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    “Surely the reason Christ said, ‘Father, forgive them,’ was because even in that terrible hour He knew that this was the message He had come through all eternity to deliver.”
    —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
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Was I Saved?

Another good article from this month’s special issue of the Ensign is one that describes a situation that many Church members may find themselves in at some time or other. “Was I Saved” is one young woman’s account of her visit to a friend’s church meeting and her subsequent confusion about whether she really needed to publicly accept Jesus in the manner prescribed there. This article teaches us two things: (1) we should prepare people we invite to our meetings for the things that might be unfamiliar to them, and (2) we Mormons have no reason to doubt whether we’ve been “saved” or have done everything necessary to accept Christ. The article also refers to a good talk by Elder Oaks on this subject.


4 Responses

  1. This is a timely article given the attention the Church has been receiving from evangelical Christians. I wonder if the Church would ever use terms like evangelical, Catholic, etc. in its publications?

  2. Thanks for the comment, jnilsson. I agree. To answer your question, I don’t think the Church magazines would likely ever specifically mention another faith by name in any critical way. That would be inviting trouble, and it seems that the Church likes to be the good guy in such matters.

  3. Indeed, if we answer the way the other religion would mean the word, we’d say, “Yes.”

    If we answer the way the LDS church has always taught, we’d say, “No, because we haven’t yet done all we can do.” I remember what Spencer W. Kimball once told a non-member. The man said that the LDS church should “make Elder Kimball a saint.” He responded that only he could make himself a saint. We must always remember that being truly saved, in the LDS meaning of the word, isn’t easy. Elder Oaks speaks for the weekly renewal of repentance, and repentance isn’t just a quick “sorry.” We must struggle daily to become worthy of exaltation, taking upon us His yoke.

    I would definitely recommend that everyone read Elder Oaks’ talk. Remember, we must not slack off just because other churches use a different meaning of the word “saved.”

  4. Thanks for your thoughtful comment, McCaffrey. I agree.

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