Mormonism is a growing cult with over fifteen million followers worldwide. But, just because there are millions of followers of this cult does not make it viable or true, which can be quickly found with a small amount of research. Mormonism is built on a basis of flawed man-made theology and false doctrine that have roped many into the Mormon “religion”. Consistency issues, empirical inadequacies, livability problems, and constant theological issues when in comparison with essential Christianity, especially for a cult that usually tries to put itself under the “Christian umbrella”, all plague Mormonism and cause it to be considered untrue by many. The first issues is the large amounts of inconsistencies and contradictions riddled throughout Mormon doctrine and belief. First, God is said to be unchanging but that is clearly contradicted in many ways. The Book of Mormon contradicts Joseph Smith as the Book of Mormon teaches that God is unchangeable, seen in Moroni 8:18 which says God, “is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity,”, while Smith taught that God was once like us and became an exalted Man. We see him change his view of polygamy from “abominable before me,” to David’s wives were “given unto him of me.” Thus He is changeable, yet unchangeable; His views and ways are changing yet unchanging. This is a paradox that cannot exist in a true religion. Next, we can see Mormon beliefs and practices change. Temple ordinances, which need to be completed in order to attain celestial form, were “not to be altered or changed” yet these have been changed by church leaders many times starting around 1912. Even very basic beliefs such as how many “gods” there are cannot even be gotten straight. The most respected holy books of in Mormonism all say there is only one God, yet the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price contradict themselves and the others by saying that there are more Gods, possibly even billions as evidenced by Orson Pratt’s statement which says, “there are more Gods than there are particles of matter in those worlds.” These contradictions, and plenty more, show how Mormon Doctrine is constantly inventing new ideas or directly contradicting the Book of Mormon, a book that contradicts itself, which should clearly display Mormonism as false. Empirical adequacy is another area where Mormonism fails to provide any reasonable information concerning their beliefs. The first, is the Ten Tribes of Israel that were said to have migrated to America, beginning with a man named Lehi, father of two men named Laman and Nephi who the two main people groups, the Lamanites and Nephites, were from and began to create a civilization. The Book of Mormon speaks also of the skin of Lamanites turning dark due to Laman and Lemuel’s plan to kill their father and brother. This would then lead to a large battle at Hill Cumorah in Manchester, New York where the Lamanites wiped out the Nephites. These tales led to the Lamanite people having been ancestors of the American Indians (evidenced by their becoming “white” or “pure”, like the Lamanite people would become after their curse was lifted). Yet, this is completely inaccurate. The problem with this is that through DNA testing it has been found that Native American peoples have not come from an ancient Israelite people, but a northeast Asian people. This claim has once again been proven false through archaeology and the severe lack of evidence backing up this account as well as the Book of Mormon as a whole. Archaeology has uncovered no cities, people, nations, or areas mentioned in the Book of Mormon, inscriptions referencing anything in the Book of Mormon, ancient Book of Mormon scripture, any evidence of eastern religion in America, or artifacts (including mass graves, weapons, etc.) to support the Book of Mormon. On top of the lack of archaeological evidence for Mormonism and its beliefs the Book of Mormon also has been changed thousands of times. These changes that are cause for unbelief are grammatical changes (not serious changes) to changes of complete stories and accounts. The original Book of Mormon that was published in 1830 is drastically different than the one that the Church of Latter-day Saints published in 1981 and others that came before this most recent version. This fact has been opposed by many including Mormon Historian Joseph Felding Smith who said in regard to the claim of changes in the Book of Mormon, “Well, of course, there is no truth in that statement.” Yet, when one investigates these claims of change it is nearly impossible to miss them. When comparing the 1830 and 1981 versions of the Book of Mormon we find that much has been added and removed. These include changes in locations (“the land which was between the land of Zarahemla” to “the land of Zarahemla”), people (“King Benjamin” being changed to “King Mosiah” in Mosiah 21:28), and even additions of “the Son of” to add Jesus into accounts such as in 1 Nephi 11:18. Yet, these are only some of approximately 4,000 other changes that can be found in the Book of Mormon, not to mention the alterations to their other holy books, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. These changes show a change in foundation, but these are far from the only changes as one is able to see Mormonism in its attempt to change itself once again. In the Book of Mormon it says that those who were born with dark skin were inferior and have been separated from the rest of mankind from the beginning. This comes from the idea in the Book of Mormon (explained by LDS President Joseph Felding Smith) that those who were descendents of Cain were cursed with dark skin and were inferior due to their “father’s” evil behavior. This inferiority causes them to not be able to hold the office of Priesthood and receive the full blessings of the Gospel. Now, when a revelation in a June 1978 letter from the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints tells that all dark skinned people now had the “privileges and blessing” of the Gospel it is clear that Mormonism has no care for the pureness of its original doctrine and writings. It is proven fact that these changes have been made and when the “holy”, unchanging Word of God is altered then it is a sound conclusion to find the establishment and it’s originally flawed doctrine and writings to be false, as these truths should need no updating. The final test of legitimacy for Mormonism is its livability. The Mormon life can be one that is very strenuous if one seeks to receive a temple recommend and attain a celestial form. You must keep many laws including the law of chastity, the diet called “The Word of Wisdom”, and performing many temple ordinances such as having a baptismal ceremony called an endowment and sealings of spouses and children that someone may be exalted and go to the celestial realm after death, to have fellowship with God. Mormons are taught to seek perfection through conquering sin that they may be exalted, which seems like a cause to once again call Mormonism false as a human cannot be perfect on their own. Yet, the one little asterisk next to this belief is that Jesus will save a Mormon by grace after all they can do. Someone who is not perfect in their Mormonism can still go to heaven, but they will not be able to enter the “best” heavenly realm. Yet the idea of perfection is practically ingrained into a Mormon from the time they enter the faith until death, which leads to constant striving and anxiety due to this unreachable bar. So, Mormonism is livable due to Christ’s role in it, but if Christ was not in the mix then no one could reach the point that they could have fellowship with God. And if Christianity is true and our salvation is done alone by God’s grace that we may have fellowship with Him, not relying on our actions but His, then Mormonism is a false, works-based religion and path to salvation as it undermines God’s work in the hearts of men and instead puts their after-life destination upon their backs. After analysis, it is quite clear that Mormonism’s faulty doctrine, word, and authenticity are all good reasons to question its truthfulness as a religion and as the “One, True Church”. But, this then may raise a few questions due to its ties to Christianity. Yet, Mormonism calling itself apart of Christianity can be proven false by its vast contradictions to essential Christian doctrine. First, the Mormon view and the Christian view of the Trinity have much contrast. The basis of the Christian Trinity is that there is one, true God who consists of three distinct persons (The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) yet are the same deity, who come together to form the Godhead and all exist co-eternally with each other. And the only one of these persons to have inhabited a physical body is Jesus (The Son). Mormonism has almost no similarities with this view as it tells that the Trinity has three Gods, and many more after them, who are separate persons who each have their own body instead of being the same deity, with both the Father and Son having a physical body instead of just Christ. The Mormon view also does not state that they all have been co-eternal but that the Father was God prior to his sons, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Yet, there are more contrasts between the Mormon doctrine and essential Christian doctrine.Next, Christians view of Jesus is that He is co-eternal with God and came down as God in the flesh, born of virgin, being both fully human and having full divinity, as the Savior and Messiah (not just a prophet or wise man) who died on the cross and resurrected from the dead that all who believe in Him may have eternal life. Mormons believe that Jesus had to become God and Messiah after having been a spirit child of God (thus not being co-eternal) and His salvation and earthly dwelling was for the reason of our salvation after our striving for perfection. They believe that Jesus’ brother was Satan and Jesus’ plan for redemption was deemed better than Satan’s which led to the fall of man and Jesus being born on earth physically of the Father and living a perfect life. Also, Jesus’ blood of transgression was shed in the Garden of Gethsemane to redeem the world, not on the cross though he did die on the cross and rose from the dead assuring salvation for almost everyone. After His ascension Jesus is said to have came back to the world to speak of the Nephites and begin another church. Also one is not supposed to pray to Jesus but to God in Jesus’ name. The view of Jesus is the same of Christianity in the fact that He was the Messiah, died on the cross, rose again, and was born of Mary after His pre-existence. But, after this Mormonism then branches off and begins to create fallacies that skew the truth about Christ. Thirdly, Christian and Mormon views about humanity are very different. Christianity believes that humanity was created in the image of God but is distinct from God. Humans are not divine and never can be divine and man is morally responsible to God our judge with one living eternally in heaven or hell in the afterlife. Mormonism, on the other hand, believe that all people are spirit children of God and the Mother Goddess and that we have the potential to become gods ourselves through exaltation. A large difference also comes in doctrine of sin and our divine predestination. This part of Christian doctrine in some denominations is contrasted to the Mormon belief that humans have a complete freedom to either do good or evil; not being inherently evil. The Mormon view of humanity is one that emphasizes human potential to be perfect and, in turn, become a god, contrary to the view of Christianity that emphasizes our need of God as we are inherently sinful and have no potential to help ourselves. The Mormon view of sin and salvation is almost opposite of the Christian view. First, the Mormon belief does not believe that Adam’s original sin affects man, but that man chooses to do evil and the more evil that they commit the more of a necessity salvation becomes. This ability to sin begins at age 8. This is contrary to the Christian view that states that man is stained in sin from the their birth due to the fall of man and original sin of Adam. Salvation is also hotly contested as they believe in two types of salvation where one is first received in grace from Jesus, after all they have done which includes: repenting of sins, undoing their wrongs, endure the test of life, receive the Holy Ghost through the laying of hands, and follow God’s commands. This salvation is relatively like Christianity, yet order of things is flipped as in Christianity one believes and then follows the Lord and seeks to serve Him, not serve and then be saved (a works-based faith). The salvation that Christianity would disagree with is the second salvation, as there is only one salvation, that is through exaltation where someone is able to have fellowship with God on the celestial level, as the three realms of heaven are telestial (for unbelievers), terrestrial (for believers who did not complete the works to be exalted), and celestial, that has God present. Christian heaven has only one heavenly realm where all believers have fellowship with God. There is also a belief in the “outer darkness”. This is the Mormon version of hell, which in a way, is like two places. There is a hell where people will suffer prior to judgment due to their unbelief in Mormonism, and then a hell where people who are truly evil (the sons of perdition; yet it is hard to be completely evil and almost no human is) will spend eternity and those who suffered prejudgment who are not truly evil will enter into the telestial realm. The final major difference between Mormon doctrine and essential Christian doctrine is what is scripture. The essential Christianity states that the Bible is the Holy Word of God that was inspired by the Holy Spirit and written by human authors. This is the only inspired Word of God and Holy Scripture of God. The Catholic denomination of the Christian faith also believes that the Apocrypha is apart of the Old Testament, while the Protestant denomination believes that the Old Testament only has 39 books and the New Testament has 27 books for a total of 66 books. Christianity also believes in God’s providence that was active during the writing of the Bible that it would be in common language(s), allowing for translations to be possible. The Mormons took the idea of Holy Scriptures to another level, as they have four Holy Books. This is contrary to the Christian belief of the Bible being the one and only Scripture from God. They’re scripture is the Bible in the King James Version (when it does not contradict the Book of Mormon), the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ (a book from God which was translated by Joseph Smith and is foundation of the Mormon faith), the Doctrine and Covenant (another book of revelations and writings since the beginning of the Mormon Church restoration), and the Pearl of Great Price (a book which contains Smith’s revision/translation of the Bible which adds the Book of Moses, Abraham, and Smith’s Matthew 24 translation, his first vision, and the Thirteen Articles of Faith). The additions of more holy books, which are foundational, uproot any claim of Mormons being Christian as they have taken away from the Bible’s total authority and have divided it up amongst heretical literature. Mormonism being classified by many as a false religion is well warranted due to their belief system and doctrines. Countless logical inconsistencies and contradictions, lack of empirical evidence and changes to their holy books, and their very difficult living standard in order to be in the celestial realm of heaven all make Mormonism easily doubtable and unbelievable to many. They also have little ability to truthfully call themselves a part of Christendom due to their contrasting and at times contradictory beliefs to those of essential Christianity. Thus, Mormonism being seen as and actually being false is not an unbased theory, but a near undisputable fact.