The beliefs of all the ‘Presidents’ per se of the LDS Church just don’t seem even close to the tier of Popes or even cardinals. It actually reminds me of an earthly presidency, and not even religious. What turns me off about the Mormon Church is that (in my opinion) the religion was made to appeal to the people of the time. For example, Joseph Smith taught about Eternal Marriage and becoming a god if we’re righteous. It doesn’t seem right to me. Also, he brought up white supremacy when he wrote the Book of Mormon. Ex: Turning ‘white’ when you’re righteous. Not to mention how the Book of Mormon is commonly speculated to be at moments directly taken from the King James Bible in some verses. Of course, to further protect his religion somewhat, he used the basis of Christianity to back it up. That clearly fails, since the Mormon belief goes against most important Christian doctrine. Ex: 3 different ‘Gods’, but forming one ‘Godhood’. Joseph Smith essentially broke Christianity down into layman’s terms and further added appeal to it. What makes it all worse is what Brigham Young, the second LDS President did to the already crooked LDS Church. He, like Joseph Smith, while creating the Book of Mormon, used his own appeal and ‘beliefs’, too. He made the bad even worse, and used the speculation that people with dark skin are cursed that was already around for years. Joseph Smith, honestly, didn’t seem to be ‘hateful’ of dark skinned people, per se, but he did have a sense of superiority. Brigham brought that to a whole new level. What separates the Catholic Church and the LDS Church, other than the Catholic Church having more than a thousand year’s history and tradition, is the fact that the Pope doesn’t use his personal beliefs in official doctrine, like the ‘Presidents’ do. For example, one LDS member stated that a pope at one time prayed for the forgiveness of the ‘cursed Ethiopians’. Instead of making me question my faith, it actually made my faith in the Catholic Church go higher, given that really happened. The difference is that the Pope is divinely guided by the Holy Spirit, while the LDS President expresses his own ‘opinion’ in the matter. In current times, Joseph Smith creating the LDS Church would be like me creating a religion based on ‘selfie karma’, or something of the likes . The fact of the matter is that the LDS and the Mormon Church period is a man-made religion that bases its premises on a corrupted type of so-called ‘Christianity’. The Mormon Church isn’t Christian in my book. Before someone speculates, this body of text isn’t ‘anti-mormon’. It is anti-mormonism. Come back, Mormons!