Monday, January 24, 2011

A Proclamation to the World (by Emily)

I would like to proclaim to the world that the church is NOT true.
Instead, I proclaim to the world that the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it has been restored through Joseph Smith and superseding Prophets IS true.

This is something that's really been bugging to me.  It was pointed out in my home ward one week by my previous Bishop, and it really struck home.
I wish more people thought about this, and realized what they are saying when they bear their testimony. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is absolutely a wonderful thing, but in no way is it true. It is the only church with the proper authority from Heavenly Father, yes. It is the Lord's church. But it is not true.

Here's what is true:
The Book of Mormon, the principles taught in it, and the history recorded in it.
The Bible, as far as it is translated correctly.
The words of the Prophets, Apostles, and other representatives of the Lord.

In the church, especially in Utah, we've gotten so used to saying "I know that the church is true" that it has become commonplace, and accepted, even though it is incorrect. Thus, I am on a campaign to change it.

I will never again say the words "the church is true". It's up to you, but I hope that you never will either.