Helaman said:The Beast1 said:While we're on the topic, can someone explain mormonism?
The missionaries always try to sell their stuff by saying, "look how often God is mentioned!"
Yeah same argument can be used with the Koran.
Jesus said to judge them by the fruit they bare. I see big happy families, strong communities, and feminine women so what gives?
I've only been fed lies and insults by Southpark so can we get some real insight in their beliefs? What did John Smith add that makes them so strong?
The idea is rather than splintering another sect that relies only on the bible text, it is a complete restoration of the primitive church with prophets and priesthood authority. Jesus appeared to and organized his church in multiple places, and in modern times through Joseph Smith. The priesthood power and authority is something all men can use. Earlier this week I gave my wife a blessing in the hospital as she went into labor. The prophet's modern revelation gives us clear guidance for today's circumstances, issues such as porn, credit card debt, and gay marriage.
The church does not refute Southpark's narrative about holy stones, but I've inspected each quote about it and they are all likely fabricated. I don't see any good evidence that the holy stones had anything to do with it. The "spiritual eyes" narrative is false. Miracles are often manifest in physical deed. We believe in attaining godhood in the sense that we are commanded to become "perfect" like Jesus and it is possible to become this righteous eventually. The "planet" narrative is false.
Mormons do not adhere to the Nicene Creed and believe God the Father and God the Son are different persons, and one in purpose and glory. The restoration of the priesthood included a restoration of ancient ordinances including temple practices, which I guess look similar to masonic rites. As for polygamy, the first article I wrote for Return of Kings was about Mormon polygamy. It helped Utah's population climb rapidly but was abolished before they gained statehood. Important to Mormonism is also the idea that priesthood authority can seal a man to his family for all eternity as patriarchal leader.
Yes, we should observe the fruits but one can not really do this until he gets to know the people of particular gathering (I am against using the word church).
When I believed that Jesus is the truth I had the same problem; living in UK at the time I have had trouble which gathering to go to. I have prayed to God about it and decided I will not try to pick it by myself. I let myself to be chosen.
In about 2-3 weeks time I met a woman on a way to park. She was giving leaflets inviting people for service. Appeared they were people from southern Africa with the gathering originating from Zimbabwe. Pentecostals.
They led me through the initial stage along with false doctrines. Knowing what I know today I would not join them and I would warn anyone about them. But to get to this conclusion I have had to come a certain way. I read The Bible, I went to Zimbabwe for their big conference. I have seen it all, how it looks from inside. I was a guest of their leader at his house. I have seen poor people giving offering while he lived in a 20 room villa built on a hill. I heard sermons about charity from a pastor, who after that, in privacy, warned me about people asking me to buy them food during a break between teachings.
The Word of God helped me to get out of there. I found parts that demolished their false doctrines. I acquired knowledge and I acted according to it by leaving and seeking for a different community.
This was my way and I thank God for it. If I have not experienced all of that I would lack the discernment I have now.
I met some Mormons too. They gave me their book to study. On the next day in the morning I opened The Bible on a random page, like I do sometimes to this day. It was Galatians 1. The most important verse but best is to read the whole chapter:
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!
Guess who told Joseph Smith where the golden plates are buried.