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! Church is a great opportunity to feel the Spirit. I'm sure that those not of our faith could find our Sunday services a little confusing, so I'll try to help clarify. On any given Sunday throughout the year, the following is the typical layout of our church services:
-Priesthood (Men); Relief Society (Women)
Each meeting lasts about an hour. Each is an opportunity for us to grow closer in faith and familiarity with one another. The Sunday school and other meetings are divided into appropriate age groups for those under eighteen years of age.
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Mormon church services are dignified and simple. A sacrament meeting will be conducted by a regular guy wearing a regular business suit. The organ will be played by a regular member of the congregation who is not paid for his or her service. The singing will be led by a regular member of the congretaion. The prayers will be given by regular folks. The sacrament will be blessed and passed by regular folks, usually teenage boys. The talks will be given by members of the congregation, often teenagers. Special music might be presented by regular folks, or the ward choir. Members of the ward choir are just regular members of the congregation who like to sing, and are not paid for their service. Looking around the congregation, you will most likely see some singles but also families including little children and babies. Babies tend to be fussy so the room will not be totally silent. We try to maintain reverence, but it's a learning process. The kids are not perfectly reverent, and neither are the rest of us. People are dressed in regular clothes, usually conservative and modest. Men and boys usually wear dress shirts and ties. Women and girls usually wear dresses or skirts.
You are welcome to come and attend any of our worship services. You will not be asked to stand and sit, stand and sit, stand and sit. No one will pass a collection plate or ask you for money. You come in and sit and relax. And when you come, please sit by me!
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My short answer is yes.
This is because I define Christian as one who believes that the Jesus of the Bible is the Messiah, the Saviour, the only way back to God, our Lord and Master, our advocate with the Father.
Where people get confused is we believe more about Jesus than most Christians. We believe that he is Jehovah of the Old Testament. We believe that by his hands the Earth was made.
We believe that in order to be our advocate with the Father – he cannot be the same as God the Father. Stephen of the New Testament saw them both and Jesus was often talking to the Father. Instead of a trinity, we look at them as “one” team, not some unusual three-in-one being. We know we were made in the image of God, but we are individuals and not three in one folk.
We believe that He loves all people. We also believe that Jesus visited other sheep after his death – even the American Indians. The record of their dealings with him is the Book of Mormon. Thus, it does not replace the Bible, but is a companion scripture to it. And when God provides more records of Christ’s words and dealings with man – we will be ready to accept them too.
Are we Christians? Yes. Are we the same as other Christians? No. Does that make other Christ believing people not Christian? No, they are still Christian.
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