Archive for February, 2014

So…

February 14, 2014

This is a quick and simple  post on some of the thought I’ve been feeling for the last few week. I will explore this more in-depth once I make my big blogs posts starting in June

There has been a lot of talk on the internet and at church about some of the new pages the church has posted, explain the history of the church on certain issues.  the latest one is the churches official  mention of the seer stone that was used to help translate the Book of Mormon. I understand that for many this is a totally new thing to hear and the had n’t heard about it before. I understand that can be a bit shocking,but I am confused by the reaction of so many to it and other things. Our testimony isn’t’ based upon on ears and brain hearing things we agree with, or at least it isn’t supposed to be. Our testimony is based upon us praying to Heavenly Father and receiving direct revelation that The book of Mormon is true and that Joesph Smith is a prophet of God. I mean if tomorrow they came out with evidence that Joseph Smith was actually an old black woman, while yes I would have to rethink some of the churches current traditions, how  does that effect that I prayed about the book of Mormon and about the Prophet Joesph Smith and I received my answer from God? I have know many people who have left the church for various reasons over the years, and they tend to fall into two categories. One those that never had a testimony of the truth of the Work  and two those who spiritual path is no longer aligned with the church.

You can often spot the difference by the bitterness of the person who has left the church. Some one who’s spiritual path is no longer aligned with the church moves on and follows the path they feel they need to,but they don’t feel  anger or upset with the church because their issue isn’t with the church but with their own spiritual path. While the church may have at one time served a need they had it no longer does and so they move on to find that which is in alignment with where they are spiritually.

Those that are bitter, are often those that didn’t have the spiritual experience of conversion. they joined the church listened to it’s leader and so forth because they liked the message they heard or had been told by some one else it was true,but hadn’t had the spiritual answer etched on their heart, so when the church says or does something they don’t understand or expands  or changes tradition from the past, they get upset and feel betrayed. If one  had a direct answer from good about the truth of things there would be no reason to feel betrayed, because you would have the peace of mind of knowing the truth. but lacking that they turn their anger against man and the church.

So in the end what does it matter what traditions, the current church leaders may or may not change, how does the action of a man, even an inspired man,  overpower your direct spiritual experience with the Source of all, our Heavenly Father and the answer he gives you? Even if the answer is that the church is not on your spiritual path at this time or what, why be angry and bitter about the past when we can embrace the love, joy and peace we find with the Source of all joy?

 

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