– Born a Mormon does not mean brainwashed

I was born into a Mormon family and experienced all of the programs for primary age children through adulthood members. Then at age 19 I went on a two year Mormon mission. After knocking on a door one day as a missionary I was invited in. On this one particular occasion, as we began to discuss the beliefs of the Mormon church, the person confronted me and told me that I was only a Mormon because I had been raised that way and did not know any better and was nothing more than the product of brainwashing. The man stated that it is a fact of science that the brain gets attached to whatever it is fed and that all religious people are a product of their environment and not of any greater supernatural experience. He said that Christianity was a stifling superstition, a mere fairytale story from an old and outdated book. That conversation actually affected me a lot and I really began to wish that I had not been born a member. I still wanted to be a Mormon for sure, but I wished that somehow I could say that I had found it completely on my own as an adult and not as a result of any upbringing that could have affected my outcome. I was smart enough to recognize the benefits of Christian values. There had been peoples lives I had seen change as they gave up the worldly lifestyle and began a new life as a Christian. What I did wish on that day and for years after was that I could have said that I was a Mormon because I found out about it and converted to become a Mormon when I had been older. I gave my parting statement of belief to the man. He did not believe me, nor did I completely believe myself. I would not be fully converted to my beliefs and find a deeper spiritual experience for many years.

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– Get Excited about the Gospel!

The biggest secret to being successful at anything in life is in first finding something you really love to do and then doing it better than anyone else. We naturally perform better when we are doing something we enjoy. This is the great key to being motivated, innovative and accomplishing things in life. Living the Gospel of jesus Christ to it fullest will bring joy into your life like nothing else can in life.

But since I have embraced the Gospel not for one half-minute, to the best of my recollection, has anything worn to me a gloomy aspect, under all circumstances I have felt pleasant and cheerful. When surrounded by mobs, with death and destruction threatening on every hand, I am not aware but that I felt just as joyful, just as well in my spirit, as I do now. Prospects might appear dull and very dark, but I have never seen a time in this Gospel but what I knew that the result would be beneficial to the cause of truth and the lovers of righteousness, and I have always felt to joyfully acknowledge the hand of the Lord in all things. – Brigham Young (Journal of Discourses, 26 vols. [London: Latter-day Saints’ Book Depot, 1854-1886], 3: 321.)

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– Why the Book of Mormon?

The most emphasized single doctrine contained in the Book of Mormon is that of the divinity of Jesus Christ. It is our belief in Jesus Christ that matters most in this life. The core beliefs of the gospel are as Joseph Smith stated below.

“The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it” (History of the Church 3:30).

The Book of Mormon stands as another testament to the life and mission of Jesus Christ, past, present and future (3 NE 27:13-20; 3 NE 11:31-40). People worldwide will benefit from a diligent study of the doctrines found in the Book of Mormon. They will find a reaffirmation of many of the teachings that are found in the Bible, and strengthen their faith in Christ. This is why LDS missionaries hand out the Book of Mormon.

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