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...

Mormon Doctrine: We Are Eternal

Mormon Doctrine: We Are Eternal

Where do we come from? Why are we here? What happens when we die? Those questions are not new to us. People ask them every day, and every day people try to answer them. Artists have tried answering them through art, music, and poetry. Doctors, physicists, and biologists have tried to answer them through science. Clergymen and -women of all faiths have tried to find resolution through religion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often inadvertently referred to as the Mormon Church) can confidently provide answers to all of those questions. At the root of each answer is the core doctrine that we are eternal beings. What Does It Mean to Be Eternal? Being eternal means that we have no beginning or end—it means that...

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...

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...

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...

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