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Mormon Family Home Evening

Mormon Family Home Evening

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also referred to as Mormons) encourages members to set aside an evening once a week for family activities, discussions, and instruction. This began in 1915 when President Joseph F. Smith and his counselors (The President of the Mormon Church at the time) began a Church-wide effort to strengthen the family. They asked parents to get their children together once each week for a “Family Home Evening”, a time for families to study the gospel together and do other activities that strengthen the family spiritually, create memories together, and increase unity and love.

Today, Mormons have these weekly family events (usually Mondays, or whenever it works best for the family’s schedule) to take the time to pray and sing together, read scriptures, spiritually uplift one another, and participate in activities that build and strengthen family unity. Mormon Church leaders do not schedule meetings or activities on Monday nights for this reason, so that families can more easily be together.

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The Mormon Young Men Organization

Mormon Young Men

Similar to the Young Women organization, the Young Men organization in the Mormon Church promotes the growth and development of each young man through instruction, activities, as well as combined activities with Young Women. The Aaronic Priesthood is the basic organization for the young men of the Mormon Church ages 12-18. The priesthood, which is the authority of God to perform ordinances and act in His name, is given only to worthy male members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also referred to as the Mormons). Men who hold the priesthood have no advantage over women in being eligible for salvation or eternal life through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

The Young Men organization strengthens the work of the Aaronic Priesthood in the congregation and gives support to the parents and the home. This includes these young Mormon men blessing and administering the sacrament in Church each Sunday, collecting fast offerings, and performing home teaching to other families. These young Mormon men are taught principles of being ambitious, honest, spiritually minded, having integrity, and of course having wholesome fun.

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The Keystone of Mormon Religion

 

The Keystone of Mormon Religion

 

Jesus Christ is the keystone of the Mormon religion. For without Christ, we could not be saved. Because of Christ’s immense suffering on all God’s children behalf, we can repent of our sins and be forgiven. Mormons firmly believe that it is through the atonement of Jesus Christ that provides the means for us to return to our heavenly home. Without His sacrifice, we all would be lost forever. “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5)

Mormons also believe that while in Gethsemane, Christ experienced every emotion we would ever experience. Every pain, heart ache, guilt, both physical and emotionally was placed on our Savior’s shoulders to bear alone, bleeding from every pore in such extreme anguish. Despite this inconceivable task, our Lord and Savior triumphed! It is through Him that we need not suffer the pains of this world alone, and through Him that a way is provided for us to return to our heavenly home. As a people who love and worship Jesus Christ, we desire to strive our best to become more like Him, and keep the commandments which He has set to show our love and appreciation for His sacrifice.

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Mormon Beliefs On Children

 

   

Mormon Beliefs on Children

Mormons believe that children are innocent before God. From latter day revelation, members of the Mormon Church believe that children are redeemed through the mercy of Jesus Christ. Unlike most other Churches, Mormons believe that men must be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgressions. Until they reach the “age of accountability”, or age 8, they are considered perfect in God’s eyes. In fact, Jesus taught us to become more like these little children for their meekness, humility, patience, and full of love.

To explain, accountability does not come full-bloom to a child at any set instant in his/her life; children become accountable gradually- over a number of years. However, there comes a time when accountability is real and valid, and consequently the person must be held accountable for their sins.

Mormon beliefs also state that little children are saved automatically in the Celestial kingdom, and therefore obtain the highest degree of glory. There is no restriction as to race, kindred, or tongue. Little children are all alive in Christ, and all are saved by him, through and because of His atonement.

 

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Mormon Women Leading in Righteousness

Mormon women give sermons, offer prayers in behalf of the congregation, instruct adults as well as children, and lead in the Church on the local and worldwide level.
Mormon women give sermons, offer prayers in behalf of the congregation, instruct adults as well as children, and lead in the Church on the local and worldwide level.

ALL willing members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormons) have many opportunities to give service, contribute talents, and learn new skills. Each week, Mormon women give sermons, offer prayers in behalf of the congregation, instruct adults as well as children, and lead in the Church on the local and worldwide level. Mormon women also have the opportunity to serve as missionaries, and are presidents of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations. They also carry out critical work in nurturing and teaching in the home.

Relief Society is an organization in which all Mormon women, or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all belong to and lead. This organization consists of several million women around the globe. The Church’s Young Women organization and the Primary (an organization with the purpose of teaching children) is also lead by women. As mentioned above, these institutions are present on local levels as well as worldwide levels, in which these Mormon women meet regularly in meetings to discuss and direct the effort of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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The Mormon Sacrament

The Sacrament

The sacrament is a sacred ordinance in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In the first meeting, a blessing is given on the bread and water by one with authority. There is a different prayer for each. The bread’s blessing is as follows.

“O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of the Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.” (Book of Moroni 4:3)

The bread represents the Jesus Christ‘s body, and the water represents the blood of our Savior Jesus as he died for us. By taking the sacrament, Mormons are promising to remember their Savior in everything they do, to remember how Christ suffered for each of our sins. It is also a renewal of the covenant made at baptism.

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The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is “a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fulness of the everlasting gospel” (Introduction to the Book of Mormon). This book does NOT take the place of the Bible in the hearts of any of the LDS faith. The Book of Mormon is the most powerful book I’ve ever read, translated from reformed Egyptian engraved on gold plates. Joseph Smith found these plates with the guidance of the Angel Moroni, who, when alive, had been the last person to write in the Book of Mormon. Moroni had buried the plates in a hill not far from where Joseph Smith would live in the distant future.

The Book of Mormon is not only a scripture, but a historical record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas, written by American prophets from perhaps as early as 2500 BC to about AD 400.

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Mormon Missionary

Mormon Missionary

A letter written from a Mormon missionary serving in Brasilia, Brazil, a week before he went home to his family after serving a two year mission.

Hey family,
I was in tears on Sunday as we ate lunch with a elderly couple of new converts of 2 months. In their little house and run down furniture they made us the most incredible banquet of food. They have nothing, but they give everything they have to the missionaries. They are so grateful to be members.

I hope you all realized how blessed we are.

For the past 2 years I have visited, studied, and prayed about every church there is. And there is nothing, nothing that even comes close to being as perfect as the Church of Jesus Christ. Because it is His church! Why does the world doubt it? It is the coolest thing ever to be Mormon!

Every single bus I go on I stand up in front of everyone to bear my testimony. To let the world know that the Lord has restored his church on the earth again, and that I know Christ lives and that He loves us. And that through faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, enduring to the end we can return in glory to our heavenly homes.

The Lord will give you 100 reasons to believe in the Church and 1 or 2 things to doubt it just to prove your faith. But it wasn’t supposed to be easy.
Well I Love you all. I feel sad that this will be my last letter that I will be writing to you as a missionary. It has been a wonderful two years and has been my honor to recognize each week the hand of the Lord in my life. I love my mission. It has meant everything to me. I hope that we can all remember the things we have learned together in these last two years. They really are the best two years.

For the last time
Much love,
Elder Daniel

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The Young Women Organization

Mormons and the Young Women Organization

The Young Women’s organization in the Mormon Church includes all young women from ages 12-18. With their motto “Stand for truth and righteousness”, these young Mormon women meet together each Sunday for one hour where they are taught by their lessons by their leaders that prepare them to be virtuous and strong women. They also meet once a week for activities. Some of these activities may include cooking classes, learning basic self defense or tips on how to budget, lessons on health and fitness, playing games, and humanitarian projects. These activities aim to promote personal development, and provide a wholesome environment where these Mormon youth can make lasting friends with others who share similar beliefs and values.
Katie, a Mormon girl said, “I love the Young Women program, where I feel accepted and loved. It’s also an environment that makes me want to become a little better each day, and more like my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that my leaders truly care about me, and the girls have become like sisters to me.”

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Mormon Beliefs: Children Are Alive In Christ

Mormon Beliefs: Children Are Alive In Christ

Mormons believe that children are innocent before God. From latter day revelation, members of the Mormon Church believe that children are redeemed through the mercy of Jesus Christ. Unlike most other Churches, Mormons believe that men must be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgressions. Until they reach the “age of accountability”, or age 8, they are considered perfect in God’s eyes. In fact, Jesus taught us to become more like these little children for their meekness, humility, patience, and full of love.

To explain, accountability does not come full-bloom to a child at any set instant in his/her life; children become accountable gradually- over a number of years. However, there comes a time when accountability is real and valid, and consequently the person must be held accountable for their sins.

Mormon beliefs also state that little children are saved automatically in the Celestial kingdom, and therefore obtain the highest degree of glory. There is no restriction as to race, kindred, or tongue. Little children are all alive in Christ, and all are saved by him, through and because of His atonement.

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