Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Statement of My LDS/Christian/Mormon Beliefs

I thought this might be an appropriate place to share a little bit more of my beliefs, a small effort at building the internet's storage of positive information on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Jesus Christ is the creator of this earth, he is our Savior, and will be our judge at the last day.  It is only through him that we have any hope of salvation.  There is nothing we can do of our own accord that will ensure us a place in Heaven.  Christ took upon him all the sins of those who have been on this earth and ever will be on this earth and only requires of us that we follow his counsel.

The Lord speaks to his people through prophets.  This has always been the case.  From Genesis to the present time the Lord uses special people on earth to warn, guide, and direct us amidst all the confusion and destruction in the world.  After a time of much darkness, known as the middle or dark ages, the Lord called another prophet to lead us in the last and greatest dispensation.  Joseph Smith, through the guidance of Jesus Christ, restored the fulness of the gospel to the earth and organized a church that consists of the same organization that existed in the primitive church.  After his death, the Lord chose another prophet and so on throughout the years until today.  Thomas S. Monson is our current prophet and continues to provide us with the direction the Lord wishes us to follow.

The Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.  The Book of Mormon is a second witness of the divinity of our Savior Jesus Christ.  It was written and compiled by ancient prophets who lived on the continents of North and South America.  Jesus Christ visited this people after his resurrection and taught them the same things that had been taught at Jerusalem.

Talking with different people I've seen that it isn't very common for children raised in one religion to stick with that religion when they become adults.  Everyone has to come to a point where they question whether what they're being taught is true or is just some fanciful tale made to keep people from reality.   I was taught (see James 1:5) that if I wanted to know what the truth was, I simply needed to ask.  I've asked, but didn't get an audible yes.  I've realized that the answer has come through small, yet noticeable feelings.  These feelings are not the same you get after watching an emotionally moving movie (though the Spirit of Christ can certainly touch your heart if what you've learned is true and should be applied to your life), or an energized sermon, etc.  They're feelings of peace and surety, knowing that what has transpired could only come from above; and that's how I know that what I believe is true.

God does not want us to believe that everything divine is a mystery or so complex that we can't approach him.  If you've never read the Book of Mormon or chatted with any of the young men in white shirts riding bikes (LDS missionaries), check them out and ask God if what they teach isn't true.

1 comment:

Coach Ann said...

very well said!