Saturday, January 30, 2016

Blind Obedience and Freedom

I have often heard, "I would never be a Mormon. They believe in blind obedience. I value my freedom and will not blindly follow some leader, some Prophet." There are dictators and cult leaders who through military force, drugs, and personal charisma are able to make others submit to their will, but they are never able to maintain this control for very long. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) was established in 1836 nearly two hundred years ago and is now a thriving worldwide church of over 15 million people. Would so many people join and remain in a church where they were required to surrender their right to make decisions, to think for themselves? Are our eighteen year old missionaries that charismatic? Hardly!

People say, but you follow a prophet. Yes, we do. What would have happened to the people of Israel if they had not followed the prophet, Moses, who led them out of slavery in Egypt?  As one of our Apostles explained, "We are not obedient because we are blind, we are obedient because we can see. " 

Friday, January 29, 2016

What do you think of Abortion?

I agree that there are times when there is something seriously wrong and for the health of the mother, it is necessary to abort the baby, but those circumstances would be very rare. Killing your baby just because it is "inconvenient" is murder. If a baby isn't wanted, then it is a "growth" in the woman's body to be gotten rid of and is disposed of in the garbage. If the child is wanted and is born very early, huge amounts of money are spent to keep the "child" alive. When you create life you are responsible for that child. If you do not want to care for it, then put the child up for adoption where it can have a family who will love and nurture it, but don't kill the child.

A society which allows parents to legally kill their children just because they don't want to bother with them, is scary! What next? There are those who want to be allowed to kill the old, the infirm, the imperfect. They claim this would be a "mercy" killing. My questions is when did they become God? Who gave them the right to decide who would live and who should die. To me this smacks of wanting to have a "strong, pure Aryan race", and we saw where that led as German society was "purified" by exterminating inconvenient foreigners -- the Jews.

Since I am old (yes, I admit it), and have several health "imperfections", I could see myself being designated as "impure" and "surplus population". I scares me to give mere people the power to decide who is "worthy" of life. I feel much more comfortable leaving those decisions to God.

For the position of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Abortion see:

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Will God change us and make us "Good" people?

A friend said to me, "Personally I believe human beings had better think of taking care of their own problems instead of waiting for some Father figure to come along and do it for us."  I agree. What? You are a Mormon, how can you say that?  It's easy-- it is true. If you are waiting for God, like some "super Santa" to come and solve all your problems for you and make everyone be good and kind-- you are doing to have a long wait!

Our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to be happy. He will guide us, answer prayers, and even change our hearts if we ask Him, but what He never does is force us. He helps us to become better people, to overcome our weaknesses, a little at a time. He does not want merely correctly performing puppets.  This is why our Savior came the first time. He lived on the earth and taught us how to live to be happy. 

Will there be a time of peace on the earth? Yes, when the Savior comes in glory, there will be peace, but not because He has waved some magic wand and made us all loving and kind. The evil, mean, and cruel people will have been destroyed before the second coming of the Savior, so only the kinder people will be left to live on the earth. These people are the ones who have received light and truth into their lives no matter what their formal faith. These are they who have learned to love. These are the people who will know Christ, because they will be like Him.

How can we rise from the grave?
A friend asked me how I can believe in the Resurrection. How can I not? She states that bodies decompose after death and that is that. Of course our bodies break down and return to basic elements. It would be a pretty scary (and smelly!) world if this didn't happen.  Personally, I wouldn't want my body to be preserved and just brought back to life. I'm old now. I don't want to be stuck in this aging body forever! What I want is my spirit to return to a new body, an eternal body, one that will not age or decompose. Now that would be good. Spirits can not decompose. You feel the spirits of the people around you all the time. Their spirits either attract or repel you. We've all seen people who are beautiful on the outside, but you are repulsed by their spirit, another person you just immediately trust. Why, because our spirit is sensing their spirit.

I have seen death. One moment you feel them there, then they are gone. The body is there, but they are not there anymore. We call it death when the spirit leaves the body. Even when the body is kept working by machines, you can feel a difference when the spirit leaves. The spirit enables the body to have life on its own, it is what makes you, you.  It is what makes a baby a live being, it is your personality, your thoughts, your feelings, it is you. If you have ever felt someone's presences, you have felt their spirit. The spirit is not physical and therefore can not put in the gave to decompose, but continues to live with other spirits.

I believe that a God who has the power to create this world, can recreate our bodies, make them so they will not be subject to destructive powers, and put our spirits back in them, never to suffer or die again.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Questions from a Jew about Mormons

Why have Mormons felt the need to convert dead Jews?

When a person is Baptized they are making a commitment to keep the commandments of God. We do not believe that a person can progress and become more like God if they do not make this commitment. 

When vicarious baptisms are done, it has no effect unless the person who is dead receives it. We believe that the freedom to make your own decisions is a foundation of the Gospel. We came to earth to learn from our own experience (mistakes), and this freedom to choose for ourselves will continue after this life here on the earth is over.

We offer this baptismal commitment to our direct ancestors. We want to unite our families all the way back in time. We volunteer our time to do these ordinances, because we value family. The individuals we do vicarious baptisms for can commit to follow the Lord, but they are not baptized into the "Mormon" Church as many sects do.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Record of part of the Lost Tribes of Isreal

Yea, and ye need not any longer hiss, nor spurn, nor make game of the Jews, nor any of the remnant of the house of Israel; for behold, the Lord remembereth his covenant unto them, and he will do unto them according to that which he hath sworn.
 Therefore ye need not suppose that ye can turn the right hand of the Lord unto the left, that he may not execute judgment unto the fulfilling of the covenant which he hath made unto the house of Israel. Book of Mormon 3 Nephi 29:8-9
 Most people do not realize the the Book of Mormon was written by people of the House of Israel.  The record was begun by a prophet in Jerusalem who was warned to flee before Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem and destroyed the city in 587. This prophet's name was called Lehi (an Ephraimate) and he took his family and another family (from tribe of Manasseh) and eventually were led to the new land --Americas. The book of Mormon is the record of his descendants,  part of the "lost tribes of Israel".