simply be opposed does NOT make the ones being opposed to be TRUE Christians.

A true born again Spirit filled Christian will be willing to lay down their life BEFORE they would ever DENY that Jesus Christ is the SON of Almighty God, who DIED on the cross for their sins and that Almighty God the Father raised his SON Jesus from the dead on the third day.

A true born again believer in Jesus Christ always gives all the GLORY to Almighty God the Father and his Son Jesus for every thing in a believers life. A true Christian knows that they are saved BY GRACE and NOT of an works of righteousness which we have done. And once we have been brought back into right relationship with Almighty God by the shed blood of his Son Jesus, we as true Christians KNOW that we cannot please God by our OWN good works of righteousness, but rather we BELIEVE that God's GRACE will strengthen us to overcome the enemy and endure unto the end to be found worthy to obtain eternal life in the world to come.



Now let us take a look at some of the many CONTRADICTIONS not only between the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible, but also how the Book of Mormons contradicts ITSELF.

1. The contradiction of WHERE Jesus is BORN.

The word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible teaches us that Jesus was born in the little town of Bethlehem. Please read Micah 5:2, which prophesies of where the Messiah would one day be born.

But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be LITTLE among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”


Then in Matthew 2:1-6 we read the fulfillment of this prophecy of Jesus the savior being born in Bethlehem of Judea again with emphasis on Bethlehem being LITTLE.


Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold , there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2. Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them WHERE Christ should be BORN.

5. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6. And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the LEAST among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.”



But yet Mormonism teaches in the Book of Mormon in Alma 7:10 that Jesus was born in Jerusalem.

Alma 7:10 “He shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem.”

This may be trivial to some, but if the Book of Mormon were TRULY the word of Almighty God, then the book of Mormon would without fail AGREE in every small detail with what the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, the very word of Almighty God HIMSELF teaches. But yet any honest Mormon who is truly seeking the TRUTH can clearly see that the ADDED books of Mormonism do NOT AGREE with what the Bible teaches. You doe NOT need to INTERPRET these CLEAR, PLAIN and SIMPLE words of the Bible in order to see that they do NOT AGREE with the Book of Mormon. I implore you my dear Mormon friend NOT to continue to be deceived by the FALSE teachings of Mormonism. Flee from the Mormonism and preach the true gospel of Jesus Christ directly form the BIBLE. read and study the BIBLE for YOURSELF.



2. The contradiction between there being three HOURS of darkness while Jesus was on the cross as opposed to three DAYS of darkness.

The word of TRUTH in Matthew 27:45,46 teaches us that there was darkness from the sixth hour of the day to the ninth hour of the day, which is three HOURS.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

46. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying , Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me (and then only a moment later Jesus gave up the ghost and died saying it is finish right before he died)?”


But yet the Book of Mormon in Hel 14:20-27 says that there was three DAYS of darkness over the land.

Historians even record of there being a great earthquake and darkness on the DAY that Jesus was crucified, but yet there is no historical record of there being THREE DAYS of darkness. This one CONTRADICTION should raise a RED FLAG to you and alert you to the TRUTH that the book of Mormon is NOT the inspired word of Almighty God, because it CONTRADICTS the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible that was ALREADY written many centuries before the book of Mormon.

ISLAM and the FALSE prophet Muhammad does the SAME thing by EXALTING the Quran ABOVE the Holy Bible making the CLAIM that the Bible has been CORRUPTED. And yet the dead sea scrolls CONFIRMS the Holy Bible to be the word of TRUTH.



3. The contradiction between Almighty God being a SPIRIT that has NOT flesh and bone and Almighty God being a MAN that has a FLESH and BONE body like all other men.



Jesus himself says that Almighty God is a SPIRIT in John 4:24.

God is a SPIRIT: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

Then in Luke 24:39 Jesus clearly teaches us that a SPIRIT has NOT a FLESH and BONE body as Jesus had when he arose from the grave.

Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a SPIRIT has NOT flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

But yet Mormonism in the Doctrines and Covenants 130:22 CONTRADICTS the word of TRUTH by saying that God has a FLESH and BONE body and this is how God was able to have sex with Mary, which by the way according to Mormonism would have been his own spirit daughter meaning God was committing INCEST and ADULTERY by taking another man's wife to be.



4. The contradiction as to WHO is the HEAD of the CHURCH, whether it be Jesus or Joseph Smith.

The word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible clearly teaches us that JESUS is the HEAD of the church in Colossians 1:12-19.

Giving thanks unto the Father (Almighty God), which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

13. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

14. In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

15. Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

16. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

17. And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

18. And he (speaking of Jesus the Son of Almighty God the Father) is the HEAD of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

19. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;”


But yet Mormonism in the Doctrines and Covenants 28:2-6 CONTRADICTS the CLEAR, PLAIN and SIMPLE word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, by teaching that Joseph Smith is the HEAD of the church.

This is what Islam does by exalting the prophet Muhammad above Jesus. Every time a Muslim says the name Muhammad they follow up by saying peace be upon him and they never ever miss saying this salutation when it comes to saying the name of their beloved prophet Muhammad, but when they say the name Jesus they are not so careful  to say peace be upon him, and depending on what Muslim you hear it may be that they rarely if ever say peace be upon the name of Jesus. Also in Islam Muslims professes that Allah is the true God and Muhammad is his prophet with NO mention of Jesus being Allah's prophet. This is what Catholicism does by exalting the Pope to be the very person of Jesus Christ himself on the earth being called the Vicar of Christ. Even the Jehovah's Witnesses exalt their elders and founders of their church above the very word of Almighty God in that ONLY the elders of the Watch Tower Society have the ability to INTERPRET the Bible correctly. Can you not see that ALL these false teachers ADD to the Bible something and dogmatically demand that they ALONE are the ONE TRUE church or true religion.



5. The contradiction of WHEN the true believers and followers of Jesus Christ were FIRST CALLED CHRISTIANS.

The word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible teaches us that believers were FIRST called Christians at Antioch in the book of Acts 11:26 and Bible scholars place the time to be around 40 A.D.

And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians FIRST in Antioch.”



Now the book of Mormon in Alma 46:13-16 says that the Nephites were CHRISTIANS and the so called golden plates on which the ORIGINAL text was supposedly written calling these Nephites CHRISTIANS was written well before the CHURCH was ever began by Jesus Christ. Mormonism teaches that these so called golden tablets were buried long before Jesus was ever born.

You see JESUS said to Peter, upon this rock I will BUILD MY CHURCH. Jesus is the AUTHOR and the finisher of our faith. There was no church BEFORE Jesus died upon the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead on the third day. Therefore there were NO Christians BEFORE Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world so therefore there could not have been and so called golden plates that called the Nephites Christians BEFORE Jesus died on the cross and founded his church. The believers in Jesus Christ were first called the WAY and were first called Christians in Antioch, which many Bible scholars believe was because these Christians in Antioch were so CHRIST LIKE. Plain and simple, the ADDED books of Mormonism do NOT AGREE with what the Bible plainly states with NO INTERPRETATION needed.


#6. The contradiction of WHEN the church BEGAN.

Now this is much like the argument we just covered above in number 5. The TRUTH of the matter is again the actual CHURCH did not begin until the day of Pentecost, when the disciples where all believers in Jesus Christ were ENDUED with POWER from on high to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. And on that very same day Peter under the anointing of the Holy Spirit PREACHED the gospel Jesus and 3000 souls were ADDED to the church that day. Please read Matthew 16:18 and Acts chapter 2 for WHEN the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible teaches us as to WHEN the church began. Again Bible scholars place the year to be around 33 A.D.

But yet Mormonism teaches in the book of Mormon in Mosiah 18:17 that the church began in 147 B.C., which again places the beginning of the church BEFORE it's FOUNDER and BUILDER, Jesus Christ, was ever born.

Now if you remember Mormons are taught NOT to accept the clear plain and simple FACTS, but rather Mormons are to judge TRUTH on FEELINGS alone. Mormons are taught that the book of Mormon is true, because they PRAYED about it and got this burning FEELING that it was true, therefore they are taught never to doubt the book of Mormon even if the Holy Bible CONTRADICTS what is says, because the Bible has SUPPOSEDLY been CORRUPTED beyond anyone being able to be correctly interpret it any longer. But s you have just seen that there is NO INTERPRETATION NEEDED in order to clearly see that ADDED books of Mormonism do NOT AGREE with the very PLAIN and SIMPLE STATEMENTS in the Bible. 

So then, since some Mormons will not even take a look at the Bible to see that the books of Mormonism do NOT AGREE with the Bible, then here are some CONTRADICTIONS found within the book of Mormon that contradicts ITSELF!

The Book of Mormon contradicts Itself and other inspired Mormon writings!

One God

Plural Gods

Book of Mormon: Alma 11:27-39, 44; 2 Nephi 31:21; Mormon 7:7; 3 Nephi 11:27 Testimony of the three witnesses

Doctrine and Covenants: Section 121:32; 132:18-20, 37

God is a Spirit

God Has a Body

B. of M. - Alma 18:26-28; 22:8-11

D. & C. - Section 130:22

God Dwells in Heart

God Does Not Dwell in Heart

B. of M. - Alma 34:36

D. & C. - Section 130:3

Creation - One God

Creation - Plural Gods

B. of M. - 2 Nephi 2:14; Jacob 4:9 Pearl of Great Price - Moses, Chapter 2

Book of Abraham - Chapters 4 and 5

God Cannot Lie

God Commands Lying

B. of M. - Ether 3:12; 2 Nephi 9:34

P.G.P. - Book of Abraham 2:22-25

God's Word Unchangeable

God's Word Can Change

B. of M. - Alma 41:8

D. & C. - Section 56:4-5

No Pre-Existence of Man

Man Pre-Existed

B. of M. - Jacob 4:9; Alma 18:28, 34-36

D. & C. - Section 93:23, 29-33 P.G.P. - Bk of Abraham 3:18, 21-23

Death Seals Man's Fate

Chance After Death

B. of M. - Mosiah 2:36-39; Alma 34:32-35

D. & C. - Section 76:106-112; 88:99

Heathen Saved Without Baptism

Baptism for Dead

B. of M. - Moroni 8:22-23 2 Nephi 9:25-26; Mosiah 15:24-27

D. & C. - Section 128:5, 17-18

Heaven or Hell

Three Kingdoms in Heaven - Most Saved

B. of M. - 2 Nephi 28:22; 1 Nephi 15:35; Most SavedMosiah 16:11, 27:31; Alma 41:4-8, 42:16

D. & C. - Section 76:43, 70-112

Murder Can Be Forgiven

No Forgiveness For Murder

B. of M.- 3 Nephi 30:2

D. & C. - Section 42:18

Polygamy Condemned

Polygamy Commanded

B. of M. - Jacob 1:15, 2:24, 3:5; Mosiah 11:2

D. & C. - Section 132:1, 37-39, 61

2 Nephi 26:31; Mosiah 27:5

D. & C. - Section 42:71-73; 43:12-13; 51:13-14

B. of M. - Mormon 8:32

D. & C. - Section 64:23

Adam in America

Adam in Old World

D. & C. - Section 107:53; 116; 117:8

P.G.P. - Book of Moses 3:8, 10-15



Here are some questions that deserve consideration by every Mormon.

#1. If the Book of Mormon is true, then why has the Mormon church changed it? Examples are: 1 Nephi 11:21; 19:20; 20:1 and Alma 29:4. Compare these with the original Book of Mormon. (Gerald and Sandra Tanner have counted 3913 changes in the book of Mormon, excluding punctuation changes.)

#2. If the good become gods, then why did Moroni one of the best remain an angel? Since Moroni devoutly practiced the Mormon Gospel, why is he an angel now rather than a God? (Doc. & Cov. 132:17,37)

#3. Joseph Smith said that there are men living on the moon who dress like Quakers and live to be nearly 1000 years old. Since he was wrong about the moon, is it safe to trust him regarding the way to Heaven? (The Young Woman's Journal, Vol. 3, pages 263-264. See repreint in Mormonism --Shadow or Reality? by Jerald and Sandra Tanner, page 4.)

#4. How can a man who is not a descendant of Aaron hold the Aaronic Priesthood? (Numbers 16:40; Heb. 7:13,14).

#5. How did Nephi with a few men on a new continent build a temple like Solomon's while Solomon needed 163,300 workmen and seven years to build his temple? (1 Kings 5:13-18 and 2 Nephi 5:15-17).

#6. If the Book of Mormon is true, why do Indians fail to turn white when they become Mormons? (2 Nephi 30:6, prior to the 1981 revision).

#7. If God was inspiring the translation process of the Book of Mormon, why were 4,000 changes necessary?

#8. Why did Joseph's own accounts confuse whether he was visited by Moroni or Nephi. "He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Nephi." (J. Smith - Times & Seasons Vol. 3, p. 753 1842) also (J. Smith 1851 PoGP p. 41).

#9. Why do the words of Malachi 4:1 appear in 1 Nephi 22:15 over a hundred years before Malachi wrote them?

#10. Why does the Book of Mormon confuse the Old and New Covenants? It stresses that before Christ, the faithful kept the Law of Moses (2 Nephi 5:10; 25:23-25, 20; Alma 30:3), yet they also established churches, taught and practiced Christian baptism, and were conversant with New Testament doctrines and events (e.g. 2 Nephi 9:23; Mosiah 18:17). In the Bible, the Old Covenant is taken away to establish the New according to Paul and his followers (Heb. 10:9). The Book of Mormon intermingles the covenants. Paul was the man who first tried to reconcile the Old to the New covenant --not anyone during Old Testament times.

With so many CONTRADICTIONS to me there is no doubt that the revelations that Joseph Smith received are from Satan just like Muhammad was DECEIVED by his revelation from Satan when he wrote the Quran. There are many similarities between Islam and Mormonism. DO NOT be DECEIVED by either.

Thanks for reading and I would encourage you to view the videos that I have posted on my website. Now I may not agree with everything these videos teach, but I do agree with what they teach about Mormonism. Here is a link to the “VIDEO TEACHINGS on MORMONISM VERSES BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY”

Also I encourage you to read and listen to those who were once good and faithful Mormons like yourself, who now have come to the knowledge of the truth and whose love for you is to see that you also come to the knowledge of the truth. Simple do a search for yourself typing in any search bar the words, "TESTIMONIES of FORMER MORMONS."

Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Mark


The following sources were taken from both Mormon and Christian websites exposing the errors of Mormonism. As many of you may know from some of my other studies that I myself do not agree with all the teachings of main stream Christianity, but rather I believe only what can clearly and plainly be seen from the WHOLE word of Almighty God.


"We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost."

"Mormons do not believe in the Trinity as we understand it. They believe that God and Jesus were separate physical people" who dwelled on the earth, Johnston said. God was Jesus' father, and both men died.

"They do have a 'Holy Ghost' that is very similar to our understanding of the Holy Spirit," Johnston said.

Article 2: "We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression."

"Mormons do not believe in original sin. In the LDS religion, you can't sin until you reach the age of accountability, which is age 8. We are all born perfect," Johnston explained.

Further, she said, if a child up to 7 years old commits any sin, even crimes such as murder, that child is not held responsible for their actions.

"After age 8 you are accountable. If you don't confess your sins to a bishop and repent, you're punished. These sins range from drinking alcohol, coffee or tea, or smoking cigarettes, to 'major' sins such as adultery, murder, etc." Johnston said.

The punishment, Johnston said, is that you don't get to reach the third heaven, where God dwells.

"There is no hell (in the Mormon religion)," she said. "There are three heavens, and you get into them depending on if you are a Mormon or not, if you are a good person but never a Mormon, or if you are a good Mormon who lives a righteous life."

Mormons do believe Lucifer was Jesus' brother, back on the original earth, where God and Jesus dwelled.

"This goes back to the theology that we were all spirit children together with God in the 'pre-existence,'" Johnston said.

The third heaven itself has three levels, based on piety. In order to reach the highest level, "where you can get your own planet, you must be a good Mormon, followed all the rules, married, in the temple …" Johnston explained.

"They don't believe in a hell, per se … everyone, unless you're really bad, goes to the first heaven, whether they are Mormon or not. They do believe in an 'outer darkness,' but that's muddy … they aren't really clear on the kind of people who would go there."

Article 3: "We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel."

"This is basically the same as what I said before (on article 2). There is a general salvation, but to dwell with God, you have to be good. It delivers a lot of pressure," Johnston said.

"You have to repent of every sin, pay your 10 percent tithe, raise your kids in the faith … it's just this huge weight and this huge burden," she said.

Article 4: "We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost."

"It's absolutely required that you be baptized by immersion and receive the laying on of hands," Johnston said. "If you're not baptized, you're not saved."

Temples serve the purpose of atoning for those who have passed. Mormons go there, after getting a list of people (based on extensive genealogy research) to be baptized on behalf of. So basically, Johnston said, you're working to save yourself and to save people who are already dead.

"Baptism happens for children at age 8. At age 12 they are allowed to go to the temple and do baptisms for the dead, and there is a lot more that happens at the temple. We would go like, twice every year as a youth group … they dunk you 'on behalf of so-and-so', and then repeat it about 10 times for different names. Then you go into this room and [church leaders] confirm them," she said. "There are thousands – probably more than that – being done every day across the world."

Article 5: "We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof."

"When Christ was on earth, He set up a priesthood and an organization of the church," Johnston said. "After he died, the people fell away and the priesthood left the earth. It didn't return until the priesthood was given to Joseph Smith."

That means that born-again believers, Catholics, Jews and any other religion does not have "the fullness of the gospel" and therefore does not preach the true gospel.

Article 6: "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth."

"This one is pretty self-explanatory. They (Mormons) believe that they have reorganized the church to be the same as when Jesus Christ was on the earth," Johnston said.

Article 7: "We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth."

"This stuff was very common in the early Mormon Church, but it's not something you see very much in the modern church," Johnston said.

"Now it's basically more that missionaries have the gift of tongues because they speak foreign languages. Healing – priests can heal with prayer and atonement."

Article 8: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God."

"That one opens the door," Johnston said. "That's where the can of worms comes out."

"When this was taught to me as a child – they started by asking us to play the telephone game, where you whisper a phrase in your neighbor's ear and it is passed down the line," she said. "Obviously, at the end, the original phrase had changed and no longer resembles what was said at the beginning. The comparison was then made to the Bible – that it has been changed and revised over the years and so we can't completely trust that it is accurate."

"The problem with this is that this is a case of transmission error – not translation error. Very different things," Johnston said.

"Unfortunately – this understanding that the Bible is not trustworthy – has huge implications. In enables what I call the 'salad bar effect' wherein people can pick and choose which parts of the Bible they want to use/believe/learn from. If something makes you uncomfortable or doesn't fit with your particular theology – you can throw it out. Add to that the fact that they believe the Book of Mormon to be 'another testament of Christ.' Now any uncomfortable doctrines from the Bible can be explained by this new book of scripture," she said.

"I can't count how many times as a teenager, I was challenged by my Christian friends about a scripture in the Bible such as Ephesians 2:8. I would be confused – but when I would bring it up to my parents or church leaders they would show me something like 2 Nephi 25:23 where it says we are saved by grace 'after all we can do.'" Johnston said.

Article 9: "We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God."

"[In the LDS religion] there is a living prophet with continuous revelation," Johnston explained. "But they haven't added any new scripture in a long time. The last revelation took place in 1978, allowing blacks to receive the priesthood."

To be fair, she noted, a lot of churches held similar beliefs about blacks until the Civil Rights movement. "The Mormons were just behind the times."

Article 10: "We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisaical glory."

"Basically, the 10 tribes that were lost (in the original priesthood) will come back and gather in Missouri," Johnston said. "That's where the Garden of Eden was and that's where Christ will be raised."

Article 11: "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may."

"This was a reaction to the times," Johnston said. "Mormons were being persecuted, chased out … basically, it's saying 'don't persecute us and we won't persecute you.'"

Article 12: "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law."

Johnston said this article is pretty straightforward. Mormons do not rebel against authority and they are not revolutionary.

"They may not agree with a leader but they will respect his authority," she said.

Article 13: "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul – We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

"I believe this is honestly what they believe. I think Mormons, just like people of any other faith, want to do the right thing," Johnston said. "They want to be honest, true, chaste, benevolent, etc. They are generous and kind and hard working. They love, honor and worship God. Unfortunately, they have a false understanding of who God is and as a result, they live with a huge burden to be good enough and do enough, [so] that Jesus will save them 'after all they can do.' It's very sad, really," she said.


Read more at
http://www.christianpost.com/news/what-do-mormons-believe-ex-mormon-speaks-out-part-two-58494/#07J60K7G8PeYSCrk.99

"We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost."

"Mormons do not believe in the Trinity as we understand it. They believe that God and Jesus were separate physical people" who dwelled on the earth, Johnston said. God was Jesus' father, and both men died.

"They do have a 'Holy Ghost' that is very similar to our understanding of the Holy Spirit," Johnston said.

Article 2: "We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression."

"Mormons do not believe in original sin. In the LDS religion, you can't sin until you reach the age of accountability, which is age 8. We are all born perfect," Johnston explained.

Further, she said, if a child up to 7 years old commits any sin, even crimes such as murder, that child is not held responsible for their actions.

"After age 8 you are accountable. If you don't confess your sins to a bishop and repent, you're punished. These sins range from drinking alcohol, coffee or tea, or smoking cigarettes, to 'major' sins such as adultery, murder, etc." Johnston said.

The punishment, Johnston said, is that you don't get to reach the third heaven, where God dwells.

"There is no hell (in the Mormon religion)," she said. "There are three heavens, and you get into them depending on if you are a Mormon or not, if you are a good person but never a Mormon, or if you are a good Mormon who lives a righteous life."

Mormons do believe Lucifer was Jesus' brother, back on the original earth, where God and Jesus dwelled.

"This goes back to the theology that we were all spirit children together with God in the 'pre-existence,'" Johnston said.

The third heaven itself has three levels, based on piety. In order to reach the highest level, "where you can get your own planet, you must be a good Mormon, followed all the rules, married, in the temple …" Johnston explained.

"They don't believe in a hell, per se … everyone, unless you're really bad, goes to the first heaven, whether they are Mormon or not. They do believe in an 'outer darkness,' but that's muddy … they aren't really clear on the kind of people who would go there."

Article 3: "We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel."

"This is basically the same as what I said before (on article 2). There is a general salvation, but to dwell with God, you have to be good. It delivers a lot of pressure," Johnston said.

"You have to repent of every sin, pay your 10 percent tithe, raise your kids in the faith … it's just this huge weight and this huge burden," she said.

Article 4: "We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost."

"It's absolutely required that you be baptized by immersion and receive the laying on of hands," Johnston said. "If you're not baptized, you're not saved."

Temples serve the purpose of atoning for those who have passed. Mormons go there, after getting a list of people (based on extensive genealogy research) to be baptized on behalf of. So basically, Johnston said, you're working to save yourself and to save people who are already dead.

"Baptism happens for children at age 8. At age 12 they are allowed to go to the temple and do baptisms for the dead, and there is a lot more that happens at the temple. We would go like, twice every year as a youth group … they dunk you 'on behalf of so-and-so', and then repeat it about 10 times for different names. Then you go into this room and [church leaders] confirm them," she said. "There are thousands – probably more than that – being done every day across the world."

Article 5: "We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof."

"When Christ was on earth, He set up a priesthood and an organization of the church," Johnston said. "After he died, the people fell away and the priesthood left the earth. It didn't return until the priesthood was given to Joseph Smith."

That means that born-again believers, Catholics, Jews and any other religion does not have "the fullness of the gospel" and therefore does not preach the true gospel.

Article 6: "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth."

"This one is pretty self-explanatory. They (Mormons) believe that they have reorganized the church to be the same as when Jesus Christ was on the earth," Johnston said.

Article 7: "We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth."

"This stuff was very common in the early Mormon Church, but it's not something you see very much in the modern church," Johnston said.

"Now it's basically more that missionaries have the gift of tongues because they speak foreign languages. Healing – priests can heal with prayer and atonement."

Article 8: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God."

"That one opens the door," Johnston said. "That's where the can of worms comes out."

"When this was taught to me as a child – they started by asking us to play the telephone game, where you whisper a phrase in your neighbor's ear and it is passed down the line," she said. "Obviously, at the end, the original phrase had changed and no longer resembles what was said at the beginning. The comparison was then made to the Bible – that it has been changed and revised over the years and so we can't completely trust that it is accurate."

"The problem with this is that this is a case of transmission error – not translation error. Very different things," Johnston said.

"Unfortunately – this understanding that the Bible is not trustworthy – has huge implications. In enables what I call the 'salad bar effect' wherein people can pick and choose which parts of the Bible they want to use/believe/learn from. If something makes you uncomfortable or doesn't fit with your particular theology – you can throw it out. Add to that the fact that they believe the Book of Mormon to be 'another testament of Christ.' Now any uncomfortable doctrines from the Bible can be explained by this new book of scripture," she said.

"I can't count how many times as a teenager, I was challenged by my Christian friends about a scripture in the Bible such as Ephesians 2:8. I would be confused – but when I would bring it up to my parents or church leaders they would show me something like 2 Nephi 25:23 where it says we are saved by grace 'after all we can do.'" Johnston said.

Article 9: "We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God."

"[In the LDS religion] there is a living prophet with continuous revelation," Johnston explained. "But they haven't added any new scripture in a long time. The last revelation took place in 1978, allowing blacks to receive the priesthood."

To be fair, she noted, a lot of churches held similar beliefs about blacks until the Civil Rights movement. "The Mormons were just behind the times."

Article 10: "We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisaical glory."

"Basically, the 10 tribes that were lost (in the original priesthood) will come back and gather in Missouri," Johnston said. "That's where the Garden of Eden was and that's where Christ will be raised."

Article 11: "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may."

"This was a reaction to the times," Johnston said. "Mormons were being persecuted, chased out … basically, it's saying 'don't persecute us and we won't persecute you.'"

Article 12: "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law."

Johnston said this article is pretty straightforward. Mormons do not rebel against authority and they are not revolutionary.

"They may not agree with a leader but they will respect his authority," she said.

Article 13: "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul – We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

"I believe this is honestly what they believe. I think Mormons, just like people of any other faith, want to do the right thing," Johnston said. "They want to be honest, true, chaste, benevolent, etc. They are generous and kind and hard working. They love, honor and worship God. Unfortunately, they have a false understanding of who God is and as a result, they live with a huge burden to be good enough and do enough, [so] that Jesus will save them 'after all they can do.' It's very sad, really," she said.


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"We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost."

"Mormons do not believe in the Trinity as we understand it. They believe that God and Jesus were separate physical people" who dwelled on the earth, Johnston said. God was Jesus' father, and both men died.

"They do have a 'Holy Ghost' that is very similar to our understanding of the Holy Spirit," Johnston said.

Article 2: "We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression."

"Mormons do not believe in original sin. In the LDS religion, you can't sin until you reach the age of accountability, which is age 8. We are all born perfect," Johnston explained.

Further, she said, if a child up to 7 years old commits any sin, even crimes such as murder, that child is not held responsible for their actions.

"After age 8 you are accountable. If you don't confess your sins to a bishop and repent, you're punished. These sins range from drinking alcohol, coffee or tea, or smoking cigarettes, to 'major' sins such as adultery, murder, etc." Johnston said.

The punishment, Johnston said, is that you don't get to reach the third heaven, where God dwells.

"There is no hell (in the Mormon religion)," she said. "There are three heavens, and you get into them depending on if you are a Mormon or not, if you are a good person but never a Mormon, or if you are a good Mormon who lives a righteous life."

Mormons do believe Lucifer was Jesus' brother, back on the original earth, where God and Jesus dwelled.

"This goes back to the theology that we were all spirit children together with God in the 'pre-existence,'" Johnston said.

The third heaven itself has three levels, based on piety. In order to reach the highest level, "where you can get your own planet, you must be a good Mormon, followed all the rules, married, in the temple …" Johnston explained.

"They don't believe in a hell, per se … everyone, unless you're really bad, goes to the first heaven, whether they are Mormon or not. They do believe in an 'outer darkness,' but that's muddy … they aren't really clear on the kind of people who would go there."

Article 3: "We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel."

"This is basically the same as what I said before (on article 2). There is a general salvation, but to dwell with God, you have to be good. It delivers a lot of pressure," Johnston said.

"You have to repent of every sin, pay your 10 percent tithe, raise your kids in the faith … it's just this huge weight and this huge burden," she said.

Article 4: "We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost."

"It's absolutely required that you be baptized by immersion and receive the laying on of hands," Johnston said. "If you're not baptized, you're not saved."

Temples serve the purpose of atoning for those who have passed. Mormons go there, after getting a list of people (based on extensive genealogy research) to be baptized on behalf of. So basically, Johnston said, you're working to save yourself and to save people who are already dead.

"Baptism happens for children at age 8. At age 12 they are allowed to go to the temple and do baptisms for the dead, and there is a lot more that happens at the temple. We would go like, twice every year as a youth group … they dunk you 'on behalf of so-and-so', and then repeat it about 10 times for different names. Then you go into this room and [church leaders] confirm them," she said. "There are thousands – probably more than that – being done every day across the world."

Article 5: "We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof."

"When Christ was on earth, He set up a priesthood and an organization of the church," Johnston said. "After he died, the people fell away and the priesthood left the earth. It didn't return until the priesthood was given to Joseph Smith."

That means that born-again believers, Catholics, Jews and any other religion does not have "the fullness of the gospel" and therefore does not preach the true gospel.

Article 6: "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth."

"This one is pretty self-explanatory. They (Mormons) believe that they have reorganized the church to be the same as when Jesus Christ was on the earth," Johnston said.

Article 7: "We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth."

"This stuff was very common in the early Mormon Church, but it's not something you see very much in the modern church," Johnston said.

"Now it's basically more that missionaries have the gift of tongues because they speak foreign languages. Healing – priests can heal with prayer and atonement."

Article 8: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God."

"That one opens the door," Johnston said. "That's where the can of worms comes out."

"When this was taught to me as a child – they started by asking us to play the telephone game, where you whisper a phrase in your neighbor's ear and it is passed down the line," she said. "Obviously, at the end, the original phrase had changed and no longer resembles what was said at the beginning. The comparison was then made to the Bible – that it has been changed and revised over the years and so we can't completely trust that it is accurate."

"The problem with this is that this is a case of transmission error – not translation error. Very different things," Johnston said.

"Unfortunately – this understanding that the Bible is not trustworthy – has huge implications. In enables what I call the 'salad bar effect' wherein people can pick and choose which parts of the Bible they want to use/believe/learn from. If something makes you uncomfortable or doesn't fit with your particular theology – you can throw it out. Add to that the fact that they believe the Book of Mormon to be 'another testament of Christ.' Now any uncomfortable doctrines from the Bible can be explained by this new book of scripture," she said.

"I can't count how many times as a teenager, I was challenged by my Christian friends about a scripture in the Bible such as Ephesians 2:8. I would be confused – but when I would bring it up to my parents or church leaders they would show me something like 2 Nephi 25:23 where it says we are saved by grace 'after all we can do.'" Johnston said.

Article 9: "We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God."

"[In the LDS religion] there is a living prophet with continuous revelation," Johnston explained. "But they haven't added any new scripture in a long time. The last revelation took place in 1978, allowing blacks to receive the priesthood."

To be fair, she noted, a lot of churches held similar beliefs about blacks until the Civil Rights movement. "The Mormons were just behind the times."

Article 10: "We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory."

"Basically, the 10 tribes that were lost (in the original priesthood) will come back and gather in Missouri," Johnston said. "That's where the Garden of Eden was and that's where Christ will be raised."

Article 11: "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may."

"This was a reaction to the times," Johnston said. "Mormons were being persecuted, chased out … basically, it's saying 'don't persecute us and we won't persecute you.'"

Article 12: "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law."

Johnston said this article is pretty straightforward. Mormons do not rebel against authority and they are not revolutionary.

"They may not agree with a leader but they will respect his authority," she said.

Article 13: "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul – We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

"I believe this is honestly what they believe. I think Mormons, just like people of any other faith, want to do the right thing," Johnston said. "They want to be honest, true, chaste, benevolent, etc. They are generous and kind and hard working. They love, honor and worship God. Unfortunately, they have a false understanding of who God is and as a result, they live with a huge burden to be good enough and do enough, [so] that Jesus will save them 'after all they can do.' It's very sad, really," she said.


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"We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost."

"Mormons do not believe in the Trinity as we understand it. They believe that God and Jesus were separate physical people" who dwelled on the earth, Johnston said. God was Jesus' father, and both men died.

"They do have a 'Holy Ghost' that is very similar to our understanding of the Holy Spirit," Johnston said.

Article 2: "We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression."

"Mormons do not believe in original sin. In the LDS religion, you can't sin until you reach the age of accountability, which is age 8. We are all born perfect," Johnston explained.

Further, she said, if a child up to 7 years old commits any sin, even crimes such as murder, that child is not held responsible for their actions.

"After age 8 you are accountable. If you don't confess your sins to a bishop and repent, you're punished. These sins range from drinking alcohol, coffee or tea, or smoking cigarettes, to 'major' sins such as adultery, murder, etc." Johnston said.

The punishment, Johnston said, is that you don't get to reach the third heaven, where God dwells.

"There is no hell (in the Mormon religion)," she said. "There are three heavens, and you get into them depending on if you are a Mormon or not, if you are a good person but never a Mormon, or if you are a good Mormon who lives a righteous life."

Mormons do believe Lucifer was Jesus' brother, back on the original earth, where God and Jesus dwelled.

"This goes back to the theology that we were all spirit children together with God in the 'pre-existence,'" Johnston said.

The third heaven itself has three levels, based on piety. In order to reach the highest level, "where you can get your own planet, you must be a good Mormon, followed all the rules, married, in the temple …" Johnston explained.

"They don't believe in a hell, per se … everyone, unless you're really bad, goes to the first heaven, whether they are Mormon or not. They do believe in an 'outer darkness,' but that's muddy … they aren't really clear on the kind of people who would go there."

Article 3: "We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel."

"This is basically the same as what I said before (on article 2). There is a general salvation, but to dwell with God, you have to be good. It delivers a lot of pressure," Johnston said.

"You have to repent of every sin, pay your 10 percent tithe, raise your kids in the faith … it's just this huge weight and this huge burden," she said.

Article 4: "We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost."

"It's absolutely required that you be baptized by immersion and receive the laying on of hands," Johnston said. "If you're not baptized, you're not saved."

Temples serve the purpose of atoning for those who have passed. Mormons go there, after getting a list of people (based on extensive genealogy research) to be baptized on behalf of. So basically, Johnston said, you're working to save yourself and to save people who are already dead.

"Baptism happens for children at age 8. At age 12 they are allowed to go to the temple and do baptisms for the dead, and there is a lot more that happens at the temple. We would go like, twice every year as a youth group … they dunk you 'on behalf of so-and-so', and then repeat it about 10 times for different names. Then you go into this room and [church leaders] confirm them," she said. "There are thousands – probably more than that – being done every day across the world."

Article 5: "We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof."

"When Christ was on earth, He set up a priesthood and an organization of the church," Johnston said. "After he died, the people fell away and the priesthood left the earth. It didn't return until the priesthood was given to Joseph Smith."

That means that born-again believers, Catholics, Jews and any other religion does not have "the fullness of the gospel" and therefore does not preach the true gospel.

Article 6: "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth."

"This one is pretty self-explanatory. They (Mormons) believe that they have reorganized the church to be the same as when Jesus Christ was on the earth," Johnston said.

Article 7: "We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth."

"This stuff was very common in the early Mormon Church, but it's not something you see very much in the modern church," Johnston said.

"Now it's basically more that missionaries have the gift of tongues because they speak foreign languages. Healing – priests can heal with prayer and atonement."

Article 8: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God."

"That one opens the door," Johnston said. "That's where the can of worms comes out."

"When this was taught to me as a child – they started by asking us to play the telephone game, where you whisper a phrase in your neighbor's ear and it is passed down the line," she said. "Obviously, at the end, the original phrase had changed and no longer resembles what was said at the beginning. The comparison was then made to the Bible – that it has been changed and revised over the years and so we can't completely trust that it is accurate."

"The problem with this is that this is a case of transmission error – not translation error. Very different things," Johnston said.

"Unfortunately – this understanding that the Bible is not trustworthy – has huge implications. In enables what I call the 'salad bar effect' wherein people can pick and choose which parts of the Bible they want to use/believe/learn from. If something makes you uncomfortable or doesn't fit with your particular theology – you can throw it out. Add to that the fact that they believe the Book of Mormon to be 'another testament of Christ.' Now any uncomfortable doctrines from the Bible can be explained by this new book of scripture," she said.

"I can't count how many times as a teenager, I was challenged by my Christian friends about a scripture in the Bible such as Ephesians 2:8. I would be confused – but when I would bring it up to my parents or church leaders they would show me something like 2 Nephi 25:23 where it says we are saved by grace 'after all we can do.'" Johnston said.

Article 9: "We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God."

"[In the LDS religion] there is a living prophet with continuous revelation," Johnston explained. "But they haven't added any new scripture in a long time. The last revelation took place in 1978, allowing blacks to receive the priesthood."

To be fair, she noted, a lot of churches held similar beliefs about blacks until the Civil Rights movement. "The Mormons were just behind the times."

Article 10: "We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory."

"Basically, the 10 tribes that were lost (in the original priesthood) will come back and gather in Missouri," Johnston said. "That's where the Garden of Eden was and that's where Christ will be raised."

Article 11: "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may."

"This was a reaction to the times," Johnston said. "Mormons were being persecuted, chased out … basically, it's saying 'don't persecute us and we won't persecute you.'"

Article 12: "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law."

Johnston said this article is pretty straightforward. Mormons do not rebel against authority and they are not revolutionary.

"They may not agree with a leader but they will respect his authority," she said.

Article 13: "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul – We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

"I believe this is honestly what they believe. I think Mormons, just like people of any other faith, want to do the right thing," Johnston said. "They want to be honest, true, chaste, benevolent, etc. They are generous and kind and hard working. They love, honor and worship God. Unfortunately, they have a false understanding of who God is and as a result, they live with a huge burden to be good enough and do enough, [so] that Jesus will save them 'after all they can do.' It's very sad, really," she said.


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Article 13: "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul – We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."
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Article 13: "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul – We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."
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Article 13: "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul – We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."
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Article 13: "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul – We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."
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