SunbeltRed wrote:I appreciate what the Church has done and I think they did a good job, but knowing more about the history and having read a lot more about it, they chose to highlight some things but not others. There are still some gaps.
Agreed. It certainly keeps people from being able to say I have just been looking at anti-Mormon stuff. I have looked at some, but it becomes quite clear fairly quickly by the quick conclusions that it is all fake.
This is also where I am struggling.SunbeltRed wrote:the over arching problem is that all my life I have been told that the Prophet and the Q15 are led directly by Christ. Whatever they say is direct revelation. But the essays keep making the point that although they do receive revelation, it is not very clear, and they have to discern what it means, and sometimes they make mistakes. So members have given time, money, resources, their lives to living commandments that then are changed or adapted and their sacrifices, in some instances, have been for naught.
I guess what I am trying to say, in a roundabout way, is that the essays don't really help me because my faith in the institution has been undermined and I don't know how to get it back (and I don't think I ever will). And that is a really hard paradigm to work in sometimes...
There was a comment on that link that hit me when I read it.
I am feeling much more like I need to focus on WWJD and I feel compelled to find some volunteering that feels like it is really directly helping others in real need - not just helping someone that is moving and could have easily afforded a moving service. It used to me that there was not much difference between God and the church. I feel I am working on (realizing?) they are separate. In fact I am a bit displeased with the church's imperfections and feel I need to back off there and focus a bit more on my relation to what Christ preached directly. At the same time I do see that the church helps people be better more than most any other organization I am aware of. I wonder if a portion of me has "outgrown" church. To me that feels a bit presumptuous. I don't have much of a desire to part from the church, but I did a year or so ago during the middle of my faith crisis.How would we respond to the hoped for modifiers to prophetic statements in other doctrinal statements?
Monogamy is God’s standard, for now.
I think the qualifiers would ultimately divorce people from any reliance on the church, and at best realign allegiances directly to Christ (bypassing his authorized servants). A fair hope, but one that you only need to go a step further to “reveal” the church isn’t necessary at all.
It is a work in process.