If you’re checking this webpage out then you probably got one of our Bible inserts called: “Jesus talks w/ my LDS Friend.”
Check out the following topics to talk about to show how different Mormon beliefs are from Biblical Christianity. These are conversation starters, not friendship enders. Make sure that you are committed to staying a friend with your LDS peer even if they don’t reject their religion and pursue Jesus.
How can we be saved?
The Bible Says:
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him” (Romans 5:8-9).
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:7-10).
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of your- selves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5).
Mormon Scripture says: (Contradicts)
“For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice’ yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl’ for it shall not be a human sacrifice’ ‘ but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice. “But the law requireth the life of him who hath murdered; therefore there can be nothing which is short of . an infinite atonement which will suffice for the sins of the world” (Book of Mormon, Alma 34:10,12).
“That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the world and to sanctify the world, and to ‘ cleanse it from all unrighteousness” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:41).
“For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 25:23).
Mormon Doctrine says:
“Man may commit certain grievous sins–according to his light and knowledge-that will place him beyond the reach of the atoning blood of Christ. If then he would be saved he must make sacrifice of his own life to atone-so far as in his power lies-for that sin for the blood of Christ alone under certain circumstances will not avail” (Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie, p. 93).
“Joseph Smith taught that there were certain sins so grievous that man may commit, that they will place the transgressors beyond the power of the atonement of Christ. If these offenses are committed, then the blood of Christ will not cleanse them from their sins even though they repent. Therefore their only hope is to have their own blood shed to atone, as far as possible, In their behalf. This is scriptural doctrine, and is taught in all the standard works of the Church” (Doctrines of Salvation by Joseph F. Smith, Vol. 1 p. 135).
“This doctrine can only be practiced In Its fulness in a day when the civil and ecclesiastical laws are administered in the same hands …it was not and could not be practiced in this dispensation, except that persons who understood its provisions could and did use their influence to get a form of capital punishment written into the laws of the various states of the union so that the blood of murderers could be shed” (Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie, p. 93).
Who is Jesus?
The Bible Says: JESUS IS GOD
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1,14).
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
“Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58).
“I and my Father are one [Jesus speaking] …The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God” (John 10:30,33). (Why would the Jews say that if Jesus were merely saying he and God the father were one in purpose, not purpose like the LDS say)
”And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life” (1 John 5:20).
“Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” (John 14:9).
Mormon Scripture says: CHRIST IS GOD
”And because he said unto them that Christ was the God, the Father of all things, and said that he should take upon him the image of man, and it should be the image after which man was created in the beginning; or in other words, he said that man was created after the image of God, and that God should come down among the children of men, and take upon him flesh and blood, and go forth upon the face of the earth” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 7:27).
“Thus saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, the Great I AM, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the same which looked upon the wide expanse of eternity, and all the seraphic hosts of heaven, before the world was made; The same which knoweth all things, for all things are present before mine eyes; I am the same which spake, and the world was made, and all things came by me” (Doctrine and Covenants 38: 1-3).
Mormon Doctrine says: Jesus is a spirit-brother to the Devil, who became a god himself
“The appointment of Jesus to be the Savior of the world was contested by one of the other sons of God. He was called Lucifer, son of the morning. Haughty, ambitious, and covetous of power and glory, this spirit-brother of Jesus desperately tried to become the Savior of Mankind” (The Gospel Through the Ages by Milton R. Hunter, p. 15).
“Christ, the Firstborn, was the mightiest of all the spirit children of the Father” (Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie, p. 590).
“The devil is a spirit son of God who was born in the morning of pre- existence” (Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie, p. 192).
“Jesus was willing to come to the earth, give his life for us, and take upon himself our sins. He, like our Heavenly Father, wanted us to choose whether we would obey Heavenly Father’s commandments. He knew we must be free to choose in order to prove ourselves worthy of exaltation. Jesus said, ‘Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever’ (Moses 4:2). Satan, who was called Lucifer, also came, saying, ‘Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor’ (Moses 4: 1). Satan wanted to force us all to do his will. Under his plan, we would not be allowed to choose. He would take away the freedom of choice that our Father had given us. Satan wanted to have all the honor for our salvation …After hearing both sons speak, Heavenly Father said, ‘I will send the first’ (Abraham 3:27)” (as quoted in Gospel Principles, pp. 17-18, 1997 edition).
What is God and how many are there?
The Bible Says:
THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD AND HE IS NOT HUMAN
“Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD,he is God; there is none else beside him” (Deuteronomy 4:35).
“Hear, 0 Israel: The LORDour God is one LORD” (Deuteronomy 6:4).
“Thus saith the LORD,the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORDof hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not’ told thee from that time, and have declared it? Ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? Yea, there is no God: I know not any” (Isaiah 44:6,8).
“I and my Father are one” [Jesus speaking] (John 10:30).
“For thou shalt worship no other god; for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14).
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (1 John 5:7).
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things” (Romans 1 :22-23)
Mormon Scripture says:
THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD AND HE’S ALWAYS BEEN GOD
“And gave unto them commandments that they should love and serve him, the only living and true God, and that he should be the only being whom they should worship. Which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God, infinite and eternal, without end. Amen” (Doctrine and Covenants 20:19,28).
“And now, behold, my beloved brethren this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen” (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 31 :21).
”And thus will the Father bear record of me, and the Holy Ghost will bear record unto him of the Father and me; for the Father, and I, and the Holy Ghost are one” (Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 11:36).
“And the honor be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy , Ghost, which is one God. Amen” Oliver Cowdery David Whitmer Martin Harris (From the final line of “The Testimony of Three Witnesses” located in the front of the Book of Mormon).
“For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing? And now if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of chang-ing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles. But behold, I will show unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are” (Book of Mormon, Mormon 9:9- 11).
”And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles” (Book of Mormon, Mormon 9:19).
“For behold, God knowing all things, being from everlasting to everlasting, behold, he sent angels to minister unto the children of men, to make manifest concerning the coming of Christ; and in Christ there should come every good thing” (Book of Mormon, Moroni 7:22).
Mormon Doctrine says:
THERE IS MORE THAN ONE GOD, AND GOD WAS ONCE MAN
“Three Separate Personages- Father, Son, and Holy Ghost comprise the Godhead, As each of these persons is a God, it is evident, from this standpoint alone, that a plurality of Gods exists. To us, speaking in the proper finite sense, these three are the only Gods we worship, But in addition there is an infinite number of holy personages, drawn from worlds without number, who have passed on to exaltation and are thus gods” (Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie, pp, 576-577).
“I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith by Joseph Fielding Smith, p,370).
“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens. I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil so that you may see. lt is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did; and I will show it from the Bible” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith by Joseph Fielding Smith, pp. 345-346).
”As man is God once was, as God is man may be” (The Life of Lorenzo Snow by Dr. Thomas C. Romney, p.46).
Can someone be saved after they die?
The Bible Says:
NO SECOND CHANCE FOR SALVATION AFTER DEATH
“When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth” (Proverbs 11:7).
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever)” (Psalm 49:7-8).
‘And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. “Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: “For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. “Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. “And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. “And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:26-31).
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
“Behold, now is the accepted lime; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
(see also Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Isaiah 8:19; 19:3; 2 Corinthians 6:2)
Mormon Scripture says: (Agrees more with the Bible than Mormon Doctrine)
“And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is give us to prepare for eternity, behold if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.
Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this, for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.
For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked” (Book of Mormon, Alma 34:33-35).
Mormon Doctrine says:
BAPTISM FOR DEAD PEOPLE NECESSARY FOR SALVATION
“Thus in the mercy of God, His erring, mortal children, who have taken upon themselves the name of Christ on earth, may become, in a limited sphere, each a savior in the house of his fathers, by vicarious labor and sacrifice, rendered in humility, and, as represented in the baptismal ordinance, typical of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Redeemer” (Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage, p. 152).
“This doctrine presents in a clear light the wisdom and mercy of God In preparing an ordinance for the salvation of the dead, being baptized by proxy, their names recorded in heaven and they judged according to the deeds done in the body. This doctrine was the burden of the scriptures. Those Saints who neglect it in behalf of their deceased relatives, do it at the peril of their own salvation” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith by Joseph F. Smith, p. 193).
“And now, my dearly beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure you that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation. For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation.” (Doctrine and Covenants 128: 15)
There are many other topics you could discuss with your LDS friend but these are the essential ones to start with. Avoid talking about peripheral doctrines and beliefs like polygamy or Amish type people living on the dark side of the moon ~ Focus on Jesus, focus on things that can save your friend.