We Christians receive tremendous comfort and peace of mind knowing that God forgives us on the basis of Jesus’ death for us.  But do you realize that Mormons do not receive that same comfort?  In one of their most popular books of Mormonism, it reads;  “It depends upon you whether or not you are forgiven, and when.  It could be weeks, it could be years, it could be centuries before that happy day when you have the positive assurance that the Lord has forgiven you.  That depends on your humility, your sincerity, your works, your attitudes.”  (Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 325)


Did you catch how all the stress is on what they have to do?  There’s no mention of what Jesus has done.  How would you like to hear that regularly?  How would you feel if you heard that regularly?  Ironically, that quote is from a book entitled, The Miracle of Forgiveness.  As that quote demonstrates, there’s not much miraculous in the forgiveness taught by the Mormon Church.


Remember that the next time you are with a Mormon friend.  Remember that Mormons aren’t familiar with the free and full forgiveness we have in Jesus.  Share with them how you are forgiven – that you are forgiven not because of what you have done, but because of what Jesus did for you.  Also share with them the wonderful peace you have because of that.  And finally tell them that they too can have that – through Jesus.


I’m Mark Cares, encouraging you to speak the truth in love to Mormons





  1. 1 Jesse
    July 21, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    I hope you don’t mind me commenting on a lot of your posts :)

    I see how that quote you used could be confusing if you read it without reading the parts right before it. In that part of the book, the author is explaining to a young man how he should go about repenting of his sexual sin he had committed. This is the paragraph right before the paragraph you quoted:

    “Your Heavenly Father has promised forgiveness upon total repentance and meeting all the requirements, but that forgiveness is not granted merely for the asking. There must be works-many works-and an all-out, total surrender, with a great humility and ‘a broken heat and a contrite spirit.'”

    Now you see how the paragraph you quoted makes sense. The author is saying that it depends upon that person when he will go through the steps of repentance, and take hold for himself of the forgiveness and mercy with the Lord so desires to give unto him.

    I hope that helps to clear that up :)

  2. 2 reggieg
    July 21, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    From my experience this is the main difference between LDS and protestant religions: what does an individual need to do in order to be forgiven of their sins and become worthy to once again dwell with our Father in His everlasting kingdom. Those from both view points contend that something must be done. Even though you don’t state it here, previously you posted this (https://markcares.wordpress.com/2008/07/11/why-mormons-emphasize-genealogy-work/#comment-35):

    “The truth we need to tell them is that this lifetime, and this lifetime alone, is the time God has given them to trust in Jesus and he alone for salvation.”

    This makes it clear that something must be done in order to receive salvation. In your case you stated that that something was “trusting” Jesus. We believe the same thing, namely trusting in everything He taught, including: faith in Christ, baptism for remission of sins, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, and being obedient to all of God’s commandments as long as we live on earth. In short, entering at the narrow gate and following the narrow path that leads to life eternal. Forgiveness is not possible without Christ’s Atonement. Since Christ owns our sins, He sets the terms for our forgiveness. These are laid out throughout the Testaments. Can you really find a prophet or apostle from the Bible who taught that there was no need for repentance, obedience, faith, kindness, love, and becoming Christlike?

    Incidentally as a life long “Mormon” I feel quite happy hearing all the time about the plan of salvation wherein if we do as Christ taught us to do we can be forgiven. If we follow His example of obedience then He blesses us with His grace. There is great peace in these teachings. Receiving forgiveness isn’t abstract or nebulous, but is concrete and obtainable. Simply do as He instructed and His peace and forgiveness are given unto you. What could be more peaceful or simple than that?

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