Problems with Mormonism

The Facts Behind the Fallacies.

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My dictionary describes the word 'Fact' as:
"A truth verifiable from experience or observation";
and the word 'Fallacy' as:
"An incorrect or misleading notion or opinion based on inaccurate facts".

In all aspects of Mormonism you will find facts kept hidden from view, and in their place fallacy is being force-fed to the Mormon people and to those who - with a view to joining, are investigating the Mormon Church.

I have not produced this rather lengthy article to ridicule those who are members of that church. I believe the old adage: There but for the grace of God, go I. The fact is, the vast majority of Mormons are only members of that church because they have believed a lie - something which we have all been guilty of at one time or another.

What I intend to do in this article is reveal the truth behind the fallacy; truth which most Mormon people have never heard, why?

Because their leaders do not encourage them to check what they are told, in fact the church once published a document stating.

"When our leaders speak the thinking has been done. ...When they give direction it should mark the end of controversy" (Improvement Era, June 1945, p.354)
How different that is from the Bible. When the people of Berea heard the Apostle Paul preach they did not rely wholly on his word, instead they: ...received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11

The Bible does not criticise them for 'checking-up' on Paul, rather, it calls these people noble for doing so.

If you, the reader, are a Mormon please do not take my word regarding the contents of this article, check everything yourself. You will find that I'm telling the truth, but most importantly, you will then know the truth.

The Bible says:

You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. John 8:32

We are only going to look at one of the many fallacies which abound in the Mormon Church. The true facts behind the fallacies are well known to the leaders of that Church but it suits their purpose to keep those facts hidden. If Mormonism is God's true church why does its leaders use lies and deceit? Do you think that pleases God?

The dwelling place of your eternal soul depends upon the decisions you make in this life. The teachings of men lead to hell, even if they seem right.

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12

The only sure way to heaven is to follow the instructions in our Makers handbook, the Bible, and let the truth set you free. Jesus said:

I am the way the Truth and the life... John 14:6

I have chosen what I consider to be one of the most important subjects which needs to be examined.

The First Vision Story.

The reason I consider Joseph Smith's First Vision Story to be so important is this. All persons joining the Mormon Church are required to believe this story - after all, it is the moment of the conception of Mormonism, and if it is not true then no part of Mormonism can be true.

As we strip away the shroud of fallacy and reveal the true facts keep the following words in mind; not my words, but those of a Mormon Apostle:

"The First Vision of 1820 is of first importance in the history of Joseph Smith. "Upon its reality rest the truth and value of his subsequent work. Professed enemies of Joseph Smith, and his work have found themselves helpless in their efforts to destroy the reality of the First Vision and have said little about it." (Joseph Smith - Seeker After Truth, page 19 by Mormon Apostle, John A. Widstoe. - Emphasis mine)
In view of the importance of the First Vision Story I intend giving space to the full story, as printed in Pearl of Great Price, and shall highlight important points in red. The numbers indicate the verse numbers, we begin at verse 2.

The Official First Vision Story.