Are we talking about real LDS doctrine or are we twisting, mischaracterizing and distorting the doctrine for the sole purpose of making it appear absurd?
1 – Regarding Bees in the Book of Mormon as mentioned in Ether 2:3 you should note that bees are only mentioned in the Old World Jaredite setting, never in connection with the new World, so we can pretty much end the argument there if we all want to agree that Bees were first introduced by Europeans. However, some scholars have noted that there are references to honey bees in ancient times in the Maya region and they occur in pre-Spanish ritual contexts so perhaps they were indeed here and maybe the Jaredites even brought them here, but we may never know. Either way, it doesn’t matter much since the Book of Mormon doesn’t say they were in the New World. Straw man number one down.
2 – Word of wisdom – D&C Section 89 was originally given as “good advice”, not as a commandment and says so in the revelation, “not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom” and church history shows the saints were slow to embrace it, for understandable reasons! Even today there are many good members that violate the WoW in some fashion. My own grandfather has been an active member all his life but was into his late 40s before giving up his morning coffee and evening glass of wine. It wasn’t made a requirement for temple attendance until Heber J. Grant, seventh president of the church who noted that the members had been given sufficient time to embrace it.
3 – Regarding the idea that God had sex with the virgin Mary, I have heard this accusation by anti-Mormons occasionally and believe they love to repeat it for it’s shock value, but I’ve never heard it taught by any church leader my whole life. In fact, as a young missionary I remember a Q&A session we had with an LDS apostle, Elder Richard G. Scott, where one missionary asked about this very topic and the apostle said he personally didn’t believe it and in any case it wasn’t church doctrine.
4 – Regarding the Kolob “nonsense”. This is in reference to the term Kolob which is used in Abraham 3:9 of the Pearl of Great Price which simply indicates that there is a major star named Kolob near the throne of God. It does not say God’s throne is on a planet. Kolob and planets are not an important part of LDS theology. Also, some have suggested the whole chapter is allegorical considering that after it describes all the stars, Kolob being the brightest, is goes on compare them to spirits, stating that God is the greatest. So Kolob, being the brightest star is a symbol for God, who is the greatest.
In summary, the previous post is a great example of taking the doctrine of another faith and attempting to sensationalize it into something provocative or shocking in order to tear it down. But hey, I suppose if you end your post with a nice salutation it’s just fine…
Grace and peace in abundance!