Special report -Mormonism besieged by the modern age | Reuters

Special report -Mormonism besieged by the modern age | Reuters. This is a very interesting report.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A religious studies class late last year at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, was unusual for two reasons. The small group of students, faculty and faithful there to hear Mormon Elder Marlin Jensen were openly troubled about the future of their church, asking hard questions. And Jensen was uncharacteristically frank in acknowledging their concerns.

Did the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints know that members are “leaving in droves?” a woman asked.

“We are aware,” said Jensen, according to a tape recording of his unscripted remarks. “And I’m speaking of the 15 men that are above me in the hierarchy of the church. They really do know and they really care,” he said.

{I do not know if brother Jensen is a descendant of Andrew Jensen, Church Historian, if so he might follow the lead.  Joseph Fielding Smith, Church Historian, and Apostle, and President, tried to guide the Church, but most would not follow because of the cares of the World.  This person personally spent time discussing some Gospel Principle with Joseph Fielding Smith,  I saw what he was up against.  I saw what David O. McKay and President Benson were up against with other leaders who would not follow the Lord.}

“My own daughter,” he then added, “has come to me and said, ‘Dad, why didn’t you ever tell me that Joseph Smith was a polygamist?’” For the younger generation, Jensen acknowledged, “Everything’s out there for them to consume if they want to Google it.” The manuals used to teach the young church doctrine, meanwhile, are “severely outdated.”

["outdated"  I would say from my experience as a teacher in the Church, that too many truths were / have been skirted around, the truth has not been taught!]

I believe that the Church would have been much better off had it stuck to the revelations given to the Prophet Joseph Smith, instead of trying to prove that the Church was just like the other churches. The leaders have denied the validity of the exalting principles of the Gospel as taught in the Scriptures.  Why did not Jensen teach his daughter the truth about the Revealed Gospel?  There are so many in the Church who have rejected the fullness of the Gospel. ”Maybe since Kirtland, we’ve never had a period of – I’ll call it apostasy, like we’re having now,” Jensen told the group in Logan. – This apostasy started with the Church Leaders, by rejecting the Revelations.  The US Government made war with the Saints and in 1890 Charles W. Penrose wrote the Manifesto which is printed in the D&C as a “Declaration” in an attempt to get the Government off the back of the Church.  That “revelation ” came from government pressure, not from our Creator. Church President Spencer W. Kimball capitulated, he knew better, because he sent a letter to me by way of my parents, that if I were to marry a certain lady that it may be amen to my priesthood and that of all my descendants. Just as in 1977-1978 after the Church built a temple in Brazil, President Jimmy Carter, gave the revelation to the Church that if they did not give the Priesthood to the descendants of  Cain, through Ham, that the church would lose it’s tax exempt status.  So again it was “government” that gave the “revelation” on the blacks to the church, not our Creator, our God.

Harold B. Lee in his last public discourse in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, held  up the Scriptures and said “We have been a hundred years getting away from these, it is time we got back.”  He went to the hospital for a “check-up” . He did not come out of the Hospital alive. If you think these things do not happen, when the truth is spoken, look to the words of Christ Jesus in the 16th chapter of 3 Nephi. Christ foretold and warned us about what would happen: Verse 10. “And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.  11. And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them. 12. And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.  13. But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.  14.  And I will not suffer my people, who are of the house of Israel, to go through among them, and tread them down, saith the Father.  But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O house of Israel, that they shall go through among them, and shall tread them down, and they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel.  16.  Verily, verily, I say unto you thus hath the Father commanded me — that I should give unto this people this land for their inheritance.  17. And then the words of the prophet Isaiah shall be fulfilled, which say:  18. “Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing, for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion.  19. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.  20.  The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God.

Now if any of you are honest seekers of truth, and are unsure of who Christ Jesus was referring to as Gentiles in Third Nephi 16, we read from the Cover plate of the B of M:  ”An account written by the Hand of Mormon upon the plates taken from the plates of Nephi – Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites– Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to jew and Gentile — Written by way of commandment, and also by the spirit of prophecy and revelation — Written and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed — To come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof — Sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by way of the Gentile — The interpretation thereof by the gift of God.”

Mormon was shown the people who would receive the Book of Mormon:

“34.  Behold the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come, at that day when these things shall come forth among you.

“35. Behold, Ispeak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.

36. And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.

37. For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and te adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.

38. O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ?  Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies–because of the praise of the world?  (Mormon 8:34-38)

The warnings to the LDS Church are in the Scriptures we profess to believe, how about reading and praying and choose the way of our Father and the Christ?

Our Eternal Father along with His Beloved Son, as well as Joseph Smith the Prophet and Testator returned in 1977 to call men to gather the Elect who would hear the voice of God and harden not their hearts. (Because the LDS Church Leaders had chosen to follow men instead of God)  Are you one of the Elect of God?

If you want to know the truth of these things, ask God the Eternal Father, if these things are not true.  By His Spirit you may know the truth of all things, if you seek earnestly!  And truly love the truth of God.