As a young LDS missionary just wrapping up my two year stint at the New York Rochester Mission in 1980, on the final day before returning home, I took the time to meditate and pray about my service performed during the last two years. My prayer that entire last week was directed to Jesus, asking Him if my two years of “good works” had been acceptable to Him. I didn’t really care too much about what people thought, I sought above all else His sanctioning and approval. His answer came to me in a very memorable dream the final night of my LDS Mission.
In my dream, I was hiking along a very well marked path – not unlike the yellow-brick road in the Wizard of Oz movie. As I journeyed, the path became cluttered with leaves and dirt and was not as easy to distinguish. Soon, I came to a fork in the trail in the middle of a dark forest of trees. Which way, I wondered? It was dark and stormy, and worse, there was no visible marker pointing the way. I wondered: Did both forks of the path lead to the same destination? If not, then which one should I take, or does it even matter?
While pondering over these questions, I then saw a light and felt a tremendously warm presence envelope me. Then the following words entered into my mind and heart in a very powerful way. “My Son – this path you see before you is your life. There will be many forks to choose from. Always choose the Right path, never the Left. If you choose the Right, you will remain safe, and never be lost. Finally, I promise you will find Me and My House at the end of your journey. There will be times when the path will be rocky and steep, and very difficult to travel. People you love and care about will yell at you, mock you, and tell you that you are going the wrong way. But don’t despair, for I will be with you always. Remember, choose the Right Hand Path! choose the Right Hand Path! choose the Right Hand Path!” I woke up with those words echoing in my soul.
Looking back over my life since that night in 1980, I realize how He has always been there to help me find the Right Path when I have come to critical forks in the road. His Holy Spirit has whispered clear directions to my heart and mind, and has shown me the right fork vs. the left. This, I have now realized, is the very definition of the concept of GRACE – for I clearly have never done anything to deserve or in any way have earned this direction. Without a doubt, the biggest “fork in the road” I faced, was abandoning Mormonism in favor of complete and total acceptance of the living Christ and His Saving Grace; choosing a personal relationship with Him, (the Right Hand Path) and totally abandoning the false dogmas and teachings of the LDS Faith, which is clearly nothing more than an institutional structure of men (the Left Hand Path).
In the New Testament, Christ teaches His disciples the critical importance of this truth – choosing the Right Hand Path, and abandoning the Left Hand Path. In Matthew 25 we read: 31 ¶ When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Recently, I was doing an updated internet search concerning the life of my maternal Great-Grandfather, a man by the name of Joseph Leland Heywood. JLH was quite an important man in Utah during the years 1850-1880. In addition to being a Mormon Bishop, he also was the Utah Territorial U.S. Marshall under Brigham Young, as well as the 1st U.S. Postmaster. He converted to Mormonism during the Nauvoo era, and was baptized in the frozen Mississippi River, where, according to his journal, “the Prophet Joseph assisted in cutting the ice” for the event.
Imagine my surprise when I came across a story on a BYU website entitled “A Fork in the Road” which involved my ancestor. The early JLH homestead is now the northeast corner of the LDS Conference Center! Supposedly, a rather “miraculous” event occurred there – as Gordon B. Hinckley and his family explained it in great detail. Like my 1980 dream in the mission field, this other dream also involved a road with two forks. However, it clearly showed that the LDS Church (Mormonism) is the LEFT HAND PATH, not the RIGHT HAND PATH!
Please take the time and review the entire story: http://www.byujourneys.org/blog/joseph-l-heywood-homesite-2/
Readers, why is this symbolism so significant you may ask? I submit it is because there is only ONE path and only ONE gate in which we must spiritually enter His presence! In what is my personal favorite chapter in the entire Bible (largely because of my dreams and life experiences) Matthew 7, Christ tell us: “3 ¶ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Then, I submit Christ teaches us a key about discerning who it is that too often leads us down the “broad way” and “wide gate” leading to destruction:
15 ¶ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Remember, Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life” and no man comes to the Father, except through Him. (John 14:6) There is only ONE Savior of the World. There is One Way, only ONE RIGHT PATH! We really don’t need “prophets” or “apostles” any more – because Christ Jesus is Messiah and He came and was the final and last “High Priest”. We have HIM, His Comforter, and His divinely preserved scriptures to guide us. We truly need nothing else in order to find His Right Hand Path, and stay on it for life.
Finally, in conclusion, I realize many people reading this post are faithful LDS people. I don’t mean to offend you. I do, however, mean to warn you. My solemn witness to you is that Mormonism is totally and completely the LEFT HAND PATH which is ruled by Satan. Consider the teachings of arch satanist Anton Lavey in his “Satanic Bible”:
“Satanism is not a white light religion; it is a religion of the flesh, the mundane, the carnal – all of which are ruled by Satan, the personification of the Left Hand Path.”
Did you get that dear Reader? Satanism is clearly a group of various false religions and dogmas that are “personifications” of the Left Hand Path just as taught by the story told by Hinckley concerning the “Fork in The Road”. There is actually a large number of websites that instruct people on how to honor and follow the Left Hand Path. Joseph Smith embodied ALL of these aspects, not the least of which is sexual, carnal lust and eventually embracing the satanic practice of polygamy. For instance, Smith daily invoked the power of a Jupiter Talisman and other Black Magick devices throughout his life. (See Quinn’s seminal book “Early Mormonism and the Magic World View” for details on this and other FACTS of Smith’s life and witchcraft practices).
There is no doubt that Satan exists – he is every bit as real as Jesus of Nazareth. He can and does bring gifts of healing and carnal miracles to those who are unwittingly on his Left Hand Path heading to spiritual destruction. He can and does appear to men as an “angel of light” as he came to Joseph Smith. (2 Corinthians 11:14) He brings wealth and power to his minions who are promoting the Left Hand Path. He “endows” his initiates with “power in the priesthood throughout all generations of time, and throughout all eternity”. This has ALWAYS been a Satanic blessing and endowment for thousands of years dating back to antiquity. Indeed, Satan’s “emblem of priesthoods and power” has always been his green apron.
Finally, those who expose these eternal truths are often ridiculed, mocked and even hated by those who fear and/or follow the Left Hand Path.