New Mormon.org gives you more real insights

New Mormon.org website launched

The LDS church has just launched a new version of their mormon.org website. The entire website has been re-created, with a focus on letting Mormon church members share their own stories, in their own words. The results are amazing, and I would recommend the site to anyone in a heartbeat. I’ll try to outline the features as I see them in this post.

New Mormon.org Website

The new mormon.org is very useful for answering questions about mormonism

Focus on letting members share their story

The greatest thing about the new mormon.org is its strong focus on letting church members, or “mormons” share their own stories, in their own words. If you click on “Our People” and then “Meet Mormons” in the top menu, you will get a very simple “search” feature that lets you read stories from Mormons who may have a similar background to your own.

After reading several profiles on the site, I was very impressed by how personalized the stories could be, and how everyone shares their perspective in a unique and individual way. If you have questions about mormonism that you are having a hard time getting answers to, the new mormon.org may be a great way to get answers from someone who might understand your background!

New mormon.org is filled with member created profiles

Each of the LDS church members on the new site has created a profile and shared personal insights and stories. The site is literally filled with thousands of personal stories, and answers to various questions you might have on mormonism. To test it out, I created a profile myself, which you can view online here:

View my Mormon.org profile online

The site is of course entirely voluntary for LDS church members, but provides a great way to share a story and feelings so that others can easily find them.

Easily search for stories that may be relevant to your and your questions

I find that often times we communicate best with people of our own culture, from our own country, of our own gender, age, etc. We want to know what our peers think and feel. A native amerian may have questions about mormonism and be curious what other native amerians think and feel on the subject. The same might be true for anyone with questions about mormonism.

The new website lets you search profiles and read stories based on your own search criteria. After searching, you are presented with a series of pictures that you can view, picking the ones that stand out to you to read. It’s easy, quick, and even fun.

Visit the new Mormon.org and try it out; it’s quick and easy, with no signup

If you just want to visit the new website and read information and stories, do it now! There is no signup, and you can start searching profiles immediately. If you have questions, feel free to ask them here!

The new Mormon.org website: the easiest way to get information on mormons

Where did we come from? A Mormon perspective

Where did we come from?

This is one of the great questions of life, and people often wonder what mormons think of the question “where did we come from?” People commonly call this life on earth our “mortal existence.” When you ask the question “where did we come from,” the topic becomes one about the “premortal existence.”

Mortality and pre-mortal existence

Philosophers throughout time have wondered if we existed in some other place before we were born on earth. Science and philosophy will likely never answer this question, but the Spirit and the Scriptures tell us that we did live before we came to earth, and that we lived with our Father in Heaven, or God. One clear example from the Bible is when God called Jeremiah to be His prophet:

The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.

Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

LDS.org, the official website of the mormon church (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), gives a great outline (with references) of Mormon beliefs on this premortal time:

Before we were born on the earth, we lived in the presence of our Heavenly Father as one of His spirit children. In this premortal existence, we attended a council with Heavenly Father’s other spirit children. At that council, Heavenly Father presented His great plan of happiness (see Abraham 3:22–26).

In harmony with the plan of happiness, the premortal Jesus Christ, the Firstborn Son of the Father in the spirit, covenanted to be the Savior (see Moses 4:2Abraham 3:27). Those who followed Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were permitted to come to the earth to experience mortality and progress toward eternal life. Lucifer, another spirit son of God, rebelled against the plan and “sought to destroy the agency of man” (Moses 4:3). He became Satan, and he and his followers were cast out of heaven and denied the privileges of receiving a physical body and experiencing mortality (see Moses 4:4;Abraham 3:27–28).

Throughout our premortal lives, we developed our identity and increased our spiritual capabilities. Blessed with the gift of agency, we made important decisions, such as the decision to follow Heavenly Father’s plan. These decisions affected our life then and now. We grew in intelligence and learned to love the truth, and we prepared to come to the earth, where we could continue to progress.

We lived with God

To summarize, mormon’s believe that before this earth life, we lived as spirits with God, the Father of our spirits. We believe that in that premortal existence we were given a choice, and each decided to come to this earth be to gain experience and gain a physical body. That ability to choose, or agency, followed with us to this life, and this life is a test of that agency, to see whether we will choose to do the best we can, or whether we will give in to temptation to be less than we could be.

We also believe that before this life, a Savior, who is Jesus Christ, was chosen for us, and that through Him we would be guaranteed immortality through the resurrection. This knowledge, before even coming here, was a reassurance that God, because of His love for His children, would provide a way for us all to return to him.

I know that we can each study and pray for a knowledge of the fact that we existed before this life, that we have a purpose while we are here, and that at death life does not end, but that our spirits will return to that God that created them. Anyone can pray, and if a person does, they will feel and know what is right and true through the Holy Ghost.

As always, please feel free to ask any questions you may have on this or any other topic here!