Faithful, Energetic Service in the Kingdom of God, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow

Reading Chapter 15 of the Relief Society Lesson brought many things to mind. I could really relate to the heading on page 191: “The work of the Lord is sometimes difficult, but it brings great joy.”

I love serving the Lord, especially through this blog; but I haven’t Posted for several months because of my health. “Energetic service” for my Lord has become difficult because energy is something that I don’t have. I have a rare disease that takes away my energy at the cell level which makes it especially hard to write a post. And yet my hearts desire is to share God’s truth with every Mormon in the world.

Many LDS members ask why I have created this blog. They often wonder why I spend so much energy fighting against “the Church” by witnessing my new-found faith to its members. The answer is love! God has placed such love in my heart for “my people.” I simply can’t stop myself from being a missionary to Mormons–I love doing so. I know what it is like to be LDS and worry whether you have gained forgiveness of your sins. Ever since I met my Savior it has been my hearts desire to share His message of free and full forgiveness with everyone.

I was born into a prominent LDS family. The first member of my family to join the church was John Patten, who baptized his brother David W. Patten (one of Joseph Smith’s original apostles). My father was Bishop, Stake President and Patriarch all his adult life. I was baptized at eight, married in the temple; and for many years never questioned that the LDS Church was the only true church.

Looking back, I realize that I was similar to the Apostle Paul—-in regards to being born of the right heritage, into a church led by leaders who taught false doctrines: “Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;” (Philippians 3:5)

Like Paul, I believed what I had been taught by my church leaders–that eternal life depended upon adding my obedience to my faith; as seen in this months Relief Society Lesson:

“As they by virtue of their commission, declared with all assurance, amidst persecution and opposition, the gospel to be the power of God unto salvation to all those who believed and obeyed, so declare we.” (p. 185)

The reason that Paul left his church was because Jesus came into His life. It was then that he met his true Savior, and the Holy Spirit opened his heart to the truth. He realized that his church leaders were teaching false doctrines and that he belonged to the wrong church.

We read many times in the New Testament that he fought fiercely against the false teachers who led this church. The reason he did is because of love! Just like me, he desired to share the truth with “his people”. In fact, he was willing to be cursed in exchange for his people to be brought to Christ:

“I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites” (Romans 9:9-14)

Do you notice how Paul overemphasizes his motive: “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.?” Maybe the reason he was being so adamant is because his previous church members doubted his motive for fighting “so fiercely against” “the Church”.

The truth that Paul so wanted his people to hear is the same message that I share with you. Your leaders teach false doctrines! LDS prophets proclaim a false gospel as seen by the words of Lorenzo Snow. Here is the true message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

Did you notice the difference in this scripture from what President Snow taught? He had to add two little words so that it would fit in with the false LDS gospel: “…the gospel to be the power of God unto salvation to all those who believed and obeyed, so declare we.”

The Lesson asks: “What does it mean to you to be an ambassador of Christ?” (p. 192)

For me, what joy it is, to know the true Gospel of Christ! This gospel grants Salvation to all who believe! The reason this can happen is because Christ took all our sins; and in exchange, gave us His righteousness. Because we are now perfect in God’s sight—we can come into God’s presence. That news, the good news of the Gospel; is why I’m an ambassador for Christ!:

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

As Christ’s Ambassador, I beseech you: “be ye reconciled to God.” Please?

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9 Comments

  1. Darlene Bechtold said,

    August 10, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Praise to Jesus our Savior who died that we might be saved! All glory goes to Him alone. Your postings are a wonderful reminder that we should be so thankful that we are perfect and do not depend on work righteousness to enter eternal life. I patiently wait for your blogs because I know how strongly you believe what you write to bring more LDS people to know the truth. Blessings from our Lord to you. Darlene from Minnesota

  2. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    August 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you so much Darlene, your words brought tears to my eyes. Tears of joy in knowing of my Lords love for me and that He works through me. God’s blessings, Becki

  3. ephesians2810 said,

    August 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Agreed, good to see a new post from you! It is my prayer that God will bless, heal, and comfort you Becki and that God be glorified through each and every soul that finds Him through your words.

    “The law saith, Where is thy righteousness, goodness, and satisfaction? The Gospel saith, Christ is thy righteousness, goodness, and satisfaction.” ~Patrick Hamilton

  4. ckuhrasch said,

    August 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Your transition from Mormonism to Christ gives me so much hope for my dear friends in the Lds church. Bless you for your thoughtful posts!

    And thanks to darlene from Minnesota for sharing her location. I sometimes feel very alone in my love for mormons and disdain for their doctrine. i wonder if your blog might be a place where we can connect?

    Cindy-wisconsin

  5. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    August 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Hi Cindy from Wisconsin. I know many Christians who love Mormons and pray for their salvation. There is a wonderful Ministry called Truth in love ministry—TILM at tilm.org There are actually lots of people from Wisconsin involved with this ministry. You can introduce yourself at tilm.org. Gods blessings, Becki from Idaho

  6. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    August 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Hello again Cindy, I was just reading your comment again and realized I had missed your question:

    “i wonder if your blog might be a place where we can connect?”

    You can email me at: Latterdaysaintwoman.wordpress@HisHealingNow.com, but please realize that I have a debilitating disease and writing something is hard for me. I do much better on the phone, so if you would like me to give you a call or vice versa–that would work good. I also have Skype so that could work, although I haven’t used it for awhile.

    God’s blessings as you share Christ with your LDS friends, Becki

  7. March 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Help me then understand e Lord’s own words when he says “keep my commandments”. Is that not be obedient? Didn’t he say “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is what loveth me”? In the next chapter of John didn’t he say, “ye are my friend if ye do what I say”?

  8. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    March 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Justin. Yes, you do understand the Lord’s own words about keeping His commandments and being obedient. Look again at what you wrote, Christ’s very words:

    “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is what loveth me”?

    What Jesus said was a statement of fact. Yes, I love my Savior. I have His commandments and I keep them—in God’s sight. Christ not only gained my forgiveness, He also has perfected me forever (Hebrews 10). In my view and the view the world sees me, I try very hard to keep His commands. All because of what He has already done for me. I love Him so much that I study God’s Word to learn every command God has given for me to follow. I never want to sin again, knowing that every sin I commit is one more sin that Jesus had to bear on the Cross.

    Does that help?

  9. March 28, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    No in fact it is quite confusing. Your statements then contradict. You say President Snow added 2 words, and obeyed, then you acknowledge that the Savior said the same thing. So you’re ok with the Savior saying keep my commandments, but not ok with his prophet saying be obedient?


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