You can learn more about how Mormon temples differ from chapels by reading the resource, “Of Chapels and Temples: Explaining Mormon Worship Services.”
The Book of Mormon is a volume of scripture comparable to the Holy Bible. The title of the book proclaims that is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. And so, Latter-day Saints testify that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the Word of God, and both are a testimony of the Divinity of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and the infinite love that He has for all humanity. The Book of Mormon is not intended to replace the Holy Bible in any way, but rather the teachings found there enhance the doctrines, teachings, and principles found within the text of the Holy Bible. Latter-day Saints use both sacred volumes in their teaching and personal study.
In his October 1984 General Conference address titled “A New Witness for Christ,” President Ezra Taft Benson, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, commented, “Combined with the Spirit of the Lord, the Book of Mormon is the greatest single tool which God has given us to convert the world. If we are to have the harvest of souls that [the President of the Church] envisions, then we must use the instrument which God has designed for that task—the Book of Mormon.” He further stated, “The Book of Mormon is not on trial–the people of the world, including the members of the Church, are on trial as to what they will do with this second witness of Christ.” And President Boyd K. Packer has remarked, ““Perhaps no other book has been denounced so vigorously by those who have never read it as has the Book of Mormon.”
Moroni, the last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon, pronounced the following exhortation as recorded in Moroni 10:3-5:
3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
Many people have seen the religious satire musical called “The Book of Mormon” which tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. The two young missionaries attempt to share the Book of Mormon – which only one of them has read – with the local natives who have very little interest in religion. However, the musical is simply that – a satirical presentation. It is not an exact presentation of what the Book of Mormon is about, nor an accurate portrayal of the Mormon faith. If a person is truly interested in learning more about the Book of Mormon, I invite him or her to read the book for themselves, follow Morni’s exhortation, and I testify that God will “manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” In the videos below Mormon youth testify about the truthfulness and power of the Book of Mormon.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider the Book of Mormon to be a sacred volume of scripture that is comparable to the Holy Bible. The Book of Mormon is not intended to replace the Bible,nor does it detract from the teachings of the Bible, but rather its teachings enhance those doctrines and principles that are taught in the Bible.It is exactly as its name declares, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Latter-day Saints testify that the Bible and the Book of Mormon together present an irrefutable testimony of the Divine Redeemer and Savior of the World, and the immensity of His love for all people.
To date the entire book of Mormon has been translated into 85 languages, and selections of the Book of Mormon have been translated into an additional 25 languages. Thus, the volume is made available to many people in their native tongue, but the question that begs an answer is, “How many people have ever read the Book of Mormon or know anything about it?”
In 2014, three returned missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Kyson Kidd, Jacob Justice and Jake Christensen – set out on a new mission to find an answer to that exact question. The culmination of their quest was the creation of a video called “What is the Book of Mormon?” which was published on YouTube on 1 January 2015, and has already received over 10,000 views.
The world-wide web is replete with misinformation about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the beliefs of its members who are more commonly called Mormons. Ask the average person what they know about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormons, Joseph Smith, or the Book of Mormon, and the responses will be similar in many respects, but also uniquely different dependent upon the source of information that a person uses to formulate his or her views and opinions of said topics or Mormonism in general.
Case in point, on Monday, 22 September 2014, social media users who typed “What is Mormonism?” into the Google search engine discovered that the definition clearly misrepresented the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The definition in the top search results actually referred to a definition posted on the Raptureready.com website which states:
“Mormonism is a religion that denies the deity of Jesus Christ. In this religion, He is demoted to being a mere mortal, a true offspring of Elohim and an equal to Lucifer, another of Elohim’s offspring. According to the Mormon doctrine: ‘Every man who reigns in celestial glory is a god to his dominions.’ “
In addition, when the phrase “Is Mormonism a cult?” was searched, the quick answer – which is a small info box generated by Google – displayed the following as the top result
“Yes, Mormonism is a cult, a non-Christian cult because Mormonism denies essential biblical teachings and adds new, false doctrines.”
It is misguided definitions and explanations such as these, along with other misinformation found on the information super highway that gives people a false impression about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its teachings and beliefs, and its members (Mormons) in general. Such definitions have led people to label Mormonism as a cult and to view Mormons in a very negative light. In an effort to give people a true definition of Mormonism, some members of the Church used various social media venues to ask that a correction to the definition be made, while others contacted Google directly using the company’s feedback option. Buzz Feed reported that the company issued an immediate apology and explained that such results are generated automatically, but declined to give any more details about how the quick answer was created or how long it was included in search results. Buzz Feed reported that a website called CARM or Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry, which is known to be critical of Mormonism, was used to generate information for the quick answer.
Enter the new documentary produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called “Meet the Mormons” which to date has grossed over $4 million in box office sales since opening on 10 October 2014 in select theaters across the country. It should also be noted that all proceeds from the movie will be donated to the American Red Cross.
Some people may read the title “Meet the Mormons” and immediately envision a media scheme by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to recruit more people into its membership. However, what a viewer will experience from watching the movie is far above any preconceived expectations.
The idea behind “Meet the Mormons” is to give a vast audience an inside look at the lives of ordinary people – people who work for a living, raise families, practice their faith, go to school, and face trials and heartaches in life – ordinary people who just happen to be Mormons.
Throughout the entire movie there is an open invitation to anyone, regardless of faith, denomination, or beliefs, to come and see for themselves what Mormons are really like.
The movie is not preachy, so don’t expect an expanded Sunday sermon. The movie is not riddled with the teaching of gospel doctrines and principles. Instead the movie, through the lives of six ordinary Latter-day Saint families, demonstrates gospel doctrine, gospel principles, and faith in action. It is like sitting down and having a casual conversation with a Mormon about what he or she believes without being preached to.
This is a movie for all people of all faiths, denominations, and backgrounds. I give it a rating of 10 stars and highly recommend that anyone who gets the opportunity, to go and see it.
Meet the Coach – Ken Niumatalolo – Putting the Game in Proper Perspective
Meet the Bishop – An exclusive interview with Jermaine Sullivan
Meet the Candy Bomber – Utah ‘Candy Bomber’ still getting accolades 66 years later. Also listen to Col. Gail Halvorsen talk about his faith or watch an interview with Tom Brokaw.
David James Archuleta is not a person that anyone could ever accuse of allowing the proverbial grass to grow under his feet. He returned home in early March of this year after serving an honorable two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. Since his return, he has continued his missionary efforts through various projects that he has been involved with to include entertaining military troops overseas to speaking at a special fireside for youth in Ethiopia to a special “Face to Face” (Cara a Cara) Facebook chat in Spanish and in English. One of his latest projects include the recording of a music video for the song called “Glorious” that will be featured at the end of the new featured length film produced by The Church of Jesus Christ called “Meet the Mormons” which premiers in select theaters on 10 October 2014.
On Thursday evening, 4 September 2014, I was inspired to write and share a part of my life story that I have never shared, at least not with such a large audience as social media venues until now. I felt strongly impressed that the time was right for sharing my account, and that lives would be touched by what I wrote.
To my utter amazement, the article which I wrote titled “The Reasons Why I Left the Church and Quit Religion” has been viewed by over 3,000 people within 5 days of publication, and still going strong. I mention the numbers only in fact not to boast, for I am grateful for the impact and blessing that it has had on the lives of so many people thus far.
This prodigal son has had an incredible journey on his way back home to the Father, and I am eternally thankful that He has never given up on me, even though there are so many times that I have given up on myself. In spite of all of my failures and shortcomings, His arms of unconditional love are always outstretched to comfort me.
Each of us have our own separate journeys, but if we have the want and are willing, we can one day return safely home to the arms of the loving Father who awaits us. Please take a moment to read the article: “The Reasons Why I Left the Church and Quit Religion.” Please feel free to comment in the comment section below.
Ken Niumatalolo was promoted to Head Football Coach at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on 8 December 2007 by Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. As the head football coach, he has received the distinguished honor of being the second person of Polynesian descent to be named head coach of a NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football program. He also has the distinct honor of being the first Samoan collegiate head coach on any level. On 23 January 2014, he was inducted into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Niumatalolo recently agreed to serve as the Baltimore Area Council’s honorary recruitment chair. On 2 August 2014, at Navy’s Football Media Day, each new Cub Scout and the Scout who recruited him in the Baltimore Area Council had an opportunity to meet Coach Niumatalolo and had their pictures taken with the team. In addition, each Scout received a patch (pictured here) which was designed by the Niumatalolo family.
To do this we needed the Naval Academy’s approval, as well as the approval of the NCAA. This means other football coaches can do the same thing if their schools allow them. The NCAA said yes to this idea as long as the Coach (in this case Coach Ken) or the project don’t go after Boy Scout/Venture-age youth. That would be a violation of NCAA rules.
Niumatalolo and his wife, Barbara, are volunteers in the Baltimore Area Council. Their oldest son, Va’a, a 2011 graduate of Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland, and now a freshman at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he plays the position of Linebacker for the BYU Cougars, is an Eagle Scout. Their youngest son, Ali’i, is presently a junior at Broadneck High School and plays the position of Middle Linebacker for the Broadneck Bruins varsity football team. He is a Life Scout working towards earning his Eagle.
Ken and Barbara also have a daughter, Alexcia, the oldest sibling, who played the position of Starting Defender for the Maryland Terrapins during her college career at the University of Maryland. She was recognized as a Division 1 Athlete.
Coach Niumatalolo is a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his family are members of the Broadneck Ward of the Annapolis Maryland Stake. He begins each day by reading and studying the scriptures in the Book of Mormon. His life is based on faith and principles of the gospel, and he firmly believes that putting the Lord first and listening to the voice of the Spirit are the real keys to success. It is that faith and those principles of the gospel which govern his own life that have helped him, as the patriarch of his home, to keep his family well grounded. He attributes devotion to family, church service, and living the gospel as playing a major role in his being able to handle the stress and rigors of being a college football coach for almost two decades.
Coach Niumatalolo will be featured in the new feature-length film produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called “Meet the Mormons” which will premiere in select theaters on 10 October 2014.
Please take a moment to read the article at About Mormons.org written by this author which is titled “Ken Niumatalolo – Putting the Game in Proper Perspective.”
David Archuleta of American Idol fame, and well-known worldwide for his musical prowess has returned home to Utah after serving a two-year full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. On Tuesday evening, 24 June 2014, Young Men General President, David L. Beck, and Young Women General President, Bonnie L. Oscarson, moderated a conversation with David as he spoke about his faith and mission, and shared his testimony in word and in song.
David Archuleta de American Idol fama, y conocido en todo el mundo por su destreza musical ha vuelto a casa a Utah después de cumplir una misión de dos años a tiempo completo para la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días en Chile. En la noche del martes, 24 de junio de 2014, el presidente de los Hombres Jóvenes General, David L. Beck, y el presidente de las Mujeres Jóvenes General, Bonnie L. Oscarson, moderó una conversación con David al hablar acerca de su fe y en la misión, y compartió su testimonio de palabra y de en la canción.