Former prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the Mormon Church by friends of other faiths), President Gordon B. Hinckley, testifies of the reality of Jesus Christ’s resurrection in the following video. He once said in the Mormon general conference in April 1985, “The miracle of that resurrection morning, that first Easter Sunday, is a miracle for all mankind. It is the miracle of the power of God, whose Beloved Son gave His life to atone for the sins of all, a sacrifice of love for every son and daughter of God. In so doing He broke the seals of death.” As Paul said, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor. 15:55.) Christ arose with a body of flesh and bone, as was evident when Thomas followed the Savior’s request to “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing” (John 20:27).
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In the video below, both Mormon leaders and leaders of other faiths teach about the Mormon beliefs concerning the holy temples. Latter-day Saint Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, testifies that the Mormon temple is a house of God and all that occurs within the walls of the temple is “uplifting and ennobling.”
In this Mormon Message, we learn that Mormon temple rituals are a restoration of ancient temple practices that are found in the Bible. It is within these walls that ordinances are performed for oneself and for others who have already passed on, allowing those individuals to grow closer to God and to choose to receive the blessings of exaltation. Krister Stendahl, former Dean of Divinity of Harvard University, said in this video, “I could think of myself of taking part of such an act, extending the blessings that have come to me in and through Jesus Christ.”
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (a Mormon Apostle) testifies in this video about the Mormon Beliefs concerning the reality of continuing revelation. This is an excerpt from his talk in April 2008 at the LDS General Conference.
Elder Holland testified, “Continuing revelation does not demean or discredit existing revelation. The Old Testament does not lose its value in our eyes when we are introduced to the New Testament, and the New Testament is only enhanced when we read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.”
As Ralph Waldo Emerson taught to students of the Harvard Divinity School, “that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake” (“An Address,” The Complete Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson(1929), 45).
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In this video, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland declares in straightforward language that the Book of Mormon is true and that it provides safety for the soul. He references a passage given in the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ, 2 Nephi 33:10–11:
And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.
And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day; and you and I shall stand face to face before his bar; and ye shall know that I have been commanded of him to write these things, notwithstanding my weakness.
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God has a plan for each of us that we may become like Him. That plan (as a part of Mormon beliefs), for us, began in the pre-mortal life. God created us, and as such we became His spirit children. It was there that God the Father held a grand council where He presented to us the Plan of Salvation. He explained that there needed to be an Atonement made (payment for the penalty of sin). Only one could perform this Atonement, and Jesus Christ offered Himself saying, “Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever” (Moses 4:2). Lucifer also offered, but he asked for the honor himself. Jesus Christ was ultimately the one sent. We had the choice to follow God’s plan or not. Because of our choice to follow our Father’s plan, with Jesus Christ as our Savior, we received bodies when we came here to earth, and we have the ability to return to live with Heavenly Father again one day, having been tried, tested, and proven to show our devotion to Him.
Watch the video below to have a greater understanding of the Plan of Salvation that God prepared for us:
Adam and Eve lived here on earth in a state of innocence. They were commanded by God not to partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve, having been beguiled by Lucifer, did partake of the fruit. Adam, after Eve, also partook of the fruit in attempt to be with Eve and multiply and replenish the earth, as was also commanded by God.
It is Mormon belief that the Fall of Adam and Eve was necessary in order for Heavenly Father’s plan to be fulfilled. “If Adam had not transgressed,” Lehi taught his son Jacob in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, “he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. . . . And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin. But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy” (2 Ne. 2:22–25).
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