Saturday, July 28, 2012

What Makes Mormonism Different?

I hope that through this week you have come to realize one all consuming point.  Mormonism isn't all that different from accounts we read in the Bible.  How many world religions believe in prophets, miracles, temples, sacred rites, divine revelation, and even polygamy?  But Mormons generally carry the stamp of "weird" on their sleeves.  Part of that may be because we believe in modestly wearing sleeves, but that's another story.

The fact is, every Christian and Jew believes exactly the same kind of doctrine the Mormonism preaches.  We just aren't accustomed to it in our backyards.  We can accept Abraham because he lived thousands of years ago on the other side of the world.  We can accept the miracle of Jericho quite easily in part because so many have come before us to add their testimonies to its reality.  But when we come face to face with a prophet today, or in New York in the 1800s we stagger a little.  Believing such a thing would require we obey what the prophet says and let's face it, it is easier to drink a little with your friends on the weekends than live according to Mormon scripture and law.  If we consider that it is true then we are bound to change our behavior today rather procrastinate until later.  This is one of the main reasons that people, whether consciously or otherwise, resist it so profoundly.  It is a typical situation that when someone leaves the church they become spiteful and try to disprove and destroy it.  They become obsessed with it, because they want to convince themselves that there isn't breathing reality within its walls.   

It is a living religion meant for this day and this hour.  Several years ago the prophet at the time, President Gordon B. Hinkley, gave an address to the young single adults.  He said that no matter what happened in the future, we ought to be optimistic and never give up.  The date was September 9, 2001.  We all know what happened two days later.  The revelations, warnings, and blessings therein are meant for us right here, right now. 

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