Being in the throes of the Christmas season we can sometimes forget to slow down, and remember the reason why we’re so busy.
I was reminded of how chaotic things used to be and had to praise the Lord for what He’s done.
My life has done a 180° turnaround from the days of Mormonism. Gone are the years of wondering if I’ve been good enough for God to be with me.
Today I can pause knowing with 100% certainty, God’s Holy Spirit is there to comfort, and speak to me 24/7 because He lives inside of me. As a Mormon this wasn’t a reality, and it never entered my thoughts because I was always too busy with worries that beset me.
This dichotomy is overwhelming. It’s also what the Lord keeps reminding me of this week, so today and tomorrow we’re looking at Joseph Smith’s interpretation of the Holy Spirit. You’ll notice how they refer to God’s gift as ‘it’, or simply as the ‘Holy Ghost’, causing a great disconnect for the Mormon.
Mormon Doctrine, 681 “The Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit, he constitutes the third person in the Trinity, the godhead. The gift or presentation of the Holy Ghost is the authoritative act of conferring him upon man.
The Holy Ghost in person may visit men, and will visit those who are worthy, and bear witness to their spirit of God and Christ, but may not tarry with them. *
McConkie was merely parroting what Joseph Smith said in D&C 130:23 —
“A man may receive the Holy Ghost, and it may descend upon him and not tarry with him.”
“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
BTW the transliteration for the word ‘abode’ is monē. It means to tarry, a residence, or mansion. Vocabulary.com says it means ‘to linger, and take your time’. Moreover, John 14:16 tells us when Jesus was speaking with His disciples He told them God’s Spirit, ‘another comforter’, would come, and be with them forever.
‘And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever’.
Beloved, it’s no coincidence Smith would use the word tarry just as the Bible does, and ‘by chance’ it just so happens to be the very same verse # we find in God’s word.
What are the odds? This is another display of plagiarism, not a prophetic doctrine from God Almighty!
The one thing I remember most vividly as a Mormon is the demeanor of Christian friends when I met with them for lunch, etc. They were different, and at the time I didn’t know why. Eventually I learned the difference was caused by God’s Holy Spirit inside them, and His presence that took center stage.
Our visits even at a mundane ‘What-a-Burger’ during the Christmas season filled the atmosphere with His presence. I remember thinking it was the first time I had felt at peace – keep in mind I was living in ‘Sin City‘ Vegas, 8 months pregnant, and my husband was off at war in the Gulf. It left an indelible mark forever. I needed stability during the tumultuous events taking place around me that I had no control over.
This lasting peace and truth is what we pray for at Life After. We pray as the Christians meet with their Mormon friends and loved ones, their mere presence radiates what the Mormon is missing – God’s truth.The Mormon Holy Ghost Mr. McConkie spoke of is from beneath which means it’s Satan. The spirit he wrote about is ungodly, unholy, and most certainly, unworthy of accepting as truth.
I’m living proof if a Christian simply has a quick lunch with a Mormon, lives can be changed forever. Don’t forget to pray!
*Page # for this reference is solely for the online version of the 1958 Mormon Doctrine. For other versions, see 1966 Mormon Doctrine, or offline at the Gospelink, p. 753.