Mormons, Mayans and Mystery

Mormons, Mayans and Mystery

There are 48 comments on the Free Republic story from Nov 17, 2007, titled Mormons, Mayans and Mystery. In it, Free Republic reports that:

Posted on 11/17/2007 4:58:28 PM PST by BGHater The Book of Mormon's version of history continues to be challenged - and championed - by skeptics and faithful LDS biologist Trent Stephens thinks he may have ...

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Lehi

Huntsville, TN

#41 Dec 18, 2008
OK here goes.

My parents had a very stormy marriage and by the time I was eight they were divorced. My sister and I were taken in by our maternal grandparents and we loved being on a small farm in Southeastern Kentucky. The news of the divorce was very hard on me and I was constantly asking myself if any of it was my fault, I would cry for days at a time. One of the first things my grandmother did was to give me a Bible and urge me to read, she then taught me how to pray. My grandparents were Baptist and I was in church with them almost every day as there was a revival going on somewhere all the time. It wasn’t long till I was coerced into being baptized but never once did I feel anything like I expected to. One thing that I noticed that bothered me the most over the many years that we were Baptist was that sometime pastors would disagree on doctrine and the church would split and a new one would be built down the road and teach things a little differently. My grandfather was keen on his scriptures and often he would have a disagreement with what was being taught and we would go somewhere else the next time. By the time I was 12 I had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and the fact that he does answer sincere prayers. I often wondered how there could be so many different denominations teaching so many different things and I always felt that there could be only one truth.
One night as I lay in bed I prayed and asked God if my church was true and if not, how would I ever know the true church if I ever found it? Immediately I felt peace come over me and instantly received the knowledge that the confirming truth of Jesus Christ and his Gospel was written on gold and buried on the North American continent. I couldn’t at the time understand how something could be written on gold so I always figured it was just something shiny that I saw. I immediately asked God where something like that could be buried and I envisioned in my mind’s eye the North American continent and saw the state of New York rise above the rest. From then on I knew that my feelings were right, that God would not leave us in confusion and the truth would be restored, I didn't know it already had been. I remember thinking that I would always watch for something that would be dug up in New York that would prove the gospel of Jesus Christ. It would be some 32 years later that I would finally hear of the Book of Mormon and the gold plates. I spent most of my young adulthood looking for the true church and studied every religion except Mormon as I was raised to believe it was a cult. I was baptized 3 times and each time I still felt it was wrong.

to be continued.
Lehi

Huntsville, TN

#42 Dec 18, 2008
After spending 20 years in Cincinnati ,Ohio where I received a devastating back injury, I was forced to return to Kentucky which was good for me. About a year later I got a call from a dear friend in Cincinnati asking if the deer hunting was good down here. I told my friend that it sure was but that I didn’t deer hunt. He finally talked me into going hunting with him and he traveled down for a three day hunt on the banks of the Cumberland River. After we got the camp set up it was late so we settled in around a nice campfire and had several visitors drop by for some coffee and conversations. My favorite subject was always religion so it wasn’t long before we were covering every topic in the Bible. At one point my friend leaned over and whispered to me “I’m a Mormon” and I actually laughed a little and said “what”? He repeated himself again “I’m a Mormon”. I had known him for over 10 years and never once did he even mention that he was religious in any way. I put my feelings aside for a moment and asked him to tell me what it is that “Mormons” believe as I had never studied anything about them. Well by the time he got to the gold plates and the state of New York I was in tears as I felt the spirit tell me, here it is. I didn’t let on too much and the trip home three days later gave me time to ponder what I had just learned. I just knew that there wouldn’t be a LDS Church in a hundred miles of this backwoods part of the country and it left a sick feeling in my stomach because I knew that I had found the place where I needed to be but might have to travel to find the church. Two days later my dogs were barking and I usually go out with my shotgun but this time I felt it wouldn’t be needed. As I opened the door I saw two young men in white shirts and ties riding bicycles up the dusty road to my house, I figured it was Jehova’s Witnesses because I had never seen a Mormon missionary before. I went back inside hopeing they would leave and shortly there was a knock at the door. When I opened the door I immediately looked at the name tags on those white shirts and the words “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints". As one Elder explained they were missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I felt the Spirit touch me very strongly. I was smiling and holding back tears as I excitedly asked them if they were book of Mormon people and they said yes, I told them that I knew it was true and that I wanted to be baptized. They looked at each other in shock and it took a moment for me to convince them that I was sincere, actually it was the tears that convinced them.
They told me that they had ridden their bikes out this road many times but never came all the way to the end as it looked so desolate. My nearest neighbor is over a quarter mile away and it is a long dusty gravel driveway to my house. This day they said the spirit told them to come all the way to the end and I am glad they did. As it turned out a new branch had just started 3 miles from here and was struggling as any new branch would. I was baptized in about a week and my son about six months later, my wife joined three years after that. We were all sealed in the Louisville, Kentucky Temple on September 23rd 1999. I was branch president for 6 years and we have 187 members, some of which are in Tennessee as we are part of the Knoxville, Tennessee Cumberland Stake. The only explanation that I have as to why I was given such a strong testimony is that I asked with all the sincerity of a child and one who fully expected an answer. I am so thankful for this powerful testimony because I know it will never fade. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Lehi

Huntsville, TN

#43 Dec 18, 2008
As I wrote this testimony I cried so hard that I would have to take a break, I had forgotten how much it truly means to me. It is actually a much longer story.

Elder Arthur Leon Hale (Idaho) baptized me and when we were changing clothes he told me that I would be the next branch president and I asked him what kind of drugs he was on. He repeated himself except this time he said "Mark my words, you will be the next branch president".

I was first called as Elders Quorum President and about one year later I was released and called as branch president. I am now the branch mission leader and was just released as the Melchizedek Priesthood Group Leader.

Again, thanks for asking me to share this with you.

“I Believe in Christ”

Since: Nov 08

Salt Lake City, UT

#44 Dec 18, 2008
Lehi wrote:
As I wrote this testimony I cried so hard that I would have to take a break, I had forgotten how much it truly means to me. It is actually a much longer story.
Elder Arthur Leon Hale (Idaho) baptized me and when we were changing clothes he told me that I would be the next branch president and I asked him what kind of drugs he was on. He repeated himself except this time he said "Mark my words, you will be the next branch president".
I was first called as Elders Quorum President and about one year later I was released and called as branch president. I am now the branch mission leader and was just released as the Melchizedek Priesthood Group Leader.
Again, thanks for asking me to share this with you.
Wow, that is awesome. I got chills reading that. I was fortunate enough to be raised in the church, however I didn't always have a testimony. Children do have amazing faith, and I'm glad that you were in tune with the Spirit throughout your life. What a blessing for you and your family! Stay strong, and thank you for sharing it!
Vic

AOL

#45 Dec 19, 2008
The Mormon religion goes back way before Joseph Smith. It goes all the way to ancient times.

For anyone who has studied this religion correctly, knows this to be true. If they say otherwise, than they didn't study and have their facts wrong. Mormon religion goes back to ancient times. And to answer that question that everyone is wondering now, it was gone from the world for a period of time. Brought BACK by Joseph Smith. Not created by him.
PREDATOR

Brigham City, UT

#46 Dec 22, 2008
ARE YOU SMOKIN DOPE IN THE CELECSTIAL ROOM OF THE TEMPLE
IT IS JUST A CULT
Nuts

United States

#47 Dec 22, 2008
Vic wrote:
The Mormon religion goes back way before Joseph Smith. It goes all the way to ancient times.
For anyone who has studied this religion correctly, knows this to be true. If they say otherwise, than they didn't study and have their facts wrong. Mormon religion goes back to ancient times. And to answer that question that everyone is wondering now, it was gone from the world for a period of time. Brought BACK by Joseph Smith. Not created by him.
You can't be serious!
BlinkTJ

Pleasant Grove, UT

#48 Mar 11, 2009
people have the right in the united states to believe anything they want and people who think they need to criticize what other people believe in are most likely scared. The LDS church is not causing problems in this world, with all of it's humanitarian efforts and belief in loving one another no matter what they believe is definitely what this world needs. if you are going to criticize something that is making good people better i am sorry you feel that way.

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