Some Strange Mormon Beliefs And Teachings
Our training in the pre-existence:
The March 1996 Ensign, page 30, (also see D&C 138:56; Gospel Principles,page 9-11, 19, 23) has the following about our alleged premortal existence asspirits and our alleged attendance at The Council in Heaven.The purpose of the council was to prepare us for our earthly experience. Wewere taught all that we would need to know to return to Heavenly Father'spresence one day.Why would this training be needed? The Mormon Church teaches that ourspirits forget what happened to them when placed into a body (GospelPrinciples, page 11).
I don't know of anyone (Mormon and non-Mormon) who remembers his/her premortal life lessons and training. I don't remember mine.Do you remember yours? Adam and Eve forgot their premortal instruction(March 1996 Ensign, page 31).
The man calls his wife from the grave:
Some that have been married in a Mormon temple for time and eternityremember being taught that the man knows his wife's secret name and onresurrection morning he uses it to call her from the grave. One written sourcefor this teaching can be found in Mormon Doctrine Plain and Simple, by Chas.W. Penrose, 1888, published by The Juvenile Instructor Office, Salt Lake City.A copy can be found in the New York City Public library. Page 51 has:In the divine economy, as in nature, the man "is the head of the woman," and itis written that "he is the savior of the body." But "the man is not without thewoman" any more than the woman is without the man, in the Lord. Adam wasfirst formed, then Eve. In the resurrection they stand side by side and holddominion together. Every man who overcomes all things and is thereby entitledto inherit all things, receives power to bring up his wife to join him in thepossession and enjoyment thereof.
Where is the city of Manti?:
Joseph Smith had the following to say about the ancient City of Manti (as in theBook of Mormon):The camp passed through Huntsville, in Randolph County [Missouri], whichhas been appointed as one of the Stakes of Zion, and is the ancient site of theCity of Manti.... (The Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star, "History of JosephSmith", Vol. 16, p. 296)The index of the Book of Mormon under Manti, Land of, has: "most southerlyland of Nephites" and under Manti, City of, it has: "chief city in land of Manti."All this information then leads to the conclusion that the Land of Manti isallegedly in the State of Missouri, in the United States. Mormon historian andApostle Joseph Fielding Smith, in his book Doctrines of Salvation, Volume 3,pages 239-241, came to the same conclusion.
In September 1996 my wife and I traveled to Huntsville, Randolph County,Missouri. The business area is about one third the size of Palmyra, NY. Itspeople are as friendly as any we have ever met. We had a chance to discuss what Joseph Smith said (we left a copy of The Latter-day Saints' MillennialStar, "History of Joseph Smith", Vol. 16, p. 296). The town museum was openand several people there were also included in our discussion. This museum has no evidence of the ancient city and none of the people we spoke with had everheard the story. In the future Phyllis will do a more detailed report.
In spite of evidence like this LDS scholars have and are working hard to provethat Book of Mormon lands are in the Yucutan Peninsula in Mexico andGuatemala, the ancient Maya Indians.
John Farkas. Berean Christian Ministries; P.O. Box 1091; Webster, NY 14580
More Interesting teachings.
Mormons believe that God created multiple worlds and each world has people living on it.
They also believe that multiple Gods exist but each has their own universe. We are only subject to our God and if we obtain the highest level of heaven we can become gods ourselves.
Polygamy is still doctrinal in heaven and included in LDS scripture. See D&C 132
If you have dark skin and convert to Mormonism, your skin will begin to lighten/whiten.
You become a God/Goddess and are given powers to create your own worlds without number.
The Garden of Eden was in Missouri when Adam and Eve were kicked out.
Follow the prophet or leaders even if you think they are wrong. ( This is a CLASSIC cult tactic.
Satan has power over the oceans, lakes and rivers which is why LDS Missionaries are not allowed to swim.
God the father is only one of millions or endless Gods who are all basically relatives, fathers, brothers, grand-gods and so forth to our own God. If we're worthy, we get to join the God club too.
A woman's purpose in heaven is solely to birth endless babies to populate the worlds created by their husbands. Billions and billions of babies!
Temple garments or underwear will protect you from physical harm or the grasp of Satan.
Secret hand shakes, keywords and signs are provided in the Temple endowment as passwords and keys to get back into heaven, like a kids club where only those with the secret passwords can get in.
Jesus wasn't born of a virgin. God had natural sex with Mary to impregnate Jesus.
You can't get into heaven without Joseph Smith's permission.
Brigham Young (2nd LDS prophet) taught that Adam was the literal God of the Earth and Earth's family.