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Baptism will not save you

There are some things that can be taught plainly without many words. The gospel is not one of them. Joseph Smith said that: The things of God are of deep import; and time, and experience, and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out. Thy mind, O man! if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost heavens, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity—thou must commune with God. How much more dignified and noble are the thoughts of God, than the vain imaginations of the human heart! Unfortunately, in our Twitter/TLDR;/research limited to phone time on the toilet world, the gospel understanding of most is limited to a single quote. In case you haven't noticed, there are tremendous gems to be gleaned from a diligent study of scripture coupled with sincere, time-consuming prayer to God. These truths are woven throughout scripture, and once unlocked, seem simple indeed. It is rare that you

All their creeds are an abomination

Recently, I've been reading a book about how the American Indians are a chosen people. The theme is interesting to me, but the book was just a rehash of stories the author had heard in her interactions with (mostly Hopi) Indians. In reading these stories, it is clear that the author believed (I believe she passed away) that the Indian religions--or at least some of them--presented a preserved version of the ancient religion. Unfortunately, the Indians quoted in the book believed this, and rejected any of "the white man's religion" because they believed that God had commanded them to reject any external religion. Upon reflection, I realize that this is a similar position to any other religion. Here is a general statement that I think any religion on earth today could state: "Our religion is right, and it is preserved from our fathers. We have been commanded not to accept any external religion, because our religion is right as it is." There is a signific