About The Book of Mormon – Part 2

Laurel and I are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes referred to as “Mormons”.  We have found that most of our friends know very little about this church, and what information they have heard is often inaccurate or incomplete.  While we respect every person’s privilege of worshipping God according to the dictates of their own conscience, we also desire for our friends and acquaintances to have access to truthful information concerning our faith and beliefs.  To this end, we invite you to read The Book of Mormon to find out for yourself about our beliefs, and we have prepared several handouts that answer common questions regarding the book.

Like all Christians, we believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly.  The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, is a sacred record of scripture written by prophets of God who taught the people about Jesus Christ.  While the Bible was written by people living in the area around Jerusalem, The Book of Mormon was written by people living on the American continent.  The people in The Book of Mormon are related to those in the Holy Land in that they are also one of the Twelve Tribes of the House of Israel — descendants of Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers.  The enclosed handouts describe more details of this relationship.

Although the last author in The Book of Mormon penned his closing statements in the year A.D. 421, the message of this book is for the people of our day.  Today, over 67,000 full-time missionaries and nearly 17,000,000 members of our church carry this book to all nations of the world to share it with any person who will listen to the words of a prophet of God.  It is our experience and testimony that by reading this book you will grow closer to Jesus Christ than you ever thought possible.

We hope you will accept our challenge and put this book to the test — to read The Book of Mormon, ponder upon its message, and then ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ to know whether the book is the word of God.  If you will have the sincerity to put your faith in Jesus Christ rather than in the wisdom of man, there is a promise for you found in Moroni 10:3-5.  Please feel free to ask Laurel or me any questions you might have as you read.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Bob Hilke, Jr.

The Book of Mormon

Another Testament of Jesus Christ

You can order a free copy of The Book of Mormon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website:

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist

Watch this video by my good friend Bob Bazyk…  Latter-day Saints: Things You May Not Know and Meetinghouse Tour:

What is the Book of Mormon?

  • The Book of Mormon is a collection of the most precious writings of many prophets covering a one-thousand-year history of the people who lived on the American Continent from about 600 B.C. through 400 A.D.  It was condensed into one book by the prophet Mormon who lived nearly 400 years after the Savior’s earthly ministry.  Because of Mormon’s efforts at compiling these records from his people, it is named after him.  There are many prophets, however, who’s writings are in The Book of Mormon, such as Isaiah, Nephi, Jacob, Alma, and Moroni.  Each prophet’s writings are named according to the author, just as the Bible contains books named after such prophets and apostles as Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. 
  • The first prophet to write in the Book of Mormon tells of how the Lord led his family out of Jerusalem into the wilderness to escape the destruction of that city.  The father was a prophet who had been called by the Lord to preach repentance to the people of Jerusalem prior to the destruction of the people of that city by the Babylonians approximately 600 B.C.  This family were direct descendants of Joseph — one of the twelve sons of Jacob (Israel).  They brought from Jerusalem what writings they had at the time which included the writings of Isaiah.  The Lord led them to the sea where they were instructed to build a boat.  The family traveled by boat to the Americas.  The people prospered into a large civilization.  Two factions developed — one righteous and one wicked.
  • During the 1000 years from 600 B.C. to 400 A.D. the Lord called prophets to instruct the people in the ways of the Lord.  The prophets taught the same principles of the gospel as the prophets in the Holy Land, including the following:
    • They foretold of the ministry of Jesus Christ, including where and when he would be born and the purpose of his ministry.
    • They taught the people to repent and accept Christ as the Son of God and as the Savior and Redeemer of the world.
    • They taught the people to follow the commandments.
    • Just as John the Baptist did, they also baptized those individuals who repented and became followers of Jesus Christ.
    • They taught the people that they belonged to the House of Israel.  The Jews are one of the Twelve Tribes, and so were these people (Judah and Joseph were two of the twelve brothers who’s descendants constitute the “Twelve Tribes”).
  • The most precious part of The Book of Mormon is an account of the visit of the resurrected Jesus Christ to these people on the American Continent following his ministry in the Holy Land.  While he was in Jerusalem, Jesus said, “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:  them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”  The Book of Mormon, the record of the “other sheep”, tells of his visit to them as the resurrected Son of God.  Even today, native peoples of the Americas and Pacific Islands have legends of a white-faced God who visited their people and promised to return again one day.  This was evidenced in the way early explorers such as Captain Cook, Columbus, and the Spaniards in Central America were worshipped by the natives upon their arrival to their various destinations — the natives thought these men with fair skin were their God returning according to the legend.
  • Several hundred years after Christ visited these people, few remained faithful and great wickedness spread throughout the land.  Eventually, through many wars, the righteous believers were exterminated.  The last prophet to write in The Book of Mormon was Moroni, in the year 421 A.D.  He knew that the Lord intended for the writings of the prophets to be saved for a future generation.  He buried the record in the earth in a stone box.  In 1823, a young man by the name of Joseph Smith was led by the Lord to find this record and was given the power from God to translate the record from the original Egyptian hieroglyphics into English.  Joseph Smith’s testimony of the events leading up to the translation of the Book of Mormon is included in the Introduction of the Book of Mormon.
  • The Book of Mormon was first published in the year 1830.  At that time many things in the book had to be accepted entirely on faith such as the following:
    • A great advanced civilization lived in the Americas with vast multitudes of people, cities and governments.
    • There were great buildings including temples, cities and burial grounds.
    • The people traveled to this hemisphere by boat across the ocean rather than by land over the Bering Strait.
    • The ancestors of native American Indians came from the Eastern Hemisphere, with ties to the Jews and Egyptians.
    • At the time of Christ’s crucifixion, there was great destruction on the face of the land burying cities beneath mountains and sinking others into the sea.
    • There were elephants on the American continent about the time of Christ.
    • There were horses on the American continent about the time of Christ.
    • In recent years, archeological evidence has substantiated these claims, including many cities buried beneath the jungles and sea — some which had populations exceeding 2,000,000 people.
  • The Book of Mormon is the record of Joseph, just as the Bible is the record of Judah.  Ezekiel prophesied that both would be held in one hand before the commencing of the gathering of Israel.  Since the gathering of Israel has already commenced, if the Book of Mormon is not the record Ezekiel spoke of, then where is the record of Joseph?

Bob Hilke, Jr.

23 Questions

Answered by the Book of Mormon

  1. Does the Bible contain all of God’s word? (2 Nephi 29:1-14 [pp. 109-111].)
  2. Who were the “other sheep” referred to by Jesus as recorded in John 10:16? (3 Nephi 15:13-24 [pp. 437-38].)
  3. How can a person know that the Book of Mormon is true? (Moroni 10:3-5 [p.529].)
  4. How can a desire to believe develop into strong faith? (Alma 32 [pp. 288-91].)
  5. What is the purpose of man’s existence? (2 Nephi 2:25 [p.59].)
  6. How can God be both just and merciful? (Alma 42 [pp. 311-13].)
  7. What happens to our spirits at death? (Alma 40:11-14 [p. 308].)
  8. How can a person turn his personal weaknesses into strengths? (Ether 12:27 [p. 510].)
  9. What happened in America when Jesus was born in Bethlehem? (3 Nephi 1:15-21 [p. 408].)
  10. What happened in America when Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem? (3 Nephi 8:5-23 [pp. 422-23].)
  11. What do we witness “unto the Father” by being baptized? (2 Nephi 31:10-14 [pp. 113-114].)
  12. Why was Jesus Christ baptized? (2 Nephi 31:4-9 [p.113].)
  13. Just what is the gospel of Jesus Christ? How did the Savior explain what it is? (3 Nephi 27:13-21 [p. 459].)
  14. Why was the atonement of Jesus Christ necessary? (2 Nephi 9:4-14 [pp. 72-74]; Alma 34:8-17 [pp. 293-94].)
  15. To what extent are men accountable for their choices and their actions? (2 Nephi 9:25-27 [p. 75]; 2 Nephi 2:27 [p. 59]; Helaman 14:30-31 [p. 403].)
  16. Do little children need repentance and baptism? (Moroni 8:1-24 [pp. 525-26].)
  17. Does the Lord always protect the righteous from the unrighteous? (Alma 60:12-13 [p. 359].)
  18. How did a prophet who lived 600 B.C. describe our day? (2 Nephi 28 [pp. 106-109].)
  19. What should we pray about? (Alma 34:17-28 [pp. 294-95].)
  20. Why should we not procrastinate our repentance? (Alma 34:30-41 [pp. 295-96].)
  21. What will our bodies be like in the resurrection? (Alma 40: 23 [p. 309].)
  22. Are we saved by grace, by works, or both? (2 Nephi 25:23 [pp. 99-100].)
  23. In a world with so many conflicting voices, how can a person judge what is good and what is evil? (Moroni 7:14-19 [p. 522].)

Questions and Answers About the Book of Mormon

  1. Do members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe the Book of Mormon replaces the Bible?

    The Book of Mormon does NOT replace the Bible.  In fact, it stands as a third witness alongside the Old and New Testaments as a witness of Jesus Christ.  Latter-day Saints use the King James version of both the Old and New Testaments.  The Bible and the Book of Mormon together stand as witnesses from complete opposite sides of the world that Jesus Christ is indeed the living Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world.
  • Where did the name “Mormon” come from, and why are members of the church referred to by that name?

    Just as books of the Bible are named after the authors, “Mormon” is the name of one of the last prophets who wrote in the Book of Mormon.  Because it was he who abridged the writings of many prophets into one record, the entire record bears his name.  The subtitle to the Book of Mormon is “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”.  The term “Mormon” is sometimes used in referring to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because they also use the Book of Mormon in addition to the Bible.  This is not a term members of the church prefer — rather a more appropriate term to use is “Latter-day Saints”.  Referring to Latter-day Saints as “Mormons” is like calling all Christians “Biblites” because we use the Bible, or “Paulites” since we use the writings of Paul as scripture.
  • Do members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worship Jesus Christ? — they are not Christians, are they?

    Latter-day Saints most certainly DO worship Jesus Christ.  They believe the Godhead to consist of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.  Latter-day Saints believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the World, and that it is only through Jesus Christ that man can receive a remission of sins or overcome physical death. 
  • Why is an additional book of scripture necessary? — isn’t the Bible enough?

    Most Christians would feel shorted if their scriptures did not contain the writings of Paul, or if they only had two of the four Gospels, or if they had only the book of Genesis rather than all the Old Testament writings.  When the Bible was canonized, all the sacred writings available at the time were considered by those responsible for the decision.  At the time the Bible was canonized, the Book of Mormon was still buried in a stone box in a hill on the American continent.  It was God’s plan for the Book of Mormon to come forth in our day, and now that it has been brought forth, it is being made available to all the inhabitants of the earth in preparation for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the ushering in of the Millennium.  If the Lord is responsible for bringing forth the Old Testament, had we not better read the Old Testament and follow its teachings?  If the Lord is responsible for bringing forth the New Testament, had we not better read the New Testament and follow its teachings?  If the Lord is responsible for bringing forth Another Testament of Jesus Christ, had we not better read it too, and follow its teachings?  How can we say to the Lord that we will read some of His words and not others?  Is it for us to decide which of God’s words we should read and follow?
  • Is there not a warning in the Bible that there would be no more scripture?

    Revelation 22:18 states:  “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.” The same warning is found in Deuteronomy 4:2 which reads:  “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God  which I command you.” John penned the Book of Revelation before other books of the New Testament were written.  If these warnings to “not add to the word of the Lord” mean that there will be no more word of the Lord in the future, then we must dismiss most of the Old Testament and all of the New Testament.  Rather, the meaning of these must refer to incorrect interpretation of, or treatment of, the word of the Lord as delivered through Moses and John.
  • If this book is the word of God, why haven’t I heard of it before?

    The Book of Mormon was translated into English only 168 years ago.  In 1830, there were only 6 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Now there are nearly 17,000,000 members with over 67,000 full-time missionaries who are bringing this book to all people of the world.  Although the task seems incredible, the Lord has declared that this record will “…be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world…”
  • Why doesn’t the Bible say anything about this extra book?

    It DOES!!! 

    Ezekiel wrote that prior to the gathering of the house of Israel, two records could be held in one hand:  the record of Judah, and the record of Joseph (through the lineage of Ephraim).  Since the gathering of Israel has already begun, we should now have both records.  The Bible comes through the lineage of Judah, and the Book of Mormon comes through the lineage of Joseph.  The Book of Mormon fulfills this prophesy in the most precise manner.

    Isaiah wrote an entire chapter outlining the specific circumstances of the coming forth of a book which the Lord would use “…to do a marvelous work…even a marvelous work and a wonder…”  The Book of Mormon fulfills this prophesy in every precise detail.

    Jesus declared that “…other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:  them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”  If Jesus visited other people than those in the Holy Land, wouldn’t we expect those people to record his visit?  The Book of Mormon  is a record of the visit of Jesus Christ to the people of the American continent following his death and resurrection.

    There are numerous other specific references throughout the Old and New Testaments prophesying of the circumstances and events of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.
  • Don’t members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worship Joseph Smith?

    Latter-day Saints do NOT worship Joseph Smith.  They recognize him as a prophet of God through whom the Book of Mormon was translated into English.  Latter-day Saints do not worship any prophet or apostle, including Moses, Isaiah, Malachi, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, or Joseph Smith.
  • Is there any scientific evidence that the Book of Mormon is true?

    YES!!!  The only scientific archeological evidence available today substantiates The Book of Mormon — and there is much of it.  Each year there is more and more evidence unearthed in America where the Book of Mormon was written, all of it substantiating the many incredible requirements to back up such a record of a past civilization.  There is no scientific evidence disproving the Book of Mormon.  Regardless of the scientific evidence however, the only way to find out for sure if The Book of Mormon is true is to find out from God.  There is lots of scientific evidence that the Bible is true, yet there are many people who do not believe in the Bible because they have not studied the Bible and asked God if it is true.  The same applies to The Book of Mormon – one must read the book, ponder on its contents, and then ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ whether the book is true – there is no other way to know. 

Bob Hilke, Jr.

The Book of Mormon Challenge

In order to produce a Book equal to The Book of Mormon, one would need to comply with each of the following standards.  We challenge any man to meet these conditions!

  1. Write a history of ancient Tibet or similarly little known distant country covering the period from 2200 B.C. to 400 A.D.
  2. Include the histories of two distinct and separate nations along with histories of other nations and cultures.
  3. Describe their religious, economic and political institutions.
  4. Weave into these histories the religion of Jesus Christ and the pattern of Christian living.
  5. Be 23 years of age without formal schooling.
  6. Start now and produce this record of 531 pages of about 500 words per page in 60 days.
  7. Change your style of writing many different times.
  8. You must not make any absurd, impossible or contradictory statements.
  9. You must add 180 proper nouns to the English language — Shakespeare added 30.
  10. When finished, you must make no meaningful changes — the first edition must stand forever.
  11. You must find someone to finance your book with the knowledge that neither he nor you will ever receive any monetary remuneration for it at all.  You must sell it at cost or less.
  12. You must ultimately publish it to every nation, kindred, tongue and people declaring it to be the word of God revealed through you.
  13. You must invite the ablest scholars and experts to examine the text with care, and must strive diligently to see that your book gets into the hands of all those most eager to prove it a forgery, and are most competent to expose any fallacy in it.
  14. You must be able to recruit many salesmen to take this history of this ancient country to the four corners of the world — each at his own expense for two or more years.  These salesmen must return to build their lives around the product you gave them.
  15. You must include within your book the promise that if a person will read it and ask God sincerely if it be true, God will verify the truth of it through the power of the Holy Ghost.
  16. Tens of hundreds of thousands of people must bear record to the world in the next 168 years that they know the record is true because they put the book’s promise to the test and found that the truth of it was manifested unto them by the power of the Holy Ghost.
  17. Thousands of great men, scholars, and intellectual giants must subscribe discipleship to this record and its movement even to the point of laying down their lives.
  18. Your record must fulfill Biblical prophecies.  It must come forth in the exact manner delineated in the Bible (i.e. by whom it should be written, to whom it should be given, and what its purposes and accomplishments should be).  It must not contradict the Bible in the least particular way.
  19. A description of the cultures in each of these civilizations cannot have been known prior to your publication of the record.
  20. Many of the facts, ideas, and statements given as true in your record must be entirely inconsistent, even diametrically opposed to prevailing beliefs of the world.
  21. Thorough investigation, scientific evidence, and archaeological discoveries for the next 165 years must gradually verify these inconsistent claims and often prove them to the minutest detail.
  22. After 165 years of extensive analysis, no claim or fact in the book can be disproven but instead should all be vindicated.  All critical theories and ideas concerning your book’s origin must rise and then fall leaving your own claims as the only logical and possible ones.
  23. You will need to bring down an angel from heaven and to have four honest, credible witnesses testify to the whole world that this angel from heaven appeared to them and told them your record was true.
  24. You must call out of heaven the voice of the Redeemer to declare to the four men that the record is true and that it is their responsibility to bear that testimony.  Then see that they do.
  25. Eight others must testify to the world that in the brightness of noon day, they saw and handled the ancient records and felt the engravings thereon.
  26. The first four and the last eight witnesses must bear their testimonies, not for profit or gain, but under great personal sacrifice and under severe persecution, even to their deathbeds they must never deny that the book is true.
  27. For 20 years watch your dearest friends and followers persecuted, deprived of their property, driven across the land, beaten, wounded, tortured, imprisoned, impoverished, even killed, partly because they believe you when you told them your record of this ancient country was divine.
  28. Finally, after suffering persecution and revilement for 20 years, you must then willingly give your own life in a tragic manner for your testimony and witness that the history of this ancient country (Tibet?) you have brought forth, is of God.
  29. Your book must be so convincing that 168 years after its publication more than 55,000 individuals, mostly young men and young women, will be spending a year and a half to two years of their lives at their own expense or the expense of their families, bearing testimony to the world that the record is true.

We see only one answer:  THE BOOK OF MORMON IS OF GOD!  If not, you are challenged to state its origin and explain its claims.  WHERE DID IT COME FROM?  It is not enough merely to discard it as false.

Revised from other compilations (authors unknown) by
Dr. John Fugal, 1987, and updated by Bob Hilke, Jr., 1997

Seventeen Points of the True Church

Several young men once searched together through the scriptures and listed 17 specific criteria for finding the “true” church.  They went their separate ways, and years later they met and discovered that they had each independently found and joined the one church that met their criteria – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Christ organized the Church.

    Ephesians 4:11-14  “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
  • The true Church must bear the name of Jesus Christ.

    Ephesians 5:23  “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.”
  • The true Church must have a foundation of Apostles and Prophets.

    Ephesians 2:19-20 “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone];”
  • The true Church must have the same organization as Christ’s Church.

    Ephesians 4:11-14 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
  • The true Church must have divine authority.

    Hebrews 5:4-10 “And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as [was] Aaron. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another [place], Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; ¶ Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.”
  • The true Church must have no paid ministry.

    Isaiah 45:13  “I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.”

    1 Peter 5:2 “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;”
  • The true Church must baptize by immersion.

    Matthew 3:13-16 “¶ Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer [it to be so] now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:”
  • The true Church must bestow the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands.

    Acts 8:14-17 “¶ Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they [their] hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.”
  • The true Church must practice divine healing.

    Mark 3:14-15 “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:”

    James 5:14 “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:”
  • The true Church must teach that God and Jesus Christ are separate and distinct individuals.

    John 17:11 “¶ And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we [are].”

    John 20:17 “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and [to] my God, and your God.”
  • The true Church must teach that God and Jesus Christ have bodies of flesh and bone.

    Luke 24:36-39 “¶ And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

    Acts 1:9-11 “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
  • The officers must be called by God.

    Hebrews 5:4 “And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as [was] Aaron.”

    Exodus 28:1 “¶ AND take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office, [even] Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons.”

    Exodus 40:13-16 “And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office. And thou shalt bring his sons, and clothe them with coats: And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations. ¶ Thus did Moses: according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he.”
  • The true Church must claim revelation from God.

    Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
  • The true Church must be a missionary church.

    Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.”
  • The true Church must be a restored church.

    Acts 3:19-21 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”
  • The true Church must practice baptism for the dead.

    1 Corinthians 15:29 “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?”
  • By their fruits ye shall know them.

    Matthew 7:20 “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

The Articles of Faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

  1. WE believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
  2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
  3. We believe that through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
  4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
  5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
  6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
  7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
  8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
  9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
  10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
  11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
  12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
  13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul–We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

Joseph Smith.

CONTINUE – LEARN MORE:

About The Book of Mormon – Part 3

Joseph Translating The Book of Mormon from the Gold Plates

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