The Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith, on numerous occasions, communicated his claimed visions regarding the book of Mormon. As expected, the first point of contact was his family and friends, however, from all the available historical evidence, we can find no record confirming his claimed first vision in the so-called sacred grove until approximately fifteen years after the supposed event!
In compliance with the religious excitement experienced by many American citizens, a new missionary spirit seems to have possessed Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery after they received their claimed priesthood, and the Holy Ghost, on the banks of the Susquehanna River. Soon other missionaries were organized and sent forth to preach the gospel and sell the Book of Mormon. From the first missionary endeavors until the present day, missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints continue spreading their claimed gospel message. In today’s world, they no longer sell the Book of Mormon.
President Russell M. Nelson, the Mormon Prophet, ended the Sunday morning October 2018 session in S.L.C. with a stern, uncompromising message for Church members, and media. The message is clear, Mormons are to use their faith’s full name: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In response to critics, Nelson reiterated that his instruction is not a name change, not rebranding, not cosmetic, not a whim, and not inconsequential. “It is a correction,” the 94-year-old leader said, quote. “It is the command of the Lord.”
The church’s name “is not negotiable,” he said, quote. “When the Savior clearly states what the name of his church should be, and even precedes his declaration with, ‘Thus shall my church be called,’ he is serious. And if we allow nicknames to be used and adopt or even sponsor those nicknames ourselves, he is offended.”
Using common nicknames such as “Mormon church,” “L.D.S. Church,” or the “Church of the Latter-day Saints,” Nelson said quote, “is a major victory for Satan.”
When members, quote, “discard the Savior’s name,” he said, “we are subtly disregarding all that Jesus Christ did for us — even his Atonement.”
In August 2018, The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints made its position clear regarding the name of the Church. Interestingly, it looks like Mormons will have to stop calling themselves Mormons! Almost one year before the official statement from Church News, as presented above, Mike Wilkins wrote and published the following Mormon article.
Are Mormons accepted as Orthodox Christians?
Mormons claim to be Christians. Surprisingly they stand alone, neither Protestant nor Roman Catholic in their doctrines or actions. Historically they have denounced all Christian churches as an abomination in God’s eyes. Mormons have their understanding of a Christian God. Additionally, they accept the King James Bible under restricted circumstances. Mormons celebrate Christmas and birthdays, they enjoy dancing, and unlike the Jewish faith, they have no problem in eating pork.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believe in following their leaders. They have succeeded in establishing a theocracy within their religious lifestyle. Fundamental to Mormonism, is the accepted doctrine of supporting their leaders, who they believe are directly inspired and called by a living God. The overriding understanding by Mormons is that they are following their almighty living God by obeying their leaders, who they believe are inspired and empowered to direct them in all aspects of living upon this earth, and then into the afterlife.
The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a man who is called a living Prophet. As a presiding Prophet, all worthy members of the Mormon Church follow his doctrines in faithful obedience. A Mormon Prophet is also a President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believe they are Christians; they say that their Church bears his name, which it does. Surprisingly the legal name of the Church has changed several times during its formative years, under the direction of its founder Joseph Smith.
The term Mormonites or Mormons is a name first used by enemies of the Church. In recent times, this common name has been adopted, accepted and advertised by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The problem facing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the rejection by most orthodox Christians of their claim to be Christians. Many informed Christians remember the warning which the founder and Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith recorded as part of his first vision. In the official version of the first vision by the L.D.S. Church, we read this information. Joseph Smith, the Mormon founder, said, and I quote. ‘My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.” He again forbade me to join with any of them, and many other things did he say unto me, which I cannot write at this time.’
The position of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) is crystal clear; as they continually teach, testify, and send out thousands of missionaries each year to convert humanity to their Church and lifestyle. Part of the conversion process is the acceptance of Joseph Smith’s first vision, which involves the understanding and agreement that.
5a. Mormons (Joseph Smith) must not join any of the Orthodox Christian Churches.
5b. All established religions, specifically Catholics, and Protestants, are wrong in their worship and doctrines.
5c. All professors who teach the beliefs and traditions of the organized religions are according to faithful Mormons corrupt.
5d. Mormons believe that mainstream religion denies the power of God. They accept and testify that all established religions teach for doctrines, the commandments of men, intermingled with a form of godliness.
Rejecting the Roman Catholic doctrines on Christianity, Protestant Churches offer their traditions, which are a combination of ideas and motivations from royalty, and religious leaders, searching for freedom from established Christianity. Surprisingly, some Protestant Churches divided or split internally to create new Protestant churches.
The Mormon Church, for almost two hundred years, claims its a restoration via a series of divine manifestations or visions. It confirms Priesthood authority, with the ability to bind or seal on earth and in heaven. The Mormon Church is unique in its fixed position, as it requires all Catholic and Protestants Christians to convert and become Mormon.
Mormons are unwilling or unable to join with orthodox Christians. Persistently Mormons teach verbally and in writing that a living God has told them that all creeds are an, quote, ‘abomination in his sight.’ The Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith stated twice that Mormons are forbidden to join with the existing established Christian Churches. Joseph Smith said, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches, that God the Father came down from heaven, and gave instruction, or commandment, not to join with the established Churches.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) states the name of Jesus Christ in several of its official registered legal names.
Mormons call themselves Christians. However, most orthodox Christians reject the claim of the L.D.S. Church due to fundamental differences, as presented in the bible.
The safe confirmed conclusions are.
Mormons teach and believe that all Christians are members of churches that are real abominations in God’s sight.
The American English definition of abomination is and I quote. ‘A thing that causes disgust or loathing.’ Another definition being, and again I quote. ‘A feeling of hatred.’
* Mormons actively proselyte attempting to convert humanity into their understanding of Christianity, which is not the accepted doctrine of Christianity, by any Catholic or Protestant church.
* In the Gentile world, excluding Jews and the rest of humanity, there are only three religions.
Item (1) Roman Catholics.
Item (2) Protestants.
Item (3) Mormons.
Mormons teach that they are a peculiar people. Surprisingly they are different in their understanding and acceptance of Christianity.
Additionally, in legal and moral terms, the Mormons have made their position entirely clear. Mormons claim to be Christians; however, most Christians want no connection with the Mormons. Mormons stand-alone isolated in their claim to be Christians; their doctrines are aggressively against Christians, as they continue to state the words of Joseph Smith, their founder, and the first American Mormon Prophet, of the L.D.S. Church.
The name ‘Mormons’ is simply a name or a nickname used by Christians or atheists, which, for reasons unknown, has been adopted and used by the church and its members for a considerable time! For reasons known only to themselves, the official authorities of the Mormon church, have through a recent internet campaign, attempted to promote themselves as Mormons! Surprisingly the Mormon church did not claim revelation to call its members, quote, ‘Mormons.’ Why the membership of the Mormon church adopts the name ‘Mormon’ is confusing, especially when, according to the original historical documents, the title of its members was ‘Latter-Day Saints!’
Each interested person has the freedom to decide for themselves whether or not Mormons are Christians. My understanding is that Mormons are Mormons, and Christians are Christians. It’s all in the name which has been so willing adopted!
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