Friday, May 11, 2012


Reason 36

     Book of Mormon, 11th Article of Faith
"We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may."

This means we worship how we want, where we want, or what we want. Yet Mormons stand up in front of the church and bear their testimony of belonging to the one true church with the fullness of the gospel.... meaning all other churches are not true and do not have the fullness of the gospel. I am not sure I would agree that all LDS believe in the 11th Article of Faith themselves.

It seems Joseph Smith didn't even believe in the 11th Article of Faith as he had Mormon dissenters executed for leaving the LDS church. "The Blood Atonement Doctrine;" No, it's not practiced now, but it was practiced by the church's founding prophet.

Christians did not begin this debate. It was Joseph Smith, Jr. when he declared (in Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith - History v. 19), "I was answered that I must join none of them [all the sects], for they [all the sects] were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their [all the sects] creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt."

Joseph Smith has eliminated all the churches, all the creeds, and all of the people who profess a belief in them. That verse is in the LDS standard works to this day. Even if it were removed, it would not change the fact that Joseph Smith, Jr. taught this heresy, and he was the church's founding prophet. ~ Suzanne Bishop

Now as a post Mormon, I continue to wonder if LDS members have any idea how it makes non-Mormons feel that LDS continue to believe they are members of the only true church with a fullness of the gospel. Or do they even think of it this way? I certainly never did when I was a devout member of the LDS church. I only cared about what I was doing, and making sure I was doing the right thing all the time. In my opinion, everyone else who was  not a member was wrong and would be disappointed to live eternity in the 2nd heaven.

Since I began my story, it became clear to me that many Mormons do not live the 11th Article of Faith. Most of them claim to believe in the 11th Article of Faith, but several of them do not live it. The way some of my "friends" have chosen to act towards me after reading my life story, has made me realize not all Mormons truly believe in the 11th Article of Faith.

There is no question that who you worship is more important than how, when, or where you worship. If you worship the wrong God, then everything else is automatically wrong, no matter how right it seems to be. 

My unanswered question was:

Why do so many Mormons claim to believe in the 11th Article of Faith when it is clear they only believe this to be true if you, too, are a Mormon?

I was initially devastated when I received this answer that many Mormons believe in the 11th Article of Faith until someone begins challenging their faith, yet overjoyed to find the truth that I do not need the Articles of Faith to be saved! Jesus loves me whether I believe in the 13 Articles of Faith or not.

1 comment:

  1. Your argument is non-sensical. Mormons believing in the 11th article of faith, but also believing that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church containing the fullness of the gospel is wholly inconsistent with your contention that we don't believe anyone should be allowed to worship any sect but ours.

    Also, please provide source material for Joseph Smith's alleged executions of dissenters.

    Perhaps there are Mormons out there who believe as you say, but I have not met any of them. Personally, I believe in the 13 Articles of Faith, and I would never prevent anyone from worshiping as they see fit, even if my beliefs and theirs are diametrically opposed.