Sometimes it’s easy to show the difference between Mormonism and Christianity. But sometimes the difference is more subtle. Sometimes it’s not so much what is said but more the perspective taken and the emphasis made.
An example of what I’m talking about is in the talk given by President Henry B. Eyring at the last General Conference. In his talk entitled, “Come unto Me” he states: “I experienced the joy of coming closer to the Savior and of His coming closer to me most often through simple acts of obedience to the commandments.” That statement serves as a good summary of his entire talk. It is all about our being obedient and devoted.
Now it’s true that we can feel closer to Jesus through obedience. We all know how sin separates us from God. But look again at President Eyring’s statement. He says that he most often feels closer to Jesus through obedience. I don’t know how many Christians identify with that. I know I don’t.
What makes me feel close to Jesus? It’s when I am overwhelmed once again by his love for me – a love that I don’t deserve or merit. When I think about what he all did for me – all his blood, sweat, and tears that he expended to save me, that is what makes me feel closer to him. Or when I once again experience my loving Father blessing me even though I didn’t merit it – that’s when I feel close to God. In short, what makes me feel close to God is seeing what he has done and continues to do for me – not what I do for him.
But President Eyring mentions none of that. For me, his silence speaks volumes about the differences between Mormonism and biblical Christianity.