What is the fulness of the gospel? There are many interpretations of this simple phrase. In traditional Mormon culture, the term is generally used to cover ‘all knowledge and wisdom derived from God.’  Many times, the term encompasses the particular doctrine espoused by a fringe group, such as plural marriage. This blog attempts to focus primarily on the scriptural definition of this and other core terms within the restoration. What is the doctrine of Christ? What is the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost? And other similar questions whose answers can be found in the scriptures. Please feel free to join in the discussion.

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  • Carlos:

    Thank you for letting me know i am not alone

  • a marginalized mormon:

    I am writing to comment on the article you wrote about being apart from the world–
    and about the invitation to come back from the First Presidency.
    I do believe that the First Presidency is sincere, but the idea that they can speak for members of individual wars is not realistic.
    My reasons for not being in church are something which is completely out of my control. I actually do hold a temple recommend, but I am a victim of a disease that makes the building highly toxic to me, so I take the sacrament in the parking lot every week. I am also not well, very chronically ill, so getting to the parking lot is not easy.
    I can say that many of the members of my ward have not treated me with compassion over my health problem. Nor have they treated my family members with compassion. In spite of that my family members have been able to continue to participate. It’s not easy. Being an exception to so many ‘rules’ I can see who is truly Christlike and who is not, based upon how I am treated. These people do not believe my illness is valid. Nor do I make myself vulnerable to them by trying to ‘prove’ it is valid. I have had to come to realize that what they believe does not matter.
    However sincere the First Presidency is, I don’t think many of them understand what it means to be rejected and persecuted and outcast for ‘poverty’. In my case the poverty is health-centered. But it is naive for them to believe and state that there will be a warm embrace, when entering a church for some of us can mean serious illness. Yes, I am chemically damaged. And our building has been proven to be toxic, though local leaders won’t do anything to repair it.
    Some of us find it possible to allow all of the leaders of the church to be as imperfect (or even apostate) as they wish to be. But we still remain, as did the poor Zoramites, ‘cast out’ and forgotten. I have not been strident in my appeals. I have been inoffensive and invisible, but I am treated as a child of a lesser God.
    There has been gossip about my ‘lack of faithfulness’–
    This is not a ‘warm embrace’–
    The idea that everyone who isn’t attending church is, somehow, ‘rebellious’ or has turned against the church because of sin is not true.

  • Spektator:

    The church drives conformity. This, in my opinion, is symbolized by the ‘unofficial’ white shirt policy applied to those who conduct the sacrament. Your actions have branded you as a non-conformizt. Most members don’t know what to do with such a creature. It saddens me when I hear stories like yours, it wasn’t too many years ago that I would have acted similarly to the other members in your ward. I would have done so because the mindset drilled into members is that you must conform to be accepted. Sad lot…

  • Melissa M:

    Dear Marginalized,

    My heart breaks for you.

    As hard as it is to be a marginalized mormon, it is a great opportunity to get really intimate with the Gospel instead of merrily going along in the Church.

    As someone who is also marginalized (part member family and I work every other weekend) in a very small Utah town, I am beginning ro realize why the sinners, harlots and publicans thronged to Christ. They too were marginalized. They too were not welcomed where they went. I believe it gave them unique perspective to see through the existing church structure and to recognize and embrace who He was/is.

    When I realized that I no longer fit, it was very painful for me. I began the marginalized period in my life when I became a single parent in 2000 and at that point I began to realize that I was not accepted, not wanted, and not seen as anything but a symbol of what no one wanted to be.

    Looking back (I’m not saying this is anyone but myself), I should have begun my serious study of the words of Christ at that point. Instead I became angry, embittered, and frustrated that I no longer was chartered into the club. 11 years later, I finally realized that I could continue to be upset and carry that forward or I could really study the Word and begin to understand why I was being treated so badly by people who claimed to be Christian.

    It has been a terrible, amazing journey, and I am sure it will remain so.

    Best wishes to you. You are not alone.

  • Spektator:

    Melissa,
    Having grown up in a very small town in Utah, I understand how hard it must be for you. Living in the mid West, I don’t have to deal with those who have adopted the ritual.

    I would say that we all must go through some pain before we are able to see what is really happening. I am glad to hear that your journey has been both terrible and amazing. I can really relate to that.

  • Murra Hunt:

    For those of you who feel you are on the outside, I ask forgiveness for all who have offended you. For all of us, however, our cross is to learn Christ-like love, charity, and grace, whether we are the offenders or the offended. I commend to all the reading of Eugene England’s “Why the Church Is as True as the Gospel.”

  • Jon Keyworth:

    You have blessed my life. Thank you…

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