IT IS GLORIOUS TO KNOW THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AS MY PERSONAL SAVIOR, AND TO BE ABSOLUTELY SURE OF MY SALVATION, AND TO BE THE POSSESSOR OF THE INDWELLING SPIRIT OF CHRIST, AND TO LIVE UNDER THE MATCHLESS GRACE OF GOD.
by Carolyn I. Sexauer
Since that wonderful day when I gave up trying to reconcile the teachings of Mormonism with the Word of God, as found in the Bible, and was "born again" of the Spirit, I have been happier than ever before in my life, and have known in full measure "the peace of God which passeth all understanding."
I live each day rejoicing.
Every burden of my heart is gone.
Every doubt and fear is gone.
Space will not permit my going into detail as to my own desperate struggles, my uncertainty and despair before arriving at the truth, but oh I want to make it as clear as these words of mine can possibly do, how glorious it is to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour; to be absolutely certain of my salvation apart from anything I have done, or can do; to be a possessor of the indwelling Spirit of Christ - to live under the matchless grace of God.
It is the difference between the darkest night and the brightest day. Having found the light, no power on earth could cause me to go back into darkness.
Staunch believers in Joseph Smith - those who accept THE BOOK OF MORMON, DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS and other Mormon books as scripture, will be outraged at this statement, but it is true.
FOUND SALVATION READING THE BIBLE
I taught Mormon theology for over two years, during which time I studied harder and more diligently, and went on my knees more than ever before, beseeching God to show me the truth. It was during the first few months of this time that the vague doubts about the truth of Mormonism began to crystalize.
Let me make it perfectly clear, that at that time my greatest desire was to justify my faith in Mormonism. Even the doubts that arose, I put from me, with the explanation to my conscience, that it was simply that I did not understand these particular principles.
My belief in Mormon doctrines died a hard death. I clung doggedly to them long after I knew positively they were wrong.
Then began the awful confusion. In looking up the few Bible references given in the lesson outline, I found myself reading more than just the verses referred to. I read chapters preceding these verses and chapters following. I found that the meaning was often entirely different than the isolated verse would indicate. Also in my reading of this precious Word of God, I discovered many things that didn't agree at all with Mormon teachings.
It was a shock to me. I always believed that the Latter-Day Saint religion accepted the Bible as the true Word of God. In spite of the eighth Article of Faith, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly."
It has never occurred to me that the Bible could have been mistranslated. Although I had never been encouraged to read it (and that is true of all Mormon people), I had always taken it for granted that it was the Book above all books in my church as well as other Christian religions.
Now I know why Mormon people are not urged to read their Bibles. Anyone who reads it with an open heart and with a prayer to God for understanding and who is honestly seeking truth, will soon discover that Mormonism is not the true Church of Christ.
The Bible is true. It has been proven true scientifically, historically, prophetically, and psychologically. It is a true testimony to itself. Time-honored and esteemed men - authorities in all branches of research have corroborated the truth, the unfailing exactness of the BIble, down through the ages.
And besides all this abundance of proof, every born again believer knows beyond the shadow of a doubt that it is God's pure and eternal word, for the Spirit is the interpreter. "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit" (Romans 8:16) "It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63) Now read John 7:17 where Jesus says, "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself."
"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever:" (Daniel 12:3)