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3.0 - My LDS Journey - Pillars of Truth

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Uploaded on Feb 20, 2012

In this video I want to analyze truth with you, I want to strip it down so that we can easily understand it and comprehend it. I want to explore the following questions:

1. What is truth?
2. How does the LDS Church approach truth?

1. What is truth?

Some people think truth is a matter of opinion. But I am grateful for the LDS church's teachings regarding truth, it taught me that truth is independent of our thoughts or opinions. It represents reality as it actually exists, in the real world.

I love the truth, and the LDS Church teaches many wonderful truths.

2. How does the LDS Church approach truth?

It has a beautiful, intricate and richly orchestrated belief system. Let's take a look at why people believe the LDS church is true. We should not treat this lightly. I believe this topic deserves our utmost respect. There are many reasons why we as members believe in the LDS church:

We receive answers to our prayers. We witness miracles. The Holy Ghost tells us the church is true. A number of us have had near death experiences that confirm LDS teachings. The church is supported by the bible, and is a complete restoration of biblical Christianity. We have Modern Prophets that receive the Word of God, exactly like the ancient biblical prophets did. The church has an unbroken chain of Priesthood Authority that goes back to Christ. The Book of Mormon's veracity is confirmed to us by the power of the Holy Ghost, and by other sources. It is a second witness of Christ. Our church is supported by other scriptures. Joseph Smith was a true prophet. Many can testify to these things. We have modern Temples, just as the ancient Jews did, and we receive spiritual guidance in these sacred buildings. The church gives us hope for Eternal Life with our family and loved ones. As the church predicted, the world is becoming more wicked. But the church is the source of so much good, and we feel the effects of Jesus Christ's Atonement in our lives. The church helps us by giving us a social support group, good friends and opportunities to serve. All of it makes so much sense. The claims of the church are supported by Science.

These are the main pillars supporting the hypothesis that the LDS Church is true. This beautiful belief system served me well through-out most of my life. Because my mind had multiple reasons to believe that the church was true, I was unlikely to change my beliefs. For example, if my faith in any one of these pillars became weak, my mind could rely on the other pillars for strength in order to keep my belief system intact. If many of these pillars were to fail all at once, it may be termed a "crisis of faith" -- meaning it be might time to re-evaluate my belief system.

When I got off my mission, I was happy with my belief system, I had no reason question it. I presented it to thousands of people while proselyting and I could not understand why anyone would reject such a beautiful belief system. At the time, I believed that the only reason people would reject it, was pride or sin. I didn't know that there were some significant truths missing from my life.

Little did I know, that I was about to discover some new pillars of truth -- and it would change my life forever.

Throughout this video series, I will share what I have discovered about truth. I encourage your involvement, and feedback so that we can keep this as fair as possible.

I originally called this series "Why I Left Mormonism" but I would prefer to keep an open mind to all the possibilities as I make this series, so I now call it "My LDS Journey"

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