After the songs of worship Henry B Eyring told us about the time his 3 year old granddaughter questioned where Jesus was in the resurrected body. Making clear reference to his denial over the Trinity.
Pay attention to what he says towards the end “The saviours only motivation was to help people.”
Actually his motivation was his love for us, He didn’t just have one clear motivation, His life, His lessons, His miracles and His sacrifice changed the world. Not just His works but something much much deeper.
Henry B Eyring wraps up his teachings with these words “I promise you that as you do, you will feel the love of the saviour” “if you do this long enough and often enough you will feel a change in your very nature”.
Translation “do works for the church and your heart will change”.
Our attention was then lead to President Boyd K Packer I took great interest when he spoke about the Pearl of Great Price passage “No unclean thing can dwell in the presence of the Lord”.
Sorry but aren’t we all unclean things? We are saved by Gods grace, not our works and hearts. To put it simply we aren’t saved because we are good, we are saved because He is good.
He then spoke of how “A mediator was chosen”
God didn’t look around Heaven and saw Jesus and said “your the man for the job” Jesus was God in the flesh. Read Johns Gospel (John 1.1) “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God” later (John 1 verse 14) it states “The Word became flesh”. The Word was Jesus and through him all things were made, you go to any bible scholar and ask them if Jesus was God and they will all say “yes”. A Mormon once said to me that the trinity isn’t true because the word trinity is not mentioned once in the bible. To which I responded “The word Bible isn’t mentioned in the bible but it doesn’t mean we aren’t reading it.
Linda K Burton then took the stage. She shared her testimony and like the others they’re was emotions in her voice and tears in her eyes at one point. Friends, its a trick. It’s a way of getting people to follow the stories. The stories they all tell may have happened but they are clearly using them as a ploy to entice followers to work for the church. She then finished with these words…“I know that President Thomas S Monson is our prophet today, in the name of Jesus Christ amen”.
How can she know that, by feelings?? What makes her feelings different from a Muslim who believes the book of Quran is correct, the absolute word of God and that and that Muhammed was sent by God? Feeling that something is right does not make the thing right, that’s why we have the bible. If you have a feeling to do something then you apply that to the bible to see if it is true and if the bible is against it then you know its not from God so you don’t do it.
Then we come to Walter F Gonzalez
I love this guy, he starts by talking about how we should avoid the internet… He says “You can find good and bad information on the internet” More and more people every year are leaving the Mormon faith since the invention of the internet. Bad information is still information. Also pay attention to the way he looks at the camera, like he is saying it as a command rather than a gentle warning. Listen to how his voice changes when he speaks about how we should avoid the information on the net. Also what was more revealing was what he said shortly after “It is also important to be still and follow the the celestial prompting. When we do this we will feel and see things that cannot be learned by modern technology”. In other words what he is asking them to do is, if they find information on the web that disproves Mormon doctrine close your eyes, pray and feel that the book of Mormon is true. If a detective goes to a murder scene they don’t just question the suspect and believe them. What they do is question other people at the scene, family and friends of the deceased and that of the suspect. They also speak to forensics and then they find the answers they seek.
He then appealed to their hearts He said “Now I ask you… Do you remember the peace you felt while after much tribulation, you cried out unto the father in mighty prayer? Do you remember changing your to do list to follow the prompting in your heart?”. In the bible it never asks us to follow our hearts, why?? Because God knows how hurt we can be on the inside. Jeremiah 17.9 states this...”The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
Jeffrey R Holland. Took a similar approach when he appealed to the hearts. You could hear the emotions in the leaders voice… again “sigh”. As he went on he said “I acknowledge my none scriptural elaboration” (In other words he is adding to scripture… Revelations 22.18 forbids this by the way). “I NEED disciples forever” (in other words the LD$ need disciples forever once again they are appealing to the Mormons who are contemplating the missionary calling).
It was finished nicely (if not predictively) by President Thomas S Monson saying “Never postpone a prompting” translation…. do what feels right, don’t spend time looking for knowledge.
Quick note on faith and feelings.
Faith is feelings backed up by facts and knowledge. Facts that the LDS presidents don’t want the followers to know about… Why?? Because it will expose the LDS church the followers will leave and they don’t want that. They want the money and they want the power. If anything I personally encourage seeking answers through the internet (that’s what made my faith grow). God gives us plenty of signs, He gave us Jerusalem Damascus, places Jesus visited and many more besides. He has nothing to hide, look into it, search it out.