In November 2008, I received an email from someone who found my email address on a mormon website group page. Alan seemed to have had an unfavorable view of Mormons. But remembering the scriptures, “A soft answer turneth away wrath…” (Proverbs 15:1) I tried to be respectful of his views while explaining my religious views and defending my faith. Thankfully, over a rather short period of time, we came to a better understanding of one another. I am grateful to have a new friend. The following is PART I of our conversation. – Valerie J.Fulmer

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Jesus Christ MormonWhy do mormons believe that you can be like God and have dominion over your own world? How do you reconcile this when in the first Commandment God says you will love thy God with all your being and you will not have false Gods before me???????? –Alan

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Hi Alan, That is a great question.  First of all, you are absolutely right.  We should have no other Gods before us.  We believe that can refer to anything that puts God last, or at least not first.  Like, some people worship the lust for money, or they idolize celebrities, or they covet power, and the list goes on.  It is our goal to always put the Lord first, and to strive to follow His commandments.  In our hearts and in our minds, we believe we are worshipping the true and living God.

One day, far into the future, if we are found worthy, we can be made joint-heirs with the Lord.  He wants to bless us more than we can comprehend.  He loves us so very much.  This is a humbling thought, and many of us feel that if we die today, we would not be worthy of this.  We make mistakes, we don’t always follow the commandments like we know we should, but we try.  And we repent.

But the Lord will always be our Lord, the Father of us all.  Jesus Christ will always be our Savior.  We will worship them forever and ever. I would be happy to continue emailing you in the spirit of love and understanding.  Let us agree up front that we may agree to disagree.  Does that make sense?

Have a great day! Sincerely, Valerie Fulmer

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Hi Valerie, The redemptive action of God the Father in sending us the Word made flesh, His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, was necessitated by Adam and Eve’s loss of God’s grace.When Eve ate of the apple from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, she was tempted by Satan. She knew it was wrong as God had forbidden them to eat of this fruit. They could have anything else in the Garden of Eden. She was seduced by the prince of lies…” Go ahead you can eat of this fruit, if you do you can become like God. Eve listened to Lucifer and death entered into all mankind and heaven was closed to all future generations. This was the genesis of original sin. We were in need of a Savior. Then through God’s love He sent His only son to die for our sins and reconcile us back to the Father thus opening up the bridge to Heaven.

There is only one God in three Devine persons, God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit; One God but 3 Divine Persons. It is one of the mysteries that the finite human mind can not fully comprehend. Human logic is deficient when we attempt to comprehend God’s immutable, omnipotence.If we attempt to define the Trinity in a plurality of Gods we get into polytheistic theology. If we believe, as the mormons do, that we can become like God, then we are no better than Adam and Eve and we would be perpetuating the great lie.–Alan

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Hi Alan, We believe that one of Satan’s tactics is to intertwine truth and lies together; he is the most devious of all creatures.  He will tell 10 things, 9 truths interwoven with 1 lie.  Or he’ll tell 10 things, 9 lies and 1 truth, and so on.  This is one way how he manipulates God’s children.  Satan said to Eve, “If you partake, you will become as the Gods, knowing good and evil, thus your eyes will be open.”  This does not mean Eve wanted to be a God, this means she wanted to be LIKE the Gods, knowing Good and Evil.  There is a difference here.

So Adam and Eve partook of the fruit and they were then aware of their nakedness, they became aware of good and evil, just as Satan said. (there is that little bit of truth mixed in with lies)  But Satan also forgot to mention the other parts…that now they would die, and would be cast out of the garden.  And because of Adam’s transgression, death would enter into the world.  But this was all part of God’s Plan.  This was why a Savior was needed.

Our Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are 3 separate personages, but all with ONE heart, ONE mind and the same goals and purposes.  What we say about the One, we are referring to all 3.  How we feel about one, we feel about all 3.  The scriptures say that we, mankind, are to be as one.  Not literally, but as one, like God the Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost are ONE.  The scriptures also say, referring to man and wife, they are to become one flesh.  This does not mean they will be the same person, but they, the man and wife, are to have ONE heart and ONE mind.  They are to be unified.  The scriptures say that we are to be unified, with one heart and one mind, in purpose and goals of righteousness.

Is it not a righteous desire to strive to be worthy of God’s blessings?  Our Father in Heaven wants his children to have glory added upon their heads.  He is a God of Love.  You are right to say we have finite minds and cannot grasp all the wonder and mysterious of the Lord.  If we strive to sincerely repent of our sins, making the Atonement of our Savior and part of our lives, and if we daily strive to make good choices, we may one day be worthy for all the Lord has in store for us, which is more wonderful than we can comprehend.  We are not seeking power for power’s sake; we are seeking to live with our Heavenly Father again!  We are striving to please our Lord; we are trying to follow His Commandments.  We are hoping, praying and humbly seeking to fulfill our goals and be worthy to go to the Celestial Kingdom.

Humbly, your sister in Christ, Sincerely, Valerie Fulmer

(This dialogue continues….Part II to come soon)

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