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Hi I'm Elder Orme

I was born in Texas, raised in/on Washington, Disney vacations and Nintendo, and currently live in Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served a mission in both Utah and Arizona. I've spent over a year and a half in Disneyland, plus many more Disney Vacations around the world. I'm also really good at Disney Easter Eggs and Trivia. I also love Nintendo, especially The Legend of Zelda series and Kid Icarus Uprising. I'm a Junior in College, studying Computer Science. My hope is to graduate and join Nintendo or Kingdom Hearts (if it's still producing games). My main hobby outside Disney and video games is playing piano. However, most of the songs I play are from Disney and video games.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS church. As I was taught, everything would make perfect sense. I was so surrounded by the Holy Ghost, I had a hard time noticing it was there. However, after praying for many years for a witness that I could notice, I got one that I couldn't ignore or deny. While the Holy Ghost speaks to most with feelings/emotions, for me, it was first thoughts and impressions.

How I live my faith

I was the High School Drama Pianist from my Junior to Senior year. One of the performances I played for is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I was one of the few LDS kids in my school, and always tried to get friends to come to Church activities. None accepted, but I hope my example and friendship with them made a lasting impression that will result in them accepting later in life.

Are Mormons Christians?

Elder Orme
The general term Christian means that a person believes in Jesus Christ, and from hence comes that nickname. It was, if memory serves right, a nickname given to the believers by antagonizing, non-believing Romans. The term Mormons was given to this church by antagonizing non-members because we have another set of scriptures, called the Book of Mormon, that we believe in as well as the Holy Bible. The full, proper name of the Mormon church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Since we believe in Jesus Christ as our savior, and believe the Book of Mormon to be another source of the word of God, the nicknames Mormon and Christian apply to members of the LDS Church. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Elder Orme
Inside kingdoms, kings would often press a seal into documents containing his laws or decrees. Whenever a King would give a loyal subject authority to act in his name, said subject was also given the authoritative seal, usually in the form of a ring. If any man not authorized tried to falsify a decree or law, his document wouldn't have the seal, and therefore be identified as a forgery. For a great scriptural example of this, read Daniel 6:17; Esther 3:10-12; and Esther 8: 2, 8, 10. Similarly, whenever there's an officer of the law, they are given a badge to prove their authority. For an example, a policeman can pull you over for speeding and write you a ticket, but a taxi driver can't. The same idea of authority is with spiritual authority. God has called certain men to act in his name, and has given them his Priesthood Authority. Without this, none of their acts would be binding. And if anyone could take this authority, there would be anarchy, and the sacred covenants of God would be altered and changed against God's will, since it is Man's will that qualified and not God's. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Elder Orme
No we don't. While we do revere him as the Prophet who restored God's church to the earth, we don't have any prayers, religious ceremonies, idols (or idols of anything or anyone), etc. directly invoking/involving him. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Elder Orme
The Law of Chastity basically said not to do/think anything that will excite or invite sexual desires or intimacies outside of marriage. As said in 1 Corinthians Chapter 6, our bodies and our souls were bought for God through the Atonement. Also, the power to create life is more sacred than the power to end life. We also believe in the importance of a stable family as the basic unit of society. Imagine how many children would be raised better, in every sense of the word, if there were no broken homes, fathers abandoning mothers, or need for orphanages (where there are no parents/guardians). When we break the Law of Chastity, not only are we sinning against the body that belongs to God and was paid for by Christ, we are also abusing sacred power and destabilizing society. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Elder Orme
We believe, as do many other Christian religions, that baptism is necessary for full salvation in heaven. If God is both Just and Merciful, then his mercy must give everyone a chance to accept baptism; whether in this life or before Christ's Second Coming. Can you imagine being separated from your beloved parents (who died before you joined the church) forever, just because you got baptized and they didn't? That isn't fully Just or Merciful. We get baptized on behalf of those passed on to give everyone the chance to accept the gospel and enter the kingdom of God. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Elder Orme
Our basic belief has three parts. First, Jesus organized his church on the earth. While we mostly read about Jesus' travels in the Gospels, the Epistles make it clear that believers were organized into churches, or as we call them now Wards and Branches. His church had three parts; himself as the Head, Prophets and Apostles with his priesthood authority, and scripture both ancient and modern (they didn't have any part of the New Testament before Jesus lived, did they?). Second, Jesus and the Apostles were martyred. With them, the fullness of the priesthood authority was lost, revelation wasn't received, modern scripture ended, and the church fell. This loss meant that God didn't lead mankind, and no baptism or other ordinance can be done with God's authority. If God didn't come down to restore the church, the church could never be brought back. The Catholics did a good job uniting the world in Christianity. The Protestants did a good job discovering lost beliefs or practices. But none of them had God's authority, nor the fullness of the truth. Third, God and Jesus appeared once again in the times of restoration, as spoken of by Jesus, Peter, Paul, and John the Revelator. Jesus declared himself to lead the church, and called a young boy to become a prophet. He gave him the priesthood authority through other angelic messengers who held it. He then gave him scriptures, both ancient and modern, to clarify the Bible and to lead and organize the church today. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
If the Bible was all that was needed, why are there 30,000+ different Christian churches with varying and contending beliefs? Christ's church had three parts: Christ as the head, leaders (mortal ones) with the priesthood authority, and scripture. Christ was crucified, and only appeared to mortal leaders. The Apostles had the fullness of the priesthood, but it was lost with them. The scriptures were preserved by copying, but the preservation wasn't always perfect. Compare the three versions of the Road to Damascus; one says all heard the voice, the other two says only Saul heard it, and the third can be seen to say only Saul was there. Also, in John, one chapter confirms that Jesus did baptisms at least twice, while the following chapter says that Jesus didn't do baptisms. As we see, two of the fundamental parts to Christ's church were lost, and the third was distorted and reinterpreted by the contending faiths and church leaders. Knowing this, we must believe one of two things. Either God's church is completely lost and we should await a Restoration, or a Restoration has occurred already. I can testify that Jesus and God appeared to Joseph Smith to restore their church, that they gave him the priesthood, and that they commanded him to translate scripture and give new revelations to confirm and clarify what is in the Bible. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
The answer to this question is a resounding Yes. Just as sure as Paul said that "Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord." and that Peter wrote "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with [your wife] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife... and as being heirs together of the grace of life..." God created Adam and Eve, and gave THEM dominion; not just Adam or Eve separately. These passages make it clear that Eternal Marriage is one of the parts of the sealing powers of the priesthood, that "whatsoever [they] shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven..." Without this power - which was lost when Jesus and the Apostles were killed and restored through Joseph Smith - mankind could only perform marriages "until death do [we] part", a clear contradiction to scriptural Priesthood practices. 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.

Elder Orme
In Chapter 1 of the book of Acts, the Apostles call Matthias to replace Judas. Also, after James, another Apostle who died in chapter 12, Paul and Barnabas were called and set apart as Apostles. Don't believe me? How many Epistles start with "Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ"? Apparently, from the latter event, either another Apostle had died, or Peter became Prophet (as LDS people would call it today) and 2 men were called to fill the vacancies in the Quorum of the 12. These two instances do, however, show the importance of maintaining 12 Apostles. In Ephesians 4, Paul says we need Prophets, Apostles, and other Church positions "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;" Is the world (or just all Christians) unified in their faith, or their knowledge of Jesus and his doctrine? Are we perfect men; just as righteous as Jesus Himself? Well, obviously not. Therefore, and just as obviously, we still have great need of Apostles, Prophets, and other positions of the church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Elder Orme
It is through the Grace of God and Jesus that all men are saved from Spiritual Death and are Resurrected, or are saved from Physical Death. However, that doesn't mean that we don't have to do anything. Jesus spoke often about repentance, or told people 'sin no more'. If Grace was all that was needed, why did the Apostles warn against falling into Hell, or Paul of a three-graded heaven? An example I love from Seminary and from a person in our church explains the basics of Grace clearly: a mother pays a piano teacher to teach her child, then tells the child to prepare for a recital. The mother doesn't get money back from the teacher, or from the child. The child shows his appreciation for her sacrifice by practicing. At the recital, his practice determines if he passes, and how well he his applauded. In the same way, Jesus paid Justice, then told us to have faith in Him, obey Him, and follow Him. After we are given time to sufficiently obey or disobey, the Judgement comes, and we must show and prove to Him how we honored his sacrifice for us. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
The current theory as to the world's creation among scientists (that I know about) is the Big Bang Theory. Can one explosion in a printing press make a perfect Oxford Dictionary? How about something as simple as a Doctor Seuss book, without the pictures? How about if all the pieces were assembled just right (not put together though) before said explosion? The obvious answer should be "No! Explosions can't create, they only destroy." If a Small Bang with initial guidance couldn't make something as small yet detailed as a book, how can a Big Bang make a multi-galaxy universe, with all kinds and varieties of atoms, molecules, and life? The only logical answer is: it can't, unless it was guided and ordered by a Divine Being, who we LDS people call God. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
Jesus said that if anybody looks upon another to lust after them, they commit adultery (break the laws of chastity) in their hearts. You have to admit; the less modest a person is, the easier it is to call said person's body attractive and lust after said body. By remaining modest, you can be more sure as to why people like you; for your curves/muscles, or for you. Also, God made mankind after his own image. Would you make an image of a immodest God? How about take something with the image of God, and make it immodest? Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Elder Orme
Joseph Smith and his contemporaries definitely did not. Several experts have found that the Book of Mormon translates easily into a form (possibly condensed, like Hieratic or Demotic) of Ancient Egyptian, a language not understood during the time of Joseph Smith yet the Book of Mormon claimed to use in its opening verses. Also, a Wordprint Analysis went through the Book of Mormon, as well as the writings of Joseph Smith and others near him around the time of its translation. It compared sentence structure and word choice between the Book of Mormon and the modern people. Not only did it say there was less than 1 in 100 billion chance any one of them wrote it, but it identified at least 24 different Wordprints, suggesting 24 different authors. Emma Smith also reported that her husband had no other sources of information (not even the Bible) from which to work except the plates she had felt from beneath a fabric covering and knew existed. The most likely answer, based on these facts alone, is the one that the LDS church believes: that the Book of Mormon is of ancient origin, written by multiple people in a language that was not understood during the time of Joseph Smith, compiled by Mormon, finished and hidden by his son Moroni, then revealed and given to Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
As said in our Articles of Faith: "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." Lets face it, there are hundreds of translations of the Bible in different modern languages (the funniest/weirdest I heard about is called 'Da Jesus Book'), and thousands of manuscripts in the original languages that don't completely agree. The Bible was preserved by copying on paper; if a person wrote anything (inserts of things he forgot to copy in, personal explanations, personal thoughts, etc.) on one copy, how will the next man know what to copy and what to leave out? Since the Bibles and the original manuscripts don't agree, which one has the fullness of truth? Also, some wicked men tried to edit what was in the Bible. I heard that within the past century, a translation committee of the Bible included non-Christians who wanted every reference to Jesus being God's Son removed. They failed, but they did manage to remove other beliefs and doctrines. That's why we need the Book of Mormon. It is 'Another Testament of Jesus Christ', to support and work alongside the Bible. Preserved on plates of metal compiled by one man (not nearly as many copyist errors), and translated by Joseph Smith with the Power of God, it has no doctrinal errors. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Elder Orme
Did Jesus only heal Jews? NO, NOPE, and DEFINITELY NOT! He healed Samaritans, Romans, and Greeks. While faith was required for most of His miracles, some were performed without needed faith (feeding the thousands, water to wine at the wedding, raised the son of a widow, etc.), meaning they could be done for not only the believers in Him, but for everyone. Also, ever heard of the Mormon Helping Hands, or the LDS Humanitarian Aid? After Hurricane Katerina, a mayor of a destroyed town wanted to thank 2 churches in particular for their service: the Mormon Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. (Hint: they're the same thing!). We've also served in other ways; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir helped translate Muslim hymns into English, for example. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Elder Orme
Basically, teach people against it. Warn them of the negative effects and consequences of viewing it. Teach them the laws of modesty and chastity. Modesty, dressing appropriately, and choosing clothing with patterns and designs that are appropriate, will not only keep people moral, but increase dislike in pornography. Chastity is one of the main things affected by pornography; teach to respect these bodies God based off his appearance. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Elder Orme
Well, the obvious answer is Jesus. But there's a little more to it than that. In the bible, we read that Peter, the one who spent the most amount of time as an apostle of the 12, became the new head of the church. We do the same thing; Jesus chose each of his modern Apostles, and the senior Apostle automatically becomes the new prophet after the death of the previous one. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Elder Orme
As a former missionary, I can answer this: my funds came from MYSELF! That's right, I spent $400 a month for 2 years, and restricting what I can buy, watch, or use to boot! Not to mention, some of that $400 goes to OTHER missionaries whose missions cost more money or need additional support. How many 18 through 26 year old teens do you know that would do such a thing? Not many, only those who received a testimony of the truthfulness of their church, like I did. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Elder Orme
Like Samuel, he was a young boy who God chose to become a prophet. However, since the Hebrew phrase could mean anybody below 30, Joseph Smith, at 14, could be even younger than he. The requirements to be a prophet are: God or Jesus' voice calls you personally, you receive the Priesthood Authority to do such work, you get scripture and/or modern revelation, and you're commanded to lead the new church. God AND Jesus Christ appeared side by side to Joseph Smith, called him to be a prophet, then sent various angels and visions later with scriptures and modern revelations. If you want a longer version, go onto lds.org and look up the free movie Joseph Smith; Prophet of the Restoration. It'll be an hour long. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Elder Orme
Only two people have done anything for your salvation: God and Jesus Christ. God made the whole world through Jesus Christ (see at least John 1), as well as our spirits (see at least Proverbs 8). God set a law of Justice and Mercy; Justice so that the good can receive glory, and Mercy so that everyone has a fair chance to repent. Jesus then came down and lived completely according to Justice, so that he can pay for Justice and extend Mercy. These two great beings are the ones to whom we should have faith, reverence, and obedience. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
God and Jesus Christ. Who else should found a true church? Watch, on lds.org, "A Search for Truth" (about Wilford Woodruff) and "Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Restoration". Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Elder Orme
Jesus paid so that we could overcome physical death and spiritual death (separation from God). However, there still exists a Heaven and a Hell, as well as the three degrees of heaven spoken of by Paul in 1 Cor 15:40-42 and 2 Cor 12:2. Many writers wrote a warning against losing the highest degree of glory, or in other words being damned. We still have to do all we can to become and be worthy to return to Heavenly Father. For an example, turn a sink on AS COLD AS POSSIBLE and let your hands get used to it. Your hands will represent a vile sinner. Not quickly turn the faucet on AS HOT AS POSSIBLE. What is the natural reaction? IT HURTS! GET OUT OF THERE! If a sinner doesn't do good works and adjust himself to a godly life, being with God would burn too much, and he'd find a level of condemnation more comfortable to stay in. Immortality is a free gift, Eternal Life and Glory with God is another matter. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
To say we don't need the Bible is to deny Jesus' life and atonement. That is something no Christian believer will ever do. In fact, out of the 4 years of High School Seminary LDS students usually take, we spend 1 year on the Book of Mormon and TWO on the Bible. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
No. While the church does speak out on policies within the political platforms, no person is endorsed or condemned. For an example, lets suppose one guy said "Go for same-sex (aka Sodomite) relationships, but no sex outside marriage," then another guy said "No same-sex, but go for sex outside marriage (aka fornication, possible adultery, or concubinage)." The church will not take a stand for either person, but will take a stand against the individual sinful or otherwise bad policies (the Sodomites, fornicators, adulterers, or concubines). 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?

Elder Orme
1) Temples are the house of the Lord. Only those worthy to be in his presence can enter. 2) Nothing secret, but sacred. Secret implies that we want to exclude all others. Sacred means we want all people to become worthy enough to partake and know for themselves what happens. 3) I don't know how much we're allowed to say, but here's the basics most people and articles reveal: We do baptisms for the dead (1 Cor 15:29), so that our ancestors can be saved alongside us. We receive our endowment. In the words of Brigham Young: “Your endowment is, to receive all those ordinances in the House of the Lord, which are necessary for you, after you have departed this life, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father, passing the angels who stand as sentinels, … and gain your eternal exaltation in spite of earth and hell." We also perform Eternal Marriages (1 Cor 11:11 and 1 Peter 3:7), for ourselves and for our ancestors, so that we may all be sealed together as a heavenly family. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
(Side note: Did you know many people outside the church refer to our second prophet, Brigham Young, as 'the modern Moses'?) God has always spoken to the world through Prophets. Do you believe God changes? Do you believe God lost the power to speak to man? Do you believe we don't need God, that the world is perfect as He asked and commanded? The answer to all those questions should be No. If God doesn't change, if this world is still fallen, and if He still has the power, why WON'T he call prophets? John saw 2 latter-day prophets, which he called witnesses (same calling, different name), which would testify before the Second Coming of Christ. Amos 3:7 says that "... God would do nothing, [except he first] revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." While ancient prophets testified of the Christ, a 'modern' prophet, John the Baptist, was called to heralded it and prepare people for the occasion. In the same way, the Second Coming it won't happen unless modern prophets are called to prepare the world for the occasion. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Elder Orme
Matthew 10:8, after the Apostles received the priesthood power of Jesus Christ and the calling of Apostle, they were told "...freely ye have received, freely give." We have a 'lay ministry' because all the Apostles were regular men, not learned men. We also serve for free because many of Christ's original apostles and Old Testament prophets served without reward (sure, one or two were in higher positions, but like Daniel who said "Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another", they didn't serve for money, but to obey God.). Christ's disciples didn't study to become a prophet or apostle, they didn't ask God/Jesus to serve in those capacities, God and Jesus called and qualified them (see John 15:16). 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?

Elder Orme
Women already hold the power of a God, the power to create life. Women bring forth life, Men through the Priesthood preserve and save life. Also, there is a difference between Priesthood Power and Priesthood Authority. The Authority, the right to perform ordinances in God's name, are only for men. The Power, the powers of heaven, are available to all. During the Exodus to Utah, two saints got sick oxen. One, a man, had to anoint and bless said ox for it to be healed. The other, a sister featured in the film Legacy, only needed a prayer and to tug the ox's rope for it to be healed. Not having the Authority doesn't mean we're locking out all others from receiving the Power. It means that the men have a responsibility to use the Authority for others or be held accountable for neglecting their duty. Also, even in the Old Testament, the Lord had set restrictions on who could hold His Priesthood. There is a story in Numbers 16 where those who were allowed the Levitical Priesthood but denied the Higher Priesthood (see Joseph Smith Translation for clarification), and desired it. The Lord made it abundantly clear that He chooses who serves as/for Him, then in a later chapter warned those who held the Priesthood against misuse or not using it properly for others. Men and Women hold different roles in the family. The Relief Society is largest and oldest Women's Organization. It teaches and helps women in their roles as mothers/daughters/sisters, their equivalent of men's Priesthood. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
10%, or Tithing, was a practice done as far back as Abraham, who paid tithes to Melchizedek. Malachi taught that when you pay tithing, the Lord will "open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Also, in modern revelation, we learn that "he that is tithed shall not be burned at [Christ's Second] coming." Obey, and be blessed above that which you can imagine, or disobey and be burned. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
They try to get to know those we teach, and invite them to come unto Christ, help them receive the restored gospel and doctrine, develop faith in what they learn, repent to bring their lives in harmony with the Savior's, be baptized by somebody holding the restored Priesthood Authority, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost through somebody who holds said Authority, and continuing to become more like Christ for the rest of their lives. The sad thing is, very few actually listen and do all those things. However, even if the missionaries can't help them do all those things, they can help them do parts. In England, Scotland, and other countries, there are 'state churches' where attendance is less than 5% of the total membership. However, in Mesa specifically and other parts of the US, the rates are 60% or above, LDS and non-LDS together. The reason isn't because the LDS are that 60%. I believe the reason is that the missionaries come over and make them realize how important religion is and how much they need it in their lives. That makes them become more active in a church, usually not the LDS church. Either that, or they think that the missionaries will leave them alone if they were active in another church. In some support of the latter, I can't count the number of times somebody told me (during my mission) "No thanks, I'm a Catholic/Jehovah's Witness," as if that should deter us. Here's a hint: it doesn't. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
Of course we do! How many times has Jesus referred to God as 'his father' and himself as 'the son'? It's practically all over the Gospel of John, since that was his focus for that book. In fact, not only does John confirm that Jesus is literally the Son of God, it also teaches that Jesus is our prefect Savior, Redeemer, Teacher, Exemplar, many other titles, and Jehovah. At least twice in John in the Greek, one of which is obvious in English in John 8:58, Jesus refers to himself as 'I AM' and the Jews, hearing what they termed blasphemy of His's name, tried to stone him for it. Isaiah and a couple other Old Testament Prophets confirm this truth, 1 Samuel 8, Samuel was told that Jehovah was to be their King. Isaiah was told that God would be the Savior, Redeemer, and other titles applied to Jesus, starting noticeably after Isaiah 41:14 til the end of his book, and drastically in 44:6. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Elder Orme
One definition is 'a system of religious beliefs or ritual'. In this case, the Catholics, the Baptists, and all other religions, particularly those with rituals/ordinances, are cults. Another definition is 'a religion regarded as unorthodox', the last word I understand to mean 'not in the norm'. In this case, every religion is unorthodox when looked at by another. But if 'the norm' means 'according to the Bible', then the LDS church is incredibly orthodox. We believe in the need for God's Priesthood Authority, as given to the Apostles, passed down by them, and explained in Hebrews with particular mention in chapter 5, verses 1 and 4. We believe that children don't need baptism, as hinted in Jesus blessing, yet refusing to baptize, little children brought to Him by their mothers. We believe in Baptism for the Dead, as taught by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:29 as part of his evidence in the truthfulness of the Resurrection (read the preceding verses in the same chapter). Also, we believe in a premortal existence, as taught in Proverbs 8 (before the Creation, I Solomon was with God), John 3:13 (you can't go into heaven unless you first came from heaven), and John 9:1-2 (The Apostles say, basically: 'Jesus, Jewish tradition is that your own sin or your parents' sin can cause blindness and other bodily imperfections. We also know everyone existed and had free will before this life. So, before he was born, who sinned: this man, or his parents, to make him be born blind?') Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
I heard that after Hurricane Katrina, a welfare helper supplied the survivors with debit cards for food. But some of the people instead wasted it on giant screen TVs and other goods, leaning on the rest of the nation for a long time for help and supplies. These afflicted people abused their support to live comfortably with little to no effort on their part. Many places in all scripture speak out against being idle or lazy. But some people need help getting on their feet. Through LDS Welfare, the Church helps people help themselves. When entered into the service, they are able to work for their food, and meet with Job Specialists who help them get proper employment. This program of welfare, where people pick themselves up rather than lay back, is so successful that most people don't need help within 3 months! Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
Jesus told Mary Magdalene that he had not yet ascended unto heaven, after spending time in a world beyond Earth. The Book of Mormon helps us understand; there's a place between death and resurrection, since not everyone dies or is resurrected at the same time. Many scriptural writers focused on this abode when they wrote of Heaven/Paradise or Hell/Spirit Prison. In this place, we are spirits without physical bodies. Those in Paradise received God's ordinances (baptism, etc.) by the proper authority and made His covenants, and await the blessed consequences of their faithfulness. Paul wrote to the Corinthians thrice; we have the latter two letters in our bible. In both, he wrote of a 3-tiered resurrection (Celestial/Sun, Terrestrial/moon, Telestial/stars bodies) and of a man in the 3rd heaven. From this, we learn the end state of mankind. Here's the basics: Telestial is wicked, Terrestrial is righteous who didn't accept God's proper covenants and ordinances, and the Celestial are the righteous who also made the covenants and received the ordinances of God. One ordinance needed to enter the Celestial Kingdom is Baptism. Another is in 1 Corinthians 11:11; namely, Eternal Marriage. As a sign that the proper priesthood ordinance authority was lost, man could only marry "to death to you part". In this, the LDS or Mormon Church, the priesthood was restored, and we can receive this ordinance of Eternal Marriage and enter 'the Lord' or Heaven. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
We believe that our religion started at the time of Adam and Eve. Through wickedness and deaths of prophets, apostles, etc., there was a cycle of Apostasy (man turns away from God's truth) and Dispensations (God again Dispenses truth and his church with ordained leaders). Throughout the Old Testament, we see this cycle. Jesus was born in Apostasy, and created a brief Dispensation of Prophets and Apostles. But while they were still alive, people were already turning away from the truth and corrupting the church (the Epistles and Revelation were written to correct incorrect or apostate beliefs or people). But after the death of Peter, circa 65 AD, the Bishop of Rome took over. Later, circa 96 AD, John the Beloved Apostle finished his biblical writings. Would a Bishop dare take over when the Beloved Apostle, or any Apostle for that matter, was still living? Either way, with the loss of the Apostles, the governing authority was lost; the Great Apostasy had begun. Daniel of old prophesied when the Church would be formed and roll forth; during a time with 10 kingdoms. In 1820, God decided it was time to prepare a young boy to become prophet and lead the new Dispensation. He and his Son appeared side by side to Joseph Smith, who wanted to know which church to join. After a few years of growth, Joseph was commanded and prepared to become the prophet. In 1829, Greece became the world's 10th kingdom, and on the Lord's following birthday - April 6, 1830 - the church was organized anew. 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?

Elder Orme
The Church has among the fastest response times, and strongest support, for worldwide disasters. Many government officials were surprised at how fast, how much supplies, and how many people the Church could mobilize within hours of a disaster being forewarned or occurring. Not only that, the Church helps people all over the world to become self-sufficient and self-reliant. Another way the Church helps can be various and surprising. The Church is producing a movie about 6 Mormons, and the money from the theater tickets will go to the Red Cross. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, or MoTab for short, has sung in many places worldwide and for Presidential events. The MoTab even translated Muslim songs into English for Muslim citizens of the United States! Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Elder Orme
What are you looking at a Brother's answer for? Shouldn't you be looking at a Sister's profile for this? What I understand is that Relief Society was organized under the direction of Joseph Smith, who 'turned the key for them in the name of God'. This means, to me at least, that Relief Society is for them what Priesthood is for us, and they were given authority from God to officiate in such. They are given this authority to act as Sister leaders in the church much the same way Brothers leaders are. Relief Society was designed to help edify the Sisters in their roles as Sisters, mothers, and more, like Priesthood for Brothers, fathers, and more. Since then, it has become the oldest and largest women's organization. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Elder Orme
The importance of this event was that questions and divine guidance were restored to the Earth. After the Apostles died, the church quickly said, in effect, that the heavens were closed. God said all he meant to say in the Bible, God did everything he meant to do, now God can't say or do anything else. Thus, revelation was stopped on man's end. When the Protestants came into force, questions were being asked. However, they directed their questions at one other, to argue, debate, or convince. Revelation was never considered possible, so God was still ignored. God wanted to help us progress. But like telephones, the 'heavenly phone' was blocked on Earth's side, and Earth refused to call Him. He needed to find a person who had not yet blocked the number, and who would 'dial' His specific number. Older people blocked Him, He needed a young boy. That young boy was Joseph Smith. He was confused by the Bible and the various preachers interpretations of it. He then read James 1:5-6, something clear enough for him to understand. It said 'don't know, ask God, he'll answer.' Joseph decided to do something not done in almost 1750 years; ask God directly for help and knowledge. In a small grove of trees, Joseph kneed down for his first vocal prayer. In answer, God and Jesus themselves came down and appeared to him. Joseph asked Them his question, 'Which Church should i join?' They said 'none, you'll restore it when you're older,' then left. Content at his answer, Joseph left and waited. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Elder Orme
They are basic units of the Church. They're kind of like Schools. Various schools are organized geographically into a School District, with people (supposed to) attend their allotted school. In a similar way, there are two kinds of Large, and two Small, Areas. In places where the Church isn't strong, a Mission District is in charge of Branches and Wards. If there are enough Wards, they and some Branches can be organized into a Stake instead of under the Mission District, whose missionaries will still serve there as long as there is a Branch within the Stake. A Branch can become a Ward when there are enough Brethren that hold the Melchizedek (or Higher) Priesthood and are paying a full tithe. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Elder Orme
A Testimony is more than a profession of faith. It's more than an action based on that faith. It's a spiritual witness, or personal knowledge, of a spiritual truth, that motivates and guides us throughout our lives. Here is a simple example: In the 1830's, when tobacco, smoking, alcohol, and other things were popular and considered good, the Church received the Word of Wisdom, which banned those items for worthy member use. The members accepted it quickly and gladly, based purely on their testimony of the restored gospel and of modern prophets. It wasn't until many years later that tobacco and the rest were proven harmful, and even dangerous, for your body. The LDS people were happy for additional support for their actions, but their abstinence came from their testimony, and their testimony was improved by these proofs. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Elder Orme
On the last page of the Old Testament, in Malachi Chapter 4, the hearts of children and parents are promised to turn to one another. In 1 Corinthians 11:11, Paul said that men and women can't enter alone into Heaven, or the Lord; they must be sealed together in marriage (by the proper priesthood). These two scriptures combined promise us that the Family is the basic formation of the Heavenly hosts. In the family, in order to prepare for such a glorious heavenly society, parents teach their children to grow up in righteousness and be worthy to ascend together into that great abode. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Elder Orme
The scriptures teach us that God is all-knowing, and all-powerful. They also teach us that He loves us, and wants us to become like Him. Jesus taught that He and God had a oneness of goal and perfection, but not a oneness of identity (unless the Apostles are supposed to have a oneness of identity too). Jesus also taught us that They have the same appearance. Paul confirmed that Christ can '[die] no more' in Romans 6:9. Death is defined as a separation of Body and Spirit; Paul was stating that Christ's immortal, glorified body was His for eternity. And if Christ has his own perfected body, shouldn't His Father (who Jesus stated was greater than Himself) have one as well? Or do you think Christ has more, and is more, than God? God also wants us to become like Him. Paul, in Romans 8:17, said that we can receive all that God has, since "we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ..." Show more Show less

What are Mormon temples used for?

Elder Orme
To help understand, I'll like to review regular church buildings. They are a place of gathering for those who want spiritual learning. We are instructed in the ways of the Lord and his scriptures. We perform Baptisms there, as well as receive the Sacrament. But to those who go without a desire for learning, growth, or the sacred ordinances, the sacred nature of church is lost, distorted, or insulted. In the same way, Temples serve as a much more spiritual, sacred center of learning and ordinances. Inside, we learn greater truths than in church, do baptisms for those who are deceased, and receive (for ourselves and our deceased) higher ordinances than those of baptism and the sacrament. But because of the highly sacred nature, the doors are only open to all during the open house before dedication and before the ordinances are begun. I remember taking one person through the Gilbert Arizona Temple Open House. She was, if memory serves, a member who hadn't gone to the temple yet. During most of the tour, it was only somewhat special. But when she entered the Celestial Room, symbolizing being with God in Heaven, she was taken back and felt the Spirit strongly. She knew the sacred nature of that room, even before it was dedicated to God. She also felt the importance of preparing herself for returning once it was dedicated. If she wasn't fully comfortable in her standing with God, that room would scare her and fill her with guilt. That is another reason why only worthy members go. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
We try to wear our 'Sunday Best' to church. Yet while we expect people to come in white shirts, ties and nice pants, or modest dresses for women, we understand if somebody else has a leather jacket and jeans as his 'best clothes'. As a US Christian, I celebrate regular US Christian holidays such as Christmas, Easter, New Years, Valentines Day, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Labor Day, Independence Day (Sorry England Christians!!!), and others. We also celebrate Pioneer Day, the day the Pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, lead by Brigham Young. Etc... We're known for green jello, ChurchBall, Pioneer Treks, food storage, and other funny/interesting things. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
It's hard to describe the Atonement and the mechanics behind it. But what we understand of what happened is that Jesus suffered so we don't have to, and resurrected so that we could as well. In the Garden, Jesus supplicated to the Father that He be punished for us. This punishment was of God, not of the Devil, since God is the one who judges us and gives us judgement. This done, Spiritual Death could be breached, depending on our obedience to His laws and ordinances, like Baptism by one with the proper Priesthood Authority, Laying on of Hands for the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and others. The Spiritual Death overcome, the only thing left to conquer was Physical Death. God doesn't cause men's death, the Devil does, but the Devil has no power over Jesus. With no other option, mankind had to be the ones to kill the Savior, which they did through Crucifixion. After the Crucifixion, Jesus was resurrected so that all may receive this gift freely, even if they were too vile of a sinner to make it into heaven. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Elder Orme
No matter how much physical evidence or logical reasoning anyone can give, it's not enough to convince people. A mother I heard of was on her deathbed, pleading with her last breaths for her children to stop smoking, since that's what destroyed her life before she landed in the hospital. But even when backed with strong scientific evidence, those children left the hospital with cigarettes in their mouths. The convincing power of the Book of Mormon, and Mormonism in general, is God and his Holy Ghost. To summarize Moroni 10: 3-5, we must; remember all that God has done for us, receive those things (the Book of Mormon, the Bible, the Word of Wisdom...), be sincere (not to fault-find, mere curiosity), learn with the right intent ("Is this true?" VS "How should I act now?"), and have faith in Jesus Christ. If we do all that properly and correctly, with our minds and hearts open to the truth, then we will hear the Holy Ghost answer to us. If we learn the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith is a prophet, (since no prophet was called for only part of his lifetime), and the church he organized is God's church on the earth today. As for the rare Mormon Protestant/Split-off churches, we must remember two things we learn in D&C. If Joseph lost his calling, he would retain the power to call another, and things are done by Common Consent; voted upon by the whole church. Also, he prophesied that Brigham Young would lead the church. Only the LDS church qualifies for all three. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Elder Orme
Basically, it's the authority to act in God's name. Jesus gave to his Apostles, and others, power, which they used during their ministry. After His Ascension, the Apostles continued to use this power and share it, entirely or in part, to others. It could be used for blessings, healing, casting out devils, and ordinances and covenants. A lesser portion given to some allowed them to Baptize, but the full priesthood allowed an Apostle to confer the Gift of the Holy Ghost. After the Apostles were killed, this higher authority was lost, and the lower authority couldn't compensate or be passed on. Therefore, the priesthood was lost. Before starting the Church again, Joseph Smith needed this authority. John the Baptist, who held the right to the lower priesthood, restored it. Soon after, the Apostles Peter, James, and John restored the higher priesthood. We believe that this priesthood is key to our returning to God. Not just anybody can grab a gun, declare himself a cop, and drag people to prison for any reason. They need to go through legal requirements to become a cop. Then, in a legal manner and with a legal reason, they may make the arrest and take a person to prison. In a similar way, God called his people 'a covenant people.' A Covenant is like a contract and a law between two people. As such, a covenant needs an officiator with authority. In this light, the Church is the authority holder who confers and supervises the use of the priesthood. 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?

Elder Orme
As to membership, there is no restriction by the Church. However, some countries have restricted missionary work and efforts. While there was a restriction on Blacks holding the priesthood for a time, it has long since been lifted. Why the restriction existed in the first place is an uncertain mystery. But for members of the Church, the priesthood isn't about dominion or power; it's about serving the Lord, since it is His priesthood and not ours. And since we believe it's His priesthood and not Man's, we believe He can choose who can or cannot receive it. In the time of Moses, the Lord said all the firstborn sons would receive the lower, or Aaronic Priesthood. But after the Golden Calf incident, the Lord chose the Levite men instead. The Prophets, Moses included, were given the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood. Jesus Christ gave the Melchizedek priesthood to his Apostles, who in turn passed it (either entirely or partially as the Aaronic Priesthood) to other worthy men. In the earlier days of the Church, Blacks were denied the priesthood, without Jesus giving a reason or explanation for his actions. Whatever it was, faithful Blacks believed it was Christ's priesthood, and He would decide who could receive it and when. Finally, in 1978, the Lord revealed it was time for all worthy male members to be able to hold the priesthood. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Elder Orme
Jesus told His Apostles, after giving them leadership and authority, "freely you received, freely give." Tithing funds go NOT to people in the church, but to the church. The leaders of the church, at any level, don't "glut ourselves upon the labors of this people... [or even] so much as even one senine [smallest coin in use] for my labor..." as taught in Alma 30. Examples of tithing funds and their use are constructing and maintaining the church buildings, assistance to the missionary program, producing church materials, and others. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Elder Orme
First, the Bible teaches us about Jesus' existence, life, church, and teachings. These teachings put things into an eternal perspective, and help us find peace and joy in this life. Even if the Bible was a false book, there are many things within that are good teachings, like 'thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself', 'thou shalt not kill', and others. Second, the Bible gives us a history of the world. It tells us of its creation, of our ancestors, and more. It also warns us against things that shall occur 'in the last days'. Third, we have prayed to God, and He gave us a special, spiritual witness of it's truthfulness. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Elder Orme
I would say the answer is Truth and Spiritual Witness. I personally believe that a person would accept truth without casting away truth. In this age, many truths are being learned and discovered. The general trend discovered in a survey is that, the more scholarly truths are learned, the less religious truths are retained and practiced. The exception, however, is the LDS church; as we learn more scholarly truths, our faith in religious truths grows and expands. Also, many Truths in our church are exciting or interesting to others. For an example, we believe that we are spirit children of God, hence making our existence here more than just an incident and not an accident. We believe in Eternal Marriages, where families are bound together for eternity, during and after this life. We believe that we are 'heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ' (Romans 8:17), allowing us to become like and receive that which God and Jesus have. A Spiritual Witness is more than a professed belief or a hope. We can take what we call 'Moroni's Challenge', found in Moroni 10:3-5, as well as Alma's lesson in Alma chapter 32, and have God's Holy Ghost tell us directly if these things are true. If we learn from God that they are true, we are more willing to act upon it, and more hesitant to deny it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Elder Orme
The basic purpose is to receive joy, growth and testing. Our ultimate purpose is joy, immortality, and eternal life with our Father in Heaven. Before Earth life, we existed as Spirits with God. He was a perfect, glorified, physical being, and He extended to us the opportunity to become like Him. So, as a test, He made a physical world with physical bodies for us. He gave us laws (like 'don't kill') and ordinances (like 'be baptized in the proper way by somebody with proper authority'). Here, our purpose is to grow spiritually. As we age, we are to prove to God how obedient we are to Him, and how much we want to act, and become like, Him. To be fair, all must needs have the opportunity to learn about Him and choose whether or not to accept Him, His teachings, and His ordinances. For those that don't in this life, the living can perform the ordinances on their behalf. After this life, we await Resurrection and Judgement. Those who didn't get a fair chance on Earth can here learn and choose whether or not to accept it and the ordinances done for them by the living. At Judgement, we will stand and account for our lives. Then, depending on our obedience to Him, we gain a degree of salvation. As taught by Paul and expounded by Joseph Smith, there are three degrees, which are, basically: Wicked, Obedient without ordinances, and Righteous. 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?

Elder Orme
The century before the Food Pyramid was created and scientific studies found that popular substances had ill effects, Joseph Smith, the first LDS prophet, received a revelation known as the Word of Wisdom. It has three basic parts, the NO's, the YES', and the blessings. The basic NO's are: Don't drink wine, unless it is unfermented AKA Grape Juice (that's the definition of Pure or New wine found all over the Bible and other scripture; it's not given time to ferment). Tobacco is not for man, but animal injuries. Alcohol is for exterior medicine, not for consumption. Coffee and Tea (the plants themselves) are bad and not for man. Illegal drugs are bad for man. Not every drug's listed, and some are questionable (such as caffeine in sodas), the basic is 'bad effects, don't consume.' Doesn't that sound similar to what health specialists say today? The YES are: Fruits and Veggies are to be eaten 'with prudence and thanksgiving'. Grains are 'the staff of life', and good. Meats are 'to be used sparingly'. Does that look like the basic Food Pyramid? The Blessings are: Healthy bodies. Greater spirituality and understanding. Greater strength. And protection from 'the destroying angel'. Since the most common death in the US is obesity, I see the last blessing being fulfilled in our day. By living the Word of Wisdom, we have a healthy 'diet' with good portions and avoid things that damage our body, allowing LDS people to maintain a healthy weight and avoid the most common plague of today. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Elder Orme
The Bible is a record of both history and religion of the Jews in the Ancient Middle-East. It's purpose is to show that Jesus is both Jehovah and the Christ. The Book of Mormon is similar. It is a record of both history and religion of the Nephites (who are descendants of Joseph of Egypt) in the Ancient Americas. It's purpose is to "the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God..." (Book of Mormon Title Page). Another purpose is to confirm the Holy Bible. It teaches us Jesus' gospel, "...not only in this record [Book of Mormon] but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews [Holy Bible] ... For behold, this [Book of Mormon] is written for the intent that ye may believe that [Holy Bible]; and if ye believe that [Holy Bible] ye will believe this [Book of Mormon] also..." (Mormon 7, 8-9). Together, they are like a pair of glasses. Using both lenses, the fullness of the gospel is taught. Both testify to Faith, Repentance, Baptism, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End, the Divinity of Christ, and our Eternal Reward. Also like glasses, there are some things only one record catches that the other omits. For an example, in the Bible, 1 Cor 15:29 teaches us about Baptism for the Dead, and Proverbs 8 and John 9 tells us that Pre-Earth life was a given belief of Christ and others. The Book of Mormon doesn't include those, but does teach, for example, about the falsehood of Infant Baptism in Moroni 8. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Elder Orme
Faith, for me, is both an understanding, a hope or belief, and action. First, you must have some form of understanding. Atheists have faith that there is no God, and use their knowledge and understanding to back it. Christians read the Bible (and Book of Mormon), see their existence and many other things as miracles, and have faith that there is a God and that Jesus lives. For some, this knowledge becomes so strong, they no longer call it faith. For an example, Martin Harris, speaking of his witness of the Gold Plates, said "It is not a mere belief, but is a matter of knowledge. I saw the plates and the inscriptions thereon. I saw the angel, and he showed them unto me." In both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, people say that faith is a hope for things not seen yet true. When you get on a plane, you hope you'll have a safe journey to the correct airport. When you pray, you should hope for help. Third, James taught us in Chapter 2 "Even so faith, if it have not works is dead, being alone. Therefore wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead and cannot save you?" In 'Where the Red Fern Grows', the main character is told that he should "meet God half-way." When he did so, he got the money, and the price of the dogs was halved, allowing him to get additional goods for his family. I heard a joke of a minister that had faith that God would save him from a flood, sending away rescuers and boats. When he died, God told him "I helped you; I sent rescuers and boats!" Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Elder Orme
Church buildings are like Jewish Synagogues; centers of social and religious life. They are, on Sunday, a place of gathering for those who want spiritual learning. We are instructed in the ways of the Lord and his scriptures. We perform Baptisms there, as well as receive the Sacrament. On other days, various social events can occur. We hold Scouts and other youth group activities, dinners, holiday celebrations, funerals, wedding receptions, and more. In a similar way, Temples serve as a much more spiritual, sacred center of learning and ordinances, without social purposes. Inside, we learn greater truths than in church, do baptisms for those who are deceased, and receive (for ourselves and our deceased) higher ordinances than those of baptism and the sacrament. But because of the highly sacred nature, the doors are only open to all during the open house before dedication and before the ordinances are begun. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
The simplest way to explain is using Pinocchio. When he was carved, he was aware, but he couldn't progress, learn, or act for himself. After the Blue Fairy gave him life, Pinocchio was able to act freely and was innocent. However, he still acted like how Gepetto originally had him act. But the Blue Fairy wanted him to progress and become a Real Boy. To do that, Pinocchio needed what she called a Conscious. He didn't know any better, so Jiminy Cricket became his conscious, somebody who could give Pinocchio help, comfort, and counsel for his life. When Pinocchio obeyed, he was good and blessed. When he disobeyed, Jiminy couldn't keep up or even left. Finally, when Pinocchio became a Real Boy, he no longer needed Jiminy. In a similar way, God made our Bodies and put our Spirits into us. After baptism, we receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. He gives us help, comfort, counsel, and more when we seek him out and are obedient. His purpose is to teach us how to act like God until we progress enough to do it on our own. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
Well, that's what non-LDS scholars have discovered. One found that AD 34, the same year Jesus died, great changes in landscape happened in South America, which matches up with 3 Nephi 8. Soon after, a Being came to them. When the Conquistadors went to Mesoamerica and South America (locations which match up with Book of Mormon land descriptions), they heard legends of a Being known as, in various cultures, Kukulkan, Viracocha, Tarapaca, Quetzalcoatl (means bird-serpent, symbolizes Lord of Heaven and Earth, a title of Christ), and more. For Peru, read https://www.lds.org/liahona/1984/01/four-peruvian-versions-of-the-white-god-legend?lang=eng . Basically, a White Man, a God and Son of a Higher God, came down, taught and healed the people, did miracles, set up a religion and promised them the restoration of said religion, then left. One conquistador admitted that (semi-quote) 'in everything but name, this is Jesus Christ.' These oral legends (which can drift; they weren't preserved in stone or metal) and archaeological findings, for the most part, agree and comply with what occurs from 3 Nephi 11 until the end of the book. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. While God could rear up mankind from stones, as John the Baptist taught, He chose to make genders and give them the godly power to create life, and married the first men and women on the earth. From the beginning, God's plan was always a man with a woman. He himself married them, and declared to them the First Commandment: 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth, and subdue it...' To obey this command, one must marry another of the opposite gender. God made His stance on same-sex actions clear in the Old Testament: Lev 18:22 "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind..." Lets assume the vice versa is also in effect in this verse and the following. Paul also tried to teach this in various epistles. For one example, Romans 1:27 says: "And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly..." In both scriptures, the Action is being condemned, with no talk about the Desires. I see the church's belief on same-gender attraction as similar to a drug addiction; as long as you do not to act on it or entertain the thought, you're good. This has been the stand for decades. For an example, I heard many years ago that a lesbian remained chaste and sexually pure, held callings, married her husband in the temple, and had many children with her husband. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Elder Orme
Most people hear about the commandments and say 'so restrictive'. However, we aren't nearly as strict as quite a few religions I heard of. Also, I don't see our commandments as restrictions. If we keep God's commandments, we will not be restricted from entering Heaven, and I definitely want to go there. Also, by restricting some things, I can avoid worse things. For an easy example, by staying on the correct side of the road while driving, you can avoid a horrible head-on collision. Another example, by not smoking, I can avoid addiction and wasting money on satisfying the addiction. (I challenge any/all people with addictions to make a budget and see just how much they're putting into their bad habits!) By restricting my life from things that are clearly dangerous, I can live a more joyful life, free from worry our guilt. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
Mormon women have been very strong and faithful. When the pioneers made their way to Utah, most of the men died and the women made it through. The first women vote in the US was by an LDS women in Utah. As for equal, there can be two different definitions. Equal can either be 'identical, or exactly the same', or 'equivalent yet different'. For an example of the first, identical twins are genetic equals. For the latter, $1.20 in US money is about equal to $1 in Cayman; different countries but same value. In our church, and life in general, women are not identical to men, but have a role that is equal to that of the men. For a couple examples, women invite life to this world; men invite life to the world to come. Families need protection, nurturing and more, and we teach that men and women have their own separate role that together cover the whole, but they can share or exchange roles if needed. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
You, or anybody else, can attend church. We do ask, however, that all those attending, member or otherwise, be calm and respectful. There's no collection plate, no required participation (you may, however, be asked during a class), you can sit in the back (or front) and simply observe and listen. There are three hour blocks in our church. We have an hour of mass/communion, which we call sacrament, an hour of classes split by age group, and another hour of classes split by gender and age. During these, we are taught, sing hynms/church songs, and have an opening/closing prayer. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Elder Orme
The Savior commanded his disciples (meaning more than just the apostles) 'Go yea therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them...' He also told Peter 'When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.' Here, Jesus is making it clear that the church is not an exclusive club, but a missionary organization that all should have the opportunity to join, or reject, and grow spiritually. Lets admit it, when we learn a truth, we should desire to share it with others. LDS members have found this in their lives. The church has greatly blessed them with peace, joy, family unity, and Eternal Life as families in Heaven. So they wish to share this with all others. 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?

Elder Orme
In 1 Corinthians, our bodies are called temples. They are called that since they house our spirits, as well as God's holy spirit, the Holy Ghost. In D&C 93:4 and 2 Peter 1:13-14, the Lord and Peter refer to their bodies as tabernacles (portable, or temporary, temples). While in mortality, the spirit and the body are joined (become a soul), and anything that affects one affects the other. Another reason our bodies are called temples is because, after the resurrection, we can become godlike, with a glorified, immortal, physical body to be a temple for our spirits. Jesus quoted a scripture which called just men 'Gods', and said it was true scripture (John 10:34-35). Paul confirmed that we will be resurrected like Christ (1 Cor 15:4,12-29), and like Christ 'die no more' (Romans 6:9). Paul also taught that we will become godlike: 'The Spirit itself beareth witness... that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ...' (Romans 8:16-17). All these testify that we will become like God, with our own immortal and eternal bodies, and inherit glory from God. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
Well, you can go onto lds.org and look up a meetinghouse to attend/visit, go onto mormon.org and chat with a missionary, or go to mormon.org and request the missionaries. Don't worry about location; even in countries that restrict proselyting efforts like China and Jerusalem, we got members meeting all over the world (OK... maybe not in Antartica... But who can blame LDS members for not living there?). Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
Self-reliance is very important because we should have our life and affairs in order. This gives us greater peace and security, and allows us to reach out and helps others who need assistance. Would you say that a trait of God is self-reliant? If you want to understand why we need emergency preparedness, you should know we don't just survive, but live and thrive. We don't live outside our means, but within, making sure we stay away from the edge of financial ruin. However, should something happen, we make sure we can handle it long enough to get back on our feet. For another reason, look up most modern media interpretations of the word Apocalypse. That word really means 'to reveal, or uncover', and is the original Greek title of the Book of Revelations in the Bible. It speaks of disasters and other things occurring before the Second Coming of Christ. Want to survive long enough for it to happen? Get some emergency supplies ready! Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Elder Orme
The major source is Tithing. This law is as old (at least) as Abraham. Tithing means 'One Tenth'; all fully active members pay 10% of their increase to the church. Another source is Fast Offerings. At least once a month, the church holds a monthly Fast Sunday. Fasting is when you skip food/drink for 24 hours (for those whose health/location make it difficult - for examples: medication that destroys an empty stomach or water in a dry deserts - they still try to go a 'safe time' for fasting, or fast between 'needed food/drinks', or fast as long as possible with health consumption), then pay the church the amount of money you would have spent on food. This money, however, goes not to the church but to humanitarian work, providing food and drink for those that need it. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
Most people hear about the commandments and say 'so restrictive'. However, we aren't nearly as strict as quite a few religions I heard of. Also, I don't see our commandments as restrictions. If we keep God's commandments, we will not be restricted from entering Heaven, and I definitely want to go there. So I obey God's commandments (like don't kill) and His ordinances (like be married for eternity in the temple). Also, by restricting some things, I can avoid worse things. By not smoking, I can avoid addiction and wasting money on satisfying the addiction. (I challenge any/all people with addictions to make a budget and see just how much they're putting into their bad habits!) By not drinking alcohol, my mind's kept clear and I don't do something I wouldn't do otherwise. By living the life God wants me to have, I not only steer clear from disaster and darkness, but gain true joy and peace. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Elder Orme
For the basics of mortal family, see The Family, A Proclamation to the World. It outlines basics, such as: God instituted families, the first commandment is to have families, and the basic role of the parents and their duties for parenthood. For a little more, we believe that we are all Spirit Sons and Daughters of Heavenly Father (God). This is scriptural, Paul teaches this in Romans 8:16-17 and Acts 17:28-29. We lived with Heavenly Father before we came to this earth (Proberbs 8, Jeremiah 1, John 9, and John 3 all mention this, in passing, as a common and given belief). We were a Heavenly Family. In this life, we are mortal families. Jesus said 'What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.' It is only through families that life can thrive and children grow with proper nurture and care. After this life, D&C 130:2 teaches that we'll have the same social structure, along with eternal glory, in heaven. Paul confirmed this in 1 Corinthians 11:11, when he said that 'neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord'. Families are meant to be sealed together by the priesthood, yet for about 1700 years, after the death of the Apostles, men were only doing 'as long as you both shall live' or 'until death do you part'. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Elder Orme
That is a nickname for a religious group. While individual, or groups of, members can be called Mormons, we prefer that the proper name of our religion be used to refer to the church. We are members of the 'Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.' (Hey, if you think that's a mouthful, try saying it in Spanish! Nosotros somos miembros de 'La iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias!') Today, our church has over 15 MILLION members Worldwide. About half of them are outside the US, about half or less are White, and over half weren't born members. As for where the name came from, we believe in the Book of Mormon. It's purpose is to confirm the truths found in the Bible and to be an additional witness of Jesus Christ. About 1000 years of history of the ancient American continent was compiled and compressed by Mormon, who is the penultimate author of the record. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Elder Orme
This was prepared October 5, 2014, and may be updated later as new Prophets, Counselors, and Apostles are chosen. The current prophet is Elder Thomas S. Monson. He was 'chosen' because he spent the most time as an Apostle. With him, he has 2 Counselors, selected from among the 12, making a total of 15 in the First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 Apostles. If Thomas S. Monson, at the time of writing, were to pass away, his counselors (Elders Eyring and Uctdorf) rejoin the 12 in their proper call order (numbers 9 and 10, respectfully). Then, the current Senior Apostle would become Prophet. This would be Elder Boyd K. Packer. Elder Packer then chooses his counselors, and the rest remain members of the 12. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
Elder Nelson, of the 12 Apostles of our church, told us at a missionary conference (semi-quote): 'Sisters, if somebody proposes to you, say 'No!' Until you know that he loves God and Jesus more than he loves you. Elders, same goes for you before you propose. If they love God and Jesus, they will have increased charity, which increases their capacity to love you.' As part of LDS beliefs, we hold that marriage, when performed with the proper authority, is bound in Heaven; no 'as long as you both shall live'. In this sense, we bind ourselves to Heaven, and to God and Jesus who reside there, not just to each other. If we have problems with each other, we can turn to the third member of our marriage. As we get closer to Him, we find ourselves naturally coming back together. In Elder Nelson's semi-quote, I used the word Charity. Charity is the pure love of Christ. If we gain this, it won't just affect marriage, but all our relationships. We will be filled with a love as pure as Christs, which will allow us to love others in the same way. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Elder Orme
Because baptizing a corpse is gross! Also, can you imagine having to baptize a cremated person; getting his remains completely wet then lifting him out? The Gospel of John reports that baptism is a basic and essential requirement to enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:5). The scriptures try to make it clear that baptism is to be performed by somebody holding the authority (John the Baptist had it, and read Acts 18:24 - 19:6 in the light that Apollos was never reported as having the priesthood). They also give 4 hints that baptism is by immersion. Matthew 3:16, Jesus first entered the water, or else he couldn't come out. John 3:23, baptism needs much water. Romans 6:3-5, it's symbolic of burial. Baptism itself, it's the Greek word for 'plunge in the water'. Yet Jesus also teaches that Abraham, Issac, and Jacob are among those that are in heaven (Matthew 8:11). Either God and Jesus are liars, baptisms have been going on since their time, or God provided a way for people to receive baptism after death. Considering that all men must be given the opportunity fairly, the third is most reasonable. Baptism for the Dead is so reasonable, that Paul wrote about it. 1 Corinthians 15 is a huge chapter saying the basic doctrine of the Resurrection from start to finish. As one of his evidences of the Resurrection, he says in verse 29 (modern quote) 'Why else do you (they meaning Corinthian Saints) do Baptisms for the Dead? If the dead aren't resurrected, why keep doing Baptisms for the Dead?' Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
God's first commandment was for us to have children. He has also commanded us against adultery and fornication. In order to obey all three, we need to get married before having kids. While the parts played by the father and mother are different, they are equal partners, equally committed to each other, God, and their family. The Family, a Proclamation to the World gives a basic description of the 'default' roles of the father and mother. However, it does admit that the parts can be adapted if needed at an individual basis. In the default, fathers Preside, Provide, and Protect, and the moms Nurture, which I take to mean Care, Maintain, and Teach. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
Most Christians believe in the Holy Trinity, a trio of beings who are one being yet three; having substance yet without substance; everywhere yet nowhere; nothing yet everything; etc. This kind of God is 'incomprehensible'. And yet, Jesus claimed that life eternal is 'that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.' If Jesus is telling the truth, how are we to understand the impossible? Because the LDS belief is much more simple. Jesus 'being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.' (Romans 6:9). Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer, who died on the cross, was resurrected, and whose spirit can never again be separated from His body. God is His Father, and as separate from Jesus, yet unified in purpose and level of righteousness, as His Apostles are from one another (John 17:20-22). The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. As pure Spirit, and still separate from God and Jesus, he can touch/communicate with our spirits to teach us truth, give us comfort, and offer guidance. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Elder Orme
Moroni's Promise in the back of the Book of Mormon (Moroni 10:3-5) gives a pretty basic idea. We receive these things (Jesus Christ, the Bible, the Book of Mormon, etc.), remember all that God did for us, then pray. When we pray, we need a sincere heart (honest truth-searching), real intent (to act on the answer), and faith in Christ (that he will answer), and he will answer through the Holy Ghost. Another good scripture is Alma 32. In it, a parable (metaphor) of a seed is given. Even if you can only hope to have faith, plant it, nurture it, let it go. If it's a good seed with good fruit, keep it growing; you'll get faith, then knowledge. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Elder Orme
It's a health standard we've been given in 1833, long before tobacco, alcohol, coffee, or tea were considered bad for your health. It also gives us a basic food pyramid: grains are great, fruit/veggies are good, meat sparingly. If you want to see it, it's D&C 89. I have a more extensive answer on my page under another related question. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Elder Orme
If we want to get to know God, we must pray to Him. Direct communication is the best way to do so, and Prayer is that. Obedience to His commandments is another good way. If you're not living like God would, you aren't preparing yourself to see or accept Him. Finally, quite a few people have seen Him. Read the Scriptures, for they testify of Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
The two greatest traits of God are Justice and Mercy. Only a Being which is completely Just can command all things and be obeyed. As such, Justice is the trait which God cannot renounce or compromise. But He is also Merciful. He loves us, and wants us to become the best we can. However, He can't overrule Justice; wrong-doing and wickedness must be payed for. That's why we need Jesus Christ. As a completely Just and Perfect Human, the Punishment side of Justice had no case against Him. And as a Merciful Human, he voluntarily paid the whole price for sin, transgression, and death. Victory over Death is now a free gift to all. However, Christ has set a high standard for us to obey. If we don't repent, if we don't progress, if we don't at least try to obey Him as much as we understand of His commandments, we won't have full access to his Atonement. As long as we try our best, Christ's sacrifice for us won't be in vain. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
Even if Christianity, or the LDS church specifically, are a false religion, their scriptures teach many basic laws and practices which are beneficial to mankind. Examples are 'thou shalt not steal' (sorry Baseball players!), 'thou shalt not kill' (sorry Mortal Combat players!), and more ( :D ). But in the spiritual sense, the scriptures bring you closer to God. These are God's commandments to His people, they contain His ordinances and instructions for how we can return to Him. As you read with a true desire to know and act on the knowledge, God will let you know, through the Holy Ghost, that they are true. 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?

Elder Orme
The Bible is Jewish History and Religion. The Book of Mormon is Nephite (who are descendants of Joseph of Egypt) History and Religion. The use of both books clarify and confirm the teachings of each other. They also fulfill Ezekiel 37:16-20; the records of Judah's descendants (Jews) and Joseph's (Nephites) came together to establish God's true church. The Nephite record began when Nephi left Jerusalem with his family about 600 BC. They traveled by foot, then by ship, to the Americas. There, they had a lot of Religious and Secular History. In 34 AD, Jesus Christ himself appeared to them, taught them, set up His church, then left. However, after 2 centuries, the people began to drift and become unbelievably wicked (think R-rated wickedness). About the year 311 AD, Mormon was born. His life was spent at war, as well as preserving the history of his people, and of compressing said history into a smaller, abridged record written on plates with a golden appearance. While he and his son were alive, they witnessed the extermination of their people. Moroni, after his father Mormon died, finished and hid the record. Much later, in the 1820's, Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith as a resurrected angel, and guided him to the record. After a few years of preparation, Joseph was ready to interpret the plates with the power of God's help. In about 65 working days, Joseph Smith completed the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon, and had it printed in 1830. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Elder Orme
For us, Baptism is the first Ordinance of the Gospel. The Second is the Laying on of Hands to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Joseph Smith, the first prophet of this dispensation, said “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.” In Acts 8 and Acts 18-19, the scriptures make it clear that the two are NOT connected and intertwined; there is a separate method and ordinance for Baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost. The Greek word Baptism means 'to plunge under the water', which agrees with the scriptures in Romans 6:3-5, John 3:23, and Matthew 3:16. Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
The term Mormons was given to this church by people who were not members because we have another set of scriptures, called the Book of Mormon, that we believe in as well as the Holy Bible. The full, proper name of the Mormon church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While the name Mormons can be applied to members (as well as 'LDS'), we prefer that references to the church as the church or an institution be by the proper name or a shortened version (like 'the LDS Church'). Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Elder Orme
With the men, it is a Priesthood Calling; serving a mission is part of our ordination (receiving the Priesthood), and our covenant (promises as to what we will do). While not all men actually go, they are taught and urged to volunteer themselves for the work. For the Women, missionary work is optional, but a rich blessing for their lives. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Elder Orme
When Jesus came to Earth and set up His Church, he didn't go to another religion and reform it into what He wanted. He started from scratch. He gave a parable in Luke 5: 'No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; ... No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new...' He made it clear; His church wouldn't compromise to another religion or sect, even if it was Jewish, which was the 'true' church at the time. In a similar way, our church was started without Protesting another; it was started by divine revelation, and wouldn't grow from or conform to another, even other Christian churches. He also gave his members the Priesthood, or authority to act in His name, including for Baptism. In Acts 18, Apollos was a Jew who had learned of Jesus, taught others, and baptized. However, he wasn't given any authority to perform Baptisms. When Paul came to these men next chapter, he learned of this lack of Priesthood and got them baptized properly, without conforming to Apollos' teachings. When the Apostles died, the Priesthood was taken with them. Nobody could perform proper Baptisms. This was restored through Joseph Smith. When others asked him if they could join without baptism, he received D&C Section 22, which mentions a variant of the parable, reinforces the lack and loss of the Priesthood in all other religions and the restoration of it in the LDS church, and commands them 'enter ye in at the gate, as I have commanded, and seek not to counsel your God. Amen.' Show more Show less

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

Elder Orme
The entryway to the church is baptism. If you're the child of a member and younger than nine, the Bishop is in charge of seeing if you're worthy enough and learned enough to take that step. If you're not 'born into' the church or older than nine, the missionaries must come over to teach you, and other person from the missionary side must give the interview. The interview is pretty basic. If you meet with the missionaries, they'll be glad, maybe even eager, to teach you the beliefs of this church and how you can pattern your life to be more like Christ's. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Elder Orme
No, we don't. Polygamy can mean 3 women to 4 men, all at the same time. To clarify that Biblical figures (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and others) and LDS practice was different from this, namely 1 man to 2+ women, I will use the more accurate term Polygyny. Polygyny means as much to us today as Benjamin Harris does to US residents. Who's that? The President in 1890, the same year we ended polygyny. For all time - in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and today - God has said '1 Man to 1 Women will always be my standard for marriage. If, however, I want a righteous people, I'll permit men to take an additional wife, but not a woman to take additional husbands.' In agreement to this law of God, the church, for a time, practiced God's law fully. However, in 1890, God commanded us to only practice the basic standard, and we haven't had any form of polygamy since. If anybody were to try, they would automatically be excommunicated (kicked out of the church, lose membership, and even lose some non-member privileges). In the Salt Lake Mission, where I served for three months, a couple questions were added to the baptismal interview. Among them, they asked not just "Are you a polygamist", but "Are you the child of polygamy". While this question doesn't automatically fail people who answer Yes, it does require a more mature, spiritual person than a 19-year-old missionary to get the facts and discern what the Lord wants for them. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Elder Orme
When do you think our spirits were made? In Proverbs 8, John 3, Jeremiah 1, and John 9, brief mention to a pre-mortal existence is found. We believe that we were all created spiritually before this life, and we come here to receive our bodies. With this view, abortion is a form of murder, denying these precious Spirits from God's presence to experience life with a mortal body. Let me clarify, we don't know when the spirit joins the body; for all we know, it's right at birth. But the idea of ending life at any stage should be seen as death. We also believe in Agency, or the power to choose. However, we don't get the option of our consequences. If you choose to run into the street with a car coming right at you and you're too close for it to avoid you, you can't choose to not be hit. If you buy a risky lottery ticket, you can't get a refund if it's not worth a million. Much like the lottery example, if you choose to risk having a child, you shouldn't deny your choice later and decide you don't want a child; abstinence was that choice. There are rare cases that may permit abortion in this church, but they are still case-by-case and not automatic permission. Such cases usually involve a lack of agency, such as being drugged asleep when you got pregnant. Even then, the choice for (or against) abortion is made with the guidance and counsel of the Bishop, maybe the Stake President, and with God through prayer. Show more Show less