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In response to Audrey Thornton of Silt, on Nov. 23, I know she knows nothing about the Mormon religion, and I know she doesn’t want to learn. I took her at her word and offered her a “friendly discussion of our differing beliefs,” and sent a couple of missionaries to her door. She said, “I don’t want to hear about the Mormons.” Audrey, if you had a sincere heart and an open mind, then you could follow the careful reading of the Book of James’ chapter 1:5. A 14-year-old boy did just that, and he learned the truth from God. You try to learn the truth about God from man.Many people during Christ’s ministry believed many of the same things you quoted in your letter. They, too, were taught all about God by man. Christ tried to teach them the truth. They never had a sincere heart and an open mind. So they believed man’s teachings instead of Christ’s teachings. The “Thirteen Articles of Faith,” as the Mormons believe, can be found by contacting the missionaries (970-366-7184), and then you can know the truth about what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes.I will still pray for you, Audrey.We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.We believe that through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ; second, repentance; third, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.Irvin Tilley, Glenwood Springs

I want to jump into the “raging” controversy over energy-wasting Christmas lights and the celebration of Jesus’ birth. The Rev. Peter Sawtell of Eco-Justice Ministries in Denver is quoted in the latest High Country News as follows: “On my priority list of issues for churches, global climate change is the big one that’s always at the top. This is a threat to humanity and the earth such as we have never seen in our human history.” It is further reported that on his wall is a poster that states, “Mindful choices for the environment are spiritual acts.” It seems Christians can have opinions other than, “The environment will take care of itself,” as expressed in a letter Monday. What would Jesus do? What will you do? Think about it, and act according to your conscience.David Schroeder, New Castle


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