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  1. romans8

    LDS view on Contraception

    A few observations. When husband and wife are physically able, they have the privilege and responsibility to bring children into the world and to nurture them. Those who are physically able have the blessing, joy, and obligation to bear children and to raise a family. This blessing should not be postponed for selfish reasons. Husband and wife are encouraged to pray and counsel together as they plan their families. Issues to consider include the physical and mental health of the mother and father and their capacity to provide the basic necessities of life for their children. Decisions about birth control and the consequences of those decisions rest solely with each married couple. Based on the above statements, would a physically/mentally-able couple (where the husband is a basketball player making $5 million per year while the wife stays at home) be violating God's commandment if they decided to limit their family to two children?
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    Seer stones?

    What ancient records and by whom?
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    Three Official Proclamations

    @Anddenex mentioned another one - the Origin of Man. I saw that OD2 needed a vote whereas the others apparently did not. What criteria determines if a proclamation is voted on or not? Regarding OD1, I see several punishments and consequences mentioned. - all temple ordinances would be stopped throughout the land of Zion. - confusion would reign throughout Israel, and many men would be made prisoners. - this trouble would have come upon the whole Church. - our Prophets and Apostles and fathers would not be free men. - confiscation of personal property of the people (all of which of themselves would not stop the practice). It seems there was a danger of imprisonment, not death, and confiscation only to those involved in the temple and the Apostles/Prophets of the church. The majority of Saints who were not worthy to enter the temples would not be under this threat. What confusion is OD1 referring to? How would this same confusion and trouble come upon the whole Church when other countries of the world did not have temples and temple-workers?
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    The Plan of Salvation

    How did Satan try to divide them so they would not make the choice together? And what choice are you referring to?
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    The Plan of Salvation

    Was it God's desire to have Eve eat from the forbidden tree so He devised a plan for them to become mortal, or was it part of Satan's plan in order to spoil God's creation?
  6. Why do you consider them as prison kingdoms?
  7. Hello, I don't understand some things about the Plan of Salvation as described on your church website. - In the premortal life, our Heavenly Father called a Grand Council to present His plan for our progression (see Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 209, 511). We learned that if we followed His plan, we would become like Him. We would be resurrected; we would have all power in heaven and on earth; we would become heavenly parents and have spirit children just as He does (see Doctrine and Covenants 132:19–20). - At this council we also learned that because of our weakness, all of us except little children would sin (see Doctrine and Covenants 29:46–47). From what I see, Heavenly Father's plan was to give mankind the opportunity for exaltation. Jesus volunteered to be our Savior and give his life so that we could return to live with Heavenly Father. Lucifer's plan was to deny mankind agency, meaning all would return to Heavenly Father's presence and none would be lost. But it doesn't appear an atonement was involved with Lucifer's option. Did the choice of the one-third to follow Satan occur before or after Heavenly Father made his choice of whom to send? Did they choose to follow Lucifer because a 100% success rate of returning back home appealed to them? Or was there another reason? Did Lucifer also sway angels to follow him in the rebellion? Thank you, Matteo
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    Sabbath Worship from Home

    The chorus for this song has Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven! Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain. Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren; Death cannot conquer the hero again. Did some revelation lead the church to believe he ascended to heaven or is this a theoretical song? Did the NT church also sing a similar hymn of Peter or Paul? Matteo
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    Satan's First Lie

    I would view it a little differently - Satan hasn't changed, the overall temptation and excuse is, "Has God really said ..." Satan has always tried to get people to doubt what God has said to mankind.
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    Your thoughts please?

    What community service opportunities are females unable to perform since they don't hold the priesthood in your church?
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    Baptisms for the dead

    I was wondering if you had a scriptural rationale for your statement "But they were all to go forth two-by-two and perform missionary work. Only after the Resurrection" The only two-by-two example that Jesus commissioned in the Bible that I find is for the 70 (72 in some translations) but this is before His resurrection. For singles, I see Philip with the Ethiopian eunuch and Paul on Mars Hill as some examples. For more than 2, I see Acts 10:23-48 where Peter and his companions travel to Caesarea and share the Good News of Jesus’s death and resurrection with Cornelius’s group. I read the chapters surrounding Christ's visit to the Nephites and there is no mention of seventies or a two-by-two commission.
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    Baptisms for the dead

    Do you have a Book of Mormon reference for this?
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    hello - church beliefs

    Hello My name is Matteo (Matt for short). I joined the forum a few weeks ago and wish to learn something about this church before I start meeting any missionaries. @Jane_Doe gave a link to I currently attend a mainstream Protestant church. Thanks Matt