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Сообщение gev » 09.07.2007, 14:06:06

Mormons have been criticized for rejecting the traditional Christian concept of the Trinity established between the 4th and 6th centuries (see Nicene Creed and Athanasian Creed)[1]. Mormons believe that God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three different beings united in purpose, love, and perfection; they also believe that the Father (and Christ after his resurrection) has a physical body (see Godhead (Latter Day Saints)). In contrast, Trinitarian theology teaches that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three different persons united in substance (or essence), and that the Father does not have a physical body.

The Latter Day Saints teach that the Father was once a man and became God at some point in the past, and that Mormons may eventually inherit the same state, called "Exaltation" by Mormons and "Deification" or "Theosis" when the same concept is used by non-Mormons. This concept was most famously summarized by Lorenzo Snow, who framed it as a couplet: "As man now is, God once was: As God now is, man may be."

1) Mormonism began when Joseph Smith Jr. (hereafter Joseph Smith or Joseph), a young man living in western New York State, was spurred by a Christian revival in 1820 to pray to God for guidance as to which church was true. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ visited Joseph as two separate beings who told him to join no church because all other churches were false and that all their creeds were an abomination in God's sight. This event is now referred to in the LDS Church as The First Vision.
(I found this to be incredibly exciting. The thought of our Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ visiting the earth seemed unbelievable, almost a miracle. After several months of indoctrination, I chose to believe in the miracle. And yet there was something about The First Vision account that always bothered me. I found it difficult to understand how Christ's Church could have disappeared. When I asked Church leaders about it, they told me that all other Christian churches are in apostasy because their leaders corrupted the scriptures, changed the ordinances of the original church, and often led corrupt lives, thus losing their authority. This makes the LDS Church the only true church on the earth today, restored by God through Joseph Smith.)

2) In 1823 Joseph had another heavenly visitation in which an angel named Moroni told him of a sacred history written by Hebrews who lived in Ancient America. This history was engraved on tablets of gold and buried in a nearby hill. Joseph was told that he would be the instrument for bringing this ancient record to the knowledge of the world. Joseph obtained the gold plates from the angel in 1827 and translated them into English by the spirit of God and through the use of a sacred instrument that had been buried with the plates called the Urim and Thummim. The translation was published in 1830 as The Book of Mormon.

3) The Book of Mormon is a religious and secular history of the inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere between 2200 BC and 421 AD. It teaches that the American Indians are descended from three groups of immigrants who were led by God to America from their original homes in the Near East. One group was said to have come from the Tower of Babel, and two other groups from Jerusalem just before the Babylonian captivity, about 600 B.C. Throughout the book, believers and nonbelievers fought many wars, the last of which left only nonbelievers as survivors, and these are the ancestors of the American Indians. The most important historical event recorded in this history was the visit of Jesus Christ to America after his crucifixion, when he ministered to and converted those living in the Americas (the "other sheep" of which He speaks in the New Testament, John 10:16. See also Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 15:21.)

4) Joseph Smith was directed by revelation from God to "restore" His true church. Joseph was visited several times by heavenly messengers, who ordained him first to the Aaronic or lesser priesthood, and later to the Melchizedek or higher priesthood. He continued to receive revelations from God to guide the Church and to "restore" more knowledge of the Gospel. Many of these revelations are published in The Doctrine & Covenants (see #8 below). The Mormon Church (officially The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) was incorporated in 1830.

(It was like a fairy tale, with heavenly messengers visiting Joseph Smith and giving him instructions concerning the path that would lead to Eternal Life. In some ways it was similar to the Good Witch of the North giving instructions to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz as to the path she should take to get back home again. Somehow my mind accepted the fairy tale.)

5) Joseph Smith and his followers were continually persecuted for their religious beliefs, and driven from New York State to Ohio, then to Missouri, and on to Illinois, where Joseph Smith was murdered in 1844 by a mob, a martyr for his beliefs. Brigham Young, Joseph's successor, then led the Church westward and settled successfully in what would later become Utah.

6) The LDS Church is led today by a successor of Joseph Smith. Each president of the Church is sustained as a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, just as Joseph Smith was, and guides the members of the Church with revelations from God. His counselors and the quorum of twelve apostles are also called and sustained as prophets, seers and revelators. The membership is promised that these leaders will never lead them astray.

7) By accepting baptism and becoming a member of the LDS Church, one takes the first step necessary toward gaining salvation and ultimate entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven (the Celestial Kingdom). Temple marriage is another requirement for admittance into the highest degree in the Celestial Kingdom where God and Christ reside, and where families are forever.

8) The Doctrine and Covenants is a collection of divine revelations and inspired declarations given mostly to Joseph Smith, for the establishment and regulation of the kingdom of God on the earth in the last days. It contains messages, warnings and exhortations for the benefit of certain individuals and all of mankind. It also contains an invitation to all people everywhere to hear the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ, speaking to them for their temporal well being and their everlasting salvation. (These writings are now divided into sections and verses.)

9) The Pearl of Great Price is a five-part volume of latter-day scripture containing a choice selection of the revelations, translations and narrations of the Prophet Joseph Smith. It contains the following:
A. Selections from the Book of Moses, which are great truths that were lost from the early Mosaic Scriptures revealed to Joseph Smith.
B. The Book of Abraham, a translation of Egyptian papyri that came into the hands of Joseph Smith in 1835 and which are the writings of the patriarch Abraham. This work proves that Joseph Smith knew how to translate Egyptian.
C. Joseph Smith -Matthew is an extract from Joseph Smith's translation of the Bible. Joseph was instructed by God to re-translate the Bible because there were numerous errors in it.
D. The Joseph Smith History contains excerpts from Joseph Smith's official testimony and history, which he prepared in 1838.
E. The Articles of Faith are thirteen declarations of what Mormons believe.

10) We were taught that if we became faithful Mormons, doing all we were asked to do, we would be reunited with our daughter, Cindy, and be an eternal family. We loved the promise of families being together forever. But we were also told that if we did not do all that we were asked, we could not go were Cindy is, that is, the Celestial Kingdom, nor could we all be together forever as a family. The weight of the two alternatives became a pattern of needing to excel at whatever was placed before us and the guilt of possibly not living up to the task and losing our family forever. It became a vicious cycle that I now refer to as living The Pattern by being entrapped in the web of the Double-Bind. *
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Сообщение ArmenianPride » 09.07.2007, 22:47:50

Gev- tell me please....are you mormon?
''Menk kich enk, sakayn mez HAY en asum.. ''
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Сообщение gev » 10.07.2007, 09:39:53

:) я мормон хммм ненене просто она кто расказиwает била мормоном.
И слишал што w Гюмри очин распрастранилас ета wера падумал для информации можэт неwсе знают што ета за чертаwшина.
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