Friday, August 14, 2015

Quitting the Mormon Church

Quitting the Mormon Church

In a local newspaper in Provo (Utah), there had been an ongoing series of articles written by individuals who wanted to persuade, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as, the “mormon church” to leave the Church. In response to the highly critical and spirited remarks, a local member wrote this rebuttal:
“Editor:
I have been thinking of quitting the Mormon Church.  Yes, if I can, I am
going to get even with that church.  As soon as I can find another church
that teaches about the Gathering of the House of Israel; the return of the
Ten Tribes and their mission; the return of the Jews to Palestine and why,
and how they are going to build the temple; the building of temples and what
to do with them; the mission of Elias, the  prophet, as predicted by
Malachi; the method for the salvation of the people that died at the time of
Noah in the flood; the origin of the American Indian; the complete
explanation of why Jesus of Nazareth had to have a mortal  mother but not a
mortal father; the explanation of the three degrees of glory (three heavens)
as mentioned by Paul; the complete explanation of why Elias and Moses did
not die but had to be translated (since they both lived before the
resurrection was introduced by Christ); the restoration of the gospel by
modern revelation as promised by Peter and Paul and Jesus himself; the
belief in eternal marriage and the family, and the knowledge and the place
to seal for eternity; that teaches abstinence  from all harmful drugs and
foods ; and that sells the best fire insurance  policy on earth, for the
last days, for only a 10th of my income.
Yes sir, as soon as I can find another church that teaches all that, or
even half as much, I will say good-bye to this Mormon Church. The church
that I am looking for must also be able to motivate 50,000+ youth, and
adults, for the first, second or third time, to leave their homes for two
years at their own expense and go to far-away places to teach and  preach
without salary.  It must be able to call, on a frosty day, some 5 or 6
thousand professors, students, lawyers, doctors, judges, policemen,
businessmen, housewives and children to go and pick apples at 6 am.  It must
be able to call meetings and get the attention for two hours of more than
150,000 men. Yes, it must also teach and show why salvation is assured for
children who die before eight years of age.
Mr. Editor, could you help me find a church that  teaches all that  and more
than hundreds of other doctrines and principles, which I have no room to
mention here, and which brings solace and comfort  to the soul; peace,
hope, and salvation to mankind, and above all, that answers the key
questions that all the great philosophers have asked; questions and  answers
that explain the meaning of life, the purpose of death, suffering and pain;
the absolute need for a Redeemer and the marvelous  plan conceived and
executed by Jesus Christ the Savior?  Yes, as soon as I find another
church that teaches that, and also that has the organization and the powers
to make that teaching effective, I am going to quit the Mormon Church.   For
I should not tolerate that “they” should   change a few words in the Book of
Mormon-even if those changes simply improve the grammar and the syntax of
the verses-for, after all, don’t  you think the Divine Church should employ
angels as bookmakers, and clerks, to do all the chores on earth?  Don’t you
think, Mr. Editor that the Divine Church should also have prophets that
don’t get sick and don’t get old and die, and certainly, that don’t make a
goof here and there. No, sir! A Divine Church should be so divine that only
perfect  people should belong to it, and only perfect people should run it.
As a matter of fact, the Church should be so perfect that it should not even
be here on earth!
So, I repeat, if any one of the kind readers of this imperfect letter  knows
about another church that teaches and does as much for mankind as the
Mormon Church, please let me know.  And please do it soon, because my turn
to go to the cannery is coming up.  Also, “they” want my last son (the fifth
one) to go away for two years and again, I have to pay for all that.  And I
also know that they expect me to go to the farm to prune trees, and I have
heard that our ward is going to be divided again, and it is our side that
must build the new chapel.  And also, someone the other day had the gall of
suggesting that my wife and I get ready to go on a second mission, and when
you come back, they said, you can volunteer as a temple worker.
Boy, these Mormons don’t leave you alone for a minute.  And what do I get
for all that, I asked?  “Well,” they said, “for one, you can look forward to
a funeral service at no charge!”… Do you think you can help me to find
another church?
Thomas D. Clark”

Taken from http://www.mylifebygogogoff.com/2015/03/quitting-mormon-church.html

 Note from Karisa:  I have been blessed to have always known the church was true.  Even when I didn't think I knew, He let me know that I knew it.  Even when I've been low and doubting, as happens to everyone in life, my prayers were sincere, and they were answered.  When I read the Book of Mormon, I know without a doubt, it is from God.  The Spirit comes down on me powerfully Every. Single. Time. 

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