Sunday, May 25, 2014
I remember talking with a friend once who told me she does not like organized religion. She said that she believes in God, but that she doesn't need a church or religion to worship him. I tried to explain to her why belonging to the church is so important, but finally I just came right out and said, "You say that you can worship God anywhere, but when do you actually worship Him?" Many people say they feel closer to God out in nature than they do in a church, but how often do they go out in to nature and actually commune with God? In this age of political and societal tumult, religion is taking a bad rap. Odds are that those who attack organized religion have never really partaken of the benefits of worshiping together with others of like-minded belief.
The Book of Mormon gives a good description of why an organized religion is beneficial to us: