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...

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...

What is the Mormon Endowment?

What is the Mormon Endowment?

“Endowment” means gift, and the Mormon temple endowment is a gift from God of power and knowledge.  Worthy Mormons, those who are keeping the commandments of God, including keeping the Mormon health laws, the law of chastity (no sex outside of traditional marriage), paying a full tithing (10% of one’s income), and being honest in all one’s dealings, may seek to enter the Mormon temple to make higher covenants.  The endowment ceremony takes about 90 minutes and consists of instruction and covenant-making with God, leading up to the desire to be wholly consecrated to God, the desire to do His will continually.  The endowment ritual takes place in an auditorium-like room in the Mormon temple.  These...

Mormon Temples: Houses of the Lord

Mormon Temples: Houses of the Lord

Kathryn Ramirez is a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormon”). Until her recent retirement, she developed computer software. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Kathryn has been married for over 40 years “to the same kind, incredibly patient man!” Latter-day Saint –”Mormon”– Temples: Sanctuaries of Light, Learning & Service Like our regular churches (a.k.a. chapels, ward houses, and meeting houses), Latter-day Saint (“Mormon”) temples are places where we, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ go to learn and to worship. Unlike our regular churches, they are places where only those who have demonstrated their willingness to...

What Takes Place In Mormon Temples?

What Takes Place In Mormon Temples?

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called by friends of other faiths, the “Mormon Church”) believe that temples are sacred holy places of worship. They believe that temples are literally houses of the Lord Jesus Christ. As a result of many misconceptions about Mormon temples and what goes on inside of them, D. Lauritsen, a Mormon professor, has written this response: What Happens Inside Mormon Temples? Brief Answer: In the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, worthy members receive instruction relating to the Creation, the Fall, and the redemption of mankind. In addition, attendees accept sacred covenants and participate in ordinances that the Lord has...

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