I have created this page as an effort to do my part to publicly voice my support of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--you've probably heard us called "The Mormons". I am not attempting to convert anyone through this site (though if you'd like to join, I can certainly help), I just want to provide information that I believe you will find useful in your effort to learn the truth about what we--I--believe, whether it be through my own words or links to the words of General Authorities and other members of the Church.
If you find that you have questions that are not answered on this page or any of the links I have provided, please feel free to contact me at jestkeptsecret (at) gmail (dot) com. Be sure to put "Questions about the LDS Church" as your subject line, or I'll think you're a spammer and won't read the email. Hateful emails will be ignored.
We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. We believe that they are three separate and distinct individuals who are unified in purpose.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World. We believe that under the direction of his Father, He created Earth and all things in it. Christ came to Earth, lived a sinless life, and suffered and died for the sins of all mankind. All mankind can be saved through the power of His Atonement, but we must choose to accept it by living worthy of that blessing through faith and repentance. We believe that Christ was resurrected and that He lives. Through His perfect sacrifice, all men and women who experience mortal life will be resurrected.
We believe that Joseph Smith was a humble, honest man who sought after righteousness. When he inquired of the Lord as to which Church he should join, the Father and the Son appeared to him and told him that he should join none of them. Under their guidance, he restored the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and established the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
We believe that divine revelation continues today, both generally and personally. We believe that Thomas S. Monson is the living prophet of God on the Earth today, and that he receives revelation from God to benefit the entire world. We can also receive personal revelation if we seek it through earnest prayer and live worthy of having the influence of the Holy Ghost in our lives.
We believe in the truth of the Book of Mormon, and that it is another testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is a record of the people who lived on the American continents during a similar time as that recorded in the Bible. It describes their relationship with God, testifies of the ministry of Jesus Christ among them after His resurrection, and makes clear several important doctrines that have been lost or misunderstood throughout the ages. We believe that the Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly, and that the Book of Mormoon and the Bible testify of one another and work hand in hand to teach us God's word.
We believe that the sacred ordinances performed in the Temple are essential to salvation. These ordinances are of a very sacred nature and should not be discussed outside of the dedicated, holy Houses of God. We do believe in work for the dead via proxy, but we believe that all those who we do work for have the choice in the hearafter to accept or reject the work we do for them. We provide them with an opportunity, but agency is an eternal principle and everyone will always have the freedom to choose.
View a complete list of the Articles of Faith, a brief declaration of our beliefs, here.
http://www.lds.org/ - the official website for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
http://www.mormon.org/ - a website the Church has set up specifically for those interested in learning about what "the Mormons" believe.
JesusChrist.lds.org - a site dedicated to explaining our beliefs in and regarding Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world.
Stand in Holy Places, and Be Not Moved - my written testimony, or at least part of it.
Fundamental Premises of our Faith - a lecture given by Elder Dallin H. Oaks at Harvard Law School on February 26, 2010.
Safety For The Soul - a talk given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland at the October 2009 General Conference
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