In this series of articles, we’re exploring the role of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon. This series will address only a very small percentage of the mentions of Christ. In Chapter 11 of 1 Nephi in the Book of Mormon, a teenager named Nephi wanted to understand the vision his father, the prophet, had seen. He went to God in prayer, as we can all do, to receive his own testimony of the vision, even though he believed his father.
Mormons like to say that when Jeffrey R. Holland gets up to speak, Satan panics. His talks appeal to both Mormons and non-Mormons and one group of evangelical religion students, shown a video of one of his speeches, admitted it could have been given by one of their own leaders. Such a talk was given by Elder Holland in the Mormon General Conference in April 2013. Elder Holland is an apostle, in the same tradition as the Biblical apostles.
When God began the world, He started with just two people—Adam and Eve. They were married by Him and thus set the pattern for marriage that has continued until a very few years ago. For Christians, the ultimate explanation for why traditional marriage must be guarded is found in the Bible. The Bible is extremely clear on the definition of marriage and also on homosexual behavior. Most Christians, reading the Bible as a whole, see that we are to love everyone, but we do not have to give approval to all behaviors. A parent loves her children even when they do something they should not, but that does not obligate her to accept any behavior they choose to engage in. Jesus protected and loved the woman found in adultery from her abusers—but instructed her not to continue to sin. He did not find it necessary to and change the laws to make her sin legal and acceptable in order to love her. It is, in fact, more loving to help people make sound eternal choices.
When I was in my early twenties, I developed partial amnesia. I discovered I had lost the stories of my life that happened between ages three and ten. I was surprised to discover how much that loss impacted my life. Those were very formative years and I had no idea what had happened to me during that time. It was when I learned to read, started school, lived next door to my grandmother…so much happened and it was gone.
The constitution of China guarantees the right to religious belief, but it recognizes only a few churches. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are called Mormons, is not one of the five officially recognized religions. However, they do have a legal presence in the country under very strict rules. Since obedience to law is a basic principle of Mormonism, the church has respect within the government.
From early in religious history, God has offered periodic signs of spiritual events. Non-believers, learning of these signs, often demand signs to try to make fun of believers. Others claim they would believe if God would send them a sign.
Today, the definition of truth seems to be under attack. Many have rejected the idea that there are any absolute truths and that truth is either entirely individual or put to a popularity vote. This ignores, of course, the fact that there have always been absolute truths and that popularity or wishful thinking can’t make them disappear. We cannot make the law of gravity disappear by deciding not to believe in it and we can’t change God’s laws by choosing not to accept them either. “The thing about truth is that it exists beyond belief. It is true even if nobody believes it. … There is indeed such a thing as absolute truth—unassailable, unchangeable truth.” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf told an audience of young adults in January 2013. He is the Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church.
This weekend Mormons are participating in an Easter initiative. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the correct name of the Church) are sharing their testimonies of Jesus Christ in connection with a moving video about the events surrounding the atonement, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many are also choosing to have these testimonies shared on Facebook as well. As of this writing, more than 2500 testimonies had been shared.
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There has been a lot of speculation about Mitt Romey’s taxes, particularly the amount of money he donates to the Mormons. Mormon is a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the church to which Romney belongs.
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A recent Pew survey of Mormons found the majority of Mormons, 87 percent, consider polygamy immoral. Mormons believe one wife is God’s normal standard, but that polygamy is acceptable when called for by God for His purposes.