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Old Oct 23rd, 2012, 22:48 PM   1
Allie84
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Ask a Mormon


Hi everyone! If you have any questions about being Mormon/LDS just ask here! Between me and the other LDS ladies on the forums, I'm sure we'll have some insight for you.

I'm a convert to the Mormon church (since I was 13) and have lived all over and attended the LDS church all over (UK and the USA) so I have a pretty varied perspective, and I'm NEVER offended.




 
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Old Oct 27th, 2012, 13:03 PM   2
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Heya. What sets the Mormon faith apart from other christians? x



 
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Old Oct 28th, 2012, 00:16 AM   3
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Hi! Well, the basic answer is that we believe that we have the 'fullness of the gospel.' We believe that all of the other Christian churches have parts of the faith and are all 'part' of the truth but that over time the real Christian church fell away. This is called the apostasy.

The Mormon church is pretty new. We believe that in the 1800s God appeared to a boy and instructed him how to restore the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. His name was Joseph Smith and we believe God told him how to restore the church that Jesus Christ had intended...with apostles, the priesthood, temples, etc.

Some basic beliefs that are different from other Christian churches:

1) We believe that the Bible is true but also that it was altered over time and a lot of things were left out that God wanted to say, so we have additional scripture such as the Book of Mormon. It's another account of Jesus Christ.
2) We believe that marriages are eternal and not 'til death do you part.' When you have a Mormon wedding you are married for time and all eternity.
3) We believe that our spirits existed before earth and that our life on earth is a 'mortal probation' to test our souls, and that we will go back to be with God again.
4) The Mormon church lets more people into heaven than most churches, to put it crudely. We believe that if you haven't had a chance to hear about the church on earth that when you die you go to a spirit world where you learn about the church and can accept Jesus Christ, etc. I find it interesting how a lot of religions believe that if you don't 'accept Jesus' on earth you go to hell. That's a lot of people. The Mormon church gives you another chance after death.

I hope that helped answer a little bit! If you need me to explain anything better let me know.



 
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Old Dec 11th, 2012, 12:12 PM   4
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I'll be watching this, would love to help if anyone has questions!



 
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Old Jan 10th, 2013, 18:57 PM   5
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I have heard that there is Mormon underwear. Is this true? How is it different from regular underwear?

Not being silly here, just wondered.



 
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Old Jan 11th, 2013, 09:42 AM   6
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When we are ready (usually before getting married or going on a mission, but can happen at other times) and worthy we go to the temple and receive our endowments. In the temple and endowment ceremony we make promises to God. The underwear is nothing secret. We call them garments, and they represent our covenants made with God. They are meant to provide us protection and be a constant reminder of the promises we made in the temple. They are different from normal underwear because they look more like a shirt and knee length shorts.

Hope that helps!



 
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Yeah, I don't like the term 'underwear.' They are garmets we wear close to our body to represent covenants and promises made to God. It's a little peculiar, and popular culture likes to call it 'magic underwear' but it's not different to us than any other religious garmet, such as a hajib to muslims or a turbun to sikhs, etc.



 
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Old Jan 11th, 2013, 21:07 PM   8
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Ah, I see! Thanks.



 
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 10:33 AM   9
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I've been researching my family tree, and many times "Familysearch" has helped with my research (for those that don't know, it's run and maintained by the LDS church). I read somewhere that, in order to be a mormon you must "convert" your ancestors to be mormon also. Can I ask why this is? Does it benefit you in any way, or does it mean you're not a "proper" mormon unless all of your ancestors were too?

Also, and sorry if this is offensive, but I'm atheist, which is probably why I feel this way, but do you not think it's a bit disrespectful to "convert" your ancestors to be a certain religion, when they may not have wanted it when they were alive? Like I say, I don't mean to be offensive, it's just that as an atheist (which I choose to be, and feel very passionate about), I would be angry if I knew I was going to be converted to a religion after my death; when during my life I chose not to be a part of it.

Another question I have is, do mormons have to recruit people to be a part of your religion by knocking on doors etc (that's the way it's done here at least). Is there a reason it's done so often, or is it just that people want to spread the word



 
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I've been researching my family tree, and many times "Familysearch" has helped with my research (for those that don't know, it's run and maintained by the LDS church). I read somewhere that, in order to be a mormon you must "convert" your ancestors to be mormon also. Can I ask why this is? Does it benefit you in any way, or does it mean you're not a "proper" mormon unless all of your ancestors were too?

Also, and sorry if this is offensive, but I'm atheist, which is probably why I feel this way, but do you not think it's a bit disrespectful to "convert" your ancestors to be a certain religion, when they may not have wanted it when they were alive? Like I say, I don't mean to be offensive, it's just that as an atheist (which I choose to be, and feel very passionate about), I would be angry if I knew I was going to be converted to a religion after my death; when during my life I chose not to be a part of it.

Another question I have is, do mormons have to recruit people to be a part of your religion by knocking on doors etc (that's the way it's done here at least). Is there a reason it's done so often, or is it just that people want to spread the word
One of the things we believe very strongly in is life after death. We believe that if you are sealed to your families here on earth, then you can be together after death. You can absolutely be a mormon without having all of your ancestors baptized. Family history work is really important to us because we are trying to make sure that everyone will make it back to live together.

I don't really like the term "converting" your dead ancestors. I don't believe that is what we are doing. In our temples we do baptisms as well as sealing together families for the living as well as the dead. We believe that to live together after death, everyone has to be baptized and sealed together forever. Everything i have been taught about this process tells me that when we do their temple work here on earth, they will have the opportunity to accept it OR reject it. Just because their work is done doesn't mean they are 'mormon'. Instead they have been given the opportunity to accept the gospel, be baptized, and sealed to their families since they may have rejected it or not had the opportunity to do it here on earth.


As for your second question-
We have missionaries, just like other religions. Young men (18 or 19 years old) and women (19 years old) can make the decision to serve a mission. They are then called to an area somewhere in the world where they will serve for 2 years (for boys) or 18 months (for girls). They spend all day every day sharing the Gospel with anyone who is interested, teaching about Jesus Christ and his teachings. Occasionally missionaries might go door to door, but for the most part they are teaching people who have contacted them because they are interested or who have been referred to them by someone else.

Mormons have a firm belief that we belong to the true church of Jesus Christ, and our faith brings us happiness. We send missionaries to share the gospel with as many people as will hear it, so that they can feel the same happiness too.

i hope i've helped a little - maybe others can add more to help fill in any gaps i've missed.



 
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