Category Archives: Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon

Which painting of Joseph Smith translating the gold plates should you trust?

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 […]

Book of Mormon Graphic Leaves out Important Detail

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 […]

Inaccurate Presentations of Mormon History Persist

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 […]

Book of Mormon Translation

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 […]

Did Joseph Smith use the Seer Stone…or didn’t he?

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 […]

10 reasons why Joseph Smith should not be considered a true prophet of God

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.

When it comes to the plates, there was no miracle

For the past several years Bill McKeever has been bringing a replica set of “gold plates” to the Mormon Miracle Pageant held annually in Manti, Utah. By encouraging Mormon visitors to lift the plates, it gives Bill an opportunity to explain the many problems he sees with the official account of how Smith allegedly retrieved the plates back in 1827. What are those problems? Check out this article to see.

Isaiah 40:3: Does the Bible speak about Joseph Smith?

According to Isaiah 40:3, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.” Tenth President Joseph Fielding Smith said, “You may apply this to John if you will, and this is true…But I will go further and maintain that Joseph Smith […]

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