1. Keystone of the Mormon faith
2. Most correct book ever written
3. Contains the Fullness of the Gospel
4. The precepts taught in the Book of Mormon will get you nearer
to God than any other book.
None of these statements are even remotely correct, in fact the Book of Mormon contradicts Mormon theology completely. especially when it comes to the person and nature of God and the Godhead. Mormons teach three gods in the Godhead while the Book of Mormon says ONE GOD just like the Creeds of the 4th and 5th century. The Book of Mormon teaches God is God from eternity. Alma 11:44, Mosiah 3:5 while Mormons teach God is a exalted man. Not one of Mormonism's unique teachings is found in the Book of Mormon only Creedal theology can be found. That's why Mormons are guilty of putting lipstick on a pig.
"The Prophet Joseph Smith said, "I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book" (T. of P.J.S., p. 194).
He also said, "Take away the Book of Mormon and the revelations, and where is our religion? We have none" (Ibid., p. 71). But, Smith's successor, LDS Prophet Brigham Young, said, "There is the New Testament; you may leave out the Book of Mormon and the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, and follow the precepts of that book faithfully, and I will warrant you to arrive at salvation" (J. of D., Vol. I, p. 244). This is another example of LDS prophetic inconsistency.
LDS Apostle Orson Pratt wrote a series of questions and answers in which he said, "Q. What will be the consequences if they (the United States) do not embrace the Book of Mormon as a divine revelation? A. They will be destroyed from the land and sent down to hell, like all other generations who have rejected a divine message" (The Seer, p. 215).
The United States still has not embraced the B. of M. after more than 150 years, but they have not been destroyed either!
Pratt also said, "Before this [the B. of M.] was offered to the world, the Lord confirmed it by opening the heavens in broad daylight, and sending down an holy angel, who descended in the presence of four individuals, three besides Mr. Smith, and the angel took the plates, and turned them over leaf after leaf, while, at the same time, the voice of the Lord out of the heavens told them it had been translated correctly, commanding them to send forth their testimony to all nations, Kingdoms, tongues, and people" (J. of D., Vol. II, p. 293).
teachings of Mormon Religion not found in Book of Mormon or the Bible
1. The plurality of Gods (Mormon Doctrine pp. 576, 577)
2. The baptism for the dead done in holy temples (Mormon
Doctrine pp. 72,73)
3. Celestial marriage which no unworthy member or outsider
can attend (Mormon Doctrine pp. 117, 118)
4. Polygamy needed to become a God (Journal of Discourse,
Vol. II p. 269)
5. Blacks were cursed with a dark skin (Mormon Doctrine p.
6. You can become a God if you are worthy; celestial
marriage required (Mormon Doctrine p. 118)
7. We were all pre-existent spirits (Mormon Doctrine p. 589)
8. God has a body of flesh and bones (Mormon Doctrine p.
9. We have a Heavenly Mother as well as a Heavenly Father
(Mormon Doctrine p. 516)
10. There are three levels of heaven. To go to the highest
kingdom, you must be a Mormon. Honorable persons go to the Terrestrial kingdom.
The dishonest, liars, sorcerers, adulterers and whoremongers go to the
Telestial kingdom. (Mormon Doctrine pp. 420, 421)
11. God and his wife achieved a celestial marriage
(Celestial Marriage Manual p. 1)
12. Heavenly Father died just like Jesus (Teachings of the
Prophet Joseph Smith p. 346)
13. God was once just like us and progressed to godhood
(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith p. 345)
14. God has a father and His Father has a Father, etc.
(Mormon Doctrine p. 322)
15. Jesus and Lucifer are spirit brothers (Mormon Doctrine
16. Jesus and Lucifer each had a plan to people the earth.
Jesus' plan was chosen and caused Lucifer to rebel and he and the angels that
followed him were cast out of heaven. (Mormon Doctrine p. 193)
17. God lives near a star called Kolob (Mormon Doctrine p.
18. Temple endowments
are so sacred that you must be worthy to enter (Mormon Doctrine pp. 619, 620)
19. Jesus was not able to keep his church together (History
of the Church Vol. 6 pp. 408, 409)
20. In the future,
you will need Joseph Smith's consent in order to enter the celestial kingdom
(Journal of Discourse Vol. 7 p.289)
21. Not everything you'll need to know concerning salvation
will be recorded in the Bible but there will be additional scriptures (Mormon
Doctrine p. 83)"
22. Jesus was Married and Practiced polygamy (Journal of
Discourses, vol. 2, p.210).
Discourses, vol.2, p.82).
(Journal of Discourses,
23. No eternal hell
LDS Apostle John
Widtsoe declared, "In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
there is no hell. All will find a measure of salvation" (E. & R., p.
216). Yet, the B. of M. says, "The devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth
them away carefully down to hell and behold others he flattereth away, and
telleth them there is no hell" (II Nephi 28:21-22). Thus, the B. of M.
explains where Mormonism got its doctrine of no hell!
The B. of M. also
says, "If ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until
death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth
seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you and
hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the
final state of the wicked" (Alma 34:35).
24. Animal sacrifice
after Jesus' blood was shed
RESTORATION OF BLOOD
SACRIFICES. We are living in the dispensation of the fulness of times into
which all things are to be gathered, and all things are to be restored since
the beginning. Even this earth is to be restored to the condition which
prevailed before Adam's transgression. 44 Now in the nature of things, the law
of sacrifice will have to be restored, or all things which were decreed by the
Lord would not be restored. It will be necessary, therefore, for the sons of
Levi, who offered the blood sacrifices anciently in Israel, to offer such a
sacrifice again to round out and complete this ordinance in this dispensation.
Sacrifice by the shedding of blood was instituted in the days of Adam and of
necessity will have to be restored. 45
The sacrifice of
animals will be done to complete the restoration when the temple spoken of is
built; at the beginning of the millennium, or in the restoration, blood
sacrifices will be performed long enough to complete the fulness of the
restoration in this dispensation. Afterwards sacrifice will be of some other
character. (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 3, p.94). Joseph
3 Nephi 9:19 Jesus
was supposed to have said: "And ye shall offer up unto me no more the
shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done
away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings."
25. Atonement happened in Garden of Gethsemane
The Church of Jesus
Christ of latter-day Saints does not view the atonement of Christ in the
biblical and historical Christian manner. Instead of the atonement occurring on
the cross, Mormonism teaches that the atonement occurred primarily in the
Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus shed His blood. Please consider the following
quotes from a BYU professor and the Mormon apostle Bruce McConkie.
•BYU professor Robert J. Matthews, who on page 282 of his
book, A Bible! A Bible!, wrote, "It was in Gethsemane, on the slopes of
the Mount of Olives, that Jesus made his perfect atonement by the shedding of
his blood-more so than on the cross."
•Mormon Apostle Bruce McConkie, stated, "Where and
under what circumstances was the atoning sacrifice of the Son of God made? Was
it on the Cross of Calvary or in the Garden of Gethsemane? It is to the Cross
of Christ that most Christians look when centering their attention upon the
infinite and eternal atonement. And certainly the sacrifice of our Lord was
completed when he was lifted up by men; also, that part of his life and
suffering is more dramatic and, perhaps, more soul stirring. But in reality the
pain and suffering, the triumph and grandeur, of the atonement took place
primarily in Gethsemane," (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, vol. 1, p.
1 Nephi 11:33
And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and
slain for the sins of the world.
26. Eternal Progression
28. Mormons hold keys to the kingdom
29 . Eternal Families
30 . creation from matter and Ex Nihilo wrong
Jacob 4:9 For behold, by the power of his a word man came
upon the face of the earth, which earth was created by the power of his word.
Wherefore, if God being able to speak and the world was, and to speak and man
was created, O then, why not able to command the dearth, or the workmanship of
his hands upon the face of it, according to his will and pleasure?
1 Nephi 11:33
And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world.
26. Eternal Progression
27. Maintaining genealogical records
28. Mormons hold keys to the kingdom
29 . Eternal Families
30 . creation from matter and Ex Nihilo wrong
Jacob 4:9 For behold, by the power of his a word man came upon the face of the earth, which earth was created by the power of his word. Wherefore, if God being able to speak and the world was, and to speak and man was created, O then, why not able to command the dearth, or the workmanship of his hands upon the face of it, according to his will and pleasure?
Take up the Bible, compare the religion of the Latter-day Saints with it, and see if it will stand the test…. With us the Bible is the first book, the Book of Mormon comes next…. There is no clash in the principles revealed in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants…. (Discourses of Brigham Young, selected and arranged by John A. Widtsoe, 1978, page 126)
Mormon Apostle LeGrand Richards stated, "We appeal to the Bible to prove that the truths received through the restoration of the gospel are in accord with its teachings." (A Marvelous Work And A Wonder, 1976, page 1) Apostle Bruce R. McConkie said the following.
… the Book of Mormon - a volume which contains the fulness of the gospel, the same gospel which is in the Bible…. Mormonism is Christianity; Christianity is Mormonism; they are one and the same, and they are not to be distinguished from each other in the minutest detail. (Mormon Doctrine, 2nd edition, Bruce R. McConkie, 1966, pages 512-513, emphasis in original)
The mistranslation of the Bible is suggested in the eighth Article of Faith. Talmage explains, "There will be, there can be, no absolutely reliable translation of these or other scriptures unless it be effected through the gift of translation, as one of the endowments of the Holy Ghost... Let the Bible then be read reverently and with prayerful care, the reader ever seeking the light of the Spirit that he may discern between truth and the errors of men" (A. of F., p. 237).
Joseph Fielding Smith, the tenth Prophet of Mormonism also said: "There is not one principle pertaining to the salvation of men that is so clearly stated in the Bible, as it has come down to us, that men do not stumble over — not one thing. There is not one principle they can be united on that has been so clearly stated that they do not find their interpretations of it conflicting" (D. of S., Vol. I, p. 278).
Joseph Smith also declared, "Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors" (T. of P.J.S., p. 327). And LDS Apostle Mark E. Peterson said, "Many insertions were made, some of them 'slanted' for selfish purposes, while at times deliberate falsifications and fabrications were perpetrated" (As Translated Correctly, p. 4).
LDS Apostle Orson Pratt also wrote:
If it be admitted that the apostles and evangelists did write the books of the New Testament, that does not prove of itself that they were divinely inspired at the time they wrote.... Add all this imperfection to the uncertainty of the translation, and who, IN HIS RIGHT MIND could for one moment suppose the Bible in its present form to be a perfect guide? Who knows that even one verse of the Bible has escaped pollution, so as to convey the same sense now that it did in the original? (Divine Authority of the Book of Mormon, pp. 45, 47;
In addition to this charge of an unreliable translation, Mormon leaders say that important doctrine as well as whole books have been deleted or added by corrupt men. Joseph Smith declared, "Upon my return from Amhurst Conference, I resumed the translation of the Scriptures. From sundry revelations which had been received, it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of men, had been taken from the Bible or lost before it was compiled" (T. of P.J.S., pp. 9-11).
The B. of M. also says, "Many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible... Thou fool, that shall say a Bible, we have got a Bible and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?" (II Nephi 29:3,6).
Notice that only "fools" trust in the Bible alone! Verse 10 of the same passage goes on to say, "Wherefore, because ye have a Bible ye need not suppose it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written." The B. of M. declared that more revelation was needed and thus made way for its own existence!
I Nephi 20:1 originally read exactly like Is. 48:1 in the King James Bible. Now it reads, "...out of the waters of Judah or out of the waters of baptism." Apostle Mark E. Petersen said, "A direct reference to baptism was plainly deleted from Isaiah 48:1" (As Translated Correctly, p. 14). Petersen was attempting to show how the B. of M. helped correct errors in the Bible, but he picked a very poor example because it is the B. of M. that has been changed! Neither the Hebrew text of Is. 48:1 nor the original B. of M. support the present reading of I Nephi 20:1. Even as late as the 1888 edition of the B. of M., that phrase was not in the text. Even the JST Joseph Smith Translation reads the same as KJV or pre-1888 BOM edition
God, to convince the people of their foreknown obstinacy, revealed his prophecies -- He delivereth his out of Babylon. 1 Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness." Joseph Smith Translation
So the Bible including JST left out baptism from text
However the Book of Mormon completely disagree with the teachings of Mormonism