Last week I sent the public affairs representative from the High Council to an interfaith group meeting. It didn’t go very well. They were offended at his words and will not be inviting us to participate in the group going forward. I asked them what happened.
It was decided that before the different denominations could all work together on certain community goals they would each speak for a few moments on how their church views other religions. In this way they were hoping to dissipate any feelings of mistrust.
They sent me the notes taken from the meeting and it seems that my high councilors comments were accurate but somewhat lacking in tact. This is what he said:
“I am honoured to be amongst such good people today as a representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and know that we can accomplish much good together as we work within our communities. Rather than hearing my own personal thoughts on how our Church views other religions I am going to share with you what Church Apostle Dallin H. Oaks said in this month’s New Era Magazine*.
"The fashionable opinion of this age is that all churches are true. In truth, the idea that all churches are the same is the doctrine of the anti-Christ."
You see when Joseph Smith asked God and Jesus which church to join Joseph recorded this as his response “I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.”
My friends the Lord Himself referred to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as “the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased” This is right in our scriptures! (D&C 1:30).
Because of this declaration of the Lord, we refer to this, His Church as the “only true Church.”
Furthermore from The Book of Mormon we can read in 1 Nephi 14:10 where it states:
"Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth."
I do understand of course that there is much good taught in all faiths and as Mormons we invite people to bring all the good that they have learned from their religions and allow us to add our additional truths that they may have a fullness of the truth. I am very much looking forward to working with you all and being an integral part of this committee.”