What Mormons Get Right
Although I completely disagree with the Theology and Doctrines of the LDS Church due to far too many reasons to recount here although the chief of them resides around the Person of Jesus Christ, the way of Salvation and the mountain of evidence, or lack of it regarding LDS claims.
However, I do see that there are many things about the LDS people that are certainly worth noting. For all my criticism about the Mormon church as an entity,.. they do not extend to the Mormon people as individuals. Here are some things that the Mormons not only get right, but things that Christians should aspire to as well.
FAMILY-They are deeply invested in the family- The LDS Church has worked hard to be a family friendly environment. More than that it is the backbone of the church. Few churches are as concerned with the importance of the family like the Mormons are. They set aside time weekly for Family Home Evenings to play games, talk, do devotions, etc. This is fantastic! As Christians, we should take note!
CHURCH-They are highly active in the church- Mormons are engaged in church life throughout the week. They devote significant time too all kinds of ministry- Most young men in the LDS church spend a 2 year stint in as missionaries in the church to share about their church and their beliefs. There are numerous opportunities to serve and become involved and it is expected, and although I don’t think the motivation the best, the outcome can be very positive.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION-The church begins teaching its children from an early age and it is consistent regardless of where you go. The Ward in California will be taught the same lessons and Doctrine as the Ward in Utah. As a teenager, youth are encouraged to attend “seminary” every day BEFORE School. They are classes at the local ward or stake center. They study the Book of Mormon, the Bible, church history, and doctrine and they are rotated over a four-year period. When an LDS teen graduates from high school they are fully immersed in a systematic overview of the faith’s basic beliefs.
EVANGELISM-They care enough about you and me to send people around town, and to our door to share what they sincerely believe is the true word of God. We may not agree with their doctrine, but I cannot fault their conviction! Christians should take note. They do it in part for their “after all they can do” good works beliefs, but they are doing it. Slammed doors, rejections and all! Tens of thousands of Mormon missionaries serve each year in pairs all over the world. I do not think that Christians need to be legalistic about this, however as Christians each of us should be active in sharing our faith. The world is our mission field? Is it being harvested?
TAKING CARE OF THEIR OWN– The LDS Church is known to provide for their members in times of need and crisis. They have set up food pantries providing welfare for their members, especially when they lose a job or some other loss in their family. In turn, those receiving care volunteer time to others and are expected to continue to help when they get back on their feet.
RESPECT SUNDAYS – The practicing LDS family guards their time of worship. They are discouraged from allowing work, sports or other events from distracting them from their activities at church.
MORALITY– Generally speaking, LDS are well-known for having a high moral standard and staying away from a secular lifestyle. Members who keep a “Temple Recommend” (are in good standing with the LDS) do not to partake in drugs, alcohol, coffee or tobacco. They work to remain modest, live honest and fulfill the commandments to the quintessential LDS lifestyle.
More often than not you would be privileged to have a Mormon as a neighbor, boss, teacher, and friend. Again, the fact that I disagree with the theology and doctrine of the LDS Church does not mean that the people of the LDS Church are in any way bad, in fact they put many Christians to shame by the commitment to their works (which I believe is misplaced). Christian, we can learn a lot from the LDS People, they have a great love and commitment for God.
But it comes down to this,.. you are going to follow the Jesus of the Bible or the LDS Church. You will trust Jesus and Grace to save you or Law and Grace… you can’t have it both ways.
Here is what Joseph Smith claimed:
Joseph Smith holds the keys of this last dispensation, and is now engaged behind the vail in the great work of
the last days. I can tell our beloved brother Christians who have slain the Prophets and butchered and
otherwise caused the death of thousands of Latter−day Saints, the priests who have thanked God in their
prayers and thanksgiving from the pulpit that we have been plundered, driven, and slain, and the deacons
under the pulpit, and their brethren and sisters in their closets, who have thanked God, thinking that the
Latter−day Saints were wasted away, something that no doubt will mortify them − something that, to say the
least, is a matter of deep regret to them − namely, that no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter
into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith. From the day that the Priesthood was
taken from the earth to the winding−up scene of all things, every man and woman must have the certificate of
Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are − I with you
and you with me. I cannot go there without his consent. He holds the keys of that kingdom for the last
dispensation − the keys to rule in the spirit−world; and he rules there triumphantly, for he gained full power
and a glorious victory over the power of Satan while he was yet in the flesh, and was a martyr to his religion
and to the name of Christ, which gives him a most perfect victory in the spirit−world. He reigns there as
supreme a being in his sphere, capacity, and calling, as God does in heaven. Many will exclaim − “Oh, that is
very disagreeable! It is preposterous! We cannot bear the thought!” But it is true.
JD 7:289, Brigham Young, October 9, 1859
This is what Jesus claimed:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
Only one can be right! I know I am going with the guy who actually CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD!
And paid the price for me!
2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.Rom 10:2-4