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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
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
5
answered Why did Elisha curse children?
Apr
5
answered Why does Pilates write 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews'
Apr
1
revised According to the LDS Church, what is the purpose or result of proxy baptisms for those who have already died?
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Apr
1
answered According to the LDS Church, what is the purpose or result of proxy baptisms for those who have already died?
Mar
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
13
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.
Feb
24
comment What is the archaeological evidence in support of the Book of Mormon?
@GeorgeWhite: The thing about external evidence is, it's external. It depends on the state of the outside world for its validity, and that can change. In the case of the Book of Mormon, it has, several times, showing again and again a solid basis for things once thought to be ridiculously anachronistic. But the internal evidence is self-contained. The book says what it says, and new discoveries aren't going to change the text.
Feb
24
comment What actions does the LDS church (Mormon) take when a member does not pay tithing?
The problem with your ordering was that the first one began 1.D&C, with no space between the 1. and the content after it. This was confusing the Markdown parser, so I added a space.
Feb
24
comment What actions does the LDS church (Mormon) take when a member does not pay tithing?
I fixed the formatting for you. Welcome to Christianity.SE, and thanks for the well-researched posting! :)
Feb
24
revised What actions does the LDS church (Mormon) take when a member does not pay tithing?
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Feb
24
comment What is the archaeological evidence in support of the Book of Mormon?
@GeorgeWhite: Those claims have been around for a long time, and there isn't enough space in a SE comment to answer them all, but suffice it to say this critique is nowhere near as simple as it appears on the surface. When Europeans arrived, they called native animals such as llamas "goats," for example, so it's reasonable to think other Old World emigrants would as well. And pre-Colombian horse bones have been found in various places in the New World. The evidence is not conclusive, but it's more than enough to show that the evidence against is not conclusive either.
Feb
14
comment How do the Dead Sea Scrolls impact modern apologetics?
There have been opponents of Christianity that made allegations that Christians had perverted the Old Testament text, introducing and rewriting prophecies to make it appear that there were Messianic prophecies which Jesus fulfilled. And vice versa, actually. The oldest version of that accusation I'm aware of dates back to Justin Martyr, who accused Jewish leaders of tampering with the text to censor or obscure some of the clearer Messianic prophecies, the ones that most obviously fit the life of Jesus Christ.
Feb
11
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