Not the Bible

February 11, 2009

Stability attracts Latin Americans to Mormonism

In 1920 the Mormon Bible was translated into Spanish, but it wasn’t until after World War Two and the expansion of U.S. geopolitical power that the church really began expanding

Your article on Mormons in Latin America was quite fascinating.

However, there was a serious error, which should be corrected.  You referred to the Mormon Bible as having been translated into Spanish. The Mormon Bible is the King James Bible in English, and other versions in other language. In other words, it’s the same Bible used by all other Christian religions. I believe you meant the Book of Mormon, which is not the Mormon Bible, but an additional text. It’s critical to make that distinction, because it’s a common misconception which leads to confusions.Terrie

We did indeed mean to refer to The Book of Mormon. We corrected: GBU Editor

Children attend Sunday school at the Belgrano Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in Buenos Aires December 28, 2008. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

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The Mormon religion is the most misunderstood religion. It provides so many families with stability and guidance while raising a family. It also provides all the opportunities to serve fellow men and turn the focus of ourselves to others.

For those who would really like to see the differences between Mormons and others, read the book “How Wide the Divide”. Professor Bloomberg (evangelical) does an excellent dialog alongside Professor Robinson (LDS). When all is said and done, the Mormons are not the boogy man.

I really appreciate honest, open dialog. I appreciate that Bloomberg comes out and confers that Mormons are Christians in the New Testament sense and they are not a cult. Both authors agree that the basic doctrines only vary by a small degree. It is the confusion between vocabularies that causes most of the uproar. Excellent read.

I appreciate articles like this one that attempt to show the truth.

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Referring to the Book of Mormon as the Mormon Bible is apt. As one ‘born into the church’ and having ‘apostasized’ at the age of 17, they believe that where it and the Bible disagree, the Book of Mormon is the correct one. The Bible is completely invalidated. The first Article of Faith is: “we believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God”. Yes, Mormonism is a cult begun by its own ‘prophet’, Joseph Smith, just like Jim Jones, Krishna Venta, and so many others. Jesus said there will be many false prophets but not to believe any of them. Wait until you see Him descending in the clouds.

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You didn’t need to correct your ‘error’ because you were correct that the Book of Mormon is their bible. I was ‘born into the church’ and left it at the age of 17, after serving as a priest, blessing the sacrament, for almost two years. They believe that whenever the Bible and the Book of Mormon disagree, the Book of Mormon is the authority. Their first ‘Article of Faith’ is: “we believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” Do you notice the absence of a caveat regarding the reliability of the Book of Mormon? The Bible’s translation may be erroneous, but not the Book of Mormon. Mormonism is definitely a cult, founded by their own ‘prophet’, Joseph Smith, who was just like Jim Jones, David Koresh, Krishna Venta, and many others we hear about. Jesus said there will be many false prophets so don’t believe anyone until you see Him descending in the clouds.