Pray for the gentleman you see me talking to above. I shared the gospel with him. He believed that everyone gets to heaven. Be believed in a Jesus that is not just. He did not understand that Jesus died on the cross to pay the fine and that was what is needed to go to heaven. He believes that Jesus can just forgive without paying the fine. I explained God’s goodness to him. God is just and must punish sin wherever it is found. If God just forgives sin then he is not good. To be God, God must be good. He also believes that all Jewish people get to heaven. I explained to him that for anyone to get to heaven after the resurrection of Christ a person must repent and trust that Jesus paid the fine.
“remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose,’”
I explained to him that Jesus is eternal, he always existed and has eternal value and if he does not then he does not have eternal value and cannot pay the fine for anyone else. Jesus needs to be truly God and truly man and never sin. I explained the gospel again. I reminded him that the Bible says that if you have another gospel let him be cursed. I told him he should be afraid since he believes in another gospel.
I told him if Jesus did not rise from the dead then I should not believe Christianity. I explained to him that if Smiths first encounter could be disproved or the golden plates could be shown to be untrue then Mormonism should not be believed.
I talked to Elder Yates about the different versions of the first vision and he said he was good with it. I asked him about Smith running through the woods with 200 Pound gold plates with a limp. I asked him if he would be able to run with 5 boxes of printer paper and he believed it was an act of God. He told me he had an appointment and had to go which I think was a lie.