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Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 9:38 PM

Mormonism Day 3

In other news, the LDS missionaries stopped by my house again yesterday. I asked about their other two books that they reference (I certainly had never heard about it before!) being: Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. While the book of Mormon reads very similar to the OT and the NT in many regards and there hasn't been anything that seemed that wrong, though the belief that baptism is required for salvation is a big one, both of those two books lay out the big issues that Mormonism runs against Christianity.

Some of the issues that I caught as they spoke:

1) Man's chief purpose is to prepare one's self to meet God.

2) There exists a spirit world were we pre-existed and will post exist. This is divided into 3 sections: glory of sun, moon, and stars. At the glory of the sun it is in the presence of God and Christ (remember, they believe that these two are different). moon is just Christ, stars is neither. But all will be good (somehow)

3) People are born clean and innocent, there is an age of accountability.

4) Saved by faith + good works.

They talk about Christ creating the world under the guidence of the father (but they didn't mention that they believe he did it with his spirit brother Lucifer!). It's all just kind of weird. I really am still searching for places where I can step in and present the true and living gospel of justification by faith alone. I'm not sure where to start, because there's so much that needs to be set up first: Authority of Scripture - Total Depravity - Grace - Attributes of God - Christ... so many things that I can bring up and should over the courses of our discussions bring up, but I feel like time is kind of short. Please be praying!

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