From Joseph Smith to Brigham Young


Question
I have been searching for answers about the book of Mormon. What is your view on the subject? “It reads funny” to me.

Answer
In June 1844 Smith met his death from an angry mob. He was tarred and feathered, beaten senseless, and left for dead according to one account, while another account states that he was shot to death in a gun battle along with his brother Hyrun. The Mormons believe he was martyred. A new leader arose, Brigham Young, who led the flock of some 1600 followers to Utah. Young set himself up as a divinely inspired prophet whose words were to be strictly obeyed.

The Mormon Church has many beliefs which do not meet with the established Word of God. Remember the conversation of Darrin and Angie? Darrin was about to speak.

“…Are you aware that your church’s basis for belief comes from an unsupported “vision” of a fifteen year old boy—that history has established that the basis for his “revelation” did not occur when he said it did? The translation of the Book of Mormon is riddled with inaccuracies while Scripture has a tradition of almost two thousand years. Being a Mormon does not make you a follower of the true and authentic Jesus.”

In Doctrines of Salvation, Joseph Fielding Smith states:

If you want salvation in the fullest, that is exaltation in the kingdom of God, so that you may become his sons and his daughters, you have got to go into the temple of the Lord and receive these holy ordinances which belong to that house which cannot be had elsewhere.

“While this may come as a shock to you,” Darrin continued, sensing the calm strength which comes from being informed, “Let me tell you a short version of my salvation story.”

“I was a family man for twenty years. I had a good job. I was set financially. My wife and kids were healthy, but my life was on a downhill collision course with death as the only alternative that I could think about. I had tried religion with no success. A friend of mine told me about a personal encounter with Jesus that had changed his life. He relayed how the emptiness he felt had been replaced with joy and peace that he was ecstatic about. Inside my heart pounded, ‘If only this could be true.” His belief was overwhelming. I decided to go to church with him and find out for myself it this could really be true. I have only been a believer for a short time but I know that when I accepted Jesus into my life, I changed. I believe that you believe that you are correct and that your church is the only way to God. But it’s not true. You know the loneliness that you feel inside? God can fill it. You don’t have to go to the temple to become a true believer. You actually become God’s temple when you accept Jesus into your life” (1 Cor. 6.19).

With this summary Darrin smiled. “Think about it, let God speak directly to you! He does, you know!”

Like the story above, God will also equip you with a cool calmness to tell your own I-once-was-blind-but-now-I-see story. Becoming better informed also gives the Holy Spirit more to work with when you are faced with difficult challenges about your faith.

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