Below are questions to ask a mormon "Missionary" when they want to study the bible with you.  Below that is the entire document including answers to these question for you to download.

 

  1. Where do you find the Biblical authority/example for the organizational structure of Christ’s first century church to include Bishops, Council of Seventy, Council of Apostles and a Prophet over local elders shepherding local congregations (wards)? (Heb 13:17) Is this hierarchical structure mentioned in the Book of Mormon?
  2. If “Bishops” are not elders, why did Paul provide Timothy with qualifications for “Bishops” and deacons, but not elders who have God-ordained spiritual oversight of His local congregations (wards)? Are the qualifications for elders found anywhere in the Book of Mormon? (1 Timothy 3; Acts 20:17, 28)
  3. If we agree that elders are the spiritual leaders over local congregations (wards), do you believe that 18 year old single men have the experience, Bible knowledge, life skills, wisdom and maturity to effectively shepherd hundreds of members, many married with children? (1 Peter 5:1-2; Heb 13:17)
  4. How do twelve year old boys meet the qualifications of deacons listed in 1 Timothy 3:10-12?
  5. Why would there be a need for a future revelation in light of 2 Peter 1:3, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Jude 3, Gal 1:6-10 which appear to clearly state that all of God’s revelation was provided in the first century?
  6. How can “Apostles” exist today in light of the qualification stated in Acts 1:21-22?
  7. Where in the New Testament is there any indication that God would be providing man with future revelation?
  1. Baptism for the dead (1 Cor 15:29) – In light of Heb 9:27; Lk 16:25-26; 2 Peter 4,9,17; Matt. 25:46 and Rev 20:10-15 which all indicate there is no “second chance” for anyone who dies outside of Christ, how do you explain your interpretation?
  2. Why was so much of the Book of Mormon (+/-11%) copied verbatim from the KJV of 1611? Why would the Holy Spirit re-reveal these scriptures? This would be redundant and frivolous. Many original manuscripts have been discovered in the last 400 years that contribute to the inaccuracy of the KJV. Why do you continue to use it? Is it because the style of writing in the Book of Mormon loosely matches it?
  3. If the original revelation was never to be altered (“The Challenge”, condition 10), “When you finish in 60 days, you must make no changes in the text. The first edition must stand forever.”), why have an estimated 4,000 grammatical (not printer) errors from the original 1830 edition (examples: Jacob 7:24, Alma 48:25; 53:5, 1 Nephi 5:11) and many content mistakes; examples - Mosiah 21:28 (“Benjamin” changed to “Mosiah”); Alma 37:21 (“directors changed to “interpreters”); 1 Nephi 13:32 (“state of awful woundedness” changed to “awful state of blindness”); Mosiah 27:29 (“wrecked” changed to “racked”) been corrected in subsequent editions?
  4. Are the names of the sections of the Book of Mormon mentioned in the Bible in the same context?
  5. Introduction to the Book of Mormon
  6. Third paragraph: Does the New Testament mention Jesus’ ministry to the Nephites in its account of Jesus’ activity between his resurrection and ascension? (another gospel?)
  7. Fifth paragraph: states Book of Mormon is a “new” and “additional” witness of Jesus Christ. “New” equates to “not existing before”; “additional” equates to “adding to something that already exists” These terms appear to conflict with Gal 1:6-10; Rev 22:18-19, Jude 3, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  1. Sixth paragraph: states the Book of Mormon is the most “correct” book on earth and it would get a man nearer to God than “any” other book. This statement relegates the Bible to an inferior position in God’s revelation. (2 Tim 3:16-17)
  2. Eighth paragraph: states that anyone who reads the Book of Mormon, prays asking God if the Book is true, will gain testimony of its truth by the power of the Holy Ghost. This statement insinuates that anyone who reads the book and does not come to a conclusion of truth is not seeking truth with a sincere heart and faith. This does not allow for a reasoned study which comes to any other conclusion. (Acts 18:4)
  3. Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith – seventh paragraph: states that the “fullness of the everlasting Gospel was contained in the Book of Mormon.” This statement conflicts with the following passages (2 Peter 1:3; Jude 3; Gal 1:6-10; 2 Tim 3:16-17)
  4. First Book of Nephi – Why did the Holy Spirit reveal this information to Joseph Smith in the 1800’s in the United States using antiquated (KJV) language? This is not how people talked or wrote at this time and place in history. The grammar and syntax of Nephi are well below the quality utilized by American writers in the early 1800’s. It is reasonable to expect the Holy Spirit to inspire Smith to write the words and sentences that would be most understandable to people in America in the 1800’s. Why is this not the case? It is not my intention to ridicule this Book, but it appears to me that this writing is an uninspired attempt by Smith to mimic the language, and periodically the exact words, of the KJV Bible in order to gain credibility and general acceptance.
  5. What is missing from the New Testament that is found in the Book of Mormon that would be necessary for me to live a life pleasing to God?

 

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