Saturday, June 28, 2014

"Him Declare I Unto You"

Since there are many gods in all regions of Asia, most temples house statues of deities from Taoist, Buddhist and local religions’ traditions.  It is not desirable to worship one god exclusively and thereby offend another, so there is a compatible blending of traditions, beliefs and worship in each of these temples. Although we do not believe in these traditions, we are respectful of those who do.

Wong Tai Sin Temple 

This system of worshiping multiple gods of various beliefs at the same time is not unique to Asia. The Apostle Paul, when visiting the people in Athens, noticed they had an altar dedicated “to the unknown god”, lest they had forgotten one and would incur his/her wrath for not remembering him/her in their worship.

To those who worshiped these gods, The Apostle Paul declared, “Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.” (Acts 17:22)

This is the message of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - that we declare, preach, and testify of the true and living God, even our Heavenly Father, and His son Jesus Christ.  Heavenly Father is not found in gods of wood or stone or gold.  We are created in His image. 

Paul continues, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, 'For we are also his offspring'. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. (Acts 17: 28-29)

We are His sons and daughters.  He has a plan for us, a plan of happiness, which will bring us back to His presence as we worship Him in truth.  We are ever grateful for our witness of who God is and our relationship with Him. 

Grateful to be on a mission!

Elder and Sister Coffey

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