by Rocky Hulse
I read with interest the article “Wide variety of artistic expression on display at annual crèche show,” in the Saturday, December 5, 2009, issue of the “Mormon Times.” The article highlights the 16th annual event put on by the Los Alamos New Mexico Ward of the Mormon Church. “The popular holiday show—which is part of Los Alamos Winter Fest celebration—includes 200 to 250 Nativities from people of all faiths living in the Santa Fe Stake and the surrounding area.”
The Christian Community is totally unaware of such seemingly innocent holiday activities. The article gives away two very important statements: (1) “The Crèche Show originated with Alice Mann, a Relief Society president who understood part of her duties included putting on a community event once a year”; (2) “’It’s our gift to the community. It’s our way to help the community know we believe in Christ,’ she said.” To those who do not understand Mormonism and its agenda, these two statements may seem totally innocent; they’re not. These statements are part and parcel of the new Mormon tactic to push the mantra “We’re Christian just like you.”
The Mormon Church today is desperately seeking to be recognized as just one of the many Christian denominations. By their own definition they are not. Day one, hour one, minute one, second one of Mormonism, is Joseph Smith’s “First Vision.” Joseph Smith says he was reading James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, …” which led him to go into a grove of trees near his home and kneel and pray to God, asking which church was true and which he should join. Joseph says that two Personages appeared to him: God the Father and Jesus Christ. With that statement, Joseph Smith was at odds with all of Christianity and the Bible, as both state that God is Spirit, not a Personage of flesh and bones. Joseph Smith said the answer to his question of which church was right and which he should join was, “19. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof” (Joseph Smith 1:19).
The above event and statement is the very beginning of Mormonism. From its inception, Mormonism came out and declared that all of Christianity was in error, and that their creeds, which are doctrine, were an abomination in God’s eyes. In The Doctrine and Covenants, a book the Mormon Church declares to be the revelations of Joseph Smith from God, the Mormon Church, by revelation declares itself to be “the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth” (D & C 1:30). So, if all Christian churches are an “abomination” in God’s eyes, why would the Mormon Church want to be associated with them? It’s really quite simple: the Mormon Church wants to steal their sheep! If the Mormon Church can convince Christianity that Mormonism is really very much like it, then when the Mormon Missionaries come knocking on Christian doors, they will have a far greater success rate at convincing Christians to leave their churches and join Mormonism.
For years the Mormon Church preferred isolation and distance from Christianity; however, their missionaries often met with informed Christians that confronted them on their doctrinal differences. To counter this, the Mormon Church has set out on a path to change Christianity’s perception of them. In 1995 the Mormon Church hired Edelman Public Relations Worldwide to remake their image. Edelman is the largest independently owned PR company in the world – they’ve definitely got their money’s worth. The question is: Why does a church have to hire the world’s largest PR company? The answer: Obviously they have an image problem; they have an image to overcome, or something to hide!
Michael Barrett is an assistant general counsel to the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington D.C. and a Mormon who was excommunicated from the Mormon Church in April 1994 for telling the truth about Mormon doctrines. Mr. Barrett is quoted in an April 23, 1984 article in The Salt Lake Tribune “F. Burton Howard and F. Enzio Busche came out on separate occasions and told me we have an obligation to conceal our doctrines; that we are trying to be a mainstream Christian church…” (Howard and Busche are members of the First Quorum of the Seventy) (The Salt Lake Tribune, April 23, 1994). For candid statements such as this, Mr. Barrett was excommunicated. These two “General Authorities” of Mormonism clearly advance the deception that in order to appear Christian, Mormonism must hide its true doctrines. “Where once the Mormon Church positioned itself as clearly outside the realm of mainstream Christianity, today it is very conciliatory, taking the position that Mormonism and “other streams of Christianity” have more in common than not” (Can We Fellowship With Mormons?, pg 1).
Back to the second paragraph and the two statements I highlighted there: (1) “The Crèche Show originated with Alice Mann, a Relief Society president who understood part of her duties included putting on a community event once a year”; (2) “’It’s our gift to the community. It’s our way to help the community know we believe in Christ,’ she said.” The Mormon Church today actively supports joint events with the Christian Community; not because they look at the Christian Community as their brothers and sisters in the Lord, but as a means to deceptively try and convince the Christian world that they have more in common than not. Through these joint events the Mormon Church can spin their non-Christian doctrines as anything but what they truly are: Non-Christian.
Case in point is the statement in the article “It’s our gift to the community. It’s our way to help the community know we believe in Christ,’ she said.” What the unsuspecting Los Alamos community didn’t hear from the Mormon Church is that their Jesus is not “God Incarnate”; is the brother of Lucifer; cannot save you from all your sin; and was not born of a virgin (Mormon doctrine says that God the Father, who has a body of flesh and bones, had Mary carried away to Him and He “sired” Jesus). If the Christian Body in Los Alamos knew these things, one would hope that they would stop falling prey to these set-up events. “Mormonism is not Protestantism with doctrinal problems; it is as different from Christianity as Hinduism or Islam. It brings another gospel, with another spirit, and it produces another Jesus” (Can We Fellowship With Mormons?, pg 6). “When we fellowship with Mormons in such things as public worship, or when we send signals to people who are ignorant of the real methods, intent, and doctrine of Mormonism, we confuse potential victims. That is both counterproductive and ungodly. At its best it is naïve and devoid of wisdom” (Can We Fellowship With Mormons?, pg 5).
Darl Anderson, a Mormon, has put together a seminar for Mormons on how to fellowship a minister and steal his congregation. Part of the seminar is excuses Mormons use. Excuse number 2 reads as follows: “2. Some LDS question the integrity of making friends with ministers while “out after their sheep”. LDS are proclaiming the most glorious event since the resurrection of the Savior, the Restoration of the Lord’s Gospel. It was so significant that both the Eternal Father and His Son came to earth to announce it. This message then is of vital concern to everyone. Only those who do not comprehend this fact should question the integrity involved” (Love Thy Minister Neighbor, Workshop Outline, Darl Andersen, Excuses #2).
Los Alamos, New Mexico, and the world need to beware of what Mormonism is selling!