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Doctrine guided by God

By Jason Belnap
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
January 31, 2000
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To the editor,

I'm not sure what originally started this whole slandering or perversion of the beliefs of the LDS church, but lately I have followed it. The people that have done so have stated their opinions, made rash judgments, used quotations out of context and even blatantly lied about some points of doctrine. I can only assume that their intent is to shed a unfavorable light upon the church and dissuade people from seeking their own unbiased opinion about the truth of the matter.

These individuals have omitted the core principle upon which everything in this church is based, revelation. In reading the Bible, we see that throughout time, God selected individuals with whom he spoke and revealed his word directly. These individuals were known as prophets and apostles. He gave these individuals the authority to act in his name and direct his work here on Earth.

Personally, I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is guided by Jesus Christ through direct revelation to his living prophets and apostles. How do I know? Because I have exercised faith, studied, pondered, lived the teachings and prayed to ask God if it were so; God let me know through the power of the Holy Ghost that these things are true.

I invite all within the reach of my words to do likewise. I promise that those of you who diligently seek to know if these things are true, with pure intentions and a humble heart, will receive a witness that they are true - as long as you are willing to receive the truth. This witness will be born of the Holy Ghost, which God sheds upon all who are willing to hear what He has to say.

Jason Belnap

Graduate assistant in teaching, Department of Mathematics

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