Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Plants Missing from the Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon lists the following plants: Barley, Corn, Fig, *Fruit, *Grain, Grapes, Olives, Wheat, **Neas, and **Sheum

 * Non specific plant

** Unknown word

 Barley, Olives, Wheat were not found in North or South America before Columbus,

 Corn was grown and their is little evidence the native figs were eaten.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Importance to attract the attention of the great ones....of the day.

In the LDS Pearl of Great Price, Mormon Founder Joseph Smith describes the reaction when he told people about seeing God and Jesus in his famous vision:

"Yet men of high standing would take notice sufficient to excite the public mind against me, and create a bitter persecution; and this was common among all the sects--all united to persecute me."

"Importance to attract the attention of the great ones of the most popular sects of the day."


The Palmyra Register was a newspaper from 1817 to 1821.  There is no reference at all to a young boy who claimed to see a vision or any reaction by the preachers or people of the town.  At the time the population of Palmyra was less than 4000.

There is no doubt that LDS Historians have scoured every Newspaper from every city in New York looking for proof.  (Wayne County Newspaper History)

The problem with beginning a religion in the 1820's is that the historical record is enormous.... and there is nothing to back Smith story....not a single letter, article or journal entry.  

Smith Home

Full text of Joseph Smith History verses 21 - 25
 21 Some few days after I had this vision, I happened to be in company with one of the Methodist preachers, who was very active in the before mentioned religious excitement; and, conversing with him on the subject of religion, I took occasion to give him an account of the vision which I had had. I was greatly surprised at his behavior; he treated my communication not only lightly, but with great contempt, saying it was all of the devil, that there were no such things as visions or revelations in these days; that all such things had ceased with the apostles, and that there would never be any more of them.
 22 I soon found, however, that my telling the story had excited a great deal of prejudice against me among professors of religion, and was the cause of great persecution, which continued to increase; and though I was an obscure boy, only between fourteen and fifteen years of age, and my circumstances in life such as to make a boy of no consequence in the world, yet men of high standing would take notice sufficient to excite the public mind against me, and create a bitter persecution; and this was common among all the sects—all united to persecute me.
 23 It caused me serious reflection then, and often has since, how very strange it was that an obscure boy, of a little over fourteen years of age, and one, too, who was doomed to the necessity of obtaining a scanty maintenance by his daily labor, should be thought a character of sufficient importance to attract the attention of the great ones of the most popular sects of the day, and in a manner to create in them a spirit of the most bitter persecution and reviling. But strange or not, so it was, and it was often the cause of great sorrow to myself.
 24 However, it was nevertheless a fact that I had beheld a vision. I have thought since, that I felt much like Paul, when he made his defense before King Agrippa, and related the account of the vision he had when he saw a light, and heard a voice; but still there were but few who believed him; some said he was dishonest, others said he was mad; and he was ridiculed and reviled. But all this did not destroy the reality of his vision. He had seen a vision, he knew he had, and all the persecution under heaven could not make it otherwise; and though they should persecute him unto death, yet he knew, and would know to his latest breath, that he had both seen a light and heard a voice speaking unto him, and all the world could not make him think or believe otherwise.
 25 So it was with me. I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true; and while they were persecuting me, reviling me, and speaking all manner of evil against me falsely for so saying, I was led to say in my heart: Why persecute me for telling the truth? I have actually seen a vision; and who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen? For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Another Way the LDS Church is Racist

As a white male, I freely admit that my eyes are slowly opening to all the racist things that the LDS Church has done.  This one I had missed until now.

Temple Work for the Dead


For more than 40 years, I was taught that there are men and women in "Spirit Prison" who are suffering because they are waiting to have their temple work done.  There was an urgency to find names and get to the temple and do Baptisms for the Dead to relieve them of their suffering.

I had endless guilt as I imagined by ancestors, waiting, suffering and staring down at me, wondering why I was hanging out with friends or watching baseball while they were in this horrible state.

With a long heritage of Mormons in my family, we had to go further and further back into European Christian Church records to find names.  On all of my lines, we eventually hit road-blocks. Mostly in the 15th or 16th Centuries.  I felt guilty for those Great - Great - Great - Great Grandparents who were left to rot in Spirit Prison.

The Racist Part

Because of slavery, colonialism, tribals wars and much more about Africa,  Asia and many other cultures including Native Americans, it is impossible to go back more than a few generations.

So once again, the White Europeans are getting their temple work done, while a good African or Native American brother and sister and suffering in Spirit Limbo - Land.   All that money, those huge elaborate $ multi-million temples are doing the work for WHITE People.

If it is so important, why can't God find those Africans and others who are ready to accept the gospel and make an Earthly printer start printing their cards? 

Or why can't we do the temple work for Bob's Great Great Great Grandmother on his maternal line WHO is DEAD?  

I've had some crazier names I've been given in the temple, like E. S. - Mother. 

The Reality is:

When I asked about my 14th century ancestors I was told that during the Millennium, all the names would be revealed and all that work would be done.  More guilt, more waiting, more anticipation that the Millennium would happen any day.  

How many temples are there in Africa?  Six

How many are in U.S., Canada and Western Europe?  104

I now know that the whole temple work thing is another way to keep us busy, paying our tithing and filled with guilt.  

If there is a Heaven and there is a God, then everyone has a shot, and they aren't sitting in some "prison" waiting for a 12 year old to get dunked. 






Tuesday, January 10, 2017

When you are in the service of your fellowmen....

The recent disclosure of salaries over $120.000 for General Authorities prompted me to read King Benjamin's speech.

MOSIAH CHAPTER 3

12 I say unto you that as I have been suffered to spend my days in your service, even up to this time, and have not sought gold nor silver nor any manner of riches of you;

13 Neither have I suffered that ye should be confined in dungeons, nor that ye should make slaves one of another, nor that ye should murder, or plunder, or steal, or commit adultery; nor even have I suffered that ye should commit any manner of wickedness, and have taught you that ye should keep the commandments of the Lord, in all things which he hath commanded you--

14 And even I, myself, have labored with mine own hands that I might serve you, and that ye should not be laden with taxes, and that there should nothing come upon you which was grievous to be borne--and of all these things which I have spoken, ye yourselves are witnesses this day.

15 Yet, my brethren, I have not done these things that I might boast, neither do I tell these things that thereby I might accuse you; but I tell you these things that ye may know that I can answer a clear conscience before God this day.

16 Behold, I say unto you that because I said unto you that I had spent my days in your service, I do not desire to boast, for I have only been in the service of God.

17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.

18 Behold, ye have called me your king; and if I, whom ye call your king, do labor to serve you, then ought not ye to labor to serve one another?

19 And behold also, if I, whom ye call your king, who has spent his days in your service, and yet has been in the service of God, do merit any thanks from you, O how you ought to thank your heavenly King!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Mormonism's Lost Items

Mormonism's Lost Items

According to LDS Church History all of these items were seen by multiple witnesses and yet they are now lost, destroyed, or badly damaged.

Bones of Zelph - Lost
Bones that Joseph Smith said belonged to a great Lamanite Warrior.  
Reference Link
Book of Abraham Papyrus - Lost, fragments later found 
Egyptian Papers that Joseph Smith said were written by the Prophet Abraham


Liahona - Breast Plate and Glasses - Sword of laban - Golden Plates - Brass Plates - Location Unknown - Taken by Angels?
All relics that are mentioned in the Book of Mormon
Pro - LDS Source (See pages 42 and 50 - 57)


Adam's Altar
Altar of Adam - Lost or destroyed
A stone altar in Missouri that Joseph Smith said Adam prayed at after leaving the Garden of Eden.


116 Pages of the Book of Mormon - Lost, perhaps altered, burned
Pages that Joseph Smith "translated" from the Golden Plates.


Original manuscript of Book of Mormon - Placed in Cornerstone of Nauvoo House - very water damaged.

Mummies
Mummies that were with the Book of Abraham Papyrus . - lost or sold.


Book of Joseph Papyrus - Lost with BofA fragments.


Kinderhook Plates - Lost. One later found.

Plates that were made to trick Joseph Smith - it worked.
Kinderhook Plates
Reference Link


Stone box holding Golden Plates - Lost




So what is left? A rock!!
"And upon this rock will I build my church."