March 19, 2009

Feelings

Unfortunately, I think that most believers assume I have a lot of animosity towards them or the Church. That is exactly what I am trying to avoid. I ask those to remember that I am still the same person, I am just being honest about my religious feelings now. I think all (including me) would do well to follow the 11th Article of Faith and allow each person to worship God as he or she sees fit. While we may disagree about the specifics, we do agree that charity, service, kindness, love, ethic, morality, hope, and family are all essential to a happy and full life. I am happy to discuss the religious differences or my road to this decision, but only if we can both be mature and respectful of one another.

2 comments:

Anna said...

I am so sorry to hear about this decision you have made. Let me just express my testimony to you, that I know, regardless of the things you have researched, that the church is still true. That Joesph Smith was and is a true prophet of God, that he saw God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. I know we are led by a true prophet today and that as I follow his counsel, that I will not be led astray. I know that The Book of Mormon is true and real, and the Joseph Smith did translate it. I know that through the power of the priesthood that we can be sealed to our families forever. I know that we have a Father in Heaven you loves me and you very much. I know these things, not from any big thing, but also not from blind faith, but because the gift and power of the Holy Ghost has made these things manifest to me and because of the countless experiences that I reaffirmed that to me, as I have read the scriptures, said earnest prayers, and lived my day to day life.
Eli you are in our prayers, and Michael and I wish you the best of luck. Know that we are here for you and for Kira and pray that you guys will be given the strength and faith you need at this time.

Milamber said...

I have to say that the above is exactly what i get when people find out that i am no longer a member.

How, exactly, do they 'know' anything when they won't investigate, they won't accept any other facts, try to rethink anything, or put anything into perspective?