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What is considered scripture The Standard Works The LDS Church accepts 4 volumes as "standard works" of scripture: The KJV Bible (minus Apocrypha) The Book of Mormon The Pearl of Great Price The Doctrine and Covenants Each book is esteemed basically equally with the others as pertaining to their scriptural value. Of course, Mormons will emphasize the ...


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If you look further through the chapter, every place where the words "everlasting covenant" are used, it's speaking of marriage in general, and not specifically of plural marriage. The idea is that marriage itself is an everlasting covenant, not "until death do you part," but for all eternity. As for why the practice of plural marriage was discontinued, an ...


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Because Mormons believe in an open canon of scripture (i.e., that God continues to provide scripture through His living prophet), the words of the living prophet (or president of the church) are esteemed more valuable than ancient records. Every six months the leaders of the church formally address the church and their words in these general conferences are ...


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The LDS believe in chastity or in being sexually pure. The Law of Chasity describes the commandment to not commit adultery, or to lust. Scriptures from Doctrine and Covenants: D&C 42:22-23 - lust causes you to lose the Spirit and deny the faith D&C 59:6 - don't commit adultery or anything like unto it D&C 63:16 - lust, or adultery in the heart, ...


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As mentioned over in this answer, they're not regarded higher or lower than the others, since they are all the word of God. Everyone's individual experience will vary with which scriptures are emphasized. Usually, the Book of Mormon and Bible are read from most often. The Doctrine & Covenants are mentioned for a more recent, historical account of God's ...


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Short answer: Yes, sorta. Long answer: Murder is a very serious sin, and while it can't be forgiven it can be pardoned. Also it will stop you from doing or holding certain church offices. See paragraph 4 of this article for more on why D&C 42 says it is unforgivable. Now to address your scripture reference. Book of Mormon: Alma 24: 10) And I also ...


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The first revelations were written while Joseph Smith was translating the Book of Mormon, beginning about 1828. It was decided in 1831 to publish a compilation as the "Book of Commandments", at the press that was being established in Independence, Missouri. The printing was in progress but not complete when the printing office was mobbed and destroyed in ...


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Currently, 150 million+ copies in any of 82 languages. (from the Mormon Newsroom) Since it was first published in English in 1830, the Book of Mormon has been fully translated into 82 languages, and printed copies have totaled more than 150 million. I'll add a note that I've seen at least a dozen incomplete translations ("Selections from the Book of ...


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that our bodies are temples where the Holy Ghost can dwell (1 Corinthians 6:19–20) and that they were given to us as a gift from God, therefore we are expected to take care of them. The Word of Wisdom was originally given in 1833 as a word of counsel and is found in Doctrine and Covenants 89. Later ...


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I was going to make this a comment, but it's much too long. I couldn't find official statistics, but I think this is enough to offer as an answer: Based upon what is currently available, the Pearl of Great Price and Doctrine and Covenants can be purchased separately in the following 11 languages: Afrikaans Arabic Armenian West Catalan Croatian English ...


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This is relatively straightforward. From the LDS article on Eternal Life: Eternal life is the phrase used in scripture to define the quality of life that our Eternal Father lives. The Lord declared, “This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). Immortality is to live forever as a resurrected ...


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Great question. As far as I know there is not a definitive list separating the two types of teachings. But perhaps a good reference point is those who first introduce non-members to the teachings of the Church: the missionaries. LDS missionaries start by teaching people the plain and basic doctrine of the gospel. Every lesson is custom-tailored to each ...


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"Hot drinks" refers to tea and coffee. The LDS Student Manual for the Doctrine and Covenants references a quote from the Prophet Joseph Smith providing this clarification: “I understand that some of the people are excusing themselves in using tea and coffee, because the Lord only said ‘hot drinks’ in the revelation of the Word of Wisdom. … “Tea ...


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There is no doctrinal condemnation for gluten free diets. The Lord expects us to make judgement calls based on what we are given in many instances. Someone living glueten free will not be kept from the temple. In Doctrine and Covenants 58, verse 26 the Lord said: For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled ...


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The interpretation and implementation of the Word of Wisdom has changed over time, which is why portions of it (like this reference to mild drinks) can be confusing to modern readers. I divide my answer into three portions. Early Leaders (pre-1900) As far as I know, there are no statements from early prophets and apostles about their interpretation of the ...


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Let's assume a new idea comes. Who validates that the new idea is right or wrong? Is there a vote? Doctrine comes today as it did anciently-through divine revelations to prophets.1 Revelation may come by: His own person His own voice The voice of the Holy Ghost Messenger (Moses, Elias, and Elijah) Revelation [for the church] may come to: The President ...


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As Matt pointed out, what is milk for some might be meat for others depending on individual spiritual development. However I would argue that a good working definition of "meat" is any doctrine that requires you to understand a more basic or "precursor" doctirne in order to be able to fully it. Given it was Paul who coined the phrase "milk before meat" he'...


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What an excellent question, as it forced me to really think it through. I think the disconnect is in the very first lines. You make two assumptions that Mormons would not agree with. The first is that without a physical body a spirit is able to be in more than one place at a time. Doctrine and Covenants 131:7-8 7 There is no such thing as ...


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You can copy the link below and see the table below to determine what is the difference between the LDS Doctrine & Covenants and the RLDS Doctrine and Covenants. One of the differences is that after Brigham Young left with a group of saints the RLDS church was organized and their leaders Thomas Burdick, Warren Parish and Sylvester Smith began to write ...


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I could not track down an exact answer for the number of languages that the Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrines and Covenants is currently translated in. In a General Conference talk in 1972, one speaker reported: "The translation and distribution in our day are directed by John E. Carr. He and his able assistants have charge of warehousing and ...


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This is a difficult question to answer. If you asked "What is source of gravity?", what would the answer be? Matter? Matter has gravity. Similarly, the answer to "What is the source of God's power?" is probably "God". God has God's power. Perhaps that isn't really satisfying, but it's accurate. Cleon Skousen, a famous LDS scholar, had interesting things to ...


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D&C 107:16 is part doctrine, part prophesy. The administration of the Aaronic Priesthood doesn't operate by lineage now, but it will one day. Although the Aaronic Priesthood is conferred in the Church today without restriction to the lineage of Aaron, the keys of this priesthood rightly belong to the firstborn of the seed of Aaron, and in the ...


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I'll try to address your main two questions and a few comments on your four points, but there is plenty of material to address your concerns. So my question is, what is the purpose of suffering? Why would an all-loving (omnibenevolent) Heavenly Father subject us to unnecessary torture (in many cases)? I highly recommend What is the Purpose of Suffering. A ...


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Fire is often symbolic of the purifying power of the Holy Ghost, and I wouldn't be surprised if the "burning" is both physical and spiritual in this case. For example, missionary work may be one way that the wicked are "burned" (cleansed) and are uprooted from their ways.


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This is more of an addendum to Mason's answer, but is too long to fit in a comment. I agree that the logical interpretation of "everlasting" is usually "something which persists forever", but that isn't always the case. For example, we general consider the terms "eternal" and "endless" to be synonymous with "everlasting". The Doctrine and Covenants (part ...


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There are a lot of rumors and unsupported assumption surrounding this topic. Here's what we actually know. The office to which a literal decendant of Aaron is entitled is that of Presiding Bishop. It has nothing to do with the office of Bishop over any given Ward. The calling (of Presiding Bishop) comes through the First Presidency, not through the ...


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It is clearly taught in the Book of Mormon that baptism is only required for those who are accountable and capable of committing sin. Moroni Chapter 8 contains a letter of Mormon to his son expounding on the theology of the subject. (Especially verses 5-26). Mosiah 3:16-21 also contains teaching that "little children" are sinless and are redeemed by Christ. ...


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Let's explore the process by looking at one notable example of a doctrine that has changed over time. Doctrine & Covenants section 89, commonly referred to as "the Word of Wisdom" among Latter-Day Saints, was a revelation received by the prophet Joseph Smith in 1833 concerning the health of church members. It was explicitly given 2 To be sent ...


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Maybe. Remember that the D&C 89 was prefaced with: To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days— Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, ...


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There was no specified age. "Little children" do not need to be baptized (Moroni 8), but until D&C 68 there wasn't a particular age at which someone became not a "little child". And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins. Moroni 8:...


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