Wednesday, October 12, 2011

About my beliefs

Ok, I just have to write a response to Robert Jeffress's comment that Mitt Romney wasn't a true Christian because he's Mormon.

First, "Mormons" is a nickname given to our church because we believe in the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ. However, the official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

We believe in God, the eternal Father of Heaven and Earth, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. (cf. Acts 7:55-56; 2 Corinthians. 13:14; 2 Nephi 31:21; Joseph Smith History 1:17).

The doctrines of Christ, His death, atonement and resurrection are central to our religion.

We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save all men from their sins, and that He made repentance and resurrection possible. We believe that, in order to be saved in the kingdom of God, one must have faith in Christ, be baptized bypriesthood authority for the remission of their sins, and follow Christ's gospel throughout their life.

Latter-day Saints(also called Mormons) believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; they also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God (cf. Ezek. 37:16; John 10:16; 2 Tim. 3:16).

We believe that a man must be called of God, confirmed by divine inspiration and by the laying on of hands by those in authority, in order to preach the gospel and administer its ordinances (cf. 1 Timothy 4:14; Doctrine and Covenants 42:11); further, the Church is essentially the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, Evangelists, and so forth" (cf. Ephesians. 4:11).

Those are our basic beliefs; for more information on what Mormons believe, go to mormon.org or lds.org.

To read and learn about the Book of Mormon, go to http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm?lang=eng.

I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about my beliefs.

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About the Book of Mormon: The Book of Mormon confirms, explains and expands on the truths found in the Bible. Like the Bible, it is the word of God. God said that He would establish His word in the mouth of two or more witnesses (2 Corinthians 13:1, Matthew 18:16). The Book of Mormon is one of those witnesses.

The words "Jesus Christ" (or some variation of that, like "Christ" or "Son of God") are present over 400 times in the Book of Mormon.

Some verses in the Book of Mormon that talk about Christ:

Alma 38:9 "There is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ. Behold, he is the light and the life of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness."

3 Nephi 9:15 "Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name."

2 Nephi 25:26 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.

2 Nephi 25:23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.

I love the Book of Mormon. I know it is the word of God, and that if I study it, I can become closer to God and my Savior Jesus Christ. I believe in the Bible, and I know that it is also the word of God. I am so grateful for the scriptures in my life, and the people who sacrificed so much to bring these books to mankind.

We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save all men from their sins, and that He made repentance and resurrection possible. We believe that, in order to be saved in the kingdom of God, one must have faith in Christ, be baptized bypriesthood authority for the remission of their sins, and follow Christ's gospel throughout their life.