The Catalog of Antimormon Accusations
Destined for Great Things
by Woody Brison

This is one leaf of a review of "Inside Mormonism: What Mormons Really Believe" by Isaiah Bennett
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Bennett's statement: Many Mormons ... commented on how brave we were to face "the truth" and then make the difficult step toward it. We were destined to great things, they knew.
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Mormons do not exactly believe in destiny or fate, the concept that the future of a person, including their own actions and decisions, is predetermined. Rather, we believe in fore-ordination and free agency.

God ordains people to do things, such as restore his church to the earth, or baptize his son, etc. That person has the skills and attitude suited to the task. God will help them do that task. He will hold them responsible if they fail thru being wicked. Many of these assignments are made before we are born. That's why it's called fore-ordination.

But they have their free agency: they decide what they will do. Some people decide not to do what they were fore-ordained to do.

The English word 'destiny' can mean either concept: fate, or foreordination. The usage in Romans 8:28-30 is obviously foreordination, since fate is a false doctrine, like reincarnation or Bible inerrancy.

Sometimes it's a little difficult to see at first what you were foreordained to do on this earth. This is where faith and diligence come in.

What you like to do, and what you're good at, may be good clues to your mission in life. Your patriarchal blessing, and other priesthood direction, can also help you sort it out.

If we give up, quit the Church, it won't as likely work to our favor.
"Difficult to see. Always in motion the future is." -Yoda


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3. All biblical quotations are from the King James unless otherwise noted.

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