Reason #154: Because Joseph Smith’s Polygamous Marriages Produced No Children

When I was a Mormon, I was taught that Joseph Smith had only one wife, Emma Hale Smith. I have since learned that Joseph Smith married over two dozen women — and apparently consummated some of those marriages. To date, no proof exists to substantiate the claims of some of the children of his wives that they were descended from Joseph Smith, except those children by Emma Hale Smth. However, if no children were conceived as a result of those polygamous marriages, they were considered whoredoms by the Book of Mormon which Joseph Smith produced. See: Jacob Chapter 2 23 But the word of God burdens me because of your grosser crimes. For behold, thus saith the Lord: This people begin to wax in iniquity; they understand not the scriptures, for they seek to excuse...

Reason #153: A Greek manuscript fooled Joseph Smith

Most students of Mormonism know that Joseph Smith claimed to have the ability to translate ancient documents, specifically to produce the Book of Mormon and portions of both the Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrine and Covenants (Section 7 in particular.) A deeper investigation into Mormon history shows that Joseph Smith also tried to “translate” some hoax tablets called the Kinderhook Plates. Many do not know, however, that Joseph Smith claimed he could translate a psalter (ancient book of the Psalms) written in Greek — except he said they were actually a dictionary of Egyptian hieroglyphics. Read several accounts of this 1842 incident here (including an illustration from the book written by the man who presented the Greek psalter to Joseph...

Reason #152: Because of LDS teachings about the pre-existence of men and women

The Pre-existence Thus LDS doctrine says each person was a fully functioning, born entity long before his mortal birth. In an attempt to find Bible justification for this point of view, Mormons quote Jeremiah 1:5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Only a part of the entities born to God were designated for this earth. God created many more worlds, and Doctrine and Covenants 76:24 tells us that the inhabitants of these other worlds, too, were “begotten sons and daughters unto God.” This time span between the birth of the spirit, its growth and maturing in the spirit world, and its later infusion into a corporeal body on earth is...

Reason #151: Because of the Heresy of a “Heavenly Mother”

One of the most complete and well-documented online sources for information about the LDS teaching regarding a “Heavenly Mother” was written by ex-Mormon Janis Hutchinson. Her article, THE DIVINE MOTHER GODDESS OF MORMONISM begins with these eye-opening quotes: “To a knowledgeable Mormon the idea [of a Heavenly Mother] is as natural as the doctrine of salvation by grace is to a Christian. It is an integral part of Mormonism.”(Robert McKay, The Evangel) “The stupendous truth of the existence of a Heavenly mother, as well as a Heavenly Father, [has become] established facts in Mormon theology.” (Milton R. Hunter, First Council of Seventy) Hutchinson’s article covers these issues: 1. The Mormon belief in a Mother in Heaven. 2. How the...

Reason #150: Because of the LDS heritage of “fallen prophets”

One characteristic of religious groups that have branched off from, or departed completely from, the LDS Church is the teaching that one or another of Mormon prophets “fell.” This is particularly true of most polygamous Latter-day Saint groups. Though the RLDS (now called Community of Christ) has changed radically through the years, some of its members have taught that Joseph Smith Jr. “fell.” Below are links to a book by a former RLDS man named Paul Trask, called Part Way to Utah in which he speaks of Joseph Smith Jr. being seen as a fallen prophet. View the chapter dealing with RLDS view of Joseph Smith as a “fallen prophet” on page 9 of this book. Another link to this document is here. Some might see a parallel between some...