It’s a crazy world out there and sometimes we don’t always know everyone’s strategic angle. It’s important to make sure that each student of the Study Guide knows exactly where the author or compiler of this Study Guide is coming from. We hope it will eliminate any fear of deception.
For this reason, we updated “The Author” section in Study Guide Introduction.
- It is authored anonymously to ensure that you focus on the message instead of the messenger. The scriptures remind us what happens when people introduce something new, something contrary to tradition or simply something they do not like to hear (1 Nephi 1:19-20). It is unfortunate that when some people are presented with something like this they work hard to discredit the individual, quickly write them off as “apostate” all without even focusing on the merits of the message. This would be especially unfortunate in the case of this Study Guide because the message is heavily supported with scripture.
- The author is not a follower of any one person quoted or referenced within this compilation but rather they are followers of Christ and His word. The author is not ex-mormon, anti-mormon and not associated with any so-called apostate group. It is important to be direct here and help people avoid fear that they are somehow going down an errant road to apostasy.
- The author loves and sustains each institutional church leader in their respective role and calling so long as they are teaching Christ’s doctrine from the scriptures and not engaged in priestcrafts (2 Nephi 26:29). The author accepts that each person (LDS, LDS Leader, Non-Leader, Non-LDS) also has their own unique journey with respect to learning, believing, living and teaching the Doctrine of Christ.” This comment is rooted in the idea that “God is no respecter of persons.” It is important to make it clear that everyone has their own unique journey without any exemptions. Yes, that means that institutional church leaders are also not exempt. Just because a person carries a certain title including: Pastor, Minister, Clergy, President (Church, Stake, Aux), Counselor, Apostle, General Authority, Bishop, or even Group Leader does not automatically mean they have learned, believe, are living or have fulfilled the Doctrine of Christ. You may be surprised to know that many of the persons that carry these titles and mantles have not yet received personal redemption or or even the Savior, Jesus Christ, Himself. Yes, every institutional church leader must seek, knock and ask in order to receive the same way as any other person—no exceptions. For more thoughts on this read our “No Respecter of Persons” blog post.
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