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While our backgrounds and experiences are diverse, we share a deep commitment to Jesus Christ, to each other, and our neighbors. Watch these stories of faith in the everyday lives of Mormons. You can also meet Mormons here.
Our faith influences nearly every aspect of our lives. Beyond simply believing in Jesus Christ, we try to bring His teachings to life at home, at work and in our communities. Here are a few of the cultural priorities embraced by members of the Church around the world.
We are all spiritual children of a loving
Heavenly Father who sent us to this earth to learn and grow in a mortal state. As Mormons,
we are followers of Jesus Christ. We live our lives
to serve Him and teach of His eternal plan for each of us.
Absolutely. And it makes sense that God would want to continue to speak to His children. Some people in other religions have been taught God has spoken and there is no further need. We believe in a living God, one that continues to love His children today like he did in ancient times, and one who desires to provide us encouragement and guidance for our unique trials and challenges.
Some may confuse this continuity of communication to indicate God is changing, but that is not true. The universal principles that govern all existence do not change, the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are stable. I like to think of it like a righteous loving father willing to teach his child as the child learns and goes through life.
More specifically, we believe God speaks to us in two ways: 1) through our general and local priesthood leaders which begins with our living Prophet President Thomas S. Monson, God's specially chosen mouthpiece (see Amos 3:7); and 2) to each of us individually through personal revelation through the power of the Holy Ghost. This all works is harmony. For example, through this power of the Holy Ghost we can know the truthfulness of all things, including whether our Prophet is truly God's mouthpiece.
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I don't know of anyone that compares to Moses in individual character, but I have heard of many men with faith just as Moses's. Take a look at the words of the Prophets that have previously been chief-apostle of this church, their wonderful biographies and their 'good fruits.' These are men with such faith in God that they are willing to fully devote all their time and effort to proclaim His gospel, and to labor as his servants in this work.
God is the same yesterday, today and forever. God loved his children enough in the past to give them a prophet to guide them throughout their journey's. Would God love us less in these days when the journey's are so much more difficult? My answer I really Do believe that God loves us the same today, that there really is a prophet today who receives revelation from God to guide us throughout our struggles. And what a blessing this is!
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Serving a mission is a priesthood responsibility, and young men are asked to sacrifice two years in order to serve others, gain experience as followers of Christ, and grow in their faith. However, that is a choice each individual has to make on their own and deciding not to go does not affect a person's standing in the Church. But those who do go, men and women alike, usually find that two years is not enough time and wish they could stay longer. Service creates bonds of love for the people you serve. I was unable to go in my young adult years, but I still yearn for the opportunity and look forward to a time when I can serve as a missionary.
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