Mormon Dilemma 26

13 July

Mormon Dilemma 26

According to Mormon Doctrine after Christ was crucified and the apostles were killed there was a Great Apostasy. This falling away from the gospel occurred because there wasn’t anyone on earth alive who held the (Mormon) priesthood and who could carry out the duties of a priesthood holder.

“Regardless of the valiant efforts of Christ’s apostles and their faithful followers, the original church that Christ restored began to fade away. Members faced severe persecution and all but one of the apostles were martyred. This is a period called the Great Apostasy, when there was a “falling away” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3) from the gospel Christ organized. The apostolic authority to bestow priesthood keys and to receive revelation for the Church was lost along with many precious teachings.”

(http://mormon.org/restoration?gclid=COWUhd36_qkCFSI55QodwG9K0A)

However there is one major flaw to their thinking. According to 3 Nephi 28:8-9 when Christ came to the America’s there were three Nephites who stood up and choose become immortal, to remain on the earth until Christ comes, baptizing  and spreading the gospel.

8 And ye shall never endure the pains of death; but when I shall come in my glory ye shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye from mortality to immortality; and then shall ye be blessed in the kingdom of my Father.

9 And again, ye shall not have pain while ye shall dwell in the flesh, neither sorrow save it be for the sins of the world; and all this will I do because of the thing which ye have desired of me, for ye have desired that ye might bring the souls of men unto me, while the world shall stand.

So my question to the Mormons is this, based this chapter alone how could there have been a Great Apostasy? If the presence of the (Mormon) priesthood is required for the continuation of the gospel why didn’t Jesus Christ speak to the three Nephites after all the apostles had died and commission them to continue where the others left off? If this story were true the priesthood never left the earth and there was never a great apostasy.

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