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.
Simply by trying to. If you have a desire to increase your faith in Jesus Christ, try to do it. Start by praying. Read his words in the Bible. Try to put them into practice. For example, he told us to "love one another." Try and follow that teaching. Be nice to others, help people who might have less than you, smile... As you do so, you will notice a change come over you. You might feel more peace in your life, a calm enter your mind, or a warm feeling that seems to say you're doing the right thing. These things help you realize your faith is growing. Faith is an action word. If you put action behind your belief, I have found that it will grow.
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Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?
I love the analogy that as Christ was able to pay the punishment for our sins on our behalf, so we are able to be baptized for our deceased relatives on their behalf. Here we see that proxy acts are legitimate in God's eyes.
A dear friend of mine from another faith told me excitedly that her mother had been instrumental in helping a dying woman accept Christ before her death - otherwise this woman might have gone to hell. I feel similar excitement when I am able to be baptized for my relatives. Our doctrine on heaven and hell is a little more complex that what my friend believes, but like her I believe all mankind should have the opportunity to know Christ and to choose whether or not to accept him. I know from the study of history and from visits to my brother-in-law's homeland of Uganda that many people never have the opportunity in life to learn about Christ, let alone be baptized. A kind and merciful God has provided a way before the final judgment day for all men and women to learn about Christ and to choose whether or not to be baptized.
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