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David Whitmer

  • David Whitmer was one of the Three Witnesses of the Book of Mormon.
  • After Joseph Smith's death he formed the Church of Christ.
  • While Whitmer believed the Book of Mormon to be true, he did not believe that the true church was to be led by one man. Whitmer believed Joseph Smith had only one gift—to translate the Book of Mormon—and that Joseph erred when he appointed himself as "Prophet, Seer, and Revelator." Whitmer believed that under Joseph, church doctrine became corrupt, and the church altered original revelations to conform with the corrupted doctrines.
David Whitmer After the translation of the Book of Mormon was finished... He said he was through the work that God had given him the gift to perform, except to preach the gospel... I was not called to bear testimony to the mission of Brother Joseph Smith any farther than his work of translating the Book of Mormon, as you can see by reading the testimony of us three witnesses.

David Whitmer - Mormon apostle and Book of Mormon witness
An Address To All Believers In Christ, p.32


Prophet, Seer and Revelator

David Whitmer Joseph received a revelation that he should be the leader... as "Prophet, Seer and Revelator" to the church, and that the church should receive his words as if from God's own mouth. Satan surely rejoiced on that day... I consider that on that day the first error was introduced into the Church of Christ, and that error was Brother Joseph being ordained as "Prophet, Seer and Revelator" to the church.
p.33

When Christ came into the world, the doctrine of a one man leader to the church was not taught by Him, and we are positively under Christ and his teachings in the written word.
p.34

There is nothing in the New Testament part of either the Bible or Book of Mormon concerning a one-man leader or head of the church. Whoever claims that such an office should be in the church today, goes beyond the teachings which Christ has given us... Brother Joseph went into this error on April 6, 1830, and, after unwittingly breaking a command of God by taking upon himself such an office, in a few years those revelations were changed to admit this high office, which otherwise would have condemned it. They were changed to mean something entirely different from the way they were first given and printed in the Book of Commandments; as if God had not thought of this great and important office when he gave those revelations — p.46

David Whitmer - Mormon apostle and Book of Mormon witness
An Address To All Believers In Christ


Revelations

David Whitmer We do not endorse the teachings of any of the so-called Mormons or Latter Day Saints, which are in conflict with the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as taught in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon... They looked to Joseph Smith as lawgiver; we look to Christ alone, and believe only in the religion of Jesus Christ and not in the religion of any man.
p.4

Now is it wisdom to put your trust in Joseph Smith, and believe all his revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants to be of God? Everyone who does not desire to be of Paul, or of Apollos, or of Joseph, but desires to be of Christ will say that it is not wisdom to put our trust in him and believe his revelations as if from God's own mouth!
p.31

Through this manner, through Brother Joseph as "mouth piece" came every revelation to establish new doctrines and offices which disagree with the New Covenant in the Book of Mormon and New Testament! I would have you remember this fact.
p.32

I desire to get you to comprehend the sin of trusting in an arm of flesh, by receiving Brother Joseph's revelations as if they were from God's own mouth, when some of his revelations conflict with the teachings of Christ.
p.37-38

There are false doctrines of importance in the book of Doctrine and Covenants, and I desire to prove them false doctrines, and get you to lay them aside and believe only what Christ taught and meant for us to believe.
p.38

David Whitmer - Mormon apostle and Book of Mormon witness
An Address To All Believers In Christ


Polygamy

David Whitmer We denounce the doctrine of polygamy and spiritual wifeism. It is a great evil, shocking to the moral sense, and the more so because practiced in the name of Religion. It is of man and not of God, and is especially forbidden in the Book of Mormon.
p.3

He gave the church a leader, but it proved their destruction and final landing of the majority of them in the Salt Lake valley in polygamy, believing that their leader had received a revelation from God to practice this abomination.
p.34

I desire to say a few words especially to the Latter Day Saints who believe in the doctrine of polygamy. Why is it that you can put your trust in a man, and believe a revelation of his that contradicts the Word of God in the Book of Mormon, is very strange indeed.
p.44

David Whitmer - Mormon apostle and Book of Mormon witness
An Address To All Believers In Christ


High Priest

David Whitmer The next grievous error which crept into the church was in ordaining high priests... This error was introduced at the instigation of Sydney Rigdon. The office of high priests was never spoken of, and never thought of being established in the church until Rigdon came in... Sydney Rigdon was the cause of almost all the errors which were introduced while he was in the church... Rigdon finally persuaded Brother Joseph to believe that the high priests which had such great power in ancient times, should be in the Church of Christ today.

David Whitmer - Mormon apostle and Book of Mormon witness
An Address To All Believers In Christ, p.35


"Revelations" Altered

David Whitmer Brother Joseph went into this error on April 6, 1830, and, after unwittingly breaking a command of God by taking upon himself such an office, in a few years those revelations were changed to admit this high office, which otherwise would have condemned it. They were changed to mean something entirely different from the way they were first given and printed in the Book of Commandments; as if God had not thought of this great and important office when he gave those revelations.
p.46

You have changed the revelations from the way they were first given and as they are today in the Book of Commandments, to support the error of Brother Joseph in taking upon himself the office of Seer to the church. You have changed the revelations to support the error of high priests. You have changed the revelations to support the error of a President of the high priesthood, high counselor, etc.
p.49

Some of the revelations as they are now in the book of Doctrine and Covenants have been changed and added to. Some of the changes being of the greatest importance as the meaning is entirely changed on some very important matters; as if the Lord had changed his mind a few years after he gave the revelations.
p.56

David Whitmer - Mormon apostle and Book of Mormon witness
An Address To All Believers In Christ
  • View a selection of the changed "revelations" in the handbook: Sections 5, 13, 27, 48, 101


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