Secrets Mormons Don’t Want You to Know by Richard & Cindy Benson


51bUpBnaAjL._SY291_BO1204203200_QL40_.jpg Author Richard & Cindy Benson
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Year 2011
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Table of Contents ABOUT THE MORMONS QUOTED IN THIS BOOK INTRODUCTION WHO IS GOD? JESUS CHRIST THE HOLY SPIRIT SALVATION BLOOD ATONEMENT THE BOOK OF MORMON MORMON CHURCH: ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN JOSEPH SMITH JOSEPH SMITH’S FALSE PROPHECIES BLACK PEOPLE GOOD WORKS REDEEM THE DEAD BAPTISM ADAM LUCIFER HELL TEMPLE GARMENTS BIZARRE TEACHINGS OF BRIGHAM YOUNG SINS THAT DESERVE INSTANT DEATH POLYGAMY MARRIAGE FOR ETERNITY MORMONISM’S EVER–CHANGING NAME THE MASONRY CONNECTION MORMON PROPHETS DO MORMON LEADERS HATE CHRISTIANITY? MORMON TEMPLES MORMON CONTRADICTIONS THE SPIRIT WORLD MORMON TEACHINGS ABOUT MAN MORE STRANGE MORMON TEACHINGS WHY WE LEFT THE MORMON CHURCH SUMMARY OF WHAT MORMONS BELIEVE ARE MORMONS ENCOURAGED TO LIE? CONCLUSION Copyright ©2011 by Richard and Cindy Benson Published by: Chick Publications P. O. Box 3500, Ontario, CA 91761-1019 USA Tel: (909) 987-0771 • Fax: (909) 941-8128 www.chick.com E Mail: [email protected] Quotes Bruce R. McConkie’s book Mormon Doctrine are from the 1966 edition unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without permission in writing from the copyright owner. ISBN: 978-0-7589-0817-9 ABOUT THE MORMONS QUOTED IN THIS BOOK Joseph Smith – The founder and first president of the Mormon church. Brigham Young – The second President of the Mormon church, from December 27, 1847 until his death on August 29, 1877. He was the founder of Salt Lake City and the first governor of the Utah Territory. Brigham Young University was named in his honor. Orson Pratt – (1811-1881) He was an original member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. John Taylor – The third President of the Mormon church, from October 10, 1880 to July 25, 1887. Bruce McConkie – A member of the First Council of the Seventy of the LDS Church from 1946 until his calling to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1972, where he served until his death in 1985. He published several doctrinal books and articles. Joseph Fielding Smith – (1876-1972). The tenth president of the LDS church. He was the son of Joseph F. Smith, the sixth president. His grandfather, Hyrum Smith, was the brother of Church founder Joseph Smith, Jr. He was President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for 19 years (1951-1970), and was a religious scholar and a prolific writer. Many of his works are used as references for church members. INTRODUCTION When I was an 11-year-old girl, I received the shock of my life. I had been born and raised in a Mormon home and I felt that made me special. I was always thankful to God for that privilege. My life-long goal was to go on a Mormon mission, get married to a wonderful Mormon man, bear children, then live forever in our celestial kingdom as a goddess along with my eternal husband. But all those dreams began to unravel the day my 53-year-old father brought home a 15-year-old girl and told us he had to take her as his second wife in order to fulfill the law of eternal progression towards his own godhood. One day we were a happy family, and the next day devastation struck—and my life was sent spiraling. Later in the book I’ll tell you the whole story but first I want you to see some secrets about the Mormon religion that Mormons really don’t want you to know. I pray that you will be blessed. In Christ’s love, Cindy Benson WHO IS GOD? Secret 1 Mormonism denies the Trinity: “Three glorified, exalted, and perfected personages comprise the Godhead or supreme presidency of the universe… They are: God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy Ghost… each God in the Godhead is a personage, separate and distinct from each of the others…Each occupies space and is and can be in but one place at one time…”1 Joseph Smith said: “All are to be crammed into one God, according to sectarianism. It would make the biggest God in all the world. He would be a wonderfully big God—he would be a giant or a monster.”2 Bruce McConkie added: “Three separate personages—Father, Son, and Holy Ghost—comprise the Godhead. As each of these persons is a God, it is evident, from this standpoint alone, that a plurality of Gods exist.”3 “There are three Gods—the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost…”4 Joseph Fielding Smith agreed: “I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods… I have it from God, and get over it if you can.”5 What the Bible says: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7) See also Genesis 1:26; 11:7, Isaiah 6:8, Matthew 28:19. Secret 2 Mormonism says God used to be a man on another planet: “God used to be a man on another planet…”6 What the Bible says: “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” (Psalm 90:2) Secret 3 Mormonism says that God the Father also had a father: “If Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and John discovered that God the Father of Jesus Christ had a Father, you may suppose that He had a Father also. Where was there ever a son without a father? And where was there ever a father without first being a son?”7 What the Bible says: “…before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” (Isaiah 43:10) Secret 4 Mormon doctrine says there are many Gods: Brigham Young taught that the number of Gods is uncountable.8 “…there is an infinite number of holy personages, drawn from worlds without number, who have passed on to exaltation and are thus gods.”9 “…you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves… the same as all Gods have done before you.”10 Joseph Smith said: “Hence, the doctrine of a plurality of Gods is as prominent in the Bible as any other doctrine. It is all over the face of the Bible. It stands beyond the power of controversy.11 “In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people it.”12 “If we should take a million of worlds like this and number their particles, we should find that there are more Gods than there are particles of matter in those worlds.”13 “The Gods who dwell in Heaven… have been redeemed from the grave in a world which existed before the foundations of this earth were laid… They were exalted also, from fallen men to Celestial Gods to inhabit their Heaven forever and ever.”14 “The celestial beings who dwell in the Heaven… having been filled with all the fulness of these eternal attributes, are called Gods, because the fulness of God dwells in each. Both the males and the females enjoy this fulness.”15 What the Bible says: “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22) See Deuteronomy 4:35; 6:4, Psalm 86:10, Isaiah 43:10-11; 44:6,8; 45:5-6,18,21; 46:9, Mark 12:29, 32, 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, 1 Timothy 2:5, 1 John 5:7. Secret 5 Mormons believe that men can become Gods: “As man is, God once was, as God is, man may become.”16 “…that man is the offspring of God… having within him the seeds of godhood and thus being a god in embryo…”17 “The Lord created you and me for the purpose of becoming Gods like Himself…We are created… to become Gods…”18 “…you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves…”19 “…man is the king of kings and the lord of lords in embryo.”20 “Each one of you has it within the realm of his possibility to develop a kingdom over which you will reside as its king and god.”21 “To know God, we must know ourselves. All the personal attributes which are ascribed to God… we find in ourselves… Mormonism does not tend to debase God to the level of man, but to exalt man to the perfection of God.”22 “Each command we obey sends us another rung up the ladder to perfected manhood and toward godhood; and every law disobeyed is a sliding toward the bottom where man merges into the brute world.”23 What the Bible says: “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” (Revelation 21:3) See also Revelation 20:6. Secret 6 Mormonism says we have to learn how to be Gods: “Here, then, is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings, and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power.”24 What the Bible says: Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6) Secret 7 Mormonism teaches that God was once a man: “We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will now refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see… he was once a man like us…”25 “Remember that God, our heavenly Father, was perhaps once a child, and mortal like we ourselves, and rose step by step in the scale of progress, in the school of advancement; has moved forward and overcome, until He has arrived at the point where He now is.”26 “Mormon prophets have continuously taught the sublime truth that God the Eternal Father was once a mortal man who passed through a school of earth life similar to that through which we are now passing. He became God—an exalted being—through obedience to the same eternal Gospel truths that we are given opportunity today to obey… Thus He grew in experience and continued to grow until He attained the status of Godhood. In other words, He became God by absolute obedience to all the eternal laws of the Gospel…”27 What the Bible says: “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” (Psalm 90:2) See also Habakkuk 1:12, Hebrews 13:8, Psalm 93:2, Revelation 1:8. Secret 8 Mormon doctrine says that God is an exalted man: “God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens… he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did; and I will show it from the Bible… The Scriptures say it, and I defy all the learning and wisdom and all the combined powers of earth and hell together to refute it.”28 “God himself, the Father of us all, is a glorified, exalted, immortal, resurrected Man!”29 “He is our Father—the Father of our spirits, and was once a man in mortal flesh as we are and is now an exalted Being.”30 “GOD IS AN EXALTED MAN… our Father in heaven at one time passed through a life and death and is an exalted man.”31 “What man is, God has been and what God is, man seeks to become.”32 “False creeds teach that God is a spirit essence that fills the immensity of space and is everywhere and nowhere in particular present… God the Father is a glorified and perfected Man, a Personage of flesh and bones…”33 What the Bible says: “…for I am God, and not man…” (Hosea 11:9) See 1 Samuel 15:29, Romans 1:22-23. Secret 9 Mormonism says a man became God by obeying Gospel truths: “Remember that God, our heavenly Father, was perhaps once a child, and mortal like we ourselves, and rose step by step in the scale of progress, in the school of advancement; has moved forward and overcome, until He has arrived at the point where He now is.”34 “Mormon prophets have continuously taught the sublime truth that God the Eternal Father was once a mortal man who passed through a school of earth life similar to that through which we are now passing. He became God—an exalted being—through obedience to the same eternal Gospel truths that we are given opportunity today to obey… Thus He grew in experience and continued to grow until He attained the status of Godhood… He became God by absolute obedience to all the eternal laws of the Gospel…”35 What the Bible says: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19) Secret 10 Mormonism teaches that men and women who become Gods will have children throughout eternity: “…the Gods were to be parents of spirit children just as our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother were the parents of the people of this earth.”36 “Mortal persons who overcome all things and gain an ultimate exaltation will live eternally in the family unit and have spirit children, thus becoming Eternal Fathers and Eternal Mothers… Godhood is not for men only; it is for men and women together.”37 “In the Heaven where our spirits were born, there are many Gods, each of whom has his own wife or wives… Each God, through his wife or wives, raises up a numerous family of sons and daughters… for each father and mother will be in a condition to multiply forever and ever. “As soon as each God has begotten many millions of male and female spirits, and his Heavenly inheritance becomes too small, to comfortably accommodate his great family, he, in connection with his sons, organizes a new world… where he sends both male and female spirits to inhabit tabernacles of flesh and bones… If the Father of these spirits… had secured to himself, through the everlasting covenant of marriage, many wives… the period required to people a world would be shorter… in proportion to the number of wives… if it required one hundred thousand million of years to people a world like this… it is evident that, with a hundred wives, this period would be reduced to only one thousand million years.”38 What the Bible says: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27) Secret 11 Mormonism says God lives on a planet near a star called Kolob: “And I saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of God… and the name of the great one is Kolob, because it is near unto me, for I am the Lord thy God…” And thus there shall be the reckoning of the time of one planet above another, until thou come nigh unto Kolob, which Kolob is after the reckoning of the Lord’s time; which Kolob is set nigh unto the throne of God…”39 What the Bible says: “…Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (Matthew 6:9) Secret 12 Mormonism teaches that God can only form and organize existing matter. He can’t create: “To create is to organize. It is an utterly false and uninspired notion to believe that the world or any other thing was created out of nothing…”40 “And then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth.”41 “In the beginning the head of the Gods brought forth the Gods… The head of the Gods called the Gods together. I want to show a little learning as well as other fools. The head God organized the heavens and the earth. I defy all the world to refute me. In the beginning the heads of the Gods organized the heavens and the earth.”42 What the Bible says: “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.” (Job 38:4) See Genesis 1:1, John 1:1,3,10, Psalm 148:5, Isaiah 42:5, Hebrews 11:3. Secret 13 Mormonism teaches that God did not have the power to create the spirit of man. “…I might with boldness proclaim from the house-tops that God never had the power to create the spirit of man at all. God himself could not create himself.”43 What the Bible says: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7) See also Genesis 1:27, 18:14, Job 42:2, Matthew 28:18. Secret 14 Mormonism teaches that there is both an Eternal Father and an Eternal Mother Deity in heaven: “Implicit in the Christian verity that all men are the spirit children of an Eternal Father is the usually unspoken truth that they are also the offspring of an Eternal Mother. An exalted and glorified Man of Holiness (Moses 6:57) could not be a Father unless a Woman of like glory, perfection, and holiness was associated with him as a Mother… This doctrine that there is a Mother in Heaven was affirmed in plainness by the First Presidency of the Church (Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund) when, in speaking of pre-existence and the origin of man, they said that ‘man, as a spirit, was begotten and born of heavenly parents, and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father,’ that man is the ‘offspring of celestial parentage,’ and that ‘all men and women are in the similitude of the universal Father and Mother, and are literally the sons and daughters of Deity.’”44 “…the Gods were to be parents of spirit children just as our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother were the parents of the people of this earth.”45 “I think the revelations which Jesus Christ gave through the Prophet Joseph Smith concerning motherhood are the greatest contribution the world has ever received on this subject; for it was, so far as I know, never taught before in the history of the world that not only have we a Father in Heaven but we have a Mother there also. No matter to what heights God has attained or may attain, He does not stand alone; for side by side with Him, in all Her glory, a glory like unto His, stands a companion, the Mother of His children. For as we have a Father in Heaven, so also we have a Mother there, a glorified, exalted, ennobled Mother.”46 What the Bible says: “…the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.” (Deuteronomy 4:39) The only reference to a female goddess in the Bible is in heathen, idolatrous worship. Secret 15 Mormon doctrine says God is imperfect and always changing: “God himself is increasing and progressing in knowledge, power, and dominion, and will do so, worlds without end.”47 “…the God that I serve is progressing eternally.”48 “We believe in a God who is Himself progressive…whose perfection consists in eternal advancement—a Being who has attained His exalted state by a path which now His children are permitted to follow… In spite of the opposition of the sects, in the face of direct charges of blasphemy, the Church proclaims the eternal truth: “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may be.”49 What the Bible says: “As for God, his way is perfect…” (Psalm 18:30) See also Malachi 3:6, Psalm 102:26-27. Secret 16 Mormonism says God and Jesus have bodies of flesh and bone: “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.”50 “False creeds teach that God is a spirit essence that fills the immensity of space and is everywhere and nowhere in particular present… God the Father is a glorified and perfected Man, a Personage of flesh and bones…”51 Brigham Young said, “If our Father and God should be disposed to walk through these aisles, we should not know Him from one of the congregation. You would see a man and that is all you would know about Him.”52 What the Bible says: “God is a Spirit…” (John 4:24) Secret 17 Mormon doctrine says God is NOT omnipresent: “False creeds teach that God is a Spirit essence that fills the immensity of space and is everywhere and nowhere in particular present.”53 “It has been said, therefore, that God is everywhere present; but this does not mean that the actual person of any one member of the Godhead can be physically present in more than one place at one time… His person cannot be in more than one place at any one time… It is impossible for Him to occupy at one time more than one space of such limits…”54 “Every one knows that it is absurd to believe in a personage being present in two places at once… there are things which are impossible with God… He could not place His body in Europe and America at the same time… Those who are called the wisest among the religious world have made it out, that the persons of the Father and Son can be in them and in every other place at the same instant of time. This is as gross an absurdity as it would be to say that three times three make ten…”55 What the Bible says: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20) See also Psalm 139:7-10, Proverbs 5:21; 15:3, Jeremiah 23:23-24. Secret 18 Mormonism teaches that God is married, and a polygamist: “We have now clearly shown that God the Father had a plurality of wives, one or more being in eternity… We have also proved that both God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ inherit their wives in eternity as well as in time…”56 “All men and women are in the similitude of the universal Father and Mother, and are literally the sons and daughters of Deity; as spirits they were the offspring of celestial parentage.”57 “…plural marriage is the patriarchal order of marriage lived by God and others who reign in the Celestial Kingdom.”58 What the Bible says: The Bible teaches that God is a Spirit—and Spirits don’t get married or have children. Secret 19 Mormon doctrine says God commanded Abraham to have his wife lie: “…the Lord said unto me… therefore see that ye do on this wise: Let her say unto the Egyptians, she is thy sister…”59 What the Bible says: “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him… a lying tongue…” (Proverbs 6:16-17) Secret 20 Mormonism teaches that Mary was God’s wife: Mormon doctrine claims that all human beings born on earth are the spirit children of Elohim and one of his wives.”60 At the appointed time, the god of Mormonism supposedly came to visit Mary, and they had a physical relationship and conceived the child Jesus.61 This would make the god of Mormonism guilty of committing incest with Mary because, according to some Mormon sources, she is his daughter. According to other Mormon sources, Mary is the wife of Elohim.62 Therefore, Mary would be guilty of committing incest with Joseph because he would be her spiritual son or stepson, depending on which mother-goddess he was born to. Either way, it is a horrible, ungodly mess. Mormon Apostle Orson Pratt taught: “The fleshly body of Jesus required a Mother as well as a Father. Therefore, the Father and Mother of Jesus, according to the flesh, must have been associated together in the capacity of Husband and Wife; hence the Virgin Mary must have been, for the time being, the lawful wife of God the Father:”63 What the Bible says: “But while he [Joseph] thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 1:20) JESUS CHRIST Secret 21 Mormons believe it’s wrong to worship Jesus Christ: “We worship the Father and him only and no one else. We do not worship the Son, and we do not worship the Holy Ghost.”64 What the Bible says: “…when he bringeth in the firstbegotten (Jesus Christ) into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.” (Hebrews 1:6) Secret 22 Mormonism teaches that Jesus Christ was NOT begotten by the Holy Ghost: “Now, remember from this time forth, and for ever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost.”65 “The birth of the Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood—was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers.”66 “Christ was begotten of God. He was not born without the aid of Man, and that Man was God!”67 “They tell us the Book of Mormon states that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost. I challenge the statement. The Book of Mormon teaches no such thing! Neither does the Bible.”68 In this last quote, Joseph Fielding Smith insists that the Book of Mormon does NOT state that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost. Read it for yourself and decide: “… she [Mary] being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.”69 What the Bible says: “…When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 1:18) “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23) Secret 23 Mormon doctrine says Christ does not live in your heart: “…the idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion, and is false.”70 What the Bible says: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith…” (Ephesians 3:17) Secret 24 Mormonism teaches that Jesus had to be baptized to gain admission to the celestial kingdom: “1. He humbled himself before the Father; 2. He covenanted to be obedient and keep the Father’s commandments; 3. He had to be baptized to gain admission to the celestial kingdom; and 4. He set an example for all men to follow.”71 What the Bible says: Jesus Christ, as part of the Trinity, created heaven. To say He had to be baptized to gain admittance is to strip Him of His deity. “For by him (Jesus Christ) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” (Colossians 1:16) Secret 25 Mormonism teaches that after Jesus’ resurrection, He visited the people of the Americas: “…there were a great multitude gathered together, of the people of Nephi, round about the temple which was in the land Bountiful [somewhere in the Americas]; And… they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven… And… it said unto them: Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased… “And… they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them… And… he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying: Behold, I am Jesus Christ… And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the whole multitude fell to the earth; for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should show himself unto them after his ascension into heaven.”72 What the Bible says: The Bible says absolutely nothing about this. Secret 26 Mormon doctrine says God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are three separate and distinct personages: “Three glorified, exalted, and perfected personages comprise the Godhead or supreme presidency of the universe… They are: God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy Ghost… each God in the Godhead is a personage, separate and distinct from each of the others… Each occupies space and is and can be in but one place at one time…”73 “Everlasting covenant was made between three personages before the organization of this earth, and relates to their dispensation of things to men on the earth…”74 What the Bible says: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7) Secret 27 Mormonism says Jesus was born in Jerusalem: “And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem…”75 What the Bible says: “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea…” (Matthew 2:1) See also Micah 5:2, Luke 2:4. Secret 28 Early Mormon leaders taught that Jesus was conceived when God the Father had literal sex with Mary: “…how are children begotten? I answer just as Jesus Christ was begotten of his father…We must come down to the simple fact that God Almighty was the Father of His Son Jesus Christ. Mary, the virgin girl, who had never known mortal man, was his mother. God by her begot His son Jesus Christ…”76 Brigham Young declared: When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost.”77 Apostle Orson Pratt adds: “The fleshly body of Jesus required a Mother as well as a Father. Therefore, the Father and Mother of Jesus, according to the flesh, must have been associated in the capacity of husband and wife; hence the Virgin Mary must have been, for the time being, the lawful wife of God the Father… “He had a lawful right to overshadow the Virgin Mary IN THE CAPACITY OF A HUSBAND, and beget a Son… “Whether God the Father gave Mary to Joseph for time only, or for time and eternity, we are not informed. It may be that He only gave her to be the wife of Joseph while in this mortal state, and that He intended after the resurrection to again take her as one of his own wives to raise up immortal spirits in eternity.”78 “He created man, as we create our children; for there is no other process of creation…”79 What the Bible says: “…a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) See also Matthew 1:18, 23, Luke 1:26-35. Secret 29 Mormon doctrine says that Jesus was married: From the Journal of Discourses we read: “…Jesus Christ was married at Cana of Galilee…”80 “…some of the Eastern papers represent me as a great blasphemer, because I said, in my lecture on Marriage, at our last Conference, that Jesus Christ was married at Cana of Galilee, that Mary, Martha, and others were his wives, and that he begat children.”81 “…there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and… no less a person than Jesus Christ was married on that occasion. If he was never married, his intimacy with Mary and Martha, and the other Mary also whom Jesus loved, must have been highly unbecoming and improper to say the best of it.”82 “…Jesus was the bridegroom at the marriage of Cana of Galilee, and he told them what to do… We say it was Jesus Christ who was married, to be brought into the relation whereby he could see his seed, before he was crucified.”83 While such notions were taught openly during the presidencies of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, the current membership is cautioned not to throw such spiritual pearls before scoffing swine.84 What the Bible says: Jesus was invited to the wedding (John 2:2). People are not invited to their own

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