IS THIS CHRISTIANITY AS MORMONS CLAIM?
Joseph Smith the prophet of the Latter Day Saints was heavily involved with the occult (using seer stones to find hidden treasure) prior to his encounter in 1820 when he was 15 years old. He claimed he was in the woods near Palmyra, New York when he prayed to God asking him which Christian Church was the right one. This is recorded in the Pearl of Great Price chapter 2 verses 15-19. Joseph Smith was seized upon by some power which prevented him from speaking. He was surrounded by darkness and had a feeling of doom. The power of the enemy from an unseen world seized him. Just before abandoning himself to destruction, a pillar of light descended which included two personages. They said that all of the Churches were wrong and their creeds were abominations and all their teachers were corrupt. From this encounter Joseph Smith developed his doctrine. By 1823 Smith was visited by the angel Moroni who told him the location of some golden plates. Allegedly, Joseph Smith translated Egyptian hieroglyphics from the golden plates, of which he had no training, into the Book of Mormon.
For Christians, most of us were born into a Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and other Christian denominations. There are far more people who identify as Baptists and “mainstream” Protestant [Anglican-Episcopal, Methodist, Lutheran, Calvinist-Reformed] than there are Eastern Orthodox globally and in the US. The Roman Catholic is still the largest single faith community in the US, and within Christianity globally. Evangelicals are a large body, especially in the US, and growing in Latin America and Africa, but harder to put hard “boundaries” around. Most Baptists are evangelical, and there are Evangelical Lutherans whom most evangelicals wouldn’t acknowledge as evangelical. Then there are the Pentecostal or charismatic churches, which believe that all of the spiritual gifts manifested in the 1st century church still regularly manifest in true churches today – including healing, prophecy, speaking in tongues, etc. Many people lump Baptists, Evangelicals, and Charismatics in with the three main groups of “mainstream” Protestants as all being Protestants, but while they all do share some beliefs, they are as different from each other in practice and theology as Catholics, Orthodox, and Anglican-Episcopal are from each other. Then there are even more “unusual denominations” like the Seventh-Day Adventists.