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Good question with a simple answer: No. Categorically no. All mainline Protestants (and actually most branches of Christianity including Catholic and Orthodox) believe that they are radically different. "Categorically" different if I may overload that word. Jesus is God. Son of God in that he is the "son" part of the Trinity, but the very person of God, ...


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It is not the trinitarian language, it is the language with which Christ commanded his disciples to go and baptize: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (Matt 28:19) Trinitarianism interprets this to mean one God with three personages. The fulness of the gospel ...


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Latter-Day Saints agree and understand that the use of alcohol was permitted, and in some specific instances even formally encouraged in worship rituals, in ancient Judaism and Christianity. The revelation recorded in Section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants explains that this is not an eternal principle, but a specific one for our day, given specifically ...


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First, I am slightly surprised that you've never seen Mormons use the Book of Mormon to teach/establish doctrine. (Talk to the missionaries; I bet they'll use the Book of Mormon quite extensively.) This was a bit tricky to think of at first, since the Bible does indeed mention the main, important doctrines. Because of that, the Latter-day Saints use the ...


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There are a number of reasons you could name. Historically, you could point to the experience of the Latter-day Saints in the 1800s which was one mass exodus after another. Emergency prepardness was life or death. Culturally, there is a strong emphasis on hard work and temporal self-reliance (probably carried over from those early pioneer days). ...


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College Students Looking for Loopholes... I would not be surprised if this was practiced by some students at BYU. But if it has happened, then it is a misbehaviour amongst select groups of naive students, it is most certainly not a church practice, as it is a clear violation of the law of Chastity. BYU has a very strict code of conduct, which essentially ...


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Mormons believe both passages, That Adam and Eve were commanded to multiply (Genesis 1:28). Unless these partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge Adam and Eve could not have children (2 Nephi 2:23). Also, God commanded them not to partake of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). So really, the contradiction in Mormon belief ...


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I am currently an LDS missionary so lets see if I can answer your question. Elders: Two young men typically from age 18 to 25. Some rare cases are older. They travel from door to door, and teach those who are willing to listen. Sisters: Two young women from age 19 to 25 who also go door to door and teach. Service missionaries: Usually people who aren't ...


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The missionary dress code has changed a lot over the years to stay compatible with current trends and styles (without compromising modesty, of course). Until about 2010, sister missionaries were required to wear nylons and dark dresses/skirts that went down to at least mid-calf, as well as dark suit/jacket tops. In 2010, the dress code was updated, ...


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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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Why did Joseph Smith change those verses? For clarity. The December 1983 edition of the LDS-published Ensign magazine included the article Understanding Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon. The article addresses several types of changes including the specific ones asked about by the OP. In a few places, however, Joseph Smith did intentionally add to ...


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As Daniel pointed out in a comment, the Book of Mormon speaks to this question on the first page: And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ. This is important to note, as people do make mistakes, and have made some significant ones ...


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None of the above, Mormon christology is Mormonism. Although this wikipedia article names The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a modern Christian group which may be seen as espousing some of the principles of Arianism. Latter-day Saints believe God the Eternal Father to be our literal father in Heaven, the father of the spirits of all ...


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From lds.org: What can I say to others about my experience in the temple? You can talk about what the interior of the temple looks like, and you can freely share the feelings you have in the temple. However, temple covenants and ordinances, including the words used, are too sacred to be discussed in detail outside the temple. By avoiding discussion ...


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You're right, the golden plates were returned to the angel Moroni at the conclusion of the original translation into English. First, we have to understand the translation process (this link is the source to the quotes below). There are some original translation manuscripts still in existence, but these are hardly legible anymore and, for several reasons ...


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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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Dr. Hugh Nibley, an LDS scholar who did extensive research on the Book of Mormon, discussed this issue in chapter 4 of his book "Lehi In The Desert", describing how Laban fits a quite well-defined role in the culture of his time and place: that of the local military governor. But what were the records doing at Laban's house, and who was Laban anyway? ...


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The Bible Dictionary distributed with LDS editions of the Bible contains a fairly complete doctrinal explanation of the LDS view of angels. A few key points: Angels are of the same race of creation as humanity, distinct from mortal humans by being in a different phase of the eternal lifecycle: These are messengers of the Lord and are spoken of in the ...


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It's pretty simple. The Book of Mormon translation follows in the KJV tradition, which in turn follows in the Jewish tradition. (1) Out of reverence, Jews never pronounced יהוה when reading scripture. The original pronunciation of this name has possibly been lost, as the Jews, in reading, never mentioned it but substituted one of the other names of God, ...


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No, church manuals are not considered 100% church doctrine, if you define doctrine to mean the word of God. They are very inspired teachings and they contain what is being taught in the church, because they are used to teach. They are well considered, but they might not be fully free of personal opinions or even errors. In October 2012 the LDS apostle Neil ...


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...not clarifications or particular interpretations that Book of Mormon might put on things that are in the Bible, but rather doctrines Mormons believe in that have no Biblical basis That can be a difficult distinction. For example, the Book of Mormon adds the belief that Adam and Eve could not have children before the Fall. And now, behold, if ...


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The core difference between LDS doctrine and Protestantism really is the core of Mormonism. Protestants believe that the Church as established by Christ fell into apostasy and needed to be reformed, requiring a return to the true doctrine of Jesus Christ by adhering closely to the doctrines described in the Bible. Latter-Day Saints, on the other hand, ...


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Yes, and not only is it a severe misunderstanding of pretty much all of our doctrine to think we believe otherwise, but there are also so many scriptures that could be cited in this regard, that one answer probably can't cover all of this question. I try to use the most clear scriptures I can find. Obviously there are many New Testament scriptures that ...


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Elder Ballard is talking about the fruit of the Spirit - the "fruit" being a manifestation, consequence, or result of the presence of the Holy Ghost. This teaching is founded on a few scriptures, mainly Galatians 5:22-23 which says: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, ...


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The complete text of the carol can be found here. It seems that of the five verses, only verse one and three are included in the (english) Hymnbook (linked by OP). This specific verse seems of rather trinitarian thought, that may be a reason. Seeing that two other verses have also been omitted: Come, Desire of nations, come, Fix in us Thy humble home; ...


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When looking at it from this angle, there's really nothing to be said about Mormonism that can't be said about any other religion. All of Christianity is based on a set of claims by a Jewish preacher named Jesus of Nazareth, as documented (correctly? not everyone agrees) by disciples of his, several decades later. Islam is based on claims by Mohammed, ...


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I have been asked this because I am an LDS missionary, and I would say no we aren't protestant. The word as far as I understand it is referring to a group protesting the beliefs of the Catholic church. We aren't protesting anything, but we believe in a Restoration of knowledge through prophets.


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The breaking, blessing, and partaking of the bread and water constitutes the sacrament ordinance in the LDS Church. It's how one renews their baptismal covenants. If one has not made those covenants, it is of no matter. (Parents often encourage their children to take the sacrament to prepare them to one day renew their covenants and to teach them the value ...


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As in the Bible, tithes in the LDS Church were once commonly paid in-kind, that is in livestock, crops, land, etc. Nowadays, tithing is usually paid with money because (1) that is what most people earn (2) it is easiest to account for and (3) financial contributions are easiest to process/use. (You can't build a church out of oranges.) That said, the LDS ...


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There is a specific reason that the Book of Mormon is not translated into more modern English. From a 1993 statement from the First Presidency of the Church, From time to time there are those who wish to rewrite the Book of Mormon into familiar or modern English. We discourage this type of publication and call attention to the fact that the Book of ...



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