For although a man may have many revelations,
and have power to do many mighty works,
yet if he boasts in his own strength, and
sets at naught the counsels of God, and
follows after the dictates of his own will
and carnal desires, he must fall and
incur the vengeance of a just God upon him.
~ D&C 3:4, July 1828 ~
Joseph Smith lost his divine protection for not abiding by his calling (as warned above) and died prematurely—that’s a fact no one can dispute. The question remains: What part of his calling did Joseph fail to keep? This website enumerates Joseph Smith’s original calling, compares it with what he did, and allows readers to decide where he got off track.
It’s up to the reader to determine what’s a “deal breaker” for them for staying in one of Joseph’s churches. We could forgive Joseph for many indiscretions when compared to King David, and indeed, we defended Joseph for decades. But the deal breakers for us were other things. They were:
- Joseph significantly altered revelations
- Joseph added contradictory doctrines of salvation
The last one was more serious because of these warnings:
40 Whoso shall declare more or less than this [Book of Mormon] and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil…and the gates of hell stand open to receive such. (3 Nephi 11)
62 I will bring to light my gospel [Book of Mormon]…yea, the only doctrine which is in me. (D&C 10, Summer 1829)
“We testify that when used together, the Bible and the Book of Mormon confound false doctrines.” (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.63)
We are the only ones who left the LDS Church over the baptism of children for sin:
26 For this shall be a law unto the inhabitants of Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized.
27 And their children shall be baptized for the REMISSION of their SINS when EIGHT years old (D&C 68)
No one can legally mandate who has sinned or when they need to repent, which contradicts Article of Faith #2.
2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
So we officially resigned and were sure to have all oaths and contracts made to the Mormon Church severed and entered into one contract with Christ Our Lord.
One High Priest
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by ME. (John 14)
17 And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of CHRIST, the Lord Omnipotent. (Mosiah 3)
God bless you as you seek to uncover the truth and keep The Holy Book of Mormon intact.
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