Click on the above image to watch the video from the Mormon.org website. The Mormon.org website is the Church of Latter Day Saints media rich site with testimonies and answers to questions about the LDS faith. You can even chat with a Mormon Missionary online (I highly recommend that you do - maybe you could ask about some of the questions I present at the end of my post). In the above video, Noel says about Jesus, "I didn't have a personal relationship with Him" before coming to the LDS church and that she "had gone to churches looking for that personal relationship."
I find it extremely deceptive that the LDS church would put this on their website as an attractive attribute of Mormonism when the church has traditionally taught that you should absolutely not have a personal relationship with Jesus. Joseph Smith taught that Jesus and the Father are two separate Gods and that the Father is the only God that should be worshipped. This can be seen clearly in the Apostle Bruce R. McConkie's BYU speech Our Relationship With the Lord to address this very issue in the LDS church.
We worship the Father and him only and no one else.As you can see, Apostle McConkie continually points to his position of an Apostle and that these are not just his opinions, but the mainstream view of the church and that these matters are vital to the LDS understanding of salvation.
We do not worship the Son, and we do not worship the Holy Ghost. I know perfectly well what the scriptures say about worshipping Christ and Jehovah, but they are speaking in an entirely different sense--the sense of standing in awe and being reverentially grateful to him who has redeemed us. Worship in the true and saving sense is reserved for God the first, the Creator.
Our revelations say that the Father "is infinite and eternal," that he created "man, male and female,"
And gave unto them commandments that they should love and serve him, the only living and true God, and that he should be the only being whom they should worship. [D&C 20:17–19]...
Our relationship with the Father is supreme, paramount, and preeminent over all others. He is the God we worship. It is his gospel that saves and exalts. He ordained and established the plan of salvation. He is the one who was once as we are now. The life he lives is eternal life, and if we are to gain this greatest of all the gifts of God, it will be because we become like him.
Our relationship with the Father is one of parent and child. He is the one who gave us our agency. It was his plan that provided for a fall and an atonement. And it is to him that we must be reconciled if we are to gain salvation. He is the one to whom we have direct access by prayer, and if there were some need--which there is not!--to single out one member of the Godhead for a special relationship, the Father, not the Son, would be the one to choose.
Our relationship with the Son is one of brother or sister in the premortal life and one of being led to the Father by him while in this mortal sphere. He is the Lord Jehovah who championed our cause before the foundations of the earth were laid. He is the God of Israel, the promised Messiah, and the Redeemer of the world...
Now, in spite of all these truths, which ought to be obvious to every spiritually enlightened person, heresies rear their ugly heads among us from time to time...
There are yet others who have an excessive zeal which causes them to go beyond the mark. Their desire for excellence is inordinate. In an effort to be truer than true they devote themselves to gaining a special, personal relationship with Christ that is both improper and perilous...
Another peril is that those so involved often begin to pray directly to Christ because of some special friendship they feel has been developed....
This is plain sectarian nonsense. Our prayers are addressed to the Father, and to him only. They do not go through Christ, or the Blessed Virgin, or St. Genevieve or along the beads of a rosary. We are entitled to "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).
Now I know that some may be offended at the counsel that they should not strive for a special and personal relationship with Christ. It will seem to them as though I am speaking out against mother love, or Americanism, or the little red schoolhouse. But I am not. There is a fine line here over which true worshipers will not step...
The proper course for all of us is to stay in the mainstream of the Church. This is the Lord's Church, and it is led by the spirit of inspiration, and the practice of the Church constitutes the interpretation of the scripture.
And you have never heard one of the First Presidency or the Twelve, who hold the keys of the kingdom, and who are appointed to see that we are not "tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine" (Ephesians 4:14)--you have never heard one of them advocate this excessive zeal that calls for gaining a so-called special and personal relationship with Christ...
I wonder if it is not part of Lucifer's system to make people feel they are special friends of Jesus when in fact they are not following the normal and usual pattern of worship found in the true Church. (emphasis mine)
I shall speak of our relationship with the Lord and of the true fellowship all Saints should have with the Father. I shall set forth what we must believe relative to the Father and the Son in order to gain eternal life.While more and more Mormons I talk to now say that they have a "personal relationship with Jesus", most still admit that they do not pray to or worship Him, but the Father alone. My question then is how can you have a personal relationship with someone you never talk to? I use the example that if I have a best friend, and the only way that I know him is by talking to His dad, then I do not have a personal relationship with him.
I shall expound the doctrine of the Church relative to what our relationship should be to all members of the Godhead and do so in plainness and simplicity so that none need misunderstand or be led astray by other voices.
I shall express the view of the Brethren, of the prophets and apostles of old, and of all those who understand the scriptures and are in tune with the Holy Spirit.
These matters lie at the very foundation of revealed religion. In presenting them I am on my own ground and am at home with my subject. I shall not stoop to petty wranglings about semantics but shall stay with matters of substance. I shall simply go back to basics and set forth fundamental doctrines of the kingdom, knowing that everyone who is sound spiritually and who has the guidance of the Holy Spirit will believe my words and follow my counsel.
Please do not put too much stock in some of the current views and vagaries that are afloat, but rather, turn to the revealed word, get a sound understanding of the doctrines, and keep yourselves in the mainstream of the Church.
Now, it is no secret that many false and vain and foolish things are being taught in the sectarian world and even among us about our need to gain a special relationship with the Lord Jesus. I shall summarize the true doctrine in this field and invite erring teachers and beguiled students to repent and believe the accepted gospel verities as I shall set them forth.
There is no salvation in believing any false doctrine, particularly a false or unwise view about the Godhead or any of its members. Eternal life is reserved for those who know God and the One whom he sent to work out the infinite and eternal atonement.
True and saving worship is found only among those who know the truth about God and the Godhead and who understand the true relationship men should have with each member of that Eternal Presidency. (emphasis mine)
I wish that LDS truly did have a personal relationship with the biblical Savior and trusted in His sufficient work on the cross, worshipped Him in all His glory, not just as a role model elder brother and prayed to Him in a personal way.
So why is the church promoting this "heresy" that is "both improper and perilous"; "a fine line here over which true worshipers will not step" and outside "the mainstream of the Church"? Is Noel being "tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine"; "part of Lucifer's system to make people feel they are special friends of Jesus when in fact they are not following the normal and usual pattern of worship found in the true Church" and "led astray by other voices"? Why promote an idea against "the view of the Brethren, of the prophets and apostles of old, and of all those who understand the scriptures and are in tune with the Holy Spirit"; "at the very foundation of revealed religion", and "fundamental doctrines of the kingdom"? Isn't the idea that we can have a personal relationship with Jesus "some of the current views and vagaries that are afloat"; one of the "many false and vain and foolish things are being taught in the sectarian world and even among us about our need to gain a special relationship with the Lord Jesus"?