We are living in a day foretold by prophets of old, and can expect more direction than cliché church answers to life’s questions from the Catholic and Protestant churches. The restored Church of Jesus Christ is vastly different than any other church, so to you dissatisfied with religion in general, so are we, give this a try.
Because Jesus Christ restored his Church to Joseph Smith in 1820, we are now living in “The dispensation of the fullness of times” (D&C 128:18,20; 112:30-31; 138:48; 124:41; 121:31; 27:13 Eph. 1:10; ) wherein things are to be revealed which have been kept hidden from the foundation of the earth. If you think the restored Church of Jesus Christ has merely the same run of the mill talking points to offer humanity as other contemporary Christian groups, this letter will show you that such is not the case, and that Mormonism has a more holistic answer to life’s questions, and a more glorious hope for the future of mankind, including more compassion and joy than is traditionally allowed among “Christian” groups for those who believe differently: non-Mormons and non-Christians alike. These things offer not only a brighter future, but a more peaceful present (See D&C 59:23; Moses 6;59).
The Devil is launching a powerful and relentless attack against us, more so than ever before. Though many physical dangers and hardships of life have subsided, the spiritual ones have increased 100-fold. I believe God’s counter attack in this war of words and opinions is in declaring truth more clearly and powerfully than ever before. When the Devil stands up to fight against God with his powerful weaponry, GOD WILL FIGHT BACK, and WIN EVERY TIME.
Because Jesus Christ the Son of God restored his Church to Joseph Smith in 1820, we are now living in “The dispensation of the fullness of times” (D&C 128:18,20; 112:30-31; 138:48; 124:41; 121:31; 27:13 Eph. 1:10; ) wherein things are to be revealed which have been kept hidden from the foundation of the earth. If you think Mormonism has merely the same run of the mill talking points to offer humanity as other contemporary Christian groups, or just more clever thinking, this letter will show you that such is not the case, and that Mormonism has a more holistic answer to life’s questions, and a more glorious hope for the future of mankind, including more compassion and joy than is traditionally allowed among “Christian” groups for those who believe differently. It is a faith of angels, prophets, visions, and God speaking anew from the heavens to the earth as a whole in these our times, to reveal afresh the doctrine of Christ. These things offer not only a brighter future, but a more peaceful present. (See D&C 59:23; Moses 6;59)”
I do not call for a following, nor do I suggest inordinate last days preparations, gathering locations, etc. Studies of dreams or visions of lay members of the church is dangerous and isn’t the focus here. Such if tolerated at all is to be considered fictional, and only for imaginative exploration which can at times be fruitful. These can have deeper meaning for those to whom they are given. Non-fiction has its proper place in life. Members may have dreams etc. helpful for them, but such are generally not to be made public and they never represent Church doctrine.
What the current leaders of the Church declare overrides speculations of past statements. Interpreting doctrine is to be kept within the bounds the Lord has set. The Standard Works and words of the living First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 Apostles are what constitute church doctrine. Living Apostles help interpret the Standard Works lest any of us “look beyond the mark”. Apostasy can be found in both far left and far right ideologies, as well as in between. I denounce any group which actively seeks to change church doctrine or policies.
I witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the one true Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days. Other churches contribute to God’s work, but the “LDS Church” is the only organization vested with the authority of God to lead the work of salvation in these the latter and last days. Only those authorized to preach the gospel represent the church, and I am not so authorized. When dealing with religious topics, focuses on the teachings of the prophets both ancient and modern.
I feel to say like Joseph Smith once did, “if my life is of no value to my friends, it is of none to myself”. Foremost I am your friend, and if disagreements are between us, let us refocus on the overall goodness of humanity, and allow friendship to overcome disagreement, for God’s sake. We want safety for all persons, and we want all to believe and worship as they wish in peace.
Now a few notes of some basic tenants of the restoration of the fullness of the gospel:
-The Church of God has been on earth from time to time.
-The Church of God is always lead by a prophet. (Amos 3:7)
-The Church of God is taken from the earth at times because of unrighteousness. (Amos 8)
-The Church of God is to come to stay in the last days (Daniel). The restored church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints today claims to be that very church, and I witness is.
-Joseph Smith was the first leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since his death God has continued to call people to lead the Church.
-God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith to call him as prophet and leader in the Church.
-Church leaders clarify doctrines of salvation.
-Power to seal in heaven things that are sealed on earth (like marriages) were restored to the earth via the Church.
-The Church has the fullness of the Gospel (all we need to know and do to be saved) and can be found in the Book of Mormon.
-The Book of Mormon points us to modern prophets for further guidance.
-The Book of Mormon’s key goal is to testify of the resurrected living Savior, Jesus Christ.
-Baptism is legal only in the organization that God has given legal power to complete that ordinance. We claim this to be that organization. (D&C 1, D&C 22)
further references on this to come, for now see mormon.org/restoration or mormon.org/joseph-simth or mormon.org/book-of-mormon