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How to explain to a Mormon?

Submitted: 7/14/2013
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Question: If John the Baptist was the last of the Old Testament prophets and there were prophets mentioned in the New Testament, when I am witnessing to Mormons, how do I explain that Joseph Smith is a false prophet?

Answer: You can declare Joseph Smith to be a false prophet based on Paul's statements in Galatians 1:8-9, 'But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.'

According to The Doctrine and Covenants, Section 20:73, found at lds.org, Mormon baptism is to be done as follows: 'The person who is called of God and has authority from Jesus Christ to baptize, shall go down into the water with the person who has presented himself or herself for baptism, and shall say, calling him or her by name: Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.'

Paul preached that baptism was to be in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 19:1-6), not in the titles. The Mormons have more errors than this, but this one alone is enough to say that they are false prophets, even though Joseph Smith claims to have received his spiritual revelations from an angel.