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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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There is very little in regards to the doctrine of Heavenly Mother and not much has changed in recent years. Most references to Heavenly Mother are singular (not plural), and there is no expounded doctrine within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in regards to Heavenly Mother. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that all ...


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Depperm's answer is, I think, complete, which I know isn't very satisfying relative to the level of detail you put into your question. But really the sole foundation of Latter-day Saint doctrine is the word of God revealed in the scriptures and through the prophets (ancient and modern). This, coupled with the concept of an open canon, makes it difficult to ...


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Introduction: Let’s start with a brief overview to establish who’s who from the LDS point of view: Latter-day Saints commonly refer to God the Eternal Father as Elohim, a Hebrew plural meaning God or gods, and to his Son Jesus Christ, as Jehovah. The first spirit son of Elohim (Heavenly Father) and his wife (Heavenly Mother) is called Jehovah. Jehovah came ...


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Per the LDS website, “stake presidents and bishops are free to contribute, serve on campaign committees and otherwise support candidates of their choice”. So, it seems that bishops are free to participate in politics. However, the church goes on to say that these officials should not imply or infer that their political stance is endorsed by the church, use ...


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How do the Catholic and LDS views of what a prophet is differ? First of all, let us deal with what a prophet is within Catholic understanding. Catholic generally only apply the title of prophet to those individuals named in Sacred Scriptures. Many Catholic Blesseds and Saints have received the genuine gift of prophecy as been given by the Holy Spirit, but ...


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In a 2018 address to the worldwide church, President Russell M. Nelson addressed this topic with direct and unequivocal language. In the address, he quotes the revelation given to Joseph Smith that the church should be called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and that omitting Christ's name when referring to the church or its members takes the ...


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I decided to change my comment into an answer. Please be forgiving when I suggest that you need a thicker skin. The Church was much more politically active before 1980. Around that time, the IRS began cracking the whip about 501(c)3 non-profit organizations dabbling in politics and the Church changed its general policies to reflect that. In our modern "...


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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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On what basis did Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith declare that God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit cannot indwell a believer? The scripture you quote is from Doctrine and Covenants which is a collection of divine revelations and inspired declarations given for the establishment and regulation of the kingdom of God on the earth in the last days.1 So if ...


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On what basis did Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith deny that God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit cannot indwell a believer? As others have pointed out in the comments, Joseph Smith did not say that the Holy Spirit cannot indwell a believer, only that the Father and the Son cannot. Doctrine and Covenants 130:3 that you quoted says "the idea that the ...


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The only appropriate source is a prophet called of God. The standard works and other authoritative writings on the theology of the church all have the same origin: they are the written words of prophets; documented prophecies. There is one thing we are taught about prophecies in the scriptures: 2 Peter 1:20–21 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the ...


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If you look at the Bible Dictionary for Gentile: The word Gentiles means “the nations” and eventually came to be used to mean all those not of the house of Israel. It is first used in Genesis with reference to the descendants of Japheth (Gen. 10:2–5). As used throughout the scriptures it has a dual meaning, sometimes to designate peoples of non-Israelite ...


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Well, a simple search would have revealed that the association is (contrary to the question claiming otherwise) made in D&C 10:1: 1 Now, behold, I say unto you, that because you delivered up those writings which you had power given unto you to translate by the means of the Urim and Thummim, into the hands of a wicked man, you have lost them. And even ...


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The context here is regarding a people - not an individual - hearing the Saviors voice. In other words, the Savior publicly and in person visiting a people. Unit 25: Day 4, 3 Nephi 15–16 The Lord told the Nephites that they were part of the other sheep about whom He spoke in Jerusalem. The Jews had thought He was speaking of the Gentiles (non-Israelites). ...


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The official answer is "No" There is no "registry" of Book of Mormon geography theories because the word implies some sort of authoritative compilation. To my knowledge, the Church keeps no such list (or, perhaps more precisely, I have never seen evidence that the Church keeps a public list). The unofficial answer is "Yes" A non-...


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From the article below it seems that Dr. Lynn Rosenvall and his son, David, have published various models of ‘Book of Mormon Geography’: The Baja model, the Peruvian model and the Great Lakes or Mesoamerican model, which seems to have the greatest support. The Baja model is discussed in an article by Michael R. Ash for the ‘Mormon Times’ (November 22 2010), ...


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This is how Joseph Smith argued it in that sermon: We have imagined that God was God from all eternity. These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are the simple and first principles of the gospel, to know for a certainty the character of God, that we may converse with him as one man with another, and that God himself; the Father of us all dwelt on ...


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Scriptures Bible (as far as it is translated correctly) Book of Mormon Pearl of Great Price Doctrine and Covenants Prophets (past/present/future) General Conference Ensign/Liahona/New Era/Friend See also Approaching Mormon Doctrine


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Simple answer: Every worthy person will inherit all blessings they qualify for, regardless of any other person (parent, spouse, children, ancestor, etc.) The seeming confusion may come from the statement that the highest level of heaven is for married couples, which means that neither a man nor a woman can live there without the other. But, a person dying ...


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Discourse by Apostle Erastus Snow, delivered in the Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Saturday Morning (in General Conference), October 7, 1882. "The only passage of Scripture that I have ever heard quoted as appearing to limit the early Christians to single marriage was the saying of one of the Apostles, St. Paul to Timothy, in which he said that a Bishop ...


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LDS do not really concern themselves with useless speculation. The main point is that the Bible refers only to this planet, and God's dealings with the Hebrew people, we are never informed in it about God, His existence, or His origins. "In the Beginning" (is about this planet), In the beginning is not about God's beginning, it is only refering ...


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Evil Spirits and Unclean Spirits are not synonymous. Evil Spirits encompasses all of Satan’s followers, those who did not keep their first estate and those who do not keep their second estate. In 3 Nephi 7:19 we learn Nephi “did he cast out devils AND unclean spirits”. This would indicate devils and unclean spirits are two different types of Evil Spirits. ...


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