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I am believer in God, Jesus his son, and the holy spirit within me. First I am guilty of not remembering my scriptures as I should. I am entertaining LDS missionaries but nagging fear of the "proof" like the actual transcription of actual plates or mention of Joseph Smith other than "sheep of another fold", etc. in my KJV. LDS appear to pull out pieces of seemingly obscure KJV scriptures to connect how they(LDS) derive from same New /Old testaments as KJV. Don't get me wrong...I feel a spiritual pull towards LDS but is this nagging fear actually the holy spirit suggesting I should proceed with caution?

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closed as off-topic by Affable Geek, fredsbend, David Stratton, James T, Daи Dec 11 '13 at 3:43

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I'm not too sure what you're asking or whether it's an appropriate question for this site. Questions here should be ones that can be answered in an academic way, but I think you're looking more for pastoral support. If you consider yourself a Trinitarian Christian you should ask a minister/pastor you respect to explain the differences between Trinity and what LDS believe, because there are huge differences. –  curiousdannii Dec 9 '13 at 1:40
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To answer your question about the holy spirit. Galations 5: 22-23 lists some of the fruits of the spirit. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance etc.. So I would pay attention to these fruits or the lack thereof as you seek the guidance of the holy spirit. –  Trevor Dec 9 '13 at 1:55
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I can identify, as I almost joined the LDS Church and had the same nagging doubts. However, this is the wrong place to come asking what you should decide. However, this site is an excellent resource for finding what the various denominations actually teach. I'd suggest poking around and seeing if questions that you have, have already been asked. Learn what the LDS Church teaches, what others teach. This site is an excellent resource for information without the infighting and the "I'm right, you're a heretic" you'll get at other sites. –  David Stratton Dec 9 '13 at 2:15
    
That said, I need to point out that "who is right and who is wrong" is off-topic here. See: the help page, How we are different than other sites?. This question also falls, in my opinion, very close to what we call Pastoral Advice Questions. Feel free to ask questions, just focus on ones that are not opinion-based. –  David Stratton Dec 9 '13 at 2:16
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This question is salvagable, but as it stands is looking for a very broad answer. If it can be refocused to particular differences, it would be better. –  Affable Geek Dec 9 '13 at 16:32

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I think the more general version of your question is good for this site and can be answered objectively. If I understand correctly, it's: "How do the LDS reconcile positive spiritual confirmation with lack of strong scriptural confirmation?"

Latter-day Saints believe in revelation. Revelation comes through the Holy Ghost as one seeks it and as the Lord wills it.

Latter-day Saints also believe in scriptures. The scriptures are general and apply to everyone who reads them. While the scriptures are true, there is more value in scriptures than merely making scholarly or factual connections to "prove" or discover something. More importantly, reading the scriptures invites revelation through the Holy Ghost for you at your place in life. Scriptures aren't designed to prove things. They're designed to bring the Spirit.

I think sometimes it's easy for LDS missionaries to get caught up in showing how one scripture passage validates another. That's not wrong, but the core of testimony comes through the Holy Ghost and following spiritual promptings. No one can be coerced to believe LDS doctrine.

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