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Posted: Saturday, July 21, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:41 am, Tue Aug 27, 2013.

I’m grateful for Pastor Nolton’s opinion on voting, and the position of the U.S. President. I look forward to prayerfully participating in the upcoming election.

That being said, I have to respectfully disagree on his opinions of Mormon doctrine. First and foremost, “Mormons” — or rather, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — are in fact Christian, although not Catholic or Protestant. Rather, we believe it’s a restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ originally established by the Savior in the New Testament of the Bible on a “foundation of the apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 2:20).

Latter-day Saints believe God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save all mankind from their sins (John 3:16). God is a loving Heavenly Father who knows His children individually, hears and answers their prayers, and feels compassion toward them. Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are two separate beings but along with the Holy Ghost (Spirit) are one in will, purpose and love.

Latter-day Saints worship Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer. He is central to the lives of Church members. We accept His grace and mercy; and seek to follow His example by being baptized (Matthew 3:13-17), praying in His holy name (Matthew 6:9-13), partaking of the sacrament (communion) (Luke 22:19-20), and bearing witness of Him through both word and deed (James 2:26).

To address the question “Do Mormons believe they can become gods?” The following is a quote taken from the Church — “(We) believe that God wants us to become like Him ... The Latter-day Saint belief is no different than the biblical teaching ...  ‘The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together’ (Romans 8:16-17) ...  all people can become ‘partakers of the divine nature’ (2 Peter 1:4).”

I hope that cleared up any misconceptions about our Faith.

Chandra Foster

Lodi

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12 comments:

  • cody bosch posted at 3:01 pm on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    vifeif Posts: 1

    I enjoy of how we, I'm LDS as well, believe that Jesus will come again, which he will of course.[smile] Then also of how we will basically become Gods ourselves. Notice the keyword "basically".

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:31 pm on Sun, Jul 29, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Crowder stated... It appears that the comments on this thread have been manipulated by LNS staffers

    I thought that ( manipulation) was a technique Mr Crowder utilized often. I wonder why he would care one way or the other if LNS manipulated anything since he himself does it often.

     
  • Andy Crowder posted at 3:08 pm on Sun, Jul 29, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    Rick, I agree. It appears that the comments on this thread have been manipulated by LNS staffers. A poster named Ryan made two comments on Thursday, I believe. By the early hours of Friday, his name had changed, and then almost immediately, both comments were deleted. Neither of the comments violated the rules. Since there is no mechanism for posters to change or delete their own comments, it appears to be the work of LNS. But why?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:48 am on Sun, Jul 29, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Thank you Ms. Foster for behaving like an adult and providing accurate comments . Unfortunately, some like Mr Houdack and Crowder who mock and make fun of people who practice religion, behave childish and and have a superiority complex.

     
  • Rick Houdack posted at 8:23 pm on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 170

    What happened to Ryan, or whatever his name was, along with his posts after he magically changed his name? There are some really supernatural things that happen with these LNS blogs.

     
  • Rick Houdack posted at 6:39 pm on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 170

    Too true. If people don't like their beliefs laughed at, they shouldn't believe such funny things. Any adult of full human intelligence who reads or is told the Mormon nonsense and who learns its tormented bloody history of lies and murder and still chooses to admit believing it is, to put it charitably, demonstrably gullible.

     
  • Chandra Foster posted at 2:49 pm on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    ChandraFoster Posts: 3

    Great Sources Andy Crowder! Even if they are out of context and probably sound very peculiar without some other LDS dogma like the Degrees of Glory, etc. But even without those maybe you guys could see how the statement from the LDS Newsroom is more like going out and buying a painting with your hard earned money and the Gospel Discourses, etc. is more like going to an Art School where the semesters traverse millennia and learning and serving is the point throughout all mediums of art. No "ruling" in the commonly used context. Does God "rule" this world? Absolutely, but does He MAKE a person (although he could) choose a righteous action (helping someone, not stealing, etc)? Of course not , God allows us to use our Agency, and feel the Light of Christ in our lives (conscience).

    Thank you also for bringing up the principle of tithing (10% of earnings) to help others on earth. Malachi in the New Testament said the following on tithing " 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

    11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. "

    Tithing is used to build churches, temples, and sustain missionary work on the earth. I have a testimony of tithing, I heard it said once that tithing isn't paid with money but with faith. I love paying my tithing. I feel the blessings of following a commandment of God when I do.

    On the issue of Temple Garments, the undergarments that LDS people choose to wear is an "outward expression of an inward commitment to Jesus Christ." There is no paid "clergy" in our congregations. All worthy members are given the opportunity to speak from our pulpit. We uplift and learn from each other in this way. So because we don't pay someone to preach to us, we all kind of wear the clothes of a clergyman (just not for the world to see). I have the opportunity to speak in church in August and I am really looking forward to researching and hopefully uplifting my Brothers and Sisters through the Spirit of the Lord. I hope they will be blessed, even though I am a poor orator. Nevertheless I look forward to the opportunity to serve. I invite both of you to come if you wish. May God bless you in all your righteous endeavors.

     
  • Andy Crowder posted at 7:56 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    Later Day Saints also believe that the Garden of Eden was in Missouri, it costs 10% of your lifelong earnings to buy your way into heaven, and God gets upset if you don't wear your magical underwear.

    In their defense, other Christian groups hold equally bizarre beliefs, e.g. snake handling, talking in tongues, and the practice of symbolic cannibalism rituals.

     
  • Andy Crowder posted at 7:34 pm on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    Ms. Foster does not know the history of her own church. She copies and pastes the current pap without thought or question.

    Re: sources, quotes on "Mormons get their own planet"
    1876:
    "All those who are counted worthy to be exalted and to become Gods, even the sons of God, will go forth and have earths and worlds like those who framed this and millions on millions of others

    Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 18:259, October 8, 1876

    "Then will they become Gods...they will never cease to increase and to multiply, worlds without end. When they receive their crowns, their dominions, they then will be prepared to frame earths like unto ours and to people them in the same manner as we have been brought forth by our parents, by our Father and God”

    Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 17:143

    "As our Father and God begat us, sons and daughters, so will we rise immortal, males and females, and beget children, and, in our turn, form and create worlds, and send forth our spirit children to inherit those worlds, the same as we were sent here, and thus will the works of God continue, and not only God himself, and His Son Jesus Christ have the power of endless lives, but all of His redeemed offspring."

    Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses 14:242

    1894:

    "...we shall sit upon thrones, governing and controlling our posterity from eternity to eternity, and increasing eternally"

    Lorenzo Snow, Millennial Star 56:772, October 5, 1894

    1956:

    "...A man and his wife when glorified will have spirit children who eventually will go on an earth like this one we are on and pass through the same kind of experiences, being subject to mortal conditions, and if faithful, then they also will receive the fullness of exaltation and partake of the same blessings."

    Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation 2:48

    2001:

    "They will receive everything our Father in Heaven has and will become like Him. They will even be able to have spirit children and make new worlds for them to live on, and do all the things our Father in Heaven has done."

    Gospel Fundamentals [2001], 201

    2012:

    "Do Latter-day Saints believe that they will “get their own planet”?

    No. This idea is not taught in Latter-day Saint scripture, nor is it a doctrine of the Church. This misunderstanding stems from speculative comments unreflective of scriptural doctrine. Mormons believe that we are all sons and daughters of God and that all of us have the potential to grow during and after this life to become like our Heavenly Father (see Romans 8:16-17). The Church does not and has never purported to fully understand the specifics of Christ’s statement that “in my Father’s house are many mansions” (John 14:2)."

    Mormon Newsroom FAQ

     
  • Rick Houdack posted at 9:50 pm on Sun, Jul 22, 2012.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 170

    With due respect to Ms. Foster, the church did, in fact, teach that each male priest would ultimately get their own planet. Perhaps the dogma has been changed again; Mormon teachings have been notoriously unstable when exposed to the light of modern times or secular law. In any case Ms. Foster would, as a Mormon female, receive nothing over which to rule - except maybe a stove.

     
  • Chandra Foster posted at 8:05 pm on Sun, Jul 22, 2012.

    ChandraFoster Posts: 3

    Do Latter-day Saints believe that they will “get their own planet”?
    No. This idea is not taught in Latter-day Saint scripture, nor is it a doctrine of the Church. This misunderstanding stems from speculative comments unreflective of scriptural doctrine. Mormons believe that we are all sons and daughters of God and that all of us have the potential to grow during and after this life to become like our Heavenly Father (see Romans 8:16-17). The Church does not and has never purported to fully understand the specifics of Christ’s statement that “in my Father’s house are many mansions” (John 14:2).
    For more answers to frequently asked questions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints please see mormon.org, go to one of our churches (see times and locations on mormon.org), or visit with the Mormon missionaries (information also available for contact on mormon.org or at one of our meeting houses).

     
  • Rick Houdack posted at 5:44 pm on Sat, Jul 21, 2012.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 170

    The direct answer is yes, the Mormons think they will become gods and get their own personal planet over which they will rule.

    The tenets of the religion are so laughable they would make poor fodder for an episode of a campy sci fi TV show.

     

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