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Was Mormonism’s “Prophet” Misrepresented?

A previously published article on this website entitled, Is the Mormon Church the Restored Church? respectfully contended that it is not. One aspect of that piece dealt with the Mormon claim that Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the cult, was a “prophet” of God.

We noted that Mormon writers argue that:

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has its foundation in the revelations he [Joseph Smith] received, the sacred truths he taught, and the authority of the Priesthood restored through him” (Joseph Smith Tells His Own Story, Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, n.d., p. 24).

If, therefore, the “prophecies” of Smith were not fulfilled, then the Mormon religion was constructed upon a faulty foundation, and thus is not a system approved by God.

In this connection we introduced three “prophecies” from the Mormon “seer” for testing.

  1. Smith prophesied that the civil war conflict between the northern and southern states would become so intense that “war shall be poured out upon all nations” (Doctrine & Covenants 87:1-3). It wasn’t!