In my personal spiritual journey the past couple of years, I’ve come to realize how expansive God’s love and reach is. I see God and His love at work in so many different people’s lives, regardless of religious background, current alignment (or lack thereof) with the Ten Commandments, etc. I have come to know a God who truly is “no respecter of persons,” and who truly loves His children and earnestly does all He can to bless and help them.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I also know that the Church is true, and that it has a mission and role that no other organization can fulfill. It sometimes is difficult for me to assimilate these two realities — that God is, as Joseph Smith said, “more liberal in His views, and boundless in His mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive….”
In nearly the same breath, Joseph Smith also said “The Lord Almighty has…so firmly established the dispensation of the fullness of the priesthood in the last days, that all the powers of earth and hell can never prevail against it.” I was trying to find a quote that basically suggested that when trying to understand Mormonism, it is important to know what the Church is and what it isn’t. In my experience, I’m coming to see that the Church isn’t the only way for people to find God or His love.