I think that as a former Protestant I understood much about trinitarian theology and understood what it meant. I had very few vague ideas about the subject. I was a much better Bible student than many of my fellow members. I can't say as much for the Book of Mormon but I am getting to know it better.


At 02:24 PM 12/09/2002 +0000, you wrote:

Gary Smith wrote:
> Most people don't understand well the doctrines of their church. That
> includes LDS members, though the active ones probably understand our
> basic tenets better than those of other churches. Most Trinitarians do
> not understand the Trinity well (most believe in modalism, a few even
> believe in the Godhead of separate beings).
> Most people float around looking for a church that fits their social and
> cultural strata, not their spiritual understanding.

You describe my sister-in-law perfectly.

But I hold one further belief, or hope.  And that is that people
disbelieve the doctrines of their churches not JUST out of laziness
(though I'll never discount laziness) but because, deep in their souls,
they remember who they are and where they came from.  That's why (IMHO)
the discussions were (at least to me) not so much LEARNING as BEING

> Of course that
> doesn't apply to us, as once you buy your house, you are pretty much
> stuck with one ward.

Until it splits.

All seriousness aside, I'm pretty grateful that the Church is adament
about educating its members about good, solid doctrine.  No matter how
amateurish or "hobby horse"-ish speakers at the pulpit may or may not
be, the reading assignments for Gossip Doctrine, Relief Society, and
Priesthood are "pound the basics into our heads."  Only by becoming
dictatorial can we force good doctrine further down people's throats --
short of that, we're still gonna have weak teachers and weak students.
Yesterday's GD class, with a sub teacher, became a silly "I
wouldn't"/"They taught us at MTC to" argument.

> For many who enjoy family here, but are looking forward to playing harps
> and singing in choirs in the next life, I think they will be totally
> happy in the Terrestrial Kingdom. It will be far greater than anything
> they can imagine a heaven being. Will they miss their families? Perhaps.
> Or maybe they'll be happy seeing others in the same kingdom as friends,
> brothers and sisters.

Maybe.  But there's something about being a neutered angel which just
disturbs me, and always did -- had a lot to do with me rejecting
Christianity-as-everyone-else-taught-it in my know-it-all college days.
Perhaps it's as Benjamin Franklin indicated, when he wrote how a steer
would be flattered to be called a bull but would be happier having
restored to him what was rightfully his in the first place.
> If progression between kingdoms ends up being a possibility, perhaps it
> becomes an incentive for those who desire to grow to eventually become
> celestialized. I dunno. I think that it may be possible, just that it
> would take them "worlds without end" (DC 131) to achieve it, meanwhile
> those already in the kingdom would have advanced in kingdoms and
> dominions and glory far beyond what any Terrestrial person could ever
> imagine.

As hard as it is for me to imagine someone being satisfied with being
familyless and neutered, I find it even more unbelievable that someone
would learn of the truth and then prefer to give into social pressure.
Is the natural man and woman stuck in this high school mode, fearing
peer pressure more than a loss of being oneself?

"Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you
are doing the impossible."

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