You see the occasional commercial on TV but you rarely, if ever, see them advertise their
services in the local newspaper.
This group was originally founded in the United States of America by their prophet Joseph
He was born in Sharon, Vermont in 1805.
According to extracts from the History of the Church, Volume 1,
chapter 1, when he was
old, Joseph Smith claimed two heavenly personages (thought to be Heavenly Father
Christ, appeared to him out of his desire to know which of the
in his region of the
country was correct.
He was answered that he must join none of them for they were all wrong and that all their
were an abomination (Joseph Smith History,
volume 1:18-19; online,
image). This was the first
attack launched against all churches.
According to what has been recorded in some LDS history, an angel called Moroni appeared to Mr.
Smith in 1823 and informed him about gold plates
contained a history of ancient people on
the American continent. He received the plates in
1827 and then proceeded to finish the Book of
Mormon's translation circa 1830 in Palmyra,
New York. But a journal entry of Joseph Smith mentions
that it was the angel Nephi instead. It is unclear what lead someone
to change the angel story
when Joseph revealed the identity in his own journal (see Joseph
Smith Papers, online,
How the Mormon Church criticizes other churches
Since its foundation, the Mormon Church has
criticized other religions, but especially Christianity.
This is labelled against any religion that believes
in reincarnation, like Hinduism:
"This idea of theosophy, that is gaining ground even among so-called Christians, in these
latter days, is a fallacy of the deepest kind. It is absolutely repugnant to the very soul of
man to think that a civilized, intelligent being might become a dog, a cow, a cat; that he
might be transformed into another shape, another kind of being. It is absolutely repulsive,
and so opposed to the great truth of God, that has been revealed from the beginning, that
he is from the beginning always the same, that he cannot change, and that his children
cannot change." (Gospel Doctrine, pages 33-34).
They teach that those outside the LDS Church perform invalid
"That change comes today to every son and daughter of God who repents of his or her
sins, who humble themselves before the Lord, and who seek forgiveness and remission
of sin by baptism by immersion, by one having authority to administer this sacred
ordinance of the gospel of Jesus Christ" (Gospel Doctrine, page 117).
According to the LDS Church, only they have the
authority to baptism. So in effect, all Christians
outside the LDS faith did not receive a remission of their sins.
"Baptism means immersion in water, and is to be administered by
authority, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Baptism without divine authority is not valid. It is a symbol of the burial and
resurrection of Jesus Christ, and must be done in the likeness thereof, by one
commissioned of God, in the manner prescribed, otherwise it is illegal and will
not be accepted by him, nor will it effect a remission of sins, the object for which
it is designed, but whosoever hath faith, truly repents and is buried with Christ
in baptism by one having divine authority, shall receive a remission of sins, and
is entitled to the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands.
Only those who
are commissioned of Jesus Christ have authority or power to bestow this gift"
(Gospel Doctrine, pages 123-124).
According to the LDS Church, only they have divine
"The LDS Church is the only church which legitimately bears the name of
Christ and his divine authority" (Gospel Doctrine, page 170).
All other churches are labelled as illegitimate.
"The priesthood that we hold is of the greatest importance, because it
authority and power of God. It is authority from heaven that has been
restored to men upon the earth in the latter days, through the ministration
of angels from God, who came with authority to bestow this power and this
priesthood upon men" (Gospel Doctrine, page 176).
It should be noted that females were prophets in
both the Old and New Testaments. And
some were even visited by angels. But there is no female prophet in the LDS
According to the LDS Church, God communicates to the
church only through their Prophet:
"Many people live in darkness, unsure of God’s will. They believe
that the heavens
are closed and that people must face the world’s perils alone. How fortunate are the
Latter-day Saints! We know that God communicates to the Church through His
prophet." (Gospel Principles, 2009, chapter 9, page 39).
Those outside of the LDS
Church are said to live in darkness. Ironically, it is the Latter-day
Saints who believe
the heavens were closed between the first century and 1820.
The LDS Church says that Satan is the head of
“Of historical and theological significance is the fact that in Paul’s prophecy
the church structure survives. But God is not at its head, making that
church—following the appearance in it of Satan—no longer the church of God. To
say that Satan sits in the place of God in Christianity after the time of the
Apostles is not to say that all that is in it is satanic. Indeed, Latter-day
Saints should rejoice—as the heavens undoubtedly do—at the great works of
righteousness and faith, and the leavening influence on the world, of those
whose lives are touched in any degree by Him whose gospel the Saints enjoy in
its fulness. Still, ‘the power of God unto salvation’ (Rom. 1:16) is absent from
all but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which the Lord himself
has proclaimed to be ‘the only true and living church upon the face of the whole
earth’ (D&C 1:30). Satan’s goal of hindering many of God’s children from
returning to their Father’s glory is thus realized. How appropriate, therefore,
is Paul’s description of him sitting in the place of God in the church of the
apostasía” (Kent P. Jackson, “Early Signs of the Apostasy,” Ensign, Dec.
The Christians in the days of Joseph Smith were
reportedly worshipping a god who did not see,
hear, eat, nor smell:
“I would like to mention one other thing that I think is a creed that is ‘an
abomination in the sight of God,’ and I shall mention it but briefly…. There is
not time to go into a lot of detail, but their catechism says that their god has
‘no body; he has no parts; he has no passions.’ That means that he has no eyes;
he cannot see. He has no ears; he cannot hear your prayers. He has no voice; he
cannot speak a word to the prophets. Some of them even say ‘he sits on the top
of a topless throne.’ How absurd! To me it seems that their description of the
god that they believe in is about the best description of nothing that can be
written…. Moses knew that this condition would prevail, because when he went to
lead the children of Israel into the promised land, he told them that they would
not remain there long but that they would be scattered among the nations and
‘there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which
neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.’ (Deut. 4:28.) That is exactly the
kind of a god the whole Christian world was worshiping when Joseph Smith had
that glorious vision which revealed the true and living God"
“Strange Creeds of Christendom,” Ensign, Jan. 1973).
Christians outside the Mormon Church are said to
worship a false Christ:
“There is only one way provided by the Lord for man to gain salvation and
eternal life in the kingdom of God and that is by and through the living,
personal Jesus Christ, and by knowing and living his commandments. We cannot
obtain salvation and eternal life by worshipping fake Christs or by living the
doctrines and commandments of men…. The belief that God has no body, parts, and
passions is not a doctrine of Jesus Christ or a doctrine of the holy scriptures
but is a doctrine of men, and to worship such a God is in vain”
Brockbank, “The Living Christ,” Ensign, May 1977).
Historical Christianity is said to be the church of
“The historical abominable church of the devil is that apostate church that
replaced true Christianity in the first and second centuries, teaching the
philosophies of men mingled with scriptures. It dethroned God in the church and
replaced him with man by denying the principle of revelation and turning instead
to human intellect. As the product of human agency, its creeds were an
abomination to the Lord, for they were idolatry: men worshipping the creations,
not of their own hands, but of their own minds” (Stephen E. Robinson, “Warring
against the Saints of God,” Ensign, Jan. 1988).
It is said that salvation by grace alone is a
“There is nothing more important to us—having first discovered who God our
Father is—than to know about Christ and the salvation that is in him. The heresy
and perversion of this truth is the common sectarian concept that people are
saved by grace alone, without works” (Bruce R. McConkie, “This Generation Shall
Have My Word through You,” Ensign, June 1980).
Non-Mormon churches (and all other religions) have
"We have the keys, the ordinances. We have everything. They have
They cannot baptize nor ordain. They cannot wash nor anoint nor endow nor
seal. We came away with everything, and they have nothing" (Mine
from the Lord, Boyd K. Packer, 2008, p. 498; The Holy Temple, Deseret
Book, 1980, pp. 174-175).
These are just some of the ways the LDS Church
criticizes other churches.
True Christians have never been alone since the
ascension of Christ. Jesus has always been
with us through the Holy Spirit. We are sure of God's will - we have the Word of
God. We face
the world's perils with Him who dwells within us. God communicates to His church through the