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  1. toddthor

    Questions

    I understand that some of these questions cannot be answered, but I just wanted to see what everyone else's thoughts were ~ Mormon 6 11 They had gone through and hewn down all my people save it were twenty and four of us 15 There were [many] more who did fall... yea, even all my people, save it were those twenty and four who were with me • 24 or 25 total survivors? Doctrine and Covenants 107 52 Noah was ten years old when he was ordained under the hand of Methuselah Moses 8 19 The Lord ordained Noah after his own order, and commanded him that he should go forth and declare his Gospel • Why was Noah ordained twice? (In the context of Moses 8 Noah is hundreds of years old, not 10, so they are in fact different times) 3 Nephi 19 11 Nephi went down into the water and was baptized. • Who baptized Nephi? (Jesus had already ascended up to heaven at this point) Brigham Young: "He [Enoch] obtained power to translate himself and his people, with the region they inhabited, their houses, gardens, fields, cattle, and all of their possessions." Joseph Smith: "Now the doctrine of translation is a power which belongs to this priesthood. There are many things which belong to the powers of the priesthood and the keys thereof, that have been kept hid form before the foundation of the world; they are hid from the wise and prudent to be revealed in the last times." • Who can/will hold the keys of translation? • How is it performed? Articles of Faith 1 6 We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church • Was there a Quorum of 12 AND First Presidency in the meridian of time Church? If so, who were the three people added to make it 15 total? Did Jesus receive the Holy Ghost? (Yep, this question) But, I may have an answer already of "yes" 2 Nephi 31 12 the voice of the Son came unto me, saying: He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me • Among other things, this can be interpreted to mean that God gave Christ the Holy Ghost • If Jesus didn't receive the Holy Ghost, it might nullify the argument used for baptism in verse 5,"If the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water!" If Jesus wasn't baptized by fire, we could use this same argument against confirmation (I don't know why one would, but you could) • Matthew 4 JST 1 Jesus was led up of the Spirit, into the wilderness, to be with God. • The only person that Jesus could have gotten the Holy Ghost from is God (or Moses or Elijah, but they already have a role on the Mount of Transfiguration) • If God bestowed upon Jesus this gift, it would explain why we have no record of it. (Heavenly Father would not just show Himself to people to do so). • "Jesus wouldn't need to receive the Holy Ghost since they're both members of the Godhead" Jesus also didn't need to be baptized of water as He was already perfect, but He still was baptized. Those are my thoughts, but I am open to further knowledge on this subject. Thanks for reading, have a wonderful day! 😄
  2. logsteele

    Help! Lot's of questions

    Hi, I've been brought up my entire life LDS, and never questioned anything--until now. I'm so confused and lost about everything. First off, in the scriptures it says the earth is what, like almost 7000 years old, but the history on earth says that the earth is millions of years old. I don't believe the theory of evolution, because instead of just one monkey looking person, I think they would have found many skeletons like that. Then there's the question of the church itself, how does one know that all the religions on the earth now are wrong, except the lds faith? I used to just "know" these things, now I don't know anything that is true/not true. I'm so confused. Could someone please help me figure out how to know what is true and what's not? Thank you very much, my sould is in constant torment trying to figure all this out.
  3. 1. Why was Jesus able to satisfy the Law? 1a. What does it mean that the curse of Adam had no bearing on Jesus? 1b. I've heard it said that Jesus has power because his Father was God. This sounds wrong because it suggests that power is genetic. Therefore, I could have power as well if my Father is also God. 2. Why was Christ able to be the Lord Omnipotent in his pre mortality? Was it his level of intelligence? What was it about Jesus that made him able to be the Lord Omnipotent? God gave him power, but why Jesus? 2a. Did Jesus abtain his pre mortal intelligence by moving from grace to grace by his own obedience and devotion to the Father? Is this how he became like unto God? 3. D Todd christofferson, in his talk titled "The Resurrection of Jesus Christ," states that Christ exists independent of any other person, he has power of himself to exist. How is this possible? Does this mean that Christ's person has power independent of the father? From whence has this power come? Is it a generation of his body? Is it a gift from the Father that the Father can't take away? 4. Why can we call Christ, God? In both pre and post mortality?
  4. As many of you know, after 4 years of prayerfully studying and praying about going to the temple, I am finally going. And very much looking forward to it! But I do still have some very deep questions, questions that I have not been able to find answers to on my own. I was hoping that my temple prep class would be a place to ask questions about preparing to go to the temple... it is not. My teacher reads from the manual (which I have read MANY times already) and... suffice it to say that the class is extremely unhelpful. So my question is, where to go with questions? I have not been able to find the answers on my own.
  5. Shalom everyone. A moderator (my apologies for forgetting which) was kind enough to point me in the direction of this subforum. I have not had the opportunity to read any of the topics here, but I wanted to say hello and to offer my friendship as well as my brain (that didn't sound quite right...) to anyone who wishes to ask me questions or share your own experiences with our culture and faith. Oh, and I happen to be Jewish. I suppose that might be apropos to mention. I greatly look forward to meeting each of you. A few things I'd like to mention: 1) I am NOT easily offended. I am kind and respectful, and if you are the same, I would appreciate that. Ask me anything without fear. 2) I am NOT here to challenge your faith or disparage your beliefs in any way. I love learning about all faith experiences. 3) I work odd hours, so if you ask me something and it takes me a spell to respond, please do not think I forgot you. If it takes a REALLY long time for me to reply, I may not have seen what your post. 4) I am in recovery from sarcasm. This is an ongoing process. You have been warned. May HaShem bless you and keep you.
  6. So, I've had a long spiritual journey. And I'm absolutely the last person you'd expect to be trying to become Mormon. In the last year, I was baptized Episcopal and have joined a very liberal and wonderful community. But I can't stop thinking about the LDS Church. For one, I am fascinated with their "plan of Salvation" and other teachings, that I find myself saying , "yeah, okay that makes sense." And I actually believe the gospel. I don't know if I believe that the Book of Mormon is literally true, but there is something special and divine about it. And yes, I do realize that the LDS Church isn't the best place for feminist and pro LGBTQ + people to find themselves in, but I am so drawn to it. I met with the missionaries last summer and had all the lessons, and was invited to be baptized. I declined, but I have been having dreams of baptism and converting to the church. But for those who read this and are part of the LDS Church, do you feel like there is a place for me and that I should work towards the Baptismal date I have set with the missionaries (which I have just met back up with this past week)? I know it's a completely different ballpark than what I'm used to, but I feel called to experience this spirit of peace, and to become a baptized member of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Can someone tell me (in depth) what the baptismal service is like? What happens - if the jumpsuit is mandatory (do you wear it over your dress)? And what are your experiences of what it feels like? I really feel this is where I am called to be.
  7. Hey everyone, Encase you missed my introduction, my name is David Prisco and I'm a life insurance agent in Philadelphia, Pa. I found this board after a friend of mine were out one night talking about the old South Park episode that poked fun at Scientology and the one about LDS. We were trying to figure out what was true and what was created for comic appeal. I felt it best to ask you all rather than assume what I find on a google search to be accurate or what I watch in a TV show to be true. A little bit of my background, I was born and raised Catholic and went to a Catholic H.S. as well as University. Even with that up bringing, I never studied the spirituality of Catholicism or any other religion. So I'm hoping that I'm posting the the correct board to gain some insight on LDS and clear up any misconceptions that South Park/the media have thrown out there. Sorry for not having a more general question and this is more of open ended start to a thread. Hopefully it will gain some positive traction!
  8. Curious_George

    Ask Another Catholic

    Greetings, Friends! My name is Geoffrey Miller, Obl OSB Cam. I'm a catechist, cantor, and subdiaconate candidate at Our Lady's Maronite Catholic Parish in Austin, TX. I'm also a Camaldolese Benedictine Oblate, hence the funny letters after my name. As a twenty-five-year-old graduate student at Texas State University-San Marcos, I live the evangelical counsel of poverty by force of circumstance, not by choice. When not consuming ramen noodles or writing papers, I enjoy learning about theology, especially as it pertains to living out an authentic Catholic spirituality in the modern world. I blog at: Austin CNM | Author Archives Pomeranian Catholic Anyway, I noticed another thread had been started in which Mormons could ask a Catholic questions, so I figured, why not two threads? I'm an Eastern Catholic (Maronite), so my perspective may be slightly different. I also have formal experience in comparative religion, so hopefully, that will provide me with some unique insights to address your questions. Moreover, as a professional mathematics educator, I have learned to explain very difficult and confusing concepts in a straightforward and understandable manner. Please, ask away! Sincerely in Christ, Geoffrey
  9. I'm not sure if this is the appropriate to ask this in. Please pardon me if its the wrong spot. I was curious to try this forum. I have so many questions about things, but I have a very hard time asking people things. Pretty much in general, I am not good with words. I'd be very helpful to get some feed back from many of any, I'd very much appreciate it. I have had these burning questions within me for almost a year now. I've prayed about them too, multiple times. I may get some saying that I need to be more patient, and maybe your right. However, I felt I should try this. 1st Question: First though I should give in a little background, this may help a bit on how to help me...maybe. I've been struggling with going to church this past 2 years. My parents got divorced, and its been challenging finding the right ways sometimes, because of my asking problem. My father's activity has fluctuated up and down ever since I could remember. His job causes him to be gone for weeks at a time and back for 1. ( So with the divorce, the whole seeing each other thing hasn't really been affected ) My mother however, I have been concerned with for awhile. I used to be so close with her, we were like best friends. I was able to tell her ANYTHING. It was hard to talk to my father, because he often yelled instead of helping. ( he's improved A LOT over the years ) I stay with her at her house and live there. I am almost positive I'm moving out this week to my dads. Her and I have drifted away from each other. As much as I want things to be back to normal, its much more complex than that. You see.... both my best friend and I have noticed shes changed a lot. I know for a fact that the divorce has taken a big toll on her. And it still does. She's been depressed. And even having her boyfriend in her life. I am stuck. I've been avoiding her for when I can because I'm scared to talk to her. I am sweet to many people, and hate hurting their feelings. ( a quality I got from her ) But when I talk to her about things, I get really nonchalant and serious. Maybe even appear cold. I hate to envision myself be like that, and especially to my mother. Ever since she's been dating, I have felt very neglected. My loneliness and frustration fuelled some still remaining resentment against my mother...also I've taken it out on myself to. Both my parents have always told my brother and I it was never our fault for what happened. And I believe it. But, I feel lost. I have needed my mom for things, for answers and also and example. But to be frank, she has failed to meet them. I cant ask my dad either, for certain reasons. I want my mom back. This makes me sound like a real cry baby, but I want my old mom back. She used to be so active and light spirited. But this man that she's with, seems to have brought her down instead of up. Now don't get me wrong, he's a really nice person and I'm not saying he is a mistake. I'm glad I've met him. But his problems, combined with my mom, they both can't help each other up. My friend, who is close with my mom feels my confusion too. He has sought my mother for advice and looked to her as an example. But now, its been difficult approaching my mother. For the both of us. Also my younger brother. ( He is almost never home either. He'd rather stay at his friends house, I can see why ) We NEVER have Family Home evening together anymore. I'm scared to ask. And also, whenever we start things they never last. My mom has come to me in tears asking for forgiveness many times. And those many times I've forgiven her. But its gotten harder and harder to trust her because she either procrastinates or she goes back to the old way. I feel my mother is still very young at heart, which makes it hard to count on her. I've went to my grandma to talk to as well, but things are getting hard between us too. ( her mental stability isn't exactly top notch ) My only advisors I can think of that have helped me, is my best friend, and Heavenly Father. I am moving out to be away from both my mother and grandmother, living at my dads house alone. My question is what to do about my mother? I really don't know what to do here. I've gotten to the point where I want to live away from them. And I never wanted this to happen. But their guilt tripping drives me away even more. And for the record, please, please do not make this out into that I hate my mother. I dont. I love her dearly. So please dont make any negative comments about what she's previously done. I am looking for advice that will help me now. Or maybe something to inspire me what to do. 2nd Question: This has to do with my inactivity. After years of growing up in households that are struggling in holding the gospel, I want to make a change. Back in my old ward, I still had a hard time meeting my duties in my callings. Not because I didn't want to, or I thought they were dumb, but because my lack of knowledge growing up, I felt embarrassed and unworthy to participate. I've always loved the gospel and its teachings. I am starting to do better at controlling my thoughts and at disciplining myself. But I know I still have much to go. I barely passed seminary, thankfully because of my loving and understanding teacher. I didn't go because of the same reason. Scripture study never was imprinted as a priority in our house hold by my mother. But my dad made it seem like it was a chore, or it was a punishment. ( because of the way he acted about it ) Now looking back, I can see where he was coming from of wanting to get us into reading our scriptures. But scaring never works with kids. And neither does procrastination. Even though I have grown up in the church, I still yearn to know much still, but being older now, I hurts that I am so behind. ( and I live in a highly populated mormon area ) I never get teased or anything, but I really feel alone though. My ward is very pleasant, but a bit off, er.. different from my other ward. They are a bright lovely bunch, but maybe I get nervous because I feel inferior or something.. I don't know. I want to fit in, or be able to be like them, to be an example, not just a follower. What is the best way for overcoming fear or nervousness? I have been practicing and am getting better, but I feel I'm not doing what I should be. How do you start, and keep GOOD habits. My family has a weakness in procrastinating, and I want to break that chain. Thank you to any of those who have taken the time to read this and answer my questions. I really appreciate it.
  10. I just got asked some very curious questions about the church by an Ex-Mormon. Any help in researching and/or shedding some light on these would be much appreciated--I don't even know where to start. This is what she asks: "My question revolves around the fact that you keep saying that the only reliable source of information is within the Church, regardless of historical and scientific evidence that is out there. I'm going to go out on a limb here and ask a few questions that I have about doctrine and history and I'd really love to have anyone answer since I haven't found anything on the topics on lds.org, in any talks, or other Church approved materials out there. 1. The Book of Abraham: a few years back the University of Chicago found some of the transcripts that Joseph Smith used to translate the Book of Abraham with a letter from Emma verifying this. Egyptologists, both LDS and not, studied it and found that the facsimiles in the Book of Abraham and the actual papyrus had literally nothing in common. Is modern Egyptology completely wrong? 2. Polyandry: out of Joseph's approximately 33 wives, at least 9 of which were married to living, healthy, worthy members. This contradicts celestial marriage. Which leads me to: 3. Evolving celestial laws: if this life is but a single grain of sand in eternity, why has God changed his mind about celestial marriage (doesn't he say that there is no commandment that he gives that won't prepare a way for us to accomplish it?), the blood atonement (Brigham Young), African Americans and the priesthood (was God a racist or does he bend his will to what's popular at the time?), or the numerous changes and editions in every Church material out there (history of the church, the Book of Mormon, editing sermons, and removal of the journal of discourses). 4. And last but not least in the History of the Church volume 6 Joseph Smith boasted he did more than Jesus Christ to keep the church together. In my eyes, a man that has not only seen, but talked with both God and Jesus could never EVER boast like that under ANY circumstances. Why would he say this?" These questions are very difficult and I'm absolutely at a loss of how to answer them. If anyone can spend even a few minutes helping me research and find material that can help, I would appreciate it endlessly. Links to talks by general authorities or church-approved published material would be most helpful.
  11. WashingtonQuestions

    Convert Sealing Question

    Hi there, I'm new to this board and haven't been able to find an answer to this question by searching online. I guess I'm a little embarrassed to ask but some insight would be appreciated. Here's the story, I am a convert, I've been a member of the LDS church for 2 years this April. My husband whom i've been married to for just over 1 year grew up in the church and his family have always been members of the church. My family is not members and my husband is really my only link to the LDS church. My husbands parents JUST were sealed in the temple, they weren't previously sealed because my father-in-law was not willing to make the commitment of preparing himself for the temple. Now that my in-laws are sealed, they would like my husband to be sealed to them as their child. I should clarify that my husband and I have not yet been sealed in the temple. Honestly, as a new member, I just reached the time that I could apply for a recommend but I am just not ready yet. Now here's my big question, if my husband is only sealed to his parents... where does that leave me? I guess i'm just a little perplexed to the whole, my adult- married husband being sealed to his parents, it honestly is really weird to me. Any responses are welcome, I'm just trying to understand this whole thing as someone who is new to the church.
  12. cooldice23

    Want to know more!

    Hello! I'm new here! I'm here specifically because I have some questions about Mormonism, both in theology and in practice. I tried to ask the folks over at mormon.org, but it seemed like they were really restricted about what they could talk about. The questions I have are pretty involved, so I won't go into them here. I'm 31 and married, we have two dogs and live near Austin, TX. I was raised Jehovah's Witness, and am currently not affiliated with any religion. I have been a student of religious belief my whole life, (which started in a small town called Palmer, Alaska), and find nothing so fascinating, both academically and personally as the way that people relate to God and the way that that affects their day to day life. I can say this: I did not come here to be converted. I came here because I have honest questions about Mormons that I'd like to have answered by Mormons. I can promise that as long as you're being cool, open and honest with me, I'll be friendly, open, and nonjudgmental of your beliefs.
  13. Allycat18

    Sexual Sin

    Hi, I'm a fairly new member of the LDS church. Going on two years now, and I've heard some pretty outrageous things when it comes to committing sexual sin in the Church. But I don't know if there is any truth to it, which is why I have a few questions. First, once you have committed the sin and want to move forward with the repentance process, I know you need to confess to your Bishop, but what are specifically the kinds of questions he asks you? I heard they can get VERY explicit and unnecessary, but this is just what I've heard. And if there IS any truth to that, why do they need to ask you such questions? And my last question is why does the Bishop need to be alone with you when you confess?
  14. Hauntfox

    FAIR's Rising Generation

    Hey Guys, I'm totally new here. My name is Erik and I'm 18. Are you guys at all interested in a site where you can get good answers to hard questions? I know I've had my share of hard questions, it's part of growing up. Well, this group I'm with called FRG is filled with member who want to answer your tough questions--any questions--about life and living the Gospel. Will you give us the chance? Not many people know about us yet, could you spread the word? If yes, check out the site at what do you need? | FAIR's Rising Generation Thanks! I look forward to getting to know you guys.
  15. personne

    about the death..

    Good evening excuse I for disturbing, I wanted to know, how takes place the end of life at home. I mean what is that there is a ceremony and or go the deaths, what is what we can be cremated at home or not? I speak about the body of the deceased or goes you he(it)? I do not speak about the judgment and about three kingdoms. Thank you in advance.