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

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How many different groups are there that base their teachings on the Book of Mormon and/or Joseph Smith?

I am aware of the Latter Day Saints and the Reformed Latter Day Saints, both of which, to my understanding, recognize the Book of Mormon as Scripture and follow the teachings of Joseph Smith. I have ...
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Do prayers offered to anyone but God the Father go unheard?

What is the opinion of the LDS Church concerning prayers offered to Saints, Mary, and Jesus Christ? Are they simply vain words? Are they in anyway acknowledged? Is it considered unrighteous to pray to ...
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According to LDS teaching, Does God have a God?

This question discusses the LDS teaching that “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” ( The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1984], 1.) The teaching is ...
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According to LDS, what principles of the gospel were corrupted in the Great Apostasy

In the LDS.org article on Apostasy, the Great Apostasy is described in the following terms: After the deaths of the Savior and His Apostles, men corrupted the principles of the gospel and made ...
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What is the biblical basis for believing in the Book of Mormon?

I know that Mormons say the Bible and the Book of Mormon don't contradict. I don't know about that, but I would like to know whether there actually is a verse in the Bible that could support the ...
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When did the Community of Christ (formerly RLDS) adopt the doctrine of the Trinity?

The Community of Christ–formerly known as the Reformed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS)–is a schism of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). They separated from the ...
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Why were early Mormon leaders so critical of traditional Christianity?

Why have the LDS Prophets made the following statements regarding the beliefs and teachings on traditional Christians? "What is it that inspires professors of Christianity generally with a hope ...
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What power do spirits have that resurrected beings do not?

According to Mormon doctrine, Resurrected beings have physical bodies that can only be in one place at one time, which is why the Holy Ghost remains a spirit, so that he can dwell in the hearts of ...
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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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In LDS (Mormon) theology, what is the Aaronic Priesthood and to whom is it conferred?

I understand that the LDS church institutes that Aaronic Priesthood. In the Old Testament, this was specifically reserved to the tribe of Levi and the family of Aaron. and you shall gird Aaron ...
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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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According to LDS teaching, why should we worship this God?

This question discusses the LDS teaching that “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” ( The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1984], 1.) The teaching is ...
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In what manner did Peter, James and John appear to Joseph Smith?

According to LDS teaching on this page, a few weeks after John the Baptist conferred on Joseph Smith the Aaronic Priesthood, Peter, James, and John appeared to Joseph Smith to confer on him the ...
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Why does LDS teaching say that the Priesthood returned to earth if John never left?

According to The Priesthood of God Returns to the Earth, Peter, James, and John conferred upon Joseph Smith the Melchizedek Priesthood shortly after John the Baptist had conferred upon him the Aaronic ...
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What is LDS policy/teaching on not taking God's name in vain in languages where it is extremely common?

Latter-day Saints, like many Christians, are encouraged to not use phrases like "Oh my God!" because they are seen as violations of the commandment to not take the name of God "in vain." However, in ...
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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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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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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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Was there a first God in the Mormon faith? [duplicate]

This question discusses the LDS teaching that “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” ( The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1984], 1.) The teaching is ...
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Was Elohim the Saviour and Redeemer of his world?

According to Mormon doctrine, God the Father (Elohim), once lived a mortal life. “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” ( The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. ...
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Did the Community of Christ denounce the Book of Mormon?

Most Mormons seem to be under the impression that the Community of Christ agreed to denounce the Book of Mormon as scripture in order to be accepted into the World Council of Churches. It's obvious ...
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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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Do any of the Mormon doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible come from the Book of Mormon?

Do any of the Mormon doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible come from the Book of Mormon? This is sort of a followup question to What important Mormon doctrines are taught in the book of Mormon ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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Which has greater authority to Mormons: Book of Mormon or the Bible? [duplicate]

The question says it all: Which book has more authority to Mormons - the book of Mormon or the Bible?
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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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How does one become an Apostle in the LDS Church?

With the recent passing of one of the Apostles in the LDS Church. How will the new Apostle be chosen to fill the vacancy left by his passing?
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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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Why did Mormons stop practicing polygamy?

I know that early in the formation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, polygamy was common. It's my understanding that it was an everlasting command from God to Joseph Smith. ...
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Do Mormons still eat meat only in “winter, cold or famine?”

In the Doctrines and Covenants from which the Word of Wisdom comes (referring to abstinence from hot drinks, strong drinks/alcohol, and tobacco), it also states that meat should be used sparingly, ...
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What is the relationship between Gabriel and Noah in LDS/Mormon teaching?

In the summary of Noah on the lds.org site, it states that Joseph Smith taught that Noah is, in fact, the angel Gabriel. How exactly is this believed to have progressed? Did Noah exist as an angel ...
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Why do Mormons use the term “elder” for their missionaries?

Most of the Mormon missionaries I've encountered are young men doing a couple year stint. They are typically identified as "elders", but my understanding is that this designation is only temporary ...
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What plausible explanation can we find for the points of contact between Moses in the Pearl of Great Price and the Book of Enoch?

The Book of Moses is an extract from Joseph Smith's inspired translation of the Bible and was originally recorded between June 1830 and March 1831 (source). It was published serially in church ...
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Is white underwear necessary while being baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints?

Is white underwear necessary while being baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints?
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Are there any archaeological evidences suggesting the existence of the Book of Mormon?

The Old Testament has many archaeological findings which confirm its existence many years ago. A good example would be the discovery of Dead Sea Scrolls with some of the scrolls estimated to be ...
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What are modern full-time Catholic proselyting missions like?

In reference to this question: What are full-time protestant proselyting missions like? What are full-time Catholic proselyting missions like in contrast or comparison to LDS missions?
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How were the footnotes in LDS scriptures created?

The LDS scriptures have footnotes at the bottom of every page of every book. How were they made? That seems like an incredible amount of cross referencing for people to do. I am aware that there are ...
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Why didn't God the Father answer Joseph Smith's questions directly?

In Joseph's version of the first vision given in the Pearl of Great Price, God the Father directs Joseph Smith to listen to his Son Jesus Christ: I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory ...
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What would happen to somebody voting in opposition to a proposition at LDS General Conference?

I'm watching the semi-annual LDS General Conference. One segment just went by that was some general business of voting to retain people in various roles or assign new ones. Several thousand people are ...
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What makes the spirit and body inseparable after the resurrection?

According to Mormon doctrine, body and spirit combined constitute a soul. Every man and woman that has ever lived on earth, previously lived as a spirit in the preexistence, and was born to earth into ...
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What does the LDS Church teach about Jesus being married, having children, and His position on polygamy?

In the Journal of Discourses, LDS apostles suggest that Jesus Himself was married, that He had children, and that He and His disciples endorsed polygamy. It will be borne in mind that once on a ...
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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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According to the Mormon doctrines, who created the universe?

This may be related to a previous question about the first god who began eternal progression. This is something I've really been wondering for a while. If the Almighty God began life as a man, he ...
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Do modern descendants of the Levites need to be ordained with the Aaronic Priesthhood?

Literal descendants of Aaron have a legal right to Aaronic priesthood: "No man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descendant of Aaron." ...