Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mormonism 101 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)






Aba Nigeria Mormon Temple, This is the LDS or Mormon Temple in Aba, Nigeria. The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints has nearly 200 temples around the world. Temples are different than Sunday meeting houses, of which there are thousands. Temples are dedicated to special ceremonies such as eternal marriages, baptisma for the dead, and other sacred ordinances for both living and dead. Aba, Nigeria Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

I just attended a Mormon stake conference in Rockledge, Brevard County, Florida. For those unfamiliar with Mormon terminology, the word stake refers to a geographical area that includes several congregations. Each congregation is called a ward. When Mormons refer to stake conferences, stake buildings, stake callings, and such, they are not talking about going out to eat at a restaurant that serves steaks.

Think of the Church as a huge tent. Stakes anchor the tent. There is a lot of symbolism in this simple concept.

One example comes to mind. Allow me to illustrate. The Church, like a tent, is exposed to the winds and tempests of the world. Winds of opposition and tempests of adversity cannot blow down the Church, because it is firmly anchored by its many stakes around the world, stakes that are planted firmly in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is as immutable as rock.

During this particular stake conference, mention was made of an online resource that may be helpful to you if you have ever wondered about the plethora of misconceptions and rumors floating around about Mormons and the LDS Church, that is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This online resource is Mormonism 101 FAQ.

Another place to find out what people are saying and how Mormons are responding is Mormon.org. So, if you want to keep up with the latest gossip and rumors, at least add these websites to your repertoire.

Round out your perspective. If you want to know about Mormons, why not attend a Mormon sacrament meeting on Sunday and ask some Mormons what they are all about.

If you want to learn about cars, you ask a mechanic. If you want to learn about art, you ask an artist. If you want to learn about Mormons, why would you ask everybody but a Mormon? Mormons are not morons.





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