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P8riot

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  • [26] January 30, 2015 at 11:43am

    Proof positive that Romney should have been President. This good man has always done what he thinks is best for his country over what he wants for himself.

    Can we PLEASE use the primaries this time to figure out who we will ALL support? Otherwise our divided house will fall to the Dems again.

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  • [2] January 29, 2015 at 8:05pm

    @Gita

    Fair enough. However, just FYI – we believe that the Bible speaks of many divisions in the early Church which would eventually lead to the “falling away” from the original teachings of Christ proceeding the Second Coming as referenced in 2 Thessalonians 2:3.

    Such a falling away from the original teachings of Christ, of course, would require a restoration of those eternal truths as prophesied of in Acts 3:21. Isaiah refers to this restoration of the Gospel as “a marvellous work and a wonder” in Isaiah chapter 29.

    We believe that Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ appeared to a young farm boy named Joseph Smith in the Spring of 1820. This marvellous visitation began a series of events that would bring about the restoration of the gospel and Christ’s original Church.

    Now as for line of authority of the keys… Prior to the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith received priesthood authority at the hands of John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John who received that same “power and authority” from Jesus Christ Himself (Luke 9:1). These men appeared as angels and bestowed the priesthood upon Joseph Smith. The prophet today, Thomas S. Monson, is the authorized successor to Joseph Smith. He and the Church’s other Apostles trace their priesthood authority back to Jesus Christ in an unbroken chain of ordinations.

    Even though we believe differently, I really respect my Catholic friends… very good people.

  • [2] January 29, 2015 at 7:38pm

    @808Patriot

    I’m speaking very literally.

    One of the things I love about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the fact that we are lead by a living Prophet, just as God has communicated to His people from the beginning of time. The Prophet holds all the keys and assisted by a Quorum of 12 Apostles – just as Christ set up His Church in the Bible.

    We believe that God is not dead. We believe that he continues to speak to us, His children, through modern-day revelation. He speaks to the world through his Prophet and to each of us individually through personal revelation.

    Feel free to learn more about our beliefs at http://www.mormon.org/.

    Many people will tell you its crazy to believe that God still speaks to us through a living prophet… I would think the same thing if I hadn’t prayed about it after listening to him and had the Holy Ghost tell me that it’s true.

  • [1] January 29, 2015 at 7:06pm

    @Gita

    I couldn’t agree more! :)

  • January 29, 2015 at 7:05pm

    I’m happy to hear that your church is growing :)

  • [4] January 29, 2015 at 7:04pm

    @George-harrison

    There is a difference between one who asks a question with sincerity – and one who alleges in the spirit of contention.

    The church has never “forbidden” any writings of anyone. Don’t be silly.

  • [2] January 29, 2015 at 7:02pm

    @Gita

    I agree that God is always right the first time… and he’s always right the second time as well.

    However, to claim that God cannot allow certain actions at times and disallow them at other times is to ignore pretty much the entire Old Testament. Think – Law of Moses. It was absolutely right when it was needed, and then later no longer necessary.

    At one time it was fine to stone an adulterer, not now. At one time certain priesthoods were only allowed to be held by those of a certain lineage (e.g. Levites), not now. At one time, polygamy was authorized by the Lord (e.g. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, etc.), but not now.

    This idea that God cannot change the rules as he pleases seems to ignore most of the Bible. Further, how were most of these changes initiated/announced to God’s people? Answer – Prophets.

  • [3] January 29, 2015 at 6:02pm

    @George-Harrison

    I never claimed that people don’t leave our church. It’s silly to suppose otherwise.

    However, there are obviously more coming in than leaving.

    2012 worldwide membership – 14,782,473
    2015 worldwide membership – 15,082,028

    Regardless, I want to emphasize that it doesn’t matter if there are 15 or 15 million members; it’s still Christ’s one true and living church on the earth. I am grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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  • [1] January 29, 2015 at 5:53pm

    Thanks.

    However, I respectfully disagree.

    I agree that Peter was to lead them with the keys. However, Christ organized the 12 Apostles to remain intact as a quorum of 12. For example, when a vacancy occurred with the death of Judas Iscariot, Matthias was divinely appointed to that special office as a member of the council (Acts 1:15–26). Today twelve men with this same divine calling and ordination constitute the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    As for support for the Quorum of 12 Apostles, Christ instructed them on ordaining quorums of 70 Apostles as needed. “the Lord appointed other seventy”: Luke 10:1. This too, is the format used in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Nevertheless, I respect your beliefs as a Catholic. I believe Catholics to be very good people who strive to be like Christ.

  • [1] January 29, 2015 at 4:34pm

    @Gita

    Unfortunately, the Catholic Church is not organized the same way Christ organized His church during his earthly ministry. For example, Christ’s church was organized with a quorum of 12 Apostles – “chose twelve, whom also he named apostles”: Luke 6:13 … (Luke 6:12–16).

    Who are your 12 Apostles?

  • [6] January 29, 2015 at 4:18pm

    @Gita

    I’m not saying the Catholic Church doesn’t have a lot to offer in this study as well. So to answer your question – my point is that this lady is looking for answers as to what other churches are doing right and purposefully ignores those with the most success.

    I for one, believe something that both Mormons and Catholics could teach a lot of other churches is our firm belief in personal sacrifice. So many churches try to gain congregants by telling them that what they do in this life doesn’t matter.

    @hi

    I agree that one should beware of false prophets. But I also know that we should seek out God’s true prophets.

    “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7.

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  • [1] January 29, 2015 at 3:32pm

    I see your other responses that your question was rhetorical… but unfortunately, the truth of a certain church is not based upon how many years it’s been around. The only way to be “sure that what is being preached is the truth” is to listen to the Holy Ghost. Search, ponder, and pray.

    Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them: Neh. 9:20 .
    There is another that beareth witness of me: John 5:32 . ( Acts 5:32 )
    when the Comforter is come … he shall testify of me: John 15:26 .
    they were pricked in their heart: Acts 2:37 . ( Acts 2:41 . )
    things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God: 1 Cor. 2:11 .
    no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost: 1 Cor. 12:3 .

  • [13] January 29, 2015 at 3:08pm

    I get what you’re saying @proliance

    Yes, we gain so much when we worship, but that’s not the reason we do it

    “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 16:24-25

  • [14] January 29, 2015 at 3:03pm

    “This meant eliminating Catholic, Mormon and Seventh-Day Adventist churches”

    Oh, great idea! Do a study to try to figure out what certain churches are doing right – but intentionally exclude in your study one of the fastest growing religions in the world… smart.

    “The 2012 Religious Congregations and Membership Study, released here Tuesday, shows that the mainline Protestants and Catholics who dominated the 20th century are literally losing ground to the rapid rise of Mormons…”

    “[The] Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 2 million new adherents and new congregations in 295 counties where they didn’t exist a decade ago, making them the fastest-growing group in the U.S.”

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  • January 29, 2015 at 1:44pm

    @Steve

    BTW – I take offense when people are paid to give that which they have been freely given… e.g. “pastors”

    freely ye have received, freely give: Matt. 10:8 .
    these hands have ministered unto my necessities: Acts 20:34 .
    working with our own hands: 1 Cor. 4:12 .
    I preach … the gospel of Christ without charge: 1 Cor. 9:18 .
    we … wrought with labour … not be chargeable to any of you: 2 Thes. 3:8 .
    Feed the flock … not for filthy lucre: 1 Pet. 5:2 .

    In case anyone is interested – go to a “Mormon” church this Sunday and every single person you see there is teaching and preaching out of the love of Christ. No paid ministry.

    Good day.

  • January 29, 2015 at 1:42pm

    @Steve

    You do know don’t you, that the word “Bible” is the name of a book right? Thus, if you claim that we have our own “Bible” that you are saying that we’ve taken that book, called the “Bible” and changed it, i.e. made it our own version.

    Therefore, when I tell you that we use the KJV of the Bible, that is perfectly accurate. I have the KJV sitting right here at my desk. Again, King James was not a Mormon – so no, we don’t use our own Bible.

    As for the Book of Mormon, we never have, nor ever claim that the Book of Mormon is a new version of the Bible. It clearly states on the cover that it is “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” BTW – how would having another testament of Jesus Christ make one less Christian? Kind of silly.

    Anyhoo, let’s agree to a couple of things here. I fully agree that everyone in the world should go to https://www.lds.org/?lang=eng or http://www.mormon.org/ to see what we believe. So thank you for spreading the word. Please continue to do so in your next sermon.

    But please be warned, by doing so, your annual income derived from the donations of congregants may lower by doing so. This is because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the fastest growing religions in the world, and definitely in the US. The Spirit of God is rolling forth and people are hearing the call to come to Christ and be part of his one true church on earth. His Church is literally lead by a living prophet through modern revelation and is thus not dead.

  • January 29, 2015 at 10:32am

    Holy cow – that was the funniest thing I’ve read all day!!! Excellent!

  • [2] January 28, 2015 at 6:25pm

    @DeanDandylion

    Just to clarify, I grew up on Arizona and it was the same way with seminary.

    However, please be aware that the time students use to attend seminary does not count as school credit. In other words, the time students take off school during the day to study in seminary is in addition to the credit hours they normally have to take in school anyway… and it’s always off-campus.

  • [2] January 28, 2015 at 6:21pm

    @Bishopdave

    I apologize. After reading your posts again, I admit that I did overreact and I’m sorry.

    Frankly, I cringe when the word “Utah” or anything else associated to my religion is mentioned in an article because it usually starts a very long line of anti-mormon comments. I guess I was starting on the defensive.

    Anyway, thanks for the civil response!

  • [7] January 28, 2015 at 1:19pm

    @Icarealot

    I appreciate that you believe the straps were at least 2 inches, but if that is the case, then don’t you think the young lady and her mother would have made that point when confronted with the dress code? Instead they simply argued that “There were a lot of dresses that were very short, very tight, a lot more exposing or revealing than mine,”

    Simply put, I don’t really care about how she “looked.”

    If the dress code was violated, then the young lady was wrong.
    If the dress code was not violated, then the teacher was wrong.

    I’m sure we can agree on that, right?

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