I love this church! And it is a church. Whatever else you may have heard or personally believe about it, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a church. I know. I’ve been a member of it my whole life. (Or at least since I was 8 for those who wish to get technical.)
I was born to parents who are sealed in the temple and are life long members of the Church. It’s the only faith I’ve practiced. It’s the only faith I have needed to practice. And those are things I am proud to say. When I think of every other organization or group I have ever been a part of (including my own nation) I feel no greater loyalty to or excitement for any of them than I do for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Its teachings are true. Its people are good. Sure we have members who are in widely differing stages of practicing their religion, and there are some difficult periods of our history to face and discuss, but I know that learning and living the teachings of this Church will bring a man closer to God than those of any other organization because this has been my first hand experience.
This does not mean there are not good and honorable men and woman across the globe of other faiths, for there truly are. I have had the privilege of meeting many of them and I have been blessed because of it. But the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are unique from those of many other faiths because they don’t stop at just being saved. They don’t stop at just being a good person. They transcend beyond those ideas to incorporate the concepts of sanctification and elevation of mankind to a more divine state of existence. They don’t stop at just washing away our sins, but encourage us to move forward and improve ourselves, our thoughts and our behaviors to be more pure, to “come follow [the Savior Jesus Christ]” (Matt 16:24; Mark 8:34; Matt 19:21) and become “perfect even as [our] Father in Heaven is perfect.” (Matt 5:48; John 17:23) Though we cannot completely transcend the weakness of mortality in this life we believe fully that by the perfect atonement of God’s Beloved Son Jesus Christ we one day will and our sins will be perfectly cleansed so that in the day of Judgement we may stand blameless before God in “the blood of the Lamb,” who was slain. (Revelation 7:14; Revelation 12:11; Revelation 13:8) The message of His atonement is not only that we can be forgiven of our sins, but that through that atonement we may live a life more like He is every single day we are on earth.
Regardless of your affiliation with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or your feelings towards it I hope you will find the truth and enlightenment from its teachings which can help remove the rust from your life and allow you to live a life more in tune with Christ’s teachings than you did before.
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