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Is Mormonism Christian? Unmasking the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Dr . Tal Davis Email : josephtaldavis @ gmail.com MarketFaith Ministries www.marketfaith.org. LDS World Church Statistics. Total Membership (2012) 14,782,473 Converts Baptized (2012) 2 72,330.

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Is Mormonism Christian? Unmasking the Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day Saints

Dr. Tal Davis

Email:

josephtaldavis@ gmail.com

MarketFaith Ministries

www.marketfaith.org

lds world church statistics
LDS World Church Statistics
  • Total Membership (2012) 14,782,473
  • Converts Baptized (2012) 272,330
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LDS World Church Statistics
  • Congregations: (2012) 29,014
lds world church statistics2
LDS World Church Statistics
  • Full-time Missionaries (2012): 58,990 Missions: 347
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LDS World Church Statistics

Temples

(2012): 141

church statistics 2012
Church Statistics (2012)

United States:

Members: 6,321,416 Congregations: 13,742Temples: 68

Missions: 103

joseph smith jr
Joseph Smith, Jr.

Born December 23, 1805

Grew Up In Palmyra, NY

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1823-

Sept. 21- Joseph’s “Second Vision” of Angel Moroni

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1823-Sept 23- Joseph shown Golden Plates at Hill Cumorah

1827- Sept. 22- Smith obtained plates & began translation of The Book of Mormon

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June 1829- Book of Mormon translation completed
  • March 1830-First edition published in Palmyra NY
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1831- Mormons migrated to Kirtland, Ohio & Independence, Missouri

1838-“Mormon War” in Missouri

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1846-47-
  • Brigham Young leads westward trek to Utah
  • Founded settlement in Salt Lake City, Utah
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Sept. 1890- Pres. Wilford Woodruff proclaimed “Manifesto” suspending Plural Marriage

  • 1978- Pres. Spencer W. Kimball announced revelation allowing black males to receive LDS priesthoods
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The Four Standard Works

  • King James Bible
    • “As far as it is translated correctly”
the book of mormon
The Book Of Mormon
  • Claims to be “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”
  • Smith claimed to translate from golden plates in “Reformed Egyptian”
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Two Additional Mormon Scriptures

  • The Doctrine and Covenants
  • The Pearl of Great Price
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President Thomas S. Monson

  • Living Prophet, Seer, and Revelator.
lds beliefs about god
LDS Beliefs About God
  • An exalted man of flesh and bone
  • Has a physical body
  • Has a wife (or wives)
  • Heavenly Father did not create world from nothing but organized earth out of pre-existent matter
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There Are Countless Other Gods In The Universe

  • Our Heavenly Father Has A Father, Grandfather, etc.
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LDS Beliefs about God
  • Men may become gods
  • Men are “Gods in embryo”
  • Women May Become wives Of Gods
beliefs about the holy ghost
Beliefs about the Holy Ghost

“The Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.” [Doctrine and Covenants 130:22]

lds beliefs about jesus
LDS Beliefs about Jesus
  • “Jehovah” in the Pre-mortal Estate
  • The “Firstborn Son of God”
  • “Only-begotten” in the flesh
the mormon plan of salvation unconditional or general redemption
The Mormon Plan of SalvationUnconditional or “General” Redemption
  • Jesus “Atoned” for Adam’s “Necessary Fall” in Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross
  • Jesus raised from the dead to restore immortality lost in the fall for all humanity
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4. Laying On Of Hands by a Member of the Melchizedek Priesthood in Order to Receive the Holy Ghost
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8. Temple Works

(Baptism and ordinances

for the dead)

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Life After Death

  • Paradise for baptized Mormons
  • Spirit Prison for all others where missionaries preach Mormon gospel
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Three Kingdoms Of Glory

1. Celestial Kingdom

(Worthy Mormons)

2. Terrestrial Kingdom

(Honorable people)

3. Telestial Kingdom

(The ungodly, wicked,

and filthy)

Perdition (Hell) (For Satan,

his angels and apostates)

basic principles for witnessing to mormons
Basic Principles for Witnessing to Mormons

1. Have a clear understanding of authentic Christian beliefs

2. Understand Mormon beliefs

3. Define all terms clearly

4. Give a clear testimony of your faith in Christ

5. Focus on salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone

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6. Warn the Mormon about trusting in feelings

7. Read all Bible verses in context

8. Focus on basic doctrines

9. Share the plan of salvation

10. Pray and trust the Holy Spirit