Brigham Young says, “No man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom without consent of Joseph.” Volume 1 of Doctrine of Salvation says, “No salvation without accepting Joseph Smith. If Joseph Smith was verily a prophet and if he told the truth then this knowledge is of the most vital importance to the entire world. No man can reject that testimony without incurring the most dreadful consequences for he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” What these are saying is that without Joseph Smith then you cannot enter into heaven. This then makes him more important than Jesus and makes him savior.
Mormon Scholar Bruce McConkie, “If it had not been for Joseph Smith and the restoration, there would be no salvation. There is no salvation outside of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.” What this is saying is that in order to be saved you must be a part of the Mormon Church.
Mormon Doctrine 1977 page 63 says, “If there had been no atonement, temporal death would have remained forever and there would never have remained forever, and there never would have been a resurrection, the body would have remained forever in the grave.” This teaches that if Christ had not died for us then nothing would have happened. There would be no heaven, no hell and we would just be dead in the grave.
Mormon James Talmage comments on salvation in his work on the Articles of Faith and says, “The extent of atonement is universal, applying alike to all descendants of Adam. Even the unbeliever, the heathen and the child who dies before reaching the years of discretion are redeemed by the savior’s self sacrifice from the individual consequence… of the fall of the saved not all will be exalted to the higher glories. No one can be admitted to any order of glory, in short no soul can be saved until justice has been satisfied for violated law. In the kingdom of God t are numerous levels of gradations provided for those who are worthy of them.” What this is saying is that everyone goes to heaven, even unbelievers. There is no hell, however the more good living you do and the better you are, determines which level you go to in heaven.
Article 3 of the Articles of Faith says, “We believe that through the atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel”. This teaches that salvation is not only by Christ’s atonement but also keeping the law.”
So Mormon salvation summarized is believe in Jesus Christ, believe in Joseph Smith and keep the law. If you do then you get a better place in the kingdom of God. If you are an unbeliever there is a general salvation for you.
Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” The Bible teaches that salvation only comes through Jesus Christ, not Joseph Smith or anyone else.
Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” The Bible teaches that salvation is by grace through faith. Keeping the law has nothing to do with salvation.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The Bible teaches that salvation comes through believing in Jesus Christ.
The Bible teaches that salvation is by Jesus Christ alone and that if we believe in Jesus Christ as our savior that we are born again and going to heaven. This is vastly different than what Mormonism teaches about salvation.