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Joseph Smith Didn't
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So Why Should
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,
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.
3. Where does
the Book of Mormon teach that God is married in
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?
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
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.
7. Where does
the Rook of Mormon teach that the blood of Christ
does not cleanse certain sins?
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
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
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).
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
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.
does the Book of Mormon teach that males must hold
either the Aaronic or Melchizedek Priesthood?
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.
does the Book of Mormon teach that you can't drink
coffee or tea?
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."
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).
does the Book of Mormon teach that there are "three
degrees of glory"?
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.
does the Book of Mormon teach that the Holy Ghost
is a son of God just as Jesus is a son of
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."
does the Book of Mormon teach that polygamy was
approved by God?
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).
does the Book of Mormon teach that if a man wishes
to be saved he must have a woman by his
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.
does the Book of Mormon teach that faithful members
of the Church must wear sacred under-garments that
have the power to protect them?
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.
does the Book of Mormon teach that official church
doctrine must be voted on by the general
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.
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
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).
does the Book of Mormon teach that God is the
offspring of another God who, in turn, is the
offspring of still another 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.
does the Book of Mormon teach that the highest
level within the celestial kingdom is the "Church
of the Firstborn"?
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
Joseph Smith did not really believe the Book of Mormon, then
why should you -- or anyone else?
Now that's a very
I know how I would
How about you?