Monday, February 29, 2016

Are Mormons saying that they are "right".

Does it come as a surprise to anyone that Mormons think they are right?

Do the words of Elder Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve apostles really catch anyone who follows the LDS church off guard? 
Should I have been picturing him,
all these years, lifting weights?

The Church of Jesus Christ did it their way when it was on the earth the first time (New Testament). They didn't float through conventual wisdom biblically or cater to the powerful or the popular. 

Christ himself was willing to die for his knowledge. So were the prophets and apostles who followed him -- many of whom gave their life in violent fashion.     

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which I count myself a member in good standing, has created missionary campaigns over the years to bring in people to the gospel of Christ, to convert new members. 

That these campaigns were thoughtful and well-mannered for as long as they have been is the surprise

Mormons are right, the ads could have read.

I will say it again, prophets of the Lord were notoriously blunt in both Old Testament and New Testament as well as the Book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price. They tended to tell it like it was. "You are sinful group of people, and you must repent or be destroyed." How many scenarios from scripture history can we fit that sentence into? 

Adam. Amulek, Noah and Noah, Jonah -- who ran from the task because he knew what would happen, Christ himself, Peter, and on and on. 

I, for example, think the Mormons are right, and I always have. I think that everyone is going to end up either performing the essential ordinances essential to salvation for themselves or have them done by proxy -- or be left out -- though I don't know how that will look.  

I don’t know why the Blacks couldn’t receive the priesthood until modern revelation said they could, but I believe it was so. 

Is marriage between a man and a woman/ ? Yes. And it is so regardless of my own sexual orientations. Will same-sex marriage be recognized in the after-life?  No, and for the reasons Elder Bednar mentioned. 

Do I believe that Christ died on the cross for us?  That He gave his life and paid the price for our sins so that we can return?  Yes.  

Do I believe that other religions will have to embrace His teachings in order to be exalted?  Yup.

But I haven’t gone around saying that -- as a rule. If fact, while I was a student in the MTC preparing to go on an LDS mission, we were told to develop soft skills so we could teach without being smug or holier than thou. We were taught to be nice. We were taught that honey does better than vinegar, to be inclusive of others and their beliefs and feelings. The process, as I understood it, was that once a new member's testimony had been built up there would be a time for specifics.

Being right has come at a cost. Being right is thoroughly irritating to others to the point where others want to kill us.

Is it time to come out and say that Mormons are right? If it isn't time now, it will be soon.  Do we share the gospel to others because it is the gospel? Yes.

Can I still be nice about it?  How nice is it to say the LDS church is right?


  1. Your post reminded me of a joke I once heard. A man dies and goes to heaven. He is met by St. Peter who gives him a tour of heaven. As they walk around, St. Peter points out where the Catholics live in heaven, and the Baptists, and the Methodists, etc. They then come to a part of heaven where there are very high walls that you can't see over. The man asks St. Peter, "What is this?" St. Peter, says, "Oh, that is where the Mormons are. They like to think that they are the only ones who are in heaven."

  2. Here's another. The Popes secretary paged him, saying, "Sir, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that I have Our Lord and Savior on line one for you. The bad news is that he is calling from Utah."

  3. We all have to taste the bitter that we may know to prize the good. Some spend more time on that than others. I have sick children and now believe I have a first hand experience with, "I give unto men their weaknesses." I have seen my daughter's behavior and thinking change with epigenetics and Theron Randolph food allergy science. When my daughter eats sugar she reacts. When she had h pylori she became schizophrenic. Now when she eats sugar within an hour she is fighting or going into a fugue state. The more she complys with treatment the more she heals and behaves better. is our path of improvement. I wonder now if some sin is us trying to feel whole when we do not. David Bednar had a conversation with someone who was ill and he told him to never give up. That is all some people can do.

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