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What the Mormon Missionaries Won't Tell You

What the Mormon Missionaries Won't Tell You

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MormonismWhat the Mormon Missionaries Won't Tell You
Most of us have had a Mormon Missionary knock at our door. If you have ever invited them inand listened to a presentation of their beliefs, you probably found most but not all of what theysaid very similar to those beliefs held by Christians. However, while trying to convince you thatyour Church is wrong and the Mormon Church is right, there are several points they intentionallyleave out. Below is a list of Mormon beliefs the missionaries will be reluctant to tell you about: They will be reluctant to tell you that the God they worship was not always God."We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, andtake away the veil, so that you may see." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 345) They will be reluctant to tell you that they believe Jesus Christ is the spirit brother of Satan:"The appointment of Jesus to be the Savior of the world was contested by one of the other sonsof God. He was called Lucifer, son of the morning. Haughty, ambitious, and covetous of power and glory, this spirit-brother of Jesus desperately tried to become the Savior of mankind." (MiltonR. Hunter, Gospel Through the Ages, pg.15) They will be reluctant to tell you that, according to Mormonism, Jesus Christ was a polygamist."I discover that some of the Eastern papers represent me as a great blasphemer, because I said,in my lecture on Marriage, at our last Conference, that Jesus Christ was married at Cana of Galilee, that Mary, Martha, and others were his wives, and that he begat children." (Orson Hyde,Journal of Discourses 2:210) The grand reason of the burst of public sentiment in anathemas upon Christ and his disciples,causing his crucifixion, was evidently based upon polygamy, according to the testimony of thephilosophers who rose in that age. A belief in the doctrine of a plurality of wives caused thepersecution of Jesus and his followers. We might almost think they were 'Mormons'" (JedediahM. Grant, Journal of Discourses, 1:346) They will be reluctant to tell you that for at least half a century church leaders were teaching thatAdam was really God and the only God with whom we have to do."Now hear it, O inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saint and sinner! When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, oneof his wives, with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is Michael, the Archangel,the Ancient of Days! about whom holy men have written and spoken--He is our Father, and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do." (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 1:50) "I have learned by experience that there is but one God that pertains to this people and he is thegod that pertains to this earth--The first man. That first man sent his own son to redeem theworld..."(Heber C. Kimball, Journal of Discourses 4:1) They will be reluctant to tell you that Brigham Young, who held the office of President of theMormon church longer than any other man, taught that men must practice polygamy in order tobecome Gods."The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy."(Journal of Discourses 11:269) They will be reluctant to tell you that the book of Mormon fails to contain any Mormon doctrineMany portions of this Mormon Scripture even contradicts Mormon theology.
 
 They will be reluctant to tell you about their secret temple ceremonies which, until April 1990,portrayed Christian ministers as hirelings of Satan. Nor will they tell you about the sacredunderwear they are wearing which, they believe, actually protects them. They will be reluctant to tell you that Mormon leaders have taught that Jesus was conceived byway of a sexual relationship between God and Mary."..how are children begotten? I answer just as Jesus Christ was begotten of his father. Thedifference between Jesus Christ and other men is this: Our fathers in the flesh are mortal men,who are subject unto death: but the Father of Jesus Christ in the flesh is the god of Heaven"(Joseph F. Smith, Family Home Evening Manual, 1972, pg. 125) They will be reluctant to tell you that they believe the bible has been corrupted throughout thecenturies and cannot be trusted fully by itself."I believe the Bible as it read when it came from the pen of the original writers. Ignoranttranslators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors."(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph smith, pg.327)"But the Bible has been robbed of its plainness; many sacred books having been lost, othersrejected by the Romish Church, and what few we have left, were copied and recopied so manytimes, that it is admitted that almost every verse has been corrupted and mutilated to that degreethat any two of them read alike." (Orson Pratt, The Seer, pg.213) They will be reluctant to tell you that the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants, whichthey claim to be both sacred and without error, contradict each other many times.For example, in the Book of Mormon, God called David and Solomon's act of polygamy anabomination, whereas in the Doctrine and Covenants He claims to justify it. Jacob 2:24 in theBook of Mormon says, "Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, whichthing was abominable before me, saith the Lord." Section 132:1 in the Doctrine and Covenants,however, states: "Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as youhave inquired of my hand to know and understand wherein I, the Lord, justified my servantsAbraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as also Moses, David and Solomon, my servants, as touching theprinciple and doctrine of their having many wives and concubines." They will be reluctant to tell you that they use Christian terms with Mormon meanings.For example, a Mormon would probably agree with you that a person must be born again. To theMormon, however, "born again" is a process which begins with water baptism. Another exampleare the words "salvation" and exaltation," which are synonymous in the Christian's mind.However, general salvation to the Mormon merely means the resurrection which everyone in theworld will receive at death. Exaltation, or individual salvation, is the reward earned by theMormon by following the laws of the Mormon church. "Eternal Life" to the Mormon meansGodhood. Regarding the word "scriptures," the Christian thinks of the Holy Bible while theMormon could be thinking of not only the Bible but the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenantsand Pearl of Great Price as well. They won't want to tell you that in order to gain entrance into the highest form of Mormon heaven,the Celestial kingdom, you must accept Joseph Smith, Jr. as a prophet of god. Faith in Jesusalone, Mormonism teaches, will force you to spend eternity in a lower form of heaven. Tenth LDS President Joseph Fielding Smith stated in his book, doctrines of Salvation, that thereis "No salvation without accepting Joseph Smith. The word "salvation," used in this context, mustreally mean "exaltation" because former Mormon apostle Bruce R. McConkie stated in his bookMormon Doctrine that general salvation is given to everyone regardless of belief. Personalsalvation or exaltation to the highest form of Mormon heaven comes only by accepting JosephSmith as a prophet of god and by following the laws of the LDS church. They will be reluctant to tell you that their founder, Joseph Smith, Jr., made many false
 
prophecies which, according to the Bible, would classify him as a false prophet rather than a trueprophet of God. For instance, in 1835 Smith claimed that the Lord would again come in just 56 years. We wouldgather from this "prophecy" that Jesus Christ would again come to earth on or before 1891; nodoubt Joseph Smith was incorrect (History of the church 2:182). In 1832 Joseph Smith claimedhe had a revelation concerning the building of a temple in Independence, Missouri. According tosection 84, verses 4 and 5, of the Doctrine and Covenants, he stated this "temple shall be rearedin this generation. For verily this generation shall not pass away until an house shall be built untothe Lord, and a cloud shall rest upon it..." to this day the spot consecrated by Smith fails to be thesight of a great temple, but instead is covered with a well-kept lawn. In fact, the Mormon churchdoes not even own the land.
From Wikipedia
Mormon is a term used to describe the adherents, practitioners, followers or constituents of Mormonism. The term most often refers to a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-daySaints (LDS Church), which is commonly called the Mormon Church. The LDS Church believesthat "Mormon" should properly be applied only to its members. However, the term is often usedmore broadly to describe any individual or group that believes in the Book of Mormon, which wasoriginally published in 1830 by Joseph Smith, Jr. as The Book of Mormon: An Account Written bythe Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. According to the Book of Mormon, Mormon is the name of the prophet who compiled the book of scripture known as theBook of Mormon.
From the Catholic Encyclopedia
Mormonstt=94(Also called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.)This religious body had its origin during the early part of the nineteenth century.Joseph Smith, the founder and first president of the sect, was the son of a Vermont farmer, andwas born in Sharon township, Windsor County, in that state, on 23 December, 1805. In the springof 1820, while living with his parents at Manchester, Ontario (now Wayne) County, New York, hebecame deeply concerned upon the subject of his salvation, a condition partly induced by areligious revival which proselytized a few of his relatives to the Presbyterian Faith. Joseph himself was inclined toward Methodism; to satisfy his mind as to which one of the existing sects heshould join, he sought Divine guidance, and claimed to have received in answer to prayer avisitation from two glorious beings, who told him not to connect himself to any of these Churches,but to bide the coming of Church of Christ, which was about to be re-established.According to his own statement, there appeared to him on the night of 21 September, 1823, aheavenly messenger, who gave his name as Moroni, and revealed the existence of an ancientrecord containing the fullness of the Gospel of Christ as taught by the Saviour after hisResurrection to the Nephites, a branch of the House of Israel which inhabited the Americancontinent ages prior to its discovery by Columbus. Moroni in mortal life had been a Nephiteprophet, the son of another prophet named Mormon, who was the compiler of the record buried ina hill situated about two miles from the modern village of Manchester.Joseph Smith states that he received the record from the angel Moroni in September, 1827. Itwas, he alleges, engraved upon metallic plates having the appearance of gold and each a littlethinner than ordinary tin, the whole forming a book about six inches long, six inches wide, and sixinches thick, bound together by rings. The characters engraved upon the plates were in alanguage styled theReformed Egyptian, and with the book were interpreters -- Urim andThummim -- by means of which these characters were to be translated into English. The resultwas the "Book of Mormon", published at Palmyra, New York in March, 1830; in the preface

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