Do you have any advice? When I left Mormonism, my LDS wife divorced me and moved back home to Utah to live with her LDS family. My daughter who is now 8 is asking me to allow her to be baptized LDS. With everything that I know about Mormonism, I will never allow her to be baptized into the LDS Church, even though she is being raised by my wife and her several generation LDS family. I’m being called the “worst dad ever” even though all I’m doing is using LDS rules. To counter what she has been learning in primary, I bought the primary books 4-7 which made me sick just reading them. But when I counter their claims out of the Bible, my daughter calls me a liar. What can I do? Continue reading How can I reach my daughter who is being raised Mormon?
Throughout the United States and Worldwide, the Mormon Church is opening temples that they claim are a restoration of the ancient Biblical Jewish temple? But the facts prove otherwise. Did you know that not a single ritual performed in the Mormon temple was practiced in the Jewish temple? While Mormonism claims to restore Christianity, it is “another gospel” condemned by God (Galatians 1:6-8) because it requires temple works which make Christ’s sacrifice insufficient for salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 11:6).
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE MORMON TEMPLE AND THE BIBLICAL JEWISH TEMPLE
IN THE HISTORICAL JEWISH TEMPLE, THERE WERE NO:
- No Baptisms for the Dead
- No Secret Handshakes and the ONLY person to “pass through the Veil” to the Most Holy Place was the single High Priest once a year.
- No Marriage Ceremonies – Women were not even allowed into the inner court of the Jewish temple.
- No Sealing Room, Garden Room, World Room, Terrestrial Room, Celestial Room, Assembly Hall nor Bathrooms. Continue reading Do Mormon Temples Restore Biblical Christianity?
Do you belong to
THE CHURCH OF
OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS?
“Joseph Smith holds the keys of this last dispensation… no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith. …every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are.” —“Joseph Smith among the Prophets,” Ensign, June 1994, p. 22 Continue reading Do you belong to THE CHURCH OF JOSEPH SMITH OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS?
DID JESUS SAY THAT MEN CAN BECOME GODS?
JOHN 10:34: “Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” — If God is the only God, why did Jesus say “Ye are gods”?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the spirits of all humans are the literal offspring of an “exalted man” in Heaven whom they call, “God our Heavenly Father” and his spiritual Goddess wife, known as “Heavenly Mother.” They claim that that every human should attain to be exalted as a “god” in the same way that they claim that God the Father and His wife have been “exalted.” Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism taught:
“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!…I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man.…I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea.…he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did. …Here, then, is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done before you, namely, by going from one degree to another… from exaltation to exaltation, until you… sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power.”—Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith,pp. 345-346 Continue reading Did Jesus say that Men can become Gods?
I joined the Mormon Church in December of 1964 at 18 years of age. Unlike many converts, I was looking for God a year before I contacted the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and asked their Missionaries to come and teach me. I was what they call “a golden contact” because I was already reading the Bible, but now, I was able to read and study the Mormon scriptures (The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrine and Covenants).
I was extremely diligent and earnest in serving the LDS Church. I accepted various ‘Callings’ (unpaid jobs in the Church) and since I attended a Branch of the Church (smaller than a Ward), I had many opportunities to teach and preach. Along with my developing understanding of the Mormon Faith — that is, the understanding the Church was willing to permit me and all other members to have, I was also beginning to develop a personal relationship with Christ and God the Father. Continue reading Bob B – The Youngest Mormon Bishop in England
CHURCH ORGANIZATION – JESUS CHRIST ESTABLISHED HIS CHURCH
Under the “The Restoration of Truth – Jesus Christ established His Church” section of mormon.org we read:
“A few hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ, people had fallen into apostasy. When the Savior began His mortal ministry, He restored His gospel and established His Church again on the earth. He built His Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, He himself being the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20)… In addition to the Twelve Apostles, Christ appointed other leaders to assist the Apostles in the work of His Church. These included: Seventies (missionaries), Evangelists (patriarchs), Pastors (presiding leaders), Elders, Bishops, Priests, Teachers, Deacons.” Continue reading Church Organization
.:TESTING TRUTH – HOW CAN I KNOW THIS IS TRUE?
- Moroni’s challenge does not prove the LDS Church is true.
- Joseph Smith admitted that personal “revelation” is able to come from Satan.
- Beliefs must be tested. Wisdom cannot reveal truth.
“ ‘I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.’ Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:4 …Feelings from the Holy Ghost are personal revelation to you that confirm the truth of the Book of Mormon and the gospel of Jesus Christ as restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith.” Continue reading Testing Truth
I am a former Mormon. I now have much peace knowing the truth.
“I just wanted to thank you for this great teaching site. I am a former Mormon. I now have much peace knowing the truth. I am a new believer of Jesus in the way he would want me to know him and of his love for me. I have been born again for a little over a year. Thank You! Please pray for myself and my family. I still have thoughts of the Mormon ways. How controlling it can be. What release I have found now.”
.:STATEMENT OF FAITH Continue reading Statement of Faith
HOW CAN I SHARE MY FAITH WITH MORMONS WITHOUT GETTING INTO AN ARGUMENT?
“Something funny happened today. Two young Mormon missionaries walked by our street for the second time asking to share their unique ‘message of salvation.’ I told them that I have known Jesus as my personal Savior since I was eight. They asked me a bunch of questions and said that they want to come back at a more convenient time. I said I would be willing to talk with them. However, I am not a confrontational person and I don’t particularly like debating, but since I keep seeing them and I knew your ministry could help, I agreed to talk with them again. What do you suggest I share that will not turn into an argument?” Continue reading How can I Share my Faith with Mormons without getting into an Argument?
I’M FRUSTRATED! HOW CAN I GET THROUGH TO MORMONS?
“I’m discouraged. To me, it just seems like there is NO WAY to reach Mormons for the real Gospel. As an evangelical Christian, I do not want to slam my front door in their faces like some people do. I really do want to talk to them, but not on their terms—only on my terms.
After all, the burden of proof lies with the one making the claim. They must prove to me that the Book of Mormon is God’s inspired Scripture and that Joseph Smith was indeed a true Prophet of God. They must prove to me that God was once a man and that men can become ‘gods.’ I have stayed awake at night trying to figure out a way to reach these people with convincing and powerful arguments from both the Bible and their own Book of Mormon. Yet, every time, regardless of whether they can answer my questions or prove their points, they always go back to bearing their ‘testimony’ and telling me that they ‘prayed’ about the Book of Mormon so they ‘KNOW’ it is true. Perhaps you can give me insight into how I can break through their blindness with the real Truth of God’s Word.” Continue reading I’m frustrated! How can I get Through to Mormons?
RESOURCES FOR CHURCH MISSION TRIPS TO EVANGELIZE MORMONS
I’m a youth pastor who is helping to organize our church’s evangelism outreaches. We are looking at doing two large outreaches to Mormons this year. Continue reading What Resources are Available for Church Mission Trips to Utah?
OUR DAUGHTER IS DATING A MORMON — What is the best way for a Christian parent to respond to this situation?
“We raised our children in a Christian home, but our 18 year old daughter is dating a Mormon who has convinced her to start meeting with Mormon missionaries. We are concerned she is thinking about becoming a Mormon, and we need information on how best to handle this situation.”
We often receive inquiries from concerned parents whose son or daughter is dating a Mormon. What makes these situations more difficult than others is the emotional element that physical attraction and teenage/young adult insecurity plays into the equation. When the emotions get involved as they do in a dating relationship, it is difficult for anyone to make objective decisions. Thus, the Bible warns, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” —Proverbs 4:23
Another factor that contributes to the complexity of this situation is the parental and teenage/young adult relationship. When parents see their children heading in a direction that could have devastating affects, it is easy for the protective parental instinct to engage with a desire to “rescue” the child—regardless of whether the child is of age and capable of making life-choices. A young adult approached with an authoritative parental attitude, may react with defiant rejection of all parental input (common in strong-willed children) or resentful compliance in which your daughter may give lip-service to your desires, without heart commitment. Neither response yields the desired affect that would bring a child to maturity in her decision making capacity. Continue reading Our daughter is dating a Mormon, What can we do?
HOW CAN I WITNESS TO MY MORMON HUSBAND WITHOUT AN ARGUMENT?
“I have been married to a Mormon man for almost 9 years now. I am a committed Christian and I have never been Mormon. Before my husband and I were married, I made it very clear to him and his Mormon family that I would never convert to Mormonism. They have always accepted me with open arms. The haven’t tried to pressure me into anything. Continue reading How can I witness to my Mormon husband without an argument?
BUSINESS AND POLITICAL ALLIANCES – Does Christian participation in Mormon financial or political alliances compromise the Christian faith?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is actively seeking ways to present itself to the public as another denomination within Christianity. One of the ways it is pursuing this goal is by encouraging Mormons to participate in business, political, and religious alliances with mainline Christian groups. When such invitations from Mormons are presented to evangelical Christians, it is often given in an attempt to gain legitimacy in Christian circles. When such occasions arise, what questions can we ask to evaluate whether or not these opportunities compromise the Christian faith? Continue reading Business and Political Alliances with Mormons
DO MORMONS ACCEPT THE WRITINGS OF MORMON LEADERS AS AUTHORITATIVE IN DEFINING MORMON DOCTRINE?
A MORMON CRITICISM:
“For members of the LDS Church, the only sources of absolute appeal for our doctrines are the Standard Works. In looking at your website, I couldn’t help but notice that none of the answers to the questions posed are resourced to the LDS Scriptures. If you are attempting to provide accurate information about the LDS Church, why not cite the LDS canon? Continue reading Do Mormons accept the writings of Mormon leaders as authoritative in defining Mormon doctrine?
WHAT ARE MORMON COVENANTS?
“What does the word ‘covenant’ mean to Mormons? My LDS friend talks a lot about keeping his covenants in Mormonism. I don’t know what he’s talking about and I would like to know what these covenants are in the Mormon Church. I would like to know what they are for, who they are between and what each party of the covenant has to do in the covenant.” Continue reading What are Mormon Covenants?
IS THE “SPIRIT” OF MORMONISM TRUE BECAUSE IT CONFESSES JESUS HAS COME IN THE FLESH?
1 JOHN 4:2-3; 2 JOHN 7: “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist…. For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.”
–– Do these passages prove that the “spirit” of Mormonism is true because it confesses Jesus has come in the flesh? Continue reading Is the “spirit” of Mormonism true?
.: DOES THE HOLY GHOST ANSWER PRAYER FOR THE BOOK OF MORMON TESTIMONY?
“I was browsing the Internet when I came across your site. Sounds informative, but I have a question on this statement you made. In your article on Mormon Splinter Groups, the following question was asked: ‘Since all of these movements base their authority on the Book of Mormon and the Prophet Joseph Smith, how can a ‘testimony’ gained through praying about the Book of Mormon be sufficient to prove which church of all of these movements one should join?’ I am curious to know whether you believe in prayers being answered by God. I don’t know if it would prove anything, but I believe God answers prayers, and if He said it was true then it must be true, and if He said it wasn’t then it is not true. One thing I do believe in also is the Holy Ghost. He is known as the Comforter, a Testifier. If I can’t feel comfort, I don’t know how the Holy Ghost can get to me in helping to comfort me. So, in this way, I do believe that the Spirit of God can communicate with our spirits through a feeling since we cannot see Him. What do you believe?” Continue reading Don’t you believe the Holy Ghost answers prayer?
.:HOW CAN I LEAVE THE MORMON CHURCH IF IT TEARS MY MARRIAGE APART?
“I am presently a part of the LDS Church, but I was also raised a Jehovah’s Witness. Years ago, I was convinced that Jehovah’s Witnesses were in error, so I tried unsuccessfully to “fit in” at what are considered more “orthodox” churches. I even accepted Christ after leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but I’ve always had doubts about my salvation, wondering if I should be doing something more to secure my salvation. It was while I was searching for a church that I became interested in the Mormon Church because these people seemed to take their faith seriously. I joined it and about four years ago, I met my present wife who was raised Mormon and is active in the Church. While I have come to feel the LDS Church is in error, based on my personal Scripture study and prayer, I am hesitant to leave it. Where will I go? How would leaving affect my marriage? How can I leave the Mormon Church and go to another one if it tears our marriage apart?” Continue reading How can I leave Mormonism if it tears my marriage apart?