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comment Having trouble converting
We can't help with personal questions here, but your missionaries can help. Just guessing, but a better question for this site might be, "What happens when a minor wants to join the LDS Church but the parents don't approve?" The answer to that is more factual than pastoral advice. If you revise your question I bet it could be reopened.
Jan
14
comment Did Noah build the Ark in America?
+1 for the extra perspective. I'm not sure the question has a hard-and-fast answer anyway.
Jan
14
comment Did Noah build the Ark in America?
@ShemSeger Thanks. I didn't know that.
Jan
14
comment Did Noah build the Ark in America?
Interesting question, but some issues: 1) The verse you cited says it is where Adam will come to visit his people, not necessarily that he lived there. 2) A couple of footnotes lead to verses which suggest that Adam did at least go there, but one of them (117:8) talks about mountains at Adam-ondi-Ahman. There aren't mountains in Missouri, unless they're talking about hills. Also, there's the whole question of Peleg, who was born in the days the Earth was divided -- whatever that means. I would suspect the answer is "we don't know" ...?
Jan
8
comment What does it mean to magnify or glorify the Lord?
+1 for "magnification doesn't make objects bigger, it alters our perception of an object" -- that kinda blew my mind. Well said.
Jan
5
comment How do Mormons understand Revelation 22:3?
And don't ask that other question, it's already been asked and answered.
Jan
5
comment How do Mormons understand Revelation 22:3?
@NervousNelly Welcome to Stack Exchange, where nearly anyone can edit anyone else's posts. Asking for an LDS interpretation of the NIV doesn't make any sense because the LDS don't read the NIV. I added a link to the full passage so readers can obtain the context of the verse, which is important.
Jan
3
comment Does Mormonism rest on Joseph Smith's credibility alone?
@Yalocreo The answer to your question about what was incorrect is what I edited out. The spliced portions were mostly incorrect and the rest was irrelevant cruft. Hope that helps. If you have more questions about procedure here, you could ask on the meta site.
Jan
2
comment Does Mormonism rest on Joseph Smith's credibility alone?
To help highlight the good parts of the question, I've edited it to narrow it down to something more answerable. I can't guarantee this isn't a duplicate of How is one supposed to know whether or not the Book of Mormon is true? but at least it's more constructive now and cites at least one credible source.
Jan
2
comment Does Mormonism rest on Joseph Smith's credibility alone?
This question is worded more like an attack on Mormonism (setting up straw man arguments) rather than an intellectual inquiry. I will be happy to edit out the unresearched/incorrect claims for you if you would not like to do it yourself. But as of now, it is not a constructive fit for this site.
Dec
28
comment Why did Jesus have to die?
I don't see how this is doctrine more than speculation.
Dec
27
comment What is the basis for the LDS belief that religious truth is confirmed by what you feel?
@curiousdannii You're right, that video doesn't go into detail. However, it is official/authoritative, since Mormon Newsroom is the media outlet for the LDS Church and Elder Ballard is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Here is a talk by Elder Scott that goes into more detail about the topic.
Dec
27
comment What is the distinction between a sacrament and an ordinance?
In the general sense, a sacrament is a sacred, significant religious symbol/tribute. A religious ordinance, on the other hand, is a sacred ceremony. For example, in the lds church, "the Sacrament" is the name of a particular ordinance.
Dec
25
comment According to Mormonism, how does a person get saved?
You are probably referring to the Telestial and Terrestrial Kingdoms? Though a little about them has been revealed, they aren't particularly significant in Latter-day Saint theology. As far as I understand your question, you are asking about the requirements to get into the "third heaven" -- are you actually asking about any of them? (P.S. Mormons don't typically consider non-Mormons "apostates" - that more means people who have explicitly left the LDS Church.) Hope this is helpful!
Dec
25
comment According to Mormonism, how does a person get saved?
Well, I don't think "third heaven" is too common, but I assume you mean remaining in God's presence (Rev. 21:3). That translates to essentially the Celestial Kingdom (also called "heaven" and, just as commonly, "living with God") in LDS theology. And that is a well-defined term.
Dec
25
comment According to Mormonism, how does a person get saved?
More or less. Again, "salvation" is a broad term, but in general it's very similar to the rest of Christianity. What may be unique is the concept of a Priesthood authority by which the ordinances must be performed. That authority helps ensure that the Lord's Church is in proper order and that the ordinances stay pure as the Lord has directed. In that sense, yes, it matters who baptizes you.
Dec
25
comment According to Mormonism, how does a person get saved?
@Jas3.1 The saving ordinances required for the celestial kingdom are baptism by immersion for the remission of sins and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, just as it it explains in the D&C passage. Also, see Confutus' answer for a re-iteration of the ordinances. Also see this question for more information about ordinances in the LDS church in general.
Dec
23
comment Why don't Mormons sing the second verse of, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”?
Come Thou Fount, for some reason, is also not in the LDS hymnbook.
Dec
21
comment Do Michael and Gabriel have resurrected bodies?
We also know that Abraham has a resurrected, exalted body -- so even though the scriptures don't mention Gabriel and Michael by name as being resurrected (that I know of), they most probably have been by now.
Dec
9
comment Is Jesus God, as well as the son of God in LDS?
God is a term that's a bit overloaded. It's a title (lowercase "god"), but can also refer to a person (capitalized "God"), or even the single divine purpose under which all 3 beings are united. So yes, Jesus can be called God. In LDS theology, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are 3 separate, distinct beings, and each one is a god, being a member of the godhead.