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According to the Book of Mormon, D&C, Pearl of great price and/or prophets, what prohibits lust?

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 - ...
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The Mormon Church teaches that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son. How do you reconcile this when the Bible says the Father cannot be seen?

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 ...
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From an LDS perspective, what is a key?

Yes, "keys" refers to priesthood keys Every day, you probably have the experience of opening doors by using a key. Holding keys can be symbolic of a person having authority and access. ...
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Basis for priesthood restricted to men

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 ...
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Does the LDS Church prohibit the use of caffeine?

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 ...
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In LDS, how are 'milk' doctrines distinguished from 'meat' doctrines?

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 ...
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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?

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 ...
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In LDS, how are 'milk' doctrines distinguished from 'meat' doctrines?

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 ...
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How does LDS handle doctrine changes?

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 ...
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What do LDS believe regarding the necessity of suffering?

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 ...
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Who are "we" in the pre-mortal life according to the LDS?

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 ...
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According to proponents of Sola Scriptura, what are examples of logical contradictions between doctrines from the Bible and LDS sacred books?

Keeping this brief, I'll just point out a couple of things. I'm a supporter of Sola Scriptura, Tota Scriptura (which is also called the plenary inspiration of Scripture) and in the divine preservation ...
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Does any of the LDS extra-biblical holy books ever clearly contradict the Bible?

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 ...
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Are there published testimonies from Latter-day Saints about their personal experiences with the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost?

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 ...
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How does LDS handle doctrine changes?

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-...
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How will the earth be cleansed by fire? (LDS perspective)

So which is it? If it's figurative, do we know what the fire represents? If it's literal, do we know what will cause the fire? The answer is both, but the burning refers neither to fire caused by ...
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According to LDS doctrine, what is the source of God's power?

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 ...
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Basis for priesthood restricted to men

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 ...
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How do LDS reconcile Ephesians 3:17 and D&C 130:3?

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 ...
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Does any of the LDS extra-biblical holy books ever clearly contradict the Bible?

Using only the Latter Day Saints own Book of Mormon, I would suggest contradictions here. 2 Nephi 25:23 - "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to ...
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According to proponents of Sola Scriptura, what are examples of logical contradictions between doctrines from the Bible and LDS sacred books?

It is difficult to answer this question on a theological basis, as proponents of Sola Scriptura may agree on Sola Scriptura yet disagree on many other issues, coming to a variety of different ...
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According to proponents of Sola Scriptura, what are examples of logical contradictions between doctrines from the Bible and LDS sacred books?

In addition to Anne's in-depth answer, I'll give a specific and important difference between what the Scriptures teach and what the LDS texts teach. On the topic of salvation, 2 Nephi 25:23 states ...
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How do LDS reconcile Ephesians 3:17 and D&C 130:3?

The same way we understand John 14:10: Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he ...
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How do LDS reconcile Ephesians 3:17 and D&C 130:3?

So how do the Lds reconcile this glaring contradiction? Easily, because there is no contradiction. You left out the theological context given in the remainder of this section, which is impossible to ...
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In LDS, how are 'milk' doctrines distinguished from 'meat' doctrines?

God has commanded His servants to teach line upon line in an orderly fashion, according to inspiration: It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict ...
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Into how many languages has the Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrines and Covenants been translated?

As this is an older question here is a more up to date answer. From Translations and Formats there are 124 translations of the triple combination (Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of ...
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Does the LDS Church teach that murder is unforgivable?

Taking a life is a complicated issue. I'm not going to address the many shades of grey (like mistakes (manslaughter) or war (sanctioned), etc.) and focus specifically on murder: the deliberate taking ...
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What is meant by hot drinks in section 89 of the doctrine and covenant?

And this Word of Wisdom prohibits the use of hot drinks D&C 89:9 and tobacco. D&C 89:8 I have heard it argued that tea and coffee are not mentioned therein; that is very true; but what were ...
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What is meant by hot drinks in section 89 of the doctrine and covenant?

The central message behind the commandment against hot drinks is this: Habit-forming substances are to be avoided. To preserve the integrity of the spirit, the body (in which the spirit dwells, ...
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What is meant by hot drinks in section 89 of the doctrine and covenant?

In 1937, Elder John A. Widtsoe, then one of 12 apostles, published a book entitled: "The Word of Wisdom: A Modern Interpretation", in which he discussed the various chemicals and stimulants founded in ...
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