The Mormons


(*abbreviations: BOM = Book of Mormon; JoD = Journal of Discourses; DN = Deseret News)

More commonly known as  the  Mormons, and abbreviated to LDS in the following  passages,  this  American  religion has always been presented by its leaders as the 'only true church' on earth today and challenges us to examine it in the following ways:

1. 'If, after a rigid examination, it be found an imposition, it should be EXTENSIVELY published  to the world as such; the evidences & arguments on which the imposture was detected should be clearly & logically stated, that those who have been sincerely yet unfortunately deceived may perceive the nature of the deception &  be  reclaimed,  &  that  those  who continue to publish the delusion may be exposed & silenced...' (Orson Pratt, 'The Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon').

George A. Smith wrote (in Journal of Discourses, hereafter abbreviated JofD, Volume 14, p.216):  'If  a faith will not bear to be investigated, if its  preachers & professors are afraid to have it examined, their foundation must be very weak.'

These quotations by  men  recognised  as  apostles by the Mormon church endorse & encourage the investigation of the church.

2. In discussions with members  of  the Mormon Church in Cardiff there have been suggestions that it  is wrong for us to question their teachings & the  basis  of  their beliefs. The implication that the Mormon church  never  criticizes other churches & their beliefs needs examination.


The founder of the Mormon church, Joseph Smith, wrote that there was a revival involving the Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches, in the area  where  he  lived  in  New York during his boyhood in 1820. He  claimed  that  he  was confused as to which church to join & therefore went  off  into the woods to pray. It was there, he claimed, that God  the  Father & His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, appeared to  him.  When  he enquired of them which church he was to join he was told:

'....none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that  ALL  THEIR  CREEDS WERE AN ABOMINATION IN HIS SIGHT; THAT THOSE  PROFESSORS WERE  ALL CORRUPT; that: 'they draw  near  to  me  with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a  form  of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.' ('The Testimony of Joseph Smith,' 2:19)


3. Smith's  successor  was  Brigham  Young  and,  as  the second president of the Mormon Church, he endorsed this view:

'The Christian world, so-called, are heathens as to their knowledge of the salvation of God'  (Journal of Discourses, 8:171) & 'With regard to theology, a more ignorant people never lived than the present so-called Christian world' (JofD,8:199).

John Taylor, who succeeded Brigham Young in 1877, expressed these views: 'We talk about  Christianity, but it is a perfect pack of nonsense....the Devil could  not invent a better engine to spread his work than the Christianity of the nineteenth century (JofD, 6:167); 'What -are Christians ignorant? Yes, as ignorant of the things of God as the brute beast (JofD, 6:25); 'WHAT DOES THE CHRISTIAN KNOW OF GOD? NOTHING....WHY, SO FAR AS THE THINGS OF GOD ARE CONCERNED THEY ARE THE VERIEST FOOLS; THEY KNOW NEITHER GOD NOR THE THINGS OF GOD' (JofD, 13:225)


4.  It seems that the  early  Mormon  leaders were queuing up to express their  adverse  opinions  of  orthodox Christianity. The Mormon apostle, Orson Pratt had this to say: "All other churches are entirely destitute of all authority from God; and any person who receives Baptism, or the Lord's Supper from their hands will highly offend God, for he looks upon them as the most corrupt of all people" ("The Seer,"  p.255)  & in his "Pamphlets," (p.112): "THE GATES OF  HELL  HAVE  PREVAILED  and will continue to prevail over the Catholic  Mother  of  Harlots, and over ALL her Protestant Daughters;...the apostate  Catholic  church, with all her popes &  bishops,  together  with  all  her harlot daughters SHALL BE HURLED DOWN TO HELL. ..."

"Apostle" Orson Pratt  stated,  with  regard  to the churches of Christendom (JofD, Vol. 16, pp. 175-6):

"I said their  baptisms  are  illegal.  Now  let  me go a little further, and say that the ordinance of marriage is illegal among all people, nations and  tongues,  unless  administered by a man appointed by new revelation from God...."


Should we be surprised at these  statements?  Not if we look at the original vehicle of the  Mormon  church, Joseph Smith's 'Book of Mormon,' for there we  read  (
1  Nephi 14:10): 'Behold there are save two churches only; the  one  is  the  church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the  church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is  the  mother  of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.' (cf. 1 Nephi 13v26-29)

Interestingly, in a recent conversation with Mormon's in Cardiff this argument was applied the other  way round - and offence was taken by the Mormons!

It is an interesting  assertion  by  Orson  Pratt: 'The gates of hell HAVE  prevailed....'  The  KJV  of  the Bible states: '....upon this rock I  will  build  my  church; and the gates of hell SHALL NOT prevail  against  it' (
Matt 16v18). We will consider the  LDS  excuses  for  this  contradiction  in another place.

5. Until April 1990, the  Mormon  religion  included in their temple ceremony part of  a  dialogue between a character playing the  part of Lucifer (the  Devil) and a man portraying a Protestant 'preacher' shown to  be  in  the  pay of Lucifer. The temple ceremony was  protected with  Masonic intensity for over 150 years and, according to their Doctrine and Covenants,124:40, the Lord revealed the ordinances for these temple ceremonies.  However,  He  has now apparently changed  His  mind  and the ceremony was dramatically reduced  to  half  an hour, instead of the previous hour and a half. Masonic oaths installed to protect the ceremony have also gone - do you think that this could have anything to  do  with  the  fact  that  the  temple ceremony was secretly recorded without the knowledge of the Mormon hierarchy and had been distributed to  the world, BEFORE this change was made? These recordings are still widely available and Mormons who we have shared this information with feign horror that one of their sacred ceremonies should have been shared with the world - there is no point in showing horrror because (a) the ceremionies were largely 'borrowed' without permission from the Masons, and (b) the Book of Mormon speaks out against secret societies, oaths, priestcrafts, and blood atonement (I Nephi 20:16; 2 Nephi 9:9; 28:9; Alma 37:22-31; Helaman 6:25; 3 Nephi 10:33; 12:33; 16;10; 21:19-21; Mormon 8:27,40; Ether 8:14-22; 10:33; Ether 11:22; 14:8-10) and yet Joseph Smith introduced all of these after claiming the Book of Mormon to be the 'most correct of any book on earth'!

6. The Mormon church still claims that all other churches are in a  state  of  apostasy  and   more  than  fifty  pages  of  the introduction to the 'History  of  the  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints'  are  devoted  to  proving  that all churches except the  Mormon  church  are  in  apostasy.  For example, the following quote is  found  on  page  XL:  'Nothing  less than a complete apostasy from the  Christian religion would warrant the establishment  of  the  Church  of  Jesus  Christ  of Latter-Day Saints.'


In more recent LDS writings  we  have the appearance of a softer attitude towards orthodox  Christianity.  However, 'The Ensign,'Dec., 1984 (p.9) had this to  say in an article entitled 'Early signs of the Apostasy':

'To say that SATAN SITS IN THE PLACE OF GOD IN CHRISTIANITY AFTER THE TIME OF THE APOSTLES is not to say that all that is in it is satanic. Indeed,  Latter-Day Saints should rejoice - as the heavens undoubtedly do - at the great works of righteousness and faith, and the  leavening  influence  on the world, of those whose lives are touched in any degree by Him whose gospel THE SAINTS ENJOY IN ITS FULNESS.  Still,  'the power of God unto salvation' (
Rom. 1:16) is ABSENT  FROM  ALL BUT THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, WHICH THE LORD HIMSELF HAS PROCLAIMED TO BE 'THE ONLY TRUE AND LIVING CHURCH UPON THE FACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH'  (D&C  1:30).  Satan's goal of hindering many of God's children from returning to their Father's glory is thus realized. How appropriate, therefore, is Paul's description of him SITTING IN  THE  PLACE  OF  GOD IN THE CHURCH OF THE APOSTASIA.'


7. John Taylor, the third  president  of the church, set forward the challenge of the Mormons in the following way:

'....if God has not spoken, if the angel of God has not appeared to Joseph Smith, and if  these  things  are not true of which we speak, then the whole  thing  is  an imposture from beginning to end. It is either one thing or the other' (
JofD, Vol. 21, p.165)

Joseph Fielding Smith, the tenth president of the church, made a similar statement:

'Mormonism, as it is called, must  stand or fall on the story of Joseph Smith. He was either  a  prophet of God, divinely called, properly appointed  and  commissioned,  or  he  was  one  of the biggest frauds this world has  ever seen. THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND.  If  Joseph  Smith  was  a  deceiver,  who wilfully attempted to mislead the people,  then he should be exposed; his claims  should  be  refuted,  and  his  doctrines  shown  to  be false....I maintain that Joseph Smith was all that he claimed to be' (
Doctrines of Salvation, 1959, Vol. 1, pp.188-189).


In the next news-letter we will consider the  claims of the 'prophet' Joseph  Smith,  and  in  due  time  the  claims of the 'scriptures' of the  Mormons  and  their  version  of the gospel which led Ezra Taft Benson  (who became president of the LDS in 1985) to state in 'The Ensign,' November, 1984:

'Men  can  get  nearer  to  the  Lord...and  can  gain  a better understanding of the doctrines of  salvation through the Book of Mormon than they can through the Bible....THERE WILL BE MORE PEOPLE SAVED IN THE KINGDOM OF  GOD  -TEN THOUSAND TIMES OVER -BECAUSE OF THE BOOK OF MORMON  THAN THERE WILL BE BECAUSE OF THE BIBLE.' (quoting Elder Bruce R. McConkie -
Address at Book of Mormon Symposium, Brigham Young University, 18 Aug. 1978)


8. How  to  summarise  the  long  held  Mormon  view of orthodox Christianity? Mormon Penrose stated  their case in the following way:

'The departure from the  order, doctrine, ordinances, and spirit of primitive Christianity commenced at a very early period...The Church of Christ was gone, without even a shadow of its presence to  be   seen   upon   the   earth...After   a   time  came  the reformation...Yet there was no inspired prophet, no gifted seer, no appointed revelator through  whom  the  will  of God could be made known. Therefore, the ordinances of the gospel could not be administered acceptably to God, and  all such ceremonies as were established among the various  sects  were of necessity void and without  virtue  in   heaven...Joseph   Smith   was  the  chosen instrument in the hands of  God  to receive the glad message and direct its promulgation  to  all  the  world.' (
Mormon Doctrine, pp. 33-38)

The Mormons have given enough  reasons to examine their religion - and have clearly  claimed  to  be  the only true Christians on earth. We have supplied enough evidence already to show that the Mormon Church is neither Christian nor anything but the product from the Gates of Hell. We provide more evidence on the following pages showing that

Regarding the Mormon connection with Occult Masonic practices it is a fact that:

  • The first five Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were all members of Nauvoo Lodge;
  • Hyrum Smith - the brother of Joseph 'the prophet', also served as patriarch of the church after the death of their father, Joseph Smith, Sr., who was also a Mason. Hyrum was a member of Mount Moriah Lodge at Palmyra, Ontario County, NY. He later served as the Senior Warden of the Nauvoo Lodge at its founding in 1841 and as Worshipful Master from November 10, 1842 to June 27, 1844 when he was assassinated at Carthage, IL with his brother;
  • Brigham Young - second president was a Member of the Quorum of the Twelve under Joseph Smith, and became a Mason at the Nauvoo Lodge: Initiated 4/7/1842, Passed 4/8/1842 & Raised 4/9/1842. According to the Official Lodge Minutes, Joseph Smith was present at the 1st and 3rd of these degrees. Young was known to have worn a Masonic stick pin on his shirt at various times for the rest of his life. The pin has been edited out of all official LDS images of Young but exists on some images (see link below);
  • Willard Richards - Apostle, Church Historian & personal secretary to Joseph Smith received his degrees in Masonry at the Nauvoo Lodge at the same time as Brigham Young;
  • Heber C. Kimball - member of the First Quorum of the Twelve under Joseph Smith & a counsellor to Brigham Young during his presidency. Kimball was made a Mason at Milner Lodge in Victor, Ontario County, NY in 1825. He was reported to have petitioned the Royal Arch Chapter in Canadigua, NY in 1826 just before the Anti-Mason sentiment sparked by the Morgan Affair shut down most lodges in that region of the country. Kimball served as Junior Deacon of the Nauvoo Lodge.
  • John Taylor- apostle under Joseph Smith, made a Mason at Nauvoo, succeeded Brigham Young to the presidency of the LDS church;
  • Parley P. Pratt - served as a Branch President in Missouri and later as an Apostle. He served several missions for the church, including one to England. Also editor of the Millennial Star, a Mormon newspaper. Made a Mason at the Nauvoo Lodge - Initiated 7/10/1843, Passed 7/13/1843 & Raised 7/30/1844;
  • Lorenzo Snow - Like Taylor & Woodruff, an apostle under Joseph Smith made a Mason at Nauvoo and became the fifth president of the LDS church;
  • Orson Hyde - an Apostle who served several missions for the church, including one to Palestine to dedicate the Holy Land for the final gathering of Israel, received his 1st and 2nd degrees in Masonry at Meridian Orb Lodge No. 10 in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason at the Nauvoo Lodge on January 18, 1843.
  • Orin Porter Rockwell - close friend and bodyguard of Joseph Smith, member of the Danites in Missouri, accused of the attempted assassination of Lilburn W. Boggs, Governor of Missouri, was a Mason at the Nauvoo Lodge - Initiated 3/9/1844, Passed 3/11/1844 & Raised 3/29/1844.


John Taylor

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