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Hug Your Favorite Evangelical Today

Thanks Jacob for pointing out this great song that echos my own prayers.

Praise God — all that’s dead inside can be reborn!

The divide between LDS and evangelical or Catholic brothers and sisters who love and need Jesus Christ is so very unnecessary, and not pleasing to the Lord who asks us to simply LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

There is so much greatly inspiring material coming from followers of Christ around the world now and over the last two millennia that can strengthen understanding and faith–my tether to the Church in my time of pain and crisis has actually completely been the result of evangelical authors.

And, since the human brain edits out information that it hears often rather than taking up more memory space (which is why time seems shorter as you get older), it helps those of us used to any preaching tradition to hear the Good News of Christ in language that is not always in the same cadence and vocabulary we’ve heard all our lives.

(So go ahead and praise the Lord Jesus, you saints!  We were lost and are found!)

Let us avoid the irony of echoing 2 Ne 29, not about the Bible, but about our own cannon of latter-day doctrine:

“A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be anymore Bible.” To them, the Lord responded: “What do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the [Jewish prophets], and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto [them]?” (2 Ne. 29:3–4.)

Do we remember the travails and the labors and the pains of the early Christians, the Martyrs, so many God-fearing Catholic Saints, the reaching reformers who all sincerely sought and wrote about God–or was it all only a mechanism to set the stage for restoration?  All those lives were simply the opening act to the real show–which of course, stars us?

Do the words of restoration make the words of reformation useless? Not at all.

Do we remember the travails and the labors and pains of our other Christ-loving (or simply God-loving, or peace-loving or love-loving) brothers and sisters around us today who are praying, receiving knowledge and revelation, being called of God to their own ministries and good works and writings of the Good News?  Or are all their lives again, simply extras in the great blockbuster of restoration–which of course, stars us also.

BROTHER BRIGHAM SAYS NO.

While it may seem to some appropriating and convenient, Brigham Young argues that all Truth is Mormonism.  I like that, because I want to belong to a Church that loves all truth, wherever it is found.  Behold my favorite Mormon quote of all time:

“Mormonism,” so-called, embraces every principle pertaining to life and salvation, for time and eternity. No matter who has it. If the infidel has got truth it belongs to “Mormonism.” The truth and sound doctrine possessed by the sectarian world, and they have a great deal, all belong to this Church. As for their morality, many of them are, morally, just as good as we are. All that is good, lovely, and praiseworthy belongs to this Church and Kingdom. “Mormonism” includes all truth. There is no truth but what belongs to the Gospel. It is life, eternal life; it is bliss; it is the fulness of all things in the gods and in the eternities of the gods (DBY, 3, emphasis added).

Marjorie Thompson says, “I suspect that in times like ours, part of the new work of the Spirit among us is the labor of reclaiming timeless truths from the rich heritage of our historic tradition.”  She adds further, “I suspect what we are witnessing today may be close to the significance of the Great Awakening in the eighteenth century.”  (Reference: Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life)

Consider that–Resurrection, Reformation, Restoration … Revival!

Christ needs a unified people, and we will need to become one before He comes.  He needs all of us, any of us, willing to live for Him, to no longer have “any manner of -ites [the divides we humans put between us]; but [be] in one, the children of Christ, and heirs to the kingdom of God.  (4 Ne 1:17)

Let’s let our hearts, and our global community of Christ—be reborn!