I sometimes think that Christians are crippled with fear. Their crippling phobia is not fear of death, or fear of speaking the Word of God, but rather a fear of being polluted by non-Christians, or by other Christians whose doctrines differ from their own.
The Lord’s commandment to “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father.” Matt. 5:48 ( 3 Ne. 12:48 ) has been misinterpreted to mean perfection of condition rather than perfecting of character. My message to Mormons is that Heaven–the Celestial Kingdom–is not owning the biggest house in the nicest suburb in the best ward. The Celestial Kingdom is populated by those who have spent their lives refining their hearts and minds to think, reason, understand, and act more like Jesus Christ.
37 And I, the Lord, would fight their battles, and their children’s battles, and their children’s children’s, until they had avenged themselves on all their enemies, to the third and fourth generation…
The great Protestant Reformers are figures indispensable to Mormons. They paved the way for scripture to be disseminated to the masses, and they challenged the Church/State. They sought to restore the church to the form and intent evident in the New Testament.
It is a truism in the LDS Church to say that, “A Bishop (Pastor) may serve his time as the leader of many, then find himself rocking babies in the nursery in the blink of an eye.”
The wicked prosper and have lives full of pleasures and abundance, while the righteous suffer tragedy and affliction. Does God will these things to be so?