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Apr
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comment What is the LDS Church's position on spiritual gifts
@StevenDoggart: That's a very broad question in its own right, particularly as the LDS understanding of salvation is very different from the Pentecostal version.
Apr
16
answered What is the LDS Church's position on spiritual gifts
Apr
13
comment Is Mormonism a Mystery Religion?
As for my characterization of Mormonism, it depends on the definition. If a mystery religion is one in which participation is "reserved to initiates," then yes, unquestionably so. If the definition is that the religion keeps things secret, then no, because secrets are about maintaining secrecy and exclusivity, and Latter-Day Saints do the opposite.
Apr
13
comment Is Mormonism a Mystery Religion?
@bruisedreed: I'm just going on what the article said: that Justin Martyr acknowledged the similarities between contemporary Christianity and contemporary mystery cults, and remarked upon it--by essentially calling the mystery cults counterfeits of the true mysteries of the Gospel, inspired by demons.
Apr
12
answered Is Mormonism a Mystery Religion?
Apr
10
comment What is the reason and meaning of the symbols on the garments worn by Temple-worthy LDS members?
@Narnian: In addition to Calvin's comment, you've been warned before that questions regarding the contents of LDS temple ceremonies are unanswerable in the StackExchange format, because they are held to be sacred by Latter-Day Saints and they are not shared with the world in general, and therefore there are no authoritative sources to cite. Since that is one of the important things we look for here, particularly when questions of doctrine are involved, this question is effectively off-topic within the bounds of our community standards.
Apr
9
comment According to the LDS Church, what is the purpose or result of proxy baptisms for those who have already died?
Welcome to Christianity.SE, Jake. This is a very good answer. But please allow me to clear up one misconception you seem to have. You wrote, There is surely more to be discussed here, but hopefully this is a good start. But StackExchange sites are explicitly not discussion forums; they're Q&A sites where people look for definitive answers to specific questions. We try to keep "chattiness" down to improve the quality of answers and keep the "signal-to-noise ratio" high. As long as you keep that in mind, I think you'll do well here. Please check out the FAQ (link at top) for details. :-)
Apr
6
comment What is the basis of the LDS/Mormon prohibition of facial hair for men?
I read the article, and it's quite good and well-researched. But this answer has been flagged by the system as being of low quality, because on StackExchange sites we prefer for the question to be answered in the answer, and not simply to consist of a link to some page that answers the question, but which, for all we know, might not be there tomorrow. Could you edit your answer and provide excerpts of the most relevant points in addition to the link? Thanks, and welcome to Christianity.SE. :)
Apr
5
comment Why does Pilates write 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews'
@MoziburUllah: Their threat to report him to Caesar wasn't just an idle expression of annoyance. He had not governed according to Roman policy, being harsh in his rule and failing to respect the Jewish religion, and they could have gotten him in a lot of trouble. (And his misrule did, in fact, catch up with him not long afterwards, when he was ordered back to Rome after his harsh suppression of a Samaritan rebellion. The Romans preferred to treat their subjugated nations in a more civilized fashion.)
Apr
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answered Why did Elisha curse children?
Apr
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answered Why does Pilates write 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews'
Apr
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Apr
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answered According to the LDS Church, what is the purpose or result of proxy baptisms for those who have already died?
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Mar
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comment When were the doctrine and covenants published and distributed to members of the LDS church?
It's not just the Official Declarations. A few sections were added after the death of Joseph Smith, see sections 135, 136 and 138. I think those are the only ones, but I'm not 100% certain.
Mar
10
answered How has the LDS word of wisdom changed since its introduction?
Feb
26
answered What is the meaning of 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice'?
Feb
24
comment What is the archaeological evidence in support of the Book of Mormon?
As for the question of animals, bear in mind that the closest thing to a consensus among Book of Mormon scholars on the geography involved places the majority of the narrative in Mesoamerica, but the translation process was done by a person who, up to that point in his life, had never been outside of the northeastern United States and was most likely quite unfamiliar with local fauna. There is one passage that has captivated the imagination of readers since the beginning, though, in which it names useful animals that were found, including "cureloms and cummoms," which were beasts of burden.