The Mormon Confirmation:
Trusting one’s eternal life on a so-called, Burning of the Bosom
10:4-5; D&C 9:8)
Only a fool trust his own heart (feelings)
pray about it, and the Holy Spirit will confirm Mormonism to you by
causing a burning in your bosom,” says the rosy cheek bright eyed
Mormon (LDS) missionary at your doorstep.
However, relying on one’s feelings (as with the so-called burning of the
bosom as taught in the Book of Mormon,) can lead you to great error:
“For there is a way that seems right to a man but in the end it leads to
death (Prov. 16:25). Proverbs 28:26 clearly opposes the LDS
so-called test of truth: “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool:
but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered” (KJV). We must test
doctrine by Scripture, not by feelings and emotion, which according to
Scripture, is foolish.
The LDS rejects the Jesus Christ of biblical revelation in that they
teach that Jesus is one of many Gods. One of the fundamental differences
between Christianity and Mormonism is that the LDS Church teaches
polytheism (i.e., the belief in many true Gods). Note for example some
teachings from past LDS Apostles and Prophets including the founder and
first Prophet of the LDS Church, Joseph Smith:
"God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits
enthroned in yonder heavens . . . it is necessary we should understand
the character and being of God and how he came to be so; for I am going
to tell you how God came to be God. . . I will preach on the plurality
of Gods . . . I have always and in all congregations when I have
preached on the subject of Deity, it has been the plurality of Gods. . .
. Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father,
and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these
three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods" (Teachings of
the Prophet Joseph Smith, 345-47; 370; emphasis added)
Brigham Young (second LDS President and so-called Prophet):
"There was never a time when there were not Gods and worlds, and men
were not passing through the same ordeals that we are now passing
through" (Discourses of Brigham Young, 22-23).
Orson Pratt (LDS Apostle):
"In the Heaven where our spirits were born, there are many Gods, each
one of whom has his own wife or wives which are given to him previous to
his redemption; while yet in his mortal state" (The Seer, 37-38;
The LDS claim that they only worship one God while acknowledging the
existence of other “true” Gods—which they claim they do not worship.
However, whether one worships “those other Gods” or not, is an
irrelevant point, the question is: how many true Gods are there? In
sharp contrast to the LDS position, God has always condemned the pagan
idea of many so-called Gods (see Isa. chaps. 40-45; esp. Jer. 10:10-11;
Gal. 4:8). That is the biblical reason as to why the LDS Church as a
In contrast, the Bible teaches that there is only one eternal God, not
many (Deut. 4:35, 6:4; Isa. 43:10; 44:6-8, 24). God has always been God
(cf. Ps. 90:2) and Jesus Christ, God the Son, has always been God (John
1:1; Phil. 2:6; Heb. 1:8, 10-12). Biblically, there is one God
revealed in three distinct Persons, which the LDS deny.
Clearly, the God and Jesus of the LDS do not represent one true God of
biblical revelation—they embrace a false concept of God (which is
idolatry). Thus, we must preach the gospel to the LDS missionaries and
pray that God grants salvation to them setting them free from the
spiritual bondage of the LDS Church.