Recently, Kathy and I were able to travel to Israel to continue our Biblical and archaeological studies.
Through the financial help of a former Mainstream Mormonism Radio supporter, we were able to provide a live Broadcast from Jerusalem that centered on the many differences between the Biblical Temple and the counterfeit Temple of the Mormon Church.
In preparation for this unique program, I conducted in-depth interviews of three Senior Orthodox Rabbis, two in Jerusalem and one at the Tomb of Abraham in Hebron. The questions I asked focused on the unique claims of Joseph Smith as it relates to his changing of the Covenant of Circumcision in Genesis 17:11 from “eight days” to “eight years” in his translation of the Bible. We also discussed the differences between the historical Jewish temple and Mormon temples today, noting that not a single aspect of Mormon temples resemble Biblical temples, despite the claims of the Mormon Church that their temples are a “restoration” of the ancient Jewish temple.
Unlike Mormon temples, Jewish temples never allowed anyone except males of the tribe of Levi to perform ceremonies in the temple. Women were never allowed into the temple, nor were marriages ever performed in the Jewish temples. Jewish temples contained a Lavar, also called the Sea, for ceremonial washing of the High Priest, not for Baptisms for the Dead. And unlike Mormonism which builds temples throughout the world, God designated only one location for his single temple to be built, on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. As stated by Jewish Rabbi Elyakir Cevanon,
“The doctrine and teachings of the Mormons is ridiculous and offensive to all Jews.”