The Purpose of Questions
The Restoration of the Gospel began because of a question (JS-H 1:13). Personal apostasy begins when we stop asking questions (Alma 12:9-11). Therefore, our very salvation depends upon our ability to ask deep and often uncomfortable questions. Unfortunately, many Mormons doubt the authenticity of those who ask hard questions so let me clear about my motives. I believe in and strive to follow Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I believe in the restoration of His Gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith. I believe the words of the holy prophets as found in scripture (at least as they were originally written down in uncorrupted form). I am a Mormon and I seek truth. I echo the sentiments of Joseph Smith when he said:
“Mormonism is truth…Now sir, you may think that it is a broad assertion that it is truth; but sir, the first and fundamental principle of our holy religion is, that we believe that we have a right to embrace all, and every item of truth, without limitation or without being circumscribed or prohibited by the creeds or superstitious notions of men, or by the dominations of one another, when that truth is clearly demonstrated to our minds, and we have the highest degree of evidence of the same; we feel ourselves bound by the laws of God, to observe and do strictly, with all our hearts, all things whatsoever is manifest unto us by the highest degree of testimony that God has committed us, as written in the old and new Testament, or anywhere else, by any manifestation, whereof we know that it has come from God…We believe that it is our privilege to reject all things, whatsoever is clearly manifested to us that they do not have a bearing upon us…We believe that we have a right to revelations, visions, and dreams from God, our heavenly Father; and light and intelligence, through the gift of the Holy Ghost, in the name of Jesus Christ, on all subjects pertaining to our spiritual welfare.” (Joseph Smith, Times and Seasons, Vol. 1, No. 4, Feb. 1840, p. 54)
If you are a fellow seeker of truth and believe in the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ to any degree, if you seek a personal restoration of God's truth to yourself, and if you want to avoid a personal apostasy into darkness, I have some questions for you that you may wish to ponder. These questions are not for the faint of heart. If any of these questions make you angry or defensive, seek to know why that is so. I am no source for truth and anyone would be a fool to follow me or believe anything I say, as my understanding of God and the scriptures is imperfect. Do your own search for truth. Go to God with your questions. If I am to be of any use, I only seek to help people ask the right questions. So buckle up.