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It means to be morally clean in “thoughts, words, and actions. The church teaches its members that “no one, male or female, is to have sexual relations before marriage. After marriage, sexual relations are permitted only with our spouse. A church handbook for leaders states that married couples should be made aware “that sexual relations within marriage are divinely approved not only for the purpose of procreation, but also as a way of expressing love and strengthening emotional and spiritual bonds between husband and wife. Any other sexual relations, including those between persons of the same gender, are sinful and undermine the divinely created institution of the family. The church accordingly affirms defining marriage as the legal and lawful union between a man and a woman. Do not do anything else that arouses sexual feelings. Do not arouse those emotions in your own body. Commitment to live the law of chastity is required for baptism , [10] and adherence is required to receive a temple recommend. Church leaders have similarly emphasized its importance.

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His teachings are the central reason for this sacred Book. Within the Book of Mormon itself evidences are provided which attest to its truthfulness. This includes some of the animals mentioned as well as plants, materials raw and manufactured , culture s , words used and more. The degree of consistency concerning all these topics in our view overwhelmingly indicates that Joseph Smith could not have written the Book of Mormon of his own knowledge.

Even the most informed experts of his day would not have known much about the archaeological or other scientific details given in this Book. At age 22, when Joseph Smith Jr.

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Here are some of the key things that they are probably telling you: Mormonism began in when a teen-aged boy in western New York named Joseph Smith was spurred by a Christian revival where he lived to pray to God for guidance as to which church was true. In answer to his prayers he was visited by God the Father and God the Son, two separate beings, who told him to join no church because all the churches at that time were false, and that he, Joseph, would bring forth the true church.

This event is called “The First Vision. Joseph was told it was the history of the ancient peoples of America, and that Joseph would be the instrument for bringing this record to the knowledge of the world. Joseph obtained these gold plates from the angel in , and translated them into English by the spirit of God and the use of a sacred instrument accompanying the plates called the “Urim and Thummim.

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Background[ edit ] Shortly after what Mormons consider to be the restoration of the gospel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in , Joseph Smith revealed that the Second Coming of Christ was near, that the City of Zion would be near the town of Independence in Jackson County, Missouri , and that his followers were destined to inherit the land held by the current settlers. If ye are faithful, ye shall assemble yourselves together to rejoice upon the land of Missouri, which is the land of your inheritance, which is now the land of your enemies.

Tensions built up between the rapidly growing Mormon community and the earlier settlers for a number of reasons: They believed—after a revelation recorded on June 6, —that if they were righteous they would inherit the land held by others “which is now the land of your enemies” in Missouri. Where there was a critical mass of Mormons in the community, they were frequently viewed as having sold the election to the highest bidder, although there is no recorded proof of this ever taking place.

Lilburn Boggs, as a Jackson county resident, and as Lieutenant Governor, was in a position to observe and assist in executing the tactics described by one Mormon historian: In Boggs passively saw community leaders and officials sign demands for Mormon withdrawal, and next force a gunbarrel contract to abandon the county before spring planting Executive paralysis permitted terrorism, which forced Mormons to self-defense, which was immediately labeled as an “insurrection,” and was put down by the activated militia of the county.

Once Latter-day Saints were disarmed, mounted squads visited Mormon settlements with threats and enough beatings and destruction of homes to force flight. In , Latter-day Saints attempted to effect a return to Jackson County with a quasi-military expedition known as Zion’s Camp , but this effort also failed when the governor failed to provide the expected support. Tensions rose in Clay County as the Mormon population grew.

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What is a prophet according to LDS belief? Here is a brief description from the article “Prophet” in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. The word “prophet” comes from the Greek prophetes, which means “inspired teacher. Since the Lord has chosen some of his servants to be foretellers–to disclose, sometimes in specific terms, momentous events that are to occur–the predictive element often overshadows other implications of the word in the minds of some.

But the gift of prophecy is not restricted to those whose words have been recorded in scripture.

Historical chronicles of military conflict normally focus on the decisions and perspectives of leaders. But new methodologies, pioneered by John Keegan’s Face of Battle, have focused attention on the battle experience of the common soldier. Applying this methodology to a careful reading of details within the Book of Mormon shows an experience in battle that is just as horrific as it is.

Links Member Beliefs A testimony is a reliable method to learn the truth. Men can deceive, science can be wrong but a true testimony is an undeniable way to establish the truth of the gospel. A testimony of the Book of Mormon can be gained by reading the Book of Mormon and putting the book to the test by praying about whether or not it is true: A true testimony comes from the Holy Ghost and cannot be denied. Although the Book of Mormon does not say how exactly the Holy Ghost will manifest the truth to people, many LDS believe it is either a physical sensation such as the burning in the bosom or just an intense feeling that it is true.

He also told David Nye White, senior editor of the Pennsylvania’s Pittsburg Weekly Gazette, on August 28 that speaking to Joseph Smith about revelations, “he stated that when he was in a ‘quandary,’ he asked the Lord for a revelation, and when he could not get it, he ‘followed the dictates of his own judgment, which were as good as a revelation to him; but he never gave anything to his people as revelation, unless it was a revelation, and the Lord did reveal himself to him.

Link from the official church web site: How do members gain testimonies? Children Many saints are essentially ‘taught ‘ their testimonies growing up. The primary music like “Follow the Prophet” and the primary games like “Do as I’m doing” also reinforce the ideas for these children to act like adults and have testimonies about things they know nothing about.

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Title[ edit ] Smith stated that the title page, and presumably the actual title of the edition, came from the translation of “the very last leaf” of the golden plates, and was written by the prophet-historian Moroni. The book’s sequence is primarily chronological based on the narrative content of the book. Exceptions include the Words of Mormon and the Book of Ether. The Words of Mormon contains editorial commentary by Mormon. The Book of Ether is presented as the narrative of an earlier group of people who had come to America before the immigration described in 1 Nephi.

LDS The Mormon Concept of Modern Prophets: Mormon Answers to Common Questions. This page, part of my Mormon Answers site, answers common questions about prophets in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and about Joseph Smith in particular. It is one of several pages in a suite on “Frequently Asked Questions about Latter-day Saint (LDS) Beliefs.”.

Rethinking the Judicial Decision – Dan Vogel Urim and Thummim Some accounts refer to the seer stones as a pair of stones set in eye frames to resemble spectacles Joseph himself writing in his own hand, …the Lord had prepared spectticke spectacles for to read the Book therefore I commenced translating the characters… History, circa Summer , The Joseph Smith Papers. Other accounts refer to a single seer stone by itself, such as this one by Emma Smith, saying that the translating process had Joseph sitting with his face buried in his hat, with the stone in it, and dictating hour after hour with nothing between us… Emma Smith Bidamon Interview with Joseph Smith III, February Published as “Last Testimony of Sister Emma,” Saints’ Herald 26 1 October Apparently the spectacle version was with the plates in the stone box.

Some accounts state that they were only used for translating just the first pages of the Book of Mormon and were then taken from Joseph by the angel along with the plates, although there is no direct evidence that Joseph used the spectacle version of the Urim and Thummim for translating even the first pages of the BOM. The accounts were reported in some newspapers but the reporters likely confused the spectacle version with the seer stone version as many Latter-day Saints did.

The angel returned the plates but not the spectacle “Urim and Thummim”. After this, Joseph used the single seer stone that he had in his possession from before the Book of Mormon plates were retrieved. However, Oliver Cowdery, who was scribe for nearly all of the Book of Mormon except the lost pages only gives account of the Urim and Thummim which he always equates with the “Nephite Interpreters. See the section immediately below titled, “Seer stone, spectacles, interpreters and Urim and Thummim confusion,” for more problems.

We know of no historian or Biblical scholar who claims that the Biblical Urim and Thummim had anything to do with “translating languages,” or that they resembled “giant spectacles” as BOM witnesses claimed. Maybe the term “Urim and Thummim” gave the seer stone an air of Biblical authority to it so perhaps that’s why people started using that term after

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Broom, 62 was appearing on deferred sentence. He had earlier admitted using lewd, libidinous and indecent practices towards the girl in his home in Mossblown between October 1 and February 2, Council for Broom, Mr Matt Jackson said: It is as a consequence of his membership of that church that this matter has come to the light of the authorities.

I am not suggesting that the real author of the Book of Mormon actually used these modern place names, or that he was even consciously aware of them. I list them primarily to show that any similarities between Book of Mormon names and Egyptian or Hebrew names unknown to Joseph Smith which may be cited as “evidence of the Book of Mormon” are rather meaningless.

Background[ edit ] Shortly after what Mormons consider to be the restoration of the gospel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in , Joseph Smith revealed that the Second Coming of Christ was near, that the City of Zion would be near the town of Independence in Jackson County, Missouri , and that his followers were destined to inherit the land held by the current settlers. If ye are faithful, ye shall assemble yourselves together to rejoice upon the land of Missouri, which is the land of your inheritance, which is now the land of your enemies.

Tensions built up between the rapidly growing Mormon community and the earlier settlers for a number of reasons: They believed—after a revelation recorded on June 6, —that if they were righteous they would inherit the land held by others “which is now the land of your enemies” in Missouri. Lilburn Boggs, as a Jackson county resident, and as Lieutenant Governor, was in a position to observe and assist in executing the tactics described by one Mormon historian: In Boggs passively saw community leaders and officials sign demands for Mormon withdrawal, and next force a gunbarrel contract to abandon the county before spring planting Executive paralysis permitted terrorism, which forced Mormons to self-defense, which was immediately labeled as an “insurrection,” and was put down by the activated militia of the county.

Once Latter-day Saints were disarmed, mounted squads visited Mormon settlements with threats and enough beatings and destruction of homes to force flight. In , Latter-day Saints attempted to effect a return to Jackson County with a quasi-military expedition known as Zion’s Camp , but this effort also failed when the governor failed to provide the expected support.

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It was now October, and the time was past for my frequent walks there. Nevertheless, instead of going to the office, I turned and bent my course toward the woods, feeling that I must be alone, and away from all human eyes and ears, so that I could pour out my prayer to God. But still my pride must show itself. As I went over the hill, it occurred to me that someone might see me and suppose that I was going away to pray. Yet probably there was not a person on earth that would have suspected such a thing, had he seen me going.

Testimony & Spiritual Witnesses. To a Latter-day Saint, a testimony is a personal witness of a gospel truth. This witness is received through the third member .

He instituted a very strict rule that no blacks were to be ordained or given temple ordinances. Elijah Abel outlived Brigham Young and the validity of his ordination was repeatedly discussed by the brethren see All Abraham’s Children , p. The rationalization for restricting blacks developed over a period of years. Scholar Armand Mauss observed: Also, during the generation after Brigham Young, three other important internal developments occurred that seemed to point to a divinely condoned racial restriction.

The first development was the formal canonization of the Pearl of Great Price,. The second development, partly related to the first, was a fuller unfolding of the doctrine relating to premortal existence,. The third development was the gradual adaptation,. By the early twentieth century, these new doctrinal developments were available to provide confirmation, retroactive though it might have been, for the accumulated precedents that had denied black church members access to priesthood and temple rites after With the installment of Heber J.

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