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How do Latter-day Saints reconcile Moroni 10:3-7 with John 20:24-29 and Mark 16:14?

In John 20:24-29 and Mark 16:14, Jesus seems to rebuke unbelief and the request for direct evidence when indirect testimonial evidence has already been provided: 14 Afterward he appeared to the ...
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Why do Latter-day Saints believe that the US Constitution is divinely inspired and what does that mean?

Recent events have brought more attention to some Latter-day Saints who have referred to the US Constitution as "divinely inspired." When did this belief originate? What scriptures do they ...
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What are examples of Latter-day Saint doctrines that are NOT completely based on the Bible?

What are examples of Latter-day Saint doctrines that cannot possibly be inferred from reading the Bible only, but require additional sources in order to be established? Note (in response to downvotes):...
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How do Latter-day Saints respond to the claim that Alma 7:10 contradicts Micah 5:2 regarding the place of Jesus' birth?

Regarding Jesus' birth, the Book of Mormon prophet Alma prophesies: And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers (Alma 7:10) Micah 5:2 refers not to ...
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Why has St. John or the three Nephites not come out in support of the LDS Church?

From the official LDS website: Yes, the Savior granted to John the Beloved and the Three Nephites their desire to tarry on the earth. What they’re doing is bringing souls unto the Lord until He comes ...
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According to the LDS, when did the “true church” cease to exist?

I was recently engaging with an LDS user on this site who said the true church fell away very early. How early was this? Does the church have official teaching on it and why did it happen?
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According to the LDS, why is there large amounts of new revelation if Jesus is the fulfillment?

Matthew 5:17-18 says: 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth ...
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The LDS consider God the Father the ultimate creator and they teach that Jesus Christ is the creator. Which of these two Gods is the creator?

The LDS Church has a teaching that God the Father is the "ultimate Creator" The following has Jesus Christ being the creator: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1988/08/i-have-...
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John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery as a resurrected being. When was John the Baptist resurrected?

According to this article on lds.org, LDS believe John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery as angel/resurrected being: When Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were translating the ...
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According to the LDS church, how are we justified?

I know the obvious trope is that the LDS believe in "salvation by works", but I am looking for definitive church teaching on the nature of mans justification. Preferably, I'd like it to ...
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For LDS, what does it mean that baptism is "essential" for "salvation"?

https://abn.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/baptisms-for-the-dead?lang=eng Jesus Christ taught that baptism is essential to the salvation of all who have lived on earth (see John 3:...
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When do adult male LDS converts receive what priesthood?

It's standard for boys growing up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) to receive certain priesthood offices at defined age milestones. How does ordination to priesthood offices ...
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How do Latter-day Saints rebut Don Stewart's article "Are There Still Apostles Today?"?

Short version How do Latter-day Saints (who believe in modern apostles) rebut Don Stewart's article Are There Still Apostles Today? ? Longer version I'll enumerate key points and include relevant ...
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How does the LDS church explain billions of people being saved over almost 2000 years without the church needing to be restored?

"Joseph asked, "which of all the sects was right that I might know which to join." It was Jesus Christ who answered, telling Joseph not to join any of them. The Lord explained that the ...
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How does LDS theology suffer when Book of Mormon historical claims are unsupported?

This article, entitled The Scientific Search for Nephite Remains, from the Institute for Religious Research contains a large number of quotes from Ray T. Matheny. Matheny earned his BA and Master's ...
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Mormons believe in more than one god so how do they reconcile this belief with 1 Timothy 1:17?

1 Timothy 1:17, "Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the ONLY GOD, be honor and glory forever and ever Amen." It should be noted that back in 2017 a question was asked about verse ...
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Does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe that God(s) is/are omnipresent?

Omnipresence is generally defined within Western Christianity as: the property of being present anywhere and everywhere. The term omnipresence is most often used in a religious context as an ...
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What is the Mormon explanation for the origins of Islam?

I think a basic description for origins of both these religions would be "Charismatic prophet claims that pre-existing Abrahamic scripture is corrupt, but an angel has given him revelation that ...
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Does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints postulate a multi-verse?

Latter Day Saints will, on the one hand, assent to a multiplicity of Gods with humans being capable of being exalted to the same level of God as God the Father in the Bible. God the Father may have ...
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How do LDS explain the validity of their restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood?

From my understanding, LDS teach that Aaron appeared to Joseph Smith and reestablished the Aaronic priesthood. The two divisions of priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are ...
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How does LDS interpret Colossians 1:16?

From this answer I gather that LDS teaches that all beings are eternal and that by eternal it is not meant existing timelessly beginning at some point but, rather, not actually having any starting ...
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Are any of the LDS gods without beginning or end, or are they all created at a certain point in time?

I say ‘gods’ because of the LDS doctrine of the plurality of gods. They believe in more than one God. I’ve now become confused with an LDS answer to this recent question, asking how the LDS view of ‘...
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How is the LDS view of eternity unique?

I was once told by a member of the LDS that the mormon concept of eternity is different, that they believe in "eternal progression" or something to that effect. Essentially from what I ...
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What are the primary differences between the Roman Pontificate and the LDS President? [duplicate]

Both the Catholic and Mormon faiths have a sort of hierarchical structure within their respective Churches. At the top we see two contrasting roles, the Mormon President (filled by people such as ...
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Brigham Young said, "Take up the Bible, compare the religion of the Latter-day Saints with it, and see if it will stand the test."

The following is his whole quote. I say to the whole world, receive the truth, no matter who presents it to you. Take up the Bible, compare the religion of the Latter-day Saints with it, and see if ...
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How do Latter-day Saints rebut GM Skeptic's objection against the epistemic value of personal spiritual experiences?

Who is GM Skeptic Genetically Modified Skeptic is the name of a very popular YouTube Channel (487K subscribers as of March 2022) and also the alias of his owner, Drew McCoy, an American atheist ...
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Does LDS doctrine explicitly emphasize the atonement in Gethsemane?

After reading the atonement section on the LDS website, my understanding is that the atonement of Christ was not exclusively fulfilled in the Garden of Gethsemane, but was also partially fulfilled ...
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LDS perspective on the New King James Version?

Sometimes, when I talk with LDS missionaries about passages in scripture, they'll reject some verses I have memorized because they are NLT or NIV, not KJV. I had tried memorizing the KJV first in the ...
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How does the LDS church respond to the similarities between the book of Nephi and the book of Napoleon?

Here is an excerpt from the CES letter: The following is a side-by-side comparison of selected phrases the Book of Mormon is known for from the beginning portion of the Book of Mormon with the same ...
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Do the Mormons/ Latter Day Saints view of the Trinity and belief in a divine Mother make a practical difference to their ethics & conduct?

I understand that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (popularly known as Mormons) teaches that God the Father has a wife and we thus have a divine Mother as well as Heavenly Father. I ...
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Is there more than one High Priest in the order of Melchizedek?

The bible makes it clear that Christ Jesus' ministry is of the order of Melchizedek and not of Aaron. Christ was born from Judah and not from Levi. Christ is the High Priest of the order of ...
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Do Mormons agree with the Apostle Paul when he said at Acts 16:31 to the Philippian Jailer, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved."

At verse 32 Paul spoke the word of the Lord to him "together" with all who were in his house. Vs33, "And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and ...
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How do Latter Day Saints explained the italicized words in the Book of Mormon?

I have recently been reading through the CES letter. My question comes from this excerpt: When King James translators were translating the KJV Bible between 1604 and 1611, they would occasionally put ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest arguments for the credibility of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

I'm specifically talking about: 3 witnesses: Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris. 8 witnesses: Hyrum Smith, Joseph Smith Sr., Samuel H. Smith, Jacob Whitmer, John Whitmer, Hiram Page, ...
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If Joseph Smith "inaccurately" translated Egyptian hieroglyphs in his Book of Abraham, does this cast doubt on his translation, the Book of Mormon?

In 1842, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) acquired writings in Egyptian hieroglyphics.These writings were genuine hieroglyphs and were the bases for ...
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How does the LDS Church defend the racist doctrines of its past?

From 1849 to 1978, the LDS Church taught that black people could not become priests. In 1863, Young stated: "Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who ...
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Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allow polygamy in lands where it is legal?

In some countries polygamy is still legal, at least in some cases. For example apparently in UAE a man can have up to 4 wives. Considering that LDS has 1699 members in UAE according to their ...
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What is the difference between the "burning in the bosom" of Mormonism and the more general "inner witness of the Holy Spirit" of Christianity?

When it comes to having epistemological certainty that one's beliefs are true, Mormonism has the so-called "burning in the bosom" experience. Please see this related question to find a few ...
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How do Mormons defend Reformed Egyptian as a legitimate language?

Reformed Egyptian is the language that Joseph Smith claimed the Golden Plates (or the Book of Mormon) was written in. But this seems to be a problem considering that there are no non-LDS scholars that ...
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What are the signs of a true apostle according to Latter-day Saints?

Inspired by an answer to a related question, I would like to ask: What are the signs of a true apostle according to Latter-day Saints? Note: I'm borrowing the expression "the signs of a true ...
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Do Latter-day Saints expect miracles from their Apostles to authenticate their callings?

2 Corinthians 12:11-12 (ESV): 11 I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. ...
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Mormon prophet Joseph Smith stated one does not get the Holy Ghost after he is baptized. Acts 10:45 says Cornelius received the HS before baptism

How is this contradiction of Joseph Smith reconciled with the Bible? I received this information from the following LDS site: https://abn.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-principles/chapter-...
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What is the LDS understanding of Deut. 4:35?

I have copied these following quotations from a study section of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints website explaining the identity of the God of the Old Testament: Elder James E. ...
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How does the Mormon Church reconcile the following claim with the Bible? "The Church of Jesus Christ was well established in the time of Adam."

Here is the full quote along with its source: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1980/10/adam-the-archangel?lang=eng "The Church of Jesus Christ was well established in ...
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On what Biblical basis did Mormon prophet Joseph Smith teach that the "Ancient of Days" at Daniel 7:22 is the first man Adam?

The following is what he stated. "Postmortality One of Adam’s duties in his postmortal role as father of the human race is to help prepare his posterity for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. ...
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According LDS theology the Universal Church "apostatize." Please reconcile this with Matthew 16:18, "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

The following according to LDS teaching is what happened to the Catholic/Universal Church (made up of people) that prompted Joseph Smith to restore or give us "Another Gospel of Jesus Christ,&...
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Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith claimed that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. How did he know it was really the Father and the Son?

It should be noted that this event occurred when Smith was 14 years old and the following is what he ask them. "During the vision, Joseph asked which church was correct, and Jesus Christ answered,...
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How do Christians who see Scripture as self-evidently inspired explain that Catholics, Protestants and Mormons have different sacred scriptures?

There are Christians who believe that there is no need to argue intellectually / apologetically for the divine inspiration of Scripture, since Scripture proves itself, by virtue of being self-...
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According to LDS, on what earth did God live before he became God and created everything?

There is an LDS doctrine which appears in catchy couplet form as follows: As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may be 5th LDS President Lorenzo Snow is said to have formed this couplet on ...
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Do Latter-day Saints consider Jehovah's Witnesses, Biblical Unitarians and any other groups that deny the divinity of Jesus to be 'true Christians'?

Is belief in the divinity of Jesus an essential feature of a true Christian, according to Latter-day Saints? If so, would that imply that Christian denominations or groups that deny the divinity of ...
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