The convoluted tale of Mormonism, as it exists in the 21st Century, is incredibly similar to the duplicitous delivery and use of a computer system created document fraudulently represented to be a authentic duplicate of, for case in point, a delivery certificate, marriage certificate, or other community document initially created on paper and electronically scanned into a PDF document. Such an illegitimate computer system created document, a total fraud, is craftily created by its maker in superficial layers produced from other beforehand created documents that preexisted the fraudulent created document. For Mormonism commenced formally in 1830, but its authentic origins commenced in the minds of Joseph Smith, Jr., his mom, Lucy Mack Smith, his father, Joseph Smith, Sr., his brother, Hyrum Smith, and, in all likelihood, his third cousin, Oliver Cowdery, close to the yr 1820. Supposedly, in that yr, Joseph Smith, Jr., the fourteen yr previous son of a failed farmer in up-condition, Palmyra, New York, independently made a decision to pray to his deity in purchase to be led to the church that he need to join. According to the tale explained to by the boy, Smith, he went, in his fifteenth yr, to a wooded area near his father’s farm and supposedly prayed. This was, allegedly, finished in the spring of 1820, and Joseph Smith, Jr. arrived away from the woods to initially notify specific folks, first his mom, father, and brother, that he had obtained a eyesight in which an angel arrived to him and instructed him to join none of the existing Christian churches. In Lucy Mack Smith’s biography of her son, Joseph Smith, Jr., she wrote that “Joseph had explained to her that an angel, named Nephi, appeared to him in his first eyesight.” This was really the first of seven variations of what Joseph Smith, Jr. referred to, from 1820 right up until 1843, as his “first eyesight.” There was really an eighth edition of the “eyesight tale” that was culled from all seven of the incredibly distinctive variations of Joseph Smith, Jr. by his successor, Brigham Younger, in 1848, which is the edition employed by the LDS Church as its existing formal “missionary edition”
In the speedy yrs following 1820, incredibly little is known from historic records about the functions of the loved ones of Joseph Smith, Sr., besides for testimonies from neighbors in Palmyra, New York that, as a collaborative workforce, Joseph Sr. and Joseph Jr. derived their major income by “funds digging” through the use of a “seer stone” that Joseph Smith, Jr. found though digging a drinking water effectively. The Smiths represented by themselves to their neighbors as possessing the occult usually means of locating buried treasure through “folks magic and sorcery” by the use of the white oval-shaped “seer stone.” According to sworn affidavits from respected adult males of the Palmyra group, involving the yrs 1820 and 1830, and later on, as effectively as from the journals and diaries of respectable adult males and girls who realized and related with the Smith loved ones, the recorded specifics expose that Joseph Smith, Jr. took to sporting a Jupiter talisman close to his neck close to the yr 1819, which he ongoing sporting right up until his lethal lynching in 1844. The neighbors and mates who wrote about Joseph Smith, Jr. mentioned that Joseph wore the talisman for mystical energy though applying the “seer stone” to come across buried treasure. According to the existing records, the young Joseph Smith and his father were not credited with locating any buried treasure, but in accordance to the lawful records of Manchester County, New York, Joseph Smith, Jr. was accused of prison fraud in 1822 by 1 of his neighbors, who had paid out him funds to come across buried treasure on his land. According to the court docket file, readily available on the Internet. Smith was accused, tried using, convicted of prison fraud, and fined for committing the crime.
Then, abruptly in 1823, arrived the tale, reportedly proffered by only Joseph Smith, Jr., that another angel, named Moroni, appeared to him at his loved ones farm in his room though he was sleeping. Once again, supposedly, young Smith explained to his mom, father, and brother, about the angel, and Lucy Mack Smith later on wrote that the angel Nephi had yet again appeared to her son. Supposedly, Joseph Smith, Jr. had no association with his third cousin, Oliver Cowdery, right up until close to 1828, even although Cowdery lived and worked as a school instructor in another town not more that 45 miles away from Palmyra. Yet, this is not plausible dependent upon the sudden and shut romantic relationship that the two young adult males later on assumed, and the truth that Joseph Smith, Jr. did not disclose to the community the loved ones romantic relationship that Cowdery and he had shared. According to the then, eighteen yr previous Smith, the next angel explained to him about golden plates buried in a hill not considerably from the loved ones farm, and that time would go by just before he would be authorized to have the golden plates, from which would occur an unique 588 website page book, “The Ebook of Mormon,” about the Hebrew (Jewish) origin of the Indigenous American Indians. In addition to the accounts of “funds digging” and a conviction for prison fraud in the course of the yrs following Smith’s first alleged eyesight in 1820, it is also recorded that the young Smith joined the Methodist Church in Palmyra, New York, and became romantically included with Emma Hale, who ultimately became his spouse in 1827. Concerning the time that Joseph Smith, Jr. was, supposedly, visited by the next angel, in 1823, and the yr of his marriage, in 1827, the incredibly charismatic and imaginative young male had 4 yrs to do the job with his mom, father, brother, and third cousin, Oliver Cowdery, to build on paper a plausible narrative about the discovery, retrieval, and purported translation of the golden plates that the next angel, supposedly, authorized him to have just soon following he was married. He also had adequate time to do the job, primarily, with his incredibly literate cousin, Oliver, to get ready and create a rough draft of what would be publicly known, in 1830, as the “Ebook of Mormon.” Oliver Cowdery’s academic amount, and profound deductive, intuitive, and scholarly talents, which positioned him in, most likely, the best fifteen % of the most clever adult males in the country at that time in historical past, authorized him to later on turn out to be a prosperous working towards lawyer, and Joseph Smith, Jr.’s charismatic affect more than other folks, his demonstrated ability to go through and create effectively, and his obtain to the holdings of community libraries in the towns of Palmyra and Manchester, are specifics that advertise the secretive collusion of the two adult males, from 1823 right up until following 1828, in the creating and output of the first and remaining drafts of the 1830 “Ebook of Mormon.” Yet, in the official formal historical past of the Mormon Church,prepared by devout Mormons following the lynching and death of Joseph Smith, Jr., in 1844, the dubious formal edition of situations, from 1820 to 1830, would make it seem that Joseph Smith, Jr. and Oliver Cowdery were finish strangers when they, supposedly, satisfied sometime in 1828 when, in accordance to the Mormon edition, Cowdery approved Joseph Smith, Jr. as a prophet, became his scribe, and assisted him in the translation of the “reformed Egyptian language, which was allegedly the language employed in anciently inscribing what was prepared upon the golden plates, which were not really witnessed by the anatomical eyes of the purported witnesses who testified that they saw the plates.
What occurred subsequent to April six, 1830, following the “Ebook of Mormon” was published earlier that yr and when the Mormon Church was formally recognized on that date, is pretty much a subject of consistent historic file, which clearly serves to concretely oppose the theological, doctrinal, and historic claims of the Mormon Church hierarchy. The first sinister layer of the fraud was the, in essence, Trinitarian, “Ebook of Mormon,” into which Joseph Smith, Jr. positioned a portion of the Christian theology contained in the New Testomony that is, the nature of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Mainly, God is recognized in the unique 1830 version of the “Ebook of Mormon” as the common Trinity. In the unique unchanged 1830 version, one Nephi eleven:eighteen-21 reads,
“And the angel stated unto me, behold the Lamb of God, yea even the Everlasting Father! And I answered him, expressing: Yea, it is the enjoy of God, which sheddeth by itself overseas in the hearts of the kids of adult males wherefore,it is the most attractive of all points. And he spake unto me, expressing, Yea, and the most joyous to the soul. And following he had stated these words, he stated unto me, Search! And I seemed, and I beheld the Son of God likely forth amid the kids of adult males and I saw several tumble down at his toes and worship him.”
In distinction, the incredibly distinctive one Nephi eleven:eighteen-21, from the existing 1981 version of the “Ebook of Mormon,” reads as follows:
“And he stated unto me: behold the virgin whom thou seest is the mom of the son of God, following the method of the flesh.) And it arrived to move that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit for the room of a time the angel spake unto me, expressing: Search! And I seemed and beheld virgin yet again, bearing a kid in her arms. And the angel stated unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Everlasting Father! Knowest thou the indicating of the tree which thy father saw?”
The 1981 version the “Ebook of Mormon” was altered grammatically and textually to replicate the adjustments in Mormon theology produced following 1830, primarily following 1835. All around February 1835, the oneness of God the Father and Jesus Christ was radically altered in accordance with the radical modify in what Joseph Smith, Jr. produced in 1835 to his 1820 “first eyesight.” In that yr, the 29 yr previous Smith altered his tale to say that, alternatively of 1 angel, named Nephi, two individual personages appeared to him in the woods, God the Father and his son Jesus, in tangible bodies of flesh and bone. This fleshly distinction involving God the Father and God the Son produced the textual modify in one Nephi eleven:eighteen-21, of the unique 1830 version important. Yet, the substantial composite Trinitarian orthodoxy of the unique 1830 version could not have been significantly altered all through the complete “Ebook of Mormon, in its later on editions, without having the presence of flagrantly recognizable contradictions. That’s why, the oneness and religious nature of the Godhead was retained from the unique 1830 version in these types of verses as found in Alma eighteen:24-28, as shown beneath:
“And Ammon commenced to converse unto him in boldness and stated unto him: Believest thou that there is a God? And he answered, and stated unto him: I do not know what that meaneth,. And then Ammon stated: Believest thou that there is a Wonderful Spirit? And he stated, Yea. And Ammon stated: This is God. And Ammon stated unto him yet again: Believest thou that this Wonderful Spirit, who is God, created all points, which are in heaven and in earth? And he stated: Yea, I feel that he created all points which are in the earth but I do not know the heavens. And Ammon stated unto him: The heavens is a spot where God dwells and all his holy angels.”
Other verses, these types of as that those found in Alma eleven:44, shown beneath, expose the unique Trinitarian concentrate of the “Ebook of Mormon.” This pragmatic reconstruction of Mormon theology was effectively described by Dr. Thomas G. Alexander, the Lemuel Redd Professor of Western Background at Brigham Younger College, in his 1980 “Sunstone” publication, “The Reconstruction of Mormon Doctrine.” I spoke with Dr. Alexander by electronic mail, and in a telephone phone, wherein he explained to me that formal LDS Church publications had refused to publish his prolonged and scholarly paper for doctrinal good reasons, and that he had wished the truth of the matter about the adjustments in Mormon theology and doctrine published for the gain of the rank-and file Mormon Church.
“Now, this restoration shall occur to all, the two previous and young, the two bond and no cost, the two male and feminine, bother the wicked and the righteous and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be shed but everything shall be restored to its best body, as it is now, or in the system,and shall be brought and be arraigned just before the bar of Christ, the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is 1 everlasting God, to be judged in accordance to their is effective, whether they be great or whether they be evil.”
Also, the revealing verses in Mosiah fifteen:one-four exhibit even, more so, the oneness of the Father and the Son Jesus as God in conformity to the Trinitarian theology of the King James Edition of the Holy Bible employed by Joseph Smith, Jr. in his “Ebook of Mormon.”
“And now Abinadi stated unto them: I would that ye need to comprehend that God himself shall occur down amid the kids of adult males, and shall redeem his folks. And due to the fact he dwelleth in flesh, he shall be known as the Son of God, and obtaining subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, becoming the Father and the Son– The Father due to the fact he was conceived by the energy of God and the Son, due to the fact of the flesh consequently getting to be the Father and the Son– And they are 1 God, yea, the incredibly Everlasting Father of heaven and of earth.”
How could anybody studying this, in conjunction with the other cited verses, derive another conception of the Godhead than that of a Trinitarian oneness in entity by studying the foregoing? Furthermore, in 2 Nephi 31:21, the inseparable Trinity of the Godhead is yet again succinctly mentioned:
“… And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and genuine doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is 1 God, without having end. Amen.”
For that reason, the clarity of the apparent adjustments produced in the first version of the 19th Century “Ebook of Mormon,” by the similar adult males flawed and fraudulently-minded adult males who had collectively authored it, for the intent of accommodating a incredibly recognizable modify in Mormon theology, are unable to achievable be dismissed.
Yet, the lethal contradiction surreptitiously produced by the 19th Century Mormon leaders, who subtly changed Trinitarian monotheism with pagan polytheism, arrived in 1835 when Joseph Smith permitted and canonized the “Lectures on Religion,” which were made in the Mormon University of the Prophets in 1835 in Kirtland, Ohio. The double-mindedness of Joseph Smith, Jr., depicting his exclusively human efforts, was evidenced in his endeavor to validate, in the “Lectures of Religion” the Ebook of Mormon Trinitarian theology though, at the similar time, he was also making ready to introduce polytheism to the Mormon folks through his fraudulent and devious output of the Ebook of Abraham from the Joseph Smith Papyri. The plurality of Mormon gods, with a funds G, was first released in Smith’s fraudulent Ebook of Abraham, though in 1835, the “Lectures on Religion” became the complete doctrinal segment of the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants. The Doctrine and Covenants as they at present exist in the 21st Century were regarded by the Mormon Church as the “Covenants” segment of the “Doctrine and Covenants” from 1835 to close to 1925. In other words, the “Lectures on Religion” were, supposedly, the identified doctrines of the LDS Church for more than 100 yrs just before the “Lectures of Religion” were quietly de-canonized close to the yr 1925.
The foregoing genuine factual historical past of Mormonism was first explicated in previous-Mormon Fawn Brodie’s basic biography and historical past of Joseph Smith, Jr. in her book “No Gentleman Is aware of My Background.” Brodie was a niece of Mormon Prophet David o. McKay, and spent the first 30 yrs of her lifetime in
the confines of active Mormonism, right up until she became certain that Mormonism was not Christian. The fashionable earth-large Mormon missionary scheme was devised, in its unique canned-form close to the yr 1950 in purchase to successfully conceal, from mainstream Christianity, all of the genuine pertinent specifics about the authentic theology of Mormonism, a theology that was concocted in the head of Joseph Smith, Jr., and his shut associates, from 1835 to 1844, refined under the theocratic rule of the succeeding Mormon prophets, Brigham Younger and Lorenzo Snow, in the Utah Territory’s Mormon theocracy, from 1851 to the late nineties, and released surreptitiously in a important fabricated facade created by the Mormon hierarchy when Mormonism produced its debut in Christian The us as Utah was ushered into the Union as a condition on January four, 1896.
Now, 121 yrs later on, if, per chance, you, a Christian believer in the sacred truth of the matter and reliability of the Holy Bible, at any time open up-up the door of your residence to two-or-more adult males or girls (late adolescents or folks much more mature) symbolizing the Mormon (LDS) Church, you can relaxation assured that those particular adult males are Mormon elders (holders of the Mormon Melchizedek priesthood) and that, the two, the adult males and girls have taken blood oaths in some Mormon temple (there are now a hundred and fifty five working Mormon temples close to the earth) to do everything humanly achievable to enhance the monetary holdings and social, political, and ecclesiastical affect of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, headquartered in Salt Lake Town, Utah. These adult males, or girls, who will be knocking on your door, are entire-time Mormon missionaries, from a continuous earth-large force of roughly 90,000 these types of young missionaries, eighteen to, roughly, twenty five yrs in age, who presently commit two entire-yrs of their life preaching Mormonism someplace in the civilized earth. Each and every young entire-time Mormon male missionary will be neatly dressed in white shirts and ties and will be sporting a smaller black identify-tag, with white lettering, determining them as “elders” of the Mormon Church. The young girls will be sporting similar identify-tags determining them as “sisters.” There are also senior partners, adult males, senior Mormon “elders,” and their wives, who commit two yrs preaching the Mormon gospel entire-time.
These young entire-time Mormon missionaries, particularly those tens of hundreds in just the United States, are, at first glance, particularly persuasive in maneuvering you in their smiling cajoling trend into accepting and believing that they are symbolizing the 1, and only, Jesus Christ, Savior and Redeemer of the earth, and his “restored” gospel. As for the senior partners, they are taught at their mission training centers to portray a grandfatherly/grandmotherly demeanor to gain the Christian’s self esteem. In truth, the first words out of their mouths, the young and the previous, when you open up your door to greet them, will most likely be their “genuine” representation of Jesus. Their key aim is for you to be so impressed with their seemingly “Christian” demeanor that you are emotionally ensconced, and feel compelled to invite them into your residing room, supply them seats, and enable them to current to you, more than a long run time period of close to 4-to-6 weeks, 6 scripted, memorized, and rehearsed segments of Mormon theology, doctrine, and historical past, known as “discussions.” With any luck ,, you have beforehand obtained by typical mail, by electronic mail, or directly from a Christian friend, a duplicate of an formal LDS (Mormon) document entitled “Lesson 21 – Gentleman May possibly Turn out to be Like God,” from the 1984 39-lesson LDS Melchizedek Priesthood Personal Examine Guideline, “Look for These Commandments.” This particular document was proclaimed and extolled by the 1984 LDS Very first Presidency, comprised of the Mormon Prophet, Seer, and Revelator Spencer W. Kimball and his three Mormon apostle counselors, N. Eldon Tanner, Marion G. Romney, and Gordon B. Hinckley, as canon LDS theology, scripture, doctrine, and commandments, which usually means that the compound of “Lesson 21 – Gentleman May possibly Turn out to be Like God” was, and is at present, regarded as canon LDS theology, scripture, and doctrine, from the time it was first approved as these types of by the Mormon hierarchy all through all time.
These young, and previous, missionaries will notify you in their 6 scripted discussions a fabricated fraudulent tale of the origin and rise of the Mormon Church in the 19th Century, incredibly distinctive from my foregoing summary of Mormon historical past, and will try and make you feel that the 1-and-only Gospel of Jesus Christ, spoken of by the Apostle Paul in Galatians one:one-ten, disappeared from the earth and was “restored” by Joseph Smith, Jr. in 1830. They will notify you everything but the factual truth of the matter about Joseph Smith., Jr, Oliver Cowdery, and the other principal people in the origin of Mormonism and only about a in essence Mormon Trinitarian theology of supposedly disclosed in the 19th Century apocrypha, supposedly translated by Smith, the “Ebook of Mormon.” They will swear to you that the theology and doctrine contained in the “Ebook of Mormon” is the formal theology of Mormonism, and the keystone of the Mormon Church.
But, ideally, you have presently go through “Lesson 21 – Gentleman May possibly Turn out to be Like God,” and know and notice the truth of the matter about the authentic canon theology of Mormonism, and are geared up to inquire a most critical question to those Mormon missionaries in the course of their first fraudulent presentation, or dialogue a question that those elders or sisters, will, in all likelihood, answer falsely. Your question is, “What is your greatest destiny as worthy elders, and sisters, of the Mormon Church?” I know what 9-out-of-ten of those young Mormon male and feminine missionaries will say in reaction to that question. They will say that their greatest destiny is to be in heaven with God. How do I know this? Effectively, I was 1 of those frenetic missionaries for more than twenty yrs of my lifetime, undertaking component-time for twenty yrs what those entire-time missionaries do for two yrs. For those yrs, from 1970 right up until close to 1990, I worked incredibly carefully with hundreds of those entire-time missionaries sitting with them in the houses of Christians providing those 6 fraudulent discussions to hundreds of possible Mormons. I must have read that question posed by Christian Mormon investigators at minimum a hundred occasions.
And, of course, when a young pimply-faced Mormon missionary claims that he, or she, just needs to get to heaven to be with God, the unwitting Christian investigator presumes that these types of a humble would like is as Christian in doctrine, in accordance with the Holy Bible, as the objective of any human being professing to be a devoted Baptist, Methodist, or Lutheran. Yet, if you have go through “Lesson 21,” you know that the greatest destiny of a Mormon elder is NOT to humbly be in heaven with Jesus, to worship at his toes, but, rather, to be as terrific as his father-god, with a funds G, by getting to be a Mormon father-god, with a funds G. Yep! That is the greatest destiny of, supposedly, all worthy Mormon elders in accordance with what Joseph Smith, Jr. mentioned as canon Mormon doctrine in 1844, in what was known as the “King Follett Discourse,” fourteen yrs following he published his Trinitarian, pretty much Wesleyan, theology in the Ebook of Mormon. Mormon prophet Lorenzo Snow became famous in Mormon circles for creating the best couplet for describing the mortal ascension to Mormon godhood, with a funds G. He wrote, “As male is, God the moment was, and as God is male may perhaps turn out to be.” In truth, he, just before he died, made a poem that didn’t make it to the top of American poetic eminence, but was hugely venerated in the shadowy realm of LDS theological literature by devout Mormons as their mantra for their ritual polytheism and the celestial pagan parenthood emanating from Mormon father/mom-godhood, with a funds G. You see, a Mormon father-god are unable to create just about anything without having the guidance of his goddess-spouse. It is pretty much like a state of affairs from Greek mythology. Snow’s poem goes as follows, as it is depicted as the essence of “Lesson 21.”
Has thou not been unwisely daring,
Man’s destiny to consequently unfold?
To increase, advertise these types of significant want,
Such large ambition consequently inspire?
“Nonetheless, ’tis no phantom that we trace
Man’s ultimatum in life’s race
This royal route has extended been trod
By righteous adult males, each and every now a God:
“As Abra’m, Isaac, Jacob, also,
Very first babes, then adult males-to Gods they grew.
As male now is, our God the moment was
As now God is, so male may perhaps be,–
Which doth unfold man’s destiny.
In 1 of the effectively-known Mormon hymns, “Occur, Permit Us Renew,” the third verse is, supposedly, the words of Jesus to a devout Mormon who has attained exaltation, or the maximum diploma of Mormon heaven, through his earthly is effective. In the words of that verse, the poet has Jesus presenting his throne to the worthy Mormon, which is not what the genuine Christian want in their romantic relationship with God, and which Jesus is not likely to do. True Christians want to be with Jesus in heaven, and worship at his heavenly throne, although his divine grace, but to by no means to sit upon Jesus’ throne. In the Mormon temple, the adult males and girls who acquire their ritual “endowments” are explained to that they will be gods and goddesses, with a funds G, and will inherit thrones, principalities, and powers to ultimately be ready to create their personal saviors, just like Jesus Christ. Yet, in accordance to the Apostle John in the Ebook of Revelation, Jesus will by no means relinquish his throne to anybody. Be sure to note the verse beneath:
“I have fought my way through
I have concluded the do the job that thou didst give me to do.”
Oh, that each and every from his Lord may perhaps acquire the happy word:
“Effectively and faithfully finished
Enter into my joy and sit down on my throne
Enter into my joy and sit down on my throne.”
In the singular scripture in the New Testomony of the Holy Bible, in Revelation four:ten, the words of Jesus’ Apostle John are incredibly apparent and understandable, and the adverse pagan theology and doctrines of Mormonism are contrasted with Christian truth of the matter.
“The 4 and twenty-4 elders tumble down just before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for at any time and at any time, and forged their crowns just before the throne expressing, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to acquire glory and honor and energy for thou hast created all points, and for thy satisfaction they are and were created.”
For that reason, the greatest contradiction that has existed in Mormon theology given that 1835 is clearly shown to be 1 in the similar with the greatest destiny that is summed up in “Lesson 21 – Gentleman May possibly Turn out to be like God” as the transformation of Mormon elders and their wives into father-gods and mom-goddesses, with a funds G.