Summary of TMD Volume 2

Chapter 1. The Magic and the Mystery.

Looks at the history of Smith prior to his claim to have found the supposed gold plates. He was a necromancer, a money digger who later admitted to and was convicted of ‘glass-looking’ – using a pebble in his hat by which he claimed to see into the earth for lost treasure – in 1826, long after the claimed dates for his visions of deity and angels.

Chapter 2. The First Vision.

The Church claims that Smith saw God & Jesus in 1820. This chapter reviews Smith’s own records of 1832 and 1835 which contradict the official (1838) version of events. Compares evidence with the Book of Mormon (1830) and Doctrine and Covenants (1835) showing Smith was entirely monotheistic until about 1836. Thus his claim to an 1820 vision of separate deities (after he became polytheistic) is proven to be a lie. This is followed by a summary analysis of all Smith’s own personal contradictory versions of such a vision. Other than the odd article appearing in their Ensign magazine which attempts to rationalise the significant differences between these accounts, the Church generally appears to ignore Smith’s earlier versions of this vision.

Chapter 3. Moroni and the Gold Plates.

Compares the 1838 ‘official’ Joseph Smith version of this vision with all the other contradictory versions of the Moroni vision. Evidence shows that Smith called the angel ‘Nephi’ (all but once) whereas the Church later altered it to ‘Moroni’ for no apparent reason. Includes a summary analysis of evolving versions of this vision.

Chapter 4. Moroni, the Angel Formerly Known as Nephi.

Follows the evidence of falsification from the original name Nephi to that of Moroni.

Chapter 5. Summary of Accounts of Visions.

Summary of twenty-five ‘one line’ accounts of visions, categorized to show contradictions in Smith’s various stories. Highlights the evidence of Smith’s lies concerning the First Vision and Moroni visions.

Chapter 6. Scripture quoted to Joseph Smith by the Angel Moroni.

Details of Smith’s record of scriptures supposedly quoted to him by the angel Moroni in 1823 and first recorded by Smith in 1838. Covers claimed alterations to the Bible made by the angel – which Smith supposedly remembered word for word, fifteen years later. Evidence is provided that meanwhile, Smith had constructed the Book of Mormon which included some of these same scriptures, transposed unaltered straight from the KJV. Smith also penned an Inspired Revision of the Bible, which again remained unaltered regarding scriptures that Moroni had ‘corrected’. Smith’s fraudulent claims and his equally fraudulent timeline are exposed through his own works and words.

Chapter7. Translating the Gold Plates.

Most members of the Mormon Church believe that Smith translated the gold plates by looking directly at the ‘reformed Egyptian’ characters, with God providing the translation into very bad Jacobean English. Evidence is provided that Smith ‘translated’ by using his pebble-in-the-hat trick, and as it happens, the very same pebble that he used when money-digging. He did not even look at the plates of gold during the ‘translation’ process. Whatever the pretended plates really were, they were either wrapped up or sometimes even buried elsewhere when he claimed to be translating them. Includes the ‘Charles Anthon’ hoax wherein Martin Harris claimed that Professor Anthon confirmed Smith’s characters from the gold plates were authentic. Letters from Anthon refute this, although the Church still claims it and Mormons still believe it.

Chapter 8. Joseph Smith’s Journey from Monotheism to Polytheism.

Traces the evidence of Smith’s initial monotheistic theology through his writings in the Book of MormonDoctrine and CovenantsLectures of Faith, and also works of his Apostles. Evidence of the falsifications that later took place when Smith changed his ideas to polytheism with God and Jesus as two separate beings, both with bodies, and the Holy Ghost as a separate ‘personage’ of Spirit. References much extant evidence of his original, unaltered theology. The Church explains remaining problems as the three being ‘one in purpose’ and claims the falsifications were for ‘clarification’; but the evidence conclusively proves that once again – Smith lied.

Chapter 9. Origin of the Story of the Tree of Life.

The Book of Mormon contains a popular and extremely detailed story known as the ‘Tree of Life’ purported to be a revelation from God to Lehi around 600 BCE. Evidence is provided, line by line, that the entire story was plagiarised from Smith’s own father’s dream, with which Smith had been completely familiar, from around his age six. Almost every detail is identical. It is a huge stretch to believe that it was an anciently recorded revelation from God.

Chapter 10. The Word of Wisdom.

Modern day Mormonism forbids the consumption of tea, coffee, alcohol and tobacco. This chapter exposes the fact that the ‘Word of Wisdom’ started as a joke between the men who were spitting tobacco and the women who liked their tea. Smith conveniently had a revelation forbidding both, to keep both sides satisfied. However, it was advice, not a commandment. No one much bothered with it for many years, especially Smith himself who smoked and drank until the day he died. Yet there are records of others being disciplined. In one instance, a man who slept with two women ‘coming up river’ got told off when he ‘confessed’; yet another man, who broke the Word of Wisdom, was disfellowshipped, even though he claimed he was just following the example of the Prophet, Joseph Smith. Beer was approved as not in violation of the WoW in the early twentieth century. The idea that meat should be eaten ‘sparingly’, has taken a back seat these days.

Chapter 11. Fundamental Flaws in the Book of Mormon.

Discredited witnesses to the book. DNA proves Native Americans are not of Israelite descent. False geography. Masonic ritual included in the Book of Mormon. Isaiah and other Old and New Testament material is plagiarised from the King James Version to a time and place when and where it was impossible to have been known. Archaeological evidence against the book. The Smithsonian Institute and National Geographic refute the idea that they support the book or use it to assist in archaeological research. Many Mormons believe they do.

Chapter 12. Anachronisms – Impossible Book of Mormon Claims.

Sections on the wild claims of Smith, including things which did not exist in the time or place Smith claimed. Members believe that one day, evidence will prove otherwise. The list of absurd impossibilities includes the magnetic compass; translucent windows and submarine type vessels. Horses and many other animals are mentioned which were not in the Americas at that time. The wheel and chariots are spoken of along with steel bows and swords plus a complete and demonstratively meaningless currency system of gold and silver coins. Native North Americans used wampum, but that was long after Book of Mormon times. Agricultural tools are included but despite BOM claims, they had no draught animals with which to use them. Smith included wheat and barley as staples when the real staples were corn, beans and squash. He mentions corn – the only one he got right, but there was no wheat or barley in the Americas. Smith claims they had silk, which they did not, but fails to mention cotton – which they did have. Smith’s claims in the Book of Mormon were impossible.

Chapter 13. White & Delightsome or Black and Cursed; Sexuality; Women & the Priesthood.

The Church altered scripture in 1981. This chapter follows my debate with FARMS over the issue. They promise to remove an (agreed) offending article. Months later, it is still there. We explore the area of ‘Black and Cursed’ and the psychology behind changed doctrine. Apostle Boyd K. Packer states: “The three greatest threats to the Church are homosexuals, feminists and intellectuals.” We explore why and look at future possible Church problems. Mormons think homosexuality is a curable illness or disease. Details include evidence of Church Patriarch Joseph F. Smith’s gentle, and also secret, treatment by Church leaders concerning his documented homosexual activities.

Chapter 14. The Book of Abraham Hoax.

In 1835, Smith came into possession of some Egyptian mummies and papyrus scrolls. He ‘translated’ them and announced that one scroll was the lost Book of Abraham written by Abraham himself in his own handwriting. No one could read Egyptian at the time and so Smith’s word was never questioned by his followers. The papyri later went missing and were presumed lost in the great fire of Chicago in 1871. Then, in 1967, some fragments were rediscovered in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now they could be verified. Smith constructed an Egyptian grammar and alphabet which he claimed to use in translation. This was suppressed by the Church for one-hundred-and-thirty years, until exposed as complete and utter nonsense. This chapter provides evidence of Smith’s claimed translation of three facsimiles and the text of the book. Many Egyptologists have examined and interpreted the scrolls which have been confirmed to date from about 50 BCE (not 2000 years earlier to Abraham’s time) and contain only common Egyptian funerary text. This chapter also examines the doctrinal content of the ‘translation’ and the nonsense claims that a daughter of Ham, son of Noah, called ‘Egyptus’ found Egypt after the great flood – hence it is called Egypt. The Mormon Church ignores the absurdity of such a claim, despite Egypt’s history long predating the time of the supposed flood; without any ‘flood gap’. In fact the word ‘Egypt’ is a modern derivative, via Latin and Greek, of Hwt-ka-Ptah – House of the soul of Ptah. This is a very late BCE name which only arose as Greeks could not pronounce Hwt-ka-Ptah for a place in Egypt. Even then, it was not a name actually used by Egyptians themselves and was certainly not in use when Smith claimed it to be.

Chapter 15. Joseph Smith’s Jacobean God.

A review of the absurdity of Smith using Jacobean English to portray God talking in his Book of MormonDoctrine and Covenants and other ‘scriptures’. Evidence that if God actually did use such language as this, He is in fact somewhat illiterate, as Smith’s God uses incorrect grammar and very bad phraseology for a God. Ergo: Smith was a fraud, as it was he who was somewhat illiterate.

Chapter 16. The Lucifer Mistake.

Smith made the same error that many Christians have, in thinking ‘Lucifer’ in the Bible referred to the Devil or Satan. Evidence shows the Jews did not, and still do not even believe in Satan. Ha-Satan, the adversary, is in the employ of God as an adversarial aid and is not actually evil. The only Biblical reference to ‘Lucifer’ is defined to mean ‘morning star’ regarding the King of Babylon. This is readily accepted by most theologians outside of Mormonism at least even though Satan remains an integral Christian idea. Smith also made the mistake of using ‘Jesus Christ’, ‘Only Begotten’ and ‘Holy Ghost’ in his Book of Mormon, during the Old Testament time frame. These were terms not invented until after the time of Christ.

Chapter 17. Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics.

Many members believe the Mormon myth that their Church is the fastest growing Church in the world. It is one of the signs of it being true. This chapter is partly an analytical review of the growth rates of all mainstream Churches and puts the Mormon Church into perspective in terms of its real growth. We look at the relationship between conversions and missionary numbers as well as births affecting statistics. Perception of size: 13 million – against a true active membership of 4-5 million. There are a number of disparities, as the Church attempts to look as though it is progressing well. In fact, statistically, although it is still growing, that growth is slowing down. As with some other denominations which have experienced a similar rise and fall, the signs of decline are already there. Missionary sales tactics and statistics against retention levels are identified. The cost of conversion is high in terms of the manpower used to achieve it. Church finances which are publicly disclosed by law under the Charities Act in the United Kingdom are analysed and the truth revealed about modern day Mormon Church funds. Evidence is exposed concerning instances of Mormon leaders using bribery and corruption in the Church.