Top 10 Facts The Mormon Church Doesn’t Want Its Members To Know

An article posted July 20 at the NY Times
website sent shock waves throughout The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, otherwise
known as the Mormon church. Hans Mattson, a Swedish ?Area Authority? (equivalent to a Cardinal) overseeing the
church?s works in Europe, provided an interview expressing doubts about the church after learning
of historical facts online that are never taught in Sunday School classes. Among the facts he found out include the truth
surrounding Joseph Smith?s polygamous ways and some historical inconsistencies with the
church?s scriptures, such as the Book of Mormon. That a high-ranking church official had not
been aware of these facts throughout his church membership reveals the great lengths to which
the Mormon church had gone in hiding the many truths that paint the church in a bad light. And with that, here are ten facts the Mormon
Church would not want its members to know. 10. Joseph Smith Married Girls As Young As 14 While the practice of polygamy in the church?s
early days is fairly common knowledge today, Mormon leaders and average members normally
justify that by saying that it was done only to protect the widows at a time when male
Mormon members were dying due to persecution. ?Yet a quick search of Joseph Smith?s genealogy
at church-owned prove that he was married to teenage girls. Documents further show that the youngest girl
that Joseph Smith married was Helen Mar Kimball, who was 14 years old at the time of marriage. One would have to really stretch the truth
to believe that these teenage girls were widows that needed to be taken cared of. 9. Past Prophets Preached False Doctrines Joseph Smith has said that there are men living
in the moon, describing them as over six feet tall and dressing like Quakers. Brigham Young preached that there are people
living in the Sun. He also preached that Adam was God the Father,
that black people are descendants of Cain, and that their skin color is a curse from
God. Joseph Fielding Smith, another Mormon prophet,
said in 1961 that no man will ever reach the moon. These and other various statements made by
Mormon prophets have all been proven false over time. How could one accept these men as true prophets
of God when just about everything they say is wrong? 8. Joseph Smith Used Peep-Stones To ?Translate? The Book Of Mormon The church has been deceiving members about
the manner Smith translated the Book of Mormon. In paintings commonly seen in Mormon scriptures
and pamphlets, Smith is depicted translating from the Gold Plates as Oliver Cowdery transcribed
his dictation. The truth is that the plates were not even
used in the ?translation? process. He merely used two peep stones that he placed
in a hat. ?He would then bury his face in the hat and
dictate whatever he purportedly saw there. This stones-in-a-hat method is even acknowledged
by current Mormon Apostle Russell M. Nelson in an obscure 1992 talk for Mission Presidents
that can actually still be found in the Church?s official website. It is also worth noting that these are the
same stones he found while digging a well for Mason Chase, and the same stones he used
for treasure-hunting. So he may have been a fraud, but at least
he believed in the power of recycling. 7. Temple Rituals Were Copied From The Freemasonry Joseph Smith became a Freemason in March 1842. In May 1842, he introduced what is now known
as the Temple Endowment Session. The Temple Endowment session is among the
most secretive rituals in the Mormon Church. Unlike other rituals such as baptisms or the
administration of the sacrament (bread and water,) members are not allowed to discuss
the endowment session in public. During an actual session, members perform
rituals involving secret handshakes and passwords, all necessary to be allowed entry into the
Celestial Kingdom where God the Father and Son live. What they don?t know is that these rituals
were heavily borrowed from the Freemasonry, almost word-for-word in fact. The few members who know about the Masonry
connection would defend it by saying that the Freemasons in turn copied their ritual
from King Solomon?s Temple. Yet even the church?s most prominent apologetic
site, FAIR LDS, would refute that, admitting that what went on in Solomon?s Temple had
absolutely nothing in common with the Masonic rituals or the Mormon?s endowment session. 6. The Kinderhook Plates Was A Hoax The Kinderhook Plates are six brass plates
that allegedly contained ancient characters. These plates were found by locals in Kinderhook,
Illinois along with a skeleton. Smith, believing them to be genuine ancient
artifacts, later translated a portion of the brass plate writings, claiming that it tells
the story of the skeleton back when he far less skeletal and far more alive. According to Smith, he was a descendant of
Ham, through the loins of Pharaoh. In 1980 however, scientists examined the plates
and determined that they were not ancient at all; they were eventually proven to be
nothing more than a hoax. After this discovery, Mormon apologists tried
to put a spin on it by saying that Smith never actually tried to translate it, yet in pages
372-379 of the Mormon?s History of the Church book, Smith did confirm to have translated
the plates, discussing the details of the translation in the aforementioned pages. 5. There Are Multiple Accounts Of The ?First
Vision? ?There is no middle ground. Joseph Smith talked with the Father and the
Son or he didn?t. ?If he didn?t, then we are embraced in a great
fraud. A terrible fraud.? ? Gordon B. Hinckley The First Vision, as known today in Mormon
records, is an account of the literal appearance of God, as both the Father and the Son, to
Joseph Smith in the spring of 1820. Today, it holds an important place in the
Mormon Church?s official history. Yet this event wasn?t actually taught in the
church until 1842, 22 years after it was supposed to have happened. Records also show that there are nine versions
of the account. Among the inconsistencies seen when compared
side-by-side include Smith?s age at the time it happened, the place where he received the
vision, the personage he saw, and the instructions he received. One would think that remembering the details
of such a remarkable experience would not have been that hard. But the inconsistencies of the multiple first
vision accounts and the fact that it was not even mentioned in the church?s early years
cast doubts upon the validity of Smith?s claims. 4. Church Leaders Were Deceived By Mark Hoffman One of the most embarrassing episodes in recent
church history is that involving convicted murderer and counterfeiter Mark Hofmann. Hofmann sold what he asserted to be official
church documents that he found. Among them included what he claimed was the
original Anthon Transcript- a piece of paper containing characters that Joseph Smith copied
from the Gold Plates, an 1825 Joseph Smith holograph detailing Smith?s exploits as a
treasure hunter and practitioner of black magic, and the infamous Salamander Letter
— supposedly a letter written by Martin Harris claiming that it was a white salamander
and not an angel that appeared to Joseph Smith in 1823. Church leaders, such as eventual prophet Gordon
B. Hinckley and current apostle Dallin H. Oaks, were tricked into believing those were
genuine, shelling out thousands of dollars to purchase them, and even defending the contents
of the documents in pulpit talks. Of course it would be proven later, when Hofmann
was convicted of murder, that these documents were nothing more than forgeries created by
Hofmann to make a fool out of church leaders and earn a profit in the process. 3. The Facts Surrounding The Death Of Joseph
Smith Mormon Church members sing of hymns portraying
Joseph Smith as a martyr who died for his faith. It is never taught in classes that he was
actually imprisoned for destroying a newspaper printing press as retaliation for the negative
press about him that was published. ?While in prison, he removed his ?garments,?
the Mormon magic underwear, and instructed the others in jail with him to do the same. Mormons are also not aware that he had a gun
and killed two people shortly before he was shot to death. He also made the Masonic symbol for distress
as a last-ditch effort to save his life. Certainly not the ?lamb to the slaughter?
that the Mormons like to describe his death as. 2. The Book Of Abraham Has Been Proven False
By Egyptologists In 1835, Joseph Smith purchased a scroll of
papyri containing Egyptian hieroglyphics from a travelling showman named Michael Chandler. He then proceeded to examine the scroll, claiming
that it contained writings of Abraham, and translated it into what is now known as the
Book of Abraham. In 1966, several fragments of the original
scroll that Smith used resurfaced. With the discovery of the Rosetta stone, Egyptology
had advanced profoundly by this time, and Egyptologists were able to validate whether
Smith?s translation of the scroll was accurate. Turns out, the scroll was merely a common
Egyptian funerary text that had absolutely nothing to do with Abraham. As with the Kinderhook Plates, this put into
question Smith?s credibility as a divinely-aided translator. Egyptologist Dr. James H. Breasted of the
University of Chicago said, ?Joseph Smith?s interpretations of them as part of a unique
revelation through Abraham, therefore, very clearly demonstrates that he was totally unacquainted
with the significance of these documents, and absolutely ignorant of the simplest facts
of Egyptian writing and civilization.” 1. Evidence Against The Book of Mormon The Book of Mormon is often called the ?keystone?
of the Mormon religion. ?The validity of the church?s claim as the
one true church, and Joseph Smith as the chosen prophet of God, hinges upon whether the book
is really an ancient record translated by the power of God or not. The problem is that the book has failed under
scrutiny on so many levels. It has been well-documented that the Book
of Mormon contains various anachronisms. Heavy plagiarism from the King James Bible
is also apparent, including translation errors. Up to this day, the geographical location
of the events of the book has not been located, and no supporting archaeological evidence
has ever been discovered. Perhaps the most damning evidence against
the book is the fact that DNA testing disproved its claim that a Jewish family, who left Jerusalem
in 600 BC to settle in the New World, are the principal ancestors of the American Indians. With that, there simply is only one logical
conclusion that can be made about the Book of Mormon ? that it is in fact a 19th century
fiction manufactured by Joseph Smith, therefore making all of his other claims, along with
his entire religion, mere fabrications.

Comments 100

  • And all the Mormons said,"?."

  • Any form of organized religion is the product of man's furtive imagination, and a part of society's structure for control of the masses and profiteering of the same. Not surprising, when you consider man's innate desire and proclivity to profiteer from fellow man. What is more surprising: that people seem to so crave, seek out and want to follow this nonsense. Not sure why folk here are so keen to challenge Simon to take aim and fire a shot on Scientology. This has been done many times before; examples to be found on TheTube.

  • I don't have a problem with any of the facts in this video, in fact they are epic

  • Excellent video, but I doubt it will make much impact on the cult itself, people don't want their beliefs shattered.

  • Religion!!! Separating idiots from morons since forever!!!

  • We actually know about these.

  • Trust me ,I live next to a Mormon temple,these people scare me ,they walk into your yard push open the gate and in true falsehood they try to tell you they the chosen ones ,but the only they talk with you about is political events and politicians ,I always wonder why ,something about their temple don't ever look right ,so when they are approach people on the street,in my country we ask them to move away.

  • They're not! It's a cult and still a cult!

  • I'm looking. Has Simon done anything on the book(s?) of Enoch?

  • We have to deal with.mormons all the time they are creepy and keep having tons of kids when they can't afford them and building junk All over the landscape and they will not go away when you tell them too when they want you to join the cult.

  • ANY religion has people/acts in their histories that could be made into a video such as this. I married Catholic and raised both of my children Catholic. Catholic schools K-12, the whole thing. I am sure that there are more than 9 things that the Catholic Church does not want you to know. I was raised Methodist, and I am sure there are things in their closets as well.

  • I grew up in Carthage. They also stole cattle and crops from local farmers. That's part of what was being printed in the press that they destroyed.

  • The Book of Mormon is True

  • Very interesting, please do one like this on the Bible. How new crucial stories appeared decades after the supposed facts, how multiple texts contain contradicting versions, mistakes in translation, factual errors such as geographical mistakes, anachronisms, etc…

  • So, why not tell us what you really think, huh…

  • …"less skeletal…" hahahahahahahahaha

  • The true Church is were the priesthood is

  • I must say, you do an excellent job af twisting the facts to seem much worse than they in fact are. I reccomend you ask a few people who are familiar with the subject instead with true intent to learn rather than attempt to shake faith. The amount information you are missing on each of those subjects is appalling.

  • This is an Aethists-‘R-Us channel and I’m surprised it showed up on my feed. It’s interesting how weak his last few points are because he is pulling things (a) out of context and trying to illustrate things dishonestly, (b) acts like some of his points have any weight, (c) acts like regular members and not Christmas Easter Mormons do not know any of this information and it’s being hidden, (d) doesn’t share his sources, and (e) simply scrapes the barrel to find anything. If people actually care what you say because you wear glasses, dress professionally and sound like a Vox reporter, they probably deserve to believe you.

  • Is it really any more of a fabrication than any other religion?

  • Very interesting facts. I've never been a fan of organized religion and this video has reaffirmed why. One point though. During the mid-19th century in the United States, it was not uncommon for older men to marry teenagers. Particularly in Appalachia and on the frontier, it was considered acceptable and even advantageous to the young woman to marry someone who is secure and established.
    Also, keep in mind that the average life expectancy was around 50 years at that time.

  • A fictional religion who would have thought it

  • An organized religion with a nasty history? Aw come on,really?

  • It looks like Joseph Smith tried to become the US version of Mohammed whose visions have been described by Saman Rushdy as "Satanic Verses" which is a very harsh and rude comment.

  • None of this has ever been a secret. :/

  • Who Doesn't have a past ?
    The real question is,How are you doing today?

  • Imma call this video on a few things… no one actually listens to the Indians, they will be the first to tell you they came from the east. second, Emma smith was his only wife. and as an american I wanna know why know one talks about the illegal unconstitutional arrest and murder of a man and many other men and women over religious beliefs that say nothing about going out and killing people. also. I wanna point out that the mascara everyone talks about wasn't going out for blood. it was people fighting for their religious freedoms, lives and liberty… and the church doesn't try and keep any information from their members. in fact, their are so many books giving better detail and more accurate accounts then this silly video. and without twisting, and taking out of context.

  • The Moron "religion", I mean, the Mormon "religion", is nothing more than a CULT

  • So we've now learned that the Mormon religion is… like every other religion.. just a lot of superstitious nonsense.
    In short… lies to keep the sheeple under control.
    Those who will not use the brains and skills they have are no better off than those who have none-They are by their own choice subject to the will and control of those who would be their masters.

  • With that ending, I expect you to shoot down all Abrahamic religions.

  • I loved how you singled out this religion as a "work of fiction".

  • Joseph Smith really needed to lay off the opium and absinthe. That “religion” should be banned.

  • Cool. Now do Islam. I double-dare you. ; )

  • its a no brainier that all organised religion is a fabrication along with Santa clause the Easter bunny the Tooth faery etc

  • Every religion has skeletons in their closet, the catholic were corrupt back in the renaissance and still are now, 90% percent of Terrorism is done by Muslim, and Hindus support an oppressive caste system

  • Why doesn't a random dude who is a high ranking person in the LDS church know some random facts? Because the church has a lay ministry so not everyone who ends up in a leadership position is necessarily a religious scholar.

  • 1:54 mirror image ?

  • Another man made religion

  • South Park is amazing

  • For „thinks the church do not like you to know“ it’s interesting that 1. the Most Time you take a Church side or books as source of Information 2. ever body knows all this because we talk about it, and the church give statements to it … so not really unknown things

  • Joseph Smith was a Prophet dum dum dum dum dumb?
    Simon Whistler exposed Joseph smart smart smart smart smart??

  • Simon and crew are Internet marketers not religious scholars.

    A plagiarized redo of anti-Christian propaganda by an atheist for profit.

  • You do realize some of the “false stuff” the prophets taught was cuz they were not advanced scientists, and we don’t know everything, if we did life would be way different. The church moved to present day utah and then the civil war happened. So that quote about blacks having cains blood was due to influence from the whole world seeing blacks in a similar light. And also probs the reason why we copied from free masons is cuz it could have been a right ritual, it’s called the restoration for a reason. And also also it is stated that Joseph Smith only married that girl grudgingly due to her father insisting, and he never really did anything with her or even talked to her.

  • Temple well endowed rituals.Could be kinda cool if females were allowed to become priests or whatever..The very first one would be the burrrrumpski vision or better know as the motorboat vision. Yes I’m a 60 year old child. I’m sorry. I like breasteses. You can’t tell me when the pan is passed around for offering would be better if the deaconesses passing those pan had a nice set of boobs behind them.

  • A recent discovery shows far and greater evidence that Joseph Smith did translate the Book of Abraham correctly. The exposure of how the critics cleverly cover all these facts up is stunning to find out. The evidence for the book being an ancient document supporting Israel not and Egypt is overwhelming. The stuff proposed on the above video is outdated and rendered obsolete right now. Even the charges the church is hiding anything can be proved by simply clicking on to its complete debunking. Want to know where? punch in my name.

  • cackling that I’m getting LDS church midrolls during this

  • The Bible itself is a fraud. It says rabbits chew cud, and they simply do not! It also says earth was created first and then the stars. This is simply not true!

  • Lol at BYU they teach you about almost everything in that list. Except the Bushman thing… I'll have to look into that.

  • They should remove tax exempt status from all religions.

  • Hi TopTenz been binge watching your show – it’s great! Every one of your posts is well research and pronunciations great. Thanks again?

  • Aren't they all a fabrication when you really think about it?!

  • You are definitely wrong… Stop being a lier..

  • This video barely scratches the surface when it comes to the dark and deceitful history of the church. I was raised in that cult and trust me they do indeed control their sheep better than most any religious cult I know of with the exception of possibly the church of Scientology. And don't forget the fact that the Mormon church is a gigantic business enterprise that would boggle your mind and we get to pay for it through their tax-exempt status.

  • Maybe check your facts

  • Perception is reality. Mormons perceive reality through their leaders, not through their own senses. They are taught that anything which causes them to doubt LDS teaching is from Satan and obviously to be avoided. To think for yourself or to even question Mormon history or interpretation of scripture is therefore evil.

    Ergo, there will not be any devout Mormons viewing this video.

  • You people should talk with the missionaries.

  • The plagiarizing of the Freemason text was not shocking, as Joseph Smith was put on trial for fraud in upstate New York on March 20, 1826. Lying and theft were pretty much his M.O.

  • I'd argue that all religions are fabrications since they are based either on things which are not evidently true, things which are evidently not true or even both.

  • Joseph Smith was a loon who said he could see things with his magic spectacles… lol

  • Just a newer fiction easier to disprove… they are all man made.

  • Issue with fact 10-everyone in that time period married girls that were substantially younger than them. A lot of people got married at a young age at the time.
    Issue with fact 8- he actually used a pair of glasses which allowed him to translate the language written on the plates.
    Issue with fact 7- Nothing harmful occurs in a Mormon temple. Nothing unhealthy.
    Issue with fact 5- where are the actual quotes of inconsistencies? Back yourself up.
    Issue with fact 4- this was a personal issue with Mark Hoffman. The church was deceived but that doesn’t make them less credible.
    Issue with fact 3-the “magical underwear” was considered sacred and was meant to be kept clean. There was also a kill order put out against anyone who was a self proclaimed Mormon. Also stop using a salty professor as a source.
    Issue with fact 2- there a few to no actual facts supporting anything said. Also stop using a salty Chicago professor to prove points unless he can actually back himself up. And with the scroll of Abraham it was interpreted in a godly manner. Not in mans eyes meaning it came out completely different.

    Issue with fact 1- another lack of context, and the Native Americans were not the Jewish family. The native Americans were not interpreted as Jews in the Book of Mormon at any point.
    In conclusion: this news is not well supported under a lot of circumstances. There is a lack of research and a lack of understanding. 90% of this is distorted fact, or no evidence to support at statement. So altogether this is very poorly developed and seems to want to critique the Mormon Religion. Mormons haven’t done anything wrong. Their religion is healthy. Nothing unhealthy occurs in the temples. It is simply an innocent religion that hasn’t done anything severely wrong.

  • Smith was such an obvious fraud that it's hard to believe that his sham 'religion' still survives in the modern era.

  • One one guy could read gold stuff in his magic hat ??? Sounds legit

  • Sounds like Hoffman should have his own video

  • I try and not judge any other religion, but this and "that big, star filled cult" are so fake
    Take away their tax free status and see what happens

  • Simon and crew are Internet marketers not religious scholars.

    This video is a plagiarized redo of anti-Christian propaganda by an atheist for profit.

  • Andrew Nyoman he was shot because he was banging 11 married men’s wives and when they came back from missions he sent the husbands out on so he could bang them. Joe Smut almost got castrated but they men stopped after the tar and feather. They eventually filled him full of holes after Willard Richards shot him in the back as he jumped out the window. John Taylor shot Hyrum Willard Richards shot Joseph and Brigham Young planned it and took control of the money and the women and the whiskey. Go Brigham !

  • The plates were used and the deer stones. And you are extremely disrespectful!

  • To me, having secret rituals in a church seems creepy and evil.

  • Hasa diga eebowai!

  • I’m meeting with them next week


  • Simon, for a man that allegedly has done research of the truth – you are quite ignorant and biased- it's evident that you have not studied carefully the History of the Mormon Church and you have based your opinion on some isolated facts, that by the way some of them are not accurate. It's disappointing to see that you can't provide an objective opinion of the facts and the context in which these events happened.

  • was about to join them ..I have now made a U turn? thanks to this video

  • How do I get five wives?

  • This just shows why religion is hard for an atheists to follow. Anyone can make some big claim, and with enough dumb people willing to follow, have a faith claiming it's real. I should just make up my own religion and make a ton of money off of the dumb saps. I'll call it the church of trump. Should bring in big bucks lol.

  • People will believe in anything

  • I find interesting the similarity between the two “prophets” lives of Joseph Smith and Muhammad

  • I though that today we are suppose to except everyone's belief just because their nice moral people! Thanks to Ravi Zackarias and other so called Philosophers and Scholars.
    we'll all hold hands and sing com by yah and follow the piper into hell fire.

  • Joseph Smith was a homely man with a pot belly and pointy nose so I don't know why they try to fool people into believing he was this handsome, dashing man. He was not.

  • How about an episode called "Top 10 Things Mormons Do To Make The World a Better Place"?

  • It is ease an easy and coward way to gain likes to attack other people's religion. Sad and ugly!

  • I remember when I was baptized into the Mormon church at the age of 8.
    I started having questions and left at 12

  • All religion is a hoax, mormonism is no exception.

  • So Mormons…what do you have to say now? Come on let's hear it. Let's hear ALLLL the reasons why this is totally not true & wrong… ?

  • The Hormone church, like every church..

  • Simon could tell me that I’m going to have diarrhea for 40 years and it would still sound beautiful.

  • Watching this i was told some of the in sunday school and if they were true or not.

  • Of course it's total fiction, it's a religion no religion can withstand reason and logic. They all require a frim belief in a myth.

  • Very one sided and biased video.

  • So it's just like every other religion then.

  • i want to do all there women and sacrifice all the men

  • It wasn't a peep show. They were seer stones.

  • This guy's funny.

  • One's mind can be so open that someone comes along and uses your brain for a toilet. You can fool some of the people ALL of the time.

  • top es mentira porque agarra lo que les convine y daña a los inocentes

  • Interesting… let’s take more history out of its context to try to disrespect other people’s beliefs. Actually, I think we can all spend our time on more honorable things, couldn’t we.

  • Barking mad nutters.

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