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...

Mormon Temple Groundbreaking In Sapporo Japan

Mormon Temple Groundbreaking In Sapporo Japan

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called by friends of other faiths, the “Mormon Church”) broke ground for a beautiful new temple on the Japanese island of Sapporo. According to Latter-day Saint belief, a holy temple is literally a House of the Lord Jesus Christ, where worthy members worship and receive instruction and guidance from Him and the Father to guide them in all their affairs. Latter-day Saint leaders (Mormon leaders) Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Elder Michael T. Ringwood and Elder Koichi Aoyagi were present at the ground breaking. According to Church news, this marks the third temple in Japan and the 6th in Asia. This new temple indicates the continuing  abundant blessings that are...

Mormon Temples: Empowerment through Jesus Christ

Mormon Temples: Empowerment through Jesus Christ

Mormon Temples: Finding Fulfillment God’s presence, especially in His House (Mormon temples) fills us.   Spiritual hunger, longing for God, and knowledge that we belong, is part of our spiritual birthright as His children. Over-extending ourselves to fit into cultural notions of perfection is different than allowing God’s work to be done through us, and feeling the present and ongoing peace, approval, love and satisfaction that God’s presence and Christ’s Spirit brings. Goods can’t replace God and Jesus Christ in our lives. Overextending ourselves cannot. Money through the biggest and best enterprise, shopping sprees, rounds of applause and medals of all kinds, cannot quiet the longing that only...

Mormon Temples & The Work of Salvation

Mormon Temples & The Work of Salvation

We do not enter the temple of God (the LDS or “Mormon” temple) for ourselves alone, but we also enter to perform sacred ordinances for the dead. President Uctdorf, living apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, and of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so remarks: Each time we enter these sacred edifices, [LDS or "Mormon" temples] we play a role in the hallowed, redemptive work of salvation made available to all of God’s children as a result of the Atonement of the Only Begotten of the Father. This is a selfless and holy service and one that allows us as mortals to participate in the glorious work of becoming saviors on Mount Zion (Dieter F. Uctdorf, “Temple Blessings,” Liahona, Aug. 2010). We...

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