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THE MORMON PROPHET AND OUTER SPACE

Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, is revered as a Prophet and Revelator by the Mormon people. The acceptance of him as a true prophet of God is a requirement of the faith. In the Doctrine and Covenants, it is stated: "Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me: For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith"(Sec. 21:4,5). Since Smith's words are to be received "as if from the mouth of God" and his prophecies and revelations accepted as authoritative, then by what standard or criterion should Smith and his words be tried in order to determine if he speaks the words of God? The only universally accepted standard is the Bible.

 Deut.18:21,22: "And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken, but the prophet has spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him?'

If Joseph Smith were a true prophet of God, then all his prophecies and revelations should be consistent with the Bible and should come to pass as predicted. Did they? Let us here examine several vital issues.

 The late Mormon president, David O. McKay, in his opening address of the 139th Semi-annual Conference of the Mormon church, told of his "interest" and "fascination" concerning our Astronauts ventures into outer space and their historic walk on the moon. Mr. McKay also related the time in July of 1963 when Astronaut Edward White visited him after his fantastic walk in space. He stated: "At that time I quoted to Astronaut White the lines of our hymn, `If You Could Hue to Kolob,' which tells of the grandeur and eternity of God's creations in space. Major White was so interested in the poem that he asked for a copy of it so that he could read and study it when he reached home" (Church News, Oct.4 1969, p.10,11).

 "Kolob," according to the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, as described in his "Book of Abraham," page 36, is the great star "nearest unto the throne of God." He also declared that "the place where God resides is a great Urim and Thummin - on a globe like a sea of glass and fire" (Doc. & Coy., Sec. 130:7,8).

This information, along with numerous other prophecies and revelations, was supposed to have been received directly from God. One of the most startling of Joseph Smith's "revelations" concerned the moon and its inhabitants. He even took the liberty of describing the moon-dwellers and their dress! He stated: "The inhabitants of the moon are more of a uniform size than the inhabitants of the earth, being about six feet in height. They dress very much like the Quaker style and are quite general in style, or the fashion of dress They live to be very old; coming generally near a thousand years." (From the Journal of Oliver B. Huntington, a devout Mormon contemporary of Joseph Smith. Copy at Utah State Historical Society, Vol. 2, pg. 166. Also found in The Henry E. Huntington Library, Pasadena, California).

 It would indeed be interesting to know if President McKay passed on to Astronaut White this vital information in order that future astronauts would be prepared to encounter and properly address the "inhabitants of the moon," according to the Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith.

 Now that the fifth moon landing and walk is history, and has demonstrated that it is impossible for human beings to live on the moon, it must be terribly disappointing to the adherents of Joseph Smith to learn that none of his "moon-inhabitants" were discovered and that another of their prophet's prophecies has been proven to be false.

The "revelation" concerning the moon and its inhabitants was not the only information which Joseph Smith gave in regard to outer space. During his "reign" in Nauvoo, he made known a "revelation from God" concerning portions of the earth being "torn asunder" and "borne away to form another sphere and planet to hide Enoch and also the "lost ten tribes." He "revealed" the stupendous incidents of great masses of earth's real estate being taken up out of the "northern waters" and also from "where the Gulf of Mexico now exists." According to Joseph Smith, these great portions being taken away, "naturally threw the earth out of balance."

Eliza Roxey Snow, Joseph Smith's wife number sixteen, wrote a "hymn" concerning this phenomenon and when asked where she acquired this astounding information, she answered, "Why, my husband the Prophet Joseph, told me about it." A copy of the hymn follows. It is recorded in the 1891 edition of "Sacred Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." The copy was taken from the "Twentieth Edition" of the Hymn book which shows that the "revelation" concerning portions of the planet earth being taken up into outer space was a well-known and accepted teaching among Smith's adherents.

386
HYMN 322. (C. M.)
1 Thou, earth, wast once a glorious
sphere
Of noble magnitude,
And didst with majesty appear
Among the worlds of God.
2 But thy dimensions have been torn
Asunder, piece by piece,
And each dismembered fragment borne
Abroad to distant space.
3 When Enoch could no longer stay
Amid corruption here,
Part of thyself was borne away
To form another sphere.
4 That portion where his city stood
He gained by right approved;
And nearer to the throne of God
His planet upward moved.
5 And when the Lord saw fit to hide
The "ten lost tribes" away,
Thou, earth, wast severed to provide
The orb on which they stay.
6 And thus, from time to time, thy size
Has been diminished, till
Thou seemest the law of sacrifice
Created to fulfill.

The following descriptive account of Joseph Smith's "revelation" in regard to the "lost ten tribes" and "Enoch and his people and the great city where they dwelt" being translated into outer space, was published in the SAN DIEGO STAKES NEWS DIGEST, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Vol. 5, Number 7, August 7, 1959.

THE TEN TRIBES


Paper on the Ten Tribes of Israel being on a separate planet. This narration was given to Theodore Tobiason by Patriarch Brown of Forest Dale, Oct. 1924

Q.   Brother Brown, will you give us some light and explanation of the 5th verse on page 386 of the Hymn Book, which speaks of the ten tribes of Israel on part of this earth which forms another planet, according to the Hymn of Eliza R. Snow?

 A.    Yes Sir, I think I can. I think I can answer your question. Sister Eliza R. Snow in visiting my grandparents, was asked by my grandmother, "Eliza, where did you get your idea about the lost tribes being taken away as you explained in your wonderful hymn on page 386 of the Hymn Book?" She answered as follows, "Why, my husband the Prophet Joseph told me about it."

 Q.   Have you any other information that your grandfather ever gave you as contained in any conversation with the Prophet Joseph Smith?

 A.   I have. One evening in Nauvoo just after dark, somebody rapped at the door very vigorously. Grandfather said he was reading the Doctrines and Covenants. He rose hastily and answered the summons at the door, where he met the Prophet Joseph Smith. He said, "Brother Brown, can you keep me over night, the mobs are after me?" Grandfather answered, "Yes Sir, it will not be the first time, come on in." "All right," the Prophet said, shutting the door quickly. He came in and sat down. Grandmother said "Brother Joseph, have you had your supper?" "No," he answered, "I have not." So she prepared him a meal and he ate it. Afterward they were in conversation relative to the principles of the gospel, during the conversation the ten tribes were discussed, and mentioned. 

Grandfather said, "Joseph, where are the ten tribes?" He said, "Come to the door and I will show you. Come, Sister Brown. I want both of you to see." It being a star light night the Prophet said, "Brother Brown, can you show me the polar star?" "Yes, Sir," he said, pointing up to the North Star. "There it is." "Yes, I know," said the Prophet, "but which one, there are a lot of stars there." Grandfather said, "Can you see the points of the dipper? " The Prophet said, "Yes." "Well," he said, pointing up to the largest star, trace the pointers, that is the North Star."
The Prophet answered, "You are correct." Now he said, pointing toward the star, "Do you discover a little twinkler to the right and below the polar star which you would judge to be about the distance of twenty feet from here?" Grandfather answered, "Yes Sir," The Prophet said, "Sister Brown, do you see that star also?" Her answer was, "Yes Sir." "Very well then," said he, "Let us go in."

After re-entering the house the Prophet said, "Brother Brown, I noticed when I came in that you were reading the Doctrine and Covenants, will you kindly get it?" He did so. The Prophet turned to the 133 Section and read commencing at the 26th verse. "Now let me ask what would cause the everlasting hills to tremble with more violence than the coming together of two planets?" "And that planet where on they reside will return to this earth. "Now he said "Scientists will tell you that it is a known science that two planets coming together would be disastrous to both; which would be perfectly correct if they met head on from opposite directions. So when two planets or other objects are traveling in the same direction and one of them with a little greater velocity than the other, it would overtake the other." "Now," he said, "What would cause the mountains of ice to melt quicker than the heat caused by the friction of the two planets coming together?" And then he asked the question, "Did you ever see a meteor that was not red hot? So that would cause the mountains of ice to melt.

"And relative to the great highway, which should be cast up. When that planet returns to its place in the great northern waters, it will form a highway and the water will recede and roll back
." He continued, "Now as to their coming back from the Northern Waters; they will return from the North because their planet will return to the place from whence it was taken."
"Relative to the water rolling back to the North. If you take a vessel of water and swing it rapidly around your head you won't spill any. But if you stop the motion gradually, it will begin to pour out. "Now," he said, "Brother Brown, at the present time this earth is rotating very rapidly. When this planet returns it will make the earth much heavier and it will then revolve slower and that will account for the water receding from the earth for a great while, but it has now turned and is proceeding eastward rapidly."

 Q.  Did the Prophet ever tell your grandfather about the city of Enoch being taken from this earth ?

A.  Yes, he did. He said that Enoch and his people kept so faithfully the laws of the Lord that they were translated. Not only Enoch and his people but the great city also wherein they dwelt. And grandfather asked the question, "Brother Joseph, where was that city located?" And the Prophet answered, "Where the Gulf of Mexico now exists." And he said the time will come when the mariner will say there is no bottom to the Gulf of Mexico; and he said when that great piece of land was taken from the earth it created a vacuum and to the extent that it started water coming in to fill up that great space that is known now as the gulf stream. The Prophet added, "In consequence of this great portion being taken away, it naturally threw the earth out of balance. "Now," he said, "When it comes back, that and the planet on which the lost tribes are, the earth will receive its equilibrium and revolve as it naturally was." "Then, Brother Brown, this will fulfill the saying of the Prophet Jeremiah, chapter 16, verses 14 and 15". [End of article]

 No one can accuse Joseph Smith of not having a fertile imagination, but when he boldly attributes such ridiculous fables as revelations from Almighty God, it becomes an entirely different matter. Surely a person places himself in great jeopardy when he trusts the welfare of his eternal soul to such a "prophet" and his unreliable "revelations" and prophecies. Also the flagrant misuse of Jeremiah 16:14,15 is inexcusable.

 The Word of God gives the solemn warning, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing; but inwardly they are ravening wolves" (Mt.7:15).
Also, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (I Jn.4:1).
There is absolutely no need for a prophet today as Mormonism claims, for we have the completed Word of God, the Bible, which tells us, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son." (Heb.1:1,2).

 We are exhorted to believe in and trust God's Word which is " - - - nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith . That if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made to salvation. For the Scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed ... For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom.10:8-13).


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