Mosiah 3: 23

Mosiah 3: 23

“And now I have spoken the words which the Lord God hath commanded me.” (Mosiah 3: 23.) The angel added nothing. He hid nothing. He delivered what the Lord told him to deliver. These are not merely the words of an angel. Becuase the angel certifies they originated from God, they are the words of
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Mosiah 3: 20-22

Mosiah 3: 20-22

The angel foretells of a time when “knowledge of a Savior shall spread throughout every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.” (Mosiah 3: 20.) This raises a question about the word “knowledge” and its meaning in the context of this verse:-Does it mean “awareness,” or that people have heard of Christ?-Does it mean to “know,” or
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The Perfect Example

The Perfect Example

The answer yesterday was the perfect example. It was chosen because it fit the issue exactly. The answer did not attempt to explain whether “Adam-God” was right or wrong, true or false, or to side Brigham Young, Orson Pratt or President Kimball. The point is that “doctrine” becomes “false doctrine” depending on who you listen
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Response to a Comment

Response to a Comment

In response to a comment, perhaps the most easily shown “mistake” is President Brigham Young’s claim of Adam as our God. This teaching was opposed by Orson Pratt from the time it was introduced. After hearing the doctrine advanced by President Young as a revelation from God, the following took place on March 11, 1856:
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Mosiah 3: 19

Mosiah 3: 19

The angel asserts that “the natural man is an enemy to God.” (Mosiah 3: 19.) Why is that so? What is it about the natural state of man that, when a little child he is saved and anyone who thinks otherwise is in the gall of bitterness and offending God, but when grown is “an
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Mosiah 3: 18

Mosiah 3: 18

The angel declares unequivocally that Christ “judges.” Not men, not authorities. Christ “judges.” Men who fancy themselves empowered to judge others deceive themselves. Judgment of others is not permitted. (Matt. 7: 1.) Even the Lord’s twelve disciples were told they were not to judge others, but would be trusted to announce Christ’s judgment. (3 Ne.
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Mosiah 3: 16-17

Mosiah 3: 16-17

Half a millennium following the angel’s visit to King Benjamin, Mormon wrote a letter to his son Moroni addressing the topic of child baptism. The angel condemned it (Mosiah 3: 16). Mormon condemned it (Moroni 8: 11-14). If anything, Mormon’s statements are more emphatic, and condemn those who believe in such rites for children. Mormon
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Mosiah 3: 14-15

Mosiah 3: 14-15

When the Lord’s people wanted religion, but were unwilling to accept the fullness, He accommodated their desire and gave to them the “law of Moses” to keep them busy. (Mosiah 3: 14.) It is the nature of “stiffnecked” people that they prefer religious ceremonies, and endless repetition of rituals to coming into the Lord’s presence.
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Mosiah 3: 11-13

Mosiah 3: 11-13

The angel informed King Benjamin that Christ’s blood is intended to atone for the sins of those who sinned ignorantly, or those who died without knowing God’s will. (Mosiah 3: 11) However, there is a two-fold wo pronounced on those who know they rebel against God. They are cast down, and for them there will
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Mosiah 3: 10

Mosiah 3: 10

The angel’s message in Mosiah 3: 10 is the same as Zenos’ message. Zenos prophesied more than a century before Lehi left Jerusalem. His record was on the brass plates obtained from Laban. During the three days in the tomb, Zenos added the detail that the isles of the sea (which included the Americas/2 Ne. 10:
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