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Mormonism and The Left Hand Path (LHP)

As a young LDS missionary just wrapping up my two year stint at the New York Rochester Mission in 1980, on the final day before returning home, I took the time to meditate and pray about my service performed during the last two years. My prayer that entire last week was directed to Jesus, asking Him if my two years of “good works” had been acceptable to Him.  I didn’t really care too much about what people thought, I sought above all else His sanctioning and approval.  His answer came to me in a very memorable dream the final night of my LDS Mission.

In my dream, I was hiking along a very well marked path – not unlike the yellow-brick road in the Wizard of Oz movie.  As I journeyed, the path became cluttered with leaves and dirt and was not as easy to distinguish.  Soon, I came to a fork in the trail in the middle of a dark forest of trees.  Which way, I wondered?  It was dark and stormy, and worse, there was no visible marker pointing the way.  I wondered: Did both forks of the path lead to the same destination?  If not, then which one should I take, or does it even matter?

While pondering over these questions, I then saw a light and felt a tremendously warm presence envelope me.  Then the following words entered into my mind and heart in a very powerful way.  “My Son – this path you see before you is your life.  There will be many forks to choose from.  Always choose the Right path, never the Left.  If you choose the Right, you will remain safe, and never be lost. Finally, I promise you will find Me and My House at the end of your journey.  There will be times when the path will be rocky and steep, and very difficult to travel.  People you love and care about will yell at you, mock you, and tell you that you are going the wrong way. But don’t despair, for I will be with you always.  Remember, choose the Right Hand Path!  choose the Right Hand Path! choose the Right Hand Path!”  I woke up with those words echoing in my soul.

Looking back over my life since that night in 1980, I realize how He has always been there to help me find the Right Path when I have come to critical forks in the road.  His Holy Spirit has whispered clear directions to my heart and mind, and has shown me the right fork vs. the left.  This, I have now realized, is the very definition of the concept of GRACE – for I clearly have never done anything to deserve or in any way have earned this direction.   Without a doubt, the biggest “fork in the road” I faced, was abandoning Mormonism in favor of complete and total acceptance of the living Christ and His Saving Grace; choosing a personal relationship with Him, (the Right Hand Path) and totally abandoning the false dogmas and teachings of the LDS Faith, which is clearly nothing more than an institutional structure of men (the Left Hand Path).

In the New Testament, Christ teaches His disciples the critical importance of this truth – choosing the Right Hand Path, and abandoning the Left Hand Path.  In Matthew 25 we read: 31 ¶ When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Recently, I was doing an updated internet search concerning the life of my maternal Great-Grandfather, a man by the name of Joseph Leland Heywood.  JLH was quite an important man in Utah during the years 1850-1880.  In addition to being a Mormon Bishop, he also was the Utah Territorial U.S. Marshall under Brigham Young, as well as the 1st U.S. Postmaster.   He converted to Mormonism during the Nauvoo era, and was baptized in the frozen Mississippi River, where, according to his journal, “the Prophet Joseph assisted in cutting the ice” for the event.

Joseph Leland Heywood, circa 1858

Joseph Leland Heywood, circa 1858

Imagine my surprise when I came across a story on a BYU website entitled “A Fork in the Road” which involved my ancestor.   The early JLH homestead is now the northeast corner of the LDS Conference Center!  Supposedly, a rather “miraculous” event occurred there – as Gordon B. Hinckley and his family explained it in great detail.  Like my 1980 dream in the mission field, this other dream also involved a road with two forks.  However, it clearly showed that the LDS Church (Mormonism) is the LEFT HAND PATH, not the RIGHT HAND PATH!

Please take the time and review the entire story:   http://www.byujourneys.org/blog/joseph-l-heywood-homesite-2/

Readers, why is this symbolism so significant you may ask?  I submit it is because there is only ONE path and only ONE gate in which we must spiritually enter His presence!  In what is my personal favorite chapter in the entire Bible (largely because of my dreams and life experiences) Matthew 7,  Christ tell us: “3 ¶ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.    Then, I submit Christ teaches us a key about discerning who it is that too often leads us down the “broad way” and “wide gate” leading to destruction:
15 ¶ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.   

Remember, Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life” and no man comes to the Father, except through Him.  (John 14:6)  There is only ONE Savior of the World.  There is One Way, only ONE RIGHT PATH!  We really don’t need “prophets” or “apostles” any more – because Christ Jesus is Messiah and He came and was the final and last “High Priest”.  We have HIM, His Comforter, and His divinely preserved scriptures to guide us.  We truly need nothing else in order to find His Right Hand Path, and stay on it for life.

Finally, in conclusion, I realize many people reading this post are faithful LDS people.  I don’t mean to offend you. I do, however, mean to warn you.  My solemn witness to you is that Mormonism is totally and completely the LEFT HAND PATH which is ruled by Satan.  Consider the teachings of arch satanist Anton Lavey in his “Satanic Bible”:

“Satanism is not a white light religion; it is a religion of the flesh, the mundane, the carnal – all of which are ruled by Satan, the personification of the Left Hand Path.

The Satanic Bible” by Anton LaVey (1969)
Book Of Lucifer 3:paragraph 30

Did you get that dear Reader?   Satanism is clearly a group of various false religions and dogmas that are “personifications” of the Left Hand Path just as taught by the story told by Hinckley concerning the “Fork in The Road”.  There is actually a large number of websites that instruct people on how to honor and follow the Left Hand Path.  Joseph Smith embodied ALL of these aspects, not the least of which is sexual, carnal lust and eventually embracing the satanic practice of polygamy.  For instance, Smith daily invoked the power of a Jupiter Talisman and other Black Magick devices throughout his life.  (See Quinn’s seminal book “Early Mormonism and the Magic World View” for details on this and other FACTS of Smith’s life and witchcraft practices).

There is no doubt that Satan exists – he is every bit as real as Jesus of Nazareth.  He can and does bring gifts of healing and carnal miracles to those who are unwittingly on his Left Hand Path heading to spiritual destruction.  He can and does appear to men as an “angel of light” as he came to Joseph Smith.  (2 Corinthians 11:14)  He brings wealth and power to his minions who are promoting the Left Hand Path.  He “endows” his initiates with “power in the priesthood throughout all generations of time, and throughout all eternity”. This has ALWAYS been a Satanic blessing and endowment for thousands of years dating back to antiquity.  Indeed, Satan’s “emblem of priesthoods and power” has always been his green apron.

Finally, those who expose these eternal truths are often ridiculed, mocked and even hated by those who fear and/or follow the Left Hand Path.

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Joseph Smith’s “Sacred” Scrying Stone Revealed

Check out the latest LDS craziness emanating from Salt Lake City.  The Mormon leaders have at long last finally released photos of Joseph Smith’s “peep-stone” that he employed to produce the “sacred” Book of Mormo -n.  Incredible!!




Keep in mind that during all my years of being involved in Mormonism, the official LDS Church position was always that Joseph Smith utilized a mystical “Urimm and Thummim to “translate” the magical “gold plates” and produce the Book of Mormon.  RIGHT!  Whenever the question of a “magical seer-stone in a darkened hat” came up – it was always dismissed as false and mean-spirited  “anti-Mormon” ranting.  Now the world learns that the LDS Church has ALWAYS had possession of Smith’s “sacred” scrying stone, and today they publicly admitted it.  Oh my!

It appears David Whitmer’s testimony of the “translation” process was perfectly correct all along.  Whitmer was one of the Three Witnesses whose testimony is in the front of every modern B of M, so his credibility on the subject is impeccable, even though completely misguided. In his book “An Address to All Believers in Christ” – Whitmer declares: “I will now give you a description of the manner in which the Book of Mormon was translated. Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine. A piece of something resembling parchment would appear, and on that appeared the writing. One character at a time would appear, and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the English to Oliver Cowdery, who was his principal scribe, and when it was written down and repeated to Brother Joseph to see if it was correct, then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear. Thus the Book of Mormon was translated —-”  (Page 12).

C’mon good Mormon people – give this post some serious objective, critical thinking.   By the modern LDS Church’s own admission, this egg-shaped stone below was the primary tool that Smith used to conjure up the Book of Mormon!!

Smith Seerstone Imagine this stone placed in Smith’s hat and magical “parchment” appearing out of the darkness within it.   Translation of ancient precious metal plates?  Hardly!  This process is what the ancient biblical texts refer to as scrying, or “peeping” – and God strictly forbade such practices.  The Prophet Isaiah had this to say about the topic: “And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? ——  And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness”  (Isaiah 8:19-22). Indeed, Smith declared that the Book of Mormon truly has a “familiar spirit” (i.e. a demonic entity according to the Bible).  Indeed, the LDS people constantly seek after the dead – doing posthumous “endowments” and baptism for dead people every day but Sunday and Monday in their secret temples worldwide!

The problem is, for many years, official LDS publications consistently portrayed Joseph Smith studying the mystical plates as he dictates their English meaning for his scribe to write down.  For example – here is the LDS Ensign magazine cover depicting the process:

Smith Translating

Yet now we know from the LDS Church’s own admission, here is what in reality actually transpired:

Smih Translating2

No “translating” was in reality being done – only “peeping’ or “scrying”.  All this while the mystical plates of gold were safely buried outside the house under a tree (according to David Whitmer et. al.)??  What is astonishing to me is that otherwise intelligent people actually believe this end-product is “sacred scripture” even more important spiritually than the Holy Bible!!

Take a good long look at Smith’s magic seer-stone above.  Do you really believe that egg-shaped stone glowed in Smith’s darkened hat and magical parchment words appeared??

I ask you: If someone were to make such ludicrous declarations in today’s world, would they not likely end up in an asylum for the criminally insane?  And if they did so in order to bilk people out of their money – they would likely be spending time in either a high security prison (or be elected to office in Washington D.C.)


It’s official – the LDS Church (the Mormons) have finally, at long last, publicly admitted that founder Joseph Smith Jr. had “as many as 40 wives.”

See the complete essay at


While attempting to be “transparent” – the polygamy essay still propagates outright falsehoods, however.  For instance, in the very first paragraph is this obvious whopper: “In biblical times, the Lord commanded some of His people to practice plural marriage—the marriage of one man and more than one woman.”   By using the word, “biblical” the reader is led to wrongfully believe polygamy is/was a selective “commandment” of God.  Nothing could be further from the truth.   There is absolutely no such “commandment” anywhere in the Holy Bible.  Follow the footnote and you will see that the primary “reference” is Smith’s 1843 “revelation” on polygamy – which of course was written by Smith years after he was caught by Emma rolling young Fanny Alger around in the hay in the family barn.  OOPS.  Nice try Mormon “leaders”.   Calling a sow’s ear a silk purse is getting old!

A careful reading of Genesis 16 will show the truth – the IDEA of providing a younger, riper womb for Abraham to fertilize was totally and exclusively that of Sarah.  God had nothing to do with it.  The fact is, Sarah’s lack of faith in God’s promise caused all sorts of heartache and problems.   Typical.  Such things usually happen when people think they can take things into their own hands instead of having pure faith.

But the LDS Church has a much bigger problem to deal with now that at least SOME of their more embarrassing warts are self-exposed.  Honest members aren’t stupid.  They have to wonder why it is the Church has LIED about this absolute truth for so many years.

Remember an LDS author named Fawn Brodie?  She had the chutzpah to honestly write a book about this very subject, and titled it “No Man Knows My History.”   Brodie was vilified and excommunicated for writing the truth about EXACTLY what the LDS Church is now publicly admitting.  Brodie’s name became synonymous with “evil apostate” and I’m quite confident she suffered immensely by such un-Christlike treatment.   It seems the LDS Church owes Brodie and her entire family a deep and sincere apology!

The fallout from this latest “essay” is well documented in a recent NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/11/us/its-official-mormon-founder-had-up-to-40-wives.html?partner=msft_msn&_r=0    Bet Tommy Monson and the PR boys at Adelmann and Company didn’t see THAT coming!

I submit here is what honest LDS members should be asking their “leaders”:

1.  Is it ever OK for LDS leaders to “Lie for the Lord”?  Keep in mind that many early LDS “prophets” openly lied about polygamy when interviewed by the “gentile” press.  Could you ever imagine Jesus lying about His core doctrines?

2.  Why is Warren Jeffs currently languishing in a Texas prison for doing EXACTLY the same thing that Joseph Smith did during the years 1835 to his death in 1844?  Why is Jeffs a criminal, and Joseph Smith a revered demigod to mainstream Mormons when clearly they are two peas in a most corrupt pod of deceit.

3.   Why is it that Paul, or Peter, or James, John, or any of the original apostles never felt the need to write spin-doctoring essays about Jesus’ practices and hypocritical actions?  (Or for that matter, any “prophet” of ancient Israel?)

4.  If the leaders have systematically lied about Joseph’s polygamy, what else have they been lying about over the years?  In other words, credibility has been lost forever.


The bottom line is this and every other of the previous 12 “essays” stands as strong witnesses that Mormonism is simply a man-made false religion.  Nothing more, and nothing less.   As such, it is no wonder their false doctrines deny the free gift of Christ’s saving Grace and is clearly “another gospel” which is accursed!  (Galatians 1:8-9)  Its “restored priesthood” is a total sham, and has absolutely no power to save souls, and bring them to the true, biblical Christ.

It is simply impossible to grow a healthy, firm tree from a dead and corrupt root.



Brigham Young himself referred to the Temple Garment as “magical” in nature, he even went so far as to declare that Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum, were “FALLEN PROPHETS” because they had earlier renounced the wearing of magical underwear when they travelled to Carthage.  Young declared in a SLC sermon that the Smiths were likely killed because they didn’t have the magic “Protections” afforded by the “garments” while others such as John Taylor were protected.

Of course what the propaganda film fails to mention is the incredible similarities of the Mormon “temple robes” to that of the Jewish B’nai B’rith Freemason ceremonial “temple robes”.   Of course it also fails to mention that Joseph Smith copied the “temple robes” from them.   It also fails to mention that the “sacred symbols” sewn into the temple underwear consist of the three symbols of Freemasonry as well – the Masonic compass, the Square, and the Straight Rule -which covers the left and right breast and the navel and the knee of the Mormon undies.

The four-minute film also fails to mention, of course, that ONLY in the BLACK MAGIC GRIMOIRES of Satanism does the concept of sewing SYMBOLS into underwear for the purposes of magical “protection” from the demonic entities conjured by the magic rites appear.  This is not in any way, shape or form a Biblical edict -far from it.  For that matter, it is not a Book of Mormon practice either.   It is only done by those, who, like Lucy Mack Smith (Joseph’s mother) declared in her biographical book,  wish to “perfect the FACULTY OF ABRAC” (i.e practice and master the biblically forbidden arts of black magic).

Furthermore, good Mormon people, just because the practice of wearing special temple garb was written in the Old Testament, it doesn’t mean it is applicable to you and Christianity today.  Prior to the advent of Jesus, many other obtuse rituals were also conducted by the Hebrew priests – such as the burning of animals.  Why can’t you understand that once Christ’s atonement was completed, ALL of the early “temple rituals” were rendered moot and unnecessary?  Why can’t you understand that reverting back to Old Testament “temple worship” is in fact denying the efficacy of His incredible work on your behalf?  Why can’t you understand that this is MOCKING HIM??  Why can’t you understand this is exactly what Paul told the “jews” who so anxiously rebuilt the damaged temple and re-installed the torn temple veil?


According to ex-LDS Historian Michael Quinn’s seminal book “Early Mormonism and the Magic World View” – Founder Joseph Smith and his entire family was deeply steeped in black magic ritual.   Wikipedia informs us that to gain the “secret of ABRAC”, an initiate who follows the GRIMOIRE instructions must follow:

an elaborate ritual whose purpose is to obtain the “knowledge and conversation” of the magician’s “guardian angel”. The preparations are elaborate, difficult, and long. All of the German texts describe a duration for the operation of 18 months before any divine contact is known. In the Mathers translation, they pray before sunrise and again at sunset. During this preparatory phase, there are many restrictions: chastity must be observed, alcoholic beverages refused, and the magician must conduct his business with scrupulous fairness.  (Sound familiar at all, good Mormons??)

After the preparatory phase has been successfully completed, the magician’s Holy Guardian Angel will appear and reveal magical secrets.

Once this is accomplished, the magician must evoke the 12 Kings and Dukes of Hell (LuciferSatanLeviathanBelial, etc.) and bind them. Thereby, the magician gains command of them in his own mental universe, and removes their negative influence from his life. Further, these spirits must deliver a number of familiar spirits (four principal familiars, and several more associated with a set of magical word-square talismans provided in the Abramelin’s Book Four).”


The problem is, that once they are “evoked” – the 12 “Kings and Dukes of Hell” are never truly “bound” – rather, they possess the souls of the initiate in every single case.

Joseph Smith understood that the protective magic “talismans” are most effective when worn 24/7 directly against the practitioner’s skin.  This is exactly where the Magician Joe Smith got the idea of sewing the Masonic emblems of POWER AND PROTECTION directly into the “sacred temple garment”.

I agree with the propaganda film above, the good Mormon people SHOULD be “offended” by the TRUTH of the origins of their customs are exposed.

There is no “good magic” dear Mormon people.  There is only separation from Christ and His Gospel of Grace.  Where are you?


Mormons want to be counted as “normal” Christians in the very worst way. To this end, they produce half-true “documentary” films in order to brainwash gullible people who don’t do their homework.   The REALITY is, they AREN’T “normal” and never will be unless and until they quit lying and abandon their pagan/satanic non-biblical practices and core beliefs.

Without a shadow of a doubt – Joseph Smith the founding Mormon “prophet” was a bare-faced liar and an adulterous womanizer.   He never saw nor conversed with “God the Father and Jesus Christ”.  Therefore the “foundation” of Mormonism simply crumbles and the entire structure collapses.

Just look at Josephs Smith’s own writings and history.  He claimed to have seen God in 1820.  Then he claimed to have been given the “lost priesthood authority” in 1829.  Then he organized his “Church” in 1830 with 6 original members.  Then in 1832, he receives a “revelation” that is canonized as “scripture” by the Mormons.  This “revelation” is found in “D & C Section 84”  Verses 21-22 declares: “And without the ordinances thereof, and the AUTHORITY OF THE PRIESTHOOD, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; – FOR WITHOUT THIS (the authority of the priesthood), NO MAN CAN SEE THE FACE OF GOD EVEN THE FATHER, AND LIVE.”    OOPS – that’s what happens to charlatans and con men – it becomes hard to cover up a lie.  You see, Joseph Smith NEVER declared he had seen The Father and Jesus Christ at all until the year 1838!   Until then, his official, church-creating “story” was he had only seen an “angel” named Nephi!

I am amazed at the degrees of lunacy exhibited by lost Mormons as they try to explain this truth away.  I have heard them declare “Section 84 only applies to grown “men”, not to 14 year-old BOYS!”    Really??  They also the echo the distortions of apologists at FAIR and FARMS who explain away this core truth by classic misdirection.  They would have people believe that the subject of D&C 84: 21-22 is not the “PRIESTHOOD” but rather – the “power of godliness” that simply means a pillar of light.   Then they support their position by quoting Joseph Smith’s fraudulent “Book of Moses” in the Pearl of Great Price – instead of course, of the Holy Bible.   Regardless, it is clear that “the power of godliness” doesn’t happen either without the “Mormon Priesthood”.  Completely fallacious argument!  See http://pt.fairmormon.org/First_Vision/D%26C:84_says_God_not_seen_without_priesthood

My response to them is simply to show any pre-1838 missionary tract put out by Joe Smith and company that speaks of a “1st Vision” consisting of a meeting with The Father and Christ with the boy Joseph.   They can’t produce this, because it simply doesn’t exist – unless of course, the employ the master forger Mark Hoffman to make one up.  I have researched countless letters and early 1832-35 “conversions” stories, all of which were based on the “ministering of angels” claim of Joe Smith – and the Book of Mormon that supposedly came as a result of “angel visitations”

Even Joe Smith’s mother, Lucy Mack Smith tells the TRUTH about this from her own diary and memory.  She wrote in 1844 after Joe’s death the following historical account:

“The 3 harvest time had now arrived since we opened our new farm and all the our sons were actively employed in assisting their Father to cut down the grain and storing it away in order, for winter One evening we were sitting till quite late conversing upon the subject of the diversity of churches that had risen up in the world and the many thousand opinions in existence as to the truths contained in scripture. Joseph who never said many words upon any subject but always seemed to reflect more deeply than common persons of his age upon everything of a religious nature.

This After we ceased conversation he went to bed <and was pondering in his mind which of the churches were the true one> an but he had not laid there long till <he saw> a bright <light> entered the room where he lay he looked up and saw an angel of the Lord stood <standing> by him The angel spoke I perceive that you are enquiring in your mind which is the true church there is not a true church on Earth No not one Nor <and> has not been since Peter took the Keys <of the Melchesidec priesthood after the order of God> into the Kingdom of Heaven The churches that are now upon the Earth are all man made churches Joseph there is a record for you and you must get it one day get it There is a record for you and Joseph when you have learned to keep the commandments of God but you cannot get it untill you learn to keep the commandments of God <For it is not to get gain> But it is [p.336]to bring forth that light and intelligence which has been long lost in the Earth Now Joseph <or> beware <or> when you go to get the plates your mind will be filld with darkness and all maner of evil will rush into your mind To keep <prevent> you from keeping the commandments of God <that you may not succed in doing his work> and you must tell your father of this for he will believe every word you say the record is on a side hill on the Hill of Cumorah 3 miles from this place remove the Grass and moss and you will find a large flat stone pry that up and you will find the record under it laying on 4 pillars—<of cement> then the angel left him”

Of course, the LIARS in SLC couldn’t let this stand – so “apostle” Orson Pratt edited Mother Smith’s original book, and re-published it in 1853, suddenly including a word-for-word account of the 1st Vision written by the mentally diseased Joseph Smith in 1842.   DECEPTION – what a terrible thing!!

Here’s what “Meet the Mormons” should really tell you:

There are just a few details I would like to clarify:

When I testify in my interview with “Bishop” Earl that the Holy Bible is God’s Word, there is absolutely no doubt that it is of divine origins and that it most definitely has indeed been “translated correctly”.   The ancient texts such as the Greek “Textus Receptus” (aka the New Testament books) have been perfectly translated, and were never altered or changed in any way since the 1st century C.E.  The Dead Sea Scrolls prove the King James Bible Old Testament to also have been perfectly translated.   Nothing “plain and precious” has been lost – and so the declarations otherwise in the Book of Mormon exposes the fraud and deceptions of one Joseph Smith.  See 2nd short video below.

Question to my Mormon friends and family:  WHAT COULD BE MORE “PLAIN AND PRECIOUS” THAN A DETAILED ROAD MAP OF HOW TO GAIN AND MAINTAIN A DEEP, PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST, AND THUS A PURE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS TRUTH?   That’s called “Salvation through Grace” and that message comes out loud and clear in the New Testament text.  It always has, and it always will!  Christ’s GRACE has always been the CORE MESSAGE of His “Church” body – and just as He promised, the GATES OF HELL have not “prevailed against it”.   Instead, also just as He warned, FALSE PROPHETS have constantly perverted His Gospel with false teachings, “channeled texts” (not translated at all) and lying words.

And here is the witness of my BETTER HALF – my sweetheart Joan:

The information on this video is accurate, even though there are numerous typo errors in the text:

Great Ex-Mormon Testimony and Witness

My wife and I met the Wilder’s just after they had awakened from their collective stupor and left the false religion of Mormonism.  Their testimony mirrored my personal experience in so many ways.  Lynn Wilder is not the least bit shy in telling her story.  In fact, she has published a book that is fast becoming a Best-Seller.  Here is her condensed version for your review.   Such honesty and integrity is so very rare in the world of Mormonism today – and it all began with her son Micah finding the Biblical Jesus in the LDS “Mission Field”.


On a Friday in January 2006, at home in Alpine, Utah, I received a phone call from my third son, Micah, that changed my life.

My family and I loved living in “Zion,” the result of a decision that my husband, Michael, and I had made as young adults to join the Mormon Church. For eight years, I had been a professor at Brigham Young University (BYU), the flagship school of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Michael was a high priest, a bishopric member and high counselor, temple worker, seminary teacher, and Sunday school president. Our first son, Josh, and second son, Matt, had served the church’s obligatory two-year evangelizing missions. Our daughter Katie pleased church leaders as well with her faith in Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith.

I looked down on Christians who followed the Bible. They had part of the gospel, but I had the fullness of it. I kept the laws and ordinances of Mormonism. When I took the sacrament of leavened bread and water each week at our Sunday meeting house, I was letting the sin janitor sweep away all iniquity. I believed the Mormon Church secured my eternal life.

Life in Zion

My husband and I had joined the LDS Church at age 25 after Mormon missionaries knocked on our front door. We had both attended Protestant churches growing up, but we rarely if ever read the Bible. We assumed that joining was a Christian option (85 percent of LDS converts come from biblical Christianity). We were unprepared to counter the missionaries.

Immediately and always active in the church, we raised our four children in the faith in Indiana. Serving untold hours in church callings, reading Mormon scripture, tithing, attending meetings, keeping a health code, and doing genealogy so we could redeem the dead in the temple—these were a few of our offerings to the Mormon God.

In all the years of serving the church, I thought I knew Jesus. We believed he was born first as a spirit child to Heavenly Father and Mother, and came to Earth to receive a body. He atoned for our sins in the Garden. Like the Pharisee in Luke 18, I thought I knew him better than others through the exclusive instruction I received in the temple.

In 1999, I completed my doctorate in education and was hired at BYU. We moved to Zion.

And life was good there. On Sundays we sang:

Great is his glory and endless his priesthood.

Ever and ever the keys he will hold.

Faithful and true, he will enter his kingdom,

Crowned in the midst of the prophets of old.

Sound like Jesus? Nope, this hymn is about Joseph Smith. Here’s the first verse:

Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!

Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer.

Blessed to open the last dispensation,

Kings will extol him and nations revere.

Like Heavenly Father and Jesus before him—like Smith himself—Michael was working to become a god. This is one reason we attended the temple regularly.


Then, something unexpected interrupted our perfect Mormon life.

Three weeks before the end of his two-year mission, Micah called to tell us he was being sent home early—a horrific disgrace in Mormon culture. He had been reading the New Testament. There he encountered a different Jesus than the one I was taught about in Mormonism—a God of grace, not of works, so that no one can boast. Micah was riveted.

To a roomful of missionaries at his parting testimony, Micah had professed faith in Jesus alone and not the Mormon Church. He told them he had found a deep and genuine faith—one that didn’t include Mormonism. It did not go over well. Church leaders told us that Micah had the spirit of the Devil in him, sent him home, and subsequently, back in Utah, invited us to bring him before the high council. To prevent excommunication, we put Micah on a plane out of Utah. His expulsion put our family in turmoil.

When he boarded the plane in Utah to begin a band and ministry in Florida, Micah pleaded, “Mom and Dad, please read the New Testament.” We commenced. As I read, I became increasingly consumed by reading about the God of grace. I barely ate or slept. It’s all I wanted to do.

After Micah’s expulsion, questions about Mormonism that I had harbored for years—about my patriarchal blessing, about the church’s history of racism, about the scope of Christ’s atonement—kicked into high gear. I heeded Micah’s advice, and began reading the Bible in translations easier to understand than the LDS-authorized King James Version.

In John’s gospel, I read, “These are the very scriptures that testify of me yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” Salvation did not require the Mormon Church, only Jesus. I began to see clearly that Mormonism taught a different gospel than what the Bible taught.

When I read what Jesus said in John 6:44, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them,” I knew I was being drawn—sucked, pulled, conveyed, transported. In physics, an event horizon is a boundary beyond which the gravitational pull is so powerful that there is no escape. This was my event horizon. As I read the Bible, my appetite for God grew exponentially. I felt myself drawn to him at an ever-increasing speed.

Then, on a chilly October evening in 2006, Michael and I settled in with Katie in our basement to watch the movie Luther. My heart pounded as I learned of the reformer’s struggle against the Catholic Church. I seemed to be facing a similar struggle: Did I believe the Mormon system of obedience to laws and ordinances would secure my forgiveness? Or did I believe what the Bible taught, that Jesus alone was the Way, the Truth, and the Life?

That night, speeding toward the point of no return, I lay face-down on the carpet, arms extended, and cried out to Jesus, “I am yours. Save me.” Instantly I was sucked over.

From that point on, God became personal. I talked with him. He sometimes answered. I had stark dreams. Once I surrendered my will to his, he seemed to be gently leading me somewhere. He showed up at unexpected times and taught me through other people and through circumstances, through the Word and during prayer. It was bizarre at first—unnerving. I’d never experienced anything like this. Some days I pulled back to catch my breath. He got me a job I hadn’t applied for so I could leave BYU. He sold our home the day after we resigned from the Mormon Church. This must be what Christians call a personal relationship with Jesus.

I discovered this Jesus could not be confined by the laws and ordinances of a religion. Jesus is real. This palpable relationship transformed me.

Comforting Blood

About a month after Katie came to Christ, she dreamed of a stone courtyard in the shape of a circle. She saw herself as a small girl, led by a man through the one entrance, which looked like a sheep gate. There were small pools of blood on the ground, but she wasn’t afraid. This courtyard was where Jesus had been beaten and whipped until near-death. The blood was his.

Katie looked right at the man, who was wearing a cream-colored robe and a shawl over his head, and immediately trusted him. He knelt in the dirt to gaze at her, directly at eye level. Taking the shawl off his head, he touched it to the bloodstained ground and gently began to cover her with the blood, starting with her forehead. He smiled at her as if she were the joy set before him.

This is the Jesus my family and I now know. He loves me personally. I devour his Word and find him there. He knows me and teaches me. I do not need the laws and ordinances of the Mormon Church to be saved. Only my beloved Jesus.

Lynn Wilder is the author of Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church (Zondervan).

In the field of modern Quantum Physics, the word ETHER is defined as: a very rarefied and highly elastic substance formerly believed to permeate all space, including the interstices between the particles of matter, and to be the medium whose vibrations constituted light and other electromagnetic radiation.”  In other words, it is the very essence of the inter-dimensional plane that separates all “parallel universes” from what is commonly termed “reality” on the earth today.

There can be very little doubt that Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of “Mormonism” (aka the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) spent quite a bit of time exploring the “Ether” in a state of cognitive dissociation.   At the very tender age of 7 years, he contracted typhus.  A very large abscess of typhus toxins settled under his arm – swelling it severely – and he became critically ill.   Physicians at nearby Dartmouth College in the vicinity of the Smith home in Sharon, Vermont, proceeded to surgically lance the abscess and drain it of its infection, but that was only the beginning of young Joseph’s troubles.  The toxins eventually moved, and colonized massively in the lad’s shin bone and periosteum.  He then endured two other highly traumatic “experimental” surgeries performed without any anesthesia.

The complete details of the incredibly GORY HISTORY of these half-day-long surgeries from the actual Dartmouth microfiche records are explained in Dr. William Morain’s incredible book, “The Sword of Laban  – Joseph Smith Jr. and the Dissociated Mind.”

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The synopsis of the book explains:

A whole life can be shaped by an old trauma, remembered or not.”   Lenore Terr, Child Psychiatrist

What behavioral patterns could one expect from an adult whose brutal childhood traumas held themes of dismemberment, punishment, and worse? For Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism, a religious superstructure of narcissism may well have evolved, with sexual and ritualistic features that flowed directly from traumatic events.

Joseph suffered unspeakable pain as a seven-year-old child from a leg bone infection and its surgical treatments without anesthesia. He survived as the crippled middle child of an impoverished migrant family, retreating into a fantasy world of violence, persecution, and revenge from which he never completely emerged. As an adolescent, the sudden death of his beloved older brother Alvin contributed bizarre bereavement fantasies to an already traumatized psyche.

Lucy Mack Smith, Joseph’s mother, declared in her book that in the years following his very real brush with death,  young Joseph would often mesmerize the entire family with his vivid tales and detailed descriptions of ancient peoples and their magnificent cities.  He often told them that he had actually visited the places and conversed with the people.  As Dr. Morain documents in his highly professional treatise, this is a CLASSIC example of a clinical psychological condition known today as “Dissociative Identity Disorder” – aka D.I.D. or M.P.D. (Multiple Personality Disorder).     Today, such traumatized mental patients are quite rare thanks to the advance of modern medicine and anesthesia, but occasionally, D.I.D. is still diagnosed and successfully treated.   The D.I.D. victim is  often institutionalized, counseled, and medicated to control their delusional excursions into their make-believe land of fantasy (the Ether) and its illusion – and thus many are able to significantly contribute positively to society.  In the early 1800’s, however, they were simply odd, or “special” people. Clearly, they were not “normal” by any definition.   The public’s perception of such an individual fell into three camps of thought:  Some just ignored them as “quaint” but harmless, many others felt they were “evil” or “possessed of the devil”.  Still others regarded them as special “prophets” sent from God.

Often,  the D.I.D/M.P.D. victim often develops into a highly narcissistic adult personality if untreated.   They develop an insatiable desire for titles and honors.  They also develop an extremely hyper libido – and the desire for multiple sex partners becomes insatiable.

This, then, is the true personal history of  the life of Joseph Smith, Jr.  Keep in mind this is written not to condemn the man, only to explain him rationally and logically.    At 12 years of age, the traumatized D.I.D. victim Joseph became the apprentice/constant companion of a man named Luman Walters.   Sadly, Walters’ history is extremely dark.  He was a favored student of the high-level Masonic hypnotist Anton Mesmer in Austria, and was eventually expelled from Europe for “wizardry and necromancy”.   Walters’ name (L. Walters – America) appears as one of the “charter members” of an Austrian secret society called “The Fratris Lucis” (The Brotherhood of Lucifer.)   Walters’ was trained and skilled in the use of mind-twisting entheogens such as Amanita Mascara mushrooms and Daitura – used for thousands of years by the “shamans” of various satanic mystery cults over the centuries in order  to produce ‘sacred’ visions with the ‘God of the Earth’.   There can be little doubt from analyzing the factual historical record, that Joseph Smith literally became the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”.   LDS Church Historian D. Michael Quinn in his seminal book: “Early Mormonism and the Magic World View” declares that Joseph and Walters’ became “inseparable constant companions”.

At age 14, Smith had his “First Vision” which was “early in the Spring of 1820”.  (No specific DATE was ever given by Smith.)  In this “1st Vision” Smith claims all CHRISTIAN churches are “abominations” and that he alone would establish the only “true” church.  A decade later, March 26, 1830 – the first printing of the “Book of Mormon” is released for sale.  There are no “Chapters or Verse” structures in the original text – it looks and reads just like any other traditional book – fictional fairy-tale or otherwise.  Just days after the book is published, the “Mormon” Church officially begins with SIX (6) members on the 6th day of April, 1830.

Joseph Smith Jr., then embarks on a most remarkable journey into the pages of American religious history.  In 1834 Smith leads a small Mormon army entitled “Zion’s Camp” from Ohio to Western Missouri.  Smith promises complete physical victory over the old-time Missouri settlers who Smith declares are wrongfully possessing the sacred lands of the Biblical “Garden of Eden” (aka Adam Ondi-Ahman).  In spite of Smith’s “sacred revelations” and promises of divine intervention – “Zion’s Camp” fails miserably.   The stragglers limp back to Ohio, while Smith’s most zealous and militant supporters stay in Missouri.    Just two years later, Smith forms a completely fraudulent “Bank” in Kirtland, and proceeds to issue thousands of bogus bank notes not backed by silver or gold.  The “Kirtland Safety Anti-Banking Society” ponzi scheme ends in complete disaster – and his “Church” very nearly collapses from the scandal.  Smith and his “First Counselor” accomplice, Sidney Rigdon, leave Ohio minutes ahead of angry mobs, and are subsequently welcomed with open arms by the Mormon zealots in Missouri who dismiss the truth of the banking scandal as the rantings of “apostates”.   On the 4th of July, 1838, Rigdon gives a rabble-rousing “Salt of the Earth” speech wherein he declares all “Gentile” non-Mormons are the mortal and eternal enemy of God’s Kingdom and must be either converted to Mormonism or exterminated. (Salt with savor is good for nothing and must be trodden underfoot.)   This speech IMMEDIATELY sparks incredible hostilities, and as a direct result, the Mormons are expelled from Missouri the following year after extensive bloodshed and looting BY BOTH SIDES.  By 1840, Smith and his entourage are busy building “Nauvoo, the Beautiful” in Illinois on reclaimed, mosquito-infested swampland.   On June 27, 1844 – Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum are killed in Carthage Jail.

What an incredible 14 years!   During this time, Smith assembled and equipped the largest private military force in America (The Nauvoo Legion), made himself a GENERAL in  his own army, (replete with a uniform that would have made Napoleon blush), married and sired children with at least 34 women, and campaigned for the U.S Presidency.   At the very least, this D.I.D. victim was extremely “colorful” if nothing else.

Today, the Mormon Church that Smith founded has grown into a multi-national corporate empire dominated by secrecy. High-level Mormons such as Brent Scowcroft dominate the CIA, NSA, and Homeland Security.  The details of its obviously vast financial holdings are guarded better than the Pentagon’s classified data.   They pay zero taxes on their accumulated wealth.   Millions of sincere people continuously contribute 10 percent or more of their income as well as donating massive amounts of volunteer labor.   Tens of thousands of young men and women serve “missions” at their own expense – missions designed to convert “abominable” Christians into their “one-true” faith based on works, works, and more works.

It is completely amazing to me personally, as an Ex-Mormon, to observe the mass mind-control methods used by this “Church” on its membership.  Critical reasoning skills are denigrated and demonized.   Honest questioning and study is forbidden as “Sinful”.   FEAR manipulated via peer pressure rules their lives.

If only the Mormon people would DEEPLY study the King James Bible – and apply even a small modicum of critical reasoning and logic – they would quickly see the D.I.D.-induced fantasies of Joseph Smith and the fact that he was indeed clearly delusional and suffering from (as his wife Emma candidly defined it) a “diseased mind”.  For instance, they would come to realize the PROBLEMS with the portion of the Book of Mormon called the “Book of Ether.”   In a nutshell, either (Ether) the Book of Mormon is correct, or the Bible is.  One or the other – both cannot co-exist because of the “Book of Ether” declarations.   Here’s a short synopsis explaining why this is true:

The “Book of Ether” is Joe Smith’s account of a people he calls the “Jaredites”.   According to the B of M,  a man named “Jared” was present at the Tower of Babel event following the biblical flood.   Jared is more “righteous” than anyone in the land, including Shem.   Just like Joe Smith, because of his incredible “righteousness”, Jared is allowed to see the great God Jehovah and actually lives to tell about it.  Apparently Christ’s apostle John was ignorant about Jared, and thus completely wrong and mistaken when he wrote:

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (John 1:18)

Incredibly, Jared then learns and records what the “abominable Christians” of Smith’s day have known and taught for two thousand years – that JEHOVAH is JESUS CHRIST – that Jesus Christ is BOTH the Son, as well as the Father and is the ONLY HOPE OF REDEMPTION OF MAN FROM THE “FALL” OF ADAM.  (See B of M Ether 3:13-14)  One has to wonder why Joseph Smith taught exactly the opposite fallacy – that the Father and the Son are separate, distinct individuals of flesh and blood.  In fact, Smith in a eulogy sermon at the funeral of a man named King Follett declared that God the Father was simply an exalted man.

Following this amazing vision, the hero/prophet Jared and his Brother, (Joseph and his brother Hyrum were also uber-righteous and thus blessed by God above all others) and all of their superior-righteous friends prevail upon Christ NOT to confound their languages.  Christ grants the request and then promises them additionally that because of their self-righteous elitism,  they will be given a special land “choice above all other lands” for them to inherit.  These are exactly the same words given to Lehi and his entourage in 600 B.C.  There’s only one rub – the Jaredites will  have to cross the mighty ocean to get to this “choice land” – which is of course, pre-Columbian AMERICA.

This is where the “Jaredite” story gets really, well, “crazy”.  As in D.I.D. ethereal psycho-brain crazy.   They are told by Jesus to build special “barges” just as they did once before apparently very successfully; for these “Jaredites” earlier used them to cross “many waters”.  (Ether 2:6)  For some strange reason, however, this time around- Jared and his buddies suddenly don’t have a clue about how to build and then survive in these new barges – let alone navigate them!   According to Ether Chapter 3, these new wooden “barges” are “tight like unto a dish” – top, bottom and sides.   Watertight? YES, Airtight? Absolutely!  Dark?  As dark as Hell itself!   Jared is deeply baffled and confused about this obvious problem after they are built.  WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH THESE 8 BARGES NOW, LORD JESUS???  IN THEM WE HAVE NO LIGHT; WHITHER SHALL WE STEER? AND ALSO WE SHALL PERISH, FOR IN THEM WE CANNOT BREATHE, ——- THEREFORE WE SHALL PERISH!   What is the great Jehovah’s answer – the same Jehovah who less than a hundred years earlier gave very specific instructions in master-ship-building engineering to a man name Noah who successfully constructed the equivalent of a luxury cruise ship to house two of every animal?  Get this – he simply tells Jared to: “Make a HOLE in the TOP, AND ALSO IN THE BOTTOM, (apparently these incredible “tight as a dish” vessels could flip over as needed) and when thou shalt suffer for air thou shalt unstop the hole and receive air. AND IF IT BE SO THAT THE WATER COME IN UPON THEE, BEHOLD – YE SHALL STOP THE HOLE, THAT YE MAY NOT PERISH IN THE FLOOD!”  (Ether 2:20)   BRILLIANT!  Absolutely BRILLIANT advice from the Creator of the Universe!! Now why didn’t Jared think of that???

Wow!  That has to be the wisest and most profound COUNSEL from God to Man since the dawn of creation!   Jared then goes out and cuts his holes and makes his “stopper-plugs” – but then realizes the barges are still dark as Hades.   So Jared again asks Jehovah/Jesus for instructions, for he is still “in the dark”.  This time, however, the mighty CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE has no idea what to do.  “Let’s see, Jared, you can’t cut windows in these tight-as-a-dish miracle barges, and you can’t have FIRE.  WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME DO?”   In other words – Christ says: “you tell ME how to fix this dilemma – I don’t have a clue!”   Then the smarter-than-God Jared politely asks Jehovah to touch some clear stones and make them glow for their light.  This is what leads to Jared first seeing Jehovah’s finger touching the stones – and then his whole body is seen, which Jared learns is the coming Jesus Christ.

I find it stranger still that Jared didn’t seem to be at all concerned about how he was going to deal with the feces and urine sloshing around in these “tight as a dish” vessels during the upcoming.   Keep in mind he also had his flocks and his “swarms of honeybees” to deal with also in these vessels.  It would seem that breathing fresh air is only a part of a much bigger dilemma – imagine the smell emanating from the numerous men, women, and animals in an air-tight vessel only as “large as a tree” for weeks on end.

This construction project is diametrically different than Noah’s multi-year construction project.   Jehovah gave precise construction blueprints to Noah, who had NEVER built a ship before.

As improbable as the barge-building account is to believe, the final clue that the entire fanciful tale is the product of a diseased D.I.D. mind is the historical facts concerning the “Book of the Ether” and its account of the Tower of Babel.   Flavius Josephus documents the biblical account extremely well, and gives us important details.    In his “Antiquities of the Jews” Josephus records the following:


1. Now the sons of Noah were three, – Shem, Japhet, and Ham, born one hundred years before the Deluge. These first of all descended from the mountains into the plains, and fixed their habitation there; and persuaded others (sons and daughters) who were greatly afraid of the lower grounds on account of the flood, and so were very loath to come down from the higher places, to venture to follow their examples. Now the plain in which they first dwelt was called Shinar. God also commanded them to send colonies abroad, for the thorough peopling of the earth, that they might not raise seditions among themselves, but might cultivate a great part of the earth, and enjoy its fruits after a plentiful manner. But they were so ill instructed that they did not obey God; for which reason they fell into calamities, and were made sensible, by experience, of what sin they had been guilty: for when they flourished with a numerous youth, God admonished them again to send out colonies; but they, imagining the prosperity they enjoyed was not derived from the favor of God, but supposing that their own power was the proper cause of the plentiful condition they were in, did not obey him. Nay, they added to this their disobedience to the Divine will, the suspicion that they were therefore ordered to send out separate colonies, that, being divided asunder, they might the more easily be Oppressed.

2. Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it was through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach! and that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers !

3. Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower, neither sparing any pains, nor being in any degree negligent about the work: and, by reason of the multitude of hands employed in it, it grew very high, sooner than any one could expect; but the thickness of it was so great, and it was so strongly built, that thereby its great height seemed, upon the view, to be less than it really was. It was built of burnt brick, cemented together with mortar, made of bitumen, that it might not be liable to admit water. When God saw that they acted so madly, he did not resolve to destroy them utterly, since they were not grown wiser by the destruction of the former sinners; but he caused a tumult among them, by producing in them divers languages, and causing that, through the multitude of those languages, they should not be able to understand one another. The place wherein they built the tower is now called Babylon, because of the confusion of that language which they readily understood before; for the Hebrews mean by the word Babel, confusion. 

Ether 2:1 clearly indicates that this quite size-able entourage of “Jaredites” led by the mighty hero Jared “went down” into the valley that was called Nimrod as this great tower was being constructed.   The problem is, according to the Genesis account, as well as historians like Josephus, and the Book of Jubilees account – there was nobody named Jared ANYWHERE in the sacred genealogy.   Keep in mind that at the time of Nimrod – who clearly was the Grandson of Noah’s son Ham – every body in the plain of Shinar was either a cousin, or a brother, or an uncle, etc.   Genesis Chapter 10 is VERY clear on this.  When the Tower was built, the only families were Ham’s four sons and their posterity (Nimrod being the son of Ham’s son Cush), Japheth’s seven sons, and Shem’s five sons.   Each and every son and grandson is accounted for as the Tower of Babel was being built.  JARED is simply not listed in the biblical genealogy.   He simply didn’t exist, according to the Genesis account.    Whoever wrote this fictional book of Ether should have used a different Genesis name for their hero – such as Elishah or Eber, if they wanted it to be taken seriously as true scripture!!  How about Asshur and his clan – who were the only ones to abandon the Land of Shinar before the Tower was constructed?   (Asshur’s family are all accounted for too – no “Jared” or his brother (Mahonri Moriancumer?) there either.)

That’s not the worst problem for Book of Mormon believers to deal with, however.   The BIGGEST problem is that Jared’s “Choice Land” [i.e. the North American Continent] didn’t even exist at the time of the Tower of Babel, so how could Jared have possible sailed there in his wooden, “tight as a dish” barges???   “Continental Drift” had simply not yet occurred!  There was no “Atlantic Ocean” and the land mass of North, Central, and South America was simply a part of the combined mass-continent at the time of the Tower of Babel – much of which was still submerged under water by the deluge.  OOPS!   See what happens when one tells fairy tales plucked from the Ether if you don’t know Bible History and world geography???

The Holy Bible is quite clear on this fact.   Shem’s son Arphaxad begat Salah (the 1st cousin of Cush – Salah means scattering of the people – as in the Babel incident), who begat Eber (the same generation as Nimrod, his 2nd cousin), who begat a son named Peleg!  In Hebrew, Peleg literally means “Divison by 7”!  Genesis 10:25 tells us: “in his [Peleg’s] days WAS THE EARTH DIVIDED!”  Notice it says THE EARTH – not the ‘people of the earth’ – literally meaning the division of the earth itself into 7 land masses known today as “continents”.  Peleg lived well over 200 years, and was the 4th generation from Noah – so we’re talking at least 150 years since the tower of Babel and the scattering of people and scrambling of tongues!  Futhermore, “continental drift” is a rather slow yet steady process of “dividing the earth” into the seven continents.  It would likely have taken many, many centuries for the North American continent to drift to the point that it needed sailing vessels (or tight-as-a-dish barges) to reach it.

The concept of “Continental Drift” is one biblical concept that is generally accepted by science these days.  Check out this animation from the U.S. Geological Survey to show exactly how the SEVEN continents formed over time, (and are still moving today).

Continental Drift

In conclusion, check out this modern replica of Noah’s Ark – built from the Biblical dimensions and descriptions.  Seems funny that BYU apologists have to-date failed to build any replica of the Jaredite Tight-as-a-Dish Barges for display at Utah Lake!!