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

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How do non-LDS Christians respond to the LDS argument that Joseph Smith died as a Martyr for God, just like the Apostles?

In Christian apologetics, a common argument for the reliability of the eyewitness accounts of the apostles is the fact that they were willing to withstand persecution and even martyrdom for what they ...
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What precedent is there in the bible for a 'further revelation' of fundamental truths about Deity?

In an answer to a Question regarding Deity the answer relies on the BoM (see LDS) to explain what is seen in Genesis : And God said, Let us make man in our image [Genesis 1:26 KJV] And God saith, `...
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Do LDS believers not accept any others who self-identify as 'Christian'?

I have a question, following on from the previous question in which is quoted : The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living Church upon the face of the whole earth. ...
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How does the LDS Church reconcile their understanding of the “Godhead” which is three beings/three gods with the Bible stating there is only one God?

The following is an overview of the LDS's understanding of the Godhead taken from the following LDS site. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/godhead?lang=eng "The ...
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How does LDS reconcile progression to Godhood with the Genesis temptation of Adam to be like God?

This Wikipedia entry states: In Mormonism, the concept of divinity centers around an idea of "exaltation" and "eternal progression": mortals themselves may become gods and ...
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According to LDS, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

Inspired by my previous question on the divine inspiration of the Bible, I would like to ask a similar question on the Book of Mormon: According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic ...
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LDS Prophet Joseph Smith said, "In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of Gods to create the world and people in it

My specific question is "WHO are these so-called council of Gods and "WHERE" did they come from? How does the LDS Church reconcile this with what God stated at Isaiah 44:6 and Isaiah 44:...
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Do Mormons actually believe in any sort of supreme being/ultimate reality/“Absolute”?

From what I've heard about the Mormon God, he doesn't actually seem to fit the description of "supreme being" and rather seems more like a polytheistic Greek or Hindu God. The following may be ...
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How do Latter-day Saints respond to William Lane Craig's philosophical objections to the Mormon view of creation?

The Mormon View of Creation is the title of an episode of the Reasonable Faith Podcast, recorded on February 16, 2010, in which William Lane Craig, a renowned Christian apologist, philosopher and ...
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How do Latter-day Saints explain testimonies of profound experiences with the Holy Spirit in other denominations?

Note: I'm afraid that this question might make some cessationist readers uncomfortable, but given that Latter-day Saints are continuationists, I'll just go ahead with it. It's my understanding that ...
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Are there published testimonies from Latter-day Saints about their personal experiences with the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost?

I'm very intrigued by the concept of constant companionship of the Holy Ghost taught by the LDS church. This is mentioned in Doctrine and Covenants 121:46: 46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant ...
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According to LDS, do all non-LDS Christians lack the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and if so, how does this lack manifest itself in the lives of non-LDS?

I just finished reading Chapter 16: The Gift of the Holy Ghost of the LDS book Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual. One section that caught my attention is the following: “True it is that honest ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, are all Christians who are full of the Holy Spirit unequivocally led by the Spirit to accept the truth of Mormonism?

Many passages in the Bible suggest the crucial importance of being filled with/full of the Holy Spirit and being led by the Spirit for an optimal Christian walk. Below a few examples: And Jesus, full ...
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According to LDS, what principles of the gospel were corrupted in the Great Apostasy?

In the LDS.org article on Apostasy, the Great Apostasy is described in the following terms: After the deaths of the Savior and His Apostles, men corrupted the principles of the gospel and made ...
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In LDS, how are 'milk' doctrines distinguished from 'meat' doctrines?

When discussing doctrine with ex-LDS acquaintances, they've mentioned the concept of "milk before meat," presumably based on these words from Joseph Smith's revelation in Doctrines & Covenants 19: ...
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What is the LDS position on changing doctrine

One of the charges often levied against the LDS Church is that the doctrines change over time. For example, from http://20truths.info/mormon/doctrine.html and http://wakeupmormons.blogspot.com/p/...
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How do Mormons interpret Isaiah 43:10?

"Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be ...
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How do Mormon missionaries learn foreign languages so quickly?

Latter-day Saints who choose to serve missions enter a Missionary Training Center for just 2-10 weeks before they go out into their assigned areas for the remaining 18 or 24 months. Since many serve ...
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According to the LDS Church (Mormons), how specifically did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon?

As I understand it, the LDS Church teaches that the Book of Mormon was written on gold plates in a language called "Reformed Egyptian". According to the LDS Church, what did Joseph Smith use and how ...
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What evidence does the LDS Church offer regarding claims of degradation of Biblical texts?

Based upon answers and comments to this question it appears that the LDS Church teaches that the Bible translations in use by all other Christian traditions have suffered some unspecified level of ...
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Biblical basis of exaltation (LDS)

In regards to this answer on LDS biblical contradictions. Are there biblical scriptures to support the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints belief in exaltation (progression to godhood) of God, ...
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St. Thomas Aquinas' contingency proof and LDS cosmology

The argument from contingency summarized by St. Thomas illustrates that in order for existence to be a reality there must be an "Uncaused Cause" that possesses existence in and of Himself. ...
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Do Latter Day Saints / Mormons consider themselves to be henotheists?

Up until now, I saw Christianity as a whole to be monotheistic (there is only one god that created the world, is all-powerful and intervenes in the world). Whilst looking at monotheism and henotheism ...
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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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How do LDS reconcile Ephesians 3:17 and D&C 130:3?

In several passages Christ says that he will dwell in his followers. Ephesians 3:17 is one of the clearest: Ephesians 3:16-17a: I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power ...
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What are the main differences between Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses?

Both Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses go from door to door, talking to people about their beliefs. Also neither group accepts the notion of Trinity. What are the main differences between these two ...
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Has any Latter-day Saint published a very detailed description of how the Holy Spirit confirmed to them the truth of the BoM, as per Moroni 10:3-7?

Moroni 10:3-7: 3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the ...
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What is the relationship between the Book of Mormon and the Bible?

Can someone give me the run down on how the LDS church sees the relationship of the Book of Mormon to the Bible? Does it accept it in full and just continue the story? How does it make the transition?
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What is the policy for Latter-Day Saints' leaders (like bishops) being politically engaged?

Recently a bishop in the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said a politically tinted or motivated remark publicly. I don't mind lay members being involved like Harry Reed or Mitt Romney, ...
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What do Latter Day Saints believe happens to persons who have rejected Christ Jesus?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints says this in their third article of faith: We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ...
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The Mormon Church teaches that Jesus Christ created under the direction of Heavenly Father and He did not create the world “out of nothing.”

The following is what they say. "Under the direction of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the heavens and the earth (see Mosiah 3:8; Moses 2:1). From scripture revealed through the Prophet ...
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Is the Book of Mormon in English as authentic as in the original, or is Joseph Smith's translation imperfect? [closed]

It is commonly held in religion that the authenticity and authority of Scripture is highest in its original text, since human translators can introduce errors and misunderstandings not present ...
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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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What is the modern LDS view towards multiple Heavenly Mothers/wives of members of the Godhead?

The Wikipedia article on 'Heavenly Mother' notes that: Brigham Young taught that God the Father was polygamous, although teachings on Heavenly Mothers were never as popular and disappeared from ...
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On the topic of marriage in heaven, how does the LDS church reconcile Matthew 22:23-33?

Curious Based on this document which appears to outline celestial marriage, and LDS temple rites pertaining to the eternal sealing of husbands and wives; children as well, born after the sealing of a ...
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LDS Church view of Hebrews 6:13 and Isaiah 43:10

This question is about this article at the LDS Church website titled "Is President Lorenzo Snow’s oft-repeated statement—“As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may be”—accepted as ...
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According to the Mormon doctrines, who created the universe?

This may be related to a previous question about the first god who began eternal progression. This is something I've really been wondering for a while. If the Almighty God began life as a man, he ...
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How do the Catholic and LDS views of what a prophet is differ?

Answers can address either denomination or both. My most recent understanding on the subject was that a prophet loses awareness (a trance) and then receives the word or message of God. However, I don'...
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Is there a registry of Book of Mormon Geography Theories?

Years ago I attended a presentation at an LDS chapel by a man who had recently retired from his position as the head of the geography department at the University of Calgary - Dr. Lynn Rosenvall. Dr ...
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Is ex-nihilo creationism irreconcilable with the concept of individual free will?

Looking on this site in many answers involving the problem of evil I see affirmations of belief in free-will. According to Calvinist Mark Hausam, who presented a paper at a conference on Mormonism, ...
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If a Mormon man turns from Mormonism, what happens to his Mormon wife when she dies?

I'm told that according to Mormon doctrine, a Mormon woman has to be granted entry into heaven by her Mormon husband. Assuming my impression is correct, what would happen if the husband turned from ...
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Why were the interpreters called “Urim and Thummim”?

Urim and Thummim are lots in the pouch of the priests (High Priest? I don't remember) in the Old Testament. Not sure what "lot" is in this context but I am imagining some kind of dice. In ...
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Does the Mormon Church endorse the children of narcissistic parents breaking off contact with them (not necessarily permanently/forever)?

Same question as here but Mormon instead of Catholic. Edit: Okay fine I'll try to make this self-contained. There's this article about narcissists, written from a Christian perspective, ending with ...
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Do Mormons believe that Jesus was not begotten by Holy Spirit but by Adam?

This question is about this section in Journal of Discourses, Vol 1, p.50 (approx. half-way down the page): When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial ...
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Tree of Life in the Book of Mormon a common Near Eastern motif?

In 1 Nephi 8, in the Book of Mormon, the prophet Lehi has a dream/vision in which he sees a Tree of Life. This dream is retold to his family. His son, Nephi, was particularly interested and desired to ...
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From where did the Book of Abraham come and how did it become part of LDS Scripture?

According to the answers to this question, the Pearl of Great Price contains a work of antiquity called the Book of Abraham. Where exactly did the Book of Abraham come from and how did it become ...
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What important Mormon doctrines are taught in the book of Mormon that we couldn't find in the Bible already?

I've never seen a Mormon establish doctrine on the Book of Mormon, only arguing that the Book of Mormon is "another testament of Jesus Christ." So, since Mormons believe that is the case, surely they ...
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How many different groups are there that base their teachings on the Book of Mormon and/or Joseph Smith?

I am aware of the Latter Day Saints and the Reformed Latter Day Saints, both of which, to my understanding, recognize the Book of Mormon as Scripture and follow the teachings of Joseph Smith. I have ...
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What is the LDS view on the Trinity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) don’t believe in a Holy Trinity, then who do they believe is God? My main question is this: What is the LDS view of the Trinity? As a Catholic, ...
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Do Mormons celebrate Christmas on/or around the 25th of December?

Being a denomination which prides itself of the restored beliefs of the original church before false doctrine infiltrated the truth, do Mormons celebrate Christmas on/or around the 25th of December? ...

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