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An Overview of Mormonism

Mormonism began in 1820 when "divine messengers" supposedly visited Joseph Smith, Jr., telling him many things which directly contradict the Word of God.

The Law of Eternal Progression is a cornerstone doctrine of the Mormon church:

This is the same lie Satan told Adam and Eve thousands of years ago (Genesis 3:4-5: The serpent said to the woman, "Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.), and it's the same lie he himself believed (Isaiah 14:14: "I will climb up to the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High!")--that we could become like God. Mormons accept this lie as truth, believing in a large number of man-gods who, now ruling over other planets, were once simply men, now ascended to godhood.


Story of Mormonism


According to Mormonism, there is a vast number of planets throughout the universe ruled by countless gods who were once humans. A long time ago, on one of these planets, Elohim was born as a spirit child to an unidentified god and one of his goddess wives. Elohim was later born to human parents who gave him a physical body. Through obedience to Mormon teachings, death, and resurrection, Elohim proved himself worthy and was elevated to godhood. Elohim is the Mormon's heavenly father and he lives with his many wives on a planet near the (mysterious) star Kolob. There, the Mormon god had endless celestial sex with his many wives, producing billions of spirit children.

Jesus and Satan

To decide the destiny of the spirit children, the head of the Mormon gods called a council. Elohim's two oldest sons were in attendance--Lucifer and Jesus (that's right, Mormons believe they're brothers). The decision was made to create Earth and send all the spirit children there to learn good from evil. Lucifer wanted to force everyone to become gods, but the Mormon Jesus wanted to give people freedom of choice, just as on other planets. A vote approved the Mormon Jesus' idea. Jesus would be the savior of Earth. Lucifer got angry and convinced a third of the spirits destined for Earth to fight alongside him in a revolt. Lucifer and his followers were sent to Earth, forever denied physical bodies, existing as Satan and his demons.


Those who remained neutral in the fight between God and Satan were cursed to be born with black skin. Those who fought most valiantly against Lucifer would be born into white Mormon families. Elohim came to Earth with one of his wives as Adam and Eve in order to start the human race. Thousands of years later, Elohim left Kolob to come to Earth in human form again, having sex with Mary to provide Jesus with a human body. This Jesus had at least three wives (according to Mormon Apostle Orson Hyde)--Mary, Martha, and Mary Magdalene--through which he fathered a number of children. Joseph Smith is one of his descendants.


After his resurrection, Jesus came to America to preache to the Indians, who are really Israelites. By AD 421, the dark-skinned Israelites--the "Lamanites"--killed off all of the white-skinned Israelites--the "Nephites"--in various battles. The records of the Nephites were recorded on golden plates which were buried by Moroni--the last living Nephite--in the Hill Cumorah.

Joseph Smith

1400 years later, Joseph Smith uncovered the golden plates near his home in upstate New York. He was a prophet, given visions in which he was told to organize the Mormon church because all Christian creeds were an abomination. By maintaining a rigid code of financial and moral requirements and through secret temple rituals, Mormons prove their worthiness to become gods. Everyone will stand in judgment before Joseph Smith, Jesus, and Elohim. Those who are sealed in the eternal marriage ceremony in the LDS temple will become gods with many goddess wives, ruling over many planets and spawning new families throughout eternity. According to Mormonism, Joseph Smith has done more for us than any other man, including Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith died as a martyr so that we may become gods.

Published with the Permission of Epologetics.org
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