According to the Book of Mormon, a seer is someone who can translate ancient, unspoken languages into English. The Book of Mormon is based on golden plates that Mormon founder and seer Joseph Smith discovered and translated. Unfortunately, those plates were “taken back to heaven.”
In 1835, the Mormon Church purchased some Egyptian papyri for $2,400 because Joseph Smith claimed it had been written by Abraham. Smith translated the papyri into the book of Abraham, which is now considered inerrant scripture by LDS followers, and is contained in The Pearl of Great Price.
The papyri, lost shortly after Smith translated them, were assumed to have been destroyed in a fire in 1871. Amazingly, the papyri were rediscovered in New York’s metropolitan Museum of Art in 1966. On the back of one papyrus is a map of Kirtland, Ohio, where Joseph Smith lived at the time. The Deseret Morning News of Salt Lake City acknowledged that these papyri must have been the same that belonged to Smith.
Since the late 1800s, scholars have been able to accurately translate Egyptian hieroglyphics. Unlike in Smith’s time, the papyri could be translated to determine whether the LDS founder was a true prophet from God, or a liar.
Unfortunately for the Mormon Church, Smith turned out to be a liar. The papyri had nothing to do with Abraham. It was the Egyptian book called Book of Breathings, dated between 50 B.C. and 50 A.D.
Clearly, Joseph Smith concocted an entire book (at least) of LDS scripture. Should this not give LDS followers great pause? Unlike biblical Christianity, Mormonism is based not on facts but on whether followers have a burning in their bosoms when they pray about Joseph Smith.
If you’re a Mormon, please consider the facts carefully, repent of your sins, and trust in the Jesus of the Bible alone—not in your own good deeds (which God declares to be filthy rags apart from His salvation) or a burning bosom. I’ll look forward to seeing you in heaven.
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