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24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was ...


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As with any leadership position in the Church, the calling of an Apostle is extended through revelation, by the leadership with the authority to call someone to the position, and a candidate does not apply or campaign for it. The new apostle will be chosen by the First Presidency, a council made up of the President of the Church and his two councilors, who ...


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The central piece of theology that all these revolve around can be found in the third statement cited: Nothing less than a complete apostasy from the Christian religion would warrant the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints This is one of the core points of LDS theology: that the apostasy spoken of by Paul, the "famine of ...


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The LDS Church has a manual called "Preach My Gospel" that serves as a guidebook for missionary work. It is mostly directed at full-time missionaries, although non-missionaries use it for study or reference as well. As of today, in the ninth chapter, titled "How Do I Find People to Teach?", under the section on "Finding through Your Own Efforts", it provides ...


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It is in D&C 68:25–27, a revelation Joseph Smith received in November 1831, that this doctrine is outlined with the age of eight years old specified: 25 And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living ...


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The short answer is that some church leaders and others have commented on this subject, with various points of view taken. On the one hand, some point out that those who witnessed the translation process testified that no materials were used in the translation. For instance, in "The Last Testimony of Sister Emma," first published in the RLDS publication The ...


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I know that software first-hand because I served as a ward clerk. The quote is misleading. On the "members record" appears information about parents, children and husband/wife, along with their member number. Members may have access to a so-called "summary of ordinances" (translation from german, i don't know the english name). The only difference is that ...


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Robert C. Gunderson, Senior Royalty Research Specialist, of the Church Genealogical Department stated, in regards to the possibility of accurately tracing back to Adam and Eve, that the answer is No. The reason being that European royal genealogy before 500s A.D. Cannot be verified. This would exclude biblical characters as well. See ...


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No, and in fact it is explicitly stated in LDS scriptures that such a revelation does not pertain to us: Moses 1: 35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto ...


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It may be helpful first to understand exactly what is mean by the word "vain." The NOAD defines vain as "producing no result, useless" and "having no meaning or likelihood of fulfillment." The use of God's name is usually reserved for prayer. Calling upon God is meant to have some kind of effect, but only if the caller is penitent and sincere. If the use ...


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Yes. The Bible verses found in the Book of Mormon were translated directly from the plates. In fact, such comments by scholars can be found right in the Book of Mormon. 2 Nephi 12 is a good example. The chapter is a quotation of the Book of Isaiah chapter 2, but it does not read exactly as the text in Isaiah. The biblical text of Isaiah 2:16 is: 16 And ...


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It seems useful to consider the example of D&C Section 138. Section 138 was a revelation from 1918 but not added until 1981. A section from Sperry Symposium Classics: The Doctrine and Covenants from chapter 22 with the heading From Scripture to Canon describes a process which no doubt illustrates the general manner in which the leaders of the Church ...


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In order to understand the current position of the Community of Christ on the Book of Mormon, it's important to look at the role The Book of Mormon holds in the shared history of the Community of Christ and the LDS Church. The Community of Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints separated after the death of Joseph Smith. Both churches ...


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The main verses of scripture that apply to this are D&C 76:86–88, which is in the section of D&C 76 that discusses those in the telestial kingdom: 86 These [those in the telestial kingdom] are they who receive not of his fulness in the eternal world, but of the Holy Spirit through the ministration of the terrestrial; 87 And the terrestrial ...


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For Baptism to be valid requires three things: form, matter and intention. Form refers to the words, which must refer to baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. LDS baptism meets this criteria. Matter requires the use of water. LDS baptism meets this criteria. The Intention must be to do what the Church does. For this reason baptism in ...


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The New Testament, though not viewed as the cornerstone of the LDS Doctrine or church, is the foremost authoritative document on the mortal life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ as well as the ministry of the Apostles in teaching the young church how to live the new or "Higher" law as taught by Jesus Christ. Speaking of the New Testament, the late Elder ...


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Frankly, according to the Bible Christians are NOT stronger than Satan, and that is not because he is a spiritual being and they are physical/spiritual beings. If anything, having bodies makes Christians more vulnerable to his attacks, not less. As the apostle Paul observed, our bodies have "members," and since our members war against each other (Romans ...


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I know this is an old question, but I thought I'd provide some additional perspective. First, though, we need to define what a prophet actually is (from an LDS perspective). In Preach My Gospel, the LDS Church's official training manual for its missionary program, a prophet is defined as: A man who has been called by and speaks for God. As a messenger ...


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Paul Edwards, in his book "Our Legacy of Faith: a brief history of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS)" (Herald Publishing House, 1991) indicates that the transition to belief in standard American trinitarianism occurred gradually towards the turn of the 20th century, and that the transition was complete by 1890: In 1878 the ...


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Within Mormon (LDS) theology, you can't speak of Church organization without speaking of priesthood authority. The Priesthood exists without the Church but the Church cannot exist without the Priesthood. The Priesthood is the power and authority given by God to act in the name of Jesus Christ. So it makes no sense to a person of the LDS faith to separate ...


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There are many scriptures in the D&C that clarify this as a power that the restored priesthood of God has. Eg. D&C 84:67 In my name they shall cast out devils; Here's an example of when Joseph Smith cast out a devil from Newel Knight: https://www.lds.org/new-era/1986/07/the-knights-and-the-trial-of-joseph-smith?lang=eng It's not something that the ...


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First, the word salvation needs to be defined. In the LDS church, salvation "means to be saved from physical and spiritual death." (See Salvation and Exaltation by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.) In the LDS church, members strive for exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom, which is the highest glory one can obtain in the next ...


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Multiple definitions of Christian Despite meaning "those who belong to Christ" word Christian is often regarded to mean "Christ-like". On some level, this means that any religious movement or group which seeks to be "like Christ" and claims to follow Christ can make a case for being "Christian". While mainstream Protestantism often defines "Christian" in ...


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There is no doctrinal condemnation for gluten free diets. The Lord expects us to make judgement calls based on what we are given in many instances. Someone living glueten free will not be kept from the temple. In Doctrine and Covenants 58, verse 26 the Lord said: For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled ...


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The study you cite is an early attempt at wordprint analysis of the Book of Mormon. If you are interested in looking at attempts to identify authorship of portions of the Book of Mormon using this technique, you could look through the sources cited in this Wikipedia section. There have been a number of attempts at this type of analysis, and some of the ...


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Although our Father in Heaven is all-knowing, That can not, or at least should have any effect on us. If we are trying to change fate, then we must believe that we are destined to end up somewhere we don't want to be. Why not trust that our fate lies in the celestial kingdom and shoot for that? If we think that things are already decided, and that we cannot ...


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The notion that because God knows your future, your fate is already decided is known as predestination (or predeterminism in philosophy). According to Mormons, predestination is false doctrine. Let's say that according to Heavenly Father, I am not going to the Celestial Kingdom. He already knows that. This is the premise of predestination which ...


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Just because God knows what choices we will make, does not mean he wills for them to happen or that he has pre-decided our fate. The doctrine that God has decided in advance who will be saved is called predestination and is not a doctrine of the LDS Church. Our choices determine our own destiny. If we choose Christ and his gospel, we will receive Eternal ...


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Jesus has many titles. We know him by "Son of Man", "Savior", "I AM", "The Word", "Christ", "Lamb of God", and so forth. "Jehovah" is the title give to the pre-moral Jesus Christ. In the book of Isaiah, we read the words of Jehovah: 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of ...


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Are you referring to anything specifically? If you can provide a specific instance, that might be more informative. In short: the answers are: Nullify, no. Takes precedence, yes. For example, polygamy is an eternal law. And although it is not practiced today, it has been practiced as noted in the Bible (Genesis 16:3; 25:1; 29:21-30; 30:3-4, 9), spoken ...



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