Re: Promised Blessings
Posted: 12 Apr 2019, 05:37
I don't think it's all about mental health though. Let's use Moroni's promise as an example. Many people will stand at the pulpit at testify that they received a witness of the BoM as expected, and because they received that witness exactly as outlined they expect everyone else also did or can. But that's not necessarily the case. In any given congregation you could find several who have not received the promised/expected witness despite great effort on their part - but don't expect them to openly admit it for several reasons. Likewise there could be several reasons why they haven't, including that God just hasn't done it yet. Those people are often left to wonder "What's wrong with me?" This does not only apply to Moroni's promise, many testimony areas are very similar as is the experience of many missionaries when it comes to strict obedience.rrosskopf wrote: ↑12 Apr 2019, 03:00We often treat everyone the same in the church, and make broad statements based on our own experiences, but people are different, and suffer from a variety of spiritual diseases. There is often overlap between mental health issues and spiritual issues, but I couldn't tell you where one ends and the other starts.Arrakeen wrote: ↑11 Apr 2019, 15:25My faith crisis started because no matter how bad things got on my mission, it seemed like there were never any answers to prayers, and no matter how obedient I was, there were never any promised blessings. I have a lot of difficulty now believing in promised blessings, because I never received any of the great blessings that were supposed to come from serving a mission, and instead came home very, very broken. The only way I can reconcile this is to tell myself that God never actually personally promised me those blessings--people did, and they were wrong.
Jesus explained that one could keep the commandments and still not receive the promised blessings because of ones attitudes. A bad attitude was the same as commiting the sin. Attitudes definately influence and are influenced by mental health. So it can be a murky area. I have seen people overcome their mental health issues, with a lot of help, but it is more common for people to suffer from the same issues throughout their lives.
I'm just going to throw in a couple related side notes here. 1) Moroni's promise: generally only verses 3-5 are read. Verse 1 makes it clear who the promise is actually to. He was writing to the Lamanites. Does that mean the promise won't work for others? Apparently not, but it also might indicate it's not to everybody. 2) Oliver Cowdery and translating: The "burning in the bosom" is often cited. I can't say I've ever experienced what I would call a burning in the bosom other than heartburn when I eat too much chili. The burning in the bosom may be how God communicated with Oliver, but I get a much different feeling. AND, we also need to keep in mind that Oliver failed at translating - and it was not for lack of trying, burning bosom or not.