Saturday, November 13, 2004

My relationship with "original sin"

One of the creeds of modern christianity is the notion that we are guilty somehow for the sins of Adam and Eve. Joseph Smith taught clearly "that man will be punished for his own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.". (Articles of Faith: 2)

What does that mean as far as understanding correct doctrine? It means that I am free of the guilt associated with Adam, and have only my own sins of which to repent. I am not bound by what someone did 6,ooo years ago, but only by the choices I have made during my own earthly sojourn.

Joy, happiness, peace, these are the things that the Savior offers. If we cling to wrong traditions, we can never obtain them. Understanding that we are responsible only for our choices allows us to remove unwarranted guilt, and seek forgiveness of the Savior in a manner which He prescribes.

I will write later of the third Article of Faith, which describes how mankind may be forgiven through the atonement of Christ. Suffice it to say now that you and I have a path to eternal life through Jesus Christ, and through our repentance of personal sin, and that we are not held accountable for the sins of our fathers, no matter how far back we go.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Quote of the Day

"Now is the time for each of us to work toward our personal conversion, toward becoming what our Heavenly Father desires us to become."
—Elder Dallin H. Oaks
Ensign, Nov. 2000, 33

Essential Christian Doctrine

I have often heard leaders of the Christian world talk about the "essential doctrines", and how the church cannot be divided on these matters. It is okay to have "in-house" debates about such matters as baptism, and sacraments, but amongst those professing to be Christian, they must accept the essentials. These essentials include the trinity, sola scriptura, etc..

I thought I would share over the next several days what a prophet of God has to say about the essential doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Most foundational to an understanding of the doctrines of the Church is an understanding of the Godhead. "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." (Articles of Faith: 1)

Joseph Smith taught that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate, distinct individuals, each having obtained the title "God" through the personal perfection. The Father is literally the father of our spirits, defining the relationship we have with Him as Father and children. It is to Him that we give our total allegiance and devotion. The Son, Jesus Christ, is His firstborn in the spirit, and His only begotten here on earth. He is our eldest brother, and having perfected himself in the spirit world, took his place as the one who, at the direction of the Father, created heaven and earth, and all that in them are. The Holy Ghost is likewise our brother, and has been given the very specific responsibility of communicating the Father's will to His children here on earth.

Understanding the true nature of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is absolutely essential if we are to then understand the doctrines and principles they have given us for our sojourn here on earth.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Welcome... MyLatter-DayblogSpot!

There is much to be said about the LDS Church, it's doctrines, principles, the Standard Works, the works of the Church, and the works and service of it's members around the world. Some of what you read here will be my musings on the weekly Gospel Doctrine lessons (I teach the Young Adult GD class in my ward); some will be on the events I participate in; some will be on service activities I see locally or hear about from around the globe.

My primary intent is to demonstrate to the world that "by [our] fruits" you may know that the LDS Church epitomizes the goodness of Christ.

Kelly Knight