On March 20, 2015, I had a private interview with Scott Johnson, the director of media for Sacred Groves Network, in conjunction with Main Street Church of Brigham City, in Brigham City, Utah. This interview is very personal and goes into more detail than my other interviews concerning the story of events that almost led me to become a Mormon.
LDS Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith said something powerful; his words would ripple for years to come, and not knowing the depths of his words, they would later come back to haunt the very church organization that he led at one time.
“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, for the doctrines of an imposter cannot be made to harmonize in all the particulars with divine truth. If his claims and declarations were built upon fraud and deceit, there would appear many errors and contradictions, which would be easy to detect. The doctrines of false teachers will not stand the test when tried by the accepted standards of measurement, the scriptures.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:188. Italics in original)
I testify that Joseph Smith was a deceiver, and I am in agreement with Joseph Fielding Smith when he said that we should really check out Joseph Smith’s doctrines and expose them. I agree that there are many errors and contradictions, which are really easy to detect. The errors are so many and there are dozens, if not hundreds of contradictions within Mormonism.
One page later in his book, Joseph Fielding Smith gives this announcement:
“NO SALVATION WITHOUT ACCEPTING JOSEPH SMITH. If Joseph Smith was verily a prophet, and if he told the truth when he said that he stood in the presence of angels sent from the Lord, and obtained keys of authority, and the commandment to organize the Church of Jesus Christ once again on the earth, then this knowledge is of the most vital importance to the entire world. No man can reject that testimony without incurring the most dreadful consequences, for he cannot enter the kingdom of god. It is, therefore the duty of every man to investigate that he may weigh this matter carefully and know the truth.” (Ibid, 1:189-190. Italics in original)
If I remember correctly, which I do, the Bible says that there is salvation in no other name than the name of Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12 says the following about Jesus, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”
John 14:6 says, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints adds to this simplistic statement from the mouth of Christ, and has the audacity to add someone else’s name to the picture of salvation. As a matter of fact, LDS President Harold B. Lee says that one of the certainties of being a called a Christian is that they have a testimony of Joseph Smith.
“A testimony of Joseph Smith is vital. No man can accept Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world, no man can accept this as His church, the Church of Jesus Christ, unless he can accept Joseph Smith as God’s mouthpiece and the restorer of His work in these latter days. First, to say that we are Christians then requires two or three certainties. We must know for certainty in our hearts and minds that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. We must know that this is indeed the Church of Jesus Christ, the kingdom of God on earth in these last days; and finally we must have a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.” (Teachings of Harold B. Lee, 371)
And lastly, a blasphemous statement from Mormon President Ezra Taft Benson,
“Joseph Smith has done more for the salvation of men in this world than any man who ever lived in it, except the Master.” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 429)
No one, and I repeat, no one, has done ANYTHING for the salvation of the world, except for the Master, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.