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What do Mormons believe, part 6

(Disclaimer: These views are all based on my knowledge and interpretation as an active Latter Day Saint, or “Mormon”, only the actual article of faith I list should be considered “official”.  Still, I try to be accurate and do my homework 😉

We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

6th Article of Faith

The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is organized according to revelation, with leaders that are called of God and not of man and who hold the authority of the Holy Priesthood, and is based on the same structure that Christ established himself on the earth. 

Hebrews 5:4 (and numerous references in the Book of Mormon) help us understand that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.   Throughout life we’re constantly bombarded with the challenge of discerning truth and right.  Those of you who are reading this post who are not Mormon face a similar challenge, to determine for yourself if the teachings of Mormonism are true (which you can know through personal revelation – James 1:5, Moroni 10:4). 

But how refreshing it is when we find instances, such as this, where the establishment of His church today is the same as it was in times past.  Seeing the same template of organization is one of the easiest ways to recognize His church.  For “by their fruits, ye shall know them”.  How is that so?  Because the things that they know, do, and believe, shall be recognizable as what He taught and did on the earth.

And aside from the refreshing sameness of church structure, how invigorating it is to know that at the head of His church today, just as in times of old, we are guided by a holy prophet, called of God, who holds all the necessary keys and authority of the priesthood to officiate in the church of God and all the necessary ordinances required for us to reach our exaltation.

The belief in a true and living prophet is very unique to Mormonism.  For we believe that God truly is the same today as he was yesterday, that today, just as yesterday, he works through prophets.  “Surely the Lord God will do nothing save he reveals his secrets to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).  These prophets play a crucial role today, as they did in times past, in teaching and testifying of the Savior and his gospel, and in warning us of those timely issues that we face, that we might, at all times, be prepared.

How wonderful it is that this prophet, the apostles, and other church leaders were called of God, and did not aspire, nor ever seek for their positions, but rather agreed to give up their lives to serve the Lord, when they were asked.  I find great inspiration in the organization of the church, and enjoy the distinctive flavor of divinity in its structure and workings.

Rusty

See also Part 1Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

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Testimony of the First Presidency – Conference Highlights

In the wake of the magnificent 178th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many highlight videos have been posted to YouTube, successfully leveraging this new media to proclaim the gospel, and teach the truth, that a whole new generation, intimately familiar with this style of on-demand communication, might be equal benefactors in such magnificent content.

A few of these I’ll highlight here, as they are strong and compelling predecessors to my weekend post – Are Mormons Christian.

For now, here are sections of the testimony of our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and his counselors, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, and President Henry B. Eyring.  The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormons).

 

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_Zpu-VeuCE

Conference Countdown – Engaging your children

New General Conference Activity Pack!

Believe me, I know how it goes (I’ve got 6 “childrens” myself), so I’ve been there.

You get all settled in to enjoy conference and then spend all your time preventing the mini-disasters that naturally result from a roomful of kids watching anything other than Sponge Bob Square Pants.

As comical as it is (if you were a bystander, they weren’t your kids, and you didn’t really care what the prophet was trying to tell you), it sure would be nice if they’d “shhhh”, at least just a bit so you could hear.

Even better, if there was some way to get them involved, and help them keep their little (emphasis intended) attentions focused through the drier parts.

Now there is.

Perhaps you’ve seen these circulating in prior conferences, but if you haven’t, there’s an UNOFFICIAL “General Conference Activity Packet” you can download and print for your kids (actually, print an extra copy for yourself, it, uh, helps if they see you do it too… 😉

The packet contains all kinds of great activities that keep them engaged, like…

  • Identifying the prophet and his counselors
  • Coloring the ties of those who talk,
  • Mazes
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Matching the apostles photo to their name
  • Apostle name matches, and word search
  • Scripture matching
  • Deciphering hidden messages
  • Topic Bingo

And much more.

You can access (download and print) the General Conference Activity Packet direct here.  Also, there’s a good memory matching game with the apostles photos here.

Be sure to visit the author’s blog here (thanks again, and nice work).

Rusty