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Mormonism and Eternal Truth

Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
(Henri-Frederic Amiel)

THE MORMON TESTIMONY
AND ITS PURPOSE

GAINING A MORMON TESTIMONY

New Mormon converts are shown the following two scriptures. They are then exhorted to ask God to reveal the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon to them, through the Spirit.

“And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (BOM, Moroni 10:4)

“But behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.” (Doctrine & Covenants 9:8)

If they don’t experience this warm feeling in their bosom, the unspoken insinuation is that they couldn’t have been sincere in their prayer.

FACTS VS FEELINGS

Discerning truth by using our feelings as a gauge is a dicey thing to do. There is no logic in this at all. Feelings are not facts. They are influenced by virtually everything that goes on around us. Besides which, psychologists tell us that auto suggestion is a powerful tool. It’s all too easy to imagine that something we really want to happen has actually happened.

The situation here is that Mormons are encouraged to lay aside common sense and sound judgment in favour of emotional convictions. But the Bible warns us that the heart (the seat of our emotions) is deceitful and cannot be trusted. For that reason we need to prove all things:

“The heart is deceitful above all things …” (Jeremiah 17:9, KJV)
“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool …” (Proverbs 28:26, KJV)
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12, KJV)
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21, KJV).

THE REALITY

The reality is that far from containing “the fullness of the everlasting gospel” which Joseph Smith said it did, the Book of Mormon was designed to groom its readers. It does so firstly by declaring that the person who thinks that the Bible is God’s final word to us is a fool. This is followed by a statement supposedly by God Himself to the effect that He has more to reveal to us than is contained in the pages of the Bible.

“Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews? … Wherefore because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.” (BOM, 2 Nephi 29:6, 10).

This automatically opens the door to the introduction of unbiblical teachings. But the Bible warns us:

“Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto His words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. ”(Proverbs 30:5-6, KJV)”

Tragically, because of the the abovequoted verses from BOM 2 Nephi 29:6, 10 (and because of Joseph Smith’s contention that the Bible has been incorrectly translated), the ability to safeguard themselves against spiritual deception has very effectively been taken away from Mormons. And they are wide open to false teaching.

The next Book of Mormon verse completely nullifies the biblical gospel of salvation through faith in Christ:

“… for we know it is by grace we are saved, after all we can do.” (BOM, 2 Nephi 25:23)

Using this verse as a springboard, the LDS has redefined the terms of salvation. They maintain that we have to earn the right to forgiveness of our personal sins through obedience to LDS’s laws and ordinances. Only then, they say, will God grant us individual salvation. This infers that salvation is solely through their organization.

The above two passages alone (there are others) place the Book of Mormon firmly into the category of spiritual deception. So there is no need to pray about whether or not it is “true.”

TESTIMONY BEARING

Once Mormons believe in the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, they are encouraged to bear their testimonies. They’re even given the approximate wording:

“I believe that Joseph Smith is the true prophet of God, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of God, and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

(Believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God has nothing to do with trusting in Christ for our salvation. Even the demons believe that Christ is the Son of God. And they are destined for hell — c/f Mark 3:11.)

On the first Sunday of every month the LDS holds a Fast and Testimony meeting at which members bear their individual testimonies. This ensures that on a regular monthly basis they all reinforce their minds with the affirmation that Mormonism is the truth, Joseph Smith is the true prophet of God and the LDS is the only true church.

They are also told to bear their testimonies whenever others question or oppose their beliefs. And the LDS leadership is instructed to bear their personal Mormon testimonies to the membership on a regular basis.

Testimony bearing, combined with ongoing indoctrination, forms an effective barrier against any and all opposition.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF INDOCTRINATION

Although not 100% of them do so, it is considered the duty of every Mormon boy to spend two years on the mission field immediately after he has finished his schooling. So they don’t go on mission because they have a genuine, personal calling from the Lord, as is the case in Christian churches. Their so-called calling is generally a letter from the church organization, inviting them to go on a mission. The following quote speaks for itself:

“It is not unusual to have a missionary say, ‘How can I bear testimony until I get one? How can I testify that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, and that the [Mormon] gospel is true? If I do not have such a testimony, would that not be dishonest?’’
Oh, if I could teach you this one principle. A testimony is to be found in the bearing of it! Somewhere in your quest for spiritual knowledge, there is that ‘leap of faith,’ as the philosophers call it. …
It is one thing to receive a witness from what you have read or what another has said; and that is a necessary beginning. It is quite another to have the Spirit confirm to you in your bosom that what you have testified is true. Can you not see that it will be supplied as you share it? As you give that which you have, there is a replacement, with increase!” (Boyd K. Packer, The Candle of the Lord, Ensign, January 1983, page. 51.)

In line with the above quote, a returned Mormon missionary sent me an email, accusing me of not being sincere in my prayer life. Otherwise, he said, I would have known that Mormonism was true. He went on to explain:

“I have found that I must pray over and over until I am definite that what I am feeling is right and in accordance to the teachings of the [Mormon] gospel. Just as in schoolwork, you can’t be studying for a math test and expect to memorize formulas perfectly if you only study it one time. It takes repetition …”

This poor Mormon soul persists in praying over and over again, until his feelings eventually fall into line with LDS teachings; a perfect example of the fruit of successful brainwashing. He no longer has the desire to think logically. And when the truth stares him in the face, he feels compelled to smother it.

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