I really enjoyed reading, “Why The Internet Hasn’t Shattered My Mormon Faith” by Kay Coppins It is sad whenever someone loses their testimony and leaves the Church. The Internet has been a great source of information and misinformation. Recently, the Ministry of Information of one nation broadcast a hoax that was found on the Internet. Of course, at the time they did not think it to be a hoax; so it was broadcasted as news. Since the start of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there were rumors, organizations, people and literature disproving the Church. Even today, you can enter bookstores run by different denominations and find anti-Mormon literature. Basically, the Internet is just another venue for spreading anti-Mormon literature. The safest remedy for a member of the Church is to constantly strengthen their testimony by obedience to the Gospel, Temple attendance, following the instructions of our leaders and listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Study is very important. Yet, study with prayer and humility is even more important. There was a time that I read several anti-Mormon literature on the Internet. I never really had a good feeling from the Holy Spirit about it. Plus, in many ways it seemed destructive or at least the intent of those, promulgating the information was destructive. Here are a few things that have kept me in the faith. The first is a strong testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ and his Father, the Restoration of the Gospel, the Gospel of the Restoration, President Monson and other leaders of the Church. Though I am not perfect and have my own personal crosses to bear, I am glad to have a good relationship with the Holy Ghost. What other denomination or religion could even be as an alternative to the Mormon Church? There is not one denomination currently in existence that teaches the same things that was taught in the beginning of their existence. Some of them have split into other groups at one time and then merged with other groups at other times. How is one is to know what is correct to believe and to do if the rules keep changing. For example, there are denominations with the word “Baptist” in their name. Yet, some of their followers now believe that you don’t have to be baptized to be saved. . Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 1st Corinthians 1: 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. How can one say that their beliefs are true when they do not follow the above scriptures? The following verse is universally quoted:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Yet, this verse is not usually quotes with it:
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Are the Father and the Son able to save everyone that wants to be saved or would be saved if they had heard the Gospel? Yet, many teach that one can only be saved if they live at a certain time and particular place where an authorized preacher or pastor exists. Everyone else is damned to hell. Type the following into a search engine, “what happens to people who could not hear the gospel.” You will discover a lot of mental gymnastics of logic and pseudo gospel. Some of it will sound like the beliefs about Blacks, Native Americans and other indigenous peoples found by the Europeans during the age of discovery. I do not understand how a loving God could sentence so many men, women and children to hell just because they were born at the wrong place and the wrong time. So many people say that they believe that every word of the Bible. Yet, they consider this verse as incorrect. 1st Corinthians 15:29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? I believe that Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ loves everyone. I also believe that the atonement is not restricted by time and place. Just like the Mormon Church is belittled by its opponents, the Savior was also belittled by his opponents. I have a lot of questions also. I also believe that I do not need to know everything about everything in order to be a good Latter-Day Saint. There is no verse in Scriptures that requires one to know the answer to every question the universe in order to be saved or to enter and to the Kingdom of Heaven.