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crosses 3Luke 9:23-25; “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?”

A couple of weeks ago my pastor spoke on taking risks and what our responsibilities are as members of the church of Jesus Christ. He based his sermon on the passage above and of course I began thinking about the Mormons. For this article   I have two objectives to explore and they are;

What did Jesus mean when He said ‘pick up your cross’?

What does this phrase mean for the Mormon?

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 9 – Romans 5:19; “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous”.

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flowers-cartoon-8The next part in their series that touches on The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: addresses Jesus as the “Good Shepherd”.

The message begins with the parable Jesus gave of a shepherd leaving the ninety-nine sheep in search for the one that’s lost in Luke 15:4, 7. It insinuates that Jesus was referring to those who are on the brink of leaving the church or to those who have already left, and it’s up to the faithful in the church to seek out, and help those who have lost their way.

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Mormon Decisions 10History of the Church 5:403; “Salvation is for a man to be saved from all his enemies; for until a man can triumph over death, he is not saved. A knowledge of the priesthood alone will do this.” – Joseph Smith, May 21, 1843

1 John 5:11-12; “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

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Mormon Decisions 10Do We know what We Have”, General Conference, October 2013; “His atonement provides the way for us to progress on the path to our Heavenly home, through sacred priesthood ordinances and covenants.” – Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency

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salt lake mormon temple 2Articles of Faith, pg 167; “The office of the Holy Ghost is to enlighten the mind, to purify and sanctify the soul, to incite to good works, and to reveal the things of God.” – James Talmage

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Atonement

Mormon Decisions 10Gospel Principles, pg 233; “The Atonement of Jesus Christ assures each of us that we will be resurrected and live forever. But if we are to live forever with our families in Heavenly Father’s presence, we must do all that the Savior commands us to do. This includes being baptized and confirmed and receiving the ordinances of the temple.”

Mark 10:45; “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

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Cross5This past week has brought some interesting e-mails from several Mormons and I’ve noticed there was a theme running throughout most of them – the cross.  Several of those who’ve taken the time out of their busy days have pointed out they don’t hate it.  I thought it was interesting in light of their official doctrinal views to the cross so I wrote an article about it – you can access the PDF here.

Know that we’re praying for the Mormon people. Our hearts cry out for your salvation and the peace only Jesus can give to you through His death on that cross and His glorious resurrection!

With Love in Christ;

Michelle Grim

1 Corinthians 1:18

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July 16 – John 10:9; “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture”.

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Adam & Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Mormon Decisions 10The Man Adam, pg 84; “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and he sweat as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (JST, Luke 22:41-44.) Elder Bruce R. McConkie postulated that this angel was likely Adam. If this angel was Adam (and there seems to be no reason to doubt it), here was the Messiah in the Garden of Gethsemane in his greatest of all trials, shedding his blood to redeem mankind from the effects of Adam’s transgression in the Garden of Eden and also from the results of each person’s own sins. There appeared from heaven to strengthen him the very person of Adam himself-he who brought mortality and blood and death and sin into the world. The parallel issue is unmistakable!

The plan of salvation to which both Adam and Jesus subscribed in the premortal world was being worked out in the world of Adam’s posterity. Each had fulfilled his foreordained part, and now the two principals were together as Jesus triumphed over sin and mortality. The next day Jesus would die upon the cross, and three days later he would rise from the grave, totally triumphant, not only over the death of the body but also over the death of the spirit-which is alienation from God.” – Joseph Fielding McConkie, Robert L. Millett

Galatians 3:13-14; “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

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Today (3/26/12) I traveled over to the LDS website and found a very sad state of affairs.  http://www.lds.org/?lang=eng  The front page of their site says;

“The Savior Suffers in Gethsemane”

You’re going to see a video of a white Mormon Jesus with a British accent going to the Garden, kneeling down and praying the words from the Bible.  At some point he starts sniffling while they show the disciples sleeping and Jesus walking over to ask them why they can’t stay awake.  I find it interesting the Church thinks the Bible has been mistranslated yet they use the very words from it…hmmm….

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Salvation and Exaltation

We Follow Jesus Christ,” Ensign, May 2010, 86; “We rejoice in all the Savior has done for us. He has made it possible for each of us to gain our salvation and exaltation.” – Quentin L. Cook

Jude 1:24-25; “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

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Joseph Smith, Your God

Journal of Discourses 4:271; A man cannot find out himself without the light of revelation; he has to turn round and seek to the Lord his God, in order to find out himself. If you find out who Joseph was, you will know as much about God as you need to at present; for if He said, “I am a God to this people,” He did not say that He was the only wise God. Jesus was a God to the people when he was upon earth, was so before he came to this earth, and is yet. Moses was a God to the children of Israel, and in this manner you may go right back to Father Adam.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, March 8, 1857

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August 31 – Romans 5:12; “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”

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The Cross and The Atonement

Today we’re looking at the Cross…at Calvary.  For the Christian, it is the place where we find peace as we know this is where God gave His Only Son to die in our stead.  A sacrifice had to be made to pay for our sin and God in His infinite wisdom and mercy paid that price for us because of His love for mankind.  For God so loved the world…  John 3:16

 

 

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Jesus Crucified for Our Sins

1 Nephi 11:33; “And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world.”

Doctrines of Salvation 1:132; “We will never be able to pay the debt. The gratitude of our hearts should be filled to overflowing in love and obedience for his great and tender mercy. For what he has done, we should never fail him. He bought us with a price, the price of his great suffering and the spilling of his blood in sacrifice on the cross.”

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Atonement

Ensign, November 2008, pg. 57; “”[The] testing of our limits in priesthood service is made necessary by God’s plan to qualify His children to live with Him again forever. Heavenly Father loves His children…To qualify us to receive that gift, He gave us a mortal body, the opportunity to be tempted to sin, and a way to be cleansed from that sin and to rise in the First Resurrection. He gave us His Beloved Son, Jehovah, as our Savior to make that possible. The Savior was born in mortal life, was tempted but never sinned, and then in Gethsemane and on Golgotha paid the price of our sins so that we could be cleansed. The purifying can come only to those who have faith enough in Jesus Christ to repent of sin, be cleansed through the ordinance of baptism, and make and keep covenants to obey all His commandments. And there was to be a fierce enemy of our souls, Lucifer, who would with his legions relentlessly try to capture every child of God to keep him or her from having the joy of eternal life.”” – Henry B. Eyring

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Atonement for Sin

This is what breaks our hearts here at the ministry.  One character marker we see time and again with the Mormon people is anger.  Dr. Walter Martin once said that the lies piled upon the soul of the Mormon people cause frustration and anger.  They’re usually argumentative and have been trained to provoke the anger in you to take away their guilt.  This gives them a reason to verbally attack.

Pray for them.

The following example taken from Doctrines of Salvation is a good example of how the Church confuses its members and obviously causes quite the dilemma.

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Adam and Eve’s Sin and the New Mormon Website

    In my daily LDS Gems e-mails I received notice today (February 26, 2008) of another new website launched by the Church.  Here in part is what it said;

“The new site is a helpful resource for anyone who wishes to know firsthand what Latter-day Saints believe about Jesus Christ. It is also a valuable reference that Church members can use as they share their beliefs with others.”

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Who Voided the Atonement of Christ?

      We received an e-mail from a member of the LDS Church who felt compelled to reply to our online newsletter he received last week.  I thought it was important to share this with our readers for two reasons.  First, to show the mindset of the Mormon and secondly, to ask the Mormon some serious questions.

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