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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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To get this out of the way first, yes Joseph Smith indeed claims to have seen God the Father, and Jesus Christ, in what is called the First Vision: Joseph Smith—History 1:17 17 [...] When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name ...


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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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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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Not explicitly, that being said, there are a variety of scriptures that indicate that men are to be ordained to the priesthood, rather than women. There are no scriptures where it speaks of the priesthood in terms of daughters or mothers. The Priesthood has always been a Patriarchal order, even in the beginning with Adam. Examples: Numbers 3:3 “These ...


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Terminology The Gift of the Holy Ghost can be a confusing topic in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, not because the doctrine is especially complex, but rather because we don't have well-defined terms. For example, in the section you quoted, the following terms were used: Holy Ghost The Power of the Holy Ghost Revelation The Gift of the Holy ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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B) all humankind The next paragraph in the article states The Prophet Joseph Smith explained that while in our premortal state, we were all present when God the Father explained His plan for the salvation of His children. emphasis added by me


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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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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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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 ...


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Introduction: Joseph Fielding Smith, 10th president of the LDS Church, taught, "You cannot accept the books written by the authorities of the Church as standards in doctrine, only in so far as they accord with the revealed word in the standard works." The standard works are the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl ...


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This is hard to answer, as how do you properly separate instances of being inspired from having the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost? It's hard to tell what answer exactly would do this question justice. Here, we have a collection of blog posts where the apostles each tell something about how they #HearHim, meaning Hear the voice of Jesus Christ, ...


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The Lectures on Faith answer this query very directly and eloquently. From Lecture 1:15: By this we understand that the principle of power, which existed in the bosom of God, by which the worlds were framed, was faith; and that it is by reason of this principle of power, existing in the Deity, that all created things exist—so that all things in heaven, on ...


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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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I'm not aware of anywhere in Scripture where it explicitly says something like "only men can be ordained" or "women can't be ordained". However, I am aware of a passage that may indirectly answer the question. In Alma 13, Alma is explaining the Priesthood and foreordination to the lawyer, Zeezrom. Alma 13:2 says: "And those priests were ordained after ...


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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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The LDS believe the godhead to be 3 distinct beings, as opposed to the trinity.1 So there is no contradiction. In Regards to John 14:16,23 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Jesus is talking about the Holy Spirit abiding with them forever because he will die and no longer be with ...


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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, who ...


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