This quote is from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. I love the man. I used to repeat this belief, but since being awakened, I see everything differently. Everything.
Sweet Elder Holland, what about this?
"We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory." - Joseph Smith, Article of Faith #10When I was a kid, if I recall correctly, we learned the Articles of Faith as songs. Maybe I wasn't a kid. Maybe I was just a teacher. Do any of you remember having Article of Faith included in any of your Primary Presentation lineups in the last 20 years?
And what about this?
"God will gather out His Saints from the Gentiles, and then comes desolation and destruction, and none can escape except the pure in heart who are gathered." -Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 71And then 3 Nephi 21. Read it! Now! If you don't believe the Book of Mormon, and if you don't believe Joseph Smith, then why go to such effort to print millions of and have missionaries give them out free? I don't get it.
May God bless you.