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Restoration vs Reformation: Mormon Apostle Addresses Harvard

Restoration vs Reformation: Mormon Apostle Addresses Harvard

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 religion seriously.” Elder Holland... Read the rest of this entry »

Peace: Finding Deep & Abiding Contentment

Peace: Finding Deep & Abiding Contentment

What is the definition of peace? I recently watched General Conference (a conference for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”) and was impressed by one of the talks by a member of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Quentin L. Cook, who spoke on peace. He said the peace that he was talking about was “not a temporary tranquility” rather, he said, “[peace] is an abiding deep happiness and spiritual contentment” (Conference Report, April, 2013). How Can I Have Peace? About two years ago, I went through one of the hardest trials I have faced in mortality. It was one of those that you feel like the whole world is crashing down on you. The issue has yet to be resolved; but my heart has. How? I found solace not by buying expensive jewelry or seeking power, but by drawing nearer to my Savior Jesus Christ through prayer, scripture study, and service. I testify that as I sought Him, I felt the Holy Ghost comforting... Read the rest of this entry »

Valentine’s Day – You Are Not Alone

Valentine’s Day – You Are Not Alone

After New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day is the most celebrated holiday around the world. Most people associate Valentine’s Day with sending or giving valentine cards and gifts to those they love, receiving valentine cards and gifts from those they love, seeing store shelves stocked with heart shaped boxes of chocolates and other candies, receiving a gift from an anonymous valentine, or spending time with that “special” valentine. But, the holiday may not necessarily be one of joviality for everyone. For some, Valentine’s Day means another day spent alone. However, no one has to be alone on Valentine’s Day. Robert Heinlein, an American science-fiction writer once stated, “Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” Even if a person is single and does not have that “special” valentine sweetheart to spend the day with, there are still things that he or she can do, and people that he... Read the rest of this entry »

The Mormon Glow

The Mormon Glow

It is 2012 and just days away from an important American election.  A Mormon (member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Governor Mitt Romney, is leading the Republican ticket. The polls show him neck and neck with incumbent Barak Obama, and Mormons are getting used to seeing commentary on their faith every day in the press (for better or for worse).  Today I see an article in Tufts University Magazine on a study that refers to the “Mormon glow.” In the team’s study, recently published in the journal PLoS One, Mormon and non-Mormon subjects viewed head shots culled from personal ads posted all over the United States. All the photos were of eighteen- to thirty-year-old men and women, and their faces were free of adornments such as piercings or glasses. Rule notes that “nothing popped out and seemed obviously different.” Yet the subjects, Mormons and non-Mormons alike, were able to identify Mormons more accurately than by chance. The researchers who conducted... Read the rest of this entry »

How Mormons Come Close to Jesus Christ

How Mormons Come Close to Jesus Christ

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called the “Mormon Church” by friends of other faiths), as such I am a believer in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. I love Him, I praise Him, and I adore Him. Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. He is the Creator and the exemplar for all mankind. How do members of the LDS Church grow closer to Jesus Christ through Mormon beliefs? Let me share: How do Mormons grow close to Jesus Christ through doctrines? What is doctrine? Robert L. Millet (professor of ancient scripture) quoted the Holman Bible dictionary and Bruce R. McConkie by saying: Doctrine is “the basic body of Christian teaching or understanding (2 Timothy 3:16). Christian doctrine is composed of teachings which are to be handed on through instruction and proclamation.”… Further, “gospel doctrine is synonymous with the truths of salvation. It comprises the tenets, teachings, and true theories found in the scriptures;... Read the rest of this entry »

Eternal Families

Eternal Families

I would like to share my little story about why I choose to follow our Heavenly Father’s teaching in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the “Mormon Church”). I am grateful that Heavenly Father has blessed me and given me a great husband. He led me to the Mormon missionaries and the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel has been planted into my heart and influences my life every day. When I was an investigator of the LDS Church, it was difficult for me to learn and understand the church teachings,.  I was Chinese educated and knew nothing of Jesus Christ or the Bible. Everything in this church was new to me. I remember when I met the Mormon missionaries; they told me that through Heavenly Father’s plan, family can be eternal. I was curious and wanted to know more. Then they brought me a Chinese version of “The Family, Proclamation to the World”.  I read it, and it really comforts my heart so deeply. How important are families? Why did Heavenly Father... Read the rest of this entry »

The Religious Experience of Mormonism

The Religious Experience of Mormonism

Many wonder how the basic theology of Mormonism impacts the daily lives of Mormons. Mormon is a nickname sometimes used to refer to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2008, the church published a commentary on the religious experience of Mormonism. It has recently been re-published in order to answer the many questions people have. Read: The Religious Experience of Mormonism The commentary states: “The religious experience of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is based on a spiritual witness from God that inspires both heart and mind, creating an interpersonal relationship directly with the divine. It does not require one to pass a rigorous theological test. Nor does it demand the extreme self-denial and seclusion of asceticism. Rather, this unique individual experience unfolds in the natural course of everyday living. Thus, the beliefs of Latter-day Saints are not rooted in concepts and principles, detached from the realities of life.... Read the rest of this entry »

Mormons Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

Mormons Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

Elder John H. Groberg of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (incorrectly called the “Mormon Church” by the media) related an example of an entire country keeping the Sabbath day holy, “The small island kingdom of Tonga lies immediately next to the international dateline, so it is the first country in the world to greet the Sabbath day. It is a small country and, in the counting of the world, a poor country. But years ago a wise Tongan king decreed that the Sabbath would be kept holy in Tonga forever. Modern civilization has come in many ways to Tonga. If one goes to the capital of Nuku’alofa on a weekday, he finds the usual heavy traffic of trucks and cars and the bustle of thousands of shoppers making their regular purchases from well-stocked stores and markets. One sees people line up to view the latest movies and to rent videos. One can watch modern buses whisk tourists off to catch their jet planes, or observe the speed and clarity... Read the rest of this entry »

Goodly Parents Nurturing in Righteousness

Goodly Parents Nurturing in Righteousness

In the ancient Americas, a prophet by the name of Nephi, realizing the blessings of the Lord that he had through his righteous parents, begins his writings by paying tribute to the them with the words recorded in The Book of Mormon (Another Testament of Jesus Christ) in 1 Nephi 1:1: I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days. There are perhaps many people who could echo in the words of Nephi and say that they too had been born of “goodly parents.” But, what is meant by “goodly parents?” A large part of being a “goodly parent” is being a righteous example in the home and creating an atmosphere where the Spirit may always abide –... Read the rest of this entry »

The Twelve Apostles Speak Today

The Twelve Apostles Speak Today

This weekend, the Twelve Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ will be speaking to the world during the worldwide General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Members of the Church, who are also known as Mormons, will gather in meetinghouses and homes to watch and listen via TV, radio, satellite, and internet. The broadcast originates in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the Church has its headquarters. It is a unique opportunity to learn from the living representatives of Jesus Christ on the earth today. Jesus Called Twelve Apostles to be Special Witnesses During His mortal ministry, Jesus called twelve apostles to bear witness of Him to the people. He chose, from among His disciples, Twelve to whom he gave special priesthood authority: And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease (Matthew 10:1). Jesus then sent His Twelve Apostles... Read the rest of this entry »