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ROT SPEAKS WITH FORKED ONGUE AND THREATENS FORMER DIRECTOR
FROM ANTI-MORMON TO MORMON - MY JOURNEY!
A DIVINE COMEDY
UTAH MISSIONS INC. BATTLES AMONG ITSELF
WORST OF THE ANTI-MORMON WEB #1
ED DECKER LIES - 1
ED DECKER LIES - 2
ED DECKER LIES - 3
ED DECKER LIES - 4
ED DECKER LIES - 5
ED DECKER LIES - 6
ED DECKER LIES - 7
ED DECKER LIES - 8
ED DECKER LIES - 9
ED DECKER LIES - 10
THE BIBLE CALLS THEM "FOOLS"
EGG ON FACES
REACH OUT TRUST [ROT] USES INNUENDO AS A WEAPON
ROT'S FORKED TONGUE
SATANIC INFLUENCE ADMITTED IN ROT JOURNAL
WHAT REACH OUT TRUST DARE NOT REVEAL
REACH OUT TRUST - THE POISONED CHALICE
REACH OUT TRUST EMBRACES DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
THE DEVIL LIES!
IMAGES OF HATE -CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11
CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER 13
CHAPTER 14
CHAPTER 15
CHAPTER 16
CHAPTER 17
CHAPTER 18
CHAPTER 19
CHAPTER 20
CHAPTER 21
CHAPTER 22
CHAPTER 23
CHAPTER 24
CHAPTER 25
CHAPTER 26
CHAPTER 27
CHAPTER 28
CHAPTER 29
CHAPTER 30
CHAPTER 31
CHAPTER 32
APPENDIX 'A'
APPENDIX 'B'
APPENDIX 'C'
APPENDIX 'D'
BIBLIOGRAPHY
FOOTNOTES & THE END
MISSING BOOKS OF THE HOLY BIBLE
BIBLE - INERRANT? INFALLIBLE?
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CARM. THE BIBLE IS NOT THEIR FINAL AUTHORITY
'GOOD WORKS' IN BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY
WHAT THINK YE OF CHRIST?
IMPOSSIBLE TEXTS
CHRISTOLOGY ACCORDING TO EUSEBIUS
THE MORMON JESUS
WAS JESUS MARRIED?
MORMONS DO NOT SAY ALL NON-LDS CHRISTIANS ARE CORRUPT
MORMONS AND OTHER CHRISTIANS
A PASTOR ASKS A FAIR QUESTION.
CARM 101 - A DISAPPOINTMENT!
MCELVEEN'S DELUSION
SHAFOVALOFF FLUNKS THE 2 NEPHI 25:23 TEST
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CARM AND THE DEVIL
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CARM ON THE INCARNATION
CARM & THEOSIS
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ROCKY HULSE
THE TRUTH ABOUT MORMONISM
JOSEPH SMITH
JOSEPH SMITH BY THOSE THAT KNEW HIM
TRUTH IN LOVE TO MORMONS . COM
DON'T SAY YOU LOVE ME IF IT ISN'T TRUE!
PLURAL MARRIAGE COMMANDED BY GOD
PLURAL MARRIAGE IN THE EARLY AND MEDIAEVAL AND LATER CGHRISTIAN CHURCHES
PLURAL MARRIAGE BROUGHT BACK BY EVANGELICALS
LORI MCGREGOR TALKS TWADDLE
CONCERNED CHRISTIANS INC,
JESUS TELLS CHRISTIANS TO FORSAKE THEIR SINS
A STINGING COMPLAINT AGAINST CONCERNED CHRISTIANS
R.O.T.
RENDELL'S DISHONEST CLAIMS
DOUG HARRIS BETRAYER & PROMISE BREAKER
L.O.U.T.
ROT'S SNEAKY FANATICS
ROT TALKS ROT
ROT'S FORKED TONGUE & DOUBLE MINDEDNESS
ROT'S RITUAL FABRICATIOJNJ
UNIVERSALISM TAUGHT - DR HANSON'S THOUGHTS
MINOR IRRITATIONS & PETTY NIGGLES
BOGUS 'DR' JAY DEE NELSON
GB HANCOCK
BOGUS 'DR' WALTER R MARTIN
BOGUS 'DOCTOR' WILLIE DYE
BOGUS 'DR' FALES
FALES' BOGUS DEFENDER
BOGUS RESPONSE TO BOGUS "DR" FALES
BRINKERHOFF'S EGREGIOUS ERROR
BRINKERHOFF'S TREACHERY - 1
BRINKERHOFF'S TREACHERY - 2
IS ANTI-MORMONISM CHRISTIAN ?
DANGEROUS FUNDAMENTALISM
"THE GOD-MAKERS"
GODMAKERS AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS - AN EDITORIAL
ERYL DAVIES
IS GOD IMMATERIAL?
THE VISIBLE GOD
EGYPTIAN INFLUENCE IN ANCIENT PALESTINE
EGYPTIAN INFLUENCE ON HEBREW THOUGHT AND LITERATURE
SEPARATING THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF
BEECHER ON MORMONS AND THE BIBLE
SALVATION & BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD
JESUS PREACHED IN HELL TO SAVE SOULS
THE JOHANNINE COMMA
EZEKIEL'S STICKS
BOOK OF MORMON
EVIDENCES OF THE BOOK OF MORMON
TEMPLES
JOSEPH SMITH'S OWN STORY
ELDER OAKS AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
SOME CHRISTIANS TELL LIES FOR CASH
MISCELLANY
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
THE WALL OF TRUTH & THE WALL OF SHAME
THE PERSECUTION CULTUS
INSANITY AWARDS
DAN CORNER CORNERED & PITCHFORKED!
ISAIAH 29 & THE BOOK OF MORMON
BOM CHANGES
AM I AN ANTI-MORMON?
WHY I AM A MORMON
COMPACT DISCS
THE INSANITY OF ANTI-MORMONISM
A FALSE DICHOTOMY - MORMONISM OR CHRISTIANITY - WHY MUST I CHOOSE WHEN I CAN BE BOTH AT THE SAME TIME?
A MORMON ANSWERS
DEIFICATION - THEOSIS CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
SALVATION FOR THE DEAD - A BIBLE TEACHING
THE CHRIST OF MORMONISM IS THE CHRIST OF THE HOLY BIBLE
THE BOOK OF ABRAHAM
ON THE HOLY TRINITY
BIBLE TEACHINGS THAT DO NOT SUPPORT THE TRINITY - 01
AN EXAMPLE OF ANTI-MORMON FOOLISHNESS
A CASE STUDY ~ ANTI-MORMON ATTITUDES
JP HOLDING'S BOOK, "THE MORMON DEFENDERS"
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR HIM?
THE STANDARD OF TRUTH
BLACK MUSEUM OF ANTI-MORMONISM
THE SALAMANDER LETTER
DANITES - THE MYTH
I HAD A DREAM - A CAUTIONARY TALE
CARELESS TALK - DR MICHAEL L BROWN
LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY

  

CHAPTER FOUR

An Overview of Latter-day Saint History

  

This strange eventual History
William Shakespeare

  

  

Latter-day Saints have no quarrel with images. They see their religion as a series of images fitting into an overarching image which confirms their faith in the church as the 'restored' Church of Jesus Christ. The fundamental proposition of Mormonism - it is difficult to find an appropriate noun to replace this - is that it is the primitive Gospel restored to earth by divine provenance after a period of universal apostasy. The principal instrument of the Restoration was the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. He is sustained by Latter-day Saints as a prophet of God, authoritatively called and endowed by direct revelation, as his successors are also held to be.

Smith was born in Vermont in 1805. The family moved to Palmyra, New York State when he was eleven. Most of his family attached themselves to the Presbyterian movement, but Joseph did not. His reticence to embrace a particular creed was due in large part to the fact that he saw different denominations and sects interpreting the same Biblical text differently.

In 1820 his attention was drawn to a scriptural passage which not only changed his life, but which changed the course of American history, produced the "American religion" and sent shock waves throughout the Christian world. The passage was the weekly portion in the Methodist Church that Joseph sometimes attended.

  

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,

that giveth to all men liberally,

and upbraideth not;

and it shall be given him.

  

He wrote that this passage struck him with great force. He pondered it deeply. In response to its urging he knelt in prayer in a wood close to the Smith home and received an open vision of God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ, who appeared as two glorious corporeal personages. In answer to his question "which church should I join?" he was cautioned against any then extant. He was promised that he would some day be the means through which the prophesied Restoration would be effected.

At the time Joseph was unaware of the significance of the vision. It dispelled the notion of a Trinitarian Godhead and disclosed the truth that the nature of God and his Son had been lost in antiquity. The Saviour's statement that none of the churches was correct must have shocked the young man. On his return home his mother, Lucy Mack Smith, thought him troubled in mind and spirit . She asked what was wrong.

  

'Never mind, all is well - I am well enough off.' I then said to my mother, 'I have learned for myself that Presbyterianism is not true.'

  

A few years later he wanted to know what God had in mind for him and in response to earnest prayer the Angel Moroni appeared and spoke about his mission. He learned that Moroni was the son of Mormon, the abridger of the Nephite record that came to be known as the Book of Mormon. Moroni made the final entry of the story of his people in the book before hiding it in the earth where it would remain until it would be revealed to the world. It was to be another witness to the divinity of Jesus Christ. The angel told Joseph that the record contained the religious history of the ancient inhabitants of the American continent, and was engraved on gold plates. In time Moroni delivered the plates to Joseph together with the means of their translation.

In May 1829 John the Baptist conferred The Aaronic Priesthood upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. In June of the same year Peter, James, and John conferred the higher or Melchizedek Priesthood. In June 1830, a few weeks after the Book of Mormon was published, the Church of Jesus Christ was organized according to the law of New York State and in obedience to divine instruction.

Against all expectations the Church grew rapidly, attracting friendly and hostile attention. A year after the inaugural meeting it had a membership of one thousand but as membership grew so did persecution. To escape this the congregation moved en masse  to Kirtland, Ohio, but persecution became even more severe as the Church expanded in its new location. They learned that the centre 'stake' of Zion, the New Jerusalem, was to be built in Jackson County, Missouri. Selected families were sent ahead to buy land and plant crops in preparation for the thousands of Latter-day Saints who were to follow them to the land of their inheritances much as ancient Israel had done in their Promised Land. But the Missourians were disturbed by the large scale migration and made it clear that Mormons were not welcome there. The strength of hostility against the Mormons is covered in the next chapter.

  

  

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