Three Doctrines Only The LDS Church Teaches But Every Christian Wants to Believe.
One of the most shocking things I have learned from my interactions with other Christians is how many of them believe doctrines only the LDS Church teaches. Often they believe their church teaches and believes them also, but they don’t. I like to call these Uniquely Mormon doctrines. These doctrines just make sense to our souls and people naturally believe them, unless taught otherwise. Here are three examples of doctrines that almost every Christian believe, yet only the LDS Church teaches.
1st. We Are Literal Children Of God.
If you ask any Christian “Are you a literal child of God?” they will almost unanimously reply “YES!” But if you ask the Pastors/Priests “Does your church teach you are literal children of God?” They will start to backtrack on their unashamed belief that they are Children of God. Explaining that He is only our Father through the adoption of grace and that we are not really His children.
Every doctrine within Mormonism rests upon the doctrinal foundation and belief that we are literally spirit sons and daughters of God. It is the main doctrine underlining the entire Plan of Salvation! We believe that we lived with our Heavenly Father in heaven before we were born (also a uniquely Mormon belief). And because of Jesus Christ and His atoning grace, we can return home to heaven! All of this rests on the foundation that this is all possible because we are His children! Think about a doctrine or principle and quickly you will be able to connect it to this foundation. That is why Satan seeks to get us to identify by anything other than as children of God.
“It is essential that our preeminent identity is as a child of God.”
Elder Donald L. Hallstrom
2nd. Eternal Families.
Building off the doctrinal foundation that we are children of God, comes the belief in eternal families. I don’t think I’ve ever met a mother who did not believe they would be with their children in heaven. Or a husband who truly loves his wife who did not hope, pray, and believe his love was eternal. Yet like being children of God, no other church will teach that in heaven we are families. They believe he who decries divorce in this life, will be the great divorce lawyer in the heavens separating every family from one another.
That thought makes reason stare! God’s joy comes from being with His family, and so does ours! So why would a loving God deny His children the very things that bring Him happiness and joy? Simple, he does not. Plus, when God joined Adam and Eve together there was no death, it was an eternal marriage. Jesus did warn though that in heaven man is not given in marriage, so therefore all matters of marriage must be taken care of on earth.
3rd. Hope For The Dead.
Building off being children of God leads to asking the question: “What about the millions who die without the gospel?” Are they lost? Is God batting a losing average? As far more have died without hearing about the gospel than die with it. Does he not love the billions in China? Are they not His children also?
As universal as a belief that we are God’s children is a hope, even if ever so faint that there is hope for the dead. But once again, the LDS church is the only church that believes God still loves and is merciful to the dead who die without the law. After all, even the Bible teaches about both Baptisms for the dead (1 Corinthians 15:29), and also Christ leading the missionary work among the souls of the dead (1 Peter 3:19-20 and 4:6).
The truth is simple. God is a both loving and fair, merciful and just. He truly is our loving Heavenly Father. He did not send billions of His children to earth without hope of coming home. He has provided the means whereby those who have not heard the gospel in this life can be taught the gospel hereafter (before the resurrection), to allow them to accept Christ. Truly this is what a loving Father would give His children.
“Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness! A voice of mercy from heaven; and a voice of truth out of the earth; glad tidings for the dead; a voice of gladness for the living and the dead; glad tidings of great joy.”