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Hi I'm M. Griffin

Despite any of my questions or mistakes, one thing is certain; I love the Lord, I love His Gospel, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 20-year-old from Utah currently serving as a missionary in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission. I've had what could be considered a privileged life; two loving parents, two younger sisters, been to Church and Scouts every week. Didn't always appreciate it, but I do now. I love all sorts of things, personally, I don't see much point in disliking things unless they are contrary to commandments of the Lord. Video Games (Especially Video Games), Sports, Theater, Art, Literature, Cinema, Doctrine, Math... Just a few things I enjoy. I love anything that will help me become better than who I was before I did it. My family comes primarily from the Eastern side of the USA, my grandfathers came from Tennessee and New York, but then moved to Utah and California respectively. Somehow, beyond my own comprehension, I've made it through my young adulthood and youth-aged years without any real setbacks. A fact I attribute to the Lord's patience with me and my mistakes... Which have been many and sometimes major. God loves each one of us, not just as a whole family, but individually and personally. I know He wants me to continue in constant improvement; He wants that for all of us! So I strive each day to live it to its fullest, in the way He'd want me to. When all else fails; He won't. I was born in the Salt Lake Valley, raised as a Latter-Day Saint, got a little lost on the way; but my Shepherd found me, and I will never, ever forsake Him again.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't choose this life at first.That is to say that even though I was born in it, I cannot lie and say I truly believed. My parents molded me around it, taught me everything I needed to know. I attended to church each Sunday, kept my baptismal covenants, and tried my best to please them. For a while. When I turned about 14 years of age, things took a turn for the worse; I can't say I'm certain what it was, sometimes I remember it one way, and sometimes another; All I do know is that I was miserable. I don't really know what sparked it, but I eventually hit rock bottom. I suppose I realized how childish it was for me to believe in something simply because another person says it is true; And I went about it the wrong way. So I started thinking, researching, and truthfully dropping further away from the faith until I had very little faith that it actually was real. Around me, feelings of hopelessness, emptiness, and misery filled my life for a good while. If none of it's true, why even bother? If you're miserable, what is keeping you from just saying 'forget it' and giving up?This was my line of thinking for a good portion of my life. Then something changed; to quote the Prophet Joseph Smith; "At length, I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs. That is; 'Ask of God'" For the first time in a long while, I sincerely prayed,and I asked God if he was still there, I woke up and I was wide awake, and I had a strange feeling that everything was alright. I hadn't felt that way since before that awful time in middle school. I am Elder Matthew Gordon Griffin. I'm a nerd, I love to geek out over things that often may have no value to others. I'm a strategist, I like to think outside of boxes. I try to look deeper, to see who others really are. I'm a depression survivor. I am a child of God. And I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Faith is an attitude to me. I've come to understand that through Faith, all things can be done through the will of the Almighty. One does not simply 'develop' Faith at first; It comes through a choice. Once that choice is made, experiences, study, and exercise of that faith can and WILL bring miracles. I'm currently serving in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission for the Church, which extends from the middle of Maine to the top half of Massachusetts. Leaving one's family, friends, and worldly possessions for two years to dedicate those years to serving my King is one way I've chosen to live my faith. I take the promises I've made seriously; At baptism, I covenanted to stand as a witness of Christ at all times, all things, and all places. I've tried to make good on that promise, but as we all do, I've stumbled and fallen many times. But one day, I know with all the energy of my soul that the Lord will know who I am, and who I have become because of Him. I testify of Jesus Christ. I love Him, and He loves me. How do I live my faith? The way I see it, to live one's faith is to love one's Lord. And as the Lord said; "If ye love me, keep my commandments." I intend to do just that. The Lord asks us to do many things, but above all of them, He has always asked us to have faith. And to show Him that we truly have faith, we must live as our faith in Him dictates. Having faith in Christ is doing as He asks. Having faith in Christ is believing He is who He says He is. Having faith in Christ is the first step of His gospel. The way I see it; In order to live this faith, one must love the Lord, trust Him, and do always those things that please Him, even if it is difficult. In short; I live my faith by doing as He asks, Repenting when I don't, and keeping His commandments. Rinse and repeat.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

M. Griffin
The Book of Mormon is a volume of Holy Scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a compilation and abridgement of the writings of prophets on the American continent. It is made up of books, with one exception, named after the prophet whose record composes said book. It was abridged by a man named Mormon, a prophet-historian who lived approxemately 1600 years ago. Mormon and his son, Moroni, were also the final prophets to write in the record. In the 1820's, Joseph Smith Jr. was lead to the record by Moroni (who had long since died, but appeared to him as an angel) and translated them by the gift and power of God. Once the translation from Reformed Egyptian to English was complete, the record was published, titled "The Book of Mormon". Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
The Atonement of Christ is our way back to the presence of our Father in Heaven. We live in a fallen world, and are fallen beings, doomed to be separated from the presence of God because of our sins if the price for them was not paid. However, there is one who paid that price, and he is Jesus the Christ. Because he suffered, bled, and died for our transgressions, he gave us the free gift of an immortal, resurrected body, and on top of that, a chance to become like He and Heavenly Father are. We should always do everything in our power to strive to obey the savior, because through him, we can reach our maximum potential, and be perfected and exalted. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

M. Griffin
Nope. We believe that all mankind are children of God, and as such, we are commanded to love them and serve them even as Jesus loves us. If a member of the church refuses to help another, of any faith, without true and righteous reason, they are breaking their baptismal covenant and disobeying the commandments of the Lord. We take His commandments very seriously. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

M. Griffin
Nope. It is considered a Priesthood Duty for every Worthy, able young man to serve a mission, and a rewarding option for young women to do so. Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
No. We believe that God has His own principles and desires, and we follow Him, not men. 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.

M. Griffin
That is not true. When Judas Iscariot died, he was replaced by Matthias, (See Acts 1) Jesus Christ's church was always meant to be run the way He established it, and no man can change that. Which, of course, means that the Savior Himself either hand-picks His Apostles or trusts those He has already chosen to select successors. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

M. Griffin
Well, we are Christians after all, and for that reason, we believe both the Old and New Testaments are the writings of God's Holy Prophets. The Holy Bible is the word of God, that's why. Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
Yes and yes! Through God's Holy Priesthood, families can be sealed in heaven as they are sealed on earth, and the best part is that heaven is eternal. 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?

M. Griffin
There aren't any restrictions on race or color for membership. All people are children of God, regardless of age, race, gender, affiliation, actions, etc. There is no denying this. Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
Well, that depends on you. Missionaries have a go-to message for most situations, but the best ones will answer your questions and concerns before anything else. But they will likely share the message of the restoration, and how this church is centered in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

M. Griffin
No one can just act in the name of God. The Priesthood authority has been given to God's chosen servants, the prophets, since the time of Adam, that authority acts as God's permission for that man to act in His name, to perform those ceremonies such as Baptism. This allows the Baptism to not only be valid on earth as a witness that one has accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, but also allow it to be acceptable in heaven. Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
It's a nickname. A misnomer really, we are the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day saints. Calling us 'Mormons' is sort of like calling anyone who reads the Bible 'Bibles'. The only reason we are called mormons is because we read the Book of Mormon as holy scripture, which was abridged by a Prophet-Historian named Mormon. So really, there was only one Mormon. He was a prophet, but calling members of the church 'Mormons' is pretty inaccurate. Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
Well, simply put you'd need to show Faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, Repent of your sins, be Baptized by Immersion by somebody holding the Priesthood Authority of God, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the same authority, and commit to endure to the end. Baptism is the ordinance that brings you into the Church, but you have to make those steps yourself. But, we do have people to help! Ask the missionaries, they can help you! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

M. Griffin
The purpose of this life is to prepare to return to God. God sent us here to obtain physical bodies of flesh and bone. Then, while we're here, He asks us to make choices between that which is good and evil, to see if we will choose the good. As we go day to day, we learn, grow, and gain wisdom and experiences we could not obtain any other way, to help us return to Him, closer to becoming like Him. Another reason we're here is to form family relationships with each other, to grow to love and serve each other and God loves us. By fulfilling this purpose, we will one day return to God with our heads held high, knowing we have done as He asked, and are growing closer to Him. Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
Of course we do! The Bible is the foundation of all Christianity, and alongside the Book of Mormon, it is the greatest authority on all things Godly on this world. We use the Bible and Book of Mormon side-by-side, hand-in-hand, and doing so unlocks greater revelation to us than we could ever receive than by going by one of them alone. In this case, one-plus-one is much more than two. Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
Plain and Simple answer: Marriage was instated by God. Marriage was defined by God as the union of a man and a woman in holy matrimony. God declared that sexual relations were only proper in this sort of union. Simple fact is that anything outside of that is rebellion against God and grievous sin. Period. Sex outside of marriage is sin. Heterosexual or Homosexual. And in God's eyes, two people of the same sex cannot be married, and He will never sanction it. Now that the hard fact is out of the way; Same-sex attraction is not a sin; it is a temptation just as any other, and a trial given to specific people to see if they will obey the commandments of God or ignore them. We condemn the action of homosexuality, not the person facing the temptation. Just like we condemn adultery, but not the adulterer. Just like we condemn murder, but not the murderer. Just like we condemn theft, but not the thief. This church firmly believes in the condemnation of sin, not of sinners. We leave final judgment to God, and He will be perfectly just and perfectly merciful. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

M. Griffin
Simply put: Do as He asks. Take His teachings to heart. Act on His words. Pray often. Read the Scriptures. Attend church meetings. Seek the Spirit in your life. Love God. Love mankind. And trust that no matter what happens in this life; If you are following His teachings, then you will receive all that the Father has. Keep the promises you make to Him, and He will keep those He has made to you. Have faith in Him to do just that. Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
Simply put, the word alone is not enough for salvation. As Jesus taught, we all must be Baptized and receive other ordinances to enter into the kingdom. As a result, one must have authorization from God TO Baptize another. This is why the restoration had to happen; The priesthood authority to act in the name of God had to be restored to the earth. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

M. Griffin
The 'Mormons' are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Mormons are Christians. Mormons are people. Mormons are children of God, just as everyone else. The name 'Mormons' is actually a nickname... A misnomer really. It was given to us by those who do not fully understand our faith; Knowing only that we read the Book of Mormon, and thus using it to identify us. Mormon was a man in ancient times, a prophet-historian, who abridged several sacred records into a single record. This record was found and translated into English by another prophet of God, Joseph Smith, and was published as the Book of Mormon. Truly, if we are to have a collective term, it would not be 'Mormons'. That would be like calling those who read the New Testament 'News' or Old Testament 'Olds'. No, if there is a proper collective term for these people, it is 'Latter-Day Saints' or 'Saints', as Paul the Apostle described members of Christ's church in ancient times. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

M. Griffin
The Law of Chastity, put simply, is that sexual relations are only permitted between a man and a woman who are legally, lawfully married. No exceptions. Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
Many things; The perfect alignment of the earth in this solar system. The beauty of the earth itself, and the creatures thereon. The organization of so many things. The human body, in all its complexity and majesty. The four seasons, in which we experience changes, repeated and patterned changes. Family relationships, and their sheer capacity for joy and happiness within each other. The sun, in its glorious light and heat. The moon, with its calm, glowing light and changing forms. The stars, the sheer number and collection of them. One of my own favorites is the human desire to create. Consider this; On this earth, all living things must consume and destroy other things in order to survive. Animals must eat to obtain energy. This is the circle of life. However, we, as human beings show not only the opposite desire, but the incredible capacity to create. To take unorganized matter and make it into something useful, beautiful, or both. I believe the desire to create is God-given, divine, and evidence of our own Godly ancestry. We inherited God's desire to make things. Above all else, I must place one thing that has told me there is a God; That is my witness from the Holy Ghost. I prayed to God, and I received an answer. I won't explain it, not simply because I cannot, but because I'd rather you experience it yourself. So go. The only real way to know if God is there is to get on your knees, bow your head, fold your arms, and ask Him. I promise and testify; He is there. Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
It is a very, very old church. Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry, and after His death and resurrection, He commissioned the Twelve Apostles He had chosen to lead it, giving them authority to act in His name. After the Apostles had died, the world no longer had that authority to act in the name of Christ, and entered into a state of Apostasy. In 1820, however, a young boy of 14 named Joseph Smith Jr. Had a question; of all the religious churches in his community, which was correct? Which should he join? Joseph, reading the Bible, came upon James 1:5; "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." Joseph lacked wisdom, so he did as James directed; Went to ask of God. What happened changed his life; As Joseph knelt in prayer in the woods near his home in Palmyra, his words were answered by the Lord; Joseph said; "I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said, pointing to the other; 'This is my Beloved Son, hear Him!'" Joseph Smith saw God the Father and the Son, who told him that he was to join no other church, but that through him, the true church of Jesus Christ would be restored. Long story short; It was. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

M. Griffin
The Savior chooses His prophets. And if I may be so bold, there's no such thing as a "Mormon" prophet. There are prophets chosen by God, and these mighty men testify of Christ. They also are able to choose two counselors, and are joined by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

M. Griffin
Well, truth be told, we do it out of love for the Lord. A layministry creates a sacred environment for the people, who know they are not paying people to preach to them. It is inspired for certain, for what would the Lord do with money? If you ask me, He'd spend it on things that matter most; Families, Helping those who have nothing, and building the Kingdom of God on earth, not paying someone to stand up and talk about things we ourselves could learn if we just read the book ourselves. In essence, any money the church obtains, tithing or otherwise, goes toward helping one or more of these three causes. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

M. Griffin
In 1820 in Palmyra, New York, there was a great conflict of religion among the citizens. Many different churches vied for new converts to join them. During this time lived a young man of 14 years named Joseph Smith, who had a few concerning questions; Which of all the churches was right? Which one had the truth? How would he know it if he found it? Joseph's mind was troubled. He studied the Bible, looking for answers. One day, he was reading in the Epistle of James in the New Testament, Chapter 1 verse 5, which reads; "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." So Joseph decided to do as James directs: Ask of God. One morning of that spring, Joseph rose early and left to the grove of trees near his home to pray We like to use his own words to describe his experience: "I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me... When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said, pointing to the other; "This is my Beloved Son, Hear Him!" Joseph's humble prayer was answered; He saw God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, who answered that none of the churches around him were true, and that through Joseph, God would restore the true Church He had established while He was on the earth. Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
Jesus Christ is the Lord. The Son of God. The Savior. The Redeemer. The Bread of Life. The Prince of Peace. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God the Eternal Father. He is the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, The Messiah of the New. We believe that He was the only perfect man to ever walk the earth. We believe that it is only through Him and His teachings that we may be saved and brought to our fullest potential. We believe that He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for the Sins of the world. We believe He died on the cross at Golgotha to atone for those sins. We believe He is Risen. And because He is Risen, we have infinite second chances. Because of Him, we are able to reach out, and He will come for us. We believe He is the One Isaiah Promised would die to save the world. Emmanuel; God with us. We believe He loves us perfectly, individually, and has felt our pains and suffering. He knows us better than we know ourselves; And He loves us far more than we can comprehend. He is Alpha and Omega. The Beginning and the Ending. That which is, which was, and which is to come. The Almighty God. He is a teacher, A friend, A leader, A prophet, And the greatest being to ever walk this earth. He is Coming. He is Risen. There is no such thing as the end because of Him. He is the Christ. Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
Yep. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

M. Griffin
God has always called prophets to preside over His church. From the time of Adam, to the days of Noah, from Moses and the Exodus to the reign of King David, God has always had men in His work to spread the word and oead His church. When Jesus Christ was on the earth, He reestablished this Higher Law among the people, calling Twelve Apostles and giving them authority to act in His name, making them all prophets, seers, and revelators. Jesus Christ guided His church through the Twelve Apostles, and did so until they were rejected and killed by the people. In these Latter Days, God called Joseph Smith to be a prophet, just as Moses, and Abraham, and So many others before him. Joseph was instructed by God to restore the Twelve Apostles, and to prayerfully choose two men as counsellors for his aid. Today, (Year of our Lord 2015) the President of the Church (The Prophet), Is President Thomas Spencer Monson. He has two counsellors, chosen from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Henry Bennion Eyring and Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf. These three men make up the first Presidency of the Church. The Twelve Apostles (In order of seniority) are; Russell M. Nelson Dallin H. Oaks M. Russell Ballard Robert D. Hales Jeffrey R. Holland David A. Bednar Quentin L. Cook D. Todd Christofferson Neil L. Andersen Ronald A. Rasband Gary E. Stevenson And Dale G. Renlund. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

M. Griffin
Joseph Smith Jr. was born in Sharon, Vermont on December 23rd, 1805. His parents were Joseph Smith Sr. And Lucy Mack Smith. He had 10 Brothers and sisters, of which he was third born, under his eldest brother, Alvin, and the second oldest, Hyrum. He grew up in a Christian household. His parents taught him to pray, read the Bible, and have faith in God. When Joseph was 14 years old, he had a question; Of all the religions around him, which one had the truth? Each claimed salvation for themselves, and damnation for all others. This troubled Joseph, who was worried for his soul; Which church really held the truth that would save souls? In Joseph's words; "At length, I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion or else do as James (James 1:5) directs... That is, ask of God." Joseph did ask in prayer, and in answer, he received a vision of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus instructed him that none of the churches around him were correct, and that in time, through Joseph, the true church would be restored. Three years later, Joseph began being visited by Angels, who prepared him for the role he would play in the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; he was prepared, and line upon line he became the prophet of the restoration. Short and simple? Joseph Smith was a prophet of the One true God. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

M. Griffin
Above all, you must have faith in Jesus Christ. Trust Him. Believe in Him. Believe He is who he says he is. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

M. Griffin
In truth, the word 'cult' means 'an unorthodox religion'. As it stands, this is a very unorthodox church; One of very few that is not a breakoff or branch of another religion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is simply a religion, the word 'cult' is quite derogatory when used to describe our faith. Latter-Day Saints are normal people who have found extraordinary truth. That is all. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

M. Griffin
Short answer: No. Long answer: We worship God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. No one else. If we did, we'd be breaking the first commandment. We worship no man. We worship God only. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

M. Griffin
There is no such thing as 'Mormonism', in all truth. Latter-Day Saints are, for all intents and purposes, standard Christianity with additional truth added via several sources; - The Book of Mormon, a record of Holy Scripture written by Holy prophets who lived on this land in ancient times similar to the Bible. - Modern-Day Revelation fitted for our day, coming straight from a true, called-of-God, living Prophet. - Priesthood Authority, which grants true Ordinances and light from God. All of these and more are things that this Church has that no other Christian sect possesses. Things that make this Church unique from the entirety of the rest of the world. No other Church has real, living Prophets, an Open Canon of scripture, and Authority given by God to act in His name. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

M. Griffin
Baptism is a covenant made between an individual and their Heavenly Father. It is a Sacred Ordinance of salvation and it must be perfomed by someone who has been authorized by God to do so. Baptism must also be done in the way that Jesus instructed and showed us in example; by full immersion. Prior to and to prepare for Baptism, a person must: - Humble themselves before God. - Desire to be Baptized. - Offer a broken heart and contrite spirit to the Lord. - Witness before the church that they have truly repented of their sins. - Be willing to take upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ. - Have a determination to serve the Lord to the end. - Manifest by their works that they have received the Spirit of Christ. At Baptism, we make several promises to God, we promise to... - Bear one another's burdens. - Mourn with those that mourn. - Comfort those who stand in need of comfort. - Stand as witnesses of God at all times, all things, and in all places. - Keep Jesus Christ's commandments. - Always remember Jesus Christ's Atonement for us. In return for keeping these, God promises.. - We will always have the Spirit of God to be with us to guide, comfort, chasten, strengthen, and help us on the path of right. - We will be forgiven of all our sins. - We will be numbered in the true church of God. Also; Children need not be Baptized until they are eight years of age, the age of accountability. Show more Show less

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

M. Griffin
Well, lets take a step back into Biblical times. It was said by Jesus that marriage between one man and one woman has always been the pattern by which He has had us operate. But then, God has, throughout time, commanded certain men to have multiple wives, it was uncommon for it to happen, but it was recorded to have happened to Father Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, King David, and King Solomon. Polygamy was a commandment given to Joseph Smith during the beginnings of the church, and this commandment was actually not well received by the Prophet, or the other members of the church. In fact, Joseph said that at first he refused to implement it, despite God's insistence. With a bit of patience and persuasion, the commandment was given to the church, challenging many members' faith. Then, during some of the Church's more intermediate years, the commandment was removed, and monogamy was reestablished and is currently the commandment given by God. The punishment for the practice of polygamy in the church now is excommunication. In layman's terms; Practicing polygamy in this church will now result in excommunication. The conclusion that can be reached lies in that God makes His own commandments, and He will command and revoke as He so chooses. He is God. But in all cases, His word is binding, and He does things for His own reasons and in His own wisdom. As His children and disciples, we are expected to respect that, whether we or the world like it or not. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

M. Griffin
The Church is a God-granted organization dedicating to improving the lives of the Saints, allowing them fellowship, purpose, leadership, and chances to learn and grow within their circles of influence. Who wouldn't want that in their life? Once others learn of the message, the desire to know more grows within them, and the church becomes more than just 'some religion'. It becomes a part of their life. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

M. Griffin
Short answer: No. Long Answer: They did at one time, early on in the days of the Restoration. It is worth noting that throughout the history of time, God has -albeit rarely- allowed certain people to have more than one wife; King David, Isaac, and Jacob of the Bible are examples. Then, when Jesus Christ came to earth, He reestablished the monogamy commandment; and it is a strict commandment to be sure. When the church was in its beginnings, the Lord temporarily allowed Polygamous Marriages for His own reasons. Even the Prophet Joseph Smith struggled to understand why the Lord was asking the Saints to do this; he knew how much persecution it would bring to the lives of the people of the church. God, we believe, is not a changeable God, but He is still the almighty, omnipotent God. He will make whatever choices He deems necessary for our Salvation; including instating and revoking certain commandments. During the Presidency of Wilford Woodruff, the fourth Prophet of the Restoration, the Lord revealed His will concerning Polygamy in His church from then on; it was abolished entirely. Nowadays, the practice of polygamous relationships in the church is considered a grave sin, and is grounds for removal from the church. Show more Show less