TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Why do you ATTACK CHALLENGE MORMONS?
Chapter One: Hasn't the Bible been corrupted? (Coming soon)
More chapters to come as they are completed...
Why do you ATTACK CHALLENGE MORMONS?
21 years ago I rolled into Saint George Utah. As I exited the Virgin River Gorge I saw for the first time Saint George Utah, and the LDS temple. I said out loud in my car, "I'm home." I knew without a doubt, I was in the place I was to serve the Lord.
I had just left Bible college in California and all I had was my car, (a 1988 Dodge Omni), a bunch of books, some clothes, and a calling from the Lord. I was to be a missionary to the Mormons. That was 1995.
My story began before 1995. I was raised in a very moral home and we were "Christmas and Easter" Christians; that is, we only went to church a few times a year. Personally, I was a professing Atheist by third grade. I remember distinctly my friend and I playing in his backyard in the dirt with our toy trucks and my friend asked me "Do you believe in God?" I answered my friend with a fearful "No." I remember clearly what I was thinking on my walk home after that conversation; I thought to myself "I'm going to die and simply be food for worms." That is what I believed until I was 16 years old when I met an LDS girl in P.E. class.
Pam, the LDS girl, quickly became my girlfriend and I knew next to nothing about religion. She asked me if I wanted to talk with the Mormon Missionaries and I said yes, not knowing how this was going to set my life on a course I did not expect. I met with the missionaries at Pam's house, with her parents. They were very nice and led me though the six prepared discussions with flip charts and good questions. I began reading the Book of Mormon, prayed about it, received what I believed was a testimony that it was true, and I wanted to be baptized. Then my parent's Christianity woke up. This was all in 1987.
When my parents discovered I wanted to become a Mormon they were a little upset, to say the least. My dad had heard of Christian guy, Marshall Almarode, that had a ministry of talking to Latter-day Saints and they set up some meetings for me to talk with him. I was told by my LDS girlfriend, her parents, and the missionaries that Marshall was "Anti-Mormon" and that I should not talk to him because he "hated Mormons." Needless to say, I talked with Marshall with a preconceived opinion of him, that he was "Anti." It did not take long for me to realize that Marshall's personality, character, and motives were nothing like what they described. In fact, he was an incredibly nice man with a depth of knowledge, and a sincere concern for Latter-day Saints. The end result was I chose to not be baptized into the LDS church. However, I did become a Christian, and God birthed in me a deep love, and passion for members of The LDS church.
In obedience to God's call on my life, I moved to Utah 21 years ago in 1995. I can't count how many LDS missionaries I've talked to, I've knocked on thousands of doors, shared with Latter-day Saints in parks, their front yards, living rooms, my living room, on Facebook, and many other places. This book is a product of all those conversations, reading many LDS books, and diving into the Bible.
If you are LDS I'm going to be straight with you, and I hope this sparks you to continue reading, rather than just casting me off as "Anti-Mormon." My goal is simple and sincere: when I get to heaven, I want to see you there; I can't think of a better motive to challenge somebody's belief system. At times you may have different emotions as you read this book. You may get angry, you may get happy, you may get confused, and you may have "Aha" moments. At the bottom of each chapter there is a section for you to message me with any of your comments or questions.
Why do you ATTACK Challenge Mormons?
"Is that Anti-Mormon?" an older LDS woman asked when I handed her my tract called "Has the Bible been Corrupted?" "I don't want to Bible bash!" was the response from an LDS coworker I attempted to have a discussion with about Priesthood Authority. A teenage girl asked "Why can't you just tell me what you believe instead of attacking the LDS church... we don't attack other churches!" Another man complained, "Why are you trying to destroy my faith in Christ?" Dear LDS reader; imagine you are an animal lover (perhaps you don't have to imagine), and you come across a dog trapped in a roadside drainage ditch. Your heart breaks for the sweet dog but every time you try to help, it growls at you. You speak softly to the dog, in hopes that it will allow you to set it free, but all you get is a bright display of teeth. That is how I feel when I'm called an "Ant-Mormon" when in reality; I'm only trying to help those whom I love.
Ethan, an LDS friend of mine, somewhat angrily asked me "Why do you always have to attack Joseph Smith?" Ethan and I had a long and fruitful conversation that day, but I first had to let him know, I'm not attacking anybody... but I am sincerely challenging. I said to Ethan, "Try to look at it through our eyes (Evangelicals). We are well aware of the robust claims of the LDS Church; about apostasy, it's the one true restored church, our Bibles have been corrupted etcetera. "I asked him again, "Please look at this through our eyes, how am I supposed to feel about quotes like these?"
Joseph Smith--"My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.”
When I quoted the above passage, and similar ones from other LDS sources, Ethan began to understand why I felt that I needed to respond to what were actually attacks against Evangelicals, and in reality, we didn't even throw the "first punch." After that, Ethan and I had many wonderful conversations over a several year period. He understood my heart, that I didn't hate him, and that I had the right and the responsibility to challenge his sincerely held LDS beliefs. Once Ethan set aside his prejudices, and stopped calling me an "Anti" we were able to dive into real issues. Ethan did end up leaving the LDS church; it wasn't because he couldn't keep the standards or that he wanted to live a life of sin, he was simply compelled by the Holy Spirit and the ample evidence God has provided for all to see. Today, Ethan is a saved and faithful servant of Jesus, he tells everyone about Him wherever he goes.
Dear reader. At the end of each chapter there is a place for you to contact me with your questions and comments. I welcome them and look forward to personal discussion.
 Joseph Smith History 1:18-19.
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