Category: Ask Me Questions

If you’re ready to ask a question, comment on the post “Ask a Mormon Anything” below. The purpose of this section is to solicit questions from you, and answer them. Granted, I may not be able to answer your questions to your satisfaction, or in a timely manner, or at all (I do have a day job, after all), but I’ll do my best.

Below are posts answering past questions asked of me.

  1. “And there shall rise up one mighty among them…”

    This question was recently put to me by a reader DMT on this website: In 2 Nephi 3:24 it reads: “And there shall rise up one mighty among them”.. The Book of Mormon today has in the footnote for this … Continue reading

  2. Did Joseph Smith drink wine the day he died? If so, how can he go to Heaven?

    As asked in a comment thread on this blog… Q: “I find it interesting that the day before he was killed that Joseph Smith drank wine and don’t Mormons have to be temple worthy to worship in the temple and … Continue reading

  3. What’s with Satan and the fruit in the Garden of Eden?

    In response to a question asked in the “Ask a Mormon Anything” section. Q: Mormons think the fall was necessary to bring about God’s plan, so why would Satan encourage the fall? Wouldn’t that be helping to bring about God’s … Continue reading

  4. Mormons and Isaiah 44:6

    As asked in the “Ask Me Questions” portion of this website: Q: How do Mormons explain Isaiah 44:6? This verse says that God does not even know of another god. Now if Mormons believe that God the Father is married … Continue reading

  5. Do Mormons Worship Joseph Smith?

    In responding to comments on another post I did quite a bit of research on the question of whether Mormons worship Joseph Smith, so I thought it was worthy of it’s own post. The question seems to arise due to … Continue reading

  6. Do Mormons Believe No One Can Enter Heaven Without Joseph Smith’s Consent?

    This question is sparked in response to a statement from Church President Brigham Young, who said “that no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith. From … Continue reading

  7. Does Mormonism Pass “The Test”?

    A commenter on this blog recently gave me the following set of questions as a “test” I could use to escape deception. I thought it might be interesting to see how the LDS Church performs on this test. (1) Does … Continue reading

  8. Does DNA evidence disprove the Book of Mormon?

    I’m not sure how such a post has never made it on to the website, given the name of the website, but better late than never, I suppose. There are quite extensive posts on this elsewhere, although I think the … Continue reading

  9. How do Mormons interpret Isaiah 43:10?

    Isaiah 43:10 says “Before me there was no God formed; neither shall there be after me.” This scripture is commonly used to “trick up” Mormons who claim that we humans are children of God, destined to become Gods like him. … Continue reading

  10. Do Mormons See Other Christians as Non-Believers?

    Q: If Mormons think they belong to the one and only true church of Jesus Christ, then does that mean they see the members of all other faiths as non-believers? After all, read this stuff from your own scriptures and … Continue reading

  11. Do Mormons believe Jesus, and only Jesus, can save them?

    I don’t know much about Billy Graham. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but if I can assume that this article is referring to Mormonism, then he has some facts wrong about what Mormons believe. In the article he answers … Continue reading

  12. Do Mormons believe the Bible is complete?

    If you ask a Mormon if the Bible contains all the words Jesus or the apostles ever taught, then the short answer is “no.” Now, if you ask whether the Bible is complete, well, that’s a bit harder to answer … Continue reading

  13. Why are Mormons so secretive about what goes on in their temples?

    Some religions call their normal meetinghouses “temples”. For Mormons, temples are quite different than the church buildings we meet in each Sunday. At the church we have Sunday School, learn about the gospel, have opportunities to serve in various “callings” … Continue reading

  14. Why do Mormons erroneously believe Lucifer is Satan?

    The argument goes something like this: The word “Lucifer” in Isaiah 14:12 presents a minor problem to mainstream Christianity. It becomes a much larger problem to Bible literalists, and becomes a huge obstacle for the claims of Mormonism…The first problem … Continue reading

  15. How could God have been a man and have created everything?

    For those of you who aren’t sure what the question is referring to, here’s the expanded version: Q: Mormons believe that God used to be a man, like us, and that we can become gods, like God. But this doesn’t … Continue reading

  16. Does the Bible teach there is no such thing as eternal marriage like the Mormons practice?

    As posted in a comment here on this blog, “The Mormon Church teaches that when people are married in the temple they are married for eternity but the Bible teaches otherwise as seen by the words of Jesus Himself.” The … Continue reading

  17. Do Mormon believe in many Gods?

    From questions by Ann Mere in comments on Sep 7th, 2010. “Are there many gods? Are gods more holier than each other?” This question requires some explanation beyond a simple “yes” or “no” answer, because both answers are correct and … Continue reading

  18. Do Mormons believe God changes?

    Note: Much of what I’ve put here was inspired by the content at FAIRMormon.org on the matter of God changing/not changing. This is a branch off of a question asked in the comments of another post, and also a widely … Continue reading

  19. Do I Really Believe? And if So, Why?

    A friend of mine left the LDS Church a few years ago. He’s not an anti-Mormon, or even a motivated “ex-Mormon”. Maybe you could say that he’s Mormon the same way Jerry Seinfeld’s character on his TV show was Jewish. … Continue reading

  20. Why Do Mormons Use the King James Version of the Bible Instead of the Joseph Smith Translation?

    That’s a darn good question. For those of you who don’t know, “A revision or translation of the King James Version of the Bible begun by the Prophet Joseph Smith in June 1830. He was divinely commissioned to make the … Continue reading

  21. David Eccles Hardy – Letter to Elder Boyd K. Packer on Mormon Homosexuals

    Question: Do you think Bruce Hafens, treating different, and less than with shunning, or high voltage electro shock Mormon aversion therapy would have best solved the following situation? Dear Elder Packer: Although we have met briefly before, it is through … Continue reading

  22. Egyptians, Horses, and Rocks in Hats

    Question: Joshua, I would appreciate the name of just one secular encyclopediaa and page which provides supporting information that: 1. “Reformed Egyptian” was really an ancient language. 2. “Domesticated” horses existed in the America’s prior to Columbus. 3. That ancient … Continue reading

  23. The Hypocrisy of Mormons in Opposing Gay Marriage

    Question: Joshua, How is it possible for you to support your church with it going against its own scripture? “We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another … Continue reading

  24. How did Joseph Smith carry home the golden plates of the Book of Mormon, and how did the witnesses lift them so easily?

    The full question asked as part of many anti-Mormon pamphlets is: How did Joseph Smith carry home the golden plates of the Book of Mormon, and how did the witnesses lift them so easily? (They weighed about 230 lbs. Gold, … Continue reading

  25. “Difficult” Questions for Mormons

    To kick off this section, I figure I’ll try and answer some of the questions out there. This page comes up first in Google for “questions for Mormons” and claims to contain “Difficult Questions for Mormons” so let’s see how … Continue reading

  26. Ask a Mormon Anything

    I figure since I’ve got a question where I ask anti-Mormons and others to answer my questions, it’s only fair that I have a section where I take questions. Actually, it’s my blog and I can do what I want … Continue reading