If you read my patriarchal blessing, you'd see that I am deemed a servant to the Lord all my days.
So, I go through my life, wondering if God has any work for me. I ask God "What shall I accomplish, what doest thou want me to achieve?"
God's response of late has always been along the lines of "Just be yourself. You are free."
Well, now I think I've found a scripture in 1 Corinthians 7 that verifies that God would say this to me (and therefore I have some evidence that I am not crazy):
1 Corinthians 7:21-22 "Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant."
It goes on to say "Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men."
I'd say this sounds like a pretty good deal.
So - what this post is really about::: how is the LDS church true, how is it false, how can the false be reconciled with the true?
I'm not going into whole descriptions here: but there is so much evidence that would say the LDS church is false. There are all kinds of very good reasons to disbelieve in Mormonism.
But I myself also know that there is a clear "magic" in the LDS church, that prophets can answer prayers and patriarchs can be miraculous.
Maybe the LDS church is Satanic - it's way too powerful magically to be a simple fraud of a liar or conman.
It is either of God, or of a less than happy source like Satan.
I admit, Joseph Smith really, really screwed up badly when he made the church. Very, very imperfect. But in my eyes, the fact remains that the LDS church has some kind of magical reality about it --- regardless of how much it is a screwed up and seemingly-counterfeit organization.
So, it is either of God or the Devil - it's that simple.
The church demands such perfection from people, and though this doesn't seem like Christianity and it seems hard to bear - would Satan demand people to be perfect? OK - maybe he would ---- but God would also want perfection too, even biblically, no?
I've been reading a book about a near death experience where the writer apparently met Jesus when she was dead. What she learned in her death vision shows that there might be a greater reality to the LDS church --- and that in order to achieve a spot in the Third Heaven that one really must be "perfect", or strictly follow the commandments.
So - I know there is so much evidence against the LDS church, there are so many reasons to disbelieve in the organization and to leave and disparage and all ---
But from my personal understanding, there is a great possibility that the church really is true, regardless of how completely flawed it is.
I mean, I'm a guy who has been seriously, seriously displeased with Mormonism through his life, but I agree that there is more to this church than the disobedient will claim there to be.
Of course, I'm not sure I really need to attend church anymore or really bother with them in any way (as I am a free man), but I think they have some reality.
OH - for anyone who wonders about "Joseph Smith's false prophecies", yes I agree that he completely screwed up some of his predictions - but in the Bible it says that charity never fails, even if prophecy fails. You see? According the bible itself: prophecy may fail. I don't have the scripture reference right now, I am reciting from memory.