Mormons & Muslims Archive

What special holidays do Mormons observe?

What special holidays do Mormons observe?

Personal Response by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel Latter-day Saints use the Western calendar, also known as the Gregorian Calendar, established in 1582. They generally observe the national holidays in the various countries where they live. For example, in the United States, LDS members (Mormons) celebrate Independence Day on 4 July and in Canada they observe Canada Day on 1 July. Mormons, like many people, also observe birthdays and wedding anniversaries as special days to celebrate with family and friends. Additionally, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) observe some of the main Western religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter, even though they believe that these dates probably do not reflect the actual historical anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ or his Resurrection. However, they are grateful to celebrate these two supernal events with other Christians who follow the Western religious calendar. Members of the Mormon Church also punctuate their... Read the rest of this entry »

What do Mormons think of Muhammad?

What do Mormons think of Muhammad?

Personal Response by Brian Hauglid Since September 11, 2001, Muhammad has been treated as both an icon of peace and a harbinger of war, depending on how one interprets his own teachings and/or distinguishes them from those of Islamo-facism. Mormon scripture, and the teachings of its leaders give a fuller view of how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints views Muhammad and Islam (as well as all other faiths) and provides guidelines for its members in seeking to understand and to reach out to those of other faiths. From the scriptures: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12). “For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black... Read the rest of this entry »