Ezra Taft Benson, the 13th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the following in 1988:
“The Book of Mormon is the keystone of [our] testimony. Just as the arch crumbles if the keystone is removed, so does all the Church stand or fall with the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. The enemies of the Church understand this clearly. This is why they go to such great lengths to try to disprove the Book of Mormon, for if it can be discredited, the Prophet Joseph Smith goes with it. So does our claim to priesthood keys, and revelation, and the restored Church. But in like manner, if the Book of Mormon be true—and millions have now testified that they have the witness of the Spirit that it is indeed true—then one must accept the claims of the Restoration and all that accompanies it.” (A Witness and a Warning, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1988, p. 19)
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church, mentioned in the June of 1995 edition of New Era magazine:
“To hear someone so remarkable say something so tremendously bold, so overwhelming in its implications, that everything in the Church—everything—rises or falls on the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and, by implication, the Prophet Joseph Smith’s account of how it came forth, can be a little breathtaking. It sounds like a “sudden death” proposition to me. Either the Book of Mormon is what the Prophet Joseph said it is or this Church and its founder are false, fraudulent, a deception from the first instance onward.”
Since the Book of Mormon does not stand the tests of historical, metallurgical, linguistic, scientific, archaeological, biological, or biblical scrutiny, Elder Holland is correct: This is a “sudden death” issue. Since the Book of Mormon does not stand, ALL of Mormonism falls. It is that simple. If the Book of Mormon is false, then Joseph Smith is false. If Smith is false, LDS priesthood authority is false. If LDS priesthood authority is false, then the LDS Church does not have the true authority from God. The rain trickles down into every area.
Mormonism’s foundation is not built on solid ground. The leaning tower of Mormonism is sinking, not because of outsiders, but because the foundation is collapsing from within. There is so much white-washing of LDS history from within their Church that it is about time before the whole house of cards will come tumbling down.
May Mormons find the Jesus Christ of the Bible and come to know Him personally. Let me tell you, He is worth knowing! After being baptized in the Holy Spirit, you have the promise of the Comforter whom Jesus prophesied of by saying: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” (John 14:16, KJV) In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit would come upon someone, and be lifted off. And come upon someone, and lifted off again. Christ gives us baptism in the Holy Spirit so the Holy Spirit can abide within us forever!! They did not teach this in the Lutheran church I grew up in. The Lutheran church did not teach the power of God; to them, it did not exist after the death of the apostles in the first century A.D. Let me tell you, the power of God exists today! Miracles, healings, speaking in tongues, prophesying, and deliverance still occurs!
1 Corinthians 13:8-10 (NKJV) reads:
“But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.”
In other words, when Christ comes back, there will be no need for prophecies, tongues, and knowledge, because we will have all knowledge! Christ is that which is perfect! If prophecies and speaking in tongues have ceased, than knowledge should have ceased as well, like the verse says! But since knowledge is still obviously here and has not vanished away, we still need prophecy! Hallelujah!
This is joy unspeakable, my friends, and Mormons, I plead with you: seek the Jesus Christ of the New Testament!
He is so worth it!