First Presidency Message – Life After Ministries https://lifeafter.org Leading Mormons to the REAL Jesus Mon, 12 Aug 2019 00:02:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.11 Deplorable LDS Presidency Statement on Rape https://lifeafter.org/deplorable-lds-presidency-statement-on-rape/ https://lifeafter.org/deplorable-lds-presidency-statement-on-rape/#respond Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:02:51 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=21357 Today’s post is a little different than our usual fare. I read a post on a favored Facebook page, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring attention to what this said. PLEASE, visit Mormon & LDS Facts FB page! You’ll be blessed by all their hard work in showing numerous resources of how the Church operates.  In […]

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Today’s post is a little different than our usual fare. I read a post on a favored Facebook page, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring attention to what this said. PLEASE, visit Mormon & LDS Facts FB page! You’ll be blessed by all their hard work in showing numerous resources of how the Church operates. 

In short, the post I saw was from the First Presidency who released a statement on June 4, 1984 that a victim of rape could be frightened enough to not fight back, ‘causing her to submit without a real show of resistance’. Unfortunately for them, they went on to indicate she’s probably innocent unless, ‘a confirmation comes through the Spirit that she is guilty or culpable’.

This letter was signed and delivered over the pulpit by Spencer W. Kimball, Gordon B. Hinckley, and Marion Romney.

It never ceases to amaze me at how incredibly obnoxious they can be.

Pray for Mormons to leave this false church, and run to Jesus where they’ll find true salvation!

With Love in Christ;

Michelle

1 Cor 1:18

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LDS First Presidency Message Filled with Lies of Conceit https://lifeafter.org/lds-first-presidency-message-filled-lies-conceit/ https://lifeafter.org/lds-first-presidency-message-filled-lies-conceit/#respond Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:02:04 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=21003 Reading what Oswald Chambers had to say about communion with God, compared to what the LDS Church had to say is striking. Today we’re looking at Oswald Chambers’ devotion for January 7th, followed by a few of the comments from the First Presidency Message of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When you […]

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Reading what Oswald Chambers had to say about communion with God, compared to what the LDS Church had to say is striking.

Today we’re looking at Oswald Chambers’ devotion for January 7th, followed by a few of the comments from the First Presidency Message of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When you have time, be sure to share this with the Mormon you know!

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Classic Edition, January 7th

“Have I been so long with you, and yet hast thou not known Me? — John 14:9

“These words are not spoken as a rebuke, nor even with surprise; Jesus is leading Philip on. The last One with whom we get intimate is Jesus. Before Pentecost the disciples knew Jesus as the One Who gave them power to conquer demons and to bring about a revival (see Luke 10:18-20). It was a wonderful intimacy, but there was a much closer intimacy to come — “I have called you friends.” Friendship is rare on earth. It means identity in thought and heart and spirit. The whole discipline of life is to enable us to enter into this closest relationship with Jesus Christ. We receive His blessings and know His word, but do we know Him?

Jesus said — “It is expedient for you that I go away” — in that relationship, so that He might lead them on. It is a joy to Jesus when a disciple takes time to step more intimately with Him. Fruit bearing is always mentioned as the manifestation of an intimate union with Jesus Christ (John 15:1-4).

When once we get intimate with Jesus we are never lonely, we never need sympathy, we can pour out all the time without being pathetic. The saint who is intimate with Jesus will never leave impressions of himself, but only the impression that Jesus is having unhindered way, because the last abyss of his nature has been satisfied by Jesus. The only impression left by such a life is that of the strong calm sanity that Our Lord gives to those who are intimate with Him.”

First Presidency Message, “Always Remember Him,” February 2018;

“When the Savior instituted the sacrament, He invited His disciples to partake of the emblems “in remembrance” of His sacrifice (Luke 22:19). In every sacrament prayer you and I hear, the word always precedes the word remember (see D&C 20:77, 79).

Okay…

“My message is an invitation, even a plea to remember. Here are three suggestions about what you could remember each week when you partake of the sacred emblems of the sacrament. I hope they are helpful to you, as they have been to me. …

Remember Jesus Christ

First, remember the Savior. Remember who He was while on earth, how He spoke to others, and how He showed kindness in His acts. Remember whom He spent time with and what He taught. The Savior “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). He visited the sick. He was committed to doing His Father’s will.

Jesus also hung out with sinners.

Most of all, we can remember the great price He paid, out of His love for us, to remove the stain of our sins. As we remember Him, our desire to follow Him will grow. We will want to be a little kinder, more forgiving, and more willing to seek the will of God and do it.

Mormons don’t believe Jesus removed all stains of sin. Nor do they believe it is by grace we are saved (Eph 2:8-9).

Remember What You Need to Do Better

It’s hard to think of the Savior—His purity and perfection—without also thinking of how flawed and imperfect we are in comparison. We have made covenants to obey His commandments, yet we frequently fall short of this high standard. But the Savior knew this would happen, which is why He gave us the ordinance of the sacrament.

The sacrament has its roots in the Old Testament practice of offering sacrifices, which included a confession of sin (see Leviticus 5:5). We don’t sacrifice animals anymore, but we can still give up our sins. The scriptures call this a sacrifice of “a broken heart and a contrite spirit” (3 Nephi 9:20). Come to the sacrament with a repentant heart (see D&C 59:12; Moroni 6:2). As you do so, you will obtain forgiveness of sins and you will not stray from the path leading back to God.

1.Jesus knew we were imperfect and that’s why He offered Himself up to God as the perfect sacrifice, aka, the Lamb of God.

2.Taking the Mormon sacrament (or even the elements of a Christian communion) will never prevent us from straying. God’s Holy Spirit inside the believer is the reason we don’t behave the way we used to, but this doesn’t totally prevent us from disobedience.

Remember the Progress You Are Making

As you examine your life during the ordinance of the sacrament, I hope your thoughts center not only on things you have done wrong but also on things you have done right—moments when you have felt that Heavenly Father and the Savior were pleased with you. You may even take a moment during the sacrament to ask God to help you see these things. If you do, I promise you will feel something. You will feel hope.

When I have done this, the Spirit has reassured me that while I’m still far from perfect, I’m better today than I was yesterday. And this gives me confidence that, because of the Savior, I can be even better tomorrow.” – Henry Eyring

1.The Christian communion isn’t about your achievements. This is solely about Jesus’ death on the cross, not how awesome little Billy is because he shined his shoes without asking.

2.If you’re waiting on God to pat you on the back during this time of reflection, plan on being there awhile, because it’s not going to happen.

3.Mr. Eyring’s promises are half-truths. You’ll feel something, but that feeling is either self-produced, or given by Satan.

4.The ONLY reason a Christian has hope is because he/she knows God has provided the perfect sacrifice.

5.We’re no better today than we were yesterday. We’re still sinners. The only reason God accepts us is because He sees us through the blood of Jesus. There’s nothing, absolutely nothing, we could possibly do to eradicate the sin in our life, except through the blood of Jesus.

6.When you don’t accept the Jesus of the Bible, it means you’ve rejected Him. When you reject Jesus, you are not under the covenant of God, which ultimately means you’re still stained with your own sin.

Dear Mormon, please, please know, the only way to heaven is through Christ Jesus and Him crucified. Understand and accept you were born a sinner, and will always have a sin nature. There’s nothing divine inside us except for God’s Holy Spirit, and that’s only if you’ve asked Him to come take up residence inside of you!

With Love in Christ;

Michelle

1 Cor 1:18

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LDS Church Published Christmas Message They don’t Believe https://lifeafter.org/lds-church-published-christmas-message-dont-believe/ https://lifeafter.org/lds-church-published-christmas-message-dont-believe/#comments Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:02:43 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=20899 The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a 2017 Christmas message: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of […]

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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a 2017 Christmas message:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas season, our hope is that the light and testimony of the Savior’s divine mission as the Redeemer of all mankind will come into our hearts and be reflected in our thoughts, our words, and our actions.

May each of us be blessed at this joyous season of the year as we acknowledge with sincere gratitude the Father’s incomparable gift to us of His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Master.

Thomas S. Monson
Henry B. Eyring
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Isaiah 9:6; “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

One of a Christian’s favorite Bible verses comes from Isaiah’s prophetic declaration of hope he gave to the Israelites at one of the darkest times in humanity.

At the time Israel was besieged by the tyrannical Assyrians, there was little to nothing to look forward to, or hope for. Their main concern was wondering if they’d live to see tomorrow. While things for us on this side of the cross aren’t quite as bleak, there are days when we’re besieged by our concerns of today.

Finding comfort in Isaiah’s prophecy comes from looking at God’s sovereignty seen in the promises He always kept. This prophecy is but one of at least 333 He fulfilled we can read about in His word.

700 years before the baby was laid in the manger, Isaiah declared this child would be the answer to Israel’s woes.

The promise of a valiant Son (child) would be presented at the temple of God where Simon the Priest & Anna the prophetess, knew they had laid eyes on the salvation of the Lord. The kingdom (government) of God would be upon Him alone because He was the only Son (ben) of God.

He was called Wonderful because He was indeed a miracle as the Hebrew name translates, and a Counsellor because He gave, and continues to give, each believer wise counsel on how to live a godly life.

The baby Jesus is a Mighty (Warrior) God, The Everlasting (perpetual) Father, in a very literal sense. And for the sake of us all, THE (meaning singular) Prince (Lord) of Peace (shalom, wholly, friend, well being, & in perfect favor with).

Don’t fear of drinking in the goodness He provides through this, and even basking in its comfort as we know He’s fulfilled each aspect of it! After you’ve done this, consider the following sobering info –

Each transliteration we’ve seen here today has been systematically rejected by my people – the Mormons. Words truly can’t describe the grief this causes in my heart.

Sadder still, is the abject moral depravity they’ve displayed by proclaiming they stand by the prophecy in Isaiah 9:6 when in fact, there’s not one word of it they ascribe themselves to. May the Lord have mercy on them.

Overriding their lack of integrity, and most importantly, is the truth that still stands regardless of what other people do, or say!

Thank You Father God for reminder of the redemption You’ve given to us through Your Son, Christ Jesus the Lord of All!

Ask your Mormon friend if they’ve read their leaders’ statement, and what their thoughts are about Isaiah 9:6! Give them a great Christmas gift by providing the transliteration of each Hebrew word you can find in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance!

With Love in Christ;

Michelle

1 Cor 1:18

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First Presidency Message Calls for Obedience to a False Jesus https://lifeafter.org/first-presidency-message-calls-obedience-false-jesus/ https://lifeafter.org/first-presidency-message-calls-obedience-false-jesus/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:02:06 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=20009 Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt […]

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Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

1st-presidency-message-january-2017-female-archer-target_1849915FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE, ‘Aiming at the Center,’ January 2017

The focus of the Church’s latest First Presidency Message was to remind members they should love others using the passage in Matthew 22:36-40. We’re not concerned so much with the theme, as many Christian pastors will have the same type of sermons. Rather, our interest lies in Dieter Uchtdorf’s definition for ‘a child of God’.

Concern #1

Mr. Dieter Uchtdorf’s definition for ‘child of God’.

According to Mr. Uchtdorf, not to mention all of Mormonism, every person is a child of God. This one sentence should send alarm bells ringing in every Christian’s head! He also encouraged members to learn more about God because the more they do this, the more they realize ‘the infinite sacrifice of Jesus Christ is a divine gift of God’, and then they’ll look upon everyone as their ‘brother or sister’.

Truth:

The more a truly saved person lives everyday life in Christ, the more we realize just how blessed we are in having such an awesome God to worship. As the song goes, ‘the chains are gone’! The unending love God gives His children is just as that song says, ‘like a flood His mercy rains’ as we experience it day after day, year after year. As we mature in Him, the more His work in us becomes evident. Galatians 5:22-24

Christians also realize that not everyone is a ‘child of God’. This only takes place through a person’s adoption into the family of God, aka, body of Christ, Christianity. This doesn’t happen through blood – John 1:13 – nor is it through an imaginary ‘bic’ (‘born in the covenant’) system. The ‘covenant’ of Mormonism, is not the covenant God established with Abraham. As much as it still pains my heart, the Mormon covenant is the making of Joseph Smith, not Christ Jesus and Him crucified.

The edict our God gave to us in the two greatest commandments was for us as Christians to differentiate our focus of whom, or what is being worshipped. Is it people, our church, job, et al?

To my Mormon friends, you can never obey the second greatest commandment properly when you’re not obeying the first. They go hand in hand.

WHO IS YOUR GOD?

Is it the God of the Bible, or is it the god Joe Smith preached during, and after, his denouncement of the Biblical God?

 Concern #2

After establishing you’re worshiping the One and Only God of the Bible, then and only then, can you move onto obeying the second greatest commandment. You’ll know you’re worshiping the correct God when the second commandment comes naturally to your thinking.

Ask yourself, is there any animosity in my heart towards non-Mormons who consider themselves Christian?

The Apostle John gave us a simple test on how to know if you’re worshiping the correct God in his first epistle –

1 John 4:20-21 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

As Jesus said, in this ‘hang all the Law and the prophets’.

Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

 

If you adhere to the teachings in the Book of Mormon which stands on the premise Christians are the whores of Babylon, it’d be impossible to obey either of the commandments.

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John 1:11 “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.”

FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE, ‘Peace in This Life,’ December 2016

sacrament_1825232-1-lds-orgA cursory glance over the latest ‘First Presidency Message’ would cause anyone to be heartbroken.

The theme this time around was about partaking of the Lord’s Supper.

The image on the left was the central focal point, where they tried selling the story about ‘a promise of personal peace’ that’s available ‘for all of His disciples today’.

The LDS apostle, Henry Eyring, also included oft repeated stories of people receiving this peace even while dying, and how it was made available through ‘priesthood blessings’.

I was left wondering how someone’s story of receiving a ‘priesthood blessing’ would be of benefit to my mother over the holidays. With no disrespect, I have to say, my mother isn’t dying. This devotional message was more about the priesthood of man, than about the eternal priesthood of Jesus!

Mr. Eyring then gave an explanation of how a priesthood blessing works –

‘The sacramental prayers help us to know how to find that peace amidst the tribulations of life. As we partake of the sacrament, we can determine to be faithful to our covenants to follow Him.

We each promise to remember the Savior. You can choose to remember Him in the way that best draws your heart to Him. Sometimes for me, it is to see Him in my mind kneeling in the Garden of Gethsemane or to see Him calling Lazarus to come forth from the tomb. As I do, I feel a closeness to Him and a gratitude that brings peace to my heart.

You also promise to keep His commandments. You promise to take His name upon you and to be His witness. He promises that as you keep your covenants with Him, the Holy Spirit will be with you. (See D&C 20:77, 79.)’

Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong Mr. Eyring! Jesus already told us how to obtain peace.

It comes only through knowing Him, and Him only. In John 14:27 He reassured His disciples that He gives peace with the world, and in John 16:33 He reiterated this message again. The key phrase in the latter example should be taken note of by every believer! He has overcome the world. If you truly trust and believe in Him, you’ll automatically know He’s done this, and it should remind us not to fret over our everyday problems.

The LDS communion is colorless, and tasteless, which means it’s meaningless. It holds no value because they’re stripped away any remembrance of the blood He shed on the cross for us.

Furthermore, the trademarked Wonderbread, is filled with yeast which is a sign of sin. If you’re taking communion, aka sacrament, the elements are supposed to be a representation of Jesus. When did Jesus sin?

While there are a number of things wrong in his explanation, we’ll forego them for now, but do want to point out Mr. Eyring’s counsel that ‘you can choose to remember Him in the way that best draws your heart to Him’.

Taking communion is supposed to be a reminder of what He did on the cross for us. This isn’t an activity for us to remember what we liked best in our lives when we just so happen to remember the Lord!

Please, pray for the Mormon people who continue to accept the unwise counsel of these people, and nary a word is said!

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Staying True to the False Gods of Your Fathers https://lifeafter.org/staying-true-false-gods-fathers/ https://lifeafter.org/staying-true-false-gods-fathers/#respond Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:02:27 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=19754 2 Chronicles 20:7; “Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?”  Ensign, FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE, ‘True to the Faith of Our Forefathers,’ July 2016; “To be a Latter-day Saint is to be a pioneer…they often must […]

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2 Chronicles 20:7; “Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?”

salt lake mormon temple 2 Ensign, FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE, ‘True to the Faith of Our Forefathers,’ July 2016; “To be a Latter-day Saint is to be a pioneer…they often must leave behind old habits, longtime customs, and cherished friends. Some make the agonizing decision to leave behind family members who oppose their Church membership. Latter-day Saints move forward, however, praying that precious ones will yet understand and accept. …

As we seek to build Zion in our hearts, in our homes, in our communities, and in our countries, may we remember the resolute courage and abiding faith of those who gave their all that we might enjoy the blessings of the restored gospel, with its hope and promise through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

President Monson tells a story about one pioneer family and then quotes President George Albert Smith: “Will you live true to the faith of your ancestors? … Strive to be worthy of all the sacrifices [they] have made for you.”” – Thomas Monson

Genesis 12:1; “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.”

When I read Mr. Monson’s talk the first thing I thought of was God’s admonition to Abraham. He told him to gather up his stuff and get out. He then told Abraham to leave his father behind and the kinfolk, and keep hoofin’ it until He told him he had arrived.

What did Abraham do? Well, he kinda sorta, obeyed in a half hearted way. It’s like he was doing a little bit while trying to fly under the radar without getting noticed. Guess what? God noticed.

You see, Abraham took along dear ol’ dad, and he took along a nephew that he had to drag out of Sodom and Gomorrah, just for good measure.

Never mind the fact the meaning of Terah’s name (Abraham’s father) means ‘delay’, and the land (Haran) they stayed in means ‘parched’. And ignore the meaning of Sodom which is ‘scorched’, or Gomorrah which means ‘a ruined heap’.

None of these things seemed to bother the man everyone knows as ‘God’s friend’, the father of the faith. Did it mean he was a bad guy? No, certainly not!

What it did was cost him precious time and trouble in the places he decided to meander into and set up camp. In other words, Abraham seemed to be sending out mixed messages by living one way when God told him He had something better in mind for Abraham.

Which brings us to Mr. Monson’s talk, ‘True to the Faith of Our Forefathers’. His talk was very heartwarming from the outside… However, looking at the inner workings of Mormonism’s forefathers tells a much different story.

Like Abraham, Monson’s ancestors weren’t worshiping the God of the Bible, so why would he tell millions of his adherents to follow them? Monson has direct access to all the writings, talks, and historical documentations of his forefathers. He knows whom they were worshiping, and he knows what the Bible says.

Yesterday we also saw how the blessing of the Mormon atonement was a trick. The Church claims Jesus died for them, but they still have to work for their salvation, and God sees our work for our own righteousness as filthy rags. Again, how is this a blessing???

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First Presidency Message, April 2016 https://lifeafter.org/first-presidency-message-april-2016/ https://lifeafter.org/first-presidency-message-april-2016/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:02:00 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=19246 Proverbs 20:7; “The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” After reading some of the messages produced by the Church, there are times I have to shake my head and wonder why. Why do they tell the lies they do, and why don’t members call the leaders out on the […]

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Proverbs 20:7; “The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.”

Liahona April 2016After reading some of the messages produced by the Church, there are times I have to shake my head and wonder why. Why do they tell the lies they do, and why don’t members call the leaders out on the lies…?

Today we’re looking at the latest First Presidency Message, ‘Prophecy and Personal Revelation,’ April 2016.

You can read the entire message in full at the link above. Upon a cursory glance in this month’s message, one will notice at least three problems straightaway.

1.The image provided in the Liahona Magazine is troublesome. This image shows a set of four tangled roadways for kids to follow, which if done correctly, should lead them to the proper outcome.

The problem with the image is found in the message it provided. It said; ‘Prophets and apostles speak for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They teach us how to follow Jesus…’

Questions:

  • Are they following Jesus, or the prophets and apostles?
  • Why don’t the prophets and apostles point exclusively to what God says in His word?
  • Why do they have to listen to the prophets to find out what Jesus wants them to do?
  • Why don’t they ever say ‘the prophets teach us how to follow Heavenly Father’?

2.Once again, the mantra was to follow the prophet. Mormon Apostle Henry Eyring told members the Bible states God only speaks through prophets because Joe Smith revealed this to them. The true church, he said, has been restored and ‘receives constant guidance from heaven’. Quoting from the Old Testament, Mr. Eyring also stated, ‘“Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).’

  • The problem? We’re no longer living in the Old Testament era. Hebrews 1:1-2 tells us God used to speak to us through prophets, but now He does so through His Son –

Hebrews 1:1-2; “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.”

3.Mr. Eyring also contradicted what Gordon Hinckley said in an interview he gave to an Aussie television station. Mr. Eyring stated, ‘The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always been led by living prophets and apostles, who receive constant guidance from heaven. [emp. mine]

Now granted, I wouldn’t have known about the contradiction without recently reading the interview in question, but this makes me think they can say whatever they want, and more times than not, usually no one is the wiser. The reason is because the average Mormon may not sit and research church history like we do here at the ministry.

Case in point:

On November 9,1997, Gordon B. Hinckley gave an interview to an Australian television show, ‘Compass’, and reporter, David Ransom. There are two serious problems in the exchange, the first is the contradiction of Hinckley, and the second is Hinckley denying he didn’t know why the Church changed their minds about giving the priesthood the blacks in 1978.

COMPASS INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT GORDON B. HINCKLEY
Aired: November 09, 1997

RB: As the world leader of the Church, how are you in touch with God? Can you explain that for me?

GBH: I pray. I pray to Him. Night and morning. I speak with Him. I think He hears my prayers. As He hears the prayers of others. I think He answers them.

RB: But more than that, because you’re leader of the Church. Do you have a special connection?

GBH: I have a special relationship in terms of the Church as an institution. Yes.

RB: And you receive……..

GBH: For the entire Church.

RB: You receive?

GBH: Now we don’t need a lot of continuing revelation. We have a great, basic reservoir of revelation. But if a problem arises, as it does occasionally, a vexatious thing with which we have to deal, we go to the Lord in prayer. We discuss it as a First Presidency and as a Council of the Twelve Apostles. We pray about it and then comes the whisperings of a still small voice. And we know the direction we should take and we proceed accordingly.

RB: Now up until 1978 I understand Blacks were not allowed to be priests in your Church?

GBH: That is correct. Although we have Black members of the Church. They felt that they would gain more in this Church than any other with which they were acquainted and they were members of the Church. In 1978 we (the president of the Church) received a revelation under which all worthy men would receive all the blessings of the Church available to them as well as to any others. So across the world now we are teaching the Gospel to Blacks, Whites, everyone else who will listen.

RB: So in retrospect was the Church wrong in that?

GBH: No I don’t think it was wrong. It things, various things happened in different periods. There’s a reason for them.

RB: What was the reason for that?

GBH: I don’t know what the reason was. But I know that we’ve rectified whatever may have appeared to be wrong at that time.

RB: Is it a problem for the Church that it it still has a tag of being racist?

GBH: No I don’t think so. I don’t see that anywhere. I’ve been to Africa. I’ve been to other places. I don’t see any evidence of that any more. There’s some misconception of course that among some people. But I don’t see much evidence of that any more.

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LDS Easter Message Filled with Empty Titles for Jesus https://lifeafter.org/lds-easter-message-filled-empty-titles-jesus/ https://lifeafter.org/lds-easter-message-filled-empty-titles-jesus/#respond Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:02:06 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=19111 When I came upon the Church’s Easter message, I had to shake my head at the number of inconsistencies they plastered on their website. Today we’re taking a look at what they tried to tell people about Jesus. And for Easter Holy Week of all times…good grief! We’ll be listing each name title they used […]

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When I came upon the Church’s Easter message, I had to shake my head at the number of inconsistencies they plastered on their website. Today we’re taking a look at what they tried to tell people about Jesus. And for Easter Holy Week of all times…good grief! We’ll be listing each name title they used and define them in a proper manner so there won’t be any confusion!

First Presidency Easter Message, March 17, 2016; “Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Jehovah of the Old Testament, and the Messiah of the New Testament. He died and was resurrected, and He lives in glory with our Eternal Father.

Just to clarify a couple of things first…Jesus is the Messiah of the Old Testament, and the New Testament as well. Here’s the definition of the words they used to either name, and/or describe the Lord:

Christ

Christ is the Greek form for the Hebrew word ‘Messiah’. The transliteration is Christos and it appears 569 times in the Bible. Strong’s Concordance defines it this way – ‘anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus :- Christ’.

Romans 5:8-9; “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

Jehovah

The Hebrew form of Jehovah is yhwh. Strong’s Concordance defines it this way – ‘(the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God :- Jehovah, the Lord.’ This appears in the Bible 546 times!

Isaiah 12:2; “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”

Messiah

This is a Hebrew word. The transliteration for Messiah is māshîah which means anointed and it’s used 39 times in the Bible. Strong’s Concordance defines it this way – ‘usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint); specifically the Messiah :- anointed, Messiah’.

Daniel 9:25; “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.”

Did you notice? The Messiah is mentioned in the OT, yet the Church said their Jesus is Messiah of the NT and Jehovah of the OT. Why the confusion?

The Church went on to say –

As a result of our Savior’s atoning sacrifice, death, and resurrection we become the beneficiaries of His mercy and grace. In a world of trouble and uncertainty, His peace can fill our hearts and ease our minds. Jesus is in very deed “the way, the truth, and the life” for God’s children everywhere (John 14:6).

But did you take note of how they cherry-picked this verse? Where is John 14:7? This tells us about the Trinity, which of course the Church denounces.

John 14:6-7; “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”

Furthermore, their statement that he can fill us with peace is exactly what Joe Smith preached against…The HS of Mormonism doesn’t have to be with someone all the time if he doesn’t want to be there. D&C 130:23; “A man may receive the Holy Ghost, and it may descend upon him and not tarry with him.”

At this Easter season we give our sure witness that Jesus is the Christ. Though He was crucified, He rose triumphant from the tomb to our everlasting blessing and benefit. He stands as our Advocate and Savior.

Savior

‘Savior’ is a Hebrew word, and it’s transliteration is ‘yāshaʿ’. It’s listed in the Bible 205 times. Strong’s Concordance defines it this way – ‘to be safe; causative to free or succor :- × at all, avenging, defend, deliver (-er), help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (-iour), get victory’.

Isaiah 43:11; “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”

Mormons don’t believe Jesus is the only savior, they too can become saviors themselves.

“…we are told that by taking the gospel to others and bringing them to repentance, by doing genealogy and temple work, and by living Christ-like lives, we can come to stand as saviors on Mount Zion”. –New Era, ‘Becoming Saviors on Mount Zion,’ April 1973

Advocate

The word ‘advocate’ is a Greek word. The transliteration is paraklētos. Strong’s Concordance defines it as ‘comforter, consoler, intercessor, advocate’. The word ‘para’ means to come alongside of.

1 John 2:1-2; “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

How can this Mormon Jesus stand as our advocate when they’ve denounced who he is?

Joseph Smith declared this –

D&C 130:3; “John 14:23—The appearing of the Father and the Son, in that verse, is a personal appearance; and the idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion, and is false.”

An important thing to note about the many biblical words they’ve used here is how they weren’t tied to scripture except for in the case of quoting John 14:6. Notice how all the phrases they used are actually found in both the Old and New Testaments, yet no mention of the prophecies being fulfilled is ever hinted at by the Church.

Case in point is Psalm 16:10;

“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”

This is known as a resurrection prophecy which we know was fulfilled on the day Jesus was resurrected. The Mormons rarely speak of scripture being fulfilled because they’ve denounced God’s Holy Word. Instead, they use Christian vocabulary to make themselves look good, and out of the other side of their mouths, denounce it.

He has done for all mankind that which no other could have done. God be thanked for the gift of His Beloved Son, our Savior, the Redeemer of the world, the Lamb without blemish who was offered as a sacrifice for all mankind. First Presidency”

If Jesus was offered as a sacrifice for all mankind, why didn’t the Church allow blacks into the priesthood until 1978 when the race issue was at its apex?

If Jesus was the spotless Lamb sacrificed, why does the Church say otherwise? Why do they insist the atonement took place in the Garden of Gethsemane, and not the cross on Calvary?

Doctrines of Salvation 1:130; “GREATEST SUFFERING WAS IN GETHSEMANE. We speak of the passion of Jesus Christ. A great many people have an idea that when he was on the cross, and nails were driven into his hands and feet, that was his great suffering. His great suffering was before he ever was placed upon the cross. It was in the Garden of Gethsemane that the blood oozed from the pores of his body…That was not when he was on the cross; that was in the garden. That is where he bled from every pore in his body.”

Doctrine and Covenants 19:18; “Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—”

As we’ve seen here today, the First Presidency’s message sure sounds Christian, however, what’s lurking underneath is anything but.

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Purpose and Function of Mormon Temples https://lifeafter.org/purpose-function-mormon-temples/ https://lifeafter.org/purpose-function-mormon-temples/#respond Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:47:41 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=19086 Messages of the First Presidency 4:249-250, October 15, 1911; “The temples are not open to the public. They are for the performance of sacred ordinances, having in view the salvation of the living and the dead. The principal ceremonies are baptisms, endowments, marriages, sealings and adoptions… … The family is the foundation of eternal glory, […]

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Messages of the First Presidency 4:249-250, October 15, 1911; “The temples are not open to the public. They are for the performance of sacred ordinances, having in view the salvation of the living and the dead. The principal ceremonies are baptisms, endowments, marriages, sealings and adoptions… … The family is the foundation of eternal glory, the nucleus of a kingdom without end. The husband will have his wife, the wife her husband, parents their children, forever, provided they secure them in the manner prescribed…

THEIR SACRED CEREMONIES Because of their Masonic characters the ceremonies of the temple are sacred and not for the public.”

Hebrews 4:12; “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Today’s LDS reference comes with its fair share of falsehoods. However, before I lay them out, I have a question for you, the reader. First, go back and read over the LDS quote for today.

How many items did you find that are doctrinally incorrect? Because time is usually in short supply, what Bible verses would you use to explain why the Mormon’s use of a temple is incorrect?

If I could only use this Mormon quote, and only had a couple of minutes, I’d limit myself to just two items I’d want to share with a Mormon –

1.During the days of Jesus, the temple was a place for all believers (Jew and Gentile alike) to meet. The temple was the place where sacrifices were made, scripture was shared and taught openly amongst attendees, and worship services were held. Everyone knew and believed the teachings and doctrines of God were sacred, and treated them as such whenever they’d go to temple. After Jesus’ ascension, the temple was where the new believers met for church services. See Bible-history.com/court of women/beautiful_gate for more info.

With that in mind, if Mormonism is a restoration of early Christianity, why aren’t Mormon temples open to the public just as Jewish temples were?

The Masonic characters are already plastered all over the outside walls of LDS Temples, leaving nothing else to be discovered. Unless of course, we’re talking about the handshakes, Lucifierian aprons, and how their scripted performances mock Christian pastors.

2.I’d also point out what they said about the family.

‘The family is the foundation of eternal glory, the nucleus of a kingdom without end’.

I’d share 1 Peter 5:10 which says Jesus will bring us into His eternal glory (transliteration of glory is doxa, meaning to praise, worship). This means Jesus will bring us into heaven where God resides, and it’s where we’ll worship, and praise Him for eons.

How can a ‘forever Mormon family’ be eternal glory when God is the glory? My family’s eternal glory came to an end in May of 1980 when my parents were divorced, leaving no chance of a kingdom without end.

I’d explain to the Mormon this is why we don’t put our trust in men, but we can always rely upon God who never changes!

I pray Christians are discerning and will see how Mormons couch their false teachings into Christian vocabulary, so they won’t be fooled.

We’d love to hear what you’d share with a Mormon about this so drop us a note to let us know!

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Polygamy Lies of the LDS First Presidency https://lifeafter.org/polygamy-lies-lds-first-presidency/ https://lifeafter.org/polygamy-lies-lds-first-presidency/#respond Wed, 09 Mar 2016 00:02:36 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=19074 Today we’re looking at the never ending lies about polygamy published by the LDS Church. They just can’t seem to be honest when it comes to this topic! The lies about polygamy began with Joe Smith way back in 1834, and as you’ll see today, Hyrum Smith’s son is doing the exact same thing 80  years […]

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joseph-f-smithToday we’re looking at the never ending lies about polygamy published by the LDS Church. They just can’t seem to be honest when it comes to this topic! The lies about polygamy began with Joe Smith way back in 1834, and as you’ll see today, Hyrum Smith’s son is doing the exact same thing 80  years later. As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

This first presidency message was written by Joseph F. Smith, and appeared in the Deseret News, and the London Times May 1st & May 6th, 1911.

Messages of the First Presidency 4:230; “To Ministers of the Gospel of all Denominations and to the Public of Great Britain:—

With a view to counteracting the misrepresentations now being made in England and in the hope to establish the truth, I declare that during the nine years of my presidency…no man in the Church having one wife has been permitted to take to himself another, and no one in authority in the Church has been permitted to perform such a marriage under pain of being excommunicated from the Church. …

This is a lie. Smith condoned, as well as performed marriages, even in the Post-Manifesto time era, meaning up until the end of 1904. My family’s behavioral problem with polygamy is just one example of this.

… The Church enjoins on all its members obedience to the laws and to all properly constituted authority.

This too, is obviously another lie. Not only were they breaking the law in the UK, but they were still lying, hiding, and breaking the law in the US, and Canada as well.

Any statement to the contrary or which ascribes to the Church any willingness to countenance or encourage any form of immorality or loose living whatsoever is false and will bring condemnation on its authors.

As per that comment, condemnation must fall on his own head.

We ask you to unite with us in opposition to all appeals to passion or prejudice at this time and earnestly solicit the most searching investigation into the conduct of our members in every community of the Church. We pledge ourselves to do all in our power to assist in such investigation…” – Joseph F. Smith

I’ve often wondered how these men slept at night, or looked themselves in the mirror when they woke each morning…

Joseph F Smith was the 6th Mormon prophet who served from 1902-1918, and was the son of Hyrum Smith, and nephew of Joseph Smith, Jr. At the time he made this statement he was happily married to no less than 5 women. His first wife left him because she wasn’t fond of the polygamous lifestyle. In 1906, just five years before this First Presidency Message was published, his two youngest children were born six months apart to different mothers. Smith was 68 yrs old at the time. See Earlylds.com.

Question:

If you’re LDS, do you believe it’s okay for a true prophet of God to behave in such a manner?

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