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Mormons and the National Day of Prayer

Mormons and the National Day of Prayer

Every May, many Americans celebrate a National Day of Prayer. President Obama issued a presidential proclamation making it clear the day was for people of all faiths, although the task force that considers itself the official organization for the event has, from time to time, banned from their official events religious people who do not conform with their definition of Judeo-Christian and all who do not consider themselves Christian or Jewish. This has, in the past, had the impact of officially banning Mormons (a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) from participating in official events, although the organization gave them “permission” to host their own events. The Mormons refused to be drawn into the battle at the church level. Indeed, Mormons consider prayer such an integral part of every day that many do not feel a strong pull to participate in such events, although some do and in Utah, many Mormons host truly... Read the rest of this entry »

Is God Real?

Is God Real?

Many people have asked “Is God real?” and simply put the answer is “Yes!” I used to help as online chat support for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by the media) and answered many chats that were pranksters trolling. Many of them came online to waste time but 90% of the time it boiled down to the fact that they didn’t believe in God or didn’t truly know Him. This post is directed towards those that may have wondered “Is God real?” and will outline why it matters to know that God exists and how anyone can know it. Is God Real: Why Does it Matter? We all have parents and our relationships may vary with them but most people tend to regularly keep in touch with their parents whether asking for an allowance, guidance, or love. I’m a daddy’s girl myself and love spending time with my father. Even though he knows me well, I will call him on the phone and tell him of my hopes, successes,... Read the rest of this entry »

FAQ About Mormon Women

FAQ About Mormon Women

Many who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have questions about the roles of women in the church. Members of this church are sometimes referred to as Mormons and to an outsider, the roles of women seem a bit outdated. This is the result of a misunderstanding of how the church views gender. It is not an issue to most Mormon women. Why don’t Mormon women hold the priesthood? Mormon women have an important role in God’s plan The priesthood is the authority to act in God’s name in certain instances. It is a service position and the person who holds the priesthood cannot use it to benefit himself in any way. For instance, one thing a priesthood holder can do is to, with another priesthood holder, place his hands on a person’s head and give him a healing blessing. This does not, of course, guarantee the person will be healed, but it does place the person directly in God’s hands and what happens will be according... Read the rest of this entry »

Did God Create Evil?

Did God Create Evil?

Because Christians believe God created everything, they sometimes ask, “Did God create evil?” A Latter-day Saint woman shares her thoughts on this question of good and evil. God did not create evil; everything He created was good. However, God believes in agency, considering it essential to our eternal salvation. Agency is the right to choose for ourselves. Some people choose to be evil and so evil was created through the choices of men, not by God. How we choose to use the great gift of agency tells God, the world, and ourselves what sort of people we are. Mormons believe that we were created as spirits before we came to earth. We lived in that form for a while, and even there we had agency. We had our own personalities and began the process of deciding who we wanted to be. When it was time for us to come to earth to live, God explained the program to us. Since justice required us to be perfect in order to return, and that, of course, wasn’t possible,... Read the rest of this entry »

Why is Jesus Christ Called the Son of Man?

Why is Jesus Christ Called the Son of Man?

Why is Jesus Christ called the Son of Man?  While others in the Scriptures (particularly the Old Testament) who are called “son[s] of man” (Jeremiah 49:18, Ezekiel 4:16, Psalms 8:4), the word “son” is uncapitalized.  Elder James E. Talmage, a Biblical scholar, sheds light on the answer in his renown work, Jesus the Christ.  He says, “In applying the designation to Himself, the Lord invariably uses the definite article. ‘The Son of Man’ was and is, specifically and exclusively, Jesus Christ. While as a matter of solemn certainty He was the only male human being from Adam down who was not the son of a mortal man, He used the title in a way to conclusively demonstrate that it was peculiarly and solely His own. It is plainly evident that the expression is fraught with a meaning beyond that conveyed by the words in common usage. The distinguishing appellation has been construed by many to indicate our Lord’s humble station as... Read the rest of this entry »

Mormon Beliefs: What is the Fulness of the Gospel?

Mormon Beliefs: What is the Fulness of the Gospel?

Mormons (a nickname for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) often use the term “fulness of the gospel.” Mormons refer to modern times as the dispensation of the fulness of times, referring to the fact that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in full.   Mormon beliefs; Jesus Christ’s gospel restored Mormon beliefs teach that Adam and Eve, the first people to live on the earth, were given the full gospel. They shared it with their children. However, people often found it difficult to live the full gospel, and so, periodically, the fulness of the gospel was replaced with preparatory laws, such as the Law of Moses, to help people progress to a point where they could live the full gospel. In addition, truths were sometimes lost. There have almost always been those who wanted God to change truth to something more pleasing to them, and periodically, those false beliefs became widespread among the people. During... Read the rest of this entry »

Why is Jesus Christ Called the Light of the World?

Why is Jesus Christ Called the Light of the World?

Jesus went to the temple during the feast of the Tabernacles. The temple was lit by four very large candelabra and their light could be seen for a great distance. Here, he rescued the woman about to be stoned for adultery and then  proclaimed to those who watched the event, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Darkness, in a spiritual sense, frequently refers to sin or to confusion about truth. Just as in life, the darkness can hide evil or distort what is real, in the spiritual world, it can distort truth and make it difficult to see or understand truth. However, God created both day and night, and He does not expect us to live our lives in darkness. He wants us to live out our lives in the light, and that light comes from the Savior. Jesus Christ came to earth to fulfill prophecy and to fulfill a promise He made to us before we were born; He promised to come and redeem... Read the rest of this entry »

What are the Mormon Beliefs About Heaven?

What are the Mormon Beliefs About Heaven?

Jesus taught, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2.) Heaven, in the most correct sense, is the place Jesus and God live, and it is where we may also go if we are worthy to enter into His presence. However, Mormons do not believe there are only two places a person can be sent after death. People live their lives with varying degrees of commitment to God and so there are several homes, or mansions, depending on the choices each person makes in life. Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

The Law of Sacrifice Part III – In Remembrance

The Law of Sacrifice Part III – In Remembrance

The evening before the Lamb of God was to be crucified for the sins of the world and hours before He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus was sitting with his Apostles in a “large upper room” (Mark 14:15). It was here that He first instituted the sacrament: “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples,” (Matthew 26:26). Then He said, “Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me” 1 Corinthians 11:24). Then, “After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:25). Thus, the purpose of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is to look back and remember Jesus the Christ and what He has done for each of us. Everything points “to that great and last sacrifice; and that great and last sacrifice [is] the Son of God, yea,... Read the rest of this entry »

The Law of Sacrifice: Part I – Looking Forward

The Law of Sacrifice: Part I – Looking Forward

The atonement of Jesus Christ is the central doctrine of Christianity, and all other Christian doctrines come out of and are appendages to it.1 Not only can these other doctrines be connected back to the Savior and His Atoning Sacrifice, but if they are not, “there will be no life nor substance nor redemption in them,” to use a phrase by President Boyd K. Packer, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.2 It is therefore not only important, but necessary, when studying any doctrine or teaching or appendage of the gospel of Jesus Christ, to connect it back to Jesus Christ and His eternal sacrifice. When Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden of Eden, they were commanded “that they should worship the Lord their God, and should offer the firstlings of their flocks, for an offering unto the Lord” (Moses 5:5).  Yet M. Russell Ballard, another apostle of the Church, has said that some have wondered, “How could the slaughtering... Read the rest of this entry »