Today as I sat in an LDS sacrament meeting (I no longer consider myself LDS, but a relative asked my wife and I to attend his mission farewell) I began thinking about what is riding on the claims of LDS and Roman Catholic leadership, and a question that has long troubled me: *If the LDS faith is not actually what its leaders claim, why is it that none of the 16 presidents, and additional men calling themselves apostles and prophets, have admitted it is fraudulent? *
The RCC points to tradition and apostolic succession for legitimacy, but they don't seem to emphasize modern day guidance and revelation, at least in the way that the LDS faith does. On the other hand, the LDS leadership claim to be prophets, seers, and revelators. What exactly this means and how it works is undefined, but we can be sure that they claim God speaks to them in some abnormal sense.
I can see how, even IF the Roman Catholic Church is not the True faith, it could have perpetuated while the believers even at the top remain honest and good people. The pope, other clergy, and laypeople simply believe they are part of something good and valid that was revealed 2000 years ago. They don't see themselves as being guided in the same way that Mormons do.
On the other hand, the LDS leaders, both past and present, claim to have modern day revelation guiding the organization. *If they are not actually what they claim to be why is it that none of the 16 presidents, and additional men calling themselves apostles, have admitted it is fraudulent? *