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.
When we pray we begin by addressing God. Our address to the Almighty can take several different forms, however, the most common salutation among Latter-day Saints are the personable words: “Dear Heavenly Father.” God is the Father of our spirits and each time we pray we remind ourselves of this most important relationship. The family constitutes a divine pattern. From our Heavenly Father and spiritual siblings to our own biological relatives, the family stands central to the Creator's plan. Thus the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stands now and will ever stand in support of the traditional nuclear family. It is in our families that we grow and learn. Study after study has shown that children raised in a home with a married mother and father attain greater spiritual and secular success in their lives. Poverty is less likely and emotional distresses are far more rare when children are given this strong foundation. God has revealed through prophets past and present that only in the through the family can we attain the greatest gifts God has in store for us. Embedded in family life is the strongest potential for happiness and “happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Our Father in Heaven wants us to be happy and He knows that we will be the most happy as we form sacred family relationships.
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The family is a key component to support us in God's plan for gaining immortality and eternal life. All of God's children (all the inhabitants that lived, are living, and will live on Earth) are inseperably connected to each other, both (physically) by our Earthly families and (spiritually) by our Heavenly Father.
Families help us to understand our divine heritage. In this, life takes on purpose and meaning. Our immortal spirits were created by our Heavenly Father before Earthly existance, and we are directly connected to Him in this way. As a spiritual family, our collective purpose on Earth is to follow the commandments of God that lead us to live in heaven with Him again.
Our spirits need to progress, learn, and grow. In order to achieve that, Earthly existance was created as our test. Our Heavenly Father knew that being exposed to opposing forces on Earth was the only way for us to gain knowledge and wisdom.
However, we will not always choose righteousness, and so our Savior, Jesus Christ, is that great mediator to pay the debt of our mistakes. He is the only way by which we can be saved from our sins and transgressions. He is the ultimate example by which direction we need to live our lives. With the support of our earthly kin, we can learn from each other, serve each other, and strengthen our mortal weaknesses by being disciples of Christ. Our families are a gift from God, and we can be together forever.
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As a local Bishop in the Church, I can assure you that we do not limit our help to members. We perform numerous acts of service to our friends in the local community, and we do it gladly because we know service brings us and them great blessings of happiness and satisfaction. Our world wide disaster relief program brings food, clothing, water, sanitations kits and medications to our nonmember brothers and sisters around the world, quickly and effeciently. As Mormons, we know we are fellow citizens of the world and that all peoples are part of our Heavenly Father's family, and we try hard to act accordingy.
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