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...

Teaching About Mormon Temples

Teaching About Mormon Temples

In May our senior mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly called the Mormon Church) will end.  Retired couples in the LDS Church are needed not for proselyting (the young Mormon missionaries do that) but for all sorts of other necessary service.  My husband and I have been involved with “member-leader support.”  Because the Church of Jesus Christ has no professional clergy, members run things as they are called to do so.  New members need help in fulfilling their callings and increasing in their abilities to perform as they increase in gospel knowledge and testimony. On our way home, we will stop by a Mormon temple some hours from here to take several women to the temple who have...

Mormon Beliefs: Why is There Evil in the World?

Mormon Beliefs: Why is There Evil in the World?

One of the most important elements of God’s eternal Plan of Salvation is “free agency,” the guarantee that all of us have a choice between good and evil.  Everything the Lord does is meant to make sure this right is always honored.  He knows that through the Atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ, anything unfair that occurs during mortality (life on earth) can be made right.  Therefore, He allows us to use our agency, even though it may cause horrible, but temporary, suffering on earth. God’s Plan The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”) teaches the truth that we are all eternal beings.  We did not come into existence at our natural birth, but were the...

LDS religious commitment high, Pew survey finds

LDS religious commitment high, Pew survey finds

Of all the numbers in the Pew Research Center‘s recently released survey of “Mormons in America,” the highest, most overwhelming numbers are these: 98 percent of respondents said they believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and 97 percent say their church is a Christian religion. This comes on the heels of earlier surveys indicating that 32 percent of non-LDS U.S. adults say the LDS Church is not a Christian religion, and an additional 17 percent are unsure of LDS Christianity. The theological and semantic reasons for this can be complex, but for the 1,019 self-identified Mormons who participated in the Pew survey, their theological position is clear: Mormons believe in Jesus Christ, and they consider...

Mormon Beliefs and Attitudes on Immigration

A recent The Pew Research Center‘s Forum on Religion and Public Life conducted an in-depth survey of Mormons in the United States. Mormon is a nickname sometimes used to describe members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The fourth article in a series that appears in Deseret News is evaluating the results of this survey and providing context for the results. Immigration is a controversial topic in the United States. The survey asked one question on this topic. They were asked which of two statements most closely matched their view, even if they didn’t completely agree. They were asked whether immigrants strengthen or burden the nation. No distinction was made between legal and illegal immigration,...

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