Kris Attfield is the author of three books: The Book of Finch, Letters to Whomever, The Eagle's Sore: A Novella and Pfhonge, The Inter-Continental Brink of Madness, Air Defence, Doorless Darts and Blaine Bananatree - a bunch of video games.
Article - Is the LDS Church Actually True?
This article is an expression of my personal ideas and opinion based on an academic understanding of LDS doctrine. I say it's academic, because The Book of Mormon's position on the Jews does not necessarily represent my personal views.
Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints actually true?
This is an interesting topic to discuss.
There are two big indicators in my life’s experience that tell me that there is some sort of reality and truth to the church:
1. When I got baptized I was overcome by a great and wonderful feeling, presumably the Holy Ghost and;
2. When I got my patriarchal blessing, I had a vision, my eyes were closed yet I saw a light of pure white shine in my sight behind those closed eyes, and I think most people would agree that it is not normal to see pure white when your eyes are closed.
Those are two of the biggest indicators to me that there is a reality to the LDS church.
The church encounters problems and imperfections in its people and the leadership that guides it. There are some serious imperfections that I have encountered among the membership and in communications with people of leadership positions. Sometimes these, and often times quite serious, imperfections can lead a person to believe the church is not true.
What really is interesting however is The Book of Mormon teaches that God will scourge the Jews until they accept Jesus Christ as their messiah. My dad tells me it is not for the Mormon church to scourge the jews, that this is not our responsibility. However: the Mormon book still says the Jews must be scourged, and if the Mormons themselves do not pursue this undertaking that must be committed for mankind to be obedient to God, it must be assumed that the LDS church is NOT the ONE AND ONLY true path to heaven.
If the Jews were still Jews and every heavenly person on earth were to decide to become Mormon, either the Mormon church must at that point engage in scourging the Jews itself or the prophecy would be false.
Would God allow a non-mormon people to scourge the Jews at his own behest and then not allow them into heaven simply because they are not LDS? This seems like a fallacy.
So, in the end, it could be said that part of the LDS chuch is true, part of the church (or the people) are not true, and I do not expect that you really need to be an LDS to go to heaven.
If you had to be an LDS to get to heaven, well, like I already explained, it doesn’t make sense, and also having to be LDS would mean you’d have to put up with some seriously imperfect church-members who really aren’t worth the time and effort to deal with.