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1: Christ is _NOT_ God Almighty, but one of many "gods"

The Mormons believe in a plurality of gods, so in this way they believe not only that Jesus is a god, but that God is but a god.

Ish 44:8 Is there a God besides me? Yea, there is no God. I know not any.

Smith started out echoing this simple faith, but as he continued to have revelations, he changed. The following passages are from the book of Moses, in the Book of Mormon, first published in 1830, and from the Bookof Abraham, in the Pearl of Great Price, first published in 1844.

Book of Moses Book of Abraham 2:1 and the Lord spake unto Moses 3:15 and the Lord said unto me: saying, "Behold I reveal unto you Abraham, I show these things unto concerning this heaven and this earth: Thee before you go into Egypt, that write the words which I speak: you may declare all these words.
2:3 And I God said: Let there be Light 4:3 And they (the Gods)said: Let and there was Light..... there be Light, and there was light
2:10 And I God called the dry land 4:10 And the Gods called the dry Earth.... land, earth...
2:25 And I God made the beasts of the 4:25 And The Gods organized the earth after their kind... Earth to bring forth the beasts after their kind...
3:8 And I, The Lord God planted a 5:8 And The Gods planted a garden garden eastward in Eden.... eastward in Eden....

Mormons take both of these works as gospel, but which is the one they accept? The Apostle Orson Pratt said "If we should take a million worlds like this and number their particles, we should find that there are MORE GODS than there are particles of matter" Journal of Discourses V2 P345 Brigham Young "He was once a man in mortal flesh as we are and is now an exalted being. How many Gods there are, I do not know. But there has never been a time when there were not Gods" JoD V7 P333 and also "The Lord created you and me for the purpose of becoming Gods like Himself. We are created to become Gods like our Father in Heaven"JoD V3 P93 Mormon Apostle LeGrand Richards said, in 1966, " it is accepted in church doctrine, and this is 'as man is, God once was; as God is, man may become" You can see that Mormons not only accept a plurality of gods, but expect to become gods themselves.

2. God Changes

if you look at the above.. If God is like us, He changes. See Mal 3:6

3. They reject the Doctrine of the Trinity.

The Mormons reject the Doctrine of Trinity, since they have said the Holy Spirit is Not God, but the Mind of God. The Trinity says that theNature of the Father, Son, and The Holy Spirit are the same.

4. They have said in the past that Adam was actually God.

"When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is Michael, 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, sermon, April 8th, 1852. Published in Journal of Discourses V1 p 50-51 Though this teaching is now repudiated, it was in force for 50 long years.

5. They hold to a salvation that can only be administered by a priest
    See luke 9:49-50

Mormons have Two Priesthoods: Aaronic & Melchizedek see Heb 7:11

According to Mormon Doctrine & Covenants, the Aaronic Priesthood was conferred on Smith and Oliver Cowdery by John the Baptist on May 15, 1829. This was, however, not published until 1876, though it was published in the Magazine Times & Seasons in 1842. These Priests perform much the same function they did in Aaron's day. They Performed various duties one might find around a temple, to include worship services, consecration cerimonies, and cerimonial washings.  The Melchizedek Priesthood was, according to Doctrine & Covenants 27:12, restored by, oddly enough, Peter, James & John, prior to the organization of the LDS church. These Priests are the Church leaders, much like the Sanhedrin was in the First Century.

Structure of Priests: at 12 a boy is ordained as a deacon, in direct contradiction of 1 Tim 3:12. This is the aaronic priesthood, and apostleship is next, the Melchizedek priesthood. Brigham Young's kids made apostle before they were 20.

6: They have made False Prophecy. in 1835 Smith Prophesied that the Lord would return in 56 years. History of the Church V2 P182. Joseph was wrong in 1832 Smith Prophesied that the Temple of the Lord would be build in Independence, Mo before all who were there at that time had died. Doctrine & Covenants 84:2-5 Joseph was wrong in 1856 Young prophesied that in 26 years or less, the elders of the Mormon church would be considered as kings. Young was wrong. In 1882, Mormons were held in derision because of Polygamy. There are mnay others as well. Smith had prophesied that his Som, Joseph, III would lead the Mormon Church, yet it was actually Young. Smith made a Prophesy that the Civil war would start in South Carolina and that ALL nations would be involved. Joespeh was Partially right, but he wrote this prophesy at a time when South Carolina was expected to seccede from the union immediately (1833) because of an unfair tarrif tax, and they didn't. Also, obviously, all nations were not participants in the civil war.

7: Mormons are Universalists. (there will be no punishment for the Wicked)

In 1826, Alexander Campbell wrote a long (20 page) letter to a young boy who had asked him about hell, in the Christian Baptist. Campbell, you may remember, was the founder of the restoration movement, and one of Smith's primary sources for theology. In the Book of Mormon, Alma 42, asimilar "explanation" to a "son" occurs, concerning Hell. You may say, what, did Campbell reject Hell. No, and neither does the Book of Mormon. but by late 1830, Smith said "it is not written that there shall be no end to this torment" D&C 19:6 "Now, repententance could not come unto men except there were a punishment, which also was eternal as the life of the soul" BoM P299:16

Which is Doctrine to the Latter Day Saints?

"There is no hell.. everyone will find a measure of salvation" Apostle J Widtsoe, Joseph Smith-seeker after truth, 1951

The Wicked, or non-saved will go to the telestial kingdom or terrestial kingdom, while Baptized Mormons go to the Celestial Kingdom.

8: Plural Marriage

The Mormons authorized this Doctrine basicly from just before the death of Smith until the US goverment forbade it in the late 1800's. They continue to "seal" multiple wives to husbands "in heaven". Their proof text is 1Ti 4:3-5 see: Lu 20:34-35,Lu 16:18,Mr 12:25,Mr 10:11-12,Mt 22:25-31,
Ro 7:3-4

9: They exclude groups from the Gospel based on their "nation"

As we have shown, the truely "saved" mormon must be an Aaronic Priest to get into the celestial heaven. Blacks and Indians were denied that priesthood until 1978, when Apostle Spenser Kimball had a new revelation about Blacks, and allowed them in. Let's quote Smith and Young. In Mormon theology, black skin is a sign of God's displeasure. "Wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the LORD God did cause a skin of Blackness to come upon them" BoM "And the skins of the Lamanites were Dark, according to the mark which was set on their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression" BoM  President Joseph F. Smith apparently believed that our skin color was dependent on some former existance. " There is a reason why one man is born black .... while another is born white... The reason is that we once had an estate before we came here, and were obedient..." The Prophet Smith taught Blacks are the sons of Cain, and inherit his transgression. Young echoed his remarks by saying "Cain slew his brother... and the Lord put a mark on him, which is the flat nose and the black skin" JoD V7 Mormons teach Ham married a Negro and thus, Cain's seed was carried through the flood. See Acts 10:34, Acts 10:28, Matthew 28:19

10: Cursing Enemies See Rom 12:14 "in as much as mine enemies come against you, ye shall curse them. and whomever ye curse, I will curse, and ye shall avenge me of mine enemies" D&C Section 103 V24-25

11: No Coffee, No Tea, No Tobacco, Little meat
on Feb 27, 1833, Joseph Smith had a "Word of Wisdom" (which appears as section 89 of D&C) that barred "Hot Drinks", wine or Strong drink, Tobacco, and said Meat should be "used sparingly"  The Mormon Church says "hot Drinks" means Caffine drinks hot or cold today, however, this has altered since in 1868 Apostle Cannon said Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Hot Soup, and Cocoa were all banned. The Deseret News said in 1962 that Hot Chocolate & cocoa were allowed. Apparently the ban on much meat is largely ignored as well. see Acts 10:9-16 Additionally, it should be noted that Brigham Young owned a distillery in Utah, and the Mormon cartage trade was built on Tobacco and Whiskey. Smith ran a General store in Nauvoo, and sold liquor, and since he was mayor, gave himself exclusive rights to sell liquor in Nauvoo.

12: Temple Work

This is probably the most important section of this outline. The Millions of Dollars and Millions of Hours LDS members spend on Temples and temple work is in vain, and this section will attempt to prove it. The primary events that take place withing the temple are Baptism, Baptism for the dead, Marriage, Marriage to the dead, Consecration, Consecration for the dead, anointing, anointing for the dead, and re-anointing. Temple cerimonies are secret, but former mormons have divulged these activities. The most common activity in the temple is Baptism for the dead. Mormons believe that the wicked do not go to hell at death, but to some sort of pugatory where they either will burn out their sin over the 1000 years until Jesus returns, or until they accept the Gospel of the LDS church. When they do, they then tell their desendents, who are vicariously baptised for them. Then they get to go to Mormon Heaven. "These are the principles in relation to the dead and the living...their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul says concerning the Fathers- that they without us cannot be made perfect- neither can we without our dead be made perfect" Smith D&C Sec 128

1 Cor 15:29. Heb 11:40

"We are the only people who know how to save our progenitors... we are in fact the saviors of the world" JoD V6 P163 President John Taylor "the Greatest commandment given us, and made obligatory, is the temple work in our own behalf and on behalf of our dead" Doctrines of Salvation by Mormon 10th President Joseph Fielding Smith. And from the same source: "Joseph Smith declared 'The greated responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us is to seek after our Dead"

Therefore the LDS Church has the greatest genealogical tools, records, and information in the world. The Church spends at least 4 million each year on geneology alone. There is a Huge microfile storage center in Utah. This is the main reason Mormons build temples and spend 80 or so millions on them during the 1980's. Of course, Mormons do not believe they "will be come as Gods" unless they are Baptised, have their dead Baptised, and are Sealed (married) in the temple.  Mormons believe that, Once married in the Temple, they are married forever. A man may be sealed to multiple wives forever. This does contradict Luke 20:34-36, among others. If you are allowed to enter the temple, either for Baptism, or for marriage, which is preceded by Baptism if it hasn't already been done, you enter into a ceremony that presents you with a secret name, secret handshakes and symbols, special undergarments that must be worn at all times after this time, a apron representing the fig-leaf aprons Adam & Eve wore, and you must take oaths not to reveal this ceremony. The undergarment is an interesting item. It is a fundraiser for the church, since you must either make it yourself to exacting standards, or buy them from a mormon church owned company. Obviously, you must have more than one. It is a long sleaved, long legged, white union suit with mystic symbols embroidered on them. Even though one Mormon President said the garment could "never be altered", it is now accepted as short sleeved, knee-length, and low-collared to agree with modern fashion.

13: Connection with Freemasonry

Joseph was a Mason in Nauvoo, and the Church met in the mason hall. After Joseph became a Master Mason, he developed the temple Cerimonies, which have a marked similarity to Masonic services.  "In the evening, I received the first degree in freemasonry" Smith, History of the Church, V4

Listen to these quotes, the first from "temple Mormanism" on receiving the tokens of the Aaronic preisthood, and then from "freemasonry exposed" on receiving the first degree.

[Mormons] The Grip-hands clapsed, pressing the knuckle of the index finger with the thumb

[Masons] The right hands are joined together as in shaking hands, and each sticks his thumbnail into the third joint or knuckle of the forefinger

[Mormons] we and each of us doo cevenant and swear thae we will not reveal the secrets of this, the second token of the aaronic priesthood, with its accompanying name, sign, grip, or penalty. Should we do so, we agree to have our breasts cut open and our hearts and vitals torn from our bodies and given to the birds of the ait and the beasts of the field

[Masons] I do most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that i will not give the degree of a fellow craft mason to any one of an inferior degree, nor to any other being in the known world... binding myself under no less penalty then to have my left breast torn open and my heart and vitals taken from thence.. and to become prey to the beasts of the field and the vulture of the air  The connection between the striving nature of Masonry (you start at first degree, heading for 32nd degree (and possibly more) and Mormonism (ye shall be as gods) is unmistakable

The Current President of the LDS church, Spenser Kimball, has said " This Progress toward eteranal life is a matter of acheiving perfection. Living all the commandments guarantees total forgiveness of sins" (commandments and doctrines of God, deseret press) "Christ's blood doesn't attone for a single individual sin" JoD V13 P143


Mormonism: Shadow or Reality, Jerold and Sandra Tanner
The God Makers, Dave Hunt and Ed Decker
Book Of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, and Doctrine & Covenants, Deseret Press
The Bible
Journal Of Discourses, 1965 and 1876 editions
Kingdom of the Cults, Walter Martin                   What are your thoughts on this article?