Friday, February 6, 2015
Exaltation Expectation Explanation
Since the beginning of the Restoration of the FULL truth by God, through His chosen, fore-ordained prophet, Joseph Smith jr., the saints have experienced persecutions. From being mocked, to being murdered, all the Saints of God, from the beginning to now, have experienced these forms of maltreatment from other "Christians." As mentioned previously, "when one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on the first body." In other words, "for every action there is an equal, but opposite reaction." This truth was observed in a spiritual sense by the prophet Lehi when he said to his sons, "there must be opposition in all things." For progress to occur to us eternally, we must push against opposition. As an LDS missionary serving in the so-called "Bible belt," (and it's ruthless reputation for people persecuting members in the Church of Jesus Christ) I have been introduced to many objections. Some reject the Church because it may be the way members act. It may be the way members look. Whatever the reason, the strongest most common excuse for the persecution is the doctrine we profess. The majority of the doctrine is mis-understood (like how we believe we are saved). Yet, other doctrines are understood better (not perfectly, but better, much like our view on the Godhead.), and are often blatantly rejected by modern -mainstream "educated theologians or evangelists" (who, in Christ's day, were called Pharisees, Saduccees, and Scribes). Today, I desire to be the "second body" and fulfill the third law and push back against just ONE of the many philosophies against the true Church of Jesus Christ and explain one of the most common excuses people use for rejecting the "Mormons."