A REFERENCE TO THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Joseph Smith claims that the Book of Mormon is a genuine ancient record. However, the book itself states that its truthfulness can be verified, not by research and analysis, but by prayer alone. Mormons rely on the book itself as the standard by which to confirm the book.
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
|Mormonism||Burning in bosom|
Personal spiritual experiences serve as confirmation of the truthfulness of one’s religion, leading to personal testimonies that affirm one’s beliefs. These affirmations then strengthen the perceived truth of one’s religion.
|Book of Mormon, 1830||Joseph Smith, 1843|
I bear you my testimony that I know the Book of Mormon is true; I know that Joseph Smith is a true Prophet of God; and I know that the Church is the only true church.
— A common Mormon testimony
I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, and I bear witness that Mohammed is the prophet and Messenger of Allah.
— A common Muslim testimony
In a world of diverse religions and conflicting teachings, we can conclude:
Jesus’ Apostles taught that His church should test and prove all things. Spiritual experiences should serve to magnify foundational truths, which are built upon facts.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
— Apostle Paul
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
— Apostle Paul
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
— Apostle John
The Book of Mormon claims to be a genuine ancient record of a people, geography, artifacts, dates, events, culture and language. All these things should be examined.