“The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.” Joseph Smith —DHC 3:28-30
If Joseph Smith is, correct in his assertion that the fundamental principles of the Church are the testimonies and knowledge concerning Jesus Christ, His Life, His Mission, His Teachings, His Example and His Atonement and that ALL other things are only appendages, then it seems clear on what we should focus ourselves and our families — The Savior Jesus Christ.
Those testimonies are found in the scriptures, in the words of our modern day prophets and apostles, in the answers to our prayers and in the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
But, especially in the Bloggernacle, Jesus Christ and His Atonement seem to be the last thing anyone wants to discuss and consider. We are much more interested in the appendages.
Appendages are important.
On our physical bodies, they play an important role. Most of us wouldn’t want to live without them. But, we can live without them and many do.
How neglectful have we become about the fundamental principles of our religion (never mind being LDS, how about just being a Christian?), that some, being so focused on the appendages, have lost the fundamental principles. Or they have stopped hearing the testimonies of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ.
So, is/was Joseph correct about the fundamental principles of our religion? Or have the appendages, at least as far as the Bloggernacle is concerned, overwhelmed the message of the Restoration and of Jesus?