LDS (“Mormon”) Temples are Heaven on Earth

Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly referred to as the Mormon Church) are revered by Latter-day Saints as the House of the Lord Jesus Christ. Each temple that is constructed is prepared and dedicated for the work of sacred gospel ordinances. Those who are deemed worthy and hold a valid temple recommend are permitted to enter the temple and take part in those sacred ordinances. The temple is a place of solace, or a place of comfort and peace from the distress and worries of the world. Temples are also places of worship and prayer. Speaking of the temple, President thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has said: Now, my brothers and sisters, we have built...

Why Eighteen-Year-Old Mormons Consecrate Themselves to Christ

Why Eighteen-Year-Old Mormons Consecrate Themselves to Christ

You may have seen young men and young women dressed in Sunday best canvassing streets and knocking on doors. They probably even have little black name tags. Chances are that you’ve seen missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often inadvertently referred to as the Mormon church). In October 2012 the prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ, President Thomas S. Monson, announced a big change in the missionary age requirements: men could start their missionary service at 18 years old, and women could begin at 19 (the former ages were 19 and 21 respectively). You may be wondering why the church leadership can expect teenagers just out of high school to be willing to give over a year and a half to two years...

Progressing in My Christian Mormon Walk of Faith

Progressing in My Christian Mormon Walk of Faith

Beginning My Christian Walk The first time I visited a meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which church is often inadvertently referred to as the “Mormon Church”), the teacher showed a list of commandments Mormons needed to be living in order to attend the temple. Although the other teenagers didn’t seem at all concerned, I was anxious. I had always thought I was a generally good person, but I’d never really made a list of things a good Christian should be doing to live like a Christian. I hadn’t given much thought to what it meant to be a Christian other than to believe in Jesus Christ and to accept Him as my Savior, and yet it did make sense, once brought to my attention, that there ought to...

Mormonism Answers: The Importance of Covenants

Mormonism Answers: The Importance of Covenants

Covenants are, in a religious context, sacred two-way promises between us and God. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes mistakenly referred to as the “Mormon Church,” covenants are a vitally important part of our beliefs. Heavenly Father sets the terms of the covenants, and we as His children, enter into the covenant. We covenant, or promise, to follow the Savior and serve God and His children. In return, Heavenly Father promises us blessings. Elder Russell M. Nelson, an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ, calls covenants “one of the most important concepts of revealed religion,” and said that “the greatest compliment that can be earned here in this life is to be known as a covenant...

Mormonism Answers: How Obedience Increases Spirituality

Mormonism Answers: How Obedience Increases Spirituality

A Trait of Strength Oftentimes, it can be easy to view obedience as having negative connotations, as though a person who is obedient is too simple to think for himself, or is being forced to bend to another’s will. It’s one of those traits, rather like meekness or humility that, on the surface, looks weak, but in reality is very, very strong. In the gospel of Jesus Christ, obedience is not a trait of weakness, but of strength. In Deuteronomy chapter 4, the Lord instructs the children of Israel: “If thou shalt turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice . . . he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers” (Deut. 4:30-31). The God of the Old Testament is often...

The Connection Between Earth and Heaven

The Connection Between Earth and Heaven

Biblical scholar Margaret Barker is well-known in Christian circles.  She was awarded a Doctor of Divinity by the Archbishop of Canterbury for her book Temple Themes in Christian Worship, and her book Temple Theology: An Introduction was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing.  She has drawn the attention of Mormon scholars, because she sees in the Book of Mormon accounts of prophets experiencing visions of deity.  Such accounts were suppressed by the religious authorities of Judea at the time of King Josiah, a contemporary of the Book of Mormon’s first prophet. Barker’s theory is that either King Josiah or his priests deleted “mystical” (meaning visionary) references in the scriptures and in...

The Old Testament Gospel and the Spirit of the Temple

The Old Testament Gospel and the Spirit of the Temple

Christians everywhere wish they could see more continuity between the Old Testament and the New in the gospel experience.  Mormon doctrine (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often inadvertently called the Mormon Church) teaches that the fullness of Christ’s gospel was had as early as Adam, and that all the prophets since testified of Him and looked to Him knowing that only He could provide salvation.  The Old Testament gospel was meant to lead the Israelites to Christ and included scripture that revealed the importance of spiritual experience, revelation, visions, and the ministering of angels. Was King Josiah a Good Guy or a Bad Guy? As we see in Chronicles 34,  the Kingdom of Judah was pretty much consumed...

Mormon Doctrine: We Are Eternal

Mormon Doctrine: We Are Eternal

Where do we come from? Why are we here? What happens when we die? Those questions are not new to us. People ask them every day, and every day people try to answer them. Artists have tried answering them through art, music, and poetry. Doctors, physicists, and biologists have tried to answer them through science. Clergymen and -women of all faiths have tried to find resolution through religion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often inadvertently referred to as the Mormon Church) can confidently provide answers to all of those questions. At the root of each answer is the core doctrine that we are eternal beings. What Does It Mean to Be Eternal? Being eternal means that we have no beginning or end—it means that...

Mormon General Conference: The Savior Wants Us to Forgive

Mormon General Conference: The Savior Wants Us to Forgive

Throughout his life, Jesus Christ performed many, many miracles. He healed men and women from leprosy, restored sight to the blind, cast out unclean spirits from mortal bodies, and even infused physical life back into the dead. Accompanying many—if not most—of these tangible miracles was the pronouncement, “Thy sins be forgiven thee” (Luke 5:20; Matthew 9:2; Mark 2:5). We are to understand that the true miracles Christ enacted were those of forgiveness and redemption. Why is that forgiveness important, and what are we to do with it? Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often inadvertently referred to as the Mormon Church) believe that we must take the Savior’s mercy and actively apply it in our...

The Role of Women in Mormon Temples

The Role of Women in Mormon Temples

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly called the Mormon Church) builds temples throughout the world for worthy members of the Church to enter and participate in sacred ordinances and to make sacred covenants. Mormons consider each temple to be the House of the Lord Jesus Christ. Women play significant roles in the work done in temples. When the Prophet Joseph Smith, the first President of the Church of Jesus Christ, organized the Relief Society, the women’s auxiliary of the priesthood, he said: “The Church was never perfectly organized until the women were thus organized.”1 Fifth Church President Lorenzo Snow said of the women of the Church: “You have ever been found at the side of the...

A Mormon Life Filled with Purpose

A Mormon Life Filled with Purpose

I have never read the best-selling book by Pastor Rick Warren, The Purpose-Driven Life.  It’s never been on my reading list, probably because I’m too busy living my purpose-driven life to feel the need.  My life is bursting with purpose, and it has been since I was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the Mormon Church. At the time that I found the Church, I was hungering.  I felt an emptiness and yearning that had to be filled, and I was attending various churches with friends and neighbors.  I enjoyed them all but one.  But when I crossed the threshold of a meetinghouse of the Church of Jesus Christ, I had an amazing spiritual experience, something I had never...

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