Daughters in the Covenant
BY PRESIDENT HENRY B. EYRING
First Counselor in the First Presidency
I’ve chosen to focus on just one of the talks from the General womens meeting, the other talks were filled with the all usual, encouraging words and sisterly love you would expect, but this final address by President Henery B Eyring caught my eye on a few points.
Something I picked up on when reading through Eyring’s talk was an emphasis on feelings. Read through the following quotes.
“A number of you were baptized recently and received the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. To you that memory is fresh. Others were baptized long ago, so the memory of your feelings of that covenant experience may be less clear, but some of those feelings come back whenever you listen to the sacramental prayers.
“But we each felt God’s approval. And we felt a desire to forgive and to be forgiven and an increased determination to do right.”
How deeply those feelings went down into your heart was determined largely by the way you were prepared by loving people.
I can say “surely” because those feelings are placed deep in the hearts of all of Heavenly Father’s daughters. That is part of your divine heritage from Him.
You all have felt the blessing of being in the company tonight of daughters of God who are also under covenant to help and direct you as they promised to do.
You might be wondering what the big deal is, if your a Christian you might read those quotes and think, well yes I remember my feelings as I was baptised, I’ve felt blessed in the company of sisters in the Lord.
But there’s something more going on in the LDS Church when it comes to feelings.
Even from the first instant, potential converts are compelled to Pray and see if the Book of Mormon is true…
“And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.”
How is one to know Gods answer to this prayer?…
By a feeling, referred to as a burning in the bosom. If the ‘Potential convert,’ comes back to the LDS Missionaries and says they didn’t feel anything, their told that their not praying sincerely enough and to pray more until they experience this feeling. This circular reasoning sets in motion a cycle of relying on feelings. Mormons give there testimony saying, ‘I know the Church is true!’ How do they know? Because they’ve had a burning in the bosom, a feeling.
I’ve got news for any LDS readers though. I’ve had feelings too. I’ve felt the Holy spirit (Ghost), I’ve felt his direction, I’ve Known His presence. Many Christians say the same.
So how do we know who has the truth?
My knowledge of truth is not based on feelings, I have experienced feelings and these serve to confirm what I already know, but I do not base my knowledge of truth on feelings but on the word of God.
I remember one time Bobby and I were meeting with a couple of LDS Missionary’s and Bobby said to one of them, “What if I said to you that I KNOW that Superman is God!” Do you know what his reply was?
“Well I’d have to pray about that to see if it was true!”
That is what happens when your basis for knowing truth is so subjective. The serial killer, the Rapist, the paedophile, ( I’m trying to make point, it’s not a comparison ) might all believe that what they do is good and right and true, who could argue if all truth was subject to our feelings?
You might be thinking “but I KNOW, that feeling was so strong, undeniable!”
Maybe so, and I’m not discounting your experience, but don’t you think you might leave yourself open to deception?
Satan, The great deceiver, the Father of Lies, is so called for a reason. The Bible tells us that he is even able to appear to us as an angel of light! ( I’m referring to 2 Corinthians 11:14, but for context I’ll give you 4-6 also…)
2 Corinthians 4-6
4 For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. 5 Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. 6 Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.
Here we read that Satan, even from the very beginning was trying to bring his deception through a different Gosple. We read that it is possible to recieve a different spirit. That a different Jesus was being proclaimed by “Super-Apostles,” Why did he say that? I believe it was because these “Super-Apostles” had great showmanship, great Charisma, and could entice the crowd. Paul comments that he is unskilled in speaking, I believe he’s saying this because these super-Apostles were skilled, or gifted in speaking. He goes on to say…
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Satan was working to bring down God’s Church, not after the death of the apostles but from the very start, and he does this by using great men of Charisma, with smooth tongues, and leadership skills. Yet Jesus said that the Gates of Hell would not prevail against his Church! And he didn’t. Satan continued his work throughout the century’s bringing false Gospels and false teachings but as in Paul’s day, those called of God to be his children stood strong, enduring to the end.
The LDS Church has built itself on the notion that the Church Jesus built totally crumbled. But the Bible tells us that it is not possible for the elect of God to be deceived.
For false Christ’s and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
You might choose to believe that the gospel was lost and that Joseph Smith restored it, but I ask again, on what do you base this knowledge? On a feeling? With Satan prowling around like a roaring lion, ready to deceive those who are listening? With centuries of experience in bringing false teaching, bringing false gospels? I wouldn’t risk my eternity on a feeling.
What if the LDS Church is wrong. What if it is proclaiming a different Gospel? Try reading the New Testament, with a fresh look, and see what gospel message you find.
This same challenge was once given to a young LDS Missionary, here is what happened.