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Mitt Romney's Mormonism Exposed
by Melineze Hite
04/18/12
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MORMONISM: A BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION
Introduction ( The History of Mormonism )
There are many questions which need to be answered as one studies the religion of the Mormons. Who are the Mormons? What do they believe? Who was Joseph Smith? What are the teachings and the doctrine of their faith for future reading or study and where are they to be found? Do Mormons believe in Jesus Christ? Is Christianity Mormonism, as well? Why does one choose to become a Mormon? What are the benefits of Mormonism? What are some negatives of the Mormon faith? Many people honestly know very little about the Mormons and their faith.
Hopefully, this research will provide some kind of enlightenment to those who have many questions and want to earnestly know why there is so much controversy about Mormonism. This study is not intended to present all of the information available through books and on-line sources, rather this study attempts to deal with some of the more insightful revelations about the Mormons to the present time. Mormons are defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) founded in the U.S. in 1830 by Joseph Smith.” In the book, Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon? several historical facts are noteworthy here. In the beginning, we receive a background of the Mormons from the book that an “anti-Mormon newspaper, the Nauvoo Expositer, began raising the ire of Joseph Smith by printing what the Mormons asserted were lies and fabrications about the church and its leader. According to the Mormons, Joseph and his brother Hyrum were unfairly arrested and jailed in Carthage, Illinois, not far from Nauvoo. On June 27, 1884, Joseph and Hyrum Smith were both killed by a jail storming crowd.” The book adds that, “Immediately upon the death of Joseph Smith, Jr., several contenders for the Mormon throne claimed the right to rule the now-numerous members of the Mormon Church. The three most important contenders were Joseph’s son (represented by his mother and others, since he was a minor at the time), Sidney Rigdon ( who was at the time the first counselor to Joseph Smith and who, we will show, may actually have had the right to take over, since we believe he was the originator of the Mormon religion), and Brigham Young (who was the president of the Mormon governing body called the Twelve Apostles). Young was duly elected by the governing officers of the church (amid much dissension by the supporters of the other two contenders), and the majority of the Mormons followed his leadership unquestioningly. Those who refused to accept Young’s appointment lost their membership in his church, and thus arose some of the many sects or divisions of Mormonism, the strongest of which is still active today and known as the Reorganized Church, under the direction of Joseph Smith’s direct descendants. (Its first president was Joseph’s son as soon as he reached adulthood.) Brigham Young (1801- 1877) was a strong willed man who saw for his church a vision far grander than anyone had hoped before. In his plans was a virtually autonomous state or country under the leadership of himself as God’s anointed one. With this vision and an eviction notice from the state of Illinois, Brigham and his followers left Nauvoo for the West in early February of 1846. On July 24, 1847, Brigham Young stopped the caravan in Salt Lake Valley, Utah. Shortly after that, he founded Salt Lake City, just ten miles from the shores of the Great Salt Lake. From that time to this, the city has been the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter –day Saints; faithful Mormons migrate to it today just as they did in the early years of its growth. From its meager beginnings in 1830 with six members, the Mormon Church has grown to astronomical proportions today.”

Benefits of Mormonism
Maybe, many readers have heard only positive, foundational truths about the Mormons. What are some of these? In Richard N. and Joan K. Ostling’s book, The Power and the Promise: Mormon America, we learn that “… the divorce rate for temple marriages is quite low.” Here in the United States the fifty states, along with various denominations and religions are having to deal with the definition of marriage for their constituents. The Mormons categorically uphold their fundamental beliefs. The Mormons have recognized the need for clarification and have issued these statements. “The major family values public policy issue currently facing religious conservatives in the United States is same sex marriage. The 1995 family proclamation was emphatic that marriage can exist only between a man and a woman, as ordained as such by God and essential to His eternal plan.” Those who are pro-family and pro-life are in agreement with statements of this sort. Also, good, family values have great benefits which have been unearthed by surveys and statistics gathered about the Mormon people. “A 1997 UCLA study showed the Mormon death rates from cancer and cardiovascular diseases to be about half those of the general population.” How is this possible? What is behind this rather, curious phenomena? “…Mormons have a strong emotional and practical support network in their family and church community.” The Mormons work together as a people and they believe in the importance of planning for the future. Just like in the study of Aesop’s story about the wise ant, (and not the lazy grasshopper), they work together as a unit. “…The church admonishment that every family is to store a year’s worth of food supplies.” Anyone who is interested in morality and a life free of the things that bind you or enslave you like sex, drugs, alcohol will find it fascinating that the Mormons are faring well, as compared to the rest of the population who are losing the war against drugs, violence, and promiscuity in young adults. “The survivalist emphasis is unique to Mormonism, but some other aspects of the demanding lifestyle resemble Protestant Evangelicalism, especially the emphasis on chastity and on abstinence from tobacco and alcohol, as well as drug and substance abuse…” How are the Mormons dealing with the consequences of sexual sin? “The strong emphasis on chastity also lowers their risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.” The people are being blessed by God. Their harvest is great. The people are encouraged to “save a year’s supply of seeds to plant a garden.” The Mormon Church is not going under as is many churches in America because of financial hardship. The Mormon Church is doing well. Members willingly support the Mormon Church. “The tithe, defined as a biblical 10 per cent of income, amounts to a compulsory head tax for the faithful member.” These are all benefits of being a member of the Mormon faith. Our Bible speaks about the sin of fornication and adultery and how these sins are ones that man foolishly commits against his own body. These sexual sins destroy the family unit. “Mormonism teaches that God desires ab-stinence from sexual relations outside of marriage and strict fidelity within the married state.” What about other kinds of sins in the Mormon community? “Saints are to refrain from acquiring debt and from gambling, including state-run lotteries, to shun pornography, and to be good citizens in the secular community.” What do these examples reveal as compared to other communities? “ Social science studies cited by the church show that members reap rewards from these behaviors: they tend to be happier in their family lives and marriages, less likely to indulge in sexually or socially deviant behavior, and far less likely to be involved in any kind of substance abuse than average Americans.” What is the church’s position here? “The Church stands uncompromisingly for chastity and moral responsibility.” These things without a doubt are the advantages and benefits of becoming involved in the Mormon faith. They are very appealing to the family that places family above recreation, money, and the world.


Joseph Smith, Was He a Prophet of God?
Who is Joseph Smith- Prophet of God? In Floyd McElveen’s book, The Mormon Illusion, he writes, “I am so thankful that God did not leave such important decisions up to the opinions or whims of men. He gave an absolutely infallible test so that the simplest Christian could determine whether or not a professed prophet was true or false. It is so clear that even those who are not Christians can apply it and not be led astray in their search for truth.”
What qualifies one to be called a true prophet of God? Here is God’s test for a prophet: “But the prophet, who shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him” (Deuteronomy 18:20-22). So, then a false prophet shall die, when he lies about hearing from God. Who would dare do such a thing but an evil and vile man!
Where in the Holy Bible can we find scripture to verify these things? “From this as well as numerous other Bible passages we know that God spoke through His true prophets, as they prophesied, word for word. Since God cannot lie or be mistaken, His true prophets were always accurate in fulfillment. Any prophet not meeting this test of fulfilled prophecy was a fake prophet. (See Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Isaiah 9:13-16; Jeremiah 14:13-16; Ezekiel 13:1-9.)” How many false prophecies must the false prophet declare before he is dethroned from the minds of the people? “One false prophecy would forever disqualify a man as a prophet of God. According to the Scriptures a false prophet would have been killed for presuming to speak that which God had not spoken, under Old Testament law.”
What prophecies made by John Smith are in question? The author names and explains each of the prophecies made. “Following are a few of Joseph Smith’s prophecies that did not meet God’s simple test of accuracy:
1. “According to …prophecy in Doctrine and Covenants 84: 1-5, given September 1832, the city and temple are to be built in Missouri in this (the current) generation. The city was not built; the temple was not built in this generation. The prophecy was fake.”
2. “Zion, Missouri cannot fall or be moved, Doctrine and Covenants, section 97. Joseph Smith was in Kirtland, Ohio at the time he made this prediction and was unaware that Zion was moved- two weeks prior to the so-called revelation.”
3. “Nauvoo House is to belong to the Smith family forever, Doctrine and Covenants 124:56-60. Joseph Smith was killed in 1844. The Mormons were driven from Nauvoo and the house no longer belonged to the Smith family. This prophecy was false. Joseph Smith was a false prophet.”
4. “Joseph Smith’s enemies will be confounded when they seek to destroy him, 2 Nephi 3:14, The Book of Mormon. Smith was shot in jail in Carthage Illinois on June 27, 1844.”
5. “Jesus Christ was to be born “at Jerusalem, which is the land of our forefathers,” Alma 7:10, The Book of Mormon. God’s Word says that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem (Mic. 5:2), which prophecy was fulfilled (Matthew 2:1).”
6. “The coming of the Lord, History of the Church, volume 2, page 182. In 1835 prophet-president Joseph Smith predicted “the coming of the Lord, which was nigh…even fifty-six years should wind up the scene.”
7. “Concerning “moon inhabitants” Journal of Oliver B. Huntington, volume 2, page 166. Joseph Smith had a revelation concerning the moon and its inhabitants…Joseph Smith undoubtedly never dreamed that men from earth would one day walk on the moon.”
8. “A most revealing prophecy is related by David Whitmer, one of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon. In this book, An Address to All Believers in Christ (Richmond, Missouri, 1887), Whitmer said that Joseph Smith received a revelation that the brethren should go to Toronto, Canada, and that they would sell the copyright to the Book of Mormon. They went, but could not sell the book, and called Joseph Smith to account. The ever agile Smith told them: some revelations are of God; some are of men, and some are of the devil.”
9. “On another occasion the wily Smith declared: “Verily thus saith the Lord: It is wisdom in my servant David W. Patten that he settle up all his business as soon as he possibly can, and make a disposition of his merchandise, that he may perform a mission unto me next spring, in company with others, even twelve including himself, to testify of my name and bear glad tidings unto all the world.” The date on which this prophecy was given was April17, 1838. David Patten died of gunshot wounds on October 25, 1838. He did not live to go on a mission in the spring. God, who knows the future, would not call a man to go on a mission and have it predicted and recorded if He knew the man would die before the time of the mission. This would make God appear to be an ignorant fool, unprepared or unknowing of the future. His revelations and prophecies would certainly not be the “sure word of God.”

McElveen summarizes this chapter by saying conclusively and in no uncertain terms that “Surely all true Christian hearts go out in compassion to Mormons, if there is an ounce of the love of Christ in us. To see and feel the anguish of those who begin to recognize that they have been misled is not pleasant. However, the anguish of a lost eternity without Christ is infinitely more horrible. Real love cannot evade our responsibility. We may feel very much like a doctor who must steel himself to tell a dear friend he has cancer. The test has been given. Joseph Smith was not a prophet of God. He was a false prophet.”

Teachings/ Doctrines and Beliefs
Where do we find the teachings of the Mormon? Wayne L. Cowdrey, one of the descendants of a witness to the Book of Mormon, wrote “There are three bastions of Mormon authority and inspiration: The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price, and Doctrine and Covenants. The Bible, although revered as God’s Word by Mormons, occupies a much lower position of authority than do these three books, since Mormons have been told that “many great and precious truths” have been omitted from The Bible as we know it today.” The Book of Mormon was examined for this research. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ was translated by Joseph Smith. There are fifteen chapters called: First Book of Nephi, Second Book of Nephi, Book of Jacob, Book of Enos, Book of Jarom, Book of Omni, The Words of Mormon, Book of Mosiah, Book of Alma, Book of Helaman, Third Nephi, Fourth Nephi, Book of Mormon, Book of Ether, and Book of Moroni. Before the introductory page there is a two paragraph note which states that this book is written to the “Jew and Gentile, written by way of commandment, and also by the spirit of prophecy and of revelation, written and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed, to come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof….” This note also makes a reference to the “time the Lord confounded the language of the people, when they were building a tower to get to heaven, which is to show unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for the fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever, and also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations, and now, if there are faults, they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment seat of Christ.” Many of the names of the book are unrecognizable to those who have studied The Holy Bible. However, many of the words are recognizable, and some may believe that Mormons are Christians too, if they speak about Christ. However, we are not to be deceived. Everything that walks like a duck and talks like a duck, may not be a duck. Some things wear an outward garment which looks harmless, but once you begin to break the outside barriers, you learn the true nature of a thing. What you learn may be shocking!
Who is the Mormon God? In the book by Kurt Van Gorden called Mormonism, the author provides the reader with a view of the Mormon God. The six points are as follows:
1. “God the Father is an exalted man from another planet like earth.”
2. “He was begotten of the species of gods, who existed before him in an infinite series of gods who were once men.”
3. “He was married, died, and was resurrected to be the god of heaven.”
4. “He and his goddess wife, Mother God, had millions of spirit-children in heaven; this spirit-world domain is called the preexistence.”
5. “Joseph Smith taught that because the Hebrew word for “God,” Elohim, is a plural noun, this proves that there are many gods.”
6. “The image and likeness of God in man also proves that God is a man.”
Who do the Mormons say is the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost? Then, Kurt Van Gorden reveals the Mormons’ view of the Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit. These are the three main points as follows:
1. “Early Mormonism differentiated the Holy Ghost from the Holy Spirit.”
2. “The distinction is less prevalent today.”
3. “There are distinctions between the Holy Ghost and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Ghost is a spirit-child, born of Heavenly Parents, and has the shape of a man. The Holy Ghost can only be in one location at a time. The Holy Ghost is one of the three Gods in the Godhead. The Holy Spirit is a divine eminence or influence. The Holy Spirit can be felt by Mormons universally. The Holy Spirit bears witness to the truths of Mormonism.”
What do the Mormons believe will happen in the End Times? Kurt Van Gorden shares with the readers the views of Mormons of the End Times in seven key points. They are as follows:
1. “There will be a gathering of Israel and great tribulation for the church.”
2. “Then Jesus Christ will personally and literally return to earth.”
3. “Christ will set up a millennial reign.”
4. “Christ will judge the living and the dead.”
5. “The righteous will be rewarded by receiving one of the three heavenly kingdoms.”
6. “The unrighteous will be punished in hell.”
7. “Those in hell can gain heaven if they repent and obey Christ.”

What do the Mormons say is the Trinity? Kurt Van Gorden cites the Mormons’ view of the Trinity in four statements. They are as follows:
1. “There are three gods who are perfect in knowledge, power, and glory.”
2. “The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost have three distinct bodies, although the Holy Spirit currently has only a spirit body; their distinct bodily existence prevents them from being one in nature or essence.”
3. “Their oneness is in purpose, thought, and will.”
4. “The word Godhead is synonymous with Trinity, and relates to the purpose of the three, not to their nature.”
What do the Mormons teach their congregations? In Gordon H. Fraser’s book, What Does the Book of Mormon Teach?: An Examination of the Historical and Scientific Statements of the Book of Mormon, the author writes the following: “The reader will be able to form his own conclusions as to the credibility of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is not the source of the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In fact it scarcely can be called a book of doctrine at all. Quite contrary to the pronouncement of the Angel Moroni that he was giving to Joseph Smith a revelation of the restored and everlasting gospel, there is nothing new in the doctrinal matter of the book. Doctrines are suggested, although not defined, but it is safe to say that there is not a doctrine mentioned that was not being held by some group in upper New York State in Joseph Smith’s time nor an item of ecclesiology that was not being practiced by some contemporaneous church. It is also a fact that none of the peculiar doctrines by which the Mormons are distinguished today are present, even in germinal form, in the Book of Mormon, with the exception of baptismal regeneration, which certainly is not a Mormon monopoly.”
Again, what exactly do the Mormons teach? “Mormons teach, for instance, a plurality of gods and insist that the specific persons of the Christian Trinity are three separate beings, Father and Son being separate beings of flesh and bones (exalted men), and the Holy Ghost a personage of spirit. The Book of Mormon, by contrast, repeatedly states that the Trinity is one God, and the introductory testimony of the three witnesses to the actuality of the golden plates closes with this statement: And honor be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God.” Fraser takes a look at what the Book of Mormon, the book of its founder, Joseph Smith, says in print and places it side by side with what the Mormons teach/ believe. The following reveals his findings after a study of this religion:
• “The Mormons teach the sublime truth that God the Eternal Father was once a mortal man who passed through a school of earth life similar to that through which we are now passing. Such a doctrine is not even suggested in the Book of Mormon.”
• “The Mormons teach that as for the Devil and his fellow spirits, they are brothers to man and also to Jesus and sons and daughters of God in the sense that we are. No such doctrine is suggested in the Book of the Mormon.”
• “The Mormons teach as a cardinal doctrine that men through progression and exaltation may become gods in the same sense and with the same status as God the Father. Such an idea is totally absent from the Book of Mormon.”
• “The Mormons believe that Jesus was the polygamous husband of Martha and the Marys of the Gospel record, that it was His marriage that was celebrated at Cana of Galilee, and that He became the father of children before His crucifixion. The Book of Mormon does not even suggest such a blasphemous concept.”
• “The Mormons believe in polygamy as the God-ordered marital state, and, although insisting that it is not being practiced currently, they will defend the doctrine emphatically whenever the subject is presented. The Book of Mormon denounces polygamy utterly.”


Polygamy and the Mormons
Let us pause here. What about the polygamy issue and the Mormons? How is it possible that the holy book, The Book of Mormon, speaks against a popular practice of many of the early Mormons in America. In 1 Timothy 3:2 The Holy Bible declares, “A bishop then should be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach.” What about Joseph Smith? In The Mormon Illusion: What the Bible Says about the Latter-day Saints by McElveen the author writes: “Yet the prophet Joseph Smith later had a revelation recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 132:4. “For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting {mark that word!} covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned. Smith proceeded to elaborate on the doctrine of man being allowed more than one wife. In fact, if a man did not keep this covenant he would be damned. Smith went on to say in Doctrine and Covenants 132:38, 39 that God had in fact given David and Solomon their wives. Finally, Joseph Smith even concludes that the Lord even justified his servants David and Solomon in having many wives! Now Joseph Smith received this convenient revelation on July 12, 1843. He was killed in 1844. Several Mormons writers claim that Smith had as many as 48 wives. Even the most charitable view could hardly avoid the strong implication that Joseph Smith was living in adultery long before he got his “revelation.” It is interesting to notice that included in Joseph Smith’s revelation was a warning for his wife, Emma Smith, to receive the other wives. Check the tense also. “Receive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph…” (Doctrine and Covenants 132:52). Now, polygamy as defined in the dictionary is “the practice of having many or several spouses, especially wives at one time.” So much has been reported on television through the years of the problems of multiple marriages concerning many of the male members of the Mormon faith. Who can ever forget an image of a Mormon head of the household with his multiple wives and their brood of countless offsprings? Who can ever forget a news story of a Mormon man sent to prison for having married more than one woman? Is polygamy only good for Mormons? Has the polygamy policy completely been terminated? Was it officially outlawed in 1890? Hopefully, there are no more polygamists in America today…In The Mormon Puzzle: The Challenge of Mormonism the writer sums it all up with these words : “This practice, which was made public in 1852, allowed faithful Mormon men to take plural wives, who would accompany them after death to the highest level of heavenly glory ( the celestial kingdom). This practice was officially sanctioned by the LDS church until 1890, when fourth LDS President Wilford Woodruff suspended the practice because it violated United States law. Many Mormon members and leaders refused to give up the practice. Some Mormons today still believe in and secretly practice this “spiritual principle”, though they are excommunicated by the LDS church if detected.”
Why is it that this Book of Mormon has not been taken apart chapter by chapter and studied to the point that even a devout Mormon can testify to its obvious inaccuracy and clearly see that it is a book of errors and contradictions? Fraser writes “Why…do the Mormons insist that the Book of Mormon is the inspired Word of God and ‘the most perfect book that was ever written,’ in spite of hundreds of corrections since the first edition, and why do they insist on its circulation? The answer is simple. Joseph Smith to the Mormons is the Prophet of God, and the Book of Mormon is his symbol. Discredit one and you discredit the other.” In The Mormon Puzzle, the author writes concerning the Book of Mormon, that “It seems clear that there are only two choices with regard to the Book of Mormon. One can decide that genuine scripture can be uninspired by its own admission, contradictory, full of absurdities and anachronisms, and contrary to the church that publishes it. This is of course absurd. Or a person can reject the Book of Mormons as scripture. The second alternative is the only one that makes any sense. And when you choose the second alternative-rejection of the Book of Mormon- you must automatically reject the LDS church, for without Joseph Smith and his book, there would never have been Mormonism. Neither can stand without the other. If one is specious, both are.”
Racism and Mormonism
What do the Mormons believe regarding their black brothers and sisters? In an on-line article, “Blacks and the Priesthood” Joseph Fielding Smith, the tenth LDS (Mormon) president, wrote, “"There is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantage. The reason is that we once had an estate before we came here, and were obedient, more or less, to the laws that were given us there. Those who were faithful in all things there received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less.... There were no neutrals in the war in heaven. All took sides either with Christ or with Satan. Every man had his agency there, and men receive rewards here based upon their actions there, just as they will receive rewards hereafter for deeds done in the body. The Negro, evidently, is receiving the reward he merits." (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.1, pages 66-67.) The statement tells of the belief that all African Americans were disobedient to God and have been cursed because of their rebellious nature in Heaven. If they change here on earth, they too can now become like the white man who is privileged because of his great obedience in heaven by God. This is a belief that was obviously endorsed by most of the body of Mormons. Obviously, this brother got it first hand from God.
Are the Mormons a racist group? Racism is defined in the dictionary as “a doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea one’s own race is superior and hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.” There are definitely elements of racism clearly seen here. The belief of the superiority of a race over another and hatred and intolerance are taught. “These ideas were widely taught by Mormon prophets, from Brigham Young's day to the late 1970's.” What exactly was taught? In this article, Blacks vs. the Mormon Priesthood, found on line, the author writes ,“Until 1978 it was the policy and practice of the Mormon church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) to bar those with black African ancestry (even partial) from admission to the Mormon priesthood, which otherwise was open to all (non-black) male members of the church. This ban also applied to keep black members of the church from participation in the sacred temple ceremonies which Mormon doctrine says are necessary for admission to the highest degrees of the Celestial Kingdom. In other words, blacks would never get as high a place as members of other races in Mormon heaven.”
“Mormon theologians justified this racial prejudice by claiming that the black race is descended from Cain, who was cursed and marked (supposedly with a black skin; Genesis 4:8-15). His descendants, through Ham, the son of Noah who was also cursed (Genesis 9:18-27), continued to bear the mark (black skin) and the curse, in the Mormon view. This ban was further justified by reference to the Mormon belief in a great War in Heaven before the creation of the world, when the forces of good overcame the forces of evil; Mormons believe that one's position at birth in this life is determined by one's valiance in that struggle. Those human beings who were born to privileged and prosperous white Mormons were obviously very valiant. Blacks were (just as obviously) less valiant.”
What about today? Have things changed in the Mormon faith in regards to the race question? Is the Mormon faith still overtly practicing racism among its African American members? “In 1978, this policy and practice changed, and the Mormon leaders announced that, pursuant to revelation, black members of the church would have full equality: priesthood for worthy black men and temple privileges for all worthy black members. The change was incorporated into the Mormon book of scripture Doctrine and Covenants.”
Is this too little and too late? Here is what critics say. “Critics of the church point out that, although the ban has been removed, and the practice has changed, the doctrine (that Blacks are cursed because they were less valiant in the pre-existence) has not changed. This seems to follow the Mormon pattern of changing a practice without changing the doctrine on which the practice was based, such as when polygamy was abandoned in 1890, but retained as a church doctrine even today. Or when the practice of "blood atonement" (shedding the offender's blood to atone for certain sins such as apostasy or adultery) was given up, but retained as a pantomime slitting of the throat in the temple ritual until 1990.” After all that has been said and done, not much has obviously changed in generations.


Conclusion (Is Mormonism Christianity?)
In conclusion, there are many other important facts which could have been shared in this research; however, a great many people will find these facts sufficient when initially trying to earnestly understand Mormonism. Today, in 2012 the Democratic, United States’ President, Barack Obama, who is the first African American president elected four years ago and a self- professed believer in Christianity, will seek re-election. His worthy, Republican opponents have been Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney, a Mormon. Political prognosticators see Mitt Romney in a final runoff with President Obama in the November 2012 Presidential Election. Hopefully, this information will prove to be helpful in the understanding of the Mormon faith. How important is it that true Christians understand this religion? Why is this discovery important? Gordon H. Fraser in a review of his book called What Does The Book Of Mormon Teach?, found on the back cover of his book, wrote “What is the purpose of this book? It is intended to clear the pathway of debris so that Mormons and others may return to the study of the Bible. Since Mormons regard the Bible as being inspired, why do they not read it more? Is it because Joseph Smith ignored the Bible almost entirely? If the Book of Mormon is inspired, why does it contain statements which contradict the Bible? And what about the memoirs of Joseph Smith’s mother, written long before the golden plates were supposedly found, concerning some of the stories that are in the Book of Mormon? Why are portions of the Book of Mormon in the exact wording of the Authorized Version? What Does the Book of Mormon Teach? It teaches confusion, contradiction, and chaos. It teaches salvation by self, rather than by the Lord Jesus. It refers to script, weapons, coins and textiles, synagogues and temples that never existed. Gordon Fraser carefully investigates the errors in history, geography, ethnology, and anthropology, and concludes, Illogic is recurrent throughout the Book of Mormon. Because Mormonism is spreading as never before, every Christian should become acquainted with What Does the Book of Mormon Teach?”
However, people still want to know conclusively, are the Mormons Christians? The author of Is Mormonism Christian writes “If the term covers all who use the name of Christ in their titles or in their teaching, we would have to allow the Mormons their claim; but we would have to include with them the Jehovah’s witnesses, Christian Scientists, and most of the other metaphysical cults, as well as Unitarians, Universalists, Bahaists, and a host of so-called liberal adherents to the various Christian denominations which, originally, were completely orthodox. All of these refer freely to Jesus Christ and use quotations from the Bible to support their views but, these, along with the Mormons, deny what we consider to be the indispensable tenets of true, orthodox, historic Christianity.” For the bottom line when a Mormon comes to your door, be adamant or as the dictionary defines adamant, “utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion.” Fraser writes in Is Mormonism Christian, “The Mormon missionaries are well trained in their methods, and nominal Christians are an easy prey to their arguments. We have yet to see, however, an intelligent, born again person, who knows the Bible and its doctrines, succumb to Mormonism. The Mormon missionaries who come to your door will be well mannered attractive young people. They will introduce themselves as Christian missionaries or will use some other innocuous term. One team, which had recently returned from Honduras, announced themselves as members of the Central American Mission. Another team encountered recently merely asked: Could we step in and have a Christian word with you? They will avoid identifying themselves as Mormons or Latter-day saints until after they have gained an audience. These young missionaries are given very careful training both in the fine points of good sales approach and in the best methods of appealing to members of the various churches. It is part of their training to attend services of the various churches so as to be informed on matters of phraseology and doctrine. We should insist that such visitors identify themselves. If they prove to be Latter-day Saints or Mormons, the only safe procedure is to deny them entrance to the home.” The Bible confirms that “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine [of Christ], receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds (II John 10:11).”




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Michael Edwards  18 Apr 2012
Very good and indepth article. Mormons are often very nice and kind people who like to say they are Christians like us. The question is then - Why do you want to convert people to Mormonism? If Romney can believe some of the stuff Mormonism teaches, it really makes me doubt his ability. There is some really outlandish stuff. Mormons are taught that they need no emperical evidence to believe the BOM is true. Just a burning in the bosum. With the Bible God has no fear of you checking things out. His truth holds up to scrutiny. Again - great article and really important stuff.




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