Fast Facts about Mormonism

Found this somewhere…thought it might be helpful at later date… I would like to build a small apologetics ‘database’, but we will see.

The following facts represent teachings that are either openly taught in the Mormon Church today, or that have been taught by the highest authorities of the Mormon Church. All quotes given are from official LDS publications or the Bible.

FACT #1 The Mormon Church teaches ALL other Churches are WRONG; ALL their creeds are an ABOMINATION in the sight of God; and ALL their teachers are corrupt.

One of the Mormon Books of Scripture, The Pearl of Great Price, says this about non-LDS churches:

“… 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;…” (Joseph Smith 2:19).

FACT #2. Mormonism teaches there is no salvation outside the Mormon Church and no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith.

Apostle Bruce R. McConkie makes this statement:

“If it had not been for Joseph Smith and the restoration, there would be no salvation. There is no salvation outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” (Mormon Doctrine, p. 670)

The Bible, on the other hand, teaches salvation is in Jesus alone:

“Neither is there salvation in any other [Jesus]: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

To be fair, Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, preached that there is no salvation outside the Church (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus), a statement ‘adopted’ by Rome and by other groups; however, Smith preached a restoration gospel that said that nothing of the Church existed after the Apostles.

FACT #3. Mormons are taught to doubt the reliability of the Bible and their leaders have consistently attacked its accuracy.

Joseph Smith claimed:

” … it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of men, had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.10)

The Bible answers this attack:

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

Although the Mormons use the KJV, they use it with the statement, ‘correct as translated’. Smith issued his own translation that ‘enhanced’ the KJV with false Mormon doctrines.

FACT #4. A basic tenant in Mormonism today is that Jesus Christ is the brother of Satan.

Milton R. Hunter explains it like this:

“The appointment of Jesus to be the Savior of the world was contested by one of the other sons of God. He was called Lucifer,… this spirit-brother of Jesus desperately tried to become the Savior of mankind.” (The Gospel Through The Ages, p.15)

Nowhere in the Bible does it indicate that Lucifer attempted to become the Savior: in fact, Jesus created all the angels including Lucifer, so they can’t be brothers. Colossians 1:16 indicates that Jesus created “all things,” whether “in heaven,” or “in earth, visible or invisible.”

FACT #5. Mormonism continues to teach that God the Father is a glorified, resurrected Man, and men and women may become Gods and Goddesses.

Apostle Bruce R. McConkie makes this claim:

“God himself, the Father of us all, is a glorified, exalted, immortal, resurrected Man!” (Mormon Doctrine, p. 643)

Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, taught:

” …you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves…the same as all Gods have done before you,…” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 346)

The Lord Himself answers this teaching by pronouncing:

“… I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6)

FACT #6. Mormons consider Polygamy a righteous principle which will be practiced in heaven.

Although there is nothing in the Bible that will support this thinking, current Mormon Scripture has this to say:

“. . .if any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse another, and the first give her consent, and if he espouse the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to no other man, then is he justified; he cannot commit adultery . . . . And if he have TEN VIRGINS given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery.” (Doctrine and Covenants 132:61, 62)

FACT #7. Mormons today believe God the Father is married and past leaders have taught both God the Father and Jesus Christ are polygamists.

Apostle Orson Pratt makes these unbelievable statements:

“. . .the great Messiah who was the founder of the Christian religion, was a Polygamist,. . . the Messiah chose to take upon himself his seed; and by marrying many honorable wives himself, show to all future generations that he approbated the plurality of Wives under the Christian dispensation,. . .God the Father had a plurality of wives,. . . the Son followed the example of his Father,. . . both God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ inherit their wives in eternity as well as in time;. . .” (The Seer, p. 172)

Nowhere in the Bible does it indicate that God the Father and Jesus Christ are married or polygamists.

FACT #8. The majority of the activity in the Mormon Temples is work done in behalf of the DEAD.

Joseph Smith offers this explanation:

“The greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us is to seek after our DEAD.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 356)

Although many Mormons are attempting to save their dead relatives, the Bible indicates:

“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him.” (Psalms 49:7)

FACT #9. To the Mormon, the ultimate test that Mormonism is true is an “inner feeling.”

Mormons often refer to this feeling as a “burning in the bosom.” They believe their scripture (Doctrine and Covenants 9:8) gives the best test for determining truth. This test reads:

” . . .study it out in your mind; then you must ask me [the Lord] if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall FEEL that it is right.”

The Bible, on the other hand, tells us:

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15)

FACT #10 Mormon leaders demand total obedience regardless whether they are right or wrong.

The ward teacher’s message for June, 1945, stated:

“When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done. When they propose a plan it is God’s plan.” (Improvement Era, June 1945, p. 354)

Herber C. Kimball, First Councilor to Brigham Young, clarifies further:

“But if you are told by your leader to do a thing, do it. None of your business whether it is right or wrong.” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, p. 32)

The Bible warns us in I John 4:l:

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

FACT #ll. Mormon leaders have consistently attacked the Biblical doctrine of Salvation by God’s Grace through Faith alone.

In Apostle James Talmage’s book, The Articles of Faith, twice he refers to justification by Faith alone as a “pernicious doctrine,” and further declares:

“The Sectarian Dogma of Justification by Faith alone has exercised an influence for evil.” (pp. 107, 480)

The Bible responds:

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5: 1)

FACT #12. Mormon Apostle Bruce R. McConkie has warned his people against a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus.

McConkie made these shocking statements at a speech given at BYU:

“… gaining a special, personal relationship with Christ that is both improper and perilous. . . . Now, I know that some may be offended at the counsel that they should not strive for a special and personal relationship with Christ. . . .But you have been warned, and you have heard the true doctrine taught.” (Church News, week ending March 20, 1982, p. 5)

In opposition to this, Jesus gives us a personal invitation:

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

FACT #13. Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, boasted of doing a greater “work” than the Lord Jesus.

Joseph Smith made this incredible boast:

“I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. . . . Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor JESUS ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of JESUS ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet.” (History of the Church, vol. 6, pp. 408, 409)

No true Prophet of God ever spoke such words as these.

FACT #14. In 1835 Joseph Smith prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord.

At a meeting called by Joseph Smith he instructed the Latter-day Saints that it was “the will of God” to go forth and “prune the vineyard for the last time, or the coming of the Lord, which was nigh-even fifty-six years should wind up the scene.” (History of the Church, vol. 2, p. 182) Eight years later he reinforced this by stating:

“I prophesy in the name of the Lord God, and let it be written – the Son of Man will not come in the clouds of heaven till 1 am eighty-five years old.” (History of the Church, vol. 5, p. 336)

These are obvious False Prophesies which would make Joseph Smith a False Prophet.

FACT #15. Mormons are taught to “shake hands” with a messenger to determine if he is from God or if he is the devil.

The following information is found in Mormon scripture:

“When a messenger comes saying he has a message from God, offer him your hand and request him to shake hands with you. If he be an angel he will do so, and you will feel his hand. . . . If it were the devil as an angel of light, when you ask him to shake hands he will offer you his hand, and you will not feel anything; you may therefore detect him.” (Doctrine and Covenants 129:4, 5)

Rather than trusting in “feelings” the Bible commands us to:

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (I Thessalonians 5:21)

FACT #16. Brigham Young claimed that those who leave the Mormon Church would turn “wrinkled” and “black.”

The following curse was pronounced by Brigham Young:

“. . .but let them apostatize, and they will become gray-haired, wrinkled, and black, just like the Devil.” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 5, p. 332)

There have been tens of thousands of people leave the Mormon Church – Where are the “black and wrinkled” ones?

FACT #17. Joseph Smith taught the moon was inhabited by people who dressed like Quakers and lived to be about 1000 years old.

In the Mormon publication, The Young Woman’s Journal, pp. 263 & 264, O.B. Huntington gives this interesting information:

“As far back as 1837, I know that he [Joseph Smith] said the moon was inhabited by men and women the same as this earth, and that they lived to a greater age than we do – that they live generally to near the age of 1000 years. He [Smith] described the men as averaging near six feet in height, and dressing quite uniformly in something near the Quaker style.”

Now that man has walked on the Moon, there can be no doubt that there aren’t any 6 foot tall Quakers roaming its surface.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

21 thoughts on “Fast Facts about Mormonism

  1. Unfortunately you’ve listing 17 facts that are not really facts. All of the actual teachings of the LDS Church are readily available at LDS.ORG.

    The website MORMON.ORG is the church’s public relations website, but LDS.ORG is for use by members of the church and contains all of the scripture, lesson manuals and other material used by the church.

  2. I agree with what David said. These facts are strawman misrepresentations of our beliefs. If someone wants to know what we believe, I recommend the Book of Mormon or going to I appreciate your interest.

  3. I’ve never seen much point in calling people on blogs like this to look at without answering the questions, so here goes.

    Well, fact #17 for one, is mostly taken off second or third hand accounts of people recalling the conversation almost 60 years later. A few of the key accounts are also self-contradictory, bringing into question the reliability of the account.

    And in none of the accounts is there any proof that Joseph ever offered the statements (if he even offered them at all) as “a teaching” or “doctrine”, much less as “prophecy.” The idea that the moon was inhabited was a popular idea in the 1800s and embraced by many educated men and women. From what I can see, Joseph was simply speculating around the campfire on a popular fancy of that time, and one of his overzealous followers wrote it down later and tried to push it as doctrine. But it’s not doctrine and Joseph never pushed it as doctrine. If he ever said it at all, which I’m not even sure of.

    #16, is obviously Brigham speaking metaphorically, with “black” being synonymous with darkness of soul and having nothing to do with skin color. Which is pretty much how everyone in the 1800s talked.

    On #15, your Bible verse is utterly irrelevant to the Mormon practice in question.

    On #14, your first quote is highly ambiguous and I have a hard time knowing what Joseph meant by it, even after re-reading it.

    On the second quote:

    “the Son of Man will not come in the clouds of heaven till 1 am eighty-five years old.”

    That would be a true statement is Jesus came today, or 100 years from now. Re-read carefully.

    On #13, even if he made that boast, so what? Moses boasted that he had given the children of Israel water and didn’t get to enter the Promised Land as a result. What makes Joseph different in this respect?

    #12 is Bruce R. McConkie’s opinion, and it is not universally shared by those in the LDS faith.

    On #11, let me just ask you:

    What would you think of someone who hung out in gay bars, constantly attacked belief in Jesus, but still claimed to be “saved” because of a confession he’d done as a Southern Baptist 20 years ago?

    #10 seems like a legitimate enough criticism, so I’ll leave it be and move on.

    On #9, we do not expect feelings in the absence of study and thought. This point is regularly made in modern LDS gospel study classes by reference to these verses reprimanding Oliver Cowdery (D&C 9:7-9):

    7 Behold you have not understood, you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought, save it was to ask me;
    8 but behold I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right, I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you: therefore, you shall feel that it is right;
    9 but if it be not right, you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought, that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong: therefore, you cannot write that which is sacred, save it be given you from me.

    Even the famous “Mormon promise” in Moroni chapter 10 requires intense study of the Book of Mormon, comparison of it with the Bible and other information the seeker has about God, and ONLY THEN can the right feelings be expected. Too many Evangelicals (and Mormons) fail to read the entire chapter carefully. Which would reveal this is not about praying for an unsupported “warm fuzzy” from nowhere.

    On #8, your use of Psalms 49 misses the point. LDS work on behalf of our dead does not automatically redeem them. Only an acceptance of Christ on their part does that. All we do is offer them the ordinances if they wish to accept them. We do not really view ourselves as the true cause of salvation for them.

    #7, yup, past leaders have taught that stuff on their own initiative. So what? We don’t teach it today. There is no Mormon doctrine that a prophets words are inerrant. So why should this bother me or any other Mormon?

    #6, yeah… so what? We believe in eternal marriages and families. You expect a guy who lost his first wife in a car crash and then remarried to choose which wife he loves more in heaven? I think it’s a perfectly beautiful idea. And I find the popular traditional Christian idea that in heaven there is no marriage, no family, just one big Borg collective singing repetitive music rather repulsive.

    #5, yes this has been taught. And it is compatible with the Bible, including the Old Testament, and including such passages as Isaiah 45.

    That said, there is no requirement for a Mormon to believe that God was ever anything besides God. Even Joseph’s famous King Follett Sermon doesn’t make it entirely clear what sort of man God is or has been. Also, since Mormons believe matter and human identity to be co-eternal with God, we don’t feel that calling God the same species as us diminishes Him.

    On #4, you are correct on both points. But then again, no Mormon has ever claimed that all our teachings have to be in the Bible to be valid. That’s your own assertion. We don’t share it.

    On #3, Isa 40:8 is not even close to a proof that the Bible will pass through the ages untouched. It could just be talking about the original words of God personally, and not talking about whatever book they were written in.

    On #2, I don’t see what the problem is. McConkie wasn’t making a theological statement, just a statement of reality. If Joseph hadn’t restored the true Gospel of Christ, we wouldn’t have it today. If Paul hadn’t traveled to Athens, and preached there, the Athenians wouldn’t have had it either.

    Seems kind of like a statement of the obvious to me.

    On #1 you wrote:

    “The Mormon Church teaches ALL other Churches are WRONG; ALL their creeds are an ABOMINATION in the sight of God; and ALL their teachers are corrupt.”

    We do. And they are.

    The creeds of historical Christianity are a corrupt perversion of the True and Living Gospel. You have sought to chain the Living God with your philosophical proofs and theological boondoggles. A literal intellectual Tower of Babel indeed. Then you take these man-made creations and use them as tools to push away those you don’t like.

    This is a solemn perversion and mockery of the Gospel Jesus taught. And I have no apologies about calling you out on it.

    The Nicene, Athanasian, and Apostles creed are utterly incomprehensible, inaccessible, and logically incoherent. The fact that such inadequate pieces of human folly are still being used today to determine who is or is not Christian is one of the prime heresies alive today.

    This is not to say that your church and other churches do not have a LOT of very good teachings and doctrines. You do. But you are also carrying some very ugly baggage.

  4. Finally, someone that attempts to refute Mormonism. Seth, tell you what, I am going to take a bit of family time, but I am going to spend this week devoted to Mormonism. Hope you stick around.

  5. Poly,

    Don’t be a silly chap. Seth was not attempting to refute mormonism, but simply provide explanations to your attack on the Church. No matter what distortions to facts you are able to dig up, the Church is still true. But you obviously have an axe to grind. Enjoy yourself.

  6. Tim,

    The Aussie accent comes through loudly! Tim, there is nothing about the LDS that is true. They have been found false on history, theology, and facts. Can you refute anything that these articles say?

  7. Can I add that when Jesus himself was on the earth everyone believed he was lying too? He couldn’t have been Jesus, he healed on sundays….that sinner him.

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