Searching for “families” on LDS.org

I will often point people to the LDS.org website for answers to their questions. LDS.org is the official website of the “Mormon” church.

LDS.org Feature: Searh & Gospel Library

On the LDS.org website, the search feature works extrememly well. When you search for the most basic subjects, you will usually find one of the first results is from the “Gospel Library”, and online resource for basic Mormon doctrines.

A search for “Families” leads you to this page as one of the first results:

Gospel Library Entry on Families

The “Gospel Library” is designed to give a quick introduction to Mormon beliefs on a subject, followed by links that you can use to get more in-depth information. On the subject of families, the Gospel Library notes:

In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” an official declaration released in 1995, Church leaders proclaimed that “marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.” God’s plan enables families who live the gospel and receive the necessary ordinances to be together forever with Him

When you click on the “Additional Information” link under Families, you can read the entire Proclamation on the Family, which was referenced above. Here is an excerpt:

Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

If you have questions about Mormonism, feel free to ask them here; but feel free also to search for yourself on LDS.org, where you’ll find a wealth of information quickly and easily available 24/7!

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Where does the term “Mormons” come from?

The actual name of the church that many know as the “Mormon Church” is the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.” Some people call us the Mormons, others call us the LDS. Both are simply nicknames, easier to say and shorter.

The name “Mormon” is actual the name of the ancient prophet who made the compilation of records that was translated and is now known to us as the “Book of Mormon.” Mormon was a prophet, leader, and historian in his day, a few hundred years after Christ was born.

“Mormon” not the name of the church; only a nickname

The nickname “Mormons” stuck, partly because of the importance of the Book of Mormon, and partly because it is a lot easier to say that “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.” However, it is important to note that the actual name of the church is focused on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is His church, and no one else’s.

Jesus Christ is the Center

At the core of our religious beliefs is our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the focus of everything we strive for on this earth. Our entire earthly journey revolves around being like Him, and returning to be with Him after this life is over. He is the only way we can return to our Father in Heaven, and because of His great Sacrifice, known as the Atonement, we can all be forgiven of our sins.

How do church members feel about the term “Mormons”

99.9% of the members of my church aren’t affronted by the term “Mormons” or “Mormonism”… even though these are simply nicknames. The fact of the matter is, much of the world knows us by those names; that, and the abbreviation LDS, which is also simply a nickname. I for one am glad to help people learn more about the Church and the Gospel no matter what people call it.

The next 2010 Mormon General Conference

When is the next Mormon General Conference?

A lot of people are asking about the next Mormon General Conference. The LDS church holds two “General Conferences” every year; one in April and one in October.

This year, 2010, marks the 180th year since the LDS church was organized, and so this year we will hold the 180th Annual and Semi-annual conferences.

Most of the conference sessions are broadcast on the internet, on TV, cable, and satellite (depending on where you live). Anyone can watch them, and they are a great way to find out more about the Mormon church.

The best place to watch for information about General Conference is at the LDS.org website, under the “Broadcast” section. You can find it here:

LDS.org Broadcast Section – Info on General Conference

Why is the Book of Mormon important?

This is part two in a set that answers the question “What is the Book of Mormon?” Beyond what the book physically is, where it came from, and how we got it, it is useful to understand why the Book of Mormon is important, and what purpose it serves.

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ

Like the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon is a Testament, or witness, of Jesus Christ. This is the book’s primary, stated purpose, as found in the title page of the book, translated from the original text:

“…to the convincing of the Jew and the Gentile that JESUS is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD, manifesting himself unto all nations”

Throughout the book you find references to the divinity of Jesus Christ as our Savior, and as the Son of God. Nephi, a Book of Mormon prophet, said in 559 B.C.:

“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”

The Book of Mormon is plain and simple

Through the years, and through multiple and various translations, the Bible has lost some of its simplicity. Passages that contain basic truths can be difficult to understand, even with the best references.

The Book of Mormon was compiled from a large set of records around the year 385 A.D., by an ancient prophet named Mormon. It was recorded onto plates of gold, and buried. In the 1800’s, Joseph Smith received those plates through revelation, and translated them through the gift and power of God.

Because only one translation took place with the Book of Mormon, the plainness and simpleness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ comes through clear and sharp.

Don’t take my word for it- ask God if these things are not true

Moroni, son of Mormon, who also wrote the last pages of the Book of Mormon after his father gave him the record, added these words to all who would read the book:

Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.

And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

No one should expect the reader of scriptures, which come from God, to rely on the word of another human to tell them if those things are true or not. No one in the Mormon church will ever ask you to take their word for it- they will tell you to ask God, and rely on the Holy Ghost, who witnesses today as He ever did, of the truth of all things.

What is the Book of Mormon about?

A lot of people ask “what is the Book of Mormon about?” Here is a brief summary of what the Book of Mormon is, and what it contains. This is the first of a two-part post. In the next post, I will answer the question “Why is the Book of Mormon important?”

The Book of Mormon is an ancient record

The Book of Mormon contains the record of several peoples. The main part of the record spans nearly 1000 years of history; from about 600 B.C. to about 421 A.D. It was translated from records that were written in Reformed Egyptian; though the book was written by people of Jewish decent, Hebrew was unsuitable for condensed writing, so Egyptian was used instead (it being highly compact, and known among the Hebrew people).

The Book of Mormon is a religious history

For the most part, the Book of Mormon deals with religious topics. The writers in the book were also Prophets, descendants of Joseph of Egypt by genealogy, and thus of the “House of Israel.” The book does touch on some of the major historical events of the people as well; wars, movements, daily life; but all in the context of their relationship with God.

The ancient people in the Book of Mormon had a version of “The Bible”

The collective books that we now know as “The Bible” were written by the Hebrew people; if we have a bible at all, we can thank the Jewish prophets of old for it, since it was they who wrote it. When Jesus Christ came to the earth, Judaism fractured, creating Christianity. The Christian prophets and apostles are responsible for the New Testament, while the Old Testament is the world of the Judaic prophets of old.

In the Book of Mormon, you will find that the Bible is quoted, often. The people in the Book of Mormon had the ancient Judaic records that we now call the “Old Testament”; the books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, etc), and the other Prophets as well (Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc). These were scripture to them, and they followed them diligently.

The Book of Mormon people lived on the American continent

As is recorded in the record of this people, they traveled by boat to the American continent around 589 B.C. It is not known exactly where in the North and South American continents they resided; they also migrated to various portions of the continents at different times, and even had groups that voyages by boat to other lands.

Has the Book of Mormon been dis-proven?

The Book of Mormon, translated in the early 1800’s, has withstood the tests of science and scholarly review ever since. The record is undeniably of Judaic-Hebrew origin. The evidences of it being an ancient record are many, and no one has successfully placed any reasonable question on those facts, though many have tried.

Like the Bible, you can’t know if the Book of Mormon is true through science. With scripture, God’s word, our Heavenly Father requires faith. You can read the Bible or the Book of Mormon, and ask God if they are true, and in a beautiful way, He has provided an individual and personal testimony; the Holy Ghost; which can tell you whether they are true or not.