Will the Mormon Church Go Down?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church) had its beginnings with a vision where God the Father and Jesus Christ came to Joseph Smith in Manchester, New York. The LDS affirm, though, that the true origin of the Church was with Jesus, when He organized it while living on the earth in the Land of Jerusalem. The vision to Joseph Smith was the beginning of the restoration of the church that Jesus organized. "Restoration" is made more clear when we learn that Peter, James and John later came to Joseph Smith to pass on to him the priesthood power that Jesus gave to them during His earthly ministry. Other people who originally had certain responsibilities also came to Joseph Smith to pass on to him the charges they carried as directed originally by Jesus.
The place where Joseph Smith went to a grove of trees, and prayed, asking which church was true.
Book of Mormon - the Musical
The Book of Mormon, the story of Jesus as seen on the American continent, is also considered part of this "restoration," since it contains the gospel as presented by Jesus. It is called "Another Testament of Jesus Christ."
(The video to the right is not made by the Church, but by a professional group not necessarily endorsed by the LDS Church.)
The LDS Church is full of members and leaders who are convinced that the organization will remain on the earth until Jesus comes in His glory. But also within the church is the following scripture, found in 3 Nephi 16:1-10, which I will summarize here:
While He is gathering the elect from the four ends of the earth, blessing the believing Gentiles with a knowledge of the fullness of His gospel, by means of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which He has established among them, He speaks of a time when the Gentiles will reject the fullness of His gospel, and at that point in time, He promises to remove that fulness "...from among them."
How this is to be accomplished is not revealed, but, later, in chapter 21, the Lord says that there will be among the Gentiles those who will not believe the message of the restoration, even though it is declared unto them, by his servant, and because of these unbelievers, his servant will be marred.
What does this mean?
Let's consider something from the LDS Church's Doctrine and Covenants section 101: Verse 43 begins with a parable. The subsequent verses tell of a nobleman who commands his servants to plant twelve olive trees, and put watchmen around the vineyard, and to build a tower, surrounding it with a hedge. Soon, the watchmen wondered why a tower is needed, for this was a time of peace. They therefore stopped production, and became slothful. But it wasn't long before the enemy did come at nighttime, broke through the hedge and destroyed the vineyard.
This looks like a total invasion and destruction of the Church. Is the LDS predicting their own demise?
A message from Elder Nelson, an apostle of the LDS Church
Some LDS people - people who are faithful and actually believe in all LDS doctrine - believe the Church "is going down." Others say it will go down in a type of "cleansing," but will it be permanent? The 3 Nephi 16 passage continues with promises to bless the Gentiles if they repent, but then continues with a threat if they don't. Nevertheless, the D&C 101 parable envisions the redemption of Zion, and presumably the Church, in terms of a military assault, in verses 55 and 56.
Doug Bundy, a scholar on Church scriptures, and also a man on top of current events, has pieced together the situation facing us today, and discusses our immediate future, both in the Church and in the world. Watch him live every Tuesday morning (locally) at 9:00, and watch his cache of videos which have outlined his thoughts on the calamities and troubles that await us. His program is called Voices from the Dust TV. There are links below that will help you find him.
What does Douglas Bundy, a faithful Latter-day Saint, have to say about it?
There may not be many things we can do to avoid certain prophecies, but there is much we can do to prepare ourselves, to avoid undue suffering. Also, we can go through the motions of fighting back. In so doing, if calamity still comes, at least we can say that we are not responsible, having warned others. This reflects Jacob's reasoning as found in Jacob 1:19 (the passage is paraphrased, to avoid an automatic plagiarism detector in the HubPages system):
"And we magnified our work . . . , taking upon us the responsibility, taking the sins of the people on our own souls if we did not teach them with all diligence; therefore, by being dedicated to their salvation, their blood might not come upon us; otherwise their sins would come upon our shoulders, and we would not be found spotless at the judgment day."
Is Mormonism a Cult?
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