Most Christian humans unschooled in Mormon doctrinal history, who are presently being taught LDS doctrine by means of the entire-time Mormon missionaries (the ones fifty eight,000 some-unusual young males and females who wear suits and ties and modest dresses, Idaho Counselor with badges identifying them as elders and sisters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and by using the thousands and thousands of older component-time ladies and men referred to as ward missionaries, don’t realize what went on inside the Salt Lake Utah Valley from 1851 to around 1900; that is, the non secular subculture of the Mormon human beings, the god that they worshiped, and the targeted theology surrounding that worship. To be perfectly honest, some of those full-time and ward missionaries ignorantly have no idea about correct Mormon records. The converting doctrines hooked up via the first founding prophet of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith, from 1830 to 1844, were declared via Smith to be persevering with revelations from his god, and therefore were rendered by him as cannon scripture (the mind, will, and voice of the Mormon lord). You see, after Joseph Smith become lynched and killed by means of his detractors in Carthage, Illinois in 1844, Brigham Young, the second one prophet, seer, and revelator of the Mormon Church, led the primary factor of the multi-splintered LDS Church from Nauvoo, Illinois west to the Salt Lake Valley so that it will practice, in digital isolation, the faith given to them via Joseph Smith. Yet, Young took with him, from Nauvoo, thousands of former Christians who had come from everywhere in the global to observe what they idea had been the commandments of Jesus Christ.
This essay is worried with, and targeted on, the number one theological doctrine practiced by means of the rank-and-file Mormon humans, which, in its authentic shape, was concocted, and verbally rendered, by using Joseph Smith earlier than his dying; and which turned into improved by Brigham Young right into a formal written cannon doctrine that changed into located, in 1877, as a liturgy into the Mormon temple rite inside the St. George Mormon Temple. The trouble that arose at the appearance of the 20th Century, some 23 years after the loss of life of Brigham Young, became that this precious Mormon doctrine turned into totally unchristian in theology and, consequently, a detriment to the false pretensions of the Mormon Church before the American Christian world that Mormonism became a Christian faith. This was all through the time that Utah became being considered for annexation as a U.S. Kingdom. You see, all the 20th Century Mormon prophets, seers, and revelators, who have comprised the First Presidency (the presiding Mormon prophet and his apostle counselors) and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the second ruling frame of Mormon General Authorities), have denied, and currently deny, that Brigham Young, as a presiding prophet of the Mormon Church for nearly 32 years, proclaimed, as the Adam-God Doctrine, that Adam, of the Garden of Eden, and Eve, his wife, have been the heavenly father-god and the mother-goddess that procreated the spirits of all the males and females who had been born, are being born, and could be born into mortality. Moreover, one of the twentieth Century’s presiding prophets, and presidents of the LDS Church, Spencer W. Kimball, known as the person who concocted the Adam-God Doctrine a heretic and, greater or less, damned him (Brigham Young) to perdition in considered one of his LDS General Conference addresses in 1984. Nonetheless, since the 12 months 1995 the Internet has opened-up a digital library of nineteenth Century Mormon doctrinal history to the arena, which become deliberately hidden through the Mormon Church from the eyes of the Christian world for the extra part of the twentieth Century.
Most non-fiction books written through authors are meant to, either, extol, define, or denigrate certain thoughts and cultures, and the people who encouraged or adverse them. Biographies are written to explain the facts surrounding peoples’ lives, and books of history are written to explore the facts surrounding events that have fashioned particular societies. Most biographies are written after the humans, about whom they concern, are useless. Take, as an instance, the unique biography of George Washington, by means of the writer Weems. This historic collection of records approximately George Washington has constantly, seeing that its e-book, been regarded as basically accurate; though sure information about Washington’s young people had been debated as to their entire correctness. Essentially all books that have been written about unique seventeenth, 18th, and nineteenth Century cultures, extolling them for the duration of the time that they existed, had been seemed by way of maximum historians as factually correct, specifically if the presiding figures of those cultures placed their seals of approval on the books. As such, the maximum revealing written work describing the theological doctrines of the Mormon Church, as the Mormon humans practiced their religion within the theocratic Utah Valley underneath the thumb of the presiding Mormon Prophet, Brigham Young, from 1851 until round 1877, became a ebook written in 1877, by using Edward W. Tullidge, which become reviewed and blessed through Brigham Young earlier than its booklet, and devoted to the second one General President of the LDS Relief Society, Eliza R. Snow. Its title is “The Women of Mormondom.” Approximately five hundred copies of the e-book have been published between 1877 and 1900, however very few of them stay in lifestyles these days due to the fact, in 1907, the presiding Mormon prophet, Joseph F. Smith, ordered that each one copies of the book, in the possession of devoted Mormons in Utah and Idaho, be burned on the way to wreck the present written proof of the Mormon culture surrounding the Adam-God Doctrine. Most of the devoted proper-blue Mormons complied with Smith’s order, which left simplest a scant few copies of the e book final; those possessed by libraries and collectors round the world. Fortunately, the e book can nevertheless be requested and obtained via inter-library mortgage through the ones people wanting to study it.
As I write this essay, I actually have, on my desk, a 2d, 1965, reprinted replica of “The Women of Mormondom,” (obtained from the Lovejoy library of Southern Illinois University) to which I am referring. Of all of the those who sooner or later examine this essay, I in reality desire that it reaches the eyes of Marcus B. Nash, a member of the Mormon First Quorum of the Seventy, the body of Mormon General Authorities who are not prophets, seers, and revelators; but full-time guys who do the professional bidding of the presiding Mormon prophet and his twelve apostles. I knew Nash quite properly while he turned into a Mormon stake president in the Lynnwood, Washington Stake for some of years, earlier than he changed into made a Mormon popular authority. On severa events, I talked with him approximately Mormon doctrine. You see, it changed into at some point of the year 1999 that the Lord Jesus made very clear to me the heinous heresies of Mormon theology and the doctrine springing up from it; and it turned into in early 2000 that I made this officially known to Stake President Marcus Nash in a convention that I had by myself with him, and only him.
I am certain that Nash exceptionally recollects the occasion at the Mountlake Terrace, Washington Chapel, after I confirmed him certain evidence, from a meticulously compiled e book of Mormon doctrinal history written by way of Mormon historian Fred Collier, that Brigham Young, as a presiding prophet of the LDS Church, placed the Adam-God doctrine, in a written liturgy, into the Mormon temple rite as cannon scripture in the St. George Temple in 1877, just before his death. Nash, then an legal professional (a graduate of the Brigham Young University Law School), just checked out me, like he already knew that what I turned into announcing was truth, and stated in a monotone, “You cannot be sure that’s the fact.” I do not forget responding, “It’s as plenty historical fact because the reality that Lincoln become the sixteenth President of the US.” Nash, for whom I had currently served as a ward mission leader of the Mountlake Terrace Ward, were given up without pronouncing whatever else and walked in the direction of the door of the small room wherein we had been sitting; but earlier than he left he turned around and stated, “You recognize, spouting stuff like that could cause you to lose your club inside the Church. I’d advocate you to remain quiet approximately what you agree with is fact.” About every week later, I changed into curtly, and all at once summoned into the office of the Mountlake Terrace Ward Bishop, Kim Juritch, and bluntly advised no longer to speak to any of the ward individuals approximately the Adam-God Doctrine, which I had mentioned to Marcus Nash. Juretich stated, at that point, that my membership in the Church became on the road.
Tullidge’s e book, “The Woman of Mormondom,” has a completely ornate black and white photo of Eliza R. Snow on its 2nd page. Snow was the second General President of the Mormon Relief Society, the authentic church auxiliary to which all devoted Mormon girls belonged, and nevertheless belong, and turned into made the celestial (heavenly) polygamous spouse of Joseph Smith (with the aid of proxy in the Mormon temple) before her dying. Tullidge wrote his e-book devoted to the task of disclosing how the Mormon women of the Salt Lake, Utah Valley, each wives and single spinsters (like Eliza R. Snow), have been dedicated to the theological doctrines mentioned as cannon scripture, and the will, mind, and voice of the Mormon god, by using Mormon Prophet Brigham Young. Further, yet, is the preeminent consciousness that the basic theology of the Adam-God Doctrine came no longer from Brigham Young, however from his mentor and instructor, Joseph Smith. On pages 13-14 of his e-book, Tullidge wrote:
“The oracle of this remaining grand reality of girl’s divinity and of her eternal Mother (Eve) because the accomplice with the Father (Adam) inside the creation of the worlds, is none apart from the Mormon Church. It was revealed within the glorious theology of Joseph (Smith), and established through Brigham (Young) inside the tremendous patriarchal device which he has made company as the foundations of the earth, by means of proclaiming Adam as our Father and God. The Father is first in call and order, but the Mother is with him, those twain, one from the beginning.”
The truth that Eliza R. Snow and Brigham Young, each, blessed his ebook and its contents earlier than it became published suggest that they absolutely recommended what Tullidge published as theological reality about the Adam-God Doctrine, and the opposite history, doctrine, and cultural practices of the 19th Century Mormon Church cited in the e book. Tullidge’s e book exhibits the facts approximately the forty nine 12 months exercise of the Adam-God Doctrine through the rank-and-document Mormon Church earlier than and after the demise of Brigham Young, with the identical unadulterated veracity that Parson Weems wrote, in 1800, the biographical “The lifestyles of Washington.” This book is a complete vindication for the Mormon students and historians who had been accused of blasphemy, and of teaching false doctrine, by way of the Mormon Church hierarchy. The Salt Lake Mormon leaders vilified and excommunicated any Mormon historian who publicly, and efficaciously, stated the doctrinal records of the Mormon Church and its problematic exercise of the Adam-God Doctrine in its temple ceremony until round 1907. Yet, the attempts by the Mormon Church authoritarians to eviscerate, and rewrite, the cult’s own nineteenth Century history has, considering that 1990, backfired, and has certainly proven the sector, mainly when you consider that the advent of the Internet, that Mormon doctrine has, in view that 1830, been best a convolution of changeable uninspired man-made ordinances and policies, and now not the word of an almighty, omnipotent, omniscient, and changeless God, eternal to everlasting.
In “The Women of Mormondom,” on web page 180, Tullidge writes, “Adam is our Father and our God. He is the God of the earth.” So says Brigham Young. Adam is the great archangel of this introduction. He is Michael. He is the Ancient of Days. He is the daddy of our elder brother, Jesus Christ-the father of him who shall come as Messiah to reign. He is the father of the spirits as well as the tabernacles of the little kids of man, Adam!”
You see, Mormons believed, and plenty of still accept as true with, that Adam become resurrected prior to Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Further, on page 179, Tullidge keeps. “Michael (another name for Adam) turned into a celestial, resurrected being, of any other global.” You see, Joseph Smith taught, and Brigham Young accelerated, the Mormon doctrine that normal mortal men can emerge as gods, with a capital G, after they’re resurrected, and that Adam was an ordinary mortal man who lived on in some other previous global, on an earth someplace inside the cosmos, who changed into resurrected and made right into a god, with a capital G. Brigham Young taught that Adam turned into not created, but came about biologically by way of being born in regular mortal style. On page a hundred and eighty, Tullidge keeps. “Adam became now not made from a lump of clay, as we make a brick, nor became Eve taken as a rib -a bone– from his aspect. They got here via technology (biological replica)… ” Through the time that Brigham Young superior the Adam-God Doctrine, he preached the principles of the Doctrine in discourses said throughout LDS General Conference. When the context of Tullidge’s phrases are tested and studied in “The Women of Mormondom,” the context of what Brigham Young said within the following segment of an April nine, 1852 General Conference cope with is absolutely comprehensible:
“When the Virgin Mary conceived the kid Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He became no longer begotten via the Holy Spirit. And who is the Father? He is the first of the human circle of relatives… However, I actually have informed you the truth as a ways as I even have long gone… Jesus our elder brother turned into begotten within the flesh by way of the same character who was within the lawn of Eden and who is our Father in heaven. Now, permit all who pay attention these doctrines pause earlier than they make mild of them, or deal with them with indifference, for they will show their salvation or damnation.”
To keep in mind that Edward Tullidge additionally, himself, absolutely believed the Adam-God Doctrine will assist the reader in knowing that he become writing what became the most important theological belief the various Mormons (Latter-day Saints) inside the Salt Lake Valley and among the British Mormons in 1877. On page 196, Tullidge wrote:
“When Brigham Young proclaimed to the international locations that Adam was out Father and God, and Eve, his accomplice, the Mother of a global-each in a mortal and celestial experience-he made the most critical revelation ever oracled to the race since the days of Adam himself.”
Tullidge makes simple the Mormon doctrine of the heavenly mom-goddess, who Eliza R. Snow immortalized in her track-poem, “O My Father.” As Brigham Young declared, “A race can’t be spiritually procreated without each a Father-god and a Mother-goddess. On page 197, in his e-book, Tullidge exclaims, “Thus opened creation, and the womb of everlasting motherhood throbbed with divine ecstasy. We shall select Brigham’s expounding of the darkish passages of Genesis. Our first parents were not made up like mortal bricks. They got here to be the Mother and Father of a brand new introduction of souls.”
The worshiping of a Mother-goddess in heaven is an implicit a part of Mormon theological doctrine that underscores the primary everlasting rule that a Mormon guy can not end up a god, with a capital G, but by adhering to, and obeying, all the commandments of Mormonism, and that the celestial sexual relationship among a Mormon exalted-man god, with a capital G, and his spouse, or other halves, to whom he is sealed by energy of the Mormon priesthood, and with whom he shares the priesthood energy, is the best manner procreation of spirit children, and the shaping of worlds through preexisting remember, can be executed. You see, a Mormon god, with a capital G, has no strength to create, however simplest remodel some thing preexisting via a partnership along with his goddess-spouse. Tullidge, on page 195, calls the doctrine of goddess-motherhood the “Trinity of Motherhood, or the celestial Masonry of Womanhood, and states that, “The e-book of patriarchal theology is full of conceptions. Like the star-bespangled heavens-just like the eternities which it mantles-is that exceptional theology.” Regarding Eliza R. Snow’s own proclamation of the doctrine of the worship and veneration of the goddess-mother of this world, Eve, Tullidge, on page 190, writes, “It turned into of the sort of topic that “Sister Eliza” sang; and with this type of subject her hymn of invocation to our Father and Mother in heaven quickly made the saints familiar in every land. Let us fairly further expound the topic of this hymn, which our poetess (Eliza) could not fully encompass within the simple shape of verse. God the Father, and God the Mother stand, within the grand preexisting view as the starting place and center of the spirits of all the generations of mortals who had been entabernacled in this earth.”
The relegation of Jesus to Adam and Eve, the Father and Mother in heaven is definitely understood in Tullidge’s explication of simple Mormon theology spawned by way of Joseph Smith, improved and clarified with the aid of Brigham Young, and worshiped and commemorated by means of all of the Mormons who general the temple doctrines expressed by using liturgy, at some stage in and after 1877, in what Brigham Young entitled the “Lecture earlier than the Veil.” This become basic Mormon theological doctrine that all Mormon ladies and men, who aspired to be gods and goddesses, needed to receive by using swearing constancy and allegiance to the secrets of the Mormon temple. As a further proof of the sincere and real writing of Edward W. Tullidge, in his e book, “The Women of Mormondom,” the whole explication of the “Lecture on the Veil,” the composite Adam-God Doctrine, which turned into positioned into the Mormon temple ceremony by way of Brigham Young in 1877, may be discovered in its entirety inside the 1979 ebook compiled by using Fred C. Collier, “Unpublished Revelations of the Prophets and Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Volume 1, Part 75.” The original document, handwritten via N. John Nuttal, Brigham Young’s private secretary, in February 1877, from the spoken words of Brigham Young, changed into located within the vault, or safe, of the St. George LDS Temple in 1877, and it has remained there unto the cutting-edge; until it has been destroyed by way of order of a presiding Mormon prophet, since 1877, to eviscerate evidence that is probably subpoenaed with the aid of a courtroom of regulation to prove that the Adam-God Doctrine became, certainly, regarded as holy Mormon doctrine and scripture in the Mormon temple.
Therefore, there is no doubt that the e-book, “The Women of Mormondom” changed into meant via Edward Tullidge to encapsulate, and to expound, the polytheistic patriarchal theology of Mormonism and to extol what Brigham Young had found out because the thoughts, the word, and the voice of the Mormon lord, and the power of the Mormon god unto salvation, in keeping with the cannon scripture discovered within the e-book of LDS scripture called the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 68, verse four. The ebook was also to extol Eliza R. Snow and her willpower to the Adam-God Doctrine through her poetry, songs, and different true works. The ever-converting face of Mormonism, therefore, cogently illustrates that what turned into once, in the 19th Century, sacred LDS doctrine, was pragmatically modified by the Mormon hierarchy to be appeared as heresy in the twentieth Century and to be, at the floor, denied as essential Mormon theology. This pragmatic alternate changed into, but, intended now not as an evisceration of the doctrines of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, but best as a deceptive smoke-screen to manipulate Christians into believing that Mormons worship the Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible, which they do not. The Mormons wanted, in a way of speakme, to have their cake and devour it, too; however ancient information and the essence of reality can not be hidden very long without the pretenders being detected. Those converts to Mormonism will subsequently find out via their own research efforts, or being knowledgeable with the aid of an essay inclusive of this, what the Mormons believed as theological doctrine at some point of the nineteenth Century, and what they did to cover it from mainstream Christianity at some point of the 20 th Century. Thereafter, they may need to decide whether or not they’ll maintain to serve the false gods of Mormonism or pull away from them and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only Savior of the sector, the one God and grasp of the universe. I hope that Mormon Marcus Nash will in the end be this sort of humans.
The proof, they say, is inside the pudding. This without a doubt means that the taste of a resulting pudding, produced from a diffusion of, supposedly, excellent substances, will decide whether or not it is suit for consumption. Jesus said that a fountain of water cannot bring forth, both, bitter and sweet water. A precise tree may also produce correct fruit, now not fruit that isn’t always right to devour. The Lord Jesus used these examples to demonstrate what the Apostle Paul would say later, in extraordinary words, inside the Book of Galations, the first bankruptcy. Paul said, in paraphrase, that if some other trainer, or proclaimed prophet, teaches some other Gospel than the genuine Gospel of Jesus Christ, located in the holy scriptures written and delivered by the Apostles of Jesus, as discovered in the Holy Bible, permit that trainer, prophet, or whoever, be accursed. That is, you shy away from the false coaching and cleave unto the phrases of lifestyles spoken via Jesus and his proper Apostles. Let the Lord do the accursing.
There are so lots of the ones false gospels in the international today, and Mormonism is, however, one in every of them. But because I recognize what it’s miles, and how it is false doctrines took it took me faraway from my Lord Jesus for over 30 years, I need others to understand what I understand. And this is that Jesus is really alive, and that the Holy Spirit is ever equipped to expose the energy of Christ’s valuable saving blood to the thoughts, and heart, of man. I pray that every one who examine this essay will permit the Holy Spirit to expose the fact of Jesus’ holy Gospel to them, and be given the Savior and follow him during their lives.