The very foundation of Mormonism centers on the supposed validity of the First Vision. The 2nd LDS prophet, Brigham Young, once stated:
“The doctrine that God was once a man and has progressed to become a God is unique to this Church.” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young, 1997, p. 34.
How did Joseph Smith come up with the idea that God was a man? He claimed to have seen God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son in a vision back in 1820. Much emphasis is placed on the First Vision. If it did not happen, the LDS Church is in trouble. Hear LDS prophet Gordon B. Hinckley when he says the following:
“Our whole strength rests on the validity of that vision. It either occurred or it did not occur. If it did not, then this work is a fraud… upon that unique and wonderful experience stands the validity of this church.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Marvelous Foundation of our Faith,” Ensign, (Conference Edition), November 2002, p. 80.
Also, Hinckley also mentioned something that sent chills up my spine when I read it for the first time.
“That becomes the hinge pin on which this whole cause turns. If the First Vision was true, if it actually happened, then the Book of Mormon is true. Then we have the priesthood. Then we have the Church organization and all of the other keys and blessings of authority which we say we have. If the First Vision did not occur, then we are involved in a great sham. It is just that simple. (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 227)
I would like to say that this cause is either true or false. Either this is the kingdom of God, or it is a sham and a delusion. Either Joseph talked with the Father and the Son, or he did not. If he did not, we are engaged in blasphemy. (Gordon B. Hinckley, Conference Reports, October 1961, p. 116)
Read this last quote:
“Every claim that we make concerning divine authority, every truth that we offer concerning the validity of this work, all finds its roots in the First Vision of the boy prophet.” (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 226) “If that opening of the curtain of light and knowledge which ushered in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times, is true, then all else which the Prophet taught is true also.” (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 226.)
So if the First Vision was true, then everything else that Joseph Smith taught is true. But what if Joseph Smith taught lies later in his life, false teachings, and lied about practicing polygamy? If he lied and did not teach true doctrine, then what does this say about the First Vision?
Joseph Smith even married eleven women who were currently married to other men. (Todd Compton, In Sacred Loneliness, p. 15)
Would you trust Joseph Smith around your family? Around your wife, and around your daughter? As i have a 15-month old daughter, there is no way i would want Joseph Smith around my daughter when she becomes a teenager, as Joseph Smith fancied teenage girls and married them.Here are the teenage girls’ names and ages when he married them:
- Fanny Alger 16
- Sarah Ann Whitney 17
- Lucy Walker 17
- Flora Ann Woodworth 16
- Emily Dow Partridge 19
- Sarah Lawrence 17
- Maria Lawrence 19
- Helen Mar Kimball 14
- Melissa Lott 19
- Nancy M. Winchester [14?]
Joseph Smith married 12 girls who were teenagers. Wow, that’s pretty disgusting to be honest with you. Would you invite Joseph Smith to your home for dinner around your family? There is no way Joseph Smith would see God the Father and the Son in a vision, claim to be a Prophet, the only man who held the keys on earth to God’s Kingdom, and treated sisters in Christ the way He did by marrying these girls.
Are you willing to stake your salvation in following a man whose ‘restoration’ of Christ’s church is all hinged on the supposed First Vision account? A man who, given his ‘calling,’ acted on his lustful desires and had his life ended in the midst of it? I would rather find assurance in the only name under heaven by which we are saved, Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12 says that men and women cannot be saved by any other name other than the name of Jesus Christ.
If you are a Latter-day Saint, read the quotes above from your prophet Gordon B. Hinckley. Does he sound 100% sure that his Church is teaching the truth? He absolutely leaves room for doubt when he gives the seriousness of what it would be if Mormonism was indeed false.
My brothers and sisters, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is engaged in blasphemy. Hinckley said that if the First Vision was true, then EVERYTHING Joseph Smith taught afterward is true. That is pretty dangerous.Since Joseph Smith taught so many false doctrines, lied about having any wives other than one, and engaged in blasphemy, this discounts the First Vision. Had Joseph Smith really had a First Vision, his life afterwards would have mirrored the life of Paul the apostle; a life set aside in purity and preaching the Cross of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 1).
Since Mormon prophets and Mormonism does not teach much of the Cross of Christ, it is foolishness to them, and is not true Christianity. 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV) says,
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
Think about it. Joseph Smith’s life was not lived preaching about the Cross of Christ, but a lengthy, burdensome, hard-to-follow life of contradictions and man-made commandments. Don’t be bogged down in that, find your freedom in the cross of Christ!