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To understand the doctrine of baptism for the dead, it's necessary to first understand the doctrine of baptism, and the crucial role it plays in LDS theology. Baptism is held to be essential for the salvation of everyone with the maturity to be capable of committing sin. The fourth Article of Faith states: 4 We believe that the first principles and ...


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Doctrine and Covenants 105:53-56 53 Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing. 54 And the Lord appeared ...


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I have no problem discussing this, because the promises made in a temple to not reveal certain things do not involve the Garment. The language used in the Temple to explain the marks is this: [The mark of the square] is placed in the garment over the right breast, suggesting to the mind exactness and honor in keeping the covenants entered into this day. ...


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The Articles of Faith are a set of simple statements of belief, taken from a letter written by Joseph Smith to explain various aspects of Mormonism to a non-Mormon audience. The church later accepted it as a canonical statement of doctrinal points. The seventh Article of Faith states: 7 We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, ...


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The article states that Christianity itself, particularly as it originally existed in the days of the early Church, meets the definition of a mystery religion, and that this was noted and remarked upon by one of the great early apologists, Justin Martyr. And if the definition is that "participation is reserved to initiates," then Judaism meets the ...


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Great question, Narnian; great answer, Mason. Very complete. I think, Narnian, you had a great question at the end that I'd like to respond to: If someone is left out by an oversight or who had no children, does that person simply get deprived of something because they were overlooked? Short answer: no. We know God is not capricious, and he is no ...


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In Wikipedia page, Christian Denomination, we see Mormonism as a Nontrinitarian Denomination. Explaining that: Mormons see themselves as believing in a Godhead comprising the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost as separate personages united in purpose. On a separate page, God in Mormonism, explains that The Father in the Godhead is the same Jewish God, ...


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Most Christians believe that your spirit is created the same time as your body when you are conceived (or sometimes born depending on who you ask). LDS believe that before the Earth was even created, everyone's spirit was already created and we all lived together with heavenly father as spirit children. When we are conceived on Earth, our spirits enter the ...


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This is best answered from the Church's statement on this topic: "Because all who have lived on the earth have not had the opportunity to be baptized by proper authority during life on earth, baptisms may be performed by proxy, meaning a living person may be baptized in behalf of a deceased person. "Some have misunderstood that when baptisms for the ...


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I mirror Matt's sentiments in that I won't be discussing any specific symbols or rituals that are administered in the temple; they are quite sacred to me, and excessive public discussion on their nature cheapens them in my opinion. I don't mean to offend you if this is an honest inquiry, it's just how I feel on the matter. However, I can speak somewhat on ...


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It depends who you ask. 35 according to historian Todd Compton. 43 according to author George D. Smith. 47 according to author Fawn Brodie. Some of his wives seem to have had additional husbands.


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Thanks, Mason. Even though the events of the Book of Mormon happened in the Americas and not in Jerusalem, I would have to say that it does have its own "story of Christmas", and that is what I'd like to share. Samuel's prophecy We have a Primary song -- a children's hymn -- that I'd like to share. It's called "Christmas in Zarahemla", and it goes like ...


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I'm a Mormon myself. I think the term is "Restorationist" as we believe that the fullness of the gospel had been lost from the earth, through a great apostasy. We believe that God restored the fullness of the Gospel to the earth through a Latter-day prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., and that God continues to speak to His children through a living prophet today, ...



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