Remember that we are not to argue over doctrine or Scripture. The authority of Joseph Smith as a “prophet” of God is the real issue.
Establish the following points:
Step No. 1: Joseph Smith was only one of many 19th century “prophets.” There was nothing unique about his claims.
Step No. 2: He was a part of a movement called “Restorationism” in which many people claimed to be “restoring” a gospel that had been “lost” since the first century: Alexander Campbell, Charles Russell, Ellen G. White, Joseph Smith and many others claimed to be “God’s latter-day prophet.”
Step No. 3: Down through the ages, thousands of people have claimed to be “God’s prophet.” Either they are all false or only one is right. How can we know if someone is a false prophet?
The following are only five of the many prophecies made by Smith. Just one false prophecy is enough to discredit him. These prophecies come from such Mormon documents as Doctrine and Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price, History of the Church, Journal of Discourses, and Mormon newspapers, magazines, sermons, diaries, etc.
Fact No. 1: Smith claimed to be a prophet.
Fact No. 2: His prophecies were false.
Therefore he was a false prophet.
From The Encyclopedia of Practical Christianity, Ch. 194
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