What if God is still as real today as he was real in the Apostle Paul, who has become the most transparant and authentic incarnation of what he taught "Christ in us - the hope of Glory". The most Christlike person and influential Apostle that defined Christianity in scripture was without any doubt the apostle Paul. For a reality check I recommend that we look at the best of modern Christianity. There are the Mormon Apostles, good principled man, but lacking the Charisma of Paul, there are tele evangelists that got famous and rich - do they resemble Paul and Pauls Jesus ? And there are less known leaders that are extremely sacrificial and charismatic. Check them out on Video (click on pic).
After finding doubt that has morphed into a new certainty that Joseph is not THE MAN TO BE PRAISED and with a desire of Keeping the Faith where do we turn ? May I recommend Beyond Mormonism - the book - Read it online here ! Reviews here !
Also of interest may be joining a group, such as http://www.lifeaftermormonism.net/
We never did, because it was not convenient some 20 years ago and online support was still in its infancy. We found the best way forward was to plunge straight into churches that where spiritually alive. And nowadays the internet has almost anything available that beyond all myth, mystique and magic, beyond all character flaws, corruption and deliberate deception, God is very real and alive in Christ, in Christians and in us if we are willing ! #abetterFaith
As a double convert I have based my conversion on the promises in scriptures (if we lack wisdom and are willing to do Gods will, we shall know by revelation). Getting it wrong results in severe distrusting of self, others and even God, which is not a smart thing and very counterproductive to faith and joy. Hence what I have learned over the years is that it is important to match the word (bible exclusively) with subsequent testimony and that is where I have been going wrong in the past.
As Mormons we where told Christianity has been corrupted over time. But I have to say so has Mormonism and I suggest that the earlier Christianity is still far more trustworthy than Josephs Smiths re-writing of religious history in the name or restoration, which actualy is rather revisionism that has opened the door to Masonry and more. We all know what Jesus has said about secret societies.
Admittedly Christianity is not perfect, has had to go through a reformation and is still twisted in part, but it also still produces faith leaders that not only invalidate the LDS claim to a Holy Ghost monopoly, but reproduce a character and charismatic Christlikeness that simply isn't matched by any of the most prominent LDS leaders (Q15).
And having transitioned back to Christianity let me testify that there is more fulness and hope in basic Christianity than in Mormonism. And who says that we Christians won't have forever families without the Mormons (I recon that is the biggest draw card of Mormonism).
So here is part of the fulness of the Christian contributions to our time.
A link to a recent presentation by YWAM's Fred Markert, which he gave after Trumps election. It's very interesting ! Few leaders speak up on sensitive topics. Conditional hope is what we need in our time.
The Jesus of the Gospels (John)
By Walter from Melbourne
I stopped attending the LDS church in 1995 and formally left in 2014 as a matter of integrity cause I would no longer live the extensions of the Mormon faith.
I love and respect Mormons and wish them well on their path to keep seeking the truth that matters most and trust that the LDS church will continue to further reform from within. We have already seen signs of the rolling back of some masonic tenets of the faith.
Is the Mormon foundational story confined to the realms of the imaginary with eternal truth embedded in fiction ? Then you are on a path of exploring deeper spiritual truth !
Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life
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