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Published: Friday, Jan. 11 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

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Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Tell someone about pre-mortal existence or degrees of glory and you’re as likely to cause incredulity as you are to enlighten them. But telling them is better than using metaphors like milk and meat if you truly believe it yourself. Grown adult can decide what they’re ready for.

To ask what was 'restored' is a logical question to expect from those who don't think that Christ's gospel was ever lost. To them, Mormonism is one more sect that believes its version of Christianity is the only one that knows what Jesus was about. That's been going on for two thousand years. At intervals, someone like Francis of Assisi would come along who realized it was more important to understand than to be understood.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE:Craig Clark Tell someone about pre-mortal existence.
Origen believed in the Platonic pre-existence and transmigration of souls. The Council of Constantinople in 453 CE posthumously excommunicated him.

Christians, and Jews believe that God created all that exists ex nihilo (out of nothing).

Mormonism is quite different in its cosmology, claiming that God fashioned the universe out of preexisting material. God is eternal in some forms of LDS theology, but so is preexisting matter, including the material used by God to create human beings.

(Ecc 12:7)… the spirit shall return unto God who gave it)

In (2Tim 1:9 & Titus 1:2)God existed before time, implying he created time.

… God who gives life to the dead and Calls into Being things that were not.(Romans 4:17 NIV)

Col 1:16, For in him all things( including angels) were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

sharrona,

I once heard a Catholic theologian on a TV talk show argue that it is not meant for man to understand God. He went on to say that if you understand a relgious mystery, then it's not of God. He made it seem as though God giving man a brain when he created him was a pointless effort on the part of God, like putting a tasty morsel of food in front of a hungry child with instructions not to eat it.

Hearing bizarre arguments that God created everything out of nothing suddenly makes Joseph Smith's teachings sound much more credible to me.

BalancedFulfilledLife
MISSOURI CITY, TX

Great article! I appreciate the wisdom and insight that the Eyre's pass forward.

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