posted on Jun, 5 2011 @ 08:26 PM
Hello Everyone, I'm new here on ATS,(this is only my second post) but I have been visiting this site for a few years. Let me preface what I am about
to say by asking you to please read my entire message before discarding or flaming me. I have noticed, on occasion, that anyone who expresses any
type of belief in organized religion is immediately ridiculed, or treated as if they are lacking intelligence. I feel that no matter what one
believes, it basically boils down to faith. Either you have placed your faith in the teachings of men, i.e. scientist, philosophers, professors, or
you have put your faith into God and His prophets. That being said, I cannot prove to you the existence of God, anymore than you can prove to me that
carbon dating is perfectly accurate. There are opposing views to almost anything. The philosopher Descartes, basically narrowed it down to "I
think, therefore I am" as the only thing that can be absolute.
I will attempt to explain why I feel the way I do, why I have put my faith in God, and why I'm visiting sites like ATS. I was not
raised in any one particular faith. My dad chose the church we attended according to whether or not he liked the way the preacher spoke. So, as a
result, I attended Baptist, Episcopal, and Pentecostal churches while I was growing up. As a young man I had come to the conclusion that religion was
a man-made thing. I believed in God, but I did not believe there was one true religion on earth. I stopped attending church all together, and decided
I would read the Bible, and pray, but not affiliate myself with any one religion. Shortly after making that decision, I was approached one day, by
missionaries representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. That's right, Mormons! After talking with these two young missionaries,
I was asked whether I believed that there were any other Holy scriptures upon the earth besides the Bible. I answered them that "no, I don't
believe in any other scriptures" They asked me if I were to pray about the Book of Mormon, do I believe I would get an answer. I replied that if
the Book of Mormon was true scripture, I thought God would let me know somehow. That night, as I retired to bed, I said a prayer, and asked our
Father in Heaven if the Book of Mormon was true, and I received an answer. The only way I can describe it is to tell that it felt like a feeling of
pure love and joy that started in my chest and went through my whole body. I was laying on my bed shouting "it is true! it is true!" I had never
felt that way before, or since, at least not to that degree. I know the feeling I had was from the Holy Spirit. And trust me, I do not say that
lightly, because blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is and unpardonable sin in my mind. Now, does that mean I expect everyone to run down to the local LDS
ward and get baptized. Of course not. I realize that this was a unique experience that God wanted me to have. As a result of that experience, I have
straightened out my life in a number of ways. This is the foundation of my faith. It only works for me. Others will need to find their own path.
What I have found particularly interesting since joining the church, is how many of the believes that I have are often strangely related
to other discoveries here on ATS. For example, I was reading a statement made by the prophet Joseph Smith where he said, "when the Lord returns,
some people will say it is a planet, or it is a comet". I found this intriguing given the theories about Elenin and Nibiru. Our church also
believes that other worlds have been created by God, that we know not of. The Pearl of Great Price, another Mormon scripture, talks about the planet
where God lives, and the closest star to it is called Kolob. Well, if God lives on another planet, wouldn't that make Him an extraterrestrial, in
the true sense of the word.
Let me just finish by saying, these are some of the things that I have thought about in relationship to my life experiences, and should in
no way be thought to represent beliefs of the church as a whole. There are already far too many misconceptions about the Mormon religion as it is.
If you have taken the time to read this entire message, it is greatly appreciated.