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Authority to Preach

History of the Church 5:256-7; Whenever there has been a righteous man on earth unto whom God revealed His word and gave power and authority to administer in His name, and where there is a priest of God—a minister who has power and authority from God to administer in the ordinances of the gospel and officiate in the priesthood of God, there is the kingdom of God; and, in consequence of rejecting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Prophets whom God hath sent, the judgments of God have rested upon people, cities, and nations, in various ages of the world, which was the case with the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, that were destroyed for rejecting the Prophets.” – Joseph Smith

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MORMON TERMINOLOGY

 One of the most commonly asked questions I’ve received over the years is the request for help in witnessing to a Mormon friend or relative.  The first thing the born-again Christian has to understand is that they are speaking a different Christian language than the Mormon.  The words that we’re comfortable with knowing from the Bible are totally different from what the Mormon understands them to be.

 When I got out of the Mormon Church and asked Jesus to be my only Savior the subject of the unique Mormon vocabulary began a life-long study for me.  It took me roughly five years to root out all of the incorrect English words from the depths of my soul and this was done through the patience of my close friends gently correcting me, listening to and answering thousands of questions from me and of course the Lord’s promptings for me to dig deeper!

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January 2 – Who has the authority?  Jesus told the people in Matthew 28:18-20 that all authority had been given to Him in heaven and earth.  He then instructed us to go out and make disciples of all men.

As  Christians we know this scripture is the Great Commission.  We are to go to all the nations and preach the Word of God.  The great omission of the Great Commission is not obeying.     

According to LDS theology “There is but one at a time who holds the keys and the right to receive revelation for the Church, and that man is the President of the Church”.  Doctrines of Salvation 1:283.

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