Mormons are Christians!

Mormons are Christians!

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are Clearly Christians: They espouse and follow Christ’s pure and restored gospel teachings. It is an unfortunate reality that the death or departure of a great leader is almost immediately followed by a fracturing of his followers. Though followers may continue to adore the departed, be it Lincoln, Kennedy or Ghandi, there almost always arises a division in how the adoration and the legacy of the leader should be continued after he or she is gone. Most often, division occurs and the once-united people walk their separate ways. Early Christians were, tragically, no exception to this general rule. Following the death of Jesus Christ, many groups sprang up with many different viewpoints. Judaizers...

Black Mormon: Different, but Yet the Same

Black Mormon: Different, but Yet the Same

Keith L. Brown is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently serves as a Ward Missionary in the Annapolis Maryland Ward.   My name is Keith Brown. My heritage is predominantly Methodist, but I was born and raised as a Baptist. I am 52 years old, a 30-year retired United States Navy veteran, an Office Administrator by trade, an amateur writer, a brother, an uncle, a friend, and I am a Mormon. To be more specific, I am a Black Mormon. I was baptized on Tuesday evening, 10 March 1998, in Reykjavik Iceland while serving on active duty. The fact that I am Black and a Mormon should not be a major issue; however, there have been a few instances when some family members and friends have asked why I decided to become a member of the...

LDS (“Mormon”) Woman Reflection: God of Cupcakes

LDS (“Mormon”) Woman Reflection: God of Cupcakes

I was in the kitchen baking cupcakes like a madwoman.  Flour in my hair, cake batter dripping on the floor, chocolate sprayed all over my apron.  In fact, I probably looked like a madwoman. I had planned a service project to bake birthday cupcakes for teens who wouldn’t otherwise receive a birthday cake.  I was so excited about it and was trying to make sure each individual teen had their own unique cupcake to make them feel special.  It wasn’t working.  And I was exasperated.  On the verge of tears, I kept wondering if there was a Greek or Roman God of Cupcakes I could pray to for help. Standing in my kitchen, I felt completely alone.  I knew I needed help and I knew I had to pray to get it.  Really, I felt a little silly praying about cupcakes, but...

Mormon Values: Entertainment and the Media

Mormon Values: Entertainment and the Media

Whatever you read, listen to, or look at has an effect on you. Therefore, choose only entertainment and media that uplift you. Good entertainment will help you to have good thoughts and make righteous choices. It will allow you to enjoy yourself without losing the Spirit of the Lord. While much entertainment is good, some of it can lead you away from righteous living. Offensive material is often found in web sites, concerts, movies, music, videocassettes, DVDs, books, magazines, pictures, and other media. Satan uses such entertainment to deceive you by making what is wrong and evil look normal and exciting. It can mislead you into thinking that everyone is doing things that are wrong (See Moroni 7:12-19). Do not attend, view, or participate in entertainment that...

Mormon Values: Dress and Appearance

Mormon Values: Dress and Appearance

Your body is God’s sacred creation. Respect it as a gift from God, and do not defile it in any way. Through your dress and appearance, you can show the Lord that you know how precious your body is. You can show that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ. Prophets of God have always counseled His children to dress modestly. The way you dress is a reflection of what you are on the inside. Your dress and grooming send messages about you to others and influence the way you and others act. When you are well groomed and modestly dressed, you invite the companionship of the Spirit and can exercise a good influence on those around you. Never lower your dress standards for any occasion. Doing so sends the message that you are using your body to get attention and approval...


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