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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. It follows the modern-day prophet,... Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Wedding

Mormon Wedding

by Karla The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”) has two types of weddings. These two weddings include the Church wedding and the most preferred and highly-encouraged temple marriage. Temple marriage is emphasized because when a couple is married in the temple, they may be together for eternity and not just for this life. However, not all members of the Church may avail themselves of the opportunity to be married inside a Mormon temple. The temple is a holy place—a House of the Lord. To be married in the temple, the couple must be worthy to enter. The standard for worthiness is very high and includes being sexually pure. For this both bride and groom must have lived the Law of Chastity. The Law of Chastity demands abstinence from all sexual relations outside of marriage and perfect fidelity within marriage. The couple should also be: active in the Church, full-tithe payers (donating 10 percent of their income), actively... Read the rest of this article »

The True Church Is the Same Everywhere

The True Church Is the Same Everywhere

by Emily In 2006, my family and I traveled around the world for a year. We visited Ireland, Greece, India, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and Mexico. I had a lot of amazing experiences, including skydiving from 12 thousand feet, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, bushwhacking on an elephant in a jungle, visiting petrified waterfalls, and seeing the Parthenon. I also had the opportunity to go to church in all the countries we visited. I went to church in a band hall in Ireland, where my family made up about one-third of people in the meeting. I went to a District Youth Conference in New Delhi, India, where I gave a talk and led some of the activities. I attended a sacrament meeting comprised almost entirely of Filipina maids in Hong Kong, and my very small Sunday School class in Athens was taught by the missionaries. I attended a Spanish-speaking ward in Mexico, and in Thailand, I went to a ward where half of the people sang the hymns in English and the... Read the rest of this article »

Latter-day Saints and Neighbors Reach Agreement

Latter-day Saints and Neighbors Reach Agreement

Emily Holmstead. The Latter-day Saint Church has reached an agreement with the neighborhood of North Phoenix. Neighbors were worried that the Mormon temple would be disruptive and cause traffic and parking issues, but those concerns were alleviated after the Church agreed to lower the steeple, turn off the lights earlier in the evening, and address traffic issues. In return, the neighbors agreed to drop their protests and plan to contest the parking issue. The groundbreaking ceremony took place peacefully on June fourth. Both neighbors and church members have agreed to work together to widen the road and get a traffic light installed on Pinnacle Peak Road for mutual convenience.      Read More →

Reflections on Mormon Temple Marriage

Reflections on Mormon Temple Marriage

My husband and I were married in the Los Angeles California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints forty-three years ago. I was a recent convert to the Church, and he had just finished serving a full-time mission for the Church in Europe.  I was nearly finished with college, but he had barely started.  It was a huge leap of faith, but the Holy Ghost had given us both a strong witness that we belonged together and that the time to marry was now. Our backgrounds were very different, and we quickly discovered that men and women neither see things the same way nor communicate in the same way, but we anchored ourselves to our faith.  In forty-three years we have seen the usual bouts of ill health and financial setbacks that assault everyone in mortality.  We’ve raised six children and now have numerous grandchildren. We came of age in the sixties, and our membership in the Church and our faithfulness to it protected us from the decade’s fascination with drugs... Read the rest of this article »

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