False Prophecies of Joseph Smith

12 June

The Trinity

D&C 130:22-23; “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. 23 A man may receive the Holy Ghost, and it may descend upon him and not tarry with him.”

Instructions given in Ramus, IL on April 2, 1834.  History of the Church 5:323-325. 

We’ve listed this as an example of how the god Smith taught about evolved over the years. Before the Church was officially started Smith wrote and taught about the Trinitarian nature of God that we find in the Bible.  Examples of this can be found in the Book of Mormon in numerous places.  Mormon 7:7, 2 Nephi 31:21, etc. are just a few examples.  Also see D&C 20:28. 

Ironically (or maybe not) just weeks before Smith’s death he told people in the King Follett Discourse that he’d always taught on the plurality of gods (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 370) and clearly, this is not the truth.

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