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1.We are taught that the Book of
Mormon is the "most correct book" and that it contains the
truth, the Word of God and the fullness of the gospel
(D& C 19: 26, 20:9, 27: 5, 42: 12 &
Exactly where in the Book of Mormon are
the following doctrines or concerts taught:
God has a body of flesh and bones.
God is an exalted man.
God is a product of eternal progression.
The plurality of Gods.
God "organized" the world rather than "creating"
There is no eternal hell and punishment.
Men can become gods.
"Intelligences" are eternal.
Pre-existing spirits of Man.
Marriage for eternity.
Polygamy is not an abomination in the sight of
Three degrees of glory.
A "mother" in heaven.
A Melchizedek priesthood consisting of the offices of
Elder, seventy and High Priest.
An Aaronic priesthood consisting of the offices of
Deacon, Teacher and Priest.
Blacks were ever to be denied the Priesthood.
The functions and offices of Evangelist, Bishoprics,
Assistants to the Twelve, a First Presidency and a
President of the Church.
The Book of Mormon is the "Stick of Joseph."
2. How could Nephi and just a small handful of men build
a temple like Solomon's when it took Solomon 70 years
using more than 180,000 workers to complete the temple in
Jerusalem? According to 2 Nephi Chapter 5, the Nephites
completed their temple in less than 20 years In addition,
were precious ores used by Solomon available to Nephi or
not? In verse 15 it says that they wore in great
abundance, but in the very next verse (5:16) he says they
were not to be found upon the land?
- 3. If the Book of Mormon is true and God is at least
consistent (if not unchanging) why then don't the
disobedient turn black 12 Nephi 5:21-23? More
importantly, why don't Lamanites turn white and
delightsome within one year after accepting the gospel as
they did in 3 Nephi 2:11-16?
- 4. Jacob 4:1 tells us that only a little of the words
can be written because of the difficulty of engraving the
plates. Why then did God inspire the Nephite prophets to
be so wordy? There are numerous examples. Many sentences
are 200 to 300 words long. There are 2000 "and it came to
pass" phrases. But the best example has to be in 4 Nephi
1:6 where 57 words are used to merely say that 59 years
had passed by.
- 5. Apostle James Talmage said the Book of Mormon
contained no absurdities and nothing unreasonable
(Articles of Faith, page 504). If that is true, what
about Jared's barges? Ether, Chapter 6 tells us that a
"furious" wind propelled the barges to the Promised Land.
It took the furious wind 344 days to blow the barges to
the new world. Even if the furious wind could only push
the barges at 10 MPH, the distance traveled would have
been 82,560 miles or enough for more than three trips
around the globe! Is that reasonable?
- 6. What is the explanation for the current teaching
that there is no eternal hell when the Bible and the Book
of Mormon both teach that there is? 11 Nephi 14:3, 2
Nephi 9:16 & 28, 21-23, Mosiah 3:25, Alma 34:35,
Helaman 6:28 & 13:2, 26)
- 7. The "Law of Eternal Progression" teaches that Gods
are men who have passed through an earth life, obeyed the
"laws of the gospel" and have received their exaltation.
How can the Holy Ghost be a God without a body? How could
Christ have been a God since He too was without a body
until 2000 years ago? If God the Father was once a man,
why isn't that fact clearly spelled out in the D&C?
Since it is clear that only God the Father had a body at
the creation, why didn't he say "Let us make man in MY
image" rather than "our " image?
- 8. Since the Book of Mormon does not teach that God
has a body, the Mormon usually goes to the Old Testament
to prove that God has a body. (Moses speaking "face to
face" etc.) But, we are taught that it is Jehovah (Jesus
Christ prior to the incarnation) who deals with Man
exclusively after the Fall. Therefore, all the verses
used in the Old Testament after Genesis 31 to prove that
God has a body of flesh and bone cannot be used because
Jesus did not receive his body until after the completion
of the Old Testament. What is the answer to this
- 9. If Jesus Christ wasn't conceived by the Holy
Ghost, but is instead the literal "only begotten" of the
Father, how could He have been born of a virgin as is
required by the Old Testament and is taught in both the
Bible and the Book of Mormon (Alma 7:7:10)?
- 10. If murder is an unpardonable sin (D& C 42:18
& 79, 132: D) how could Moses appear in glory on the
Mount of Transfiguration? (Exodus 2:12, Matthew
- 11. If the President of the Church receives
revelations why hasn't there been any additions to the
canon of scripture since 1847, especially since the
church now has in its possession the original papyri to
complete the translation of the Book of Abraham?
- If the supposed answer to this question is that the
"revelations" consist of the teachings of the General
Authorities (especially at conferences) why then do the
current leaders of the church repudiate the concepts of
Adam-god, individual blood atonement; re-baptism of the
membership, and ignore the many false prophecies given in
the last century by the (then) General Authorities? A
final thought on the subject comes from Orson Pratt who
continually taught in many of his speeches and written
works, that the prima facie evidence of the Christian
Church's apostasy was the fact that they hadn't added any
more books to their canon of scripture. Well, neither has
the LDS Church for almost 130 years, which is 89% of the
time that the church has existed. By analogy, doesn't
this tend to bring an indictment of apostasy against the
- 12. Everyone talks about the "Angel Moroni" but if he
was a great prophet and leader of the Nephites and was a
righteous and devout man of God, why hasn't he attained
godhood along with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? (D&C
- 13. Why wasn't there a published revelation for the
filling of the First Council of the Seventy? This is
especially important since it has laid dormant all these
years (an aside question -- why?) and is not being filled
according to the pattern set down by the original
revelation. D&C 107:95 clearly states that the seven
presidents of the first quorum are to be the ones to
select the other 63 members, not the President of the
- 14. What is the explanation for the fact that Oliver
Cowdery wrote eight letters in the Messenger and Advocate
beginning in 1834 which contained well over 15,000 words
dealing with Joseph's and Oliver's baptism by an angel,
yet he didn't once identify the angel as being John the
Baptist? Yet in later years, both he and Joseph said that
they knew at the time (1829) that it was John the
- 15. Why aren't there any references in the Book of
Commandments concerning the First Vision, the identity of
Moroni, restoration of the priesthood, the identity of
Peter, James and John, or of John the Baptist?
- 16. If the First Vision was supposed to be generally
known at the time it happened and if it was the cause of
"Great persecution" of Joseph (JS 2: 22), why aren't
there ANY references to it prior to 1831? Nothing is
mentioned in any known LDS sources (private journals,
letters, sermons, revelations, or other church
publications) or even in "unfriendly" sources such as
gentile newspapers, magazines, etc.
- 17. Joseph had a "revelation of Jesus Christ" in
D&C, Section 84 wherein Jesus said in verses 21 and
22 that no man can see the face of the Father and live
unless he has the priesthood. Joseph didn't receive any
priesthood until 1829, yet he said that he saw both the
Father and the Son in 1820. Where is the error -- in
Section 84 or in Joseph's story of the Vision?
- 18. Why do the Times & Seasons, Millennial Star,
Lucy Mack Smith's biography on Joseph all agree that the
angel who appeared to Joseph in 1823 was named
- 19. D&C 104:1 has Jesus saying that the United
Order was an everlasting order until "I come" yet the
United Order failed and has been disbanded: and the Lord
hasn't come yet. Why?
- 20. The Book of Mormon declares that nobody can read
"Reformed Egyptian" because it was "altered." (Mormon
9:32-34) Yet, Joseph related the Story of Martin Harris
(JS 2:62 64) visiting Prof. Anthon who supposedly said
that the translation of the characters was "correct." How
would Anthony know if they were correct, if the Book of
Mormon is true? Also, what is the reconciliation with the
fact that Prof. Anthon publicly denied the details of the
story as related by Harris and went on to say that he
told Harris that the whole thing was a hoax?
- 21. The importance of the Urim and Thummin in
effecting the translation of the Book of Mormon is
greatly stressed today. What is the explanation for the
fact that the principals involved with the translation
process (Emma Smith, Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery and
David Whitmer) agree that most of the translation was
accomplished with Joseph having his face buried in his
hat with a stone in it and that the golden plates were
usually not even present?
- 22. The LDS claim that Peter, James and John were the
original First Presidency of the Church, but they were
numbered among the Twelve. Why is there now 12 apostles
plus 3 in the First Presidency? Also, some years ago,
President McKay expanded the First Presidency until it
had a total of six members (without the benefit of a
change in the scriptures) with the statement that the
need was because of the increased workloads and growth of
the church. Yet, Joseph Fielding Smith returned the
number to the original three where it remains to this
day, even though the numbers in the church today far
exceed those of 10 years ago. What is the
- 23. What is the scriptural basis (Latter-day or
otherwise) for the office of "Assistant to the Twelve"
being a General Authority?
- 24. How could there be a total apostasy when there
was at least one apostle, John (and possibly four if one
considers the 3 Nephite "disciples" as holding the office
of apostle, as some in the church do) when the current
teaching is that as long as one Elder remains alive he
has the power to re-organize the church and all its
- 25. There isn't a single LDS produced standard work
that hasn't undergone hundreds and even thousands of
changes, additions deletions and corrections, many of
which are of greater nature than a typographical
correction, and all of which were done without
indications or acknowledgment of the actions taken. Even
granting Joseph the "right" to revise what God had told
him before (even though it is difficult to do so when we
are talking about cases involving historical facts), why
is there the deception associated with these changes?
None of the dates are moved up to the time that the
revelations were revised, there is not a single heading
in the D&C, PGP, or Book of Mormon that indicates a
revision, nor is it acknowledged openly by the church
leaders that there were such changes made. Some church
leaders have even lied in public about these situations.
- 26. If baptism for the dead is a 'suppressed'
Christian doctrine dating from the Apostolic age, why did
Paul use the pronoun "they" instead of the personal "we"
or "ye" when referring to the practice? In the same
light, if the apostatized Christian Church is responsible
for stopping the practice, and is also guilty of removing
"many plain and precious things" from the Bible, and
Paul's reference refers to a Christian group baptizing
for the dead, why then did this reference remain in the
Bible, especially in a chapter fully devoted solely to
doctrinal arguments for the resurrection?
- 27. If nobody can receive the Holy Ghost without the
laying on of hands by one "having authority," how can the
cases of Cornelius (Acts 10:11 -7), Joseph and Oliver (JS
2:73), the Nephite 12 disciples (3 Nephi 9:13), and Adam
(Moses 5:9-10) be properly explained? (Especially in the
case of Cornelius' household, for they were even
- 28. If the bible isn't correctly translated, and even
granting that Joseph "didn't complete" the translation
(although, D&C V1/324 & 368, the Times and
Seasons V6/802, and the LDS Church Chronology all agree
that the New Testament was finished on 2 Feb. 1833 and
the Old Testament was finished on 2 July 1833) why
haven't any of the following Presidents of the Church
finished the job? This is especially important because
there are 18 sections of the D&C, which contain the
Lord's commands and specific instructions relating to the
revision of the Bible and its publication to the world.
(See D&C 73:4, 93:53 & 124:89 as examples)
Haven't all the Presidents been sustained as "Prophet,
Seer and Revelator" of the church?
- 29. Why didn't Joseph know that Esaisasis the Greek
name for Isaiah? (D&C 76:100) Why didn't he know that
Elias is the Greek name for Eliloh (D&C 110:12-13)
and couldn't possibly be the name of a Hebrew prophet at
the time of Abraham?
- 30. D&C 84:4 said the New Jerusalem and the
temple would be built "in this generation" by the
gathering saints. It has not been built yet. More than
143 years have gone by since that prophecy was given.
Even granting the extended (and unprecedented) concept of
100 years in a generation (4 Nephi 18 & 22), the time
for completion is long overdue. The gathering of the
saints to Zion has stopped and Brigham Young, Orson
Pratt, and other General Authorities of the time all
taught that "this generation" clearly meant the
generation alive in 1832. But they have all passed away.
The question is how can one escape the conclusion that
Joseph was a false prophet as is required by the test of
a true prophet found in Deuteronomy 18:20-22 unless
Brigham is the one who is the false prophet?
- 31. How could Joseph carry the golden plates around
so easily, and how could the witness have "hefted" the
plates without (a recorded} difficulty when the plates
had to weigh at least 230 pounds? (The plates are said to
have been 7" X 8" X 6" high and gold weighs 1204.7 pounds
per square foot -- figure it out for yourself)
- 32. Brigham said, "the only men who became gods, even
the sons of god, are those who enter into polygamy" (JOD
V11/269). Now that the church has yielded to government
pressure and suspended the practice of polygamy how can
Mormons hope to become Gods?
- 33. If genealogy is so important why does the New
Testament twice condemn seeking after genealogies and the
Book of Mormon is silent on the subject altogether? (I
Timothy 1:4, Titus 3:9)
- 34.Throughout the New Testament we are taught that
the blood of Jesus pays the debt for our sin and cleanses
us. The Book of Mormon also confirms this doctrine
(Mosiah 4:2-3). Why did Brigham Young (and others) teach
that there were sins that the blood of Jesus could not
wipe out and that could only be atoned for by the
shedding of our own blood? (JOD V3/247, V4/49, 53,54 for
- 35. Why does the Book of Abraham conflict with the
Book of Moses in the terminology "the gods', as opposed
to "I, God" when referring to the creation?
- 36. God rejected the fig leaf aprons that Adam and
Eve had made (Genesis 3:21). Why is the fig leaf apron
used in the temple ceremony to memorialize the Fail?
- 37. When the Metropolitan Museum of Art gave the
church the original papyri in 1967, why didn't the
President of the Church undertake the task of completing
the translation of the Book of Abraham instead of turning
the papyri over to Dr. Nibley for "further research and
study?" John Taylor said that Joseph promised to furnish
the church with "further extracts from the Book of
Abraham" (T&S V4/95) but we know that he didn't
accomplish what he promised, but what is stopping the
incumbent Seer from completing Joseph's work? Dr. Nibley
hasn't given us the further extracts; in fact, the First
Presidency has disavowed any sanction of approval of what
Nibley did do! (Letter to John L. Smith, 22 August
- 38. Much is made of the name of the church by the
missionaries. They claim that there was no church on the
face of the earth called "The Church of Jesus Christ"
when the church was restored in 1830. What is the
explanation for the fact that the church changed its name
twice in the first eight years of it's existence?
According to the Book of Mormon (3 Nephi 27: 7-8) it was
to be called after Christ's name and for the first four
years it was called "Church of Christ." In 1834 the name
was changed to "Church of the Latter-day Saints." Then
finally, in 1838 it became 'The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints." Wouldn't one think that there was a
serious problem of contradiction here, because Jesus made
a point to instruct the Nephites on what the church
should be named, and one should reasonably assume that
Christ would have informed Joseph in 1830 exactly what he
wanted the church to be called, but yet He didn't speak
to the point until 1838 -- after two different names had
been used already?
- 39. If the church is a restoration of the New
Testament church organization how can a boy of 12 be a
deacon? (I Timothy 3:8-12) The argument that "times have
changed" cannot be used, since Brigham Young very
strongly agreed with Paul that a deacon's calling was not
the business of young boys. (JOD V2/89)
- 40. Was Enoch 430 years old when he was translated
(D&C 107:49, Moses 8:1) or was he 365 years old
(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith / 170, Genesis
- 41. According to the teachings of the church, the
Negro race has been denied the priesthood and that all
those who have "one drop" of Negro blood shall not hold
the priesthood in this life. We are told that the black
skin is the mark of the curse (not the curse itself,
though). What then is the rationale for giving the
priesthood to members of the Negro race who come from the
Polynesian Islands? I have seen pictures of priesthood
holders from this area of the world who are clearly from
the Negroid race (remember there are only three to choose
from). They don't have the flat nose or large lips of the
African variety, but they do have the mark itself -- the
- 42. Time and again we are told that Joseph "sealed
his testimony with his blood," went "like a lamb to the
slaughter, " and died a martyr's death." Yet, the
specifics of the dastardly murder of Joseph as related in
the DHC (V6/xli, 618 & 620; and V7/102) clearly
reveal that he died in a blazing gunfight -- John Wayne
style -- and he is reported to have killed a couple of
the Mobocrats in the fracas. Lambs do not fight to the
death with six-shooters. How can the LDS Church insist
that Joseph was a martyr, knowing that Joseph fought for
his life when the universally accepted definition of a
martyr is one who dies willingly and without resistance?
Even the church's definition of "martyr" excludes Joseph
from consideration. (See McConkie's Mormon Doctrine"
OF THE FIRST VISION
-...the Lord heard my cry in the wilderness end while
in the attitude of calling upon the Lord in the 16th year of
my age a pillar of light above the brightness of the sun at
noon day come down from above and rested upon me and I was
filled with the spirit of god and the Lord opened the
heavens upon me and I saw the Lord and he spake unto me
saying Joseph my son thy sins are forgiven thee. Go thy way
walk in my statutes and keep my commandments behold I am the
Lord of glory I was crucified for the world that those who
believe on my name may have Eternal life behold the world
lieth in sin at this time and none doeth good no not one
they have turned aside from the gospel and keep not my
commandments they draw near to me with their lips while
their hearts are far from me and mine anger is kindling
against the inhabitants of the earth to visit them according
to their ungodliness and to bring to pass that which hath
been spoken by the mouths of the Prophets - and Apostles
behold and lo I come quickly as it was written of me in the
cloud clothed in the glory of my Father...
Above is Joseph Smith's Strange Account of the First
Vision. It is taken from Brigham Young University Studies,
Spring 1969, page 281. The Mormon Church for suppressed this
account over I30 years until Modern Microfilm Co. finally
published it in 1965. The reason for its suppression is very
plain: it differs drastically from that Published by the
Mormon Church in the Pearl of Great Price. The most
important difference being that it mentions that only one
person (Christ) appeared in this vision. The official
account says that both God the Father and His Son Jesus
Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. This early account of the
First Vision is in Joseph Smith's own handwriting. Dean C.
Jessee, of the Church Historical Department, " (Dialogue: A
Journal of Mormon Thought, Spring 1971, page 86) This is
also the earliest known account of Joseph Smith's First
Visionit was written about six years before the official
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