An Introduction to Mormonism (Introduction to Religion) by Douglas J. Davies

By Douglas J. Davies

Even though one of many quickest starting to be non secular hobbies on this planet, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to be a secret when it comes to its middle ideals and theological constitution. This well timed ebook presents an immense advent to the fundamental background, 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 truly is written by means of a non-believer, who describes Mormonism in ways in which non-Mormons can comprehend.

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Despite this stress on the American Zion and the fact that hundreds of thousands responded to the call to gather, there remains within LDS texts an ongoing commitment to the Holy Land and to Jerusalem as Zion. 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).

Given such immensities, it was no wonder that, for example, Brigham Young should be especially emphatic on the aspect of reality that does impinge upon us, not least the God from amongst the Gods ‘with whom we have to do’ (Young 1992: 93). As in that hymn, existence was, for Brigham Young, an immense reality. Worlds without number ‘are from eternity to eternity in their creations and redemptions’ and every one of them ‘has had an Adam and an Eve’; the worlds have known the reality of good and evil, and each ‘has been created on the same principle’.

The titles of elder and apostle, by complementary contrast, indicate something more of the authority and organizational capacity of the leader. While the idea of being a prophet can be used to embrace all these more particular elements, it also establishes the firmest of all links between Joseph Smith, the Bible and the Book of Mormon, a link of profound significance given the notion of Mormonism as a restoration movement. prophets and d ispensations The ideas of ‘prophet’ and ‘prophecy’ are so well established in general theological terms that it is easy to ignore the way in which they relate to divinely appointed periods of time and of special activity called dispensations.

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