Who is Jesus Christ?

Who is Jesus Christ?

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the Mormon Church, have sometimes been accused of not being Christian, because they reject the idea of a trinity (3 beings of one essence) as being biblical.  Indeed, Mormons know that the “Godhead” comprises three separate personages — God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.  While God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are glorified, resurrected beings, the Holy Ghost is a person of spirit whose influence can be anywhere; he can dwell within us, or at least his influence can. Mormon belief in the Godhead is not “Modalism” (with Jesus fully God, but all three members of the Godhead as three modes of one God).  Modalism does NOT accept...

The Amazing Mormon Missionary Program

The Amazing Mormon Missionary Program

The missionary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly called the Mormon Church) is remarkable in all the world.  Recently, the LDS Church lowered the qualification ages for Mormon youth who desire to serve missions from 19 to 18 for young men and from 21 to 19 for Mormon young women.  As soon as the announcement was made, applications jumped nearly five-fold and now remain double what they previously were.  At the time of the announcement, in October 2012, there were over 50,000 Mormon missionaries serving full-time around the world.  The increase in applications means that the LDS Church may soon have 80,000 young people serving globally.  Fifty-eight new missions have been created (in February 2013—carved out of...

The Garment of Adam

The Garment of Adam

Why Noah Cursed Ham So, Noah got drunk and Ham saw him naked.  Why did Noah curse Canaan (one of Ham’s sons), if Ham saw him naked? In the Book of Jasher (Sepir Ha Yasher or Book of the Upright), we find an interesting reason. When Adam left the Garden of Eden, he was given a coat of skins, or a special garment of authority.  This garment represented Adam’s current plight on earth, but was a connection to Eden.  It would symbolize the heavenly garment that Enoch, Isaiah and others would be dressed in during their heavenly ascensions.  Adam’s garment allowed him to be able to speak with the animals and give each of them names.  When he wore the garment, animals were not afraid to approach, because they saw him as the representative of God. The tradition...

Young Mormons and the Temple

Young Mormons and the Temple

Mormon Children are taught from a young age to look toward the temple as a light and a goal in their lives.  Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church,” make higher covenants in Mormon temples.  These include the consecration of one’s life to the service of God, and the sealing of families together eternally, beginning with marriage vows that last forever.  Becoming worthy to enter a temple of God is a goal that is tangible to LDS children and youth.  It gives them a reason for living worthy, clean lives, for dressing modestly, and for seeing the family as the center of God’s plan.  Having this tangible goal is successful.  Mormon youth are remarkable for their success in holding to their...

Being Mormon: Living by the Spirit

Being Mormon: Living by the Spirit

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church“) teaches that the heavens are open.  It has always been the desire and habit (when received in the proper spirit) of God to communicate with His earthly children.  We are able to approach Him in personal prayer, and He is willing to answer us through direct revelation from heaven.  Worthy Mormons have the great blessing of the “gift of the Holy Ghost,” which is the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost as a comforter, testifier of Christ, discerner of truth, and conduit for the words of God to us. It takes experience to recognize the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and the Lord is willing to help little children begin to feel the spirit and to...

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