Give me your input as Mormons on the following found at the Utah Lighthouse Mission: It is very telling, very real. When I speak deeply about Christ and His nature I hear similar quotes from some here in Utah. It is as if a mask falls off. I once spent many hours with one who is very LDS here in Utah. At the end of the night he surprised me with this quote: “You think a lot of that Jesus don’t you?”. With a chill I said “yes I do”. When I spoke of Trinity to two Missionaries the other night the elder one laughed. I let him know that he was laughing at Christianity and at Christ Himself. He went silent. Here it is:
“Come on! ye prosecutors! ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava! for I will come out on top at last. I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet…When they can get rid of me, the devil will also go.” (History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 408, 409) - Joseph Smith: founder, prophet, seer, and revelator of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Dedicated to my Grandpa
When I was just a young child of 4 I was taught about this Jesus that Joseph Smith brought foreword. I remember lying in my grandmother’s arms as she spoke to me about two brothers who lived in the kingdom of heaven with God their father. As I remember it, one was asked to go down to earth and save all of mankind using a humble approach and a cross to pierce the hearts of a lost human race. The other brother who was not chosen felt that he could go down to earth and whip them all into shape , to make them obedient to God’s will. When Jesus was chosen Lucifer rebelled. As I grew a bit older there was one shining bright morning star that began to transform this little guys heart. My grandfather sitting in his garden told my inquiring mind why he did not go to church with grandma and I. He told me that he was not good enough to go. He planted the seed that was to grow in me, bringing me God’s gift of unconditional love. My grandpa showed me the pain of the heart while Christ in him pointed this young child to a path that would lead to this broken heart, into a broken home, into His Church. Established for the poor in Spirit, for those who do not feel good enough to enter. I was baptized Catholic five years ago in Logan Utah. My cry now has become the cry of a grandfather sitting in his garden in a distant past full of joy and many failures. Grandpa, I to am not good enough! And in that I have found a place where I know I never will be. But in the arms of my savior everything is possible. I love you grandpa! Thank you for showing me that great men and women will never be good enough to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. But with Christ we will meet again.