By Eric Johnson Joseph Smith (1805-1844) is the founder and first president/prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While he is not worshiped by followers of the church, he is certainly the most highly esteemed leader this religion has ever had. First Vision According to the official account told by the church, Joseph […]
The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “BY JOSEPH SMITH, JUNIOR – AUTHOR AND PROPRIETOR” (Title Page, The Book of Mormon, 1830 ed.). “Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of […]
By Eric Johnson For many years, Latter-day Saints were led to believe that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by looking directly at the gold plates that he supposedly dug up out of the ground that had been buried by Moroni, the last living Nephite, in the fifth century AD. This same Moroni is said […]
Note: The following was originally printed in the April 2017 edition of Mormonism Update. To receive this publication every other month, you must be a financial support of $25 or more per month. By Bill McKeever An illustration in the February 2017 issue of Friend magazine, an LDS publication geared toward Mormon children. left out an important portion of […]
By Sharon Lindbloom 16 May 2017 On Sunday (7 May 2017), LDS General Authority Kim B. Clark of the Seventy addressed young adult members of the Mormon Church in a Worldwide Devotional. Within his talk, Elder Clark spoke a great deal about the history surrounding the Book of Mormon translation. To augment his talk, Elder […]
By Eric Johnson The following is one of the Gospel Topics essays published on lds.org that is meant to explain hard teachings. The portions underlined come from the essay, with my analysis below. Because we will try to be short and to the point as much as we can, we will reference a number of sites […]
By Eric Johnson For many years, many Mormons have denied that Joseph Smith used a “seer stone” to translate the Book of Mormon. They were led to believe that he used the “urim and thummim,” special instruments even mentioned in the Old Testament, to aid him in the translation. Tenth Mormon President Joseph Fielding Smith […]
Chip Thompson from Solid Rock Cafe uses the illustration of the translation of the Book of Mormon plates for some fascinating discussions.
10 reasons why Joseph Smith should not be considered a true prophet of God
1. He was not considered to be trustworthy by the people of his day.
2. He taught in a version of God different from the Bible.
3. He produced prophecies that didn’t come to pass.
Standing in the street in front of the Manti, UT temple, Bill McKeever shares a concise 5-minute apologetic using the Gold Plates. He considers several common arguments and explain how you could use this tactic too! To see the five-minute YouTube video, click here.