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Current Mormon Doctrines Not Found in the Book of Mormon: Is the "Fullness ...
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Posted on 04/17/2011 12:00:13 PM PDT by delacoert


God the Father is a "personage of tabernacle," a person with a body of flesh and bones.
"The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us."
—Prophet Joseph Smith, April 2, 1843, History of the Church, p. 325.

"He is our Father—the Father of our spirits, and was once a man in mortal flesh as we are . . ."
—President Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, pp. 334-335
in the Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon states that God is a Spirit.
Alma 18:26-29
"And Ammon said: This is God. And Ammon said unto him again: Believest thou that this Great Spirit, who is god, created all things which are in heaven and in the earth?" v. 28

Alma 22:8-11
"And Aaron said unto him: Yea, he is that Great Spirit, and he created all things both in heaven and in earth. Believest thou this?" v. 10
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost are separate gods, "one in purpose" only but not one in being.
"I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three gods."
—Prophet Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 370

"The Godhead is a type of unity in the attributes, powers, and purposes of is members."
—Apostle James E. Talmage, The Articles of Faith, Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1984, p.49

"Although the members of the Godhead are distinct beings with distinct roles, they are one in purpose and doctrine. They are perfectly united in bringing to pass Heavenly Father's divine plan of salvation."
—"Godhead - Additional Information," (Official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
in the Book of Mormon
The original edition of the 1830 Book of Mormon states that God and Jesus Christ are the SAME PERSON:
1 Nephi 11:18
". . . the virgin whom thou seest, is the mother of God . . ."

1 Nephi 11:21
". . . Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Eternal Father!"

1 Nephi 11:32
". . . the Lamb of God, that he was taken by the people, yea, the Everlasting God was judged of the world."

1 Nephi 13:40
". . . that the Lamb of God is the Eternal Father and the Savior of the world."
Current editions of the Book of Mormon say the same thing in other verses:
Mosiah 15:1-4
". . . being the Father and the Son," v. 2

Mosiah 16:15
". . . Christ the Lord, who is the very Eternal Father. . ."

2 Nephi 10:2-7
". . . and there is none other nation on earth that would crucify their God." v. 3

2 Nephi 26:12
". . . it must needs be that the Gentiles be convinced also that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God . . ."

Alma 11:38-40
". . . Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father . . ." vv. 38, 39

Ether 3:14
". . . Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son. . ."
God the Father was once a man, on another planet, and progressed to godhood by following perfectly the commands and precepts of his Father God.
"God himself; the Father of us all dwelt on an earth the same as Jesus Christ himself did."
—Prophet Joseph Smith, the King Follett Discourse, April 6, 1844, Times and Seasons, vol. 5, pp. 613-614

"Mormon prophets have continuously taught the sublime truth that god the Eternal Father was once a mortal man who passed through a school of earth life similar to that through which we are now passing. He became God—an exalted being—through obedience to the same eternal Gospel truths that we are given opportunity today to obey."
—First Council of the Seventy, Milton R. Hunter, The Gospel Through the Ages, Salt Lake City, 1958, p. 104
in the Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon says that God has always been God:
2 Nephi 27:23
"For behold, I am god; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith."

2 Nephi 29:9
"And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever . . ."

Mormon 9:9
"For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?"

Mormon 9:19
And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchanging Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles."

Moroni 7:22
"For behold, God knowing all things, being from everlasting to everlasting, behold, he sent angels to minister unto the children of men, to make manifest concerning the coming of Christ; and in Christ there should come every good thing."

Moroni 8:18
"For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity."
If God the Father is a God, "unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity," then He cannot be the God described in the concept of the eternal progression as taught in the Mormon church today, because at one time he was not God, but just a man who progressed to godhood and is a changeable being. Either the Book of Mormon or the teaching of Joseph Smith are false revelations. 

God is married and has a wife, or numerous wives, in heaven.
"Explain that we all lived in heaven with Heavenly Father before we came to this earth. We are his children. That is why we call him Heavenly Father. We also lived with our heavenly mother and all the rest of Heavenly Father's children. Everyone who has been born on the earth is a child of Heavenly Father."
Primary 2: Choose the Right A, Lesson 3, "I Am a Child of God," (Official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

"We have clearly shown that God the Father had a plurality of wives, one or more being in eternity, by whom He begat our spirits as well as the spirit of Jesus His first Born, and another being upon the earth by whom He begat the tabernacle of Jesus (Mary - ed.), as his only begotten in the world. We have also probed most clearly that the Son followed the example of his Father, and became the great Bridegroom to whom kings' daughters and many honorable wives were to be married. We have also proved that both God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ inherit their wives in eternity as well as in time . . . If you do not want your morals corrupted, and your delicate ears shocked and your pious modesty put to the blush by the society of polygamists and their wives, do not venture near the New Earth; for polygamists will be honored there, and will be among the chief rulers in that Kingdom."
—Apostle Orson Pratt, "The Seer," p. 172
in the Book of Mormon
The concept of the pre-existence: of human spirits living with their Heavenly Father on another planet, was a doctrine created by Joseph Smith after the publication of the Book of Mormon. It is unexplained why God did not include the doctrine in the Book of Mormon, but introduced it in a later revelation given to Joseph Smith only a few years after the publication of "the most correct book on earth" containing the "fullness of the gospel" message. However, changing doctrines is a hallmark of the Mormon church.

The belief that God is married, carries over to the idea that Jesus Christ was married while living on this earth, and was a polygamist, and has been floating around in the Mormon theology since polygamy was introduced. It is a convenient justification for polygamy, but is not supported in Scripture.
"Before the Savior died, He looked upon His own natural children, as we look upon ours."
—Apostle Orson Hyde, Journal of Discourses, vol. 2, p. 82
Individuals have attempted to use the incident of the Wedding at Cana as proof that Jesus was the one who was married at the ceremony, John 2. However, the second verse of the narrative proves that claim to be totally false:
"1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2 And both Jesus was called, and His disciples, to the marriage."
John 2:1-2 (KJV)
Did Jesus "call" Himself?

When Mary, the mother of Jesus, told Him that the wine had run out, Jesus replied:
"Woman, what have I to do with thee?"
John 2:4 (KJV)
If Jesus was the bridegroom, then the problem had everything to do with Him, since He would have been in charge of providing the food and drink.

Farther on in the narrative, after Jesus had turned the water into wine, He sent some wine to the governor of the feast (headwaiter) who tasted the wine and then:
"the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and said to him . . ."
John 2:9
If Jesus was the bridegroom, why doesn't the narrative say that the governor of the feast called Jesus, since He had been the subject all along? 

God and his heavenly wife (wives) procreated the spirits of every human being that has lived, is now living or will ever live on this earth. Those spirits have lived with their father on his planet in the "pre-existence" before being sent to earth to inhabit human bodies.
"God lives in the family unit. He is our Father in heaven the literal and personal Father of the spirits of all men. He begat us; we are the offspring of Heavenly Parents: we have an Eternal Father and an Eternal Mother. We were born as spirits, and we dwelt in the presence of our Eternal Parents; we lived before our mortal birth. As spirits we were in all respects as we are now save only that we were not housed in mortal bodies as is the present circumstance. Christ was the Firstborn of all the heavenly host; Lucifer was a son of the morning: each of us came into being as conscious identities in our appointed order; and Christ is our Elder Brother."
—Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, The Mortal Messiah, vol. 1, p. 21
in the Book of Mormon
The idea of a heavenly mother is not found in the Book of Mormon or the Bible, simply because the concept of the pre-existence and the procreation of the spirits of human beings by God the father and his wives was a later creation by Joseph Smith. That is part of the gospel message totally unknown by the persons in the Book of Mormon and the historical persons in the Bible dating back to the Garden of Eden.

Joseph Smith claimed to have seen the heavenly mother in a vision, as noted by Apostle Abraham H. Cannon:
"Pres. Petersen told of an incident which he had often heard Zebedee Coltrin relate. One day the Prophet Joseph Smith asked him [Zebedee Coltrin] and Sidney Rigdon to accompany him into the woods to pray. When they had reached a secluded spot Joseph laid down on his back and stretched out his arms. He told the brethren to lie one on each arm and then shut their eyes.

After they had prayed he told them to open their eyes. They did so and they saw a brilliant light surrounding a pedestal which seemed to rest on the ground. They closed their eyes and again prayed. They then saw, on opening them, the Father seated upon a throne; they prayed again and on looking saw the Mother also; after praying and looking the fourth time they saw the Savior added to the group. He had auburn brown, rather long, wavy hair and appeared quite young."
"Journal of Abraham H. Cannon," August 25, 1890
From Archives and Manuscripts, Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
God the Father, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith and other sons of the Father did not create the universe and earth out of nothing, but "organized" them from eternally existing matter that pre-existed God the Father.
"The head God organized the heavens and the earth. I defy all the world to refute me. In the beginning the heads of the Gods organized the heavens and the earth."
—Prophet Joseph Smith, "Sermon On Plurality of Gods," June 16, 1844, History of the Church, vol. 6, pp. 473-479

"The Gods organized the earth of materials at hand, over which they had control and power. . .
The Gods organized and gave life to man and placed him on the earth."
—President Spencer W. Kimball, Absolute Truth, Ensign, September 1978

"The Prophet Joseph Smith said: The word create came from the [Hebrew] word baurau which does not mean to create out of nothing; it means to organize; the same as a man would organize materials and build a ship. Hence, we infer that God had materials to organize the world out of chaos chaotic matter. 
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 350 51, as quoted inOld Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher s Manual, 9, "Lesson 3: The Creation," - as posted at: - the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
in the Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon says nothing about God "organizing" the earth out of pre-existing material. The word used in the Book of Mormon is "creation" not "organization". It is interesting that Joseph Smith attempted to support his claim from the Bible but completely ignored the Book of Mormon that he had translated. Why did he translate the Book of Mormon using the word "create" when it should have been "organize"?

The Book of Moses, which Joseph Smith claimed to have received by revelation after the publication of the Book of Mormon [there are no original manuscripts of either the Book of Mormon or the Book of Moses] states that God "created" not "organized".
"1 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto Moses, saying: Behold, I reveal unto you concerning this heaven, and this earth; write the words which I speak. I am the Beginning and the End, the Almighty God; by mine Only Begotten I created these things; yea, in the beginning I created the heaven, and the earth upon which thou standest.

21 And I, God, created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind; and I, God, saw that all things which I had created were good.

27 And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them."
Pearl of Great Price, Book of Moses, chapter 2, vv. 1, 21, 27
In the Book of Abraham, produced a few years after the Book of Moses, the creation account changes, and "organized" is used instead of "created". The problem with the Book of Abraham is that it has been proven to be a falsified translation, a story spun out of the mind of Joseph Smith and not translated from the Egyptian papyri that came into his possession:
Chapter 3
"22 Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones . . .

24 And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell . . ."

Chapter 4
"1 And then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth."
Pearl of Great Price, Book of Abraham, chapter 3, vv. 22, 24; chapter 4, v. 1
It is interesting that the Book of Mormon uses the word "creation", which is supposedly the correct word supplied directly by God during the translating process. The word "creation" is a perfectly legitimate English word, so why is it only after Joseph Smith changed his theology after translating the Book of Mormon that he claims that the proper term is "organization"? Is there some reason that God could not get the term right in the Book of Mormon, but had to give Joseph Smith a new revelation only a few years later to correct the misunderstanding? It is claimed that the concept of "organization" was one of the "plain and precious" teachings removed from the Bible, but apparently it was removed from the Book of Mormon as well, or else it never existed there in the first place. 

Jesus Christ is the brother of every human being, and is also the brother of Lucifer (Satan) and the angels.
"He was the Son of our Heavenly Father, as we are the sons of our earthly fathers. God is the Father of our spirits, which are clothed upon by fleshly bodies, begotten for us by our earthly fathers. Jesus is our elder brother spirit clothed upon with an earthly body begotten by the Father of our spirits."
—President Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 10, p. 2, September 28, 1862

"We are here to be tested and tried. There is a war between Satan and God. We are brethren and sisters of Satan as well as of Jesus. It may be startling doctrine to many to say this; but Satan is our brother. Jesus is our brother. We are the children of God. God begot us in the spirit in the eternal worlds. This fight that I speak of arose, as we are told, over the question as to how man should work out his earthly probation in a tabernacle of flesh and bones and obtain redemption. Satan differed from God, and he rebelled. We are told in the scriptures that he drew after him one third of the family of God. They thought his plan better than that of the Savior Jesus Christ. From that time until the present he has been struggling to destroy the plans of Jehovah, and to seduce the children of men his brothers and sisters from their allegiance to God."
—Apostle George Q. Cannon, March 11th, 1894, Collected Discourses, compiled by Brian Stuy, vol. 4, p. 23
in the Book of Mormon
This doctrine is part of the pre-existence teaching that Joseph Smith created only a few years after he claimed to have translated the Book of Mormon. Since the doctrine is not found in the Book of Mormon and was unknown by the people whose history is chronicled in the Book of Mormon, then the Book of Mormon is not the "most complete book on earth" and does not represent or contain the fulness of the Mormon gospel message.

Since the Book of Mormon does not contain the doctrine, the church attempts to use the "corrupt" Bible in order to prove its case by using the following references, none of which refer to Satan as being a brother of Jesus Christ or human beings being the brothers and sisters of Satan and Jesus Christ:
Isaiah 14:12-14
Hebrews 12:9
Revelation 12:79

In addition, the church uses Scriptures that have come about subsequent to the Book of Mormon, which are the only source of the doctrine:
Pearl of Great Price, Moses 4:1-4, 34
Doctrine and Covenants 76:25-27
Doctrine and Covenants 93:21, 30-31
Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost.
"Now remember from this time forth, and for ever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost."
—President Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, p. 51

"They tell us the Book of Mormon states that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost. I challenge that statement. The Book of Mormon teaches no such thing! Neither does the Bible."
—President Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, p. 19
in the Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon states that Jesus Christ WAS begotten by the Holy Ghost.
Alma 7:10
"...who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost ..."
The mother of Jesus Christ on earth was Mary, his own sister.
"In my judgment, Mary is one of the greatest women who has ever lived on earth; the spirit daughter of God our Father. She was chosen to provide a body for his son, who was to be born after the manner of the flesh."
—Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Council of the Twelve, "Our Sisters from the Beginning," Tambuli, June 1979 (An address delivered at the dedication of the Nauvoo Monument to Women, 29 June 1978) 

"He was the Son of our Heavenly Father, as we are the sons of our earthly fathers. God is the Father of our spirits, which are clothed upon by fleshly bodies, begotten for us by our earthly fathers. Jesus is our elder brother spirit clothed upon with an earthly body begotten by the Father of our spirits."
—President Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 10, p. 2, September 28, 1862
in the Book of Mormon
Additional statements from Mormon authorities:
"Every person who was ever born on earth was our spirit brother or sister in heaven. The first spirit born to our heavenly parents was Jesus Christ (see D&C 93:21), so he is literally our elder brother (see Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 26). Because we are the spiritual children of our heavenly parents, we have inherited the potential to develop their divine qualities."
Gospel Principles, Chapter 2: "Our Heavenly Family, p. 11 - from the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,

"Through the sure word of revealed truth we learn of the actual relationship between God and man, and that this is the literal relationship of parent to child. The spirits of men are the offspring of Deity, born in the antemortal world and endowed with the Divine birthright of eternal development and progression, in which course of advancement the life on earth is but a stage."
—Apostle James E. Talmage, The Essential James E. Talmage, edited by James P. Harris, p. 132 

"Among the spirit children of Elohim the firstborn was and is Jehovah or Jesus Christ to whom all others are juniors. . . . There is no impropriety, therefore, in speaking of Jesus Christ as the elder brother of the rest of humankind."
—President Joseph F. Smith, Improvement Era, vol. 19, p. 941, June 30, 1916 

"We are brethren and sisters of Satan as well as of Jesus. It may be startling doctrine to many to say this; but Satan is our brother. Jesus is our brother. We are the children of God. God begot us in the spirit in the eternal worlds."
—Apostle George Q. Cannon, March 11th, 1894, Collected Discourses, compiled by Brian Stuy, vol. 4, p. 23
Jesus Christ was fathered by means of a sexual union between God the Father and his own spirit daughter Mary - an incestuous relationship.
"The birth of the Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood—was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers."
—President Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p. 115

"Christ was begotten of God, He was not born without the aid of Man, and that Man was God!"
—President Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, p. 18
in the Book of Mormon
Additional statements from Mormon authorities:
"Each of these words is to be understood Literally. Only means only; begotten means begotten; and Son means son. Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers."
Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 546-547

"I believe without equivocation or reservation in God, the Eternal Father. He is my Father, the Father of my spirit, and the Father of the spirits of all men."
President Gordon B. Hinckley, The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Ensign, March 1998, p. 2 

"As God the Father begat the fleshly body of Jesus, so He, before the world began, begat his spirit. As the body required an earthly Mother, so his spirit required heavenly Mother. As God associated in the capacity of a husband with the earthly mother, so likewise He associated in the same capacity with the heavenly one."
Apostle Orson Pratt, The Seer, pp. 158-159
God the Father and his daughter Mary were husband and wife.
"The man Joseph, the husband of Mary, did not, that we know of, have more than one wife, but Mary the wife of Joseph had another husband."
—President Brigham Young, Deseret News, October 10, 1866
in the Book of Mormon
Joseph and Mary were not officially married until after the birth of Jesus Christ, so they were not married when she was with child. They were betrothed at the time, which required a bill of divorcement to dissolve the relationship, but they were not married.

If Mary had two husbands (Joseph and God), then she was engaging in polyandry, which is a form of polygamy not authorized by any polygamy revelation claimed to have been received by Joseph Smith, although Joseph Smith was in polyandrous relationships himself. 

Jesus Christ made atonement for sins in the Garden of Gethsemane.
"It was in Gethsemane that Jesus took on Himself the sins of the world, in Gethsemane that His pain was equivalent to the cumulative burden of all men, in Gethsemane that He descended below all things so that all could repent and come to Him. The mortal mind fails to fathom, the tongue cannot express, the pen of man cannot describe the breadth, the depth, the height of the suffering of our Lord nor His infinite love for us."
—President Ezra Taft Benson, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, 1988, p. 14
in the Book of Mormon
The Garden of Gethsemane is not mentioned in the Book of Mormon, so there is no indication that the major event of the atonement occurred there. If the atonement is of any consequence at all in Mormon belief, why doesn't the Book of Mormon address the issue of where it actually occurred? Well, it actually does address that issue, because the Book of Mormon states that Jesus Christ died on the cross for all men:
1 Nephi 11:33
"And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world."

2 Nephi 9:5
". . . for it behooveth the great Creator that he suffereth himself to become subject unto man in the flesh, and die for all men, that all men might become subject unto him."

3 Nephi 27:13-15
"And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil—" v. 14
The Most faithful and worthy Mormons can progress to godhood in the highest level of the Celestial Kingdom, where they can obtain their own planet and with their wife (wives) procreate spirit children for eternity.
"Here, then, is eternal life to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings, and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power."
—Joseph Smith, "King Follett Discourse," April 6, 1844

"The Lord created you and me for the purpose of becoming Gods like Himself; when we have been proved in our present capacity, and been faithful with all things He puts into our possession. We are created, we are born for the express purpose of growing up from the low estate of manhood, to become Gods like unto our Father in heaven. That is the truth about it, just as it is. The Lord has organized mankind for the express purpose of increasing inthat intelligence and truth, which is with God, until he is capable of creating worlds on worlds, and becoming Gods, even the sons of God."
—Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, p. 93
in the Book of Mormon
Additional statements from Mormon authorities:

"19 And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, ...Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; ...and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, ...and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.

20 Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.

21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory.

22 For strait is the gate, and narrow the way that leadeth unto the exaltation and continuation of the lives, and few there be that find it, because ye receive me not in the world neither do ye know me."
—Prophet Joseph Smith (revelation on polygamy), Doctrine and Covenants 132:19- 22)

"Parents will have eternal claim upon their posterity and will have the gift of eternal increase, if they obtain the exaltation. This is the crowning glory in the kingdom of God, and they will have no end. When the Lord says they will have no end, he means that all who attain to this glory will have the blessing of the continuation of the "seeds" forever. Those who fail to obtain this blessing come to the "deaths," which means that they will have no increase, forever. All who obtain this exaltation will have the privilege of completing the full measure of their existence, and they will have a posterity that will be as innumerable as the stars of heaven.

If you want salvation in the fullest, that is exaltation in the kingdom of God, so that you may become his sons and his daughters, you have got to go into the temple of the Lord and receive these holy ordinances which belong to that house, which cannot be had elsewhere."
— Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, vol.2, p.44

"The Father has promised us that through our faithfulness we shall be blessed with the fulness of his kingdom. In other words we will have the privilege of becoming like him. To become like him we must have all the powers of godhood; thus a man and his wife when glorified will have spirit children who eventually will go on an earth like this one we are on and pass through the same kind of experiences, being subject to mortal conditions, and if faithful, then they also will receive the fulness of exaltation and partake of the same blessings. There is no end to this development; it will go on forever. We will become gods and have jurisdiction over worlds, and these worlds will be peopled by our own offspring. We will have an endless eternity for this."
—Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, vol.2, p.48

"Every man and every woman who prays unto the Father, who is in the habit of doing so, expresses that desire in his or her prayer--that we may be counted worthy to receive celestial glory and exaltation in the presence of God and the Lamb. ... When we talk about celestial glory, we talk of the condition of endless increase; if we obtain celestial glory in the fullest sense of the word, then we have wives and children in eternity, we have the power of endless lives granted unto us, the power of propagation that will endure through all eternity, all being fathers and mothers in eternity; fathers of fathers, and mothers of mothers, kings and queens, priests and priestesses, and shall I say more? Yes, all becoming gods."
—Apostle George Q. Cannon, Journal of Discourses, vol. 22, p.125, October 31, 1880 

The "new and everlasting covenant" of polygamy is necessary for exaltation to godhood.
"For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory."
—Prophet Joseph Smith, revelation on polygamy, Doctrine and Covenants 132.

"Therefore, whoever has imagined that he could obtain the fullness of the blessings pertaining to this celestial law, by complying with only a portion of its conditions, has deceived himself. He cannot do it."
—President Joseph F. Smith, "Journal of Discourses, vol. 20, p. 31
in the Book of Mormon
Polygamy is condemned in the Book of Mormon:
Jacob 2:24, 27
"Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord." v. 24

Jacob 3:5
". . . for they have not forgotten the commandment of the Lord, which was given unto our father—that they should have save it were one wife, and concubines they should have none, and there should not be whoredoms committed among them."

Mosiah 11:2
"For behold, he did not keep the commandments of God, but he did walk after the desires of his own heart. and he had many wives and concubines. And he did cause his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord. Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness."

Ether 10:5
"And it came to pass that Riplakish did not do that which was right in the sight of the Lord, for he did have many wives and concubines, and did lay that upon men's shoulders which was grievous to be borne; yea, he did tax them with heavy taxes; and with the taxes he did build many spacious buildings."
If polygamy is not practiced in this temporal life, then it must be practiced in the next life in order for exaltation to be possible. Those Mormons who find the practice to be reprehensible, need to prepare to be a participant in the heavenly sphere forever. If the practice is refused by Mormons in the next life, the Telestial and Terrestrial Kingdoms are the only options available, so those Mormons will have the same status as the unbelieving Gentiles. 

Mormons who are unmarried in this life and do not marry in the next life, cannot be exalted, but will become servant ministering angels to exalted Mormons in the next life.
"How final! How frightening! Since we know well that mortal death does not terminate our existence, since we know that we live on and on, how devastating to realize that marriage and family life, so sweet and happy in so many homes, will end with death because we fail to follow God's instructions or because we reject his word when we understand it.

It is clear in the Lord's announcement that righteous men and women will receive the due rewards of their deeds. They will not be damned in the commonly accepted terminology but will suffer many limitations and deprivations and fail to reach the highest kingdom, if they do not comply. They become ministering servants to those who complied with all laws and lived all commandments.

He then continues concerning these excellent people who lived worthily but failed to make their contracts binding:

'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.' (D&C 132:17.)

How conclusive! How bounded! How limiting! And we come to realize again as it bears heavily upon us that this time, this life, this mortality is the time to prepare to meet God. How lonely and barren will be the so-called single blessedness throughout eternity! How sad to be separate and single and apart through countless ages when one could, by meeting requirements, have happy marriage for eternity in the temple by proper authority and continue on in ever-increasing joy and happiness, growth and development toward godhood."
—President Spencer W. Kimball, "Temples and Eternal Marriage," Tambuli, October 1980; Liahona, October 1980
From the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
in the Book of Mormon
Additional statements by President Spencer W. Kimball as he quotes Apostle James E. Talmage in the same article:
"My friends, do you understand the implications and truth of this statement of the Lord? Though somewhat veiled in scripture, it is clear and understandable when supported by modern revelation. 

Dr. James E. Talmage writes: ""The Lord's meaning was clear, that in the resurrected state there can be no question among the seven brothers as to whose wife for eternity the woman shall be, since all except the first had married her for the duration of mortal life only. In the resurrection, there will be no marrying nor giving in marriage; for all questions of marital status must be settled before that time, under the authority of the Holy Priesthood, which holds the power to seal in marriage for both time and eternity."" (Jesus the Christ, p. 548.)

Undoubtedly, the first husband married the woman for eternity by a ceremony which was not limited by time. She became a widow at his demise until she should also die and join her husband. Now, she married brother number two, until death do you part, and it definitely parted them even before posterity, and he went into the spirit world through the veil and with no wife, for their contract also had been terminated by death. And brothers number three and four and five and six and finally number seven in turn all married her in temporary marriage, in which ceremonies were the limitations, 'so long as you both shall live.' And death terminated what happiness they had had and their promise of future bliss."
—President Spencer W. Kimball, "Temples and Eternal Marriage," Tambuli, October 1980; Liahona, October 1980
From the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
When the narrative in the Bible reveals that the Lord's meaning was that there would be NO marrige in heaven, it only takes a "modern revelation" to change the words. And it only takes a "modern revelation" to make the Mormon doctrine comply with the newly redefined biblical revelation that the first husband married the woman for time and eternity while the other husbands married the woman for time only. The Bible says no such thing, and the claim that the actual meaning is "somewhat veiled in scripture," is patently false when the meaning is crystal clear.

Even Joseph Smith's Inspired Translation of the Bible is the same as the version in the Bible:
"23 The same day came the Sadducees to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seen unto his brother.

24 Now there were with us, seven brethren; and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased; and, having no issue, he left his wife unto his brother.

25 Likewise the second also, and the third, and even unto the seventh.

26 And last of all the woman died also.

27 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife shall she be of the seven? For they all had her.

29 For in the resurrection, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angel of God in heaven."
—Prophet Joseph Smith, Inspired Translation of the Bible,
If the "modern revelation" was true that Apostle Talmage and President Kimball used to justify their teaching, then why was it not a "modern revelation" in the Bible also? Joseph Smith did not change the passage in his Inspired Translation of the Bible, and God supposedly gave him the translation by inspiration. Why is the "modern revelation" version not in the Joseph Smith translation?

When a deception must be perpetrated based on a convenient "modern revelation" in order to support the claim, then the concept of continuing revelation reveals the sinister foundation for its use.

To Mormon singles, you are considered to be second-class citizens of the church in this life and servants of the exalted in the next life, unless you marry now or later and then also engage in polygamy in the next life, and the President, Prophet and Seer will resort to a claim of revelation in order to support the assertion. 

There are three levels in heaven:
1. Telestial - lowest level
2. Terrestrial - middle level
3. Celestial - highest level, of which there are also three levels
70 These are they whose bodies are celestial, whose glory is that of the sun, even the glory of God, the highest of all, whose glory the sun of the firmament is written of as being typical.
71 And again, we saw the terrestrial world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of theterrestrial, whose glory differs from that of the church of the Firstborn who have received the fulness of the Father, even as that of the moon differs from the sun in the firmament.
72 Behold, these are they who died without law;
73 And also they who are the spirits of men kept in prison, whom the Son visited, and preached the gospel unto them, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh;
74 Who received not the testimony of Jesus in the flesh, but afterwards received it.
75 These are they who are honorable men of the earth, who were blinded by the craftiness of men.
76 These are they who receive of his glory, but not of his fulness.
77 These are they who receive of the presence of the Son, but not of the fulness of the Father.
78 Wherefore, they are bodies terrestrial, and not bodies celestial, and differ in glory as the moon differs from the sun.
79 These are they who are not valiant in the testimony of Jesus; wherefore, they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God.
80 And now this is the end of the vision which we saw of the terrestrial, that the Lord commanded us to write while we were yet in the Spirit.
81 And again, we saw the glory of the telestial, which glory is that of the lesser, even as the glory of the stars differs from that of the glory of the moon in the firmament.
82 These are they who received not the gospel of Christ, neither the testimony of Jesus.
83 These are they who deny not the Holy Spirit.
84 These are they who are thrust down to hell.
85 These are they who shall not be redeemed from the devil until the last resurrection, until the Lord, even Christ the Lamb, shall have finished his work.
86 These are they who receive not of his fulness in the eternal world, but of the Holy Spirit through the ministration of the terrestrial;
87 And the terrestrial through the ministration of the celestial.
88 And also the telestial receive it of the ministering of angels who are appointed to minister for them, or who are appointed to be ministering spirits for them; for they shall be heirs of salvation.
89 And thus we saw, in the heavenly vision, the glory of the telestial, which surpasses all understanding;
90 And no man knows it except him to whom God has revealed it.
91 And thus we saw the glory of the terrestrial which excels in all things the glory of the telestial, even in glory, and in power, and in might, and in dominion.
92 And thus we saw the glory of the celestial, which excels in all things where God, even the Father, reigns upon his throne forever and ever . . ."
—Prophet Joseph Smith, A vision given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Hiram, Ohio, February 16, 1832, History of the Church, vol. 1, pp. 245-252, from, the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
in the Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon states that there is only heaven and hell, not three degrees of glory.
"And there is a place prepared, yea, even that awful hell of which I have spoken, and the devil is the foundation of it; wherefore the final state of the souls of men is to dwell in the kingdom of God, or to be cast out because of that justice of which I have spoken."
1 Nephi 15:35
Even a foundational Mormon apostle admitted that the Book of Mormon does not speak about three degrees of glory:
"Then again, what could we learn from either the Bible or Book of Mormon in regard to three glories—the celestial, the terrestrial and the telestial glories? What did we know concerning those that should inhabit these various worlds of glory? Nothing at all."
—Apostle Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, vol. 20, p. 70
Baptisms for the dead must be performed by proxy in this life for those who did not accept the gospel in this life, so that their sins can be forgiven and they can enter the Celestial Kingdom after they accept the Mormon gospel message in the next life.
"If a man cannot enter the kingdom of God without baptism, then the dead must be baptized. But how can they be baptized in water for the remission of their sins? It is easy to understand how they in person could believe in Christ and even obtain the spirit of repentance; but water is an element of this world, and how could spirits be baptized in it, or receive the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost? The only way it can be done is vicariously, someone who is living acting as a substitute for the dead."
—President Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, vol. II, p. 141

"I look upon this portion of our ministry as a mission of as much importance as preaching to the living; the dead will hear the voice of the servants of God in the spirit-world, and they cannot come forth in the morning of the resurrection, unless certain ordinances are performed for and in their behalf in temples built to the name of God. It takes just as much to save a dead man as a living man. For the last eighteen hundred years, the people that have lived and passed away never heard the voice of an inspired man, never heard a gospel sermon until they entered the spirit-world. Somebody has got to redeem them, by performing such ordinances for them in the flesh as they cannot attend to themselves in the spirit, and in order that this work may be done, we must have temples in which to do it; and what I wish to say to you, my brethren and sisters, is that the God of heaven requires us to rise up and build them, that the work of redemption may be hastened."
—President Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses, vol. XIX, pp. 228-229
in the Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon denies that there is a second chance to repent and receive the gospel in the next life:
"And, in fine, wo unto all those who die in their sins; for they shall return to God, and behold his face, and remain in their sins."
2 Nephi 9:38

"But remember that he that persists in his own carnal nature, and goes on in the ways of sin and rebellion against God, remaineth in his fallen state and the devil hath all power over him. Therefor he is as thoughthere was no redemption made, being an enemy to God; and also is the devil an enemy to God."
—Mosiah 16:5

"31 Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hears any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you.

32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.

33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given to us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.

34 Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.

35 For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked."
—Alma 34:31-35
Every human being will find a place in one of the three levels of heaven, except for the Devil and his angels and a few Mormons who have held the priesthood and become apostate.
"A man may be saved, after the judgment, in the terrestrial kingdom, or in the telestial kingdom, but he can never see the celestial kingdom of God, without being born of water and the Spirit."
—Prophet Joseph Smith, History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 283

"All others who are not classed as sons of perdition, will be 'redeemed in the due time of the Lord'; that is, they will all be saved. The meanest sinner will find some place in the heavenly realm. . . . In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is no hell. All will find a measure of salvation. . . . The gospel of Jesus Christ has no hell in the old proverbial sense."
—Apostle John A. Widtsoe, Joseph Smith—Seeker After Truth, pp. 177-178
in the Book of Mormon
This is a form of the Universalist doctrine that Joseph Smith claimed to oppose, but later taught. The Book of Mormon rejects Universalism and states that people actually do go to hell, for eternity. The first chapter of the book of Alma describes a Universalist preacher who is condemned for his teaching of "priestcraft", which is the Universalist doctrine:
"And he also testified unto the people that all mankind should be saved at the last day, and that they might lift up their heads and rejoice; for the Lord had created all men, and had also redeemed all men; and, in the end, all men should have eternal life." v. 4

"But Alma said unto him; Behold, this is he first time that priestcraft has been introduced among this people. And behold, thou art not only guilty of priestcraft, but hast endeavored to enforce it by the sword; and were priestcraft to be enforced among this people it would prove their entire destruction.
And thou has shed the blood of a righteous man; yea, a man who has done much good among the people; and were we to spare thee his blood would come upon us for vengeance.
Therefore thou are condemned to die, according to the law which has been given us by Mosiah, our last king; and it has been acknowledged by this people; therefore this people must abide by the law.
And it came to pass that they took him; and his name was Nehor; and they carried him upon the top of the hill Manti, and there he was caused, or rather did acknowledge, between the heavens and the earth, that what he had taught to the people was contrary to the world of God; and there he suffered and ignominious death.
Nevertheless, this did not put an end to the spreading of priestcraft through the land; for there were many who loved the vain things of the world, and they went forth preaching false doctrines; and this they did for the sake of riches and honor." vv. 12-16
The Priesthood is necessary in order for men to receive authority to act in the name of God and perform the various duties necessary to carry out the ordinances of the gospel.
"What is the priesthood? President John Taylor said:

'. . .it is the government of God, whether on earth or in the heavens, for it is by that power, agency, or principle that all things are governed on earth or in the heavens, and by that power that all things are upheld and sustained. It governs all things it directs all things it sustains all things and has to do with all things that God and truth are associated with. It is the power of God delegated to intelligences in the heavens and to men on the earth. ' (The Gospel Kingdom [Bookcraft, 1943], p. 129.)

In order to gain exaltation a man must obtain, then magnify, the holy priesthood.

'For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.

'They become the elect of God.

'And therefore all that my Father hath shall be given unto him.

'And this is according to the oath and covenant which belongeth to the priesthood. (D&C 84:33 34, 38 39.)
—President of the First Council of the Seventy, A. Theodore Tuttle, Priesthood Its Power and Vitality,Ensign, July 1972, 119 - from the offficial website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
in the Book of Mormon
1. There is no Aaronic Priesthood conferred on all worthy males beginning at approximately age 12 in the Book of Mormon.
2. There is no matriculation from the Aaronic Priesthood to the Melchizedek Priesthood in the Book of Mormon.

There is no teaching in the Book of Mormon that it is neccessary to possess the "Priesthood" in order be baptized, become a member of the church that Jesus Christ is building or have sins forgiven. There is no teaching found in the Book of Mormon, the Bible or Jewish history that the priesthood was possessed by every worthy male over the age of 12 or that there was a dual Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthood or that the priesthood was established and practiced in the New Testament church.

The concept of the Priesthood was not introduced into the Mormon church until almost two years after it was formed.
"This matter of 'priesthood,' since the days of Sydney Rigdon, has been the great hobby and stumbling-block of the Latter Day Saints. Priesthood means authority; and authority is the word we should use. I do not think the word priesthood is mentioned in the New covenant of the Book of Mormon. Authority is the word we used for the first two years in the church—until Sydney rigdon's days in Ohio. This matter of two orders of priesthood in the Church of christ, and lineal priesthood of the old law being in the church, all originated in the mind of Sydney Rigdon. He explained these things to Brother Joseph in his way, out of the old Scriptures, and got Brother Joseph to inquire, etc. He would inquire, and as mouthpiece speak out the revelations just as they had it fixed in their hearts. As I have said before, according to the the desires of the heart, the inspiration comes, but it may be the spirit of man that gives it. . . . This is the way the High Priests and the 'priesthood' as you have it, was introduced into the Church of Christ almost two years after its beginning—and after we had baptized and confirmed about two thousand souls into the church.
—David Whitmer, An Address to All Believers in Christ, p. 64

"You have changed the revelations from the way they were first given and as they are today in the Book of Commandments, to support the error of Brother Joseph in taking upon himself the office of Seer to the church. You have changed the revelations to support the error of high priests. You have changed the revelations to support the error of a President of the high priesthood, high counselors, etc. You have altered the revelations to support you in going beyond the plain teachings of christ in the new covenant part of the Book of Mormon."
—David Whitmer, An Address to All Believers in Christ, p. 49
Temples and temple ordinances pertaining to endowments are necessary in order to pass through the veil and enter the presence of God the Father, and consist of Temple Marriage, new names, secret key words and handshakes that will be used as an identification of the person in the next life.
"37 And again, verily I say unto you, how shall your washings be acceptable unto me, except ye perform them in a house which you have built to my name?
38 For, for this cause I commanded Moses that he should build a tabernacle, that they should bear it with them in the wilderness, and to build a house in the land of promise, that those ordinances might be revealed which had been hid from before the world was.
39 Therefore, verily I say unto you, that your anointings, and your washings, and your baptisms for the dead, and your solemn assemblies, and your memorials for your sacrifices by the sons of Levi, and for your oracles in your most holy places wherein you receive conversations, and your statutes and judgments, for the beginning of the revelations and foundation of Zion, and for the glory, honor, and endowment of all her municipals, are ordained by the ordinance of my holy house, which my people are always commanded to build unto my holy name.
40 And verily I say unto you, let this ahouse be built unto my name, that I may reveal mine ordinances therein unto my people;
41 For I deign to reveal unto my church things which have been kept hid from before the foundation of the world, things that pertain to the dispensation of the fulness of times.
42 And I will show unto my servant Joseph all things pertaining to this house, and the priesthood thereof, and the place whereon it shall be built.
43 And ye shall build it on the place where you have contemplated building it, for that is the spot which I have chosen for you to build it.
44 If ye labor with all your might, I will consecrate that spot that it shall be made holy.
45 And if my people will hearken unto my voice, and unto the voice of my servants whom I have appointed to lead my people, behold, verily I say unto you, they shall not be moved out of their place.
46 But if they will not hearken to my voice, nor unto the voice of these men whom I have appointed, they shall not be blest, because they pollute mine holy grounds, and mine holy ordinances, and charters, and my holy words which I give unto them.
47 And it shall come to pass that if you build a house unto my name, and do not do the things that I say, I will not perform the oath which I make unto you, neither fulfil the promises which ye expect at my hands, saith the Lord.
48 For instead of blessings, ye, by your own works, bring cursings, wrath, indignation, and judgments upon your own heads, by your follies, and by all your abominations, which you practise before me, saith the Lord."
 Doctrine and Covenants 124:37-48 from the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
in the Book of Mormon
Additional statements from Mormon authorities:
"From the days of Adam to the present, whenever the Lord has had a people on the earth, temples and temple ordinances have been a crowning feature of their worship. 'My people are always commanded to build temples,' the Lord says, 'for the glory, honor, and endowment' of all the saints (D. & C. 124:39-40).
—Apostle Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 780

"The temples, the houses of our God, when acceptably dedicated, become to us the gates of heaven."
—Apostle Franklin D. Richards, Journal of Discourses, vol. 25, p. 231
Temple baptism, marriage, secret handshakes, secret words and secret names are not mentioned in the Book of Mormon. None of those elements were ever part of the temple ritual established by God in the Old Testament, and the early Christian church of the New Testament did not have temples.

Apostle Bruce McConkie stated that temples were part of the worship by Adam, which is unknown in the Old Testament and unknown in the Book of Mormon as well. The first temple commanded by God was built during the period of the Exodus and was the tabernacle that the Jews carried with them during their journey from Egypt to the promised land. Apostle McConkie's statement does not agree with the two foundational scriptures that he claims to believe, and does not agree with Jewish history in which the facts prove that virtually none of the Mormon temple ceremonies were ever performed in Jewish temples. Mormon temples are not patterned on the structure of Jewish temples and the ceremonies practiced in Mormon temples bear no relation to those practiced in Jewish temples.

Most of the doctrines listed above are the current major doctrines that eclipse those that are found in the Book of Mormon. Some are less well-known, but are still part of the current doctrinal emphasis of the church.

The difficulty with the doctrines is that they are not found in the Book of Mormon, which is supposedly "the most correct book on earth" containing the "fulness" of the Mormon gospel message. The doctrines were instituted within just a few years of the publication of the Book of Mormon, because somehow God was unable to include them soon enough to be included in that volume. The doctrines are all later additions to the Mormon gospel message found in the Book of Mormon and are the products of the later changing theology of one man, Joseph Smith. The doctrines represent the additions to the Mormon gospel message of continuing demands for the performance of works in order to justify a person before God, which were never a part of the original Mormon gospel message and never known or practiced by the people described in the Book of Mormon. With the addition of each new doctrine, the Mormon gospel message has changed from the original found in the Book of Mormon, and the new demands placed on Mormon believers are an onus that is impossible to accomplish.

TOPICS: Other non-Christian
KEYWORDS: inman; lds; mormonism

1 posted on 04/17/2011 12:00:22 PM PDT by delacoert
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To: delacoert

Where does the special underwear come from (doctrinarily)??

2 posted on 04/17/2011 12:12:17 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: delacoert

Smith said the bom was the most correct book of any book, including the Bible, and that a man could get closer to God by following it than any other book (History of the Church, vol. 4, p. 461). Yet these essential Mormon doctrines aren’t even found in it.

3 posted on 04/17/2011 12:15:06 PM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: delacoert
Why the labored/detailed 'reveal' on Mormonism? Do not think Mormons are posing any kind of threat to America or our way of life. While you may disagree; accentuating a divisevness if not 'fear' is another story when it comes to Mormonism.

Islamists OTOH. . .the fundamentalism of the Koran OTOH - the Koran itself as understood/practiced OTOH. . .our Marxist/communist Left enemies and as well, the same per the viral Islamist Left OTOH. . .Obama, OTOH. . .

With so many enemies out to destroy America. . .why go 'here'?

4 posted on 04/17/2011 12:25:25 PM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not made i)n the USA either.. .)
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To: cricket
Here's a hanky.

5 posted on 04/17/2011 12:34:05 PM PDT by delacoert
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6 posted on 04/17/2011 12:51:56 PM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: wendy1946

Yeah.  Mormon "doctrine".  What a concept.  I found this at Mormon Underwear Garments.


Mormon Underwear Garments

mormon garment originsOrigins


In 1842, just two months after being initiated into Freemasonry, Joseph Smith introduced the wearing of garments to a select group of men. On Wednesday, May 4th, 1842, Joseph Smith initiated nine men into his new inner-circle called the "Holy Order," the "Quorum," the "Holy Order of the Holy Priesthood," or the "Quorum of the Anointed." This ritual would later come to be known as the LDS temple endowment.

Performed in the upper story of Smith's Nauvoo store, this new ritual was a significant departure from the simple feet washings Joseph Smith taught in Kirtland. In addition to body washing and anointings, these select men of Smith's "Quorum of the Anointed" received garments.

The original garment was designed only for priesthood men, after the pattern of mid-nineteenth century longjohns. It was originally a one-piece garment made of plain, unbleached cotton cloth that covered the body from ankles to wrists. No buttons were used on the garment. Four to five tie-strings took their place to hold the front closed.Mormon LDS Garments The garment had little collars which were not visible from the outside of the shirt worn over it.

In the crotch area was a large flap, which ran from the back below the waist all the way under the body and met the front tie closing. The flap was completely double so the men had to pull it apart in order to expose themselves. 

Ceremonial markings on the garment were originally snipped into the cloth as part of the man's washing and anointing ceremony. This helped keep the markings secret from those who had not been through the ritual, including the women who sewed the garments. These marks made during the endowment were much more prominent than the marks in garments today.


The original purpose of wearing garments was to remind Smith's priesthood brethren of their sacred oaths - especially oaths of secrecy regarding the plural marriage doctrine.

Today, church leaders still describe garments in terms of "armor" which has the primary purpose of reminding members of their temple oaths:

"The garment, covering the body, is a visual and tactile reminder of our covenants. It fosters modesty and becomes a shield and protection to the wearer."

"There is, however, another piece of armor worthy of our consideration. It is the special underclothing known as the temple garment, or garment of the holy priesthood, worn by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have received their temple endowment. This garment, worn day and night, serves three important purposes; it is a reminder of the sacred covenants made with the Lord in His holy house, a protective covering for the body, and a symbol of the modesty of dress and living that should characterize the lives of all the humble followers of Christ."
- Apostle Boyd K. Packer, The Holy Temple, page 79, 75


Garments were not originally believed to provide any physicial protection. However, this idea came about by the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum Smith in the jail at Carthage, Illinois. Neither Joseph, Hyrum, nor John Taylor had been wearing their garments. Willard Richards, who had been wearing his garments, escaped unscathed in the attack.

In Mormon folklore, garments have sometimes functioned as a classic amulet that has power in itself independent of the righteousness of the wearer: Mormons tell stories of members in fires having all of their clothing burned from their bodies except where their garments were. The only burns suffered are on hands and feet, which are not protected by the garments. However, such stories are not endorsed by church leaders.

Making the Garment

There are conflicting accounts of how the first garments were designed. According to one account, the original temple garment was made of unbleached muslin with markings bound in turkey red, fashioned by Nauvoo seamstress Elizabeth Warren Allred under Joseph Smith's direction. Joseph's reported intention was to have a one-piece garment covering a man's arms, legs and torso, having "as few seams as possible" (Munson n.d.; see also H. Kimball Diary, 21 Dec. 1845; Reid 1973, 169).

Another story circulated to temple workers in the late 19th century said:

"When Joseph Smith received the endowments and revelation from the Lord to be given to his people by authority, he also received instructions as to how to make this garment. None had ever seen anything like it and the sisters who made it were under his direction and when it was submitted to him, he said that it was right and the way it had looked to him and he accepted it. This garment had a collar and it had strings to tie it and sleeves that came to the wrist, not to the hand, but about an inch above, and the leg came down to the ankle joint. This was the pattern given and it is right for Aunt Eliza Snow was the governess and seamstress in his house at the time the first garments were made and heard the instructions to the sisters."
- TEMPLE INSTRUCTIONS; Zina Y. Card; "Garments"

Male-only Design

Because women were not originally intended to be a part of the endowment ceremony, when they were finally admitted, women received the same garment as the men. Women and men in the church wore the very same garments until 1965. Thus, all Mormon pioneer women wore the men's garment, which were 100% cotton longjohns.

As early as the 1890s, LDS women tried getting their own garment pattern, but to no avail.

"Sister Zina D. H. Young submitted a knitted garment something like our garments which is made in the East and asked if such may be marked & have a collar put on it and used as out Temple garment. It was decided by the First Presidency that such garments should not be used in lieu of the pattern given."
- L. John Nuttall Journal, Vol 3, p. 227; 8 December 1890
Church priesthood leaders made it very clear that there was only one pattern for making and wearing garments and they must never be altered:
"Each individual should be provided with the endowment clothing they need. The garments must be clean and white, and of the approved pattern; they must not be altered or mutilated, and are to be worn as intended, down to the wrist and ankles, and around the neck. These requirements are imperative; admission to the Temple will be refused to those who do not comply therewith."
- President Joseph F. Smith, "Instructions Concerning Temple Ordinance Work," President of the Salt Lake Temple 1898-1911

Nevertheless, at the turn of the 20th Century, more LDS women were altering their garments for comfort. In response, temple president Joseph F. Smith declared:

"The Lord has given unto us garments of the holy priesthood, and you know what that means. And yet there are those of us who mutilate them, in order that we may follow the foolish, vain and indecent practices of the world."

"In order that such people may imitate the fashions, they will not hesitate to mutilate that which should be held by them the most sacred of all things in the world, next to their own virtue, next to their own purity of life. They should hold these things that God has given unto them sacred, unchanged and unaltered from the very pattern in which God gave them. Let us have the moral courage to stand against the opinions of fashion, and especially where fashion compels us to break a covenant and so commit a grievous sin."
- President Joseph F. Smith, "Fashion and the Violation of Covenants and Duty," Improvement Era 9, August 1906, 812-815.
That same year (1906) church leaders had the following instructions printed and displayed in the women's dressing area of all church temples:
"The following is to be regarded as an established and imperative rule. The garments worn by those who receive endowments must be white and of the approved pattern; they must not be altered or mutilated, and are to be worn as intended, down to the wrist and ankles and around the neck. Admission to the temple will be refused to those who do not comply to these requirements."

"The Saints should know that the pattern of endowment garments was revealed from Heaven and that the blessings promised in connection with wearing them will not be realized if any unauthorized change is made in their form or in the manner of wearing them."
- Messages of the First Presidency 5:110; President Joseph F. Smith; 28 June 1906.
Ten years later in 1916, the Prophet instructed the women of the church:
"The garments worn by those who receive endowments must be white and of the approved pattern. They must not be altered and mutilated and are to be worn as intended, down to the wrist and ankle, and around the neck. Admission to the temple will be refused those who do not comply with these requirements. The Saints should know that the pattern of endowment garments was revealed from heaven, and the blessings promised in connection with wearing them will not be realized if any unauthorized change is made in their form or in the manner of wearing them."
- President of the Church, Joseph F. Smith, Improvement Era 9:812, 28 June 1916

Garment Changes

In April 1923 the First Presidency formed a committee to investigate the origin of the garment and to recommend "reconsiderations" in their pattern.

temple president george richardsThe suggestion for the reconsideration apparently came because of Salt Lake Temple President George B. Richards's questions raised after a conversation with Sister Maria Dougall in October 1922. At that time he learned that Joseph Smith had not designed the garments and temple clothing.

In fact, a group of sisters led by Emma Smith and including Bathsheba Smith had fashioned both the garments and the temple clothing, and presented them to Joseph Smith for his approval. The collar on the garments had been put on because the sisters could think of no other way to finish it at the top, and they added ties because they had no buttons. The original cap in the temple clothing had looked something like a crown, but Joseph Smith had them redesign it to look more like a baker's cap.
- President George F. Richards Journal, October 11, 1922, April 5, 1923

On April 14, 1923, Temple President Richards discussed the garment design with the First Presidency. At that time, they considered such changes as removing the collar, using buttons, and allowing women to use elbow-length sleeves and shorter legs presumably to coordinate with women's fashions, which had changed considerably by the 1920s. On May 17, 1923, the entire council and First Presidency approved the new design.
- President George F. Richards Journal, April 14, May 17, 1923.

Here is that First Presidency Letter:

Heber J. Grant Letter Books; pp. 436, 437; 14 June 1923:

To Presidents of Stakes and of Temples.

Dear Brethren:

For some time past the First Presidency and Council of Twelve have had under consideration the propriety of permitting certain modification in the temple garment, with the following result:

After careful and prayerful consideration it was unanimously decided that the following modifications may be permitted, and a garment of the following style be worn by those Church members who wish to adopt it, namely:
(1) Sleeve to elbow.
(2) Leg just below knee.
(3) Buttons instead of strings.
(4) Collar eliminated.
(5) Crotch closed.

It may be observed that no fixed pattern of Temple garment has ever been given, and that the present style of garment differs very materially from that in use in the early history of the Church, at which time a garment without collar and with buttons was frequently used.

It is the mind of the First Presidency and the Council of Twelve that this modified garment may be used by those who desire to adopt it, without violating any covenant they make in the House of the Lord, and with a clear conscience, so long as they keep the covenants which they have made and remember that the garment is the emblem of the Holy Priesthood designed by the Lord as a covering for the body, and that it should be carefully preserved from mutilation and unnecessary exposure, and be properly marked.

It should be clearly understood that this modified garment does not supercede the approved garment now in use, that either of these patterns may be worn, as Church members prefer, without being considered unorthodox, and those using either will not be out of harmony with the order of the Church.

In order that there may be uniformity in temple work, and that the expedition in the administration of the ordinances of the House of the Lord may not be impeded, we recommend that people doing temple work, whether it be ordinance work for the dead or first endowments for the living, wear the approved garment now in use. If persons appear at the temple with the modified style, however, they should not be refused admittance, provided they come properly recommended. Bishops, in giving recommends to the temple should call attention to this recommendation.

Will you advise the Bishops of your Stake of these changes, being careful to give the matter no unnecessary publicity.

This letter is not to pass from your hands, nor are copies to be furnished to any other person.

Your Brethren in the Gospel,
Heber J. Grant
Charles W. Penrose
A. W. Ivins
First Presidency.
The introduction of this new-style garment caused considerable unrest among church members. As reported in the Salt Lake Tribune in June 1923:
"In the old days the temple garment was made of plain, unbleached cotton cloth. Unbleached linen was as far afield in 'finery' as the devotee was permitted to go. No buttons were used on the garment. Tape tie-strings took their place. The garment itself was uncomfortably large and baggy. But despite these imperfections, the old-style garment is faithfully adhered to by many of the older and sincerely devout members of the church. These regard the garment as a safeguard against disease and bodily harm, and they believe that to alter either the texture of cloth or style, or to abandon the garment altogether would bring evil upon them."

"One good woman of long membership in the church, hearing of the change that has recently come about, went to the church offices and uttered fervid objection. 'I shall not alter my garments, even if President Grant has ordered me to do so. My garments now are made as they were when I was married in the endowment house long before the temple was built. The pattern was revealed to the Prophet Joseph and Brother Grant has no right to change it,' she said."
- The Salt Lake Tribune, "Temple Garments Greatly Modified, Church Presidency Gives Permission, Style Change Optional With Wearer"; Monday Morning, 4 June 1923

First Design for Women

In 1965 for the first time, Mormon women received temple garments modified for them. In a First Presidency letter to all temple presidents, the presidency explained:

Dear Brethren:
This will advise you that approval has been granted for limited modification in the design of the garment used in the temple to allow for better fit and greater wearing comfort.

The approved modified design for women has a button front rather than string ties, a brassiere top patterned after the brassiere top of garments used for day-time wear, a helanca stretch insert in the back at the waist, and widened overlapping back panels with a helanca stretch piece at the top of each panel and a button to assure panels remaining closed. All other features of the garment, including the collar, long legs, and long sleeves, remain the same as heretofore.

The approved modified design of the garment for men has a button front, closed crotch, helanca stretch insert piece in the back at the waist, widened overlapping back panels with a helanca stretch piece at the top of each panel and a button to assure panels remaining closed. All other features of the men's garment also, including the collar, long legs and long sleeves, remain the same as heretofore.

Salt Lake City 11, Utah
June 10, 1965

While these changes did lead to more comfort for womem, some church members noted that the female garments were still unattractive and contributed to sexless or near sexless Mormon marriages.

Despite these changes, the pre-1923 style garment was still required in the temple ceremony until 1975 when its use became optional. Occasionally, minor design changes have been implemented such as lowering the neckline and shortening the legs and sleeves.

Garments are manufactured by the Church's Beehive Clothing Mills. While members are not now permitted to make their own garments, they may make their own temple clothing provided it follows the approved design, although this is not openly encouraged. Upon approval of the stake or mission president, a handbook may be lent to worthy members who must make the clothing under the supervision or direction of the stake Relief Society president or mission president. One additional recent policy change allows guests at temple wedding ceremonies to attend in street clothes, provided they have donned white slippers. Previously, all those attending wedding ceremonies had to wear the full temple clothing.

The most dramatic recent change was the two-piece garment in 1979. In a letter to Church leaders dated December 15, 1979, the First Presidency announced the introduction in February 1979 of two-piece temple garments. The new style garments were offered in addition to and priced about the same as the regular one-piece variety. No explanation for or description of the new garments was given.
- Dialogue, Vol. 20, No. 4, p.56

Garments have remained the same since the last changes in 1979, although more women today are wearing their bras underneath their garments. Traditionally, temple workers have told women that they must wear the garment on their skin and bras must be worn over the garment. Although some temple workers continue to give this directive, there is no documented instruction from the First Presidency to do so.

Even though women continue to suffer discomfort (especially while menstruating) and a higher incident of yeast infections, wearing garments as the church prescribes continues as a fundamental practice of endowed women today.

Mormon Garments in the Military

Some time around 1999, the garment began to be released in olive-drab green, for military members. The temple marks were still embroidered on the outside of the garment, and thus visible when troops worked in shirtsleeves. In order to avoid public ridicule and embarrassment, most military members during this era would wear two undershirts, with the military garment worn underneath a civilian military issue T-shirt.

Around this same time, individual military services began to abandon the Army-controlled battle dress uniform (BDU), which was to be worn with standarized OD-green undershirts. As individual services began to produce their own BDU, the array of undershirt colors expanded to include black, desert tan, green, and many other variants.

With increasing troop deployments to hot places like Iraq and Afghanistan beginning around 2003, Gen Bruce Carlson, Air Force Materiel Command, and highest ranking military member of the LDS military affairs committee, communicated to church leaders that deployed LDS military members were inordinately suffering from heat-stress due to the double undershirt issue.

In response, around 2005-2006, Beehive clothing began to produce desert-tan undergarments, with the marks silk-screened on the inside of the shirt. These new garments with the marks hidden on the inside elleviated the problem of members having to wear double t-shirts.

As of the winter of 2007, Beehive clothing also released a desert tan cycling style lycra undershort, intended to be worn during unit physical training exercises. The new lycra form-fitting brief has also been released in white, currently for women only. It is the most form-fitting of the female undergarment bottoms. Beehive Clothing also sent a memo around 2005-2006 to active-duty military members, offering to custom silk-screen the marks on the inside of other colored T-shirts for military and police officers. Beehive Clothing requires proof of military or police officer status to purchase these garments.

7 posted on 04/17/2011 1:16:06 PM PDT by delacoert
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To: delacoert
Here's a hanky. .

Thanks; no tears here; so do not need one. But thanks, anyway.

8 posted on 04/17/2011 5:25:14 PM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not made in the USA either.. .)
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To: Godzilla
Islamists on the road alert? CAIR crossing? 'Zionists Suck' March just passed through? (Donnie and Marie road trip?)

I'm trying. . .and 'just saying'. . .

9 posted on 04/17/2011 5:37:50 PM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not made in the USA either.. .)
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To: cricket

What is wrong with multi-tasking? A committed conservative maybe actively involved in promoting sound conservative principles while at the same time pointing out the false teachings of other religions. In fact, most people, including conservatives, focus too much on temporary issues like politics. Threads like this one hope to enlighten people to stay away from false teachings, which is a much more worthly goal than defeating the liberals.

10 posted on 04/18/2011 8:43:27 AM PDT by Turtlepower
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To: Turtlepower
Threads like this one hope to enlighten people to stay away from false teachings, which is a much more worthy goal than defeating the liberals.

Personal opinion here; but don't think warning people against 'false teachings' - Mormonism in particular - necessarily falls into what this site is about i.e. grass-roots conservatism; fighting government abuse while exposing political fraud and corruption - per Jim Robinson's stated 'core' intent.

Exposing the threats of Islam; certainly demand scrutiny and judgment. I am missing the threat here, per 'Mormonism'; they knock on my door; and I say 'no thank you' - and they politely move on; and they do not leave a pipe bomb in my mailbox. Mormonism is not a threat to America! (Or core Conservative values, for that matter. Are there 'issues'? They arise; as they do as well and often, in our Christian churches/ministries.)

11 posted on 04/18/2011 9:00:14 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not made in the USA either.. .)
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To: cricket

I keep seeing replies like yours every week, and I’m beginning to wonder if it’s the same re-tread spouting the same garbage.

It has been explained numerous times that this is the RELIGION Forum. The Religion forum does NOT have to tie into current political topics. If you don’t like what goes in the Religion forum then take it up with JR, but threads like this are perfectly acceptable and appreciated by people like me who are conservatives and who are concerned that others are being fed spirtual lies by mormons.

12 posted on 04/18/2011 10:15:33 AM PDT by Turtlepower
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To: Turtlepower
I keep seeing replies like yours every week, and I’m beginning to wonder if it’s the same re-tread spouting the same garbage.

No; not me. Have to say; am wondering who are being 'fed' spiritual lies by Mormons; but that's ok. Like I said; they do not linger at my front door. (The real grabber is Scientology; this one should require a 'warning label'.)

As to America's 'big picture' still maintain that Islam is the greatest; if not scariest threat; and no question, whatsoever; there are too many Christians imagining they should 'judge not'.

13 posted on 04/18/2011 12:40:15 PM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not made in the USA either.. .)
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To: cricket

This thread, like many others like it, point out the lies from the mormon church. It has been documented numerous times on this site how mormonism is not all compatable with Christianity.

It’s funny that you mention Scientology because mormonism is closer to that belief system than to Christianity. You state that Scientology should have a warning label, but yet you defend you even know anything about what mormons believe? Are you a mormon yourself?

Islam is both a political and spirtual threat; but mormonism is also a spirtual threat because their teachings deceive people into believing they are just another Christian church, when they are anything but a Christian church.

If you are so concerned about muslims, then by all means speak out against muslims. There are many others on this site that recognize mormonism as a false religion and who feel led to speak out against their false teachings.

14 posted on 04/18/2011 1:24:07 PM PDT by Turtlepower
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To: cricket; Turtlepower
As to America's 'big picture' still maintain that Islam is the greatest; if not scariest threat; and no question, whatsoever; there are too many Christians imagining they should 'judge not'.

Muslims and Latter-Day Saints
A Latter-day Saint Perspective on Mohammad

The Muslim Mormon Connection

Mormons, Muslims break the fast in Southern California

"At the iftars, both Muslim and LDS leaders spoke at a brief service, after which the Muslims participated in evening prayers. Following the evening prayer, the groups met together for a meal, provided by the Muslims. There were members of other faiths at each of the dinners also, along with city officials.

In keeping with Muslim tradition, the call to prayer occurred at the time that the sun set that evening. Participants then broke their fasts with dates, bread or other simple items, before proceeding to evening prayer.

The LDS visitors were invited to observe the prayers. LDS women who attended wore head scarves, consistent with Muslim dress standards for women. After the evening prayer, the groups shared a large meal together. The dinners featured traditional Muslim foods such as lamb, couscous, rice and dates. About two dozen LDS members from each of the four stakes attended the events."

15 posted on 04/19/2011 7:38:23 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Why do people try to "out-nice" Jesus?)
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To: greyfoxx39
"Different Books, Common Word" on The Web site for's hour-long documentary "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims.", Muslims say dialogue a step in right direction NEWTON CENTER, Mass. (ABP) -- Several dozen Baptists and Muslims gathered Jan. 9-11 to repair a relationship better known for harsh anti-Islamic rhetoric by high ... Muslim Congress: Baptists and Muslims: different books ... 0 posts · By World Muslim Congress Baptist and Muslim This decade can be labeled as the decade of Pluralism, where emphasis will be placed on co-existence, aka Pluralism. I believe the moderate people of ... Faith Panelists Blog: Baptists and Muslims: different books ... If Muslims and Baptists are peacemakers together in the United States, then they will show the rest of the world a better way forward. and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors on Fomenting fear of Muslims by making stereotypical observations and false accusations will not encourage peace. We need to build bridges, not walls. AND MUSLIMS MUST KNOW EACH OTHER | ISNA Islamic Society of North America ... Home > Interfaith News > BAPTISTS AND MUSLIMS MUST KNOW EACH OTHER BAPTISTS AND MUSLIMS MUST KNOW EACH OTHER and Muslims: different books, common word Baptist-Muslim engagement may be the most unanticipated and underreported religion story of 2009 with the far-reaching potential to advance the common and Muslims: different books, common word | ISNA Islamic Society of North America ... Home > News Briefs > Baptists and Muslims: different books, common word Baptists and Muslims: different books, common word Faith Panelists Blog: Across the Baptist-Muslim Divide - Robert ... Distance is shrinking between Baptist and Muslim leaders in America--faster than rank-and-file members realize.

Not just the religion; but the idiology that the 'adherents' hold to; and the change it fashions. . .

16 posted on 04/19/2011 11:41:13 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not made in the USA either.. .)
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