The Elephant in the Room

Posted on July 13, 2012 by

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Kevin M. Jackson recently wrote an article The Elephant in the Room: Mitt’s Mormon Faith, here is some fact checking on his work.

The Mormon faith teaches that God the Father was initially a regular man who had a wife and they both lived on a celestial planet. They conceived and produced celestial offspring which gave birth to spirits that created Jesus, the devil and mankind. Once babies are born, they receive one of these spirits. (Journal of Discourses Vol. 6 page 265)

God the Father (Elohim) was an immortal exalted being when his spirit children were created. The spirit children that were created include all who have ever lived on the earth or will live on the earth. Also, 1/3 of the spirits created including Lucifer, rebelled against Elohim and were cast down to earth.

D & C 29:36-37

36 And it came to pass that Adam, being tempted of the devil—for, behold, the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me, saying, Give me thine honor, which is my power; and also a third part of the ghosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency;
37 And they were thrust down, and thus came the devil and his angels;

Mr. Jackson continues his bullet list of LDS beliefs by stating

Mormon’s believe that members who tithe 10% of their income will become gods of their own celestial planet.

Mormons do believe in paying tithing as described in the old testament, see Malachi 3:8-11. Tithing is on of the commandments and will lead to returning to live with Heavenly Father if followed AND combined with adherence to the rest of the gospel of Jesus Christ, such as faith, repentance, baptism and the gift of the holy ghost.

Mr. Jackson continues:

Mormons believe that the gospel will be propagated through the Book of Mormon, not the bible. (Doctrines and Covenants section 10)

Doctrine and Covenants section 10 does refer to the Book of Mormon fulfilling promises given to Nephite prophets that the record they created which the Book of Mormon was translated from will be share with the Lamanites. Read the Book of Mormon for full details. Mormons believe that the Bible and the Book of Mormon will be used together to witness to the world that Jesus is the Christ.

The next list of “beliefs” Mr. Jackson enumerates is from Christian Post article,”What do Mormons Believe?” Ex-Mormon speaks out, October 18, 2011.

Mormons do not believe in grace.

The prophet Nephi in the Book of Mormon taught that we are saved by grace. We are responsible for the knowledge we have and exercise faith and repent of our sins as we are aware of such things. It is only through Jesus Christ’s Atonement that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father.

2 Nephi 25:23

23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.

More quotes from “What do Mormons Believe”

Mormons do not believe in hell.

Mormons do believe in a permanent location of those who are not redeemed by the atonement of Jesus Christ, or hell. This is the place where Satan, his angels, and the sons of perdition—those who have denied the Son after the Father has revealed him—will dwell eternally (D&C 76:43–46). For more on this topic see The Guide to the Scriptures, topic of hell.

Mormons believe that you can own your own planet if you are a good Mormon, married in the temple and tithe.

In order to go to the temple one of the requirements is to pay a full tithe (10% of your increase) but that is the only factual part of this quote. Owning your own planet might come from misunderstanding a scripture like 2 Nephi 9:18 which reads:

18 But, behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they who have believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the crosses of the world, and despised the shame of it, they shall inherit the kingdom of God, which was prepared for them from the foundation of the world, and their joy shall be full forever.

Last correction for this article

The ten tribes of Israel will return back to Missouri.

Israel had 12 tribes that were scattered in old testament times and 10 of those tribes were lost. No doubt Mormons believe in the literal gathering of Israel and that the lost 10 tribes will be gathered as a prelude to the second coming of the Lord. The lost ten tribes will return but Missouri has not be specified as the location of this particular event.

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