Why Do They Call Mormons the Godmakers?

Why Do They Call Mormons the Godmakers?

Tweet The concepts of Heaven and the afterlife are often difficult for humans to wrap their minds around. Our limited visions of heaven are sometimes reduced, in popular culture, to cartoonish images of people playing harps on clouds. Teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the Mormon Church) have been similarly reduced to cartoonish images of “godmakers” receiving their own planets. The doctrine of Jesus Christ is simple, but it’s not about planets—it’s about families. We are all literal spirit children of God, our Father in Heaven. As His offspring, we have inherited divine potential. Just as our children have the potential to become like us when they grow up, so do we have the potential to become as God is. To me, images of playing harps on a cloud or receiving a planet just seem…lonely. Heaven is having my family around—my husband, children, parents, siblings and even close friends.... Read the rest of this entry »

The Last Days: Signs of the Times

The Last Days: Signs of the Times

Tweet The period of time just preceding the millennium is named the “last days”. It is the specified time, period, or age in which the necessary prerequisites to the Second Coming will occur. The last days are the days of the dispensation of the fullness of times, the days when the signs of the Second Coming are shown forth, the days of “restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” (Acts 3:21.) We are now living in that period of time, and the great restitution (or restoration) is in process. 1.      There will be false prophets deceiving the people.  Satan will have his followers.  Happening now. 2.     There will be priestcrafts:  (2 Nephi 26: 29)  He commandeth that there shall be no apriestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set bthemselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get cgain and dpraise of the... Read the rest of this entry »

Overcoming Fear with Faith in Jesus Christ

Overcoming Fear with Faith in Jesus Christ

Tweet As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I believe that all people will face times of tribulation hardship and trial in their lives. I do, however, believe that God will strengthen those who believe in Jesus Christ with faith to face their trials in a way that they will turn out to be blessings for them and others. In Mark 9:23, our Savior, Jesus Christ, stated: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. How do we actually overcome fear through our faith in Jesus Christ and have all things become possible unto us? I have found great strength through consistently reading the scriptures and praying about that which I have studied. Additionally, the power of understanding the word of God will come not only by pondering the scriptures, but by actively trying to be obedient to the commandments of God. Then as you feel a perfect brightness of hope within, you will feel the power of God... Read the rest of this entry »

Overcome Fear: Have Faith in Jesus Christ

Overcome Fear: Have Faith in Jesus Christ

Tweet Some may think that faith is silly, but a great majority of the population holds itself to religious beliefs in things we cannot see. Christians in particular believe in the coming of a Savior who gave his life so that we might find a pathway to repentance and forgiveness, a pathway to a brighter more joyful future. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the Mormon Church) are no different, and our faith in Christ gives us purpose and direction. The gospel of Christ is a gospel of love, and love gives us reason to move forward. Without faith, the world would be a dreadful place with much to fear. 1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” We can overcome our fear when we are “made perfect in love”, which is to have faith in Jesus Christ. Faith is more than just the opposite of fear,... Read the rest of this entry »

Restoration vs Reformation: Mormon Apostle Addresses Harvard

Restoration vs Reformation: Mormon Apostle Addresses Harvard

Tweet Elder Jeffery R. Holland, Apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (frequently misnamed the Mormon Church by the media) spoke to a group of Harvard Law School students on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, during the annual Mormonism 101 series sponsored by the Latter-day Saint Student Association. In Elder Holland’s address, he focused a good deal on the restoration of the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. “What brings me to you today is not a message of reformation but of restoration,” he said, “the restoration of that church Christ established by His hand in the meridian of time and which He has reestablished by His hand in this present time.” Elder Holland also said, “In the western world religion has historically been the basis of civil society as we have known it, and if I am not mistaken, men and women of the law are committed to the best—that is the most just—civil society possible.  So thank you for taking... Read the rest of this entry »

The Pure Love of Christ

The Pure Love of Christ

Tweet There is a scripture in The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, that talks about God’s love in a way that has come to mean a lot to me.  Mormon, the ancient American prophet from whom The Book of Mormon takes its name, is addressing a small group of committed Christians in a society that has become corrupt, worldly, and even murderous. After describing to them the importance of faith, hope, and charity, he ends with this beautiful promise: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail— But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are... Read the rest of this entry »

Faith & Personal Revelations Amid the Storms of Life

Faith & Personal Revelations Amid the Storms of Life

Tweet I have always been intrigued by the biblical account of Peter walking on the water. (See Matthew 14.) Jesus Christ had just performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes, where He fed 5,000 people with only 5 loaves of bread and two fishes. The Savior had gone to a mountain to pray and instructed His disciples to meet Him on the other side of the sea. The wind became “contrary,” and they were “tossed with waves.” Then, the disciples saw a figure walking on the water toward them. They were afraid, but the Savior called out: “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” Peter replied: “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” Jesus bade him come, and Peter walked on the water. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately, Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?... Read the rest of this entry »

7 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

7 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

Tweet Every year Christmas is becoming more secularized and commercialized. For many people, though, Christmas is still a deeply religious holiday in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often inadvertently referred to as the Mormon Church) count themselves among that group. While Mormons certainly put up the Christmas tree, decorate cookies, and hang stockings by the fireplace, they also make a point of centering their celebrations around the birth of the Christ-child. If you’re looking to replace some commercials in your Christmas with Christ, then here are a few ideas to get you started. 1. Read the Nativity Story The best way to kick off your holiday season on the right note is to become familiar with the nativity story in the New Testament. You can find several accounts of Christ’s birth in the Bible, the most notable being in Luke 2. In my home we... Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas: A Celebration for the Believers

Christmas: A Celebration for the Believers

Tweet What were those days like before Christ came to the earth? What would it have been like to live then? Today we have the Bible, which gives us an account of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection. We can choose to believe in words already written. In one sitting we can read the prophecies of a savior and see them fulfilled. We’re on the other end of this story. But what would it have been like to live in the beginning? For centuries before Christ’s birth prophets prophesied of a redeemer, God promised to send a Messiah. For generations and generations the people of the world heard promises and had to hold fast to them. These people didn’t have any proof that Christ would actually come, no due date to mark on the calendar, no app to count down to His arrival–they believed because that’s all they had. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often inadvertently referred to as the Mormon Church)... Read the rest of this entry »

Ashley: A Testimony That the Book of Mormon Brings Us Closer to Jesus Christ

Ashley: A Testimony That the Book of Mormon Brings Us Closer to Jesus Christ

Tweet Ashley is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by friends of other faiths). Ashley testifies that the Book of Mormon (a book of scripture that is another testament of Jesus Christ, comparable to the Holy Bible) helped her nurture a relationship with Jesus Christ. She shares some versus from the Book of Mormon that explain about Jesus Christ’s suffering for us. Ashley is grateful for these versus that help her realize that Jesus Christ is her best friend. Additional Resources: The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, Request your free copy today. Read/watch/listen to a Mormon apostle declare that the Book of Mormon provides “Safety for the Soul.”   Summary jQuery(document).ready(function() { jQuery(".snippet-label-img").addClass("snippet-clear"); }); Article NameAshley: A Testimony That the Book of Mormon Brings... Read the rest of this entry »