I normally don't get into controversial stuff on the blog but this has been pressing on my mind for a bit here, so I'm gonna just write it and hope for the best.
Most of you know that I'm LDS (or Mormon) and if you didn't now you do hahahaha I was born into the church and have lived with it my whole life. It's a big part of who I am and who I hope to become as I grow and learn.
With the presidential election, "Mormonism" has been put under a microscope and discussed and often criticized. I get that people just want to understand about what we believe, so let me tell you.
"We believe in God the Eternal Father and in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost" Article of Faith 1 We also believe that They are three separate Beings and that They help us to be the best people we can be.
We believe that families are forever. Meaning that when we're married it's not "Til death do us part" it's forever. And our children are included in the sealing of their parents so that we are always together.
We believe that children under the age of 8 are already saved so we don't baptize them until they are 8 years old. If a child happens to pass away before they turn 8, they are automatically welcomed back to our Heavenly Father's presence. After we are baptized by immersion (meaning fully covered by the water) we are responsible for our actions now and will be judged accordingly on Judgement Day.
The Book of Mormon. This book is a companion to the Bible. It is a record of the people that lived in the ancient Americas before, during, and after Christ's ministry in Jerusalem. It is also a non-corrupt book of scripture as it was translated directly from Gold Plates that were found in the Hill Cumorah in New York. And to me, it's a book full of truth that not only complements the Bible, it helps complete it by reaffirming the truths we learn in it.
Like the whole thing about caffeine. Here's the deal: The "rule" is that you don't want to have things that are harmful to your body, and caffeine in high doses is harmful. BUT we are not being evil if we drink caffeinated sodas. (Dr Pepper is my friend ;) And my brother LOVES Diet Pepsi)
Also, I want those that aren't LDS to please not base your opinion of the GOSPEL on the members alone. There are people that will take things to extremes, but know that they are not the entire membership. A lot of people have said that Mormons are racist, they're secretive, they're a cult. As a CHURCH and in the GOSPEL we are absolutely not. The Gospel (the Gospel refers to the scriptures and teachings of the Savior) is pure and perfect. PEOPLE aren't. People are still people and have their own opinions and will always have them.
I know lots of people ask about our temples and why not everyone can go inside and what goes on in there. Here's the deal: our temples are SACRED. They represent heaven on earth, quite literally. Now before a temple is dedicated, there's an open house where anyone CAN enter in and see most of it for free and if you are near a new temple GO! After it is dedicated though, only members with recommends can enter and do the work that goes on. It's not secretive, it's sacred. That's why only members with recommends can go in, they HAVE to be worthy.
There are many religions out there and pretty much all of them get persecuted by others which to me just proves that Satan/the devil/the Evil One or whatever you call him doesn't want ANY of us to know ANY truth. Regardless of religious affiliation, he doesn't want us to be happy and know any truth that our loving Father in Heaven wants us to know.
I know that I am blessed beyond reason because of my belief in God and His Son. I believe that all religions deserve respect and should not be mocked. Hopefully this helped someone understand us a little better, and I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you may have to the best of my ability ;)
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