4) Rely on the Savior for help by becoming “one with God.”
Many wonder how one true church can exist if there are so many people in the world and so many different beliefs. Today, the religious world remains divided even though prophets now and in the past have declared the gospel as the perfect prescription to all human ills.
This division can be a source of contention between those of differing religious beliefs. However, God expressed His wish—that man be unified with Him—through Christ and the apostles, as they warned against division from one another.
Uniting ourselves with the Savior will help us to handle contention with grace.
Example: In John 17:21, Christ prayed to the Father that all may be one with God and each other, as He is with the Father. This prayer illustrates God’s desire for all to be like Him and to follow the teachings of Christ. As saints individually strive to become like God, the collective goal of the Church expands. Followers of the restored gospel form a worldwide body of believers and, as predicted by Joseph Smith, continue to raise the human condition with their missionary and humanitarian efforts.
5) Utilize the gospel tools available.
While the scriptures seem to be the most obvious tool, the footnote cross-references, Bible Dictionary, and Topical Guides are also great resources to help you understand a particular gospel topic. Additionally, LDS.org, general conference talks found in the Ensign, and Church social media should also be utilized regularly.
By using these tools, you can research particular topics and be better prepared for those in-the-moment conversations with those of other faiths or those struggling within the LDS faith. You may also find it helpful to enlist the aid of local missionaries before, during, or after these tough conversations.
Example: It is often the doctrines unique to the Restoration, such as the pre-existence, plural marriage, and the three degrees of glory, that create concern for the critics of the Church. For example, searching in the Topical Guide for topics like “premortal life” or “resurrection,” give you an organized list of the biblical references to these doctrines—references that provided the basis for many of the revelations received by the Prophet Joseph Smith. By comparing scriptures side by side in this way, a mosaic of common beliefs spanning across time comes into view and shows that God truly is the same today, yesterday, and forever.
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are presented with tough gospel questions, the most important thing to remember is the counsel given by the general authorities: stand fast until additional knowledge is available, always “doubt your doubts,” focus on the gospel essentials, rely on the eternal perspective, and gain a testimony of scripture and modern-day revelation.
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