The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly called Mormons

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Did Noah build the Ark in America?

According to Mormon Doctrine, Adam and Eve lived in Adam-ondi-Ahman. Which was revealed to Joseph Smith to be located in Missouri (see D&C 116:1). This would mean that unless Adam's posterity ...
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What is the LDS Church's affiliation with the Boy Scouts?

The LDS church sponsors scouting programs for their boys, and I understand that many LDS young men attain the rank of Eagle, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Regardless of the possible implications of ...
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Why don't Mormons sing the second verse of, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”?

We were singing Christmas Carols tonight and noticed that in the Mormon Hymn book, the following verse has been omitted from, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing": Christ, by highest heav'n adored: ...
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What has the LDS Church (Mormons) historically taught about the Curse of Cain and dark skin?

I have heard that people with black skin had been denied certain things in the Mormon Church until the past 30 years or so and that this has something to do with the Curse of Cain. What has been the ...
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To what degree could a person be “pro-polygamy” yet still obey the LDS church?

As I understand it, the LDS teaching is that polygamy is acceptable, in this mortal life, only when God decides to permit it, and that God has done so twice so far in history (1) during Biblical ...
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How does the LDS Church decide what is included in their scriptural canon?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has four "Standard Works" that are considered canonical: The Bible (Old and New Testaments) The Book of Mormon The Doctrine and Covenants The Pearl of ...
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Is Joseph Smith the last prophet?

Islam has a concept that Muhammad is the last prophet of God(Allah). The last message from God was revealed to Muhammad, as they claim. Joseph Smith also received a unique and new revelation from God. ...
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What are the major differences between evangelical Christianity and Mormonism?

I'm looking for concrete theological beliefs and practices on where they differ. Christians say that Mormons aren't Christian and yet Mormons call themselves Christian. So it can be quite hard to tell ...
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What is the basis for the LDS belief that religious truth is confirmed by what you feel?

LDS Elder M. Russell Ballard in a Youtube video said that Religious truth is always confirmed by what you feel. And that's the way heavenly father answers prayers. What does it mean that ...
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What kinds of Mormon missionaries are there?

I'm used to seeing young missionaries travel in pairs, talking to people and visiting them, but I don't typically think of them as serving their missions online (as evidenced here) or doing other ...
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What is the archaeological evidence for the events in the Book of Mormon?

I have read several books that identify archaeological evidence in support of hundreds and hundreds of biblical places, cultures, and historical events. What is the archaeological evidence for the ...
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What are Mormons allowed to discuss about the temple, when not inside the temple?

What are we allowed to discuss or ask questions about outside of the temple? What things exactly are too sacred to discuss outside the temple, and which things can we talk fairly openly about?
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Does LDS teaching hold to a multi-universe theory or an infinite universe theory in order to account for the doctrine of eternal progression?

I recently read about the doctrine of eternal families in the LDS Church. As I understand it, the LDS church teaches that men on this planet have the potential to become gods themselves, who then ...
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How does the LDS doctrine of assurance compare to the Methodist doctrine of assurance?

The LDS Bible Dictionary entry on faith states that one of the effects of true faith in Christ is "an assurance of personal salvation in the world to come." How does this assurance compare to the ...
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According to LDS (Mormon) teaching, who was the first God who began the eternal progression?

I understand that the LDS church teaches the concept of eternal progression, that "As God is, so man can become and as man is, so God once was." So, men may attain godhood in exaltation. By ...
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In the LDS Church, who decides where to place new Churches, and how?

Fairly straightforward question: In the LDS Church, who decides where to place new Churches, and how? Are there specific criteria? Is there a process for determining whether a Church can be ...
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How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?

Latter-day Saints who choose to serve missions enter a Missionary Training Center for just 2-10 weeks before they go out into their assigned areas for the remaining 18 or 24 months. Since many serve ...
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What roles do faith and works play in the LDS/Mormon understanding of salvation?

A primary point in the Reformation was the issue of sola fide--the position that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. This was to distinguish the position that works were necessary for ...
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Why do Mormon missionaries travel in pairs?

Why do Mormons travel in pairs (husband and wife, two young women, or two young men) instead of a group? Does a pair that consists of a brother and a sister ever go on a missionary trip together?
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What roles are women allowed to play in LDS Sunday services?

On a Sunday when a Later Day Saint's Church meets, what roles are women allowed or not allowed to play in the service?
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According to the LDS Church (Mormons), how specifically did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon?

As I understand it, the LDS Church teaches that the Book of Mormon was written on gold plates in a language called "Reformed Egyptian". According to the LDS Church, what did Joseph Smith use and how ...
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In Mormonism, how is the doctrine of Adam & Eve inability to have children prior to the Fall explained?

Inspired by this answer to a previous question, in which the answerer stated: "For example, the Book of Mormon adds the belief that Adam and Eve could not have children before the Fall." ...
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Where did the dates at the bottom of the pages in the Book of Mormon come from?

From these images of an original copy of the Book of Mormon, it appears that the dates and chapter summaries that appear in modern printings do not appear in the original. When exactly did these ...
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What specific foods and drinks are forbidden by the LDS (Mormon) Church?

I understand that members of the LDS (Mormon) Church are prohibited from drinking coffee and perhaps some other drinks and possibly food, much like the Jewish people in the Old Testament were ...
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Why do the later versions of the Book of Mormon contain added phrases that seem to change the nature of Christ?

The original 1830 Book of Mormon contained statements to the effect that "Jesus Christ is God the Eternal Father" in three separate places (1 Nephi 11:21, 32, 13:40, source). Only recently did I ...
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What actions does the LDS church (Mormon) take when a member does not pay tithing?

According to official policy, what happens to members of the LDS church who do not pay their tithing? Specifically, what happens to those who: Forget to pay tithing for an extended period of time, ...
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Why do LDS use water and leavened bread in communion when the Jews used wine and unleavened bread?

I recently read somewhere that in the LDS observance of communion, water and leavened bread is used. The practice of communion comes from the Jewish Passover ceremony where wine and unleavened bread ...
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Do the LDS believe in the Hypostatic Union?

Well, this may seem like a dumb question, but a lot of heads have been knocked around over what is meant by the "Divinity of Christ". To a Catholic, I don't think one can have the Divinity of Christ ...
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Why do Mormons wait until the age of 8 to baptize their children?

What is the doctrinal basis for this practice?
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Into how many languages has the Book of Mormon been translated?

I understand that the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the most translated book in the world. It seems that giving the Word of God to all the world is considered part of the Great ...
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Why do LDS members (Mormons) maintain a long-term supply of food?

I understand that LDS members are encouraged to build and maintain a long-term supply of food and other essentials. From where did this teaching originate and what is the reasoning behind this ...
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What passages support that God once walked the earth as a man?

I thought that God once walked on the earth as we do now, but I can't find that in the bible, offhand. I thought that Joseph Smith taught that he walked with us and was once a man. What bible ...
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Which book of Scripture is most esteemed by the LDS church?

I understand that the LDS church regards the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants all as Scripture. In practice, which of these works is most highly ...
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Why do Christians need to promote their religion to non-believers? [closed]

Door to door Jehovah's Witnesses / Mormons, people preaching in town centres, posters outside churches, alpha course. Why do Christians have to promote their beliefs to other people? What difference ...
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Do Mormons practice “soaking,” and is it an officially sanctioned activity?

I recently became aware of the concept of soaking, as an "alternative" to sexual intercourse, which is allegedly practiced by certain Mormons, as a moral way to express one's premarital desire for ...
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What is an LDS general conference?

Tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday, the Mormon church is holding a general conference, which happens twice a year, in place of regular church meetings. There's some basic stuff on their website about it, ...
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Is this a mistake in The Book of Mormon?

From Alma 24:19: ... and thus we see that they buried their weapons of peace, or they buried the weapons of war, for peace. Apparently the author meant "weapons of war" but wrote "weapons of ...
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What is the basis for the belief among some LDS/Mormons that children in their pre-mortal existence choose who their parents will be?

I saw on an LDS-releated site recently where an LDS member indicated the belief that children in their pre-mortal existence choose who their parents will be. After seeing this, I recalled hearing the ...
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Does the Mormon doctrine of exaltation implicitly require acknowledging the existence of sentient extra-terrestrial life?

The Mormon doctrine of exaltation is that we can become like God is, and in essence, attain godhood. This has sometimes been summarized, "As man now is, God once was. As God now is, man may become." I ...
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Why was Martin Harris punished for revealing the Lost 116 pages?

I am fully aware of the Messianic Secret in Mark, but I don't understand why Martin Harris would feel as though he should be punished for revealing the pages he recorded from Smith's translation of ...
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LDS Free Agency viewpoint

I have a question concerning free agency. Mormons believe that men are free to choose but how is it that there are prophets that can see what will happen? So they know what people will do? Like Jesus ...
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In the LDS church what is the process of calling a new prophet?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was originally founded by Joseph Smith believed to be a prophet of God. After his death he was followed by Brigham Young and after Brighams death it was ...
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How has the LDS word of wisdom changed since its introduction?

In the LDS faith they follow a law of health that teaches them to abstain from things like alcohol and tobacco and it encourages them to eat foods like grains, fruits, and vegetables. How has the ...
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What is the relationship between international branches of the LDS Church?

According to this story on NPR, Mitt Romney's campaign and his anti-Russian remarks have apparently been the impetus for Putin's "Young Guard" to dog Mormon churches in Russia, accusing them of being ...
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Who goes to hell in LDS theology?

According to LDS teaching, who goes to hell, and why? I've heard that only really bad people and ex-Mormons will go to hell. Is this true?
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What does the LDS church teach about what men and women did or do in the pre-existence?

I understand that the LDS Church believes that everyone existed in the spirit world prior to their conception in the womb in the physical world. What specifically, though, does the pre-existence ...
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What evidence does the LDS church forward for the claim that the Garden of Eden was in Missouri?

I just recently read that Joseph Smith taught that the Garden of Eden was actually in Jackson County Missouri and not in Mesopotamia. You can read it on lds.org here. (Search for "Garden of Eden") ...
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What does the LDS Church teach about the pre-existence of each person prior to conception?

I have read somewhere that the LDS teaches that each person existed prior to physical conception. What are the specifics of this teaching?
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Why is the Son of God called the Eternal Father in the book of Alma?

I happened across the following verses in the book of Alma: Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal ...
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Does the LDS Church teach that murder is unforgivable?

Doctrine and Covenants 42:18 appears to teach that anyone who kills cannot ever be forgiven. Does "killing" refer only to murder or to any killing, be it in self defense or as part of a way? And ...