Those involved in making the above chart– which includes their reasons for why people leave the church– left out one important bubble in my opinion.
There should have been one that said, “The church is not true.”
I believe this to be the #1 reason people leave the church. It simply is not true.
While on my mission I perused www.onewhoiswatching.com during my hour of email time, and read something that put a hole in my stomach… He said that the church, as it stood now, was rejected of God.
I couldn’t bear to hear that.
During all my personal studies, I came to many conclusions that Watcher had, but I was yet to enter into that realm of understanding.
The church had to be… SOMEWHAT true, right? It couldn’t just be completely rejected. What would be the point of it all?
Polygamy was a lesser commandment, the endowment was symbolic– Polygamy wasn’t evil and the endowment wasn’t satanic!
That was my line of thinking.
Oh how naïve I was…
I’ve now returned home from my mission for clear over a year now. In California I baptized perhaps a dozen of people, all of which have now cut all ties with the Mormon church. Why?
Because the church is not true.
I’m still close friends with all my converts; and even though I, myself, actually AM an active member, I support them with their choice to leave the church while encouraging them to stay true to their belief in the Book of Mormon and that of the basic tenets of Christianity.
I really don’t blame them for leaving. It’s inevitable.
Mission Presidents will continue to brainwash the missionaries into hopes of baptizing legions of individuals…
Either they won’t baptize at all, or their converts will leave the church.
Because the converts do not receive what is promised them. They are told that after baptism, they will receive the Holy Ghost– which they don’t.
The product in which missionaries are selling does not work.
By their fruits, ye shall know them.
If you get baptized into a church that says they have the fulness of the gospel, and yet you never receive a fulness, no matter how much tithing you pay or how much you go to the temple–
Something’s the matter.
No one is converted to the gospel, because the fulness of the gospel is not on the earth.
If it was, we could be converted, and healed.
None of us are healed; all of us are broken.
Right now the daily sacrifice—of a broken heart and a contrite spirit—has been taken from the earth. (Daniel 11:31) The day of grace passed by them. (Mormon 2:15)
The LDS church can only offer a prepatory baptism, which is as good as any baptism. The gift of the Holy Ghost is not on the earth until the new and everlasting covenant is re-established.
The church will never reform. It will continue down this path until it is destroyed by the stone cut out of the mountain without hands.
After the church was rejected September 11th, 1841, a secret combination was had among the Saints.
That secret combination still exists within the walls of LDS temples.
“Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you… When ye shall see these things come among you… AWAKE TO A SENSE OF YOUR AWFUL SITUATION, because of this secret combination which shall be among you.”
After reading that scripture and then entering the temple for the third time, I woke up to my awful situation…
I realized the church truly had been rejected.
People leave the church without understanding why. They just feel that something is wrong. Most, in fact, leave due to unrighteous priesthood leaders.
And the reason we have unrighteous priesthood leaders…
Is because the church is not true.
However, we do have priesthood. (Not the Melchizedek priesthood, mind you.)
When the daily sacrifice was taken away, we were given the Gospel of Abraham as a replacement. (Section 110)
Abraham visited the Kirtland temple and committed a temporal dispensation unto his seed.
The Book of Abraham explains this.
9 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee above measure, and make thy name great among all nations, and thou shalt be a blessing unto thy seed after thee, that in their hands they shall bear this ministry and Priesthood unto all nations;
10 And I will bless them through thy name; for as many as receive this Gospel shall be called after thy name, and shall be accounted thy seed, and shall rise up and bless thee, as their father;
11 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee; and in thee (that is, in thy Priesthood) and in thy seed (that is, thy Priesthood), for I give unto thee a promise that this right shall continue in thee, and in thy seed after thee (that is to say, the literal seed, or the seed of the body) shall all the families of the earth be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal.
Those in the Mormon delusion carry the Abrahamic priesthood, to bless their families and friends.
This Priesthood of the Gospel of Abraham is something to be proud of. It has a power to it that only rare individuals have been able to tap into.
For instance, I was told yesterday by one of my converts that I am the only righteous priesthood holder she knows, after 2 years of being in the church. She believes the church is nothing but false prophets, but does believe in the Priesthood.
The church has the potential to bless many people’s lives with its prepatory gospel and Abrahamic priesthood.
But instead, they play pretend and teach falsehood.