Next, I followed my mission president and I thought it was stupid, pigheaded, and all around idiotic what he told me to do. But I did it anyway, and it worked. No matter how dumb it seems it worked and I enjoyed more success doing the stupid, pigheaded, idiotic things than I did in any other time in my mission.
Lastly to those leaving the church. That’s a shame. If you can believe that some man that only preached kindness 2000 years ago got nailed to a tree because we all hated him for what he taught, and because of that act all of our sins are forgiven, and even more amazing still that this dead guy got up and walked around 3 days after his death, then after talking to some folks flew off to some unknown place and will return again someday in the future, then what is so hard to believe about the book of abraham, or the temple, or anything else for that matter. Why couldn’t God say this is the way things are? Even if it doesn’t make sense to men. God does what is wisdom to him. You have allowed doubts to enter into your faith. I’m not going to argue about the validity of the points you guys raise, I have seen the contemporary translations and everything else. My point isn’t in them, because they were made by very knowledgeable men. But what of the faith that comes with the religion? Why can’t God tell Joseph to write a certain translation, or if there is some meaning more sacred to the translation that has yet to be uncovered, a sort of code perhaps to keep sacred things sacred? Why do you doubt the temple ordinances because of similarities to other practices? The sacrament is similar to many practices of other faiths, do we abadon it because of those similarities? Of course not. Truth abounds in all places and in many cases different degrees of truth can be found everywhere.
I do not condemn you for your descion to leave. I actually commend you for it. You seek truth, that is good. But what of your faith? Will you wreck your faith with doubts? How long until you use a purely scientific approach to religion and become atheist? Because you will never be able to prove once and for all that there is a God, and that the God that you claim to worship is that God, and that your way of worshiping him is the correct way. When you search for truth you must have doubts or why would you be searching in the first place. And faith and doubt cannot exist in the same person at the same time.]]>
The true word of God stands on its own and those who read it with sincerity and honesty and pray about it will come to know of its truth, whether that be in the Bible, The Book of Mormon, or any other scripture that claims to be the word of God, no matter what language it is translated into or how difficult it is to comprehend.
Well, if that were true then there would be no need to translate it at all. Everyone could just pray about the english version.]]>
This is how I feel about choro, believes in the BOM, and all the GA stuffs, and acts accordingly to great success. Hats off to you and hope your have a great life. Really.
The reason why I am planning my exit is mainly because the temple rituals are the same as the masonic rituals, the book of Abe is a proven false translation, and the fact that JS translated with a peep stone.
I think the mormon culture is excellent, but to say the ONLY true church in light of the many errors, where one error is too many for the ONLY true church, leaves me only one course. Leave the church and love my neighbor.]]>
Wowzahs. Seriously, It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a personal attack via blogging. Sorry, Seth. Glad you have thick skin…]]>
And look, he isn’t striking you down even now, when as a priesthood leader in your ward, you perpetuate an attitude that defies the Spirit and missionary work.
I hope that you were being completely, insincerely sarcastic. If not I really hope you figure out that the road of cynicism you sound like you are on will not lead you or your family to happiness.
Of course the Lord allows all sorts of crap to happen, even to the best of people. But is is not what happens around you that counts, it is what you do with what is around you that determines who you are and what you will become.
But who am I to judge you? I don’t know but what I gleaned by stumbling on this page whil looking for vintage copies of the Book of Mormon in Japanses. But, as I was a sincere, hard working, dedicated missionary at the same time you were ( in Sendai) I found a very saddening and disturbing expression of the kind of attitude that I saw and still see in people who should and can be more comitted than they are. It is a tough fight to keep up that comittment. And if you struggled then, it must be terribly difficult now. I say that with sincerity, as it is tough for me as well. But the determination pays off, and the self satisfation of knowing that you have done the best you can do, while being human, and being you, is still very rewarding.
I sure hope you step up to the plate and kick that shamefully apostate-sounding attitude before it reasons you and your family right out of your eternal potential.
If I am completely wrong about you, consider how a person not of our faith would view your expression. Would you really be ok with them getting the same impression as I have gotten? How sad that would be if your expressions here were the only impression they ever had of our church.
I’m sure that you are better than that. And if you are, I am glad.]]>