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  Journal of Discourses 14:96 “Obedience to the ordinance of baptism is required that people may receive the remission of their sins. After that, hands are laid upon them for the reception of the Holy Ghost; and this Holy Ghost teaches you and me to vote exactly alike; it teaches us to believe alike and to receive the ordinances of the house of God.” — Discourse by President Brigham Young, delivered in the New Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, April 8, 1871. [emp. added] (more…)

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Free Agency

Mormon Decisions 10Mormon Doctrine, pg 26; “Agency is the ability and freedom to choose good or evil. It is an eternal principle which has existed with God from all eternity.”

Journal of Discourses 7:374; “Have we not a right to make up our minds in relation to the things recorded in the word of God, and speak about them, whether the living oracles believe our views or not? We have not the right. Why? Because the mind of man is weak…” – Elder Pratt, Salt Lake City, January 29, 1860

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Are You Trusting Your Prophet?

Mormon Decisions 10When I became a Christian I learned in God’s word to trust in Him and His word and not fallible mankind. I also learned it’s okay and even encouraged to verify what people say is truth to ensure you’re not tricked into believing a lie.

Ask your Mormon loved ones if they trust in their prophet and tell them you’ve read 2 Nephi 28:31;

“Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.”

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I received an e-mail not long ago from a Mormon asking me why I had to bring up so many negative things about the Church.  He then told me that I was inciting riot behavior in suggesting that members of the Church should think for themselves…

So this got me to thinking…is it okay to encourage members of the Mormon Church to think for themselves or should they do what their leaders have told them to do with unwavering abandon?  The monthly magazine Improvement Era said this in the June 1945 issue written for the teachers in the Church;

When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done. When they propose a plan—it is God’s plan. When they point the way, there is no other which is safe. When they give direction, it should mark the end of controversy. God works in no other way. To think otherwise, without immediate repentance, may cost one his faith, may destroy his testimony, and leave him a stranger to the kingdom of God.

So tell us what you think!  Should the Mormon think for themselves or just trust the prophet is right and go along with everything they say?

 

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