I found your website while trying to find something regarding what the mormon church teaches/thinks about the Left Behind books and movies. Boy! Was I surprised!
For quite some time, I have been praying for God to send me a teacher--someone who could fill me with Jesus' teachings. Several months ago, two young missionaries knocked on my door and I let them in. While their "lessons" seemed very basic and quite similar to what I had always been taught, I continued to welcome them for additional lessons. And I must confess, that while I was double-minded about the entire Joseph Smith-as-the-first-and-only-prophet-since-Jesus-and-the-apostles-died philosophy, I tried to keep an open mind. And I did as they instructed. I prayed for an answer as to whether the whole Joseph Smith thing was true or not. I also prayed about the cigarette and coffee issues. I had never read in the Bible that those "forbiddences" were part of the original commandments. "You mean to tell me that God said, 'Thou shalt not drink coffee' ?" Although, I understood that we are not to defile our bodies--as Temples of the Holy Spirit--with things that are harmful,!
I couldn't understand the whole coffee and tea issue...unless, of course, it referred to the whole "addiction" thing. But then, doesn't chocolate have caffeine? I was told it wasn't about the caffeine, but rather about the tannin. And although I stood confused on these issues I figured I was just being hard-hearted and stiff necked. And though I hadn't received an answer about Joseph Smith and the book of Mormon, I was convinced to make the decision of Baptism. And several weeks later, against my better conscience, was confirmed into the church. Since my confirmation, none of the people who were to have contacted me with further lessons of instruction. To tell you the truth, I have had deep reservations ever since my baptism and those reservations grow greater every day. I have not been back to the church since my confirmation.
>I must tell you that the last time I attended church, as I was being introduced to all of the women who came up to me, I was struck with the feeling that there seemed to be no joy in their eyes. They appeared "used-up", tired and without spirit. I felt as though I could feel their frustratiion and pain and I wanted to cry for them. THEY NEED HEALING!!!
I am so grateful for your book. I have been asking God to show me why I have felt so empty and alone since becoming a member of Mormon church. Why do I feel disapproval when I talk with it's members about the Christian music and books that I enjoy? I didn't realize that they don't consider themselves "Christians." How can they call themselves the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and not consider themselves Christians?
>While watching one of the Christian programs on television one night after my baptism, I was moved to ask Jesus to come into my heart and to fill me with his spirit. I know NOW that I am saved and am searching for a good church in my city. I have always loved God and have always known that He loves me. My faith in that fact, alone, has given me hope when circumstances in my life seemed so hopeless.
So thank you for your much needed message. Thank you for loving your fellow man (and woman) enough to write this book.
What a great letter! Thanks so much.
I am praying that you will be led to a good Bible-believing fellowship filled with godly and compassionate Christians who will take you under their wings.
Remember, you don't have to be quick to "join a church," but you do need godly fellowship and mentoring. You need to be in a spirit-filled worship service and hear accurate and inspiring teaching. You need a pastoral connection. All those things will come with time.
I am sending you some information and you will receive my newsletter regularly. I hope you continue to read all the material on my web site. (All of my books are posted there to be read free of charge.)
I pray that you will continue to grow in grace and the knowledge of the Lord.
If I can help, let me know.