*NEW* – Ask a Mormon

This is a brand new page that I just added to my blog for all those who have been visiting my blog that know little about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka the Mormon Church) or who have questions about our faith.  This is also designed to be a forum to facilitate a religious discussion; if you have any questions about religion in general, Christianity, or questions about specific passages of scripture you are welcome to ask.

Rules of engagement:

  1. I reserve the right to edit or delete any comments or questions that are vulgar, inappropriate, or offensive to any person or persons or any religious institutions.
  2. This page is not designed to turn into a religious debate.  Be considerate of others beliefs and statements and don’t demine them.
  3. Participate with a open mind and heart.  Prayerfully consider the statements and beliefs of others, for God and “by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:3-7).
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4 responses

10 05 2009
usonwanne nwobodo

who is a mormon

16 06 2009
Colby Johnson

By way of clarification, A “Mormon” is the common name given to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). This name was originally dubbed by people not belonging to the church and was given because of our belief in The Book of Mormon. Members of the LDS church accept The Book of Mormon as a scriptural companion to the Holy Bible; in fact, both the Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon were both written by ancient Prophets who taught about the Lord Jesus Christ. The only difference between the Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon is that the Holy Bible was written in the greater Jerusalem area while The Book of Mormon was written in ancient Americas. The Book of Mormon was named after the ancient Prophet Mormon who was primarily responsible for gathering all the ancient writings of the holy prophets and compiling them into one book.

Unfortunately, the term Mormon in reference to a member of the LDS faith has proven to be quite misleading to the Christian community. The LDS members have often been accused of not being Christian and some even think that LDS members worship a man named Mormon. I want to indisputably correct this erroneous mistake! Members of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints are absolutely Christians and accept Jesus Christ as the Savior of Mankind as the proper name of our church emphasizes. LDS members DO NOT worship anyone else beside God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ.

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or in other words, I am a Mormon. I have personally accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and look to Him daily for mercy and grace. I know that Christ lives! He rose from his tomb nearly 2,000 years ago and He lives today! I believe that the Holy Bible is the word of God as written by ancient prophets. Just as I know the Bible is the word of God, I know The Book of Mormon is the word of God as written by ancient prophets; I have read and have found that its teachings of Christ ignite my soul just as the Bible does. I would challenge any Christian to read The Book of Mormon and see if it does not strengthen their Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (I will send you a free copy at your request).

That was probably more than you were asking, but I wanted to clarify any other confusions other may have. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

21 07 2010
Julie

If when the English, Spanish, French and other European residents came to the Americas and found the Native Americans to be “pagan savages,” what evidence leads the Church of LDS to believe there were “prophets of the ancient Americas?”

This is not meant to be disrespectful, but something I do not understand. Thank you!

30 07 2010
Colby Johnson

If I understand the question correctly, there seems to be two major issues that need addressed; The first is the expressed request of what evidence we have to support the fact that there were ancient prophets and great civilizations superior to that of the “Pagan Savages” discovered in America by Columbus and the subsequent visitors to this continent? The second sub-issue is the historical context of the Book of Mormon, i.e. how does it fit in with the history over in the European world and discovery of America.

The evidence that supports the above claim is The Book of Mormon. We purport that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and “is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fullness of the everlasting gospel” (Introduction to the Book of Mormon).
We declare that this record was recovered from the hill Cumorah outside of Palmyra, New York by the prophet Joseph Smith by angelic direction in 1830 A.D. The record found on inscribed gold and written in a form of reformed Egyptian was then translated by Joseph Smith by the gift of god, as an extension of the gift of tongues.
These claims are bold and therefore the Book of Mormon stands not only as a witness of Christ, but as evidence of the divine calling of the prophet Joseph Smith (Mat 7:15-20) and it supports our claim that there were indeed ancient civilizations in America with prophets who taught of Christ.

To place the Book of Mormon in historical context, a short discussion of dates seems appropriate. The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, is mostly a spiritual record of instruction written by ancient prophets, but as with the Bible mention of wars and other historical events and be learned from the records; this is what will be mentioned here.
The first prophet of the Book of Mormon is Lehi who lived in 600 B.C. in Jerusalem, at the beginning of the reign of Zedikiah, king of Judah and the ministry of the prophet Jeremiah in the Old Testament (1Nephi1:4; 2Kings 24:18; 2Chronicles 36:10; Jeremiah 37:1)
As a part of the scattering of Israel, Lehi was commanded to takes his family and a few others out of Jerusalem before it was destroyed and move to the Americas.
Upon arrival to the American continent, the group shortly divided into two due to disputes. These two groups both prospered and grew into to large separate nations of people called the Nephites and Lamenites. These two nations warred with each other off and on throughout the entire Book of Mormon.
In the year A.D. 34 Christ appeared to the Nephites and Lamenites as a resurrected being shortly after His Crucifixion and resurrection (see John 10:16).
In the year A.D. 385, one of the greatest wars of the book of Mormon culminates with the destruction of the entire Nephite nation. One last Nephite prophet survives to record the last writings in the Book of Mormon and then buries the record in the hill Cumorah in A.D. 421 where is sat until Joseph Smith recovered it in 1827.
Throughout the Book of Mormon, it was repeatedly prophesied that if the people who dwell on the American continent rejected Christ and turned to all wickedness, they would be destroyed. This is exactly what happened to the Nephites after they turned away from Christianity. The Lamenites, who had also experience great moral decline and rejection of Christ, may have one the war against the Nephites and destroyed them, but continued to war one with another until their government crumbled and the remaining people divided and adopted a more nomadic life style. And it was in this state that the “Indians” or “Pagan Savages” were discovered by Christopher Columbus in A.D. 1492.

My summary of the Book of Mormon has grossly overlooked the spiritual instruction centered on Christ of the ancient American prophets’ records. I encourage you to get a copy and read it with an open heart to evaluate if it brings the same spirit into your heart as the bible does, for this has what I have found as I study both the Book of Mormon and the Bible. (I will send you a copy if you would like).

I hope this has answered your question (it was probably more than you were looking for). Please let me know if it did not or if you have any other questions.

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