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While our backgrounds and experiences are diverse, we share a deep commitment to Jesus Christ, to each other, and our neighbors. Watch these stories of faith in the everyday lives of Mormons. You can also meet Mormons here.
Our faith influences nearly every aspect of our lives. Beyond simply believing in Jesus Christ, we try to bring His teachings to life at home, at work and in our communities. Here are a few of the cultural priorities embraced by members of the Church around the world.
We are all spiritual children of a loving
Heavenly Father who sent us to this earth to learn and grow in a mortal state. As Mormons,
we are followers of Jesus Christ. We live our lives
to serve Him and teach of His eternal plan for each of us.
Just as the Bible is a record made by prophets of old, inspired by God to write and record truths, so was The Book of Mormon written by several prophets who lived in another part of the world and who were inspired by God to write and record truths. It was compiled by one of these prophets, Mormon, thus giving the book it's name. The books within The Book of Mormon are special, as they were preserved for our day to help us to learn and come unto Christ, a verification of the truths recorded in the Bible as well as a verification of the fruits of the prophet Joseph Smith who translated the record into English so that we may all come to know that Christ lives and has reestablished the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ for the blessing of all mankind. It truly demonstrates that "we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26)
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As the Old Testament is the record of God's prophets in the Holy Land, and the New Testament is the testimonies and epistles of the apostles of Christ's primitive church, the Book of Mormon is the record of God's prophets in ancient America.
The Book of Mormon is an abridgment of those prophets in ancient America which was compiled by the prophet/ historian Mormon, from whom the book's name is derived, and his son Moroni, around 400AD.
The records kept by these men were buried by Moroni, shortly before his death, to preserve them from wicked people who would have tried to destroy them. They remained hidden until 1827, when Joseph Smith, the prophet of the restoration discovered them. Then, with the divine assistance of God, he translated the text into English and published it in 1830. The notion that Joseph Smith is the author is false. George Q. Cannon said "No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so."
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Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?
I'll never forget the day my wife and I were sealed in the Temple for time and all eternity. I remember having family and friends gathered with us in the temple. The spirit of family unity and love was abundantly present there; it felt like Heaven must feel. I know our sealing was performed by a man who held the power to bind husband and wife together forever. That same power the Peter of the New Testament had, to bind on earth and in heaven.
Everything is new and exciting for my wife and I, watching our children learn and grow. I feel a special bond to them, and am so grateful they are mine forever. My wife and I lost one of our three sons at birth. We find such joy and comfort in knowing that through God's plan our family will be together after this life, and will continue our friendships.
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