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I came here to attempt to clear up misconceptions regarding the Book of Mormon. It appears there is no need because most on this blog have all the answers! Wow! Now THAT'S incredible!
Good luck to all - I think I'll sit out for awhile.


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When I began to read the Book of Mormon I did so with pure intent. I wasn't looking for things to declare it false, I read it to determine it's message. I know that there are some things that have not yet been proven but that certainly doesn't mean they won't be in the future. I know without any doubt that it is what it claims to be and there isn't anything that will cause me to believe differently. I believe the Bible to be the Word of God and I believe the Book of Mormon is as well. I appreciate the fact that you all think we Mormons are misguided but I assure you that we are not. We are happy in the knowledge that we have been given and in our faith.


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Kath - I understand the point you are trying to make but I still believe that these particular scriptures (POGP) are indeed an actual lesson on the stars.

I have been to thousands of Sacrament, Sunday school and various other meetings and can say with all honesty that I have never heard Kolob mentioned. It really isn't a big deal.


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Scott-

You asked about Gen 3:5 when Satan told Eve that she would become like God, knowing good and evil. In Gen 3:22 God says, "man has become one of us, to know good and evil..." I said that it looks as if Satan tempted Eve with the truth. You didn't say anything about Gen 3:4 - the one which Satan tells her she won't die. Of course this was a lie - I'm not saying it isn't!

I haven't refused to answer any of your questions. I DON'T believe that those scripture are contradictory to the Bible. Our joy is the knowledge that we will conquer death through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I apologize that my simplistic view offends you.


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Scott-

1. There are many scriptures throughout the Bible which reference the existence of other gods: Exo 15:11, Deut 10:17, Josh 22:22, 2 Chron 2:5, Psalma 82:1, Psalms 86:8 (to name a few). Mormons worship only ONE God - the same that you do. Paul drives the point home in I Cor 8:5-6.

The LDS understanding of where we came from, why we're here and where we're going is obviously different from yours, but it is biblically supported.


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Scott -

I didn't see the words "bad" or "good" used in any of those scriptures you listed. My personal opinion is that death just is. I don't think it's either good or bad - it's just what has to occur. Again, that's my opinion. As for the occurance in the Garden of Eden - I don't agree that Satan lied to Eve in Gen 3:5...continue to Gen 3:22 - it appears he tempted Eve with the truth in this case.


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The scripture quoted by Kath is correct. I don't see where it claims that Kolob is the birthplace of Jesus. I also admit that I miss the point (assuming there is one) regarding the comparison to the scripture in Exodus.

Pierre - Mormons do not believe the Bible is superior to the Bible, though we do believe it is more correctly translated. A friend and I once compared scriptures on three different translations of the Bible - while many were essentially the same, there were PLENTY that carried completely different meanings! Try it sometime and see for yourself.


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StrongAxe - thank you for your thoughtful response. I don't believe that anything has been "proven" wrong in the Book of Mormon. I know that there are many who claim to prove it wrong but unlike most on these blogs, I have read the responses to those claims and they are certainly reasonable. Many choose not to examine the other side - either out of fear or hostility. I have no problem with allowing others to believe as they wish - my problem is with the distortions and lies made regarding my own. I'm tired of reading how "nice" Mormons are but "they are so misguided." We are not idiots or wayward children. We study the scriptures and yes, we pray for answers.


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Scott - you asked for an explanation - I pointed out the difference between "in" and "at". You don't have to agree. The Bible is a compilation of books by different authors - as is the Book of Mormon. There is no place in the Bible that declares itself "complete." Please don't bother quoting the scripture in Revelation -that admonition was for THAT book - the Bible hadn't been compiled at that point and many books were written after it. Many gospels were not included by the Nicean Council in the Bible. The message in the Book of Mormon is witnessing of Jesus Christ - no amount of nitpicking can change that message.


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Scott - to answer your question regarding 2 Nephi and Corinthians (my first post didn't make it)
Romans 5:12 - Wherefore as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin, and so death passes upon all men, for that all have sinned.
I Cor 15:26 - The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
2 Nephi 22-25 - And now, behold, if Adam had not regressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the Garden of Eden....Adam fell that men might be,and men are, that they might have joy.

I honestly don't see the issue here. We believe that death will be conquered by the gift of immortality given us by Jesus Christ...death will be conquered.


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For Candace and others who enjoy throwing the word "cult" around as a means to belittle those who don't believe as they do...

Webster's Dictionary definition of a cult -
"a system of religious worship, or rites and ceremonies."

It certainly sounds that by definition, Christianity is considered a "cult".
To say that we do not "line up with the Word of God" is absolutely incorrect. The FACT is that we take the Word of God more literally than any other religion out there...including the FACT that God will reveal his secrets through prophets. (Amos 3:7)


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The TRUTH about Kolob (again). Mormons have additional scriptures through modern revelation. The Pearl of Great Price is one of those books. In it there is a book of Abraham. In that book Abraham is essentially given an astronomy lesson. He is told that the greatest star is called "Kolob" and that it is nearest to God. We DO NOT believe that Kolob is the birthplace of Jesus or that it is the planet where our God lives or that we came from there - that's just another tactic of those who like to distort the truth. The existence of the STAR, Kolob is not really significant to any of our beliefs!


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Scott -

1. Alma 7:10 actually reads:
And behold, he shall be born AT Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.

AT = a vicinity. I'm certain that Joseph Smith read his Bible - he knew the Bible says Jesus was born in Bethlehem - I think he translated it as it was written.


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2. Alma 42:9 reads:
Thereford, as the soul could never die, and the fall had brought upon mankind a spiritual death as well as a temporal, that is, they were cut off from the presence of the Lord, it was expedient that mankind should be reclaimed from this spiritual death.

My thought is that the scriptures you site are referring to the spiritual death of a soul.



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