Sunday, November 6, 2016

Why Do We Need Organized Religion? Why Do We Need Christ's True Church?

Have you ever wondered what the purpose of church really is? Why can't we all just be good people with individual religious goals and beliefs? Many feel that there is no need to participate in organized religion at all. 

 Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles, teaches,

"I realize that there are those who consider themselves religious or spiritual and yet reject participation in a church or even the need for such an institution. Religious practice is for them purely personal. Yet the Church is the creation of Him in whom our spirituality is centered—Jesus Christ. It is worth pausing to consider why He chooses to use a church, His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to carry out His and His Father’s work “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” 

In the Book of Mormon, in the sixth chapter of Moroni, verse four it reads,
"And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith."

Among the many reasons why Christ organized His church while he was on the earth, and once again in the latter-days, is for the members to lift and strengthen one another in the keeping of the commandments and taking the name of the Savior upon them in the sacred ordinance of baptism. This unity and strength is a strong defense against the adversary and his temptations. 

Elder Neil L. Maxwell declared, "random individual goodness is not enough in the fight against evil." 

We each child of God needs all of the safety, organization, priesthood, ordinances, sacrament, and constant nourishment by the good word of God that is provided in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

I encourage you to read the following talks and resources on why we have the need for, and participation in Christ's true church, and how we can learn of that need by the power of the Holy Ghost. 

Elder Christofferson reminds us that, 
"In this discussion of the Church as the body of Christ, we must always bear in mind two things. One, we do not strive for conversion to the Church but to Christ and His gospel, a conversion that is facilitated by the Church. The Book of Mormon expresses it best when it says that the people “were converted unto the Lord, and were united unto the church of Christ. ” Two, we must remember that in the beginning, the Church was the family, and even today as separate institutions, the family and the Church serve and strengthen one another. Neither supplants the other, and certainly the Church, even at its best, cannot substitute for parents. The point of gospel teaching and priesthood ordinances administered by the Church is that families may qualify for eternal life."

I do know with certainty that I have been blessed beyond anything I could describe in this blog post or in words at all, by my full participation in and attendance to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Church is sacred because it is a place where we come to know our Savior. We learn how to return to Him, and how to follow Him here and now. I have felt His loving spirit as I have partaken of the Holy Sacrament. I invite you to attend if it is possible. I can testify that it will bless your life into the eternities to be united with the children of God. Jesus Christ lives and loves you. There is truth on the earth today and you can know it. 

-Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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