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Mormons Sing

Mormons Sing

Emma Smith Music plays a large role in Mormon worship services. Most meetings, including all Sunday worship services, open with a hymn. All hymns contain elements of Mormon doctrine, and many are taught to children at a young age because music is so powerful in conveying feeling and meaning and is so easy to learn and remember. Music is considered so important that a modern revelation was given to Mormon prophet Joseph Smith regarding its role in worship just months after the Mormon Church was officially organized in 1830. Doctrine and Covenants Section 25 was directed to Emma Smith, the prophet’s wife, instructing her to compile a book of sacred hymns for Church use. Over many years, new hymns have been written and old traditional Christian hymns are still cherished in the current edition of the Latter-day Saint hymnal. Below are links to some of the hymns where you can listen to the music and the lyrics. Beautiful Savior I Know that My Redeemer Lives My Shepherd Will Supply my... Read the rest of this article »

What are Mormons like?

What are Mormons like?

You may have come across a few Mormons in your life. Sometimes they seem to stick out because of their lifestyle choices. Mormons (also called Latter-day Saints) do not drink alcohol. Nor do they do drugs (including tobacco). They do not have sex before marriage. They are also modest in dress, speech, and actions. At least, these are all things that Mormon doctrine teaches, but individuals are, of course, free to make their own decisions. The Mormon Church has very high standards, according to the world’s opinion. Most of the things which Mormons refrain from doing are now acceptable and even expected in the rest of the world’s societies. This can make it difficult to be strong at times and to hold oneself to a higher standard. You may wonder why anyone would choose to live such a seemingly restricted life. However, Mormons who understand the doctrines underlying these principles of lifestyle and behavior can see that it is not even a sacrifice to live a higher standard. It... Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Family

Mormon Family

Mormon doctrine teaches that the family can be, and should be, forever. This gives the Mormon family a unique perspective on relationships. While one would always hope that parents would be loving to each other and to their children, and that siblings would be loving towards each other, this is sadly not always the case. The family seems to be under attack in society as being old-fashioned and outdated. The world is telling us that parents don’t need to be married and that if things don’t work out, then it is better and easier to just give up and start over again with someone else. Mormon doctrine teaches that a marriage should be eternal when performed in the temple. When a couple is married in a Mormon temple, they are married for “time and eternity,” not just “until death do you part.” Though many people seem to believe that they will be with their spouses after they die, no other church actually teaches this doctrine, other than the Mormon Church. Temples... Read the rest of this article »

Mormons

Mormons

You have probably passed Mormons on the street or done business with them without even realizing it.  Mormons, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, do not live in closed communities, nor do they dress in vintage clothing.  They look just like everyone else in their communities, except that they are inconspicuously modest in their dress. Mormons live all over the world and are engaged in every sort of honest labor and business.  There are many in entertainment, many in sports, and many in politics. Mormons believe in clean living.  They are usually light-brights — they sparkle and shine.  Mormons live according to a law of health delivered by revelation from God.  It is called the Word of Wisdom.  The Word of Wisdom not only forbids the use of alcohol, tobacco, and “hot drinks” (defined as coffee and tea), but also advises the use of wholesome grains, the fruits of the earth in their season, and meat in moderation. Mormons are very family-oriented... Read the rest of this article »

What Is the Difference between Churches and Temples?

What Is the Difference between Churches and Temples?

Sunday Worship Mormons (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) worship both in chapels (also called “meetinghouses”) and temples.  Chapels are for Sunday worship.  A Mormon meetinghouse will contain the chapel, plus classrooms, kitchen, multipurpose rooms, and a cultural hall.  Artwork depicting the life of Christ may be found in classrooms and in hallways, but otherwise, Mormon meetinghouses are very plain.  There is no statuary or other artwork in Mormon chapels.  Mormons use no icons in their worship. Mormons go to church on Sundays for three hours, during which they participate in several types of meetings.  The first lasts for one hour and ten minutes and is called “Sacrament Meeting.”  True to its title, the most important part of this meeting, which takes place in the chapel, is the partaking of the Sacrament, the emblems of the body and blood of Christ.  By partaking of the Sacrament worthily, Mormons promise to remember Christ,... Read the rest of this article »

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