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One of the Mormon apostles once said that those who are truly converted cannot be restrained from bearing their testimony. How ironic that this applies to people converting to religions other than Mormon. Once you’ve been LDS, testifying is a natural act of faith.
But I will never bear my testimony on truths I learned outside of Mormonism. And I will never do the opposite concerning truths I learned from the LDS, that is, deny things I know to be true.
I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of Elohim, our Heavenly Father.
First, he was a seer. Even his imagination was justified by the spirit of Enoch. He could take a cooking recipe and write a story about Jesus if the recipe inspired him. He did indeed take Egyptian papyrus and translated it into the Book of Abraham. He also took golden plates and translated them into the Book of Mormon. I am not the only person who has testified of the truth of the Book of Mormon. The original witnesses, who claimed they handled the hefty plates, give a much more beautiful testimony than I ever could. Heck, even the one who betrayed the Prophet by leaving the church never denied that he at least with eyes of faith saw the plates. With eyes of faith I too see the fulfilling of scripture through Mormonism.
Second, Joseph Smith had a vision of Father-Creator and our Heavenly Brother Jesus Christ appearing as 2 personages. He did indeed have this vision. God was present in the grove that day. Even the Holy Ghost was there somehow, I believe. Perhaps as an invisible personage.
I testify that the Holy Ghost is a person with a body and a face. Fingers and toes. A spirit personage made of matter too fine for what we consider material eyes to see. But if he so desires he can make even doubting Thomas know he has felt the body of Jesus by letting him touch him.
I testify that Mormon temples are the fulfilment of the coming of Elijah. You can be eternally sealed to anybody with a body of flesh and bones. I have been or will be sealed in the millennium. I am so grateful for the families who took my name to the temple and prayed for me.
I don’t know why I want to be sealed. I just know God’s dwelling is a house of order. We enter God’s dwelling as families. My family is Pleasant 2nd ward. My body will never leave this Earth. I shall remain here as the earth dies, ressurects, and becomes the celestial kingdom. I will never die. For I have been delivered from death as promised by many a Mormons. If I shortly go unconscious as many non-believers call death before the final judgement I will ressurects and become a celestial body just like the earth I reside on.
I know I came from the planet near Kolob.
In the name of the one-and-only Christ I know all these things.
Anti-Mormons argue that the Book of Mormon couldn’t have been divinely translated because it makes the same grammatical mistakes as the 1769 King James Version of the Holy Bible. They ask why a book written in the 19th century has the same type of language used in the 1700s. Did Joseph Smith use a KJV Bible to write the Book of Mormon?
It is true that the BOM has many passages where the language mirrors that of the KJV. This only can add to one’s testimony that the BOM must be holy scripture. But why does it make the same mistakes?
If language is rendered a certain way in the KJV, we should assume that that was the correct way to render it. The KJV is the greatest piece of literature in Jacobean English and perhaps in all of English. Some contest that language is rendered a different way in other pieces of literature of the time. None of these were as great as the KJV.
Critics admit that the introduction to the KJV contains no grammatical mistakes. If you read that introduction, you’ll know that the KJV was composed under his majesty’s special command. There is no room for errors in the KJV. If something appears a certain way in the KJV, we should assume it was the authors’ intent and that it was the correct way to translate.
So why does the Book of Mormon language mirror KJV language? Because God wanted us to see it as just as great a piece of literature as the KJV! FairMormon defends the faith by saying, “…we do not claim to know why the Lord chose to reveal the Biblical passages in that manner.” They claim that the BOM passages were revealed in the same manner so that both books would be heavenly sealed together.
There were several witnesses of the golden plates of the Book of Mormon who later went back on their word and said they didn’t really see the plates. Why did they do this? And could the Book of Mormon be true even if they did rescind?
Joseph Smith Told Them to Lie
It’s possible that Joseph Smith felt like he was a prophet and wanted to write a book about Jesus Christ visiting America. But, in order for people to believe his book, he had to convince people that he had found some golden plates on which the book was written. So, it is suggested, he wrote the book himself and then asked several people to lie and say they saw the golden plates of which he spoke of.
I believed this hypothetical scenario for a while when I first joined the church. My Catholic friends would ask me, “How could you believe this book when it wasn’t really written on golden plates engraved upon by ancient Americans?” I told them that I believed that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he had the authority from God to write a book and that God told him to lie.
The Book of Mormon is a beautiful book. It’s like crack-cocaine for a well-schooled Christian. There are many interpolations from the Bible. I really feel like it’s the Hip-Hop version of the Bible, meaning that it “sampled” the Bible much like Puff Daddy samples old, classic songs. Whoever wrote the Book of Mormon really knew the Bible pretty well.
They Sort-of Saw the Plates
When they asked the witnesses how they could lie about seeing such a thing, they responded that they had only seen the golden plates through the eyes of faith. This means they prayed with Joseph Smith and they had some sort of hallucination.
Hallucinations can be very religious experiences. Just because they had a vision in their mind doesn’t mean the vision wasn’t of God. In my early years as a member of the Church, I had no problem with the idea that maybe Joseph Smith handled these plates strictly through the eyes of faith. And, as he translated this book that he could only see through vision, the words were beamed into his head from God.
It’s Still a True Book!
Nowadays, I believe the Book of Mormon is literally true. After studying creationism and creation science and the theory of intelligent design, I came to the conclusion that the Book of Genesis was literally true. Then, God prompted me to fully examine the Book of Mormon and determine if it was also literally true.
The first doubt I had was that it couldn’t have been engraved upon golden plates. Nobody did that in ancient times. But then I researched and found out that they found ancient scripture engraved on metal plates in some caves. This makes it more plausible that the ancient inhabitants of the Americas, who came from the Middle East, recorded scripture in a similar fashion.
The second doubt I had was that the ancient inhabitants of the Americas couldn’t have come from the Middle East. But genetics research has shown that there are similarities between Native Americans and Middle-Easterners.
I want to bear my testimony by saying that I know the Book of Mormon is a true record that was written on golden plates that were found and translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith.
My name is Daniel, and I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was born and raised Catholic but got baptized into the LDS church when I was seventeen back on March 17, 2001. I stopped going to Mormon church when I was in my early 20s. I lived with a girlfriend and that is disapproved in every religion I know about so I stopped being religious. Well, I eventually broke up with her and moved back in with my parents. I went to Catholic Mass with them for a while and that is when I realized that I wanted to be faithful to my baptismal covenants I made when I was baptized Mormon. I couldn’t stand thinking about Christ in a church I only partly believed in. Catholic Mass is great, don’t get me wrong. But it’s not exactly how God wants his church ran in the latter days. I knew I had to come back to the fulness of Christ in the church I fully believed in.
I am now 31 years old. I started going back to church earlier this year (2014). I am in a great ward with lots of friendly people. The people in my ward have changed since the days I first got baptized. But they are definitely full of the spirit and I love them all.
I was saved partly by watching Big Love on HBO. On one episode it shows Bill reading a Book of Mormon that looks like the ones the LDS Church publishes. It was blue and reminded me of the first Book of Mormon the missionaries who converted me gave me. On another episode it shows Bill giving his son the Aaronic priesthood and this is when I knew I wanted to be faithful to my receiving the Aaronic priesthood back when I was 17. I also watched the episode where Barb goes to the temple and it shows an endowment ceremony. I read later online that the Church disapproved of showing this and I regretted watching it, but I became very jealous of Mormons who have done this ritual. I wanted to be one!
The most important thing I did to get me to revert back to my Mormon religion was visiting the Gilbert Temple during their open house. Before the temple is dedicated, and only Mormons in good standing can go inside, they let the public tour most of the building — even the celestial room. It was so beautiful! It made me feel good that people build such majestic and gorgeous structures for God. I also felt the Holy Ghost with sweet jealousy for Temple-attending Mormons. I felt like I was doing something Jesus would do. Even when he was just 12 years old, Jesus got lost from his parents in the Temple. Many of God’s people have had the privilege of worshiping in a Temple. In Solomon’s day they had Solomon’s Temple. In Jesus’ day they had the Temple at Jerusalem. Now, we have Temples all over the world. And the one that opened near my house is evidence of God’s majesty in the latter days. I am so lucky that I got to visit. At the time, it felt like that was the only way I’d get to go to see a Temple. But now I know I might get to go someday.
Back in June of this year I tried to contact the missionaries online because I wasn’t sure what I had to do to be Mormon again after being inactive for so long. On June 30, 2014, they visited me and told me I just had to go to the ward I always went to. They arranged for somebody to give me a ride to church. I was so blessed. For some reason, I thought I might not be able to go. But there they were providing transportation so I wouldn’t have to wake up my parents so early on their day off work.
Sometimes my mom drives me to church but I am fortunate enough to also have people in the ward who still give me rides from time to time. I love being Mormon! 3 hours of church every Sunday is not too much for me. I love every minute of it!
And since I’m still living under my parents’ roof I respect their religion and so I still go to Catholic Mass every now and then when my mom goes to the one in the afternoon. I’m still at my church if my parents go to the Mass at noon. Our ward goes from morning to noon. But if my mom had to work Sunday she goes to the one in the afternoon and I go with her. But I don’t take the Eucharist. I get the body and blood of Jesus at Mormon church through what they call the Sacrament. And I don’t say some of the Catholic prayers I don’t believe in.
Anyway, some Sundays I actually am at some sort of church for 4 hours! And I have been going to Christmas rosaries with my mom. Not to brag or anything. I’m far from perfect.
I don’t fully participate in the Catholic services. I will say the Our Father because that is in the Bible. But I don’t pray the Hail Mary even though the beginning to it is also in the Bible because I am not the angel Gabriel to be saluting Mary like that. Nor am I Elizabeth declaring the fruit of Mary’s womb to be blessed. But the angel Gabriel and Elizabeth did indeed greet Mary like that as recited in the Hail Mary, so I have no problem sitting with people praying a rosary. What they do doesn’t seem like idol-worship to me like it does to some Mormons. Sometimes I do cringe when they pray a prayer called Hail Holy Queen, though. Hey, I gave it a chance to please my mom and dad! I’m just not Catholic.
But I’m definitely a Mormon. I love everything we do at an LDS service. Nothing makes me cringe. All of it makes me feel the Holy Ghost fully — especially the singing. I was invited to sing with the ward choir a few Sundays after church and it made me feel so good that people wanted to hear me sing!
Like I said, I love everything about the Mormon Church. I love how the Sacrament is administered. The white cloth that covers the bread and water trays represents Jesus’ funerary clothes. It is administered by adolescent males just like how the Levites were commanded to be priests as early as adolescence. All males are called to have the priesthood in LDS doctrine. Even I hold the priesthood which makes me feel like God wants me to have the authority to think about him and praise him. I am so thankful for the priesthood. It is one of the things I love about being Mormon. I love my Sunday school class because we always have different people and I’m learning Gospel essentials. I was surprised that they wanted me to attend Elders Quorum because I am not an elder. But the bishop tells me that, if I am worthy, I can be ordained to the office of Elder and receive the Melchizedek priesthood and go to the temple someday! This makes me so happy. Lately, it’s this hope of going to the Temple that is what I live for.
The purpose of this blog is to help me stay strong with the faith. I was reading in the Bible where Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” True Christians have in them a spirit of poverty. I feel so guilty using modern-day luxuries such as TV and the Internet. I feel like God only wants me to use these decadent machines for spiritual purposes. So I try to only watch religious programming on TV. And I want to start this Mormon blog. I’ve had a couple spiritual journals since I started being Mormon again this year. I want to start publishing online so I can share my faith with the world. Enjoy.