Two ‘Testaments’, Two Pieces of Cloth

21 December

Isaiah 45:22 “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

One of my all time favorite Christmas songs is ‘O, Holy Night’.  The words, ‘fall on  your knees’, reminds us of what it says in Matthew 2:11 when the wise men fell down to worship the newborn King of Israel. The song’s four simple words commands attention of all who hear the words.

As I’ve reflected on that song this holiday season, my thoughts also go to the numerous times the Church has brazenly touted Joe Smith’s use of occult methods in producing the Book of Mormon. Their list of articles is exhaustive… Today we’re taking a quick look at how the Church methodically chronicles Mormon historical events without giving any new revelations, nor do they provide any info on their church’s namesake, that being Jesus.

While reading their materials, it doesn’t take long to see how they laboriously give the same info without saying anything new. This is a concerted effort to confuse and mislead, so don’t be fooled my friends! The following is case in point –

In an article from 1993, Russell M. Nelson intricately wove a story of how Smith’s work was inspired of God. Along with numerous adulations, he provided a partial reprint of David Whitmer’s 75 page statement, ‘An Address to All Believer’s in Christ’, along with links for two pro-Mormon  apologetic websites, FairMormon, and WorksofJoeph.com. The rabbit trail he took readers on would put Lewis Carroll’s, Alice in Wonderland, to shame.

Links for Mr. Nelson’s article, and his references are at the end of this article.

What most Mormons don’t know is that Whitmer’s very public declaration was written after he was booted from the Church. Although he no longer believed in Smith’s calling as a prophet for numerous reasons, he somehow justified the BoM was from God. Obviously, there was a disconnect somewhere in his line of reasoning. We’ve provided a direct link for Whitmer’s ‘address’ above to show what Mr. Nelson has done.

The other disconcerting issue about Mr. Nelson’s article is how one of the sites he mentioned, worksofjoseph.com, played up a scene in Smith’s translation process. One of the images therein, spoke on the importance of a cloth that was always covering the so-called ‘golden plates’.

The manner in which they did this gave me pause as I thought of another piece of cloth; this time found in God’s word. Luke 2:7 reads,

“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

…One piece of cloth hid Satan’s treacherous lies, and the other provided comfort to the newborn babe, Emmanuel.

We’re wondering why the Church never mentions any notable details found in God’s perfect word, but they go out of their way to highlight the ungodly works of Smith…

Why did Mr. Nelson use Whitmer’s letter when Joe Smith denounced him?

Why is the Church fixated on showcasing Smith’s nefarious occult activities?

Should members participate in the same activities Smith did?

I know that as a Mormon I did exactly that. I participated in séances at church, played the Ouija Board, and was encouraged to look for ways to communicate with dead relatives. The thought of it now still makes me cringe.

Where in the Bible does God advocate witchcraft?

These types of articles put out regularly by the Church, provides no biblical foundation of who Christ is, the history of God’s relationship with mankind, nor a solid promise of how to obtain true salvation.

Our prayer for the Mormon people is for them to have a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus, and have no hesitation to fall on their knees to worship Him who can set them free from these treacherous lies.

Please, pray for those who read these false teachings from their church!

With Love in Christ;

Michelle

1 Cor 1:18

References:

Ensign, ‘A Treasured Testament,’ July 1993 “The Book of Mormon stands as another testament of Jesus Christ. The power of its message will transform the lives of all who earnestly study its precious pages. Its very reality is an inspiring fact. …

Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine. A piece of something resembling parchment would appear, and on that appeared the writing. One character at a time would appear, and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the English to Oliver Cowdery, who was his principal scribe, and when it was written down and repeated to Brother Joseph to see if it was correct, then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear. Thus the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God, and not by any power of man.” (David Whitmer, An Address to All Believers in Christ, Richmond, Mo.: n.p., 1887, p. 12.)”- Russell M. Nelson

See FairMormon.org for articles and further insight on how Smith translated the ‘golden plates’ by placing magic stones into his hat. WorksofJoseph.com, & WorksofJoseph.com/seerstones.

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