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What the Book of Mormon Brings to the Spiritual Table Part One

Updated on August 10, 2018
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Leaders of integrity or infamy found in The Book of Mormon provide the fodder for spiritual growth and self-improvement. It was made for us.

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The Hook

When I talk about The Book of Mormon, I am excited! I could CAPITALIZE all of my words, but that can just be annoying and take away from my purpose here.

I have written articles about The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ as it is formally called, that have pushed for its reading but this one will be different.

If you were singing a song... say you were singing the song Happy by Pharrell Williams. That song has a hook that is so catchy you cannot help but bounce along to it as if you had sugar for days!

The hook for Happy is:

Because I'm Happy! Come along if you feel like happines...

...and then some more words.

I know I could have actually looked up the lyrics; but, seriously... You have heard the words I bet! I put the video of it above if you MUST hear the song. I don't blame you for that.

Think how catchy that hook is.

Now consider the hook of The Book of Mormon which is the first ten verses of the 11th chapter of The Third Book of Nephi, which follows hereafter; but let me set it up.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Before I get into all the great and cool details of why you should read this book, maybe I should briefly describe what it is, right? It is 1000 years of history of an ancient people from the Americas who had prophets of God that wrote down His revelations to them.

The book was written in an African dialect called Reformed Egyptian on golden plates by a man named Mormon (hence the name of the book). It was translated and published by Joseph Smith Jr. into English in 1829 and presented to the world as a companion to the Holy Bible.

The short answer is: it is the word of God.

God revealed His word to men who wrote it down by heavenly command for these modern days.

After the death of Jesus Christ, a great destruction occurred in the lands associated with The Book of Mormon. Cities burned, people died, earthquakes happened, and the list goes on. The entire face of the land was changed!

At the end of the year 34 a.d, about nine(9) months after the destruction is when the following verses take place:

And now it came to pass that there were a great multitude gathered together, of the people of Nephi, round about the temple which was in the land Bountiful; and they were marveling and wondering one with another, and were showing one to another the great and marvelous change which had taken place.

And they were also conversing about this Jesus Christ, of whom the sign had been given concerning his death.

And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn.

And it came to pass that again they heard the voice, and they understood it not. And again the third time they did hear the voice, and did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came.

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...as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven...

And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them: Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.

And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them.

And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying: "Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into

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The hook for this song of happiness in The Book of Mormon is that it testifies that Jesus Christ IS truly the Savior of all mankind and not just a man who led a small cult of people away from traditional Judaism in a tributary nation to Rome!

In the next part of What the Book of Mormon Brings to the Spiritual table will be further evidences of supporting the need for this book. It is another witness of the divinity of Christ. Read all about it in part two.

© 2015 Rodric Anthony Johnson

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 months ago from Washington DC

      Thank you bro. Rodrick, I hear and see by your reply that this isn't your time to become "born of the spirit" as the Bible's version of the first of two messiahs to come reveled in John 3:3-8. The book of Mormons doesn't, as far as my memory of it reveals, even suggest the Root of David and his daddy Jesse as Isaiah 1:1's "And there shall come forth a Rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots" reveals were to to come with Jesus being the Rod from Jesse's stem we know by the Bible's genealogy of Jesus. The Branch from the root of Jesse will only be known when someone laboriously dig up his roots' to follow the connections to David and Jesse. Ac cording to Revelation 5:5's "behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof" & 5:12's "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." Per verse 12, Jesus demonstrated power, received riches at his birth and taught wisdom before his resurrection therefore there is still a messiah to come.

      I must get and study again the Book of Mormon.

      Along with Isaiah 11:10-12 revealing the branch from the "root" was due to arrive on about 1948 when Israel reclaimed Palestine, Exodus 4:6-8's two rocks Moses smote (killed), the first (Jesus) once and the latter he smote twice (died to the world and then the 72 hours in the grave since Jesus was only dead 39 hours per the Bible), are Jesus and the one we are awaiting for to, as Malachi 3:1 say, "and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come". Also the stone to fall on the end time nation of Judah the lion (Genesis 49:1 & 8-12, Micah 5:2 [Historically Bethlehem (house of bread) Ephratah (plentiful) was not founded until around 100 AD] & Daniel 2:45) is the second messiah. Jesus was a black but was taught to be white an Edomite (symbolically blacks as the Lamites in the Book of Mormon are) as Isaiah 63:1-7 reads.

      So, since you are satisfied with your beliefs, if you rather not discuss this I will not go farther into the explanation unless you suggest I do. Many of my posts reveals that and more if it interests you.

      Peace.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Thanks again for your comment. As a Christian with an understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, reincarnation makes it unnecessary. Human's creation in the image of God would not matter. There is no need to repent if in effect we get a do-over until we get it right. I do believe in this life that we get to repent until we die. We only have one life to live, which is what the Book of Mormon brings to the spiritual table. As beautiful as the teaching of reincarnation can be, the Bible and the Book of Mormon teach that now is the time to prepare to meet God. The whole point of my article is to instruct all people that teachings that go against Jesus Christ as the Savior and cast doubt on the reality of the resurrection have a seconded witness to the Bible in the Book of Mormon of Christ so that we need not doubt that a doctrine is correct.

      Reincarnation is not a true doctrine. 2 Nephi 2:8 teaches "Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who blayeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the cresurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise."

      Reincarnation teaches that there is another way besides Jesus Christ. It teaches that He is not necessary. It also teaches iteration into different forms of life and not the same physical form.

      Now, the reincarnation that you speak of is not reincarnation. Having a spiritual iteration of ourselves go into a different plane of existence is just that. We are the same person living in a different plane of existence. The dead are incarnate. The dead are no wisp or vapors of essence. They look like the body that they inhabited because it was always so. Thier spirits live in peace or misery for a time until the judgment. Then their spirits receive the perfect form of their physical bodies for eternity then ushered into heaven for the majority of us. A small minority will end up with Satan in outer darkness.

      Much of what I mention here are things that the Book of Mormon supports in conjunction with the Bible. Other scriptures such as the Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrine & Covenants mention, which themselves are a third and fourth witness of the truth. Modern revelation also is another witness to add to the records.

      As interesting and well written are your points for reincarnation, in any form, it is not supported by ancient or modern scripture.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 months ago from Washington DC

      Rodric, look at what how that verse ends, "a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow." You will note it does not say permanent rest but only "a state of rest" signifying more service, more service means she must have another body. In all probability you will become your mother or vise versa. In Ecclesiastes 1:9 we find "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." That means tis very conversation will happen again but our life-forces will not be in these bodies.

      If this is your life to become man (minds able to comprehend all things) and no longer in god's likeness (minds without the ability to comprehend all things), as Genesis 1:26-28 reveals, then your mother will become you in a future life and feel your emotions at her passing. If not, it could go the opposite and you will become your mother. That's what Galatians 6:7 "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" means. If this is your last life on earth then after you being "born again" you will began sowing to the spirit as verse 8 reads.

      Look at how Daniel 12:13 reads "But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days" implying he will reincarnate in his "end of days lot". It doesn't matter where you look, Alma 40:12, those and others in the Bible, the Hindu scriptures and I am quite sure others, reading them "in the spirit of them" will reveal reincarnation. If you adamantly reject reincarnation you will never see it except where you see the word but when one understands the concept of its you find it everywhere.

      Seasonal trees is a living symbol of it. They incarnate a body of leaves in spring, produces fruit, discarnate that body of leaves in the fall and then rests until spring. The wood represents it's life-force. So, open your mind so your understanding can show you truth, rejecting anything PROHIBITS your ability to "see in the spirit." That is why being "born again," like a tadpole's becoming a frog, from "a daughter of men" into "a son of god" (Genesis 6:1) is important.

      Peace.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Elijah, thanks for your comment and the things that you share about your belief and understanding. I also understand your acceptance of all scripture, I think. I do draw exception on the idea of reincarnation, but you explain yourself so well that I have taken it on my spirit to see where you draw you understanding. I will be checking out Jesus' Karma prayerfully.

      One of the most comforting things about the Book of Mormon is its reminder about the continuity of life. My mother passed away on July 11, 2018. It came as a surprise. Though I know where she has gone, I am mourning her loss. I cannot call her or see her in this life as she was. This scripture in the Book of Mormon give me peace in her death and that of all others: Alma 40:12 "And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow."

      I love the scriptures. I love how they remind us of the love of God and His truths. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 months ago from Washington DC

      Rodric, Those are some very valid points and I would like to point to a few other Biblical points.

      One who has studied the Bible "spirit led" will see things like "it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign" that was told Moses in beginning the b book as a record of how god works through man to accomplish his will. That statement suggests there are two messengers other than Moses, a first sign as Jesus was and a latter sign we now awaits.

      Another passage reads "there shall come forth a Rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots" with the next 8 verses speaking of the two as one individual but in the ninth it specifies "the root of Jesse" and both books suggest there shall come a latter messenger, if my memory is correct. And the Bible does say by the mouth of two witnesses shall a thing be established. So, yes, I agree the books complements each other but it was the Bible's metaphors, allegories, parables and Symbol-types (MAPS) that provided me with the message of these finial days of civilization.

      The actual message of the Bible, Book of Mormons and several other scriptures I've read combined reveals a cycle to existence and how no beings ever perishes but by reincarnation all manifestations repeats themselves as "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun" reveals. For human or woman (both are an incomplete man with minds unable to comprehend all things) to know "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" does actually happen they must recognize reincarnation. If someone kills 10 people how can they "be killed" ten different times unless they, at that same point in time had either incarnated as each person killed or will in some future dates incarnate as each person in ten separate cycles. (I have a hub called Jesus' Karma that should give insight to that if you don't grasp it here.) So, I accept all scriptures pointing to that conclusion which makes "hell's fire" and "lake of fire" symbolic of some burning desire in human and woman that is never quenched until they become "born again" into man like tadpoles are reborn into frogs.

      Peace.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Oztinato , you may correct about that. I am going to seriously consider whether or not I allow certain comments to post depending on their Troll-ability.

      I know that's not a world, but it gets my meaning across I think.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Brie, Christ is the Father of our salvation. He created the world and He died for the world. He saved the world. He is not the father of our spirits, but He is the Father OR the Author of our salvation.

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      Brie Hoffman 

      3 years ago from Manhattan

      Jesus IS NOT THE FATHER.

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      Oztinato 

      3 years ago from Australia

      Rodric

      these others who won't proclaim their church may or may not be trolls. One aspect of trolls is their assuming a different stance to their real motive. For example an atheist troll might pretend to be a christian to sow discord.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Jesus is God. The Bible does record where prophets have taught that. The Book of Mormon records the same teaching. Jesus is the Father and the Son. He is the Beginning and the End. He has always been our God since He created this earth.

      He is the Father of our salvation and we are therefore His Children as we accept His teachings and are baptized in His name. I assure you that Jesus Christ is not fake. I don't worship a man as you suggest. There is only one Savior of the world and I worship Him in light and truth.

      Just like I am a father and a son, so is Christ a Father and a Son because he was commanded of THE FATHER to create all things, come to earth, atone for our sins, and bring us back to Gods presence.

      Jesus is God the Son, He instructs us to pray to God the Father and He sends His spirit, God the Holy Spirit to testify of the truthfulness of all things.

      You are right about The Book of Revelations, which is one book in the Bible, where it says that if anyone adds to the revelation that John received that person be accursed. No one has added to the Book of Revelations and tried to present it as if the additions are a part of the revelation to John.

      The entire Bible is a library. It did not exist at the time of John as it does now. The New Testament did not exist during the time of the apostles because it had to be written, yet Jesus read from scriptures to teach to the Jewish Christians. I suggest reading or watching the History of the Bible to have an accurate historical perspective of the book so that there can be more understanding.

      The Book of Mormon does not add to the revelation that John received we call The Book of Revelations on the Isle of Patmos.

      If Mormonism is fecal matter, then it is the best fertilizer to my soul that I have ever experience! I have grown so much from it.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Sometimes I am a moron, ask my wife and kids. I may be a nut in your estimation, but it sure feels good to be a nut. I feel the love of God and His spirit in my daily walk and it helps me to be kind to others and restrain my more base desires

      My imaginary friends are not actually imaginary. God has never instructed me to do anything that cause suffering to others, but the opposite. I know that religious people have mistaken used God in thier political ambitions therefore wounding many and blocking many others more from God because of their bad examples.

      I sorrow because of that. Hopefully most good people will look Past the bad examples of some people and notice the goodness of God in the lives of the good people who show it in their words and deeds.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Oztinato, I could not agree with you more. We must be willing to have a dialogue when differences arise. I like to focus on the things that we have in common. We believe in God. We believe in Christ. We can work together to make sure that those beliefs are not taken away from us in the US so that we can enjoy our religious freedoms.

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      Oztinato 

      3 years ago from Australia

      Intolerant Christian Peeps,

      I note that no other "Christians" here are able to speak honestly about their own particular church. I ask you again to identify your church. Perhaps we have atheist trolls here pretending to be Christians? Would a Chrisitian use four letter words and hate speech?

      Religious tolerance is a cornerstone of Christianity and indeed of true civilisation. If we haven't got that we are sharing a very dubious quality with your average atheist who also practice religious intolerance.

      Religious tolerance is one of the first steps taken to being a Christian, without it we are barely hanging on with our fingernails to the proper defintion of what Christian means.

      The use of four letter words, hate speech etc by certain persons here only confirms the precarious nature of their "faith". Certainly the hate speech can be legally deleted from Hubs and flushed away.

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      cheaptrick 

      3 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      Mormon=Mor(m)on=Moron...google that and you'll get my drift.

      you religious nuts and your imaginary friends have caused enough suffering in the world...all of you.

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      Brie Hoffman 

      3 years ago from Manhattan

      The Bible clearly says that Jesus is God:

      Mic_5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

      He was from everlasting..HE WAS NOT CREATED.

      Not only that he accepted worship.

      You are worshiping a fake, made up god named Jesus.

      The Bible also says not to add to it or God will add the judgments in the book of Revelation. Mormons have added to the word of God and they haven't even done so cleverly..one can easily investigate and find that Mormonism is a crock of S**t

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ from beginning to end means accepting that certain things just are. It is why there is such hatred that Satan has for God because he wants to be God.

      He wants to take His place and rule heaven which NO ONE can do. He wants power, but he does not now and did not when he was in heaven want to follow God's plan which is The Plan of Salvation

      God taught us as far as he could without giving us mortal experience.

      God created a place for us to learn and progress to become like Him, Earth

      He presented His plan for us to Become like He is. Satan rebelled and was cast down to earth.

      The plan was that Adam and Eve would come to earth and start the mortal process.

      They partook of the forbidden fruit which sentenced them to death, but God provided a savior in Jesus Christ who would come down and repair the breech.

      Jesus came as the son of God and became the second Adam, being that he was the first to resurrect from the dead as Adam brought in dead, Christ brought in life.

      His partnership with Adam gave us the ability to come to earth, learn, die, be resurrected and return to God's presence having gained a mortal experience and gifted a body.

      The Book of Mormon is the word of God. Honest people, God-fearing people will seek out the truth and God will speak to them.

      Graceinus, God has commanded that the gospel be preached in meekness in these last days. Think about the message of Christ.

      Soon will come the time when those who do not believe in Christ will persecute and hunt those of us who do. The last thing we need is to be divided when that day comes. We will need all of our faith in all of Christendom to endure until He comes in glory to rule in righteousness.

      Not only will the Christians be persecuted the world over, but all religious groups who do not fall in line with the philosophies of men as has been foretold by the prophets--such prophets as Isaiah and John.

      We still have time. I think we should take it. I can feel the influence of the Holy Spirit testify of the love of God and His care for us.

      I have been touched by His matchless love through reading the Book of Mormon. You can read my conversion to Christ as it was facilitated by the Book of Mormon and safe-vouched by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

      I love our Savior and I know He loves all 7 billion 200 and something million people on this planet. He has a plan for each of us and He works through all religions to guide us closer to Him.

      I have a testimony that at the last Day that all people everywhere will confess His name and acknowledge ALL of His words in all the records ever written. First, however, we must start with what we have, The Bible, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and other scripture God has revealed.

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      graceinus 

      3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      You claim satan to be your brother, you are sick.

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      graceinus 

      3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Your Jesus in the book of garabage in not the same Jesus in the Holy Bible. Brie is correct. Your's is a false Jesus. The Jesus I Know in the bible is not satan's brother.

      Oqttinato- You sure are stuck on the word superier, which has nothing the do with Brie's faith or mine. The issue is truth and falsehood and that's it. ALL Other religions is GARBAGE not just mormons but all. IF you don't like what I'm saying then that's your problem. And your beliefs is garbage too.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Oztinato, thanks for your support. I can understand Brie's frustration though I disagree with her. I seek only to increase awareness in the world that The Book of Mormon is another testimony of the resurrections of Jesus.

      I also enjoy the attention this article is getting. I would be lying to myself if I did not acknowledge that. God has blessed me with people willing to read and comment and I am so appreciative of that, whether the comments are for or against what I believe.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Brie, I fear you have made and eternal judgement of me which my master Jesus Christ forbids. I believe that you are a Christian who is trying to help me because you believe I am deceived. Please, we have been warned not to make judgments of where a person goes in the next life, that is up to God.

      I do not see where I am failing in following Christ. I repent too often to be heading towards hell. I have faith that Christ will/has save me from my sins and take me back into Heavenly Father's presence.

      Jesus was created the same way we were created. He had a mother and a Father who was both His Heavenly Father and his biological Father. He did this so that He can overcome this life and satisfy the wages of sin. He died for our sins and had none of His own to pay. He was able to rise again because He was sinless and did not deserve to remain dead. Because he suffered for the sins of every person, every person does not need to remain dead and will live again. Only those who repent of our sin will return to live with Him and God for eternity.

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      Oztinato 

      3 years ago from Australia

      Brie

      I sense you are a part of an intolerant group that considers itself superior. JW perhaps? Your comments lack humility.

      Rodric

      you have shown humility and compassion: two key Christian component virtues. Mormons are of course a Christian group

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      Brie Hoffman 

      3 years ago from Manhattan

      You are completely deceived and heading towards HELL! The Mormon Jesus is NOT the Jesus of scripture. Jesus was NOT created He is GOD.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Oznato you said, "[E]ach group thinks their group is superior to the others ( and often consider the others evil). Is this your view too? In other words do you belong to another group who considers themselves superior?"

      The answer is a resounding NO! I am superior to none. My church does not teach that. Now, as for individual Mormon Christians I cannot say. I have met some superior behaving people in my faith and many others. It is not the doctrine of Christ of what the missionaries teach.

      The Church of JESUS CHRIST has a message to share that testifies that Jesus lives and that we have another book that testifies of his resurrection and appearance to people all over the world! We have one of the many records that exists in the Book of Mormon. There are other records that we do not have at this time, but God will bring them forth to testify of His world in His own time.

      No other group is inferior. No we are not better. We are the same. We are all brothers and sisters on equal footing with God. We claim only that God has restored the truths once known among the faithful followers of Christ that have since the first Apostles were lost. We are not superior.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Paul, thanks for commenting and having an open mind. It was hard for even Jesus Christ to get many people to believe the message He spoke and He is the God of this world! I should expect the same treatment that my Master Jesus received. He was called a heretic and a man posses with a demon because he dared to preach that salvation had come and He was the means by which it came.

      Please do read The Book of Mormon and discover it for yourself. Like I said; I did. I strengthens my faith in Christ.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Hi cheaptrick. I appreciate your attention and comment. "ormon?" I searched for related things to ormon and found that it is a surname and a few pictures of monkeys in space suits popup. I am sorry that you choose to see us that way, but it is what it is. If you have something more to add to it, please do.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      There are "For Profit" business that the church uses and they are public and pay taxes. Deseret Industries is one example. The CHURCH it self is a nonprofit organization that promotes goodness in the world. Thanks for you comment though graceinus.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Hi Brie. Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate you willingness to pay attention to my article though I do not share you beliefs about me.

      I am a Mormon Christian. It is fine that we do not agree on doctrine, but I know that Christ lives. That makes me a Christian. I also know that we are all brothers and sisters and we lived with God before we were born. Since we all lived with God, it is understandable why we believe that Lucifer is our brother who fell from FATHER's grace and became a devil--taking a third of OUR brothers and sisters with them in rebellion to God's plan.

      Reason to me states that Jesus is our brother and our God. He is also a brother to Lucifer since they have the same Creator, God the Father.

      I believe that God extends His grace to all how accept His son Jesus Christ. He promises us through His Son that we will inherit the kingdom of heave as joint-heirs with Christ. We will have power and dominion with Christ in the heavens. If then made equal inheritors with Christ, who is also God, does that not mean we too will be Gods with Him?

      Yes, be believe we will become like Heavenly Father, a god. It is His promise to fulfill, not ours to earn.

      I am not White. I am Black. The promise is the same from God to all both men and women of all races IF we are willing to follow our master Jesus Christ's teachings and imitate His works to the best of our weak abilities.

      The Book of Mormon is heresy against unrighteousness. Mormons are not Protestants, but we are Christians

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      graceinus, it is okay for us to disagree. I know the Book of Mormon is a testament of Christ because it converted me to Christ. All the things you say about what Joseph Smith did can't change my experience with God. It had nothing to do with him other than he translated the book.

      It is okay if you believe differently. I believe in Christ. You believe Him. We can still uplift His name together to the world.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Oztinato, you are right . I do not want to offend or bring a contention spirit to the hearts of any intentionally. I have changed the title of the article to be more of an invitation rather than a demand. Christ is the King of invitation. I invite all who will to read the book and find Christ's teachings reinforced therein.

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      Oztinato 

      3 years ago from Australia

      Brie

      as I said each group thinks their group is superior to the others ( and often consider the others evil). Is this your view too? In other words do you belong to another group who considers themselves superior?

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      Brie Hoffman 

      3 years ago from Manhattan

      Mormonism is not Christianity..do not be decieved.

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      Oztinato 

      3 years ago from Australia

      The Book of Mormon has a lot to offer. I have read and studied it for years but I also read and study many scriptures from many cultures. Call it a hobby.

      One thing I have noticed is that each group thinks theirs is superior and wants to share their scriptures. The only groups that don't do this are the Bahias and the Hindus who treat all religions on an equal footing.

      The title of your hub contains"...you should too" . It sounds as if you are doing more than inviting someone. It sounds strangely judgmental and superior. You may not have intended to do this but as the Mormons say even if a thing appears to be sinful (but is not) it needs to be avoided in the same way.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Thanks for reading and commenting Oztinato. No matter how long I have been on Hubpages.com, I still get excited when I get comments to m writings!

      I understand what you say about quiet dignity, which is what I call the sentiment you express. I think that is the sentiment anyway.

      I did not think I came off as superior, because I assure I am not. I know that The Book of Mormon has changed my life for good. I figure other people may be like I was, searching for more... I did not know what I wanted, but when I found that book, it filled me up!

      I learned to love people. I want the people that I love to experience the hope that I feel from that book. I don't want people to be like me. I am trying to be like Jesus.

      I share out of love, not self-righteousness. I am not telling anyone they are bad or evil for not believing the way that I do. I only invite those who are interested in finding happiness to read what has brought me that happiness.

      Also, reading the book does not along bring joy, but following the precepts taught in it. I find happiness in follow Christian principles and I know that The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ teaches those principles. It also Testifies of the divinity of Jesus.

      I do not glory in myself, I hope at least. I do glory in my God though! I know what He can do and what He does for me.

      My purpose is not to make others question their faith, but to add more good things to what good may exist.

      I am a sinner and must repent daily. Reading the scriptures, particular the Book of Mormon, helps me stay focused on that goal, the repenting and change part.

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      Oztinato 

      3 years ago from Australia

      While I have a lot of respect for the Mormon's history, and was amazed at many things in their book, I have to say that ANY group who insists others "need to read their bible" are being self righteous ( as it is self pontificating). A person who is "righteous" quietly goes about doing the right thing but a person who is "self righteous" tells other people to do what they are doing. The same goes for atheists. Can you see the difference? You might be excited and enthusiastic about your beliefs but by feeling superior to others turns others off.

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      Paul K Francis 

      3 years ago from east coast,USA

      I have not read the Book of Mormon but you make it sound interesting even if it is approached without believing it is the word of God.

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      cheaptrick 

      3 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      Did you know that if you remove the center 'M' you'll reveal the true nature of the church...

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      graceinus 

      3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Did you know that the mormon Church is a 7 Billion dollar profit a year business. But they don't have to pay tax because they are a 501 c3 church.

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      Brie Hoffman 

      3 years ago from Manhattan

      Do you know that Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers? Do you know that Mormons believe that "God" was a man like you and that if you do really well that you can become a "god" of your own planet (if you are a white man) as well? The Book of Mormon is heresy and Mormons are NOT Christians!

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      graceinus 

      3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Th book of mormon is not another testament of Jesus Christ. It's a lie of Joseph Smith.

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