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comment Why do the later versions of the Book of Mormon contain added phrases that seem to change the nature of Christ?
See also this question about the use of the term "Eternal Father" referring to Jesus.
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comment Why do the later versions of the Book of Mormon contain added phrases that seem to change the nature of Christ?
@davidbrainerd is right. There isn't much of an answer here that's interesting. It appears that the first edition had typos. New editions of the LDS scriptures are pretty regular occurrences, even as recently as 2013.
Aug
31
comment Stars in the sky
This question isn't about Christianity. You might try asking the Space Exploration or Physics SE site if stars were visible at night when the earth was thought to have been formed.
Aug
28
comment LDS Church and Genealogy Research (What is the connection?)
@warren I used to work in one of the Ancestry.com buildings (different floor) and my cousin currently works at Ancestry.com in their main building by the Provo River. My other cousin also used to work at Ancestry.com. Further, a friend of mine works in the main datacenter under BYU which hosts/hosted much of the Church's content, and there is no Ancestry.com content there. Ancestry.com is most certainly an entity separate from the LDS Church.
Aug
27
comment LDS Church and Genealogy Research (What is the connection?)
Then they were mistaken. "While the company had been offering free access to Ancestry.com at LDS Family History Centers, that service was terminated on 17 March 2007 because of the inability to reach a mutually agreeable licensing agreement between TGN and the LDS Church." ... "In October 2012, Ancestry.com agreed to be acquired by a private equity group consisting of Permira Advisers LLP, members of Ancestry.com's management team, including CEO Tim Sullivan and CFO Howard Hochhauser, and Spectrum Equity for $32 per share or around $1.6 billion." see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancestry.com
Aug
27
comment LDS Church and Genealogy Research (What is the connection?)
@warren That's simply not true. The Church's genealogical organization is FamilySearch, not Ancestry.com.
Aug
24
comment In Mathew 5:25 what does it mean to be in the way with our adversary?
I think he just cross-ref'ed the Book of Mormon for added context to help the answerer. I'm not sure that the LDS answer would be any different than any general Christian's answer.
Aug
14
comment Is John 8:23 contradicted by 1 John 4:6 or does the latter mean that we are born of God at the born again experience?
Why is this tagged lds?
Aug
12
comment Do Mormons practice “soaking,” and is it an officially sanctioned activity?
It looks like all 4 questions have been clearly answered here.
Aug
4
comment According to LDS doctrine, what is the source of God's power?
@ShemSeger Do you mean God the Father or God the Son? (As you probably know, in LDS doctrine, the two are distinct. Interestingly, sometimes that distinction isn't significant because the Father and Son are so perfectly unified. However, so far, my preliminary research makes it clear that the Son got all power from the Father, so in this question, the clarification is probably important.)
Jul
29
comment How are spirits born?
You tagged this question lds and if that's the perspective you're looking for, I assume the answer will be "It hasn't been revealed." LDS doctrine isn't heavily concerned with mysteries that hardly pertain to the salvation of souls.
Jul
17
comment Where do Mormons believe heaven is right now?
This is indeed one correct way to interpret the word "heaven" in Mormon doctrine. Also +1 for credible sources.
Jul
17
comment Where do Mormons believe heaven is right now?
@FMShyanguya That article is not only highly accusatory and questionable (poorly researched), it has nothing to do with the question at hand.
Jul
9
comment From where did the Book of Abraham come and how did it become part of LDS Scripture?
Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham - Published just this week by the LDS Church.
Jul
4
comment How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?
@fredsbend Oh yeah, I know. I've been around a while. It's not the end of the world if he doesn't see it in that case, so I didn't bother. Thanks!
Jun
22
comment In Mormonism, how is the doctrine of Adam & Eve inability to have children prior to the Fall explained?
Also, I just noticed that it seems that people--myself included--tend to say that Adam and Eve couldn't have children in the garden, yet the Book of Mormon says wouldn't have had children. Does anyone know of any place in scripture that actually says they couldn't have children there? Maybe there's another simple explanation that I'm overlooking.
Jun
21
comment Are translations of the book of Mormon into other languages made from English, or are the golden plates stashed in a temple somewhere?
+1 Nice find!​​
Jun
16
comment Do any of the Mormon doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible come from the Book of Mormon?
When you say "come from" do you mean "occur in" or "originate from"? The first is easy to answer; the second, more difficult. (Also, see this answer for a list of sources of doctrine in the LDS faith.)
Jun
9
comment How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?
Here's a relevant NPR story: npr.org/2014/06/07/319805068/…
May
27
comment Are tithes allowed to be food items in the Mormon church?
@Anonymous Well, anyone gets "free access" to the Mormon church. But how you determine what to tithe is a personal matter. If you have an increase, it should get tithed. It gets complicated quick though if you start enumerating what should and shouldn't be tithed. (Tithing is a higher law than the Law of Moses, which would have enumerated.)