The Thirteenth Article of Faith


The Book of Mormon states, “And behold, he [Jesus] shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem [emphasis, NF] which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel…” (Alma 7:10) This prophecy can be immediately dismissed as false. John writes, “Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” (Joh. 7:42) Matthew writes, “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king…” (Matt. 2:1) Likewise, Luke describes the time and setting of the Savior’s birth (Luk 2). Jerusalem and Bethlehem are five miles apart from each other. In order to try to reconcile their false assertions, Mormon apologists claim the New World knew little of Old World geography. However, John’s account clearly refers to geographic details at the time of David. This Mormon prophecy fails.


A prophecy was given regarding where a Mormon temple would be built. Joseph Smith writes,

Hearken, O ye elders of my church, saith the Lord your God, who have assembled yourselves together, according to my commandments, in this land, which is the land of Missouri, which is the land which I have appointed and consecrated for the gathering of the saints. Wherefore, this is the land of promise, and the place for the city of Zion. And thus saith the Lord your God, if you will receive wisdom here is wisdom. Behold, the place which is now called Independence is the center place; and a spot for the temple is lying westward, upon a lot which is not far from the courthouse (Doctrine & Covenants 57:1-3)

In other words, there would be a Mormon temple erected in Independence, Missouri. However, to this day there has never been one built nor is there any authorization from the government to establish one. This Mormon prophecy fails.
There was another prophecy regarding the Civil War. Smith predicts,

Verily, thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls; And the time will come that war will be poured out upon all nations, beginning at this place. For behold, the Southern States shall be divided against the Northern States, and the Southern States will call on other nations, even the nation of Great Britain, as it is called, and they shall also call upon other nations, in order to defend themselves against other nations; and then war shall be poured out upon all nations [emphasis, NF] (Doctrine & Covenants 87:1-3)

The Civil War was fought between the North and South, isolated to the United States at that time. It never extended beyond the border of America, certainly not to all nations. This Mormon prophecy fails.