THE BIBLE ANSWERS MORMON HISTORY AND SCANDALS
- Did Joseph Smith Like a Lamb to the Slaughter?
- The Mormon Handcart Disaster!
- Mountain Meadows Massacre – Remembering the Surviving Children
- Racism in Mormon History
- Racism in Mormon Scripture
- ESSAYS – Deception in the Mormon Church
- The Mormon Murders – Why the Cover-up?
- Mormon Splinter Groups
- Mormon Beliefs and History
- Facts the Mormon Church Doesn’t Want You to Know
- Contradictions in Mormonism
- Significant Changes in LDS Doctrine and Covenants
- Is Joseph Smith’s first vision a solid historical fact?
Like a Lamb to the Slaughter? by Rocky Hulse
I was invited to be a speaker at the Capstone Conference at Calvary Chapel Salt Lake City, Utah, March 12th and 13th; so, Helen and I made the trip to Salt Lake City and visited old friends and met and made many new ones (especially “Facebook” friends). My presentation was titled “Like a Lamb to the Slaughter; Joseph the Martyr?” This topic was received very well and so I thought I would share it here. The topic is also quite large so it will take two newsletters to cover it. Next month, I'll cover the belief by Mormons that Joseph Smith died as a martyr.Read more
THE MORMON HANDCART DISASTER! by Rocky Hulse
MORMON HANDCART MONUMENT, WINTER QUARTERS, NEBRASKA.
2006 is the Sesquicentennial (150th) year celebration of the Mormon Handcart Treks which began in 1856. The handcart companies, there were ten total, left from Iowa City, Iowa, which was the Western end of the railroad during the handcart trek years of 1856-1860. The Mormon Emigrants would sail from Europe into New York, Boston or Philadelphia and then go by rail to Iowa City. There they would form up into companies, get outfitted with their handcarts and provisions and begin the 2 1/2 to 3-month trek to Salt Lake City, Utah.Read more
REMEMBERING THE SURVIVING CHILDREN FROM THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE 150 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH by Rocky Hulse – September 2009Read more
For nearly 150 years, until the black revelation of 1978, Mormons considered "black skin" a curse and refused to grant them the Mormon priesthood necessary for exaltation in the Mormon plan of salvation. The following are racist statements made by Mormon leaders throughout the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
JOSEPH SMITH, JR.:
“Had I anything to do with the negro, I would confine them by strict law to their own species, and put them on a national equalization." (Joseph Smith quoted in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith by Joseph Fielding Smith, page 270 and History of the Church, vol. 5, p. 218).Read more
The Mormon belief in black skin being a "curse" is found in uniquely Mormon books they call "Scripture." These books, known as the Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are racist as the list of verses below show. Remember that the Mormon version of God is not the God of the Bible. The curse of Cain or "mark" mentioned in Biblical Scripture is never said to refer to black skin. The God of the Bible rejects racism. The Bible states that “God does not show favoritism.” (Romans 2:11, New International Version of the Bible). The God of the Bible regards all people alike, regardless of skin color. In fact, He teaches that He made all mankind from “one blood” (Acts 17:26). Since all races come from Adam and Eve, there is no condemnation for mixing race in marriage either. The Bible states that there is no distinction between the races in God's salvation plan. Galatians 3:28 says: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”Read more
DECEPTION IN THE MORMON CHURCH ESSAYS:
Recently the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints scripted carefully crafted messages which they call "Gospel Topics Essays," published on their official website at lds.org or soon to be known as churchofjesuschrist.org. In these essays, the LDS Church seeks to inoculate its members against "anti-Mormon" information by offering several excuses for its incredibly deceptive doctrine and history. Upon examination of these Essays, we find discussions of the church's early history of civil disobedience as it related to polygamy and scandalous behavior on the part of Joseph Smith's taking wives married to other men and girls as young as 14. These essays also mention Joseph Smith's fraudulent translation activity with the Book of Abraham and his use of a "seer stone" to translate the Book of Mormon. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who try to excuse this information with the claim that they've never heard of this information before would do well to consider their words of their own Scriptures that state at Doctrine and Covenants 131:6: “It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance.” Therefore accurate knowledge of Church history is important for it reveals the facts that demonstrate that Joseph Smith was not a true prophet of God. Remember that according to Isaiah 9:16, those who are led of false prophets are “destroyed.” (See also Deuteronomy 18:20-22.) This is why Christians are commanded to “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21).Read more
THE MORMON MURDERS – WHY THE COVER-UP? by Rocky Hulse
It’s been just over 20 years now since Mark Hofmann, the returned Mormon Missionary, blew up two innocent people with pipe bombs, and was plea bargained out instead of going to trial.Read more
.:MORMON SPLINTER GROUPS
- Sects that broke away from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Proponents of the Salt Lake City based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as LDS or Mormons) boast of the alleged “unity” of their 12 million membership. Pointing to multiple denominations of Christian churches, Mormons attribute their "unity" (i.e., uniform church structure and belief) to latter-day revelation and to additional books they regard as Scripture.They challenge the potential convert to read and pray about the Book of Mormon in order to gain a “testimony” of the truthfulness of the book. This “testimony” (consisting of a “burning in the bosom” sensation) is alleged to be the main test for determining whether the potential convert should become a member of the LDS Church. Given the fact that over 100 splinter groups have developed on the foundation of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, we question the validity of the Mormon “testimony” in solidifying the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the sole possessor of the "restored gospel." 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? The following list of dissident groups is taken from the book Divergent Paths of Restoration:Read more
.:EXAMINING THE CLAIMS OF MORMONISM—Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the True Church? - Overview of Mormonism exposes some of the unchristian doctrine of the Mormon Church, changes in LDS Scripture and false prophecies that have been uttered by various Mormon authorities.Read more
.:CONTRADICTIONS IN MORMONISM —WHO ARE WE TO BELIEVE?
“The Lord will never allow the President of the Church to lead us astray.” —Gospel Principles, 1995, p. 50
Is it true that the Presidents of the LDS Church have never led Mormons astray? You be the judge:Read more
.:DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS COMPARED WITH BOOK OF COMMANDMENTS - Most Significant Changes in LDS ScriptureRead more