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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]
The Book of Mormon (BOM) claims to be an account of a group of Jews who left Jerusalem around 600 BC and made their way to the Americas. They lived there, separated from the Israelites in the Middle East and grew into a large population before they finally died out around 400 AD. During this time, the BOM claims that the people had prophets to whom God revealed all sorts of things about the future Messiah. It further claims that at some point soon after Jesus’ resurrection, He also appeared to these people for a short period of time and set up a Church complete with apostles, etc.
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[ Author: Brock Marshall ]
Sincerity is both an inward quality of conviction along with a perceived quality of being free from pretenses, deceit or hypocrisy.
This is a quality I admire and respect among professing Latter-Day Saint [or LDS] believers. I have found that the culture within Mormonism fosters this type of environment that is quite honestly disarming to a certain degree.
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Prayer To Get A Feeling
If you have ever had a Bible study with the Mormons, then you undoubtedly have been encouraged to pray and ask God if the Book Of Mormon is true . Yes, they’re hoping that you’ll get that “burning in the bosom” that they have received. There are major problems with this proposition however. As we all know, even if you did sincerely pray about it but got the answer that, no, it’s not true, then of course your prayer was not sincere; otherwise you would have gotten that feeling. Lets talk about feelings. Are feelings the way to determine truth? In a word, no. The Bible says that the “heart is deceitful above all things” , and that he who trusts his heart is a fool ; so you really can’t trust or rely on it for determining truth.