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Born and raised nominally Mormon, became very active in early adulthood. I left the church 25 years ago because of doctrinal issues but have never been able to find the love and community anywhere else. I would appreciate connecting with people who have depth in their understanding of what Mormons believe and why, and also have a love for those of us who are still searching.

How does a person come back to Mormonism and disgard all the research and contractions learned over so many years?  Yet, if the truth be told, I have never found peace outside of the church.  But I feel as though I would have to stick my head in the sand on several issues in order to come back.  My heart is confused and divided.  I would like to start with the Godhead.  If there is anyone out there willing to tackle some tough issues, not just surface, let me know.

Thanks
Heidi

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William
said this on 27 Aug 2009 9:54:00 PM CST
Dear Heidi:

Welcome to MormonBlog and our community. I'm so sorry to hear about the difficulties that you are experiencing in your family, and your internal spiritual struggles. I would love to help you to come to the understanding and peace that you desire.

I am happy to honestly discuss any questions that you have. I don't classify myself as a "braniac" but I certainly know and love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please send your questions by email to contact@MormonBlog.com. With your permission, I will post the answers in our Q&A section so that others who might be struggling with the same questions can also read them.

In answer to your question, "How does a person come back to Mormonism and disregard all the research and contradictions learned over so many years?" my answer is, you read the Book of Mormon. I promise you that if you will simply set aside your questions temporarily, and read with a real desire to know the truth. You will find peace and answers.

I look forward to our conversations...

 
Heidi ( Author/Admin)
said this on 28 Aug 2009 8:19:21 PM CST
Thank you William, I will gather my thoughts and begin. First, thank you for agreeing to take me on. Hope you're not sorry when I start vaulting questions at you. My first and foremost question is the Trinity in orthodox christianity vs the mormon view. In fact, just reading in the book of Mormon yesterday, I found several instances where Alma I believe or is it Nephi says that Jesus Christ is God who came down in flesh to dwell among us. How does that not contradict what Mormons believe? One of the issues I have a great deal of trouble with is the the Trinitarian doctrine of Orthodox christianity and the three separate personages of the Godhood in mormonism. If you have any scriptural references I'd appreciate it. I was surprised to find those scriptures in the Book of Mormon that seemingly contradict the LDS theology of the Godhead.
Thanks

 
William
said this on 29 Aug 2009 11:30:41 AM CST
Heidi, that is a great question and a beautiful starting place for our discussions. To make it easier to follow for others who might have the same question, I will respond in our Question & Answer section. Then, we can comment back and forth about that particular subject if you like. If a new topic or question arises, we'll make it a new thread in the Question and Answer section.

One more thing, rather than simply dash off answers, I will put a lot of thought into my replies to you. So, it may take some time before you see the answers posted. Don’t worry, I receive everything that you send. Please be patient and just know that I am carefully, and prayerfully, considering your questions so that I can give you the most accurate, clear answers that I can.

 
Bill Willson
said this on 14 Sep 2009 12:29:57 PM CST
Hi Heidi: I haven't heard from you so I started checking around this blog. I'm new here too, so I don't know all the ins and outs yet. While you are waiting for a response to your question about the trinity, I thought I might be able to give you some things to think about.

This question bothered me for quite a while too. I just could not understand how God was God, and Jesus was too. This is the key to the Godhead, and it is explained in the Old Testament right at the very beginning, unfortunately many students while being excellent readers are not very good students.

If you compare Genesis chapter 1 and Genesis chapter 2 you will see a big difference. In chapter 1 it says God said this and did that etc. etc, but in chapter 2 it says, beginning at verse 4 "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground." This verse is the first direct reference to The Lord Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. This is further clarified in John chapter 1 verses 1 - 14. I never could understand why there were two separate accounts of creation in the Old Testament, and I just didn't get the subtle difference between God, and The LORD God. The answer is simple if you think about it. The LORD God is Jesus Christ the God of this earth and all the physical creations. God created all things spiritually but Jesus Christ created it all again physically. (see Moses 3: 5, 7) The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit, who spreads testimony and knowledge of God the Father and Jesus Christ, kind of like the internet, which touches and moves all things which were created jointly by them.

What causes all the confusion amongst the children of men (us) is the Nicene Creed, which basically tells us that God is unknowable. ??? He is our Father, He loves us. So, of course He is knowable. But it takes a little work and some faith to know Him, or anything else. He gave us the Holy Scriptures and the promise, "And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be." (1 Nephi 13:37) I hope some of this will help you.

May God bless you in your search.

 
William
said this on 18 Sep 2009 9:38:26 PM CST
Dear Heidi, I have posted my answer to your question about the Godhead in our Question & Answer section. I look forward to continuing our discussion there.




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