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...

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...

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...

The Garment of Adam

The Garment of Adam

Why Noah Cursed Ham So, Noah got drunk and Ham saw him naked.  Why did Noah curse Canaan (one of Ham’s sons), if Ham saw him naked? In the Book of Jasher (Sepir Ha Yasher or Book of the Upright), we find an interesting reason. When Adam left the Garden of Eden, he was given a coat of skins, or a special garment of authority.  This garment represented Adam’s current plight on earth, but was a connection to Eden.  It would symbolize the heavenly garment that Enoch, Isaiah and others would be dressed in during their heavenly ascensions.  Adam’s garment allowed him to be able to speak with the animals and give each of them names.  When he wore the garment, animals were not afraid to approach, because they saw him as the...

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