Mormon Teachings and Revelations Not Followed by the Mormon Church

Many Mormons may be unaware that they and their church are disregarding many commandments given in earlier years by revelation to their leaders, even many which appear in their own scriptures. The following is a listing of some of the commandments that the Mormon church or its leaders do not obey:


Some may think that my list is "nit-picking" - why should it matter whether the priest hold the cup during the sacrament (even though the scripture calls for that), or that the congregation kneel during the prayer (even though the scripture calls for that)?

Does God care about such tiny, irrelevant things?

Of course he does! God is the nit-picking champ!

Recall that if the priest does not get the sacrament prayer 100% perfect (maybe leaving out a word, or inserting an extra word), he has to do it all over again. God wants it done the way he said to do it!

Same with baptism. If the baptizer should say "in the name of the Father, and His Only Begotten Son..." or "in the name of the Father, and Jesus Christ..." it's WRONG and not a valid baptism.

The Church Handbook of Instructions (p. 36, 2006 edition) says: The baptism must be repeated if the words are not spoken exactly as given in Doctrine and Covenants 20:73,

So who's the nit-picker?

Actually, the Book of Mormon also gives the words, and, although they are similar, they are different from D&C 20:73:

D&C version: HAVING BEEN COMMISSIONED of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The BoM version (3 Nephi 11:24-25, the words of Jesus himself): HAVING AUTHORITY GIVEN ME of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. [emphasis added]

Notice that when Alma baptized Helam (BoM Mosiah 18:11-14) he said:

Helam, I baptize thee, having authority from the Almighty God, as a testimony that ye have entered into a covenant to serve him until you are dead as to the mortal body; and may the Spirit of the Lord be poured out upon you; and may he grant unto you eternal life, through the redemption of Christ, whom he has prepared from the foundation of the world.

Poor Helam's baptism obviously was not valid.

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