The truth about the church of latter day saints
The Standard of Truth: 1815–1846 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsIn 1820, a young farm boy in search of truth has a vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ. Three years later, an angel guides him to an ancient record buried in a hill near his home. With God’s help, he translates the record and organizes the Savior’s church in the latter days. Soon others join him, accepting the invitation to become Saints through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
But opposition and violence follow those who defy old traditions to embrace restored truths. The women and men who join the church must choose whether or not they will stay true to their covenants, establish Zion, and proclaim the gospel to a troubled world.
The Standard of Truth is the first book in Saints, a new, four-volume narrative history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Fast-paced, meticulously researched, Saints recounts true stories of Latter-day Saints across the globe and answers the Lord’s call to write history “for the good of the church, and for the rising generations” (Doctrine and Covenants 69:8).
Treasuring All Truth
The term Mormon, often used to refer to members of this church, comes from the Book of Mormon , which was published by Smith in ; use of the term is discouraged by the church. Now an international movement, the beliefs of the church are characterized by a unique understanding of the Godhead, emphasis on family life, belief in continuing revelation , desire for order, respect for authority, and missionary work. Its members obey strict prohibitions on alcohol , tobacco , coffee , and tea and promote education and a vigorous work ethic. Another Mormon denomination, the Community of Christ until the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints , is headquartered in Independence, Missouri, and had a membership of approximately , in the early 21st century. In western New York state in , Joseph Smith had a vision in which an angel named Moroni told him about engraved golden plates buried in a nearby hill. According to Smith, he received subsequent instruction from Moroni and, four years later, excavated the plates and translated them into English. The resultant Book of Mormon —so called after an ancient American prophet who, according to Smith, had compiled the text recorded on the plates—recounts the history of a family of Israelites that migrated to America centuries before Jesus Christ and were taught by prophets similar to those in the Old Testament.
It is also one of the richest. Its members are known for their zeal in converting others. Mormon youth are expected to give two years of service as missionaries. They are supported by their own families while doing this. The founder was a young man named Joseph Smith. He claimed two angels appeared to him when he was fourteen years old.
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He was either a Prophet of God, divinely called, properly appointed and commissioned or he was one of the biggest frauds this world has ever seen. There is no middle ground. If Joseph was a deceiver, who willfully attempted to mislead people, then he should be exposed, his claims should be refuted, and his doctrines shown to be false When one reads the above statement, an investigation - through a study of the pertinent documentation - is called for. Historically, the Mormon story is a young one and for that reason alone is relatively easy to investigate. He said that they told him that all churches were wrong and were an abomination to God and that he should not join any of them. He said that when he told his community about God's visit, that it initiated his fierce persecution.
Can you imagine going to the dermatologist with a bad case of acne and being told the treatment will be to drain some of your blood? Back then, withdrawing a sizable amount of blood was considered standard treatment for almost any medical condition, including indigestion, insanity, and even acne. Nobody questioned that. Why should they have? After all, bloodletting had been used for thousands of years by many different cultures. When bloodletting was finally examined more closely, doctors stopped using it for all but a few specific medical conditions.
Though we do not all agree on what truth is or where to find it, the search for it cannot be avoided. But today truth seems to have fallen on hard times. We live in what many are calling a post-truth age. People seek answers that only confirm their existing biases. Partisans in ideological combat pursue victory over truth. Our reasoning faculties would forever spin.