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By Douglas J. Davies

Even supposing one of many quickest starting to be non secular routine on the planet, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is still a secret when it comes to its center ideals and theological constitution. This well timed e-book presents a tremendous creation to the fundamental historical past, doctrines and practices of The LDS--the "Mormon" Church. Emphasizing sacred texts and prophecies in addition to the an important Temple rituals of endowments, marriage and baptism, it really is written through a non-believer, who describes Mormonism in ways in which non-Mormons can comprehend.

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Without righteousness and happiness there is no punishment or misery. ’ Here the rhetorical style is highly reminiscent of Paul’s treatment of belief and doubt about death and resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15. For Joseph Smith the pivotal point (the equivalent of 1 Corinthians 15: 20 – ‘But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead’) is his affirmation ‘for there is a God, and he hath created all things’ (2 Nephi 2: 14). This assertion sets in train the basic account of the Plan of Salvation including the ‘misery’ of the devil after his fall, with his subsequent desire to make ‘all men .

Within the crucial Doctrine and Covenants Section 133 there are several key verses referring to the final day of Christ’s coming when he will ‘stand upon the mount of Olivet, and upon the mighty ocean . . and upon the islands of the sea, and upon the land of Zion’ (D&C 133: 20). At that time all lands will reunite, the seas will be driven back and ‘the land of Jerusalem and the land of Zion shall be turned back into their own place, and the earth shall be like as it was in the days before it was divided’ (D&C 133: 24).

Church zion The very word ‘Church’ is fundamental to the essential nature of Mormonism. Here, as elsewhere in this book, a word that is widely shared throughout Christendom and beyond must be given its distinctive LDS The birth and growth of Mormonism 33 signification. Many Christian denominations, in their theology at least, make some sort of distinction between Christianity as such and their own denominational version of it. Many Christian believers do not find it impossible to worship in churches other than their own and can, with relative ease, move from one denomination to another even though the broad boundaries of Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Protestantism do serve as natural and powerful barriers to individual movement.

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