Mormonism and prophets/Further Reading

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Further reading

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Nature of prophets

Joseph Smith

Prophets don't wrestle

Summary: The History of the Church makes references to Joseph Smith "wrestling." It is claimed that this indicates that Joseph was a violent man. However, these quotes are simply speaking of the recreational sport of wrestling.

Prophets don't fight

Summary: It is claimed that references to a struggle involving a "pulling up" motion indicates that Joseph was a violent man. However, this is a description that would, in fact, fit one of Joseph Smith's favorite recreational games: Stick-pulling.

Accusations of false prophecies

Summary: Specific accusations of Joseph Smith having uttered "false prophecy" are treated in these subarticles.


Latter-day prophets don't prophesy

Summary: Some critics say that Latter-day Saint prophets aren't really "prophets" because they don't prophesy by foretelling unknown events. They commonly issue challenges such as, "If Gordon B. Hinckley is a prophet, tell me one event that he's prophesied." Do LDS prophets "prophesy"?

Further reading

FairMormon web site

Prophecy FairMormon articles on-line

External links

Prophecy on-line articles
  • "Approaching Mormon Doctrine", news release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4 May 2007. off-site
  • Alma Allred, "Coin of the Realm: Beware of Specious Specie (Review of: "Scripture," In The Counterfeit Gospel of Mormonism)," FARMS Review of Books 12/1 (2000): 137–174. off-site
  • Shirley D. Christensen, "The Clarion Call of Prophets," Ensign (November 2003), 32. off-site
  • Jeffrey R. Holland, "Prophets in the Land Again," Ensign (November 2006), 104–107. off-site
  • Malin L. Jacobs, "The Alleged Fifty-Six-Year Second-Coming Prophecy of Joseph Smith: An Analysis," (City Unknown: SHIELDS, 13-Jul-97) off-site
  • Bruce R. McConkie, "Are the General Authorities Human?", address at the LDS Institute of Religion at the University of Utah, 28 October 1966. PDF link
  • Robert L. Millet, "What Is Our Doctrine?" The Religious Educator 4/3 (2003): 15–33. PDF link
  • Boyd K. Packer, "On Zion's Hill," Ensign (November 2005), 23. off-site
  • Daniel C. Peterson, "Review of Decker's Complete Handbook on Mormonism by Ed Decker," FARMS Review of Books 7/2 (1995): 38–105. off-site
  • W. John Walsh, Joseph Fielding McConkie, and Jeff Lindsay, "Are Prophets Infallible?" off-site

Printed material

Prophecy printed materials