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...

Mormon Beliefs: The Godhead

Mormon Beliefs: The Godhead

Joseph Smith, the first prophet of modern times, compiled a list of the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ, called the Articles of Faith.  The first article of faith reads as follows: We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. Most Christian believers would agree, and yet the doctrine of the Godhead as revealed through revelation by deity itself disagrees with “Creedal Christianity.”  Christianity that holds to the traditions of the great religious councils of a few hundred years after Christ have a belief in a trinity — three beings of one essence, wherein God is a spirit without body parts or passions.  This Trinitarian belief sees Christ as a manifestation of...

Ashley’s Wedding in a “Mormon” Temple

Ashley’s Wedding in a “Mormon” Temple

 Preparing to Get Married in a “Mormon” Temple Written by Ashley Bell, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormon”), graduate of BYU in Recreation Management, wife and expectant mother residing in Taylorsville, Utah. Having grown up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon” church by the media), I was continuously pointed towards the temple by my parents and church leaders. Even the purpose of the Young Women program (an organization for girls ages 12-18) has the simple but profound statement, “The purpose of the Young Women organization is to help each young woman be worthy to make and keep sacred covenants and receive the ordinances of...

Mormon Temples: Houses of the Lord Jesus Christ

Mormon Temples: Houses of the Lord Jesus Christ

By Eric Kotter, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormon“), student at BYU-Idaho studying communications, and freelance writer. This world is full of things that just aren’t very happy, to say the least. There seems to be an ever increasing focus on things that just don’t matter. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called by friends of other faiths, the “Mormon Church”) I’m so grateful for the opportunity to go to a Holy Temple of the Lord Jesus Christ. I go there to find refuge from the storms of the world. It’s so wonderful that there is a place where I can go to commune with God and feel of His love for me. In the...

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