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

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What is the LDS Church's position on spiritual gifts

I am a regular listener of the Glenn Beck Radio Program. Glenn Beck is a Mormon and, while he doesn't directly discuss his Mormon beliefs, he does often speak about spiritual and moral matters in our ...
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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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Is Mormonism a Mystery Religion?

Given some of the comments in this question, I feel compelled to ask: "Does Mormonism constitute a present-day example of a mystery religion?" I'm interested in both insider and outsider perspectives. ...
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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 is the basis of the LDS teaching that the angel Michael became Adam?

The answer to another question referenced a website that discusses the LDS endowment ceremony. I was looking through the part about creation and was a bit surprised to see that the angel Michael ...
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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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According to the doctrine of the LDS Church what is man's relationship with God

According to the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints what is man's relationship with God? Specifically what does the LDS church teach about God's view of man and how man ...
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According to the LDS Church, what is the purpose or result of proxy baptisms for those who have already died?

I understand that one of the main works that an LDS member is encouraged to perform is proxy baptism, that is, a baptism on behalf of their ancestors or others who have already died. Another question ...
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What is the basis of the LDS/Mormon prohibition of facial hair for men?

I have read in a few places the LDS Church has at least a general practice, if not an official teaching, that prohibits men from growing facial hair--at least for men in any position of leadership. ...
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How many wives did Joseph Smith Jr. have in his lifetime?

I understand that polygamy was commonly taught and practiced in the early days of the LDS church by Joseph Smith and others. I'm wondering just how many wives he had and who they were. Also, were ...
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Are Mormons Protestants?

I'm sure Mormons are neither Catholic nor Orthodox. There is no doubt that they are Christians but I'm not sure they are Protestants or not. Are Mormons Protestants or they are just "Latter Day ...
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How does the LDS Church handle verses that imply there is no one like God?

There are quite a number of verses that seem to contrast the LDS teaching of exaltation, where man may become like God and God was once like man, in submission to a God like Him on a different world ...
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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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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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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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What is the basis of the LDS (Mormon) belief that the Apostle John never died?

I was recently informed that the LDS Church teaches that the Apostle John never actually died and is, presumably, still on earth somewhere today. What is the Biblical and/or other basis for this ...
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When were the doctrine and covenants published and distributed to members of the LDS church?

I know that the doctrines and covenants to the LDS church are scriptures that came by revelation. In what date range was that book of scripture written? At what date was that book of scripture ...
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What is the basis that many mainstream Christian groups justify labeling groups like the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses as Non Christians?

If there is no clear definition stemming from the Bible of what makes one a Christian, how does mainstream Christianity justify labeling groups like the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses as Non ...
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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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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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Are the requirements for attaining godhood in LDS teaching the same or different for every world?

In my understanding of LDS teaching, both Jesus and Lucifer proposed plans of salvation to Elohim, and Jesus' plan was chosen. As a result, some people on earth may attain godhood if they follow the ...
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From an LDS perspective, what is the difference between feeling the influence of the Holy Spirit and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit?

What is the difference between the two? What scriptures are used to best explain the differences? How does one receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?
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In LDS doctrine, why isn't repentance possible without eternal punishment?

Alma 42:16 Now, repentance could not come unto men except there were a punishment, which also was eternal as the life of the soul should be, affixed opposite to the plan of happiness, ...
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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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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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How is one supposed to “know” whether or not the Book of Mormon is true?

When one is introduced to the Book of Mormon, he is oftentimes asked to pray to find out whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. According to LDS theology, why is a person simply asked to pray ...
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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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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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What is the archaeological evidence in support of 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 is the reason why Joseph Smith returned the golden plates to the angel to be buried?

As I understand LDS teaching, an angel--perhaps Moroni--showed Joseph Smith the place where plates of gold had been hidden for many centuries. He retrieved these tablets of gold and translated the ...
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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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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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Which Mormon doctrines does the Bible accually teach against? [closed]

The Bible can be interpreted many different ways to formulate the theology of the many different Christian religions. I am not looking at the doctrines that are subject to the differing biblical ...
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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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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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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 attributes does Jesus have from an LDS doctrinal perspective that are different from the Jesus in the Holy Trinity?

I ask this because when I read about the attributes of Jesus in the Trinity and compare him to the Jesus as explained by Mormon doctrine I find very little difference. With that being said if there ...
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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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When did Joseph Smith first understand the doctrine of eternal progression?

Another question asked why Kolob is not mentioned in the New Testament. In fact, the only reference is in the Book of Abraham. Not even the Book of Mormon has any reference to it, as I understand. ...
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What does the LDS (Mormon) church teach about who Jesus is and where He came from?

From the answer to another question, someone suggested that the LDS (Mormon) church teaches that Jesus is distinct from God--that though He is a part of the Godhead, the Godhead is not a Trinity ...
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Does the New Testament have any mention of Kolob and if not, how come?

Kolob is a star or planet from the Book of Abraham - originally described in an ancient egyptian scroll - translated by Joseph Smith. Kolob is near the throne of God (in outer space to my ...
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Since Mormonism allows for humans to become gods in the afterlife, does this mean it is polytheistic? [duplicate]

It is stated that Mormons believe in an afterlife scenario that includes the ability to become a god of their own planet (only men though). Does this mean Mormonism is polytheistic? Would this be ...
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How does LDS doctrine reconcile monotheism with men becoming gods?

A follow-up to this question, if the LDS church teaches that men can become gods, how does it reconcile this with the concept that there is only one God? Isaiah 45:5: I am the LORD, and there is ...
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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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What's the Mormon view of Freemasonry?

I've got the idea from somewhere that Mormons aren't allowed to be freemasons. Is this true? If so, what is the reasoning? I think I've heard allegations of similarity between Freemasonry and some ...
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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 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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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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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 ...