Originally Posted by KirtlandSaintinZion
I have made it a point to not discuss polygamy. You guys say it OK at times. I don't. 'Nuff said...
One difference would be Temple rites. I, personally, believe the washings and annointings done at Kirtland are correct and will be re-instituted when the Temple in Zion in built.
I believe, as the "Lectures on Faith" teach, that Heavenly Father is a a personage of perfect Spirit, and Jesus is a personage of perfect tabernacle (flesh).
The main differences are ideas advanced in Nauvoo vs. prior church teachings.
These are all doctrinal matters that I have not been taught. I will learn them as I am able and Heavenly Father permits.
I'm pretty jaded concerning religion. I just had not seen people who did not preach exclusivity and exclusionary ways. Some of these people are puffed up at their own importance and neglect the very words of Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ. I am convinced that people come up with complicated and hard to follow secret rules for the purpose of avoiding doing what Jesus Christ told us to do.
After I left the evangelical church, I fully expected that their hell would freeze over before I ever addressed the Jesus issue again. I became Muslim and in spite of the fact that Muslims and myself are as flawed as anyone else in the world, I knew that I loved God and him I would worship until I died and I hoped he would hasten the day.
Then I ran into Missionary Sisters in Kirtland and I tell you plainly that the day I found that I would eventually have to meet with Elders, that was nearly a deal breaker for me. Yet Heavenly Father's unfailing love expressed through those sisters eventually wore me down because I now believed that our church was the first one I had ever seen that tried as hard as it could to teach what Heavenly Father wanted, the words of Jesus Christ, the crucifiction, and him risen. There was kindness in that church that I had never experienced in my life.
I don't judge our church on past doctrines. I judge our church by who we are today and how we handle things about us right now. That is all that is important.