Teachings of Jesus Christ Archive

Why Do They Call Mormons the Godmakers?

Why Do They Call Mormons the Godmakers?

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. The Church of Jesus Christ teaches that... Read the rest of this entry »

Mormonism Answers: Jesus’ Church

Mormonism Answers: Jesus’ Church

The media and many other people commonly refer to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the Mormon Church, and thus, the Church’s faithful members are referred to as Mormons. One of the main causes for this misnomer is that Latter-day Saints (as they are properly named) use another volume of scripture in their teaching and personal study, called the Book of Mormon. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ profess that the Book of Mormon is not intended to supplant the teachings of the Holy Bible, but rather, it enhances the teachings found therein. Latter-day Saints testify that the Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and that both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon are the Word of God. The Name of the Church – A Clarion Testimony and Standard to the Nations There are some who have the preconceived conception that Latter-day Saints worship Joseph Smith, the first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ, or Mormon, a prophet – historian whose teachings... Read the rest of this entry »

Life After Life: Details Revealed to Modern Prophets

Life After Life: Details Revealed to Modern Prophets

There is not much about Heaven in the Bible.  We know it’s a wonderful place.  The apostle Stephen’s vision showed God on His throne and Jesus at His right hand (Acts 7:55).  Paul spoke of being caught up to the third heaven, and though he also spoke of Celestial, Terrestrial, and Telestial glory, most of Christendom does not know what he is referring to (1 Corinthians 15:40-42).  Visions have shown angels singing praises to God, and Ezekiel saw heavenly beasts he could not identify.  The apostles of ancient times told us we could become co-heirs with Christ, and Christians everywhere see Heaven as being with God, and “hell” as being without Him. We, God’s children, are now blessed to have more information about the afterlife, and this has been  received through modern prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often inadvertently called the Mormon Church. The Spirit World When Christ hung on the cross at Calvary, he was placed between two thieves, one... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Christ: Be Attitudes- Repentance Process

Jesus Christ: Be Attitudes- Repentance Process

BYU (Brigham Young University) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes. In this series (see below), students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the Book of Mormon in the form of letters to someone they know. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures. In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to speak to all of us of the relevance, power and beauty of the Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ and complement to the Bible. The Book of Mormon includes the religious history of a group of Israelites who settled in ancient America. (The names they use are those of prophets who taught the Book of Mormon peoples to look forward to the coming of Christ—Nephi, Lehi,... Read the rest of this entry »

Church of Jesus Christ Organizes Congregation in India

Church of Jesus Christ Organizes Congregation in India

Mormons—the nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—recently organized the first stake in India. A stake is similar to a Catholic diocese and is a geographical region that has a number of congregations in it. Mormons attend church based on where they live, rather than making random choices of congregation. This was an exciting event for the 10,000 Mormons living in India and recognizes their hard work at sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with their neighbors. Mormonism first entered India in 1850, when some Mormon sailors came to Calcutta and talked to local people about their faith. The next year, the church sent an official representative, Joseph Richards, who baptized several people and assigned them the role of missionaries to their people. However, the small congregation that was formed soon disappeared as converts emigrated. In the early days of the church, new converts generally moved to the United States to live near other Mormons. This, in a... Read the rest of this entry »

Finding Happiness through the Lord Jesus Christ

Finding Happiness through the Lord Jesus Christ

Written by Ashley Bell, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as a “Mormon”). Ashley and her husband are expecting parents, for the first time, and are very excited for the life that is ahead. Finding Happiness Is a Constant Journey, Not a Destination or Graduation Thanks be to my parents who both found happiness even though they came from backgrounds that did not cultivate the feeling, for various reasons. My dad came from a Greek family who wanted him to have a Greek wife. My mom came from a Mormon family that ideally would have had her marry someone with a similar belief system (even though they weren’t active Mormons at the time). Despite their parents opposition they were married because they felt right about it. For their financial income they ran and owned a local bar. They didn’t feel happy there so they gave up their good income and moved to where they thought they might find happiness- a farm in Missouri! After living a... Read the rest of this entry »

Why Doesn’t God always Stop Evil?

Why Doesn’t God always Stop Evil?

Melissa DeMoux is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormon” woman) and resides in West Vally City, Utah. Many people in the world question the existence of a God, due to their experiences with terrible acts and events which they cannot understand a loving creator permitting to happen. Such evil, however, is a necessary part of our mortality, and with a little study we can come to better understand it. While turning to the Bible is helpful, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly called the Mormon Church) has other books of scripture, the Book of Mormon, which contains revelations that make the purpose of the existence of evil more clear. For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so . . . righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one... Read the rest of this entry »

Born of the Spirit – Baptism by Fire

Born of the Spirit – Baptism by Fire

The scriptures make frequent reference to being born of God, being born  of the Spirit,  even  being  baptized with  fire and  with the Holy Ghost.  Just what  is that  rebirth,  and  how  is it brought about? Sacrifice  and the  Birth of the Spirit In the Book of Mormon King Benjamin  taught  that the nature  of mortal man was alien to God’s  nature. He also defined, in the same verse, the desired  status of a saint: “submissive, meek,  humble,  patient,  full of love,  willing  to submit  to all things  which the  Lord  seeth  fit to inflict  upon  him.” (Mosiah 3:19.) A true  saint  is willing to be completely submissive to God. Joseph  Smith  gives a similar definition: Let us here  observe,  that a religion  that  does  not re­ quire the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient  to produce  the faith  necessary   unto  life and  salvation; for, from the first existence of man, the faith necessary  unto the... Read the rest of this entry »

What are works?

What are works?

There is debate in Christianity as to the value of works.  Some Christians believe we are saved by our belief in Christ, and that His grace is sufficient to save us — works are unnecessary.  Both Catholicism and Mormonism (the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) believe in both faith and works, essentially that we are judged for our works, but saved by God’s grace. What do the scriptures say? And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works (Revelation 20:12, 13). Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they followafter.   Likewise also the good works of some are... Read the rest of this entry »

Thirsting for the Living Waters of Jesus Christ

Thirsting for the Living Waters of Jesus Christ

Experiencing Living Waters: Jesus Christ Quenches Our Spiritual Thirst While working as a seminary teacher–a religious youth instructor for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently referred to by the media as the “Mormon Church”)– I heard the analogy that in our fallen state, each of us is like a person stranded in a burning desert, dying of thirst. At the point of complete exhaustion and dehydration, we suddenly notice a pitcher of cold water sitting on top of a sand dune. If we choose to crawl to the water and drink it, we can be saved. In this example, what actually saves us? Is it our own efforts to crawl to the water, or is it the water itself? While our efforts to crawl to the water are necessary and essential, they alone cannot save us. only the water possesses the elements sufficient to sustain life. We can crawl to the ends of the earth, but without the life-saving elements contained in the water, there is no salvation. My carnal-minded... Read the rest of this entry »