By Douglas J. Davies
Even if one of many quickest transforming into non secular activities on the earth, 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 e-book offers an enormous creation 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 really is written through a non-believer, who describes Mormonism in ways in which non-Mormons can comprehend.
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Because most of these topics were simultaneously taken up and developed in the Doctrine and Covenants, and because it was the Reorganized and not the ‘Utah’ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that fostered the Inspired Version, I will not devote any more time to it here; sufﬁce it to say that one of the Articles of Faith acknowledges belief in the Bible as ‘the word of God as far as it is translated correctly’ (Article 8). When Smith set out to produce his own ‘translation’, it was based not on expert knowledge of the biblical languages but on a revelation or spiritual insight into the proper meaning of the text of the King James Version, about a tenth of which he changed.
G. Alma 5: 57). a moving faith Earliest Mormonism thus demanded movement and the preparation of a place, showing how faith should manifest itself. Many twenty-ﬁrst-century Christians, rooted in static denominational churches and neighbourhoods, may fail to see the signiﬁcance of this. As an urban religion Christianity in the twentieth century increasingly developed an ecumenical attitude – different churches worked together to some degree, even though it may have been relatively limited in scope.
However, once we pass from the Book of Mormon to the Doctrine and Covenants a major change takes place and ‘keys’ now emerges as a predominant expression of religious signiﬁcance, with particular ‘keys’ associated with particular individuals for very particular purposes. These Doctrine and Covenants passages begin with a revelation to Oliver Cowdery as well as to Joseph Smith informing them that they are being given the ‘keys of this gift’: none other than the ability to translate the plates that will furnish the Book of Mormon itself (D&C 6: 28).
An Introduction to Mormonism (Introduction to Religion) by Douglas J. Davies