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Mormons under the Microscope, Famous Mormons, Mormon History, Plan of Salvation

Mormons under the Microscope, Famous Mormons, Mormon History, Plan of Salvation



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  • 1. As far as we are aware all theinformation was obtained from opensources. If that should anyplace beincorrect, let us know and it will be Prophets Thomas Scorrected . Monson, 2008-
  • 2.  personal honesty, integrity, obedience to law, chastity outside of marriage fidelity within marriage great family life praying daily, attending Sunday worship services, participating in church programs and activities on weekdays refraining from work on Sundays when possible. tithing mission work healthful foods and no tobacco, alcohol, coffee, and tea
  • 3. Phenomenal Membership GrowthToday• 52,500 Mormons in Chicago 13 million• 54% of Mormons live outside United StatesA century ago the Mormon Church was viewed as a morally and politically dangerous sect. Today it is widely seen as a conservative repository of old-fashioned values, an American success story. A Church with explosive growth 4 million 6 250,000 500,000 1,000,000 1830 1896 1930 1947 1978 2006
  • 4. Michael O. Leavitt Secretary, Health and Human ServicesHarry Reid Paula HawkinsUS Senate Majority Leader Stewart Udall US Senator US Secretary of the Interior
  • 5. Philo T. Farnsworth Steve Young (1906-1971) quarterback Tampa Bay Buccaneers inventor (television) San Francisco 49ersThe Osmond Brothers, pop one of the finest NFL quarterbacks of all time. Lieutenant General Ron Dittemore director Brent Scowcroft space shuttle program USAF (retired) National security adviser to . Ralph Atkin Presidents Gerald Ford and George Bush, Sr founder, SkyWest Airlines
  • 6. Larry King / Gordon B. Hinckley, CNN Southpark
  • 7. 1844J. Smith 1976 – Morris K. Udall
  • 8. Life of the Founder of the LDS Church: Joseph Smith 1805 1820 1823 1827 1829 1830 1836 1844 First Receives Receives Sealing Birth Book Martyrdom Vision Book of Gold Powers(Vermont) Of Mormon (Illinois) Mormon Plates (Elijah) (Moroni) Published - Aaronic Church Priesthood Organized Restored (John The Baptist) - Melchezidek Priesthood Restored (Peter, James and John)
  • 9. Joseph Smith Born 1805 inVermont and soon moved toNYFirst vision in 1820: Saw the Father and Son Asked them which church he should join Answer: None! They are all corrupt!He was chosen torestore the church toits original purity. Joseph Smith
  • 10. •21 Sept. 1823 Moroni an“angel of light” appears toJoseph Smith in Palmyra, instruct him concerning theGold Plates.• 22 September 1827 Joseph entrustedwith the sacred plates. Begins to translate theseusing the Urim and Thummim. Many say he translated with magic stone in Hat and Head in Hat
  • 11. • On 17 August 1829 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon are published Similarities with SOLOMON  SPAULDINGS  MANUSCRIPT , Masterminded may be by Sidney Rigdon 1830
  • 12. Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p.99 BOOK OF MORMON On November 28, 1841, following a meeting with the Twelve Apostles, the Prophet wrote in his journal "I told the brethren that the Book of Mormonwas the most correct of any book on earth,and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book." (History of the Church, vol. 4, p. 461.)"Take away the Book of Mormon andthe revelations, and where is ourreligion? We have none." (Teachings, p. 71.) We believe also that the Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly . (8th Article of Faith, Joseph Smith)They also consider The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, andthe Pearl of Great Price to be divinely inspired, and they regard them asholy scripture.
  • 13. Source: The Book of Mormon Project Most of the people in Jerusalem 600 years before the birth of Christ were wicked. God sent Lehi the Prophet who told them to repent, but they would not listen. 1 Nephi 1:4 Consequently Jerusalem would be destroyedLehi and sons Nephi and Laman andfamilies Left Jerusalem Lehi found a brass ball called the Liahona. It would guide them as long as they were faithful. 1 Nephi 16:9–10
  • 14. Lehi and his sons built a ship and sailed from the Arabian Peninsula to the Americas approximately 600 B.C.
  • 15. Lehi’s family grew after they arrived in the Americas. His family eventually split into twogroups, known as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The Lord continued to call prophets inAmerica and they recorded their teachings on metal sheets or plates and passedthem on from generation to generation.
  • 16. The people who followed Nephi obeyed God. Laman and Lemuel’s followers were were theThey worked hard and were blessed. Nephi Lamanites. They were bad. God cursed themtaught his people to build with wood and metal. because of their wickedness and made themThey built a beautiful temple. 2 Nephi 5:10–11, dark-skinned (Indians). 2 Nephi 5:14, 2115–16 The Nephites were most of the time good. The Lamanites were bad and lazy hated the Nephites. There was constant warfare, apostasy and revival.
  • 17. Christ visited and taught in the Americas as a resurrected being after his death.
  • 18. The Lamanites attacked and killed all but 24 Nephites. Mormon had been wounded. Mormon 6:8–11Mormon gave the plates ofMormon to his son, Moroni whohid the plates in the HillCumorah. Mormon 6:6
  • 19. Book of Mormon Christ’s5000 BC 4000 BC 3000 BC 2000 BC 1000 BC Birth 1000 AD 2000 AD New Testament Old Testament 600 BC 421 AD Book of MormonBook of Mormon tells the Lehi commanded to leavestory of Lehi and his Last prophetdiscendents from 600 BC Jerusalem and sail to the (Moroni) buringto 421 AD- Americas. Golden PlatesLehi is told by God toleave Jerusalem before it Christ visits the Americas as ais destroyed. resurrected being after hisHe and family build a ship death.and sail across the oceanto the Americas.Their descendants developinto two nations, theNephites (good) andLamanites (bad). A longhistory of warfare,apostasy and revivalfollows.The story is recorded onthe Golden Platestranslated by JosephSmith
  • 20. •27 March 1836 Dedication of the First Mormon Trek WestTemple at Kirtland, OH. Kirtland,Oh Driven or failed in NY, OH, MO they settle in Nauvoo, IL. In Nauvoo they are allowed to have their own independent militia. Smith becomes mayor of Nauvoo and commander of the Nauvoo Legion – spiritual, political & military leader. Smith is found to be polygamous. Newspaper publishes the information. Smith has the opposition newspaper destroyed. His opponents charge him with treason. Sent to Carthage Jail.
  • 21. Murder of Joseph Smith, 1844, Carthage,Ill.A mob came to the jail and fired some shots through the door killingJoseph’s brother Hyrum. Smith fired his six shooter into the crowdedhall, only three chambers fired wounding three assailants. Mormons claim Joseph and Hyrum are Martyrs
  • 22. • 3 Aug. 1844 Sidney Rigdon arrived in Nauvoo from Pittsburgh claiming to be “guardian” of the Brigham Young Church. Sidney Rigdon• 8 Aug. 1844 Brigham Young speaksand is transfigured to those present.He is seen and heard as if he wasJoseph Smith. Leadership is settled,the mantle of authority falls uponthe twelve and Brigham Young astheir president.
  • 23. 1850’s A “new organization” forms among Emma, her children, including Joseph Smith III, and others who refused to follow Brigham Young and remained in Nauvoo. Emma SmithIn 1860 The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter Day Saints is formed with Joseph Smith IIIas president in Independence. MO. Joseph Smith III
  • 24. Mormon Trek West Nauvoo was the largest city There were 26,000 in Illinois in 1845 with a members when Joseph population of 20,000. Smith was Martyred in 1844. 70,000 saints traveled the 1300 mile Mormon Trail Church Organized before the railroad arrived First Temple Built Fayette, New York in 1869. Kirtland, Ohio 1830 1831-1838 Saints Settle in Nauvoo, Illinois Saints Settle 1840-1846 in Utah 1847 Saints Settle in Jackson County, MissouriBrigham Young, 1831-1839second prophet. Colonization (Settled over 600 Communities)
  • 25. The Trek West• 14 Jan. 1847 Theword and will of theLord concerning thetrek was revealed toBrigham Young
  • 26. The Trek West•24 July 1847 Brigham Youngarrived in Salt Lake Valleyand declared “This is theright place.”
  • 27. Church Organization
  • 28. Church Organization Jesus Christ Jesus Christ leads his church by communicating with the prophet. Chosen by God as a prophet, seer, Prophet revelator and president of the church. Called as a special witness of Jesus 12 Apostles Christ. They are called to serve until they die. Go about the church teaching and Seventy organizing under the direction of the 12 apostles. Stakes A Stake President leads a stake. He is called to serve for 7-10 (8-10 Wards per stake) years. Wards A Bishop leads a ward. He is called to serve for 5-7(200-400 members per ward) years.
  • 29. Produ c es S pirit Child ren w ith G o d de Became ss God Elohim Spirit Childborn on a planet to a God & Goddess Elohim a MAN The Making of God Elohim
  • 30. God Elohim was born as a spirit child onanother planet by a God and Goddess.Then was born into human flesh.God is an exalted “Man” who lived on anearth like us and progressed to godhood. He is married to “Heavenly Mother” andtogether they procreate spirit babies tobe born into physical human bodies onearth “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become.” .  —Fifth LDS President Lorenzo SnowGod the Father has a physical body, asdoes his wife (generally called “HeavenlyMother”).Father, Son, and “Holy Ghost” are threeseparate gods.
  • 31. “If we should take a millionof worlds like this andnumber their particles, weshould find that there aremore Gods than there areparticles of matter in thoseworlds.”Mormon apostle Orson PrattJournal of Discourses, Vol. 2, p. 345
  • 32. The Mormon Jesus is aseparate god from the Father(Elohim). He was created as a spirit child by the Father and Mother in Heaven, and is the “elder brother” of all men and spirit beings.His body was created throughsexual union between Elohimand Mary.He was married. An official LDS Church manual (Family Home Evening Manual, 1972) quoted from JosephChrist was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way F. Smith under the heading "A Modernthat mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers." (Mormon Prophets Answer" and included this picture on page 126:Doctrine, 1979, pages 546-47)
  • 33. “Then shall they be gods” D&C 132:20 Producing spirit children on other planets Salvation…through the mediation of Christ; but such saving intercession is to be invoked by individual effort as manifested through faith, repentance, and continued works of righteousness…the blessing of redemption from individual sins, while open for all to attain, is nevertheless conditioned on individual effort” (Articles of Faith p. 89) Righteous Baptized s i n th ce rd ai an Repentant, Baptized by proxy O F , ks or or avi W eh B
  • 34. Mankind had a pre-mortal, pre-existent life in a spirit world priorto being born into human bodies on earth.
  • 35. LDS Doctrines : Eternal Progression
  • 36. Saving ordinances (rituals) - requirement for exaltation Baptism by immersion. Confirmation and reception of the Gift of the Holy Ghost by laying on of hands Ordination to the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods Learn gestures, passwords, new name, sacred underwear “I wash your head that Knowledge of tokens, Endowment your brain may work signs, and key-words (including clearly and be quick of discernment; your eyes necessary in order to pass the angelic sentinels washing and anointing) that you may see clearly and discern the things of to the presence of God Discourses of Brigham Young, God;..” p.416 Marriage and sealing to a spouse Sealing to parents Baptism for the Dead
  • 37. Celestial Baptistery Sealing Room Celestial Room Ordinance RoomsBaptistery Room for Dead
  • 38. Mormon temples are special buildings inwhich various rites necessary forexaltation are performed.The ritual most oftenperformed is baptism forthe dead, whereby a livingSubstitute is baptized on Baptismal fontbehalf of a deceased person. for the deadTemples are used for marriage ceremoniesbinding husband and wife together foreternity. “Sealing” ceremonies are performed tounite children with their parents foreternity.
  • 39. Eternal Marriage MantIs Essential for Salt Lake iExaltation“Heavenly Father hasgiven us the law ofeternal marriage so wecan become like him. Wemust live this law to beable to have spiritchildren. The Lord hassaid: "In the celestialglory there are threeheavens or degrees;"And in order to obtainthe highest, a man mustenter into this order ofthe priesthood [meaningthe new and everlastingcovenant of marriage];"And if he does not, hecannot obtain it" (D&C131:1­3)
  • 40. Sacred and SecretMormons promise that they will notspeak of what they have learned in thetemple “endowment ceremony”In the endowment, participantsare taught handshakes,arm gestures, and special phrasesThese gestures will be necessary in order to pass the angelicsentinels who guard the way back to the presence of God
  • 41. Two “Mormon” Scholars see some Problems  Claim that Joseph Smith engaged in treasure hunting with magic stone  Discuss “Multiple first vision” stories  Acknowledge problems with the 2005 historicity of the Book of Mormon (Native Americans as descendents of Jews) Acknowledge the messiness of Joseph Smith’s practice of Polygamy (“All told, ten of Joseph’s plural wives were married to other men”. Bushman p. 439)  Claimed connections between the Masonic Temple ceremony and the LDS temple ceremony
  • 42. More ProblemsBook of Mormon: No historical Evidence for anything. Abook of Fiction Book of Mormon had over 4,000 changes None of cities found, none of the battles described ever took place Where are the steel swords? Armor? Bones? Horses? Elephants? Steel? Barley? Wheat? DNA of Indians 95+% Asiatic not HebrewBook of AbrahamA 1835 invention of Joseph. According to Smith,the book was a translation of the papyrus on theright ... purporting to be the writings of Abraham,while he was in Egypt. The papyrus had nothingto do with Abraham and is a funerary text.Racism until 1978
  • 43. Temple Square, Utah All Seeing Eye Special handshakesInverted Pentagrams Beehive New Name " I give you a new name which you should always remember, and which you must keep sacred, and never reveal Five points of Fellowship Apron
  • 44.  personal honesty, integrity, obedience to law, chastity outside of marriage fidelity within marriage great family life praying daily, attending Sunday worship services, participating in church programs and activities on weekdays refraining from work on Sundays when possible. tithing mission work healthful foods and no tobacco, alcohol, coffee, and tea
  • 45. Yet, let’s think what this text may mean in relation to the Mormons  "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!" (Gal. 1:8). "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar." Proverbs 30:5-6