In today’s teaching (11.09.08), I recommended that you end your conversation with those who adhere to the teachings of Mormonism with a “Gospel ultimatum.” The “ultimatum” is simply this: “Please realize that one of us is wrong.” I have found that this helps treat the overall discussion as something that is critical and weighty. When the truth of the Gospel is on the line, we must remember that the the souls of those individuals engaged in the conversation are on the line. Could there be a bigger deal?
It is here that the LDS (Latter-Day Saints) help us out by clearly indicating that they believe we are wrong and that they are the only true Church on the face of the earth. In a day and age of wishy-washy, “be careful not to offend anyone” spirituality; I find these statements almost refreshing.
LDS President and Prophet Spencer W. Kimball said:
This is the only true church.… This is not a church. This is the Church of Jesus Christ. There are churches of men all over the land and they have great cathedrals, synagogues, and other houses of worship.… (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, [President] Spencer W. Kimball, 1982, p. 421)
LDS President and Prophet Ezra Taft Benson said:
This is not just another Church. This is not just one of a family of Christian churches. This is the Church and kingdom of God, the only true Church upon the face of the earth, according to the Lord’s own words (see Doctrine and Covenants 1:30). His Church—it bears His name and it is directed under the authority of His priesthood … is a message that will save and exalt the souls of the children of men. There is no other way, because this is the only true message and the only true church upon the face of the whole earth. Those are not my words; they are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ as found in the revelations. (D&C 1) This gospel in its purity, now restored to the earth.… (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, 1988, pp. 164–65, 177)
God allegedly told, Founder and Prophet, Joseph Smith in 1820 that no other churches were right.
My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.” … I then said to my mother, “I have learned for myself that Presbyterianism is not true.”
(Joseph Smith—History 1:18–20, in Pearl of Great Price).
God allegedly said that Mormonism is the only true and living church on the face of the earth.
And also those [Joseph Smith and others] to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased …
(1831 [date of the alleged revelation], Doctrine and Covenants 1:30).