Reasons Starting with I
Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg. 953; “Because of the angel Moroni’s role in restoring the everlasting gospel to be preached to all the world (cf. Rev. 14:6-7; D&C 133:31-39), the Church placed a statue depicting him as a herald of the Restoration atop the Salt Lake Temple, and later on the hill Cumorah near Palmyra, New York, where anciently he had buried the Book of Mormon plates. Copies of the statue have also been placed atop several other LDS temples.”
Isaiah 45:16; “They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.”
Placing a statue of a dead man on top of your place of worship is called idol worship. Especially since you’re going into that temple to do works for the dead. It’s a form of necromancy.
Discourses of Brigham Young, pg. 271; “Be just as independent as a God to do good. Love mercy, eschew evil, be a savior to yourselves and to your families, and to your fellow beings just as much as you possibly can, and go on with your independence and do not yield yourselves servants to obey an evil principle or an evil being. 15:7.”
Luke 18:9, 14; “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others…I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
The blasphemy just continues on with this teaching from Brigham Young. Independence implies you’re trusting in yourself. Doing this as “a god” tells us you’re a polytheist.
Nothing else you would have to say matters when those two things are part of the theology.
Indians Come to America in 600 BC
Journal of Discourses 14:11-12; “Let me here observe that the Book of Mormon, which has been published for forty-one years, gives an account of the first settlement of this country by these inhabitants, showing that they are not the ten tribes, but they are the descendants of one tribe, and they came to this country about six hundred years before Christ. The people when they first landed consisted of only two or three families; and instead of landing on the north-west coast of North America, they landed on the south-west coast of South America. A history of the escape of these few families from Jerusalem is contained in the Book of Mormon.” – Brigham Young
Galatians 3:1-3; “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”
Special note: Please read Jeremiah 42:1-22 which took place circa 600 BC.
One of the all time best bible studies I did was on the book of Jeremiah. I think every single Mormon and ex-Mormon needs to study Jeremiah because it’ll completely change your mind about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.
Either Jeremiah’s written account is truth or the Book of Mormon is truth but you can’t believe in both.
Inspired of God?
Alma 40:20; “Now, my son, I do not say that their resurrection cometh at the resurrection of Christ; but behold, I give it as my opinion, that the souls and the bodies are reunited, of the righteous, at the resurrection of Christ, and his ascension into heaven.”
Jeremiah 5:31; “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?”
You’d think that something as significant as when we’re resurrected wouldn’t be a mere opinion in scripture.
Inspired of God?
Alma 22:14; “And since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins, through faith and repentance, and so forth; and that he breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory, and that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory; and Aaron did expound all these things unto the king.” – BC 90-77
2 Peter 2:1; “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
How could this be inspired? They’re talking about Jesus in 90 BC, using phrases from the New Testament epistles Paul wrote and my least favorite…“and so forth”.
Inspired of God?
3 Nephi 26:18; “And many of them saw and heard unspeakable things, which are not lawful to be written.”
2 Timothy 3:16; “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
If this “scripture” is definitely from God then why would it be unlawful to write about it?
Intellect; Never Allow it to Take Over Spiritual
October 2004 General Conference; “Some people exalt themselves above God and His annointed servants because of their learning and scholarly achievements. We must never allow our intellect to take priority over our spirit. Our intellect can feed our spirit and our spirit can feed our intellect, but if we allow our intellect to take precedence over our spirit, we stumble, find fault, and may even lose our testimonies.” – Apostle Joseph B. Wirthlin
Psalm 1:1-2; “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
No, why would you want reason to kick in? That was a gift given to you from God Himself and you’re throwing it away.
Life Before, pg. 39; “In 1833 the Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith that “man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be.” (D&C 93:29.).” – Brent Top
Psalm 8:3-5; “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.”
I cannot imagine the Lord would tell Joseph that He was unable to create mankind or that He didn’t have the power to create the earth out of nothing.