“Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten and Beloved Son of God.”
I hear this sentence pretty frequently. And to be honest, it bothers me. If you think about the words—or at least when I think about the words—it seems very anti-doctrinal.
Seeking answers, I turned to dictionary.com (because I’m a big English nerd).
- Begotten is defined as being the past participle of beget, which is defined: “(especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring).”
- Beloved is defined as being an adjective meaning “greatly loved; dear to the heart.”
But we are taught that we are literally children of our Heavenly Father. The reason he even sent Christ to be crucified to atone for our sins was because he loved us, his children, enough to want us to be able to be redeemed for our sins this way so that we could return to live with him.
If that’s not the case, then there are major holes everywhere in our doctrine. Yet I know the church is true. I know I have a relationship with my loving Heavenly Father.
I understand that the message behind this sentence is that Jesus Christ is the savior. I know that he was perfect and died for all of our sins. I understand that while he is our brother (and he is often referred to in this way) he’s not exactly the same as the rest of us.
But why are the words phrased like that?
I’m going to ask the Institute director about it tomorrow and perhaps the online missionaries as well.
What do you think?
- *knocking sound at the door* I hear Kate in her room getting up to answer it so I assume her brother is coming over or something and let her get it.
- Kate: Hi... *sees name tags* Uh, are you friends of Alex's?
- Elders: Yes, is she home?
- Kate: Yeah, I think I heard her moving around here somewhere... ALEX?!
- Me: Yeah?
- Kate: There are people...
- Me: Uhm, okay? *gets up, assuming it's someone from church, trying to figure out who the heck...*
- Me: *sees Elders* :D
- (They were tracting in the neighborhood and came to say hello. <3
- *day is made* (which is saying something since today I'm going to rehearsal to perform at the Super Bowl and then maybe to a costume party) Just having them stop by, even though they couldn't come in, has strengthened the Spirit in my apartment.)
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
One of my favorites
I have heard and seen enough! I have lived in the West all my life. I have worked around them. They have worked for me and I for them. When I was young, I dated their daughters. When I got married they came to my wedding. Now that I have daughters of my own, some of their boys have dated my daughters. I would be privileged if one of them were to be my son-in-law.
I’m talking about the Mormons. They are some of the most honest, hardworking people I have ever known. They are spiritual, probably more than most other so-called religious people I have encountered. They study the Bible and teach from it as much as any Christian church ever has. They serve their religion without pay in every conceivable capacity. Not one of their leaders, teachers, counselors, Bishops or music directors receive one dime for the hours of labour they put in. The Mormons have a non-paid ministry - a fact that is not generally known.
I have heard many times from the pulpits of others how evil and non-Christian they are and that they will not go to heaven. I decided recently to attend one of their services near my home to see for myself. What a surprise! What I heard and saw was just the opposite from what the religious ministers of the day were telling me. I found a very simple service with no fanfare. I found a people with a great sense of humour and a well-balanced spiritual side. There was no loud music. Just a simple service, with the members themselves giving the several short sermons. They urge their youth to be morally clean and live a good life. They teach the gospel of Christ, as they understand it. The name of their church is “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. Does that sound like a non-Christian church to you? I asked them many questions about what they teach and why. I got answers that in most cases were from the New Testament. Their ideas and doctrines did not seem too far fetched for my understanding. When I read their “Book of Mormon” I was also very surprised to find just the opposite from what I had been told I would find.
Then I went to another church’s pastor to ask him some of the same questions about doctrine. To my surprise, when he found out that I was in some way investigating the Mormons, he became hostile. He referred to them as a non-Christian cult. I received what sounded to me like evil propaganda against those people. He stated bluntly that they were not Christian and that they did not fit into the Christian mold. He also told me that they don’t really believe the Bible. He gave me a pile of anti-Mormon literature. He began to rant that the Mormons were not telling me the truth about what they stand for. He didn’t want to hear anything good about them.
At first I was surprised and then again, I wasn’t. I began to wonder. I have never known of a cult that supports the Boy Scouts of America. According to the Boy Scouts, over a third of all the Boy Scout troops in the United States are Mormon. What cult do you know of that has a welfare system second to none in this country? They have farms, canneries and cattle ranches to help take care of the unfortunate ones who might be down and out and in need of a little help. The Mormon Church has donated millions to welfare causes around the world without a word of credit. They have donated thousands to help rebuild Baptist churches that were burned a few years ago. They have donated tons of medical supplies to countries ravaged by earthquakes. You never see them on TV begging for money.. What cult do you know that instills in its members to obey the law, pay their taxes, serve in the military if asked and be a good Christian by living high moral standards? Did you know that hundreds of thousands of Mormon youth get up before high school starts in the morning to attend a religious training class? They have basketball and softball leagues and supervised youth dances every month.
They are recruited by the FBI, the State Department and every police department in the country, because they are Trustworthy. They are taught not to drink nor take drugs. They are in the Secret Service - those who protect the President. They serve in high leadership positions from both parties in Congress and in the US Senate, and have been governors of several states other than Utah. They serve with distinction and honour.
If you have Mormons living near, you will probably find them to be your best friends and neighbours. They are Christians who try to live what they preach. They are not perfect and they are the first to admit this. I have known some of them who could not live their religion, just like many of us. The rhetoric which is spread around against them is nothing more than evil propaganda founded in untruths. (Others) had successfully demonized them to the point that the general public has no idea what they actually believe and teach.
If you really want to know the truth, go see for yourself. You also will be surprised. When I first moved here some 25 years ago there were five Mormon wards in Santa Clarita, Calif. Now there are 15. They must be doing something right. “The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. …. They just make the best of everything.”” —Paul Allen (via onceshedecidedtofly)
1/12 months complete! And now I have a question for you.
I think that most of the excerpts and quotations that I’ve chosen are thorough and can speak for themselves. But is that what you, the readers, want? Or would you prefer for me to share my thoughts and impressions? Would you like a bit of editorial with some of them?
My feeling about people in whose conversion I have been allowed to play a part is always a mixed with awe and even fear: such as a boy might feel on first being allowed to fire a rifle. The disproportion between his puny finger on the trigger and the thunder and lightning which follow is alarming. And the seriousness with which the other party takes my words always raises the doubt whether I have taken them seriously enough myself. By writing the things I write, you see, one especially qualifies for being hereafter “condemned out of one’s own mouth.” [Matthew 12:37] Think of me as a fellow patient in the same hospital, who, having been admitted a little earlier, could give some advice.
The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III
The State of the Union Address isn’t beginning with a hymn, a spiritual thought, or an opening prayer. Of course. I wouldn’t even be in favor of that because it would be an offensive blow to the separation of church and state.
But is it weird that it feels like it’s missing something? Maybe it’s just me, haha.
- George Mueller (via thesweetermelody)
^This post is just offensive. Anxiety has nothing to do with lacking faith. My faith is extremely strong, despite struggling with an anxiety disorder.
This statement is completely ignorant of what an anxiety attack is really like.
Also, having faith doesn’t mean being chipper and thinking that things are always going to work out for the best. It means believing, overall, that the Lord will carry you through hard times. That doesn’t mean that things won’t be difficult or that you don’t have to worry about things sometimes.
I’ve been looking forward to church more than usual this week. I was so excited to take the sacrament. I read ahead for the lessons in Sunday School and Relief Society. I figured out what I was wearing ahead of time. I set an alarm early so I could read some scriptures and have breakfast before church. I had a long meeting after church and I was looking forward to it. Then I was going to come home and write a great big #tumblrsabbathshare post and cook a nice dinner for me and Ben and study some more and have a great big day full of the Spirit.
And then around 10 am (church is at 1:00) I got a phone call from president Decker and a text from the Relief Society president saying that church was cancelled. -__-
This day just isn’t the same. Don’t take church for granted, guys. Getting up early might suck, some days church is better than other days, but it’s a gift to be able to attend. I don’t even feel like it’s Sunday right now.
I was just reading something that pointed out how Satan works especially hard right before and after we have great spiritual experiences and it dawned on me how true this is.
Immortality makes this other difference, which, by the by, has a connection with the difference between totalitarianism and democracy. If individuals live only seventy years, then a state, or a nation, or a civilization, which may last for a thousand years, is more important than an individual. But if Christianity is true, then the individual is not only more important but incomparably more important, for he is everlasting and the life of a state or a civilization, compared with his, is only a moment.
Ben just renamed my Wii. It is now called Nephi. Nephi the Wii.
Nephi was a Wii, he chose to obey
All of the commandments that the Lord did say
Nephi was courageous, valiant, and true…
That’s something else…
I know a lot of you guys are familiar with Nearer, My God, to Thee as sung in church, and as performed by BYU’s Vocal Point. Personally, I’m a big fan of both. I love Vocal point’s arrangement.
So, I present to you, dear followers and other readers, a performance of that arrangement (a brilliant nine part harmony) performed on the cello: