What the LDS (Latter Day Saints)
Teach About God and His Being
Copyright©2019 by Daniel B. Sedory
The LDS (Latter Day Saints) church teaches there are at least three Gods which mankind should know about (not the one true God of Scripture)! The following is a copy of page 370 of the Scriptural Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (or TPJS); edited by Joseph Fielding Smith (first published in 1938):
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Joseph Smith clearly understood that Scripture teaches there is only one God; he even copied the idea into his Book of Mormon. (Even today, on a preface page to the BoM, the section titled "Testimony of Three Witnesses" ends with these words: “And the honor be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God. Amen.”) That's why he had to figure out ways to make exceptions for his teaching that there are many Gods! Here on page 372, you'll see he very clearly taught there were many Gods:
You can see in note #8 above that it was far more than just some vague "many men (who) say" there is only one God: It was even Joseph Smith himself who had stated this many times (for example, in Doctrine and Covenants, Section 20 A 'Revelation on Church Government, given through Joseph the Prophet, April, 1830' "28. Which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God, infinite and eternal, without end. Amen." (D&C 20:28). That page also gives many other references in the Book of Mormon saying there is only one God). So here's the Prophet Smith contradicting both himself and his 'revelations' by these other teachings! Why? Because just like Eve in the Garden of Eden, he couldn't resist being led by the devil to twist and add to his teachings that same sinful idea that men could become like God! So, obviously, there had to be more than just one God. And not only that men can become like God, but that God was also once a man! Here's what Smith said about God on page 345:
The following is from page 37 of The Seer, Volumes 1-2; (edited by Orson Pratt, 1853):
The reference above can be found here: The Seer, Volumes 1-2; edited by Orson Pratt.
First Posted on: July 8, 2019 (2019.07.08);
Revised on: July 11, 2019 (2019.07.11).
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