For the Lord (in the last days) shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he (the Lord) shall be wroth (angry) as in the valley of Gibeon, that he (the Lord) may do his work, his strange work; (Temple work) and bring to pass his act, his strange act. (The restoration of the gospel)
Isn’t Mormonism strange? Aren’t the restoration and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon strange? Isn’t it strange that God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ would show themselves to a 14 year old boy by the name of Joseph Smith, in the spring of 1820? He didn’t even belong to a church!
Isn’t it strange that that same boy would latter claim to have been visited by an Angel named Moroni, in Joseph’s own bedroom at the age of 17? The Angel Moroni told Joseph that in Moroni’s life, he was a prophet to a group of people who lived on the American Continent and that his people worshiped and saw Christ after Christ’s resurrection. Moroni told Joseph he had a record of some of God’s people, and that it covered more than 2,000 thousand years. Isn’t that strange?
Isn’t it strange that Moroni waited 4 years, until Joseph was 21, before he gave that record to Joseph? Isn’t it strange that Moroni’s record was written on gold plates, in a language that no one knew? Why would the angel Moroni give that record to Joseph, who had no formal education and tell him to translate it?
Isn’t it strange the way Joseph tells us how he translated this record, with a breastplate and something called the Urim and Thummim? That he read, translated and dictated it to someone who was required to stand on the other side of a curtain who wrote it all down as Joseph dictated it seems strange. Isn’t it strange that the Book of Mormon has sold more copies in this world than any other book except the Bible? Who would believe all that? I do!
Talk about strange acts, isn’t it strange that Joseph Smith says he saw John the Baptist on May 15th, 1829, and that John gave him keys and restored the Aaronic Priesthood to the world? Shortly thereafter, Joseph claims that Peter, James and John the Beloved, restored the Melchizedek Priesthood and gave him move keys, so Joseph could confer the priesthood on others. How strange is that?
Joseph also said the Lord commanded him to build a temple, which he and his believers did build in Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph says on April 3rd, 1836, while he and his friend, Oliver Cowdery, were in that temple they were visited by Jesus Christ, Moses, Elias, and Elijah, giving them more keys and the “Fullness of the Priesthood”. Isn’t that strange? Do you believe all that? I do.
Isn’t the one-piece garment strange, not to mention the long legged and long armed ones? Isn’t Temple work strange? People go into the temple to worship God and do ordinances for themselves and for their kindred dead. Isn’t that strange?
The world wonders what Mormons do in the temple. People going into the temple have their suitcases and you might think they are going to be staying overnight, but before long you see them come out of the temple with the same suitcase. Isn’t that strange? Some surmise that the suitcase is used to carry out their endowment! Isn’t Mormonism strange? Who believes all that? I do! And I testify to the world that it is all true!
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