My List of 150 Serious Questions for Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

I try to keep my articles short. However, below is a list of questions that I have put together for Mormons to ask themselves. I urge any Latter-day Saint (Mormon) to read through this list of questions pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LDS Church wants its members to only engage with “faith-promoting” questions, sources, and websites. However, to be well-rounded, it’s completely fine to ask the hard questions. We are not, as Elder Uchdorf once advised Mormons in the October Session of the 2013 General Conference, to “first doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.” Doubting our doubts really means sweeping them under the rug. We should bring up our doubts and talk through them. Bring on the challenges! LDS President J. Reuben Clark once said, “If we have the truth, it cannot be harmed by investigation. If we have not the truth, it ought to be harmed.” LDS Prophet George Albert Smith said: “If a faith will not bear to be investigated; if its preachers and professors are afraid to have it examined, their foundation must be very weak.” Let that sink in as you read through these questions. In other words, if Mormonism does not have the truth, Mormon leaders say it ought to be harmed. As you let the list below sink in, think about the implications of what this really means. LDS leaders do not like when their members ask hard questions. They see asking questions as doubting. General Authorities likes to give the local administration (bishops and stake presidents) charge of answering questions, as they are not equipped to provide public answers to many disturbing questions that sincere Latter-day Saints are asking. This is not a list of three or four questions. This is a laundry list. There are so many problems with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If the Mormon Church was really true, there wouldn’t be this many issues. Yet, there are many serious issues. My wife was shocked (though not surprised) that it only took a few days for me to put together a list of this many questions. The fact that it didn’t take long to draw up a list like this should say something. Mormonism is either 100% true, or 100% false. Read the list below, and you decide:

  1. How do you reconcile a “restored gospel” by the angel Moroni to Joseph Smith in light of Galatians 1:8-9 where the Apostle Paul says, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed?”
  2. Why was the angel who supposedly appeared to Joseph Smith originally named the “Angel Nephi” and later changed to the Angel Moroni? What does this say about trusting the origins of Mormonism? (see Times and Seasons, 3:753)
  3. According to D&C 132:15-17, worthy people who marry for time and eternity receive godhood after they die. Ones who did not get married for time and eternity become angels. Verse 17 says, “For these angels did not abide my law; therefore, they cannot be enlarged, but remain separately and singly, without exaltation, in their saved condition, to all eternity; and from henceforth are not gods, but are angels of God forever and ever.” Why did God send Moroni, an angel, to Joseph Smith, someone who ‘did not abide [God’s] law’, rather than a mortal who became a God? Why are there statues of an angel on LDS temples of a being who did not abide in God’s law?
  4. Why is there no archaeological evidence in support of the Book of Mormon? There is no record of the city of Zarahemla, the Land of Lehi-Nephi, or any buildings, engravings, etc. that would suggest the Nephites or Lamanites actually existed. The Bible has so much evidence to back it up. We can go to the cities of Jericho, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and other places mentioned in the Bible, which helps to substantiate the Bible’s claims.
  5. If Joseph Smith started the LDS Church on April 6, 1830, why is there no record of priesthood authority being around until 1832, if authority was needed to establish the “Church of Christ” in 1830? What does that say about the ‘line of authority’ since then? It means it really didn’t come from Jesus, to Peter, James, John, to Joseph Smith, then all the way down. It was created by Sidney Ridgon, who influenced Joseph Smith to incorporate a priesthood system in the early 1830’s. Historian LaMar Petersen explained, “The important details that are missing from the ‘full history’ [of priesthood restoration] of 1834 are likewise missing from the Book of Commandments in 1833. The student would expect to find all the particulars of the Restoration in this first treasured set of 65 revelations, the dates of which encompassed the bestowals of the two Priesthoods, but they are conspicuously absent…. The notable revelations on Priesthood in the Doctrine and Covenants, Sections 2 and 13, are missing, and Chapter 28 gives no hint of the Restoration which, if actual, had been known for four years. More than four hundred words were added to this revelation [on priesthood] of August 1829 (Section 27 of the Doctrine and Covenants). The new material added the names of heavenly visitors and two separate ordinations. The Book of Commandments listed the duties of Elders, Priests, Teachers, and Deacons and refers to Joseph’s apostolic calling but there is no mention of Melchizedek Priesthood, High Priesthood, Seventies, High Priests, or High Councilors. These words were later inserted into the revelation on Church organization and government of April, 1830, making it appear that they were known at that date. But they do not appear in the original, Chapter 24 of the Book of Commandments three years later. Similar interpolations were made in the revelations known as Sections 42 and 68.” (Problems in Mormon Text, by LaMar Petersen, pp. 7-8. See also Gregory A. Prince, Power on High: The Development of the Mormon Priesthood, Signature Books, 1995. D. Michael Quinn, Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Chapter 1, “The Evolution of Authority.” The Changing Story of Mormonism, Chapter 16).
  6. D&C 84:21-22 says, “And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.” Authority was supposedly given to Joseph Smith in 1829 by John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John, yet Joseph Smith claimed to see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in 1820 without this priesthood. Why didn’t Joseph Smith die in 1820, since v. 22 says no man can see the face of God and live? Since Joseph Smith really didn’t have any sort of priesthood until 1832, and v. 21 says that there’s no power of godliness without authority, that means that the founding of Joseph Smith’s church in 1830 did not have either authority or the ‘power of godliness.’ What does this mean if you’re a priesthood-holding male member? It means the authority you have did not really get passed down from Jesus. The good news is that the New Testament does say all believers in Jesus Christ have a “royal priesthood” and we automatically have access to God because we are a believer. The LDS priesthood is not real and is not authoritative.
  7. Why are there up to 11 versions of the First Vision, and why were these versions not made public in LDS circles until recently? What does this say about Joseph Smith’s trustworthiness when it comes to his claims? Why would the LDS Church hide this for so long from their members?
  8. Mormonism says that John the Revelator never died and is still alive today, according to D&C section 7. Why then does official LDS Church News say that John appeared to Joseph Smith as a “resurrected being”? You can’t be both alive-and-never-died and died-but-then-resurrected at the same time. (See Church News, October 6, 2007, pages 8-9)
  9. If the LDS Church is God’s restored church on earth today and claims that its practices are in alignment with the New Testament church, why is no evidence of baptism for the dead practiced by New Testament-era Christians? In 1 Corinthians 15:29, Paul uses third person when describing those who practiced baptisms for the dead, signifying that it was “they” practicing it, not “we” as in Christian believers.
  10. If bishops in the LDS Church use ‘discernment’ in writing temple recommends for ‘worthy’ Mormons, why are some written for members who are not active members or recommends that are forged, allowing those members to enter the temple? If bishops are supposed to be ‘Judges in Israel’ of their own wards, why do they allow some non-worthy Mormons to enter the temples? Even if the non-worthy member lies, should the bishop not be able to discern through those lies? What does this say about the discernment of LDS leaders on all levels? See Mike Norton’s (a.k.a “NewNameNoah” on YouTube) interview on John Dehlin’s Mormon Stories. See here: link
  11. In Mormonism, the Father and the Son are distinct and separate persons. Luke 10:22 notes this: “All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.” If this is the case, why does the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) of Luke 10:22 say the following: “…that the Son is the Father, and the Father is the Son…” ? Joseph Smith’s “restored” version of Luke 10:22 says that the Son is the Father and the Father is the Son. Even Mormons recognize this isn’t true. What does this say about Joseph Smith’s “translation” of the Bible? Joseph’s own re-translation does not line up with his own view of the Godhead.
  12. Why did LDS Apostle John Taylor (later to be the 3rd Prophet over the LDS Church) lie to Protestant ministers in a debate in France in 1850 when he quoted the D&C section 101 at the time which said men should only have one wife, and women should only have one husband, when he himself had 12 wives at the time? (see Orson Pratt’s Works, 1851 edition). He boldly denied Mormons practiced polygamy, when they had been for almost a decade. Why the deception?
  13. The Mormon Church was called “Church of Christ” from 1830-1834. Then, “The Church of the Latter Day Saints” from 1834-1838. Then, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” from 1838-present. Since Mormons believe the name “Jesus Christ” is essential to their church being the only true church, why was Christ’s name missing from the church’s official name from 1834-1838?
  14. If Mormonism is not a cult, then why does the “Strengthening Church Members Committee” (formed after 1985) exist and use big-brother tactics to let General Authorities know which members are publishing, posting, and in agreement with non-Mormon or anti-Mormon materials?
  15. Three LDS prophets have said that it’s better to die resisting a rapist than it is to be raped and then survive (what they consider losing one’s chastity). In Miracle of Forgiveness, LDS Prophet Spencer W. Kimball says, “It is better to die in defending one’s virtue than to live having lost it without a struggle.” The Prophet David O. McKay is quoted in President Kimball’s book as follows: ”…Your virtue is worth more than your life. Please young folk, preserve your virtue even if you lose your lives.’ The Prophet Heber J. Grant is also quoted in President Kimball’s book:’…There is no true Latter-day Saint who would not rather bury a son or daughter than to have him or her lose his or her chastity — realizing that chastity is of more value than anything else in all the world.’ Why is it better for a woman to die resisting a rapist than live?
  16. LDS leaders have taught that we should listen to a Mormon prophet even if he is wrong. Why? Apostle Marion G. Romney quoted Prophet Heber J. Grant as saying: “I was taken back in my thoughts a quarter of a century to an experience I had with President Heber J. Grant. We were discussing some criticism that had been directed against an action taken by him in his official capacity. Putting his arm across my back and resting his hand on my left shoulder, he said, ‘My boy, you always keep your eye on the President of the Church, and if he tells you to do something wrong, and you do it, the Lord will bless you for it.'” (“The Covenant of the Priesthood,” Ensign, July 1972. Also in Conference Report, October 1960, p. 78) Why should we follow a lie?
  17. Why did LDS Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley lie in his interview on Larry King Live? He said “We never speak negatively of other churches.” See this statement at 31:15 in the video on the following link. Prophet John Taylor said: “Christianity… is a perfect pack of nonsense… the devil could not invent a better engine to spread his work than the Christianity of the nineteenth century.”  (Journal of Discourses, v. 6, p. 167)  LDS Apostle Bruce R. McConkie said, “Believers in the doctrines of modern Christendom will reap damnation to their souls.” (Mormon Doctrine, pp. 45-46)  McConkie also said: “…the Book of Mormon remains secure, unchanged and unchangeable, …But with the Bible it was not and is not so….it was once in the sole and exclusive care and custody of an abominable organization [Christianity], founded by the devil himself, likened prophetically unto a great whore, whose great aim and purpose was to destroy the souls of men in the name of religion. In these hands it ceased to be the book it once was.” (The Joseph Smith Translation, pp. 12, 13) This is pretty damning.
  18. Why is it that the LDS Church does not make its financial records public and also what it does with its tithe money? If you walk into any church, whether Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, or non-denominational church, they will give you a layout of where their funds go. Not the LDS Church. If there is nothing to hide, why not be transparent?
  19. Why don’t modern Mormon prophets actually prophesy? They give Joel Osteen-styled General Conference messages and talk about childhood memories and “be-the-best-you!”-type sermons, but as prophets and apostles, why not prophesy?
  20. From 1985-2011, the LDS Church has spent $1.4 billion on Welfare and Humanitarian efforts. (see link) Why did the LDS Church spend $1.5 billion on building City Creek Center shopping mall (which included a $50 million retractable glass roof) across from Temple Square? Why did they spend more money on a ritzy shopping center than they have on humanitarian efforts over the past 26 years? Look at the comparison. That’s sickening.
  21. Why couldn’t the Mormon General Authorities, including the First Presidency, not discern that Mark Hoffman forged supposed Mormon historical documents that the Church bought from him back in the 1980’s before they were told it was a fraud?
  22. Paul says in Ephesians 3:21: “unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Since we are promised Jesus Christ will be with His church “throughout all ages, world without end,” why do you believe in the Great Apostasy?
  23. If God showed up to Joseph Smith in 1820 and told him all other churches were false, why did Joseph Smith try joining a local Methodist Church in 1828, right at the time he was translating the Book of Mormon and two years before he founded the “Church of Christ” in 1830? Also, don’t you find it interesting that the Methodist church he tried entering denied him membership because he was a necromancer and practiced magic?
  24. Why did Joseph Smith use the same seer stone to ‘translate’ the Book of Mormon that he did when he deceived people by using the seer stone for money-digging on their properties?
  25. Why are Mormons who come from a Pioneer heritage or those who come from a multi-generational Mormon family oftentimes given a higher status than those who are recent converts to the church?
  26. Do you not see that it’s not a mere coincidence that Utah ranks high in anti-depressant use, pornography use, divorce rate, financial fraud, etc., and it’s implications that the stress of climbing toward perfection has on LDS members?
  27. Why does the LDS Church dance around controversial issues, rather than come out in support or against something? For example, in August 2017, the LDS Church publicly supported the pro-LGBT Love LOUD Concert held in Provo, Utah. Yet they do not allow children who live in LDS same-sex households to be baptized into the LDS Church until they are 18. The LDS Church has brought confusion. When will it be honest about what it really thinks?
  28. Why did Joseph Smith say there were no Greek words in the Book of Mormon, when the Book of Mormon is littered with Greek words and words that were derived from Greek origins, such as baptize and church?
  29. Why would Joseph Smith marry Orson Hyde’s living wife, Marinda Nancy Johnson, when Orson was away on a mission in Jerusalem?
  30. In the Old Testament, God rejected the fig leaf aprons which Adam and Eve created for themselves (see Gen. 3:21). Why do Mormons commemorate the Fall by using fig leaf aprons in LDS temple ceremonies, since fig leaf aprons symbolize man’s disobedience from God?
  31. Why did Joseph Smith preach against polygamy in October 1843 after he got his revelation in July 1843 commanding the practice? (See D&C 132 and History of the Church 6:46, and Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 324)
  32. Since the veil of the temple was ripped in two after Christ died on the cross (signifying we now have access to Jesus Christ, our only High Priest), why does the LDS Church put the veil back up in their temples?
  33. Why are there both masonic and satanic symbols on the Salt Lake Temple and the Nauvoo Temple (such as the pentagram, sunstones, moonstones, all-seeing eye, stars, hand-clasps, cloudstones)?
  34. If the Book of Mormon is against “secret combinations”, then why did Joseph Smith join the Masonic Lodge and become a Master Mason and incorporate Masonic ceremonies into the LDS temple that involve “secret combinations” such as handshakes/tokens and disturbing oaths?
  35. Is murder a forgivable sin in Mormonism? The Book of Mormon says yes (see 3 Nephi 30:2, Alma 39:6 and in the Bible at Matthew 12:31 and Jeremiah 33:8. See even Journal of Discourses 6:8). Doctrine and Covenants says no (D&C 42:18 and Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 339). Which is it?
  36. In JS-History 1:22-23, Joseph Smith says that his telling of the First Vision caused him great persecution “…my telling the story had excited a great deal of prejudice against me… all [the churches] united to persecute me.” However, Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partidge learned the following in Dec. 1830: “Upon inquiring among the neighbors concerning the Smith family, they found their reputation had been impeccable until Joseph had made known his discovery of the Book of Mormon [after 1823, at least three years later].” (see Church History In The Fulness of Times, 2000 edition, p 82). When, then, was Joseph Smith and his family persecuted, right after the First Vision, like the first reference, or right after his discover of the gold plates, three years later? Why was the Smith family’s reputation “impeccable” until the angel Moroni story, if Joseph Smith said he was heavily persecuted in 1820? Joseph Smith lied. This goes to show that the First Vision never occurred.
  37. Why does the LDS Church teach that God’s love is both unconditional and conditional? The First Presidency, Elder Ronald E. Poelman, and Apostle Marvin J. Ashton said God’s love is unconditional (see First Presidency Message: “With an Eye Single to His Glory,” Ensign, Dec. 1971, “God’s Love for Us Transcends our Transgressions,” Ensign, May 1982, p. 27, and “We Serve That Which We Love,” Ensign, May 1981, p. 22). Apostle Russell M. Nelson says God’s love is conditional. (See “Divine Love,” Ensign, Feb. 2003, p. 20)
  38. Why does Mormon 8:32 say that false churches will tell you that your sins are forgiven if you pay them money, yet D&C 64:23 says that those who pay tithing to the church will “not be burned” (presumably because their sins will have been forgiven)?
  39. Why does D&C 42:71-73 say that elders, high priests, and bishops should receive “remuneration” and support for their services, yet 2 Nephi 26:31, Mosiah 27:5, 18:24, Alma 1:2-3, 1:20, 30:32-35 (and Acts 20:33-34, 2 Cor. 11:9, 2 Thess. 3:8) say that ministers should support themselves?
  40. Why does Mormonism teach that the Garden of Eden was located both in the state of Missouri and in the Middle East? D&C 116 says that it was located at Adam-ondi-Ahman, near Spring Hill, Missouri (see also D&C 78:15, 107:53-57, and History of the Church 3:35), while Moses 3:10-15 (which agrees with Joseph Smith’s “inspired” translation of Genesis 2:10-15) says it was located in the vicinity of Assyria and Ethiopia, near the Euphrates River. So, which is it?
  41. Why does Joseph Smith teach that one of the tests of a false prophet and false revelation is that it contradicts an earlier revelation (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 215), yet Prophet Ezra Taft Benson said in his 19890 sermon “Fourteen Fundamentals” that: “Third: The Living Prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet… Beware of those who would pit the dead prophets against the living prophets, for the living prophets always take precedence.” Which is it?
  42. Joseph Smith taught that the temple ordinances can never be changed. “The order of the House of God has been and ever will be the same, even after Christ comes, and after the termination of the thousand years it will be the same;…” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 91). “Ordinances instituted in the heavens before the foundation of the world, in the priesthood, for the salvation of men, are not to be altered or changed.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p 308) “…the ordinances must be kept in the very way God has appointed; otherwise their priesthood will prove a cursing instead of a blessing.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 169) Why have LDS Church leaders made numerous important changes to the temple ordinances? For example:
    1. about 1912 – eliminated the “Oath of Vengeance”
    2. in the 1930s – softened the wording of the penalties
    3. in the 1960s – changed the garment pattern to be worn in the temple
    4. 1990 – removed the penalties entirely, changed the Second Sign of the Melchizedek Priesthood, removed the Five Points of Fellowship, changed the Law of Obedience for women
    5. 2005 – reduced the actual washing and anointing to a symbolic daubing on the forehead
    6. Hundreds of minor changes have also been made over the years. (see Richard Packham’s “Major Contradictions in Mormonism” for more details)
  43. Why does the Book of Mormon teach that “the Lord” dwells in the heart of a righteous person (Alma 34:36), yet D&C 130:3 says that the “idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart” is false?
  44. Why does D&C 27:11 and the Endowment Ceremony in the LDS temples say that Adam and Michael are the same personages, yet Joseph Smith recorded in his diary from Jan. 21, 1836, that he “saw father Adam and Abraham and Michael…” naming all three of them as separate personages? This vision was included in the D&C as Section 137, but the reference to Michael was later deleted. What does this say?
  45. Why does Mormonism teach that God the Father and God the Son are separate personages, yet their scriptures also teach they are the same personage? D&C 130:22, JS-History 1:17, and Lectures on Faith, 5 say they are separate personages. Yes Mosiah 15:1, Ether 3:14, and the 1830 version of 1 Nephi 11:21 and 1 Nephi 13:40 say they are the same personage. Which is it?
  46. Mormon historian Richard L. Bushman said the following: “Now, most historians, Mormon or not, who work with the sources, accept as fact Joseph Smith’s career as village magician. Too many of his closest friends and family admitted as much, and some of Joseph’s own revelations support the contention.” (“Treasure-seeking Then and Now,” Sunstone, v. 11, September 1987, p. 5). Since Joseph Smith was a magician, how do you reconcile this with Deut. 18:10-12, Isaiah 47:12-14, and Lev. 19:31? Joseph Smith cannot be both a magician and a prophet of God simultaneously.
  47. The Bible warns of people who deal with familiar spirits and who “peep”. Joseph Smith used a seer stone, also known as a “peep stone.” What does this mean in light of Isaiah 8:19 that says “And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God?” We should not be accepting of someone who deals with familiar spirits.
  48. What are 1769 King James Version edition errors doing in the Book of Mormon, supposedly an ancient text? These errors are in the 1769 version of the KJV Bible that Joseph Smith owned. See Isaiah 9:1 and 2 Nephi 19:1. In these verses, the words “shall, be, was, and by” are italicized in the KJV and were not in the original manuscripts of the Bible, yet they are word-for-word in the Book of Mormon text. (see also Malachi 3:10 and 3 Nephi 24:10 – the words there shall, be room, to receive it, are not in the original text). If the Book of Mormon really is an ancient document, why does it have KJV errors in its text? It’s not a mere coincidence that Joseph Smith owned a 1769 KJV Bible and those errors happened to be in his Book of Mormon text. He copied the Bible into the Book of Mormon.
  49. What does it say about the Book of Mormon’s credibility when every single member of Joseph Smith’s family endorsed, joined, and sustained James J. Strang as a “Prophet, Seer, and Revelator” after Joseph Smith died? James J. Strang claimed to have brought forth more “ancient” plates, later to be found out as a fraud. What does this say about Joseph Smith’s family members and how they were easily duped, as well as their credibility when it comes to being Book of Mormon witnesses?
  50. Why did Joseph Smith marry 11 women who were currently married to other men at the time Joseph Smith married them?
  51. If the sealing power was not restored until April 3, 1836 (when Elijah appeared to Joseph Smith in the Kirtland Temple), why does LDS historian Richard L. Bushman say that “there is evidence that Joseph was a polygamist by 1835,” (Rough Stone Rolling, 323) when polygamous marriages were rooted in “sealing” for time and eternity? This means that Joseph’s marriages prior to 1835 did not have the “sealing” authority.
  52. Why did Joseph Smith threaten 3 girls (Zina Huntington, Almera Woodard Johnson, and Mary Lightner) by saying he would be slain by an angel with a drawn sword if they would not enter into a marriage with him?
  53. Why did Joseph Smith marry young girls who were living in his home as foster daughters? (the Lawrence sisters, Partridge Sisters, Fanny Alger, and Lucy Walker)
  54. In D&C 132, there is an emphasis on the first wife knowing about plural wives of her husband, and needing her consent. Why was Emma Smith, Joseph Smith’s first wife, clueless about most of Joseph’s marriages? This means that Joseph Smith violated D&C 132.
  55. Joseph Smith had taken over 30 plural wives by May of 1844. Why does he lie and make this denial in History of the Church 6:411 when he says, “…What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can only find one. I am the same man, and as innocent as I was fourteen years ago; and I can prove them all perjurers”?
  56. Joseph Smith claimed to translate the Kinderhook plates. (History of the Church, 5:372). The plates turned out to be a hoax. (see Ensign, August 1981, “Kinderhook Plates Brought to Joseph Smith Appear to Be a Nineteenth-Century Hoax,” Stanley B. Kimball). What does this say about Joseph Smith’s translating abilities?
  57. Why are there thousands of changes made to the Book of Mormon, and even thousands more to Doctrine and Covenants? See the changes here: link
  58. Do you agree with Prophet Spencer W. Kimball who said the following: “It is an act of extreme selfishness for a married couple to refuse to have children when they are able to do so”? (Conference Report, April 1979, p. 6) As a married Mormon, are you okay without birth control, continuing to have more and more children even if you cannot financially afford to or do not even have the time and space to produce an endless amount of offspring?
  59. Why are the following animals in the Book of Mormon mentioned as being in North America between 2200 BC and 421 AD, when they had not come around until after the Middle Ages? These include: asses, bulls, calves, cattle, cows, domestic goats, and horses. John Sorenson, LDS Apologist says in a FARMS article: “The terms cattle, horses, sheep and so on are mentioned at several points in the Nephite record. And it is dismaying to some who wish to be dismayed, I believe and a few others who (honestly) wish an answer could be provided why there are not cows like we mean cows, horses like we mean horses, sheep like we mean sheep. The fact is that all the ancient studies say those animals simply were not present in the New World. Period. They were not here.” What does this say about the reliability of the Book of Mormon concerning these animals? LDS apologists say horses could have really been tapirs or deer. Really?
  60. Why does the LDS Church teach that Mormons fled Kirtland, Ohio because of persecution, when they really fled because of Joseph Smith’s failed banking ventures with his own Kirtland Safety Society bank?
  61. If Mormons all around the world viewed their Prophet in Salt Lake City as God’s mouthpiece, then why would German Mormons view Hitler as God’s instrument? Alan F. Keele and Douglas F. Tobler mention: “Some Church members even saw Hitler as God’s instrument, preparing the world for the millennium.” (“The Fuhrer’s New Clothes: Helmuth Hübener and the Mormons in the Third Reich,” Sunstone, v. 5, no. 6, pp. 20-29)
  62. The Apostle Paul teaches us in Romans 12:19, “Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written: ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'” Given that vengeance is the Lord’s, and not ours, why is it that LDS participants in the endowment ritual in the LDS temples (from 1845 until the 1930’s) would give an “oath of vengeance”, in which participants vowed to pray that God would avenge the blood of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith, who were murdered by a mob in 1844?
  63. Why did Joseph Smith brag that he did a work greater than Jesus Christ? In History of the Church 6:408-409, Joseph Smith said the following: “Come on! ye prosecutors! ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava! for I will come out on the top at last. 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. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. 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. You know my daily walk and conversation. I am in the bosom of a virtuous and good people. How I do love to hear the wolves howl! When they can get rid of me, the devil will also go.” Also, what does it say to you when Joseph Smith says that when Mormons will get rid of him, the devil will flee?
  64. In 1963, LDS Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith said: “I would not want you to believe that we bear any animosity toward the Negro. ‘Darkies’ are wonderful people, and they have their place in our church.” (Look Magazine, Oct. 22, 1963, pg. 79). This is your ‘prophet’ speaking. How do you feel about his statement toward African Americans? Does it make you feel uncomfortable?
  65. In modern LDS circles, Brigham Young’s teachings are sometimes viewed as his “opinion.” Well, how many of his teachings promoted in General Conference at the time are really viewed as opinion, when they were clearly doctrine? How many excuses do you need to make, and how many free passes with the “opinion” card do you need to play before you consider Brigham Young a false prophet? How many of the following teachings from Brigham Young would it take for you to no longer consider him a true prophet? Consider that he taught ALL of the following:
    1. that the first man Adam was our Heavenly Father (Deseret News, June 18, 1873)
    2. Adulterers should have a dagger/javelin thrust through them (Journal of Discourses 3:247)
    3. Blacks will be servants in the Celestial Kingdom (JD 2:172)
    4. Blacks will never receive priesthood until every son of Adam is brought to the earth (JD 7:290-291)
    5. Polygamy will continue until Christ returns
    6. Men live on the moon and on the sun (JD 13:271)
    7. Interracial marriage is punishable by death and “this will always be so” (JD 10:110)
    8. Men should be happy to give their wives to the Prophet (JD 2:13-14)
    9. Marrying Native Americans will help their skin color change to white (The Abominations of Mormonism Exposed, pp. 58-59)
    10. His discourses were as good as Scripture (JD 13:264)
    11. Compared his sermons with Scripture (JD 13:95)
    12. We must confess Joseph Smith as a Prophet of God in order to be saved (JD 9:312)
    13. We must atone for some of our own sins. (JD 3:247; 4:53-54, 219-220)
    14. He had never given an counsel that was wrong (JD 16:161)
    15. You are damned if you deny polygamy (JD 11:269)
    16. You can’t get to highest level of heaven without Joseph Smith’s consent (JD 7:289).
    17. God progresses in knowlege (JD 6:120) (Yet according to “Chapter 3: God the Eternal Father” in Doctrines of the Gospel Teacher Manual (2011), pp. 7-8, it says:  “Does God progress in knowledge, light, and truth? No. He has a fulness of knowledge, light, and truth. See D&C 66:12; 2 Nephi 2:24).”
    18. God the Father had sex with Mary in order to produce Jesus (JD 4:218; 8:115)
    19. Jesus was not begotten by the Holy Ghost (JD 1:51) (even though Luke 1:35 says that Jesus was begotten by the Holy Ghost).
    20. Adam was born on another planet, and brought Eve to earth after he created this earth (Deseret Evening News, June 14, 1873).
  66. Why are references to Joseph Smith’s use of tobacco and alcohol-drinking omitted from Mormon history books? If Joseph Smith were living today, he would not be able to pass a worthiness interview or get a temple recommend. Consider the following: “Amasa Lyman, of the First presidency, related, ‘Joseph Smith tried the faith of the Saints many times by his peculiarities. At one time, he had preached a powerful sermon on the Word of Wisdom, and immediately thereafter, he rode through the streets of Nauvoo smoking a cigar. Some of the brethren were tried as was Abraham of old.'” (“Joseph Smith as an Administrator,” Master’s Thesis, Brigham Young University, May 1969, p. 161)
  67. If proxy baptism for the dead only gives the spirit the choice to choose the Mormon gospel in the afterlife, then why is every person who is given a proxy baptism confirmed a member of the LDS Church right after their proxy baptism? This would mean there is a 100% conversion rate for those who have passed. How is it that they really have a choice, and what are the chances that every single person who has passed will accept the LDS gospel in the afterlife, again, making a 100% conversion rate? Highly improbable. One of the objections from outsiders to this ritual is, “You’re forcing them to get baptized.” The LDS response is, “No, we are giving them a choice, since we all have free agency.” Yet they don’t have a choice, since 100% of them are getting confirmed as members after their proxy baptism.
  68. Why did Joseph Smith secretly marry 17-year old Sarah Ann Whitney in August of 1842 without Emma Smith’s knowledge or consent? Joseph Smith even wrote this to Sarah’s parents: “The only thing to be careful of is to find out when Emma comes, then you cannot be safe, but when she is not here, there is the most perfect safety… Burn this letter as soon as you read it.” (Mormon Enigma, p. 125) Why would Joseph Smith deliberately hide this from his first wife Emma? This is dangerous deception. If you are a Mormon parent, would you be comfortable with Joseph Smith being alone with your 17-year old daughter?
  69. Why did Joseph Smith circulate false stories that were designed to assassinate the character of people whom he considered to be enemies? MormonThink quotes the following: “In an article in the church publication, Messenger and Advocate (June 18, 1845) Sidney Rigdon acknowledged that Parley P. Pratt, advised church leaders how to support Smith, and advised that ‘we must lie to support brother Joseph, it is our duty to do so.'” How do you reconcile this lying from your founding prophet with what you’ve been taught about not lying?
  70. In 1835, Joseph Smith prophesied that the Lord would return in 1891. “President Smith then stated that the meeting had been called, because God had commanded it; and it was made known to him by vision and by the Holy Spirit… it was the will of God that they should be ordained to the ministry and go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time, for the coming of the Lord, which was nigh – even fifty six years should wind up the scene.” (History of the Church, Vol. 2, page 182). Why did Christ not return in 1891, fifty-six years after Joseph Smith said He’d return?
  71. Why did Joseph Smith’s prophecy in D&C 111 not come to pass? He prophesied they would find buried treasure (gold and silver) in Salem, MA in 1836. This never happened. (See History of the Church 2:465-466).
  72. Why did Joseph Smith’s prophecy about Congress breaking up as a government not come to pass? Joseph Smith said the following: “While discussing the petition to Congress, I prophesied, by virtue of the holy Priesthood vested in me, and in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that, if Congress will not hear our petition and grant us protection, they shall be broken up as a government, and God shall damn them, and there shall be nothing left of them – not even a grease spot.” (Millennial Star, Vol. 22, p. 455. See also History of the Church 6:116) Why is it that when this prediction was incorporated into the official LDS Church history, Mormon leaders decided to omit the “grease spot” phrase?
  73. Why did Joseph Smith falsely prophesy that a temple would be built in Independence, MO in his own generation? (See D&C 84 and History of the Church 1:286-295.) This temple has never been built.
  74. Why did Joseph Smith falsely prophesy that Zion in Independence, Missouri cannot fall (even though it did fall)? See D&C 97:19.
  75. Why did Joseph Smith falsely prophesy that an army would come to redeem Zion (Independence, MO), when this never happened? See D&C 103.
  76. Why did Joseph Smith falsely prophesy that other nations would enter the American Civil War? Other nations did not enter that war. See D&C 87.
  77. Why did Joseph Smith falsely prophesied that the United Order would be an everlasting order in D&C 104:1? However, in v. 48 and v. 53 in the same section, it says that the United Order was dissolved and reorganized. Today, the United Order no longer exists. The United Order exists today in the FLDS Church. Does this mean that Warren Jeffs’ fundamentalist LDS Church is the true church, according to D&C?
  78. Why did Joseph Smith falsely prophesy that David Patten would go on a mission in Spring 1839? This is recorded in D&C 114. David was shot in October 1838. Wouldn’t God have known that David Patten was going to die in 1839 if He was the one who revealed this to Joseph Smith, (especially since David Patten remained a faithful LDS member up until his death)?
  79. Why did Joseph Smith falsely prophesy that a new gathering place and temple would be built in Far West, MO in D&C 115? Mormons were driven out of that land, and a temple was never built.
  80. Why is the population growth rate in the Book of Mormon not accurate? By 187 B.C., the Nephite growth rate was nearly 30-times that which existed in the world at the time during the same era. “For the Amlicite-Nephite war of 87 B.C., Alma 2:17-19 reports a total of 19,094 fatalities. On the basis of these figures John Sorenson, a professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University , estimated the total Nephite-Lamanite population to be over 600,000 at that time (about 200,000 Nephites-Amlicites and over 400,000 Lamanites). For an original band of thirty reproductive individuals in 590 B.C. to proliferate even to 19,094 by 87 B.C. would require an average annual growth rate of 1.3 percent sustained over the span of five centuries. To reach the 600,000 level Sorenson determined to have existed at that point, the growth rate would have had to be 2 percent, again maintained for five centuries. This is a level never reached on a global scale until 1960 and fifty times the actual world rate of the pre-industrial epoch. It is a rate that, even when attained, can only persist briefly.” (see 20 Truths about Mormonism)
  81. In D&C 89, the Word of Wisdom is given. Why is there such a great focus on abstaining from alcohol and tobacco, coffee and tea, but there is no focus on abstaining from meat, except during times of famine or winter? (see D&C 89:12-13)
  82. If the LDS Church was established because all other churches were wrong and there are hundreds of traditional Christian denominations and the LDS Church can be a beacon of the “One true church”, then why are there over 300 Latter Day Saint denominations in the Restoration Movement that splintered from the LDS Church? Which branch of Mormonism is correct?
  83. Why did LDS Apostle Heber C. Kimball say, “I think no more of taking another wife than I do of buying a cow”?  (Journal of Discourses 5:22)
  84. Why did Brigham Young say, “I have no wife whom I love so well that I would not put a javelin through her heart, and I would do it with clean hands”? (JD 3:247) This is Brigham Young’s response to what he would do if one of his wives was adulterous. Can you imagine President Thomas S. Monson saying something like this?
  85. In this video, Elder Oaks and Elder Ballard discuss what they would do about questions which come up that they can’t answer. This is in prep for a Face 2 Face event in November 2017. Watch the whole video, and pay attention to 2:20 and following. Elder Ballard says, “There may be some of these questions that there is no answer to. Those will be the ones we avoid.” Click here for link These men are supposedly apostles of the Lord, yet why would they avoid or not have answers to our questions?
  86. Why is there damning cover-up evidence of child molestation from within the LDS General Authorities? See video here.
  87. There were supposedly 2 large battles on the Hill Cumorah where 2+ million people died. Shields and swords were apparently used. In order for the LDS Church to build their Visitor’s Center on the west side of Hill Cumorah, the construction crew needs to dig deep in the Hill to lay the foundation for the building. Why didn’t they find any bodies, chariot wheels, steel swords, shields, etc.? This would have made national and world news if they would have found anything.
  88. Christian churches do not have ceremonies that incorporate Satan. Mormonism does. Satan is included in the LDS temple ceremonies. What is our Adversary doing in a ‘godly’ ceremony?
  89. Why are ministers of other churches depicted as agents of Satan in the LDS temple ceremony until 1990? If Mormonism is really tolerant of other religions like they accuse other religions of not being, why the harsh portrayal of Christian ministers as hierlings of Satan?
  90. If the First Vision actually occurred, why was it not taught to the Church membership and  the public until 22 years later?
  91. Why would LDS prophets teach and practice polygamy in the 19th century at a time when polygamy was illegal, when Article of Faith #12 says: “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.”?
  92. Why was polygamy practiced during the time D&C 101 was in effect from 1835-1876 which stated marriage was one man, one woman? This provides a conflicting view of marriage. All D&C editions from 1835-1876 say that marriage is one man/one woman in section 101.
  93. Why did Joseph Smith run for president in 1844? Wouldn’t God have told him he wouldn’t win?
  94. If Joseph Smith believed in free speech and free agency, why did he command the Nauvoo Legion to destroy the Nauvoo Expositor press for printing factual information about him? LDS Apostle D. Todd Christofferson recently applauded journalists at a conference, saying they are “ambassadors of freedom” and that “society depends on” them. Would Joseph Smith have see them the same way? Also, would Elder Christofferson still see the reporters of the Nauvoo Expositor as “ambassadors of freedom” even though they printed something against Joseph Smith?
  95. In April 1842, Professor Caswell brought a Greek Psalter book before Joseph Smith and tested him, asking him what it was. Joseph said it was a Dictionary of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics. What does this say about the Prophet Joseph Smith’s seer abilities? If he translated the Book of Mormon from Egyptian, he should’ve known that the Psalter was not Egyptian.
  96. Colossians 1:16 says that Jesus created ALL things in heaven and on earth. “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” How could Jesus create all things, including Satan, if the LDS Church teaches that Satan is a spirit-brother of Jesus?
  97. The LDS Church claims that the Book of Mormon contains the “fulness of the gospel”. In Doctrines of Salvation Joseph Fielding Smith, one finds the following definition: “By fullness of the gospel is meant all the ordinances and principles that pertain to the exaltation of the celestial kingdom” (vol. 1, p. 160). If the Book of Mormon contains the “fullness of the gospel”, then why are the core LDS doctrines pertaining to salvation missing? If the current practices are a restoration of what was practiced before, then why were these not recorded as being practiced by the Nephites in the Book of Mormon? Below is a list of important Mormon doctrines that are NOT found in the Book of Mormon:
    1. Baptism for the dead (Book of Mormon teaches there is no salvation after death. See 2 Nephi 9:15; Alma 12:13-14, 34:31-34, 42:22-23)
    2. The President of the Church holds keys to salvation
    3. Temple marriage is a requirement for exaltation
    4. Elohim populated the earth through sexually-begotten spirit children (the pre-existence)
    5. True salvation comes through polygamy
    6. Jesus was crucified for polygamy (JD 1:346)
    7. Jesus was a polygamist (JD 13:309)
    8. Jesus was married (JD 2:82, 2:210, 4:259-260)
    9. Jesus chosen to be the god of this world
    10. Jesus and Lucifer being spirit brothers
    11. Man is a god in embryo
    12. Men may become gods
    13. Three levels of heaven
    14. Council of Gods in the Beginning
    15. God had sex with Mary
    16. Eternal Progression
    17. God has a Father
    18. God has many wives
    19. God the Father has a body of flesh and bones
    20. God was once a man
  98. If God the Father has a body of flesh and bones and was once a man, then He had a Heavenly Father himself. Since he was once a man, that means that he may have sinned. Many Mormons believe this, though some don’t. See link here for video. Mormons believe that Jesus was sinless. If God the Father once sinned, and His Father before Him sinned before then, how could our own Heavenly Father produce a sinless Jesus Christ (through sexually relations with Mary)? Wouldn’t sin be transmitted to Jesus through Father God (who sinned) and Mary (a sinful mortal)?
  99. Since it takes the blood of Jesus to cleanse sins, how could Heavenly Father on a different world be the Savior of his own world without the blood of Jesus, especially in light of the teaching that Adam and Eve did not have blood until after the Fall of Man? Also, if the blood of Christ cleanses us from sin, why does LDS teaching hold that blood only entered Adam and Eve after the Fall as a sign of disobedience?
  100. Why was the reference to blood not being in Adam and Eve’s veins taken out of the LDS Bible Dictionary for the new 2013 version of the Standard Works but it was in the 1981 version?
  101. Why does an angel from heaven reveal to Amulek in the Book of Mormon that there is only one God in Alma 11:28-31, yet in D&C 121:28 the Lord says that it is about to be revealed “whether there be one God or many gods,” and then 4 verses later it says there is a “Council of the Eternal God of all other gods”? Why the flip-flopping? Does God have an angel reveal to men in the Book of Mormon that there’s 1 God, yet to reveal to Joseph Smith that He’s not quite sure if there is 1 God or many? Don’t you think that God would know if there are other gods? Actually, He does know. In Isaiah 43:10, God says: “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” In Isaiah 46:9, God says, I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me…”
  102. Joseph Smith boasted the he was the only one ever able to keep a church together and that not even Jesus could do it (History of the Church 6:409). In light of this, Jesus Christ set up His apostles to lead the Christian church after His resurrection, which made for a smooth transition. Why did God not reveal to Joseph Smith who would lead the LDS Church after he was murdered? If it was the only True Church on the face of the earth, there should not have been confusion with the transition, yet there was a major succession crisis. There was a good 2 years of in-fighting between members of the Quorum of Twelve, Seventy, membership, etc. Some followed Brigham Young, some James J. Strang, Sidney Rigdon, Granville Hedrick, Alpheus Cutler, Joseph Smith III, Jason W. Briggs, Zenas H. Gurley, William Marks, and others.
  103. Why do modern Mormons blame the Mormon expulsion from Missouri on the State of Missouri when Mormons lit the fire to start the Mormon War in 1838? They often cite Missouri Governor’s Mormon Extermination Order of 1838 as persecution, yet they do not realize that Sidney Rigdon’s “July 4th Oration” in Far West, Missouri in 1838 actually prompted the drastic response by the Missouri Governor. Here is what Rigdon said in his speech: “…it shall be between us and them a war of extermination; for we will follow them till the last drop of their blood is spilled, or else they will have to exterminate us: for we will carry the seat of war to their own houses, and their own families, and one party or the other shall be utterly destroyed.—Remember it then all MEN…” Would God’s Church really function this way, saying that God’s true church would carry war to the enemy’s homes and even families? I can’t imagine modern LDS leaders being okay with this…
  104. In the Book of Mormon, Ether 2:3 claims that the Jaredites brought honeybees over to America around 2200 B.C. It’s a scientific fact that honeybees were first introduced to the New World by Spanish explorers in the fifteenth century A.D. Why the contradiction?
  105. Why is there no evidence that Jesus Christ visited America after His resurrection in the Holy Land?
  106. Since Leviticus 18:18 forbids a man from marrying women who are sisters, why did Joseph Smith marry 3 sets of sisters? (Sarah and Maria Lawrence, Zina and Presendia Huntington, and Emily Dow and Eliza Maria Partidge).
  107. Leviticus 20:14 says that it is an abomination for a man to marry both a mother and her daughter. Why did Joseph Smith marry a mother and daughter (Patty Bartlett Sessions and Sylvia Sessions Lyon)? These marriages were also polyandrous, as Patty was currently married to David Sessions and Sylvia Sessions was married to Windsor Lyon at the time Joseph Smith married the mother-daughter pair.
  108. Mormons do not like “anti-Mormons.” Yet, why do they harass anti-Mormons if they believe that everyone has free-agency, especially since Mormons believe that it’s necessary that the “true church” has an opposition? Why not let the opposition be the opposition?
  109. Why is it when the LDS has it’s top-of-the-top people do official studies on LDS foundation and truth claims, do the ones doing the research end up doubting and having serious questions about the church? Look at B.H. Roberts and his research on the Book of Mormon origins, John Sorenson and the Book of Mormon archaeology, the closure of FARMS, and the downward spiral of FairMormon.
  110. The LDS Church excommunicated Elder James J. Hamula of the Quorum of Seventy in August 2017. Normally, reasons for excommunication are private and kept within the disciplinary council. According to Deseret News, the LDS Church decided to say: “The church also confirmed that Tuesday’s action was not due to disillusionment or apostasy on the part of Hamula.” This leaves moral failure as the next option. The LDS Church threw Elder Hamula under the bus when they specifically said he wasn’t guilty of apostasy or disillusionment. This leaves a moral failure of some kind. Obviously, we may never know the real reason behind his excommunication. It may not even be moral failure. It’s interesting the LDS Church wants to say it doesn’t have to do with apostasy, given that we are in the age of rabid apostasy, and Mormons are leaving their Church by the thousands and tens of thousands. If the LDS Church said he was excommunicated for apostasy, then the LDS Church would have a crisis on their hands, as it would start making more and more Latter-day Saints question what they believe. Elder Hamula did not deserve having the LDS Church announce what they did – that’s character defamation. What does this say about LDS Church paranoia concerning apostasy?
  111. In Matthew 24:14, Jesus says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Notice that Jesus Christ’s gospel will be in all nations, and then the end will come (Second Coming). As of 2012, the LDS Church’s “restored gospel” does not have any presence in 35 countries and an additional 17 territories around the world. Given that the true Gospel of Jesus Christ will be in all nations of the world at the time He returns to earth (as the Christian gospel currently is), if Christ came back before Mormonism’s restored gospel is able to make it into every single country, what does this say about the validity of Mormonism’s gospel? What are the chances Mormonism will be allowed in places like Iran and Syria before the Lord’s return, when Christianity has been established there for some time?
  112. Why does the LDS Church pride itself on having no paid clergy, when it does on many levels? Why did Apostle John A. Widtsoe lie when he said: “Out of this body of priesthood, now great, were drawn, and are drawn the administrative workers of the Church: the First Presidency, the Council of the Twelve Apostles, the Council of the First Quorum of the Seventy; the Presiding Bishopric; the stake and ward officers, and the many others needed, but only for such time as they are needed. The Church has carried on successfully with such a voluntary, unpaid body of officers and teachers”? (John A. Widtsoe, Joseph Smith: Seeker after Truth, Prophet of God, 1951, 128) Apostle Boyd K. Packer also lied, saying: “Did they also tell you that we have no professional clergy? All of us contribute our time, our talents, our means, and travel—all to help the work. And we’re not paid for it in money.” (From a story told by Boyd K. Packer, found in Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood: Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part B, Lesson 30: Tithes and Offerings, 251-256, 2000) MormonLeaks documents have revealed that members of the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve, the Seventy, and mission presidents are paid. A new leaked document showed a 2014 memo from the Church’s Presiding Bishopric, “noting the ‘base living allowance’ for all Mormon general authorities was being raised from $116,400 to $120,000” annually. See link here. Also, see Sharon Lindbloom’s article here for more quotes and LDS responses.
  113. When it came to the LDS Church’s new policy updated in the Church Handbook–1 that barred children living in same-gender parented homes to be baptized in the Church, there was confusion as to how it was handled by LDS leaders. I agree with the LDS Church’s stance on homosexuality and that it’s sinful. However, the way the LDS Church communicates things muddies the waters. Why is it that when the First Presidency receives a revelation, as in this case, they slip it into a policy book that almost nobody reads, and then send a junior apostle to handle any damage control when it is leaked, then write a letter claiming the clear-cut language in the policy isn’t what they meant after all, and then waited two months to allow another apostle (a senior one the 2nd time) speculate that it must have been a revelation rather than just a policy?
  114. Why do senior missionary tour guides who walk you through the LDS Conference Center have no idea that Joseph Smith used a seer stone to translate the Book of Mormon, and insist he used the plates, like the large painting shows in the Conference Center hallway? One senior missionary originally from Scotland who gave me a tour (and had been in the LDS Church for 47 years) had never heard of the seer stone in a hat. When I told her that Joseph Smith used a seer stone, she said it was an “anti-Mormon lie.” I took another tour a few days after that and a male senior missionary told me the same thing. What does it say when non-Mormons and Christians know about LDS Church History and what Joseph Smith actually did and a majority of LDS members do not? 47 years of Mormon membership without knowing about how the Book of Mormon was really translated? Wow.
  115. Why is it that sister missionaries at Temple Square won’t believe you when you tell them that the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible (published by Herald House, the Community of Christ, formerly RLDS Church) is sold at Deseret Book store, right across the street from Temple Square? I have had 3 of them deny my claim, saying they didn’t believe me.
  116. Jesus Christ is known as the Good Shepherd. He even calls Himself the Good Shepherd in John 10:11. Why do Mormons believe Jesus is the Good Shepherd? Mormons believe that the church Christ set up went into a complete apostasy for about 1,700 years until Joseph Smith restored it in 1830. If that was the case, then Jesus was not looking out for His flock for 1,700 years. That means that from when the time Jesus came until now, Jesus was absent from His Church for 85% of Church History. This means He was a terrible shepherd. What kind of shepherd leaves his flock for that long? Yes, He will temporarily leave the 99 sheep to go after the 1 when it’s lost, but the complete Great Apostasy theory says he left the 100 altogether. Mormonism paints a terrible picture of Christ, one that is not biblical. In Mormonism, Christ is the Bad Shepherd. In Christianity, Christ is the Good Shepherd.
  117. Why are there ram-goat heads on the top of the torch basins in front of the LDS Administration Building in Salt Lake City? A goat is not symbolic of Christianity, but rather, of apostate Christianity.
  118. Why are there inverted pentagrams on the wood rotunda that faces the Christus statue on the 2nd floor of the North Visitors’ Center on Temple Square? Pentagrams are Satanic symbols. What are they doing associated with the “one true church”?
  119. Wine/grape juice and unleavened bread are used for Communion in Christian Churches. The wine/grape juice symbolizes the blood of Christ and the unleavened bread symbolizes Christ’s body. Why do Mormons use water and regular bread? Water and bread represent the meal of a prisoner in the ancient world. Look at the symbolism. In Christianity, the communion meal represents healing, freedom and forgiveness, whereas the Mormon sacrament meal represents a meal that a prisoner (someone who is bound) would eat. This is so symbolic!
  120. If having a physical body is a requirement for godhood in Mormonism, how did Jesus become a god before he had a body?
  121. Why are LDS temple ceremonies a secret to the public when Old Testament temple ceremonies were open to public knowledge?
  122. If the Adam-God doctrine is not true (Brigham Young’s teaching that Adam was our Heavenly Father), then why does D&C 27:11 call Adam the Ancient of Days which is obviously a title for God in Daniel 7:9-10?
  123. Why does the Mormon god in Abraham 2:24 encourage Abraham and Sarah to lie, when in this same story in the Bible, it was Sarah’s idea to lie (see Gen. 20:2)? What does this say about the LDS version of Abraham and Sarah when 2 Nephi 9:34 condemns liars to hell?
  124. How can our Heavenly Father be a man with a body of flesh and bones (D&C 130:22) when Numbers 23:19 in the Bible says that God is not a man?
  125. If the phrase “familiar spirit” in Isaiah 29:4 refers to the Book of Mormon, why are familiar spirits always referenced as occult practices that channel spirits and deal with necromancy, something that is altogether forbidden in the Bible?
  126. Why did the Apostle Paul say that it is good for a man not to marry (1 Corinthians 7:1) when the LDS Church requires marriage for salvation and eternal progression?
  127. Why does Joseph Smith in his King Follett Discourse (1844) say that God progressed to become God and was not God from all eternity, when Moroni 8:18 in the Book of Mormon says: “God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing…”?
  128. Why do you believe that the two sticks in Ezekiel 37:20-22 refer to the Bible and the Book of Mormon when Ezekiel describes the sticks as representing two nations, not two books?
  129. Why does the Aaronic Priesthood in the LDS Church even exist when Hebrews 7:11-12 says that it was changed and replaced by a better priesthood?
  130. Why does the LDS Church have thousands of high priests when Jesus Christ is in the role of our only High Priest?
  131. Why did elders in the LDS Church practice the disturbing occultic Blood Atonement doctrine during the 19th century? An LDS member who was guilty of incest, adultery, murder, or sexual relations with someone of African descent had to pay for their sins with their own blood, and have it shed, as Christ’s blood was not enough to cleanse people of these sins, according to Mormonism. Many had their throats slit so their blood could run and atone for their sins. Consider the case of Rasmos Anderson, a Danish convert to the LDS Church who moved to Utah. The following is taken from John D. Lee, a leader in the LDS Council of Fifty: “Rasmos Anderson was a Danish man who came to Utah… He had married a widow lady somewhat older than himself… At one of the meetings during the reformation Anderson and his step-daughter confessed that they had committed adultery… they were rebaptized and received into full membership. They were then placed under covenant that if they again committed adultery, Anderson should suffer death. Soon after this a charge was laid against Anderson before the Council, accusing him of adultery with his step-daughter. This Council was composed of Klingensmith and his two counselors; it was the Bishop’s Council. Without giving Anderson any chance to defend himself or make a statement, the Council voted that Anderson must die for violating his covenants. Klingensmith went to Anderson and notified him that the orders were that he must die by having his throat cut, so that the running of his blood would atone for his sins. Anderson, being a firm believer in the doctrines and teachings of the Mormon Church, made no objections… His wife was ordered to prepare a suit of clean clothing, in which to have her husband buried… she being directed to tell those who should inquire after her husband that he had gone to California. Klingensmith, James Haslem, Daniel McFarland and John M. Higbee dug a grave in the field near Cedar City, and that night, about 12 o’clock, went to Anderson’s house and ordered him to make ready to obey Council. Anderson got up… and without a word of remonstrance accompanied those that he believed were carrying out the will of the ‘Almighty God.’ They went to the place where the grave was prepared; Anderson knelt upon the side of the grave and prayed. Klingensmith and his company then cut Anderson’s throat from ear to ear and held him so that his blood ran into the grave… As soon as he was dead they dressed him in his clean clothes, threw him into the grave and buried him. They then carried his bloody clothing back to his family, and gave them to his wife to wash… She obeyed their orders…. Anderson was killed just before the Mountain Meadows massacre. The killing of Anderson was then considered a religious duty and a just act. It was justified by all the people, for they were bound by the same covenants, and the least word of objection to thus treating the man who had broken his covenant would have brought the same fate upon the person who was so foolish as to raise his voice against any act committed by order of the Church authorities.”
  132. Why would a pure church of Jesus Christ have a vigilante paramilitary group called the “Danites”, that tracked down and killed Mormon dissenters?
  133. Deuteronomy 18:20-22 says we are to condemn false prophets if they falsely prophesy. What do you think about Joseph Smith and Brigham Young’s false teachings and them being considered true prophets in light of this?
  134. Since there are between 9-11 accounts of the First Vision, how did the LDS Church choose which account was the official account?
  135. Why does the Bible teach we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), yet the Book of Mormon teaches we are saved by grace “after all we can do”? (2 Nephi 25:23)
  136. Why does the LDS Church insist we will be married in heaven when Jesus says in Matthew 22:30 that in the resurrection men neither marry, nor are given in marriage?
  137. Why does Mormonism teach that Jesus paid for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane when 1 Peter 2:24 says He paid for our sins on the cross of Calvary?
  138. Why does the LDS Church teach that man first existed as a spirit in heaven when 1 Corinthians 15:46 says that the physical body comes before the spiritual?
  139. If the Book of Mormon is of ancient origin, why are there 19th century cultural influences in the Book of Mormon? For example, why is King Benjamin’s oratory like a 19th century camp meeting?
  140. The phrase “slippery treasure” is common talk when it comes to the folk magic in Joseph Smith’s day. Why is “slippery treasure” mentioned so much in the Book of Mormon?
  141. When asked about how the LDS Church started, why did the early prophets such as Brigham Young, John Taylor, and Wilford Woodruff all state that it started with an angel, rather than the First Vision? (See JD 2:171, 11:196, 10:127) The First Vision was hardly mentioned until the 1860’s. Why the omission if the First Vision was supposedly the greatest religious event since the Resurrection?
  142. Why does Elder George A Smith, a member of the First Presidency say: “When the holy angel appeared, Joseph inquired which of all these denominations was right and which he should join, and was told they were all wrong.” (JD 12:334) Didn’t Joseph Smith claim he found this out from God the Father and the Son in the supposed First Vision of 1820? Why is a Mormon apostle saying he learned this from the angel Moroni?
  143. When Christ died, the Bible says darkness was over the land for 3 hours (Luke 23:44 and the Book of Mormon says there was darkness over the land for 3 days (3 Nephi 8:19, 23). Which is it?
  144. Joseph Smith originally prepared his 14 Articles of Faith. Why has the original Number 11 been omitted?
  145. How do you account for the stunning parallels between the Book of Mormon and Ethan Smith’s View of the Hebrews?
  146. Why did most of the Book of Mormon witnesses leave the LDS Church? Brigham Young even says: “Some of the witnesses of the Book of Mormon, who handled the plates and conversed with the angels of God, were afterwards left to doubt and disbelieve that they had ever seen an angel.” (JD 7:164)
  147. How did the Book of Mormon characters get the priesthood when they were not from the tribe of Levi?
  148. Why are ‘cliched’ Native American phrases like “Nine Moons” (Omni 1:21) or “Great Spirit” (Alma 19:25-27) included in the Book of Mormon text?
  149. If the Great Apostasy really happened, then why does Jesus Christ say in Matthew 16:18 that the gates of hell would never prevail against His Church?
  150. LDS Apostle James Talmage wrote: “If the alleged apostasy of the primitive church was not a reality, the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not the divine institution its name proclaims.” (The Great Apostasy, preface). B.H. Roberts, LDS Church Historian, said: “Nothing less than a complete apostasy from the Christian religion would warrant the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” (History of the Church 1:XL). In light of all of these questions on this list and given that there was no Great Apostasy, what are you going to do moving forward, now that you know the LDS Church is not the ‘divine institution its name proclaims’? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not true, and Joseph Smith was a false prophet. When you leave the LDS Church, don’t leave Jesus Christ. Say with Christ. Follow Jesus Christ alone. Jesus says in John 8:31-32, “To [those] who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'” If we hold onto true teachings, then we will know the truth! Mormonism does not offer true teachings of Jesus Christ. Christ says in John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed!” May you be set free!
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