“Never allow anything to deflect you from insight into Jesus Christ. It is the test of whether you are spiritual or not. To be unspiritual means that other things have a growing fascination for you.

Since mine eyes have looked on Jesus,
I’ve lost sight of all beside,
So enchained my spirit’s vision,
Gazing on the Crucified.”

 Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

salt lake mormon temple 23 Nephi 17:7 “Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.”

2 Timothy 3:5 “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

Are the leaders of your church leading you to the cross? Reputable leaders will, but all others, including other christs, will not.

Charismatic leaders like Joseph Smith are a dime a dozen, and reminiscent of snake oil salesmen from way back when. They sound good, and ofttimes decorate their talks with biblical phrases Christians expect to hear. However, we must always be on alert and listen carefully to the words they employ.

We know the whole narrative of the BoM is a fabrication of Joseph Smith’s imagination, and one way we can tell is from the claim in our Mormon reference today.

This text is supposed to be from when Jesus visited the American continent after His resurrection. However, since we already know Jesus is perfect, it goes without saying He wouldn’t have used the word ‘leprous’ while in America in 34 AD.

Leprosy was a common ailment in Israel, other parts of Asia Minor, and Africa during Jesus’ time, however, the first recorded case of it in the Americas didn’t come about until 1758. See Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, ‘History of Leprosy in the United States,’ Volume 54, March 1951, pp. 6-11, L.F. Badger.

The reference to leprosy in 1st Nephi is 1,724 years too early and serves as one more proof Joseph Smith was a false prophet. The Nephites wouldn’t have known what Jesus was talking about when he brought this up.

If this had really been Jesus visiting these people, He would’ve pointed them to the cross, and reminded them that it’s the center of salvation. You’ll notice the BoM text today is filled with false promises, and bereft of talk about the cross.