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Church Organization

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CHURCH ORGANIZATION – JESUS CHRIST ESTABLISHED HIS CHURCH

Under the “The Restoration of Truth – Jesus Christ established His Church” section of mormon.org we read:

“A few hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ, people had fallen into apostasy. When the Savior began His mortal ministry, He restored His gospel and established His Church again on the earth. He built His Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, He himself being the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20)In addition to the Twelve Apostles, Christ appointed other leaders to assist the Apostles in the work of His Church. These included: Seventies (missionaries), Evangelists (patriarchs), Pastors (presiding leaders), Elders, Bishops, Priests, Teachers, Deacons.” Continue reading Church Organization

Priesthood

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.:PRIESTHOOD THE RESTORATION OF THE PRIESTHOOD

Mormon.org states:

“Throughout time, God has given His servants, the prophets, the authority to act in His name. This authority is called the priesthood… John the Baptist appeared and conferred upon Joseph Smith and his associate Oliver Cowdery the Aaronic Priesthood… Later, Peter, James, and John… conferred the Melchizedek Priesthood upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, restoring the same authority given to Christ’s Apostles anciently.” Continue reading Priesthood

Apostasy

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.:APOSTASY – THE GREAT APOSTASY

Under the “The Restoration of Truth – The Great Apostasy” section of mormon.org we read:

“Following the death of Jesus Christ… The Apostles were killed and the priesthood authority—including the keys to direct and receive revelation for the Church—was taken from the earth (2 Thessalonians 2:1–3). Because the Church was no longer led by priesthood authority and revelation, error crept into Church teachings. Good people and much truth remained, but the gospel as established by Jesus Christ was lost, resulting in a period called the Great Apostasy. Continue reading Apostasy

Did Joseph Smith possess the proper priesthood authority?

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.:DID JOSEPH SMITH POSSESS THE PROPER PRIESTHOOD AUTHORITY TO RESTORE CHRIST’S CHURCH IN 1830? —11 Questions for Mormons concerning Priesthood Authority in Early LDS History

1. Do you believe that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were required to have the authority of the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods in order to organize the LDS Church April 6, 1830?“In restoring the gospel, God again gave the priesthood to men. John the Baptist came in 1829 to ordain Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to the Aaronic Priesthood (see D&C 13; 27:8). Then Peter, James, and John, the presidency of the Church in ancient times, came and gave Joseph and Oliver the Melchizedek Priesthood and the keys of the Kingdom of God (see D&C 27:12-13). …Through the Restoration the priesthood was returned to the earth. Those who hold this priesthood today have the authority to perform ordinances such as baptism. They also have the authority to direct the Lord’s kingdom on earth. …On 6 April 1830, the Savior again directed the organization of his Church on earth (see D&C 20:1).”— Gospel Principles, p. 111 Continue reading Did Joseph Smith possess the proper priesthood authority?

Facts the Mormon Church Doesn’t Want You to Know

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Salt Lake Temple.:EXAMINING THE CLAIMS OF MORMONISM—Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the True Church? – Overview of Mormonism exposes some of the unchristian doctrine of the Mormon Church, changes in LDS Scripture and false prophecies that have been uttered by various Mormon authorities. Continue reading Facts the Mormon Church Doesn’t Want You to Know

How To Witness Effectively To Mormons

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HOW TO WITNESS EFFECTIVELY TO MORMONS — Breaking the LDS Authority Barrier Step-by-Step

“I feel sorry for you!” exclaimed a middle-aged Mormon lady to a Christian teenager handing out Gospel tracts at a Mormon event. “You have some truth, but you don’t have the fullness of the Gospel like we do. We have priesthood authority and modern-day Prophets and Apostles to lead us. What could your church possibly have to offer us?”

This prideful attitude is common among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). They believe that “plain and precious” Gospel doctrines have been removed from the Christian Bible so that additional books of Mormon Scripture (i.e., Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price) are needed for a complete understanding of the Gospel. The LDS Church teaches that when the Biblical Apostles died, special “priesthood authority” to act in the name of God was removed from the earth. Thus, Mormons claim that Jesus Christ used John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John to confer upon Joseph Smith missing Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods so that he would hold the authority necessary to “restore” God’s true Church to earth in 1830. Due to these spiritual superiority claims, how should Christians approach Mormons who think their LDS Church has more to offer than other churches? We suggest the following steps to overcome these foundational Mormon authority barriers. Continue reading How To Witness Effectively To Mormons

Why don’t you get your own testimony?

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.:OUR RESPONSE TO: “WHY DON’T YOU GET YOUR OWN TESTIMONY OF THE MORMON CHURCH?”

Chuck, you had a problem from the start when you said, ‘We just did it because everyone else was doing it.’ You need to have your own testimony! As a recent convert to the Mormon Church, I understand where you are coming from with how different the LDS Church is from other Churches, but that is because the Church is blessed with the priesthood and a holy Prophet of God. As a convert, I had the opportunity to take Moroni’s promise. I know that some kids who grow up in the Church overlook Moroni’s promise as they grow up and just do things because their families have a testimony of the gospel. Remember that when you take Moroni’s challenge, you must do it with an absolute sincerity in your heart. As I was fortunate enough to be able to know of the gospel, unlike billions who have been or are one the earth today, I started the unwavering foundation of my testimony. I know the Church is True and is led by Christ through our beloved Prophet. I know that Joseph Smith restored the True Church which stands today as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with sincere fervent prayer. I hope you can find these things to be true for yourself. The testimonies of others can only take you so far.” Continue reading Why don’t you get your own testimony?

Chuck – Ex-Mormon

chuck.:WE WERE THE PERFECT MODEL OF AN LDS FAMILY…

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CHUCK’S STORY A Latter-day Saint story worth reading…

My wife and I were lifelong members in the LDS Church. We both were born and raised within the comforts and values of Mormonism philosophy. I achieved the Eagle Scout rank in the LDS scouting program. I served a mission among the Navajo Native American people on their reservation in the greater southwestern United States. It was there I began to seriously question what my purpose was among these people for the Church… excuse me, for God. My wife went to college on a volleyball scholarship while I was away serving the Lord. When I returned home from an honorable mission, I met my wife at a Church sponsored young adult dance. We soon fell in love and got married within 6 to 9 months after returning from my mission. We were sealed in the Seattle Temple for all time and eternity as husband and wife. It wasn’t long and we were on our way to raising a family of 5 children of our own. We were the prime example of the perfect family following the perfect course for eternal happiness and Godly rewards that awaited us. We were admired by the members of the ward, and radiated the love and dedication expected from every LDS family in the Church. Each of our natural families were also looked up to and admired within the community Church circles for their prior dedication and steadfastness in the gospel.  We both came from large LDS families and fit the LDS profile to a “T”. We were everything an LDS family was to look like, act like, and be. It was all we’d ever known as it was our way of life. Continue reading Chuck – Ex-Mormon

Was priesthood authority restored through Mormonism?

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“In restoring the gospel, God again gave the priesthood to men. John the Baptist came… to ordain… to the Aaronic Priesthood… Then Peter, James, and John… came and gave… the Melchizedek Priesthood. Through the Restoration the priesthood was returned to the earth.” —Gospel Principles, p. 111 Continue reading Was priesthood authority restored through Mormonism?