In all due honesty even though I respect your dedication to your religion even if I have absolutely no faith in it at all, I have to say that claiming that your religion and perhaps one other is directly descended from God's chosen few is the kind of tenant of faith that causes division. Do you believe that only your church is blessed by your god to teach the world about what is right and that all others are doomed? Is your way truly the only way to heaven? If I happen to be Southern Baptist am I going to hell or am I safe and do your Apostles have the authority to decide I am safe today and change their mind and yours tommorow? I see that these questions where not your point but they are relevant to what you said none the lesser. I do not believe there was an end to prophets or seers or any such thing either and from my understanding of the Christian texts I have read (Book of Mormon included) it seems to me that all who truly follow the teachings in them including proselytizing (witnessing is what I hear it most commonly called) would be considered Apostles and that the original number of twelve seems contrived at a later date than 1 AD. All that being said I still think its very convenient and dangerous for any religious group to consider itself the one true path and all others to be tainted, profane imitators. I think Jesus would agree with my last statement even if he turned me into a toad for the others.
First of all, what I said was accurate, no other denomination beside mine and the Catholics claim
to have unbroken lines of Apostholic succession. It isn't a matter of beign high and mighty, it is a matter that as part of thier official doctrines they other denominations don't maker the claim. They say they are are a direct line from Peter, we say the line came through a restoration. No one else makes any such claim.
Don't blame me that they didn't do so, it isn't my fault that they don't claim it. Saying such would be akin to saying that I am being high and mighty for saying that only myself and three others claim to be born from my parents. The other church's certainly claim to have authority, but not in the smae manner that we do, they claim authority based upon being believers in Chriist, not on a line of authority.
As for what Church is "true", Christ taught that "straight is the gate and anrrow is the way" that leds to Heaven. It is the obligation of every person who calls Himself a Christian to search out all truth, and reject all error. If one's beliefs are in error, it is thier obligation to search for the truth, and embrace it when they find it.
As for our Apostles, they make the same claim to Authority and Responsability as did the Apostles of old. Take from that what you will.
You mentioned your reading of the Book of Mormon, then made the statement that you saw no evidnece of the Apostleship being set at twelve until "much later then 1 AD". I will first assume that your time frame is a mistake, since no one claims that, since the Savior would be less then ten years old at 1 AD, and no where near the age that He first begain his ministry. Further, the Book of Mormon makes the exact opposite claim, it specifically says that when the Savior first came to the America's that he called twelve the very first day. Further, the Four Gosepels of the New Testament clearly state that twelve were called, and Acts chapter 1 speaks explicitly of filling the vacancy that Judas left.
Now, many debate the Bible, I understand that. But what your conclusion about what you claim to have read in The Book of Mormon openly contradicts it's content, which leds me to believe that you either didn't read the whole thing, or have forgotten what it contains. In either case, I would urge to to reread it, as it is a great witness of the Living Christ.
As for "one true path", everyone will recieve some measure of reward for their deeds, both good and evil. I am quite sure that there are many Muslims, Baptists, Meathodists, Buddists, Hindu's, Jews, Catholics, and others who will enjoy a paradise much grander then some Mormons. However, in order to recieve ALL of the blessing s that our Father wants us to enjoy, we must be willing to learn and follow ALL of His teachings (doing the very best we can since we are certainly not perfect). As the New Testament says, "One Lrod, One Faith, and One Baptism".
In order for everyone to come to a "unity of the faith" (as Paul called it), He set up a specific structure and organization so that His truth can be taught to the people, and so they could gather and worship together in truth. That Church fell away, and was restored in 1830 through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
I would implore you to take the time to learn further about my Church, if for no other reason then the fact that you seem to have little to no understandign what we actually believe and why (which is by no means meant to be an insult, I'm still trying to understand more about Scientologists but haven't had a chance to sit down with a member and get direct answers to my questions). Misinformation leds to misunderstanding, and misunderstanding leds to conflicts and hurt feelings.