Let us begin with these verses that talk about Nephi killing a man named Laban in Jerusalem supposedly circa 600 B.C.
1 Nephi 4:10 And it came to pass that I was constrained by the Spirit that I should kill Laban; but I said in my heart: Never at any time have I shed the blood of man. And I shrunk and would that I might not slay him.
11 And the Spirit said unto me again: Behold the Lord hath delivered him into thy hands. Yea, and I also knew that he had sought to take away mine own life; yea, and he would not hearken unto the commandments of the Lord; and he also had taken away our property.
If we put Nephi in a modern setting, he is just a member of the Church. He is not a Prophet, Seer, or Revelator. Members are taught from cradle to grave the mantra of “Follow the Prophet.”Yet, here we have a rank and file member who thinks the Spirit is telling him to violate a fundamental ethic and basic commandment given by God to the Prophet Moses. Nephi commits murder by rejecting the mantra that all good Mormons are supposed to live by. For this, he is not condemned but celebrated in Mormon culture.
In addition, the murder is not necessary. He murdered this man to get the brass plates so his people would not dwindle in unbelief when they get to the new World. They dwindled in unbelief so this man’s death was in vain. He also did not need the brass plates. He could have done what Joseph Smith did. He could of waited until he arrived in the new World, picked up a smooth stone, put it in a hat, and then write down the scriptures he sees with his rock. This complicated and violent plan apparently was never inspired by the Spirit since it was a complete and total failure and had begun with a violent act. Here is what Heber J. Grant said about this violent act.
“That is the kind of faith to have. Let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of God and then we know that we can win the battle, though we may be opposed by a man with his tens of thousands. The final result was that Nephi got the plates.” (Conference Report, Oct. 1899, p. 129)
Sounds a bit like the Lafferty brothers who thought the Spirit constrained them to kill Brenda Lafferty and her 15 month old daughter. They now sit in a Utah prison paying for their crime. They also were raised as good members of the Church. Here is what Dan Lafferty said about his violent act. “I was doing God’s will, which is not a crime.” Sounds just like Nephi, doesn’t he?
Next up is a combination of verses from Doctrine and Covenants and the Book of Mormon that we will consider together.
D/C 77: 6 Q. What are we to understand by the book which John saw, which was sealed on the back with seven seals?
A. We are to understand that it contains the revealed will, mysteries, and the works of God; the hidden things of his economy concerning this earth during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence.
2 Nephi 2: 22 And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end.
The two most influential expounders of doctrine in the twentieth century were Joseph Fielding Smith and Bruce R. McConkie. One was a Prophet and the other one was an Apostle. These men were looked up to by members as men who were in tune with the Spirit and could explain scriptures with prophetic insight that eluded mere mortals.Both men explained the verse in Nephi taught there was no death in the world until the fall of Adam. No death for fish, fowl, or man, until he fell.
The verse in Doctrine and Covenants is a clear explanation by no less than the Prophet of the restoration, even Joseph Smith. This verse teaches that after the fall of Adam, the earth will exit in a temporal state for 7,000 years. He is quite specific about the length of time. It is standard doctrine in the Church that we are currently living in the Saturday evening of time, meaning the fall took place approximately 6,000 years ago and we are close to the millennium, which will usher in the final 1,000 years before the earth is turned into a celestial body after a brief season of Lucifer doing battle with the forces of the righteous. In other words, the fall of Adam took place just as biblical fundamentalists believe, which is circa 4004 B.C. When we put these verses together we see there was no death of any living creature until 6,000 years ago.
This draws into question the wisdom and insight of prophetic leaders when we know that humans have been living and dying on the earth for 200,000 years. There is a skull sitting in the British Museum called the Jericho skull that is 9,500 years old. I have news for you. The person who occupied that skull in mortality is dead. He died long before the myth called the fall of Adam ever took place.
This is not true of all members or leaders, but it is true for these two doctrinal expounders and many members in the Church today. They reject evolution and other science not because they possess greater scientific knowledge than the rest of us, but simply because of a religious belief. That is a scary thought. If they disconnect from truth simply because of a religious idea, what else do they believe in because of their religion. Maybe this helps explain member ideas on the flood, Tower of babel and homophobia that is often seen in the Church.
D/C 84:65 And these signs shall follow them that believe—
66 In my name they shall do many wonderful works;
67 In my name they shall cast out devils;
68 In my name they shall heal the sick;
69 In my name they shall open the eyes of the blind, and unstop the ears of the deaf;
70 And the tongue of the dumb shall speak;
I would love to hear about just one case documented by medical personal where someone who is legally blind had sight restored by faith. How many deaf children in the Church would benefit from this promise? It never happens. Mormon land would blow up with the news. You would not be able to hide it under a bushel. How about the part of casting out devils. When I was an active, believing member, Jesus casting out devils always seemed problematic to me. The Church avoids exorcism or talk of it. According to this scripture, the Church lacks believers from top to bottom.
D/C 76: 71 And again, we saw the terrestrial world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of the terrestrial, whose glory differs from that of the church of the Firstborn who have received the fulness of the Father, even as that of the moon differs from the sun in the firmament.
72 Behold, these are they who died without law;
73 And also they who are the spirits of men kept in prison, whom the Son visited, and preached the gospel unto them, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh;
74 Who received not the testimony of Jesus in the flesh, but afterwards received it.
These are interesting verses because the Church spends an obscene amount of money building Temples all over the world so members can dress up in funny cloths and get baptized and do endowments for the dead. The idea is so the dead can accept the gospel in the Spirit World and have a chance to go to the Celestial Kingdom. The problem is this scripture says they will not go there but will go to the Terrestrial Kingdom. Mormonism 101 tells us, you do not need to be baptized to get into the Terrestrial Kingdom. The sixty four thousand question is-Why all the energy spent on temples when according to these verses it does not do a lick of good?
D/C 89: 17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.
The Church is known for the Word of Wisdom over and above all things with the possible exception of polygamy.They are taught to abstain from alcohol, tobacco coffee, and tea. The problem is his verse says beer is a good drink for man. The Church is violating it’s own scripture by not allowing members to partake of beer which is made from barley. Joseph Smith had no problem with it and would partake from time to time. Mormon farmers in Idaho are well known for growing barley used for high quality beer, but they cannot partake of the beverage and hold a temple recommend. How is that for hypocrisy?
Matthew 6: 19 ¶Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Jesus taught by word and example to avoid ostentatious wealth because in His proverbial statement, where your treasure is, there will your heart be. Is it just me, or do Temples fly in the face of these verses? It is well documented how much the Church spends on these structures and to adorn them with the finest materials. Let us look at a couple of examples. Rugs in the Bridal room can cost as much as 17,000 dollars. That is a lot of tithing money some working families labored for just so a bride can have the finest in a room where she won’t even spend much time. Temple Presidents and their counselors have desks costing 3,000 or more and desk chairs that go for 1,400 dollars. I have a very sturdy and nice desk chair at my work that has lasted for five years running. It cost me 200 dollars.What about the widow’s mite?
Let us finish with a fun verse.I love this next verse because members use it say that whatever a Prophet says, it is the same as if Jesus were saying it.
D/C 1:38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
The problem with this interpretation is the absurd contradictions that can be found in Mormon history. Here is a quote from Brigham Young.
“Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned,” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, p. 266). Also, “The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy,” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 11, p. 269).
He is saying you cannot get into heaven without practicing polygamy. Later, Joseph F. Smith had to appear before Congress and he said just the opposite of Brigham in this statement.
“The Chairman: That is the Book of Mormon?
Joseph F. Smith: Yes, sir; that is the Book of Mormon.
The Chairman: Is the doctrine of polygamy taught in that revelation?
Mr. Smith: Taught in it?
The Chairman: Yes.
Mr. Smith: It is emphatically forbidden in that book.
The Chairman: In that book it is emphatically forbidden?
Mr. Smith: It is.”
– Reed Smoot Case, v. 1, p. 480
Here we have two leaders who are contradicting one another but according to how typical members use D/C 1:38, it is actually Christ who is contradicting Himself.
The leaders of the Church emphasis the scriptures they like and ignore problematic verses that do not fit the message they want to present to the members. Don’t be deceived by someone in power trying to influence you by quoting scripture.