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Are Mormon Dietary Laws Similar to Kosher?

Are Mormon Dietary Laws Similar to Kosher?

Kosher laws outline which foods a Jewish person may or may not eat, and how it is prepared, served, and eaten. While there are many speculations as to the reasons for the laws, the primary one is that God instructed the Jewish people to eat this way, and when God instructs one to do something, a reason isn’t needed. Mormons also have a health code, and while today, science has demonstrated that these laws are indeed healthy, when they were given, much of the instruction was contrary to common dietary habits. Like the Jewish people, Mormon belief states that God gave these laws, and a reason is not needed, although the text of the commandment does promise health and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, as well as an increase in knowledge. However, Mormon laws are not similar to kosher laws. The Mormon health code is commonly known as the Word of Wisdom and is contained in a book of modern prophetic revelations called The Doctrine and Covenants. The revelation says it is “Given for... Read the rest of this entry »

What is the BYU Jerusalem Center?

What is the BYU Jerusalem Center?

Brigham Young University is a university operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes referred to as Mormons. The BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies was built to house and educate BYU students who are attending a study abroad program for up to six months. The center is also used by research scholars, sometimes working with local scholars on various projects. Students study the Bible, ancient and modern near-eastern studies, Hebrew, and Arabic, with a particular focus on the life of Jesus Christ and the work of the apostles. They have classroom study interspersed with field trips throughout the region. It’s built on Mount Scopus overlooking the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and is made from white Jerusalem limestone. The center provides religious services for members of the church who live in or are visiting the area. Students are oriented prior to embarking on their trip. They are required to sign a pledge that they will not use their time there... Read the rest of this entry »

Are Mormons Polytheists?

Are Mormons Polytheists?

Question: It seems that Christians are polytheists, worshiping three Gods. Do Mormons believe in one God? A polytheist is someone who worships multiple gods. Generally, polytheism refers to a group of gods of one another and often, in the case of hard polytheism, in conflict with one another. Mormons believe there are three Gods, but who function as an entirely unified body. Together, they form the Godhead and fulfill the complete mission of God. The Supreme God is Heavenly Father. He is generally the One the Christian Bible refers to when it speaks of God, although in some cases, including in the Book of Genesis, Jesus is referred to as God during the creation of the world. Mormons teach that God’s Son created the earth, under the direction of God the Father. However, it is God the Father that Mormons call God and worship as such. He is the one they consider their Heavenly Father, while Jesus is their brother, the Son of God. Mormons teach that God the Father is the Father of all... Read the rest of this entry »