Monday, 1 February 2010

lds change of attitude towards other churches

from joseph smith's first vision:
I was answered that I must join none of
them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said
that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those
professors were all corrupt; that: they draw near to me with their
lips, but their hearts are far from me, they ...teach for doctrines the
commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the
power thereof.

this seems kind of contradictory to what is taught today in the lds church:
You know and we know that there are many good people in other churches.
There is much of good in them. Your family and your prior religious
traditions may have taught you many good things and established many
good habits. As the Apostle Paul said, Prove all things; hold fast
that which is good
(1 Thessalonians 5:21). Bring the good things with you, keep them, and use them in the Lord's service.
taken from A Perfect Brightness of Hope—to New Members of the Church

update: someone suggested that the first vision quote only referred to the local churches in joseph smiths area that he was investigating.

Q. is this the case?

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