So, what do we have left?
A lot of unanswered questions. Let me see if I can sum it up: A fifteen year old boy whose family is morally destitute according to his neighbors and is involved in proffessional treasure hunting is met by God the Father and Jesus Christ in the flesh – despite Scripture telling us God is a spirit – and has his questions answered personally despite this being contrary to how the Bible says it works. He then is visited by someone claiming to be an angel but who can’t be, as he used to be a living man (so he’s lying and must be either a figment of Smith’s imagination or a devil – one or the other, you choose) who tells Smith he has something for him, but Smith has to prove hiself first (something that nobody in the Bible ever had to do… if you were chosen by God at any age, you were chosen by God! and usually had to be morally upstanding before you were chosen).
Anyway, after five years, Joseph Smith is finally permitted to dig up the plates, after hunting for them first with a seer stone (which is forbidden in scripture), and takes them to transalte them. Fortunately, he supposedly has a pair of urim and thummim spectacles – which is not how the Urim And Thummim worked (although some accounts and testimony has Smith contradicting himself and still referring to his seer stone!).
For some reason, the seer stone is used, and the plates are placed in a hat, and Smith proceeds to block out the light (how did he see? Oh, yes, Magic, which is forbidden in Scripture) to translate the plates. Nobody else sees the plates, but several witnesses claim to have seen them, although with “spiritual eyes” according to their testimony. Several witnesses recant (despite the official LDS position they never recanted) and are excommunicated… but all eventually come back to Mormonism after their recantation.
Joseph Smith proceeds to combine Freemasonry into Mormonism, claiming divine instruction from the plates. And just in case anyone is skeptical, the plates and the spectacles are taken back into heaven, so that nobody can check them for themselves. Oddly enough, the transaltions Smith comes up with in the darkness of the hat with only a witchcraft stone to peer through all have 19th century colloquialisms, poor grammar by the standards of the day, and at least 17 chapters of the King James Bible embedded into the text of it, along with quotes from “View of the Hebrews” written in 1823 by the pastor of Oliver Cowdery (an amazing coincidence…) and some Restorationist theology was even wrapped in it, which coincidentally also happens to be promulgated by the Campbellites, which Sidney Rigdon was a minister of. And Speaking of Sidney Rigdon, he also had procured a fiction manuscript called “The history of the Mormon people” by Solomon Spaulding which has coincidentally hundreds of identical sentences to those in the Book of Mormon. But all that apparently is coincidence, and surely has no bearing on the Book of Mormon.
Simth announces his new religion, and moves to Rigdon’s church, where they immediately create the Mormon “church”. Smith manages to purchase an Egyptian Manuscript, which he “translates” to become “Doctrines and Covenants”. Years later, when the manuscript is located, it is given to a Mormon expert on Egyptology and the Egyptian language, who concludes that not one word in Doctrines and Covenants can be found in the manuscript. The Manuscript is promptly hidden away by the LDS church, and that Professor and his family resigned their membership in the Mormon church immediately.
Smith is forced to wander with his Mormons, moving from Ohio to Missouri, where Smith is finally killed, his last words being a Freemason call of distress. The Mormons move to Salt Lake City, after first wiping out every last man in a settlement there.
Did I leave anything out?
My Mormon reader, you have been lied to, tricked, and duped. Here’s your challenge – email the LDS “church”, and ask if you can see these manuscripts. Ask if you can see the original manuscripts of the book of Mormon. Ask to see the vaults, the tinderhook plates, the seer stone. Ask to read the eyewitness accounts, the Cowdery testimonies. Ask the Mormon “church” to publish the Book of Abraham for critical review by Egyptologists. They may be able to do a new translation of Doctrines and Covenants in today’s English, to allow you to have a better understanding of that work!
Or in reality, to let you see how it simply is a document claiming the blessings of the Egyptian land of the dead, and curses on anyone who disturbs the rest of the mummy in whose wrappings the “book of Abbraham” was found.
The mormon “church” has presented you with a false Gospel, a false religion, a false doctrine, a false god, a false Jesus, and false holy books. If you’re one of those special individuals who was chosen to be baptised for the dead, over and over again… that idscomforture you put up with was for NOTHING!
THe obedience you showed to the LDS “Church” was for NOTHING. You gave up so much of yourself, so much of your time, your tithe… really, I commend you! Mormons very often are very moral people, and very devoted to their “church”.
But they lied to you!
It’s amazing to me – people so dedicated to their god and to Joseph Smith – and he was a liar, a thief, a pagan, a false prophet, and a swindler. He is not worthy of such good people.
I said in the beginning Im was not bashing Mormons. Oh, I slammed Joseph Smith! Be sure of that! I was probably a little mean, even! But that wretched man does not deserve the fine people that still serve him.
And yes, I thoroughly trashed Mormon history and doctrine! But I have not slammed Mormons.
How many hours do you dedicate to the Mormon religion? How many of you have sat with the quad, reading through and trying to make sense of the BoM, D&C, PoGP, and the King James Bible (LDS edition)? Every minute you spent on that was wasted.
Here’s how to get out.
Get a King James Bible, not the LDS edition. Get a notebook. I’m going to tell you how to read it. I’ve done this for the Jehovah’s Witnesses and I’m going to repeat it to you. It’s very complicated, so here goes – re-read this as many times as necessary!
- It means what it says.
- Read it in context. If you’re unclear on what it means, the context usually explains it. What is the chapter saying?
- The Bible is its own built in dictionary. It will tell you what a word means, usually if you look up the first time the word is used.
- If you find a verse that’s hard to understand, read all the other verses in the Bible that speak on the same subject. You’ll be surprised, but literally the other verses will give you the understanding of what the difficult verse means!
There you go. Difficult, wasn’t it?
If you do that, without resorting to anny Mormon materials, you will know the truth very quickly – there’s a HUGE difference between what the LDS church says, and what the Bible says!
Tomorrow, i’ll tell you the REAL gospel!