Saturday, August 25, 2012

Who are the MORMONS?

To me during this election year, it's very interesting to hear the newscasts and specials trying to explain who the Mormons are as Mitt Romney is running for president. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or as nicknamed the Mormons, it's difficult for me to listen and watch some of the bias explanations of who we are that have been broadcasted on TV lately. So, I've decided to devote some time on my blog posts to explain my FAITH.

A beautiful setting in Idaho Falls
While on vacation lately, we passed by the Idaho Falls LDS temple. As I think about the temples of our church now numbering 138 located around the world, they exemplify what makes us so different. We believe that we are restored church that existed in Christ's time and as established in Adam's time. In the Bible many temples are mentioned, yet there are no other churches that I'm aware of that have modern day temples to perform ancient ordinances as found in the early Christian church. Inside these temples work for the dead is performed as mentioned in the bible in Paul's teachings: 1 Cor 15:29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?

Idaho Falls, Idaho Mormon temple
There is instruction given in the temples on our purpose in life, where we came from and where we are going. Families are sealed together with eternal vows and commitments that will outlast death. Marriage is for time and all eternity. There is a patriarchal linkage between families as children and parents are joined throughout time by priesthood power and ordinances. Thus comes the great emphasis on family history work or genealogy for Mormons-gathering of names, dates and places of our ancestors so we can be linked to them. As Elijah says in the bible Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. Any questions about my faith, leave a comment and I'll respond.

3 comments:

Kay said...

I have friends who are Mormons and I confess I still don't know enough about it. Don't Mormons also believe in having more than one wife? Is that a misconception?

SandyCarlson said...

Thank you for sharing your religion, Lin. I appreciate your candor. I appreciate you.

Linda Reeder said...

I know quite a bit about the LDS religion. I take it all with a grain of salt, as I do the beliefs of other faiths, including that in which I was raised. It's not for me.
But I do understand that faith fits many people and fills a need in their lives. I just don't want to be governed by anyone's religious tenants.