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Witnessing to Mormons

Lesson 5

Occult Influences in Mormonism/Temple Ceremony excerpts

Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:10-11 "Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead."

Occult Influence

Many uninformed mormons will say that there is no occultic influence in mormonism. When in actuality, Joseph Smith JR practiced astrology, seering(putting a crystal ball in a hat) and in fact the Book of Mormon as stated earlier was "translated" in a similiar way. The "revelations" in the Doctrine and Covenants, were recieved by a occultic way, through spiritism. Actually Joseph Smith used astrology so much that he had a magic dagger inscribed with Mars, the ruling planet of Joseph Smith as Dr. Michael Quinn(now excommunicated becuase of his research) discovered in his book, Early Mormonism. Many religions rely on the fact that we humans are on earth to be "schooled" on how to attain some other glory or knowledge, the same way mormons do. Mediumistic teaching is endorsed in later mormonism as well. Previous prophet/president of the LDS church taught "It is the destiny of men to come to this earth and travel a journey of indeterminate length... We understood also that after a period varying from seconds to decades of mortal life we would die, our bodies would go back to mother earth from which they had been created, our spirits would go to the spirit world, where we would further train forf out eternal destiny. After a period, there would be a resurrection or a reunion of the body and the spirit, which would render us immortal and make possible our futher climb toward perfection and godhood." (Kimball Miracle pg 1-5) Mediums claim to talk to dead people, the bible clearly states and renders this a sin. Talking to spirits and the dead is encouraged in Mormonism, why should it be wrong to talk to a god? This type of mind set will bring forth all sorts of twitch’s and snarls if one is not carefull. The 4th mormon prophet/president Wilford Woodruff in Journal of Discourses 21:317-18 states in 1880: "After the death of Joseph Smith I saw and conversed with him many times in my dreams in the night season... I have had many interviews with brother Joseph until the last 15 or 20 years of my life... I had many interviews with President(Brigham) Young, and with Herbert C. Kimball, and Geo A. Smith, and Jedediah M. Grant, and many others who are dead. They attended our conference, they attended our meetings." The bible teaches that when we die we are judged, thus we go to only one place or the other, Heaven or Hell and we can not communicate to people on earth no matter how much we would want to. This type of practice is condemned in scripture. No one can deny that the Mormon church deliberately seeks to be know as a christian religion. This is why they so desperatley changed the commericals on T.V. from offering the Book of Mormon to the Holy Bible. A salesman would call this "bait and switch". Mormon leaders when they are challenged and it is said that the LDS church is not christian respond like Jack Weyland a mission stake president "And every time it happens I’m astonished, I usually respond by saying ’but the name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints."

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