Mormon Beliefs Misc
Various Mormon Beliefs
Moroni was a prophet who wrote in the Book of Mormon of the Mormon Church. He is the son of Mormon, the prophet after whom the Book of Mormon is named. Moroni’s life covers the last part of the fourth century and the first part of the fifth century (Read more).
Mormons believe that baptism is the first saving ordinance of the gospel. Through baptism and confirmation by priesthood authority, you can become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is believed that baptism serves four purposes (Read more).
The law of chastity is not a new commandment and not just for those in the Mormon Church. Since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, there will never be a “new morality,” meaning that the law of chastity will not change for the times (Read more).
Mormon theology teaches that faith is the first principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the foundation for a Christ-like life and eternal salvation. Modern-revealed scripture, the Book of Mormon, identifies faith as a “hope for things which are not seen, (Read more).
In Mormon doctrine grace is defined as a “divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ” (LDS Bible Dictionary). Robert E. Parsons, a religion professor at Brigham Young University, stated, (Read more).
After Christ was crucified, the apostles and prophets he appointed continued to receive revelation for the Church and about the gospel. They recorded these things in the scriptures and taught them to the people. The apostles and prophets went into (Read more).
Mormonism teaches that the Holy Ghost, also known as the Holy Spirit or Spirit, is the third member of the Godhead, or Holy Trinity. The Holy Ghost is only a spirit and does not have a body of flesh and bones like God the Father and Jesus Christ do. (Read more).
Joseph Smith Jr. was born on December 23, 1805, in upper state Sharon, Vermont. His father was Joseph Smith Sr. and his mother was Lucy Mack Smith. He was one of eleven family members. A quick outline of his entire ministry on earth is the following: (Read more).
“Latter-days” is a term that is used within the Mormon Church to refer to the final dispensation of earth. This means that it is the time just previous to the Second Coming of Christ. Mormon doctrine teaches that we are currently living in the latter-days (Read more).
In Christ’s Church those who have the proper priesthood authority put their hands on the head of the person receiving the ordinance or blessing. This act has always been used as a way to invoke the power of God. Genesis 48:14 states, (Read more).
The term revelation is defined in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Guide to the Scriptures as, “Communication from God to his children on earth. Revelation may come through the Light of Christ and the Holy Ghost by way of inspiration, visions, (Read more).
Music and hymns have always been an integral part of Mormon Church history. Mormons believe that “the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me [God], and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads” (see Doctrine and Covenants 25: 12). Music is used to bring (Read more).
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) have been taught that music like many things in this world can be used for good or bad. The First Presidency had this to say about music: (Read more).
In the Mormon doctrine, the New Jerusalem, also referred to as Zion is the place where the Saints and the twelve tribes of Israel will gather (see Revelation 21:1-5). Christ will reign from the New Jerusalem as well as the old Jerusalem during the Millennium (Read more).
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Guide to the Scriptures states that ordinances are “sacred rites and ceremonies. Ordinances consist of acts that have spiritual meanings. Ordinances can also mean God’s laws and statutes.” (Read more).
The LDS Guide to the Scriptures states that patriarchal blessings are “blessings given to worthy Church members by ordained patriarchs. A patriarchal blessing contains the Lord’s counsel for the person receiving the blessing and declares that person’s lineage (Read more).
Personal prayer is a significant part of the lives of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church). President Spencer W. Kimball wrote in a message sent to all of the members of the Church, “When should we pray? (Read more).
Mormon was a Nephite prophet, a military leader, and a record keeper in the Book of Mormon. The reason the Book of Mormon has his name in the title is because he was the one who took all the records of his people and abridged them into a smaller (Read more).
In Mormon doctrine repentance is “a change of mind and heart that brings a fresh attitude toward God, oneself, and life in general. Repentance implies that a person turns away from evil and turns his heart and will to God, submitting to (Read more).
Members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (casually referred to as the Mormon Church) often use the word “sacrifice,” but what are they referring to when they speak of “making a sacrifice”? (Read more).
In Mormonism, the term sanctify means “the process of becoming free from sin, pure, clean, and holy through the atonement of Jesus Christ” (see Moses 6: 59-60). Jesus Christ was the only person who led a perfect, sinless life, the rest of us depend (Read more).
In Mormon doctrine, Satan, also known as Lucifer, is a spirit son of God, as are we all. He was with us in the pre-mortal life and had great influence over those around him. But he fell. As Isaiah 14:12 states, he proposed a plan that would take away man’s agency, which (Read more).
Seer stones, also called Urim and Thummim, in the Mormon Church are “instruments prepared by God to assist man in obtaining revelation and in translating languages. In the Hebrew language, the words [Urim and Thummim] mean ‘lights and perfections.’ (Read more).
Service, or caring for others, is an important part of the lives of members of the Mormon Church (properly The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Members are taught that in serving others they serve God and become more like Him (Read more).
In Mormon belief, spirituality is an important part of life. Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a leader in the Mormon Church stated, “as we draw farther from worldliness, we feel closer to our Father in Heaven and more able to be guided by his Spirit. We call this quality of life (Read more).
The Ten Commandments, or Decalogue (Greek, “ten words”), are divine laws revealed to Moses by God on Mount Sinai and engraved on two stone tablets. Appearing in both Exodus (Exodus 20: 2-17) and Deuteronomy (Deuteronomy 5:6-21), as well as in (Read more).
The LDS Guide to The Scriptures defines a testimony as “knowledge and a spiritual witness given by the Holy Ghost. A testimony can also be an official or legal declaration of what a person perceives as truth.” To gain a testimony of the truth of the gospel members (Read more).
In the Book of Mormon, Lehi, a prophet, had a vision in which he saw a tree “whose fruit was desirable to make one happy” (1 Nephi 8:10). Lehi partook of the fruit and described it as filling his soul with joy. A straight and narrow path led to the tree, but obstacles (Read more).
The word tithe literally means a tenth part, most often in relation to a tenth part given to God. Just as tithing is commanded in the Bible—Abraham and Jacob as well as other ancient prophets paid tithes (Read more).