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.
Husband, Father, Professional Engineer, and an amateur movie maker... and most importantly, a believer in Jesus Christ
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