The unique doctrines of the Mormons

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, more commonly referred to as the Mormon Church, usually draws interest from such things as; The fantastic claims of it’s founder, Joseph Smith and a history involving Polygamy. However the Mormon religious philosophy has some very unique characteristics. Whether mainstream Christianity is willing to accept it or not, these unique views have frequently set the agenda for serious discussion, unavoidably so given the aggressive missionary activities of the Mormons, causing church leaders at a local and national level to engage their ideas. Frequently those doctrines and philosophies have been found to have merit even within more orthodox circles. The unique, and therefore controversial, philosophies of the Mormon faith are as follows;

The Nature of God

The God of the Old Testament is viewed not as a being of Spirit but as a man of flesh and bone occupying a real point in space. He dwells on a planet where He oversees the working of the Universe. Though this particular place is unknown, one of their scriptures, the “Pearl of Great Price” states that it is near a planet called “Kolob”

The concept that causes even more discussion is the concept that God was once a mortal man and rose to Godhood.. The whole reason for the creation of the Earth and the human inhabitants was more than just a whim. The question “If God is complete to himself why were we created?” is answered in the Mormon doctrine that we are created to become Gods ourselves. Stated simply in Mormon parlance;

“As man is, so once was God. As God is, so man may become.”

To the Mormons, we are Gods in a chrysalis. Put through the fires of temptation and faced with a life of struggle over choices in order to distinguish which of us has the potential for perfection and so to join the perfect race of Gods.

Adam and Eve

The Biblical account of the first parents is often unsatisfactory as it is interpreted by orthodox Christianity. In it Eve is shown to be gullible and Adam is a wimp. Eve is easily convinced that the Heavenly Father she has been conversing with and has a personal connection to is deceiving her about the forbidden fruit. While Adam, when he is discovered, says in effect, “The woman made me do it.” Ladies will recognize this excuse as one that males have been using ever since to pass the blame for murder and wars and a host of minor sins onto “Female wiles.”

Mormon doctrine puts the whole tale in a very different light. Here Adam and Eve were fully aware of the choice they were making. In the garden, according to Mormon doctrine, there could be no child bearing. So the first parents made a conscious choice to leave the garden of Eden and accept mortality. Eve made the first decision, Adam was given a choice and he determined to follow her.

To the Mormons, Adam and Eve were noble beings who gave up their place in paradise so that the human race might come into existence. As the doctrine puts it;

“Adam fell that men might be. Men are that they might have joy.”

THE ATONEMENT

In the 4th century a British monk named Pelagius advocated a doctrine that was hotly opposed by the leading figures of Christianity at the time. At a Synod held circa 450 AD, known as the “Synod of victory” This doctrine was officially declared a heresy. Interestingly the Mormon Church has revived this doctrine.

Mormons agree with Pelagius that the simple act of calling out the name of the Lord and having faith in the saving Grace of his sacrifice is insufficient for the full blessings of Heaven. The actions taken after acceptance are of equal importance. St Augustine argued that this doctrine negated the gift of Grace. Mormons, like Pelagius, say that Grace must be maintained and daily life should be a constant striving for perfection to be worthy of such Grace. Orthodox Christianity agrees with this in part but ultimately rejects the concept of “Good works” as essential to salvation. The oft quoted “I’m not perfect, just forgiven.” Would be countered by the Mormons as “Forgive me while I strive for perfection.”

The other aspect of the Pelagian heresy that Mormons adamantly espouse is the concept that children have no sin. It follows logically that to sin you must have knowledge of your wrongdoing. Orthodox Christianity states that we are all guilty of the sin of Adam. It falls on us all. This is the concept of Original Sin. Mormons reject this concept declaring that we can only be judged by our own actions. Little children, unaware of moral concepts, are automatically guaranteed a place in Heaven should they die before losing their innocence as one of the direct benefits of the Atonement. Mormons would agree with Pelagius that little children have no “Original Sin” but instead have “Original Blessings”

HEAVEN AND HELL

Hell, to the Mormons, is not a place of physical torment. There is no physical lake of fire and brimstone. When the devil was cast into outer darkness he was damned. To the Mormons, this is a literal Dam. All life, whether physical or spiritual, must progress. Hell is a place of no further progress. There is nowhere else to go.

Heaven does not exist in the orthodox sense either. Unlike orthodox Christianity, which has a somewhat amorphous view of Heaven as little more than dwelling in the presence of God, with few concepts of what that means in any real sense, the Mormons have a very clear idea of what is going on. There are a number of “Heavens” we will attain according to how we have behaved on Earth. For the murderers, adulterers and other ne’er do wells there is the “Terrestrial Kingdom” a place not unlike our present Earth. For the good and noble souls who nevertheless rejected the Mormon version of the Gospel, (We would probably include such persons as Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa here) there is the “Telestial Kingdom” nicer than the first but not as exalted as the final. The “Celestial Kingdom” This is reserved for the most faithful of the Mormons and is the only heaven reserved exclusively for Mormons who have lived exemplary lives and are now ready to approach Godhood.

Interestingly, in order to be cast into the Hell that Satan occupies you must have reached a point on Earth where you are worthy of the Celestial Kingdom. If then, having a perfect knowledge of God and his plan for you, you reject it. That’s when you are cast into outer darkness. The only religion where you have to be worthy of Heaven before you are deserving of Hell.

These are just some of the more interesting of Mormon philosophies. There are other claims that may seem even more fantastic to the individual used to a more standardized view of religion and are generally rejected out of hand in theological circles. The above are only the ones that have aroused more serious debate. They will continue to do so as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expands its influence throughout the world.

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Comments 38 comments

TimothyRBerman 7 years ago

Yes2Truth, then Modern Christianity needs to give up their prevalent doctrines that they espouse today because much of these doctrines are based upon 2nd Century Gnostic teachings and philosophies. Take for Instance Augustine and his position against Pelagius that when Augustine was in his early thirties, he wanted to find an answer to the evils of humanity. He brought with him into the Christian faith certain Manichean and other heretical philosophies. The Trinitarian Doctrine on God the Father is of a Second Century Gnostic Heretic Valintinus.

IantoPF Good article here. There is one thing I noticed. Kolob is not a planet but a star.


TimothyRBerman 7 years ago

yes2truth, I agree, the truth is not philosophy. So, if you are not a member of the Christian faith, then what is your affiliation? Tertullian coined the term Trinity, however I do not believe he taught the modern concept of the Trinity as most Christians understand it.


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yes2truth 7 years ago from England

Mr Berman,

Where have I said that I am not a member of the Christian faith? Christ is my 'affiliation'

Let me ask you a question: What do we have to do in order to become a Born Again son of God and a member of the Ecclesia - those called and chosen by The Father to be brothers of His Son?


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iantoPF 7 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you Timothy, you are quite right Kolob is a star not a planet. My bad. I could edit but I prefer to let your correction stand.

Yes2truth;

I saw your first comment and did not take it seriously. I still do not. I view it as nothing more than comic relief. If you wish to comment on my writng style or skills and if you have something to say about the content, all that is fair and warranted critique. What is unacceptable is that you should presume to tell me what I should or should not study and what is or is not good for my spiritual progress.

Such comments reveal an arrogance that borders on psychotic. You are obviously a king and a priest in your own mind, you're just a nutcase in mine.


TimothyRBerman 7 years ago

Yes2Truth:

You stated - "Mr Berman

Let me make it clear that I am not a member of the Christian Religion."

Religion and Faith are interchangeable. In other words, Religion is the context of a persons faith. So, to say that You do not belong to the Christian Religion, you are also saying that your faith is not in the Christian religion. However, this is a matter of subjective interpretation. I merely am curious as to know what denomination you belong to. You ask that we put away foolish philosophies, yet you are asked a specific and direct question and have not answered it. So, for the second time, I will ask you.

What is your particular affiliation to Christianity? What denomination, faith, religion, whatever do you call it, that you align yourself with?

Until then, any questions you have for me are unnecessary.


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yes2truth 7 years ago from England

Mr Berman

Religion is religion is religion and religion has nothing to do with the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes anyone can have faith in their religion, but it is faith in vain, for there is no salvation in religion.

The Lord Jesus Christ did not come to this earth in order to start a religion. All religion is man made at the behest of the Devil and this includes the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion. All religion started with Cain.

This means following the Lord Jesus Christ is not religion.

I trust this explains my place in The Lord, now would mind answering my earlier question?


TimothyRBerman 7 years ago

Yes2truth, nice dancing around the question. No, I will not answer your question. I refuse to engage in dialogue with someone who is very crypitic in their discussion and can't answer a straightforward question. I consider myself Christian. I believe in the Bible, Divine revelation, have personal testimony and faith in Jesus Christ. I have come to know that the Church of Jesus Christ is the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I testify that Christ lived a mortal life, providing us an example to live by, teaching us the doctrines pertaining to our salvation. I believe he died on the cross, that he was buried. I testify that he rose the third day with a glorified body of flesh and bone and is ascended into heaven. I believe that God had not closed the canon of scripture. I know that the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ and the fullness of the doctrine of salvation.


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Sanctus Vesania 7 years ago

@Timothy - There are two types of "Christians". The true Christians who look to Christ as their only savior, believe that Jesus died for ALL (and not just a handful), and that Jesus came to FREE us FROM religion*

The false Christians are those who claim that Jesus Christ is their savior, but insist on performing all manner of works and rituals, because they believe that there salvation can be lost. Or, if not that, then brag that they're chosen either by their own will, or God's will.

This is about 99% of mainstream Christianity.

I'm pretty certain, though, that yes2truth belongs to the first category. He is a Christian, but he is not a part of the Christian religion.

*note that religion (re-ligure) means 'return to bondage' now who would want that?

y2t, hope you don't mind me answering.


TimothyRBerman 7 years ago

Sanctus,

Thank you for that explanation there. It helps to better understand where one is coming from in order to respond appropriately. I just find it foolish to not answer a direct question when it is asked. All Y2T had to do was just what you did.


TimothyRBerman 7 years ago

Sanctus,

Thank you for that explanation there. It helps to better understand where one is coming from in order to respond appropriately. I just find it foolish to not answer a direct question when it is asked. All Y2T had to do was just what you did.


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Onusonus 7 years ago from washington

The gosples of the Apostles make several mentions by which Christ advocates the gathering of people together, to organize themselves, and partake in ordinances and blessings of the gosple. He gave to them Priests, Bishops, Teachers, and Evangelists for the building up of the kingdom of God on Earth, and for the perfacting of the Saints.

Now this is the origin of the word Religion; "reverence for God" "bind, connect"; "to reconnect." choose", "read" "go over again" or "consider carefully".


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yes2truth 7 years ago from England

Mr Berman

I did answer your question but you failed to understand it which does not surprise me when I read this remark of yours.

"I testify that he rose the third day with a glorified body of flesh and bone and is ascended into heaven."

This statement is a lie. He was raised Spirit but with the ability to appear in the flesh for the benefit of His followers.

There is no flesh in heaven only Spirit beings.

The corruptible must put on incorruption i.e. Spirit in order to be resurrected.

Nothing in the flesh is pleasing to The Father.

Romans 8:4-8 (KJV) That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.


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yes2truth 7 years ago from England

"The gosples of the Apostles make several mentions by which Christ advocates the gathering of people together."

That doesn't make religion you're just reading religion into it.

All religion is man made and the behest of the Devil.


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Onusonus 7 years ago from washington

As are you reading the lack of flesh into some scripture (whatever that may be), there is nothing that I can find that says he did not keep his body with him when he ascended to heaven. I believe that we are here to gain a mortal body so we can be like him and enjoy his same enjoyments.

And how would we receive any saving ordinances if there were no organization by which to facilitate them, no priesthood given to act in the name of God to baptize, partake of sacrament, to bless and to heal; to receive instruction by the power of the Holy spirit.

You sound like an advocate for L Ray Smith's philosophies. Do you know what the problem is with his teachings?


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Sanctus Vesania 7 years ago

Since Christ is the firstfruits it only makes sense that he would be the first to be given a new glorified body.

By the way, are you actually implying that the only way people can be saved is if they join a religion? That's just absurd! What they need is for God to open up their eyes and ears, and if He does it while we're in religion it's to get us OUT of it.

Also, GAIN a mortal body? I'm pretty sure that we ALREADY have mortal bodies.


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Onusonus 7 years ago from washington

Actually we believe that all men and women will be resurected and according to their faith and deeds will be assigned to a degree of glory which is prepared for them, everyone will receive a just judgment from a prefect and loving God. Mormon beliefs in Heaven and Hell are much more complex than just this.


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Onusonus 7 years ago from washington

And yes, those of us who have lived have gained a body, but there is a preexistance of all spirits including those who have not lived yet, and they have not yet gained bodies. this, I believe, is one of the prerequisits to growth.


TimothyRBerman 7 years ago

Yes 2 Truth, thank you for showing forth your denial of the Resurrection. Christ did rise from the dead with a physical body. Where was the physical body of Christ when Mary and Peter looked into the tomb? Scripture declares that Christ's body was not there. Christ himself while with the disciples prophesied that he would rise again the third day with a body of flesh and bone.

It appears that you are very deceived into denying the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If anyone here believes in a false gospel it is you because you deny the very tenet of the Gospel accounts. If they are so corrupt as you say, then you have to prove empirically how those passages are corrupt and in what manner they are corrupt. Oh, and before you do, I am very familiar with the scholarly debate over the Long Ending of the Gospel of Mark. I am also very versed and aware of the differences between the synoptic gospel accounts that center around the resurrection, and that of the Gospel of John. Furthermore, I am also very familiar with the passage in Matthew where it says that the graves of the saints who slept were opened and they rose from their graves with their physical bodies and appeared to many in Jerusalem.


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yes2truth 7 years ago from England

If you can show me how The Lord left the sealed Tomb as a physical body, I will listen, but not for long.

If you can tell me how He entered the locked and bolted upper room where the learners (disciples) were gathered in fear, without the door being opened, I will listen, but for even a shorter period of time.

I am only asking these questions so that I can have a laugh at your expense and I make no apologies for doing so. Chuckle chuckle chuckle - see I have started already.

"Christ himself while with the disciples prophesied that he would rise again the third day with a body of flesh and bone."

Care to show me where in the Holy Scriptures it says He will be raised as flesh and bone? The Father takes a very dim view of blasphemers who add BS to His Holy Word and it sounds like you are a professional BSter.

"It appears that you are very deceived into denying the resurrection of Jesus Christ."

Where have I denied the Resurrection? Oh and would you mind telling me how the physical exists in heaven. Now this will be very interesting? Here come those chuckles again!


TimothyRBerman 7 years ago

Yes2Truth - what happened to the physical body of Jesus Christ that was buried in the Tomb? Why was it not there when Mary discovered the Tomb Empty? Why Did Doubting Thomas "feel" the wounds in the Resurrected Christ and Christ saying "A spirit hath not flesh as ye see me have".


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yes2truth 7 years ago from England

Answer my questions first and then I will answer yours. Stop avoiding the issue.


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Sanctus Vesania 7 years ago

Well, here's something:

1 John 4:2-3 2Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2 John 1:7

7For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Also, I will again reinstate; Christ is the first fruits; Christ was the first person to die, and then rise again with a new glorified body. This is what will happen to the Sons and Daughters of God when the time comes.


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yes2truth 7 years ago from England

Yes Sanctus

1 Cor 15:40-44 (KJV) There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; IT IS RAISED A SPIRITUAL BODY.

And the glorified body is a Spiritual body, not a physical body. The Lord was raised as Spirit and yet He could also appear in the flesh. All this was a representation of the Power of the Spirit in action.


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Onusonus 7 years ago from washington

Jesus taught all Christians to "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whilst thou art in? the way with him." (Matt. 5:25) "But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." and "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." (Matt. 5:44)


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spidergirl364 7 years ago

Well said Onusonus!


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RichardBBenson 7 years ago

iantoPF there are a few things that need to be corrected on in the Heaven and Hell section. The first is that you have the order of the kingdoms or heavens in the wrong order, the highest(which you have right) is the Celestial, then the Terrestial, then the lowest is the Telestial. The second is that you are saying that good people like Gandhi and Mother Teresa are going to the Terrestial kingdom because they rejected the "Mormon version of the Gospel". Let me say that those who go to the Terrestial are those who are not valiant in their testimony of Christ. Also everyone will have a full opportunity to hear the True Gospel of Christ, wether in this life or the next. So even Gandhi and Mother Teresa and everyone else have the same opportuntiy to enter into the Celestial Kingdom. And finally you have stated that it is only the faithful Mormons who will be in the Celestial Kingdom, this is not accurate. The Celestial is for all those who have accepted the True Gospel as taught by God's ancient prophets, Jesus Christ and his prophets and apostles and live it valiently. These are just a few corrections that I have stated, for the rest you can talk to the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and also read and pray about the Book of Mormon to find the truth. May you and your family be blessed.


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iantoPF 7 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you for engaging me. I am very willing to debate with those who engage and discuss. I have no interest in those who only confront. That said;

Oooops I did it again. I proof read my article but mistakes do happen. just as i mistakenly calle Kolob a planet, so I got the order of the kingdoms mixed. So, for terresrtrial, read Telestial. Sorry.

I stand by my other statements though. I used gandhi and Mother Theresa for the reason that they cause problems for thinking Christians.

Gandhi, as a young man, studied law in London. While there he investigated Christianity and rejected the notion of salvation being a gift from any source outside of oneself. He held the Hindu view of the ascetic, that only through personal sacrifice and effort is salvation obtained. Gods and messengers of the gods only guide and direct. They provide nothing else.

Mother Theresa was devoted to her faith and to her god. On one occasion a reporter asked her why would she go into the streets of Calcutta, pick up a man dying of leprosy, clean him and make him comfortable until he died. She replied "I serve Lord Jesus Christ in all his beautiful disguises"

Orthodox protestant theology would place both these persons in the same hell as Hitler, Stalin, and the worse of humnity. Mormons say, if they maintain their positions in the next life, they will go to the second best heaven.

The Celestial Kingdom is for Mormons only. It requires baptism by the Mormon priesthood and a commitment to Mormon practices. This is "Accepting the True Gospel."

Thank you for your comments, discussions like this can only lead to better understanding.


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Izombiheartzoey 7 years ago

What about the book of Abraham?


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

This is very interesting. I think virtually all Christians believe children under the "age of accountability" (12?) get a free pass to Heaven. The concept of Original Sin doesn't damn them until they are no longer children and deny God willfully and rebelliously. Also, I don't think most Christians believe Heaven is where they just sit around with God. It is a New Heaven and a New Earth, with streets and food and an infinite variety of things to see and do. Much like this Earth without any sin, death, tears, night, pain, sickness, etc.

I enjoyed reading this. It is very well written. I know some Mormons and while I am not one, they are wonderful people.


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iantoPF 7 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you James. I read some of your hubs, I'm new here, and I immediately joined your fan club. You have remarkable insights. You are one of a few people who, though I disagree with you, you make me think about why I disagree. Very valuable.

Meanwhile, back at the point. I too have met some very spiritual Mormons, I'm not one myself, I find their doctrines have been the cause of much discussion. Not surprisingly given the aggressive missionary endeavours. They cause many to approach their Priests and Pastors for an answer to the mormon message and, to an extent, that forces an agenda on mainstream Christianity. It's an interesting study. Well, to me anyway.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

Another winner. I studied LDS as part of an anthropology of religion undergraduate class. Had to go sit in with them twice a week for two months, read lots of stuff, write it up, present it etc. Was very interesting. I kind of like the fact that I can be pretty much myself and I still into the semi-heaven. That's good stuff. I also found the idea of retroactive salvation/conversion interesting. Seems like a few years back some group or another was going to "save" the Jews who died in concentration camps. That set off a stir. Anyway, another good hub from you - no surprise there.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

hello Shadesbreath; I believe this was the first Hub I wrote and I wasn't too sure of myself. I am interested in various parts of Mormon philosophy though I feel that today they have wandered away from the best and most unique aspects of their theology. The radical Mormons have become PC. Not what the early founders had in mind.

Thank you for reading and commenting.


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McHamlet 6 years ago

Interesting hub and definitely enlightening. I'm not of any religion myself but I'm interested in all of them. What I find amazing is what people have the confidence to claim knowledge of and to convince others of. It's also amazingly disappointing how bitter and petty arguments about the substance of such claims can become as is evidenced in some of the comments above. Anyway, really enjoyed this. Cheers.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Hello Mchamlet; Thanks for reading and commenting. The comments I first got for this Hub were innapprpriate but it was my early days, these days I would have told them to have a debate on the forums. As you point out, many of the comments are petty and bitter, I removed the worst of them.

I'm enjoying your story :)


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Daniel Carter 5 years ago from Western US

RichardBBenson is not quite right about the doctrine of who will go to the "celestial kingdom." Only those who have had temple ceremonies and rites done will be able to enter the hightest kingdom. Therefore, unless Mother Teresa and Mahatma Ghandi have those temple rites done for them by proxy (which the Mormons believe in) they will not be candidates for the highest heaven. That kind of puts the human error factor in a very visible light, because who is going to do their temple work without it causing severe stress among their followers. This is exactly the problem the Mormon have encountered in doing proxy work for deceased Jewish ancestory, and law suits have been filed against the Mormon Church in a cease and desist order. So apparently, God has his hands tied on this one, according to Mormon doctrine.

This is an excellent article. Very nicely presented.


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iantoPF 5 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you for your comments Daniel; Very interesting what you have to say about the "Cease and Desist" orders. I did not know about them.

I wonder how the LDS Church will get around that.


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SamboRambo 5 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

It looks like this forum has been quiet for a while. But I can't resist contributing an answer to Ian's last comment:

"I wonder how the LDS Church will get around that."

I, being LDS, believe that the Church won't worry about it until God is finished preparing the hearts of the Jewish community. Then, God will inspire the leaders about what they should do.

The Book of Mormon talks about those who "tarry." In other words, certain people have asked Jesus if they could stay on the earth until His second coming, preaching the gospel and doing His work. The Book of Mormon mentions three "Nephites" who chose this path. The LDS believe John the Beloved from the New Testament is another. I, myself believe there are many who "tarried." One principal author (I think it was Mormon) said some of these people were sent to the House of Israel.

From what was said, I am to understand that they are softening the hearts of the Jews. And they certainly have influence, as they are like angels. So I think that within a few years, we'll be seeing amazing things happen.

Some Native American tribes (who the LDS believe are descendants of Book of Mormon people) have an angel-like wanderer in their histories, and they call him Kokopelli. He seems to fit the description of those who "tarried."


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iantoPF 5 years ago from Sunny California Author

SamboRambo; Thank you for visiting my Hub. This is one of the very first I wrote and I hope my writing has improved since then. I found this topic very interesting, unfortunately the comments section got highjacked by argumentative people. I deleted a number of their comments. This is a comments section not a forum, however I do appreciate you taking the time to read and comment and bring a fresh perspective to the article.

Best Wishes................ianto

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