Bear with me on this one.
Mormonism started in the 1820’s from a man named Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith basically said he received revelation from God and many others. When he was 14, God and Jesus came to him saying all denominations went away from the true faith. When he was 17, an angel named Moroni came to him and told him the location of two golden plates, which apparently consisted of Native American Christian tribes. These golden plates are said to be written by Ether, Mormon, Nephi and Lehi, who are Native American authors. There was also a brass plate that had Hebrew scripture quotations and genealogies written by Laban. Smith was told he could only go to the site of the golden plates at each Autumn Equinox for 4 years until 1827. He then was able to remove the plates and translate them. He also obtained special stones to help translate these plates called the “Urim and Thummim.”
Apparently after the Book of Lehi was written. A scribe to Smith took it home to show his wife but then she lost it. It is thought that she was a sceptic and she wished to expose Smith by showing differences in the original and the translation. How did Smith respond? By saying God took away the stones because the translation was lost. He then translated the Book of Nephi which talked about the appearance of Jesus Christ in America after his death and resurrection in Jerusalem. Later on John the Baptist, Peter and Paul apparently visited him and another scribe later on. The Book of Mormon was published and thus Mormonism was born.
I want to start off by saying that this religion is different in many ways from Christianity. I will say and will proclaim that this is a dangerous false doctrine and knowing the truth and defense against this is vital. Lets dissect this, shall we?
Mormons canon consists of four books: the Bible, Book of Mormon, the Book of Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price(Articles of Faith 1:8). I know what your thinking. I know you have tons of questions. I do too. I am writing this out of truth and love to reach to those who are lost. I am writing this to equip those with truth and better understanding to see the false teachings of this world. Since we know that the Bible is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness(2 Timothy 3:16). So if Mormonism has a great emphasis on the Bible and other books cant we compare them all to see if they match up with the Bible? Well of course, that’s what we are about to do. I will lay out some beliefs of the Mormon church and see how well they compare to the Bible.