Family is one of the most important things to any Mormon but what exactly does family to us? We all know the meaning of the word family according to the dictionary but to a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints it means so much more. Family is one of the cornerstones of our religion. God wants us to have families that is why he told Adam and Eve to “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28).
I was watching a YouTube video of a baptism and began to reflect on my own just a couple of months ago. It was, at the time, the most amazing experience of my life. My wife was there and baptized just a few minutes after. We were surrounded by many of the wonderful people we had come to know and love from our ward. I could try and describe the feeling to you but unless you’ve had the experience yourself you would never understand. The feelings and emotions are overwhelming as you feel the Spirit move within you wiping your past away like you wipe spills off of your kitchen counter.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints doesn’t actually have an official stance on the death penalty. We are commanded to follow the laws of the land. A press release from the church concerning this matter states, ”The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regards the question of whether and in what circumstances the state should impose capital punishment as a matter to be decided solely by the prescribed processes of civil law. We neither promote nor oppose capital punishment.”
The lord commanded us to “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). This is confusing to many, “What does it mean?” is something heard often when mentioning this commandment from God. In a nutshell, it means you should spend the Sabbath resting and praying. All to often people forget the prayer and focus solely on the resting. In this post I am going to try and explain why both things are needed if we are to return to Heavenly Father in the Celestial Kingdom.
In church we are taught to pray (Luke 11:1). Many people seem to not understand why we pray and what the benefits are. We all have hard times in our lives and those are the times that people usually turn to god with prayer. But what about when things are going well? Does Heavenly Father not deserve our thanks and love during these times as well? Prayer is a conversation with God, many think it is a one way communication but in reality prayer is a two way discussion.