I was baptized into the Mormon church on September 7, 2002. I should say that things happened very fast for me, I took all my lessons in a week, was baptized, then confirmed and received my first calling as gospel principles teacher within 2 weeks. I expressed a concern of teaching this class because I really don't feel that its proper for me to teach a class that I know nothing about, I'm not familiar with the [Mormon] gospel or the principles of the Church, but I really wasn't given much choice in the matter.

I love God so much I have been a Christian for 7 years and I feel that my relationship with Christ was becoming very strong, .when I enter the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that I really don't feel the spirit of God at all, its organized and planned out that I feel like I'm in school. I guess I'm not saying its wrong, but it doesn't feel spiritual to me at all, I'm so confused I don't know what to do.

The pastor of my old church keeps warning me that I am getting involved in a religion that in some ways is similar to a cult, but I don't know. I love my family very much and I don't want to get them involved in a church that isn't where I should be, please pray for me, I'm confused and in some ways scared because I don't know what to do.

I am a person who loves to worship God and praise him and like two days ago I was playing a praise and worship tape I have and I was told that it really wasn't worshiping God at all because it wasn't proper. I have always been a believer that you should dress your best for church, but I also believe that God looks at your heart and spirit not your dress, but yet if I enter the church not dressed in a suit, I am like told I cant do anything but just be in the service, I cant teach or anything, is that right? I don't think so.

I am also a believer in prayer and blessings but when I ask for prayer in church I am told that I have to make a appointment with someone for a priesthood blesssing! What's wrong with praying and church, and I really am having a hard time believing that the females of the church can't bless me, I mean I had cancer four years ago and was prayed by a female of my old church and was healed. again please pray for me I really don't know anymore.

Brother James

  James,

I advise you to go to your former pastor and tell him what you have told me. Ask him to pray for you. The longer you wait, the harder it will be. You have gotten yourself into trouble. Flee Mormonism like Joseph fled Potiphar's wife.

I am sending you some material to help you and I am praying you will find your way out of this before it is too late.

Jim