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It's not an ignorant question. You've touched on something that has great value to Latter-day Saints. Not only has the LDS Church partnered with Ancestry.com and others to make their genealogical records available to church members and developed FamilySearch to organize and collaborate family history research, the LDS Church also has the world's largest ...


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College Students Looking for Loopholes... I would not be surprised if this was a thing at BYU. But if it is happening, then it is a cultural practice amongst the students, not a church practice. BYU has a very strict code of conduct, which essentially states, "If you fornicate, you will get kicked out of School." From the BYU Undergraduate Catalogue: ...


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That is a great question, and sometimes I have pondered that myself. Through study of the scriptures and church resources I have come to this conclusion: What is Agency? Basically, agency is the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and to act for ourselves. Agency is essential to God's Plan of Salvation. Without it, we could not make the choices ...


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This is a difficult question to answer. If you asked "What is source of gravity?", what would the answer be? Matter? Matter has gravity. Is that satisfying? Similarly, the answer to "What is the source of God's power?" is probably "God". God has God's power. Perhaps that isn't really satisfying, but it's accurate. Cleon Skousen, a famous LDS scholar, had ...


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According to Author: McConkie, Mark L. Latter-day Saint scriptures speak of a unique class of beings, persons whom the Lord has "translated" or changed from a mortal state to one in which they are temporarily not subject to death, and in which they experience neither pain nor sorrow except for the sins of the world. Such beings appear to have much greater ...


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The family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children. Read: The Family, a Proclomation to the World. - Official statement from the First Presidency of the Church, and Quorum of Twelve Apostles. The simplest answer is that Families are the Greatest Source of PURE Joy, and finding joy is the purpose of life. 25 Adam fell ...


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Metaphors are Rooted in Context In comparing these two passages, consider the context. In John 8:23, Jesus is comparing people to himself. By this comparison, we are all “from beneath.” Jesus was human, but he wasn’t only human. We are only human. In 1 John 4:5-6, John is comparing believers to false prophets and antichrists. The believers are from God ...


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The teachings in James 3 on the relations between language and character are certainly in accord with the rest of LDS teaching and could profitably be more repeated and expounded more than they are. However, in addition, Nephi mentions speaking with the tongue of angels (2 Ne 31:14 and 32:2) as one of the gifts of the Spirit, one that is not mentioned in ...


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I'm not LDS, but belief in free-will is not limited to the LDS either. Its a belief shared pretty much by all non-Calvinists (other than maybe classical Arminians, which differ from what is normally meant by "Arminian"). Prophets give contingencies: If you obey, God will do X (or cause X to happen), if you disobey, God will do Y. Jesus predicting Peter's ...


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John 8:23 states: But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Oh wait, what's right before that: This made the Jews ask, "Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, 'Where I go, you cannot come'?" So let's grammatically simplify that: "The Jews are from below..." Even Earlier ...


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The most important thing when interpreting a passage is the context: John 8:21-23 ESV So he [Jesus] said to them [Pharisees] again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come." So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You ...


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This might not satisfy your question, but I don't believe there is an answer that could fully satisfy your question. First off it depends if your talking about Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ. Christ got his power from the Father. Here are a few references to back that up. (These aren't actual quotes, they're just small interpretations I found on a page on ...


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First, we don't even know what a spirit is, really. Is is heavy? Is it strong? Is it colorful? Can two spirits give each other a high five? The collective understanding of (LDS) scripture is essentially: Everyone had/was a spirit from before they were born. (Jeremiah 1:5) It has the form of a person. All spirit is matter, but it is more fine or pure, ...



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