The first we ever hear about being born again comes from Jesus’s own mouth when He is found talking with Nicodemus. This is where we learn that all people must be born again in order to inherit the kingdom of God. This was a foreign teaching until Jesus came on the scene. However, this was already supposedly taught in the Book of Mormon around 100 to 92BC. It reads, “And it came to pass after they had fasted and prayed for the space of two days and two nights, the limbs of Alma received their strength, and he stood up and began to speak unto them, bidding them to be of good comfort: For, said he, I have repented of my sins, and have been redeemed of the Lord; behold I am born of the Spirit. And the Lord said unto me: Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters; And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.“ (Mosiah 27:23-26)
What you see here is plagiarism when you compare it to John, chapter 3, in the Bible. Joseph Smith ripped off what Jesus said about being born again and copied and pasted these teachings in his book as if nobody would notice. It is written, “there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” (John 3:1-7) The Book of Mormon is a counterfeit to the Bible. Do not trust this man-made book. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will turn to You, and not people who could easily be a deceiver or conman. God, when I think of being born again, I see Your people listening to You and when going to church, they compare and contrast what they learned with Your Word, the Bible says. This is all I ask of people that say they believe in You, Jesus. Only then can You teach them and lead them into all truth. These people deserve to know what the Holy Spirit does for us and what it means to be born again. So I pray for people who say they are saved but are not. That they will have an open heart to You and Your servants on earth. God, I have tried talking to many Mormons over the years, and each time the majority laugh and scoff at what I am presenting to them. They see teachings like the trinity as foreign and corrupt, when Your true believers have kept this belief for the last two thousand years. How, You, Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, are three persons in one God. Lord, I have been in the midst of people that are so close to knowing You and being saved, but their hard hearts and false beliefs keep them from You. Help them, Lord. I love You! Amen.