Question Dear Gramps, In the Maori culture here in New Zealand, children are sometimes born into a family, then passed to another family to rear. My question is in regard to sealings for these children. If the child dies without being officially adopted into...
The north countries spoken of in the Mormon Doctrine and Covenants is currently unknown, as is most information concerning the lost tribes of Israel. Some obscure scriptures will only be understood as they are fulfilled.
According to Mormon doctrine, the priesthood is divided into two functions: apostolic and patriarchal. The patriarchal duties of a priesthood holder in the Mormon church are to oversee the leadership and discipline of the home.
The sectarian concept of the “Rapture of Christ’s church” is not found in Mormon doctrine. Mormons understand the 144,000 persons mentioned in Revelations to be “sealed” High Priests. God does not limit the number of His children who can be saved.
Mormonism teaches that it may be known that a person has repented of his sins if he will confess them and forsake them. If a Mormon has forsaken sins and felt forgiven of the Lord, then His representative, the bishop, should not be a source of fear when approached for confession.
It is an untrue notion in the minds of some Mormons that bearing testimony, or reaffirming the knowledge that Jesus is the Christ, will provide forgiveness for sins. Only true repentance, not bearing testimony or even making public confessions, will bring on forgiveness.
We should trace our priesthood authority lineage through the records of the church from the highest ordination we have received.
Mormon churches and vistor’s center at Mormon temples often have pictures of Christ hanging up. This should not be confused with “graven images” since the pictures serve as a reminder of Christ and are neither a substitute nor something that is worshipped. This is in harmony with the intent of the Biblical commandment.
A written record of priesthood line of authority is not necessary to exercise the priesthood, but it is a valuable thing to have.
Being the only Mormon in a family can be difficult when you wish to get married but your family cannot attend the ceremony in a Mormon temple. When done in kindness and love, choosing to be married in a Mormon temple can ultimately serve as a strong example of your dedication to sacred principles and the covenants of the temple.
Mormons believe that when family members don’t share their values, it’s important to show love and a desire to spend time with them still.
The Mormon Church advised members of the German forces who were members of the Church to do their duty with honor. We must not judge the situation ourselves. The Lord is the truest judge.
When dealing with fast offerings Mormon doctrine teaches that the Lord cares more about the heart of the giver than the exact amount of money given. Mormons believe it is wise to prioritize.
Don’t confuse custom with principle. Customs change from day to day, and Mormons believe it is important to respect the customs appropriate to the age in which we live.
The only conditions to receive a priesthood blessing in the Mormon faith are faith in Jesus Christ and a desire for a blessing from the Lord.
When Mormons sustain someone as a leader, they promise to help and support that leader and not to criticize him. If there is a serious issue of worthiness, Mormons are advised to go to the leader who is directly over the leader in question and leave the matter to be handled by the proper authority.
Mormons, like anyone else, have to work to fulfill family, work, and church responsibilities. One or more of these may seem overwhelming at but if a person does their best the Lord promises to help them.
The prophet and Book of Mormon author Nephi states that he was “exceedingly young” when the story of the Book of Mormon begins. Though young, Nephi was old enough to lead his brothers to do what God had commanded them.
The Lord has commanded Mormons not to use alcohol. Even in matters of cooking, Mormons would do well not use alcohol. In matters of principle there is no compromise.
Some Mormons do not drink caffinated beverages because of the Mormon Word of Wisdom. These people are at times ridiculed by people claiming that the Mormon church is one of the larger stock holders for Coca Cola. Such false interactions are best turned into opportunities to share the Mormon Gospel with others.
In Mormonism, the Word of Wisdom says that we should avoid the use of tea, coffee, and strong drinks. In order to be baptized into the Mormon church, a person must live the Word of Wisdom, even if it means giving up old habits.
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