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Strange Teachings

This section documents some of the strange or odd teachings from Mormon leaders over the years. While the intent is not to ridicule these Mormon leaders, these quotes do nonetheless document the obviously uninspired nature of their pronouncements. What is significant is that many of these teachings were given within the same public preaching and teaching context and with the same claimed authority as their other teachings.

"I have more to boast about than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I." —  Joseph Smith
  • Joseph Fielding Smith - Laws of God must be obeyed, they cannot be changed, "In other words, if there is one divine law that he does not keep he is barred from participating in the kingdom, and figuratively guilty of all, since he is denied all." Complete Worthiness Required. "So in the celestial kingdom we must be worthy in every point, or we fail to receive the blessing. The kingdom of God must exist in absolute unity. Every law must be obeyed, and no member of the Church can have a place there unless he is in full accord." Answers to Gospel Questions, vol. 3, pp. 26-27 (1960)
  • Bruce R. McConkie - "I shall set forth what we must believe relative to the Father and the Son in order to gain eternal life.
        I shall expound the doctrine of the Church ... I shall express the views of the Brethren ...
        It is no secret that many false and vain and foolish things are being taught in the sectarian world and even among us about our need to gain a special relationship with the Lord Jesus.
         ... In an effort to be truer than true they devote themselves to gaining a special relationship with Christ that is both improper and perilous .... Another peril is that those so involved begin to pray directly to Christ because of some special friendship they feel has been developed. In this connection a current and unwise book, which advocates gaining a special relationship with Jesus contains this sentence — 'Because the Savior is our mediator, our prayer go through Christ to the Father and the Father answers our prayers through His Son.'
        This is plain sectarian nonsense. Our prayers are addressed to the Father, and to Him only. They do not go through Christ ... " Church News, p. 5 (March 20, 1982)
  • Orson Pratt - Great Pyramid of Egypt clearly portrays key events from history, including the organizing of the LDS church. Conference Report, p. 86-87 (1880)
  • John Taylor - "Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. ..." Doctrine and Covenants, 135:3 (1844)
  • Spencer W. Kimball - "Our sincere sorrow should lead us to forsake (stop) sinning. It does little good to admit that we have sinned if we do not stop doing the evil thing. If we truly repent of our sins, we will do them no more. If a person has stolen, he will steal no more. If he has lied, he will lie no more. If he committed adultery, he will stop this evil practice." "To make our repentance complete we must always keep the commandments of the Lord (see D&C 1:32). A person is not fully repentant who does not pay his tithes or does net keep the Sabbath day holy or refuses to obey the Word of Wisdom. He is not repentant if he does not sustain the authorities of the Church ..."Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 200 (1969) cited in Gospel Principles, pp. 120-122 (1978)
  • Joseph Smith - There will be an eventual restoration of sacrifices as part of the restitution of all things. Those who say that sacrifice was entirely done away with by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ "are certainly not acquainted with the duties, privileges and authority of the priesthood, or with the Prophets." History of the Church, vol. 4, p. 211-212 (1840)
  • Joseph Smith - "God made Aaron to be the mouthpiece for the children of Israel, and He will make me to be god to you in His stead, and the Elders to be mouth for me; and if you don't like it, you must lump it." History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 319-320 (1844)
  • Joseph Smith - "I have more to boast about than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet. You know my daily walk and conversation."History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 408-409 (1844)
  • John Taylor - "After dinner we sent for some wine. It has been reported by some that this was taken as sacrament. It was no such thing; our spirits were generally dull and heavy, and it was sent for to revive us. I think it was Captain Jones who went after it, but they would not suffer him to return. I believe we all drank of the wine, and gave some to one or two of the prison guards." History of the Church, vol. 7, p. 101 (1844)
  • Brigham Young - "Gold and silver grow, and so does every other kind of metal, the same as the hair upon my had, or the wheat in the field; they do not grow as fast, but they are all the time composing or decomposing ..." Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, p. 219 (1852)
  • Heber C. Kimball - The earth is alive, conceives and came from its parent earths.Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, p. 36 (1857)
  • Brigham Young - "no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith. ... every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are." Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 289 (1869)
  • Brigham Young - Sun and moon both inhabited, and the earth will become like the sun with it is "celestialized."Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 271 (1870)
  • Brigham Young - Examine the character of the Savior, and those who wrote the Old and New Testaments and compare them with the character of Joseph Smith. Joseph's character stands as fair as any man's mentioned in the Bible. Journal of Discourses, vol. 14, p. 203 (1871)
  • Bruce R. McConkie "God the Father is a perfected, glorified holy Man, and immortal Personage. And Christ was born into the world as the literal Son of this Holy Being; he was born in the same personal, real, and literal sense that any mortal son is born to a mortal father. There is nothing figurative about his paternity; he was begotten, conceived and born in the normal and natural course of events, for he is the Son of God, and that designation means what it says." (1 Nephi 11). Mormon Doctrine, p. 742 (1966)
  • Joseph Smith - The term 'Mormon' comes from mon in Egyptian which means good, and with more in front of it, or mor, comes to mean "more good." Times and Seasons, vol. 4, p. 194 (1843)
  • Oliver B. Huntington - As far back as 1837 Joseph Smith said the moon was inhabited. "He described the men as averaging near six feet in height, and dressing quite uniformly in something near the Quaker style. In my patriarchal blessing, given by the father of Joseph the Prophet, in Kirtland, 1837, I was told that I should preach the gospel before I was 21 years of age; that I should preach the gospel to the inhabitants upon the islands of the sea, and — to the inhabitants of the moon, even the planet you can now behold with your eyes. The first two promises have been fulfilled, and the latter may be verified." Young Woman's Journal, vol. 3, p. 263-264 (1892)