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Hi I'm Talon

When It comes time that we meet our maker will we say," My life reflect thy will."

About Me

I grew up in Overton, born and raised there. I was your typical kid going around setting peoples backyards on fire, Getting caught in paint sheds, and a whole lot of other wholesome activities. I'm anything but ordinary, but I feel that its a good thing. I like video games a lot. Although I like being around friends and family a lot more then video games. I tend to play them with my friends and family. You get the best of both worlds that way! I was raised by a lot of people thus making my family very large. Though no one could replace anyone from my immediate family. They are the creme of the crop. The reason for who I am stems off of who my brother and sisters are. If I am truly a good person it is only because I reflect the goodness of my brother and sisters. I am the youngest of four kids. I was born to goodly parents who loved the lord. I also love metal music, well I love all music in general but metal is where I can get my frustration out. "Judge not, that ye be not judged". The words of Christ for you to sit and ponder on.Remember this as well. There will always be time to come unto Christ. As long as Christ is still in the heavens we all have more time.Time to repent and time to change. No one is hopeless, but there is some that have no hope.Forgive those who need it. I'm a firm believer in the thought that when we forgive someone who really wronged us. We cover a multitude of our own sins! We are God's children It's time for us to start acting like it.

Why I am a Mormon

We each have a story, mine is this. In short when my mother passed in November of my freshman year of high school. It was tough much of the time I felt alone, but with being Mormon there is significant comfort. Knowing just what becomes of us after this life. Knowing that life continues. That gave me peace. Also knowing that I would see my mother again brought me peace. Did it make me better right from that instant? no, but it gave me the strength to continue. "The Lord loves all his children", is a phrase that is in his church and because he loves us all he expects us as "his children" To love one another. Ive found that in this church, but that's not why I'm Mormon. The reason why is because I know that this is the Lords church. Ive read The Book of Mormon and know it to be true. Today people tend to want proof of such things, physical proof. I'm a man on faith. Faith is believing in something you cannot see. So if you truly have faith you don't need to see everything. Can you see God? Most of us say, no. How do you know he exists? We pray to know these things. So if you really want to know if The Book of Mormon is true. Pray about it! Quit being caught in willful ignorance and pick up the book and read it. Then pray about it. Really its not hard. Put off your foolish pride. Forget all that you have heard about it and find out for yourself. This will bless your life. This is either the most important message for the whole earth or it isn't, find out. God will answer you.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? By living of course! There's no better example of faith then the life that you lead. In the scriptures it talks about how you can tell something is good or evil saying, " By their fruits ye shall know them." What a perfect explanation on how others can see if we are christian or not. If people really knew what they were saying when they say, "Oh, I'm a christian." Then they would realize that what they are saying is, is that they are a follower of Christ. Meaning you follow his example. How do we know what his example is? By reading the scriptures and studying how Christ lived here in mortality. I'm sorry, but to me talk is cheap. If you are a christian then you better show that you are a christian, act like a christian, and BE a christian. Because when both you and I stand at the judgement and say, " We are Christians." We will be judged on how well we have represented Christs name. (See Revelation 20:12-13) That's how I live my faith.By living the way Christ would. Now am I perfect at it? No,but I do strive to be the best person I can and allow god to shape me into what I need to be. Some say that his grace will automatically do that for you. With no real effort on your part. That's false, we can only receive grace when and only when we show that we are committed to the lords cause. I believe in grace. I believe it saves us. I don't believe it is given to us against our will.We have to show that we want it. By living a Christ centered life.

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

Talon
We believe in the same organization the existed in the primitive church. Namely Apostles, Prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists and so forth. We really do believe that there is a representative of God on the earth today. The same as Moses was or Noah. or even Peter or Paul. Someone that holds the Keys of the kingdom. Some say that, that is a fantastic Idea. I now revert to the bible and turn commentator today. Numbers 12:6 says, " And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream." So we know that the Lord will make himself known unto such people who claim to be a prophet. The Lord then told us in Amos 3:7 "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, abut he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." So we learn the pattern that the Lord uses. Now some might say, well after Jesus we had no more prophets. Acts 13:1 says otherwise. there was Prophets but because of wickedness and people ignoring the prophets the lord took both them and the authority they held off the earth. Such things were restored by The lord through the prophet Joseph Smith. Now some people have a lot to say about Joseph Smith and others who have said that they were the mouth pieces or Prophets of God. To these people I say, "For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country" (John 4:44). I know that we have a prophet of God on the earth today. No question about it. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Talon
Joseph Smith was a prophet of god that helped usher in, " The Dispensation of the fullness of times." which was mention by Paul the apostle. Joseph Smith Jr. was born in 1805 in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, to Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith. He had 10 brothers and sisters. His parents taught him to pray, read the Bible, and to have faith in God. At age 14, as an answer to fervent prayer, Joseph saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, in his First Vision. At age 17, Joseph began to receive heavenly messengers who prepared him for his role in the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. He was a prophet, just like Moses, Isaiah and others in biblical times. He was strengthened by God to fulfill His mission much as was Jeremiah who said, “Ah Lord God! Behold I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak” (Jeremiah 1:6-7). 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.

Talon
You show me in the bible where it says that God would no longer call 12 apostles. We are encouraged in the bible to follow apostles and prophets ( See Ephesians 4:11-14) also in Ephesians 2:19-20 we are taught that the, " Household of God " is built on the Apostles and Prophets. Jesus Christ being the Chief cornerstone. So assuming that these men that were called of god; in order to help govern the Lords church on the earth were needed in times of Old. We can rest assured that they will be needed today. Assuming "Jesus Christ the same Yesterday, today, and for ever." Still works like that ( Hebrews 13:8) If he didn't, he would be a changing God and therefore cease to be a perfect God. For I have not found in the bible where Apostles and Prophets were told to stop and that their service was not needed anymore. The Bible is very clear on the need of inspired men of god such as Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. We need these inspired men, " For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying the body of Christ. Till we all come in the unity of the faith........That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and from and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of man and cunning craftiness. Whereby they lie in wait to deceive." ( Ephesians 4:11-14) Show more Show less

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

Talon
The Restoration of the Gospel was needed, based on prophesy given in the bible. Jesus himself gave peter, " The Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven." which was built on the, "Rock" meaning revelation. which was being given to peter regularly. Then, later on Jesus proclaims that people will kill them. (Matt 24:9) So we have the foundation of Christ church being told that he will die, but all was not lost. Paul was also given the vision on how there would be a, "Falling Away." before the coming of Christ.(2 Thessalonian 2:3) This was nothing new for the saints back then. They were, "Warned" as Paul said in the ending statements in Acts 20. Not all was lost though. They knew that although this falling away would happen. That the time would come in the last days for the, "Times of restitution of all things." (Acts 3:20-21) Restitution meaning, "Restoration." John also saw in vision the restoration of all things. in (Rev 14:6 ) which reads," And I saw another Angel flying in the midst of heaven having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth and unto every nation and kindred and tongue and people." Now if the gospel was already on the earth. Why would God send another Angel to proclaim it. The answer is simply this. It was taken off the earth because of wickedness and the killing of the Lords apostles and prophets and through a living prophet and the Book of Mormon. It has been brought back again. In the, "Dispensation of the fullness of times." (Gal 1:10) Show more Show less

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

Talon
While we do not agree with same sex marriage or homosexual relationships. We do not go around and condemn people. We love all people and desire to help them overcome those things in their lives that they would like to change. Ive heard people say, " Well, that's how god made me." No, he gave you choice on who you want to become. You choose who you want to be. We just encourage all men everywhere to, "Believe in Christ and be Perfected in him." Till then, "let him that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone." All we want to do is help these good brothers and sisters realize the potential god sees in them and help them fulfill that potential. Sin is sin, no matter how big or how small either one will disqualify you from the kingdom of Heaven. Show more Show less

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

Talon
1 Corinthians 11:11 says, "Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord." Now why would the Lord say that unless he meant it? More Evidence on this Belief: Matthew 19:29- " And everyone that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sister, or Father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name sake. SHALL RECEIVE A HUNDRED FOLD and inherit everlasting life." Now assuming that the words of Christ are true and that he is not a changing god. Then literally what he is saying is that if we sacrifice for his cause and do everything we are suppose to do. Then We will receive a Hundredfold of those things that we gave up, namely Children or wife, or brethren, or sister etc. and have everlasting life with those people. Assuming you believe in the Bible, and assuming you believe in Christ. It is however Conditional on one thing. The Power of the priesthood to do such things. To seal a family Together. Matthew 16:18-19"And I say unto thee that thou art Peter, And upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it and I shall give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."Without that power to bind or seal on earth. We cannot be sealed in Heaven. We need the keys of the kingdom to do that. One cannot get these at school.They must be given by the Lord. Show more Show less

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

Talon
Absolutely! why not? The Lord declared in the gospel of John 10:16, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." that, "Other sheep" he was referring too was the Nephites and the Lamanites! To prove this with fact we now that in some American Indian traditions that a tale is told about a White man coming down from the heavens to teach people about how they should live better lives. Now with the Book of Mormon we have another witness of that truth. 3 nephi chapter 11. All who want to know, only need to read with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ and the truth of it will be given to you by the holy ghost! All you need to do is study with above attributes and pray to god to know if its true. How great is that. Think of it. You can know concerning more of the saviors ministry and other important truths pertaining to the kingdom of god! which are mentioned in the introduction of the Book of Mormon. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Talon
First lets define the word, Christian. It means that one follows the teachings and life of Jesus Christ. So in that definition we are Christians! I know that I follow the example and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe its only in and through him that man can be saved. I believe the bible to be the word of god as well as the lords other powerful witness called The Book of Mormon. Some misunderstand the Book of Mormon and what exactly it says. Let me give you some examples on what it says and how I have a greater belief in Christ because of it. Alma 11:40 ," and he shall come into the world to redeem his people, and he will take upon him the transgressions of all those who believe on his name and these are they that shall have eternal life and salvation cometh by none else." Do you believe that? I also believe this verse from the Book of Mormon. " Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God." So it is obvious that we believe in Christ, we believe in his grace and that he is the only being in this Universe that can save us. We also follow the example of Christ by being baptized by water and by the spirit as he was. Are we Christians? I guess so. Show more Show less

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

Talon
Mathew 5:27-28: "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." So if we are dressing in a dignified manner, then we can avoid the appearance of evil. So when we dress in a modest manner we don't give the devil ammunition to try and "Commit adultery in our hearts." by lustful glances. The law of chastity which forbids any sexual conduct both in action and in mind is a very serious law and it all starts by how we dress. Would we dress like that if the savior was around? would we think like that if the Savior is around? Modesty and chastity go hand in hand. If you violate one you will be in danger of violating the other. The way we dress and act can be a very big sign to those around us on our moral capacity and will. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Talon
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 Just like how the New Testament is continued scripture of the Torah and Old testament. The Book of Mormon is continued and inspired scripture for the old and new testament Some people ask, "Doesn't the Book of Mormon add to the bible, which the bible is said to be against? (Revelation 22:18-19) I say," not anymore or any less than the New Testament adds to or takes away from the Old Testament." Some people that observe the Law of Moses say that the New Testament adds to the Law or Torah. Which they don't agree with. (See Deuteronomy 4:2) We as Christians recognize that the New Testament Magnifies more clearly about what is said in the Old testament which the savior did as well. For example: " Matthew 5:27-28 "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. So just as Jesus Magnified on the law, we believe again Jesus has magnified what is learned in the Old and New testament through the Book of Mormon. Read it and find out for yourself. It will bless your life and you will come to know god more. Which is, Life Eternal. (John 17:3) Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Talon
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you. That you should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit should remain and whatsoever thou shalt ask the father in my name he may give it you." (John 15:16) You see "he" chooses "us". We do not get the, "Power" that is mentioned in (Matt10:1) at any divinity school no matter how well intended. It is given by the laying on of hands by those who have the Authority. Ex: Giving of the Holy Ghost.(Acts 8:17) this is an example on how things are given within the Lords church through laying on of hands. Now when Simon saw this he wanted the power to give the gift of the holy ghost, but later was rebuked and denied that right because his heart was not right to receive such power or authority. (Acts 8:18) This "Authority" was also know as a, "Gift from God." (Acts 8:20) Also in (Heb 5:4) it talks about the authority or Honor by saying, " No man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that was CALLED of god as was Aaron." So how was Aaron called? He was called of God by a prophet of God to be anointed in what was called the Priesthood which also Aaron's sons were called to as well. (Exo 40:2) Then in (Heb 7) it talks about the greater authority" Melchizedek" priesthood. Which Priesthood Jesus had. Which he gave to his apostles. (Matt10:1) Which that same power created the world. That's why in order to be saved one has to be baptized and receive The Holy Ghost (John 3:5) by proper authority (John 15:16) by this power Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Talon
That's a very fair question. We as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints put a great deal of emphasis on Joseph Smith. To be understood let me explain that we do NOT worship him. We honor him for the things that transpired through him. We worship him about as much as the Jews worshiped Moses. Did the Jews worship Moses? No, but they honored the fact that he spoke the words of the Lord as the lord gave those words to him. Again we do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship Jesus Christ. The Living Son of the Living God and we believe that it is only in and through him that we can be saved. We believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet of god and that the Lord spoke to him and gave him commandments for the children of men in these last days. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Talon
Yes we are saved by grace, as one reads the New testament we realize that we are saved by grace. (Eph 2:5.) But grace is not given to us against our will. It is given to," The humble" not the proud. (James 4:6) So we do believe that we are saved by grace ,but if one is truly saved by grace then ones nature has to be changed or we come under the greater condemnation. We read in Hebrews 10:26, "For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." So if we sin after having received a knowledge of the truth, or I would liken that unto grace. Then we receive no more sacrifice for sin. Thus making our salvation conditional on something. What is that something? James 2:17 says, " Even so faith, without works is dead, being alone." Some ask the question well how can you tell if one has accepted the Lords grace and has been saved. Well if they do the works of Jesus and follow the commandments. I say that, that is a sure sign. We can tell if a person has been saved by grace by the way they act and treat other people. Be cause they do the works of him ,"whom he Yields himself a servant to be." (Romans 6:15-16) That's how you can tell if someone is one the right track to heaven or in other words. Saved. Thus bringing validity to the scripture in the book of mormon."...For we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do. (2 nephi 25:23) Show more Show less

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

Talon
Yes, in fact I read my bible almost everyday. The bible is a blessing to all those who read it with faith. A lot of the things in the bible you cannot prove happened, but with a little faith it is truer and truer everyday. In it we learn how to live more productive and happier lives. In it we learn the basic commandments of god and how to treat his children. In it we learn the beginning principles on how we can obtain eternal life through the teaching and preaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. Those who read the bible should find hope in its pages, but should never forget that the message of the bible does not point to the book itself, but points to God and his holy son. Without the bible our lives would be void of all of these things and there would be a great need for direction and peace in our lives. We in Christendom need the bible as our bodies need air. Without it and the old revelations in it. Where would Christianity be? think about it. There is no wonder that those without faith in god or his word would attack it and belittle it. If you can disprove it. You can disprove Christendom. Yet still it stands having been preserved by the hand of god against the hand of man. How great is our God! To know that he does not want us to be left in the dark. To know that He loves us today! Thank god for the words of the Bible. Thank God for his continual words through The Book of Mormon. Like any good parent he reminds us of Him and his son through witnesses the same! (Heb 13:8) Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Talon
We are called a cult for the same reason Paul was called, "A mad man." Because our critics try to belittle our cause. The definition of a cult is “a religion regarded as unorthodox.” Now how do we consider what is orthodox and what is not in the eyes of God? Paul was considered unorthodox to the Jews. Jesus was considered unorthodox to the Jews. (Its probably one of the reasons they killed him) So we see that Truth will always be considered unorthodox to the masses at large. While there are some doctrinal difference between us and other religions. We do, in reality, Have a lot on common! For the first and most important part we believe in Christ. He is the Author and finisher of our faith. We believe in a Heaven and a Hell, We believe in prayer, etc. Also one is called a cult because of acceptance of common misconceptions. Please learn from us and decide for yourselves. Don't let others have the defining voice over you about someone else or someone Else's beliefs. To do so belittles you and your intelligence. remember the words of Jesus, "For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad." So the truth of how we live and what we do shall be made manifest in that day. Then you all will know who we are perfectly and who we serve. We serve the everliving God. Some may call us a cult or unorthodox for it,but It builds my faith when they say that. When they say that I feel like Paul and Paul was right with God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Talon
Jesus said,"Verily verily I say unto thee. Except a man be born of the water and of the spirit. He cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Jesus was quite literal in his speaking to Nicodemus. We must be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. So then the question in my mind becomes. Whats going to happen to those whom knew no baptism and knew no one to give the gift of the holy ghost? For example, what happens to the people before Christ that never was baptized? Is god really going to send them to Hell? For some this thinking is logical, but to me it isn't. How can a merciful and just God create one of his children. Put him in a place where he could not even hope to hear the gospel and be baptized and receive the gift of the spirit and then damn him to hell for all eternity for not accepting it? Can he really be merciful then? Can he really be just then? The answer, of course is No. He couldn't be. Also if that is the belief then death was not conquered by Christ when he died. Because death would have unmade so many souls! (1 Corinthians 15:25–26). there is a better way we learn from Paul that they were baptizing for the dead in his day. ( 1 Corinthians 15:29) and now in our day in the fullness of times we have it again. So that we can extend the message to both the living and the dead and help them to have a chance at salvation. What a wonderful gift to give humanity. Jesus being the author of it, by defeating death and offering salvation to all. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Talon
President Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said: “A return to the teachings of God will do more than all else to keep our ship of state on a steady course as she sails into the third century a nationhood. Here is the answer to the conflicts the best us. Here is the answer to the evils of pornography...” Speaking on the civic responsibility of those opposed to pornography, President Hinckley also said: “The building of public sentiment begins with a few earnest voices. I am not one to advocate shouting defiantly or shaking fists and issuing threats in the faces of legislators. But I am one who believes that we should earnestly and sincerely and positively express our convictions to those given the heavy responsibility of making and enforcing our laws. The sad fact is that the minority who call for greater liberalization, who peddle and devour pornography, who encourage and feed on licentious display make their voices heard until those in our legislatures may come to believe that what they say represents the will of the majority. We are not likely to get that which we do not speak up for. Let our voices be heard. I hope they will not be shrill voices, but I hope we shall speak with such conviction that those to whom we speak shall know of the strength of our feeling and the sincerity of our effort.” Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Talon
A testimony is a spiritual witness given to an individual by the Holy Ghost. The foundation of a Mormon’s testimony is the knowledge that Heavenly Father lives and loves us; that Jesus Christ lives, that He is the Son of God, and that He carried out the infinite Atonement; that Joseph Smith is a prophet, which God called to restore Jesus Christ’s church to the earth; that we are led today by a living prophet; and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior’s Church restored on the earth today. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Talon
The principle of tithing, or voluntarily giving one tenth of one’s income to God’s work, has been known since Old Testament times. Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:17-20). The law of tithing is how the Lord funds His Church. Today all faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contribute one tenth of their income as tithing. Tithing funds are used for: Constructing temples, chapels, and other buildings. Providing operating funds for the Church. Funding the missionary program (This does not include individual missionary expenses.) Preparing materials used in Church classes and organizations. Temple work, family history, and many other important Church functions. Education. When the Lord reminded His people of this law through the prophet Malachi in the Old Testament, He promised to bless those who were willing to pay an honest tithe (Malachi 3:10). Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Talon
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is actively involved in teaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Currently about 53,000 volunteer missionaries throughout the world share the joy they have found in the gospel. Most of them are young, single people serving full time for 18 to 24 months at their own expense. These missionaries share a message about Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people. They teach about our Heavenly Father’s great plan of salvation, which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Talon
God is perfect, all wise, and all-powerful; the ruler of the universe. He is also merciful, kind, and just. He is our Father in Heaven. We are created in His image (Genesis 1:27). He has a body that looks like ours, but God’s body is immortal, perfected, and has a glory that words can’t describe. Because we are His children, He knows and loves each of us individually. He has a plan to help His children find joy in this life and return to live with Him when this life is over. Show more Show less

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

Talon
Most of our scriptural writings have come through apostles and prophets. Through apostles and prophets, God has given His children sacred writings called scriptures. The scriptures can help you know God, His love for you, and His teachings. To the Christian world the most well-known collection of scriptures is the Holy Bible. In addition to the Bible, Latter-day Saints accept the following books as scripture: The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, a record of God’s dealings with the inhabitants of ancient America (2000 BC – 400 AD). The Doctrine and Covenants, a collection of revelations and inspired declarations given for the establishment and regulation of the Church of Jesus Christ in the last days (1830 AD – 1978 AD). The Pearl of Great Price, a selection of revelations, translations, and writings of Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Talon
The Holy Bible testifies of the divinity of Jesus Christ and has influenced and sustained millions of His followers. It is a collection of sacred writings containing God’s revelations and accounts of His dealings with His children in the Holy Land. The historical accounts in the Bible cover many centuries, from the time of Adam through the death of the Apostles. Likewise most of the books of the Bible were written by and about prophets who lived at various times in the history of the world. As you probably know, the Bible is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament contains sacred texts written prior to the birth of Christ. Many prophets in the Old Testament fortold the coming of a Savior and Redeemer (See Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 53:3-7). The New Testament tells of the life of that Savior and Redeemer, who is Jesus Christ. It also tells of the establishment of His original Church. Show more Show less

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

Talon
Missionaries share a message about Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people. They teach about our Heavenly Father’s great plan of salvation, which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him. Show more Show less

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

Talon
As you learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ, you may experience feelings of peace, comfort, or happiness. Some have expressed that they feel a familiarity with the truths they are being taught and feel as though they are coming home. You are feeling the influence of the Holy Ghost telling you that what you are learning is true. If you have a desire to follow Christ’s teachings and obey His commandments, you are first encouraged to participate in a series of discussions that will introduce you to basic principles of His gospel. Then, when you are ready, you can become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by receiving the ordinance of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins by one having authority who after the baptism lays their hands upon your head, confirms you a member of the Church and then pronounces a blessing upon you that you may receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (see Acts 8:18-20). Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Talon
Our body is a precious gift from God. To help keep our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833. This law is known as the Word of Wisdom (see Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21). In addition to emphasizing the benefits of proper eating and physical and spiritual health, God has spoken against the use of: Tobacco. Alcohol. Coffee and tea. Illegal drugs. God promises great physical and spiritual blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. Today, the scientific community promotes some of the same principles that a loving God gave to Joseph Smith nearly two centuries ago. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

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Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said: “Our major source of revenue is the ancient law of the tithe. Our people are expected to pay 10 percent of their income to move forward the work of the Church. The remarkable and wonderful thing is that they do it. Tithing is not so much a matter of dollars as it is a matter of faith. It becomes a privilege and an opportunity, not a burden. Our people believe in the word of God as set forth in the book of Malachi, that the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them (Malachi 3:8-10). Moving and touching is the testimony of Latter-day Saints throughout the world concerning this, the Lord’s law for the financing of His work.” Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

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Our families provide a setting for much of the growth we experience in life. In our families we love, serve, teach, and learn from each other. We share our joys and our sorrows. Family ties may bring us difficult challenges, but they also give us strength and some of our greatest happiness. The family is central to God’s plan for His children. It is also the central unit of society and the means for bringing children into the world where they can be loved, provided for, and taught truth and righteousness (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”). While we cannot choose the conditions of our birth, we can choose each day to make our families stronger and happier. It is possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

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God has called prophets to lead His Church in our day, just as He did anciently. The current prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Thomas S. Monson. He is assisted by two counselors—Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uctdorf. Together, they make up the First Presidency of the Church (much like Peter, James, and John after Christ’s death). All members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are apostles and prophets. The current Apostles are: Boyd K. Packer L. Tom Perry Russell M. Nelson Dallin H. Oaks M. Russell Ballard Richard G. Scott Robert D. Hales Jeffrey R. Holland David A. Bednar Quentin L. Cook D. Todd Christofferson Neil L. Andersen Show more Show less

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

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As you study the scriptures, you will grow closer to God and be better able to live righteously. Scripture study will bring you more joy, hope, and understanding of God’s plan and your place in that plan it. Jesus Christ invites you to “feast” upon His words (The Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 32:3). This means more than casually reading the scriptures. It means to study them, ponder them, compare verses, learn passages by heart, treasure them, delight in them. As you feast upon the scriptures, prayerfully asking God for understanding, the Holy Ghost will let you know they are true (see Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:4,5). You will grow closer to God. Your faith in and love for Jesus Christ will increase. So will your desire to do good and to be like Him. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

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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 . At other times the Lord has given other instructions. In the Book of Mormon, the Lord told the prophet Jacob “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 (Jacob 2:27-30). In this dispensation, the Lord commanded some of the early Saints to practice plural marriage. The Prophet Joseph Smith and those closest to him, including Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, were challenged by this command, but they obeyed it. Church leaders regulated the practice. Those entering into it had to be authorized to do so, and the marriages had to be performed through the sealing power of the priesthood. In 1890, President Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

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The power to create children is very sacred. Our Father in Heaven has commanded that the sacred power and privilege of sexual relations be exercised only between a man and woman who are legally married. This is the law of chastity. It means that we must not have sexual relations before we are married, and after we are married we should have sexual relations only with our husband or wife. Keeping the law of chastity brings safety, happiness, peace, and self-respect. It also deepens married love and protects families. Breaking this law is serious. But those who have broken it can gain forgiveness and peace through repentance and obedience. God wants the best for you and for all of His children. Following God’s plan of reserving intimacy for marriage will help you and your family be happy. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

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Jesus Christ taught that we must be baptized by immersion (Mark 16:16; 3 Nephi 11:21-26). He set the example Himself by being baptized to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15). We are baptized by someone who has God’s priesthood authority for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16). We are also baptized to become members of the Church of Jesus Christ, and to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5). Through the ordinance of baptism, we make a promise, called a covenant, with God. We promise to accept Christ, to become His followers, and to keep His commandments to the end of our lives. In return, our Heavenly Father promises to forgive our sins and let us return to live with Him, provided we keep our covenants. Show more Show less

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

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The Church has made the following public statement on multiple occasions prior to major elections: “Principles compatible with the gospel are found in the platforms of all major political parties. While the Church does not endorse political candidates, platforms, or parties, members are urged to be full participants in political, governmental, and community affairs.” Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

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Heaven is the place where God lives and the future home of those who do God’s will and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. The hope of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the purpose of life on this earth is to teach us and prepare us that we, along with our families, might live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ eternally. After we are resurrected we will be judged and rewarded for the things we have done in this life (see Revelation 20:12,13). Jesus Christ taught His Apostles that in His Father’s house are “many mansions” (John 14:2). Our loving Heavenly Father is anxious to reward all of His children according to their obedience to His commandments and their willingness to follow the Savior. Those who do these things and are worthy to return to the presence of God and Christ become “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17) of all that the Father has. They will return to live with Heavenly Father and with their families in His eternal glory. Those who choose not to follow our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will receive a reward according to what they have done in this life, but they will not enjoy the glory of living in the presence of God Show more Show less

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

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Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said: “Our major source of revenue is the ancient law of the tithe. Our people are expected to pay 10 percent of their income to move forward the work of the Church. The remarkable and wonderful thing is that they do it. Tithing is not so much a matter of dollars as it is a matter of faith. It becomes a privilege and an opportunity, not a burden. Our people believe in the word of God as set forth in the book of Malachi, that the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them (Malachi 3:8-10). Moving and touching is the testimony of Latter-day Saints throughout the world concerning this the Lord’s law for the financing of His work.” Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

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In 1973, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement regarding abortion, which is still applicable today: “The Church opposes abortion and counsels its members not to submit to or perform an abortion except in the rare cases where, in the opinion of competent medical counsel, the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. Even then it should be done only after counseling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after receiving divine confirmation through prayer.” Show more Show less

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

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One of the greatest reasons for being here on earth is to "have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25). Personal prayer, scripture study, and attending church helps us better understand that the best way to find joy and happiness in this life is to know about Our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to strive to keep God's "law" (Proverbs 29:18). Families are an essential part of God's Plan and much of how we live focuses on our families. We want to share the happiness we enjoy with everyone we can through service, missionary work, and contributing to society. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

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When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He organized His Church so that all people could receive His gospel and return one day to live with God, our Heavenly Father. After Jesus Christ died, was resurrected and ascended to heaven, His Apostles continued to receive revelation from Him through the Holy Ghost on how to direct the work of His Church. However, after they were killed, members changed the teachings of the Church that He had established. While many good people and some truth remained, this Apostasy, or general falling away from the truth, brought about the withdrawal of the Church from the earth (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Acts 20:29-30). The Apostle Peter prophesied that Jesus would restore His Church before His Second Coming (Acts 3:19-21). Jesus Christ began to restore His Church in its fulness to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1820. It has grown to become a worldwide Church with over 13 million members. It has the same teachings and basic organization as the Church established by Jesus in New Testament times. Show more Show less

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

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Members attending Sunday services will most likely be wearing their “Sunday best,” which may include suits, sport coats, and ties for the men and modest dresses or skirts for the women. Children also typically dress up for Sunday. 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. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

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Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said: “[People] see in this Church an anchor in a world of shifting values. The family is falling apart in America and across the world. We are putting strong emphasis on the family. It is appealing to people. They like it. They welcome it. They need help and we offer that help. “Furthermore, it gives purpose to life.... We answer the old questions of Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? These great religious questions have been asked by men throughout the ages. We give them an assurance of who they are, sons and daughters of God. I am a child of God. We have a song that says that. We believe it. It is a fact with us. People find comfort. They find peace. They find strength in that. “And in the organization they find sociability. They find friends. We are a very friendly Church. We are a very happy Church. We are a happy, go ahead people, and others like it.” Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Talon
One of the greatest reasons for being here on earth is to "have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25). Personal prayer, scripture study, and attending church helps us better understand that the best way to find joy and happiness in this life is to know about Our Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to strive to keep God's "law" (Proverbs 29:18). Families are an essential part of God's Plan and much of how we live focuses on our families. We want to share the happiness we enjoy with everyone we can through service, missionary work, and contributing to society. Show more Show less

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

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It is impossible to put into words the full meaning of the Atonement, which is the most important and most transcendent event in the history of the world. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, the Savior atoned for our sins. This is the good news for all people! We can’t fully understand how Jesus suffered for our sins. But we know that in the Garden of Gethsemane, the weight of our sins caused Him to feel such agony that He bled from every pore (Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-17). Later, as He hung upon the cross, Jesus again felt the weight of our sins even as He willingly suffered painful death by one of the most cruel methods ever known. Jesus the Christ, page 462 states, “It seems, that in addition to the fearful suffering incident to crucifixion, the agony of Gethsemane had recurred, intensified beyond human power to endure. In that bitterest hour the dying Christ was alone, alone in most terrible reality.” Jesus Christ did what only He could do in atoning for our sins. To make His Atonement fully effective in our individual lives, we must have faith in Christ, repent of our sins, be baptized and confirmed by one having authority, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, obey God’s commandments, receive sacred ordinances, and strive to become like Him. As we do these things through His Atonement, we can return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father forever. Show more Show less

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

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Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. His birth, life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the many prophecies contained in the scriptures concerning the coming of a Savior. He was the Creator, He is our Savior, and He will be our Judge (see Isaiah 9:6, 53:3-7; Psalms 22:16-18). Under the direction of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the earth (John 1:10; Hebrews 1:2). When Jesus lived on the earth (approximately 2,000 years ago), He led a perfect life. He taught by word and example how people should live in love of God and others. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and by giving His life on the cross—that is, by performing the Atonement —Jesus Christ saves us from our sins (1 Peter 2:21) as we follow Him. Because of the Atonement, you can be forgiven of your sins when you sincerely repent (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 26:30). Through His Resurrection, Jesus Christ saved us from death. Because He overcame death, we will all be given the gift of resurrection, that is to say our spirits will be eternally re-united with our bodies (Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:22). When life on this earth is over, Jesus Christ will be the final Judge (Acts 17:31; John 5:21-22; Acts 10:42). Show more Show less

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

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Our primary family worship service is called sacrament meeting. This meeting is held in our chapels on Sunday and lasts approximately 70 minutes. Visitors are welcome to attend. It is common for families to attend, and we are accustomed to having children as part of the congregation. A typical meeting would consist of the following: Hymns: Religious songs sung by the congregation (hymn books are provided). Prayers: Offered by local Church members. Partaking of the sacrament (communion): The sacrament consists of prepared bread and water, which is blessed and passed by priesthood holders to those in attendance who wish to do so. Speakers: Typically a meeting will have two or three assigned speakers. (Note: We do not pass a plate or request donations as part of our worship services.) Visitors are also welcome to attend other Sunday meetings that precede or follow sacrament meeting: Sunday School classes are offered for each age group, beginning with 12 year olds. Primary meetings consist of a group service and age-oriented classes for children 3 through 11 years of age. A nursery is available for young children, ages 18 months to 3 years. Young Women meetings provide classes for those 12 through 17 years of age. Relief Society meeting is for women, ages 18 years and older. Priesthood meetings provide age-oriented classes for males 12 years and older. Show more Show less

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

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The Holy Ghost can bless your life in many ways. Christ promised His Apostles that the Holy Ghost would “teach you all things” (John 14:26) and “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). He also said that the Holy Ghost “shall testify of me” (John 15:26). The Holy Ghost can inspire you with thoughts and ideas, warn you, and comfort you in times of sorrow. You may have already felt His influence at times in your life. That influence includes “love, joy, [and] peace” (Galatians 5:22).] Almost everyone has felt the Holy Ghost at some time. But there is a difference between experiencing the occasional influence of the Holy Ghost and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Although the Holy Ghost may temporarily comfort someone or reveal truth to them, the gift of the Holy Ghost is reserved for those who have been baptized and confirmed into Christ’s Church. This gift is the privilege of enjoying the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost conditional upon keeping the commandments. The gift of the Holy Ghost is given when a person is confirmed a member of the Church after baptism by someone having priesthood authority from God. It is given by the person having authority laying their hands upon the head of the person who was baptized and giving them a blessing to receive the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:14-18). Whether or not we then receive this great gift depends on our keeping the commandments of God. Show more Show less

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

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You can be forgiven of your sins through the Atonement of Jesus Christ by the process of repentance. Because Heavenly Father knew we would sometimes make wrong choices, He provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins (John 3:16). He provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross so that when we sincerely repent, we can be forgiven (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:6). When we sincerely repent, we: Confess the sin to both God and anyone who has been harmed by our sin. In cases of serious sin, confession needs to be made to the proper priesthood authority. Ask forgiveness from God and from anyone we have harmed. When possible, repair the damage we have done. Forsake our sins. Strive to keep the commandments. Sincere repentance brings peace and forgiveness. God has promised, “Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more” (Doctrine and Covenants 58:42). Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

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The Book of Mormon prophet Alma compared faith to a seed. If you plant a seed and nourish it, if it is a good seed it will grow and eventually bear fruit (Alma 32:28-43). It is the same with faith. If you are obedient to God’s commandments, study His word, and have a desire to believe in Christ, faith will grow inside of you. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

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God is the source of all truth. He loves you and wants to answer your questions. He will help you recognize the truth as you sincerely seek it and ask Him for guidance. You can know that what you’ve been learning is true (see James 1:5-6; Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:4-5). Sincerely pray to your Heavenly Father. Ask Him if what you are learning is true. Continue to study and give thoughtful consideration to what you are learning. Listen with your heart for the sweet feelings of inspiration from the Holy Ghost, who will to whisper the truth to your spirit and mind. Follow God’s commandments so you can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost. You may have experienced feelings of peace, hope, comfort, or happiness as you’ve read. If so, you have already felt the Holy Ghost telling you that these things are true. Show more Show less

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

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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 (Doctrine and Covenants 132:1). At other times the Lord has given other instructions. In the Book of Mormon, the Lord told the prophet Jacob “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” (Jacob 2:27-30). In this dispensation, the Lord commanded some of the early Saints to practice plural marriage. The Prophet Joseph Smith and those closest to him, including Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, were challenged by this command, but they obeyed it. Church leaders regulated the practice. Those entering into it had to be authorized to do so, and the marriages had to be performed through the sealing power of the priesthood. In 1890, President Wilford Woodruff 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 to help establish the House of Israel Show more Show less

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

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In the spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him, just as heavenly beings had appeared to prophets like Moses and Paul in biblical times. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Jesus Christ during His mortal ministry was no longer on the earth. Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. During the next 10 years, Joseph was visited by other heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God, and received authority to organize the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York, on 6 April 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith. It has grown to an organization with members and congregations throughout the world Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

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The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. Relief Society was established in 1842 for women 18 years of age and older. Its purpose is to build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

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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). Show more Show less

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

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The Apostle Paul taught that “neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:11). In the sight of God, and in the marriage relationship, men and women are equally important. By divine design, fathers are to watch over and teach their families in love and righteousness. They are to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers should help one another as equal partners. (Taken from “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” which was written by twelve modern Apostles through inspiration from the Lord.) Both parents should be involved in the care and discipline of children. It is important to agree on family goals and be willing to work toward them with their children. If parents are not in harmony and do not have mutual respect, the children may become confused and lose confidence in their parents. Both parents should be unified and intimately involved in the upbringing of their children. Show more Show less

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

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In 1838, Joseph Smith was told in a revelation that the Church should be called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Doctrine and Covenants 115:4). The Church has been known by that name since that time. Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has emphasized the Church’s correct name, saying: “We believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. The official name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and He is the central figure in all of our worship. “The Church carries the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world. It is His name by which this Church is officially called. “As for the term Latter-day Saints, members of the Christian Church anciently were called Saints (see Acts 9:32, Ephesians 2:19, Philippians 1:1). They were former-day Saints. We are the Latter-day Saints. It is that simple. “We are frequently called Mormons. It is a nickname given us because we believe in the Book of Mormon as the word of God, a book which goes hand in hand with the Bible, becoming a second witness for Jesus Christ.” 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?

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Man is composed of two parts: a mortal body, and an immortal spirit. The Lord calls our body a ‘tabernacle’ or a ‘temple’ since it is the temporary residence of our eternal spirit (see Book of Mormon, Mosiah 3:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16). Since the spirit and the body together are the soul of man (see Doctrine and Covenants 88:15), what affects one affects the other. By taking care of our bodies we make our “tabernacles” an acceptable house for our spirits. By defiling our bodies with drugs, tobacco, or unwholesome foods it affects our spirits adversely. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

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Much of what is done in the Church is to bless and help those who are not Mormon. The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons, but are also non-Christian. More than 53,000 Mormon missionaries serve through the world today. All of their service is to help those who are not Mormon. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

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Temples are houses of the Lord, the most sacred structures on the earth. Anciently, the Lord directed Solomon to build a temple (1 Chronicles 28:1-6). This temple was a place where God could dwell, was a place of prayer, was a place of sacrifice and was a place where the principle and covenant of sacrifice was fundamental to worship. At the time of the Restoration, the Lord commanded Joseph Smith to once again build temples on the earth. Like ancient temples, today’s temples are also sacred places where God may dwell; they are places of prayer and, although we no longer offer animal sacrifices because that was done away with when Jesus Christ became the Eternal Sacrifice for our sins, the principle and covenant of sacrifice is fundamental to our temple worship. In temples, Church members participate in ordinances designed to unite their families together forever and help them return to God. In the temple, members: Learn eternal truths. Receive sacred ordinances, including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity, as well as join children and parents (Malachi 4:5-6). Provide ordinances such as baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:29); 1 Peter 4:6) Show more Show less

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

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In the spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him, just as heavenly beings had appeared to prophets like Moses and Paul in biblical times. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Jesus Christ was no longer on the earth. Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. During the next 10 years, Joseph was visited by other heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God, and received divine authority to organize the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York, on 6 April 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith. It has grown to an organization with members and congregations throughout the world. Show more Show less

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

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Being prepared for potential emergencies helps us to become self-reliant. Becoming self-reliant provides more personal independence, industry, thrift and self respect. It also gives more opportunity to serve and care for others in need. 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?

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The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that people should bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). Throughout the world, when communities suffer major disasters and face difficulties beyond their ability to meet, the Church is prepared to offer assistance contributed by its members. The aid helps people who are in need, without regard to religious affiliation, ethnicity, or nationality. Humanitarian assistance has reached 147 countries and is valued at tens of millions of dollars annually. Latter-day Saint Charities is a Church organization that: Distributes food. Provides assistance in times of disaster such as volunteers to help in cleanup, the use of chapels for shelter, as well as food, water, and medical supplies free of charge. Funds and encourages projects that benefit stricken communities. Teaches self-reliance. Helps people begin small business enterprises in their own homes. Visit the Church sponsored Provident Living Web site for additional information on the humanitarian efforts of the Church. 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?

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Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said: “Women do not hold the priesthood because the Lord has put it that way. It is part of His program. Women have a very prominent place in this Church. Men hold the priesthood offices of the Church. But women have a tremendous place in this Church. They have their own organization. It was started in 1842 by the Prophet Joseph Smith, called the Relief Society, because its initial purpose was to administer help to those in need. It has grown to be, I think, the largest women’s organization in the world... They have their own offices, their own presidency, their own board. That reaches down to the smallest unit of the Church everywhere in the world... “The men hold the priesthood, yes. But my wife is my companion. In this Church the man neither walks ahead of his wife nor behind his wife but at her side. They are co-equals in this life in a great enterprise.” Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

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Jesus Christ taught that baptism is essential to the salvation of all who have lived on earth (see John3:5). 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. These individuals in the next life can then choose to accept or decline what has been done in their behalf. 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?

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has more than 100 operating temples around the world. Visitors are welcome to visit the temple grounds at all of these temples and attend open houses prior to dedication. However, only baptized members who are qualified and prepared are allowed to enter a temple after it is dedicated. In temples, Church members participate in ordinances designed to unite their families together forever and help them return to God. In the temple, members: Learn eternal truths. Receive sacred ordinances, including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity, as well as join children and parents (Malachi 4:5-6). Provide ordinances such as baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:29; 1 Peter 4:6) 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 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. 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. Show more Show less

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

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A successful marriage requires faith—both in God and faith in each other. Faith in God is more than a theoretical belief in Him. To have faith in God is to trust Him, to have confidence in Him, and to be willing to act on our belief in Him. It is a principle of action. Shared faith in God can bind married couples and families together in a commitment to common values. It can lend them strength to overcome obstacles that might otherwise damage these important relationships. In successful marriages, couples trust each other. And they strive to prove worthy of their spouse’s trust. Any strong marital or family relationship must be based on mutual trust and trustworthiness. Faith in each other, like faith in God, can help couples and families face uncertainty and live up to high expectations. 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?

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There are no race or color restrictions as to who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are also no race or color restrictions as to who can have the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An official declaration of the Church states, “every faithful, worthy man in the Church may receive the holy priesthood, with power to exercise its divine authority, and enjoy with his loved ones every blessing that flows therefrom, including the blessings of the temple. Accordingly, all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color.” (Doctrine and Covenants, Official Declaration – 2, 294). Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, reaffirmed this principle when speaking to the National Press Club in Washington D.C.: “We believe in the old adage that many hands make light work. We have a lay priesthood, and every worthy man is eligible to receive this priesthood.” Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

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In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” many Mormon beliefs about families are outlined. One of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ core beliefs is that family relationships can last forever—not just for this life. Just as some of life’s sweetest joys can come through family associations, the loss of a beloved family member can be a source of our deepest sorrows. But death does not need to be the end of our relationships with cherished loved ones. The Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith that the “same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2). Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example can be together forever through sacred ordinances performed in God’s holy temples. Jesus gave to Peter the power to have things sealed on earth and sealed in heaven (Matthew 16:19). This same sealing power was restored to Joseph Smith. Mormon’s believe that they can be “sealed” or bound together through His power enabling them to live together in eternity. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

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The Savior taught His disciples, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19). As followers of Jesus Christ, members of His Church are enthusiastic about proclaiming the good news of His restored gospel to all who are willing to listen. Carlos E. Asay, a Church leader, said, “(There is) a marvelous phenomenon which occurs among men when the light of the gospel illuminates their lives. Almost instinctively, it seems, the light of truth sparks a desire to share. When our minds are expanded by new knowledge, we want others to know; when our spirits are elevated by heavenly influence, we want others to feel; and when our lives are filled with goodness, we want others, particularly those whom we love, to enjoy similar experiences.” You may have seen missionaries riding on bicycles or walking door to door, sharing their message. They are doing everything they can to seek out people who may be interested in learning more about Jesus Christ and God’s plan for their happiness. They serve in pairs, for “in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established” (Matthew 18:16). Missionaries volunteer full-time service for a period of eighteen months to two years. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

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Along with evidence of His marvelous creations all around you, Heavenly Father has given you many ways to know for yourself that He lives. You can: Talk to Him through prayer and ask Him for reassurance and love. Read the testimonies of special witnesses called apostles and prophets. They have had sacred experiences with God and have recorded these experiences in sacred books called scriptures. Keep His commandments, which bring you closer to God and help you know that He lives. Your belief in God will grow as you: Pray to Heavenly Father (James 1:5). Study the scriptures (2 Timothy 3:14-17). Obey God’s commandments (John 14:21-23). As you act on your desire to believe, God will strengthen your belief in Him until it becomes sure knowledge (Book of Mormon, Alma 32:27-35). Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

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Our churches are dedicated public places of worship where Mormons and visitors can meet to pray, study scripture, partake of the sacrament, and continue to learn their responsibilities as children of God. The temple is literally, as it has been throughout history, the "House of the Lord" (see 1 Kings 6:1, 37). The primary purpose of the temple is to provide a dedicated place where sacred ordinances needed for eternal life can be preformed. Because of its sacred nature, attendance in the temple is limited to Mormons who obey God's commandments and therefore are worthy to enter. 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?

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Our body is a precious gift from God. To help keep our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833. This law is known as the Word of Wisdom (see Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21). In addition to emphasizing the benefits of proper eating and physical and spiritual health, God has spoken against the use of: Tobacco. Alcohol. Coffee and tea. Illegal drugs. God promises great physical and spiritual blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. Today, the scientific community promotes some of the same principles that a loving God gave to Joseph Smith nearly two centuries ago. Show more Show less

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

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The purpose of Church welfare is to promote self-reliance and to care for and serve the poor and needy. For assistance, recipients are encouraged to work (when able) so that they are blessed and can bless the lives of others. Work is a guiding principle in the Church's welfare program. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

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Jesus Christ is the Head of this Church. The calling and appointment of the Living Prophet is directed by Him whose Church it is. After the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith in Carthage Illinois, Brigham Young led the Church to the Salt Lake Valley and guided its growth and expansion throughout the West. After his death, the senior Apostle, John Taylor, became the third President of the Church. After each Church President passes away, the senior Apostle becomes the next President. Since Brigham Young, the Church has been led by: John Taylor—1877–87 Wilford Woodruff—1887–98 Lorenzo Snow—1898–1901 Joseph F. Smith—1901–18 Heber J. Grant—1918–45 George Albert Smith—1945–51 David O. McKay—1951–70 Joseph Fielding Smith—1970–72 Harold B. Lee—1972–73 Spencer W. Kimball—1973–85 Ezra Taft Benson—1985–94 Howard W. Hunter—1994–95 Gordon B. Hinckley—1995–2008 Thomas S. Monson—2008–present Each President of the Church selects counselors from worthy and capable men. Together, these men form the First Presidency of the Church. Along with the Twelve Apostles, they give direction to the Church. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

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We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel” (Articles of Faith 1:3). Baptism in water is an ordinance essential to our salvation. By being baptized, we show God that we are willing to be obedient to His commandments. Jesus set the example for us by being baptized, even though He was without sin (see Mosiah 18:8-10). The Savior revealed the proper method of baptism to the Prophet Joseph Smith, making clear that the ordinance must be performed by one having priesthood authority and that it be done by immersion (see Doctrine and Covenants 20:72-74). Immersion is symbolic of the death of a person’s sinful life and the rebirth into a spiritual life, dedicated to the service of God and His children. It is also symbolic of death and resurrection. (See Romans 6:3-6) Little children are redeemed through the mercy of Jesus Christ. They are “alive in Christ” and cannot sin. They do not need baptism until they understand the difference between right and wrong. The Lord has revealed that children should be baptized at eight years of age. (See Book of Mormon, Moroni 8:8-24; Doctrine and Covenants 29:46-47, 68:27) Show more Show less

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

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Death is not the end. Death is really a beginning—another step forward in Heavenly Father’s plan for His children. Someday, like everyone else, your physical body will die. But your spirit does not die, it goes to the spirit world, where you will continue to learn and progress and may be with loved ones who have passed on. Death is a necessary step in your progression, just as your birth was. Sometime after your death, your spirit and your body will be reunited—never to be separated again. This is called resurrection, and it was made possible by the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-22). Show more Show less

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

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Children are a wonderful blessing. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalms 127:3). Raising a child isn’t easy. In fact, it’s among the most challenging and all-consuming responsibilities we have in life. But good parenting is vital—to society and to the Lord. Both mother and father have a necessary and important role in the lives of their children. Parents’ work in the home will be more effective if their first priorities are God, each other, and their children. A home that is safe, where children can grow mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, requires faith and the best efforts of the parents working together (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”). In such a home, children learn to love and serve each other. They learn to keep the commandments of God and to be good citizens. Such homes bless children and their communities. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

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As a boy, Joseph Smith was surrounded by various churches which, though they disagreed with on another, each claimed to teach the truth. This caused him much serious reflection. He wanted to know which church was right. One day he read a passage in the Bible which says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). Joseph decided to accept the invitation to ask God. In the spring of 1820, Joseph went to a grove of trees near his home and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. Joseph wrote: “When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” Joseph was told to join none of the churches that existed at that time as the priesthood authority and Church as Jesus Christ had organized it when He was on the earth had been lost over the centuries. Joseph Smith’s First Vision marked the beginning of the Restoration of Jesus Christ’s Church to the earth. Joseph’s written account of this event is a powerful testimony of what he saw and experienced. (Joseph Smith’s History chapter 1 verses 8-17.) Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

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Members are organized into local congregations called wards or branches. These congregations are organized geographically, and members attend a ward or branch near their home. Congregations meet together on Sundays to worship. The leader of a congregation is a bishop or a branch president. He is not paid for his service, but he donates his time to serve the congregation. Members are called by their leaders to serve in various positions in their congregation. Leaders seek divine guidance when making such callings. Positions to which one might be called include teachers, youth leaders, clerks, etc. A member’s service blesses others and provides opportunities for the member to learn and grow. A ward or a branch is a community in which members develop friendships and help each other. Members try to follow the teachings of an ancient prophet who taught that when we are baptized, we are “willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light” and “willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 18:8-9). Through service, members lift one another’s burdens and express their love. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

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There is a strong tradition of missionary service in the Church. The Savior taught, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Church members consider it a privilege to show their love for other people and the Lord by sharing the gospel. Missionaries generally begin serving when they are from 19 to 21 years old. Many retired seniors, men, women, and married couples also serve missions. Missionaries serve from 18 months to 2 years. Missions are voluntary, and missionaries are not paid for their service. Missionaries come from around the world, and they serve wherever the Church calls them. While serving full-time, missionaries are official representatives of the Church. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

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Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was organized in 1830. As of 2010 the Church had a worldwide membership of approximately 14 million people. The Church headquarters in Salt Lake City Utah. Mormons believe the Bible and Jesus’ teachings in revelations to modern-day Apostles and Prophets. Mormons believe that their church is the same as the original church Jesus established when He was on the earth (see Ephesians 2:19-20, 4:11-14). The name ‘Mormon’ is a nickname because of the Church’s belief in the Book of Mormon (ancient scripture revealed to and recorded by prophets in the Americas during the same time the Bible was being written in the Old World.) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

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Have you ever thought there must be something more to life than just living day to day? There is—much more. Your life has a divine purpose. God, your Heavenly Father, has prepared a marvelous plan for your happiness. When you realize that God has a plan for you, it is easier to understand why you are on this earth. God wants all of His children to progress and become more like Him. This time on Earth provides opportunities for you to grow and progress. Coming here allows you to: Receive a physical body. Exercise agency and learn to choose between good and evil. Learn and gain experience that will help you become more like your Heavenly Father. Form family relationships that may become eternal. By following our Heavenly Father’s plan, you—like all of His children—can someday return to live with Him and with your loved ones. You can have greater peace in this life and eternal joy in the life to come. Show more Show less

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

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The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead, along with God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost is one in purpose with the Father and the Son, but is a separate being. Through Joseph Smith, the Lord revealed: The Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22) The special mission of the Holy Ghost is to testify of the Father and the Son, to reveal the truth (Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:4,5), to comfort us (John 14:26), and to sanctify us. He is a divine guide and teacher. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

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Our local congregations are called wards (or branches for smaller congregations). They are organized geographically and members attend a ward or branch near their home. Because in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all the teaching materials are consistent throughout the wards and branches, a person will be studying the same lessons no matter where in the world they attend church. The spiritual leader of each ward is called the bishop (or the branch president for branches). He is a member of the congregation who has been asked to serve as a volunteer in this position. A group of wards forms a stake, and the leader of a stake is a stake president. “Stake” is not a term found in the New Testament, but is taken from Old Testament tent imagery in which the “tent,” or church, is held up by supporting stakes (see Isaiah 54:2). A ward or a branch is a community in which members develop friendships and help each other. Members try to follow the teachings of an ancient prophet who taught that when we are baptized, we are “willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light” and “willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 18:8-9). Through service, members lift one another’s burdens and express their love. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

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The priesthood is the authority to act in God’s name. The same priesthood authority that existed in the original Church established by Jesus Christ exists in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. The Church is directed and led through this authority. All male members of the Church who are prepared receive the priesthood in order to help lead the Church and serve Heavenly Father’s children. A man with the priesthood might serve in some of the following ways: Leading congregations of the Church Performing the ordinances of the Church, such as baptism Blessing those who are sick God expects those who hold this sacred priesthood authority to follow the example of Jesus Christ and serve with love, gentleness, and kindness. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

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In order to come closer to Heavenly Father and receive all the blessings that He has for you, you must first develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Peter taught that “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Faith in God is more than a theoretical belief in Him. To have faith in God is to trust Him, to have confidence in Him, and to be willing to act on your belief in Him. It is a principle of action and power. Show more Show less

What is faith?

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To have faith is to “hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (see Book of Mormon, Alma 32:21 and Hebrews 11:1). Each day you act upon things you hope for, even before you see the end result. This is similar to faith. Faith in God is more than a theoretical belief in Him. To have faith in God is to trust Him, to have confidence in Him, and to be willing to act on your belief in Him. It is a principle of action and power. The Book of Mormon prophet Alma compared faith to a seed. If you plant a seed and nourish it, if it is a good seed it will grow and eventually bear fruit (Alma 32:28-43). It is the same with faith. If you are obedient to God’s commandments, study His word, and have a desire to believe in Christ, faith will grow inside of you. Show more Show less

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

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God has provided many evidences of His existence. One of these is the testimony of His creations: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalms 19:1). Have you ever looked in awe at the night sky with its billions of stars? Or studied the intricate details of a leaf or flower? Or marveled at the miracle of a tiny new baby? These beautiful and complex creations didn’t come about by chance. They are the creations of God, your Heavenly Father. They can remind you of His existence and of His love for His children. An ancient prophet declared: “All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth... and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Book of Mormon, Alma 30:44). Show more Show less