Category: Joseph Smith

Was Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet, a complete fraud and licentious criminal, a brilliant but uninspired leader, or the real thing?

  1. Do Mormons Believe Prophets Are Perfect?

    There are some who, in an attempt to tear down the LDS Church, point to the shortcomings and faults of those who manage the Church, particularly the prophets and apostles. Their reasoning seems to be that the true church of … Continue reading

  2. Did View of The Hebrews Inspire The Book of Mormon?

    One of the older criticisms of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith is that the Book of Mormon was plagiarized, or at least inspired, by the 1825 book View of the Hebrews by Ethan Smith…hey, they’ve even both got … Continue reading

  3. “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

  4. Occam’s Razor And The Joseph Smith Story

    There’s an interesting story in the Deseret News entitled A simple explanation works best for the Restoration. I’ve included the first bit here, but read it in its entirety and let me know what you think. We left off last … 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. Joseph Smith – A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

    Many have interpreted Matthew 7:15 which read “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” as applying to Joseph Smith, the alleged “prophet” of the Mormons. This scripture is often coupled … Continue reading

  8. If Joseph Smith was a fraud where did the Book of Mormon come from?

    Critics say the Book of Mormon is not the word of God, that it is a fraud and false. So then what is your explanation for the existence of the book? It must have come from somewhere. Joseph Smith had … Continue reading

  9. Joseph Smith’s Fulfilled Prophecies

    Prophet prophesy, right? So if Joseph Smith were a real prophet, couldn’t we verify that by looking at his prophecies and seeing if they came true. Well yes, you can. However, far be it from me to do the research … Continue reading

  10. Joseph Smith’s False Prophecies

    Q: There are the many false prophecies of Joseph Smith. A: Which prophecies of Joseph Smith are you referring to as false? I can argue specifics but not general statements. Q: Joseph Smith said “that the Book of Mormon was … Continue reading