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Hi I'm Kathy

I'm a born again, Spirit-filled, Charismatic Mormon.

About Me

I was born again at age 16 when I asked Jesus to come into my life to be my Savior and Lord. I have loved and served Jesus with all my heart since that day. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit at age 24, and received the gift of tongues.  I have known and loved the Holy Ghost ever since. Because of many moves, we attended Baptist, then non-denominational, Charismatic and Pentecostal churches. I am very grateful for the things the Lord taught me, and the worship we enjoyed for those many years. Thirty years after I was saved, and 22 years after I received the filling of the Holy Spirit with tongues, I felt the Lord beckoning me to read the Book of Mormon. I read it all the way through. But it was not until I was reading the Doctrine and Covenants, and praying in tongues while reading, that the Holy Spirit revealed to me that this truly is also the Word of God. When I was baptized as a Latter-day Saint at age 46, I knew I was cleansed from the blood and sins of this generation. When I received the authorized LDS Gift of the Holy Spirit, I was amazed how the Holy Spirit could go higher and deeper in me, than He previously could. It was if I had a stronger protective covering over me, and far better spiritual tools than I ever did before.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have devoted my life to loving and serving our Father in heaven, Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior, and King, and the precious Holy Spirit. I covenanted with the Lord, when I was first born again at age 16, that I would follow Him all the days of my life. When I was baptized in the Holy Spirit at age 24, I again promised the Lord, praying in both tongues and English, that I would do anything He wanted me to do. I have tried to love the Lord with my whole heart, soul, mind and strength all the days of my life. I am a Mormon because I have committed to the Lord to follow Him in all things. There is more of the Holy Spirit available than I had before as just a born again Charistmatic Christian. He does not leave, He remains with me. I no longer have to constantly pray and beg Him to please come, as He stays with me. He's the same Holy Spirit. Just like a man and woman are the same people the day before their marriage as they are the day after their marriage, yet the covenant makes all the difference. There is greater power and covering with the LDS authorized priesthood Gift of the Holy Spirit. And with the covenants available in the temple, far greater tools than what I had previously. What I had before was awesome. What I have now is incomparable. My husband joined the Church a year later, and we were sealed (covenant marriage) in the temple in 2004. We had a very good Christian marriage before. Now, there is even a deeper covenant and covering over our marriage since we have been sealed. It is an answer to the prayers I've prayed for decades; to have even more blessings and more power from the Lord to serve Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in the same way I did for the 30 years before I was baptized as a Latter-day Saint. Each day, I try to read some in the scriptures; (Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price). I pray in English and in tongues throughout the day. I try to follow Jesus in all things, and listen to the Holy Spirit as He prompts me. I go to church, and try to bless others around me with spritual food. I am so grateful for the blessings of the Restoration; I have more love, more power and far better spiritual tools than I had as a born again Spirit-filled Charismatic / Pentecostal Christian. I have been writing a book on building bridges between born again Spirit-filled Charismatic and Pentecostal Christians, and Latter-day Saints (Mormons). There is an incredible language and cultural barrier between these two groups. I testify to Spirit-filled Christians that there is more. You can trust the Holy Spirit; He will guide you into all truth. Greater truths, and greater power is available within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Kathy
Our Father in heaven and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ founded Mormonism. 'Mormonism' is just the common name for the unfolding of the Everlasting Gospel in our day. The Gospel is the good news of Jesus' birth, death and resurrection. The good news is that we are dearly loved children of God, and He has wonderful plans for us. This has been revealed for thousands of years. But additional revelation was given when both God our Father, and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith (who was a 14 year-old boy at the time), and gave him instructions on organizing the Church in these last days. The Official Church answer explains the details on what our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ revealed to Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Kathy
Often, as Mormons, we use words like "eternal life", "immortality", "exaltation" "Deity", "gods", "worthy", "works" "saved" "a god" or "Trinity" which have totally different meanings among Pentecostal/charismatic Christians. For these 640 million Spirit-filled Christians in the world, the word "Trinity" means Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are all unique Individuals within the Godhead, with unique personalities and purposes, yet They are united as One in purpose and in deep covenant in ways we don't fully understand. Pentecostal Christians would agree (in theory) with D&C 20:28 "which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God, infinite and eternal, without end. Amen." They would also agree with 2 Nephi 31:21 "of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen." Because most Mormons think the word Trinity means there is a nebulous oneness within the Godhead where the Three members of the Godhead lose their Individuality, personalities and purposes, many Mormons state they don't believe in the Trinity. Hearing this, Evangelicals wonder, which Person of the Godhead do Mormons not believe in? Therefore, they believe Mormonism is a cult. Each of the above listed words has totally different and sometimes opposite meanings within the Evangelical community (than what is intended when Mormons use these terms). For this reason, to Pentecostals (who tend to be very vocal about their faith), Mormonism seems to be a cult. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Kathy
In no way does the Leadership of the Church endorse any particular candidates or political parties. We are taught by the Church leaders to pray and ask for inspiration from the Lord on how we should fulfill our civic duty to vote. You will find within the Church, dedicated members of various political parties. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Kathy
Because Thomas S. Monson is the current President of the Church, he is often called the prophet for today. But each of the current 12 apostles, plus the President and his two Counselors (15 total) are considered prophets and apostles for our day. When an apostle/prophet dies, the Lord will then reveal to the President and remaining 13 apostles/prophets who should fill the empty seat. This individual is then presented to the entire Church body, who is asked to support, pray for and sustain them, and to receive from the Holy Spirit the confirmation / inspiration that this individual truly is called of God. Having spent most of my adult life in Charismatic, Pentecostal, Assembly of God, Renewalist and Third Wave churches, I was accustomed to having living apostles and prophets and prophetesses. What makes the prophets and apostles at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints different is that they have been given the Restored Priesthood Gift of the Holy Spirit, which is able to go deeper and higher than the regular gift of the Holy Spirit that I cherished for decades. With the Priesthood Gift of the Holy Spirit, truly these apostles and prophets not only hear from God (which our previous apostles, prophets and prophetesses also did), but these LDS prophets are given words and messages of inspiration for the entire world, not just their own flock. Reading the most recent General Conference addresses will let you know what the Lord wants us to know. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kathy
Absolutely not. LDS worship our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. The misconception occurs when Latter-day Saints, in their enthusiasm to share the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ, begin by talking about what they may perceive as 'missing' in the lives of their friends. Yes, LDS believe our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ both appeared to the fourteen-year-old Joseph Smith. But in their excitement about the things that the Lord has restored in our day, LDS may inadvertently talk more about the gift of the gospel, rather than the Giver of that gift: our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Evangelical Christians often assume that if Jesus is not mentioned first, that He is being left out of the equation. And there is also a strong conviction among Spirit-filled Christians that whatever one talks about most is what one worships. So if a LDS talks mostly about Joseph Smith, the Evangelical will assume they worship Joseph Smith. Be assured that the Church leaders have all agreed that we worship "God our Eternal Father and the risen Lord Jesus Christ" (President Gordon B. Hinckley, 2005). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Kathy
When Mormons use the term "eternal life", they are referring to 'life everlasting and full of glory', which Jesus has promised to all who come to Him in faith, who repent of their sins, and gratefully accept His payment on their behalf, which was purchased by His shed blood. Eternal life includes living with Heavenly Father and Jesus in the eternities (with family members who have also repented and placed their faith in Christ). Included in "eternal life" is the gift of being raised up to heavenly places to reign with Christ in the eternities (given to those who trust in Jesus Christ, and humbly accept His atonement for their sins.) For Mormons, this gift of "eternal life" is very different from "immortality". "Immortality," also part of Christ's Atonement, is the gift of being able to live somewhere in the eternities after dying, either with Jesus, or far far away from Him. Therefore, unrepentant wicked tyrants and despots have been given the gift to still live forever, but they will live in outer darkness - far away from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They will have chosen to be damned. When Mormons say that immortality has been given to all people, they are NOT saying that unrepentant horrifically evil people will be ruling and reigning with Jesus in the eternities! Although many other Christians think that "eternal life" = "immortality", for Mormons these are two totally different things. Show more Show less