A big word in Mormonism is the little word, “if”. Almost everything in Mormonism is conditioned by that little word “if”. The Mormon prophet, Spencer Kimball, said: “All blessings are conditional. I know of none that are not.” Mormon men can enter the priesthood only if they are worthy. Their advancement through it also is conditioned on their worthiness. Mormons can enter their temples only if they are worthy. On and on it goes.
Even forgiveness is conditional. Spencer Kimball also said: “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 heart and contrite spirit.”
“If” is a little word but it’s crushing many Mormons. It’s the reason numerous Mormons have given up trying to live their religion. They realize that they can’t keep all of the requirements of Mormonism.
There’s a good chance you know Mormons like that. Such persons need to be introduced to God’s unconditional grace – the grace that has no “ifs”, “ands”, or “buts” connected to it. They need to be pointed to Jesus’ work for them, rather than to works they need to do. And they need you to make that introduction to God’s unconditional grace. Friends, take that time. Make that effort. Introduce Mormons to the Jesus who has removed the if for them.