“… And now, behold, I say unto you, it shall not be given unto you to know any further concerning this chapter, until the New Testament be translated, and in it all these things shall be made know; wherefore I give unto you that ye may now translate it, that ye may be prepared for the things to come …” – DOCTRINES AND COVENANTS 45:60-61


“ … We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly …” – Articles of Faith (#8) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

His highest "calling" was never finished

In 1830, according to Mormon sources, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon were allegedly commanded by God to study the Bible and seek revelation to obtain a more complete and true translation.  Smith considered it to be “a branch of his calling” as a prophet [i]. 

Smith made many significant changes in Bible passages and introduced “many important points touching the salvation of men, [that] had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled [ii].”

It became known as the “Joseph Smith Translation,” abbreviated “JST.” Although the major portion of the work was completed by July 1833, Smith continued to make modifications while preparing a manuscript for the press.  But in 1844 Smith was killed in a shootout and never finished his “high calling.”  Smith’s translation remains unfinished and Mormons continue to use the King James Version to this very day.

We wonder why this important work of God is left undone? Why do Mormons quote the King James instead of the Joseph Smith Translation?


The Bible according to Mormonism:

  • is true only as far as it does not disagree with Mormon doctrine.
  • is the only book of the four LDS scriptures that is accepted with limitations.
  • is filled with alleged contradictions.
  • cannot be trusted by itself.

The Bible according to true Christianity:

  • is the only Word of God.
  • is complete.
  • is reliable for all Christians throughout all generations.
  • is the only Scripture fully inspired by God.
  • is correctly understood by considering the context and the rest of the Bible.
  • has no contradictions. Alleged “errors” are the result of man’s misinterpretation.
  • is the infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself.
  • can be fully trusted in all matters.
  • is the supreme judge by which all controversies of religion are to be determined.
  • is the only book necessary to teach us the things of God and man’s salvation.
  • is the only rule of faith and life.



[ii]  Joseph Smith, Jr., Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 16 February 1832, pp. 10–11.

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  1. shematwater September 6, 2010 at 12:17 PM #

    “We wonder why this important work of God is left undone?”

    D&C 124: 49 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, that when I give a commandment to any of the sons of men to do a work unto my name, and those sons of men go with all their might and with all they have to perform that work, and cease not their diligence, and their enemies come upon them and hinder them from performing that work, behold, it behooveth me to require that work no more at the hands of those sons of men, but to accept of their offerings.”

    Joseph Smith was called to do the work, but because of the evil works of the enemy he was hindered in completing the work. God has seen fit to leave it at that, as what we have is sufficient for us.


  2. Nicholas Voss September 6, 2010 at 12:57 PM #

    @shemawater: Joseph Smith was not a martyr. He was an opportunist like Muhammad who was shot dead in a gun fight after he escaped from jail.

    Have you ever read from the many ex-Mormons who have abandoned this cult realizing that following the teachings of LDS leads to death, not life? Christians do not feel there is a need for any new prophets when we can follow the Living Prophet who is Lord, Prophet, Priest, and King all wrapped up into one.

    The Bible teaches that ” God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by [His] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds …”

    Here the Scripture tells us plainly that God speaks to us through His Son, not Joseph Smith or any other man claiming to have “another gospel.”

    Seriously, I do not see a need for Joseph Smith or Mormonism. Jesus Christ is enough for me.

    Mormonism was invented in 1830 by Joseph Smith. There was no Mormonism prior to 1830.


  3. shematwater September 7, 2010 at 1:38 PM #


    First, I was addressing the topic you brought up in your post, not the unrelated ideas that you have now brought up. However, since you insist on diverting the conversation to that which you seem to think you can actually argue I will anser it.

    First, Joseph Smith did not escape from jail (though he did try once). He was gunned down by a mob of over two-hundred men. If you want to call this a “gun fight” go right ahead, but you just look silly doing so. He was murdered by a mob for the sake of his religion. This makes him a martyr. You can deny this all you want, but your words will not change that fact.
    Second, I have head many ex-mormons speak about the church. In general I find them either professing doctrine that the church does not teach, or the type that simply wants to do what they want without consequence, which the rest of Christianity makes very easy. Few have ever really been accurate to the doctrine or the purpose of the church, but are seeking reasons to not believe (like the man who left the church because the leaders misspelled his name).

    As to Hebrew 1: 1, it never once says that prophets are not still needed. All it says is that Christ, the Son of God, has personally spoken to the Hebrews of that day. This is a persuassive device used by Paul in teaching the Hebrews. They were blessed to be alive at the time that Son was born on the earth and taught the people. This is all the passage means.

    The need for Joseph Smith and the restored gospel is so that we can have Christ. Christ and his atonement save us, but only if we know and understand them. We gain this knowledge through the prophets, the same as all people have since the beginning of the world. Without prophets this knowledge is not had, and thus we do not have the fulness of Christ, and we do not have enough.
    (And Joseph Smith did not say he had “another Gospel,” but the “truth Gospel” that was had by the early saints.)


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