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This section will provide a list of question that you can ask Mormons. It will also provide responses for when Mormons ask you questions.  At the bottom of this section you will also find a list of Mormon web sites where you can dialogue with Mormons.  The Catholic Church teaches:

Inter-religious dialogue, which is part of the Church's evangelizing mission, requires an attitude of understanding and a relationship of mutual knowledge and reciprocal enrichment, in obedience to the truth and with respect for freedom (Second Vatican Council). It is from God's love for all men that the Church in every age receives both the obligation and the vigor of her missionary dynamism, "for the love of Christ urges us on." Indeed, God "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth"; that is, God wills the salvation of everyone through the knowledge of the truth. Salvation is found in the truth. Those who obey the prompting of the Spirit of truth are already on the way of salvation. But the Church, to whom this truth has been entrusted, must go out to meet their desire, so as to bring them the truth. Because she believes in God's universal plan of salvation, the Church must be missionary (CCC851).  Jesus taught "the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he" (Mark.12:32).

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The Mormon Jesus

Why did Joseph Smith teach "three Gods" when Jesus and his apostles taught "one God"?   Joseph Smith taught "three Gods"  (Joseph Smith Teachings - Ensign, Mar 2008, 68-73 - Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 370). Jesus taught "the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he" (Mark.12:32). The apostle Paul said "there is none other God but one ... to us there is but one God, the Father and one Lord Jesus Christ" (1Cor 8:4,6)? Jesus is God and man, "God was manifest in the flesh" (1Tim.3:16), "the Word was God ... the Word was made flesh" (John.1:1,14). Jesus is "my God" (John.20:28), in Jesus "dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (Col 2:9).  Jesus is "the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person" (Heb.1:3).  Jesus and his Father are distinct persons and are one, Jesus tells us "I and my Father are one" (John.10:30:38). Jesus is not "God the Father" (Eph.6:23), like Thomas we call Jesus "our God" and believe Jesus is the Son of God (John.20:28.31). "There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1Tim.2:5).  Jesus could say "my Father is greater than I" (John.14:28) because the man Jesus "took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men" (Phil.2:7), a "servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him" (John.13:16). Jesus could say "I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God" (John.20:17) because the Father is "God of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Eph.1:17).  When the apostle Paul said "there be that are called gods", he is contrasting polytheism (v5) with monotheism (v4) (1Cor 8:4-6).  Our God is "God of gods" (Deut.10:17), Satan is called "the god of this world" (2Cor. 4: 4). The Jesus of Mormonism is "another Jesus" (2Cor.11:4).  It is not "three Gods" (e.g.. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost) it is God the Father (Eph.6:23), the Son of God (John.20:31), and the Holy Ghost (Matt.28:19). God the Father, the Son of God, and the Holy Ghost are not each "a God" but each distinct person is "God" (Eph.6:23; John 1:1; Acts 5:4). 

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How could Jesus be born of heavenly parents if he was "the Word" in the beginning (John 1:1)?  The term "Word" (Greek logos) combines God's dynamic, creative word (Genesis), and personified preexistent Wisdom as the instrument of God's creative activity (Proverbs) (NAB for John 1:1). Genesis reveals, by the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth (Gen.1; Pss.33:6).  Proverbs reveals, "I wisdom ... was set up from everlasting, from the beginning ... I was brought forth ... When he prepared the heavens, I was there" (Proverbs 8).  "The Word" was "before all things" and created all things "that are in heaven, (Col 1:16,17). "In the beginning was the Word ... and the Word was God" (John.1:1,14), God is "eternal", God is God from "from everlasting to everlasting" (1Tim.1:17; Psalm.90:2). Jesus is called the "the firstborn of every creature" because he is "the beginning of the creation of God", he is "the beginning and the end, the first and the last" (Col 1:15; Rev.3:14; Rev.22:13). Jesus is also called "the beginning, the firstborn from the dead" (Col 1:18). The word firstborn has different usages, David was made "my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth" (Psalm 89:27). The early Christian bishop Irenaeus taught, "The Son ... the eternal Word of God ... coming into being in a manner like that of their own word" (Is Christ inferior to the Father? - CA). 

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How could Jesus and Satan be spirit brothers born of heavenly parents if the Lord created Satan and all spirits with a command (Psalm 148:2-5; Neh.9:6)?  The Lord says, "... I make peace, and create evil. ... I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded." (Isa.45:6, 12). Jesus is called the "the firstborn of every creature" because he is "the beginning of the creation of God", he is "the beginning and the end, the first and the last" (Col 1:15; Rev.3:14; Rev.22:13). Jesus is also called "the beginning, the firstborn from the dead" (Col 1:18). The word firstborn has different usages, David was made "my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth" (Psalm 89:27).  The first man was not born of heavenly parents, his spirit was formed within his body of the dust, he became a living soul (Zech.12:1; Gen.2:7). 

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How could Jesus be one of the three Gods in the Godhead if the Bible reveals in Christ "dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (Col 2:9)? Three Gods do not form the Godhead as Mormonism teaches, it is "three persons in which subsists the one Godhead" (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith).  The Bible reveals in Christ "dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily", meaning the "fullness of the deity: the divine nature, not just attributes" (NAB Col 2:9). Joseph Smith's teaching of "three Gods" is illogical because it is illogical to say that there is one God and three Gods. No matter how closely together three gods work, they remain three gods, not one.  Jesus taught "the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he" (Mark.12:32). The apostle Paul taught "there is none other God but one ... to us there is but one God, the Father and one Lord Jesus Christ" (1Cor 8:4,6) and taught "there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1Tim.2:5).

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Book of Mormon

Why is the Mormon restored gospel different than the gospel of Christ? The Book of Mormon reveals "we are saved after all we can do" (2Nephi 25:23). The Bible reveals “by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph.2:8-10).  We are saved by grace alone, the Bible reveal "if by grace, then is it no more of works" (Rom 11:6). We are saved "according to his own purpose and grace" (2Tim 1:9). The Bible reveals  "by the grace of God I am what I am ... I laboured ... yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me" (1Cor.15:10). It is God which works in us as we work out your own salvation (Phil 2:12,13). We are under grace, we yield ourselves servants to obey, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus (Rom.6:1-23). Salvation is through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth (2Thes.2:13).  We can choose to believe or not believe the gospel (Mark.16:15,16; Luke.8:12,13; John 3:36).  Whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John.3:15). Moved by grace, man turns toward God and away from sin, thus accepting forgiveness and righteousness from on high, the Bible reveals when they heard the gospel "they were pricked in their heart ... what shall we do?... Peter said ... repent and be baptized ... you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:37,38).  The Book of Mormon is "another gospel" (2Cor.11:4), some "pervert the gospel of Christ" (Gal.1:7).

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Why should I pray about the Book of Mormon if Jesus did not teach us to use feelings to know if something is truth, Jesus taught that we can know the truth by continuing in his words (John.8:31-32)? I can learn if the Book of Mormon is true or false by searching the Bible and allowing the Spirit of Truth to lead me to all truth, God will give wisdom to those who ask him (Acts.17:11; John.16:13; James.1:5). 

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Does a testimony prove that a person is right, I know from the Bible that some will give "heed to seducing spirits" (1Tim.4:1)? I know from the Bible that a false prophet can come in sheep's clothing and can show a great sign like the Book of Mormon to deceive many (Matt 24:11,24; Matt 7:15).  In the beginning Satan mixed a lie with truth to deceive Eve (Gen.3).  The Book of Mormon contains the lie that "we are saved, after all we can do” (2Nephi 25:23).  "Deception is possible in spiritual phenomena and may be tested by its relation to Christian doctrine" (NAB 1John 4:1-6). 

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Why isn't there any objective evidence to support the Book of Mormon?  "The archaeological evidence to support the Book of Mormon ... nonexistent ... no scientific evidence to support it." (Catholic Answers).  "no non-LDS archaeologist accepts the Book of Mormon as authentic history...the Bible's claim to be authentic history is supported by objective evidence ..." (IRR.org).  Mormonism claims that the Book of Mormon is a record of some of the people who lived on the American continents between about 2,000 B.C. and A.D. 400 (LDS GP Chap 10).  Mormons say that John 10:16 refers  to Jews who allegedly migrated to South America around 600 B.C.. " Most Catholic biblical scholars, following the teaching of the early Church Fathers, agree that the "other sheep" are the Gentiles, to whom the gospel was sent after the Jews rejected Christ (Rom 11:11-12)." (Catholic Answers). 

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Why should I read the Book of Mormon if I know that the Mormon restored gospel found in the Book of Mormon is a perverted gospel when it is compared to the gospel of Christ which is found in the Bible? The Bible does not reveal "we are saved after all we can do" like the Book of Mormon, the Bible reveals "we are careful to maintain good works because these things are good and profitable unto men" (Titus 3:8). "We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph.2:8-10).  We obey his commandments because we love God, his commandments are to believe and love one another (1John 5:2; 1John 3:23). There are different degrees of rewards (e.g. many mansions in the Father's house), the Son of man shall reward every man according to his works, those who love their enemies and do good will have a great reward (Luke.6:35,36; Matt.16:27). John 14:2 is not describing many kingdoms, but is describing many mansions in the Father's presence or house (John.14:2).  Those who humble themselves shall be exalted (Luke.18:14). 

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Why do Mormons believe everyone will be saved if the Bible reveals not everyone is saved even though all will be resurrected, those who do evil come forth in the resurrection of damnation, he that believeth not shall be damned (Mark.16:16; John 5:29; Acts 24:15)? Either a person is in the book of life or they are not, those not in the book of life are cast into the lake of fire with the devil and those in the book of life will dwell with the Father (Rev.20:10-15; Rev.21:27). On earth there are terrestrial (natural) bodies and in the heavens there are celestial (spiritual) bodies, these bodies differ in glory (stars, moon, sun) because there are the filthy, the righteous, and the holy (Rev.22:11; 1Cor.15:40,41). At Final Judgment the righteous go into life eternal, they have the glory of the sun in the kingdom of their Father (Matt.13:43; Matt.25:46). All the righteous will live forever in the Father's presence and will inherit the kingdom of God and all things, they will have the glory of God (Rev.21:2-11).

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Why do Mormons believe the Mormon Third Article of Faith which states  we are"... saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel" (LDS A/F 3) if the Bible reveals we are justified by his grace, not by works of righteousness which we have done (Titus 3:5,7)? We are saved by grace alone, if by grace, then is it no more of works (Eph.2:8 ;Rom 11:6).  We are saved "according to his own purpose and grace" (2Tim 1:9).  We are not saved by faith only, we are saved by grace through faith, it is the gift of God, not of works, not of ourselves (James 2:24; Eph.2:8,9).  We obey his commandments because we love God, his commandments are to believe and love one another (1John 5:2; 1John 3:23). We are careful to maintain good works because these things are good and profitable unto men (Titus 3:8). All the righteous will live forever in the Father's presence and will inherit the kingdom of God and all things, they will have the glory of God (Rev.21:2-11). The righteous inherit the Father's kingdom and the unrighteous do not inherit the kingdom of God (1Cor.6:9). The righteous go away into eternal life, they have the glory of the sun in the kingdom of their Father (Matt.25:46; Matt.13:43). Justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him, we shall be saved by his life, the atonement (Rom.5:1-10). Faith alone is dead if it has not works, without charity we are nothing even if we have faith (James 2:17; 1Cor 13:2). Living faith is not faith only it involves charity, we are doers of the word not hearers only (James 2:14-26; James 1:22).  Living faith consists of disposing the heart to do the will of the Father, living faith is not only in saying "Lord, Lord,"  (Matt 7:21,22).  Not everyone is saved even though all will be resurrected, those who do evil come forth in the resurrection of damnation, he that believeth not shall be damned (Mark.16:16; John 5:29; Acts 24:15). 

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Why does Mormonism teach the Book of Mormon is the fulfillment of Revelation 14:6-7 if Rev 14:6-7 is describing angels proclaiming imminent judgment, the everlasting gospel is the good news that God's eternal reign is about to begin (Revelation 14:6-7)? The Bible warns us that an angel like the Mormon angel Moroni can preach "another gospel" than what the apostles preached (Gal.1:6-8).  

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Why does Mormonism interpret Ezekiel 37 as a prophecy about the Book of Mormon if God gave us the interpretation of Ezek 37 in the very same chapter,  the symbolic action of joining two sticks into one signifies the future union of Israel and Judah under one messianic King (Ezekiel 37). The Bible reveals that a false prophet can come in sheep's clothing and can show a great sign like the Book of Mormon to deceive many (Matt 24:11,24; Matt 7:15). Joseph translated the Book of Mormon by "put the seer stone into a hat and put his face in the hat" (LDS GP Chap 10; LDS Ensign, Sep 1977).  

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Why does the Book of Mormon forbid infant baptism, the Book of Mormon says "Infant baptism is an evil abomination" (Moroni 8), if Jesus was baptized to fulfill all righteousness, like an infant Jesus was free of personal sin and did not have a need for repentance (2Cor.5:21; Matt.3:15)? Jesus declared baptism is necessary to enter into the kingdom of God, Jesus did not exclude infants and children under eight years old (John.3:5). 

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Why do Mormons believe children are free if sin, if the Bible reveals  "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom.3:23).? We are "by nature the children of wrath" (Eph.2:3).  Children have no need to repent because infants "have not committed personal sin" (CCC403). Those who have personal sin should "Repent, and be baptized" (Acts.2:38). Those who can believe should believe and be baptized (Acts.18:8).  Original sin is a state and not an act, it is transmitted with human nature, which the Bible calls "sinful flesh"  (Rom.8:3).   

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Why does the Mormon teaching on infant baptism differ with the teachings of the early Christian bishops?  Irenaeus, a second century bishop, taught ".... through him are reborn in God: infants, and children ... sanctifying infants" (Early Teachings on Infant Baptism - CA). The writings of Irenaeus’ affirms both that regeneration happens in baptism, and also that Jesus came so even infants could be regenerated. Christian bishops, like the second century bishop Irenaeus, are proved (1Tim.3:10) and hold fast to the faithful word that the apostles taught (Tit.1:9). The Bible reveals we are to "stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle" (2Thes.2:15). 

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Why do Mormons believe if a child dies before his eighth birthday he is automatically admitted to God’s presence, doesn't  this deny a child the freedom to choose to accept or reject God? Some theologians speculate that the infants are given an opportunity not unlike that once granted the angels, before their fall, to accept or reject God (Limbo - CA). God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy (Rom.9:14).  Eternal life is a gift from God (Rom.6:23). The Church invites us to trust in God's mercy and to pray for children who have died without Baptism (CCC1283). With God all things are possible when it comes to who can be saved (Matt.19:25).  God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments (CCC1257). Baptism is a grace and a gift of God that does not presuppose any human merit; children are baptized in the faith of the Church (CCC1282).  For all the baptized, children or adults, faith must grow after Baptism (CCC1254).  By its very nature infant Baptism requires post-baptismal instruction and the necessary flowering of baptismal grace in personal growth (CCC1231). The faithful Christian who has "kept the seal" until the end, remaining faithful to the demands of his Baptism, will be able to depart this life "marked with the sign of faith,"  with his baptismal faith, in expectation of the blessed vision of God - the consummation of faith - and in the hope of resurrection (CCC1274). Anyone who deliberately refuses to accept his mercy by repenting, rejects the forgiveness of his sins and the salvation offered by the Holy Spirit. Such hardness of heart can lead to final impenitence and eternal loss (CCC1864).  

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Why don't Mormons believe in original sin if the apostle Paul believed in original sin, the apostle Paul believed "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned ... For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous" (Rom 5:12, 19). All men are implicated in Adam's sin, the Bible reveals "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom.3:23).  "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom 6:23). The earliest Christians believed in original sin (Original Sin - CA). The apostle Paul contrasts the universality of sin and death with the universality of salvation in Christ, the apostle Paul said, "Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life" (Rom 5:18). By disobeying God Adam sinned, sin is to him that knows to do good and does it not (James 4:14). We know Adam sinned because God held Adam responsible for disobeying his commandment, God told Adam "for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die"  (Gen.2:17), "the wages of sin is death" (Rom 6:23). Adam and Eve did not have to disobey their Father's commandment "thou shalt not eat of it" of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen.3:11,17), Adam and Eve could have asked God for wisdom ( James.1:5).  Original sin is a state and not an act, it is transmitted with human nature, which the Bible calls "sinful flesh"  (Rom.8:3). We are "by nature the children of wrath" (Eph.2:3). 

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Why does the Book of Mormon reveal it was necessary for Adam to fall to have joy if before the fall Adam and Eve had fullness of joy being in the presence of the Lord (Psalm.16:11)? Before the fall Adam and Eve had eternal life since they had access to the tree of life (Gen.3:22).  Before their fall, Adam knew God's commandment and he had a choice to obey or disobey it (Gen.3:17). After eating of "the tree of knowledge of good and evil", "the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked", Adam was "afraid" of God and he tried to hid (Gen 2:9; Gen 3:7.10).  

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Why does the Book of Mormon reveal it was necessary for Adam and Evil to disobey God's commandment to know good and evil (2 Nephi 2:22-25) if Adam and Eve could have asked God for wisdom ( James.1:5) instead of disobeying their Father's commandment "thou shalt not eat of it" of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen.3:11,17)? Adam and Eve would have done good by obeying God's commandment (Gen.2:16). Jesus did not have to disobey his Father's commandment to know good and evil, Jesus "knew no sin" (2Cor.5:21). 

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Why does the Book of Mormon reveal it was necessary for Adam and Eve to disobey God to have children if before the fall they were not mature enough to have children, they were like innocent children who "were not ashamed" that "they were both naked" (Gen.2:25)? Adam and Eve could have had children in the Garden of Eden once they matured, once they matured then they could have been "fruitful, and multiply", before the fall Adam and Eve were blessed by God to be fruitful and multiply (Gen.1:28). Eve was selfish, instead of following her Father's commandment she followed her desire to be "wise" (Gen.3:6). 

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Why does Mormonism teach Adam's fall was a great blessing to all us (LDS GP Chap 6) if men are blessed for obeying him, those who obey have the right to the tree of life (Rev.22:14)?  Because of the fall men have a physical body of "sinful flesh" (Rom 8:13), and all men have sin and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23; Rom 5:12,19), and all men die because death passed upon all men and condemnation (Rom 5:12, 16). By disobeying God Adam sinned, sin is to him that knows to do good and does it not (James 4:14), the wages of sin is death (Rom 5:16; Rom 6:23). Before the fall Adam and Eve had the fullness of joy because they were in the presence of the Lord (Psalm.16:11), after the fall Eve had sorrow, Eve's sorrow was multiplied and " in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children" (Gen.3:16). Adam and Eve will again experience the fullness of joy when they return to the presence of the Lord. The fall did not bring joy, the birth of their Redeemer brought joy (Luke.1:14), their sorrow will be turned to joy (John.16:20), when his glory is revealed, they will have full joy (1Pet.4:3; 1John.1:4).  It was not Adam's disobedience that brought great blessings like Mormonism teaches, it was Jesus' obedience that brought great blessing to all of us, Jesus turned the fault into happiness (Rom.5:19). God has foreknowledge (1Pet.1:2), he knew Adam and Eve would disobey His commandment, he promised a Redeemer for fallen mankind (Gen.3:15; Rev.13:8). 

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Is God's plan for his children to disobey His commands or is God's plan for his children to obey him (Eph.6:1,2)?  It was NOT NECESSARY for Adam and Evil to disobey God's commandment to know good and evil, Adam and Eve could have asked God for wisdom (James.1:5). It was NOT NECESSARY for Adam and Evil to disobey God's commandment to have children because before the fall Adam and Eve were blessed by God to be fruitful and multiply (Gen.1:28). It was NOT NECESSARY for Adam and Evil to disobey God's commandment to have joy because before the fall Adam and Eve had fullness of joy being in the presence of the Lord (Psalm.16:11). 

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Why does the Book of Mormon speak of dark skin as a curse for sin (2 Nephi 5:21)? Why were Black African descent denied the priesthood Catholic Answers writes"... many passages in the Book of Mormon speak of dark skin as a curse for sins, as opposed to the "white and delightsome" appearance of the righteous (2 Nephi 30:6, cf. 1 Nephi 12:23, 13:15, 2 Nephi 5:21, Jacob 3:8-9, 3 Nephi 2:14-15, Moses 7:8, 12, 22). A passage in the "Book of Abraham" (1:26–27), that spoke of the Egyptian pharaohs as having Negro ancestry, thereby disqualifying them from God’s priesthood, was used by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to deny the Mormon priesthood and temple privileges to anyone with any amount of Negro ancestry. These passages in Mormon scripture served as the basis for every Mormon prophet since Smith to teach that blacks were cursed for their supposed sins before earthly birth. Brigham Young, Smith’s successor, also underscored the racist stand of Mormonism: "Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so" (Journal of Discourses 10:109). ... the civil rights movement had its effect the LDS Church. Black leaders urged boycotts of the state of Utah and all Mormon Tabernacle Choir products. The NAACP brought discrimination charges against the Utah Boy Scouts for prohibiting a black member from assuming a senior patrol position. College athletes refused to play Brigham Young University teams. Groups protested at the church’s twice-yearly general conferences in Salt Lake City. ... The new "revelation" did not change the previous Mormon teaching that people are born black because of their sins in the pre-existence."  

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Joseph Smith 

Why do Mormons believe Joseph Smith is a prophet when it is obvious that Joseph Smith is a false prophet, the Bible reveals we can know a false prophet because they "shall bring in damnable heresies" (2Pet.2:1)?  Joseph Smith's teaching of "three God" is heretical because neither Jesus nor his apostles taught "three Gods". Jesus taught "there is one God" (Mark 12:29,32) and his apostle taught "to us there is but one God, the Father and one Lord Jesus Christ" (1Cor 8:4-6).  Joseph Smith did not know the only true God because he taught "three Gods" and Jesus taught "one God". Joseph Smith's teaching of "three Gods" is illogical because it is illogical to say that there is one God and three Gods. No matter how closely together three gods work, they remain three gods, not one.  The Bible warns us not to believe prophets but to test them, we can test them by comparing their words to the inspired word of God (1John.4:1; Acts.17:2,11; 2Tim.3:16). The Father and the Son are NOT two separate Gods because the Bible reveals "to us there is but one God" (1Cor 8:6). 

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Why does the Mormon Church have a prophet at its head if in the New Testament Church prophets are secondary (1Cor.12:28)? The Mormon Church does not have the same organization as the Church established by Jesus. Prophets were secondary when there was a dispute in the New Testament Church, prophets exhorted the exhorted the brethren after "much disputing" by the church council (Acts.15:7,32). The Church established by Jesus has many prophets in the church and these prophets judged other prophets (Eph.4:1,11; 1Cor.14:26-37).  Prophets like Judas and Silas exhorted the brethren after a council settled a dispute (Acts.152Pet.1:19-21; John.14:16-26; Acts 13:1).  A prophet like Barnabas was sent away and preached (Acts 13:1-5).  Revelation did not stop because "some shall depart from the faith" (1Tim.4:1).  The apostolic faith "was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude.1:3).  The apostolic faith was committed to faithful men who taught others (2Tim.2:2). 

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Why are Mormons taught to pray if a person is truly God’s prophet if Jesus did not teach us to use feelings to know if something is true but taught that we can know the truth by continuing in his words (John.8:31-32)? We can learn if Joseph Smith is true or false prophet by searching the Bible and allowing the Spirit of Truth to lead us to all truth, God will give wisdom to those who ask him (Acts.17:11; John.16:13; James.1:5). Joseph Smith's heretical teachings are the evil fruit that we know he is a false prophet (Matt.7:17). False prophets like Joseph Smith can deceive many (Matt.24:11). Joseph Smith is the grievous wolf that enters in among us and speaks perverse things to draw disciples after himself, we are told to be watchful (Acts.20:29-31). We know from the Bible that a false prophet can come in sheep's clothing and can show a great sign like the Book of Mormon to deceive many (Matt 24:11,24; Matt 7:15). We know that many shall follow the pernicious ways of a false prophet (2Pet.2:2). The Bible warns us not to believe every spirit, but to try the spirits whether they are of God because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1John.4:1). 

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Why do Mormon's believe Joseph Smith's teaching of "three Gods" (TPJS p.370 ) instead of Jesus teaching of "one God", Jesus said his disciples or Christians continue in his word (Acts.11:26; John.8:31)?  When the apostle Paul said "there be that are called gods", he is contrasting polytheism (v5) with monotheism (v4) (1Cor 8:4-6).  Our God is God of gods, Satan is called "the god of this world" (Deut.10:17; 2Cor. 4: 4).  Jehovah and Elohim are NOT two separate Gods, Jehovah is our God and our father, he made us and established us, Jehovah is the most High (Deut 32:3-9). Jehovah is God Almighty, the LORD our God (Exod 6:2-6).  The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, the God of our fathers glorified his Son Jesus (Acts 5:30; Acts 3;13).  Jesus is "I AM", the Son of God and God himself, God was manifest in the flesh, the Word was God and become flesh (John.8:58; John.20:28,31;.1Tim.3:16; John1:1,14). 

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Why is Joseph Smith's modern revelation contrary to the revelation found in the Bible, modern Mormon revelation (Abr 4:1-3) reveals "Gods" and the Bible reveals "God" (Gen 1:3)? Mormon scripture reveals "the Gods, organized and formed the heavens  ... they (the Gods) said: Let there be light" (Abr 4:1-3). The Bible reveals something different than Mormon scripture, the Bible reveals "God said, Let there be light" (Gen 1:3) and that "... there is no God beside me ... I form the light ... stretched out the heavens" (Isa 45:5-12) and that "God ... stretcheth forth the heavens alone ... by myself" (Isa 44:2,24). God was alone at the time of creation with no other gods, when Gen. 1:26 says "Let us make man in our image" it expresses a plurality which refers to God himself (Isa. 44:24, Neh. 9:6; CA). The Catholic Church teaches that "God is one but not solitary" (CCC254) and that "there exists but one God ... He made all things by himself, that is, by his Word and by his Wisdom", "by the Son and the Spirit" (CCC292).  The Bible reveals his Word (John1:1) and his Wisdom (Prov.8:12-27) were with God in the beginning when He stretched out the heaven (Jer.51:15). 

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Why do Mormons believe Gods were actively engaged in the creation of this earth if the Bible reveals God was alone (Isa. 44:24) at the time of creation with no other gods? Our God is God of gods (Deut.10:17), gods or angels are not with God when He "commanded the light to shine out of darkness" (2Cor.4:6) but gods are with God after He creates them (Psalm 148:2-5; Neh.9:6).  Psalm 82 reveals "God arises in the heavenly assembly (Psalm 82:1) to rebuke the unjust "gods" (Psalm 82:2-4), who are stripped of divine status and reduced in rank to mortals (Psalm 82:5-7)".  Psalm 89 reveals "The gods: literally, "the sons of gods," "the holy ones" and "courtiers" of Psalm 89:6, 8. These heavenly spirits are members of God's court.Psalm 8 reveals "Little less than a god: Hebrew 'elohim is the ordinary word for "God" or "the gods" or members of the heavenly court".

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Why did Joseph Smith say he could not believe in any of the creeds (Joseph Smith Discourse) if a creed is doctrine which comes from the Bible (2Tim.3:16) and if a creed holds to the apostolic traditions which has been taught by the apostles words or by their epistles (2Thes.2:15)?  A creed is a profession of belief, from the beginning the apostles professed their belief as a summary of the principal truths of the faith (Rom 10:9; 1 Cor 15:3-5). Joseph Smith's professed belief of "three Gods" does NOT come from the Bible and does NOT hold to apostolic tradition. Creeds clarify "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude.1:3). The creeds clarify "the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh" (1Tim.3:16). From the Bible we know that "some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction" (2Pet.3:16). During the first centuries, the Church sought to clarify her Trinitarian faith, both to deepen her own understanding of the faith and to defend it against the errors that were deforming it (CCC250). The Church used councils to clarify doctrine just like the early church, in the early council at Jerusalem there was "much disputing" (Acts.15). During the council of Nicaea, Constantine took no part in the deliberations of the Council; it was entirely an affair of the Church’s bishops (The Church of Nicaea -CA).  "Development of doctrine defines, sharpens, and interprets the deposit of faith. ... the early Church developed words such as Trinity that are used to define and explain an essential Christian doctrine." (CA). The Church uses (I) the term "substance" (rendered also at times by "essence" or "nature") to designate the divine being in its unity, (II) the term "person" or "hypostasis" to designate the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the real distinction among them (CCC252).  

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Why don't Mormons hold to the apostolic traditions which has been taught by the apostles words or by their epistles (2Thes.2:15)? The faith of the apostles was committed to faithful men who taught others (2Tim.2:2).  Christians are to "continue in the things which we have learned and have been assured of, knowing whom we learned it" (2Tim 3:14). These faithful men who were taught by the apostles taught the following (Ignatius was a 1st century bishop who was appointed by the apostle Peter, Irenaeus was a 2nd century bishop):

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Why don't Mormons teach the Athanasius Creed if it is doctrine which comes from the Bible (2Tim.3:16)? The Athanasian Creed says Jesus "is God and Man", the Bible says  "the Word was God ... the Word was made flesh" John1:1,14). The Athanasian Creed says Jesus is "God, of the substance of the Father", the Bible says "in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (Col 2:9). The Athanasian Creed says Jesus is "Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead", the Bible reveals "Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God." (John.20:28).  The Athanasian Creed says Jesus is  "inferior to the Father as touching His Manhood", the Bible says "my Father is greater than I" (John.14:28). The Athanasian Creed says ""...  the Godhead of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost is all One, the Glory Equal", the Bible says "being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person" (Heb.1:3). The Athanasian Creed says "the Son is God", the Bible says  "the Word was God" John1:1,14). The Athanasian Creed says "they are not Three Gods, but One God", the Bible says  "there is none other God but one ... to us there is but one God (1Cor 8:4,6).  

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Why don't Mormons teach the Nicene Creed if it is doctrine which comes from the Bible (2Tim.3:16). The Nicene Creed says  "We believe in one God", the Bible says "the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he" (Mark.12:32). The Nicene Creed says "the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father", the Bible says Jesus "the wisdom of God" (1Cor.1:24) and "I wisdom ... was set up from everlasting, from the beginning ... I was brought forth" (Proverbs 8:22-24).  The Nicene Creed says "the only Son of God ... one in Being with the Father", the Bible reveals: 

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Why don't Mormons teach the doctrine of the the Trinity, the Trinity is doctrine which comes from the Bible (2Tim.3:16) and holds to the apostolic traditions (2Thes.2:15)?  The Mormon doctrine of "three Gods" does NOT come from the Bible and does NOT hold to apostolic tradition. The word Trinity is not in the Bible but neither are Joseph Smith words of  "three Gods" in the Bible. Joseph Smith's teaching of "three Gods" is illogical because it is illogical to say that there is one God and three Gods. No matter how closely together three gods work, they remain three gods, not one. There are not "three Gods" in the Godhead, the Bible reveals in Christ "dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (Col 2:9). The Trinity is "one God in three persons"(CCC253).  The three persons "are really distinct from one another" (CCC254), the Bible reveals "the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matt.28:19). There is only one God (CCC200), the Bible reveals "the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he" (Mark.12:32). "With regard to the Trinity, there is one being, which is God, yet there are there Persons ... Being answers the question "What?" and person answers the question "Who?"  ... references to the Trinity in the Old Testament include Gen. 1:26, which reads, "Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness." Since God was alone (Isa. 44:24) at the time of creation with no other gods, this expression of plurality must refer to God himself."  (How to Defend the Doctrine of the Trinity - CA).  The Bible reveals  God was manifest in the flesh, the Word was God and become flesh (1Tim.3:16; John1:1,14), "the Trinity ... the hypostatic union of divinity and humanity in the one person of Jesus" (CA).

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Why do Mormons believe in "three Gods" if the Bible reveals "one God" (Mark.12:32) and three persons (Matt.28:19)? The Bible reveals each person is God (Gal.1:1; John 1:1;.Acts 5:4). Jesus is "my God" (John.20:28), in Jesus "dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (Col 2:9).  The Father and the Son are distinct persons and are one, Jesus tells us "I and my Father are one" (John.10:30:38).  The Bible reveals "divine nature" (2Pet.1:4).  "the Trinity ... three persons, one nature" (CA).  "The Trinity means there are three persons with one divine nature in God, not three persons in one person ... it doesn't mean three persons equals one person ... Person refers to who someone is. Nature refers to what something is. ... When we say Jesus and the Father are one, we mean one in nature, in what they are--God." (CA). "The Trinity ... not three persons in one person ... it doesn't mean three persons equals one person ... Person refers to who someone is. Nature refers to what something is. ... When we say Jesus and the Father are one, we mean one in nature, in what they are--God." (CA).  Acts 7:55-59 supports the doctrine of the Trinity, verse 7:56 supports the notion that the Son and the Father are distinct persons like the Trinity (in a vision Stephen saw the Son of man standing on the right hand of God) and verse 7:59 supports the notion Jesus is God like the Trinity (when Stephen called upon God he said Lord Jesus).

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Why do Mormons believe it is Gods that are working in perfect harmony when then the Bible reveals it is persons that work in perfect harmony, the Son did the will of the Father (Luke.22:42)?  Jesus tells us that "I and my Father are one", the Father dwelt in the Son and did the works, the Father and the Son are distinct persons and are one (John 10:30,38; John 14:10,11,23; John 17:21). Jesus could say "my Father is greater than I" (John.14:28) because the man Jesus "took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men" (Phil.2:7), a "servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him" (John.13:16). Jesus could say "I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God" (John.20:17) because the Father is "God of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Eph.1:17).  A person can "be one in" the Father and the Son (John 17:21) if the Son gives them glory, "he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit" (1Cor.6:17).  Those who keep the Son's words the Father and the Son we will come unto them, and make their abode with them (John 14:23).

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Why don't Mormons believe “one substance”? The Church uses the term "substance" to designate the divine being in its unity (CCC252). The Catholic Church teaches  

 The Nicene Creed defines God the Son as being of “one substance with the Father”, the New Testament reveals "the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1-18), and the Old Testament reveals "God said, Let us make man in our image" (Gen.1:26).  Gen 1:26 expresses a plurality which refers to God himself since God was "alone" at the time of creation (Isa 44:24).  The Son of God is "the substance of the Father ... and ... the substance of His mother" (The Athanasian Creed), the Bible reveals "in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (Col 2:9) and "the man Christ Jesus" (1Tim.2:5).  Jesus is not "God the Father" (Eph.6:23), the Bible reveals "God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:" (Eph.1:3). Like Thomas we call Jesus "our God" and "believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God" (John.20:28.31).  

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How could our Heavenly Father became God if God is "eternal", God is God from "from everlasting to everlasting" (1Tim.1:17; Psalm.90:2)?  The Son of God did not become God through progression, He was God from the beginning (John 1:1). The Son of God has the "fullness" of the divine nature (Col.2:9). The Holy Ghost is God without a perfected, resurrected body (Acts 5:4).  Men cannot obtain a "fullness" of the divine nature like Christ because men can only have a part since they can only "partake" of the divine nature according to God's divine power (2Pet.1:3,4).  Men can become "gods" or sons of God by entering into communion with the word (John.10:35). By becoming sons of God they can be heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ (Rom.8:17).  All those justified will be made perfect (Heb 12:23). Men can become like God in terms of eternal life, holiness, and righteousness (1John.3:2-9; 1John.5:1-13; Heb.12:10; Eph.4:24).  The apostle Paul said "there be that are called gods", here he is contrasting polytheism (v5) with monotheism (v4) (1Cor 8:4-6).  Our God is God of gods, Satan is called "the god of this world" (Deut.10:17; 2Cor. 4: 4).  Adam and Eve were called "gods" and became "as one of us" even thou they weren't perfect (Gen.3:5,22). 

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Why does Mormon scripture (D&C 130) reveal that the Father have a body of flesh and bones if Jesus tells us "God is a Spirit" (John.4:24) and that "a spirit hath not flesh and bones" (Luke.24:39)? Jesus meant that the Father is a spirit, not that the Father has a spirit. Men are made "in our image", in the beginning the Son was with the Father (Gen 1:26; John 1:1). The Son of God has a body of flesh and bones (Luke 24:39).  Men are both spirit and body (1Thes 5:23). The early apostolic church did not teach the unbiblical principle that the Father has a body of flesh and bones, instead the early leaders of Church like the Bishop Irenaeus taught "the Father of all ... is ... without structure ... all spirit" (God has No Body - CA). "The Church Fathers declared ... No one has at any time seen God ...God is incorporeal ... none of those persons saw the pure essence of God ... When the divine Scripture presents sayings about God and remarks on corporeal  ... speaking of him in a human way .. each one of us is made as consisting of all, having an immaterial soul and a mind, which is the image of God." (God has not Body - CA). 

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How could Joseph Smith have seen the Father if God told Moses no one can see me and live (Exod 33:20)? Moses did not see God as a human form, Moses saw his glory pass by, Moses saw the "back parts" of his glory, the glory of the LORD is like devouring fire (Exod 33:18-23; Exod 24:17). When Moses and Jacob said they saw God they actually saw an angel of the Lord (Exod.3:2-6; Hosea 12:2,4). When the Bible says Moses spoke face to face with God, this does not mean that Moses saw our Heavenly Father's face, that is, God as he is in himself, but is a reference to the manner of speaking not to Moses seeing because we know that God told Moses "for there shall no man see me, and live" (Exod 33:11, 20). God can be seen in a vision. Acts 7:55-56 is a vision, in a vision the objects are not necessarily the actual items, for example the apostle John saw Jesus as a lamb and a right hand in his vision (Rev.5:1). If God has an actual right hand, then it is not like man’s for God says "my right hand hath spanned the heavens" (Isa 48:13,17). Acts 7:55-59 supports the doctrine of the Trinity, verse 7:56 supports the notion that the Son and the Father are distinct persons like the Trinity (in a vision Stephen saw the Son of man standing on the right hand of God) and verse 7:59 supports the notion Jesus is God like the Trinity (when Stephen called upon God he said Lord Jesus). In a vision of God Ezekiel saw the appearance of a man, the glory of God was seen as a brightness (Ezek 1:1,26-28). 

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Why do Mormons associate a pre-mortal life with foreordination if foreordination is according to the "foreknowledge of God", foreordination is not based on the righteousness of certain individuals in a pre-mortal earth life (1Pet.1:2)? Jesus denied that a man who was blind from his birth had sinned prior to his birth, his infirmity was the result of divine providence (John.9:3). God has foreknowledge, God knows us before we are formed in the belly (Jer.1:5). Prophets like Jeremiah and John the Baptist were sanctified and ordained a prophet before they came forth out of the womb because they were filled with the Holy Ghost from their mother's womb, it is not because of the righteousness of certain individuals in pre-mortal earth life  (Luke.1:15; 1Pet.1:2). God is the Father of spirits because the Spirit of God has made us, and the breath of the Almighty has given us life (Job.33:4). We are the offspring of God because God forms the spirit of man within him, He makes the soul, He makes us from the womb (Zech.12:1; Isa.57:16; Isa.44:2).   

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Why does modern Mormon revelation differ with the Bible, Mormon scripture (D&C 76) reveals different kingdoms and the Bible reveals only the kingdom at Final Judgment (Matt.25:34,46; Matt.13:43)?  Joseph Smith explained that “mansions” in John 14:2 may be understood to mean “kingdoms” (Ensign, Apr 2005, 62–65 ).  In John.14:2 mansion does not mean kingdoms since the Bible reveals there is only one kingdom, mansions refers to different degrees of rewards in heaven, the Bible reveals the Son of man shall reward every man according to his works, those who love their enemies and do good will have a great reward (Matt.16:27; Luke.6:35,36)  Members of the Church will do NOT inherit different kingdoms like Mormonism teaches (LDS GP Chap 46), either a person is righteous or they are unrighteous, the righteous inherit the kingdom and the unrighteous do not inherit the kingdom of God (1Cor.6:9).  The Bible reveals there is a natural body and there is a spiritual body (1Cor.15:44). The natural (terrestrial) bodies are on earth and the spiritual (celestial) bodies are in the heavens, these bodies differ in glory (stars, moon, sun), there are the filthy, the righteous, and the holy (Rev.22:11; 1Cor.15:40,41). Before the "new heaven", there is a "third heaven" or paradise (Rev.21:3,11; 2Cor.12:2).  Before Final Judgment there are some spirits who hear the gospel "in prison", which is neither heaven nor hell (1Pet 3:19-20). Before Final Judgment the spirits of justified men are made perfect and purified (Heb.12:23; 1John 3:2-3).  By one offering Christ has perfected for ever them that are sanctified, the blood of Jesus cleans us from all sin (Heb.10:14; 1John.1:7). Some sins can be forgiven "in the world to come" (Matt 12:31,32). Some shall suffer loss but they "shall be saved; yet so as by fire" (1Cor 3:14-15). Nothing unclean can enter in to heaven, only those names "written in the Lamb's book of life" (Rev 21:27).  At Final Judgment everyone is resurrected to to be judged,  not everyone is saved even though all will be resurrected, those who do evil come forth in the resurrection of damnation, he that believeth not shall be damned (Mark.16:16; John 5:29; Acts 24:15).  Either a person is in the book of life or they are not, those not in the book of life are cast into the lake of fire with the devil and those in the book of life will dwell with the Father (Rev.20:10-15; Rev.21:27). After Final Judgment there is a new heaven and a new earth, the righteous go into life eternal, they have the glory of the sun in the kingdom of their Father (Matt.13:43; Matt.25:46), they will sit with Christ on his throne (Rev.3:5,21), they will dwell with God (Rev.21:3,11). 

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Why do Mormons practice baptism for the dead when the early apostles did not, in 1Corinthians 15:29 it is certain that Paul wasn't referring to orthodox Christians baptizing the dead? Mormonism does not teach the same ordinances as were performed in the days of Jesus. Baptism, the kind mentioned in the Bible, is for the living, not for the dead. Once we've died, there is no chance to be baptized. In 1Corinthians 15:29 the practice of baptism for the dead is it not necessarily mentioned with approval, Paul cites it as something in their experience that attests in one more way to belief in the resurrection. Christ declared Elijah return to earth to be fulfilled in the coming of John the Baptizer (Mal.3; Matt 17:10-13). John is the prophet that would "turn the hearts of the fathers to the children", he would "to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Luke.1:17). The restoration of Israel described in the Old Testament began with the prophet John the Baptist (Isa.24:5; Rom.11). For Israel there was a famine for hearing the words of the Lord, they transgressed the laws, they changed the ordinance, they broke the everlasting covenant; and they killed their prophets (Amos.8:2-12Isa.24:5). God gave Israel a spirit of slumber, and eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear (Rom.11).  

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Why do Mormon's differ with Jesus when it comes to marriage, Mormons believe marriage is required for all with a few exceptions, Jesus tells us that being unmarried is not for all but only for those to whom that is granted by God (Matt 19:11)? The apostle Paul viewed marriage and being unmarried as a particular spiritual gift from God (1Cor 7:7). The Apostle Paul associated being unmarried with a calling (1Cor 7:6-40). Some, like Adam and Eve, are called to be man and wife (Gen.1:21-281; Gen.2:18-25).  The Bible does not teach the Mormon version of eternal marriage, the Bible reveals the union is between Christ, the Bridegroom, and His body of believers, who are the bride (2 Cor 11:2). The covenant between the spouses is integrated into God's covenant with man.  Scripture reveals marriage is a reality of this present age which is passing away (Mk 12:25; 1 Cor 7:31).  In the New Testament Marriage has a renewal "in the Lord" in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church (1 Cor 7:39; Eph 5:31-32). Marriage is sealed by God himself (Mk 10:9). 

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Why did Joseph Smith practice polygamy and Mormon Scripture (D&C 132) reveal polygamy when the apostles did not practice or teach plural wives, the apostle Paul taught "to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband" (1Cor.7:2)? Under the Old Covenant polygamy was practiced, under the New Covenant the apostles taught "two shall be one flesh" (Eph.5:31), the apostles of Christ did not teach a man with two or more wives shall be one flesh. 

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How can Mormons believe they are Christians if the Bible reveals Christians are disciples and that disciples continue in the words of Christ (Acts.11:26; John.8:31)? Mormons continue with words of Joseph Smith who taught "three Gods" (TPJS) instead of the words of Christ who taught "one God" (Mark.12:32). 

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How can the Mormon Church be the true Church if it does not "continue in the things which we have learned and have been assured of, knowing whom we learned it" (2Tim 3:14) and does not "stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle" (2Thes.2:15)?  Christians are disciples and disciples continue in the words of Christ (Acts 11:26; John 8:31).  Christians are to "continue in the things which we have learned and have been assured of, knowing whom we learned it" (2Tim 3:14). The apostolic faith was committed to faithful men who taught others (2Tim.2:2).  The church of the living God is the pillar and bulwark of the truth which faithfully guards "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (1Tim.3:15; Jude.1:3). A paid ministry is biblical, Paul says "If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?" (1Cor 9:11; CA). Jesus did not teach us to use feelings to know if something is truth, Jesus taught that we can know the truth by continuing in his words (John.8:31-32). 

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Why does Mormonism teach an apostasy or falling away where "the destruction of the Church was complete" (LDS GP Chap 16) if the Bible does NOT reveal a complete destruction but reveals "some shall depart from the faith" (1Tim.4:1)?  In the early apostolic church some were overcome or martyred (Rev.13:17).  In the early apostolic church some turned away and some followed false prophets (2Tim.1:13; Acts.20:29; Rev.2:20). The apostles knew "some shall depart from the faith" before the second coming of Christ and they taught others to "stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle" (2Thes.2:15; 2Tim.2:2; Acts.20:31-38). The Lord has "set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, . . . and it shall stand for ever" (Dan.2:44). Our Lord applied the figure of the stone hewn from the mountain to himself (Dan 2:36-45; Luke 20:17-18). The glorified people of God will form his kingdom on earth is represented in human form (Daniel 7:18). The church of the living God is the pillar and bulwark of the truth which faithfully guards "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (1Tim.3:15; Jude.1:3).  The restitution of all things mentioned in Acts.3:21 occurs after the second coming (Rev.21:1-5). The New Testament does not reveal there would be no one left on earth with power and authority to lead the Church or perform sacred ordinances. Mormonism is an example of apostasy described in the New Testament. The Mormon church has NOT stood fast, and held the traditions taught by the apostles either by oral or by written (2Thes.2:15). Joseph Smith's false teachings are the fruit that he is a false prophet (Matt.7:15-20). False prophets like Joseph Smith who come in sheep's clothing and who deceive many (Matt.24:11-24; Matt.7:15). Joseph Smith's teaching are contrary to what Jesus taught. Jesus did not teach "three Gods" like Joseph Smith. Jesus taught "there is one God" (Mark 12:29,32) and his apostles taught "to us there is but one God, the Father and one Lord Jesus Christ" (1Cor 8:4-6).The Mormon Church fulfils the prophecy that "in the latter times some shall depart from the faith” (2Thes.2:3; 1Tim.4:1).  The Mormon Church is very different than the early apostolic Church. The Old Testament prophet Amos did NOT prophesies of the New Testament Church but prophesied of Israel (the Jews) Amos said, "my people of Israel ... famine ... hearing the words of the LORD" (Amos.8:2-12). Israel is God's people, the apostle Paul was "an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin" (Rom.11:1). For Israel (the Jews) there was a famine for hearing the words of the Lord, Israel transgressed the laws, Israel changed the ordinance, Israel broke the everlasting covenant; and Israel killed their prophets (Amos.8:2-12Isa.24:5).  God gave Israel (the Jews) a spirit of slumber, and eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear (Rom.11).   

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Why does Mormonism teach of a restoration before the second coming of Jesus if the promised restoration of  “all things” occurs after the second coming of Jesus (Acts.3:21; Rev.21:5)?  Authority did not need to be restored because authority continued with the apostle’s successors (Tit.1:4-9). The office of the twelve apostles did not need to be restored because the twelve apostles were special witness who had the requirement of being a witness Jesus’ life and resurrection (Acts.1:8-26; Acts.10:39-41; John.15:16-27). Revelation did not need to be restored because there are many prophets in the church (1Cor.14:26-37; 1Cor.12). The gospel did not need to be restored, the apostles safeguarded the faith by transmitting "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" "to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others" (Jude 1:3,17; 2Tim 2:2). The restoration of Israel described in the Old Testament began with the prophet John the Baptist (Isa.24:5; Rom.11). For Israel there was a famine for hearing the words of the Lord, they transgressed the laws, they changed the ordinance, they broke the everlasting covenant; and they killed their prophets (Amos.8:2-12Isa.24:5).  God gave Israel a spirit of slumber, and eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear (Rom.11).  Christ declared Elijah return to earth to be fulfilled in the coming of John the Baptizer (Mal.3; Matt 17:10-13). John is the prophet that would "turn the hearts of the fathers to the children", he would "to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Luke.1:17). The restoration of Israel described in the Old Testament began with the prophet John the Baptist (Isa.24:5; Rom.11).  

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Why does the Mormon Church have twelve apostles if the office of twelve apostle can not continue after Jesus died because no person can meet the office's requirements of being a eye witness of Jesus’ life and resurrection (Acts.1:8-26)?  The twelve apostles are the foundation of the Church (Eph 2:20).  The twelve apostles were witnesses of all things which Jesus did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem, they ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead (Acts.10:39-41). The twelve apostles of the Lamb (Rev 21:12,14) were chosen and ordained by Jesus, they were witnesses that were with Jesus from the beginning (John.15:16-27). They were eye witnesses (2Pet 1:15; Acts 2:32). In the church there are some who have the vocation of apostle to edify the church (Eph 4:1-12). Jesus was called an apostle (Heb 3:1). In addition to the twelve apostles there were those who were called apostle like Barnabas and Paul who were sent out to teach and preach the word of the Lord (Acts 14:14; Acts 15:22-35). There are also false apostles who are deceitful workers, who transform themselves into the apostles of Christ (2Cor 11:13; Rev 2:1-2). After the apostles died, there were apostles and prophets, for example the Bishop Polycarp was described as having "combined both apostle and prophet in his own person" (Private Revelation - CA)". After the apostles died, revelation continued, an early Christians wrote "many brethren in the Church who possess prophetic gifts ... declare the mysteries of God" (Private Revelation - CA).  

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Why was it necessary to restore authority if Peter's authority was continued through succession (Tit.1:51)? The Bible reveals that before the apostles died they ordained bishops, these bishops could then ordain others like they were appointed (Tit.1:51). While the apostles were alive bishops were local leaders, when the apostles died the bishops continue to be overseers by the holy Ghost to protect the flock (Acts.20:17,28).  Bishops are proved (1Tim.3:10), they receive the gift that is given with the laying on of hands (1Tim 4:14), they are the stewards of God (Tit.1:7), they take care of the church of God (1Tim.3:5), and they hold fast to the faithful word that the apostles taught (Tit.1:9). The Mormon Church does NOT have an unbroken line of authority that comes from ordination or the physically laying on of hands by someone of authority. The historical evidence supports succession. The historical evidence DOES NOT support the Mormon belief  that there was no one left on earth with the power and authority to lead the Church or perform sacred ordinances such as baptism and the conferring of the gift of the Holy Ghost. Historical writings reveals that the apostles meet to choose and ordained men to replace them (see below):

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Why do Mormons view the sacrament as only a remembrance if Jesus and his apostles taught "take, eat this is my body” (1Cor 11:24John 6:54-60)? Jesus tell us "bread of life ... Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life ... This is an hard saying; who can hear it? ... there are some of you that believe not ... Peter answered him ... we believe" (Jn 6:48-69). Without further explanation from Jesus, the apostle Peter said he believed the words of Jesus, today's Christian says "Do not doubt whether this is true, but rather receive the words of the Savior in faith, for since he is the truth, he cannot lie'" (CCC1381). During the Last Supper, Jesus both symbolized this offering and made it really present: "This is my body which is given for you" (Lk 22:19). Those who take part in the sacrament can be one body and one spirit, the Bible reveals “The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” (1Cor 10:16,17).  The early Apostolic Church affirmed this conversion, Ignatius, the Christian Bishop who was appointed by the apostle Peter, wrote "the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ.

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Why don't Mormon use wine during the Sacrament if  "Jesus, you will recall, was called a winebibber (Matt. 11:19), the charge being not that he drank, but that he drank too much. Jesus Wasn't a Teetotaler ... Wine was used also at weddings, of course, and our Lord apparently approved of the practice; after all, when the wine was depleted at Cana, he made more out of water ... the Bible condemns excessive drinking (1 Cor. 5:11; Gal. 5:21; Eph. 5:18; 1 Pet. 4:3)" (EWTN)? 

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Why is immersion the only mode of baptism for Mormons when the early Church of Christ did both pouring and immersion? The Bible reveals we are to "stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle" (2Thes.2:15). Immersion and pouring are both modes of baptism. " ...the early Church permitted pouring instead of immersion is demonstrated by the Didache," the Didache is an early Christian manual written around A.D. 70 (Baptism: Immersion Only? - CA).  The New Testament documents that the word baptism has different meanings, for example 1Cor.10:2 says, "Were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea".  

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Why do Mormons believe that the gift of the Holy Ghost can only be received by the laying on of hands if Cornelius received the gift of the Holy Ghost before he was water baptized or before hands were laid on him (Acts.10:45-48; Acts.11:15-18)? The gift of the Holy Ghost can be given at water baptism (Acts.2:38). The Holy Spirit can be given by the Apostles' imposition of hands (Acts 8:17-19; Acts.19:6). Priesthood authority is not necessary for a valid baptism, the Catholic Church teaches "In case of necessity, any person, even someone not baptized, can baptize, if he has the required intention" (CCC1256). The imposition of hands is rightly recognized by the Catholic tradition as the origin of the sacrament of Confirmation (CCC1288). A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs (CCC1319)

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Why don't Mormons believe God created out of nothing if it is evident from the first verse of the Bible that nothing existed, it says "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Gen.1:1)? On day 1 God gave a beginning to all that exists, the totality of what exists is expressed by the words "the heavens and the earth". But on the other days He did not make out of nothing, but out of what He had made on the first day, by organizing (Gen.1:8). Holy Scripture reveals Ex Nihilo (Creation out of Nothing), Gen.1:1 reveals "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" and 2Mac.7:28 reveals "God made them of things that were not". The Early Christians taught creation out of nothing: "First Of all, believe that there is one God who created and finished all  things, and made all things out of nothing." (Hermas - CIN.org) ; "On the first day God made what He made out of nothing. But on the other days He did not make out of nothing, but out of what He had made on the first day, by moulding it according to His pleasure" (Hippolytus - CIN.org) ; "he called into existence the very material for his creation" (Irenaeus - CIN.org) ; "created matter itself ... the substance of creation was supplied to the Creator" (Irenaeus - Newadvent.org) ; "While men, indeed, cannot make anything out of nothing, but only out of matter already existing, yet God is in this point proeminently superior to men, that He Himself called into being the substance of His creation, when previously it had no existence." (Irenaeus - CIN.org).

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Why don't Mormons ask our departed brothers and sisters in Christ, like Mary, for their intercession if the apostle Paul ask us that intercessions be made for all men (1Tim.2:1)? The apostle Paul prayed to God for Israel that they might be saved (Rom.10:1). Praying directly to God and praying for each other is simply part of what Christians do. The saints in heaven offer to God the prayers of the saints on earth (Rev 5:8). The fervent prayer of a righteous person like Mary is very powerful (James 5:16). The Bible reveals to us how Mary intercedes in faith, at Cana the mother of Jesus asks her son for the needs of a wedding feast (John 2:1-12). The New Testament would not recommend intercession if there were not benefits coming from it. Asking a person to pray for us in no way violates Christ’s mediatorship, Christ is a the only mediator between man and God (1Tim.2:5). The rosary is a devotion in honor of Mary, it consists of a set number of specific prayers prayers which mediate on the whole gospel, it is not said in vain repetition but is said like the prayers of repetition in the Bible like Psalm 136. Catholics have statues, paintings, and other artistic devices to recall the person or thing depicted.  In the early Church saints were recognized by the acclamation of the communities in which they lived and by their bishops, the process of canonization is a later development in Church history. Catholics study the lives of the saints and imitate their virtues, Paul said “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” (1Cor.11:1). 

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Why do Mormons practice ten percent tithing if Christians are dispensed from the obligation of tithing ten percent of their incomes, but not from the obligation to help the Church ... God doesn't demand a fixed amount of money from us; he wants us to give from the heart (2Cor 9:5-8)? Tithing was an Old Testament obligation that was incumbent on the Jews under the Law of Moses.

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Why does Mormonism teach the Lord commanded them not to use wine and strong drinks if  "Jesus, you will recall, was called a winebibber (Matt.11:19), the charge being not that he drank, but that he drank too much? Jesus Wasn't a Teetotaler ... Wine was used also at weddings, of course, and our Lord apparently approved of the practice; after all, when the wine was depleted at Cana, he made more out of water ... the Bible condemns excessive drinking (1 Cor. 5:11; Gal. 5:21; Eph. 5:18; 1 Pet. 4:3)" (EWTN)? 

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Why does the Mormon Church permit abortions if the Bible reveals that the right of the unborn to life exists from the moment the child of God exists (Luke.1:41, Jer.1:5, Job.10:8-12, Pss.22:10-11)? (Abortion: Who Teaches the Truth? - Catholic Answers). "The Catholic Church has always condemned abortion as a grave evil. Christian writers from the first-century author of the Didache to Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae ("The Gospel of Life") have maintained that the Bible forbids abortion, just as it forbids murder. ... from the time of conception the child’s body is alive (as shown by the fact it is growing), the child’s body must already have its spirit. ... in 1995 Pope John Paul II declared ... direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being. This doctrine is based upon the natural law and upon the written word of God, is transmitted by the Church’s tradition and taught by the ordinary and universal magisterium. No circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church" (Evangelium Vitae 62)." (Abortion - Catholic Answers).

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Pray that Mormons deepen their understanding of God's plan of salvation in Christ.

Mormons have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Joseph Smith, who taught "three Gods" and that "we are saved after all we can do".  Mormons have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and are again entangled therein, and overcome (2Pet.2:15,20). Mormon Prophets have distorted some of things that are hard to understand to their own destruction (2Pet.3:16).  We are to "grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ." (2Pet 3:18). Those who hear the word of God but do not understand fall away, those who understand the word of God bring forth fruit to perfection (Luke.8:11-15). 

Mormons are without a shepherd, Jesus was moved with compassion and he began to teach those without a shepherd (Mark.6:34).  As you evangelize Mormons reason from the Bible because scripture "is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction" (Acts 17:2; 2Tim 3:16). A convert from Mormonism to Catholicism, said "Most people don't know the Bible very well, which makes it really easy for (Mormon) missionaries to be successful ... Learn the Bible well" (From Mormon to Catholic).  The Italian Catholic theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas believed that truth is known through reason (natural revelation) and faith (supernatural revelation), he demonstrated gentleness in condemning what was false and fairness in pointing out the direction to true knowledge.  The footnotes for 1John 4:1-6 in the New American Bible says: 

"Deception is possible in spiritual phenomena and may be tested by its relation to Christian doctrine  ... Even though these false prophets are well received in the world, the Christian who belongs to God has a greater power in the truth."

Pope St. Felix III said "Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it."  The apostle Paul prayed the following prayer so that those who he is addressing may deepen their understanding of God's plan of salvation in Christ:

"I kneel before the Father ... that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Eph 3:14-21).

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