Mormons, like Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists,and Seventh Day Adventists all claim that they have restored Christ’s true church after an apostasy had occurred. They follow the teachings of Joseph Smith, Charles Taze Russell, Mary Baker Eddy, and Ellen G. White. The problem for these groups is not in so much that they are bad people, but that their beliefs are wrong. All a person needs to do is look at the historical nature of the time period in which they were founded, all being during the second great awakening in the United States, which by the way at the time had very little Catholic or Orthodox churches. ( Maryland was originally set up as a Catholic colony but quickly became overcome by Protestant groups). Joseph Smith made many prophesies, as did the other denominations above mentioned which never came to pass. For instance, Smith claimed “Quakers lived on the moon”. A Mormon always tells you the Book of Mormon is true and to pray on it, and you will feel good. This argument never held any credibility on me, because I could read the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and feel good, because communism in theory does look good, but it has been tried historically, and does not succeed. Reading the Book of Mormon, which I have by the way, is a strange thing, and difficult, as it is written in old English, which resembles the KJV of the Bible. The irony I always thought of the Mormon and Jehovah’s Witnesses etc. is, if they are the true church from the apostles time, why are they using a Protestant bible? Luther took out books he deemed “not inspired”. During the apostles time, the Greek Septuagint was the most read canon, which was originally translated by Jerome into the Latin Vulgate. Also, the book of Mormon has absolutely no historical evidence to back it up, and there are animals and weapons used in the book that did not exist in the Americas, or in the world in the timeframe in which the book is supposed to be speaking of. Joseph Smith’s community claimed that he was always a “dreamer looking for fame”. Him and his father looked for treasure. The LDS church will tell you that any negativity against Mormonism is Satan trying to tempt you from Christ’s true church. This is in turn brain washing, which is why some regard the group as a cult. I am Roman Catholic but I view myself as just being a Christian. The Mormon movement is interesting in a world religion context because it actually resembles in Christianity, the Ahmidiyyah movement in Islam. A person claiming to be a prophet yet it completely goes against the religions mainstream beliefs. If the apostasy of Mormonism happened, what is to be said of Christ. Did he lie to Peter when he told him the gates of hell would never prevail against his church? Protestants have reason in the past why they left Catholicism, the church did become corrupt, however we acknowledge that. However the truth is the only groups that can really say they were the church Christ founded are the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, which I pray will reunite again in the future. The separation of those two were mainly power of the bishop of Rome over the bishops of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem, which Orthodox thought should be equal however the bishop of Rome( the pope) had much more political influence after the collapse of the western former Roman empire and also claimed to have more authority, as he did, Peter passed on the apostolic succession which we have to this day, which Christ gave to Peter. I don’t know how to convince your wife of this, because I have a couple Mormon friends, and trying to talk to them in an intelligent conversation about their beliefs seems impossible. They just “know it is the truth”. It is sad because they have been raised to not question anything, but just view it as Satan if they do. That is brainwashing. Joseph Smith didn’t restore anything. He just wanted to have his hey day and also was killed not by anti Mormons, but by the husbands of people in his movement, because they became aware that he was committing adultery with their wives. Some prophet.