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

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What is the LDS definition of “Divinity”

Prompted by this comment. In answering a question on the divinity of Christ, I used the understanding (definition) of the term that is commonly understood in mainline protestant terms. From ...
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Are “sin” and “transgression” different in LDS terminology?

I noticed in the opening address at the October 2012 General Conference, that -- at least in the context of a speech -- the terms "sin" and "transgression" were stressed independently and each more ...
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When did the LDS church start teaching that God the Father had a beginning?

As per the question here "Why is God the Father referred to as "Eternal Father" in LDS writings when He is not believed to be eternal?" and in other places, it seems that the LDS church ...
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How widely used is “beehive” imagery?

The LDS church uses the imagery of a beehive to represent the way the church [should] function. Notably lacking any sign of the cross or other usual Christian symbology in the temple, the main pulpit ...
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What is the origin of the Mormon Temple Ceremony and how has it changed throughout the years?

I understand that there is a difference between being a Mormon and being a Temple Mormon (one who has gone through the Temple Ceremony at least once and maintains Temple worthiness). I also ...
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What does it mean that “many parts which are plain have been taken away”?

The question To what point in time do the dead sea scrolls prove the bible accurate? made me wonder: Is the common interpretation of 1 Nephi 13:26-28 that something was physically omitted from ...
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In LDS teaching, do gods and goddesses produce spiritual offspring forever?

I understand that the LDS Church teaches that some men will progress to godhood in the afterlife, have a wife or wives, and produce spiritual children with spirit bodies, which later must inhabit ...
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According to the LDS church, when was the priesthood lost?

I suppose this has no definitive answer, but maybe I am wrong, so: From an LDS view, when was divine authority in the early church lost? From all I have read and heard so far about the early church, ...
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What are the qualifications for becoming an eternal family according to LDS teaching?

I understand the LDS Church teaches the concept of an eternal family. I guess the husband and wife have to have been sealed for eternity in a Temple marriage, and, therefore, have to hold Temple ...
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What is the LDS (Mormon) position on eschatology?

There are several different eschatological (end-times) perspectives in Protestant Christianity, including the following: Amillennialists - end times prophecies are largely figurative ...
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Sisters giving the concluding talk in a sacrament meeting, where did my source go?

Broad context: I have seen at least one question on this site asking about the customs in LDS meetings regarding women, and this question sometimes comes up offline as well. I think I remember, not ...
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Which people in the Bible are antichrists?

Mormons have the view that antichrist refers to anyone who lives to deny/replace Christ. Korihor, Sherem, and Nehor are examples from the Book of Mormon; are there specific people from the Bible? I ...
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How does mainstream Christianity's perception of Heaven differ from the Mormon perception of the Terrestrial Kingdom?

Unless I am mistaken, it seems to me that the Mormon definition of the Terrestrial Kingdom (the second highest kingdom of glory) is essentially identical to mainstream Christianity's definition of ...
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What is LDS teaching about how Bible verses came to be in the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon contains many verses from the Bible, either repeated in whole or in part. For a believing Latter-day Saint, this could be the result of at least two separate processes: (1) these ...
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Is there a reason why female Mormon missionaries wear such varied dresses but male Mormon missionaries wear uniforms?

Is there a reason why female Mormon missionaries wear such varied dresses but male Mormon missionaries wear uniforms? I see male missionaries often. They are easily recognizable, because they all ...
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Why are LDS missionaries instructed to stay away from bodies of water?

I saw a post recently asserting that LDS missionaries are specifically instructed to stay away from bodies of water and are discouraged from swimming at all. I had never heard anything like this ...
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What did Brigham Young teach regarding Blood Atonement, and is that doctrine still held today in the LDS/Mormon Church?

Brigham Young taught the doctrine of Blood Atonement that indicated the blood of Christ was insufficient to provide forgiveness for some sins. What are the specifics regarding the doctrine of Blood ...
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What is the reason and meaning of the symbols on the garments worn by Temple-worthy LDS members?

I understand that the sacred garments worn by temple-worthy LDS members include symbols of 1) the square, 2) the compass, and 3) the navel mark, and 4) the knee mark. I know that some of the symbols ...
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What is the Book of Mormon story of Christmas?

The Bible proclaims the birth and life of Jesus Christ. We all know the classic rendering of Luke 2 which is tradition to read every year, as well as all the prophesies concerning the Lord's birth ...
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What are the differences between Mormonism and Islam, and how do Mormons react to comparisons with it?

Before anything else, a point of order. This question has the ability to be construed as mean-spirited towards my Mormon brothers. I'd like to hope that I have the credibility on this site to be ...
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According to Mormonism, how does a person get saved?

My question is pretty straightforward; I'm just wondering how a person gets "saved" according to Mormons. By "saved" I'm referring ultimately to entrance into the "third heaven" of Mormon doctrine, ...
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What is the opinion of the LDS Church in regards to unbaptized people's taking communion?

In 2011, I visited a LDS church. On my visit, I noticed that bread and water were served. At the time, I merely thought they were some sort of snack for the congregation, and I gladly took a tiny cup ...
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From where did the Book of Abraham come and how did it become part of LDS Scripture?

According to the answers to this question, the Pearl of Great Price contains a work of antiquity called the Book of Abraham. Where exactly did the Book of Abraham come from and how did it become ...
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Why is the name Jehovah not used more in the Book of Mormon?

In Jewish history around 150 years before Christ came Jews began taking the name Jehovah out of the Bible. In the book of Mormon, the record of the bible is on brass plates claimed from Laban 600 BC. ...
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Are tithes allowed to be food items in the Mormon church?

I know that the Mormon church requires members to tithe regularly. Otherwise, their membership may be restricted, until they tithe. My question is, do members have to tithe in money? Are they allowed ...
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Into how many languages has the Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrines and Covenants been translated?

The Bible is by far the most translated book in the world at over 470 languages. Another question asks specifically about the Book of Mormon, which has apparently been translated into 82 languages. ...
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What is the Mormon position on keeping weapons and on war?

I have come across a chapter in the Book of Mormon that is very interesting. It details how the Nephites thought it would be better to bury their swords and never kill another person again. The ...
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Why do Mormons/LDS refer to God as “Heavenly Father” rather than “Our Heavenly Father”?

I have noticed a very subtle distinction in the way Protestants and LDS refer to God. When Protestants pray to God, he may address Him as "Heavenly Father", but when they speak about God, they seem ...
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What is the basis for the LDS (Mormon) teaching regarding Atonement in Gethsemane rather than at Calvary?

I recently read the the LDS Church teaches that it was in Gethsemane while Jesus was praying where the atonement occurred rather than on the Cross of Calvary. What is the biblical basis for this ...
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According to LDS, what is the purpose of the final judgment?

I used to think that the purpose of the final judgment was to determine which kingdom of glory we would inherit, and then once that was determined we could be resurrected with a body to match that ...
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Are LDS members expected to contribute a certain amount of time as a full-time missionary?

As I understand it, all LDS members are expected to serve some time as Missionaries. It's been years since I attended an LDS Church, but when I was attending, I seem to recall being told several ...
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What is the LDS (Mormon) view of the necessity of Jesus death and resurrection?

I heard recently in a sermon that the LDS church views Jesus' death and resurrection as almost a "blemish" on Christianity - that it was an unfortunate event, and not at all the way God planned for ...
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What privileges and powers does the Prophet of the LDS Church have in his office as Seer?

From what I know, the Prophet of the LDS Church holds the position of Seer, as Joseph Smith did. If this is so, what specific privileges and powers come with that position? Does this include the ...
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Mormons, for how long can I be forgiven of all my sins?

What I understand is: Upon baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost, I'm sin-free, 100% forgiven, not perfect, but clean, clean like I could dwell in the presence of God if I died right after I was ...
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How do Mormons understand Revelation 22:3?

Revelation 22:3 in the King James Version: 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: To me this appears to ...
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What is the Catholic Church response to the question of the validity of Baptism conferred in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

To my understanding, the Mormons use a Trinitarian formula when baptizing [cf. D&C 20:73]. I have also read that the Catholic Church does not recognize Mormon baptism as valid. When, what, and ...
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What are the various eternal destinies or after lives that are possible in LDS Mormon Doctrine?

Upon reading Does the Mormon doctrine of exaltation implicitly require acknowledging the existence of sentient extra-terrestrial life? to satiate my curiosity on the who, what, and how of the ...
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Who is allowed to read the handbook of instructions in the LDS Church?

The handbook of instructions published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a two volume work. Handbook 2 is published on lds.org, but Handbook 1 is only given to leadership. Are ...
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According to LDS doctrine, what is the source of God's power?

According to modern revelation - from an LDS perspective, what is the source of God's power? I'm looking for references from the standard works and quotes from the brethren that may indicate to us ...
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Why is God the Father referred to as “Eternal Father” in LDS writings when He is not believed to be eternal?

I was recently reading some LDS material and noticed something that did not make sense to me. As I understand LDS teaching, God the Father was once a man on another planet who attained godhood ...
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Besides the LDS church, do any other churches believe there will be a restoration of all things? [closed]

The scriptures speak of a restoration of all things, Elias coming back to restore all things, and a dispensation of the fullness of times (Eph. 1:10, Acts 3:21, Matt. 17:11). Besides The Church of ...
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What are the similarities and differences between the LDS and RLDS D&C?

The Community of Christ (formerly RLDS), has more sections to their Doctrine and Covenants –163 sections. This is 25 more than what's in the LDS Doctrine and Covenants. I notice also that many of ...
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When did the LDS church begin teaching the word of wisdom

What circumstances led to the introduction of the word of wisdom and what publications cover that period of time in LDS church history? At what date did the LDS church begin teaching the Word of ...
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In what sense is Jesus understood to be “the only begotten son of God” in LDS teaching?

In a comment made on a previous question I asked, someone directed me to Moses 1:35 in the Pearl of Great Price. I read the context and saw Moses 1:32-33, which interested me as well. The text is as ...
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Is the LDS observance of the Sabbath on Sunday based on revelation?

Is there modern revelation as to the day of the week where we should observe the Sabbath? I hear that in countries where saturday is the official day of rest, church meetings are held on saturday. So, ...
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How is the LDS churches belief on a pre-mortal existence different than other Christian religions?

A document published by the church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints titled the proclamation to the family refers to a premortal identity and purpose or a premortal realm. How is the LDS churches ...
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How does the relationship compare between earthly children and spiritual children in LDS theology?

As I understand LDS teaching, a couple may have an eternal family with the children they produce here on earth. However, that couple may also attain godhood and then produce spiritual children for ...
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How will the earth be cleansed by fire?

I'm preparing for a Sunday School lesson that includes 3 Nephi 25 where Christ quotes Malachi 4. 1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do ...
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Is ex-nihilo creationism irreconcilable with the concept of individual free will?

Looking on this site in many answers involving the problem of evil I see affirmations of belief in free-will. According to Calvinist Mark Hausam, who presented a paper at a conference on Mormonism, ...
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According to Mormonism, what are angels?

According to mainstream christianity, an angel is a spirit creation that exists to serve God which is often portrayed in pop-culture looking something like this: Could someone please give the ...