This is kinda long, I got this in an email from a friend and wanted to post it to my blog:
LOOKING FOR A CHURCH
In a local newspaper in Provo, Utah, there had been an ongoing seriesof articles written by individuals who wanted to persuade LDS ChurchMembers to leave the church. In response to the highly critical and spirited remark a member wrote this rebuttal:
I have been thinking about quitting the Mormon Church. Yes, if I can, I am going to get even with that church. As soon as I can find another church that teaches about the Gathering of the House of Israel; the return of the Ten Tribes and their mission; the return of the Jews to Palestine; the building of temples and their purposes; and the mission of Elias, the Prophet, as predicted by Malachi. Is there another church that teaches the method for the salvation of the people that died at the time of Noah and the flood; the origin of the American Indian; the complete explanation of why Jesus of Nazareth needed a mortal mother; the explanation of the three degrees of glory (three heavens) as mentioned by Paul, and explain the scripture that says: "why are they baptized for the dead if the dead rise not at all"? How about one that teaches about the need for the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that teaches that Joseph Smith was chosen before he ever came to earth to be the prophet to usher in that restoration? What about another church with the belief in eternal marriage and the family, and the knowledge of where to be sealed so the family can be together for eternity? Where is another church that sells the best fire insurance policy on earth for the last days, for only a 10th of my income, and that teaches abstinence from all harmful drugs and foods. Yes, sir, as soon as I can find another church that teaches all that, or even half as much, I will say goodbye to this Mormon Church. The church that I am looking for must also be able to motivate 50,000 youth, and adults, for the first, second or third time; to leave their homes for two years, at their own expense, and be sent to faraway missions to teach and preach without salary. It must be able to call 5 or 6 thousand members to go pick apples on a frosty day; and it must get the attention of more than 150,000 men and boys for two hours to listen to a prophet, not to mention women and girls taking the time to listen to their leaders. Could you help me find a church that teaches and shows why salvation is assured for children who die before eight years of age? Mr. Editor, could you help me find a church that teaches all that and more; and hundreds of other doctrines and principles, which I have no room to mention here, and which brings solace and comfort to the soul, peace, hope, and salvation to mankind, and above all, that answers the key questions that all the great philosophers have asked -- questions and answers that explain the meaning of life, the purpose of death, suffering and pain, the absolute need for a redeemer and the marvelous plan of happiness conceived and executed by Jesus Christ the Savior? Yes, as soon as I find another church that teaches that and also that has the organization and the priesthood power to make that teaching effective, I am going to quit the Mormon Church. Don't you think, Mr. Editor, that the Divine Church should also have prophets that don't get old and sick, and die; and certainly that don't make a goof here and there? A Divine Church should be so divine that only perfect people should belong to it, and only perfect people should run it. As a matter of fact, the Church should be so perfect that it should not even be here on earth! So, I repeat, if any one of the kind readers of this imperfect letter knows about another church that teaches and does as much for mankind as the Mormon Church, please let me know. And please do it soon, because my turn to go to the cannery is coming up soon. Also, they want to send my fifth and last son on a mission, and I'll have to pay for it all. And I also know that they expect me to go to the farm to prune trees before long. Boy, these Mormons don't leave you alone for a minute. And what do I get for all they ask me to do? Well, someone said, for one, you can look forward to a funeral service at no charge!? Do you think you can help me find another church?
Tom B. Clark