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.
Before I was baptized, a missionary told me that I could read the Book of Mormon and find out for myself if it was true. I liked that idea. I've always been a person who wanted to know the truth for myself. After the missionary had suggested I read it, I decided to try. It was a big step of faith to pick up a book and read it without knowing for sure. Over time, I developed a testimony that the Book of Mormon is true.
The same goes for knowing if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church of Christ once again established on this earth. A simple prayer to your Heavenly Father can open so many doors of truth.
The real way that I know it is true is how it has helped my life. Without the Church, I'd be lost. I am grateful for it, and for the knowledge I have that it is true.
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The only way you can know Mormonism is true is to find out for yourself. You have to consistently and sincerely pray to Heavenly Father and ask Him if it's true. We are told this in the Bible in James 1:5-6 and in the Book of Mormon in Moroni 10:4-5. You also have to strive to learn all you can about Mormonism by reading the Book of Mormon consistently, attending church, and listening to the missionaries. You don't have to start off by doing all of this at once, but if you really want to know if this church is true then you will need to learn as much as you can. Study and give thoughtful consideration to all the things you learn from lessons and the scriptures. Another important element of knowing the truth is to listen with your heart; the Holy Ghost gives us inspiration and whispers the truth to us through feelings and thoughts. Along with this, it is important to follow God's commandments so you can feel the Holy Ghost; you cannot feel promptings unless you are living worthily of that influence. It can be hard to tell when the Holy Ghost is speaking to you at first, but if you just remember that the whisperings come as thoughts and feelings of peace, hope, comfort, and/or happiness then it will be easier to recognize. If you have felt any of these things as you have read this then you have already experienced the Holy Ghost telling you of the truth of these words.
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This question started my whole spiritual quest, so it is only most appropriate for me to now answer it.
Mormons believe that we were chosen by the Heavenly Father in the spirit world pre-existence to receive a physical body and to come to Earth to our specific mother and father. We agreed, and we essentially are fighting on Heavenly Father's "side" in the war with Lucifer. It is our spiritual "job" in this world to live a certain way, to use our agency to choose between good and evil, in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father's only son, whom He sacrificed to allow for our atonement to allow for our spiritual progression.
Mormons believe that while here on Earth, we should learn and live more like our Heavenly Father. This is our spiritual quest which is accomplished through our choices. We marry and build our own family, and by following the Scriptures and living accordingly, we receive access to the Temples where eternal ordinances are performed individually and together as a family.
We can be with our family forever, after death, joined together in Heaven, with Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. We have greater peace in this life and eternal joy in the life to come. This is the purpose of our life here.
Before I understood this and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my life was reasonably happy but devoid of purpose. Something was missing. I felt incomplete.
Now, I have peace. My soul is soothed.
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