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Hi I'm Antony

I am a real live Mormon.

About Me

I am a married father of two boys, both under four years-of-age. We live in Australia, and strive to be active in our religion, and what it teaches us. I have been a member of The Lord's Church for almost eight years and love to discuss The Gospel with anyone who wants to share truth. I enjoy my family, sports, conversations, and meeting new people- but most of all, I enjoy The Gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I am grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because I have finally found the only place that has been able to completely enlighten my understanding of what it takes to ensure that I will live with my Heavenly Father again. For many years I searched- sometimes actively, sometimes passively- for answers to burning Spiritual questions and I am thankful that I can say that The Lord answered my deepest desires, and lead me to discover Mormonism. Having learnt so much, I prayed to Heavenly Father, so that I could get His assurance that I was where I was meant to be, in order to qualify to be with Him forever and it is this witness that continues to motivate me to work hard for further light and knowledge.

How I live my faith

I live my faith day-by-day! It is really a daily exercise to continue to build upon what miniscule faith that I had. It is my experience that faith requires positive action, consistent obedience, and hope-filled resilience. I am grateful to have been Called to a position within our local Church community, that enables me to work with my fellow brothers in the Gospel, as we strive to learn of opportunities to serve those around us, the way that The Lord would have His children served. Home Teaching is one way that The Lord can ensure that all of His sheep are fed, and it is my privilege to be able to assist in this way, too. The greatest work of faith that is my pleasure to experience, though, is the work that comes through sacrifice and service in my home. Nothing is more important to me than being a faithful husband and father.

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

Antony
Generally, they will talk about whatever you would like to talk about, in relation to God and His plan for us. If you have specific questions or topics to discuss, the missionaries will be able to answer those questions or discuss those topics, in a way that reveals God's plan for you as His son or daughter. Also, the missionaries will have information to present that lets you know all about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and how you can experience the Blessings of membership in God's kingdom. Show more Show less

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.

Antony
Well, what we know for sure is that Jesus Called and ordained twelve men, and set them apart from the world, in order for His Gospel to be spread abroad. Because The Saviour knew that He was going to leave the Earth for a while, He knew that He needed to leave some people in charge, who would be able to administer the affairs of the Kingdom. He promised those twelve men that they wouldn't be left solely to their own intuition, because He was going to send them The Comforter, which would instruct them on how to keep the Church on the correct course. Because Jesus brought the new law- New Testament- it meant that this was the way that he wanted things to be from then on. On of those things to remain as a new inclusion in the running of His Church, was the organisation of Church leaders, including apostles. Assistance in the form of Seventy being Called was also instituted, and this was because the workload was about to increase. It was so important that twelve men were continually in the position of apostleship, that when Judas Iscariot removed himself from service shortly after Jesus' time on Earth was over, the remaining eleven apostles counselled together with The Spirit, and determined that Matthias would be the new apostle. So 'new apostles' aren't a new phenomenon- lol. Now that The Lord's Church has been restored to the Earth again, we have the Blessing of being able to listen to the words of apostles, chosen by God and charged with the task of assisting in the great and glorious work of gathering His children. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Antony
Nope. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Antony
Tithing funds are disributed by the Church in order to pay for logistical growth. Every cent is used to finance buildings, documents- like lesson manuals and scriptures- and other needs that arise as the Church continues to expand into nations around the world. Regular independent audits are performed to ensure the regularity of Church-usage of tithing funds. Show more Show less

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

Antony
Yes! And what an amazing event it was. There is a record of that sacred event which was written by those people who witnessed it. It was such an important event that the record was hidden away from humanity for about 1400 years, until The Lord revealed it to someone named Joseph Smith, in order for the record to be published, and used side-by-side with the Bible. When Jesus walked the Earth, He told His followers that He had other sheep which were not of this fold- meaning that He had other followers, elsewhere. Sheep follow a shepherd. The other sheep that Jesus referred to, included those of His followers who had been lead away from Jerusalem prior to it being destroyed, as the Bible records. Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection, and taught them many things that He had taught his sheep in and around Jerusalem. Show more Show less

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

Antony
A lot! Lol. Yes, we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. In fact, we believe everything about Him that He tells us. So, if you've read Jesus' words about Himself, then that is what we believe. Generally, we believe that He is also our Saviour and Redeemer our advocate with Our Father In Heaven our judge and our perfect Exemplar. There's a great deal more that we believe- all of it revealed by The Saviour Himself. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Antony
The greatest decision that I have ever made in my life. Being a Mormon has given me some many fantastic opportunities to become a person that I can be happy with. being a member of God's Church has meant that I am more able to understand His will for me, as I learn how to pray effectively, study scripture with The Holy Ghost as my Companion, and Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Antony
We love to help anyone that requires help. Just like you would help someone that needed your help, irregardless of their faith, colour, gender, etc, so we understand that we are all part of the same family, and that therefore we are responsible for each other. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Antony
We believe that God's grace is the means by which we are saved to our final destination after we depart this life. Even though we know that we need to work out our lives in conjunction with The Saviour as our Guide, no matter how hard we work at making ourself better, we still need to rely on God's grace in order to receive our eternal inheritance. Indeed, we mormons say that we are saved by God's grace after all that we can do. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Antony
Primarily because it is our greatest goal. Hopefully, we will learn how to make it a goal in every significant decision or action that we take. We define 'eternal life' to mean God's life- the type of life that God Himself enjoys. Immortality is freely given by God to all of His creations- 1 Corinthians 15:22 is one of the many scriptures that discuss this. But eternal life must be earned. God sent His Only Begotten Son to Earth to show us what to do in order to become what He wants us to become- namely, as happy as we can be. There isn't anyone happier than God, and it is His desire that we all come back to live with Him, and experience life as He does- eternal life. Show more Show less

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

Antony
We know that this life isn't all that there is. We understand that the spirit wihin us has always lived, and will always live. You can't kill a spirit! We understand that there are a few options as to our destination, after we die. The majority of people that have lived on the Earth, (or will live on the Earth), will reach a place where they can be happy forever, after they die. Because we don't all follow God's rules to the same level of obedience, it is necessary for God to have different rewards for His children. imagine that you ask two children to eat their vegetables in order to be allowed to receive dessert. Then imagine that one child eats his vegetables, and the other child doesn't. What would happen if you gave the child that doesn't eat his vegetables, dessert after dinner? You can imagine that the child that did eat his vegetables might not eat them the next day! Father wants us to receive the best rewards for our after-life; but He won't force the rewards upon us. We can choose where we will live forever, by the choices that we make in this life. So: eat your vegetables! Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Antony
A simple definition that we use is to say that the Pristhood is God's authority given to man. Enough said! But practically speaking, having the Priesthood on the Earth enables God's work to leap forward efficiently. God can only be in one place at a time, and so he uses His children to perform those necessary duties, that we are authorised to perform. These duties can be: Baptism- God doesn't perform Baptisms, but lets His children help each other with this running meetings and lessons of the Church and other areas of Church programs that are essential for its maintainence. Show more Show less

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

Antony
Becoming a member of this church is not difficult. Once you have come to the realisation of your desire to become a member of God's Kingdom on Earth, you will need to be informed of what it is that you are agreeing to! This is usually done in the form of meeting with authorised representatives of The Saviour- missionaries- who will teach you important knowledge before you enter the waters of Baptism. By entering into the waters of Baptism, you show your God that you are willing to go further than just words, and want to show by your actions that you hope to worship Him and serve Him and His children, they way that He asks you to. A short time after you have been Baptised, you can receive the Gift of The Holy Ghost, which is a special Blessing that can help you each and every minute of every day, and also signifies that you are a member of God's true Church! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Antony
We know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, and that as a man he was special in his ability to conform to His will. We revere Joseph as a man of great faith, and an instrument in the hands of God that enabled so much important work to be performed in the re-establishment of God's Kingdom on the Earth. We do not worship Joseph, but instead worship only God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, as only these wonderful Beings can bring Blessings of salvation to mankind. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Antony
God has decided that in order for us to return to live with Him forever, we need to be willing to do what it takes to qualify for this Blessing. Because this is God's rule, it needs to be done in God's way. He has instituted the way for us to be Baptised, and this was given as an example by The Saviour Himself. Jesus sought the man who had the authority to Baptise Him: His cousin, John the Baptist and stated that John was to Baptise Him to 'fulfill all righteousness'. Note that The Saviour didn't seek the rabbis, pharisees or other learned men- he sought the man that God had chosen and prepared for the task. Show more Show less

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

Antony
They're great! I really feel The Spirit when I attend Church, paying attention to the words spoken, and also the promptings from the Holy Ghost. Truth is taught from the pulpit from regular members of the Church, and then we are divided into age-appropriate classes for Sunday School instruction. Finally, for the last hour, we are split into meetings for males and meetings for females, as we learn how best to serve those people that we are associated with in our communities. Visitors are not only allowed, they are sought-after! Lol. We feel that one of the best ways to understand what we represent, is to come and worship with us. Experiencing it for yourself will help you to come closer to God, perhaps in a way that you haven't felt before. Show more Show less

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

Antony
Sure! Generally, for Church, we dress in our Sunday best. In other words, we strive to dress in a way that shows others how much we value Church, and the Sabbath Day. Men generally wear a suit, with a white shirt. The white shirt denotes purity, and symbolises our hope to one day be considered pure by our Judge and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Women are encouraged to wear a dress or skirt and blouse, that covers their body in an appropriate way. As for holidays, we celebrate every non-religious holiday that everyone else in our local communities, celebrate. We also celebrate the main orthodox religious holidays, like Christmas, Easter, etc. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Antony
Understanding that God is the sole author of life, and that he has Blessed His children with the ability to create Earthly bodies for His children's life forms- spirits- to inhabit temporarily, places an importance in understanding that the decision as to whether a life form has the right or otherwise to come to Earth, gain a body and have the experiences that will help him/her develop into full spiritual maturity, can only lie with that Being who sent him/her here. The Church recognises that under certain circumstances, abortion is necessary, but that the decision to block someone's opportunity to live, grow and experience, is one that should be done in consultation with Him. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Antony
At various times, the Lord has commanded His people to practice plural marriage. For example, He gave this command to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon; and gave instructions concering plural marriage, (see Exodus 21:10). At other times the Lord has given other instructions. In the Book of Mormon, the Lord said, “For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife: and concubines he shall have none... for if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things”. After the Church was restored in 1830, the Lord commanded some of the early Saints to practice plural marriage. The Prophet Joseph Smith and those closest to him, were troubled by this command, but they obeyed it. Those agreeing to the law had to be authorized to do so; and the marriages had to be performed through the sealing power of the priesthood- which means that those who were willing to enter into plural marriage had to be living God's commandments to a relatively high level of obedience. In 1890, the then president of the Church received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage (Official Declaration 1). The Lord’s law of marriage is monogamy unless He commands otherwise Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Antony
Missionaries are Called by God to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As God has promised repeatedly throughout the ages, His people will be scattered over all of the Earth, because they have refused to listen to His word. But, when it comes time for the end of the world to draw near, He will start to gather His children again, in order to protecte and save them from the world's destruction. The missionaries are sent out into the world to try to discover and teach those people who have been prepared to receive the Gospel and what it represents, in order to receive and make the promises with God that are necessary to qualify for salvation and in order to help with the work from then on. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Antony
Each area of geopgraphy that contains a group of members of the Church, is divided into sections and subsections. A stake is a group of wards and branches. A ward is a group of localised people living within that geographical area, usually consisting of at least 300 people. A branch is a group of people- usually numbering less than 300- living within a particular geographical area. Branches are usually- though not always- located in remote areas. Show more Show less

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

Antony
Well, we maintain that this is God's Church and that as an institution that teaches His children what to do in order to conform to His will, whilst providing all of the structures and promises needed to fulfill His work, it has it's origins with Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were in need of a church when they left the Garden of Eden, and were Blessed to receive instruction from angelic visitors. However, in its current incarnation, God's Church began on April 6, 1830, when The Lord's chosen prophet, Joseph Smith, and five others legally constituted the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, under direction from Jesus Christ Himself. Show more Show less

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

Antony
We love the Bible. We know that as long as it is translated correctly, then it is God's word. Just like with any text that has been passed down through thousands of years, it needs to be written the way that God has intended for it to be written, in order for it to be of real value in our Spiritual journey. Mormons study the Bible as a way to know God's word for His children. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Antony
We teach Baptism the way that the Saviour taught Baptism. That is to say, Baptism is all about authority and worthiness. A Baptism is performed by someone who has the authority to do so. This was shown as important by the fact that Jesus sought out the man who had the authority to Baptise Him: John the Baptist. Jesus didn't go to the Jewish leaders or other seemingly important men. Also, Baptism has to be a full immersion into water, just the way that Jesus did it. The Saviour did it that way to show us the proper way, and also to highlight the symbolism of the ordinance: the death of the old self- by going into the water- and the rising of the new self to life- as the emergence out of the water. But in order for our Baptism to mean something, we need to bring a broken heart and a contrite spirit to the waters. A broken heart means that we are humbling ourselves and our own selfish desires, and making ourselves willing to do what God desires us to do. A contrite spirit refers to the need to be sorry for our previous sins, in order to be willing to put them away forever. Baptism is the way that we enter into God's Kingdom, and also qualifies us to receive the Gift of The Holy Ghost, which cleanses us from sin. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Antony
As children of God, we love every one of His creations, but are taught to tolerate each other's weaknesses, without accepting sins. This means that we should love everyone, and not judge them but also that we should not condone any practices that draw someone away from their loving Father In Heaven. Because it is Father's plan for all of His children to enjoy the opportunity to become more like Him and His Son, Jesus Christ, it is His plan that we learn the greatest lessons- and experience the greatest joys- that life has to offer us. These are gained from having a family of our own, and from keeping God's commandments. Practising homosexuality doesn't conform to either of these experiences. Because this is The Lord's Church, it operates the way that he has had it operate throughout previous eras. It is not our position to change any of the rules and teachings handed down by The Master, as this would render the organisation different to what He wants it to be. We don't change the rules to become more popular- partly because we have a lay clergy; so their income isn't dependent upon the number of people who do or do not attend Church! What is ordained, or decided, by God, is what we strive to put into practise. We know that marriage is ordained of God. He has told the world His will concerning marriage. It has, and always has, consisted of a man uniting with a woman. Because marriage is sacred, it needs to remain unaltered in order to retain it's sacred status. Unless God alters it, it remains unaltered in His eyes. Show more Show less

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

Antony
As an organisation, the Church doesn't get involved in endorsing political parties. Members are always encouraged to study what each party stands for, and then to vote with their conscience. This is difficult in Australia, because voting is compulsory, and so we always have to find someone to vote for! 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?

Antony
In order to understand this, it is important to understand what the Priesthood is, and what it isn't. The Priesthood is God's authority to do what he would do if He was present at the place where the Priesthood needs to be exercised. It isn't a power that glorifies the holder, or makes them more important than anyone else. The majority of Priesthood activity lies in the mundane running of the Church's programs. Because Mormons value family so greatly, we understand that the most important work that anyone can do in this life, is in the home. Because women are created by God to be such effective carers and nurturers, it makes sense that the run-of-the-mill stuff be left to the men. This, however, is my interpretation based on what I see every day in Church life. The simple, though perhaps unsatisfying answer, is that we don't know for sure why God has ordained it to be this way- only that He has, and it works perfectly. Women lead in the Church in a number of ways. In family life, they are equal to men in partnership to provide and care for each other, and children. In Church programs, women have senior presidential positions in female organisations. Women give sermons during Church meeting-times, and give lessons during religious-studies classes. Women have just as much right to receive direct communication from God, and so are encouraged to use this for the betterment of those that they are responsible for. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Antony
No. In fact, members of the Church aren't required to serve missions. However, it is expected that males should make themselves worthy to serve a mission, and strive to be Called to such. Males that do not serve a mission are not penalised in any way, save the fact that they deny themselves the Blessings that come from having served honourably in that capacity. Males and females that do not serve a mission are still considered members-in-good-standing, and are not denied participation in any of the Church's programs. Females are not encouraged to serve a mission, but are certainly not discouraged. Anyone that feels that they want to serve a mission, is given great support in order to achieve that goal. Show more Show less

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

Antony
If you believe that there is right and wrong, you must believe that there is someone who gets to decide what is right or wrong. Spiritually, the right and wrong judgements are made by God, and we as His children must learn how to do what is right when there is a chance to do what is wrong. However, because we have all made mistakes, we have already disqualified ourselves from scoring a perfect exam result, which is necessary to achieve if we want to live with perfection Himself- God. We can't ever be perfect in this life, but we can qualify to be considered perfect for the criteria of the final judgement, by aligning ourselves with perection personified- Jesus Christ. As we are linked to Him, His perfection is adequate for the task of absorbing our imperfections, and then we can stand with Him at the final judgement, be claimed by His mercy and enter into God's Eternal Kingdom together. 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?

Antony
One of the greatest gifts given to us by God, is the right and ability to make choices. This gift comes with the attachment that we will need to be willing to abide by the consequences of our choices and actions. Mormons are counselled to avoid any substance that impairs our ability to make choices freely, and addictive substances are included here. What is addictive to one person, may not be addictive to another, but The Lord's laws are given to include everybody, and so the weakest of us are considered when standards are set. Regarding health and proper diet, The Lord has revealed a perfect system that science is eventually catching-up to. In a very general sense, it includes abstaining from harmful substances: tea, coffee, alcohol, narcotics, cigarettes, too much meat, etc, and ensuring that we get ample supply of beneficial substances and practices: grains, vegetables, sleep, exercise. This law was revealed in 1833, and is true to this day! 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?

Antony
As Mormons, we don't like to deal in secrets. Much of what we do inside Temples is indeed sacred, but not at all a secret. Inside Temples, we worship God in the highest manner that has been revealed to His chosen servants on Earth, so far. In order for these rites-of-worship to have validity in our lives, they must be coupled with a life that is earnestly spent striving to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. Everything given to us by God is given to enable us to grow Spiritually, and then one day qualify to live in His presence forever. In order to do this, most of us have to adopt great changes of attitude and behaviour, to more fully come into line with what God wants us to be like. So, as we live our lives to a certain standard of worthiness, we qualify to be taught important lessons that are of a higher level of light and knowledge, which in turn helps us to change to be even better. Only those who are judged to have been consistent at making necessary changes to inadequate aspects of their lives, can qualify to learn the higher levels of teachings and Blessings- because to do so before we are ready Spiritually, would only lead to a greater chance of the higher learnings being wasted, rejected or misunderstood. As a reward for living our daily lives to a certain level of worthiness, we are given the opportunity to receive great promises from The Lord, within the walls of the Temple. These promises, should we continue to be worthy of them for the rest of our lives, will mean that our after-life will be the best that it can be. But these promises can only be made in the Spiritually-clean environment of the Temple, as a symbol of their holiness, and our willingness to improve. Show more Show less

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

Antony
This law has been around in God's Church since forever. Tithing- paying one tenth- is our way of helping The Lord's work go forth by paying for it's worldly needs. For example, buildings, books, and other logistical needs. Faithful Mormons pay an honest tithe in order to receive the Blessings from God that come as we show The Lord that we know where our safety and stability comes from: namely, God Himself. God provides us all everything that we need: food, water, air, The Spirit and so much more- and all that he asks in return is that we give back 10%, and learn to live wisely on 90%. Show more Show less

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

Antony
Well, the Mormon lifestyle is a lot like anyone else's lifestyle, assuming comparisons are made within the same socio-economic, cultural and geographical criteria. Some of the things that might be noticed as different with a Mormon lifstyle, is the absence of alcohol and its associated behaviours and events an absence of narcotics in a similar way and a general aura of happiness and contentment that comes from discipline, preparedness and a functioning understanding of God and how He works to enrich our lives. All of this assumes, of course, that the Mormon in question is living the tenets of his/her religion, to a healthy degree. Mormons do just about everything else that everyone else does- especially if that thing is of a good nature. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Antony
There really is only one effective way to know for sure, and it has three steps: study the teachings of Mormonism with a view to accepting and using it IF you discover that it is true. Then, after you have learnt something, you will need to apply it into your life and see the results! Thirdly, sincerely ask your Father In Heaven whether what you are learning is true or not, paying attention to any feelings, voices or impressions that come to you, which help you to feel peace, warmth and/or comfort. Show more Show less

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

Antony
An awesome array of Blessings await the recipient of the Gift of The Holy Ghost. Once received, the recipient has access to direct, constant revelation from God. Like all gifts from God, it is dependent on the recipient's willingness to try and exercise faith in Jesus Christ, by striving to do what he asks us to do. The Holy Ghost is a partner with God the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Therefore, to receive the Gift of The Holy Ghost, is to qualify for the right to be in constant communion with God. This enables us to find direct answers to specific questions, and to receive guidance about decisions and choices that pertain to us and those that we are caring for. The Holy Ghost has the responsibility to testify to our spirits within us, concerning things that are true. So to gain His Gift, is to increase our ability to discern truth when it is before us. That is, we can pray, hope and/or desire to know whether something that we are studying is right, and then we can receive Heavenly Father's thoughts on the subject. The Gift also provides real protection. We can receive the protection that comes from God when we are practised at keeping His commandments and we can receive protection from God when we are in situations that are not good for us. The Gift can warn us of trouble ahead, can guide us out of that trouble and can help us to know what to do to avoid it in future. Another important Blessing from the Gift of The Holy Ghost, is the Blessing of knowing what to say, in order to teach truth. If we study truth- maybe the scriptures, for example- with the Gift and then we are in a situation where we are required to teach someone something of spiritual importance, The Holy Ghost will bring to our mind, the rememberance of what to say and teach. He will even fill our mouth with the words that God wants us to say. Finally, with the Gift of The Holy Ghost, we can be lead and directed through our progression, learning how to stay on the right path, with God as our guide. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Antony
Every day people like you and me. In fact, I am one! The term Mormon is used mostly by non-Mormons, to describe an adherent to the religious teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The name comes from a book of sacred scripture, comparable to The Bible, called Th Book of Mormon. Because we are the only Church that chooses to use this sacred work in the form that it is intended to be used, the term 'Mormon' is an effective one, if not an entirely accurate or comprehensive one. Show more Show less

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

Antony
Simply: anyone can attend a Church. Literally anyone. However, only those judged to be worthy to enter a Temple may be allowed to do so. The ordinances, or ceremonies, that occur in a Church are different to those occurring within a Temple- the Temple ceremonies being of an even higher level of Spirituality and worship than those found in a Church. Show more Show less

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

Antony
Well, we haven't always had the Bible. The Bible is a relatively new thing, compared to the amount of time that The Gospel has been on the Earth- which is as long as man has been on the Earth! A true church doesn't claim authority from the Bible or its teachings, because the Bible is a record of the rules, regulations and dealings of the church and its people. To say that a church is true because it only teaches what the Bible- or the Book of Mormon, for that matter- teaches, is like saying that a musical band is the best, because it only performs songs that it has performed before. God's Gospel- His system of finding and nurturing His sheep- can only be on the Earth when His children are willing to follow its plan. When God decides to bring back His Gospel, He Calls a prophet to lead and direct the people. This is his pattern, from Adam to Jesus Christ Himself. Show more Show less

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

Antony
Great! But I'm biased: I married one. Mormon women are much like any other kind of women in a particular society. However, their dress standards, behaviour and attitudes often help them to stand out from the crowd. As Mormons, we definitely believe that men and women are equal. Observing the fact that each is created somewhat differently, in order to fulfill different roles, men and women enjoy equal status in the eyes of The Lord, and therefore are equal in each other's eyes, as well. A former prophet and president of the Church proclaimed that, "In... sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners". Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Antony
We define 'eternal life' to mean God's life- the type of life that God Himself enjoys. Immortality is freely given by God to all of His creations- 1 Corinthians 15:22 is one of the many scriptures that discuss this. But eternal life must be earned. God sent His Only Begotten Son to Earth to show us what to do in order to become what He wants us to become- namely, as happy as we can be. There isn't anyone happier than God, and it is His desire that we all come back to live with Him, and experience life as He does- eternal life. Show more Show less

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

Antony
Because we are all Heavenly Father's children, we are aware of the need to care for everyone around us, like one big family. Welfare services play a big part in striving to ensure that the poor and needy are taken care of, and not forgotten. Part of the immediate benefits of becoming a member of the Church is that you get to promise God that you will help His other children. You also receive the promise of help for yourself. Part of this help may come in the form of welfare relief, if necessary. The Church has vast stores of welfare-related items, due to the generosity of its members. These items include more than just food and water- they include clothing, temporary shelter, medical equipment and supplies, etc, etc. As soon as a natural disaster of significant magnitude occurs, the Church can swing into action, and within a very short time, have much-needed supplies sent to the affected area, for the relief and support of God's children, anywhere in the world- whether they are Mormons or not. Show more Show less

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

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There are so many! The Blessings that a reader of scripture will obtain from God for reading and studying His word, will be specific for each reader at any given time in his or her life. Scripture is a living entity, in that it is always true, and always relevant, no matter what we are experiencing in our lives. But the general Blessings that will come to everyone that delves into the wonders of scripture, include: feelings of drawing closer to God- to learn of Him is to feel closer to Him learning His will for His children, and thereby empowering you to make wise choices, which in turn leads to greater consequences a gaining of an understanding of truth in its purest form, and the skills with which to obtain, understand and use personal Revelation directly from God to you. One main benefit of knowing the scriptures, is that we can learn what NOT to do, without making the mistake of learning by sad experience. The scriptures are the road-map of life, leading to the destination of the eternities. If knowing is better than guessing, the scriptures are a good place to gain useful knowledge. 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?

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The main difference is that the Book of Mormon deals predominantly with those followers of The Saviour who dwelt on the American continents, while the Bible records the events of those living in the Middle East. Other than that, there isn't a great deal of difference, except to say that the Book of Mormon has been translated into English from the original, whereas the Bible has undergone many translations before being produced in English. Joseph Smith obtained the golden plates after being shown where they were hidden, by the man who hid them. Joseph had to spend fours years preparing himself to be worthy to receive them, proving himself capable of being entrusted with such a precious work. Show more Show less

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

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This is the great hope of our religion! It is also a great hope of our Father in Heaven: that we will qualify to be married forever. Father has shown us what it will take, has made it possible, and has asked us to strive to live our lives in such a way that will mean that we keep our end of the promises that we make, in order to receive God's promise that he will grant that our union will endure beyond the grave. Happiness in our families is what makes us the happiest- and it is God's plan that we are happier forever. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

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Religion is free! Lol. God doesn't expect us to be able to have a certain amount of money in order to make it back with Him forever. He has set-up His perfect system- or Church- with which He ensures that everything is given freely to His children so that they can qualify for eternal salvation. Something that God doesn't charge money for, shouldn't be charged-for by man. In order to finance the Church's temporal or logistical needs, tithing is paid by those members who are willing to do so, but the financial support of the Priesthood-holder comes from the Priesthood-holder himself, as he has his own life to live and grow within. If someone needs a Baptism, or healing, etc, then the power that gives that ordinance validity comes from God, and so to charge money to someone in order to access God's power, isn't what God designs. 1 Corinthians 9:18, 2 Thessalonians 3:8 & 1 Peter 5:2 set a precedent. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

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We know that the word 'God' is a title; and that the Godhead consists of Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and The Holy Ghost. These are three seperate Beings, each with their own bodies, and their own roles to play in our salvation; but they all have the same purpose: to help us to return to live with God forever. Show more Show less