Lies of Wilford Woodruff in the St. George Temple

08 September

saint-george-mormon-templeNothing in Mormonism is simple. Every subject matter is invariably linked to something else of major import, and thus it is with my discovery today.

While retrieving info for a future article on Wilford Woodruff, Wilford Woodruff 2Mormonism’s 4thpresident/prophet, I came across the quote I was looking for in a speech Mr. Woodruff made on posthumous baptisms for deceased US Presidents. I found his teachings so blasphemous I couldn’t let them slide on by as I’ve had to do in the past with many of the other things Mormon leaders have said.

With that in mind, let’s get started! This speech was rather lengthy so I’ve focused solely on six of the most ‘anti-biblical’ lies. The article I mentioned earlier will focus on the overall message, which of course, are the lies he told about events that took place in the St. George temple.

The reason I’ve honed in on this subject is because of its importance in LDS teachings. If/when someone is thinking about joining this organization, they should be made aware the secret teachings and practices of Mormonism are Pagan, and necromantic to the core.

Let’s look at the lies and compare them with what the Bible says! Mr. Woodruff delivered this speech in Salt Lake City on July 16, 1877. You can read it in full by clicking on the link provided below.

Journal of Discourses 19:229-230

Lie # 1

‘…And there is no greater duty resting upon the Latter-day Saints today than that of building Temples, and officiating therein for the dead as well as the living…’

Whatever happened to loving the Lord with all your heart and mind, and loving your neighbor as yourself as Jesus told us to do in Luke 10:27?

Why have LDS leaders tricked members into believing their greatest focus should be on dead people instead of Jesus, who is alive?

Why have LDS leaders tricked members into believing their greatest duty is to construct buildings most won’t be worthy to enter, instead of attending to the needs of the destitute and leading them to Christ?

Lie #2

‘…Said Paul, in support of this doctrine, “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?” There is no doubt or obscurity in the minds of the Latter-day Saints respecting this principle, it has been made plain unto our understanding by the light of revelation…’

Take careful notice here of what Woodruff said! Baptizing dead people was made ‘plain’ through Joseph Smith’s revelation…

The biblical text in context obviously holds no value or meaning for the Saints. They’ve systematically accepted a different version of the Greek language, knowing their prophet had no training in the language.

Moreover, they knowingly brag that Smith only had a 3rd grade education, but he was wonderful enough to lead an entire people group by his visions no one else saw, or could verify.

The following explanation of baptisms for the dead comes from the Holman Bible Dictionary –

“BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD Some Christians at Corinth denied the resurrection of the dead (1 Cor. 15:12). Paul saw that as a serious error. If there is no resurrection from the dead, then Christ was not raised, there can be no salvation, and Paul’s preaching and the Corinthians’ faith would all be in vain. Thus Paul argued in 1 Corinthians 15 for the reality of the resurrection of the dead.

As part of his argument he mentioned a practice of some of the people at Corinth—that is, the practice of baptizing “for the dead” (1 Cor. 15:29). Two things are important to note here.

First, we are not sure exactly what is entailed in the practice of baptizing for the dead. Chrysostom (an early church father) explained the practice of an early Christian group of hiding a living person under the bier of a dead person. The corpse would be approached and asked if he would like to be baptized. The person hiding underneath would answer in behalf of the corpse that he desired baptism. The living person would then be baptized for the dead one. It is possible that something along this line was being practiced in Cornith.

Second, Paul was not advocating the practice of baptizing for the dead. Paul was pointing to the inconsistency in the thought of the Corinthians in trying to convince them of the reality of the resurrection of the dead. The argument seems to be: “If, as some of you Corinthians claim, there is no resurrection from the dead, then why do you go to the trouble of baptizing for the dead? Only those who hope for life after death would attempt to influence the eternal fate of those who have died. Your thinking on the subject is contradictory. You claim there is no resurrection, but your actions betray that you really believe there is something beyond this life.”

You’ll notice how the reference above contains context to their explanation, along with biblical references. Nowhere in any Mormon apology  do we find biblical reasons why God commanded Mormons to perform proxy baptisms for the dead. It’s a standalone order that’s typical of cult behavior.

Lie #3

‘…The dead will be after you, they will seek after you as they have after us in St. George. They called upon us, knowing that we held the keys and power to redeem them.’

God has forbidden us from having conversations with dead people.  Deuteronomy 18:9-12 reads –

“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”

Lie #4

‘I will here say, before closing, that two weeks before I left St. George, the spirits of the dead gathered around me, wanting to know why we did not redeem them…’

Actually, this isn’t physically possible. Jesus told us in Luke 16:19-31 that once you’ve died, your choices in life are over. Furthermore, He pointed out in verse twenty-six there’s a fixed gulf between heaven and hell, making it impossible for anyone to enter, or leave, either place.

Luke 16:26 “And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.”

Lie #5

‘…I have felt to rejoice exceedingly in this work of redeeming the dead…This is a preparation necessary for the second advent of the Savior…’

The New Testament has 260 chapters and mentions Jesus’ return 318 times, which obviously makes it a subject of great importance. When it comes to being prepared, His word tells us there are at least five distinct things we must do, and none of them included redeeming the dead!

Ask your Mormon friends/loved ones where in the NT does it say we must redeem the dead.

Here are five things we must be doing to be prepared –

We should be watching for Him.

Luke 12:37 “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.”

We should devote ourselves to prayer.

Colossians 4:2 “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.”

We should want to be more like Him.

2 Peter 3:11-14 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”

We should be anxiously waiting.

Revelation 22:20 “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

We should be awake and alert, standing firm in our belief.

1 Corinthians 16:13 “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”

Lie #6

‘…When the Savior comes, a thousand years will be devoted to this work of redemption; and Temples will appear all over this land of Joseph—North and South America—and also in Europe and elsewhere; and  all the descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth who received not the Gospel in the flesh, must be officiated for in the Temples of God, before the Savior can present the kingdom to the Father, saying, “It is finished.”…’ – Wilford Woodruff, Salt Lake City, September 16, 1877

Since when has the American continent been referred to as the ‘Land of Joseph’?

Where in the Bible does it say the thousand years will be devoted to redemption of the dead?

Where in the Bible does it say Jesus can’t return until everyone who’s ever lived will be baptized Mormon?

The key words in this last lie are, ‘It is finished’.

The reason why is because the Mormon Church adamantly opposes the truthfulness to that statement found in John 19:30. As we all know, these were Jesus’ last words while hanging on the cross. They argue he never said that and even if he did, it’s either been mistranslated, or at a minimum, misinterpreted.

One of the conniving things they’ve chosen to do is use that phrase for their own demented purpose. If the phrase ‘it is finished’ wasn’t translated correctly, why would a ‘prophet of God’, use it in any other context?

Their 6th prophet, Joseph F. Smith, boldly proclaimed the interpretation of Jesus’ words ‘It is Finished’ was flat out wrong. He expounded on his false theory by stating Jesus’ time on earth was finished, but his mission was not. They claim he didn’t finish his work until after his resurrection. They’ve obviously missed the whole point of Genesis 3:15 and Ephesians 2:15 which says there is an enmity between God and man, thus our need for a Redeemer. Journal of Discourses 23:174-175.

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