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Mormon Beliefs: Fast Offerings

Mormon Beliefs: Fast Offerings

Fasting is a familiar term among Christians, and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the Mormon Church) make it a regular practice to participate in a twenty-four hour fast on the first Sunday of every month. Not only is this fast beneficial to ourselves, helping us draw closer to the spirit and cleanse our bodies, but we find that fasting with a purpose can work like a prayer in seeking out particular blessings for those in need. We help further that purpose by paying a fast offering each month. Churches are run on donations, and in most denominations a collection plate is passed around for people to place their donations in. Latter-day Saint members are encouraged to pay a tithe of 10% of their income to the Church, but such is not collected during meetings. We can pick up envelopes with tithing slips from our bishop’s office and hand our offerings to a member of the bishopric. The fast offering is a special offering separate from our tithing,… Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Genealogy

Mormon Genealogy

by Roy Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also called Mormons) put a great deal of emphasis on the importance of genealogy, or family history. Some people wonder why this is. Latter-day Saints (or Mormons) believe that the family unit is meant to be eternal, but can only be made eternal when sealed by the power of the holy priesthood in Mormon temples. Ordinances which are received in Mormon temples are considered earthly ordinances, however. They must be received on this earth. So, what about all those who died without the chance to receive those ordinances? Others must do the work for them. The first of these earthly ordinances is that of baptism and confirmation. The Lord Jesus Christ is our perfect example of this principle of the gospel. Though he was sinless, he was baptized by immersion by John the Baptist, who held the authority of God. The Apostle Paul spoke of the principle of baptisms for the dead to the Corinthians. He said, “Else what shall they… Read the rest of this article »

LDS religious commitment high, Pew survey finds

LDS religious commitment high, Pew survey finds

Of all the numbers in the Pew Research Center’s recently released survey of “Mormons in America,” the highest, most overwhelming numbers are these: 98 percent of respondents said they believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and 97 percent say their church is a Christian religion. This comes on the heels of earlier surveys indicating that 32 percent of non-LDS U.S. adults say the LDS Church is not a Christian religion, and an additional 17 percent are unsure of LDS Christianity. The theological and semantic reasons for this can be complex, but for the 1,019 self-identified Mormons who participated in the Pew survey, their theological position is clear: Mormons believe in Jesus Christ, and they consider themselves to be Christian. “Certainly in Latter-day Saint theology is this idea that if you understand who you are, you understand that there’s a purpose in life, you understand your connection to God, that certainly has an impact on how you live your life… Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Beliefs and Attitudes on Immigration

Mormon Beliefs and Attitudes on Immigration

A recent The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life conducted an in-depth survey of Mormons in the United States. Mormon is a nickname sometimes used to describe members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The fourth article in a series that appears in Deseret News is evaluating the results of this survey and providing context for the results. Immigration is a controversial topic in the United States. The survey asked one question on this topic. They were asked which of two statements most closely matched their view, even if they didn’t completely agree. They were asked whether immigrants strengthen or burden the nation. No distinction was made between legal and illegal immigration, leaving those polled to decide for themselves what the question meant. In the general U.S. population, 45 percent of Americans feel that immigrants strengthen the country, while 44 percent burden it. 12 percent feel that neither or both are true or they have no opinion… Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Priesthood

Mormon Priesthood

By Roy The Priesthood is the power and authority of God. God created and governs the heavens and the earth through the priesthood. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly misnamed the Mormon Church) believe that the Priesthood is an essential part of God’s kingdom. It is the power and authority given to men to act in God’s name for the blessing of His children and to be able to perform the necessary ordinances for the salvation of men, and preach His gospel. This high priesthood being after the order of his Son, which order was from the foundation of the world; or in other words, being without beginning of days or end of years, being prepared from eternity to all eternity, according to his foreknowledge of all things – Now they were ordained after this manner – being called with a holy calling, and ordained with a holy ordinance, and taking upon them the high priesthood of the holy order, which calling, and ordinance, and high priesthood, is without… Read the rest of this article »

The Book of Mormon and Mormon Scriptures

The Book of Mormon and Mormon Scriptures

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes called “Mormons by friends of other faiths,” are Bible-believing Christians.  Mormons study the scriptures daily and take classes on the scriptures in Sunday School.  The Sunday School classes and teaching manuals are correlated world-wide, so that all Mormon congregations are studying the same thing at the same time.  There is a four-year course of study, with two years spent studying the Holy Bible, one year on the Book of Mormon, and one year on Church History and the Doctrine and Covenants (a collection of revelations important to the establishment of the restored gospel in preparation for the Second Coming of Christ).  The Pearl of Great Price is studied along with other scriptures — the Books of Moses and Abraham with the Old Testament, and Joseph Smith’s early history with the History of the Church. In the United States, the King James Version of the Bible is used, and it has not been changed… Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Wedding

Mormon Wedding

by Jessica “Till death do you part . . . ” A common statement made by pastors and priests of Christian religions, when they conduct a wedding ceremony. Because those words are used, and taught so often amongst the congregations of different religions, most brides and grooms don’t know that there is something far greater, than a marriage ‘till death. The priesthood authority of Jesus Christ found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, can perform eternally-binding ordinances. There is such a thing as marriage for eternity, a bond with the one you love that lasts for the duration of this lifetime and beyond into eternity. Marriage on earth is a difficult journey even for the most loving of couples. On earth in our mortal state, we are fraught with physical, mental, and emotional handicaps that are part of mortality. We all have faults. For the loving and patient couple that has forged a life-time bond despite their frailties, the prospect of an eternal marriage should… Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Beliefs

Mormon Beliefs

In 1842, Chicago Democrat editor, John Wentworth, wrote a letter to Joseph Smith, who had organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, through authority from and under the direction of Jesus Christ, on April 6, 1830. Wentworth asked Joseph Smith what the new church, already referred to then as the Mormon Church, as it still often is today, believed. Joseph Smith responded with a concise list of basic Mormon doctrine. These thirteen beliefs have come to be called the Articles of Faith, and were later canonized as scripture. These articles are listed below, along with a brief explanation of how each doctrine differs from other Christian interpretations of similar principles. 1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. Mormon doctrine differs greatly from the rest of the Christian world’s understanding of the Trinity. Mormons call this organization the Godhead and believe that three different and distinct beings comprise… Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Secrets

Mormon Secrets

Some people claim that there are “secrets” within Mormon temples because of the unwillingness of faithful Mormons to discuss what goes on within the buildings. While this feeling is understandable, it is grounded in a misunderstanding of the nature of temples; it does not reflect how Mormons actually view the temple. In fact, most Mormons will quickly point out that the temple is not secret. Prior to a temple’s dedication, there are a series of public open houses where anyone can visit the temple and see everything there is to see. It is not uncommon for open houses to draw thousands and thousands of visitors not only from among the faithful, but from those of other faiths who are interested in why Mormons build temples. Read the rest of this article »  Read More →

What Do Mormons Believe?

What Do Mormons Believe?

Mormons “believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” This is the first of thirteen basic beliefs that Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, once wrote to a reporter who asked what Mormons believe. We believe in an all-knowing, all-powerful God who loves us (His children) and wants us to succeed. He created us and has a plan for us to one day return to live with Him. Read the rest of this article »  Read More →


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