Apostates. Ex-members of the Mormon Church who believe doctrines contrary to the current teachings of the LDS Church or those whose lifestyle does not reflect that of a Latter-day Saint According to D&C 41:1 apostates will receive the heaviest of God’s cursings. Can also include those who align themselves with Apostate Christianity. According to twelfth President Spencer W. Kimball, “ Apostasy usually begins with question and doubt and criticism” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 462.). Apostle Bruce R. McConkie wrote, “It follows that if members of the Church believe false doctrines; if they accept false educational theories; if they fall into the practices and abominations of the sectarians; if they use tea, coffee, tobacco or liquor; if they fail to pay an honest tithing; if they find fault with the Lord’s anointed; if they play cards; if they do anything contrary to the standards of personal righteousness required by the gospel – then to that extent they are in personal apostasy and need to repent” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 1966, p. 45).
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