I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as of 2006. It was a three year journey of lots of studying, crying, and praying. I gained a witness and testimony that the Book of Mormon was another testament of Jesus Christ; and understood that Christ visited many nations after his Sacrifice in Gethsemane and on the Cross. I look forward to the day when more Scriptures and Testaments of Christ are revealed to us from other Nations and Tribes.
My studies never ceased after my baptism and my conversion never ends. Because of that I have come to find inconsistent doctrines in the Church today with what was taught by the Prophets of the Restoration. I think most Mormons do see these things, but choose to overlook them because we tell ourselves there must have been new revelation. But the fact remains that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and His Priesthood and Ordinances do not change, or “Amen (goodbye) to the Priesthood”. (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, vol.4, p. 208; D&C 121:37)
“. . . the ordinances must be kept in the very way God has appointed; otherwise their Priesthood will prove a cursing instead of a blessing.” (TPJS, p. 169)
I make no judgment on the leaders who have changed practices and ordinances over the history of the Mormon Church or modern Christianity, for that matter (nor do I care to speculate or focus on that), but I will not overlook the changes, either. My only agenda is to learn the truth. This loyalty to truth as it is revealed to me first cost me relationships with family and friends when converting to Mormonism, and has since cost me my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ironically, they will not have me for believing in their Founder’s doctrine. The Church does awesome missionary work and is excellent at caring for their flock. However, I do believe it is out of order as prophesied would happen by the early leaders if Ordinances were changed.
This space is a place for my notes and thoughts in my studies. Feel free to comment or join in conversation. This is not a place for anger, emotional upset, antagonism, or contention. Comments from that space, or that of Righteous Positioning, are not welcome and are subject to deletion. The goal is to learn and grow – not to get angry or emotional over someone not believing exactly as you do.