Despite my lack of writing skills (my step-dad is the writer in the family – see his blog HERE), I’ve felt for awhile that I need to start a blog and compile my mussing and spiritual experiences into one place. This is is the inaugural post for that project. I have at least a couple years worth of back history to post, but I thought I’d start with my recent testimony as I wrote it on Facebook and the LDS Freedom Forum last week (with a few minor edits).
I testify that the Savior Jesus Christ lives and that He wants to know all of us. We ALL have the opportunity to know him while in this flesh, and have been admonished and taught by the scriptures and the testimonies of others who have done so, to receive Him in this lifetime.
I have had my sins remitted by God and have been told the same thing Enos was told:
“4 And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.
5 And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.
6 And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away.” (Enos 1:4-6)
I’ve been told by God, that I have received my Calling and Election. I have received many visitations by angels and have been taught by them. I have met my Savior more than once. I have spoken to other heavenly beings. I do not say these things to brag – and I am certainly not perfect in the eyes of man and have much to overcome, but to testify of them so others can see that if someone like me (a big huge nobody who has been “spiritually retarded” my entire life) can obtain them, then you certainly can too.
I also testify that I learned the things I have and obtained these blessings by going to GOD, NOT because any man with earthly authority – in or out of the church, told me I have. I testify that these things CANNOT be obtained through any man. The church provided a very basic foundation for my gospel understanding. Once I decided to go directly to God to learn more, a whole new universe of understanding and truths was unfolded to me, and continues to unfold. I testify that “the church” cannot give you this, it must come from God.
Though I do not “follow” him (I follow only my God and my Savior), I also testify that Denver Snuffer is a prophet of God and I know he has received the Second Comforter as he claims. I do not believe that gives him authority in the church, but I do believe that he has been commissioned by the Savior – with whom he communes, to testify of the things he’s received and share the truths God has revealed to him – so that we can take that information to God and gain our own witness and be taught by Him too.
I recognize that the church is under condemnation and that condemnation continues to grow as the direction of the church moves further and further from the things the Prophet Joseph Smith restored, and fundamentally important doctrine and scripture is discarded, and as the church more tightly embraces Babylon. I (along with SO many others) am a witness that the church’s treatment of the poor, fatherless, needy, sick and afflicted is an utter abomination to God, and that Zion will not be attained from within the church.
I testify that the 144,000 are awakening and being ordained by angels NOW IN THIS DAY, and they are among us. They also are being called directly from God and not from within the church organization.
I also testify that despite the corruption in the church and the complacency of us – the Gentiles, the Book of Mormon is of God – as are the Lectures on Faith. The Book of Mormon is a witness for us TODAY and speaks to US as a warning to US, that we need to turn from the condemnation we have been under and embrace God fully and RECEIVE the Fullness of the Gospel, not just brag that our Book of Mormon contains it.
I pray that God will continue to bless me with further light and knowledge and that I’ll have the opportunity to be escorted to His throne by my Savior and kneel before Him.