Introducing Mormon FAQ

Welcome to MormonFAQ

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The Christus in the visitors’ center of the Salt Lake

This site was created to answer your questions about the Mormon Church, properly called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Although there are  14.5 million Latter-day Saints around the world, and although it is the fourth largest church in the United States, many people still know very little about the Church of Jesus Christ and its doctrines.  Many misperceptions persist, sometimes because people simply need to be informed, and sometimes because detractors purposely defame the Church.  This site is comprised of responses to both.  However, it is not meant to be a forum for debate or name-calling.  We welcome your sincere questions and comments and will use them to expand the site.

Notice that there are tabs at the top of the page.  The “About” tab contains articles that will give you a basic introduction to Mormonism.  You’ll find articles with titles such as “About Temples,” and “About Mormon History.”  The “50 Answers” tab contains short answers to challenges from contending ministries.  The “FAQs” tab contains questions we’ve received on this and other sites and articles that answer each one.  The “Mormon Glossary” tab contains a dictionary of terms commonly used in the Church.  Sometimes a discussion of religion is hampered because different vocabulary is used in different faiths.

We hope this website will be helpful to you in understanding a little about Mormonism and Mormons.

The following video clears up some misperceptions about the Church:

*A Mormon Responds to an Evangelical Believer in Christ

*Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explains what sets Mormonism apart.

*Evangelical Leaders to Meet with Mormon Leaders in Salt Lake City

*Predestination?

Comments

13 Responses to “Introducing Mormon FAQ”
  1. Chuks says:

    Why do male members of lds wore white long sleeve or short sleeve shirt?

    • gale says:

      They don’t. Mormon missionaries wear dark suits and white dress shirts while they are serving. They also wear a badge to identify themselves. Male members of the Church wear dress-suits to church meetings, but unless they are blessing or passing the sacrament, their shirts can be any color. For work or recreation male members of the Church wear the same kind of clothing as other people in the culture where they reside. Thanks for asking.

  2. Thomas Hansen says:

    Abortion: The stance of the Mormon Church is that abortion is next to murder. It should be practiced only in cases of rape, incest, or imminent danger to the mother, and then with prayer and counseling with church leaders.

    The above is from the website glossary.
    The second sentance says: It (Abortion) should be practiced only . …
    It says “should” and not “may”

    Is this the real teaching of Mormans? That instead of baby (rape, incest) being allowed to born that you “should” kill the baby?

    Reply: You have a good point. I changed the word “should” to “may.” Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. AJ says:

    Here’s a good rule of Bible interpretation: “The fact that the Bible records an event or lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean that God/the Bible approves of it”. Consider all of the wicked and horrible things that are recorded, and yet we are instructed to do the opposite. The fact that polygamy is recorded, or that prominent Biblical figures practiced it neither affirms it nor condemns it – it is simply recorded. If anything, the fact that they took multiple wives suggests that they, disregarding God’s commandments, conformed to the culture of their day.

    In Matthew 19:3-9, we see the principle of God’s desire for the permanency of marriage, however, we can also see the fact that God, when a practice was too engrained into His people’s lifestyle (from their culture), He made provisions for it in His law. In this case, it is the issue is divorce, to which Jesus said that God made them to be “male and female”, but because of the “hardness of their hearts”, He made provisions in His law for it.

    Although this is a negative comment, I do respect the Mormon church for its many acts of kindness (charity, anti-abortion activism, etc.): May God Bless Your Efforts To Heal THe World!!!!!

    • Gale says:

      But we are talking about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob here, who have been both resurrected and exalted, were revered prophets. This was not a situation of tolerating customs with them. However, in many cases, your description fits God’s dealings with His children. Jesus also did not address or try to change patterns of slavery or servitude. First things first. He knew that if His followers became born again, they would be inspired to live in more righteous ways and to do good to all. Thanks for your praises, A.J. Once in awhile, it’s nice when someone notices you’re trying to make the world a better place.

  4. Nick says:

    Hello my names nick and im currently a student in an emt program. Recently in class we have been charged with the task of finding a religon that we aren’t familliar with in the hopes to be more understanding in an ems setting. Simply put are there any things from an ems stand point when entering a home that we should be aware of to improve our level of service. I.E. certain customs or how to address woman, men, children, or ways to make sure we can respect your household but still able to do our jobs. Thank you for your time
    Respectfully,
    -Nick

    • Gale says:

      Thanks for your inquiry, Nick. Mormons are family-oriented and live squeaky-clean lives. Clean language would help, and a knowledge of the law of health, called the Word of Wisdom. They don’t smoke or drink and don’t drink coffee or tea. In an active Mormon family, family members will strive to be honest, charitable, and respectful. However, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are very approachable and should be forgiving and non-judgmental. Most Mormons will treat you like a friend the second you arrive on the scene, so you can be informal, within the parameters of your training. Mormons characteristically rely on medical care when they are sick, and there are no requirements or restrictions there that you’ll need to be aware of. However, Mormon adults who have made higher covenants in Mormon temples wear a special sacred garment under their clothing. Temple garments should be treated with respect as far as possible in the situation. You can read more at http://www.mormonwiki.com/Garments. Also, male members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may hold “priesthood” power (http://www.mormonwiki.com/Priesthood) that enables them to bless the sick by the laying on of hands. There is real power in the priesthood, and sometimes miracles occur. Other times, the recipient of the “priesthood blessing” is calmed and assured, and medical practitioners are blessed through them to know what to do and perform at their best in behalf of the patient. Since priesthood blessings are so powerful, you should step aside if possible to allow a blessing to be given (http://www.mormonwiki.com/Priesthood_Blessings).

  5. Gigi says:

    How could I ever attain the exaltation of the highest Heaven, even if I converted to LDS, I am married to someone who may not convert, and I’m past child-bearing age. Is it possible to get sealed to another LDS male, for the purposes of eternal marriage and family? Or will I be stuck in lower heaven with my current husband.

    • Gale says:

      GiGi, thanks for your comment. The reason Mormons do work for the dead is to provide ordinances to anyone in the afterlife who might want to avail themselves of them, including eternal marriage. Earth-life is pretty limited and clumsy. It takes us a long time to accomplish anything. Thus, Mormons perform ordinances for members of their own family, back a number of generations. The work is small here, compared with what is going on in the afterlife. The “spirit world” is where we go after we die to await resurrection. There, people have joyous reunions with their loved ones, and a lot of healing goes on in relationships. It is possible to learn a lot there and to make decisions, even repent. The only place in heaven where husband and wife are together is that highest kingdom, the highest level of the celestial kingdom, so husbands and wife are not together in lower kingdoms, at least not in a binding covenant. All of the complexities you mention can be worked out in the afterlife, if they are not settled on earth. Please know that God loves us more than we can ever imagine. Nearly all of His children, even those who have rejected Him, will inherit a kingdom of glory in heaven. Visions of modern prophets have shown that even the lowest kingdom of heaven is glorious beyond description. I hope this helps to answer your question. We all just do the best we can and rely on Christ to make up the difference.

  6. Rich says:

    Hello,
    Your “About” page does not bear any information as to who maintains mormonfaq.com, nor does it contain any contact information. Is mormonfaq.com owned by the church of LDS? If not, who is behind it?

    Only 9 ‘comments’ are posted on your “Introducing Mormon FAQ”. Why so few? Is the option to reply solely for the purpose of extending a discussion on only these 9 comments?

    I’m betting a lot of my questions have already been answered before. Doesn’t it make sense to have the whole ‘forum’ database available & search-able to reduce redundancy? Will be interesting to see if this ‘reply’ will be posted.
    THANK YOU
    RICH

    • Gale says:

      Rich, Mormonfaq is not an official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The disclaimer and the identification of More Good Foundation as the owner of the site are printed at the bottom of the page, but it is apparent that the ink color makes these almost invisible. Maybe we can correct that. Answering comments is a matter of time, which we are very short on. We’ll try to do better.

  7. gale says:

    Polygamy has been practiced by many of the Lord’s most valiant servants, such as Abraham and Jacob. Mormons believe that families of the righteous are sealed together in the eternities, so it goes to follow that those unions are still intact. Therefore, there are some polygamous families in heaven. Polygamy is only an acceptable option when the Lord approves of it and it is practiced according to the laws of God. In the Book of Mormon, in the book of Jacob, the prophet Jacob calls his people to task for their unrighteousness. The Lord says that if He desires to raise up seed unto Himself, He will command the people, but for them at that time, they were only to have one wife. So monogamy and polygamy are true principles when governed by God.

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