BOOK OF MORMON
. another testament of jesus christ
containing answers and examples
containing answers and examples
When One Falls Away from the Church of Jesus Christ, and joins another, or quits religion altogether... how does their Belief System Fundamentally Change?
PROLOGUE: I have often thought what it might feel like to fall away from the church of your upbringing. I personally don't believe I could ever do it, because I have a very firm testimony, so many proofs that God has given me over the years, but many have chosen to leave it all. I have put together my thoughts on what I think that would really mean to me, and I suppose that some people have left without thinking this all through... Maybe this blog can serve as a possibility of offering some thought that may not have been considered... and I do invite all who have left, to come back.
Joseph Smith once said, "…Before you joined this Church you stood on neutral ground. When the gospel was preached, good and evil were set before you. You could choose either or neither. There were two opposite masters inviting you to serve them. When you joined this Church you enlisted to serve God. When you did that you left the neutral ground, and you never can get back on to it. Should you forsake the Master you enlisted to serve, it will be by the instigation of the evil one, and you will follow his dictation and be his servant.
Well, not anymore? The other 41,000 Christian denominations teach:
You are only a biological product of mother earth. Sure God created you, He created the earth so He created you and everything in it... but any notion that you have a spirit within you that existed before you came to earth is not a doctrine that can be found in other Christian religions, because it is one of the plain and precious truths that can be found in the Book of Mormon (and the Bible, if you look for it). Only the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in and has a PLAN of SALVATION where we are the spiritual offspring of God.
Even though you sang I am a child of God all throughout your childhood life and believed it even when you got older, even bore testimony of it, now that you leave and forsake the doctrines revealed through the prophet Joseph Smith about this, you face the idea that you no longer had an existence before this life. You are only the biological product of a human mother and father, you don't have any eternal spirit within you, your feelings are just human emotions and you can be deceived by your feelings, etc., etc., so don't believe them, and you also have NO relation to God.
Now you possibly have decided to believe you were deceived to have ever believed that book, and now you possibly say that Joseph Smith made it all up. The gold plates? They never existed and Joseph Smith lied and there was no angel Moroni who presented the plates to him. The Urim and Thummim account presented by Joseph and Oliver Cowdery his scribe for the vast amount of the Book of Mormon, even nearly all of it, or the egg stone in a hat account presented by Martin Harris in later years, or David Whitmer and apostate from the church also in aging older years, or Emma in her elderly years, her herself an apostate from the Church as well and attending another church.
Which witnesses and testimonies to believe? Especially when they conflict. Were these accounts even complete or accurate? Much of it was never intended to be found, like a long lost snippet but now taken as a complete record if it fits a narrative.
It is a question that ALL of us have to face at one time or another in our lives. How to get answers to our prayers. How to know when it is us or the Lord. Are we just talking to ourselves, and how would we know? Many when faced with these challenging questions just give up and think its nonsense, but for those who are persistent, and bypass all of the doubt that the world encourages, they discover something. They discover the miracle, because they were patient and they waited on the Lord.
Enos 1:4 And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.
Of course to do this, one must be humble, childlike in faith, and believe that something is going to happen. If one knows in advance that this is the requirement God places on the experience, then they know they can't go into the effort with a doubtful heart and with cynical skepticism. If that is the case, let not that man think they will receive anything of the Lord:
James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
10 And while I was thus struggling in the spirit, behold, the voice of the Lord came into my mind again
So we can see that this great event that happened to him was not an audible voice through the ears (although it could be and scriptures do have accounts of it happening this way), but it was a distinct voice of the Lord in his mind, and when this happens, one KNOWS that it is not their own making because they also feel the power of the Holy Ghost.
GO TO THE MOUNTAIN
I recall from a time in my life around 10 years ago when I was seeking answers to my prayers on a very important matter to me. I was very distraught and wanted the Lord to help me know what to do about a certain thing I had been working on, had spent years developing, even an invention. But an event happened to make me believe it was all for naught. As I prayed, I distinctly heard the Lord's voice in my mind tell me, so clearly, "go to the mountain."
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