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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nothing Left Out

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have a common and BOLD claim. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being led by our living and loving savoir Jesus Christ Himself, and is his kingdom on earth today; therefore, it is the ONLY true church. I will stand with this claim. It is the only true and LIVING church. There are many churches who say that all Christian denominations are right, so, our stance in saying we are the true and ONLY LIVING church gets some perturbed. Believe it or not, some of our members (in my experience only the ones who don't attend regularly) also get a bit uncomfortable with this doctrine of ours (probably because they do not want to hurt anybody's feelings). I know this because I have talked to members with this belief. Just the other day, a member said to me, "there is not a single church in the world that does EVERYTHING the Bible says."

My having been spoken to by God about the truthfulness of His church hesitantly and lovingly replied, "Well, we are the only church who does."
"Well, we don't do the washing of the feet," she quickly replied.

Floyd Weston was one of five students listening outside a lecture hall where Albert Einstien was lecturing to the faculty of the California Institute of Technology--Dr. Millikin was the president. They listened for almost three hours and were most interested in Dr. Einstein's last statement to this learned group, "Gentlemen, the more I delve into the science of this universe the more firmly do I believe that one God or force or influence has organized all of this for our discovery."
One of these five was a genius, John Vincent Dunbar, with and extremely high I.Q. and a photographic mind. He could glance down the page of the Bible, close the book and quote the page verbatim. They went to Dunbar's room in the dorm and he took the Bible and read in Ephesians that there shall be One Lord, One Faith, and One Baptism. They decided that if Dr. Einstein's last statement was true then one of the more than 800 churches on earth must be God's True Chruch.
Dunbar, the genius, brought into their apartment a 16 foot blackboard on casters, cleaned it off with their wash cloths and went through the New Testament page by page listing all of the qualities the God's church, according to the New Testament, should have. Their research was completed in 8 weeks so they went over all the researched points and after careful study retained 17 of the most important features and had them typed up on 5x7 index cards--one for each.
Before parting company these five, Weston, a Methodist; Dunbar, a Catholic; Stonehocker, a Presbyterian; Williams, an Episcopalian; and Glassy, an Atheist; visited many different churches with their criteria uppermost in their minds. Weston immediately became disenchanted with his Methodist church and Dunbar's Catholic church was also eliminated. Before their search was completed they all went to various branches of the Armed Services. Glassy was shot down over North Africa and never returned. Weston, in his armed service work, came into contact with 8 to 10 LDS boys who took him to a church--one which met all 17 requirements there was no contact with the others until after the war was over.

After the war Weston went to a Stake Conference in Burbank, California and, on looking across the chapel, saw his friend Dunbar. After the meeting was over, they were overjoyed to greet each other and Weston said, "Dunbar, what are you doing here?" Dunbar replied, "I still have my 5x7 card in my pocket and found the church that met all 17 requirements. I have joined the Mormon church. What are you doing here?" Weston replied, "I, too, have joined the church that met all 17 requirements and have joined the Mormon church." After this happy reunion, they decided to contact Stonehocker and Williams and found that they had also joined the Mormon Church because it met all 17 requirements.

I mentioned this story in a previous post. I felt it expedient to share it. Now back to the member of the church and the "washing of the feet." I testify this the the only church that does everything in the Bible, including that of washing the feet. It is not written in the Book of Mormon. It is written in the Bible (John 13). Thankfully, The Lord has given us a prophet to expound upon these examples that He has given to us in the Bible. Some of the further explanations are in the Doctrine and Covenants, which is a collection of revelation given to Joseph Smith and other modern prophets. In Section 88, The Lord establishes a school of prophets to teach the prophets all things that are expedient. So, it seems as if the apostles; who are prophets, seers, and revelators; need to be taught and welcomed into this school. The Lord further says, "he shall be received by the ordinance of the washing of feet, for unto this end was the ordinance of the washing of feet instituted. And again, the ordinance of washing feet is to be administered by the president, or presiding elder of the church. It is to be commenced with prayer; and after partaking of bread and wine, he is to gird himself according to the pattern given in the thirteenth chapter of John’s testimony concerning me. Amen." (D&C 88: 139-14) The washing of the feet was instituted for the receiving of apostles into leadership in Christ's church.
So, with that knowledge, I replied to the member hesitantly and lovingly, "We do. It is for the apostles."

I hope I have answered any questions anyone has with religions and the Bible with logical satisfaction. I don't want anyone asking, "Which church (or religion) follows the Bible exactly?" I testify that it is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This, of which I have shared, is of the ways of man. In the words of the Apostle Paul, "I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ." (1 Cor 3: 1) The interesting thing about the ways of man, is that people can harden their hearts to the information presented and refuse to believe them. People cannot do that with answers from the Ultimate source of truth, even  our Heavenly Father. God's ways are not our ways. His ways are Higher than our ways. God's ways are Spiritual. Paul writes, "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Cor 2: 13-14) I have shared that I didn't believe in the Bible. Intellectually, it didn't make sense. I testify that logically trying to find spiritual truth is not going to be satisfying, you will run in circles. You need to look spiritually, which is not the ways of man. It is God's way. You will know, just as I know, that what I am sharing with you is true. This is the only church which will ask you to SEARCH everything and then to ASK God in prayer. Therefore, I invite you to look spiritually and read for yourself to see for yourself if the Book of Mormon is (also) the word of the Lord.

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