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Gay Mormons

Gay Mormons

by Seth How important and essential is the family? According to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”), the family is divinely ordained of God. Family plays a central role in God’s plan of happiness. In the world we live in today, there continues to be attacks on the family and the impacts are being felt in ways that can often create confusion, frustration, and unhappiness. One of the fundamental areas that is gaining more and more attention is the defining of marriage. It is in its strict adherence to the traditional definition of marriage that the LDS Church has received quite a bit of attention, since within this discussion is a conversation about homosexuality. This also leads to a discussion about gay Mormons. The family is so important to Heavenly Father’s plan that He revealed to the First Presidency in 1995 “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” which begins with the... Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Restoration

Mormon Restoration

by Seth When one thinks about the word restoration more often than not the thought of an old house or car being brought back to its original look comes to mind. One of the definitions of restoration is the restitution of something taken away or lost. Mormon doctrine teaches that after the resurrected Jesus ascended into heaven, there came a time when the people became so wicked that they rejected the authority and power to act in God’s name (which power is known as the priesthood). This rejection took place when the apostles were martyred and men who took their places did so without authority. Once this took place, men began to fill the earth with their own teachings and interpretations of the Bible. This caused many to fall away from the church and religion in general. It was not until 1830 that the church which Jesus Christ had established while He was on the earth was restored again in its fulness. It was at that time, through revelation from... Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Genealogy

Mormon Genealogy

by Seth Everyone seeks to be happy in this life. There are many different ways that one can find happiness, but for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which church is often misnamed the “Mormon Church”), true happiness comes from living as Jesus wants them to live. To be a faithful member of the LDS faith, one will decide to follow the commandments of God as well as following the example of Jesus Christ. This example includes receiving sacred and essential ordinances (sacred acts or ceremonies performed by authority of the Mormon priesthood) of being baptized, receiving the companionship of the Holy Ghost, and other important ordinances that show a deep commitment to and love for God. This deep love is the form of a covenant (or promise) made between the individual and God. Many of these ordinances are received in Mormon temples. As members of the “Mormon Church” learn more about the Plan of Happiness (God’s... Read the rest of this article »

The Mormon Religion

The Mormon Religion

by Richard The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, frequently called the Mormon Church by those of other faiths, occupies a unique position in the Christian world. Many people think that the Church was an offshoot of another organization like various Protestant Churches which broke off from the Catholic Church due to various doctrinal differences. Latter-day Saints maintain that their religion did not come from any other religion, but is the same church established by the Savior Himself during His earthly ministry, which was restored through a prophet of God after a long period of apostasy. As a restored church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a strong claim for priesthood authority, something any church professing to be of God must have. The problem with other church’s claims for authority is the fact that they all came from the Catholic Church. From a logical point of view, if the Catholic Church is false (as many Protestant... Read the rest of this article »

The Book of Mormon and Other Mormon Scripture

The Book of Mormon and Other Mormon Scripture

Scripture, or a written record of God’s words, is a vital part of Mormon faith. There are four major components of the Mormon, or Latter-day Saint, scriptural cannon. 1. The Bible Mormons believe that the Bible, as far as it is translated correctly, is the word of God. The King James Version of the Bible, which contains the Old and New Testaments, is part of the Mormon scriptural cannon. 2. The Book of Mormon Mormons also believe in the “Book of Mormon,” a record of Jesus Christ’s visit to the American continent following his death and resurrection in Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus Christ is the son of God and redeemer of the world. It reemphasizes his teachings and clarifies his doctrines. 3. The Doctrine & Covenants The next part of the Mormon scriptural cannon is a book called the “Doctrine & Covenants” and is a record of the restoration of Christ’s true, complete gospel to the earth.... Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Missionaries

Mormon Missionaries

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes nicknamed the “Mormon Church,” has a remarkable missionary program.  The necessity of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the earth is commanded by God and found in the holy scriptures: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true (Alma 29:8). That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers  (Doctrine and Covenants 1:23). And ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, two by two, in my name, lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, declaring... Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Family

Mormon Family

The family unit is central to the doctrines and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes casually called the Mormon Church because of its companion scripture to the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon. For everyone, the importance of family relationships is emphasized when we lose loved ones to death.  That is when we wonder whether we can be reunited after this life.  “Mormonism” teaches that we are eternal beings.  Before mortality, we lived as spirit-children of a loving Father in Heaven.  Because of that upbringing, forming families is instinctive to us.  One of the most important things we do in mortality is to form and strengthen family relationships that may last into eternity. Lasting family relationships do not just happen.  Many things are necessary, some of them difficult.  Morality is sometimes thought of as passé, but it is necessary for loving relationships to continue and to grow.  Honesty,... Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Beliefs

Mormon Beliefs

Joseph Smith organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the Mormon Church) on April 6, 1830. Even before the Church was organized, those who aligned themselves to Joseph Smith were the recipients of much ridicule and persecution. This only increased after the Mormon Church was organized and began to receive more and more converts. In 1842, editor of the Chicago DemocratJohn Wentworth wrote to Joseph Smith seeking a knowledge of the basic doctrines of the new religion. In response, Joseph Smith wrote down what came to be known as the Thirteen Articles of Faith. These were later canonized by the Mormon Church. They are listed below, along with brief explanations of each doctrine and how each differs from the mainstream Christian interpretation. Articles of Faith We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for... Read the rest of this article »

The Mormon Priesthood

The Mormon Priesthood

The priesthood power is the strongest and most needed power in the universe.   It is the name of the power driven by the light of Christ: This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made (Doctrine and Covenants 88:7). Thus, the “priesthood power” is what helped to create the universe, and is what keeps it together. Though God holds the greatest part of this power, he has delegated part of the responsibilities and powers to the men of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Church. With the priesthood power, the men are able to preach the gospel, administer the ordinances of salvation, and govern God’s earthly kingdom. The Priesthood has been given to different men in History, like Moses and Elijah, and the apostles of Christ. But most recently, the “Keys of the Priesthood” were given to the prophet Joseph Smith, who founded The Church of Jesus Christ... Read the rest of this article »

Baptism for the Dead

Baptism for the Dead

Billions of people have lived on this earth who have never learned about Jesus Christ.  They knew nothing about His commandments, His ministry, or His atonement.  Mormon doctrine (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) teaches that men cannot be saved in ignorance.  Neither can they be condemned in ignorance. When people die, their spirits separate from their bodies, and they go to a place called the Spirit World to await resurrection and judgment.  In the spirit world, we can enjoy our loved ones who have already passed on, but we can also learn, for there we have agency (the freedom to choose), just as we had on earth.  During the three days that Jesus was in the tomb, He organized a ministry in the Spirit World, so that those who had never heard it could be taught His gospel.  (Read about it here.) When Christ was on the earth, serving among men, He was baptized.  Although He was the only sinless person ever to live on the earth, He... Read the rest of this article »

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