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LDS moms - how is your faith different than the other Christian religions?

I know that several LDS mamas have posted here recently, so I'll start off asking them! I want to know more!

How is your fiath different than the other Christian religions?
Also - how is it the same?
How has the recent publicity regarding the FLDS affected others' perceptions regarding your faith?
What ONE thing would you MOST like to clear up about your faith?

Moms of other faiths, what questions do you have about the LDS church? What are your impressions?

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lawmom623

Asked by lawmom623 at 7:53 PM on Jul. 17, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • LDS? FLDS?
    ilovemybananer

    Answer by ilovemybananer at 11:06 PM on Jul. 17, 2008

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
    Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
    pwfaith

    Answer by pwfaith at 12:18 AM on Jul. 18, 2008

  • lawmom623, if you still haven't gotten any good answers by tonight, please post this again. Sometimes is just a matter of timing/traffic, but this is such an interesting topic. I've always wanted to know what the difference/similarity is. Your question is well posed too.
    Gotoyourmoms

    Answer by Gotoyourmoms at 9:03 AM on Jul. 18, 2008

  • Well, I'll start off by saying that there is a public LDS mom's group that is GREAT for answering questions.
    Link: http://www.cafemom.com/group/42

    Also, there is currently a great "Ask a Mormon" thread in newcomers.
    Link: http://www.cafemom.com/group/416/boards/read/4521766/WT_Heck_I_ll_Play_Ask_a_Mormon

    For more information, feel free to visit those.

    I wrote a VERY long post, but I have to limit my answers, so I will post each of the sections separately.
    lae26

    Answer by lae26 at 4:34 AM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • The LDS religion is commonly known as the Mormon religion because we accept another book of scripture, The Book of Mormon, as a companion to the Bible. This is probably the main difference between the LDS religion and mainstream Christianity. We believe that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, that after his resurrection he visited the inhabitants of the Americas to also share his Gospel. Those inhabitants had been keeping, and continued to keep records that documented their history and their religion, similar to the Bible. We believe that these records were sealed up for posterity, and that they were revealed to Joseph Smith (at the time a 14 year old boy), who later translated them. We believe that after the death and resurrection of Christ, his apostles led his church. But we believe that after they were killed off, the Priesthood (the power and authority of God on Earth) was lost from the earth. This is called an apostasy.
    lae26

    Answer by lae26 at 4:36 AM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • We believe that during this time, there was no true church upon the Earth because no church had the priesthood, which meant there could be no prophets or continued revelation. We do believe that all churches and religions have truth, but that none had the priesthood. We believe that in 1820, Joseph Smith prayed to know what church to join and was told that he was to restore the literal church the Christ had established that had been lost from the Earth. So we believe in the restoration and the priesthood, other things that set us apart from mainstream Christianity. Another point that is different is that we believe that the Godhead (trinity in mainstream) is comprised of 3 separate individual beings, God, his literal Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, who are one in purpose and and can be referred to scripturally as one.
    lae26

    Answer by lae26 at 4:37 AM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • There are other differences as well, mostly stemming from our belief in restored and continual revelation from God. The temple, our views of heaven, our views of hell, our views of premortal existence, our views of eternal progression and eternal families to name a few.
    lae26

    Answer by lae26 at 4:37 AM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • How are our beliefs the same? Well, we believe that Christ condescended to Earth to walk among man, live a perfect life, and offer up himself as a sacrifice for sin. We believe that he atoned for our sins in Gethsemane, and died on a cross on Calvary. We believe that he was divine, and that only he could ever make that sacrifice for us. We also believe that he arose from death 3 days later as a resurrected being. We believe that because of his atonement, we can each repent of our sins and be forgiven of them. We also believe that because he conquered death, we will each be able to be resurrected as well and have perfect bodies. We believe the words of the Bible, old and new testament. We hold them as scripture. We study them in church. We believe in honoring the Sabbath Day, and in paying tithes. We believe in the essential ordinance of baptism.
    lae26

    Answer by lae26 at 4:37 AM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • We believe in traditional gender roles and the importance and sacredness of families. We believe in traditional values. We believe in service and in doing good to all men. We welcome all to worship in our churches, and give aid to all who seek it, regardless of their beliefs. We believe in following the laws of the land. We believe in prayer to our Father in Heaven and in the name of Jesus Christ, who is our intercessor.
    lae26

    Answer by lae26 at 4:38 AM on Jul. 20, 2008

  • Okay, the FLDS. I think that it has brought more publicity to our faith perhaps, if only to redefine the differences between the 2. I don't know how it has affected other's perceptions of us, because really what happened with the FLDS has nothing to do with us. I guess it could have caused people to form an opinion where perhaps they had none before if they had never heard of FLDS or LDS. Maybe people have a better appreciation for our sense of style, since we do not wear prairie dresses :) I also want to restate that we do not practice polygamy and our families do not have plural wives. One man, one woman. It is true that this was a practice in the early days of the church. But it has not been for over 100 years.
    lae26

    Answer by lae26 at 4:38 AM on Jul. 20, 2008

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