Today we’re looking at a false prophecy in the Book of Mormon. Even though the Church has told us the BoM isn’t necessarily an historical fact, they keep claiming Joseph Smith is prophesied about in its narrative.

The BoM also tells us Smith’s  lineage is found in a line of Jews not mentioned in the Bible. Although the Church doesn’t believe the Bible has been translated correctly, the part about Joseph of Egypt is apparently okay.

Now, if this isn’t confusing enough, wait, there’s more. Here’s how the this thing plays itself out.

Near the beginning of the Nephite story, we find the prophet Lehi telling his sons he’s a descendant of this Joseph of Egypt in I Nephi 5:142 Nephi 3:4.  They use Genesis 37:36  as a reference.

Then about halfway through the BoM, we find the prophet Alma also declaring Lehi is a descendant of Manasseh, the son of Joseph in Alma 10:3.

Adding more confusion to the story is the BoM heading in 2 Nephi 3, telling us about Nephi’s vision, and his prophecy of Joe Smith.

“Joseph in Egypt saw the Nephites in vision – He prophesied of Joseph Smith.”

The 10th LDS prophet Joseph Fielding Smith, and his son-in-law LDS apostle Bruce McConkie, both said this was a prophecy of Joseph Smith (Answers to Gospel Questions 5:182-184; Mormon Doctrine, pp. 396, 700).

Further into this chapter (2 Nephi 3:4-16), Lehi claimed he quoted a prophecy by the biblical Joseph stating a latter day prophet named Joseph would be born as a descendant of Lehi.

The foregoing info sounds like it might be plausible until…

The rest of the Book of Mormon reminds us how all of the Nephites were killed off by the Lamanites in Mormon 8:2-3, and Ether 4:3.

This leads to the obvious conclusion that Joe Smith’s lineage had to be Lamanite (Native American). Again, this wouldn’t be a problem had it not been for the fact Smith came from a strictly British family, and had not a drop of Lamanite blood in his veins.

This is a huge problem given the narrative, plus the fact other LDS leaders like Erastus Snow have explained Smith descended from Manasseh, or when Joe Smith’s nephew Joseph Fielding Smith, claimed he (Joseph Smith, Jr.) was of Ephraim. Answers to Gospel Questions 3:198.

How could he be of Ephraim if he descended from Lehi, who by the way, came through the lineage of Ephraim’s brother Manasseh? Oh, what a tangled web we weave…be sure to ask a Mormon about this, and let them know you’re praying for them!

With Love in Christ;


1 Corinthians 1:18