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ANVAH - Why and how can so many prominanat church leaders even today leave the church? are their questions to difficult for the authorities to answer? its sad and difficult to understand bishops, stake presidents etc apostate

JOEL - I have not noticed that "many" prominant church leaders are leaving, but occaisionally some do. Somewhere along the line they have lost the ability to have faith in the gospel and God and to be patient in waiting for answers to the hard questions. The reasons why such people leave the church are as numerous as the numbers that leave.

Jesus Himself warned us of this happening:
"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matt 24:24)

The elect are chosen even “before the foundation of the world,” (Abraham 3:22-23) yet no one is unconditionally elected to eternal life. Each must, for himself, exercise faith and patience and not listen to the "false prophets".

The Book of Mormon tells us what can happen to faithful saints who are on the path to eternal life:
"And the mists of darkness are the temptations of the devil, which blindeth the eyes, and hardeneth the hearts of the children of men, and leadeth them away into broad roads, that they perish and are lost." (1 Nep 12:17)

"For the kingdom of the devil must shake, and they which belong to it must needs be stirred up unto repentance, or the devil will grasp them with his everlasting chains, and they be stirred up to anger, and perish; For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good.
And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell." (2 Nep 28: 19-20)

Noone is exempt from the possibility of this happening to them. Even two of the original Apostles(Judas and Peter) who lived with Jesus and witnessed His miracles turned against Him because of weakness.
When members start relying on outside influences for their information rather than the prophets, scriptures, and Holy Ghost they can easily be led away from the truth, regardless of their status in the church.

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