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Hi I'm Quintin Wood

I grew up in Utah. I love art, sailing, and I play the trumpet. I'm currently serving a mission in Edmonton, Canada. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to play music, especially Jazz (particularly swing and ballads)! I spent a lot of time doing ceramics, especially making masks. I like sailing, camping, fishing, and really just spending time in the outdoors. I like spending time with close friends, including but not limited to my siblings. I have 4 siblings, two brothers and two sisters. I love them and care about them. I'll be attending college in Utah after I complete my mission in Edmonton, Canada.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon church, however, that doesn't mean I always believed. As a young boy I hated going to church and I thought church was a silly trivial matter. However, when I was around 13 I started going through some hard times. I wasn't generally accepted by my peers and I started to develop an image problem. I didn't know where to turn or what to do, I felt alone... But one day I flopped on my bed after a bad day at school and my scriptures fell to the ground and opened up. The scripture was: St. John 14:15-18 "If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." I felt a wave rush over me as the spirit touched my hardened heart. I felt the love my Savior has for me as an individual. That was my turning point and from that day forth I have strived to live the gospel and keep the commandments and it has brought me more happiness than anything else in the world has. Action and faith have helped me develop a testimony that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God; that by him and through him I can obtain Eternal Life. I have a testimony that Joseph Smith was a true prophet called to restore the true Church of Jesus Christ on the Earth once more, that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God and that we can draw closer to Jesus Christ by studing it than by anything else. I know that a prophet lives today and that he, along with the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles operate under the personal direction of the Ressurected Lord Jesus Christ, and that God speaks to mankind today. I know that I am a son of God and that he loves me as he loves the rest of his children. I say these things in Jesus' name, Amen!

How I live my faith

My faith is what makes me happy so it's something I can be passionate about. I live my faith by doing as the Lord instructed by sharing my faith with others. I keep the commandments and I try to fulfill my church callings with the best of my abilities. I try my hardest to apply the atonement in my life in order to become more like my Savior, and in turn, my Heavenly Father. I try to treat others with compassion and try to help those in need of help.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Quintin Wood
Joseph Smith was the prophet who restored Christ's church to the Earth. As a young boy (14) in the second great awakening he wanted to know what church was true. So he did as James instructs in James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God...". He went out early one morning and did just that. God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared and told him not to join any of them, they were all wrong. When he was 17 Joseph Smith began to receive heavenly messengers who began preparing him to restore the church on the earth. Overtime he received the gold plates, translated them into the Book of Mormon, and built Christ's church once again on this earth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Quintin Wood
God is good. He loves us regardless of what we do. He's more wise than any of us will know while we're in this mortal state. He wants us to become like him and find happiness that is associated with such. He is our Father. God, The Father, has a physical body of flesh and bones yet immortalized and perfected with indescribable glory. He has a separate body from His Son, Jesus Christ, but that they are 'one' in purpose. (See John 10:30; John 17:21-23; Moses 1:39) Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Quintin Wood
No, we don't worship Joseph Smith. We worship God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a man just like everyone else. We know however that Joseph Smith was a prophet called by God to restore Christ's Church once more to the earth. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Quintin Wood
God gave the commandment to early saints to not partake of: -Tobacco -Alcohol -Coffee and tea - Illegal drugs He also set up guide lines for proper eating. All these substances were in common practice and people didn't understand that they were bad for their health. However, modern day science has proved that all these things are bad for our health. A healthy mind and body is essential to feeling the Holy Ghost and receiving revelation so by abstaining from these things we open up opportunities to be in touch with God. Show more Show less

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

Quintin Wood
Yes, the Bible is the Word of God, it serves as a foundation to all Christianity. We have additional scripture that we use with the Bible. In Matthew 18:16 the Bible states "... in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established." That is what additional scripture does. The Bible, The Book of Mormon, and other modern day scripture joins together to provide joint witnesses that Jesus is the Christ and shows the reality of his matchless love and the virtue and truth of his infinite and eternal atoning sacrifice. Show more Show less

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

Quintin Wood
When the Savior, Jesus Christ, came to Earth he established his church here. After he died, was resurrected, and ascended to heaven the Apostles were left to run the church under his direction with authority through the priesthood and revelation. Over time the Apostles were killed off and as a result priesthood keys, or the power of God to administer the saving ordinances, were lost from the Earth. Over time without the priesthood and without revelation, doctrine was changed according to mankind's philosophy or expediency. Several plain and precious truths were lost and several reformed churches emerged. Eventually Christian religions were so littered with opinions and misconstrued interpretations of scripture that the Bible itself wasn't sufficient for learning God's will. Joseph Smith realized this when listening to preachers interpreting scripture so differently from each other and decided the only way he could make the right decision would be to ask God directly. As a result of Joseph Smith asking a question, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him not to join any of the churches. Overtime more truths were revealed to Joseph Smith including the priesthood, the Book of Mormon (which connects truths and provides a second witness of Jesus Christ), and work to be performed in temples. As it says in Amos 3:7 "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Prophets were lost, and the world needed one Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Quintin Wood
Church members are performing service when they perform their various callings. Often times when money is involved in church positions it leads to unrighteous ambition, strife, and lying. Church members consecrate their time to the Lord without thought for gain. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Quintin Wood
No. We help anyone who needs it. We're told to help our neighbors, missionaries go out and help members and non-members alike, and the church provides relief in several countries where the mass populace isn't even Christian. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Quintin Wood
No. No one is required to. However, it is a strong tradition and everyone who is willing is urged to do so. All worthy able young men age 18-25yrs of age are strongly encouraged to serve a mission, but women 19+years of age are allowed to with somewhat less emphasis. Retired seniors also serve missions both single and married. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Quintin Wood
I guess on the most part it's just like being any other person. We work, we play, we listen to music. Although in many aspects we strive to live to a higher standard. We don't drink alcohol, coffee, or tea. We avoid any media that's not praiseworthy ex: no porn. We believe in keeping the Sabbath Day holy. We attend about 3 hours of church on Sunday, including but not limited to: Sacrament meeting, Sunday School, Priesthood/Relief Society classes. Speakers and various callings are filled and chosen from the ward or congregation. We're not paid for doing so. Another thing that's big in our lifestyles is family. They're essential to God's plan for his children. We try to lift one another up in these family units and learn the gospel more fully. Service is also a big part of being a Mormon. We find ways to serve others around us. Members can also serve full time missions (not paid) where they can share the gospel, and look for more service opportunities. 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?

Quintin Wood
There are no restrictions based on race for who can join the church or hold the priesthood. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Quintin Wood
As the Savior along with ancient and modern apostles taught, baptism is essential for salvation in the Kingdom of Heaven. God loves all his children and wants them to return to live with him someday. However, some people have been born and died without the opportunity to be baptised (ex: born during apostasy, born in a country that didn't have the gospel, etc.), so God prepared a way for those people to have a chance in the Spirit World. In our temples we perform proxy baptisms for the dead (Paul mentions baptisms for the dead in 1Corintians 15:29). The spirits on the other side get to choose whether or not to accept the ordinances, but they have the chance to accept it according to their desires. Show more Show less

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

Quintin Wood
Tithing is an ancient law that is still in effect for today. We pay 10% to show that our loyalty is first to the Lord. He gives us everything, the least we can do is give back 10% of it, and if we do so, the Lord will pour out blessings upon us. The tithing goes toward financing the work of salvation. It goes towards building temples and weekly meeting houses along with purchasing various historic sites and properties. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Quintin Wood
Jesus Christ does. After the president (or prophet) passes away, the senior Apostle becomes the president. God has full control over who dies when and as a result the Apostle who's meant to be the prophet will be preserved. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Quintin Wood
Baptism is an essential ordinance in order to obtain eternal life. It cleanses us from sin. It's not just about sin though, Jesus Christ who was perfect set the example by being baptised, we show a willingness to obey his commandments through life. It's a covenant that can be renewed every week when members partake of the sacrament. There is a pattern of baptism established in scripture. It's by immersion with the proper priesthood authority, or the Aaronic Priesthood, the same priesthood John the Baptist held. Immersion is symbolic of the death of sinful life, and coming out of the water is symbolic of being born again into a life of righteousness. Something to note: Children under the age of eight do not need to be baptised. They are redeemed through Christ. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Quintin Wood
Faith is: to "hope for things which are not seen, which are true" (Alma 32:21 Hebrews 11:1) Faith isn't just belief though, faith in God is demonstrated by acting on that belief, trusting him, and having confidence in him. Faith is a principle of action and power! Show more Show less

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

Quintin Wood
Homosexual behavior is a sin. Paul preached this to the Romans (Romans1:24-32) and Moses taught the same in his law (Leviticus 20:13). Marriage is ordained of God between Man and Woman. Any sex outside of marriage or between the same-sex inside or outside what they call "marriage" is an equal sin that will be addressed by Church discipline. Some people have those inclinations to homosexual feelings, this is not a sin, or necessarily their choice. As long as these feelings are not acted upon, or dwelled upon, a sin has not been committed and full fellowship can continue. As Church members we're commanded to love everyone. However, we can't accept their sins. Anyone can participate in the power of the Savior's atonement, even if a person participates in homosexual activity they can be forgiven if they properly repent. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Quintin Wood
Often the term cult is used as negative rhetoric by opponents to the church due to misunderstanding. Our religion is often viewed as unorthodox and as such the term cult is often used by others. In all reality our religion has a lot in common with most Christian religions, when people understand our doctrine they can easily see that the term cult isn't really a fair term to describe our religion. Show more Show less

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

Quintin Wood
Missionaries primarily teach of Christ. They also teach of the Restoration of The Gospel of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father's Great Plan of Happiness, and how we can take a full part in The Gospel of Jesus Christ. It's a missionaries purpose to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel, through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Missionaries work as spiritual guides, they won't try to force you to do anything, but they will invite you to make and keep commitments. Show more Show less

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

Quintin Wood
Yes! In the Torrah (the books of Moses in the Old Testament) the children of Israel had their unique problems. They needed a prophet to specifically guide them in what they should do. As it states in Amos 3:7: Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. Time and time again God has called prophets to guide his children, if God is the same God yesterday, today, and forever then he would continue to do so. The current prophet is Thomas S. Monson, and he guides God's children on the earth today. God continues to speak to a prophet. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Quintin Wood
As Jesus Christ teaches in John 3:5 baptism is essential to enter into the kingdom of Heaven. However, a lot of people have lived and died without a chance to even hear Jesus' name, and more people will continue to do so. Baptism is out of reach for those people, or at least that's what it might seem. God is merciful and he makes it possible for all mankind to be saved. Proxy baptism is one of those ways. It makes it where everybody can have a chance. That's one of the reasons why family history is so important to church members. It gives an opportunity for those who didn't get a chance or who weren't baptised by proper priesthood authority. A concern some people have is that they feel it takes away deceased people's choice on baptism, however, every spirit who has their work done can choose to accept or reject that said work. Now some people think this practice is strange, but it's actually biblical! 1 Corinthians 15:29 reads: "29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" Paul is saying this to convince the people of Corinth that resurrection is real, but by doing so he shows us that baptisms for the dead was a practice in the true church of Christ. Show more Show less

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

Quintin Wood
Church welfare is wonderful in the fact that it doesn't cultivate a mentality of dependance. Church welfare helps people get the point where they can be self-reliant and work for their bread per se. Working to provide for oneself and for family can be a great additive to self-image, confidence, and happiness in this life. The Church makes it possible for people to make a start they otherwise could not make. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Quintin Wood
The Bible literally means Books. It is a compilation of the writings of prophets and apostles. The Book of Mormon follows the same format. The Book of Mormon is the writing of prophets in the ancient Americas. The story starts with a prophet named Lehi who lived in Jerusalem in 600 B.C., the same time that Jeremiah was preaching repentance and warning the people about the destruction of Jerusalem. Lehi was told by God some of the same things Jeremiah was being told, so Lehi began to warn the people and call them to repentance. The people didn't like this so God told Lehi to take his family and leave, which he did. Lehi and his family eventually ended up sailing to the American continent. Overtime his seed grew into a civilization. Prophets arouse from this civilization and preached about God's plan for his children and of the foretold Messiah. They teach of the salvation of mankind and illustrate gospel principles in a clear way. The best part of the Book of Mormon comes after Jesus Christ is crucified in Jerusalem. Unlike the 3 hours of darkness in Jerusalem, the entire continent of America is shaken and covered in darkness for 3 whole days! This finally ends when Jesus Christ is resurected and visits them. They are his other sheep. (John 10:16) The Book of Mormon concludes about 400 AD with the destruction of the Nephites (one of the tribes), and the records of the prophets are buried in the earth as the gold plates. In the 1830s these plates were found and translated Show more Show less

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

Quintin Wood
1 Corinthians 12:22 states: "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." When Adam fell it brought two new things into the world, physical death and spiritual death. Christ's Atonement helps us overcome these things. The Atonement has two parts, suffering for the sins and sorrows of the world, and His death and consequent Resurrection. Resurrection comes to all mankind who ever lived or will live, and repentance and forgiveness from sin comes to all those who ask for forgiveness and demonstrate a mighty change of heart within by a change of living. Only Jesus Christ, the "Lamb" without blemish, the only perfect man and Son of God could be a perfect sacrifice for sin. Because of The Atonement of Jesus Christ all man kind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel, such are: faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion and by proper priesthood authority, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the same authority, and enduring to the end. I have a testimony of Jesus Christ, He is the Son of God. He suffered for our sins and sorrows. He died and rose on the third day so that we can rise again. He was the Perfect Sacrifice for sin. He "[fills] with sweet my bitter cup!" I have personal experience with the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I testify that it's always worth it to turn to the Savior, don't wait, repentance is always worth it in the long run. I say these things in His Holy Name, even Jesus Christ, amen! Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Quintin Wood
Coming to know Heavenly Father comes with a pattern of living in the way he directs us to. This pattern of living comes with: Regular prayer, scripture study, and keeping the commandments. The more you do these things the more you can see the wisdom of God in this life style. Your relationship with him can become very personal and real. The joy that comes with knowing God will fill your life and you can come to attain a sure knowledge of God. Show more Show less

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

Quintin Wood
The first step is meeting with the missionaries. They'll teach you about the gospel of Jesus Christ and basic beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ. They teach a series of discussions to help you learn these things for yourself. They'll commit you to take action and experiment on what they say. One of the commitments they may leave with you is to be baptised after you know that these things are true. Over time you'll come to know these things for yourself. You'll be able to feel the Spirit testifying to you and you'll have a desire to participate in baptism by immersion. You become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by receiving the ordinances of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins by someone holding proper priesthood authority and the gift of the Holy Ghost given by the laying on of hands. You are confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Quintin Wood
Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 'Mormon' is a nickname attributed to us because of The Book of Mormon which is an additional volume of scripture that compliments the Bible. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He suffered for our sins and sorrows, and that because He lives we can live again too. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ, Repentance, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, and in the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. We believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Jesus Christ's church, not mankind's church. We believe He personally directs it through prophets and apostles (Ephesians 2:19-20, 4:11-14). We believe it to be the only true church on the Earth. 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?

Quintin Wood
All mankind have bodies and spirits; these two elements make up what we refer to as a soul (Doctrine and Covenants 88:15). Our souls are gifts from Heavenly Father. Sometimes our bodies are referred to as "temples" (1 Corinthians 3:16), they're houses for something holy, which all of our spirits are, and as such we're expected to keep them clean and use them for their proper purposes as directed by a loving Heavenly Father. Our souls are one thing made of two parts. Those parts affect each other. When we neglect our spirit it can show outwardly, and likewise, when we neglect our bodies our spirit is effected. When we take in harmful substances or deface our bodies our spirits suffer, we're not as receptive to the enticings of the Holy Ghost, loose agency to some extent, and we show disrespect for the invaluable gift God's given to us. Oftentimes non-Mormons see God's commandments for health as restrictive, but it's quite the contrary. When we use our bodies as He directs we have greater freedom to do what we really need to in this world. We're not controlled by foreign substances that can be addictive, and we're more capable of preparing to meet God and fulfill the purpose God has for us here. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Quintin Wood
When Joseph Smith was a boy he lived in a period in American history known as the Second Great Awakening, which was a time of a lot of religious enthusiasm. Young Joseph wondered which church to join, but couldn't find a conclusion by looking to the Bible, since everyone interpreted each passage of scripture so differently. Nevertheless, he would, occasionally attend church with varying sects and read from the Bible. On one occasion, while reading the Bible he came across the scripture 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". So Joseph followed James' council. On a spring morning in 1820 Joseph went to a grove near his home and prayed to know what church to join. In his words he wrote: "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, 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 was told not to join any of the churches because none of them had the priesthood authority or organization as the Church of Jesus Christ He set up. This First Vision Joseph Smith had marked the beginning of the Restoration of Jesus Christ's true Church on the Earth. For more specifics and background read Joseph Smith's History on lds.org. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Quintin Wood
The priesthood, simply put, is the authority to act in God's name. The priesthood isn't something used for personal gain, but is rather a responsibility to bless others by ministering in the church, performing essential ordinances, giving blessings to heal the sick and to give comfort and council, and by passing on the priesthood. The scriptures state when talking about the priesthood: "And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron." (Hebrews 5:4) Aaron was called by revelation through his brother, Moses, a prophet of God. The ordination of the priesthood continues in a straight line. The priesthood held in the church today is the same priesthood held by Jesus and his apostles seeing as Peter, James, and John came to Joseph Smith in their glorified states and ordained him an Elder in the High Priesthood, or the Melchezidek Priesthood. (See Hebrews 5) Uncle Ben in Spider-Man states an applicable statement: "With great power comes great responsibility." As priesthood holders God puts a lot of trust in us, and therefore expects us to live to a high standard of holiness and responsibility. We're expected to continually strive to be more Christlike. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Quintin Wood
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stated in 1973: "The Church opposes abortion and councels its members not to submit to or perform an abortion except in the rare cases where, in the opinion of competent medical council, the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. Even then it should be done only after counciling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after recieving divine confirmation through prayer." Life is precious and is given at the point of conception. Except for special circumstances it should never be done. Abortion performed for convenience sake is a dreadful sin and requires earnest and heartfelt repentance to be forgiven of, but nonetheless, it can be forgiven. To put things simply, don't do it unless God specifically tells you to, otherwise there will be extreme consequences on an eternal scale. Every action has a reaction, and some reactions are grave and painful to go through. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Quintin Wood
In order to increase strengthen in our arms, or really any part of our body, we have to exercise it. The same applies with faith. We need to exercise our faith for it to increase. This is one of the reasons why faith without works is dead. (James 2:14-26) We need to continually nourish our faith, by acting, in order to strengthen and refine it. (Alma 32:28-43) There once was a little girl who lived on a farm with her family. At the time her father was working on a well. Everyday, at lunch, the little girl went out to the well her father was digging, called out that it was time for lunch, and upon her father's response would drop his lunch down to him. She could not see him through the darkness, but he could see her through the light of the outside world. One day when the little girl called out to her father he told her to jump down and he would catch her so they could have lunch together. Up to this point the girl had faith that her father was at the bottom of the well as she dropped his lunch down to him, but now she had to exercise greater faith in her father. She jumped, her father caught her, and they enjoyed their lunch together. Can you imagine how over time the girl's faith in her father grew to the point she could jump down to him? Can you imagine how much more faith she had in him after she did? It can be the same way with Jesus Christ. As we keep His commandments, pray continually, experiment on his words, and see the blessings we receive, our faith will grow! 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?

Quintin Wood
During the time of Jeremiah the Prophet, in Jerusalem there was a man named Lehi. Lehi was shown a vision from God revealing that Jerusalem was going to be destroyed unless they all repented. Much like people's reaction to Jeremiah, the people of Jerusalem tried to kill Lehi, so he was commanded to take his family into the wilderness and that God would lead him to a land of promise. This land was the American Continent. The Book of Mormon is different from the Bible in the fact that it's from a totally different part of the world and their problems and revelations given by their prophets. However, it's still about the children of Israel, seeing how Lehi was an Israelite, and it bears the same message about faith, repentance, baptism, enduring to the end, and the reality of Jesus Christ's role as our Savior. At the end of the Book of Mormon the last Nephite, Moroni, buried the Gold Plates in the hill Cummorah in order to preserve the record for the descendants of the Lamenites and the Gentiles. In September 1823, the time for their uncovering came. Moroni, now an angel appeared to the boy Joseph Smith, revealing the location of the plates and gave instruction for their care. The plates were translated by the power and gift of God resulting in the Book of Mormon as we have it today. It's another testament of Jesus Christ. Something to note is that the Book of Mormon is a record largely compiled by the Nephite prophet historian named Mormon, Moroni's father, thus the title. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Quintin Wood
No. Not anymore. However, to help explain the past, the following scripture shows the purpose behind polygamy: "Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none... For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things." (Jacob 2:27-30) In church history the saints were persecuted greatly. A lot of members dissented, and a great deal were killed. This led to two problems, some women, who back then had difficulty providing for themselves, were without help due to the death and/or dissent of husbands and the numbers in the church were few, making it difficult for the church to stabilize. This was solved through polygamy. A righteous seed was raised up and a strong central backbone to the church was formed. Something to keep in mind is that the Lord's people have been commanded in the past to participate in polygamy. For examples see: Genisis 16:1-11; 29:21-28; 30:4, 9, 26; Ex. 21:10; 2 Sam 2:1-2. In this dispensation only specific saints took part in polygamy. This was all closely regulated by Church leaders. In 1890, President Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that polygamy should be done away with. It had served its purposes, and now it was better for it to end. The Lord's law of marriage is monogamy unless He commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel. Show more Show less