General Conference October 2011, Part 2
Matthew 24:36; “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
Many of the conferences are filled with the same mundane message that seems as if they’ve just been recycled with a few things changed to fit in with the times. This time around wasn’t much different from that scenario with the exception of a couple things that stood out for me.
Now I can’t sit through their speeches either on television, radio or Youtube. I just don’t have the patience or stomach to endure such a feat. My hat is off to those who do! I do however, read each and every one of the speeches and many times their speeches are the inspiration for my articles. Today is obviously no exception to that.
The two things that I believe need to be questioned were remarks made by Packer and Monson…surprise, I’m sure!
Mr. Monson said; “”The laws of God remain constant,” the 84-year-old LDS leader said as the morning’s concluding speaker.”They are not suggestions. They are every bit as requisite today as they were when God gave them to the children of Israel.””
Mr. Packer said; “The end is not near, senior LDS apostle Boyd K. Packer said Saturday. Today’s youths can look forward to “getting married, having a family, seeing your children and grandchildren, maybe even great-grandchildren…These days, young Mormons may have similar anxiety about the future, Packer said, quoting them as saying, “The end of the world is going to come before I get to where I should be.”
To that, Packer declared, “Not so!””
With my quotes from the Salt Lake Tribune out of the way let’s examine what these should mean from the Christian perspective, beginning with their prophet, Mr. Thomas Monson.
Mr. Monson declared that the “laws of God remain constant”. This is actually true if you believe and worship the One True God. The problem here is that they don’t. Mormons have emphatically declared beginning with Joseph Smith, that the God of Christianity is not the god of the Mormon Church.
Here is Joseph Smith’s explanation of God:
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 372; “Many men say there is one God; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are only one God. I say that is a strange God anyhow—three in one, and one in three! It is a curious organization…All are to be crammed into one God, according to sectarianism. It would make the biggest God in all the world. He would be a wonderfully big God—he would be a giant or a monster.”
The Mormon god has evolved over the years and isn’t anything like he used to be. The Mormon god once taught that the way to heaven was through practicing polygamy. (See D&C 132)
Fast forward to 1904 and you’ll see the Mormon god has changed his mind and his laws. You can read in the April 1904 Conference Report, pg. 97, when Joseph F. Smith made the official declaration they wouldn’t be practicing polygamy any longer. If this was such a holy law of God why did he (the Mormon god) not keep this around?
All this to say that their god does indeed change, as do his laws. I won’t even get into the whole racial issue this time.
So how does someone like my mother (who I know for a fact watched and listened to the conference this weekend) follow this god who keeps changing his mind? And can my mother put her trust into someone like Monson who just lied to her?
Remember, Monson said;
The laws of God remain constant
Now on to the remarks made by Mr. Packer. I actually have a few questions about this speech and in all sincerity I humbly ask:
As a Christian I pray (and selfishly at times) for the Lord to come NOW!!! PLEASE!!! What is there to fear if we know for certainty we are His?
Why is this guy uttering another false teaching? Jesus told us in Matthew 24:36 not to concern ourselves over these things and not to listen to the false prophets who tell you they know when the Father said the end is now.
And finally….if the end isn’t near does that mean they have to change the name of their church? Are these the “latter days” or aren’t they?
Do my kids have enough time left to see their great-grandchildren? The way my dear mother looks at things, I’m certain this is what would be going through her mind while listening to that nonsense.
We should have a healthy respect and fear of God. Not in the sense that we’re afraid of Him, but in the sense we revere Him because of who He is! Jesus warned us to be on the lookout and to be ready. He gave us the parable of the ten virgins right after He said not to listen to the false christs. He told us to always be ready and when I read the comments of this apostle who told the audience that some people were worried they weren’t ready for the Second Coming of Christ, I felt my heart sink to my feet. It was a false teaching from a false apostle.
He just gave the Mormon people a false sense of security that they have time to kill. We don’t know these things; only God knows when He will return! He also just threw a huge red flag out there to everybody who was listening that he’s a false apostle.
To all Mormons:
YOU CAN BE READY TODAY!!!
Accept Him into your heart; confess with your lips that Jesus is God. Confess that you are a sinner in need of a Redeemer. Jesus will come to you; forgive you of your sins and give you rest! Right here, right now my friend, you can find rest.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
You don’t have to be perfect – He is. You don’t have to do all the work – He did. He’s the Redeemer – not you!
General Conference time always makes my heart sad for the Mormon people and most especially my mother. As I drive by their ward building on my way to church to worship God I can’t help but notice the empty parking lot of the Mormon Church. The doors are locked and I wonder just how many hearts have been locked out to the Real Jesus…
Below is a link to our article Romans Road. If you don’t know how to pray or what to do, but you want Jesus, this set of verses will show you in your Bible how to ask Him into your heart. It’s not a cure-all and it’s not meant as a one step thing. But it is the first step into living your life as a Christian!