The founding prophet of the LDS church stated...
"for I will come out on the top at last. I have more to boast of 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." Joseph Smith, History of the Church, volume 6, p. 408-409 (emphasis added)
This is one of the most disturbing quotes I have ever read. I refuse to follow, support, sustain, or sing praises to a man who claims to be a prophet of God and insists that he did more than Jesus. What prophet of God would ever declare to have done more than Jesus?
Who is telling the truth? Joseph Smith or Jesus?
My vote is for Jesus! I am willingly running away from Joseph Smith!
Hymn #27, Praise to the Man, verse 1
Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah! Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer. Blessed to open the last dispensation, Kings shall extol him, and nations revere. Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven! Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain. Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren; Death cannot conquer the hero again.
link to the entire hymn LDS Hymn, Praise to the Man, #27
Unfortunately, I sang that hymn many times.
Emma Smith did not even remain an active LDS after her husband's death. She became a member of the Re-organized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS), presently known as the Community of Christ. The RLDS church is one of over 100 churches that have branched off of the original Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am not okay with following the one true church if Joseph Smith's own wife did not even remain in it. If your husband was a true Prophet of God, would you join a different church after his death?
Deuteronomy 18:20-22 tells us the Biblical test for a prophet.
But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.' And if you say in your heart, 'How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?'- when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
This scripture teaches that a prophet must be tested by checking his prophecies. One false prophecy (even if some true prophecies are given) and that person is a false prophet. It does not matter how sincere he or his followers are. It does not matter how often his followers pray or what feelings they seem to receive in answer to their prayers. He is a false prophet. (watchmen.org)
Some false prophecies of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
"...which city shall be built...in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri, and dedicated by the hand of Joseph Smith.... That the city New Jerusalem shall be built...even the place of the temple...in this generation. For verily this generation shall not pass away until an house shall be built unto the Lord..."
The Missouri Temple in the City of the New Jerusalem was not built in that generation nor was it dedicated by hand of Joseph Smith as the prophecy reveals. It is not even built to this day! "Let the Scriptures Speak" (What the Word of God says about 'The Mormon Church'...The Latter-day Saints) by Suzanne Bishop, p. 100
"Verily, thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls..." (v.3) "For behold, the Southern States shall be divided against the Northern States, and the Southern States will call on other nations, even the nation of Great Britain, as it is called, and they shall also call upon other nations, in order to defend themselves against other nations; and then war shall be poured out upon all nations" (v.6) "And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and chastening hand of an Almighty God..."
This prophecy is concerning the Civil War. The war did not involve England. Nor did other nations join in. Nor did any of the calamities that were stated in this prophecy come to pass. "Let the Scriptures Speak" (What the Word of God says about 'The Mormon Church'...The Latter-day Saints) by Suzanne Bishop, p. 103
Zion (Independence, Missouri) cannot fall
Mormons driven out.
Army to redeem Zion (Independence, Missouri)
Mission unsuccessful, v. 30-34
God seems to be unsure about how large an army to raise.
v. 1 commanded as everlasting order
v. 48 & 53 dissolved and reorganized
Riches of Salem to pay church debt
no riches found, debts not paid
Apostle Patten to go on mission in Spring 1839
He was shot in October of 1838.
Wouldn't God have known he was going to die before the next spring?
New gathering place and temple in Far West
LDS driven out, never built the temple
Build a temple in Nauvoo and house for Smiths
Temple and house not completed
Christ to return in 1890-1891 period
Christ did not return
For other lists of false prophecies, see links
According to God, Joseph Smith = false prophet. Therefore, LDS church = founded by a false prophet.
My unanswered question was:
How could Joseph Smith be a prophet of God when he insists to have done more for this world than Jesus?
I was initially devastated when I received this answer that Joseph Smith could not have been a prophet of God, yet overjoyed to find the truth that I do not need to follow, support, sustain, or sing praises to Joseph Smith to get to Heaven! Jesus is enough for me!