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Hi I'm Abbey

I belong to the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I examine automobile claims for a rental company in north central Florida. I am the only member of the church in my family. I've spent half my life as a member of the church. I have one brother, both parents are living, no living grandparents. I love reading and music.

Why I am a Mormon

Through my entire childhood and youth I knew that something was missing in my life. I literally had an ache (emotional, not physical) in my heart and didn't know what was lacking. I was raised in an Agnostic home and as such participated in no religion. When I graduated High School and turned 18, I was a nanny for a couple in my town that worked 2nd shift. Once I had the house put back together after the children were in bed, I would sit down and watch tv. An ad came on for The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. I had never heard of this church and was not even aware that I had actually picked up the phone and dialed the number. I said that missionaries could come to my home to deliver a video. Sister Missionaries came to my home and from the minute I laid eyes on them I knew that whatever it was that they had, that was what I had been missing for so many years. I went through the missionary discussions and learned the principles of the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST, restored to this earth through His Priesthood power just as they had been here when He was on this earth. I read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of JESUS CHRIST and I knew that it was the word of God. I was asked to pray to know if the things I had learned were true and I was hesitant to do that. I knew that if I did, I would know without any doubt that what I had been taught was true. I knew that Heavenly Father would communicate that to me and I knew that once He had done that, He would know that I knew that it was all true and I would be accountable to act on what I knew to be true. My parents didn't approve of the missionaries or the church and I knew that being baptized would mean giving up my family for a time because of how they felt about everything. I did pray, I did know, I did get baptized. My family still doesn't agree with anything to do with any religion but they respect me for making a decision at that age and for the good that has come into my life as a result of it. I can never deny what I know to be true. The same church that Christ established on this earth is here today. It is the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. God still calls prophets and apostles. Those prophets still write His words and we have some of those recorded communications in the Book of Mormon. This is literally the same organization that existed when Christ was here. I am grateful every day of my life that I am a member of His church. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I served an 18 month mission for the church in Houston Texas at the age of 21. I have participated in the Visiting Teaching program where every month I am able to go with another lady in the church to visit a short list of other ladies in their homes. I have been a Visiting Teacher for 18 years. Most of my time in the church has been spent working with music. I have conducted the music in our Sacrament Meetings, in our ladies organization and also in our childrens organization. I have conducted our church choir. I have been a Youth adviser and was also Secretary in the Presidency for the Young Women. I am presently 1st Counselor in the Presidency of our childrens organization.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Abbey
We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church (or the church at the time of Christ), namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth. We have 12 Apostles because that is the way that Christ established His church. When Christ was no longer on this earth and the Apostles were gone, there was an apostacy or a falling away. The fullness of the Gospel was no longer on the earth. It had to be restored through the Priesthood power and authority of God. Our church is literally the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Abbey
We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. In our adult Sunday School and throughout our youth and even children Sunday schools we spend one year at a time studying each of our books of scripture: Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon; Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. Equal emphasis and equal time is given to each book of scripture. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Abbey
Anyone of any race or color can join the Mormon Church. In fact, of the 13.8 million members of the church, only 46% reside in the US and Canada. We are definitely a worldwide church embracing members of all race, color, creed and nationality. The only initial requirement that must be met is a belief in the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel which are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. And, a willingness to live a life and maintain standards in line with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Abbey
The Mormon Church’s international humanitarian efforts increase each year providing help to people around the world no matter what their religious identity may be. For millions of people in need around the world, the humanitarian outreach program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers hope and the potential for a life that transcends disease, poverty, and despair. Just a few examples of such programs and initiatives are: emergency response, measles, neonatal resucitation training, clean water, wheelchairs, vision treatment, and humanitarian aid and hygeine kits. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Abbey
Men and women have distinct roles in the family and in the church. Men are able to hold the Priesthood and it is actually a means for them to provide service to the membership of the church. No man can bless himself with his Priesthood but the Priesthood can be a blessing in his life nonetheless. Women are able to provide service in many other ways. There are entire organizations devoted to the women of the church and it is women within these organizations that are the leadership of those organizations. There is a Primary organization, I am 1st Counselor in the Presidency of that organization, it is for children ages 18 months to 12 years. I serve with three other ladies in the church that make up that Presidency. There is a Young Womens organization for youth ages 12-18 years and that organization has a Presidency made up of four ladies in the church. There is also the Relief Society for women ages 18 and up and a Presidency of four ladies in the church. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Abbey
It is WONDERFUL. I have a very clear understanding of the fact that I am a child of God, I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me and I love Him. I know what is expected of me and I have all the resources I need to live a Christlike life. This is a fullness of the Gospel, nothing is missing. My membership in this church absolutely completes me. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Abbey
We all make mistakes, none of us is perfect, we all fall short of perfection. Jesus Christ came to this earth and did not commit any sin, He was perfect in every way and yet He was baptized to show us the correct way to do it and reveal that the one that baptizes us must have the authority to do so. He sacrified His life for us, paying the prices for all of the sins that we would commit, and He was a sinless man. Without the gift of His Atonement, we would have no hope of returning to live with our Heavenly Father. We needed a Savior to make up the difference. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Abbey
You have to have a certain standard of living, obeying all of the commandments, fulfilling all promises and covenants made at baptism, actively participating in the gospel in its fullness. When you enter the temple, you are about to take on additional covenants and make more promises, you will be living an even higher law. That is not something to be entered into lightly or quickly. It is not secret but it is sacred. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Abbey
Latter-day Saints believe that modest dress reflects commitment to a Christlike life and shows respect for self, for fellow beings, and for God. In their homes and in the Church, they are taught that modest dress has a positive effect on both self-esteem and behavior. According to LDS theology, the body is more than a biological entity; it is a temple that houses an eternal spirit (cf. 1 Cor. 3:16-17). Physical intimacy is reserved for marriage (see Chastity). Modest dress serves as a physical and spiritual guard against immoral behavior and its inherent physical, emotional, and spiritual harm. Because modesty in dress cannot be reduced to a matter of particular styles, individuals are encouraged to use discretion to determine appropriate dress in varying situations. Emphasizing the importance of modest dress, President Spencer W. Kimball stated, "I am positive that personal grooming and cleanliness, as well as the clothes we wear, can be tremendous factors in the standards we set and follow on the pathway to immortality and eternal life" (1979, p. 3). Women traditionally wear modest dresses or skirts and blouses, young women and girls do the same. Men traditionally wear suits (coats and ties optional, not mandatory), young men and boys do the same. Whatever you might consider to be modest and appropriate "Sunday or church best," would apply. Members of the Church celebrate Christmas and Easter, regarding these two events as the most spiritually significant days in history because of the birth, suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Church members also celebrate the regional and national holidays of the countries where they live. Church members also celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and similar events. Pioneer Day is a traditional mormon holiday celebration commemorating our early mormon pioneer ancestors and the sacrifice they made to preserve our church and beliefs in the early years of the church when antagonism and persecution were prevalent. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Abbey
When you adopt the principle that our bodies are temples and as such they can be likened to the House of the Lord, or, the house of the spirit of the Lord, the Holy Ghost, modesty is self-evident. We treat our bodies with respect, keep them clean, and dressed modestly. When we dress modestly, there is no worry of unnecessary attention drawn to any part of our bodies and there is no room for impure thoughts which can lead to impure deeds. If we dress modestly it can be easy to be chaste, virtuous, and seek after things that are of good report or praiseworthy. Parents play a key role in emphasizing the need for modesty in their children. It is vital that this is taught from a very early age so that the habits and guidelines are firmly in place as our children grow into youth and young adulthood. Parents teach by their virtuous and modest examples and also by pointing out and praising the virtuous, chaste and modest behavior and attire of those around our children. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Abbey
New members are baptized as the first step on their path to eternal life. It is the first ordinance they are able to participate in. The covenants they make at baptism prepare them for additional covenants and promises. They are witnessing that they have faith in Jesus Christ and have repented of their sins. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Abbey
Relief Society is a charitable organization that provides service for all in need and takes care of its own members as well. The focus is on charity which is the pure love of Christ. It was organized in the time of Joseph Smith and today is the worlds largest womens organization. This is an organization of all of the women of the church ages 18 and up. Much of the service provided through the church to those in need outside of the church is organized through the Relief Society. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Abbey
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most important principle of the gospel. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that Christ and His Atonement are the "rock" upon which we must build our foundation (see Helaman 5:12 in the Book of Mormon). God's plan included the fall of Adam and Eve, which allowed sin and death to enter the world, thus a Savior was necessary. Jesus Christ was the only one able to perform a perfect atonement, which is made up of six attributes: 1.Foreordination 2.Son of God 3.Sinless Life 4.Shedding of Blood 5.Death on the Cross 6.Resurrection Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Abbey
The family is the basic unit of the church. We come to this earth in families and we will return to our Heavenly Father after this life as families. We were not sent here to be alone. So, the chuch works hard to support and sustain the family, to strengthen and fortify the individual members of the family and the home. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Abbey
In my view, all creation testifies that there is a God. All nature around me, every living thing, myself included, testifies that there is a God. One of the most cherished parts of my testimony is that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me and I love Him. I was with Him before I came to this earth and if I prove worthy, I will return to Him after this life. He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, my brother, to suffer and pay the price for my sins. I have a sure knowledge that even if I was the only person that existed, Heavenly Father would have created this earth just as it is and Jesus Christ still would have paid the price for my sins. I am grateful every day of my life for this knowledge. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Abbey
Think of what you have read or heard about baptism in the Bible. Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. When John asked Jesus why he should baptize him when he was not worthy to so much as tie his shoe, Jesus told him that he was the one that had the authority to do so. Baptism is a sacred ordinance, it is a covenant, or a 2-way promise between you and your Heavenly Father. The person baptizing you has to have the right or the authority to perform this ordinance. That is the way our Heavenly Father allows His work to be done. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Abbey
Mormons don't drink or smoke. We don't swear or use vulgar language and we dress modestly. We don't listen to music, read materials, or watch tv or movies that would offend the spirit. The church is one that focuses on the importance of family. One night each week, usually Monday night, is reserved for the family. This is called Family Home Evening. There are no church meetings on this night. The family gathers together for a spiritual lesson. There are prayers offered, hymns sung, scriptures read. There is usually an activity and treat. We are encouraged as members of the church to read our scriptures as individuals and as families every day. We pray together morning and night, and bless all of our meals. Our youth have activities one night each week. We gather together for service projects regularly. We meet for three hours on Sunday mornings. The first hour is a Sacrament meeting, the second hour is Sunday school and the third hour is organization (children, youth, men, women) meetings. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Abbey
Thomas Spencer Monson (born August 21, 1927) is the 16th and current President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). As president of the church, he is a prophet, seer, and revelator of God's will on earth. A printer by trade, Monson has spent most of his life engaged in various church leadership positions and in public service. Appointed by Ronald Reagan to the President's Task Force for Private Sector Initiatives, Monson is also a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America's Silver Buffalo and the World Organization of the Scout Movement's Bronze Wolf—both awards the highest given in each organization. Monson has received three honorary doctorates and serves as Chairman of the Church Boards of Trustees/Education of the Church Educational System. Monson was ordained an apostle at age 36 and served as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from March 12, 1995 until he became President of the Church. He succeeded Gordon B. Hinckley as church president on February 3, 2008. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Abbey
You can get connected with missionaries and members of the church through this website. You can also look in your local area listings for phone numbers for our church and for our missionaries. You can locate a local chapel and find out the hours of Sunday services through www.lds.org - visitors are ALWAYS welcome! Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Abbey
In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a ward is the larger of two types of local congregations (the smaller being a branch). A ward is presided over by a bishop, the equivalent of a pastor in other religions. As with all church leadership, the bishop is considered lay clergy and as such is not paid. Two counselors serve with the bishop to help with administrative duties of the ward and also preside in the absence of the bishop. A branch is presided over by a branch president who may or may not have one or two counselors, depending on the size of the branch. A stake is an administrative unit composed of multiple congregations in denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement. A stake is approximately comparable to a diocese in the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations. The name "stake" derives from the verse "enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitation: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes" (Isaiah 54:2). A stake is sometimes referred to as a stake of Zion. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Abbey
The priesthood is the eternal power and authority of God. Through the priesthood God created and governs the heavens and the earth. Through this power He redeems and exalts His children, bringing to pass "the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). God gives priesthood authority to worthy male members of the Church so they can act in His name for the salvation of His children. Priesthood holders can be authorized to preach the gospel, administer the ordinances of salvation, and govern the kingdom of God on the earth. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Abbey
Faith in Jesus Christ is especially important to me because I grew up in a home where His name was never even mentioned. For me, becoming a member of the church at the age of 18, I had to start with the basics, the first of which is faith in Jesus Christ. For me to have faith in Him, I had to learn who He was. I had to study His words in the scriptures. I had to come to an understanding and knowledge that He was and is MY Savior. I had to learn and apply His teachings to my life. As I did all of these things, and with continued prayer to discover Him and to establish a relationship with Him, my faith in Him, my sure knowledge of Him, and my love for Him grew. Most people have seen the picture of Christ standing at the door knocking and waiting to be let in. There is no doorknob on His side of the door. For 18 years of my life, I know that He was aware of me and that He waited patiently for me to discover that He was at my door. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Abbey
One of the prophets to record the revelations of his time in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ was named Mormon. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Abbey
We have faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ. We look to Him for a remission of our sins. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Abbey
We believe that if we are prepared we need not fear. It is funny for me to answer this question after I have just been to our local cannery this past weekend. It is an amazing program in our church. I don't need to convince anyone that we live in a world of change. We frequently read of devastating natural disasters, civil unrest, and many other reasons why it is important for us to know that we are able to take care of the needs of our loved ones. We prepare for emergencies so that not only are our needs taken care of but we are able to help and serve those around us who are less prepared and less fortunate. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Abbey
The purpose of this life is to learn what our Heavenly Father requires of us, to obey His commandments, and to be worthy to return to live with Him after this life with our families. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Abbey
No. Young men have a priesthood obligation to prepare for and serve a mission for 24 months when they reach the age of 19. Our Prophets and Apostles have always emphasized this responsibility. However, no one is "forced" to serve a full-time mission. We have had a continuous line of Prophets from the time of Joseph Smith. One of those Prophets was President David O. McKay who emphasized, "every member a missionary." This means that every member of the church shows to the world through their righteous example what it means to be a member of the church of Jesus Christ and helps work with the full-time missionaries to find individuals, couples and families to teach the gospel to. Young women may serve a mission at the age of 21 if they choose to do so but they are under no obligation to serve a full-time mission. Older couples and even retired single members of the church are also encouraged to serve a mission, even multiple missions if possible but they are under no more obligation to do so than the young women. I served a full-time mission for the church to the Texas Houston East Mission for 18 months when I turned 21. It was by far the best and most rewarding 18 months of my life. It is true that when we are in the service of our fellow beings we are only in the service of our God. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Abbey
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. When you look at a light bulb that is not plugged into a source of power, do you doubt that if you were to put it in a lamp and plug the lamp into the wall, that it would turn on and emit light? No, you have seen it work that way with other lamps and light bulbs and have reason to hope that the result will be the same. Even though you have not seen this light bulb give off light, you have reason to believe that it will. I have never seen Jesus Christ face to face and yet I have faith that He exists. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Abbey
No. That is a past practice spoken of anciently in the Bible but it is no longer practiced today. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Abbey
Inspiration and revelation among the apostles in sacred meetings in the temple reveals who the prophet will be. This is put to a sustaining vote by the membership of the church in our semi-annual General Conferences. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Abbey
Joseph Smith was the first Prophet of the restored Church of Jesus Christ. He organized this church under the direction of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He translated the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ through the power of God. He ultimately gave his life for his belief that this is literally the restored Church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Abbey
In the law of chastity, the Lord commands restraint in exercising the body's sexual and procreative powers. As revealed in scripture, this law forbids all sexual relationships outside of marriage. Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also condemn perverse or coercive sexual acts within marriage. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Abbey
Absolutely not! Our church is among the first to respond, if not the very first to respond to any natural disaster you can think of. We help anyone, regardless of their faith. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Abbey
No. The church does not endorse political parties. The church believes in free agency, and let's its members decide which political party to join on their own. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Abbey
Mormonism can be defined as the doctrine, system, and practices of the Mormons. We are sometimes referred to as Mormons because of a companion book of scripture to the Bible, the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. We believe that just as there were prophets that spoke with God anciently in the holy lands and wrote those teachings in the book of scripture, the Bible; there were also prophets that spoke with God anciently in the Americas, the Book of Mormon. One of those prophets in the Americas was named Mormon and he kept the records of those American prophets. We believe that Christ came to this earth and established His church with apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth. After Christ left the earth and the Apostles were eventually all gone there was a falling away or apostacy and the gospel and church of Jesus Christ had to be restored to earth once more. We believe that church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that it is literally Christ's church restored to this earth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Abbey
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. He is a personage but does not have a body of flesh and bones like our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The Bible is full of scriptures that describe the Holy Ghost and the Book of Mormon also describes the Holy Ghost in detail. I know when I am feeling the spirit, or the Holy Ghost by a burning in my chest. As I have spent time this evening answering these questions and sharing my testimony, I have felt the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is a comforter, and a testifyer of truth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Abbey
We believe that Jesus Christ is our brother, He was with us before we came to this earth and He is with our Heavenly Father now waiting for our return. He is our Savior, our Redeemer. It is only through faith in Him that we are able to be forgiven of our sins. He is literally the Son of God. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Abbey
As you read the scriptures and writings of Apostles and Prophets today, you will feel the Holy Ghost which will testify to you the truthfulnes of the things that you read. As you feel this, you will begin to see clearly how these teachings can be applied in your every day life and as you apply them, you will know of a surety the blessings that come. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Abbey
A testimony is a sure knowledge of something. One Sacrament meeting per month is a Fast and Testimony meeting where members of the church are able to get up and share what they know to be true. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Abbey
Ordinances are performed in the temples. They are sacred. Additional learning is done in the temples, endowments (or gifts) are received. They are literally the House of the Lord. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Abbey
This church wouldn't be where it is today if members of the church weren't willing to open their mouths and share the gospel, and if they weren't willing to lead by their example. As members of the church, we are watched and we are listened to. What we say and what we do has such a MAJOR impact on investigators and those we know that are not currently investigating the church. We have to know what we believe and we have to live what we know. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Abbey
The age of accountability is 8 years old. Anyone 8 years of age and older may be baptized if they have faith in Jesus Christ and repent of their sins. Baptism is performed by someone who holds the Priesthood which is the power and authority to act in the name of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Abbey
Baptism by immersion performed by a living person acting on behalf of one who is dead, as practiced in New Testament times (1 Corinthians 15:29). This ordinance is performed in temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jesus Christ taught that baptism is essential to the salvation of all who have lived on earth (see John 3:5). Many people, however, have died without being baptized. Others were baptized without proper authority. Because God is merciful, He has prepared a way for all people to receive the blessings of baptism. By performing proxy baptisms in behalf of those who have died, Church members offer these blessings to deceased ancestors. Individuals can then choose to accept or reject what has been done in their behalf. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Abbey
The husband is the primary provider. He traditionally works outside the home to support the family and see that all of their needs are met. The husband takes an active role in leading his family in righteousness. The wife is the primary care provider for the children. She is in the home with the children when possible and she is a support to her husband. The wife and mother ensures that the home is a place filled with love, a refuge from the storms of life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Abbey
There was a life before this life and there will be a life after this life. We were spirits before we came here and we were sent here by a loving Heavenly Father to learn all that we could learn and to prove that we would do all things asked of us. We can return to our Heavenly Father after this life with our families if we prove worthy to do so. This life does have purpose and meaning. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Abbey
Joseph Smith lived in New York in 1820 and wanted to know what church he should join. He read James 1:5 which reads, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." He prayed to know which church to join and had a vision of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He was told not to join any church. This was his first communication with God, or, the First Vision. He received instruction through additional communications and visions and was instructed to establish this church a few years later. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Abbey
We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly and we live our lives in accordance with the teachings found therein. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Abbey
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is a book of scripture just like the Bible. The writings contained in the Book of Mormon are the writings of the prophets in the Americas. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Abbey
The family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children. The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Abbey
We need to be keenly aware of what pornography is and how it is published. There are ways to encounter pornography and other tools that can be used to harm our spirits and defile the sacred gift of our physical bodies. We need to stand at alert and be ready to immediately put an end to any interaction through any form of media or personal interaction we may have with pornography. It is important that we make our beliefs known if we receive impure content from any individual in our lives. We are literally under attack through every form of media, we have to remain fully at attention when engaging in these media tools that can be used for good and holy pursuits but can prove to be a double-edged sword and prove to be filthy with little to no notice. We also need to educate those we interact with, those we have influence with and most especially our children, youth, spouses and in fact our entire families. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Abbey
The Word of Wisdom is a law of health revealed by the Lord for the physical and spiritual benefit of His children. On February 27, 1833, the Lord revealed which foods are good for us to eat and which substances are not good for the human body. He also promised health, protection, knowledge, and wisdom to those who obey the Word of Wisdom. In the Word of Wisdom, the Lord revealed that the following substances are harmful: Alcoholic drinks Tobacco Tea and coffee (latter-day prophets have taught that the term "hot drinks," as written in this verse, refers to tea and coffee) When people purposefully take anything harmful into their bodies, they are not living in harmony with the Word of Wisdom. Illegal drugs can especially destroy those who use them. The abuse of prescription drugs is also destructive spiritually and physically. The Lord also declared in the Word of Wisdom that the following foods are good: Vegetables and fruits, which should be used "with prudence and thanksgiving." The flesh "of beasts and of the fowls of the air," which is "to be used sparingly." Grains such as wheat, rice, and oats, which are "the staff of life." To those who keep the Word of Wisdom, the Lord promised: "All saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; "And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; "And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. "And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them." The best course is to completely avoid the substances that the Lord prohibits in the Word of Wisdom. Those who have engaged in addictive behaviors can stop and become free from addiction. Through personal effort, strength from the Lord, help from family members and friends, and guidance from Church leaders, anyone can overcome addiction. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Abbey
Mormon women are empowered with the knowledge that they are daughters of their Heavenly Father who loves them and they are given many opportunities to show that love in return. We serve in leadership positions in the church, we are role models in our communities. Men and women are distinct individuals with many separate roles that are compatible one with another. We all have the same goal as children of God to return to His presence one day with our families. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Abbey
Tithing is the name of this donation. You can read about tithing in the Bible in the book of Malachi. This is another covenant, 2-way promise that we make with the Lord. We believe that our Heavenly Father gives us everything that we have, 100% of what we have comes from Him. All that He asks is 10% in return. This is a show of faith on our part. The promise that we read in Malachi in the Bible is that as we do this, we are proving the Lord, that He will open the windows of heaven that there shall not be room enough to receive the blessings poured out for our faithfulness in keeping this covenant. Tithing is one of the things I have the strongest testimony of. I will share one story about tithing in the personal stories section on this page. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Abbey
The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that He was and is God’s Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets. One of these, Lehi, lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. God commanded Lehi to lead a small group of people to the American continent. There they became a great civilization. God continued to call prophets among these people. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of their prophets and record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets. These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children and the mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared, after His Resurrection, to the people in America, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church among them. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement and His love. It supports and verifies the Bible. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). In September 1823, Joseph Smith was visited by a heavenly messenger named Moroni - the last of these ancient prophets to keep the record - in the same way that angels often appeared to Church leaders in the New Testament (see especially the book of Acts). The Angel Moroni informed Joseph that God had a work for him to do. Moroni told Joseph that a record of the ancient inhabitants of the American continent was buried in a nearby hill and that the record contained the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In September 1827, Joseph received the record, which was written on thin plates of gold. We now know it was not uncommon for people from that era of ancient America to keep records on metal plates. Joseph translated the book into English by the inspiration of God. The book is called The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is named after Mormon, an ancient prophet who made an abridgment of the sacred records of his people. The Book of Mormon was published in 1830. Since that time it has blessed the lives of millions of people through its powerful message about Jesus Christ and His gospel. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Abbey
They will testify of Jesus Christ and the restored Gospel. They will teach about the first principles and ordinances of the gospel: faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Abbey
Before Christ came to this earth, Heavenly Father (God) communicated with righteous men on the earth and those men wrote those communications in what we know to be the Bible and the Book of Mormon. When Christ came to the earth, He established His Gospel and His Church under the direction of our Heavenly Father. He called Apostles. When Christ left this earth, the Holy Ghost was left to keep the lines of communication open between heaven and righteous men (including the Apostles) which remained on the earth. The Apostles did all they could to maintain the teachings and principles and ordinances of the Gospel that Christ had established when He was here but eventually, no Apostles remained. There was a falling away, or, an apostacy which meant that for the Church of Jesus Christ to be on the earth once more, there had to be a Restoration of the Gospel. Heavenly Father does not change, He remains the same, and He once again called a Prophet who called Apostles as part of this Restoration of the Gospel. Show more Show less

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

Abbey
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is one that can be very hard because not everyone lives by the same standard. You can be treated very poorly, unfarily, harshly and the natural reaction and defense would be to return that behavior in kind but that is not what the Savior taught. He taught that you are to turn the other cheek and that you are to treat others as you would have them treat you, not as they have already treated you. This can become a sort of "pay it forward," and you may never see the end result but you will feel that you have done what you needed to do. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Abbey
The First Vision is the very first prayer that Joseph Smith made in the Sacred Grove. Just like we have 100's of churches today, there were many churches in his day in 1820 and they were all trying to persuade the local people to join their church. Joseph Smith was 14 years old and could not decide which of all the churches he should join. He prayed to Heavenly Father to know which church he should belong to and he had a vision, the First Vision, of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He was told not to join any of the churches that were there in that day. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Abbey
"We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel." We know in reading the scriptures that faith without works is dead and we also learn in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ that we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do. The Book of Mormon actually makes it clear that humans are incapable of doing good on their own, due to our fallen nature, and that we must be changed by the power of Christ to be able to follow Him. We are not merely required to say that we believe in Jesus Christ to be saved by His grace, we must live our lives by what He has taught us and the commandments as found in the scriptures and through modern day revelation to His Prophets. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Abbey
The first hour is Sacrament meeting. The Sacrament (bread and water) is blessed and passed to members of the congregation. People are assigned to speak to us. We sing hymns. The second hour is sunday school for youth ages 12-18 and also the adults. Second and third hour is a two hour block for the children ages 18 months-12 years old as well. Third hour the young men and young women break up into two separate classes and the men and women break up in to two separate classes. Visitors are always welcome and members of the church will always welcome you. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Abbey
The gift of the Holy Ghost is an AMAZING blessing in my life! When Christ was on this earth with His Apostles, His presence was their link to our Heavenly Father and the blessings of heaven. When Christ left this earth, the Apostles asked if they were to be left alone and He told them that the comfortor which is the Holy Ghost would be sent to abide with them as they remained true and faithful. When we are baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we also receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. This gift provides all the blessings we read about in the Bible. It can bring comfort, protection, guidance, peace, the list is too long to list but I can tell you that when I live worthy of the companionship of the Holy Ghost, my life is truly blessed. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Abbey
We believe that a persons individual worth can be directly connected to their ability to provide for themselves. We all have times when we need assistance. We are to look first to our families and to see what we can do to better provide for ourselves. When we are unable to take care of our basic needs ourselves, we are able to turn to the church for assistance but never a hand out. We must be living the gospel and we must be contributing members of the church. In the simplest terms, if you give a man a fish he will eat for a meal but if you teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime. That is the basic principle of our welfare services program. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Abbey
We attend church every Sunday. We partake of the Sacrament and attend other meetings to uplift and edify ourselves. Our churches are sacred buildings, houses of the Lord. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend. Baptisms and Confirmations (giving of the Gift of the Holy Ghost) are also performed. We attend our temples as often as we are able, usually at least once a month. In our temples, other sacred ordinances are performed. Baptisms, Sealings, etc. Our temples are literally houses of the Lord. They are the same temples you can read about in the Bible. Visitors are allowed on temple grounds and in visitors centers and waiting rooms but are not allowed in areas of the temple where these other ordinances are performed. To enter the temple and partake of these ordinances, you must be a worthy member of the church. When our temples are dedicated, there is an open house the month before where anyone may walk through the entire temple prior to the dedication. Things that happen in the temple are not secret but they are sacred. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Abbey
We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. Just like there are many churches, there have been many translations of the Bible. Many plain and precious truths have been lost in thr course of translation and time. We also believe the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ to be the word of God. It has been translated only one time. The Book of Mormon is a companion book of scripture to the Bible. When you put those two books of scripture together you have the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Both books testify of Christ. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Abbey
Mormon is another name for members of our faith. We are members of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. We are Christians. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Abbey
A loving Heavenly Father would not send us here to live in families only to have us separated after this life. He wants our eternal happiness and knows that the sure way to accomplish that is with a continuation of the relationships that we establish here. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Abbey
Jesus Christ is the head of the LDS church. Less than a hundred years after Christ's crucifixion and the murder or death of His original 12 Apostles, that the original teachings of Christ and His Apostles were changed and many of the original teachings were replaced by the more popular philosophies of men, sometimes mingled with scripture. This is referred to as the apostasy. Our church is not a break off religion from any other church. It is the restored Church of Jesus Christ and the doctrines of the Church include restored gospel teachings. Jesus Christ and God the Father appeared to a young boy named Joseph Smith who was praying to know which church he should join. He was told that he should join none of the existing churches and that he would become the first modern day prophet who would restore Christ's church to the earth in preparation for the Second Coming of Christ. A common misconception is that Joseph Smith started or founded our church. In reality, Joseph Smith only renewed the gospel, our Heavenly Father made the church with Jesus Christ at the head. Some of our most basic beliefs encompass the fact that "community is an essential and eternal part of life in this world and in the world to come. From the time the Church was established (1830), its teachings have placed emphasis on principles of unity, cooperation, mutual assistance, and beautification of one's surroundings. The community of believers envisioned by the Prophet Joseph Smith continues today, based essentially on the principles he established." Encyclopedia of Mormonism Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Abbey
We don't practice abortion except in the most extreme medical crisis. The power to procreate is a sacred gift given to our Heavenly Fathers children. Each child is a gift from God and to kill the child no matter how early in the pregnancy is to creates an effectual separation from God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Abbey
You should listen to the missionary discussions and feel comfortable asking them questions that you may have. You should read the Bible and the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. In the Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:3-5, specific instructions are given on how you can know if what you have been taught by the missionaries is true. You must pray, with real intent, having faith in Christ to know if these things are true and if you will do that, you will feel the Holy Ghost testify that thest things are true. You should attend church meetings, speak with members of the church, pay close attention to how and what you feel as you do these things. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Abbey
Missionaries work and save to earn money to serve their missions. Ideally, the missionary is able to fully fund their mission. In cases where the missionary is unable to fully fund their mission, ideally, the missionary has family and friends and possibly even co-workers that are able to assist with the funds. In cases where the missionary and their adeditional resources are unable to fully fund their mission, the local congregation (Ward) is able to make up the difference. Where the Ward lacks, ideally the area congregation (Stake, made up of several Wards) is able to make up the difference. Where all available local resources prove insufficient, the church has a missionary fund to assist those that have a desire to serve and prove worthy to do so. Worldwide members of the church contribute to this missionary fund as a separate offering from their tithing. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Abbey
Our missionaries are searching for people that want to know the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The ideal is that all members of the church would reach out to their non-member friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family and shair our beliefs and then have those that are interested to their homes and have the missionaries come to share the gospel that way. This is how much of our missionary work is done, and it is the best and most effective way to spread the gospel. This new opportunity on this website to share our beliefs is another tool that can be used to testify of Christ. Currently, missionaries must also proselyte to find those seeking the truth. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Abbey
Think of our Heavenly Father like your own parents here on this earth. When we grow up, we are aware of our parents and what they expect of us. We learn from their example hopefully mostly how to behave but sometimes we learn how not to behave from our parents as well. Our Heavenly Father isn't here with us and interacting with us on a daily basis on this earth. To come to know Him we must study out in our mind who He is, what He expects of us, how He communicates with us. As we do this, we will truly come to know who He is and come to a fuller realization of the love that He has for us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Abbey
We believe that Joseph Smith was the first Prophet of the restoration of the Gospel and Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days. We respect Joseph Smith and his teachings just as we respect all Prophets and their teachings. We believe that President Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet of God on the earth today and we have the same respect for him. However, we "worship" no Prophet or any other man on this earth or any other man that has ever been on this earth. We "worship" ONLY our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Abbey
We have a Heavenly Father who loves us. He created this earth and everything in it. We lived with Him before we came to this earth and if we will choose the right and learn the gospel, line upon line, precept upon precept, making and keeping sacred covenants as we go, our Heavenly Father will honor the promises that He has made and we will return to live with Him. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Abbey
In this life it is so easy to be judemental and not just of others but of ourselves as well. When we have faith in Jesus Christ, we try to become like Him and as we work toward becoming like Him, we are filled with charity, the pure love of Christ and we feel that for all those around us. Can you name a relationship that would not be benefited by this love? I cannot. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Abbey
Tithes and offerings. The church does not go into debt and in fact preaches against the members going into debt for anything other than a major life purchase. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Abbey
If you look up the definition of the word "cult" in the dictionary you will find... Definition one includes "worship," and definition two is "A system of religious belief and worship." I don't personally know of any religions that don't have some form of worship or a system of religious beliefs and worship. The word "cult" took on a very negative tone in the 1960's and 1970's as a result of various fanatical groups but if you look at the definition of the word itself, it is basically a discription of most if not all religions you can find in the world today. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Abbey
Yes! We belong to the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. Faith in JESUS CHRIST is the first step in preparing ourselves for the life after this one. We look to Him for our example, we strive to become like Him. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Abbey
If you haven't already, contact the missionaries in your area, or contact the church. You can do this by going through this website. You can visit the local church in your area on a Sunday and speak with anyone there. The missionaries will visit you in your home and share with you what it is that we believe and how you can know if what you learn is true. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Abbey
The Word of Wisdom is the Lord's plan for the health of His children. It was a revelation given to Joseph Smith in a time when health care professionals were not even aware of the dangers of some of the substances mentioned in the Word of Wisdom. Some of these items that we will not partake of are: coffee, tea, tobacco, alcohol. In addition to this, we are to use meat sparingly and consume whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Abbey
The physical body is a sacred gift from God. As such, we are to treat it with respect, understanding that Jesus Christ has bought our bodies for a price, through the atonement. He sacrificed His life so that all God’s children could come to earth and be resurrected after they die. The body is a gift that we each waited a long time to receive. We show reverence and respect for the sacrifice that has been made by taking care of the gift which has been given. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Abbey
The relationships we form in this life are meant to be eternal in nature. Our Heavenly Father is an eternal being. Families are the basic unit of our church and of the Gospel and our Heavenly Fathers plan is for us to return to live with Him after this life, as eternal families. That is what we were created for, that is what we came here to do. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Abbey
Our spirit does not die when our body does, but continues to live. After we die our spirit leaves our mortal body and enters the spirit world, where we await the resurrection. The Spirit World is divided into two parts: paradise and prison. Those who accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ and lived righteously upon the earth (during mortality) go to spirit paradise but those who lived wickedly, denied the gospel, or who never had the chance to hear the gospel during their earthly life will go to spirit prison. This is a big part of why we focus on family history, geneology, and making sure that our family members have every opportunity to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ and the ordinances and covenants that are available to all worthy members of the church. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Abbey
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is a compliation of the writings of the prophets on the American continent. Just like the Bible is a compilation of the writings of the prophets in the Holy Land. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Abbey
Absolutely! His name is President Thomas S. Monson. I have been a member of the church for 18 years, half my life. Presiden Ezra Taft Benson was the prophet when I was first baptized but he was in advanced years and his health was not good and so I never had the opportunity to see or hear him speak. I will tell one story of how I came to know for myself that a prophet lives on the earth today in the personal stories section on this page. When I was a missionary, President Benson died and President Howard W. Hunter was sustained as the new prophet of the church. Before I returned from my mission, President Hunter had also died and President Gordon B. Hinckley was sustained as the new prophet. President Hinckley died two years ago and President Monson was sustained. The biggest thing I can tell you is that God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. If He called prophets and apostles in Bible times, He calls prophets and apostles today. The heavens are NOT sealed! Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Abbey
Yes. We read in the Bible after Christ appeared with his Apostles for the last time after his resurrection that He had other sheep that were not of this fold, but that there was one shepherd and they knew His voice. There were people on this continent who also had prophets who taught them of Christ and knew the signs of His birth and the signs of His death. When He came to visit them and establish His church here among them just as He had on the other continent, they were ready for Him. The writings of these prophets and the telling of His visit to this continent is contained in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Abbey
We attend church every Sunday. We partake of the Sacrament and attend other meetings to uplift and edify ourselves. Our churches are sacred buildings, houses of the Lord. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend. Baptisms and Confirmations (giving of the Gift of the Holy Ghost) are also performed. We attend our temples as often as we are able, usually at least once a month. In our temples, other sacred ordinances are performed. Baptisms, Sealings, etc. Our temples are literally houses of the Lord. They are the same temples you can read about in the Bible. Visitors are allowed on temple grounds and in visitors centers and waiting rooms but are not allowed in areas of the temple where these other ordinances are performed. To enter the temple and partake of these ordinances, you must be a worthy member of the church. When our temples are dedicated, there is an open house the month before where anyone may walk through the entire temple prior to the dedication. Things that happen in the temple are not secret but they are sacred. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Abbey
Tithing goes to take care of the needs of the church and that doesn't mean members of the church only. The Bishop of a local congregation is not just responsible for the members of the church in that area, he is responsible to care for the needs of all those that reside in the boundaries of the church in that area. There is no paid ministry in the church, everything is done in service. So just for one example, the Bishop has a full time job, he has to support his family. He does not live in a house that is paid for by the church or drive a car that is paid for by the church. His responsibilities to the church add at LEAST the equivalent of another full time job and many times also another part time job and he his not paid one penny for this service that he renders. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Abbey
After our spiritual creation, our spirits remain immortal for eternity. Our spirits are joined at birth to a mortal physical body. Those who worshipped the God of Israel, honored Jesus, obeyed the gospel, and were faithful and obedient to the will of God spend the time between death and the resurrection with all saints of God—in the bosom of Abraham. All men will be saved—receive an immortal, physical body—in either the resurrection of the just, or the resurrection of the unjust. Saints of God will receive their immortal, physical bodies at the first resurrection and live with Jesus on the earth for the Sabbath of Creation. After death, all others live with the spirits in prison (hell) until the resurrection of the unjust. Those honorable men of the earth that accept the gospel in the spirit will also inherit the earth with the saints for the Millennium. The faithful and obedient have the great hope of living on the earth for eternity with the Father and Jesus in the celestial glory. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Abbey
The true church of Jesus Christ has no paid ministry. The bishops, organists, teachers, chior directors all serve voluntarily. In the LDS church, leadership is chosen from out of the congregation to serve for a period of time. During that time, the bishop continues to work at his regular day job just as any other leader within the church does. After his period of service, the bishop is released into the general congregation ready to be called to another calling, the same is true of all leaders in the church. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Abbey
We want to afford any of our ancestors that didn't have the opportunity to accept the gospel in this life and get baptized, the same rights and priveleges, ordinances and blessings that we have. Not everyone has had the opportunity to be baptized. This ordinance is lovingly taken care of for those that have not had that chance while they were on the earth. The first thing that must be done for this to be accomplished is to have these ordinances performed for them by proxy. They still have the opportunity to accept or reject the work that has been performed for them. This is not something that is forced on the individual after this life, the choice to accept the ordinance that has been performed will still be theirs to make. Show more Show less