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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly called Mormons

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How does the view of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints about Jesus Christ differ from Protestant Trinitarian Christology?

The Protestant Trinitarian view of Jesus Christ is that he is the only-begotten Son of God – begotten, not made. He is of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made. He is the Word ...
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Why were the golden plates necessary if Joseph Smith received his translation of the Book of Mormon by viewing a stone in his hat?

Firsthand accounts say that Joseph Smith used a seer stone to receive the translation for the Book of Mormon (emphasis mine): Joseph Smith put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat,...
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Latter Day Saints, Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden

It was pointed out in this answer and this answer that in the book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:22-23 it states And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have ...
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The fall was part of God's plan?

@JBH pointed out in the comments within *Could* Adam and Eve have children before the fall? that on the latter day saints website it states that The fall is an integral part of Heavenly Father's ...
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*Could* Adam and Eve have children before the fall?

2 Nephi 2:23 states And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin. ...
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When is mormon.org going to be updated?

According to the new Style Guide of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, mormon should not be used to refer to the Church or its members, which mormon.org (which is owned by the Church) ...
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How was the translation of the Book of Mormon shown through Joseph Smith's seer stones and hat?

The Wikipedia article on the golden plates says that Joseph Smith translated the golden plates into the Book of Mormon with the help of "seer stones". Initially, he is said to have used two stones set ...
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Which German Bible translation was Joseph Smith fond of?

In some of Joseph Smith Jr.'s last speeches, he mentioned a German translation of the Bible which he was fond of. E.g., he says in the King Follet discourse (emphasis added): I have an old edition ...
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What is the corruption Mormons believe will infect their church before the second coming?

Doctrine & Covenants 112:23-26 reads (emphasis mine): Verily, verily, I say unto you, darkness covereth the earth, and gross darkness the minds of the people, and all flesh has become corrupt ...
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According to the Mormon Doctrine, when God said, “let there be light,” was He talking about the Light of Christ?

Background The LDS perspective of the Creation is that there was a spiritual creation (Genesis 1; Moses 2; Abraham 4:1-5:3) and a physical creation (Genesis 2:4-6; Abraham 5:4-6; Moses 3:4-6). First ...
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What is the LDS line of authority should a Bishop be unavailable?

I am seeking a complete and authoritative explanation of this issue. Who presides at Sacrament meeting (common Sunday services) when the bishop of a ward (pastor of a local congregation) is ...
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According to Mormons, how did the unclean spirits sin by “not keeping the first estate”?

The top-rated answer to this question refers to the Mormon thought on pre-existence as it says: All men and women lived with God as his spirit children before coming to the earth as mortal beings....
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List of old heresies condemned by the Catholic Church now present in Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses

The title says it all, I'd like a list of all heresies condemned by the Catholic Church, but note this, it must be before the Protestant Reformation. This time specifically those heresies identified ...
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Must all Mormons marry and have children?

Mormonism believes "that God’s [first] commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth [Gen. 1:28] remains in force". Does this mean all Mormons must marry and have children? Or can ...
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History of the age restrictions in the Priesthood in the LDS Church

In the LDS Church, some offices in the Priesthood have minimum age requirements: A deacon must be at least 12 years old A teacher must be at least 14 years old A priest must be at least 16 years old ...
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How are King Zedekiah (Old Testament) and Laban (Book of Mormon) related? [duplicate]

In the Book of Mormon, Nephi and his brothers go to the "house of Laban" to retrieve the plates of brass (see 1 Nephi 3). In 1 Nephi 3:31, Laman and Lemuel object to Nephi stating that they should try ...
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What, specifically, if anything, is heterodox about LDS eschatology?

I know the Christology and soteriology of Mormonism is heterodox. But would Mormons disagree with any of the following: the inspiration of scripture (Book of Mormon notwithstanding) the ...
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How did the Gift of the Holy Ghost operate before Christ came?

How did the Gift of the Holy Ghost operate before Christ came? In particular, I'm wondering how it operated among the ancient Jewish people, who only had the Aaronic priesthood, and therefore would ...
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Was Mormon a priest according to the LDS?

Background Before John the Baptist laid hands on Joseph Smith to establish the Aaronic Priesthood, and Peter, James, and John laid their hands upon Joseph Smith to establish the Melchizedek ...
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What does the LDS Church teach about infallibility?

"Infallibility" is a loaded word and very likely has different connotations in different denominations. In its most basic form, it suggests that there is a path (revelatory or not) between God and ...
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What are the Main Characteristics of Mormon Prophets?

I ask this question, as a Catholic, because Mormonism is hierarchical in structure and has a lot of similarities with Catholicism, although seemingly they are superficial as in being surface ...
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What are the main differences between the Catholic Popes and the Mormon Prophets?

I ask this question, as a Catholic, because Mormonism is hierarchical in structure and has a lot of similarities with Catholicism, although seemingly they are superficial as in being surface ...
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What is the LDS Law of Common Consent and why is it important?

The LDS Church is perhaps unique in the idea that instruction and change within the Church isn't simply automatic — that Church leaders can't simply do what they want. This doctrine is embodied ...
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According to Mormonism, is the Black race cursed and if so what does that imply?

I was wondering, since I've heard this a lot and I've done some research about it. I'd like to know what Mormons, at least contemporary Mormons, have to say about this. Keeping in mind documents ...
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In LDS Doctrine, is the Resurrection a Priesthood Ordinance?

I have heard some LDS members say that the act of resurrection is actually a Priesthood ordinance. Is there scripture or words from LDS leaders stating such? Or is this an assumption?
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The LDS perspective on the Four Horsmen

As a continuation of this question, this question and this question: Few Biblical symbols, allegories, or metaphors have fired the imagination more than the alleged Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ...
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Does anything different happen during General Conference when there's a new president?

Next week will be the first general conference where President Nelson is the president of the Church. Does any special procedure or meeting occur because of this, or it is just a normal general ...
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Similarities and differences between the priesthood in the Catholic and the LDS Church

As a follow up to Similarities and differences between the priesthood of all believers and the LDS priesthood, I ask what are similarities and differences between the priesthood in the Catholic and ...
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I've read that 19th Century and early 20th Century Mormon Utah was very feminist for its time. What evidence supports or contradicts this? [closed]

I've read this claim on a reddit post1 that 19th century Mormon Utah is usually understood as barbaric and very sexist towards women, especially due to polygamy. However the poster argues that 19th ...
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What is LDS church view of a baptized member owning machine guns?

This other question mentions a harm threshold above which an offender's participation counts as "serious". The examples given include defacing more than 10 postage stamps in a 48 hour period ...
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What constitutes a “serious” crime for the purpose of LDS baptism preparation?

According to Preach My Gospel, the official LDS (Mormon) missionary guide, missionaries are supposed to ask potential converts Have you ever committed a serious crime? If so, are you now on ...
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What did kids of polygamous Mormon parents call their half-sibling's moms?

Did they refer to them as their step-moms? Their Dad's nth wife? Half-sibling's mom? What was the common terminology used by Mormons back in the day when they practiced polygamy for describing family ...
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(LDS) What kind of payment can a murderer make to receive a pardon?

Related to this other question about whether murder is unforgivable according to the LDS Church. One of the answers to the question says that: Murder is a very serious sin, and while it can't be ...
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What problems, if any, do Mormons have with the Apostles' Creed?

As a follow-up to a previous question, I'd like to know: Does the LDS church disagree with or "reinterpret" any phrases in the Apostles' Creed? Here's the context: I'm listening to an audio series in ...
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(LDS view) Do animals have a possibility to eternal life and is this dependent on Jesus atonoment applied to them?

This is my other question that was inspired by what a quotation in this other question says about pre-existence prior to conception. The highest rated answer quotes from The Encyclopedia of Mormonism,...
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LDS belief in pre-existence of the human person vs. human physical deformities

This other question discusses the Mormon doctrine of pre-existence prior to conception. The highest rated answer quotes from The Encyclopedia of Mormonism that says, on the page "Pre-Existence (Pre-...
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Similarities and differences between the priesthood of all believers and the LDS priesthood

In the LDS Church, all men and older boys are encouraged to obtain the priesthood. Women are also encouraged to receive ordinances in the temple, which Joseph Smith described as entering into an "...
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Where are the LDS revelations published?

I understood from a previous question (How does LDS handle doctrine changes?) that in the LDS church changes (including doctrine changes) are based on revelations from the prophets. Those are shared ...
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How does LDS handle doctrine changes?

Starting from this question, I'm curious how the LDS church handles the doctrine changes. I saw a similar question (What is the LDS position on changing doctrine), but what I'm wondering is how this ...
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Are (or should be) the resolutions of the SDA General Conference public?

Currently I'm doing a little bit of research on how different churches are organised. As far I can understand, the General Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church has an important role on ...
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Do Mormons believe that marriage is eternal?

Do Mormons believe that marriage is eternal?
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In Mormonism, do persons ordained as Teachers in the Aaronic Priesthood have actual teaching duties?

In the LDS faith, the offices of the Aaronic Priesthood are Deacon, Teacher, Priest, and Bishop. Current practice in the LDS church is to ordain most teenage boys in the church to the first three ...
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LDS Church view: was the earth and all life on it created in six 24-hour days?

I was looking for information on whether, according to the LDS Church, the "days" in Genesis chapter 1 are literal 24-hour days or something else. I found this article at lds.org (aimed at a younger ...
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What is the difference, if any, between elders and priests in the LDS church?

Inspired by this other question which asks about how there are quite a few priests in the Mormon church. In my case most (if not all) of the Mormons that I have met all had a lapel that identified ...
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Did Job hold the priesthood according to LDS teaching?

According to LDS teaching, did Job have the priesthood? It would make sense for Job to be a high priest, since his life pointed towards Christ (which is a main duty of high priests), but I could find ...
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Why are there so many priests in the LDS Church?

I don't have any hard number, but in most other churches, usually there are only a few priests per church (if they have priests). In the LDS Church on the other hand, usually almost half of the ...
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How do Mormons view events like the Holocaust considering that they view Adam's fall as a move forward?

In Christianity in general, a common view of Adam's transgression has been that it was something bad that resulted not just in a loss of something good. Among the consequences of Adam's ...
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Can a Mormon wife be unsealed from her husband, and what is required for it?

I have a question about the LDS Church sealing ordinances mentioned in this article, specifically the ordinance referred to in the first paragraph: While on earth, we can make sacred covenants (...
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LDS Church view of 1 Timothy 3:2 and 3:12 when they supported polygamy

I have a question regarding what the LDS Church view of 1 Timothy 3:2 and 3:12 was during the times when they supported polygamy. Background information for my question: One of the earliest formal ...
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What kind of characteristics does the Great Tribulation have in LDS eschatology?

There is this other question with an answer that touches on the Great Tribulation as it is viewed in LDS eschatology, but I would like to ask more specifically about the situation on earth during the ...