Rev. Dr. Leggett has done it again. He has written about the “Mormons” using questionable sources. If he had bothered to go to the Book of Mormon itself, he would have known that Moroni gave young Joseph Smith, not “two golden plates” but one set of plates, “a book written by many ancient prophets. Their words were quoted and abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon.
“The record gives an account of two great civilizations. One came from Jerusalem in 600 B.C. and afterward separated into two nations, known as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The other came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel. This group is known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians.”
They were not “native American Christian tribes” as claimed by Rev. Dr. Leggett. Most were Israelites descended from Joseph through Manasseh. The crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon is the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after His resurrection.
This is not the forum to debate religious precepts and doctrine. Instead, I invite all to go to “Blanco County News” on the internet and look up Rev. Dr. Leggett’s article in the November 17 edition. Scroll down and read the many comments that were sent to the newspaper from around the country.
Curious to know what a “Mormon Prophet” looks like and sounds like? This Sunday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. local time you can tune in to the “The First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional” on the BYU Channel (Channel 374 on Direct T.V.) You will be able to hear and see the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Christmas music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is an added bonus.
To learn the truth about the “Mormons” go to mormon.org on the internet. We’re really not so weird! In fact, given the chance, we actually make pretty good neighbors.
Keith J. McClellan
Dear Dr. Leggett,
The LDS church is indeed a Christian church. However, instead of arguing your point, I would like to offer an alternative viewpoint. I can personally trace my Methodist heritage back to my great-grandmother on one side and my grandmother on the other side. Offering full disclosure, I am currently not a practicing Methodist. Additionally, I will agree partially to one thing you have written. The title of your second article... “Mormon [(LDS)] beliefs differ from Orthodox Christianity” ...Orthodox is a type of Christianity. You can be an LDS Church member and not be Orthodox. However, so can Lutherans and Methodists. So I give you half credit for that one.
You seem very distressed about the LDS Church having different books, different beliefs, and different tenets. You are an ordained minister and have received your doctorate. A tough accomplishment and one you should be complemented on ...congratulations sir. While at seminary and while writing your dissertation you used text books. These were aids to better understand Father’s word, and to help provide you the ability to relate to modern day parishioners. This is a good thing and should be celebrated. We all need help and sometimes there is just that article, that magazine, that book... Furthermore, we all have books of tenets of our religion; these are taught to our children during confirmation. We want our children to understand why we are Methodist or Lutheran. Also, a good thing. Finally, we also use secular materials to teach our young children how the Bible relates to their lives in Sunday school. Being Lutheran is different than being Methodist. It does not make one right or wrong – it just makes them appeal to different people. What would happen if there was only one type; if we all had to be Methodist, or all had to be Lutheran. The “CHURCH” would have failed a long time ago.
I would like to take a moment and relate some policies of the LDS Church. They really take care of their parishioners. If they are having a hard week, tough month, horrible year, a terrible decade... The LDS Church fills their panty-fridge-freezer. They make sure the family has electricity, a working car, education if desired, medical attention as needed, clean their house, help with daycare and on and on. They encourage their young adults to do missionary work for two years as part of their religious education. This is being the hands and feet of Christ, as all of us Christians know is our duty.
The other side of the coin is the failures of the Orthodox Christian. So, let us take a moment and examine some of these recent failures. How many Orthodox Christians said HIV/AIDS was given by God to those who sinned against His word by being gay; and they should all die, then God could sort them out? How many Orthodox Christians said Katrina was visited upon New Orleans because they are Sodom and Gomorrah combined; and those people deserved what happened to them?
No religion is perfect. The Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church, the Baptist Church, the Catholic Church, the LDS Church; all have parts of them that are not desirable. However, we are sinners and imperfect ourselves. Instead of drawing lines of division between us, we should recognize we are all in the same leaky boat, bailing as fast as we can.