I have sat down with three Mormon missionaries twice in the past two weeks. After going back and forth for hours, they weren’t able to supply sufficient answers to any issues I raised, in particular, the “Great Apostasy,” and Authority of the New Testament…
There is one particular issue I would kindly ask you for your help.
I have read from Joseph Smith and his King Follett Discourse where he explicitly states, “God himself was once as we are now…if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form.” This idea however contradicts the BofM, specifically, Moroni 8:18, Mormon 9:9-10, Alma 11:28-31…etc.
In any event, they informed me that no man can be another God the Father but simply become “God like.” However, it is my understanding that their law of progression indeed says they will become Gods… Is this idea documented anywhere?
Obviously, I hold the contradictory statements between Smith and the BofM, but I want to show them definitive Mormon teachings. They twist the meaning of words around and it is tough to combat. When they are cornered and have no logical way out, they tell me to just pray about the book and Spirit will give me answers. At one point, one of them said, “history is great, but you can only really learn by feeling the Spirit.”
One more note… They gave me literature to read and I kindly accept. I study and give ask them questions. However, they will not study or take interest in Early Church writings that show a clear continuity of beliefs from then until now! That shows me their disinterest in what isn’t from the LDS!