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Joseph Smith Didn't Believe the Book of Mormon...

So Why Should Anyone Else?

Denis Wright & Bill McKeever


In 1844 Joseph Smith declared 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" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 194, and History of the Church, 4:461).

One would think that the Prophet would found his church upon the teachings of this "keystone" book. Let's see if he did.

Ask yourself the following twenty questions and try to chapter-and-verse them the Book of Mormon.


1. Where in the Book of Mormon does it teach that Elohim (God the Father in Mormonism) was once a mortal man and that he was not always God?

 

1. God once was a mortal. man -- If you said it doesn't, you're right. The Book of Mormon never says God was once a man. In fact, it teaches that God was always God. Take for instance Moroni 8:18. It says God is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity. Joseph Smith, however, taught,

"We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity, I will refute that idea, and take away the veil so that you may see' (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. pg. 345).

2. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that God has a body of flesh and bones?

 

 

2 God has a body of flesh -- If you said it doesn't, you're right. The Book of Mormon never says God has a body of flesh and bones. On more than one occasion it clearly teaches that God is a God of spirit (see Alma 18:2-5, 24-28; Alma 22:9-1 1). This is taught in Doctrine of Covenants 130:28. See also Parley P. Pratt, Key to the Science of Theology 1978 ed., p. 23.

 

3. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that God is married in heaven?

 

3. God is married -- If you said it doesn't, you're right. The Book of Mormon never teaches that God is married. This was taught by LDS Apostle Orson Pratt (The Seer, pp. 37, 158).

 

4. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that men can become Gods?

4. Men can become Gods -- If you said it doesn't, you're right. The Book of Mormon never says men can become Gods. This was publicly proclaimed by the Prophet Joseph Smith on April 7, 1844 at the general conference of the LDS Church in Nauvoo. Known as the "King Follett Discourse," it is recorded in the Journal of Discourses s: 1-1 1 See also The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 342-362, and the teachings of the Prophet Lorenzo Snow quoted by Milton R. Hunter in The Gospel Through The Ages, pp. 105-106.

 

5. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that temple participation is necessary to become exalted?

5. Temple participation is necessary -If you said it doesn't, you're right. The Book o/ Mormon never mentions that men must participate in temple ordinances in order to become exalted. This is found in Doctrine of Covenants 131:14. See also Bruce R. McConkie. Mormon Doctrine, p. 779.

 

6. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers?

6. Jesus and Lucifer are brothers - If you said it doesn't. you're right. The Book of Mormon never teaches Jesus and Lucifer are brothers. This is found in Milton R. Hunter. The Gospel Through the Ages. p. 15.

 

 

 

7. Where does the Rook of Mormon teach that the blood of Christ does not cleanse certain sins?

7. The cleansing power of Christ's blood is not,always sufficient -- If you said it doesn't your right. Never does the nook of Mormon hint that there are sins beyond the cleansing power of Christ's blood. However, second LDS Prophet Brigham Young taught,

"There is not a man or woman, who violates the covenants made with their God, that will not be required to pay the debt. The blood of Christ will never wipe that out, your own blood must atone for it; and the judgments of the Almighty will come, sooner or later, and every man and woman will have to atone for breaking their covenants" (Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 385). Mormon Apostle Bruce McConkie wrote,

"But under certain circumstances there are some serious sins for which the cleansing of Christ does not operate, and the law of God is that men must have their own blood shed to atone for their sins" (Mormon Doctrine, P. 92).

 

8. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that a person can lose his salvation if he is not baptized on behalf of dead relatives?

8. Baptism for the dead -- If you said it doesn't you're right. The Book of Mormon never teaches baptism for the dead is a necessary ordinance. In fact, the Book of Mormon teaches if a person dies in his sins, the devil has sealed him his and this is the final state of the wicked. (see Alma 34:34,35).

However, tenth LDS President Joseph Fielding Smith stated, "If we willfully neglect the salvation of our dead, then also we shall stand rejected of the Lord, because we have neglected our dead; and just so sure their blood will be required at our hands ... we cannot be saved without them" (Doctrines of Salvation 2: 145, 149)

 

9. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that there is more than one God?

9. The Plurality of Gods -- if you said it doesn't, you're right. The Book of Mormon never teaches there is a plurality of Gods. In fact, it strongly teaches there is only one true God (see Alma 1 1:26-29). This was proclaimed by the Prophet Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 6:474.

10. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that males must hold either the Aaronic or Melchizedek Priesthood?

10. The Priesthood -- If you said it doesn't, you're right. The Book of Mormon never mentions either the Aaronic or Melchizedek priesthood. You will find this in Gospel Principles, p. 73.

11. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that you can't drink coffee or tea?

11. Can't drink coffee or tea - If you said it doesn't, you're right. The is taken from Doctrine and Covenants 89. Still, this health law never mentions coffee or tea specifically, only "hot drinks."

Mormon General Authority George Q. Cannon included soup in this prohibition when he said. "We must not permit them to drink liquor or hot drinks, or hot soups or to use tobacco or other articles that are injurious" (Journal of Discourses 12:223).

 

12. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that there are "three degrees of glory"?

12. Three degrees of glory -- If you said it doesn't, you're right. The terrestrial, telestial, and celestial kingdoms are never mentioned in the Book of Mormon. See Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp.777-778.

 

13. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that the Holy Ghost is a son of God just as Jesus is a son of God?

13. The Holy Ghost is a son of God -- If you said it doesn't, you're right. Only Jesus and those who embrace Christ as their savior are given that title in the Book of Mormon. Under the heading of "Holy Ghost," The Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 2, states. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the Holy Ghost is a spirit man, a spirit son of God the Father."

 

14. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that polygamy was approved by God?

14. Polygamy was approved by God -If you said it doesn't, you're right. Polygamy is never mentioned in a positive way in the Book of Mormon, it is always described as an abominable practice. However, LDS Prophet Joseph E Smith taught that polygamy was essential to exaltation (Journal of Discourses, 20:28).

 

15. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that if a man wishes to be saved he must have a woman by his side?

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15. A man must have a woman to be saved - If you said it doesn't, you're right. The Book of Mormon never teaches that. However, Brigham Young taught, "No man can be perfect without the woman, so no woman can be perfect without a man to lead her. I tell you the truth as it is in the bosom of eternity. If he wishes to be saved, he cannot be saved without a woman by his side" (as quoted by Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgivness, p. 215). See also Improvement Era, Vol. 2 1, Dec. 1917, pp. 105-106, as well as Joseph F. Smith. Gospel Doctrine, p. 272.

 

16. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that faithful members of the Church must wear sacred under-garments that have the power to protect them?

16. Protective Garments - If you said it doesn't, you're right. The Book of Mormon never mentions "garments of the Holy Priesthood" yet Temple Mormons are told that if they do not defile them the garment will "be a shield and a protection" to them against the power of the Destroyer. This is found in Bruce R. McConkie. The Mortal Messiah, 2:295. See also Teachings of Ezra Taft Bensun, p. 357.

17. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that official church doctrine must be voted on by the general membership?

17. Doctrine to be voted on -- If you said it doesn't, you're right. Never were the words of the Book of Mormon prophets sustained by the believers in the Book of Mormon in order to be considered official teaching. The LDS vote "to sustain" official teachings as well as church officials. However, see Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 149150.

18. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that the Black race (seed of Cain) survived the flood because the devil needed a representation on earth?

18. The Seed of Cain -- If you said it doesn't, you're right. This abominable concept is not to be found in the Book of Mormon. However, third LDS Prophet John Taylor said,

"And after the flood we are told that the curse that had been pronounced upon Cain was continued' through Ham's wife, as he had married a woman of that seed. "And why did it pass through the flood? Because it was necessary that the devil should have a representation upon the earth as well as God" (Journal of Discourses, 22:304).

19. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that God is the offspring of another God who, in turn, is the offspring of still another God, etc.?

19. God having a father and grandfather -- If you said it doesn't, you're right. However, Joseph Smith claimed, "If Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and John discovered that God the Father of Jesus Christ had a Father, you may suppose that He had a Father also" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 373).

 

20. Where does the Book of Mormon teach that the highest level within the celestial kingdom is the "Church of the Firstborn"?

20. The Church of the Firstborn -- If you said it doesn't, you're right. Such an expression is never used in the Boo;k of Mormon. The Church of the Firstborn is found in Doctrine & Covenants 76:94 and The History of the Church 1:283.


Frustrated and confused? Joseph Smith apparently did not believe the teachings of the very book that he proclaimed in the Introduction to the Book of Mormon as "the most correct of any book on earth!"

This presumable fact can be demonstrated by a careful examination of these twenty distinctive teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you had difficulty locating these teachings, then read on, for, in fact, they cannot be found in this "most correct" book. The Book of Mormon does not teach:

Therefore, if Joseph Smith did not really believe the Book of Mormon, then why should you -- or anyone else?

Now that's a very good question!

I know how I would answer it!

How about you?