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Hi I'm Ashley

I'm an Idaho girl, born and raised. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I run around like a chicken all day at my job and I love it! I love studying the Gospel! I enjoy running, lifting weights, swimming, biking, and music. I enjoy cooking and eating..

Why I am a Mormon

I find it interesting that every fasting testimony meeting I hear, "I'm a convert to the Church, I was baptized a few years ago," or whatever. Honestly though, aren't we all converts to the Church? Its apparent to me, that any individual who choses to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and sticks with it through all the trials and tests of mortality, has received at some point in time a witness by the power of the Holy Ghost of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Any individual who reads The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and takes Moroni's promise seriously to, "ask God the Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus Christ," (Moroni 10:3-5) with a sincere heart and faith in Christ, will undoubtably receive a witness from God that it is true. I offer my testimony that it is true, that God lives, that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ in the sacred grove and restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth, that The Book of Mormon was translated by the power of God and that Thomas S. Monson is the true and living prophet upon the earth today. With all the horrible scenes of sadness and destruction going on in the world today, its more evident to me that we need the peace that Christ spoke of when He was upon the earth. In fact, leading up to His suffering in Gethsemane and crucifiction He told his disciples, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14: 27) It seems to me that Christ has invited all of us, regardless of whoever we are or whatever station of life we are in, to Come unto Him (Matthew 11:28-30). To take His yoke upon us, and to learn of Him. I can testify to you that it is in coming to Christ that we can receive of His peace, because I have come to know this peace myself through constant prayer. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by regularly attending church, studying the scriptures and the words of the living prophets daily, praying regularly, serving in the church whenever I am asked, paying a full tithe, and making a honest effort to stand as a witness of Christ at all times, in all things, and in all places.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Ashley
I would submit to you, that many Jews considered Jesus Christ unorthodox in His day. Despite all the good Christ did while he was alive, in fact John records that "there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written," (St. John 21:25) Yet there were some who called Christ a devil and a drunkard during his earthly ministry and even sought to kill him. Either way, it is the same in that these people lacked understanding regarding His true character and His mission. So it has been with His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, since the ushering in of its restoration in 1820 when God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Jospeh Smith in the sacred grove. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Ashley
Jesus Christ was the perfect example of sacrifice. Not only in that he offered himself as a sinless sacrifice for the sins of mankind, but also in that everthing He did was according to the will of The Father. Therefore, just as Christ's will was completely swallowed up in the will of the Father, so should our will's be swallowed up in Jesus Christ's. In John 17, Jesus offers the great intercessory prayer unto the Father, he asks that, (referring to his apostles) " they all may be one; as thou Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one." (verses 21-23) Part of becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ in our day is similar to that in His day, in that we are required to make covenants (baptism) with Him through partaking of the laws and ordinances of His restored Gospel. A covenant is a two-way promise, and a covenant made with God is one in which he sets the bounds. As we are obedient to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel and keep our covenants, God in turn blesses us with His Spirit which we will have with us, to guide us in the paths in which He would have us pursue. In that way, we are allowing our wills to be swallowed up in His, as His will was swallowed up in the Father's. Show more Show less

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

Ashley
In my travels, I have attended church in different states, surrounded by different people, and in buildings that don't necessarily look like a chapel, but either way the things that were the same, was the doctrine taught and the Spirit that was present. In addition to attending sacrament meeting to partake of the sacrament and renewing our baptismal covenants, being edified and taught by the Spirit is another reason why I enjoy attending church. Furthermore, Sunday school and Relief Society are always enjoyable classes where members are given the opportunity to teach from the manuals the church provides. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Ashley
Indeed we are, and in a very real way. :) Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Ashley
Is there any better set-up in which we can learn how to love someone the way God loves us; Charity personified? Its apparent to me, that it is within the family set up that forgiveness and repentance are most vital to obtaining happiness and maintaining the family unit, itself. Because we are spirit sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven, part of our coming to the earth was to obtain a physical body, and then learn to overcome all of its weaknesses and shortcomings, and to yeild to the enticings of the Holy Spirit. Being placed in a family unit is critical to our gaining experience in how to love, serve, teach and learn from one another, but also to realize within ourselves those character traits that are not so Christ-like and inviting of the Holy Spirit, and to then repent and therfore change those things that cause family discord. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is key to our understanding what God's will is for each member within the family unit, and what traits are required within us as family members in order to establish and maintain happy and productive family relationships. Furthermore, it is only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that we are able to change our natures to become more Christ-like individuals, and it is through obedience to the laws and ordinances of His Restored Gospel that we are able to access it. Show more Show less

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

Ashley
President Thomas S. Monson said in the April 2011 General Conference, “this year marks the 75th anniversary, of this inspired program, which has blessed the lives of so many. It was my privilege to know personally some of those who pioneered this great endeavor. Men of compassion and foresight....I declare that the welfare program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inspired of Almighty God.” In that same conference Bishop H. David Burton said about these pioneers, “President Heber J.Grant wanted a 'system that would reach out and take care of the people no matter what the cost.' He said he would even go so far as to 'close the seminaries, shut down missionary work for a period of time, or even close the temples, but they would not let the people go hungry.” Silvia H. Allred, 1st Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency said in this same conference that, “men and women of the church participate jointly today in bringing relief to those in need,” in assuring that, “short-term needs are met immediately, and a plan to help the recipient become self-reliant is established. Self-reliance is the ability to provide the spiritual and temporal necessities of life for self and family.” Furthermore, a righteous king in the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin tells us that in order for us to retain a remission of our sins before God, that we are to care for all the needs of both the temporally and spiritually poor among us (Mosiah 4:26-27). Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Ashley
Joseph Smith was the Prophet through whom God restored His Gospel – with all its laws, ordinances, keys, and priesthoods- to the earth in all it fullness. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ by the gift and power of God. Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the 12 Apostles asked in the October 2004 General Conference, “Are the heavens open? Does God reveal His will to prophets and apostles as in days of old? That they are and that He does is the unflinching declaration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to all the world. And in that declaration lies the significance of Joseph Smith, the Prophet, for nearly 200 years now.” “His life asked and answered the question, 'Do you believe God speaks to man?' In all else that he accomplished in his brief 38 and a half years, Joseph left us above all else the resolute legacy of divine revelation-not a single isolated revelation without evidence or consequence, and not 'a mild sort of inspiration seeping into the minds of all good people' everywhere, but specific, documented, ongoing directions from God.” I personally want to bear my testimony to you of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know he saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ in the sacred grove in 1820, I know he translated the plates of brass into the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God, and I know the Book is true. Show more Show less

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

Ashley
Bishop H. David Burton said in the April 2011 General Conference, “Self-reliance is a product of provident living and exercising economic self-discipline. From the beginning the Church has taught that families-to the extent they can-need to assume responsibility for their own temporal welfare. Each generation is required to learn anew the foundational principles of self-reliance: avoid debt, implement principles of thrift, prepare for times of distress, listen to and follow the words of the living oracles, develop the discipline to distinguish between needs and wants and then live accordingly.” Silvia H. Allred, 1st Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency stated in this same conference, “As we increase our own level of self-reliance, we increase our ability to help and serve others the way the Savior did. We follow the Savior's example when we minister to the needy, the sick, and the suffering When love becomes the guiding principle in our care for others, our service to them becomes the gospel in action. It is the gospel in its finest moments. It is pure religion.” The Savior said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:34-35) 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.

Ashley
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the 12, said in the Oct 2004 General Conference, “In order to establish a church that would continue under His direction even after He was taken from the earth, Jesus, 'went...into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles' (Luke 6:12-13) Later on, Paul would teach that the Savior, knowing the inevitability of His death, had done this to give the Church a 'foundation of...apostles and prophets' (Eph 2:20). These brethren and the other officers of the Church would serve under the direction of the resurrected Christ. Why? Among other reasons, so 'that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive' (Eph 4:14) Thus, the apostolic and prophetic foundation of the Church was to bless in all times, but especially in times of adversity or danger, time when we might feel like children, confused or disoriented, perhaps a little fearful, times in which the devious hand of men or the maliciousness of the devil would attempt to unsettle or mislead. Against such times...the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve are commissioned by God and sustained by you as 'prophets, seers, and revelators,' with the President of the Church sustained as the prophet, seer, and revelator, the senior Apostle.” Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Ashley
President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “The priesthood is the delegation of divine authority, different from all other powers and authorities on the face of the earth…It is the only power on the earth that reaches beyond the veil of death…Without it there could be a church in name only, [a church] lacking authority to administer in the things of God.” (Ensign, Oct 1988,71) Elder Jeffrey Holland, of the12 Apostles explained in Apr 2005 Gen Conference, “The essential function of the priesthood in linking time and eternity was made explicit by the Savior when He formed His Church during His mortal ministry. To...Peter He said, 'I will 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' (Matt 16:19). Six days later He took Peter, James, and John to a mountaintop where He was transfigured in glory before them. Then prophets from earlier dispensations, including at least Moses and Elijah (Matt 17:1-3), appeared in glory also and conferred the various keys and powers that each held. Unfortunately those Apostles were soon killed or otherwise taken from the earth and their priesthood keys were taken with them, resulting in more than 1,400 years or priesthood privation and absence of divine authority among the children of men.” Thankfully, the priesthood authority was restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and of this I testify. Show more Show less

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

Ashley
If you would like to come to understand your worth as a child of God. If you would like to more fully understand who the Savior of the World is, and to more fully take advantage of the Atonement that He provided you, and be able to more fully experience the peace He spoke of while He was upon the earth; The peace that is available by obedience to the laws and ordinances of His restored Gospel, then I invite you to speak with the representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in your area. The Church is true, I testify of it. :) 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?

Ashley
President Thomas S. Monson said in the Apr 2010 General Conference, “Since last we met, the Church has continued to provide much-needed humanitarian assistance in various locations around the world. In the past three months alone, humanitarian assistance has been provided in French Polynesia, Mongolia, Bolivia, Peru, Arizona, Mexico, Portugal, and Uganda, among other areas. Most recently we have assisted in Haiti and Chile following devastating earthquakes and tsunamis in those areas...This year marks 25 years since our humanitarian program became part of our welfare effort. The number of individuals assisted by this program could never adequately be measured. We will always strive to be among the first on the scene of disasters, wherever they may occur.” President Monson also stated, “The Church continues to change the lives of more and more people every year and to spread across the earth as our missionary force seeks out those who are searching for the truth..” Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President stated in this same conference, “the Lord in His wisdom has provided a Relief Society to help His daughters in these latter days. Relief Society...lifts women up and out of a troubled world and into a way of living that prepares them for the blessings of eternal life. This society has at its very core the responsibility to help sisters increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help others who are in need.” Show more Show less

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

Ashley
The Church currenly has a little more than 50,000 full-time missionaries world-wide who offer reading material and discussions which help to understand our beliefs. I also invite you to call 1-888-537-6600 for more information, or use the provided form so that the missionaries may contact you. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Ashley
President Hugh B. Brown said, “Wherever in life great spiritual values await man's appropriation, only faith can appropriate them. Man cannot live without faith, because in life's adventure the central problem is character-building – which is not a product of logic, but of faith in ideals and sacrificial devotion to them” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1969, 105). Joseph Smith said that, “faith is the principle of action and of power” (Lectures on Faith [1985], 72) Elder Richard G. Scott said in the Oct 2010 Gen Conference, “ 'Faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith' (Ether 12:6). Thus every time you try your faith – that is, act in worthiness on an impression – you will receive the confirming evidence of the Spirit. As you walk to the boundary of your understanding into the twilight of uncertainty, exercising faith, you will be led to find solutions you would not obtain otherwise.” Elder also listed 5 principles upon which faith is based: “Trust in God and in His willingness to provide help when needed, no matter how challenging the circumstance * Obedience to His commandments and a life that demonstrates that He can trust you * Sensitivity to the quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit * Courageous implementation of that prompting. * Patience and understanding when God lets you struggle to grow and when answers come a piece at a time over an extended period.” Show more Show less

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

Ashley
President Thomas S. Monson said in Apr 2010 Gen. Conference, “[due to] revelation...we know that we lived before our birth into mortality. In our premortal state, we were...the sons and daughters of God who shouted for joy because of the opportunity to come to this challenging yet necessary mortal existence. We know that our purpose was to gain a physical body, to overcome trials, and to prove that we would keep the commandments of God. Our Father knew that because of the nature of mortality, we would be tempted, would sin, and would fall short. So that we might have every chance of success, He provided a Savior, who would suffer and die for us. Not only would he atone for our sins, but as part of that Atonement, He would also overcome the physical death to which we would be subject because of the Fall of Adam...No mere mortal can conceive the full import of what Christ did for us in Gethsemane. He Himself later described: 'The suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit.' “(D&C 19:18) Furthermore, “He shall go forth suffering pains, afflictions and temptations of every kind... And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities,that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know...how to succor his people according to their infirmities” (Alma 7:11-12) Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Ashley
This same question was asked of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his scribe as they came upon sections in the Book of Mormon that discuss this sacred ordinance. Elder L. Tom Perry, of the 12 Apostles explained in Oct 2010 General Conference, “their minds started to wonder about baptism. What manner of baptism was correct, and who had authority to perform this sacred, saving ordinance? They sought an answer to these fundamental doctrinal questions. They resolved to seek an answer by prayer, and they went to a nearby place on the banks of the Susquehanna River. They poured out their hearts, and the heavens were opened to them. An angel appeared, introducing himself as John the Baptist, and he told Joseph and Oliver he was acting under the direction of Peter, James, and John, who held the higher priesthood (JS-H 1:72). “Placing his hands upon their heads, he said: 'Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth.' (D&C 13:1)” He continues, “[The Aaronic Priesthood] is an appendage to the greater,or the Melchizedek Priesthood...and holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and to administer in outward ordinances...the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, agreeable to the covenants and commandments' ” (D&C 107:13-14, 20). Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Ashley
The Prophet Joseph Smith's 3rd Lecture on faith tells us that, "three things are necessary in order than any rational and intelligent being may exercise faith in God unto life and salvation. 1.First, the idea that he actually exists. 2.Secondly, a correct idea of his character, perfections, and attributes. 3.Thirdly, an actual knowledge that the course of life which he is pursuing is according to his (God's) will. For without an acquaintance with these three important facts, the faith of every rational being must be imperfect and unproductive; but with this understanding it can become perfect and fruitful, abounding in righteousness, unto the praise and glory of God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ." In order to have faith, we need to know who we are worshiping. The Prophet Joseph Smith explained: 1. "He was God before the world was created, and the same God that he was after it was created. 2. He is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abundant in goodness, and that he was so from everlasting, and will be to everlasting. 3. He changes not, neither is there variableness with him; but that he is the same from everlasting to everlasting, being the same yesterday, today and forever; and that his course is one eternal round. 4. He is a God of truth and cannot lie. 5. He is no respector of persons; but in every nation he that fears God and works righteousness is accepted of him. 6. He is love." Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Ashley
Elder James E. Faust, of the 12 Apostles said in the Apr 2001 General Conference, “Baptism by immersion in water is 'the introductory ordinance of the gospel, and must be followed by baptism of the Spirit in order to be complete.' ...The full benefit of forgiveness of sin through the Savior's Atonement begins with repentance and baptism and then expands upon receiving the Holy Ghost. As Nephi said, baptism is the gate, 'and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost' (2 Nephi 31:17). The baptismal gate opens the way for additional covenants and blessings through priesthood and temple blessings. The transcendent gift of the Holy Ghost, along with membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is bestowed by confirmation, by the laying on of hands by those having priesthood authority. This was made clear by Paul to the Ephesians when he asked: 'Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. “And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. “Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them” (Acts 19:2-6). Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Ashley
In the April 2011 general conference Elder M. Russell Ballard of the 12 Apostles quoted the Book of Mormon Prophet Alma and said, “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass...and by very small means the Lord...bringeth about the salvation of many souls” (Alma 37:6-7). So it is with the growth of the church. Furthermore, Elder Neil L. Anderson of the 12 Apostles said, “To Enoch He [God] declared, 'righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth...and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine elect from the four quarters of the earth.' (Moses 7:62) The prophet Daniel prophesied that in the latter days the gospel would roll fourth unto the ends of the earth as a 'stone [that is] cut out of [a] mountain without hands.' “ (Daniel 2:45) Elder Anderson continued, “From the early days of the Restoration, the Brethren have been very serious about their charge to declare the gospel. In 1837, only seven years after the organization of the Church, at a time of poverty and persecution, missionaries were sent to teach the gospel in England. Within the next few years, missionaries were preaching in such diverse places as Austria, French Polynesia, India, Barbados, Chile, and China.” Today, missionaries are called by prophesy to preach the gospel to wherever in the world they are needed to most. I testify that missionary work is the work of God. Show more Show less

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

Ashley
Actually the question should be, “what blessings CAN'T we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?” :) Elder David A. Bednar of the 12 Apostles said during the Apr 2006 Gen Conference, “Following our baptism, each of us had hands placed upon our head by those with priesthood authority and was confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Holy Ghost was conferred upon us...The Prophet Joseph Smith taught: 'You might as well baptize a bag of sand as a man, if not done in view of the remission of sins and getting of the Holy Ghost. Baptism by water is but half a baptism, and is good for nothing without the other half – that is, the baptism of the Holy Ghost.' we were baptized by immersion in water for the remission of sins. We must also be bapstized by and immersed in the Spirit of the Lord, 'and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost'"(2 Nephi 31:17). He continued, “The influence of the Holy Ghost is described in the scriptures as 'a still small voice' (1 Kings 19:12 & 3 Nephi 11:3) and a 'voice of perfect mildness' (Helaman 5:30). Thus, the Spirit of the Lord usually communicates with us in ways that are quiet, delicate, and subtle....The Holy Ghost provides for us today the means whereby we can receive 'by small and simple things' (Alma 37:6), increased understanding about the ways of the Lord.” I testify that it is through “small and simple things” that God brings about the salvation of our souls. Show more Show less

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

Ashley
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, said in the Oct 2005, General Conference, “Christlike attributes are gifts from God. They cannot be developed without His help. The one help we all need is given to us freely through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Having faith in Jesus Christ and in His Atonement means relying completely on Him – trusting in His infinite power, intelligence, and love. Christlike attributes come into our lives as we exercise our agency righteously. Faith in Jesus Christ leads to action. We we have faith in Christ, we trust the Lord enough to follow His commandments – even when we do not completely understand the reasons for them. In seeking to become more like the Savior, we need too reevaluate our lives regularly and rely, through the path of true repentance, upon the merits of Jesus Christ and the blessings of His Atonement.” He continues, “Developing Christlike attributes can be a painful process. We need to be ready to accept direction and correction from the Lord and His servants. This worldwide conference with its music and spoken word offers spiritual power, direction, and blessings “from on high” (D&C 43:16). It is a time when the voice of personal inspiration and revelation will bring peace to our souls and will teach us how to become more Christlike. This voice will be as sweet as the voice of a dear friend, and it will fill our souls when our hearts are sufficiently contrite.” Show more Show less

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

Ashley
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the 12 Apostles said in Apr 2009 Gen Conference, “At death, righteous spirits live in a temporary state called paradise. Alma the Younger teaches us 'paradise [is] a state of rest, a state of peace, where [the righteous] shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow' (Alma 40:12). The unrighteous spirits dwell in spirit prison, sometimes referred to as hell (2 Ne 9:10-14). It is described as an awful place, a dark place where those fearful of the 'indignation of the wrath of God' shall remain until the resurrection (Alma 40:12). However,because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all spirits blessed by birth will ultimately be resurrected, spirit and body reunited, and inherit kingdoms of glory" (D&C 76:89). Elder James E. Faust , of the 12 Apostles said in the Apr 2006, Gen Conference, “The Lord has said that His work is 'to bring to pad the immortality and eternal life of man' (Moses 1:39). If follows then that all mankind, living and dead, should have the opportunity of hearing the gospel either in this life or in the spirit world. As Paul said to the Corinthians, 'Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?' (1 Cor 15:29) This is the reason we do ordinance work in temples for our deceased ancestors. No person's choice or agency is taken away. Those for whom the work is done may accept it or not, as they choose.” Show more Show less

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

Ashley
The Family: A Proclamation to the World states, “Husband and Wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. 'Children are an heritage of the Lord' (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. “The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible 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 are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation." Show more Show less

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

Ashley
Elder Joseph W. Sitati, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, said in the Oct 2009 General Conference, “After His Resurrection the Savior signaled that the time or the gospel to be taken to the Gentiles had come (Matt 28:18-20). Earlier in the parable of the laborers in the vineyard, He had revealed that the gentile nations would be visited and invited one after the other. However, the blessings would be the same irrespective of the order of invitation...After the Savior's Ascension, the presiding Apostle, Peter, a descendant of Israel, held the keys of the priesthood, by which he gave direction to the Church...The ministry to the Gentiles was interrupted by the martyrdom of Peter and the deaths of the other Apostles, after which the keys of the priesthood were taken from the earth. The long period of apostasy followed.” Elder Boyd K. Packer of the 12 Apostles stated of the original 12 Apostles, in the Apr 2008 General Conference,”They scattered; they taught, testified, and established the Church. And they died for their beliefs, and with their deaths came the dark centuries of apostasy. Elder Packer continues, “The most precious thing lost in the Apostasy was the authority held by the 12 – the priesthood keys. For the church to be His Church, there must be a Quorum of the Twelve who hold the keys and confer them on others. In time came the First Vision and the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter, James, and John” (D&C 27:12). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Ashley
One of my favorite chapters in the New Testament is John 15. Verse 5 reads, “for without me ye can do nothing.” This is truth. Our Bible Dictionary defines Grace as: “A word that occurs frequently in the New Testament, specially in the writings of Paul. The main idea of the word is divine means of help or strength , given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ. “It is through the grace of the Lord Jesus, made possible by his atoning sacrifice, that mankind will be raised in immortality, every person receiving his body from the grave in a condition of everlasting life. It is likewise through the grace of the Lord that individuals, through faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ and repentance of their sins, receive strength and assistance to do good works that they otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to their own means. This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts. “Divine grace is needed by every soul in consequence of the fall of Adam and also because of man's weaknesses and shortcomings. However, grace cannot suffice without total effort on the part of the recipient. Hence the explanation, 'It is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do' (2 Nephi 25:23). It is truly the grace of Jesus Christ that makes salvation possible. This principle is expressed in Jesus' parable of the vine and the branches (John 15:1-11).” Show more Show less

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

Ashley
Our Bible dictionary define the word, “Tithe” as, “a tenth part given for the service of God”. The payments of tithing date back to that of Abraham (Gen 14:20 and Heb 7:4-10). Also Read Malachi 3:8-10. While I was an undergrad, I totaled my car by hitting a dear on the interstate. I found a used Honda Accord, that I could afford, with only 33,000 miles (no warranty). Not too long after purchasing this car I discovered that the car's transmission had some serious problems (it was leaking transmission fluid..badly). Around this same time, I was two paychecks behind on my tithing. I had just enough in my bank account to make myself current with the Lord, so I went ahead and paid my tithing and decided to live off Ramen until I got paid next. The only Honda place in town was a Honda dealership that had a reputation for high prices but I really had no other choice. While waiting in the lobby for the results of the mechanics investigation, I prayed so hard that everything with the car would be okay. The mechanic came through the doors and said, “hey we checked out your car, and it looks like its going to need a new transmission,” (my heart sunk) then he said, “and we're going to cover the cost of that and we're going to furnish you a rental also.” I stood there with my mouth agape. I almost couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was a miracle, and I bear witness to you that it was because I had paid my tithing. :) Show more Show less

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

Ashley
** Please see my answer to “What is the Priesthood?” Our 3rd Article of Faith reads, “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.” Just as baptism and confirmation (being given the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands) are ordinances, when done under the right authority, so is marriage for time and eternity, and the sealing of children to parents; thereby, uniting families for eternity. In the Apr 2008 General Conference, Elder Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency shared by one of the 12 Apostles during the early days of the Church. Elder Parley P. Pratt said, “I learned that the wife of my bosom might be secured to me for time and all eternity; and that the refined sympathies and affections which endeared us to each other emanated from the fountain of divine eternal love...I learned that we might cultivate these affections, and grow and increase in the same to all eternity; while the result of our endless union would be an offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven, or the sands of the sea shore.” "I had loved before, but I knew not why. But now I loved – with a pureness – an intensity of elevated, exalted feeling...I felt that God was my heavenly Father indeed; that Jesus was my brother, and that the wife of my bosom was an immortal eternal companion; a kind ministering angel, given to me as a comfort, and a crown of glory for ever and ever.” 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?

Ashley
The Word of Wisdom is in Doctrine and Covenants section 89, i invite you to read the entire section on lds.org: “Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation -That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father...And again , strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies...And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill...And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.” Robert D. Hales, of the 12 Apostles said in the Oct 2010 Gen Conference, “when we hearken to the Word of Wisdom, we escape the captivity of poor health and addiction to substances that literally rob us of our ability to act for ourselves.” He also said, “agency is the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and 'act for [ourselves] and not be acted upon.' (2 Ne 2:26) Agency is to act with accountability and responsibility for our actions. Our agency is essential to the plan of salvation. With it we are “free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil” (2 Ne 2:27). Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Ashley
The Word of Wisdom is in Doctrine and Covenants sec 89, I invite you to read the entire section on lds.org: “Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation -That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father...And again , strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies...And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill...And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.” Robert D. Hales, of the 12 Apostles said in the Oct 2010 Gen Conference, “when we hearken to the Word of Wisdom, we escape the captivity of poor health and addiction to substances that literally rob us of our ability to act for ourselves.” He also said, “agency is the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and 'act for [ourselves] and not be acted upon.' (2 Ne 2:26) Agency is to act with accountability and responsibility for our actions. Our agency is essential to the plan of salvation. With it we are “free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil” (2 Ne 2:27). Show more Show less

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

Ashley
Atheists seem to always say the same thing, “If there's a God, why doesn't He stop all the bad things that are happening in the world today?” After God had shown unto Enoch all of the inhabitants of the earth and all of His creations (including millions of earths just like this one), Enoch then also sees Satan and the great power he has over the hearts of the children of men. Enoch then looks upon the Lord and sees that He is weeping and then asks how it is that such a glorified, just, merciful, and kind being can weep. Then the Lord responds, “Behold these they brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them: and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency; And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood” (Moses 7:21-33). From this we learn that all the strife, war, death, suffering, poverty, and disease in the world are due to man exercising his agency to follow Satan instead of using it to accept and live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. We know that Christ provided the Atonement for us because this life would include an opposition in all things (2 Nephi 2:11-30). I have found in my short time here upon the earth that its actually that "opposition in all things" that brings me closer to Him, if I allow it to. Show more Show less

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

Ashley
Our 8th Article of Faith states, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the 12 Apostles, said in Apr 2008 Gen Conference, “We love and revere the Bible. The Bible is the word of God. It is always identified first in our canon, our “standard works.” Indeed, it was a divinely ordained encounter with the fifth verse of the first chapter of the book of James that led Joseph Smith to his vision of the Father and the Son, which gave birth to the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our time.” Elder M. Russell Ballard, of the 12 Apostles, said “We must ever remember the countless martyrs who knew of [the Bible's] power and who gave their lives that we may be able to find within its words the eternal happiness and the peace of our Heavenly Father's kingdom” (The Miracle of the Holy Bible, Liahona and Ensign, 2007, 80-81). Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the 12 Apostles, said in Apr 2010 Gen Conference, “Consider the magnitude of our blessing to have the Holy Bible and some 900 additional pages of scripture, including the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine & Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Then consider that in addition, the words of the prophets spoken as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost in settings such as this, which the Lord calls scripture" (D&C 68:2-4). Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ashley
Elder Richard G. Scott of the 12 Apostles said in the Oct 2010 Gen Conference, “A testimony is fortified by spiritual impressions that confirm the validity of a teaching, of a righteous act. Often such guidance is accompanied by powerful emotions that bring tears to the eyes and make it difficult to speak. But a testimony is not emotion. It is the very essence of character woven from threads born of countless correct decisions. These choices are made with trusting faith in things that are believed and, at least initially, are not seen. A strong testimony gives peace, comfort, and assurance. It generates the conviction that as the teachings of the Savior are consistently obeyed, life will be beautiful, the future will be secure, and there will be capacity to overcome the challenges that cross our path. A testimony grows from understanding truth distilled from prayer and the pondering of scriptural doctrine. It is nurtured by living those truths with faith anchored in the secure confidence that the promised results will be obtained.” He continues, “If you have determined to live righteously, don't become discouraged. Life may seem difficult now, but hold on tightly to that iron rod of truth. You are making better progress than you realize. Your struggles are defining character, discipline, and confidence in the promises of your Father in Heaven and the Savior as you consistently obey Their commandments.” 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?

Ashley
No and No. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Ashley
The Introduction to the Book of Mormon states, “The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fullness of the everlasting gospel. “The book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation. Their words, written on gold plates, were quoted and abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon. The record gives an account of two great civilizations. One came from Jerusalem in 600 B.C. and afterward separated into two nations, known as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The other came much earlier,when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Towel of Babel. This group is known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are the principle ancestors of the American Indians.” “After Mormon completed his writings, he delivered the account to his son Moroni, who added a few words of his own and hid up the plates in the hill Cumorah. On September 21, 1823, the same Moroni , then a glorified, resurrected being, appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and instructed him relative to the ancient record and its destined translation into the English language. “In due course the plates were delivered to Joseph Smith, who translated them by the gift and power of God. [It is a] witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God.” Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Ashley
Tithing is our major source of revenue. 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?

Ashley
Mormon, the ancient prophet-historian wrote, “It is an abridgement of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites – Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile – Written by way of commandment, and also by the spirit of prophesy and of revelation – Written and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destoryed – To come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof – sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by way of the Gentile – The interpretation thereof by the gift of God. “An abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also, which is a record of the people of Jared, who were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people, when they were building a tower to get to heaven. Which is to show unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers. And that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever. And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that JESUS is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD, manifesting himself unto all nations – And now, if there are faults, they are the mistakes of men; Wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ.” Also see my answer to, “Who wrote the Book of Mormon?” for information on how the Prophet Joseph Smith obtained the golden plates. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Ashley
Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the 12 Apostles, said in the Apr 2010, Conference, “The scriptures enlarge our memory by helping us always to remember the Lord and our relationship to Him and the Father. They remind us of what we knew in our premortal life. And they expand our memory in another sense by teaching us about epochs, people, and events that we did not experience personally. None of us was present to see the Red Sea part and cross with Moses between walls of water to the other side. We were not there to hear the Sermon on the Mount, to see Lazarus raised form the dead, to see the suffering Savior in Gethsemane and on the cross, and we did not, with Mary, hear the two angels testify at the empty tomb that Jesus was risen from the dead. You and I did not go forward one by one with the multitude in the land Bountiful at the resurrected Savior's invitation to feel the prints of the nails and bathe His feet with our tears. We did not kneel beside Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove and gaze there upon the Father and the Son. Yet we know all these things and much, much more because we have the scirptural record to enlarge our memory, to teach us what we did not know. And as these things penetrate our minds and hearts, our faith in God and His Beloved Son takes root...God uses scripture to unmask erroneous thinking, false traditions, and sin with its..effects. He is a tender parent who would spare us..suffering and grief and help us realize our divine potential.” 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?

Ashley
Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the 12 Apostles, said in the Oct 2010 Gen Conference, “A consecrated [consecrated to God] life respects the incomparable gift of one's physical body, a divine creation in the very image of God. A central purpose of the mortal experience is that each spirit should receive such a body and learn to exercise moral agency in a tabernacle of flesh. A physical body is also essential for exaltation, which comes only in the perfect combination of the physical and the spiritual, as we see in our beloved, resurrected Lord. In this fallen world, some lives will be painfully brief; some bodies will be malformed, broken or barely adequate to maintain life; yet life will be long enough for each spirit, and each body will qualify for resurrection. “Those who believe that our bodies are nothing more than the result of evolutionary chance will feel no accountability to God or anyone else for what they do with or to their body. We who have a witness of the broader reality of premortal, mortal, and postmortal eternity, however must acknowledge that we have a duty to God with respect to this crowning achievement of His physical creation. In Paul's words: 'What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 'For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's' (1 Cor 6:19-20).” Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Ashley
Mormon's are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The term “Mormon” comes from The Book of Mormon”, which is part of our canonized scriptures along with the Holy Bible Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Ashley
President Gordon B. Hinckley said in the Oct 1998 General Conference, “How wonderful a thing is a child. How beautiful is a newborn babe. There is no greater miracle than the creation of human life. “Abortion is an ugly thing, a debasing thing, a thing which inevitably brings remorse and sorrow and regret. “While we denounce it, we make allowance in such circumstances and when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have serious defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. “But such instances are rare, and there is only a negligible probability of their occurring. In these circumstances those who face the question are asked to consult with their local ecclesiastical leaders and to pray in great earnestness, receiving a confirmation through prayer before proceeding. “There is a far better way. “If there is no prospect of marriage to the man involved, leaving the mother alone, there remains the very welcome option of placing the child for adoption by parents who will love it and care for it. There are many such couples in good homes who long for a child and cannot have one.” Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Ashley
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, of the 12 Apostles, said in the 2005 April General Conference, “Pornographic or erotic stories and pictures are worse than filthy or polluted food. The body had defenses to rid itself of unwholesome food. With a few fatal exceptions, bad food will only make you sick but do no permanent harm. In contrast, a person who feasts upon filthy stories or pornographic or erotic pictures and literature records them in this marvelous retrieval system we call a brain. The brain won't vomit back filth. Once recorded, it will always remain subject to recall, flashing its perverted images across your mind and drawing you away from the wholesome things in life.” The first thing that needs to happen is that people need to realize the real danger it is to them personally and to their loved ones. In this same talk Elder Oaks said, “Pornography impairs one's ability to enjoy a normal emotional, romantic, and spiritual relationship with a person of the opposite sex. It erodes the moral barriers that stand against inappropriate, abnormal, or illegal behavior. As conscience is desensitized, patrons of pornography are led to act out what they have witnessed, regardless of its effects on their life and the lives of others..the good news is that no one needs to follow the evil, downward descent to torment. Everyone caught on this terrible escalator [pornography addiction] has the key to reverse his course. He can escape. Through repentance he can be clean.” Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Ashley
Elder Richard G. Scott of the 12 Apostles said in the 1994 Oct General Conference, “Within the enduring covenant of marriage, the Lord permits husband and wife the expression of the sacred procreative powers in all their loveliness and beauty within the bounds He has set. One purpose of this private, sacred, intimate experience is to provide the physical bodies for the spirits Father in Heaven wants to experience mortality. Another reason for these powerful and beautiful feelings of love is to bind husband and wife together in loyalty, fidelity, consideration of each other, and common purpose. “However, those intimate acts are forbidden by the Lord outside the enduring commitment of marriage because they undermine His purposes. Within the sacred covenant of marriage, such relationships are according to His plan.” Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ashley
No, we do not worship the Prophet Joseph Smith. The late President Gordon B. Hinckley said in October 1998 General Conference, “We believe in Christ. We worship Christ. We take upon ourselves in solemn covenant His holy name. He is our Lord, our Savior, our Redeemer through whom came the great Atonement with salvation and eternal life.” Show more Show less

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

Ashley
It will be a series of discussions covering the basic doctrines and principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ including the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Ashley
Elder Robert D. Hales of the 12 Apostles said in the 1996 Oct General Conference, “The eternal nature of our body and our spirit is a question often pondered by those who live in mortality. All people who will ever live on earth are members of a human family and are eternal children of God, our loving Heavenly Father. After birth and tasting of death in mortality, all will be resurrected because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God the Father. Depending on our individual obedience to the laws, ordinances, and commandments of God, each mortal can have the blessing of attaining eternal life; that is, returning to live in the presence of their Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ, having eternal increase for all the eternities to come. Through making and keeping sacred covenants found in the temple ordinances,individuals can return to the presence of God and will be reunited with their families eternally.” Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Ashley
No, we do not practice polygamy. Those groups who participate in polygamy are not members of our faith. Hinckley said in the 1998 October Conference, “I wish to state categorically that this Church has nothing whatever to do with those practicing polygamy. They are not members of this Church. Most of them have never been members. They are in violation of the civil law. They know they are in violation of the law. They are subject to its penalties.” He continues, “If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose. Not only are those so involved in direct violation of the civil law, they are in violation of the law of this Church. An article of our faith is binding upon us. It states, “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law” (Articles of Faith 1:12). One cannot obey the law and disobey the law at the same time.” “More than a century ago, God clearly revealed unto His prophet Wilford Woodruff that the practice of plural marriage should be discontinued, which means that it is now against the law of God. Even in countries where civil or religious law allows polygamy, the Church teaches that marriage must be monogamous, and does not accept into its membership those practicing plural marriage.” Show more Show less

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

Ashley
Sister Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women's General President, said in the 2007 Apr General Conference, “Virtue 'is a pattern of thought [or] behavior based on high moral standards' (Preach my Gospel [2004], 118). So what are the high moral standards that help us to be virtuous? “Virtue encompasses modesty – in thought, language, dress, and demeanor. And modesty is the foundation stone of chastity. Just as one does not hike trails inhabited by rattlesnakes barefoot, similarly in today's world it is essential to our very safety to be modest. When we are modest, we show others that we understand our relationship with our Father in Heaven as His daughters. We demonstrate that we love Him and that we will stand as witnesses of Him in all things. Being modest lets other know that we 'cherish virtue'. Modesty is not a matter of being “hip”. It is a matter of the heart and being holy. It is not about being fashionable. It is about being faithful. It is not about being cool. It is about being chaste and keeping covenants. It's not about being popular, but about being pure. Modesty has everything to do with keeping our footing securely on the path of chastity and virtue. It is clear that virtue is a requirement of exaltation. Mormon helps us understand that both virtue and chastity are 'most dear and precious above all things' (Moroni 9:9).” Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Ashley
President Gordon B. Hinckley, said in Oct 1998 Gen Conference, “The Prophet Joseph Smith declared, 'It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another'. “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost' (A of F 1:1). This first article of faith epitomizes our doctrine. We do not accept [creeds]...based on tradition and the conclusions of men. We do accept, as the basis of our doctrine, the statement of the Prophet Joseph Smith that when he prayed for wisdom in the woods, 'the light rested upon me [and] 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! (JS-H 1:17). “Two beings of substance were before him. He saw them. They were in form like men, only much more glorious in their appearance. He spoke to them. They spoke to him. They were not amorphous spirits. Each was a distinct personality. They were beings of flesh and bone whose nature was reaffirmed in later revelations which came to the Prophet. “I submit that if Joseph Smith talked with God the Father and His Beloved Son, then all else of which he spoke is true. This is the hinge on which turns the gate that leads to the path of salvation and eternal life.” Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Ashley
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the 12 Apostles, said in the 1993 Oct General Conference, “Our understanding of life begins with a council in heaven. There the spirit children of God were taught his eternal plan for they destiny. We had progressed as far as we could without a physical body and an experience in mortality. To realize a fullness of joy, we had to prove our willingness to keep the commandments of God in a circumstance where we had no memory of what preceded our mortal birth. “In our course of mortality, we would become subject to death, and we would be soiled by sin. To reclaim us from death and sin, our Heavenly Father's plan provided us a Savior, whose atonement would redeem all from death and pay the price necessary for all to be cleansed from sin on the conditions he prescribed (2 Ne 9:19-24).” “Although Satan and his followers..lost their opportunity to have a physical body, they are permitted to use their spirit powers to try to frustrate God's plan. This provides the opposition necessary to test how mortals will use their freedom to choose. Satan's most strenuous opposition is directed at whatever is most important to the Father's plan.” Therefore, our responsibility in this life is to learn good from evil and choose appropriately. We can demostrate our ability to choose good over evil by making and keeping covenants with our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

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

Ashley
The doctrine of plural marriage was revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1831. During this time the Church and its members were under severe persecution, and many husbands were lost by bloodshed due to mobs. Many women were essentially single-mothers. During this same time women had virtually no rights and the laws of the land were such that a woman couldn't own land without having a husband. Plural marriage was practiced during the early days of the Church by the direction of the prophet who held the priesthood keys. In other words, couples were asked by the prophet to live this law, it wasn't on a volunteer basis. I believe this law was instituted by God for the care of women and children during a very, very hard time for the Church and its members. Plural marriage was also practiced during Old Testament times (see Gen 16:1-11, Gen 29:21-28, Gen 30:4,9,26, Exodus 21:20, 2 Sam 2:1-2, D&C 132:37 and D&C 132:38-39). Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Ashley
A ward or a branch contains a certain number of members that live in the same geographical area. A group of wards and branches make up a stake. The members within the boundries of the stake, ward or branch care for each other and bear one another's burdens (Mosiah 18:8-9). The statistical report of 2010 given during the April 2011 General Conference said that world-wide there were 28,660 wards and branches, and 2,869 stakes. Total church membership at the end of 2010 was 14,131,467 with 272,814 converts baptized in 2010. The number of full-time missionaries (full-time representatives for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) serving was 52,225, in 340 different missions world-wide. Total number of operating temples throughout the world were 134. Show more Show less

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

Ashley
President Gordon B. Hinckley said in the Oct 1998 General Conference, “In the first place, we believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. We believe that marriage may be eternal through exercise of the power of the everlasting priesthood in the house of the Lord. “People inquire about our position on those who consider themselves so-called gays and lesbians. My response is that we love them as sons and daughters of God. They may have certain inclinations which are powerful and which may be difficult to control. Most people have inclinations of one kind or the another at various times. If they do not act upon theses inclinations, then they can go forward as do all other members of the Church. If they violate the law of chastity and the moral standards of the Church, then they are subject to the discipline of the Church, just as others are. “We want to help these people, to strengthen them, to assist them with their problems and to help them with their difficulties. But we cannot stand idle if they indulge in immoral activity, if they try to uphold and defend and live in a so-called same-sex marriage situation. To permit such would be to make light of the very serious and sacred foundation of God-sanctioned marriage and its very purpose, the rearing of families.” Show more Show less

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

Ashley
When we understand who Jesus Christ is, we will come to understand why we need a Savior. Elder Robert D. Hales, of the 12 Apostles said in the Apr 2008 General Conference, “Who is this Jesus? He participated with His Father in the Creation of the world and was responsible, under the direction of His Father, to create all things on the face of the earth. 'And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten' (Moses 1:33). Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is our Mediator with the Father. He is the Savior who laid down His life for us and pleads our cause with the Father...Jesus, the Son, is not the same being as His Father, but He is like His Father. He too is a glorified being. “I testify that our Savior lives... He will come again on this earth to reign. He is Jesus Christ, the Holy One of Israel, 'full of grace, and mercy, and truth...It is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name.' He is the literal Son of God, who rose from the dead on the third day, bringing the reality of resurrection to all who will come to earth. I also testify that God our Eternal Father lives and loves each of us, for we are His children. So great is His love that He sent His Only Begotten Son into the world “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'” Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Ashley
My faith means everything to me. The blessings that have come to me because of my membership in the church are priceless. These blessings haven't been worldly possessions; Its been peace during times of extreme heartache, pain, and uncertainty. It's the knowledge that this life is simply a testing ground, to prove myself faithful. Its the knowledge that there's life after death. I can promise its not easy, but I can also promise its worth it! The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; ...the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things. It was through sacrifice, and this only, that God has ordained that men should enjoy eternal life; and it is through the medium of sacrifice of all earthly things that men do actually know that they are doing the things that are well pleasing in the sight of God.” I think of the Apostle Paul's words, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” (Heb 10:35-36)...The promise of eternal life. Paul also said, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Cor 2:9-11). Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ashley
The Prophet Moroni says in the last chapter of the Book of Mormon, “if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:4-5). In my experience, when the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me that something is true – whether it be while reading or hearing the word of God, or even simply while pondering about the scriptures or a doctrine of the Gospel – I have found that the Spirit communicates very delicately. It is usually a peaceful, uplifting, and enlightening feeling with a heart and a mind connection. Your head will say, “it makes sense”; and your heart with say, “I love it”. Elder Robert D. Hales, of the 12 Apostles said in the April 2008 General Conference, “As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I testify the truth of what is in the scriptures and what has been told to me and can be told to you by the Holy Spirit. It will be revealed according to your obedience and desires. The Savior taught us during His mortal ministry this great truth that applies to all of us: 'Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you' (3 Nephi 18:20). I testify that I do know these things, and I know with surety that these things which I have spoken of are true. That you may seek for that same surety is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” Show more Show less

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

Ashley
The Prophet Joseph Smith was the prophet through whom God restored His Gospel in its fullness back to the earth. Show more Show less

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

Ashley
Elder Russell M. Nelson, of the 12 Apostles, said in the Oct 1993 Gen Conference, “We...believe in prophets. God has always taught His children upon the earth through prophets. In ancient times, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and many others were among those chosen by God as His prophets. Likewise, we believe that Joseph Smith was called by God as the prophet to inaugurate this present era, known as 'the dispensation of the fullness of times' (see Eph 1:10; D&C 112:30; D&C 121:31; D&C 124:41; D&C 128:18, 20: D&C 138:48). He was called and chosen to bring together all former 'dispensations, and keys, and powers...from the days of Adam even to the present time' (D&C 128:18). Previous dispensations include those identified with Adam, with Noah, with Moses, and with Jesus and His Apostles in the meridian of time. “This modern dispensation of which I speak fulfills the biblical promise of a 'restitution of all things' (Acts 3:21; Rev 14:6,7). We believe in the restitution of the same organization that once existed in the early Christian Church, with Apostles, prophets, and teachers (A of F 1:6). Our origins did not spring from protest of any kind; hence, we are not a Protestant denomination. Rather, we understand that the church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth,established, as the Apostle Paul once declared, 'upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone' (Eph 2:20).” Show more Show less

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

Ashley
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the 12 Apostles, said in Oct 2005 Conference, “I want you to be proud you are a woman. I want you to feel the reality of what it means, to know who you truly are. You are literally a spirit daughter of heavenly parents with a divine nature and an eternal destiny. That surpassing truth should be fixed deep in your soul and be fundamental to every decision you make as you grow into mature womanhood. There could never be a greater authentication of your dignity, your worth, your privileges, and your promise. Your Father in heaven knows your name and knows your circumstance. He hears your prayers. He knows your hopes and dreams, including your fears and frustrations. And He knows what you can become through faith in Him.” “Everything Christ taught He taught to women a well as men. Indeed, in the restored light of the gospel of Jesus Christ, a woman, including a young woman, occupies a majesty all her own in the divine design of the Creator. You are, as Elder James E. Talmage once phrased it, 'a sanctified investiture which none shall dare profane.' “ He also said, “a woman's abiding trust in God and unfailing devotion to things of the Spirit have always been an anchor when the wind and the waves of life were fiercest. I say to you what the Prophet Joseph said more than 150 years ago: 'If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates.' “ Show more Show less

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

Ashley
Because we are often called “Mormons” our beliefs and practices are called Mormonism. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are called Mormons due to the title of one of the books of our canonized scripture, The Book of Mormon. The gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Mormon, was actually the name of the prophet-historian who lived anciently. The Book of Mormon contains the writings of many ancient prophets who kept records of the dealings of God with their people. Mormon was the prophet who quoted and abridged all the records into the golden plates. Mormon then gave the record to his son, Moroni, who then recorded more information, sealed the record, and hid it in a hill, to come forth and be translated at a later time. The introduction to the Book of Mormon states, “On September 21, 1823, the same Moroni, then a glorified resurrected being, appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and instructed him relative to the ancient record and its destined translation into the English language. “In due course the plates were delivered to Joseph Smith, who translated them by the gift and power of God. The record is now published in many languages as a new and additional witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that all who will come unto him and obey the laws and ordinances of his gospel may be saved.” I have read the Book of Mormon and I know its true. :) Show more Show less