Mormon Dilemma 65

20 September

Mormon Priesthood Enlarges the Soul

I’m often asked by Mormon missionaries where I get my authority from to preach the gospel.  What is so sad about this situation is the demeanor these boys come to my home with.  They’ve been taught and now believe, they are the only people with the authority to go on a mission, preach the gospel and decipher who’s telling the truth.

It’s sad to me they don’t read their bibles and when they do they’re not sure which parts are true because again, they’ve been taught and believe, it’s been mistranslated.

Think about this for a moment…how frustrating it must be to live a life not knowing whom or what to trust. Your entire life, everything that defines you as you,  is wrapped up into a culture and lifestyle that promotes confusion and mistrust.

Today’s dilemma is a classic example of this scenario.  You read the Bible and want to believe it, but the Sunday school teacher told you to be wary because Joseph Smith said so.  The Bible is replete with directions of telling us to be humble, yet here we are with another teaching from a false apostle who tells them otherwise.  How do you go about reconciling this within yourself?

Aaronic Priesthood, pg. 116-117; The gospel of Jesus Christ serves to make bad men good and good men better. We are magnified by the word and the power. Priesthood enlarges the soul and ennobles our natures. It “administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God.” (D&C 84:19.) And, finally, “all they who receive this priesthood receive me, saith the Lord.” (D&C 84:35.)” – Oscar McConkie

Matthew 23:12; And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

The only “thing” that makes any of us better is the work of the Holy Spirit within us.

  “I must decrease so He can increase” – John 3:30.

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2 Responses to “Mormon Dilemma 65”

  1. shematwater September 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    Once again you try to pass off the feelings of a small minority as that of the vast majority. There is no confusion, and anyone who knows the doctrine knows there is no confusion. Your assumptions do not cause us any dilemmas.

    “The only “thing” that makes any of us better is the work of the Holy Spirit within us.”

    Please, site your source, and then show how that source precludes the Priesthood as a means of the Holy Spirit working in us.

    The Priesthood is the power of God, and to say that his power cannot make us better is absurd.

  2. shematwater September 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    By the way, John 3: 30 is John the Baptist explaining to some men that his followers must go and follow Christ.
    “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John’s decrease was not to make Christ increase, but a simple statement that for his mission to be truly effected his disciples must leave him (John decrease) and go to Christ (Christ increase).
    It is thus out of place in this topic.

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