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 Worshiping the Mormon Pioneers

Originally published 2011

2017 NEW & UPDATED!

I write this article with the intent of introducing the Mormon people to the idea of

Mormon Pioneers coming down through Echo Canyon, UT 1866

thinking about what, and/or whom they are worshiping. What I don’t want to do is send the message I’m here to bash, or ridicule the intent they hold in their hearts for Jesus.

Each year the state of Utah celebrates Pioneer Days in July, with the 24th of that month being the apex of their homage paid to the early Mormons who pushed, and pulled their handcarts and wagons from Nauvoo, Illinois to the Wasatch Front. Their second prophet Brigham Young, led the group of believers to their new home where they thought they could “live their religion” (aka polygamy) without being bothered by non-Mormons.

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July 18 – Secret oaths and tithes. John 18:20; “Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing”.

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July 16 – Jesus is the door to salvation. 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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July 6 – Mormons believe Jesus’ grace dependent upon obedience to Law.

Isaiah 61:10; “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”

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Jude 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.”

Think back to the time you were first saved. Do you recall how everything seemed new, and words of the Bible jumped off the page, demanding your immediate attention?

Like everyone else who becomes a believer, I couldn’t get enough of what the Lord had written 2,000 years earlier. My thirst for wanting more of Him seemed insatiable at times as I poured over epistles, gospels, and accounts of what took place marking the beginning of time.

Those first impressionable months left an indelible mark on my life, and Jude 24-25 happens to be one of the passages I read that stopped me in my tracks.

By simply reading my bible, I soon learned everything I knew in my 30 years of life was a lie. The more I studied, the more shocked I became by reading what God said about Himself, and what history revealed. One of those shocks came from Jesus’ half brother, Jude.

Five words from his epistle stood out as an announcement by declaring his brother’s true identity. It left no room for personal speculation, and yet provided a world of wondrous awe for God’s mercy. It also served as a confirmation I had done the right thing by leaving my once beloved heritage behind.

‘The only wise God our Saviour’

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 April 29 – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.  Romans 6:23.

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Why Mormons Can’t Celebrate Good Friday

Originally posted March 2013

Cross, Amy CarmichaelI’m certain I’m not alone when I say that Good Friday always gives us lots to think upon and pray about! Each of us has our own list of reasons why we’re grateful God intervened in our life and we each carry our own set of memories why this day is special for us.

One of the most memorable experiences for me dates back to my days in Junior High School of all things. At the time I had become friends with a handful of other girls and as it turned out I was the only Mormon. My small group of friends included a Catholic, a Presbyterian, an Episcopalian and a Methodist. I began noticing my Catholic friend only ate fish on Fridays and while all the girls had their own set of doctrinal creeds they held dear, their customs afforded me a front row seat to other cultures right there in the heart of Utah Mormonism. I began wondering what it’d be like to attend a church that had a cross somewhere on the building.

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