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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

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. Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

Abish: A Woman of Christian Faith

Abish: A Woman of Christian Faith

One prophet whose story is told in the Book of Mormon is that of Ammon. Ammon was a missionary but found himself working as a shepherd to the king for a time. During this time, he saved the king’s sheep, which brought him to the attention of the royal family. Naturally, he took advantage of the situation to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the king, who was so overcome by the spirit he fainted and did not regain consciousness for several days. With the exception of his wife, everyone thought he was dead. His wife called for Ammon and said she believed her husband was still alive. Ammon went into the king and agreed, promising her through revelation that he would awaken the next day. He asked her if she believed him and she said she did. She had a new-found testimony of the gospel and Ammon praised her great faith. The Holy Ghost was so strongly present during this experience that both the queen and Ammon also fainted. Witnessing all of this was a... Read the rest of this entry »

Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

When Jesus Christ organized His church on Earth, He chose only men to be His apostles. However, this was not because the women were unimportant or because He was discriminating towards them. Apostleship is a priesthood function, and only men hold the priesthood. However, apostleship is just one way to serve God and there are many others. As we study the New Testament, we see that Jesus Christ held women in high esteem and made them essential parts of His gospel. It was to a women that he first revealed His true identity as the Savior and it was women to whom He first appeared as a resurrected being. He taught Mary and Martha that women were to be gospel scholars as well as homemakers and that both roles were equally important. He counted several women among His close friends and spoke to them as people who mattered and as people who could live lives of faith, knowledge, and service. Mormons in modern times follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Mormon... Read the rest of this entry »

Mormon Women Providing Service Through Relief Society

Mormon Women Providing Service Through Relief Society

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly referred to as the “Mormon Church” by friends of other faiths) has a special organization for women called Relief Society. The purpose of the organization is to “increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and hep those in need.” This organization of women is the largest of its kind in the world. It was organized in 1842, in Nauvoo, Illinois, by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Relief Society is for all women ages 18 and above. The organization provides opportunities for friendship and service, but more importantly it gives its members the structure to be more effective disciples of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Countless lives have been blessed by the organization of and the sisters in Relief Society. Though the society includes Mormon women, it is open to women of all faiths who want to participate and serve. Mormons... Read the rest of this entry »

Mormon Women Giving Relief to the Poor & Needy

Mormon Women Giving Relief to the Poor & Needy

Melissa is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormon” woman). Relief Society Organized for Mormon Women Organized in 1842, and consisting of more than 6 million members, the Mormon Relief Society is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world (Kimball, P. 2011. Examiner). Membership consists of female Latter-day Saints ages 18 and above. It is an organization within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed the “Mormon Church” by the media) dedicated to faith, charity, good works, and the uplifting of women through their divine roles of womanhood and motherhood. When Joseph Smith, prophet and leader of the early church, organized the Relief Society—the Mormon global organization designed divinely to help serve the needs of the poor and to lift women spiritually—he stated that its purpose was to see to “the relief of the poor, the destitute, the widow and the... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Christ & Nobility of Women

Jesus Christ & Nobility of Women

Emily Spencer is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormon woman”), freelance writer, concert artist, sacred choral music arranger, and mother of four. I was once asked in an interview if I had a role model for the ideal “Mormon woman” (female member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).  “What exactly is meant by ‘ideal Mormon woman’?” I asked.  “Does such a prototype really even exist?”  The discussion that followed was an intriguing one, because it hadn’t been too long before that, that I’d pined for female role models in my own life – ones that were iconic, prophetic, visionary – and mused not only about this elusive “ideal Mormon woman,” but more broadly about “ideal women” in general.  What exactly was considered “ideal,” according to whose standards, and why? Around this same time, I sat in a Gospel Doctrine class (one of the Sunday school classes... Read the rest of this entry »

Did women follow Jesus?

Did women follow Jesus?

Yes! Jesus Christ had a high respect for women, often including them as positive role models of faith and dedication in his teaching and parables (see, for example, the widow of Zarephath who fed Elijah, Luke 4:25-26; and the woman who gave her two mites into the treasury, Mark 12:42-44). Although the New Testament accounts of the women who followed Jesus are limited in their number and scope, it is still clear that they played a role in Jesus Christ’s ministry. From the very beginning, Mary, Elizabeth and Anna understood who the infant Jesus Christ was and testified of his ministry. Mary received angelic instruction that she would conceive a son who “will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:31-33). Elizabeth, when the pregnant Mary visited her, “was filled with the... Read the rest of this entry »