Confounding Your Enemies 

Doctrine and Covenants 71:7; “Wherefore, confound your enemies; call upon them to meet you both in public and in private”.



2 Cor. 4:6-8; “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair”.

If our merciful God would command light to shine out of darkness why is Joseph Smith commanding people to go into the world to confound people?  The website of defines confound this way: 

“To perplex or amaze especially by a sudden disturbance or surprise; bewilder; confuse:

 to throw into confusion or disorder,

to throw into increased confusion,

to treat or regard erroneously as identical; mix or associate by mistake, truth confounded with error,

 to mingle so that the elements cannot be distinguished or separated”. 

Remember, the enemy to Joseph Smith is anyone who doesn’t agree with him. He announced to the world that God and Jesus appeared to him in the grove of trees and told him that every single church in the entire world was not following him and were the “whores of Babylon”. This is what we’re told in both Smith’s testimony and in the first book of Nephi. The entire reason we have Mormonism is because Smith claimed everyone was living in darkness and God needed Smith to restore the church of Christ so people could be saved. 

So why would God want to confound people when the Bible tells us God isn’t a God of confusion in 1 Cor. 14:33 and Jesus told us that in the world there is tribulation, but in Him we have peace because He overcame the world?! – John 16:33.