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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. What do Mormons believe?

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ?
What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ?
Why are Mormons only allowed in LDS Temples?
Why are Mormons only allowed in LDS Temples?
What do Mormons Believe about the purpose of life?
What do Mormons Believe about the purpose of life?

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LdsNana-AskMormon is dedicating this Hub to answering "your" questions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.

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About Asking A Mormon...

I do not consider myself a prophet, “expert” or apologist... or any other kind of LDS authority, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, however, I will do my best to personally answer your questions, in what I will refer to as ‘lay member style'.

YOUR Questions and MY Answers: will be posted here on this Hub (unless lengthy and then answer will be linked to...) and be available for anyone to access as a resource for accurate information about Mormonism, the Mormons and the LDS Church teachings, practices, beliefs, etc....

If I am unable to answer your question, I will recommend a resource, so that you can receive a credible answer.

I am opening up this invitation to those who would honestly like to know, what a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints actually does believe about their religion... Mormonism.

PLEASE NOTE: I will not answer questions that appear to me as contentious, rude, inflammatory etc... So IF you want your question answered, please ask it in a respectful manner.)

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Questions And Answers About Mormonism...

Y - Question: MoralEthics1960

I always was told that you do not believe in Christmas and birthdays is this true? Also why Saturday church and not Sunday?

M- Answer: LdsNana-AskMormon

Hi MoralEthics1960 - Thanks, that is a great question. Actually, we DO celebrate birthdays and Christmas ( Easter too ) -- Definitely. After-all, life is a celebration... and don't forget the presents. If I am forced to keep having those birthdays, then presents, are a must!

The LDS Church recognizes the Sabbath, on Sundays. I know that the Seventh-day Adventists do so on Saturdays, but I am not aware of any others. Our Sunday services are open to anyone who would like to join us. We welcome all.

It is the Jehovah Witnesses, that do not celebrate birthdays, nor do they recognize Christmas and Easter. They consider these pagan holidays, as they are not found in the Bible.

Y - Question: helenathegreat

A Mormon friend I had as a teenager once showed me a sort of "guide book" for Mormon teens about what they can and cannot do. Can you write a little more about this? Are there consequences for breaking these rules? Where do the "rules" come from?

M - Answer: LdsNana-AskMormon

Hello helenathegreat, I can't tell you how happy I am that you asked this question. As a mom, I have a 16 year-old-son, who is my last one at home now. Sometimes, our LDS Youth, feel a little embarrassed about all the 'rules' that they choose to keep. This is a nice example of how, perhaps, their willingness to share a bit more about themselves, and the Church, with their friends, is important. I'm really proud of your friend!

The guide book, that you refer to - is called, "For The Strength of Youth". This small book is approximately 4 x 5 in size, so it is easily kept in a wallet, purse or backpack, etc... This way, our youth can quickly reference it, whenever or for whatever reason.

This pamphlet is put together by The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, for these reasons, and I quote them -

"Because the Lord loves you, He has given you commandments and the words of prophets to guide you on your journey. Some of the most important guidelines for your life are found in this pamphlet. We testify that these principles are true."

The principles that are outlined in this pamphlet, range from moral conduct, to the choices that our youth face in today's world. Choosing good friends, use of alcohol and drugs, what they view... i.e., movies, television, Internet, magazines, etc... . They are counseled about the choice of music they listen to, as well as how they dress. They are encouraged to dress modestly. It is counseled to them, that they wait, until they are sixteen to date... and encouraged to group date, as opposed to one on one dating. (which most of them think is stupid) This leads to the strong counsel, to stay morally clean, which is a commandment of God.

There are others, but these are the core principles that are included in "For the Strength of Youth". Regarding discipline from the LDS Church, if they do not keep these 'rules'... As was stated in the above quote, these are mostly 'principles' for our youth to abide. In this way, they are kept from many of the influences and temptations of the world. Ultimately, the only area where their would be church discipline or any action that would be addressed, would be the area of morality.

Sexual immorality, is offensive unto God, therefore, when any member has sinned in these areas, they are required to meet with a church authority, who has responsibility for them. In this way, they are able to move through the repentance process and be cleansed by the atonement of Jesus Christ, and again, be considered a worthy member of the LDS Church. And most importantly, they are once again, a clean vessel for the spirit of the Lord, to dwell with.

Church discipline, of any kind, and for any age of a member of the Church, is considered a loving process. Most individuals, will approach their ecclesiastical leader, on their own... as they desire to course correct their lives. Most often, this is a positive experience for members of the LDS Church.

Thank you again, for asking such a pertinent question, to our faith.

Next Question About Mormons Please...

Y - Question: amy jane

Hi, I was hoping you could outline the differences between a Protestant and Mormon. Like, what are the differences in the scriptures that are read and accepted. I was raised to be protestant, but educated in catholic schools and found a great deal of judgement along the way. Both groups seemed to think (and maybe still do) that the other was wrong and not going to heaven. Knowing all the differences between them, I am better able to understand the similarities and the most important part, Jesus, is the same. I am not looking to judge. I think that this same situation exists towards mormons. I have read about Mormonism in other places, but am not certain of the "slant" of the author.

Also, are there many different groups of Mormons? I am familiar with LDS only.

M - Answer: LdsNana-AskMormon

Hi amy jane, thank you for such a wonderful question. I will do the best I can, although I could write a book on this topic. There were many of the great reformers who stated, that their efforts were, to assert basic Christian teachings of the Bible, nevertheless, at the same time, acknowledged that they did not have the authority to administer the ordinances of the Church, or to reestablish the original Church of Jesus Christ. Luther made this comment, "Christianity has ceased to exist among those who should have preserved it".

My father in-law, actually published a book about Roger Williams, another reformer, who founded Rhode Island. Roger Williams said, there is "no regularly-constituted Church on earth, nor any person authorized to administer any Church ordinance".

Members of the LDS Church, believe that both the ongoing reformation, and America's Freedom, which allowed it to continue -- made way for the restoration by angelic ministration, of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. In 1820, the restoration of that same Church of Jesus Christ, which He organized while upon the earth, was once again established in the latter-days, through the prophet, Joseph Smith. We believe that God and His Son, Jesus Christ appeared to the boy prophet, who, because of the great confusion in his mind, went seeking in prayer, to know which of all the churches was true?

The Restoration Of The Gospel Of Jesus Christ

The Sacred Grove where the young boy Joseph Smith prayed to know which Church was true.
The Sacred Grove where the young boy Joseph Smith prayed to know which Church was true.
Joseph Smith Vision of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ - in the Sacred Grove
Joseph Smith Vision of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ - in the Sacred Grove
God the Father And His Son - Jesus Christ - Appear To Joseph Smith the boy prophet.
God the Father And His Son - Jesus Christ - Appear To Joseph Smith the boy prophet.

THE FIRST VISION

Joseph describes his vision in these words: "I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other -- This is My Beloved Son, Hear Him!" (JS--H 1:17) In process of time, and of great importance, is the fact that the priesthood or the power of God, was returned to the earth once again, and the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored.

Those enlightened reformers, did not live to see the restoration, that many felt must take place and which they laid a foundation of belief. And yet, they left their witnesses, in the bold lives that they lived, in protesting and moving away from those who they knew did not have the authority themselves. Through the restoration, which was brought about through a living prophet of God, we declare that the heavens have been opened once again, in these latter-days. And with that, there has come new revelation given, the record of "The Book of Mormon" which is included in the Standard Works of the Church. In having a living prophet once again on the earth, much clarification of the teachings in the Bible has been received: which give added understanding of those complete truths that have been lost; due to human fallibility. (Articles of Faith) To understand the beliefs of the Mormon Church, it is necessary to acknowledge the foundation upon which 'we' believe.

Jesus Christ Stands At The Head Of His Church Today

Savior And Redeemer Of The World
Savior And Redeemer Of The World

A Foundation On Which To Understand Mormonism - And What Mormons Teach?

As you can see, because of the basis for our beliefs in a restoration, we understand that it is difficult to compare any other religious beliefs, to ours. But this certainly does not imply that we believe that others will not go to heaven. In fact, we believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, offers a plan for the salvation of all men. I will include a link, which will give you information about brake off churches, coming out from the LDS Church. Officially, they have no claim or connection to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, and are not recognized by the Church. Included in this link, is more information on this topic. I sincerely hope that this helps you, to at least begin to understand the differences of the Mormons and Protestant religions.

I agree with what you have said, " Knowing all the differences between them, I am better able to understand the similarities and the most important part, Jesus, is the same." I realize that this answer is a bit different that you asked, but feel that this is the most important information that I could offer, as you seek to understand our teachings. Please let me know if I can clarify anything else. I have included quite a few links for your investigation...

tDMg

Again, I thank you for asking a 'Mormon'.

Let Us Not Pull Any Punches If We Have Questions About Mormonism...

Y - Question: Archbob

"I've always heard that Mormons have some kind of special underwear garment which I never understood. I asked my friend whose family is Mormon but never got a satisfactory explanation."

M - Answer: LdsNana-AskMormon

Well Archbob, you certainly did not pull any punches on submitting THIS question! LOL But, in all honesty... I think it is such an important question to ask a Mormon about, and not those who truly have no understanding of the significance of the Garment that is worn by adult members of the LDS Church, who have been endowed in the temple.

Because I wanted to give amore detailed response to the question about the garment, I decided to create a Hub, just for this particular question about the LDS garment that we Mormons wear. I sure hope I have given you an answer which will add to your understanding.

You can link over right from here...

Our Teaching - Are All Centered In Our Temples and The Truths Revealed Therein

Mormons believe that families can be together forever - when sealed in Holy Houses of the Lord.
Mormons believe that families can be together forever - when sealed in Holy Houses of the Lord.

YOU HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION? AND I WILL ANSWER IT!

Y- Question: funride

"Are Mormons still a little minority? How have [your] traditions changed over the years? Is it frequent to see young Mormons changing their beliefs?"

M - Answer: LdsNana-AskMormon

Thank you funride. Once again, some really interesting questions that I will attempt to answer, but not here. I have actually published a Hub, to answer your three part question. It was important to first identify the fact that there are more than one kind of minority groups. Does the Mormon Church and what they teach; and its members, even qualify to ever have been labeled, a minority? So, that is just the beginnings, of what I felt was necessary, to have established, as a basis for answering your overall question.

I thoroughly enjoyed writing the Hub, and feel that you will find it most informative, as to how the Mormon Church, currently is viewed, from this perspective. (In my opinion:-)

[COMPLETE ANSWER - CLICK BELOW]

God Has Worked Through Prophets - Since The Beginning...

Moses And The Brazen Serpent
Moses And The Brazen Serpent

A Very Legitimate Question And One That Should Be Asked Of Mormons...

Y - Question:

sandra rinck - regarding what I wrote in my Hub,

Mormon President, Monson - New Prophet-Leader, Of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints Called By His HAND!

"How does someone know if they are a prophet? You said in your hub that a prophet gets word from God himself, so if many claim to have heard God through the Holy Spirit, then how does just one become chosen?"

M - Answer:

LdsNana-AskMormon:

Thank you sandra, for a question,that really deserves a legitimate answer; about the truth of this unusual 'phenomenon' - that must be achieved in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints; and particularly - in our willingness to sustain a man, who is - just a man; to be the President of a worldwide congregation, such as the Mormon Church.

Honestly, if we consider that membership is currently over 13 million members, this is a question thatdemands an answer! I think we can conclude, that this has to be much more, than what some would label the Mormon Church as a 'cult' - in order to explain this magnitude of oneness.

Important note: Those who have not read the Hub, that this question is in response to, might first consider doing so. In that way, you will understand what might have provoked this question...

Once again, I was thrilled to have such an opportunity to answer a query, that is very personal to myself and many other LDS people.

tDMg

Use LINK BELOW, to read entire RESPONSE...

LDS Temples Are Considered By Members Of The Church - To Be The House Of The Lord...

Salt Lake Temple - one of the earliest temples to be built.  This temple took the early saints 40 years to build...
Salt Lake Temple - one of the earliest temples to be built. This temple took the early saints 40 years to build...
The Celestial room, inside the Salt Lake Temple... symbolizes the presence of God. A place of reverence for worship, prayer and receiving personal revelation in a solitary space, set aside from the world...
The Celestial room, inside the Salt Lake Temple... symbolizes the presence of God. A place of reverence for worship, prayer and receiving personal revelation in a solitary space, set aside from the world...
This is an instruction room, where LDS members gather to learn more of God... as part of an "Endowment".
This is an instruction room, where LDS members gather to learn more of God... as part of an "Endowment".
This is one of a few different "sealing" rooms where marriages are performed for time and all eternity... This is the highest ordinance performed in The House of the Lord.
This is one of a few different "sealing" rooms where marriages are performed for time and all eternity... This is the highest ordinance performed in The House of the Lord.

The Questions Keep Coming And So Will Your Answers On Mormonism...

Thanks for the continued willingness to Ask A Mormon - your questions about the Mormon Church and our doctrines, beliefs and practices.

Recently I have had a few questions come up in my comments boxes on other Hubs that I have published. I will be adding those questions over here as I determine that they are general enough questions to be included here on this Hub.

Recently this question came up, and I felt certain that it was one that many people would ask -

Y - Question: sdorrian

I was in Salt Lake City recently and took a tour of the Temple grounds. We were not allowed to go into the actual Temple and were told that nobody who is not Mormon was allowed to attend services there. Do you know why that is?

M - Answer: LdsNana-AskMormon

Well as you can probably figure, this answer requires another Hub. Great questions from so many. I thank you for causing myself to work! LOL The questions that relate to the LDS Temples and our worship; why can't you go inside a Mormon Temple - including why are they secret? These are all questions about Mormons and their temples that really do seem reasonable to ask a Mormon.

I have written this Hub and hope that in some way, those who have not been inside an LDS Temple will better understand and not feel as though Mormons "think" they are better than others... just not true.

Mormonism And Temples... Why Are Only Mormons Allowed To Go Inside?

Thank you again sdorrian, this was such a good question and I am so glad you asked a Mormon:-)

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon

I hope you enjoy this wedding video that was put together for Romi & Lieta who were sealed inside the Salt Lake Temple on March 1, 2008! In this video we see them outside of the temple after the marriage took place...

It appears as though the had such a beautiful day both inside the Temple; and from what we can see in this video, also with the festivities of the reception across the street from the Salt Lake Temple - at their reception held in The Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

Best Wishes Romi & Lieta:-)

LDS Meeting House

Sunday Worship Services Are Held In Buildings Like This One...
Sunday Worship Services Are Held In Buildings Like This One...

Questions About Sabbath Day Observance Of Mormons And Also Questions About Commandments Given In The Holy Bible...

Y - Question: Granny Smith

God tells us in His Word - the Holy Bible, that He rested from His work of Creation on the 7th day, thereby in this very act, He actually created the Sabbath! Since this is actually one of the ten commandments from God and He command us to observe this day, the 7th day, to rest and worship Him, I would like to know how Mormons get around this commandment by observing the 1st day of the week. God made the 7th day holy, not the 1st - He himself said so. Why do others insist on trying to make a day holy that is not holy? Why isn't the 7th day, the very day God chose, seemingly not good enough?

M - Answer: LdsNana-AskMormon -

Mormon's "observe" the Sabbath on Sundays, with the majority of other Christians throughout the world, in memorial of that Day which God decreed that He and those who Worship Him should rest from their labors. We also acknowledge that Law of the Sabbath, which is the Lord's Day which is to be - the seventh day of the 'week' (Saturday) and not the first day of the week (Sunday); as the calendar rotates a week to be - a seven day time frame.

It was during the Constantine period, of which the Sabbath Day observance was moved to be on Sunday. Since that time - most of Christianity around the world - observes the Sabbath, still on Sunday.

With the restoration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, God did not command His Church, in this thing - to worship on a day contrary to general Christianity... nor did He command us to observe His Sabbath on an exact day of the week.

Mormons believe, that it is in the observance of the seventh day - in that seven day time period or cycle, whereby the law and the covenant are kept, as commanded by God. We believe and accept not only the law of the Sabbath; that it should be kept every seventh day, but that it is truly a Holy Day. We exercise our faith in the covenant relationship that is maintained with God, through observing a Holy Day of rest. In this practice, that 'perpetual', which God Commanded should be observed - the covenant is kept - by repeating a seven day renewal of the covenant, to stop from our worldly labors and worship God.

Section 59: Vs. 9,10 of the Doctrine and Covenants, clarifies not only the law of the Sabbath, which must be kept; but also teaches us regarding the covenant associated with this spiritual law, for our benefit.

"And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;

For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;"

Latter-Day-Saints recognize the Law of the Sabbath, as a perpetual covenant with the Lord, which must be obeyed; and the law being every seventh day. We believe it is first a law of obedience, which therefore God deems to bless His people thereby.

Again, Mormons are not trying to get around God's law by any means. Members of the LDS Church, hold the observance of a Sabbath Day, in keeping with the first and second great commandments - imperative to our Christianity and desire to keep His commandments.

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon

The Bible Is A Miracle And A blessing!

Questions About The Bible And The Book of Mormon...

Y - Question: Granny Smith -

I have always wondered if Mormons view the Bible as God-inspired and God-breathed. And why, if the Bible is the Holy Word of God, would anyone need anything else such as the Book of Mormon?

M - Answer: LdsNana-AskMormon -

Most definitely... Mormons do believe that The Holy Bible is the word of God. But we also know it to have been translated by the hand of man, countless times over millenia, and therefore because of the fallibility of man - plain and precious truths have been distorted and some original writings removed. Mormons believe and accept The Book of Mormon also as the word of God.

The Book of Mormon is known to have been preserved by God - to come forth in these latter days, as another testament of Jesus Christ. The benefit of the two records, one of Judah and one of Joseph - is that they now meet the law of witnesses that God himself established in the Old Testament.

The Book of Mormon is a record that spans a time-period of about 1000 years... beginning approximately 600 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon, together with the Bible are powerful witnesses of Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

I have published a Hub which presents that The Book of Mormon is a record that can be viewed as expected to come forth... as Jesus Christ himself, declared that he did have other sheep, not of the fold in Jerusalem... that He was going to see. The record of this appearance that we should expect, would be one where it would be the resurrected Jesus.

This is the very record of the Book of Mormon, that is proclaimed in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, to be the word of God, and His testament come forth from His other sheep...

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told Has Another Witnesses...

Y- Questions: Granny Smith

Do Mormons keep the commandments of God that are in the Bible? Are these same 10 commandments in the Book of Mormon?

M - Answer: LdsNana-AskMormon -

Members of The Mormon Church are Christian in every way... and therefore we do accept the commandments of God that are recorded in the Bible. Both the Old Testament - meaning the Ten Commandments; and also we accept what is often referred to as the "higher" law - of the New Testament; which is more spiritual or within by nature - in that which was given by Jesus Christ Himself, as the Sermon on the Mount - and is referred to as "The Beatitudes".

I love the Saviors sermon, as He, line upon line - takes the laws of the original Ten Commandments, and as The Master Teacher - lifts us beyond just the outward "doing" of law, but how to become like Christ Himself, from within - at the very heart of a persons actions.

He repeatedly used the phrasing... "It has been written...." and then "But I say unto you...." then He proceeds to teach the deeper and more spiritual law of the commandments.

Oh yes, LDS members absolutely take deeply serious the laws of God... as coming from God and not man. Mormons are often criticized for our true belief that God does expect us to keep laws still today! Not that keeping the law saves us, but that He expects us to do His works, meaning keep His laws.

tMDg

LdsNana-AskMormon

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MoralsEthics1960 8 years ago from Florida

I always was told that you do not belive in christmas and birthdays is this true?

Also why saturday church and not sunday?


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helenathegreat 8 years ago from Manhattan

A Mormon friend I had as a teenager once showed me a sort of "guide book" for Mormon teens about what they can and cannot do. Can you write a little more about this? Are there consequences for breaking these rules? Where do the "rules" come from?


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helenathegreat 8 years ago from Manhattan

Thanks so much for the answer to my question! Very thoughtful and helpful. I don't doubt that I'll think of others.. :) I think this is a great hub!!


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

You are MOST Welcome! And thank you for asking me, who is a member of the church. Honestly, I can only imagine the answer you might receive from an outside source, thus the many misconceptions that are rampant.

tDMg

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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

Hi, I was hoping you could outline the differences between a Protestant and Mormon. Like, what are the differences in the scriptures that are read and accepted. I was raised to be protestant, but educated in catholic schools and found a great deal of judgement along the way. Both groups seemed to think (and maybe still do) that the other was wrong and not going to heaven. Knowing all the differences between them, I am better able to understand the similarities and the most important part, Jesus, is the same. I am not looking to judge. I think that this same situation exists towards mormons. I have read about Mormonism in other places, but am not certain of the "slant" of the author.

Also, are there many different groups of Mormons? I am familiar with LDS only.

Thanks so much for your time and effort.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

Once again you have done a wonderful job in answering the questions concerning The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As a member of this same church I only wish to add my testimony to the information that you have given, I know it to be correct and true. Thank you for making yourself available to be used as a reliable source for people who are truly seeking to know about "Mormons".


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you, Doghouse -

I am so glad you are here. I appreciate your testimony of that which we believe, and your willingness to share as well.

tDMg

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Archbob 8 years ago

I've always heard that mormons have some kind of special underwear garment which I never understood. I asked my friend whose family is Mormon but never got a satisfactory explanation.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal

I´ve loved reading this entire hub. In fact since I was a kid I´ve watch several movies where Mormons were always presented as a minority group in US with very old traditions and few connections with the present. I always felt a little envious about mormon way of life, so simple and true. Now thanks to you I´ve learn that you live in the present and have lots to teach.

My questions: Are Mormons still a little minority? How haved change your traditions over the years? Is it frequent to see young mormons changing their believes?


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Archbob,

Due to the length of the answer to your question, I will publish a Hub in response. It is forthcoming later today... I believe. I want to make sure, you get what you asked for:-)

tDMG

LdsNana-AskMormon


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

funride -

What a great comment. Hmmm? I did not grow up Mormon, although I was baptized when I was almost 11. Nevertheless, we never went to church then. I started going when I was 17 after graduating. But, I too, thought much the same as you. LOL

I think the media just loves having a group, like the Mormons, to play this roll for them. Which of course, then perpetuates the stereotype. And also, the 'anti' movement, is very destructive... as their goal is to distort.

I will say, that there are some, like in all religions, groups etc... that I think are sorta, on the 'strange' side though. I can think of a few from church today... lol

But, overall, they are the best 'group' of people I know of, on the planet. Very real, realistic, sincere, honest people, striving to do what they believe is right.

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon

(i will answer your 'official' question still)


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Archbob-

Thank you for your question about the LDS garment. You can click the link that I posted for your 'little' answer.

tDMg

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Janica 8 years ago

If my parents live a good life, am I saved as well?


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Funride - Your answer has been posted. Thank you again for asking the questions. If you have others, just let me know.

tDMg

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confused 8 years ago

Joseph Smith said that in order to become a god, the man has to perform polygamy. Nowadays, the Mormons took the idea of polygamy and practice of it out. But, since Joseph Smith said so, and polygamy is no longer practiced, then why do you still think that Smith is a prophet and still follow "some" of his teachings. I'm confused.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal

Thank you so much LdsNana. You´re certainly right, I´ve loved to read your answering hub and I must say it´s more than informative - It´s pedagogic!


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Wow funride!

Now that is a description, one does not hear used very often. I actually had to 'think' for a moment! LOL

I am NOT a natural 'blonde' - you know.

tDMg

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genealogist84 8 years ago

Enjoyed the questions and answers, keep up the good work!


Laura in L.A. 8 years ago

Hey LDSNana,

I noticed you haven't gotten around to Confused's polygamy question yet. As you know this topic generally has become a unique study hobby of mine. What do you think of me doing a guest hub on it?


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Confused - Hang in there, I am working on it:-)

Janica - thoughts forthcoming as well.

Laura in L.A. - I hope you read my note to you when I became your fan. I think you will be a great contributor here on the Hub.

genealogist - thanks:-)

I continue to enjoy the questions asked on this Hub, and will work on the responses to them. I tend to want to produce epistles thus far, as the questions have been awesome.

tDMg

Ldsnana


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Granny Smith 8 years ago

Dear LdsNana,

I would appreciate answers to the following questions:

1. I have always wondered if Mormons view the Bible as God-inspired and God-breathed. And why, if the Bible is the Holy Word of God, would anyone need anything else such as the Book of Mormon?

2. Do Mormons keep the commandments of God that are in the Bible? Are these same 10 commandments in the Book of Mormon?

2. God tells us in His Word - the Holy Bible, that He rested from his work of creation on the 7th day, thereby in this very act, He actually created the Sabbath! Since this is actually one of the 10 commandments from God and He commaned us to observe this day, the 7th day, to rest and worship Him, I would like to know how Mormons get around this commandment by observing the 1st day of the week. God made the 7th day holy, not the 1st - He himself said so. Why do others insist on trying to make a day holy that is not holy? Why isn't the 7th day, the very day God chose, seemingly not good enough?

Thank you.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi Granny Smith -

I read your article that you posted about your grand - daughter, right? I will post to you about that over at your hub. But, welcome to the Hub. It is really nice to have you here. My heart just ached for your dilemma, but we will talk about that on your Hub, where it will be relevant.

Thank you for asking such clear questions. I will answer them in detail for you, although it might take a day or two. I am a bit behind and need to catch up. So, don't think I have forgotten your questions.

I feel privileged that you would ask me.

I will email you when I respond.

tDMg

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

Wow Nana,

It looks like your scores are miraculously rising! Way to go!


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

It appears as though they are...


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Granny Smith 8 years ago

Hi Nana,

I know you're busy. Just a reminder about getting some answers. I'm sorry you can't email me, but is there any way you could answer them here? If not, that's okay. I'll find the answers somewhere else. No problem at all.

Thanks,

GS


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi Granny -

I have been busy clearing the way so that my ability to write here on HubPages could continue...

You ask three major questions - please check my links page for more resources for having your questions answered by others...

I will tackle your questions about the Mormons and Mormonism over this weekend... in LdsNana - style:-)

But if you are anxious for 'someone' to answer you - there are many many capable and credible sources that I suggest over on my links page....

Thank you for asking 'this' Mormon!

tDMg

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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I wonder if you can help me out with something that happened between me and a friend, something that's been bothering me for a year. My friend, we'll call him Jack, and I have known each other for about 25 years. A year ago this April he was baptized into the Seventh Day Adventists.

Jack and I live about 400 miles apart, and in all our time as friends we have visited each other freely. What I mean about freely is, as friends who welcome each other into our homes. For all those years, I spent overnights at his house, and he did the same at my house. There was never anything sexual between us...there wouldn't be. We are friends, we know each others' families and pasts. We are good, good friends.

Once he was baptized, he told me I could not stay in his house overnight, and he couldn't stay in mine. This is because I am single. (He's single too, but that was not the reason he gave.)

When Jack told me this, I told him that I didn't understand, but I respected his beliefs. Since then, there has been a distance between us that was never there before.

Can you enlighten me about what Jack is experiencing, or point me to a resource who can, and suggest a way to find some guidance in keeping him as a friend?

I kind of feel like I'm asking Ann Landers for advice here, and that's not what I mean to do, but truly, I am quite ignorant about Mormons and Seventh Day Adventists. My final question is, how are they different?

Thanks so much for your thoughts about this. S.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi Sally -

I am so sorry that you are feeling a distancing with a dear friend. Particularly IF you feel it could be related to his joining a particular Church. I can't speak in regards to the Seventh-Day Adventist, their beliefs or if this combination could possibly have anything to do with your dilemma.

Now, If you were to ask the very same question, and "Jack" were a Mormon... (lol) then, I could perhaps help you to understand what "might" be going on here...

But, in no way am an an expert on the mind of anyone... especially in matters of the heart:-)

I will take your question, if you like... and deal with it as IF "Jack" had joined the Mormon Church, and give a few insights into relationships, singles and morality... if you like?

Let me know?

tDMg

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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Nana, thank you so much for your reply. As you see, I am quite ignorant here. I think the thing I don't understand the most is what happened to my friend. His change in behavior is definitely the result of his conversion, and I know this because he told me so.

I assumed that Jack's faith was related to yours. Perhaps what I need to do is research the Seventh Day Adentists. I had thought there was a philosophical, religious, historical relationship between them, the Mormon faith, and the Jehova's Witnesses.

Well, what's a Catholic girl to do? :)

Meanwhile, I WOULD like to hear your views, if Jack were a Mormon. What dilemmas would a 50-year old single man face in maintaining a relationship he had with a single woman for 25 years in which there was never any relationship except a loving, platonic one?

Maybe that's a hub by itself?

Warmest regards, S.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi Sally -

I wanted to let you know that I certainly have not forgotten your dilemma. I have considered answering your question in a round about way here... but I feel that it would lead to simply "my" opinion... Not really very credible perhaps! LOL (the heart and all...)

But, I honestly do understand your concern... Adult members of the LDS Church have a kind of unspoken rule, that we adhere to, in regards to the opposite sex. Basically it is in some respects kind of like the "buddy" system, but with a little bit more insurance.

It is a 2 to 1 ratio, in every situation. If and when we apply this formula to our lives... we never under any circumstances would be placing ourselves even remotely in a situation that could turn to something that it should not become...

It is my thought, that perhaps your good friend has been counseled as a single person in his new church - to commit to such a ratio. I know this is powerful for maintaining integrity in our relationships with the opposite sex.

Most all adult LDS members do their best to apply this formula in all situations. Well, at least the ones that seem to stay out of trouble. LOL

I know it seems a bit extreme, and particularly since you have always felt such a warm platonic relationship with your dear friend. But just maybe... you are thought of in ways, that you previously were not aware of... YIKES!

Now, I am no dear Abbey, just a woman mind you... LOL So, Sally... I offer this insight not as LdsNana - not that I am official in anyway for speaking on behalf of the Mormon Church, but simply as an active member of the Church with a little insight to what you might be perceiving? (although differences?)

Advice... (oh brother:-) Ask your good friend if this is so? Is he applying this formula? If he is... simply support him. I am confident he is worried about you too. Actually, I am surprised he wouldn't talk to you about this? But, he is most likely feeling concerned that you are feeling sad and all the emotions that the entire situation could bring to the surface.

Trust me... you are valued as you always have been. It is your friend, that is learning to live life with different safety rules. It is not personal. I feel confident of this.

I hope this "unofficial" insight helps a bit. I hope that this is really what is going on?

Warm Regards,

tDMg

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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Granny -

My apologies for not getting to your answers sooner. I hope these answers to your questions are helpful.

tDMg

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bgkob 8 years ago

I was wondering how Mormons view the teachings of Paul and others in the Bible on grace. I have heard (maybe in error) that Mormons believe in a worked based salvation and that believing on Jesus's work is not enough . IF this is true, I was wondering how the Mormon church would respond to these verses from the Bible Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:21-25; Romans 5; Titus 3:5; Luke 18:10-14, Romans 4:5 on grace and Jesus's last words on the cross, "It is finished." If we have to do more than believe on Christ for our salvation, then what was finished and what did Jesus mean in John 5:24 when He says we have already passed from death into life if we believe in him? If this is not true about Mormonism then maybe clear up this misconception for me and others. Thanks!


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

bgkob -

Thank you for asking a question of which there is much misunderstanding in regards to Mormonism and how Mormons understand the doctrine of grace; and practice Christianity...

I am sure you realize that you have asked a question that will require me to give you more than a simple answer. Other than the answer of - Mormons most certainly accept that which Jesus Christ has done for all mankind through his suffering and death of the Cross and believe that it is only through the name of Jesus Christ than any man can be saved. We understand, without reservation - that there is nothing that man can do, which would require perfection in doing so - that could ever possibly save us.

I hope that you have an opportunity to read some of my other articles regarding What Mormons believe about Jesus Christ... and visit some of the links that I have given.

But I will say, that I am familiar with your question and will certainly address it specifically. But just know, that LDS Members rely completely on Jesus Christ for salvation as do other Christians, and yet we also believe that he has commandments or laws which are also required; which we believe to be a manifestation of obedience to God. As was the Savior to the Father in His perfect example of submitting His will in all things...

Did he not say... come follow Me and do the works which I have done?

Can we honestly believe that nothing is required of us through our show of obedience, and yet also know that it is not possible to be saved by law in itself? Hence, why commandments, which are laws - are we not meant to keep them or do we just pick and choose today?

I personally am so grateful for Jesus Christ and what He has made possible for me and those I love. I am most grateful also, that He has made it possible for me, through His commandments of which I beleive He requires to be kept - show my imperfect love for Him. How else could I let Him know of my love and willingness to follow Him?

This is a question that as a member of the LDS Church, I find an interesting phenomenon in Christianity at large today???

It might take me a bit to get to your answer, as you have given a bit of homework:-) But I am happy to do my best to respond to the particular scriptures that you have given me.

Thank you so much for asking a Mormon directly to share our beliefs with you.

tDMg

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This article will give you some background as well as some wonderful official links that should give some clarification...

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/WhatDoMorm...


justamere10 8 years ago

You are invited to join the LDS Cyber Missionaries Forum at http://www.lds1.org

See you there...


bgkob 8 years ago

Hi Nana, I was wondering if you ever got around to checking those vereses out that I posted 5 months ago on grace in the scriptures and how they relate to Mormonisim? I know a lot of digging and homework was required to respond, but I was praying the other day and thought of you and the question(s) and wondered if you ever got around to them...because I thought of another one. I heard someone tell me that the LDS believes in baptizing the dead, to give those that rejected Mormonism while living an opportunity to become Mormons after the ressurection? Is this a real practice of the LDS, and if so, how do they couple that practice with Hebrews 9:27, where it says "It us appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,"? If someone dies and is then judged how is their enough time for baptizim after their death, wouldn't it already be too late?

Thank you Nana, and I hope all is well!!

God Bless!! (Romans 5:8-11)


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

bgkob -

Thank you for considering this a good source for acquiring credible information, regarding what Mormons believe and practice. I am going to give you a few link right here, that should really help you to find the more in-depth answers that you are seeking.

I also hope that you have taken the time to read some of my other hubs here on Hubpages. I have written probably 40 articles about Mormonism. Some of them, would likely answer some of your concerns.

Please use these links. They are excellent resources for understanding what Mormonism teaches and why. I think you will enjoy them very much.

You ask some excellent questions, that have very sound answers. But, they would require more than a comment section to do them justice.

I hope this helps. If not, please email me and I will see what more I can do to help you...

tDMg

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http://www.fairlds.org/ This link is your probably the best resource for answering your type of questions.

http://lds.net This site is a good resource for chatting with many active members of the LDS Church, making friends and having some great discussions. I am staff over there. Come on over and we can chat more if you would like:-)


Terry 8 years ago

I have been inactive for several years but I have been asked to give the family prayer at a relatives LDS funeral. Please give me some tips. Is there a format as in the Baptisim and confirmation prayers? I would appreciate any help you can give me.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Terry -

I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad that you were asked to give a family prayer at the funeral. I am going to assume that this is the family prayer prior to the closing of the casket.. is that right? Regardless, you will do just fine as long as it comes from the heart, as I am sure that it will.

There is absolutely no formal words or format for a family prayer necessary. As long as you open the prayer with the "language" of prayer, you will do beautifully.

"Our Father in Heaven..."

"We are gathered together as a family for..."

"We thank Thee..."

"We Ask Thee... "

"We acknowledge Thee..."

"We say this in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen".

Also remembering to use thee, thou and thine are always nice, but not absolutely necessary. Just like in the old primary days. LOL

You might want to think of what you might say to fill in each of these suggestions? You don't need to use all of them, but this is the pattern of prayer.

Open the prayer.

Acknowledge God and the reason you are addressing Him.

Give thanks to Him for blessing. (the life of the person deceased, being together as a family, blessing of gospel, etc... Whatever is in your heart)

Ask for desired blessings, particularly for His Spirit to be with those who are mourning and are in need of comfort. (use specifics as much as possible, names, etc... )

Asking for the Spirit to be with everyone and safety for those who will travel is always very nice. I hope this helps, and brings "prayer" to your remembrance. It is like falling off a bike:-) Be sure to say a personal prayer in your heart, that you will have the Spirit with you as you give this prayer. You will feel much more calm and peaceful...

tDMg

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*Let me know if I can offer anything else to you.


P. Parkinson 8 years ago

Dear Nana, do you believe that God was once a man ? Thanks.


difri1956 8 years ago

Ihave an off question. Considering what we believe about pre-existant life, is there any significance to being born on the same day? Just wondering if anyone has addressed this.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

difri1956 -

I'm not sure that I am understanding your question? Perhaps you could re-phrase it. But, I haven't heard anything regarding a person's birth-date, in particular - to anything related to our pre-mortal existence, etc...

However, I do believe that all things have a purpose according to God's plan. I'm not suggesting that in anyway, I could figure that out though. I think we would be entering into a speculative discussion. Some things are intriguing to consider... even that which we have no revelation on, yet:-)

tDMg

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Onusonus 8 years ago from washington

I have always thought of that as seeing a bunch of people standing in a line in heaven waiting to jump into their bodies. Of-course the significance of Jesus's birthday was a matter of life and death to some of the faithful inhabitants of America.


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allshookup 8 years ago from The South, United States

Do you take the King James Version of the Bible as God's Holy Word? If so, how to you explain adding the Book of Mornon since the Bible states:

Revelation 22:18-19 (King James Version)

18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.


Amunet7 7 years ago

Just some thoughts about the previous comment by allshookup. I have been asked this very question numerous times throughout my life (I have been raised LDS). It's a great question and I hope my answer is sufficient, if not there are wiser people who could probably do it justice. :)

I was taught the the Bible isn't in chronological order, meaning it isn't put together in the order it was written.

There is a similar scripture I found that is cross referenced from Rev. 22:18. It is in Deut. 4:2.

These scriptures are talking about false doctrine and preserving the scriptures. If you add to those works or change what is written then it is no longer pure. I believe there is a link to another hub if you scroll up a bit that further explains the Bible we use.

In Ezekiel 37:15-17 it talks about the stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph. (They called them sticks because they used wooden tablets to write on). The stick of Judah is the Bible and the stick of Joseph is the Book of Mormon. This is also reiterated in 2 Nephi 3:12.

These are just some scriptures for you to look to answer your question.


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hamandaj 7 years ago from California/Idaho

LDS Nana! I'm proud to say I'm a member and I will definitly be using this hub to answer some of my friends questions and to remind me why I still stick with it. Thank you so much for your contribution to this world, especially in these times.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

hamandaj -

Thank you for such kind words.

tDMg

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Janie 7 years ago

Hi, I've got a concern about mormonism. I have been born and raised a member of the lds church, but something only recently occurred to me that bothers me. It may seem kind of weird, and I may be too young to even be worried about it, but my question is, do mormons have to get married? I mean HAVE to marry. I know we are encouraged to, but the idea just doesn't appeal to me. I want to go to the temple, but I don't think I want to have a husband and a family. To tell the strange truth, I'd much rather live on my own. I tried to talk to my parents about it, but they said I was too young to be concerned about that sort of thing, and to wait 'till I was older. But it's really really bugging me, so if you have an answer to my question, please help. Thanks!


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi Janie -

You asked: "Do Mormons have to get married"?

The simple answer is NO.

Mormonism teaches that we have "agency", or the right to make our own decisions about everything we do; and are accountable for those choices based on our personal understanding of truth.

Joseph Smith said (paraphrasing) I teach the people correct principles (truth) and let them govern themselves. (make own choice) We do not believe in forcing anyone into heaven.

Now, after saying that - IF you choose to be married in the temple someday, you will qualify to return to live in your Father in Heaven's presence. Mormon doctrine teaches that in order for you to reach the highest degree of exaltation (Where Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ reside) you must be sealed for time and all eternity to your spouse in the Holy Temple.

So, it really depends on what YOU want in the next life. Some members just never meet the right person in this life. Is that a sin? No. They will have the opportunity in the next life.

Some members have physical or emotional "handicaps", which prevent them from marrying in this life. If they keep the commandments, they may have that blessing in the next life. There are some active and good members in the Church, who consider themselves homosexual, and because of that - choose not to marry someone of the opposite sex in this life. That's okay.

The gospel is full of choices. We progress, by choosing the things that God desires for us. But, he also understands our hearts, more than anyone else. If we chose not to marry, simply because we are being selfish and want to live alone - then he can't bless us.

God wants to bless you. When you keep His commandments - you are always blessed. But he honors and respects your individual agency.

Remember - life is long, and eternity is forever. When we don't completely understand something in the Church, it is best to give ourselves more time to gain more knowledge.

I think you are old enough to have these discussions. If this concerns you, why don't you run it by one of your leaders? Better yet - your bishop.

I hope that this brief explanation, will help you to not worry so much. I personally believe, that if we try our best (not perfect) to keep the commandments, then God will help us to make the right decisions for US, in this life.

tDMg

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Alicia 7 years ago

Hello, I hope someone can answer this question. I would like to know why Mormons (LDS) do not participate in Ash Wednesday or Lent? This is a periiod of time where we reflect on all that Jesus has given and sacraficed for us. I am in the field of education and wouldn't want to offend anyone.

Thank you.


Lance 7 years ago

LdsNana-AskMormon

You are doing a great thing here. Helping people clear the haze that the world has protrayed around us and the gospel. It is very hard to find the truth in life without it.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you, Lance.

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SamAntone 6 years ago

Is it too late to address Alicia's question about Lent? (I haven't been here very long)

I can't speak for the LDS Church, but from my understanding, this wasn't a part of Jesus Christ's church when He organized it. I believe this practice of Lent started a few centuries later.

The LDS do fast, and they do remember Jesus and His sacrifice, but this is done on a regular basis through the year. As Jesus encouraged us to fast (but not like the Pharisees), and give offerings, we fast once a month, on the first sunday of the month, paying to the poor what we would normally pay for food. Each week, during Sacrament meeting, we partake of the sacrament, continuing the tradition Jesus started at "The Last Supper." We are invited to think of, and remember Jesus, as the sacrament is being passed. On this occasion, we renew our covenant to remember Him always, and keep His Commandments.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you for taking the time, SamAntone. Most appreciated:)

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Solnyshka 6 years ago from North Carolina

Can you please address the issue of the teaching that Mormons who have been faithful enough to God and to their church can ultimately achieve a level of "godhood", and be given a planet of their own to populate and reign over? And please give a reference for this in the Holy Bible? Thank you!


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LdsNana-AskMormon 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you for your question, Solnyshka. I'm linking to a wonderful set of articles written by another LDS friend, online -- who does an excellent job at answering this particular question:

http://www.jefflindsay.com/LDSFAQ/FQ_theosis.shtml...

tDMg

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Ann Mere 6 years ago

A mormon friend of mine is married to a Christian who started an anti-mormon ministry and works in it for over 20 years. My mormon friend goes to the temple. How can she possibly answer question no. 7 & get a temple recommend when she is married to, affiliated with, and supporting in a kind of way those who do not support the mormon prophets & church?


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LdsNana-AskMormon 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi Ann -

What individuals discuss with their leaders when they go for a temple recommend is quite personal. And of course their answers to each of the questions that determine worthiness are personal. The only way that you could find out how she is able to resolve the possible conflict that you apparently see, is to ask her how she answers that question during her interview. If she decides to share the information with you, perhaps you would then come to understand her personal circumstance and the granted recommend. A leader can only make decisions on the information they are given -- and unfortunately there are times when members are not completely honest. That accountability rests with the member.


swmrchk 5 years ago

kudos!! I am LDS and i love that you are doing this, sharing the gospel peacefully through truth. I would also like to add to anyone doubting this information that it is completely, 100% true. :)


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SamboRambo 5 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

Nana, I appreciate what you're doing on the internet.

So you know, I'm Sam Antone. I left HubPages, because something went wrong with the affiliate programs, and I didn't make a cent during the 15 months I resided under that name. Now, with this name (which I don't like as much), I'm doing a lot better.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks, Sam -- and welcome back:)


Atomic Cow 4 years ago

I visited the St. George temple back in the summer of 1982 while on a cross country bicycle trip. I remade the trip in the early fall of 1991 and visited the temple again.

On the trip in '82 I saw a multimedia presentation which I remember as a film or slideshow which presented the good news that Jesus preached right here in the United States to a people who had migrated to the United States many centuries before and were depicted very much like the American indians. The presentation seemed fairly centered on the north eastern United States. There was also a presentation on the story of Joseph Smith. There was no suggestion of distant origins.

When I decided nine years later to retrace my tracks by automobile I stopped again at the St. George temple and saw the new presentation. It was radically different. The entire story had moved completely out of the United States to what appeared to be ancient Mayan peoples and their location had become more vague. Anywhere from Mexico to South America.

Can you enlighten me on what happened in that time frame?

I understand that the story was shifted because of a complete lack of archeological evidence in the United States for these civilizations that once covered the land with buildings and no findings of coins etc.

Perhaps you or some of your readers have a childhood recollection of these presentations.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 4 years ago from Southern California Author

@Atomic Cow -

Personally I am not an expert on Book of Mormon archeology. However, I do know that those who speculate about the exact locations have differing opinions. The LDS Church has no official position on this topic.

Please visit this link to learn more: http://www.fairlds.org/Book_of_Mormon/Archaeologic...


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SamboRambo 4 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

I'm not a Church spokesman, but I think there were Lamanites in both North and South America, as well as Central America. (The Lamanites are considered by the LDS to be the forerunners of the Native Americans.)

There IS archaelogical evidence supporting the Book of Mormon. See:

http://www.amazon.com/evidences-Church-Christ-Latt...

One such is a stone found that matches Nephi's dream of the Tree of Life. Another is the discovery that in Muslim literature, there is a mention of one LHY and NFY that passed through the Arabian Peninsula around 600 BC, preaching to the people. This fits exactly the stories about Lehi and Nephi found in the first few chapters of 1 Nephi in the Book of Mormon. (The Arabic language does not spell out vowels; for this reason no vowels are found in those names, but the date and location are consistent with the similar spelling.)


lalalala26 4 years ago

Hi, i am not trying to be rude or disrespectful; however, a history teacher told me once that Mormons believe that during the period between Jesus' death and resurrection, he took a trip to America, is this true?


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LdsNana-AskMormon 4 years ago from Southern California Author

lalalala26 -

It's not a disrespectful question at all. In fact, following the resurrection of Jesus Christ, He did indeed visit the American continent and show Himself to a people awaiting such a visitation. This really shouldn't come as a surprise to find this out. The Savior taught us that he had other sheep that He was to visit. The Book of Mormon is an account of this very encounter. You can read more about it here: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/AtonementJ...

Great question. Thanks for asking.


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SamboRambo 4 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

It was even after His ascension (40 days after His crucifixion) that he visited the people in the Americas, as described in 3 Ne. 10:18. Here's a good trivia question: How long after His ascension did He personally appear to the Americas? (See also chapter 8).


a50mlablz 4 years ago

what is the accepted official Mormon doctrine authority based on (I.E. the book of Mormon, D&C's. JOD's, other publications)?Who has the final say about what is and is not official doctrine?


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LdsNana-AskMormon 4 years ago from Southern California Author

I think this article from the LDS Newsroom will help explain Mormon doctrine: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/approaching-...

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