It is quite fascinating the paths taken by people to discover the truth that is Christ Jesus, in fact, Jesus said, “[a]sk, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: [f]or every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocked it shall be opened.”[i] Nevertheless, in this, the present-day, people’s expectations for an immediate response to their prayers and a willingness to wait on God, has been lost on humanity.
One such journey was taken by my friend Ronald, who grew up in Kampala, Uganda and was introduced to religion by his father. His father had an encounter with two elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and subsequently brought these two men home, one came from America and the other from Tanzania.
The family began studying with the missionaries once a week and would soon escalate to multiple times per week. Ronald was able to recount this experience from his youth, saying, “from the beginning, their common message focused upon Christ Jesus and later gradually introduced us to the “Book of Mormon.”[ii] Not being familiar with American history, his family had no reason not to believe the elders, who taught them of the Book of Mormon’s significance to understanding ancient American continent history. Having no plausible reason to doubt the Book of Mormon’s authenticity and so, the family accepted it as true.”
There is an undeniable truth, to the successful deception by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their indoctrination of American citizens, who knowing American history, accept this nonsense. Perhaps their greatest tactic is secreting their demonic message behind clean-cut and polite lives, which offers a dishonest impression of their true identity. Many unsuspecting converts have convinced themselves that these folks “would not lie about this” and unwittingly they accept these devilish teachings from their false prophet Joseph Smith.[iii]
Elaborating on the purpose of his family baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he was clear that “it was not our belief in the Mormon doctrine, what convinced us, was the kindness and love they had shown my family. Because of this, my family and I wanted to make them happy.” Ronald’s family traveled to South Africa to visit the Mormon Temple in 2006 and they participated in various church activities, even though they were unable to comprehend what exactly was taking place. In fact, he said, “even though we did not understand, no doubts surfaced in our minds.
Like many young Mormons, he followed in their footsteps into the mission field and becoming a Mormon missionary, he went to South Africa, where he hoped his efforts in spreading the Mormon doctrine would be successful. Excited to follow Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19 and the instruction found in the “Doctrine and Covenants,” which states, “Remember the worth of souls in great in the sight of God”[iv] he set out knocking doors while leading others to baptism.
Canvassing neighborhoods is intimidating, yet, Ronald embarked the door knocking with enthusiasm and it became easy, the more doors he knocked upon. Often, his day was uneventful that is until he knocked upon the door of a man named “Rodney” and what made his interaction with Rodney different, was his challenges to their faith.
Rodney, ask these two young men to take a close look at the truth they were teaching and compare it to the Holy Bible. Ronald explained, “Rodney’s challenge made an impression on me and so, I began seeking answers.” Like most everyone, whose sought truth have come in contact with one important question, which defines their journey and for Ronald that was, “is the Book of Mormon really what we claim it is, “in other words, “is it true?”
Determining the “Book of Mormon’s” authenticity, which the church teaches its superiority to the Christian Holy Bible, Ronald learned of the connection between Joseph Smith and the Freemasons, which cause some alarm for him. In fact, prominent members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, founded a lodge in Nauvoo, Illinois, in early 1842. Also, learning some history of the Mormon faith, such as “plural marriages” and “failed prophecies,” were revealing. Below, is one of Joseph Smith’s false prophecies claimed that Jesus’ return would be within 56 years –
“President Smith then stated that the meeting had been called because God had commanded it; and it was made known to him by vision and by the Holy Spirit. He then gave a relation of some of the circumstances attending us while journeying to Zion–our trials, sufferings; and said God had not designed all this for nothing, but He had it in remembrance yet; and it was the will of God that those who went to Zion, with a determination to lay down their lives, if necessary, should be ordained to the ministry, and go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time, for the coming of the Lord, which was nigh–even fifty-six years should wind up the scene.”[v]
Fast-forward 56 years, the year 1891 came and went, but the Lord Jesus Christ did not. Having been alleged that Brigham Young (2nd President of the LDS church) and other members of the church’s leadership are directly responsible for instigating the genocide that took place in the Mountain Meadows massacre. As far as any archeological evidence in support of the LDS church’s claims that derive from the Book of Mormon, well it is seriously deficient and remains at odds with factual evidence supporting American history.
The underlying purpose of the Mormon missionary is to aid the potential convert in understanding the Mormon gospel, leading them unto Christ and to the knowledge of their Father who is in heaven. Not only was Ronald led in this manner, he, in turn, lead others and during his quest, pertinent truths began to surface. The deeper he delved into his research efforts, the more he reckoned just how disastrous the Mormon doctrine is and how the absolute truth that is Christ Jesus, would make him free.
Ronald engaged in discussions with fellow missionaries, looking for help with the questions and answers he was struggling with. Many fellow missionaries merely dismissed his inquiries, while others listened to his concerns, but had no answers and were not enticed to seek them out. Quickly it became clear that many of his fellow missionaries now held him in disdain for questioning the church and finding himself alienated by those who now saw him as the enemy.
Regardless, professing the Christian faith brings about questions, just as Ronald’s sincerity for understanding and those he reached out to failed to “…be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.”[vi] Even the mission president was oblivious to such questions and only offered the following, “I just know this is the true church.” Finding no legitimate answers to support this faith, a faith that he’d been spreading throughout Uganda and South Africa, Ronald then evaluated these truths against his own principles.
Comprehending what Ronald must have gone through, especially when he decided to leave his mission and face the repercussions. Back home in Kampala, besieged by family, friends, and ranking leaders from the Uganda LDS church, all of them seeking to reverse his decision.
Returning to Kampala, he was confronted with such unbelievable pressure from family, friends, and ranking leaders in the Uganda LDS church, all sought to change his mind. Remaining steadfast in his quest for answers and only hearing silence or circular reasoning, so their tactic changed. The began to cast aspersions on him, saying “he is either experiencing mental problems or he’s been deceived by the devil and perhaps he’s just prideful.” While continuing to coax him to repent and return to the church, which would ease his burdens.
It would be easy to count the loss that came to Ronald, losing friends, his college funding (by LDS church) and the verbal persecution he endured, which he withstood. He is humble, bright, and in the following, I found strength and encouragement, when he said,
“No one considered the reasoning behind my doubts, they only projected their personal conclusions and would not entertain any fact that I produced.” Ronald read me a couple of Bible passages –Matthew 6:32-34, Luke 9:57-62, and then he continued, “in fact, my life hasn’t been the same since my decision to leave the LDS church.” Here I broke his stride when I asked a question and then he continued, “however, choosing Jesus Christ over Joseph Smith, has brought me joy and I am so grateful that God opened my eyes and revealed His truth, which led me away from that cult.”
How many times will people succumb to the lies from pseudo-churches (e.g. Jehovah’s Witnesses’, Latter-day Saints, Catholicism, and Baptists, etc.) wanting to destroy those, they indoctrinate and teach a false doctrine of salvation. This is the season of deception, as lies masquerade as truth and many do not really know what they are hearing, they unwittingly accept without question.
[i] Matthew 7:7-8 (Authorized Version)
[iv] Doctrine and Covenants, section 18, verse 10
[vi] 1 Peter 3:15 (Authorized Version)